DAY 1: SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS (Animal Sanctuary + Pisac + Moray + Maras + Salt mines + Ollantaytambo)
We will pick you up from your hotel at 7:30 am with our private van and head to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, taking the route to Pisac. Our first stop is the Ccochahuasi Animal Sanctuary, which has a variety of Peruvian animals, including Pumas, Condors, the national bird of Peru Andean cock-of-the-rock, llamas and more. Then, we stop at the mirador of Taray to enjoy a beautiful overhead view of the Urubamba valley, which accents the surrounding mountains. Next, we head to the Pisac archaeological site, where you can see the biggest Inca cemetery with more than 2,000 tombs. There, we can admire the hand-carved farming terraces on the side of the Mountain, explore the Inca tunnel, and the religious site of this remarkable Inca ruin. Here, we will spend approximately 2 hours exploring the Inca city. Then, we will visit the colorful Pisac Market, which is the largest market in the area, and spend a little time visiting the different handicrafts before driving to Urubamba for lunch.
After lunch, we visit Moray, which was an experimental farming site built in the form of an amphitheater, which each level naturally with a different temperature to grow different types of crops. These levels of terraces were carved before the Incas and then used by the Incas.
We continue our journey to the colonial town of Maras, walking downhill to the pre-Inca salt mines. Over three thousand salt ponds have been used for salt extraction since before Inca times and still supply Peru with over 90% of it’s salt. A hot spring at the top of the valley trickles a stream of salty water, which is diverted into salt ponds and evaporated to produce a salt that is used for human consumption. Finally, we drive to Ollantaytambo, having time to explore this quaint, traditional Inca village and the amazing Inca Ruins with our English-speaking guide. Here, we spend the night at your hotel in Ollantaytambo, ready to start the Inca Trail the next day.
- Hotel in Ollantaytambo: Tunupa lodge, Iskay Hotel depending on availability
Day 2: Ollantaytambo – Km104 – Wiñaywayna – Sun Gate – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco
The guide will pick you up from your hotel at 5:30 am in Ollantaytambo to escort us to the Ollantaytambo train station, which is very close, for the 6:10 am Expedition train. After an hour and 15-minute train trip, we arrive at kilometer 104 (2,100m/6,927ft), the trailhead where we begin our trek and pass by the first checkpoint. Afterward, we begin a moderate climb for three hours to the ancient archaeological site of Wiñay Wayna (2,650m/8,747ft), where we will have fabulous views of the Urubamba canyon, Inca sites and the connection with the original 4-day Inca Trail.
After we rest and enjoy this beautiful sight, we continue our Trek towards the Sun Gate (2,730m/9,007ft), where we will have our first view of Machu Picchu. This is where the most famous photos of Machu Picchu are taken. It is all downhill from here, as we walk downhill for about one hour to Machu Picchu. We will have a 2.5 hour guided tour teaching us the history and ancient secrets of these mysterious ruins.
You will have plenty of time to explore Machu Picchu on your own and take photos before we head down the hill to Aguas Calientes. In the afternoon (6:20 pm), we will take the return Expedition train to Ollantaytambo and meet our private van, which brings you back to your Hotel in Cusco, arriving around 9:30 or 10:00 pm.
- Meals: Box Lunch
- Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- Sacred Valley Tour
- Entrances to the Inca cities and archeological sites
- Inca Trail permit
- Professional guide for two days
- Expedition train from Ollantaytambo to KM 104 and from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
- One night hotel accommodation with private room, bathroom and breakfast included
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Bus tickets from Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
- Personal assistance
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
- Hotel – optional upgrades
- Upgrade to Vista Dome: $57 USD per person – return train in the afternoon at 6:20pm to Ollantaytambo only
- Tips for your guide
|No. OF PEOPLE||PRICE|
|2 to 8 people (with 1 night hotel)||$ 537 USD per person|
|2 to 8 people (without hotel)||$ 497 USD per person|
**All entrance fees are included and we operate our tours in small groups averaging 5 people with a maximum of 8!**
- 18 to 25 years old: $30 USD. Information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card at booking is required & government approval for discount.
- Under 18 years old: $30 USD. Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
- Under 11 years old: $40 USD. Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
- Upgrade to VistaDome Train: $57 USD. (Aguas Calientes to Poroy at 4:43pm)
- Single Supplement: $30 USD
Please read the following information carefully, it will help answer all of your questions about our services and tours.
ARRIVAL TO CUSCO
We will collect you from the Cusco airport and take you to your hotel in Cusco. Please let us know your flight details at least 14 days before arrival. Our representative will be holding an orange sign reading ORANGE Nation outside the arrivals.
The Briefing is the night before you begin the Sacred Valley & 1-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu tour at 6 pm in our office, which is located at Calle Santa Teresa Nº383; 107 (first floor), we are next to SUBWAY restaurant and across the street from Sunat. The only 3 story building with 2 balconies.
CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE:
ABSOLUTELY! We will keep your main luggage at our office or you can store it at your hotel, both are free.
HOW TO BOOK THE TOUR?
Please have the following information (From Each Person in your group). We cannot purchase entrance tickets to Machu Picchu or the train without the following information:
- Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport)
- Passport number
- D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)
SECOND, we require a deposit of USD 211.00 per person to purchase your entrance to Machu Picchu and train ticket. You can make your deposit by clicking on the PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the PAYPAL symbols on our booking page.
WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?
It would be very appreciated if you pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. We have many ATMs within the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay byPAYPAL online, but you will have to pay a 5.5% service charge by PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR THE STUDENT DISCOUNT?
- According to Peruvian law, you must be under 18 years of age at the time of your trek, tour, or visit to Machu Picchu (students 18 & above need student cards). For example, if you book a trek at the age of 17 but you turn 18 before you do your trek, you do not qualify for a student discount.
- All students from 11 to 17 years, the discount is $30.
- For children from the age of 2 to 11 the discount is $40.
- Children under the age of 2 are free.
- All students must provide a copy of their passport at the time of their booking to get the student discount.
- Send us a copy at email@example.com.
MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?
Unfortunately No. Once the tickets have been bought, the government does not allow any changes. We cannot change any departure dates once tickets have been purchased. Tickets are also non-transferable nor refundable. If you cancel your Sacred Valley & 1 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the deposit is not refundable at all!
DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT?
DEFINITELY! You MUST bring your original passport with the same passport number you sent to us to book your entrance tickets to Machu Picchu, train, other entrances, and reservations. They will check when you enter Machu Picchu and board the train.
If you are renewing your passport or changing your name, please send us a COPY of your old passport to secure your permit, and we can change it when we receive a COPY of your new passport or updated name for a fee of $25 per person. We must have a copy of your old and new passport to make the change. Before you change your passport, keep a copy of your old one.
If you do not wish to pay this fee, you must bring both passports with you to Peru. You can enter Peru with your new passport, but you will need to show both passports, old and new to enter Machu Picchu or the train. If you do not have both, you will not be allowed to enter Machu Picchu or get on the train.
Remember to check your current passport to make sure it doesn’t expire within 6 months of your arrival to Peru!!! The Government of Peru is enforcing the existing law that requires all foreign travelers to have a passport valid for a minimum of six months past the time of entry into Peru. Peruvian authorities will deny entry into Peru for travelers not meeting this requirement.
ARE WE DROPPED AT OUR HOTEL?
OF COURSE! We will drop you off at your hotel when we return from the trek or tour in either Cusco or the Sacred Valley.
If you are happy with the services provided, a tip is appreciated. While it might not be customary to you, it means a lot for the people, and their families, who will take care of you during the tour. It promotes better service and is an essential part of the tourism industry. Of course, you are free to tip what you feel is appropriate, based on how happy you are with the service and the length of your tour.
ARE YOU SUSTAINABLE?
We are a locally sustainable & responsible tour operator that functions according to the ethical principles of tourism to protect the environment and benefit the indigenous communities respecting their culture and religion. We have trained all of our staff to know, understand, and respect the local communities and the people living there.
The Sacred Valley & 1 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu DOES NOT INCLUDE an extra porter, so you will need to carry all your things, please try to pack as light as possible to enjoy this incredible trek.
WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING FOR SACRED VALLEY & 1 DAY INCA TRAIL
- Original Passport (it has to be the same you have used for booking your trek)
- Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
- Water bottle: 2L
- Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
- Toilet Paper
- Dress in layers
- Hand Sanitizer
- Wet wipes
- Personal medications
- Sun Hat
- Wool Hat only in the cold season
- Rain gear if rainy season
- Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruits
- Rain plastic poncho (provided by ORANGE Nation)
- Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips