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Sacred Valley and Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 3 days

This adventure tour & trek package is an excellent experience visiting the of the most important sites in the Sacred Valley of the Inca and the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate where the most famous photos of Machu Picchu have been takenall in 3 Days . The Sacred Valley is very large and stretches for miles with many small indigenous towns, secluded weaving villages, outdoor handicraft markets and ancient Inca Ruins including Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Urubamba. The 2-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu displays many ancient Inca ruins, towering mountains, various types of flora & vegetation with various micro-climates. The trail goes through the National Park and enters through the Sun Gate with breathtaking views of Machu Picchu, through cloud forest and sub tropical climates. When we arrive to Machu Picchu, we will have a private guided tour, visiting all the hidden nooks and crannies of this small Inca hideawayYou will have plenty of time to explore Machu Picchu on your own after learning about the history and secrets of its past and the culture of the Incas who lived there.

Itinerary

DAY 1: SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS(Animal Sanctuary + Pisac + Moray + Maras + Salt mines + Ollantaytambo) 

We collect you from your hotel at 7:30am 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, 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 important Inca ruin. Here, we will spend approximately 2 hours, exploring the Inca city. Then, we visit the colorful Pisac Market which is the largest Market in the area, spend a little time visiting it to see 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 ampitheatre 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 so we are ready to catch an early Train to the start of the Inca Trail the next day.

  • Hotel in Ollantaytambo: Tunupa lodge, Iskay Hotel  depending on availability

DAY 2: OLLANTAYTAMBO – KM104 (Inca Trail Entrance) – WIÑAY HUAYNA – SUN GATE – MACHU PICCHU

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel at 5:30am to escort us to the Ollantaytambo train station, which is very close, to take the 6:10am Expedition train. After an hour and 15-minute train ride, we arrive to kilometer 104 (Inca Trail Starting Point – 2,100m/6,927ft) of the Cusco-Machu Picchu road where we begin our trek and pass by the first check point. Afterwards, we begin a moderate climb for three hours to the ancient archaeological site of Wiñayhuana (2,650m/8,747ft), where we will have fabulous views of the Urubamba Valley, 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 most of the famous photos of Machu Picchu are taken. It is all downhill from here, we walk downhill for about one hour to Machu Picchu.

Then we take our 25-minute bus ride down to Aguas Calientes, where we spend the night in our hotel and enjoy a celebratory dinner.

  • Meals: Box Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Wiracocha Inn Hotel or Andean Terra Hotel
  • Difficulty: Moderate

DAY 3: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

On this very exciting morning we have all been waiting for, we will take the 5:30am shuttle bus to Machu Picchuarriving in time for the sunrise over Machu Picchu. Our guide will give us a 2.5-hour private tour, teaching us the history and liitle secrets hidden away by the Incas who once resided there. Then, you have plenty of time to explore on your own until 12 noon.

Here are some other activities you can do on your own:

  • Climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain and enjoy the amazing views of Machu Picchu from above. (Additional fee)
  • Walk to the Sun Gate, 2 hours round trip or the Inca Bridge, 1 hour round trip. (No additional fee)
  • Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the new local museum or to the hot springs. (Entrance fee to enter)

Around 12 noon, we will depart Machu Picchu and descend to Aguas Calientes. You can have a relaxing lunch and explore Aguas Calientes before boarding the Expedition train by 4:22pm returning to Ollantaytambo Train Station and then we will drive you approx. 90 minutes back to your hotel in our private van, arriving at approximately 9:30pm.

  • Meals: breakfast

***There are now 2 sessions to enter Machu Picchu; 6am to 12pm and 12pm to 5:30pm. If you wish to stay after 12pm, you must purchase a second entrance ticket. If you book Huayna Picchu, you have an extra 2 hours and an extra 3 hours if you hike Machu Picchu Mountain.

Inclusions

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Sacred Valley Tour
  • Entrances to the Inca cities and archeological sites
  • Professional guide for three days
  •  Expedition train from Ollantaytambo to KM 104 and from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Two nights hotel accommodation with private room, bathroom and breakfast included
  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary
  • Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu -Aguas Calientes
  • Personal assistance

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED   

  • Hotel – optional upgrades
  • Huayna Picchu Tickets:$75 USD per person
  • Machu Picchu Mountain:$70 USD per person
  • Upgrade to Vistadome:$57 USD per person (Return only Aguas Calientes to Poroy at 4:43pm)
  • Tips for your guide

ADDED VALUES  FOR FREE:

  • Transfer from the airport to hotel: (Cusco only)

Price

***The Sacred Valley & Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu tour is available on any date as long as there are at least 2 people in the group (except February when it is closed for maintenance). This trek still takes you into Machu Picchu by walking through the SUN GATE, you will get to explore some incredible Inca ruins along the way.

***The fantastic tour with Inca trail included is available on any date  – Join in with our group and get the best deals.

No. OF PEOPLEPRICE
2 to 8 people (with 2 nights hotel)$ 597 USD per person
2 to 8 people (without hotel)$ 517 USD per person

***All entrance fees are included and we operate our tours in small groups averaging 5 persons with a maximum of 8!  

DISCOUNTS

  • 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.

EXTRAS

  • Huayna Picchu Mountain:$75 USD per person
  • Machu Picchu Mountain:$70 USD per person
  • Upgrade Hotel in Aguas Calientes:$40 USD to 3*** (Can upgrade to 4 or 5 star also)
  • Upgrade Hotel in Ollantaytambo:$55 USD to 3*** (Can upgrade to 4 or 5 star also)
  • Upgrade Hotel – 3 star:$45 USD (Can upgrade to 4 or 5 star also)
  • Single Supplement:$30 USD 2* and $45 USD 3* for single travelers

Important Info

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 you flight details at least 14 days prior to arrival. Our representative will be holding an orange sign reading ORANGE Nation outside the arrivals.

THE BRIEFING

The Briefing is the night before you begin the Sacred Valley & 1-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu tour at 6pm 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?

FIRST, to book your Sacred Valley & 1-Day Inca Trail Tour, we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our homepage or click here – BOOK NOW.

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):
  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality

SECOND, we require a deposit of $211.00 USD per person in order to purchase your entrance to Machu Picchu and train ticket.  You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA, MASTERCARD, AMERICAN EXPRESS, DISCOVER or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the VISA, MASTERCARD, AMERICAN EXPRESS, DISCOVER or PAYPAL symbols on our booking page.

WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?

It would be greatly 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 by VISA, MASTERCARD, AMERICAN EXPRESS, DISCOVER or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service charge, charged by VISA, MASTERCARD, AMERICAN EXPRESS, DISCOVER and PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address of orangenationperu@gmail.com. 

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 orangenationperu@gmail.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, so we cannot change any departure dates after the 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 USD 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.

ARE WE DROPPED OFF 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.

TIPPING

If you are happy with the services provided, a tip is appreciated. While it may not be normal to you, it means a lot for the people, and their families, who will take care of you during the tour. It inspires better service and is an impotant facet of the tourism industry. Of course you are free to tip however much 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 local sustainable & responsible tour operator which functions according to the ethical principles of tourism: 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 & Short Inca trail Machu Picchu Package does not include extra porter, so, you will need to carry all your stuff, please try to pack as light as possible, which will help make this an amazing trek.

Packing list

What you have to take with you for the Sacred Valley & Short Inca trail Machu Picchu

  • Original Passport (it has to be the same you have used for booking your trek)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Drinking Water: 2-3L  (Camelbaks are encouraged)
  • Comfortable hiking boots
  • Toilet Paper
  • 2 t-shirts
  • 1 hiking pants at least
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking socks
  • Jacket
  • Waterproof gloves – rainy season
  • Large plastic bags will be provided at the office — Please ask for them
  • Face moisturizer
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Personal medications
  • Sun Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain gear  – rainy season
  • Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruit
  • Rain plastic poncho (provided by Orange Nation)
  • Camera
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
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