Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu tour from Cusco offers a great insight of Incan civilization. It is a two days guided tour from Cusco. We begin this two days tour with an introduction to the way of life of Incas in the Sacred Valley. The tour culminates at the lost city of Incas, Machu Picchu.
The two days tour is the most preferred one by many travellers. You will get to see both the prime sites of Incas without any hassle.
The valley was sacred to Incas as this was the main source of food to them. It has the most fertile soil in Southern Peru. The Incas experimented the growth conditions of crops at different temperate zones here. Moray agricultural terraces are a good example of this. It is because of the advancement in the farming techniques of Incas, the country is home to 4000 variety of Potatoes and over 50 variety of corns.
Most communities in the valley are untouched with modernity. You will be having a closer look at the Andean culture on this tour.
This Inca City is now one of the seven world wonders. Pachacutec ordered the construction of Machu Picchu as his royal estate. The citadel was home to 750 families. Most of them worked for the royal families. Unlike most royal estates, Machu Picchu did not pass down in the line of succession.
It was abandoned after using for 80 years. It was primarily because of Spanish invasion. On this full day tour of Machu Picchu, you will be introduced to different sites in the citadel that was significant to Incas.
The farming terraces are impressive. They are a testament to the advancement of Inca architecture. They built them on a slope of a hill to safeguard the citadel from landslides.
Although Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley are at a much lower altitude than Cusco, we highly recommend you to spend atleast two days acclimatising in Cusco before the tour. This would help you to avoid altitude sickness.
Encuentros Peru Adventure is a local tour operator in Cusco. Our guides are tourism professionals who are born and raised in Cusco. They have an extensive knowledge about the culture and history.
If you want to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain please advise us while booking the tour. The permits tend to sell early.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
At 08:35 in the morning our group leader will be picking you up from your hotel within the historic centre of Cusco. The group normally has 25 travellers and a local bi-lingual (English & Spanish) tour guide. Once we pickup all travellers, we would start driving towards the Sacred Valley of Incas. Our first stop will be in Pisac. The handicrafts market near the main square of Pisaq is quite famous. We will then be visiting the renowned ruins of Pisac. Our local guide would give you a complete guided tour of the ruins. The guide would explain the importance of the archaeological site during the Incan rule and its use.
Our next stop will be in the picturesque town called Urubamba. Urubamba is often recognised as the centre of Sacred Valley of Incas. We will stop here for lunch. After relishing on a typical Peruvian meal for lunch, we will continue our journey to Ollantaytambo town.
Ollantaytambo is a wonderful town. It served as the administrative centre to the Amazon corner of the Incan empire. Having mentioned that, this little town held a lot of significance during the Incan empire. Ollantaytambo archeological ruins hold a lot of mystery which our guide would uncover on your guided tour of the sites.
After a full day guided tour of the prime sites of the Sacred Valley of Incas, you will be boarding the train at 07:45 PM from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes. Aguas Calientes serves as the jump-off point to Machu Picchu. You will be reaching Aguas Calientes at 09:00 PM. Upon your arrival, our hotel representative will meet you at the train station. The hotel representative will assist you with the hotel transfer. Here you will be spending the night.
The hotel crew will be handing you a snack box early morning. You will then be taking a tourist bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu. It is a short 25 minutes uphill drive. We will try to enter in the first group so that you will get to see the sunrise at the citadel.
Our local expert will give you a two hours guided tour of Machu Picchu. On this tour you will be visiting sites like the royal quarters, ruins of temples, temple of the sun, main plaza, ceremonial centre, farming terraces and more. After the tour, you will have some free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own. If you have booked your hike to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, our local expert will direct you to the entrance.
Alternatively, you can walk up to the sun gate. It offers a captivating view of the citadel. This view at dawn is exclusive for those on Inca Trail. After the tour, you will be taking the bus back to Aguas Calientes. Here you will have some free time. You can have lunch if desired.
You will the be boarding the train to Ollantaytambo train station. Our representative will be meeting you upon arrival and will be transferring you back to Cusco.
Sacred Valley or Valley Sagrado are a group of villages in the Peruvian highland which played an important role to Incas and some continue to do so even today. It is home to places like Moray where the Incas did research to determine the best weather condition needed to grow a crop.
The elevation of Sacred Valley ranges from 2050 metres (6730 feet) above sea level in Urubamba to 3000 metres (9800 feet) above sea level at Pisac.
A dream come true. Me and wife, we had a trip of a lifetime. It was an excellent introduction to Incas way of life and culture. Jose Luis is a wonderful guide with a plenty of knowledge.