Duration: 3 days/ 2 nights or longer.
Departure Dates: Any day you would like!
Pricing: From $629 USD per person, for groups of 4 or more trekkers. Please contact us for pricing for smaller group treks.
You have a short time in Cusco, and intend to visit Sacred Valley highights and Machu Picchu while emphasizing off the beaten path experiences. What to do? Please consider our customized & authentic Machu Picchu Sacred Valley tour!
Start off with a visit to Sacred Valley highlights, a serene and wonderfully slow-paced region that’s studded with Inca ruins, time-worn towns and authentic markets. It’s here where you’ll get a taste of the locals’ warmth and traditions. Next, you’ll travel in style by luxury train up to Peru’s superstar attraction: the famed Inca citadel of Machu Picchu – a sight so stunning that even the most jaded of travelers can’t help but go weak at the knees. After a private tour of Machu Picchu with your very own guide, and Huayna Picchu climb (optional), return to Cusco in time for a good night’s rest.
As with all Ayni Peru travel, this itinerary can be customized or combined with tours in Cusco and beyond. Please contact us for custom itineraries, quotes and questions. Please click here to check Huayna Picchu availability.
Today we depart for the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas. Our first stop is the Inca fortress of Saqsayhuaman, constructed of huge, skillfully carved stones. From there, continue to the stunning Inca ruins of Pisac overlooking the valley. After time to appreciate the impressive ruins, descend to Pisac village to browse handicraft stalls and sample fresh empanadas in a traditional market. From there, enjoy lunch with a local family, then continue to your cozy Sacred Valley hotel.
This morning we head to the archeological complex of Moray, characterized by sunken, circular terraces thought to be a site of agricultural research for the Incas. Next, continue to the Salineras. The Salineras are a cluster of hundreds of spring-fed, artisanal salt pools cascading down a steep hillside, and have been in use since before the arrival of the Incas in the area. You’ll likely have the opportunity to observe salt harvesting in the manner it has been done for hundreds of years, and learn from locals about the process. We’ll break for an early lunch at a delicious local restaurant, then depart by train for Aguas Calientes, located at the foot of Machu Picchu. Board your comfortable train, then relax and enjoy views of dramatic snowcapped peaks, fields of corn and barley, and finally lush, subtropical forest. Evening free to relax or visit local hotsprings.
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We awake this morning to catch the bus to the gates of this Wonder of the World. You will ascend stone steps, through heavy tree cover to finally emerge at the top of the world – Machu Picchu! The incredible Inca stone construction will be spread below, alternately hidden and revealed by clouds. You`ll have a 2.5-3 hour private tour with your guide, and the option to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain(additional cost; please enquire at the time of booking). After time to explore on your own, descend to Aguas Calientes for your return train to Ollantaytambo. We will be waiting in the station and bring you to your hotel in Cusco for a good night’s rest.