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Sacred Valley of the Incas & Train to Machu Picchu 2D/1N
Sacred Valley of the Incas & Train to Machu Picchu 2D/1N
The Sacred Valley of the Incas, that lies bewteen Cusco and Machu Picchu within the Peruvian Andes, is made up of numerous rivers that descend through gorges and small valleys; It has numerous archaeological monuments and indigenous peoples. This valley was much appreciated by the Incas due to its special geographical and climatic qualities.
Sacred Valley & Train to Machu Picchu Trip Overview
- Tour localization: Sacred Valley of the Incas & Machu Picchu
- Tour type: 2 days and 1 night Machu Picchu & overnight journey by train
- Good for: Everybody, done in small groups or privately
- Difficulty:Not hiking, but a lot of walking around the inca sites
- Highlights: Dyeing and weaving demonstration at Chinchero, the fascinating inca farming amphitheater of Moray, the Salt Mine Ponds, the administrative inca site of Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu.
- Language: All our tours are done only in English; If you need a Spanish tour, it must be booked privately and done at the initial booking.
- Season: All year around
Day 1: Textile Experience- Moray- Salt Mines- Buffet Lunch at Urubamba- Ollantaytambo-Aguas Calientes
To start our Sacred Valley of the Incas Train Tour we pick you up at 8:00 a.m, from you hotel to drive you for 30 towards Chinchero where we will visit a family house dedicated to show and demostrate how the andean peoples elaborate their textiles using llama or alpaca wool, which are dyed with more than 22 obtained colors from roots, leaves, staks, seeds and parasites.
Then we drive for 30 minutes to Moray where we will see the incredible Inca agriculture amphitheater where your guide will share interesting facts about the ruin and the sacred valley of the incas; following with our 2 day Train Tour to Machu Picchu we will board our private van for 20 minutes towards the pretty salt mine ponds of Maras, here you guide will share all the facts about the importance of this place for the andean societies.
Continuing with our tour we will drive for 30 minutes to a restaurant in the sacred valley of the incas where will enjoy a tasty buffet lunch; after lunch and digest time we will drive for 30 more minutes to Ollantaytambo where we will see wonderful inca structures such as retaining walls, houses, temples, water fountains, etc.
After visiting the Ollantaytambo inca site you will have time to explore more of the town and enjoy dinner;
(the train is usually at 7 pm, in the expedition class service from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes but the schedule will depend on how far in advance you are booking and/or the availability of the train).
The train journey to Aguas Calientes is ofr one hour and 45 mimnutes; upon your arrival to Aguas calientes our representatives will meet you just outside the train station and lead you to your hotel.
Important note: If you would like to upgrade the train to the vistadome class service, this train service leaves Ollantaytambo town at 3.36 pm, so you will need to start the tour at 6:30 or 7: 00 am from Cusco.
Day 2. Aguas Calientes- Machupicchu- Cusco
In order to get well rested and have plenty of time to enjoy the views, pictures and lessons at Machu Picchu We suggest you to wake up by 5:00 am in the morning get ready, pack the essentials and take the bus from Aguas Calientes town to Machu Picchu, this will a ride of 30 minutes untill reaching the inca citadel at 6:15 am more or less which will give you the chance to see the sunrise on this magnifecent location.
Your guide will give enough time to take pictures into the most beautiful spots of the Incan city, share lessons about this amazing Incan masterpiece and display you the most impressive details of Machu Picchu; then We take the bus back at more or less 12:00 pm down to Aguas Calientes to enjoy without rush our lunch. This lunch is optional and not included. At lunch, your guide will deliver out train tickets so if you opt to skip this, please arrange to get these train tickets before leaving him at Machu Picchu. Unless you requested for an upgraded train, We will book the Expedition class train departing Aguas Calientes at 3:20 p.m. or 4:22 p.m. This will be a 2 hour train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy (based on which train you get), where an Incas Path driver will meet you and drive you back to the city on our van, then we drop you off at the door of your hotel or the closest possible if the is not car access until your hotel.
** Our service is from your hotel to the sacred valley of the incas and Machu Picchu and then back to your hotel at Cusco
Important note: If you would like to upgrade the train to come back from Aguas Calinetes to Poroy to the vistadome class service, this train service leaves Aguas Calientes town at either 4:43 p.m. or 5:23 p.m. Both Vistadome trains take you to Poroy station, where our driver will collect you and drive you back to Cusco.
Included on our Sacred Valley of the Incas & Train to Machu Picchu
Professional local english speaker Guides: all our super leaders grewp up in cusco region and studied tourism for five years at cusco’s university, they are friendly, funny charming, knowledgeable, professional and will care your safety into our sacred valley of the incas & train to machu picchu tour
Permits: As soon as we get your details and deposit, we will purchase your permits for the inca ruins located into the sacred valley of the incas that also includes an entrance to Machu Picchu
Hotel: This sacred valley of the incas & train to machu picchu tour includes one night in a three-star hotel in Aguas Calientes, the town at the foot of Machu Picchu. The hotel you book will be listed on your invoice, and upgrades are always available.
It is also possible to book this tour without hotel for $50 off our indicated price (per person). Our price is based on rooming two people per room. There is a $50 surcharge for a single room.
Briefing: you should come to our office at least one day prior to your tour to pay the balance, provide exact information about your accommodation and receive some details for the tour.
Transportation: Incas Path will be providing all transportation for this sacred valley of the incas & train to machu picchu tour. You will be picked up from your hotel at 8 am, and brought into all the inca sites located in the sacred valley of the incas. In addition we included your round trip bus ticket from Aguas calientes to Machu Picchu.
Train Tickets: Train tickets will be book in the expeditions class service. Your train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes will be at 7:00 pm and from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo at 4.20 pm. If you are interested in upgrading to the Vistadome class service it will be $75 one way and $125 round trip. These train times will be 3.37 pm from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and 4.43 pm from Agaus Calientes to Poroy.
Food: During the Sacred Valley tour, we will stop at Urubamba for lunch. Dinner will be at a restaurant in Ollantaytambo. Breakfast will be available at your hotel. All three of these meals are included in your tour.
Details: We profess that it is the attention to small details that separates us from other travel agencies. Each tourist will recieve an umbrella for rain that you can also use for protection against the sun, due the solar radiation is very high in places located near the equator.
First Aid: Every guide has got training in first aid from a clinic and firemen. We elaborate mandatory training sessions every February on our tours, which every Incas Path tour guide must attend. Your tour leader is going to have always a first-aid kit for basic medical problems.
Not Included on our Sacred Valley of the Incas & Train to Machu Picchu
- Huayna Picchu Mountain (tickets need to be booked in advance).
- Machu Picchu Picchu Mountain (tickets need to be booked in advance).
- Gratuities for our staff: Incas Path ensures all staff are fairly paid and therefore gratuities are optional and at your own discretion
- Travel Insurance: Highly recommended for all tourist
- Daypack: We suggest you to use a daypack that not exceed 25L to carry passport, water, sunhat, sunglasses, suncream, bug spray, rain jacket and a warm jacket
- Water bottle
- Flight tickets
- Hotel in Cusco
Huayna Picchu is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. It is 2 hour hike to the top. While this hike is on your own, your guide will show you the entry. Huayna Picchu is an additional entrance ticket that we must secure for you with advance. The ticket is $75 per person.
Machu Picchu Mountainis the other mountain that stands above the Machu Picchu site. as Huayna Picchu it offers also spectacular views, this extra hike takes 3 hours round trip. This is an additional entrance ticket that we must secure for you in advance. This ticket is $75 per person.
The vistadome class service, which is an upgraded train that offers slightly larger seats and windows, some entertainment and snack.
To include the vistadome class service in your sacred valley of the incas & train to machu picchu the price for one way is $75 and the price for round trip is $125
We would love to tour the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu with you and your loved ones and take care of immortalizing your visit to the lost city of the Incas.
We can leave any day of the year as long as we meet at least two people, our train tours can leave any day of the week, twelve months a year.
- $495 per person
We include a three (3) star hotel and we use, Retama Machu Picchu, Inti Punku Machu Picchu Hotel & Suites, or Waman Hotel Machu Picchu (based on availability at booking). Rooms are based on double or triple occupation, and there is a single room surcharge of $50 US per person if you book lonely. Rooms all include private bathrooms with hot showers,breakfast and wifi. We could also upgrade your hotel if you like better something more luxurious. Please remind the service in Aguas Calientes is not as good as in Cusco. Below there is a list of potential upgrade choices, If you want any other hotel, just let us know
- El Mapi: +$80 US pp shared (+$160 for a single)
- Sumaq : +$220 US pp shared (+$380 for a single)
+ $ 50 US per person
For those who would like a single room or travel alone, there is a $ 50 room charge to cover the total cost of the room. We do not join hikers alone in a double room. This covers three star hotels and will be more expensive for improved hotels.
– $ 25 discount per person
Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid International Student Card (ISIC) at the beginning of the hike or who is 17 years old or younger. For those who use an international student card or for children under 17, we need to see a copy of their card or passport at the time of booking to receive the discount of Machu Picchu.
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We suggest you to carry lightweight backpack that the is key to feeling good during this sacred valley of the incas & train to machu picchu
- Original Passport ,
- STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
- Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
- Comfortable athletic shoes (lightweight with good soles)
Inside Your Daypacks:
Daypacks can be any size for walking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Some items are listed below
- Rain gear
- Rain jacket
- Music (IPhone)
- Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
- Personal medication
Arriving to Cusco
The airport in Cusco at the present time is only for domestic flights, so all international travelers by plane must disembark in Lima and go through Customs. Even if your flight to Cusco is the same day by the same airline carrier, you must grab your bags in Lima and then check them back in.
The best way to arrive to Cusco is by air and there are several options in airlines. LATAM tends to be the most expensive, but has the most options and flights.
Expect delays or flight cancellations; due to the high altitude of Cusco, it tends to be difficult to land and any weather inconvenience will stop air traffic.
Bus travel is always available and while the trip can be long, especially from Lima, the buses company such as Oltursa, Cruz del Sur, etc, are very well maintained and comfortable; this option is strongly encouraged if coming from a city closer to Cusco, like Puno or Arequipa.
Even though this is an overnight tour by train to Machu Picchu, your luggage allowance is still limited due to restrictions on the train; all bags brought to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) need to be carry on size.
Any extra luggage you have with you, can be left safely in Cusco at either your hotel or with us at the Incas Path deposit while you enjoy your tour: We will grab the extra luggage from you the morning of your tour and return once you are back in Cusco.
Make sure your suitcase have some kind of identification on them so they are easy to locate.
As soon as people book their trip to Peru, specifically Cusco, they start wondering about altitude sickness. The air at high altitudes contains less oxygen than at sea level and forces your body to work harder to get the oxygen it needs. Over several days at high altitude, your body adjusts to the lower amount of oxygen in the air; that is why we advice you to arrive in Cusco three days prior your trek begin or taking a tour of easy physical demand.
With altitude sickness, you may first feel like you have the flu or a hangover. You may have a headache, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, trouble breathing during exercise. If any of these effects become severe, please contact our representatives and we will help you get to a physician.
Most of the time, these symptoms will be mild. We always recommend easing into activity slowly, allowing your body to adjust, drink plenty of fluids such as water, electrolites or coca tea: coca tea has been used since ancient times to help prevent altitude sickness, leaves from the coca plant contain alkaloids like the globulin alkaloid which helps creating red cells in your body that captures the oxygen faster, so helping your body avoid the effects of altitude sickness.
Avoid drinking a lot of alcohol it will cause you to urinate more often and become dehydrated, avoid smoking due it will make more difficult for your body to get oxygen and also avoid sleeping pills because it may cause shallow breathing at night, making it more difficult for your body to absorb oxygen while you sleep.
Your healthcare provider may prescribe medicines, such as acetazolamide better know as the brand Diamox and dexamethasone, to help prevent altitude sickness; start medication two days prior you get to a high altitude and continue to take it while you are at high altitude.
Of course weather is unpredictable. Typically the dry season in Cusco is from April through October, but this does not stop rain from falling in June or the sun from coming out in December, just be prepared; no matter what month you are doing the trek or tour, please make sure that you have rain gear that includes a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho and waterproof gloves.
To protect your journey investment, we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance; acquiring travel insurance before you leave home, is strongly encouraged and very easy.
The body’s immune system helps protect against pathogens that cause infection; most of the time, it’s an efficient system, it either keeps microorganisms out or tracks them down and gets rid of them.
However, some pathogens can overwhelm the immune system; when this happens, it can cause serious illness.
The pathogens most likely to cause problems are the ones the body doesn’t recognize:
vaccination is a way to “teach” the immune system how to recognize and eliminate an organism; that way, your body is prepared if you’re ever exposed.
Vaccinations are an important form of primary prevention; that means they can protect people from getting sick, vaccinations have allowed us to control diseases that once threatened many lives, such as: measles, poliotetanus, and whooping cough.
You may require some additional vaccinations before traveling to Peru; it is adviced you consult to your physician specially if your are taking any trip to the jungle.