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Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu: 2 Day Tour

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Tour typeHistorical
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Group sizeMax 12 persons
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LanguageEnglish, Spanish
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Best timeAll year round
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Duration2 Days


Xplore Cusco’s 2-day Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu tour is the perfect way to discover the wonders of this ancient civilization. The tour offers an unparalleled experience of the Inca heritage and stunning natural landscapes of the region.

On day one, you will have the opportunity to choose between two options, each offering unique experiences of the Sacred Valley. The first option takes you to the Pisac ruins, Pisac market, an alpaca farm, and the Ollantaytambo archaeological site, while the second option takes you to the Maras salt ponds, Moray terraces, Chinchero textile center, and Ollantaytambo ruins. Both options include lunch and end with a train ride to Aguas Calientes, where you will spend the night in a comfortable hotel and enjoy a delicious dinner.

On day two, you will visit the world-famous Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. You will witness the magnificent sunrise over the ruins and explore the Inca citadel with the guidance of an expert tour guide. You will have free time to take photos, enjoy the scenery, and hike the Huayna Picchu mountain if you have booked this option. Finally, you will return to Cusco by train and bus, where our team will transfer you back to your hotel.

With Xplore Cusco, you can rest assured that our experienced team of local guides and travel advisors will provide you with an unforgettable experience, full of knowledge and fun. We take care of every detail of your journey to ensure that you have a stress-free, enjoyable time. We pride ourselves on our excellent customer service and the quality of our tours, making us the ideal choice for those who want to explore Cusco and Machu Picchu.


  • Visit the Inca ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley
  • Experience the stunning Andean scenery on a scenic train ride to Aguas Calientes
  • Explore the ancient city of Machu Picchu with a knowledgeable guide
  • Learn about the fascinating history and culture of the Inca Empire


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TicketsEntrance ticket for Machu Picchu, Train Tickets
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GuideEnglish speaking, professional local guide
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TranportationRound trip transportation
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Pick upPick up from your accommodation in Cusco city
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AccommodationIn Casa Rumichaca
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MoreMaras Salt mines tickets All entrance fees to the archeological sites visited Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes- Machu Picchu

Not Included

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Lunch and dinner on the first day.
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Lunch on the second day.


Day 1: Sacred Valley tour

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The Sacred Valley is a vast area with many tourist attractions, so we offer two options to make the most of your visit. Both options start at 7:00 am with a pick-up from your Cusco hotel. Choose the option that suits you best:

Option 1: Pisac (Alpaca farm, Pisac ruins, Pisac Market, and Ollantaytambo)

We’ll start by driving to Pisac and visiting four main sites: Awana Cancha, where you can see Alpacas, Llamas, Vicuñas, and Huanacos, Pisac Archeological site, Pisac Market, and Ollantaytambo Archeological site. After having lunch in Urubamba, we can visit a brewery (optional) before visiting the Ollantaytambo Archeological center. Then, we will take the train to Aguas Calientes.

Option 2: Maras (Chinchero, Moray, Salt Ponds, and Ollantaytambo)

On this option, we’ll visit the Textile center of Chinchero and the Colonial town of Maras. Then, we’ll head to the nearby Inca site of Moray, a magnificent series of terrace circles used by the Incas for experimenting with crops. Next, we’ll visit the salt mines that have been in use since Pre-Inca times. The views are breathtaking, with thousands of stark white pools stretching down the valley. Finally, we’ll head to the Ollantaytambo ruins, where we’ll spend an hour before taking the train to Aguas Calientes.

Day 2: Visit Machu Picchu

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This is the most magical day: Machu Picchu. We’ll wake up early to take the first bus up to Machu Picchu and see the sunrise over the ruins. Your guide will spend around 2 hours explaining the highlights of Machu Picchu. Afterward, you will have free time to explore the ruins on your own and hike Huayna Picchu Mountain if you have booked this option (this requires a separate entrance ticket that costs $65 per person). Finally, we’ll return to Aguas Calientes and take the train back to Ollantaytambo, followed by a bus back to Cusco. Upon arriving in Cusco, we’ll transfer you back to your hotel.

What to bring

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  • Passport (required for entry to Machu Picchu)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Warm clothing (as temperatures can be chilly in the mountains)
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks

What to wear

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  • Comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing
  • Layers for cooler temperatures
  • Sun hat or cap
  • Sunglasses

Not allowed

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  • pets
  • alcohol
  • bags
  • umbrella


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  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated at high altitudes
  • Bring cash for meals and souvenirs
  • Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the stunning scenery
  • It is recommended to acclimate to the altitude in Cusco for a few days before the tour

More info

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Why should you go to Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu with us?

  1. Expertise: Xplore Cusco has a team of expert local guides who are knowledgeable about the history and culture of the area. They will make sure that you get the most out of your tour by providing insightful information and answering any questions you may have.
  2. Small group tours: Xplore Cusco offers small group tours to ensure that you receive personalized attention from your guide and have a more intimate experience. This also allows for more flexibility in the itinerary and the ability to cater to individual preferences.
  3. Convenience: Xplore Cusco takes care of all the logistics, including transportation, entrance tickets, and accommodation, so you can relax and enjoy the tour without any stress or hassle.
  4. Sustainability: Xplore Cusco is committed to sustainable tourism practices, which means that they prioritize responsible tourism that has a positive impact on the local community and environment.


Is there a weight limit for luggage on the train?
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Yes, there is a weight limit of 5 kg (11 lbs) for carry-on luggage and 22 kg (48 lbs) for checked luggage on the train. Please pack accordingly.
Is the train ride scenic?
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Yes, the train ride is known for its stunning views of the Andean mountains and the Urubamba River.
What is the altitude of Machu Picchu?
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Machu Picchu is located at an altitude of approximately 2,430 meters (7,970 feet) above sea level.
Is the tour suitable for children?
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Yes, this tour is suitable for children of all ages. However, please keep in mind that the tour involves a fair amount of walking and may not be suitable for those with mobility issues.
Can I stay longer in Aguas Calientes?
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Yes, it is possible to extend your stay in Aguas Calientes. Please inform your guide and the tour operator in advance to make arrangements.

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