Day 1: Sacred Valley – Aguas Calientes
At 7:30 am, your private guide will meet you at your hotel to begin the journey to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will start by driving to Pisac, taking the scenic route and stopping at the Mirador of Taray to witness the stunning aerial view of the Urubamba Valley and the surrounding mountains. Our next destination is the Pisac Archeological site, which has the largest Inca cemetery, housing over 2,000 tombs. We will also explore the hand-carved farming terraces on the side of the mountain, the Inca Tunnel, and the religious site of this significant Inca ruin. You will have approximately 2 hours to explore the Inca city before we head to the colorful Pisac Market, the largest in the region, to see the different handicrafts.
After the market visit, we will drive to Urubamba for lunch. Following lunch, we will visit Moray, an experimental farming site designed like an amphitheater with each level naturally providing a different temperature for growing different types of crops. The terraces were carved even before the Incas came to power, and they later used them to research optimal growing conditions for their crops.
We will then visit Maras, a colonial town, and walk downhill to the pre-Inca Salt Mines consisting of over three thousand salt ponds that have been in use for over three thousand years. Next, we will head to Ollantaytambo, a traditional Inca village, where we will explore its ruins with our guide and have dinner or takeout before taking the train.
At 7 pm, we will board the train to Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night in a hotel.
- 2* Accommodation: Inti Punku Tambo or Wiracocha Inn
Day 2: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
An early start at 5:30 am is necessary for this exciting day, as we will take the shuttle bus to Machu Picchu to witness the magical sunrise. Our guide will provide a 2-hour private tour, revealing the history and secrets of the Inca civilization. After the tour, you will have time to take photos at your own leisure.
If you have booked in advance, you may opt for an extra hike up Huayna Picchu to enjoy the breathtaking views. Once you have had your fill of Machu Picchu, we will take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included). Depending on your train departure time, you may have time for some shopping or sightseeing.
The Expedition Train at either 2:55 or 3:20 pm will take you back to Ollantaytambo, following the Urubamba River and offering beautiful views of the whitewater rapids and the Wiñay Wayna ruins on the canyon wall. Upon arrival in Ollantaytambo, our private driver will be waiting to take you back to your hotel in Cusco in our private vehicle. Expect to arrive at your hotel by around 7:00 pm.
- Meal: breakfast
- You can upgrade to the Vistadome Train for the same times, 2:55 pm or 3:20 pm, 4:22 pm, or 4:43 pm. The cost is $57 USD.
- Early trains can be organized by request and it has to be done by booking time.
- The Huayna Picchu Mountain Hike depends on the availability let us know about it at the booking time.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE 2-DAY SACRED VALLEY & MACHU PICCHU TOUR?
- Transfer from the airport to your hotel (Please send us the flight information)
- Pick up at your hotel
- Professional English-speaking guide
- Private transportation
- All entrance tickets for the different archeological sites
- Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
- Round trip train ticket (Expedition service) Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
- Meals as indicated on the itinerary
- Hotel at Aguas Calientes with a private room, bathroom, and wifi
- Round trip Bus tickets Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
- Transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cusco via private van
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE SACRED VALLEY & MACHU PICCHU TOUR?
- Water and snacks
- Huayna Picchu – $75 USD
- Upgrade to Vistadome Train – $57 USD
- Hotel upgrade – Request pricing at booking time
- Tips for your guide
The Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu tour can be done on any date as long as we have a minimum of 2 people!
|No. OF PEOPLE||PRICE|
|2 to 8 people (with 1-night hotel)||$ 407 USD per person|
|2 to 8 people (without hotel)||$ 387 USD per person|
***All entrance fees are included and we operate our tours in small groups averaging 5 people with a maximum of 8!***
- 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.
- Huayna Picchu Climb: $75 USD This needs to be booked in advance, please let us know at the time of booking.
- Upgrade to Vistadome Train: $57 USD (Aguas Calientes to Poroy at 4:43pm)
- Upgrade La Cabaña Hotel 3*: $50 USD per person
- Upgrade Tierra Viva Hotel: 4* $90 USD per person
- Upgrade El Mapi Hotel: 4*¨$120 USD per person
- Hotel single supplement: $35 USD 2*
Please read the following information carefully. It will help answer all of your questions about our services and the Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu Tour for 2 days.
ARRIVAL TO CUSCO
We will pick you up from the Cusco airport and take you to your hotel in Cusco. Please let us know your flight details at least 14 days before arrival. Our representative will be holding an APPLE sign reading APPLE Travel outside the arrivals. You must exit the terminal to find our representative as they cannot enter. (Please let us know if your hotel is in the Sacred Valley so we can make the necessary arrangements).
The Briefing will be the night before the trek at 6 pm in our office which is located at Calle Garcilaso 2010 Office 2012.
CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE?
ABSOLUTELY! During the Machu Picchu Tour, your main luggage can be kept in our office or stored at your hotel, both are free.
HOW TO BOOK THE SACRED VALLEY & MACHU PICCHU TOUR?
FIRST, to book your Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu Tour, we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our homepage.
We will need the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). This information is necessary to purchase the entrance tickets to Machu Picchu the train tickets:
- Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):
- Passport number
- D.OB. (dd/mm/yyyy)
SECOND, to purchase your Inca Trail permit, entrance to Machu Picchu, and train ticket, a deposit of US$211.00 per person is necessary. There are several options to make your deposit. You can click on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols at the top of our home page, on our booking page, or simply click on the payment method of your choice, either VISA or PAYPAL.
WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?
As for the balance, you can pay in cash at our office in Cusco (in US dollars or Peruvian soles) to avoid high credit card fees in Peru. There are many ATMs located within the historical center that you can use to withdraw money. Alternatively, you can also pay online through VISA or PAYPAL, but please note that there is a 5.5% service fee charged by VISA and PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you simply need to log into your PAYPAL account and use our email address, which is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- For 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 email@example.com.
MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?
Yes, but with some restrictions. It is important to note that once you have purchased Machu Picchu tickets, the government does not allow for any changes to the departure date. Additionally, the tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. Therefore, if you choose to cancel your Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Trek, the deposit you have made is non-refundable. It is important to consider these policies before making your purchase to avoid any unexpected circumstances.
DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT FOR THE SACRED VALLEY & MACHU PICCHU TOUR?
To enter Machu Picchu and board the train, you must bring your original passport with you. It is crucial that the passport number you sent us while booking your entrance, train tickets, and reservations is the same as that on your passport. The rangers and the train company will check your passport before allowing you to enter Machu Picchu or board the train.
In case you renew your passport or change your name, please send us your old passport information to secure your permit, and we can change it for a fee of $25 per person when you get your new passport number or updated name. To make the change, we require copies of both your old and new passports. We recommend that you keep a copy of your old passport before changing it.
Alternatively, you can avoid the fee by bringing both passports to Peru with you. You can use your new passport to enter Peru, but you must show both passports (old and new) to enter Machu Picchu or board the train. If you fail to produce both passports, you will not be allowed to enter Machu Picchu or board the train. Please note that officials in Peru are strict about this matter.
Please be aware that it is essential to check the expiration date of your passport before traveling to Peru. The Peruvian government enforces a law that requires all foreign travelers to hold a valid passport for at least six months beyond the date of their entry into Peru. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in denial of entry into the country. Therefore, it is recommended that you check your passport validity well in advance of your planned travel dates to ensure that you have ample time to renew your passport if necessary.
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE ON THE SACRED VALLEY & MACHU PICCHU TOUR?
Due to the unpredictable and constantly changing weather conditions in the Andes Mountains, it is difficult to provide a precise forecast. We recommend that you come prepared for a range of conditions, including warm temperatures, the possibility of rain showers (rain ponchos will be provided by Apple Travel Peru), and colder weather. It is advisable to dress in layers so that you can adjust your clothing based on the changing weather conditions throughout the day. Additionally, we suggest that you bring a warm jacket to ensure that you stay comfortable, particularly during colder periods.
ARE WE DROPPED AT OUR HOTEL AFTER THE SACRED VALLEY & MACHU PICCHU TOUR?
OF COURSE! We will drop you off at your hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley when we return from the tour. We will also pick you up from the Sacred Valley if you are staying there.
If you are satisfied with the services provided by our staff, we kindly suggest leaving a gratuity as a token of appreciation. Your generosity would be greatly appreciated by the staff and their families who will be assisting you during your tour. Tipping also helps to encourage high-quality service and is an essential aspect of the tourism industry in all of our destinations. There is no set amount for tipping, and it is entirely up to you to decide what amount is appropriate based on the level of service you receive and the duration of your tour.
ARE YOU SUSTAINABLE?
Indeed, we are a local, sustainable, and dependable tour operator for that we integrate the universal standards of the travel industry which is to safeguard the climate and advantage the local communities by respecting their way of life and religion. Considering this, we have prepared all our local staff to be aware and comprehend, and regard the places and the nearby individuals.
WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING FOR THE SACRED VALLEY & MACHU PICCHU TOUR?
- A small backpack or carry bag (large bags are not allowed on the train or in Machu Picchu)
- A change of clothing for the second day
- Comfortable shoes
- Rain jacket or poncho
- A fleece or jacket
- Basic toiletries
- Insect repellent
- Hat for the sun
- Some extra money for lunch, snacks, and souvenirs
- Original passport (you cannot enter Machu Picchu without it)
2 Days$ 407 USD per person Book Now