Highlights of Sacred Valley – 5 Days
Includes visit to Machu Picchu, Cusco, and Ollantaytambo
Plus Salt Mines, Moray, Abra Malaga, Pisaq, Chincheros and more !
Day 1 – private vehicle pickup directly from Cusco airport. Transfer yourselves and your luggage to Ollantaytambo train station. Expedition train #75, departing Ollanta 19:00 and arriving Aguas Calientes 20:43. Overnight in 3 star hotel “La Cabana” Guide service is not included today but can be added for an additional $100 (from airport up to your train departure).
Day 2 – your English speaking guide will arrive at your hotel at the hour you choose and bring you up to the site (its a bit complicated) as well as act as an optional tour guide during your actual visit (only if you wish). Included today is roundtrip bus ticket Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu, as well as a general admission ticket to Machu Picchu. Optional Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu add-on is $15 and is subject to availability. Return on the Vistadome #606 train, leaving Aguas Calientes at 18:10 and arriving to Ollanta at 20:43 in time for a good dinner. Roundtrip train ticket included, hotel in Ollanta (2 to 3 star, private room, private bath, 24 hot water, Wi Fi).
Day 3 – after a relaxing morning of breakfast and recovering from yesterday’s big day, you will go visit the main Incan Fortress in the main center of Ollantaytambo. This is a very impressive site that takes about 2 hours to visit and highly recommended. Entrance fee not included (about $25) but we do include an English speaking guide for this visit. Afterwards, enjoy a lunch at one of our favorite restaurants in town (included).
In the afternoon, we will spend about two hours walking the old, Incan original part of this fascinating historical town. Your guide can point out many hidden stone features, authentic family homes, etc. Today we end off in mid afternoon and the rest of the day and evening/dinner are on your own.
Included today is breakfast, guide service until late afternoon day, and your hotel in the evening.
Day 4 – Visit Abra Malaga in the mornings, and the Salt Mines and Moray in the afternoon. You can do these visits either just in the car (which is honestly amazing, both of them) or you can do them by bicycle at no extra charge. See details of these two 1/2 day trips here:
Included today is breakfast, lunch, dinner, guide service all day, all private transportation throughout the day, and your hotel in the evening, as well as all entrance fees.
Day 5 – Today after breakfast and relaxing we will take you to Cusco but not before stopping for a couple hours at Pisaq, a famous and very interesting Incan town with both a popular market (selling both local produce as well as, yes, souvenirs, and quite lovely ones we must say!) as well as the Inca archaeological site there, which takes about two hours to go through and costs $30 to enter (not included). After, we will take the scenic way to Cusco, passing by several Inca sites which you can stop at if you did not do the ruins in Pisac.
Included today is breakfast, guide service up until your arrival to Cusco, all private transportation throughout the day, and your hotel in the evening.
The cost for this itinerary is $985 per person based on two people total, double occupancy hotel (2 beds or one large queen). Please note that $300 of that cost approximately goes to your Machu Picchu visit.