Our Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu tour, is an extension of our full day Sacred Valley Tour. On this two days trip from Cusco you will be given a guided tour of three prime archeological sites of the Sacred Valley of Incas – Pisac, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo.
The Sacred Valley of Incas, as the name suggests played an important role during the Incan civilization and still continue to. The valley has the most fertile soil in the country. These fertile farms are irrigated by fresh water from Urubamba river. The first people who lived in the Sacred valley were Qotacalla civilization, from 500 to 900 AD. The Killke civilization then took over on 900 AD until the Incas conquered in 1420.
One of the reasons Sacred Valley continue to be an important place is because it is lower in altitude, thus the climate is much warmer than in Cusco. Apart from potatoes, maize has been an important crop for Incas. Infact, the Incas (and the generation today) consumed fermented beverage made of Maize called Chicha.
This tour will be taking you to the heart of the Incan civilization. Our tour guides are locals from Cusco who have an extensive knowledge in the culture, history and tradition. We are certain that you will have a good insight on the life and history of Incas on this Sacred Valley trip to Machu Picchu.
We at Tayra Tours Cusco are passionate about travel. Our guides are locals. They have an extensive knowledge about history, culture and traditions. We are a fully locally owned tour operator in Cusco.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
04:00 PM (Next Day)
We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco between 0810 and 0820 in the morning. Our first stop will be in Pisac. Pisac is home to a massive archaeological complex which is located up a hill, offering magnificent view of the valley below. The archaeological complex of Pisac is only second to Machu Picchu. We will be driving you to the main entrance of the complex. Our local guide will be giving you a detailed tour of the complex in which you will be visiting different areas of the complex.
Pisac is also famous for its local market. It is a market where locals from the nearby village sell their products, so you could easily get a good deal on souvenirs.
Our next stop will be in the heart of the Sacred Valley of Incas, in Urubamba. Here, we will be stopping in a local restaurant for a buffet lunch with options for vegans.
We will then travel to our last stop on the Sacred Valley of Incas, Ollantaytambo. Ollantaytambo is an interesting town which depicts the Incan architecture. It also houses an archaeological complex. After a guided tour of the sites here, you will be boarding a train to Aguas Calientes town.
Aguas Calientes, serves as a gateway to Machu Picchu. Our representative will be meeting you at the train station and will walk you to the hotel. We will be accommodating you in a basic room.
Early in the morning, you will be taking a bus to the main entrance of Machu Picchu citadel. Our local guide will give you a complete guided tour of the renowned Inca City. On this tour you will be visiting the remains of temples, royal quarters, ceremonial sites, agricultural terraces and other sites.
After the tour, you will have some free time to saunter through the cobbled stoned paths of Machu Picchu or alternatively, walk up to the Sun Gate. If you intend to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, please note that you are required to book your entrance in advance.
After the tour, you will be taking the bus back to Aguas Calientes town. You can stop for lunch (not included) before boarding the train back to Ollantaytambo. At Ollantaytambo train station, our representative will be meeting you and will be transferring you back to Cusco.
The shortest and the scenic train ride is from Ollantaytambo in Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes (base of Machu Picchu). It takes two hours, each way from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
On this trip, we offer the most convenient option with no hike. You will be taking a bus to and from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
It roughly takes 25 minutes, each way from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
Well worth the time and money spent on this tour. It was a fantastic experience with a lot of new things to learn and see. Sacred Valley undoubtedly is an impressive part of the Incan civilization. I can totally recommend this tour and this tour company.
I feel this is a good day trip as I got to see many sites of the Sacred Valley of Incas and know about Incan civilization before going to Machu Picchu which was very helpful. They also stopped at a local restaurant for lunch which was nice to savour some local delicacies.