Work your way through the Sacred Valley, where you will meet local artisans, explore ancient Incan fortresses, ruins, and waterfalls rarely seen by most travelers to Peru. This 3 day trip culminates in a private tour of Machu Picchu, led by a local guide. Spend each night in small, quaint hotels.
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This Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu tour is the perfect itinerary for travelers with a limited time to explore Cusco’s most incredible highlights! You’ll visit Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu through interesting, off the beaten path experiences and with an expert local guide.
Sacred Valley is a serene and wonderfully slow-paced region that’s studded with Inca ruins, time-worn towns, and authentic markets. Here, you’ll get a taste of the locals’ warmth and traditions and we´ll take the time to show you the most famous highlights along with local secrets. You’ll also enjoy a scenic train ride to Peru’s unforgettable attraction: the famed Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
This itinerary can be customized or combined with tours in Cusco or other destinations in Peru. Please contact us for custom itineraries, quotes, and questions.
DAY 1 : UNIQUE SACRED VALLEY TOUR
Today we depart for the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas. Our first stop is the Inca fortress of Saqsayhuaman, constructed of huge, skillfully carved stones. From there, continue to the stunning Inca ruins of Pisac overlooking the valley. After time to appreciate the impressive ruins, descend to Pisac village to browse handicraft stalls and sample fresh empanadas in a traditional market. From there, enjoy lunch with a local family, then continue to your cozy Sacred Valley hotel.
Included meals: Lunch
DAY 2 : SACRED VALLEY
This morning of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu tour we head to the archeological complex of Moray, characterized by sunken, circular terraces thought to be a site of agricultural research for the Incas.
Next, continue to the Salineras. The Salineras are a cluster of hundreds of spring-fed, artisanal salt pools cascading down a steep hillside, and have been in use since before the arrival of the Incas in the area. You’ll likely have the opportunity to observe salt harvesting in the manner it has been done for hundreds of years, and learn from locals about the process.
We’ll break for an early lunch at a delicious local restaurant, then depart by train for Aguas Calientes, located at the foot of Machu Picchu. Board your comfortable train, then relax and enjoy views of dramatic snowcapped peaks, fields of corn and barley, and finally lush, subtropical forest. Evening free to relax or visit local hotsprings.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 3 : MACHU PICCHU
We awake this morning of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu tour to catch the bus to the gates of this Wonder of the World. You will ascend stone steps, through heavy tree cover to finally emerge at the top of the world – Machu Picchu! The incredible Inca stone construction will be spread below, alternately hidden and revealed by clouds.
You`ll have a 2.5-3 hour private tour with your guide, and the option to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (additional cost; please enquire at the time of booking). After time to explore on your own, descend to Aguas Calientes for your return train to Ollantaytambo. We will be waiting in the station and bring you to your hotel in Cusco for a good night’s rest.
Included meals: Breakfast
Born in the beautiful province of Acomayo, right in the Andes Mountains, Domingo’s love of the great outdoors began at a young age. When he was just a kid, his family moved to Cusco, where he discovered his love for tourism. Domingo’s first job in tourism was as a porter on the Inca Trail. It was really hard work, but working with the guides inspired him to become one as well. He went to school to study tourism. He tells us that the day that he finally got his license as an official tour guide was one of the best days in his life. It was such an exciting moment to be able to lead people on the trail, and now 16 years later, he still gets excited every time he guides travelers on a tour. A few years ago, he decided to begin his own tour company. His hope was that through his tours, he could show travelers not only the beauty and history of the region but also teach them about the rich Andean culture.
Among Domingo’s hobbies, he loves photography and he is an amateur photographer. And he has the perfect job to learn and improve his photography skills everyday, he always brings his camera with him.
He was born in the Apurimac region of Peru in an indigenous community with rich agricultural land. As a kid, he learned from his parents how to work on the field and the importance of maintaining the indigenous culture’s age-old traditions. Although he left this small town at a very young age to attend elementary school in Cusco, he has carried this appreciation for ancient culture his whole life. Living in the magical city of Cusco, he was able to expand his knowledge of his ancestors even more and was inspired to take this knowledge and share it with others. After studying tourism in school, he became a tour guide, specializing in ancient cultures. Having been born in an indigenous village and as a native speaker of the Quechua language, teaching travelers from all over the world about the history and land has been a great honor and a dream come true.
Urbano is currently working on building a new home, and although he recognises that it’s been quite a hard work, he absolutely loves it! In his free time, he also love spending as much time as possible with his wife and two little kids!
Huber also grew up in a small town in the Sacred Valley so he was raised to always respect and love Mother Nature. As a kid, he always admired the tour guides passing through his town. Not only did they get to explore some of the most beautiful parts of the country, but they got to meet people from all over the world. Huber became determined that he too would become a tour guide. As soon as he was old enough, he moved to Cusco to study tourism and become a certified Inca Trail guide. For about 14 years now, he has been leading tours, and discovered that, beyond taking his guests on the “typical” paths, he wanted to be a unique guide and take them to the unique interesting spots other guides weren’t going to. He also have studied medicinal plants and love teaching the travelers about the many fascinating benefits these plants can have.
Growing up, huber has always loved fishing, particularly for river trout. Now as an adult he has begun to rediscover this passion! And he also has recently discovered a new passion for birdwatching, and his goal to keep learning even more so he can lead his own birdwatching tours soon.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.