Sacred Valley and Machupicchufrom
The valley between Pisac and Ollantaytambo is known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas. On this tour, we will drive through the mountains of the Sacred Valley, which played a key role in Inca culture and history.
ElevationCusco 3.300 m /11.152 ft
Highest AltitudeCusco 3.300 m /11.152 ft
Lowest AltitudeAguas Calientes 2.040 m / 6.692 ft
Group Size6-12 -16 max (Small)
Duration2 Days 1 Night
Tour StyleCulture, Trekking
Once you arrive in Cusco
Many people ask about altitude sickness, wondering if it will be a problem. Altitude sickness is caused when there is less oxygen in your bloodstream due to being at a high altitude above sea level. It can cause fatigue or general tiredness or even dehydration, dizziness, vomiting or nausea and loss of appetite. “Periodic Breathing” is common at high altitudes. It involves alternate periods of deep and shallow breathing, and breathing may even cease for between 3 and 15 seconds. When it occurs at high altitudes, periodic breathing is not a medical problem on its own. It is just the body’s physiological response to having lower-than-normal oxygen levels in the atmosphere. Your body reacts to this by making you breathe faster and deeper. This in turn, causes a quick build-up of carbon dioxide in your blood, which feeds back to your respiratory system causing your breathing to slow down or even stop for a short while. When your body senses a further drop in oxygen levels in the blood, it is kick-started into breathing faster and deeper again. And so the cycle continues.
Periodic breathing can interfere with your sleep if the periods of no breathing wake you up or make you sleep restlessly. If this becomes a problem, taking the prescription medicine acetazolamide (Diamox) may help. (ASK YOUR DOCTOR).
We take care of our clients and want you to enjoy your vacation so our agency receives support from a doctor who can advise you if you are feeling any symptoms of altitude sickness.
The best advice we can give is to relax and take in plenty of fluids, walk slowly and avoid heavy food and alcohol for, at least, your first 2 days here. It is best to do short and non-strenuous activities for your first few days until you become acclimatized to the altitude.
- Elevation Cusco: 3.300 meters /11.152 feet
- Highest Elevation: CUSCO 3.300 meters /11.152 feet
- Lowest Elevation: AGUAS CALIENTES 2.040 meters / 6.692 feet
- Considered: Moderate level short walks, with some areas a bit more difficult.
- Departure Time: Day 1 pick up at 8 am (from your hotel) and return to your hotel the following day at 7:30 pm.
- Why: this is definitely on your bucket list!
- The Sacred Valley + MACHUPICCHU is characterized by very special conditions, firstly the begin of the day into the sacred valley, you can know and explore more about knowledge of the incas time and finally will be the most interesting place on day two machupicchu where for sure you will appreciate a lot this place
- A Professional Andean tour guide with experience and a lot of passion for their job.
- Transportation- Our van drivers are licensed professionals. Pick up from your hotel in Cusco on day 1 and drop off on day 2. Bus from your hotel in Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu and back. Expedition Train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and back.
- If you want to upgrade the train tickets to another service such as Vistadome, it is an extra $70 per person, one way, or $100 per person, round-trip
- Accommodation. One night in a 3-star hotel (usually “La Cabaña Hotel) if you want an upgrade just let us know and we will be happy to provide you with some other options (prices will vary). If you want to book your own accommodation it will be $45 less on the total price.
- Meals. Day 1 lunch and dinner. Day 2 breakfast is provided at the hotel.
- Some drinks like water, beer etc. These can be purchased in local restaurants.
- Money for tips
CUSCO – ALPACA FARM – PISAQ MARKET – PISAQ and OLLANTAYTAMBO ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES – TRAIN TO AGUAS CALIENTES
Our staff will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at around 8:00am in a private car and we will begin our journey to the Sacred Valley.
Our first stop will be in AWANACANCHA to see the beautiful Andean llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and guanacos and learn about how their wool is used to make fabrics. Our journey will continue with stops at beautiful lookout point along the way until we arrive in PISAC, an Incan Archaeological site where you will see towers, military fortresses and astronomical observatories as well as the largest Incan cemetery in the Americas. From here we will go to the main square of the city to see the famous PISAC MARKET, a unique local market with handmade crafts, sweaters, ponchos, bags, etc. Finishing up here at around 2pm we will continue to URUBAMBA for lunch, where your guide will recommend some places to try the delicious local foods. After lunch we’ll drive to OLLANTAYTAMBO where we will walk to the summit of the Incan Archaeological site and see the six huge monoliths, the temples of the Sun and Moon and the water fountains. We will also see how the town of OLLANTAYTAMBO has many modern houses built on the foundations of the ancient Incan village. Finishing our walking tour of the city we will take the train. The train schedule changes depending on the season, but usually we will take the 7pm train, although we also have the option of starting the tour earlier and taking the 3:30 train. The train journey will take about an hour and a half and once we arrive in Aguas Calientes we will be able to have dinner there. Aguas Calientes is considered to be the “entrance to the jungle” and you will notice the difference in climate and the local flora such as orchids, bromeliads, avocados tree etc.
THE TOWN OF AGUAS CALIENTES- THE WONDER OF MACHU PICCHU-RETURN TO CUSCO
Today we will visit MACHUPICCHU, a magical and spiritual place and one of the seven wonders of the word.
In 2019 the government changed the rules for visitors to Machupicchu, with less people now being allowed in, and the permitted stay being shorter. So, to make the most of our time there and to fully enjoy this once in a lifetime experience, we will start our tour by taking a bus from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu (the departure time will depend on the time of the entrance tickets you have reserved). Once we arrive, we will have a 3-hour guided tour through the different sections of Machupicchu- such as the urban sector, religious sector, and agricultural sector. After the tour we will head back to Aguas Calientes by bus and from there we will take a train back to Cusco. Usually, the train we take will be the one leaving at 2:55pm, but this will depend on your schedule. The train will take us to ollantaytambo, from where we will take a bus ride back to the hotel, dropping you off at you hotel around 7:30pm.
ENTRANCE TIMES FOR MACHUPICCHU
1 MACHUPICCHU Starting at: 6:00 2 MACHUPICCHU Starting at: 7:00 3 MACHUPICCHU Starting at: 8:00 4 MACHUPICCHU Starting at: 9:00 5 MACHUPICCHU Starting at: 10:00 6 MACHUPICCHU Starting at: 11:00 7 MACHUPICCHU Starting at: 11:00 8 MACHUPICCHU Starting at: 13:00 9 MACHUPICCHU Starting at: 14:00 10 MACHUPICCHU with MACHUPICCHU mountain: 6.00 11 MACHUPICCHU with MACHUPICCHU mountain: 7.00 12 MACHUPICCHU with MACHUPICCHU mountain: 8.00 13 MACHUPICCHU with HUAYNAPICCHU mountain: 6.00 14 MACHUPICCHU with HUAYNAPICCHU mountain: 7.00 15 MACHUPICCHU with HUAYNAPICCHU mountain: 8.00
- Bring a backpack where you can take enough things for 2 days
- Sunscreen recommended over 45 +UV
- Insect repellent
- A sunhat during dry season
- A rain coat during rainy season
- Proper shoes for a short walking tour
- Soles (money)
- Camera and extra batteries