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Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu (2 days)

Operative tour

The most recommended package tour, which includes a visit to the Sacred Valley the first day on the way to Machu Picchu.


The tour has confirmed daily departures and can be booked up until 48 hours in advance. However, entrance tickets for the Machu Picchu citadel and the Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountains are always subject to availability, so we recommend booking as far in advance as possible.

Price

Prices of the programs with entrance fee to Machu Picchu for type of accommodation in Aguas Calientes until December 31st, 2024:

  • Without accommodations:
  • Adult non-resident in Andean Community: US$ 389 per person.
  • Adult resident in Andean Community: US$ 369 per person.
  • Hostel Eco Mapi with shared room:
  • Adult non-resident in Andean Community: US$ 399 per person.
  • Adult resident in Andean Community: US$ 379 per person.
  • Hostel Vista Machu Picchu or similar with private room:
  • Adult non-resident in Andean Community: from US$ 429 per person.
  • Adult resident in Andean Community: from US$ 409 per person.
  • Hotel Jaya or similar with private room:
  • Adult non-resident in Andean Community: from US$ 474 per person.
  • Adult resident in Andean Community: from US$ 454 per person.


If you select a program without entrance fee to Machu Picchu, you must have a ticket at the latest with entrance from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (ingreso de 12:00 a 13:00), and a discount will be applied as follows:

  • Adult non-resident in the Andean Community: US$ 40 off.
  • Minor non-resident in the Andean Community: US$ 20 off.
  • Adult resident in Andean Community: US$ 20 off.

 

*Andean Community: resident citizens in Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia.

*Discount for minors: you can access to the prices for minors (age 14 to 17) directly in the passengers’ number selector.

Included

  • Pickup at the hotel in Cusco.
  • Drop-off at downtown Cusco.
  • Guided tour:
  • Sacred Valley (Písac, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo).
  • Machu Picchu citadel.
  • Transport:
  • Round-trip shared transport via the Expedition category train between Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes.
  • Round-trip shared transport by bus between Aguas Calientes and the Machu Picchu citadel.
  • One-way shared transportation from Ollantaytambo train station to downtown Cusco.

Not included

  • Meals.
  • Accommodations in Aguas Calientes, in case you choose the option without accommodations.
  • Tourist Ticket for the sites in the Sacred Valley (payment in cash, with soles):
  • Peruvians:
  • Partial ticket: S/. 40 per person.
  • Full ticket: S/. 70 per person.
  • International visitors:
  • Partial ticket: S/. 70 per person.
  • Full ticket: S/. 130 per person.

Optional Services

  • Train upgrade to the Vistadome category from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (return trip)*: $ 80 per person.
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu Mountain: $ 65 per person.
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu Mountain: $ 65 per person.


*The Vistadome upgrade train is offered only for the return trip because on the outward journey to Aguas Calientes there are no Vistadome times that you can combine with the tour’s itinerary.

How to book

  1. Select the departure date from the calendar.
  2. Select the number of people.
  3. Select the optional services you would like to add.
  4. Click in "Add to cart".
  5. Pay an advance deposit online of the full price.
  • Once the payment has been made, the booking eill be subject to confirmation depending on availability. If you would like to find out about availability before making the payment, send us an e-mail at reservas@denomades.com.

What to bring

  • Comfortable clothing.
  • Comfortable shoes.
  • Hat to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Rain poncho.
  • Snacks.
  • Water.

Itinerary

Start: Day 1 at 7:30 am at your hotel in Cusco.

End: Day 2 around midnight in dontown Cusco.


Day 1: Cusco – Písac – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes. We will pick you up in the morning to begin our trip by vehicle towards north of Cusco. We will make a stop at a lookout point to catch our first glimpse of the Sacred Valley, as well as to receive a presentation from our tour guide. Then, we will reach Písac, where we will visit the archaeological site with terraces used by the Quechua for cultivation. We will reach an altitude of 3,400 meters (11,154 ft.) or even 3,500 meters (11,483 ft.) if we have the energy to explore the highest part. After this, we will go back to the town where we will be able to visit the handicraft market. Next, we will drive on towards Ollantaytambo while skirting the Urubamba River. Once we are there*, we will visit the terraces and the Temple of the Sun ruins, and we will also have an exceptional view of the surrounding valleys. At the end of the day, we will take you to the train station to take the train to Aguas Calientes, from where you will then go to the hostel where you will spend the night.


*If you selected the optional service for a train upgrade to the Vistadome category, you will only receive a short explanation about the archaeological site and then you will have to go to the train station to take the train to Aguas Calientes.


Day 2: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco.

We will get up very early in the morning to take the bus with our guide in the town center. The ride from Aguas Calientes to the entrance of the Machu Picchu citadel will take 25 minutes. Here, we will take a guided tour that lasts one hour, during which we will receive information about the place’s history, from its construction to the time it was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham. Then, we will say good-bye to the guide and the group to tour the citadel on our own, with enough time to get to explore the structures that we didn’t get to see with the guide, or to climb one of the mountains, Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu, if you included one in your ticket. After this experience, we will go back to Aguas Calientes to be at the train station a half an hour before the scheduled departure on your ticket. You will arrive to Ollantaytambo, where transportation will be waiting for you to take you to downtown Cusco.


Visit to the archaeological site

 

To enter to Machu Picchu archaeological site, you must have the so-called Llaqta Machu Picchu entrance ticket. Remember that, in case you select a program without entrance fee, you can buy it in the Ministerio de Cultura website.

The entrance will give you access to the archaeological site following one of its 4 circuits, which you will have to choose once you are in the citadel entrance:

 

  • Circuit 1: high and low part of the archaeological site, as well as the platforms and terraces area for 3 hours.
  • Circuit 2: high and low part of the archaeological site, as well as the routes to the Inti Punku and the Inca’s Bridge for 4 hours.
  • Circuit 3: low part of the archeological site including the agricultural area, Temple of the Sun, Inka House, Sacred Rock, and Archaeological Reserve for 1 and a half hours.
  • Circuit 4: low part of the archeological site including the agricultural area, Temple of the Sun, Inka House, Sacred Rock, and water mirrors for 2 hours.

 

Our recommendation for you to tour the citadel is choosing the circuit 2, because it will allow you to visit a bigger number of attractions inside Machu Picchu and taking the classic pictures. On the other hand, in case you decide add the visit to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain as an optional service, you will have less time in the citadel, depending also on the time in which your visit to one of the two mountains is confirmed.

In case we cannot confirm the visit to the mountain as early as possible, the only possibility to visit the citadel will be with circuits 3 and 4.

Map

Cancellation policy

  • If you cancel or reschedule this tour, you will not receive a full refund.
  • If you cancel or reschedule more than 6 days in advance, you will only receive a refund of US$ 55 per person from the advance deposit made at the time of the booking.
  • If you cancel or reschedule less than 6 days in advance, you will not receive any refund.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • For the minor price, is it valid the age the children have at the moment of bokking or when we are going to do the tour?

    The discount for minors applies according to the age they have at the moment of making the tour. Separate from that, you have to send us the travel document at the moment of booking.

  • How far in advance should I book the activity?

    We receive bookings with minimum 1 week in advance. However, the places are limited and are always subject to availability. Entry tickets for the Machu Picchu citadel and entry tickets to the optional mountains Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu have a high demand, running out of tickets, in some cases, with months in advance. Because of that, our recommendation is to make the booking as far in advance as possible.

  • What is the Tourist Ticket and where can I buy it?

    The Tourist Ticket is a ticket that gives you access to 14 places of tourist interest: 10 archaeological parks located in Cusco's surroundings (Saqsaywaman, Qenqo, Pukapukara, Tambomachay, Písac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Moray, Tipón and Pikillaqta), and three museums and one monument located in Cusco. The ticket has a price of S/. 130 per person and you can buy it directly in the entry of every place of tourist interest indicated. To have more information about the Tourist Ticket, visit http://cosituc.gob.pe/tarifario/.

  • What is the difference between the Machu Picchu citadel, Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu Mountain?

    What commonly is known as "Machu Picchu" corresponds to the Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, which is formed by different areas, among them the Machu Picchu citadel (archaeological center or ruins) and its two adjacent mountains: Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu. The tour includes the entry ticket to the citadel, but not the entry to climb up one of the mountains, which you can add as an optional to your booking. You can check the technical details, similarities and differences of the mountains here.

  • How long does it take the visit to Machu Picchu?

    The visit has a duration of three hours, and is divided as follows: 1 hour for a guided tour by the citadel, and two hours to climb up and go down one of the optional mountains, or to go over freely by the citadel.

  • Which are the differences between the Expedition and Vistadome train categories?

    The Expedition category as well as the Vistadome category offer comfortable leather seats, and include a snack, and a cold or hot beverage per person. The first and main difference between both categories is that the Vistadome train has roof windows in the wagons, which allows you to have a panoramic view of the exterior. The second difference is that the Vistadome train offers entertainment services on board, like traditional dances and parades.

  • How is the weather in Machu Picchu?

    Machu Picchu is located between the Andes Mountain Range and the Amazonas Jungle, having a warm and mild weather, with a minimum average temperature of 12°C and a maximum average temperature of 24°C. From April to October is the dry season in the place, that is to say, during this period there is a lower possibility of having rain, while from November to March is the rain season, that is to say, during this period there is a higher possibility of having rain. Nevertheless, during the whole year there is possibility of rain, because we are talking about a subtropical area.

  • I have already bought my entry ticket to Machu Picchu, is it possible to book the program without the entry ticket added to the total price?

    Yes. To make the booking in this way, you have to write us at reservas@denomades.com, indicating the number of people travelling and the date you want to begin the program, and we will send to you the corresponding quotation along with the instructions to make the booking.

  • Is it possible to add an accommodation night in Aguas Calientes and return to Cusco a day after the tour?

    Yes. To make the booking in this way, you have to write us at reservas@denomades.com, indicating the number of people travelling and the date you want to begin the program, and we will send to you the corresponding quotation along with the instructions to make the booking.

  • Why there are prices for type of accommodations in Aguas Calientes?

    The idea is be able to offer an option according to what you want to pay by the tour, even giving you the possibility to choose the accommodations in Aguas Calientes on your own.

  • What are the differences between accommodations?

    • Mapi Hostel: triple or quadruple shared room, with shared bathroom. Includes box lunch for breakfast.
    • Presidente Hostel or similar: single or double private room, with private bathroom. Includes box lunch for breakfast.
    • Tierra Viva Hotel (3 stars) or similar: single or double private room, with private bathroom. Includes breakfast.
  • What document to I need to prove that I am a student?

    The students discount is valid as long as you are maximum 25 years old. The same way the discount is valid if, at the moment of booking, you send us a copy or picture of your university ID card. This card needs to have the following information:

    • Full name of the university.
    • Full name of the student.
    • Picture of the student.
    • Year on which it is valid (the card should indicate the same year in which you will visit Machu Picchu).

    The following documents are not valid to prove you are a student:

    • Registration voucher.
    • Regular student certificate.
    • Transportation card for students.
    • ISIC card.

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