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From Cusco: Chinchero, Moray, Ollantaytambo, and Pisac Tour

1. From Cusco: Chinchero, Moray, Ollantaytambo, and Pisac Tour

Explore Cusco's Sacred Valley and see Incan Ruins, salt mines, local markets, and textile production. Make stops in Moray, Chinchero, Ollantaytambo, and Pisac on this full-day tour by van. Be picked up from your hotel in Cusco in the morning before heading to an archaeological zone and textile center located in Chinchero. See how locals dye alpaca wool with natural plants of the region. Visit the archaeological site in Chinchero and see its terraces before moving on to Moray to learn about the history of the Incas and wonder at their mysterious circular terraces. Head to the nearby village of Maras and learn about its history as a center for salt production at the Maras Salt Mines. Admire the unique quilt work of over 3,000 salt ponds spilling into the Sacred Valley. Travel to Urubamba and enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant. Stop at the ruins of Ollantaytambo and marvel at the remarkable Incan architecture built during the Incan Empire's heyday. See an amazing rock formation that represents the Incan god of Wiracocha. Arrive at the last tour stop, the archaeological park of Pisaq, after which you will visit the nearby town to explore the craft market. Return to Cusco and be dropped off in the town center after the tour is over.

From Cusco: 2-Day Trip to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

2. From Cusco: 2-Day Trip to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

DAY 1: We will start this great adventure with the pick up from your hotel at 8:00 am to go to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Pisac, Colonial Inca, discover one of the Inca archaeological sites, on top of the mountain with impressive stone walls, agricultural terraces, irrigation systems and the largest cemetery of the Inca Empire. Time to shop at the craft market, where artisans sell their ceramics, textiles, jewelry, Andean instruments, alpaca products, and souvenirs. We will continue our trip of approximately 1 hour through the Sacred Valley to Urubamba where we will have time to have lunch in one of the local restaurants that offers several traditional dishes, made with fresh products. In the afternoon, visit the archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo, where you can appreciate the technique with which the Incas worked the stone, the last Inca citadel standing. The city is built on ancient Inca buildings. Explore the archaeological site of the city that has temples, terraces, warehouses and a large Inca monolith. Next, we will depart by train from the Ollantaytambo station, we will arrive at the Aguas Calientes station, where our staff will assist you to stay in one of the hotels in Aguas Calientes. (Select between a tour with or without accommodation). DAY 2: In the morning the guide will pick you up at the hotel to board the transport that will ascend an intricate path giving us a spectacular view of the Urubamba River that shapes the famous canyon. The Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, will welcome you with its incredible terraces, stairways, ceremonial precincts and urban areas where energy emanates from all over the place. After a guided tour, you will have the opportunity to have lunch in one of the restaurants in the area. At the coordinated time, we will return by train and we will be transferred to the hotel in Cusco, ending with a great experience.

Cusco: 2-Day Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Guided Tour

3. Cusco: 2-Day Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Guided Tour

Discover Peru's ancient wonders with a 2-day excursion from Cusco. Explore Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, take a 2-hour guided tour of the ancient ruins at Machu Picchu, and upgrade your tour to include a hike up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. Day 1The journey starts with the pickup from your hotel in Cusco. If you choose the 6:30 A.M. start time, visit Chinchero, Maras-Moray, and Ollantaytambo. Choose the 7:50 A.M. start to visit Pisaq and Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley. Stop to enjoy lunch in the town of Urubamba (included) before taking the train to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, head to your accommodation. Choose the accommodation add-on when booking to enjoy an included comfortable hotel room. Enjoy an afternoon of leisure in Aguas Calientes. At night, the guide will contact you at your hotel to provide all the instructions for the tour to Machu Picchu the next day. Day 2Wake up early for a 7:00 AM departure from Aguas Calientes to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu by bus. Upon your arrival, enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu. Walk with your guide and learn about this ancient Inca city. Visit gardens, shrines, water channels, and prisons. After the guided tour, enjoy some free time to explore the Inca citadel on your own. Increase your adventure by adding an optional Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu climb to your trip. Following directions from your guide, climb to the summit on your to enjoy panoramic views of the area. Head back to the town of Aguas Calientes and enjoy some free time for lunch (not included) before taking the train back to Ollantaytambo. Finally, return to Cusco city by bus.

From Cusco: Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley 2-Day Tour

4. From Cusco: Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley 2-Day Tour

Explore the ancient civilization of the Incas on a 2-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Day 1: Start the day with a breathtaking ride through the mountains between Cusco and Pisac, and see the Inca temples on an in-depth tour on arrival. Bargain for colorful textiles in the traditional market, and then experience the “Breadbasket of the Incas” on a scenic drive to Urubamba. Arrive in time for lunch at a local restaurant. Then, explore the pink granite palace at Ollantaytambo, and climb the great stairs of the Temple of the Sun. Feast on local produce at a nearby venue, before ending the day with a train ride to Aguas Calientes, where you can bathe in the hot spring baths and enjoy the beauty of the surroundings. Day 2: Catch the first shuttle to Machu Picchu to experience the first rays of the sun as they pass through the ruins of the "Lost City of the Incas." Go to a panoramic lookout for the best views and take a 2-hour tour of the legendary site. Get lost in the maze-like constructions, or follow in the footsteps of the ancients and climb Huayna Picchu. Then, enjoy lunch in Aguas Calientes before a lazy ride back to Cusco.

Cusco: 2-Day Maras, Moray Salt Mines and Machu Picchu Tour

5. Cusco: 2-Day Maras, Moray Salt Mines and Machu Picchu Tour

Day 1: Cusco – Moray Salt Mines – Aguas Calientes You will be picked up from your hotel between 8:00-8:15AM before heading to Moray. The drive will last around 1 hour and 20 minutes, and is scenically breathtaking. You will drive through the snow capped peaks of the Andes, the lush yellow wheat fields, and traditional Andean villages. You will eventually arrive in the fascinating terraces of Moray, which is made up of three amphitheater-like terraces constructed by the Incas. These terraces, which are carved deep into the earth in a bowl shape, are thought to have been used as an agricultural laboratory to determine the optimal conditions for growing crops. After exploring Moray, you will head to the salt mines of Maras, which are just 2 miles away. Dating back to colonial times, Maras was considered a salt-producing center. Carved into the mountain side are over 3,000 salt pools, which are filled daily by a little stream of water. Once the water evaporates, it leaves behind a glistening patchwork of salt. The salt mines are a great spot to take pictures and capture the amazing beauty of both the Andes and the spectacular Salineras. Following the salt mines, your next destination is Urubamba, where you will arrive at approximately 1:00PM to enjoy lunch in one of the local restaurants. From Urubamba, it is just 30 minutes to get to Ollantaytambo Train Station. Your train will depart at 3:37PM to Aguas Calientes, which will be an approximately 1.5-hour journey. During the train ride, you can take time to appreciate the beauty of the surrounding valleys and Andes mountains. The train will arrive in Aguas Calientes, which is a small town located at the base of Machu Picchu, where your transfer will be waiting you at the train station to take you to your selected hotel in Aguas Calientes. Day 2: Machu Picchu - Cusco Today is the most important day, as you will be visiting Machu Picchu. Because it’s so special, we encourage you to wake up early in the morning to enjoy breakfast at the hotel before you head to the bus station to try to catch one of the first buses at 5:30AM (they are all on a first come first serve basis). The bus will take about 25 minutes to get to Machu Picchu, and as soon as you arrive to the complex, you will be taken to the best spot to overlook all the ruins and receive panoramic views of the landscape and the sunrise over the mountains. There will be a rendezvous to observe the sunrise (if weather allows), in order to attain spectacular views of the Lost City of the Incas. You will then have a 2-hour guided tour around Machu Picchu, with plenty of free time afterwards to explore on your own. If you have tickets to climb the amazing mountain of Huaynapicchu, your guide will direct you to where this hike begins. Please make sure this is arranged at least a month in advance of your visit, as tickets do sell out. Once you are done exploring all Machu Picchu has to offer, you will take a bus down to Aguas Calientes for lunch, after which you will take an afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo. From there you will take a private bus back to Cusco, where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu: 2-Day, 1-Night Tour

6. Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu: 2-Day, 1-Night Tour

Reconnect with nature on a guided 2-day, 1-night tour to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. From Cusco, visit Awanacancha, Pisac Market, the Pisac Inca site, Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes, and Machu Picchu. Day 1: Cusco – Sacred Valley – Aguas CalientesGet picked up from your hotel in Cusco, meet your guide, then take a 30-minute drive to Awanacancha, a textile center and farm. Get a chance to see the llamas, alpacas, viñuna, and guanacos. Learn about the farm’s variety of South American animals. Then, visit the textile center to learn the weaving process and how the locals get the natural colors. You can shop here as well. Afterward, take a 30-minute ride to a lookout point of the Sacred Valley. Take in scenic views of the Andes, Urubamba River, and the Sacred Valley’s farming lands of the Incas. Next, visit the Pisac archaeological site, located on top of the mountains with impressive stone walls, agricultural terraces, irrigation systems, and the Inca Empire’s largest cemetery. After exploring, head to the local Pisac Market, a handicraft market where artisans sell their ceramics, textiles, jewelry, Andean instruments, alpaca products, and souvenirs. Later, take a 1-hour ride to Urubamba for lunch in a local restaurant that offers various local Peruvian dishes made with fresh local products. Near the end of your day, head to the town of Ollantaytambo, the last standing Inca citadel. The town is built above ancient Inca buildings. Explore the town’s archeological site that features temples, terraces, storehouses, and a large Inca monolithic. After exploring Ollantaytambo, take the train to Aguas Calientes and spend the night in a hotel. Day 2: Machu Picchu – CuscoWake up early at your hotel, have breakfast, and take one of the first busses up to Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, simply show an original passport at the checkpoint to enter the citadel. First, take a short hike to the Sungate of Inca Bridge before exploring the fortress with your guide. Enjoy a guided tour for about 3 hours, visiting the most remarkable terraces, storehouses, temples, and palaces. Spend some free time exploring the site by yourself or take an optional, extra hike to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. After exploring Machu Picchu, take the bus down to Aguas Calientes, have lunch on your own (optional), then take a ride in the Vistadome panoramic train. Once back to Ollantaytambo, take a van back to your hotel in Cusco. 

From Cusco: Overnight Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley Trip

7. From Cusco: Overnight Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley Trip

Escape your daily routine on an overnight, multi-stop Machu Picchu adventure with round-trip transportation from Cusco. Visit the Sacred Valley, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and more. Entry tickets, guided tours, a buffet lunch, and overnight accommodation in Aguas Calientes are included in your trip. Day 1: Cusco - Sacred Valley – Aguas CalientesStart bright and early with pickup from your hotel, then set out to the Sacred Valley of the Incas for a guided tour along the river. Visit the Pisac Archaeological Park and its traditional market before sitting down for a buffet lunch in Urubamba. Continue to the city of Ollantaytambo, where you’ll get out to walk through the cobbled streets to see how the Inca culture is kept alive here. In the afternoon, take the train to the city of Aguas Calientes, tickets included. The approximately 2-hour trip will give you plenty of time to relax and see wonderful views of the Andean Mountains. Upon arrival at the Aguas Calientes Train Station, take a transfer to your 3-star hotel accommodation for the night. Day 2: Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – CuscoIn the morning after breakfast at the hotel, take a 25-minute bus ride with your guide from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (included). Upon arrival at Machu Picchu, embark on a 2-hour guided tour of the citadel. Afterward, there will be free time to explore and take photos. After experiencing Machu Picchu to the fullest, you’ll hop back on the bus to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival, enjoy some more free time to explore the town and visit one of the local restaurants (costs not included). In the afternoon, return to Cusco by train. After an approximately 4-hour ride, you’ll arrive back in Cusco and take a final transfer back to your hotel.

From Cusco: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4-Day Hike with Meals

8. From Cusco: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4-Day Hike with Meals

Embark on a challenging and rewarding adventure with this 4-day hiking trip along the Inca Trail. Learn fascinating history from your certified guide as you make your way to Machu Pichu. Sleep in comfortable tents and enjoy full, freshly prepared meals. Day 1 itinerary Start your adventure with an easy day that will ensure you are prepared for the road ahead. Get picked up from your hotel bright and early in the morning and travel by bus through the pretty villages of Chinchero, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo. This scenic drive takes 2.5-hours and ends at kilometer 82, the start of the trail (2550m/8269ft). The tour buses normally stop at the town of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley for about an hour to give passengers the opportunity to have breakfast. At km 82, cross the Vilcanota River to officially begin your journey. Take in views of the Cordillera Oriental and the snow-capped peak of Veronica. Set off near where Hiram Bingham returned in 1915 to begin his re-discovery of the Inca Trail. The trail is flat for almost 2 hours until you reach the first Inca site, Llactapata. On the way, pass through the resting point of Mescay, where there are bathroom facilities. The path then follows the left bank of the Cusichaca River to the small village of Wayllabamba (3000m/9900ft), where you will camp for the night. Day 2 itinerary Prepare yourself for the most challenging day of the trek, with a 5-hour uphill hike. Pass by Llullucha Pampa in the morning — the last place along the trail where you can buy snacks and drinks. Continue hiking uphill for 2 hours until arriving at the top of Dead Woman’s Pass. At 4200m/13779ft, this is the highest point of the Inca Trail. Then head down for 1.5 hours until reaching the second campsite at Pacaymayo (3600m/11880ft), where there are bathroom facilities. Day 3 itinerary Depart from Pacaymayo and head to Wiñaywayna. Walk for almost 15 kilometers and see 4 Inca sites along the way. From Pacaymayo, it takes about 1 hour to climb up to the ruins of Runkuracay. These small circular ruins occupy a commanding position overlooking the Pacaymayo Valley below. Another 45-minute hike will bring you to the top of the second pass (3900m/12870ft). After about 1 hour from the second pass, arrive at Sayacmarca by way of a superbly designed stone staircase. From then on, the path descends into a magnificent cloud forest full of orchids, hanging mosses, tree ferns, and flowers. Day 4 : THE GLORY OF MACHUPICCHU! In your free time, you can choose to climb for 45 minutes to the top of Huayna Picchu (2750m / 8940ft). To climb this mountain, Tickets for Huayna Picchu are limited to 400 people per day (200 from 7 to 9 in the morning and 200 from 10 am to 24:00). After enjoying our last hours in Machu Picchu, we will take the bus to the city of Aguas Calientes, where we will meet for lunch. Then, you will be given your train tickets for the trip back to Cusco.

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What people are saying about Urubamba, Peru

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4.5 / 5

based on 37 reviews

Incredible full day tour of the Sacred Valley! We had limited time & wanted to see as much as possible. Started in cusco w hotel pickup at 6:30, went to Pisaq, a local jeweler’s shop, the sun temple at Ollantayambo, buffet lunch, quick stop at the Moray circular terraces and on to Maras for a history lesson from a local family and shopping stop, the Salt mines themselves, and lastly to Chinchero for another brief archaeological stop and a great presentation from local artisans at a weaving & dye textile collective. Back to Cusco around 6:30 pm. Super fast paced but very informative and you see a lot of the highlights.

We loved the tour. Carlos is an amazing guide. We were in our first trip since our arrival in Cusco and we got very good insights not only on the sights we were visiting, but also on the Peruvian culture, economy and Inka legacy. Very appreciated. I read some reviews when I was researching, where some people complained that the time is too short at the sights.. We did not feel that at all. It was the right amount that allowed to walk around, take pictures and understand the history of the place. Great experience! Thank you!

A long day, but you get to see the best archeological sites of the Incas, our guide Ali was great she was very knowledgeable of everything, always made sure we were okay, happy to answer any questions and explained everything well that was easy to understand! it's a great full day if you don't have the time to see places individually

Very well organized, all tickets (and there were plenty for 5 people) were provided and our tour guide was extremely good. Climbing the Machu Picchu mountain was exhausting but great. An all around impressive trip.

The attention of all the tour staff was very good and friendly, everything included was excellent from the transportation, the guides and the b&b