2 Days / 1 Night
This two days trip from Cusco offers a variety of attractions, from the typical village and Inca ruins of Chinchero, to the Inca agricultural terraces at Moray, ancient Maras’s salt pans and the breathtaking high Andean scenery. In the afternoon stop for lunch buffet in Urubamba, and then explore the Inca city of Ollantaytambo, where we will take the train to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town). After a night in a Hotel, we will start the tour the next day with a magic sunset in the city of Machu Picchu. After a day exploring the whole area of Machu Picchu, we will end the day, returning to Ollantaytambo and then to the city of Cusco.
Day 1: CHINCHERO – MORAY – SALT MINES – TRAIN TO AGUAS CALIENTES:
You will visit the following attractions:
Chinchero: The remains of what was the royal hacienda of Inca Tupac Yupanqui, as well as a beautiful colonial church built on Inca foundations.
Moray: we will visit “the Inca agriculture greenhouse or laboratory “, it was an experimental place to study the adaptation of plants to new ecosystems
Maras – Salineras (Salt Mines): the salt mines, made up of about 3000 small wells with in area average size of about 5m. These were already exploited since Inca times as a means of economic exchange and securities.
Train Journey to Machu Picchu (Normally is at 4:36 pm but if there is not availability it can be at 7.00 pm)
HOTEL in Aguas Calientes.
Day 2: MACHUPICCHU – RETURN TO OLLANTAYTAMBO – CUSCO
The Lost City of the Incas – MACHU PICCHU!!
Early wake up & breakfast at hotel
Bus drive up to Machu Picchu (if you wake up early you will take one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu)
Enjoy the sunrise (weather permitting)
Two-hour Private Guided tour of Machu Picchu
Bus return to Aguas Calientes and afternoon Expedition Train at 4:12 pm to Ollantaytambo and transfer by our private van to your hotel in Cusco
Lunch today is not included.
Day 1 – CUSCO – CHINCHERO – MORAY – SALT MINES – TRAIN TO AGUAS CALIENTES:
We pick you up at your Hotel at 8:00 am and then we drive for about 45 minutes to the amazing village of Chinchero to visit our first Inca ruins of the tour. Chinchero is a small Inca living town. Where you will explore the Inca site with her many farming terraces which the Incas used to grow potatoes. From here you will head to the famous Colonial Catholic Church which has amazing paintings from the 16th century, with amazing colors. Then you will visit the famous handmade craft center where you will see the ladies working in the traditional style demonstrate how they weave together beautiful alpaca sweaters since the Inca’s time. After that we drive to the stunning Inca site of Moray known as “the Inca agriculture greenhouse or laboratory” which was an experimental place where the Incas studied the adaptation of plants to new ecosystems, the optimal conditions for their crops, the soils and weather effects on crops. After time to enjoy and explore this beautiful Inca sight, we continue driving towards the colonial town of Maras and to the Pre-Inca Salt Mine (Salineras). There you will have the oportunnity to appreciate more than 3000 small salt pools. These salt pools have been used and cultivated the same way since the Inca’s time and are the main source of salt for all the Cusco region. Afterwards we continue our journey to Urubamba for enjoy a delicious lunch before heading to the last attraction of the day, the Ollantaytanbo fortress, known as the living Inca city, which was a very important village during the Inca times and includes some beautiful attractions, including the Temple of the Sun. This building was built with massive stones brought for over 4km away. We will enjoy a dinner in Ollantaytambo before heading on the 7PM train to Aguas Calientes. It will take 2 hours to Aguas Calientes and once you arrive to this town our representative will meet you just outside the train station (and before the market) and take you to your hotel. Where you will have a good night sleep.
Day 2 – AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO:
After an early breakfast at your hotel you will take the bus which takes 25 minutes up a switchback road to get to Machu Picchu. Buses start at 5:30am and run as a shuttle, as soon as they get full, the go). If you don’t care to take the bus and prefer to hike along the Inca trail just let your guide know so that he can show you the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu which will take about 1 hour 30 minutes.
Once in Machu Picchu Park, you will have a 2 hour private guided tour. Where you will visit the different main places of this Inca city such as the Main Square, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sundial (Intihuatana “Place where the sun is tied”), the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and the cemeteries. At the end of the tour you will have free time to explore the ruins on your own. If you have booked a permit to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain from where you can see panoramic views of the entire Inca city of Machu Picchu. That will be your next adventure. Also you can opt to visit The Sun Gate is a 1 hour climb (and is free and available to all) which is also great to get those postcard pictures of the ruins from way above. More later you can take your lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge, Another option is return to Aguas Calientes for take your lunch at one of the local restaurants. (Lunch is on your own).
The usual train departure time is in the afternoon to return to Ollantaytambo (present oneself at the station 30 minutes before departure time of your train chosen), where we will be waiting to take you to Cusco and then to your hotel in our private transport.
Climbing to the Sun Gate is always available at no cost. This is also an easy way to climb to a high spot with lovely views of Machu Picchu below.
If you prefer to climb Huayna Picchu with its dramatic views, this needs to be booked in advance and is $25 per person. It takes 45 minutes to the top and is quite challenging. The other option is to climb Machu Picchu + Mountain which is 90 minutes straight up, very challenging and $15 per person. This is probably the most beautiful and dramatic of all views, but all three options are lovely and will result in amazing photos.
INCLUDED IN YOUR TOUR
- Pick up from your Hotel
- Comfortable private van for the tours
- Tour guide for the Green Garden tour & Machu Picchu
- Tourist ticket for Chinchero, Moray and Ollantaytambo
- Entrance fee to Mines Salt
- Tourist class Expedition Train to Aguas Calientes
- Lunch & Dinner on day 1.
- Hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes
- Breakfast at the hotel on Day 2
- Bus transport to Machu Picchu
- Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
- Guided tour for 2 hours in Machu Picchu
- Plenty of free time in Machu Picchu
- Optional Huayna Picchu climb (book in advance)
- Return bus to Aguas Calientes
- Tourist class train to Ollantaytambo
- Bus transportation to Cusco and to your hotel
- Permits for Huaynapicchu ($25 per person)/Machu Picchu Montaña ($25 per person)
- Last Lunch
- Hot springs in Aguas Calientes (optional 10 soles)
WHAT YOU NEED TO TAKE
- Original Passport
- ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
- Small daypack or small suitcase (do not bring large suitcases due to train luggage weight limitations)
- Comfortable clothes and appropriate footwear (hiking boots or sneakers are recommended)
- Extra money to purchase souvenirs, such as handcrafts from the local market
- Camera with extra batteries
- Insect repellent
- Water to drink
- Scarf or a hat to protect your head from the strong sun
- A warm jacket for the evening
- Any necessary medications
* Servicio compartido mayor a 10 personas.
If you are a group more than 8 people let us know, we can make a special price.
HOTEL INCLUDED IN AGUAS CALIENTES:
We include 3 stars Hotel at Aguas Calientes (all based on double occupancy). It could be either: Hotel Casa Andina, Hotel la Cabaña, Hotel Flower’s House, Hotel Muyurina or Royal Inti Inn, which will depend of their availability. They all include private rooms, hot showers, private bathrooms, TV cable, towels, soaps, breakfasts, Wi-Fi, and storage. Of course these hotels can be upgraded to another hotel like Inka Terra, Hotel Hatun Inti classic, Sumaq Machupicchu, or Santury logde. We will send an e-mail you the hotel name with your confirmation.
Student discount (with valid ISIC card) – $20. Please send us a copy of your passport at the booking time.
Under 18 Discount – $20. Please send us a copy of the passport at the booking time.
Under 7 Discount – $30. Please send us a copy of the passport at the booking time.
Huayna Picchu Permit: US $25 per person. Please it needs to be booked in advance and let us know about it at the booking time.
Machu Picchu Mountain Permit: US $15 per person. Please it needs to be booked in advance and let us know about it at the booking time.
Vistadome train Upgrade: which is an extra $50 per person round-trip.
Single room in Aguas Calientes $ 20
Additional night at 3 star hotel in Aguas Calientes $ 80
* If you need a Hotel in Cusco, just let us know when you plan to stay and we’ll do the rest. We can also include the transport “Airport – Hotel – Airport” in Cusco the days of arrival and departure by an additional $ 7.00 per person.
*****IMPORTANT NOTES *****
STUDENTS: If you booked your tour with your International Student Identity Card (ISIC) you must have this card and it must be valid for you to enter Machu Picchu. If you purchased a permit with the student discount and you do not bring your ISIC card or it is not valid at the time of your entrance, they will not allow you in this is National Park rules.
HUAYNA PICCHU: Only 400 people are allowed to climb this mountain per day. It needs to be booked in advanced and the price is $25 per person. It is about a 90 minute round-trip climb. It is recommended that you climb Huayna Picchu in the 10-11am time slot as otherwise you miss your guided tour. We recommend booking about 2 months in advance to secure your permit as it is very popular and they do sell out well in advance.
MACHU PICCHU + MONTAIN: You may also opt to climb Machu Picchu Mountain which is more difficult than Huayna Picchu and is 3-3½ hours round trip. The cost is $15 and also requires a permit in advance. Just let us know if you want to book this option.
EXTRA NIGHT: If you want to stay longer at Machu Picchu then you can book an extra night at Aguas Calientes village. Just let us know that you plan to stay an extra night and we will organize your return train for the next day. You can either organize your accommodation by yourself or we can assist with making bookings. If you were thinking of going back to Machu Picchu the next day, then you will need to purchase a new entrance ticket to get into Machu Picchu as well as the round-trip bus tickets to Aguas Calientes for around $75.
RETURN TRAIN TO CUSCO: The return train is the Expedition train or the Executive or Economy class train which departs either at 2:55, 4:12, 4:42 or 6:40 PM. The train that is booked depends on availability and is confirmed at your briefing. There is an option to upgrade your train to the Vistadome train which is an extra $50 per person round-trip. Please tell us of your preference at the time of booking. None of the trains go straight to Cusco, they only run either to Ollantaytambo or Poroy but in either case we will transfer you back by bus to your hotel (2 hours from Ollantaytambo and 25 minutes from Poroy).