Sacred Valley Tour & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 3 days / 2 Nights
- 3 Days / 2 Nights
- group Tour
Enjoy the highlights of The Sacred Valley tour Short Inca trail to Machu Picchu. On this tour, you’ll visit the most beautiful site on the Short Inca Trail, Wiñay Wayna, and arrive at Machu Picchu in only three days!
New Regulations for Visiting Machu Picchu
Starting from January 2019, entrance tickets to Machu Picchu are sold with specific visiting hours, ranging from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Visitors are required to board the bus that will take them to Machu Picchu in advance to avoid unnecessary queues in Machu Picchu Pueblo and congestion at the entrance gates.
Since January 2021, new visiting circuits have been established based on the type of entrance ticket purchased, whether for Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu mountain, or Machu Picchu mountain. For detailed information regarding the circuits and schedules, you can refer to our “Schedules and New Circuits for Visiting Machu Picchu” link or contact us for further assistance. We are here to ensure you have an unforgettable experience at Machu Picchu.
It is important; that you know that there will be tourists with different walking paces and different languages in your Inca Jungle Trail group. Our guides are highly experienced and will work to meet the needs of all of our tourists in a safe and friendly manner. However, if you and your friends or family have the same level of fitness and you prefer to hike in a private group, contact us today to book a private service for your Inca Jungle Trail adventure to Machu Picchu!
Sumary of the Sacred Valley tour Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu:
- Tour Start Time: Approximately 8:00 or 8:30 am
- Arrival in Ollantaytambo: Approximately 6:30 pm
- Difficulty: Light
- Weather: Warm and sunny, with cooler temperatures at night
- Accommodation: Janakpata Hostel or comparable hostel
Itinerary of the Sacred Valley tour Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu:
Day 1: Cusco — Sacred Valley — Pisac — Urubamba — Ollantaytambo
On the first morning of the tour, we will meet at the Qeswachaka Peru Tours office at 8:30 a.m. or pick you up from your hotel at an earlier time.we will travel in tourist bus, from Cusco past Saqsaywaman & Tambomachay, over the mountains toward the Sacred Valley.
We will descend 1500 feet to the floor of the Urubamba River valley, arriving in the village of Pisac for a visit to its famous craft market. Located 33 kilometers from Cusco, the village of Pisac sits below one of the region’s most important archeological sites, where you will be able to explore an ancient Inca agricultural center and its stunning terraces.
On the guided walk through the Pisac citadel, you will be able to observe temples, residences, altars, channels, carvings, tunnels/caves and the famous Intihuatana, which means “the hitching post of the sun.” For those who would prefer to spend more time in the market instead of visiting the ruins, let your guide know so he can organise a time and place to pick you up when returning through the market.
We will continue on to Urubamba where you can stop to buy a traditional lunch in the shadow of snow-capped Chicon Mountain and explore the lush, palm-filled Plaza de Armas before continuing with the afternoon portion of the tour.
After another thirty minutes in the car, we will arrive in the town of Ollantaytambo, where villagers still live in ancient stone houses built by the Incas. In Ollantaytambo, you will see the amazing temple of the Sun, stone water fountains, stairs, terraces and the beauty of the local people in their traditional dress, all surrounded by the mountains and the valleys of Patacancha and Willoq. In the evening, you will check into your hotel in Ollantaytambo and have dinner on your own in one of the many great restaurants near the center of town.
Day 2: Ollantaytambo — Km 104 — Aguas Calientes
- Walking distance: Approximately 8 miles / 13 kilometers (six to seven hours)
- Maximum altitude: 2,650 meters / 8,692 feet above sea level
- Difficulty: Moderate to challenging
- Weather : Warm and windy
We will pick you up early from your hotel at approximately 5:40 a.m. (depending on the train schedule) and take you to the train station. We will travel by train on a very picturesque route for an hour and a half to kilometer 104 – our starting point for the 2 Day Inca Trail Hike.
From here, we will walk for approximately four hours up to the Inca site of Wiñay Wayna, which means “forever young” and is located at 2,680m/8,792ft. Many consider this to be the most impressive site on the Inca Trail.
We will then continue hiking to Inti Punku, the “Sun Gate”, at an elevation of 2,730m/8,956ft. From the Sun Gate, you will have your first dramatic, panoramic view of Machu Picchu below you at (2,400m/7,873ft). We will walk down the last part of the trail towards the ancient city. Before reaching Machu Picchu, we will be able to celebrate our accomplishment and take unforgettable pictures together.
We will descend to the main entrance, where you will take the bus to the town of Aguas Calientes where you will have dinner and spend the night. We will tour Machu Picchu early the next day.
Day 3 Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Retorno a Cusco
We will wake up very early for breakfast at 4:30 a.m. to hike to Inti Punku, or “Sun Gate,” in time to witness the sunrise. This is where you will have your first dramatic view of Machu Picchu, at an elevation of 2,400m/7,873ft. After some time admiring the view from the Sun Gate, we will walk down the last part of the trail to the spot where you can take the classic photo (postcard shot) of this ancient city. Finally, we enter Machu Picchu itself!. Once you arrive in this modern wonder of the world, you will have a two-hour walking tour of the ancient site. According to the new Inca Trail regulations, we will re-enter Machu Picchu using circuit number 3.
At about 1:30 p.m. we’ll meet at a restaurant in Aguas Calientes to have our last lunch together. After lunch, you will be given your train tickets for your return journey to Cusco. We’ll arrange to meet 40 minutes before your train departs and then go together to the train station.
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Price of the Sacred Valley tour Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu:
Price: US$450 per person
The return train schedule at the end of the Tour/Trek: It is the Expedition Train at 18:20pm or 19:00pm DEPENDING ON AVAILABILITY.
If you prefer the earlier train return we can reserve it for an additional cost of 35 dollars per person; the times you can choose are: 14:55pm or 16:35pm. We also offer the option to reserve the 3:40pm Vistadome train for an additional cost of $65 per person. Please let us know in advance which train schedule you prefer. We inform you that none of the reserved trains go directly to Cusco, the trains only arrive at the Ollantaytambo or Poroy stations. In any of the cases, we will always guarantee the shipment of a transport that will pick them up and bring them back to Cusco.
Can I exchange my return train ticket for an earlier one? in the same station of Aguas Calientes?
Yes, you can make this change in person at the Aguas Calientes train station. However, they will ask you to pay an additional fee to change the ticket and this change will be subject to the availability of spaces and schedules on the train.
How long does the return trip to Cusco take?
It’s about 3 hours. You will first board a train in Aguas Calientes to the train station in Ollantaytambo for 1h30m; then a transfer from our office will be waiting for you at the exit of the train station with a sign that will have your name on it to take you to our car/van back to Cusco for approximately 1h30m; finally it will take you to your hotel/hostel. You will receive your train tickets once your tour in Machu Picchu has finished.
For children under 18 years of age, the discount is $20 dollars per person
For children 7 years and older the discount is $50 dollars per person
How do I get the student discount?
The ISIC Card IS NO LONGER VALID to buy the Ticket to Machu Picchu or the Inca Trail with a student discount.
Now students will be able to access this benefit with the UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD from the university where they study, this being the only valid document for this purpose. For more information visit the following link http://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/items/estudiantes.html
WE DO NOT RESERVE THE ENTRANCE FOR THE HUAYNA PICCHU MOUNTAIN
What it includes in the Sacred Valley tour Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu:
For the Sacred Valley Tour
- Pick up from your hotel/hostal
- Tourist Bus for the Sacred Valley Tour (this will be a large group tour)
- Professional guide who is fluent in English
For the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
- Basic Hotel in Ollantaytambo (upgrades available)
- Pick up from your hotel on your departure
- Train tickets to the trail head
- Entrance fee to the Inca Trail
- Packed lunch for the first day
- Vegetarian food is available
- Visit to 3 Archaeological Inca sites
- Bus tickets down to Aguas Calientes
- Dinner and Basic Hotel in Aguas Calientes( includes breakfast)
- Bus up to Machu Picchu
- Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
- 2 hours guideed tour by your english speaking tour guide ( plenty of free time to enjoy Machu Picchu
- Tourist train from Aguas Calientes back to Ollantaytambo
- Touris bus from Ollantaytambo back to Cusco
Not Included in the Sacred Valley tour Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu:
- Particial Tourist Ticket to visit all the place in the Sacred Valley tour (70 soles per person)
- Lunch on the Sacred Valley Tour
- Breakfast on the first morning
- Third bus tickets down to Aguas Calientes
- Lunch in Aguas Calientes on the final day
- Entrance to the thermal springs in Aguas Calientes (optional: 10 soles)
- Tips for the guide
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain
What you need to bring to the Sacred Valley tour Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu:
- Original passport
- For students: ISIC card
- Hiking boots
- Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
- Two t-shirts
- Hand sanitizer
- Comfortable trousers
- Insect repellent
- We strongly recommend to bring your Camel Back and water canteen due to that government of Peru will not allow disposable plastic bottles anymore on the Inca trail and in Machu Picchu
- Toilet paper
- Camera, extra batteries, and extra memory cards
- Walking stick
- Extra money in small denominations of Peruvian soles
- Bathing suit for hot springs in Aguas Calientes town
Faq of the Sacred Valley tour Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu:
Refund: If we fail to make your reservation of your train tickets or entrance to Machu Picchu, the payment of your deposit will be 100% refunded.
Health and Safety: All our participants must inform us if they have or have had any illness that may affect their personal or group progress during the walk. They will also need to bring their own medications. We recommend that you visit your doctor before making your reservation if you have any health problems.
What are the accommodations like for the first two days of the tour? The first two days, we will host you in local family houses that have been converted into hostels and banheitos, therefore they have only shared.
Physical Fitness: The Inca Jungle is certainly not easy, but you do not have to be an athlete or trekking expert to complete this tour. Your physical condition is of course important since it will allow you to carry out all the activities within the tour and thus you will be able to enjoy the beautiful landscape along the way. If you do not exercise regularly, it is advisable to take extra walks or some type of aerobic activity during the months before your trip. Before doing the walk, we recommend that you visit your doctor who can provide you with more information.
How long is the descent on the bikes and what is it like? The descent on the bicycles lasts approximately 3 hours. It is important to inform you that the downhill part of the bike can be a bit dangerous, especially if you do not have much practice in downhill riding. If this decenzo is too dangerous for you, you can stay the car until the rest of the group reaches the end of the decenzo. It should be noted that all our bicycles are in good condition and are equipped with hydraulic brakes and we provide all the safety equipment.
What activity can I do if I don’t want to do rafting? If you are not interested in rafting, you will be taken to the place where local residents carry out their activities and you can participate in them.
What should I wear when rafting? You have to wear bathing suits and running shoes or waterproof shoes. It is also important to bring warm clothing to wear after rafting.
How long will the rafting route last? It will last around 2:30 hrs.
Where to keep your things? : You can leave or store the things that you will not take to the Inca Trail in the hotel or hostel where you are staying. Most of these establishments have warehouses where they will store your things. If you do not trust the place where you are staying, we will gladly store your belongings in our office.