On this tour, our local guide will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco around 8.00 or 8.30 a.m. and depart to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Along the way we will stop at a natural viewpoint where we will be able to make out the whole Sacred Valley (50 min travel by bus approx.) we arrive to Pisac, where you can see magnificent Inca remains, the ancient architecture and engineering of the Inca temples is breathtaking and its combination of an agreeable climate and fertile plains bestow an unusual abundance for the high Andes.
Our guided tour of Pisac, lasts about 2 hours before we head back to the valley to visit the most colorful and traditional local market in Cusco, where you can buy traditional textiles at low prices, continuing our trip along the beautiful Sacred Valley, this area was the breadbasket of the Incas and still produces large amounts of corn on the Inca terraces. Our next destination is Urubamba which we´ll arrive to at 01:00 p.m. approx. to enjoy our buffet lunch at the local restaurants, from Urubamba it´s just 30 minutes to get to the last Inca ruins known as Ollantaytambo (Inca palace); this ruin was built with pink granite rocks and is another impressive example of Inca craftmanship.
Where you can see the second biggest rock from the Inca times (90 tons) which was used as part of the Temple of the Sun. After your tour, you have free time to wander around the site before dinner, which you have in any one of the local restaurants. In the evening, you will head to the train station, which is, 15 minutes by foot; your train will depart at 7.00 pm to Aguas Calientes, and is a 2-hour journey. When you arrive in Aguas Calientes (2000m/6000ft above sea level), the town for Machu Picchu, and our representative will meet you just outside the train station (and before the market) and take you to your hotel.
After an early breakfast at your hotel, you will take the bus (which takes 25 minutes) up the switchback road to the ruins of Machu Picchu. Buses start at 05:30 a.m. and run as a shuttle, as soon as they get full, they go). If you do not 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.
If you have tickets to climb one of the amazing mountains of Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu, your guide will direct you to where to begin this hike after the tour, please, make sure this is arranged at least 2 months in advance of your visit as tickets do sell out in advance, especially for Huayna Picchu. Once in Machu Picchu Park, you will have a 2-hour guided tour. Then you’ll have extra time to explore the ruins on your own. If you have booked a permit to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, that will be your next adventure.
The Sun Gate is a 1 hour climb (and is free and available to all) which is great to get those postcard pictures of the ruins from way above. Then you´ll have free time to stroll around the citadel to take pictures and enjoy this mystical place, after return to Aguas Calientes, you will have the lunch in the restaurant of the same village, later take the train back to Ollantaytambo, where our staff will be waiting for you, to depart by bus to Cusco and take you to your hotel.
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