INCA TRAIL AND SACRED VALLEY 3 DAYS
The Inca Trail and Sacred Valley 3 Days tour combines the beauty of the Sacred Valley of the Incas with the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 3 unforgettable days. Being the best alternative for people who do not have much time, families with young children, people who are not accustomed to long walks and do not like camping. This option will also allow you to enjoy Machu Picchu on two occasions: The first one at sunset on the second day and the other at dawn on the third day.
If you are interested in booking the Inca Trail and Sacred Valley 3 Days tour we suggest you make your reservation at least four months in advance. Since tickets for this impressive tour to Machu Picchu have a limited limit of people, the income sold per day is only 500.
Day 1: Sacred Valley Tour (Pisac + Moray + Salinas + Ollantaytambo)
We will pick you up at your hotel at 7:30 am with our private van and head towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas, taking the direct route to Pisac. First we drive to the Ccochahuasi Animal Sanctuary, which has a variety of Peruvian animals, including the Peruvian Pumas, and the great condors, the national bird of Peru, and then heads to the Taray viewpoint to enjoy a classic view of the Urubamba Valley with Crops dressing the mountains like a carpet. From now on, we go to the archaeological site of Pisac, where you can see the largest Inca cemetery with more than 2,000 graves. There, we can admire the incredible agricultural terraces carved into the mountain, explore the Inca tunnel and the religious area of ??this important citadel. Here, we will spend about 1 and a half hours, exploring the Inca city. Then, we return to the colorful market of Pisac, spend some time visiting it and then drive to Urubamba for lunch.
With a timeless charm, we visit the archaeological site of Moray, also known as “The Greenhouses of the Incas”, an evolutionary bowl of ecological difference. The levels of the terraces are carved in a large bowl, which was excavated by the Incas. The terraces have varied microclimates according to the depth of the bowl. It is believed that they were used by the Incas to discover the optimal growth conditions for their crops.
Expanding our trip to the colonial city of Maras, climbing our hike downhill to the pre-Inca salt mine. Thousands of salinas have been used for salt extraction since before Inca times. A hot spring at the top of the valley discharges a small stream of water heavily laden with salt, which is diverted to the salt flats and evaporated to produce a salt that is used for human and animal consumption. Finally, we headed to Ollantaytambo, having time to explore the ancient and bustling Inca village and the enormous Inca ruins, with a tour provided by our guide. Here we will spend the night at your hotel in Ollantaytambo, ready to start the Inca Trail the next day.
Hotel in Ollantaytambo
Day 2: Ollantaytambo – Km 104 – Wiñaywayna – Aguas Calientes
Breakfast at the hotel.
7:20 AM we will board the train in Ollantaytambo that will take you to km. 104, the trip is about 1 hour. It is here at Km 104 (2,200 m / 7,217 ft) where we will begin the walk, we will pass by the bridge that is located on the Urubamba or Willkamayuc River which translated from Quechua means Sacred River, which was very important for them. When you arrive at the checkpoint, you must show the identification documents, such as a Passport or Immigration Card or National Identity Document. A 15-minute walk away is the archaeological center of Chachabamba and Choquesuysuy that are hidden in the semi-tropical forest, after your visit we will begin the walk through bleachers in ascending form until we reach the next place on the road we will observe the sacred valley , waterfalls and different types of orchids from the semi-tropical forest, after 3 hours of walking we will reach Wiñaywayna (2,650 m / 8,694 ft) shows a perfect example of what agriculture was like in the time of the Incas, since along its skirts lie a large number of circular terraces, where the Incas cultivated different agricultural products. The name of Wiñaywayna comes from a beautiful orchid that abounds in the area and has the meaning in Spanish “Eternally young” and has more than 20 buildings, one of them the Temple of the Rainbow also called Temple of Fertility, the visit will be 1 hour on average, then you will enjoy box lunch to replenish energy and continue until you reach Wiñaywayna control.
In this second part of the tour we will walk for 2 hours through an Andean plane, stone stairs and drums (“resting places”) until we reach the Inti Punku – Puerta del Sol (2,720 m / 8,923 ft) than in the time of the Incas worked as entrance control to the Citadel of Machu Picchu from here you have an impressive panoramic view of Machu Picchu and the entire valley that surrounds it, then we will descend for approximately 30 minutes to the wonder of the world Machu Picchu (2,490 m / 8,169 ft ) and finally we will take the bus to Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu Pueblo (2,160 m / 7,086 ft) the trip takes 25 minutes, here we will spend the night in a very comfortable hotel. If you are not very tired, you have the option of visiting the thermal baths that are 10 minutes away from the town, the cost is 10 soles. For those who like to dance or have drinks at a bar, we inform you that Aguas Calientes has a wide variety of bars and restaurants, including an ATM, in case you want to take money from the bank. Here we will also have a delicious à la carte dinner in a very cozy restaurant in this town.
Hotel night in the towns of Aguas Calientes
Day 3: Tour to Machupicchu – Cusco
This day we will wake up very early and after breakfast we will board the first bus 5:30 AM, we will make a 30-minute trip arriving at the citadel of Machupicchu at 6:00 AM and be able to appreciate the majestic sunrise. We will have a guided tour of 2 hours and 30 minutes to know the most important places of Machu Picchu, you can visit the most impressive places such as the Royal Mausoleum, the 3-window temple, the main temple, the Sacred Square, the famous Intihuatana where the wise Incas tied the sun on the winter solstice in June, stairways, squares, fountains, etc. After the tour you have free time of about 04 more hours to visit Machu Picchu on your own.
At opportune hour we will walk from Machu Picchu to the town Aguas Calientes, we will make a walk of approximately 1 hour along an original Inca road and be able to appreciate the flora and fauna of the sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
In the afternoon at 4:12 PM we will board the return train to Ollantaytambo, 1 hour and 45 minute trip, from here we will take the car back to Cusco, then the driver will leave you at your hotel.
End of the Inca Trail and Sacred Valley 3 Days Tour.