These are the absolute highlights! If you only have three days, this is the perfect tour package. You will see the most important places of the Sacred Valley with all of its treasures to discover and the most fascinating archeological sites, then hike the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu! Walk in the footsteps of the Inca to arrive at Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate. On the Inca Trail you visit the astonishing Wiñay Wayna on your way to Machu Picchu!
Sacred Valley & Short Inca Trail Package to Machu Picchu – ITINERARY
DAY 1: SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS (Pisac + Moray + Salt mines )
We will pick you up at your Cusco hotel at 7:30am, with our private van and head towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas, taking the direct route to Pisac. We stop first at the Mirador of Taray to enjoy a classic view of the Urubamba valley and its traditional farming villages. You will see how the agriculture in the Sacred Valley has changed little in the past five hundred years. Onward, we drive to the archeological site of Pisac, where you can see the biggest Inca cemetery with more than 2,000 tombs. There, we can admire the incredible farming terraces carved into the mountain, explore the Inca tunnel and the religious area of this important citadel. We will spend about 2 hours here, exploring the Inca city. Then, we head down to the colorful market of Pisac, spend about 20 minutes visiting it and then drive to Urubamba for lunch. There are many restaurants to choose from. Just tell your guide what you’re in the mood for! (Lunch is not included).
With timeless charm, we visit the archeological site of Moray also known as “The Greenhouse of the Incas,” a deep bowl of architectural wonder. Levels of terraces are carved into a huge basin, which was excavated by the Incas. The terraces have varied microclimates depending on how deep into the bowl they are placed. Archeologists believe that they were used by the Incas experiment with hybridization and to discover the optimal growing conditions for their crops.
Continuing on our journey to the colonial town of Maras, we look down onto the pre-Inca salt mines. Thousands of saltpans have been passed down through countless generations and used for salt extraction since before Inca times. A hot spring at the top of the valley discharges a small stream of heavily salt laden water, which is diverted into saltpans and evaporated to produce salt. This is one of the few places in the world where you can find naturally pink salt!
Finally, we drive to Ollantaytambo. Here you spend the night at Veronica View Hotel in Ollantaytambo, ready to start the Inca Trail the next day!
- Accommodation: Veronica View Hotel
- Meals: Not included
DAY 2: OLLANTAYTAMBO –KM 104 – WIÑAY HUAYNA – SUN GATE – MACHU PICCHU
With a compacted 2 days of excitement ahead, we depart the Veronica View at 5:30am, and drive you to the train station nearby. You will have an hour and 20-minute ride by Expedition train to KM 104 (2,100m/6,927ft), where you will begin your trek and show your passport at the first checkpoint. Afterwards, we initiate a moderate climb for three hours to the remote archeological site of Wiñay Wayna (2,650m/8747ft). Admire the fountains that have been flowing for hundreds of years and gaze down the spectacular, sheer mountainside, plunging down to the Urubamba River. After enjoying the architectural wonder of this ancient Inca site, we merge onto the traditional four day Inca Trail. We have lunch at the Wiñay Wayna campground, then continue onward towards the Sun Gate (2,730m/9,007ft). Following the ancient remote footpath, we finally get our first spectacular view of Machu Picchu in all its brilliance and majesty. As we move closer to the Citadel of Machu Picchu, you will enjoy views of the enigmatic ruins the whole length of the trail. After some time to take photos of the citadel from above, we take our bus to Aguas Calientes, where we spend the night in our hotel.
- Meals included: Breakfast, picnic lunch & dinner in a restaurant in Aguas Calientes
- 3* Accommodations: Inti Punku Hotel or Waman Machu Picchu
- Difficulty: moderate
DAY 3: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
This is the day you’ve been waiting for! We take the first bus at 5:30am to Machu Picchu archeological site, making sure we tour every nook and cranny of this New 7 Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The Citadel of the Incas, Machu Picchu, what a magical experience! Your guide will walk you through the rediscovery of these enigmatic ruins. You will see the Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Condor, Temple of Three Windows, Sun Dial, Quarry, the House of the Inca, the urban areas, agricultural terraces and many different types of architecture. After the tour, take some time to stay still and find the peace within as you admire your unforgettable surroundings.
You may wish to add on a few of the following activities on your own (not included in the price):
- Climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain– appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from above. These extra hikes sell out and must be requested at time of booking.
- You will be given some time to walk to the Sun Gate, also called Inti Punku. (No additional fee)
- Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the new local museum or to the hot springs. (entrance fee)
When you are ready, you will descend to Aguas Calientes, have a leisurely lunch on your own, and later on board the train at 14:55 for the return trip with the Expedition train to the Ollantaytambo train station where you will catch our private van back to your Cusco hotel. You will arrive in Cusco by 8pm.
- Meal included: Breakfast
WHAT IS INCLUDED FOR THE SACRED VALLEY & SHORT INCA TRAIL PACKAGE?
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED FOR THE SACRED VALLEY & SHORT INCA TRAIL PACKAGE?
ADDED VALUES FOR FREE FOR FOR THE SACRED VALLEY & SHORT INCA TRAIL PACKAGE
***The Sacred Valley & Short Inca Trail Package to Machu Picchu tour is available on any date that its best for you (except February when the trail is closed for maintenance). This trek takes you to Machu Picchu by walking through the Sun Gate! You will get to explore some amazing Inca ruins along the way like the Wiñay Wayna Inca city
Price: $637 USD per person without hotels
Price: $737 USD per person with 2 nights 3* hotels
Price: $867 USD per person with 2 nights 4* hotels
***Private service is available for $100 USD more per person.
***All entrance fees are included and we operate our tours in small groups averaging 5 people, with a maximum of 8!
- 18 to 25 years old: $30 USD. Information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card is required at booking for government approval for discount.
- Under 18 years old: $30 USD. Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
- Under 11 years old: $40 USD. Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
- Huayna Picchu Mountain: $75 USD per person
- Machu Picchu Mountain: $75 USD per person
- Vistadome Train: $67
- Single Supplement: $40 USD 2* and $60 USD 3*, $100 USD 4* for solo travelers
- Upgrade to 5* hotel in Aguas Calientes: Prices vary
Please read carefully the following information as it will help you answer all of your questions about our services and Sacred Valley & Short Inca Trail Package to Machu Picchu.
WELCOME TO CUSCO!
You will be welcomed at Cusco airport and taken to your hotel in Cusco. Please ensure that you inform us of your full flight details at least 14 days prior to arrival. Look for our representative holding an orange Veronica Group sign at the arrival terminal.
The evening before the tour you will receive a briefing at your hotel in Cusco.
CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT THE HOTEL?
Of course! During the Sacred Valley & Short Inca Trail Package, your main luggage can be stored in our secure storage at the hotel.
HOW TO BOOK
Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We cannot purchase an Inca trail permit, entrance to Machu Picchu or the train without the following information:
- Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):
- Passport number
- D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)
SECOND, we require a deposit of $211.00 USD per person in order to purchase your Inca Trail permit, entrance to Machu Picchu and train ticket. You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on our booking page..
WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?
If you would like to avoid the high credit card fees in Peru, you may pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. There are many ATMs within the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address of email@example.com.
MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?
Unfortunately the answer is No. Once the tickets for the Inca Trail have been bought the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure date after the tickets has been bought. Tickets are also not transferable nor refundable.
If you cancel your Sacred Valley & Short Inca Trail Package, the deposit is not refundable at all!
DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT?
Yes! You have to bring your original passport and it is very important that it is the same passport number you sent to us to book your entrance to Machu Picchu, train ticket, other entrances and reservations.
In case you are renewing your passport or changing your name, go ahead and send us your old passport information to secure your permit, and we can change it when you get your new passport number or updated your name for a fee of $25 USD per person. We must have a copy of your old and new passport to make the change.
If you do not wish to pay this fee you will need to bring both passports to Peru with you. You can enter Peru with your new passport but you will need to show both passports, old and new to be to enter into Machu Picchu or the train. If you do not have both you will not be allowed to enter into Machu Picchu or get on the train.
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE?
The weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee. We recommend that you always dress in layers as that makes it easier to adjust to the different microclimates through which you trek.
WHAT ABOUT ALTITUDE SICKNESS?
For some visitors, the first hours in Cusco can be summarized as: shortness of breath, a discomfort in the body, dizziness, headaches, stomachaches, even vomiting. As great connoisseurs of natural medicine, the Incas used coca leaves to counteract soroche, Quechua for high-altitude sickness.
The Veronica View Hotel, and all of the Sacred Valley, are at a lower altitude than Cusco. If you are concerned about the altitude of Cusco, you may want to spend a few days in the Sacred Valley when you first arrive.
ARE YOU SUSTAINABLE?
Yes, we are a local, sustainable & responsible tourism operator for that we incorporate the universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our local staff to know and understand, respect the places and the local people.
What you need with you for the Sacred Valley & Short Inca trail Package to Machu Picchu
What do put in your daypack for the hike:
- Original Passport (it has to be the same you have used for booking your trek)
- Valid university card (if you booked as a student)
- Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
- Water storage: 2-3L reusable bottles (please do not bring disposable)
- Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
- Toilet paper
- Hand sanitizer
- Personal medications
- Sun hat and sunscreen
- Wool hat and gloves if cold season
- Rain gear, poncho (provided by VV Hotel) – rainy season
- Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruit
- Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips
- Wallet and valuables
What to put in the duffel bag, which will be sent by train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes:
- Extra clothes for visiting Machu Picchu the day after the hike
- Toothbrush, toothpaste and personal toiletries
- Personal medications
- Small umbrella (during the rainy season)
- Phone and camera chargers and extra batteries