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US$ 400.00 p/person
(Based on Double / Triple accommodation)
This tour is probably the most popular way to combine these 2 tours to utilise the interesting facts about the culture, history and the landscapes of the Sacred Valley as an introduction and backdrop to the wonder of Machu Picchu. Making the best use of your time to reduce backtracking. Let us organise a special experience of Machu Picchu for your family or friends.
For families, couples or group of friends. Pick up from your Hotel at 07:50 am for Sacred Valley tour, we will explore and visit Pisac, Yucay, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo then by 16:30 Hrs we will continue a ride to Aguas Calientes by train. A night in Aguas Calientes town, aka -Machu Picchu pueblo. Early on the 2nd Day after breakfast we will aboard the first bus for 30 minutes to reach this magical wonder located in the middle of a lush vegetation of high jungle and mountains, your guide will be with you very early, to support you at the entrance, to show every detail, to provide you with extensive historical and archaeological information and to be a friendly host.
Machu Picchu... it enriches one´s perspective on who we are as human beings and what we can achieve when we are together following one head and heart.
Tourist bus and Expedition Train (Perurail). with reserved seats ,very comfortable train service
Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas, where the last Inca emperors, chiefs, priests and priestesses took refuge, perhaps to continue preserving the sacred flame that was renewed every winter solistice and to keep the elders safe from the usurpers, and where the Incan nobility survived for 40 years after the arrival of the Spaniards. Sacred, Secret and mysterious citadel from the time of Pachacutec Inca Yupanqui (IX-Inca`s Dinasty) emperor, his constructor. Then apparently its existence was even well-known only by the local authorities and the priests of the Tawantinsuyo “The four lands of the empire”. Machupicchu prodigy and magnificence of architecture of aesthetic recklessness and by the magestic and harmony of its forms, by the impeccable organization of its terraces or platforms, stairs, buildings, temples, plazas, patios, passages that are set up in this nest of condors, surrounded by mountains, between the mountain range and the forest like but the extraordinary constructive feat of the pre-Hispanic man.
... few people realize how much they owe to the ancient Peruvians. Very few appreciate that they gave us so many varieties of potatoes and corn, the nutricious cereal Quinua, the cacao, chilies and spices, the vigorous Maca, etc and such useful drugs as quinine and cocaine. Their civilization, which took thousands of years to develop, was marked by inventive genius, artistic ability, and a knowledge of agriculture which has never been surpassed. In the making of beautiful pottery and the weaving of fine textiles they equalled the best that Egypt or Greece could offer. Although the Incas governed their millions of subjects with firmness and justice under a benevolent despotism that allowed no one to be hungry or cold, they had no written language, not even hieroglyphics. Accordingly our knowledge of them has had to depend on what we can see of what they left, aided by the chroniclers of the sixteenth century, contemporaries of Francisco Pizarro and the conquistadors, most of whom looked upon their history and politics through European eyes. Even the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega had been in Spain forty years when he wrote his famous account of his ancestors. Lost City of the Inca by Hiram Bingham 1911.
At 8.00 am meet at SAS Travel office or pick up from your hotel at 07:50 am. In our private van or bus we will travel northwest direction for 45 minutes over the mountains and descend with beautiful views around, we will drop 1500 feet (450 m) to the valley floor -this area is called the sacred valley of the Incas located at 2,970 m with impressive lands for farming, high mountains, Incan sites, modern small villages and Vilcanota river. Before arriving to Pisac town we will see hanging farming terraces on the hills where on top was constructed the Incan Pisac town, you will have time to visit the typical market to admire artisans, painters and artists, take pictures or buy souveniers from locals. Afterward we wil drive to the top of the mountain then explore and hike the extensive Incan Pisac site with stunning views over the valley and exquisite Incan architecture. (For those who would prefer to spend more time in the market instead of visiting the ruins, advise your guide so he can organize a time and place to pick you up when they return through the market). Afterward we continue driving to Urubamba town where we will stop for a lunch (not included, your guide will inform about options). Afterward we will continue for another 40 minutes drive to reach Ollantaytambo town surrounded by mountains, here we will have another tour and discover the magnificence of the Incan constructions, huge stones beautifully carved, impressive landscape and locals in their traditional clothes. After visiting Ollantaytambo Incan site, we will take you to the Train Station to board the Train to Aguas Calientes town. This is a 2 hours ride, arriving at the Train Station the staff from Hostel Viajeros will meet you and settle you into your accommodation. You have free time to visit the town or just relax. At dinner time at 7:00 pm here your guide for Machu Picchu will offer you a short briefing and he will explain details and plans for next day. (If you booked an Up-grade hotel the guide will come to your Hotel at 18:45 pm.) If you would like a better accommodation please see our list of Up Grade hotels and book with us in advance.
After breakfast at the Hostel, your tour guide will come to the hostel or hotel to pick you up, then 5 minutes walk to the Bus Station, now we are ready to board the bus up to Machu Picchu Citadel, it takes 40 minutes approximately, (Please bring and show your passports at the checkpoint). Machu Picchu Sanctuary is open from 06:00 am (the night before your tour guide will come to your hotel to explain to you the details of your tour.) From 2022 the Park has established 3 new Circuits. (our guides will do all possible to offer you the best tour even in extreme circumstances.) A guided tour of Machupicchu Citadel takes approximately 2 - 2.5 Hrs, after the historical information, the tour leads you through all the most important areas of the sanctuary, as the miradors, the temples, the residences, plazas and terraces, time to get the best photos. Afterward, you have finished your tour, take a bus to Aguas Calientes town or you can walk down -optional it takes 1.5 Hrs. The very interesting MachuPicchu Museum and Botanical Garden are located at Puente Ruinas which are worth it to consider a visit. Lunch is not included on 2nd Day. (Bring some snacks and drinks or order a box lunch at the Hostal/Hotel the night before at Reception.) Free time to stay in Aguas Calientes town or enjoy the hot springs (15 Soles pp extra). Train return is generally at 15.43 pm to Ollantaytambo and private transport to Cusco, (in high season the train times may be slightly different due to availability) or can be a direct train to Cusco. Finally a 30 minutes transfer from the Train Station to your Hotel in Cusco.