We will pick you up from your hotel in Cuzco at either seven or eight morning, depending on what train you are taking to Aguas Calientes after you visit sacred Valley of the incas. You and your guide will take our private transport to the first stop, the Ahuanacancha Llama farm. Here, you will see the traditional animals of the Incas: llamas, alpacas, vicuña, and guanaco. Your guide will give you background information, show you a potato display and a textile center, showing how the wools are woven and colored. Good quality alpaca wool will be for sale. Then, will drive to the Lookout Point of sacred valley, for beautiful views and photos. Following, we’ll visit the renowned Pisac Market, where ladies come down from the mountain villages to sell their textiles and vegetables. The market is open every day, but is busiest on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
After the visit to the market, we are going to continue the journey up to the Pisac Inca site, situated on top of Pisac Mountain within the Sacred valley. Your tour guide will take you to the most impressive spots. Then, we’ll drive along the Vilcanota sacred valley river for about forty five minutes, till we arrive to Urubamba town, where we’ll stop for lunch. You will have an incredible selection of fresh meals, served buffet-style, served buffet-style. After lunch, we will drive to Ollantaytambo, where the second heaviest Inca monoliths are to be found.
The ruins have an incredible Temple of the Sun, Moon, and also the Temple of the ten Niches. This living Inca village displays narrow walkways, lined with water channels. If your departing train is at seven p.m., you’ll have time to explore a lot of of the ollantaytambo village and enjoy dinner. If your departing train is at 3:36 p.m., you will need to head to the train station and catch your train to Aguas Calientes, (the train schedule will depend on how far in advance you are booking and/or the availability of the train.) The train trip to Aguas Calientes is just under two hours, descending into the Cloud Forest, where you will see orchids, bromeliads and ferns.
Our representatives are going to meet you just outside the train terminal, upon arrival and lead you to the hotel.
Hotel Inti Punku or similar in Aguas Calientes – Included
Today you will visit Machu Picchu. You will be visiting the new 7 wonders of the world Machu Picchu, the crystal city of the Inka civilization. You will confirm, together with your guide, the best time to start out the day according your entrances ticket.
Most people prefer to rise at 4 a.m. walk to the bus station to take one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu. It will be nice to go to the ruins as soon as they open, at 6 a.m., to catch the magical mists on the site because the sun rises. after a twenty 5 minute bus ride to Machu Picchu, your guide can take you to the best views before the day trippers arrive. Then, we are going to begin the 2 hour guided walking tour, exploring all of the famous sites of this spectacular inka citadel: The Sun Temple, The Royal spot, The Intihuatana (sun dial rock), Main Plaza, Temple of the three Windows, The trained worker Sector, the Temple of the Condor and lots of others. after the tour, you’ll have time to explore Machu Picchu again on your own. If you’ve booked permits to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, you’ll head to that adventure. If you selected not to book the hike, you’ll be able to climb to the Sun Gate and witness its wonderful views. At around 2:30 or 3 p.m., you’ll need to take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes to enjoy lunch at one of the several restaurants there.
Be sure to arrive at the train station 30 minutes before your departure. The train schedule to Ollantaytambo depend on according how long before you book, where you will catch our private transportation for another two hour drive back to Cusco. If you care to upgrade the train to the Vistadome-class service, then you’ll have the choice to depart at either 3:20 p.m. or 5:20 p.m. Both Vistadome trains take you to Poroy station, wherever our transfer will collect you and take you back to Cuzco city.
Machu Picchu Inca site is different from Machu Picchu Mountain. When most people refer to Machu Picchu, they are referring to the archeological site. Machu Picchu Mountain requires a separate permit to climb. Please notify us if you are interested and we can book this for you. It must be done in advance and is a part of your entry into the site.