Sacred Valley Tour & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 3D/2N

$ 690 /
per person

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Short Inca Trail 2 days & Sacred Valley Tour to Machu Picchu will take you through incredible Inca ruins, expansive mountain views, thriving subtropical vegetation, and incredible ecological diversity. The “Ancient Inca Trail” enters through the Sun Gate and provides breathtaking views of Machu Picchu.

We’ll travel through dense forests before arriving at Machu Picchu’s jungle. Excursionists on the Inca Trail will have the opportunity to see the famous Machu Picchu citadel in the afternoon of the first day and again in the morning of the second day! This trail was designed for those with limited travel time who want to see a portion of the Inca Trail.

Location of the tour: Sacred Valley tour & Short Inca Trail – It is located in the Valley of the Incas, Pisaq, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo and the district of Machu Picchu. The cusco region.
Trekking/hiking: cultural, and adventurous tours are available.
Good for: People in good shape and families.
Moderate difficulty: It’s not a difficult hike, but the altitude may affect some people.
Consideration: A permit is required, but the 4 day hike has a separate permit process that is generally available with little notice.
Season: Open from March to January. February closed

Itinerary of the Sacred Valley Tour & Short Inca Trail 2 Days

  Day 1: Sacred Valley of the Incas (Chincheros – Moray – Maras – Ollantaytambo)

This beautiful day begins at 7:45 a.m, when your guide arrives in our private van at your hotel in Cusco. Our journey to the Sacred Valley of the Incas takes us to Chincheros. First we stop at Chincheros Mirador to enjoy the wide view of the mountains of Chincheros and its traditional agricultural villages. You will see how agriculture in the chinchero mountains has changed little in the last 500 years. We continue to the archaeological site of Chincheros, where there is an impressive Inca cemetery with more than 2000 tombs. There, we can admire the meticulously designed agricultural terraces carved into the mountain, as well as explore the Inca tunnel and the religious area of ​​this important citadel.

The archeological site of Moray, also known as “The Greenhouse of the Incas,” is our next stop, a deep basin of architectural wonder. The Incas carefully engineered terrace levels to form a massive bowl. The terraces have different microclimates depending on how deep they are placed in the bowl. Archaeologists believe the Incas used them to experiment with hybridization and discover the best growing conditions for their crops.

We continue on to the colonial town of Maras, where we can see the pre-Inca salt “mines,” known as salineras in Spanish. Since before the Incas, thousands of salt pans have been passed down through generations and used for salt extraction. A hot spring at the valley’s crest spews a small stream of heavily salted water into salt pans, where it evaporates to produce salt. This is one of the few places on the planet where pink salt can be found naturally!

Then, as we travel to Ollantaytambo, our guide gives us a tour of the enormous Inca Ruins as well as the intact Inca village that has survived since the Inca era. Visit the Sun Temple at the top of the formidable terraces and learn about the importance of this site for the Incas at the start of the Spanish conquest. You spend the night in Ollantaytambo before beginning the short Inca Trail the next day.

Accommodations 3*: Hotel sol Natura or Similar


  Day 2: Ollantaytambo – Km 104 – Wiñay wayna – Sun gate – Machu Picchu 

We begin this exciting day early; your guide will meet you at the hotel at 5:30 a.m. Your guide will give you your lunch to put in your daypack when you arrive at the train station. Your train leaves Ollantaytambo at 6:10 a.m., and you will have just over an hour on the train to enjoy the scenery and eat breakfast (not included). Your hotel can provide you with a picnic breakfast to take with you, or you can pack your own.

Your guide will meet you at the famous Km104, where your hike begins! (2,000m/6,560 ft. above sea level) After crossing the Urubamba River on a picturesque footbridge, you will show your passport at the checkpoint and visit your first Inca site nearby. The first hour and a half is a gentle ascent with several shelters along the way to take a break from the sun or rain, depending on the season. You will stop at several viewpoints along the way to take in the expansive view of the Urubamba River.

Rest and take photos before enjoying the spectacular Wiay Wayna Inca site! These Inca ruins have a cozy history and some parts are still unexplored due to the dense jungle at an elevation of (2500 m/8400 fit). So near Machu Picchu. Before the short 5-minute walk to your lunch spot, your guide will tell you all about the history of the Incas and the ruins, as well as the amazing flora and fauna of this microclimate.

You eat lunch under a covered shelter at the Wiñay Wayna campground, the final stop for hikers on the four-day Inca Trail. Outdoor hand washing sinks and restrooms are nearby. Enjoy your hearty gourmet lunch while admiring the tropical flowers that surround the campground. When making your reservation, please let us know if you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions.

After lunch, you’ll walk mostly flat to sun gate, where you’ll get your first glimpse of Machu Picchu. The trail is easy going, but it ends with a steep set of stairs carved directly into the Inca bedrock. You’ll know you’ve arrived at Puerta del Sol when you reach the top! Take your time and take photos because the view of Machu Picchu is spectacular. The final 45 minutes from Puerta del Sol offer numerous chances to photograph Machu Picchu from this unique vantage point.

When you arrive at Machu Picchu, you will have time to take photos from the most popular viewing points. You will arrive at Machu Picchu in the afternoon, when the archaeological site is less crowded, allowing you to take beautiful photos of the sunset in Machu Picchu with fewer people in your shots. Before boarding the bus to Aguas Calientes and checking into your hotel, take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. After a delicious dinner, you will have time to stroll through Aguas Calientes’ charming town, visit the artisan center and the hot springs, or simply relax in your hotel after such an incredible day.

Accommodation 3*: Hotel Inti Punku (Aguas calientes) or Similar
Difficulty: Moderate.


  Day 3: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

There will be an early wake-up call with hot beverages. You will have time to prepare your duffel bags and day packs as well as eat breakfast. We’ll walk 30 minutes to the bus station to be among the first in line to ascend to Machu Picchu. The first buses will leave at 5:30 a.m. and arrive at Machu Picchu at 6:00 a.m. At the checkpoint, you must have your original passport with you. Your tour guide will take you to the best spot to watch the sunrise over the mountains. We’ll then have a two-hour private, guided tour of the Machu Picchu ruins, complete with fascinating history.

You’ll also have free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own. If you have a permit to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, you will begin at 10:00 a.m. However, there are numerous other sights to see in and around Machu Picchu. There is the Inca Bridge, the Sun Gate, or you can walk around the temple and residential areas of Machu Picchu and interact with the llamas. You’ll need to take a bus back down to Aguas Calientes for lunch before catching the train to Ollantaytambo. From there, you’ll take a private van back to Cusco, where we’ll drop you off at your hotel.

Important Information of the Tour Sacred Valley & Short Inca Trail 2 Days

Getting to Cusco:

All international passengers by plane must disembark in Lima and pass through Customs because the airport in Cusco is currently only for local flights. You must pick up your luggage in Lima and then check them back in, even if your trip from there to Cusco is on the same day and with the same airline.

The best way to go to Cusco is by plane, and there are many airlines to choose from. Although LAN generally offers the most options and flights, it is also the most expensive. Be prepared for flight delays or cancellations.

Arrival to Cusco:

At the Cusco airport, you will be greeted and driven to your hotel. Please notify us of your complete flight details at least days prior to 24 arrival. At the arrival terminal, look for our representative holding an Blue AltitudExperience Peru board. Please keep in mind that you must first exit the airport; drivers are not permitted to enter the airport. This can be done on whatever date works best for you!

Briefings:

All briefings take place at our office starting at 6:30 p.m. You must arrange a different time with a member of the AltitudExperience office staff if you are unable to make this appointment. Briefings last between 30 and 45 minutes. Your duffel bags will be delivered here.

Luggage Storage:

Your luggage allowance is still restricted owing to railway regulations even if this is an overnight train vacation. To be transported to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu), all bags must fit in a carry-on.

While you trek, you can leave any additional luggage in Cusco at your hotel or with us at the AltitudExperience deposit. On the morning of your tour, we will collect from you and return after you have reached Cusco. Make sure your baggage are identified in some way so they can be found easily.

Pick Up:

One of the few businesses that will pick you up from your hotel is AltitudExperience. We’ll schedule this pickup depending on a time that your guide will discuss at the briefing as long as your accommodation is in the heart of Cusco City. Depending on the amount of traffic and the period between pickups, pick-up times may vary by 30 to 45 minutes.

The alleys and alleyways in Cusco’s historic center are cobblestoned. Small accommodations like Air BNBs and hotels are frequently found on impassable streets.

Inca Trail Permit:

The Ministry of Culture in Peru is in charge of all regulations of the Short Inca Trail 2 days, including permits and campsites. To enter the Inca Trail, you must have a permit that matches your NAME, PASSPORT NUMBER, NATIONALITY, and AGE (issued by the Ministry o Culture). Only licensed Inca Trail tour operators can secure these, and they are not transferable in date or name at any time. If you are unable to start your short Inca Trail trek on your start date, you cannot transfer to another person. If you need to change your start date, you will need to make sure the permits is still valid for the new date and if not, you must purchase a new permit. These are all rules of the government of Peru that we need to follow.

If permits are sold out for your desired start date, there are lots of other roads that lead to Machu Picchu. We can help you find the perfect trek for you.

Altitude Sickness:

People begin to worry about altitude sickness as soon as they reserve their trip to Peru, specifically Cusco. Because there is less oxygen in the air at high altitudes than at sea level, your body must work harder to obtain oxygen. Your body becomes accustomed to the lower oxygen content of the air over a period of days at a high altitude.

This is why we always advise staying in Cusco for at least two days before to starting any hike. It would be ideal if you had more time. You won’t get bored in Cusco because it is a fantastic city with lots to do.

These symptoms will typically be modest. Always ease into action gradually to give your body time to acclimate. Drink a lot of liquids, such as coca tea or water. Since ancient times, coca tea has been used to help avoid altitude sickness.

Coca plant leaves contain alkaloids that help your body get more oxygen into your blood and stave off altitude sickness. A lot of alcohol and caffeine should be avoided. They’ll make you urinate more frequently and dehydrate you. Don’t smoke.

Your body has a harder time getting oxygen when you smoke. Don’t use sleeping medicines. Your body may have a harder time absorbing oxygen when you sleep as a result of their potential for shallow breathing at night.

Keep in mind that the journey to Machu Picchu is not a race. When people rush to the mountain’s summit too rapidly, even those in the best form will experience altitude sickness. Your body will have more time to become used to the mountain if you move gently.

To assist prevent altitude sickness, your doctor may recommend medications like acetazolamide and dexamethasone. Two days before you travel to a high altitude, begin taking the medication. While you are at a high altitude, keep taking it.

You must keep in mind that this is your vacation and that worrying about becoming sick is unnecessary. Drink plenty of water, move slowly, and take pleasure in the coca tea. In the unfortunate event that something goes wrong and you become ill, inform your guide right away. All AltitudExperience guides have received training on how to assist you in navigating it.

weather in Cusco:

Of course, the weather is erratic. In Cusco, the dry season typically lasts from April to October. This does not, however, prevent it from raining in June or from shining in December.

Being ready is the best course of action. Please make sure you have rain gear, which should include a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho, and waterproof gloves, no matter what month you’re undertaking the walk. Gloves are frequently forgotten, yet trekking is miserable when it’s cold and damp.

Consider the four seasons as well. You should be prepared for all four seasons as many of the climbs over the Andes entail numerous microclimates. Always wear layers since they make it simple to adapt to changing temperatures.

Additionally, it will always be chilly in the evenings, so please be ready with a warm winter-weight jacket.
It’s also critical to remember that the weather can alter an itinerary. Routes can occasionally become impassable, forcing the guides of AltitudExperience to alter the plan for your safety.

3N/2N

Sacred Valley Tour & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 3D/2N

$ 690 /

per person

Distance:
13 km/ 8.6 miles
Season:
All year
Difficulty:
Moderate
Considerations:
Permit Required
Type of Tour:
Cultural & Trekking

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