Tour to Machu Picchu
The train ride on the way back to the Sacred Valley
Bonefire in the evening with drinks and possible music
Tours around the Sacred Valley
Picnic in the middle of the Sacred Valley
On this tour, you have the privileged experience of transporting yourself to the most important attraction of Cusco and one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World in a full day of excitement and adventures.
This tour offers spectacular views of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the Vilcanota River, until reaching the highest prize: the Sacred City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, where you can enjoy its mystique, archaeological sites and wonderful essence: Afterwards you will have the opportunity to spend an unforgettable afternoon in the last Living Inca Town, Ollantaytambo.
On the second day of this excursion, you will start your Sacred valley tour by exploring the ancient fortress of Ollantaytambo; then you will head out to the archeological site of Moray and enjoy a super cool picnic while appreciating the majestic panoramic views of this sacred area,
Last but not least, you will visit the salt mines of Maras and finish your excursion by entering the Chinchero market.
Being one of the destinations with the highest demand in South America, the coordination of schedules, choice of train service, selection of places to visit, purchase of tickets in advance and planning are a guarantee of success and enjoyment of this adventure.
Who This Experience Is Good For
Anyone interested in the outdoors, culture and great experiences!
Meet Our Local Host
Omar is your host for the weekend. He is a local from Peru and a friend of Remote Year. He was the previous City Manager in Lima and can't wait to meet more Remotes while experiencing Machu Picchu together.
At around 04:00 our guide will pick you up at your accommodation to start your trip. You will be traveling for about 1.5 hours to the train station in Ollantaytambo from where you will be taking a train ride to Aguas Calientes (average of 1.5 hours). Upon arrival, our professional guide will lead you to the tourist bus for the transfer to the citadel of Machu Picchu.
On the guided tour you visit the most important places, including the main temples, stairways, squares, roads, among other amazing spaces of this architectural complex, such as the Intiwatana.
After the guided tour, you have free time to explore this extraordinary World Heritage Site on your own. Our guide will indicate where and at what time they will meet again for the return.
Once on the tourist bus, you return to Aguas Calientes to enjoy lunch and continue the adventure in this town, which can only be accessed by train or walking.
After that, we will return on the train to Ollantaytambo, where you will be spending the night. You can either enjoy the rest of the afternoon/evening relaxing by the hotel or you can take an Uber to visit the small town (15 minutes away) and explore some cool artisanal galleries, grab some delicious coffee or a pint of local beer.
The adventure begins very early at 7:00 when our guide passes by your private group to the hotel, starting the journey to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The trip will start in the town/fortress of Ollantaytambo to contemplate impressive constructions and agricultural terraces erected on the slopes of the mountains and get to know the last Living Inca People.
Next, you will visit the Maras salt mines, one of the largest salt extraction centers of prehispanic origin, an impressive landscape filled with thousands of individual salt pools on a hillside.Afternoon
At lunchtime, you will enjoy a delicious picnic in the middle of the Sacred Valley, where you will appreciate the extraordinary Andean landscape that runs through the Vilcanota river.
Last but not least, you will visit the town/market of Chincheros, where you will learn some ancient textile and coloring techniques plus also have the chance to buy some great souvenirs from your trip to Peru.
Transportation - Round Trip from Cuzco to Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo to Cuzco
Accommodation in Ollantaytambo (Friday night)Food - Breakfast Day 2
Food - Lunch Day 2
Entrance Fee / Tickets to Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley
What's Not Included
Food - Breakfast Day 1
Food - Lunch in Aguas Calientes Day 1
Food - Dinner in Ollantaytambo Day 1
Tips for vendors
Transportation - Flight from Lima-Cuzco-Lima
You will go back to Cusco after visiting Machu Picchu + Sacred Valley. Accommodation for that night is not included.
Know Before You Go
Minimum Needed: 06 people
Maximum Capacity: 24 people
Booking Deadline: 16 days before the event
Weather Dependent: Yes - Due to environmental, climatic or other factors, beyond the vendors' control, the travel itinerary may vary. If so, it will be notified promptly
Difficulty Level: Medium
Special Clothing Required: Rainy gear (depending on the season). Sports shoes or sneakers. comfortable shorts. long trousers, not leggings because mosquitoes can pass through them. changes of clothes especially underwear. Accessories: small backpack for supplies, sunglasses. mosquito repellent. sunscreen. toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant. a hat that provides shade.
Special Dietary Restrictions: Most dietary needs are catered for. Please inform the city team upon booking
Extra Cash: Needed for tipping, donation, additional services, bar consumption, cash (soles) for purchases in the town
Ground Transportation: Transportation - Round Trip from Cuzco to Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo to Cuzco
Additional Info: Accommodation: Lodges are both simple but comfortable. No AC. Private rooms don't mean bigger beds, it only means, a private room
Flights: Flights are $130-220 approx. and you can use airlines such as viva air, LATAM, and Peruvian Airlines. More details will be shared in your specific group.
For us to secure your ticket, we will need access to your name, last name (as stated in your passport), nationality, passport number, DOB, pick-up location and dietary restrictions. This information is necessary for us to purchase your train tickets, entrance to Machu Picchu, etc. Remotes are responsible for sharing this information with the Lima City Manager or Lima City Coordinator in a timely manner.
Liabilities: The liability for any injury, loss, or damage incurred by participants is not assumed by Remote Year or its affiliates.
No refunds will be given in case of delayed flights, train delays, bad weather or other external factors.
fREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Such a beautiful and memorable experience! The picnic was so picturesque, as was feeding the llamas. What a wonderful time bonding and seeing magnificent Machu Picchu. However, if there is one Lima RY weekend experience you want to do on your own / try to find something cheaper, this might be the one to do that for, since there are other alternatives! You won't go wrong with this experience, but it's just a bit less unique than the other 2 weekend adventures offered by RY!
This weekend exceeded my expectations. Flor is an incredible guide, full of historical knowledge and passion for her culture. Every single aspect is well thought out and organized. This is A MUST Weekend Adventure while in Peru. I will never forget this!!
A once in a lifetime experience, perfectly executed, to one of the Modern Wonders of the World!
Wow! This Lima team is fantastic. Every detail was done well. Of course, Machu Picchu is on many people’s bucket lists, and RY takes care of all the details. The picnic in the Sacred Valley was absolutely fantastic! What a view! This is a fabulous experience worth every penny.
It's really amazing how much is able to be fit in in one weekend! They way they organize Machu Pichu is so smart, I thought it would be packed with tourists but it really wasn't. They time everything perfectly. Of course, seeing that wonder of the world is highlight, but also touring the salt mines and having lunch in the mountains with llamas and alpacas was one of the most beautiful afternoons ever! Cuzco is a city worth spending extra time in. I would definitely recommend going a couple days early not only acclimatize but to explore too, or stay longer to explore. There's so much to see.