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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: Classic 4-Day Trek

1. Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: Classic 4-Day Trek

Hike the unforgettable Inca Trail, and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Participate in one of the world’s oldest pilgrimages on this 4-day program that is consistently ranked among the ten best hikes on the planet. Pass through a number of different ecological zones home to a wide diversity of flora and fauna. Spot a variety of orchids and bromeliads, as well as hummingbirds, foxes, and deer. Strike lucky and you may even catch a glimpse of the magnificent South American Bear. Explore archaeological sites and farming terraces that were left behind by the Incas and remained undiscovered for over 400 years. Finish the hike in Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the most spectacular historical sites on earth. Day 1: Training day! Cusco – Km 82 – LLactapata – Ayapata (14km, 6hrs).- Depart from your hotel around 4:30 am and drive to Km 82 to start the 6-hour hiking on the first day of the Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu. The first campsite is located at 3300m (10826ft); we spend the night in comfortable tents. Day 2: The Challenge! Ayapata – Warmiwañuska – Chaquicocha (16km, 10 hrs).- The most challenging and longest day of the 4 days Machu Picchu Trek, passing two mountains in 10hrs of hiking: The first mountain is Dead Woman’s Pass, the highest point of the Inca Trail with 4215m (13829ft). The second mountain is Runqurakay Pass, with 4000m (13123ft). Day 3: The easy day! Chaquiccocha – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñaywayna (10km, 6hrs). The most beautiful and relaxing day, hiking is only 6-hours passing through different ecological zones. Today, you will also visit several beautiful archaeological sites, including Wiñaywayna, located at 2600m (8530ft); we camp only 2 hours from Machu Picchu. Day 4: Machu Picchu! Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco (6km, 2 hrs), Wake up early and hike for 2 hours to Machu Picchu through the Sungate from where we will have a unique view of Machu Picchu. After exploring Machu Picchu, you will take the Panoramic train back to Cusco. Drop off back at your hotel around 7:30 pm.

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Machu Picchu Lost Citadel Official Ticket

2. Machu Picchu Lost Citadel Official Ticket

Explore the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu at your own pace with a standard entrance ticket to the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover landmark attractions at your own pace, such as the Temple of the Sun, the terraced fields of the agricultural sector, the Intihuatana stone, and take the famous picture from the observatory with the lost citadel behind. This is the best option for those who would like to organize your own transportation and tour guide for the visit.  Very important: for entering the Lost Citadel of Machu Picchu, it is mandatory that you are accompanied by an accredited guide. You are able to hire the tour guide directly at the entrance of the ruins. Please make sure to carefully read all provided details sent by the local partner and those written in the Know Before You Go section of the tour.

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From Cusco: Moray and Salt Mines Quad Bike Tour

3. From Cusco: Moray and Salt Mines Quad Bike Tour

Get back to nature in the dramatic landscapes of the Andes Mountains and experience the amazing scenery of the Sacred Valley by Quad Bike. Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Cusco, and then journey through typical villages to reach the colonial town of Maras. Admire the pretty church and rustic buildings of the pretty town center and watch the locals going about their everyday lives farming the surroundings. Visit the archaeological site of Moray to see the incredible terraced holes that form an amphitheater-like depression on the surface of the land. Learn how the holes were used by the Incas in ancient times to acclimatize seeds from the Andes Mountains. Next, visit the salt ponds that the locals continue to work to obtain salt at the mines, just as their ancestors did in the days of the Inca Empire.

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From Aguas Calientes: Round-Trip Bus Ticket to Machu Picchu

4. From Aguas Calientes: Round-Trip Bus Ticket to Machu Picchu

Enjoy the peace and quiet whilst riding the bus and checking out the scenery along the way. The buses are comfortable and equipped with air-conditioning.  Your professional driver will make sure your transfers are safe and relaxed. Benefit from a flexible schedule and reasonable prices, and enjoy a wonderful trip.  

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Cusco: 2-Day Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Guided Tour

5. Cusco: 2-Day Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Guided Tour

The journey starts with the pick up from your hotel in Cusco at 7:40am. Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas and visit the picturesque towns of Pisaq and Ollantaytambo. Lunch will be provided in the town of Urubamba (included). After the tour in the sacred valley, you will take the train to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes you will be transferred to your accommodation. Enjoy an afternoon of leisure in Aguas Calientes. At night, the guide will contact you at your hotel to provide all the instructions for the tour to Machu Picchu the next day. Wake up early for a 7:00am transfer from Aguas Calientes to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu by bus. Upon your arrival, enjoy a two hour guided tour of Machu Picchu. With your expert guide, learn all about the ancient Inca city and visit its various sites, including gardens, shrines, water channels, prisons, and more. After the guided tour you will have leisure time to explore the Inca citadel on your own. You will then be transferred back to the town of Aguas Calientes, where you will have time for lunch before taking the train back to Ollantaytambo. Finally, the tour operator will transfer you by bus to Cusco city.

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From Cusco: Full-Day Sacred Valley Tour with Lunch

6. From Cusco: Full-Day Sacred Valley Tour with Lunch

The first stop on this full-day tour from Cusco is the Mirador of Taray for spectacular views of the Andes and the Sacred Valley. Continue to the town of Pisac, the site of a popular market.. Visit the archaeological site and see the agricultural terraces, Inca cemeteries and royal buildings. Continue to Urubamba and enjoy a buffet lunch at a restaurant. Head to Ollantaytambo, built to guard the entrance to Machu Picchu, and to protect the Incas from possible invasions. Visit the picturesque village of Chinchero on the way back to Cusco, and see the remains of the royal estate of Tupac Inca Yupanqui. See also how locals dye alpaca wool with natural plants of the region.

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Cusco: Moray, Maras Salt Mines & Weavers Half-Day Tour

7. Cusco: Moray, Maras Salt Mines & Weavers Half-Day Tour

Travel through the historic Urubamba Valley on an unparalleled half-day tour from Cusco and pass the snow-capped peaks of the Peruvian Andes. Meander through lush yellow fields of wheat and sleepy little villages en route to Moray. Upon arrival, learn about the ingenuity of the Incas in their mysterious circular terraces. Continue to the nearby village of Maras to explore its history as a center for salt production. Take in the spectacular nature and admire the unique quilt work of over 3,000 salt ponds spilling into the Sacred Valley. Finish the day back in Cusco in time to explore more of the magnificent city.

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From Cusco: Sacred Valley, Pisac, Maras & Moray Day Trip

8. From Cusco: Sacred Valley, Pisac, Maras & Moray Day Trip

During this Sacred Valley day tour, go to the must-visit sites of Cusco and have a chance to try traditional Incan beer. Get picked up from your hotel in Cusco's city center and head to your first stop, Mirador Taray. Take in the spectacular views of the Andes and the Sacred Valley to prepare for your day of discovery.  Continue to the town of Pisac, the site of a popular market. See how locals dye alpaca wool with natural plants of the region. Visit the archaeological site and see its terraces, Incan cemeteries, and royal buildings. Afterward, move on to Moray to learn about the history of the Incas and wonder at their mysterious circular terraces. Head to the nearby village of Maras and learn about its history as a center for salt production at the Maras Salt Mines. Admire the unique quilt work of over 3,000 salt ponds spilling into the Sacred Valley. From here, go to Urubamba and to enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant. Your adventure in the valley continues with a drive along the Urubamba River towards the town of Ollantaytambo to visit the ruins. Marvel at the remarkable Incan architecture built during the Incan Empire's heyday. In addition to the ruins, see an amazing rock formation that represents the Incan god of Wiracocha. Following your time at the ruins, choose to return to Cusco with your guide or to stay in Ollantaytambo so you can continue your personal travels to Machu Picchu.

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Machu Picchu: Private Guided Tour from Aguas Calientes

9. Machu Picchu: Private Guided Tour from Aguas Calientes

Discover why Machu Picchu is one of the wonders of the world. Explore this ancient city with a local tour guide and learn of all the mysteries that the place has to offer. You will start the tour in Aguas Calientes where you will wait for the next bus to Machu Picchu. When arriving, you will walk for an hour to the upper part of Machu Picchu, with incredible views of the city along the way.  You will be taken on a 2 to 3-hour comprehensive tour after this, and you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu before making your way back to the city. Your tour guide will explain to you how to get back to Aguas Calientes or Cusco.

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Sacred Valley: Huaypoo Lagoon and Maras by Quad Bike

10. Sacred Valley: Huaypoo Lagoon and Maras by Quad Bike

Be part of an incredible experience on four wheels. Begin with a private transport from Cusco, for about 35 minutes, to the Cruz Pata community in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After a few minutes of training, be ready to get dirty, and stop at the imposing "Laguna de Huaypo," about which many stories and legends are told. Feel the adventure from foot to helmet and venture along the path that will take you to the Pueblo de Maras, where you will admire the best view of the Urubamba Mountains and the imposing Verónica and Chicon Mountains. From there, descend to the salt mines known as Salineras, where experienced guides will bring you back to the base before returning to the center of Cusco, ending your full day of adrenaline.

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What people are saying about Sacred Valley

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,532 reviews

Of several amazing tours (including Machu Picchu), the Full Day Sacred Valley Tour with Lunch was our favorite. Our guide Milo was incredibly knowledgeable and fun, and our van driver Willie was also most skillful. Three fascinating archaeological sites, stops at a silver shop and a weaving shop, and a delicious buffet lunch. Lots of stair climbing at the sites, so it’s important to have a basic level of fitness. A full day indeed and absolutely wonderful!

Overall really great experience! I think it should be clarified that there are some extra costs involved with going to each location. Also you will not be ATVing to the salt mines, you will actually take a bus. Other than these small issues, the experience was actually awesome! Truly breathtaking views and everything was handled very professionally. Pick up was on time, drop off was a bit late but not bad!

Fantastic experience! Get your Guide was a great service to use. Would highly recommend for any planning to visit Machu Picchu. Would also recommend getting a private tour guide, they are a must to learn all of the history.

Very well organized tour with great guides. And, of course, the hike to Machu Picchu and Machu Picchu itself is magical.

Terrific experience. Very knowledgeable Guide and a safe driver!