Chinchero – Maras, Moray Trip & Machupicchu – 2D/1N
Sacred Valley a mixture of traditions, this is a great option to visit the most impressive places of the Sacred Valley Chinchero, The archeologic laboratory of Moray, ending in Machupicchu.
Tour Type: Overnight tour by train.
Difficulty: No trekking, but lots of walking around the ruins.
Highlights: Chinchero, Maras – Salt Mines and Moray.
Group size: Min 2 people.
Chinchero, Maras, Moray and transfer to Aguas Calientes
We will pick yu up at 8:30 am from your hotel by a private transportation. Our first stop is in Chinchero, located at 30km from Cusco, this town has a rich monumental inheritance and it is one of the few places in Cusco that possess an evident Incan urbane design. Here we will visit part of the archeological place and a very nice colonial church, Here we will have the opportunity to see a demonstration of original Inca textile, You can see how the people from Chinchero extracted the colors of different vegetable sources, minerals, etc. a really impressive job and if you want you can do your shopping. After that we will go to the Salt Mines, there are more than 3500 ponds with salty water since Incas’ time, colonial times and it is still being exploited by the locals. And every month they harvest to process it for the consume of the region. Finally we will visit Moray an Incan agricultural laboratory which is a unique Archaeological place in all the region because the terraces with circular concentric shapes what strikes your attention first is the the changes of temperatures in each terrace. It was probably an important center for domestication, acclimation of different wild species of vegetables, adapted for human consume. Lunch will be at a restaurant in Urubamba.
We will have dinner in Ollantaytambo before boarding the train for a 2-hour journey to the town of Aguas Calientes, which is the base for visiting Machu Picchu. The train ride allows for spectacular views of the countryside. Arrive in Aguas Calientes and be accompanied by your guide to your hotel.
Machu Picchu and return to Sacred Valley or Cusco
Today is an amazing day! You will visit the famous Sacred City of the Incas. You will determine, with your tour guide, the best time to start your day. 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 can be enjoyable to arrive at the ruins as soon as they open, at 6 am.to catch the magical mists on the ruins as the sun rises. After a 25 minute bus ride to Machu Picchu, your tour guide will take you to the best views before the day trippers arrive. Then, we will start the two hour guided, walking tour, exploring all of the famous places of this impressive citadel: The Temple of the Sun, The Royal Tomb, The Intiwatana (sun dial rock), Main Plaza, Temple of the 3 Windows, The Artisan Sector, the Condor Temple and many others. After the tour, you will have time to explore the ruins on your own. If you have booked permits to climb Huaynapicchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain, you will head to that adventure. If you chose not to book a hike, you can climb to the Sun Gate and witness its amazing views. At around 12:30 you will need to take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes to enjoy lunch at one of the many restaurants there. Be sure to arrive at the train station 30 minutes before your departure. Our train schedule is usually at 4:20 p.m. to Ollantaytambo, 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 will have the choice to leave at either 4:43 p.m. or 5:23 p.m. Both Vistadome trains take you to Poroy station, where our driver will collect you and drive you back to Cusco.
- Professional English Speaking Tour Guide.
- Pick-up from your hotel.
- Transportation by bus to and from Ollantaytambo.
- Return transportation by Expedition train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
- 1 Breakfast.
- Hotel ***.
- Entrance to Machu Picchu and 2 – 3 hour guided tour of the site.
- Return bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
- Entrance to the salt mines.
- Meals excluding breakfast in your hotel on day 2.
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain – $30 per person.
- Travel Insurance – This is not required, but always recommended.