Three days is the minimum time you need to enjoy the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, two of the major highlights of any visit to Peru. On this tour, you'll shop for handicrafts in historic Pisac, go to a traditional garment workshop and hike to the amazing salt pans produced by the Incas. A day exploring the ruins of Machu Picchu is the perfect way to cap your visit to this extraordinary region.

Upcoming Departures

Date Duration Availability Cost per person
Oct 22, 2018 3 days Available $1,240 USD Inquire
Dec 10, 2018 3 days Available $1,240 USD Inquire

Highlights

  • Shopping for handicrafts in the charming village of Pisac
  • Exploring the cobbled alleyways and stone homes of ancient Ollantaytambo
  • See garments produced in the weaving studios of Chinchero
  • Wander the spectacular salt pans of Salineras
  • Visit Machu Picchu, South America's most impressive archaeological wonder

Overview

This short trip includes some of the best sights that Peru has to offer, including the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. You'll visit small villages with cobblestone alleys, handicraft markets, workshops and ancient sites built by the Inca. The journey begins and ends in Cusco, which is connected by flight from Lima (1 hour). You can easily combine this trip with a few days in Cusco, plus a day or two in Lima. 

Brief Itinerary

Day  Highlights  Overnight 
Day 1 Pisac and Ollantaytambo Ollantaytambo
Day 2 Chinchero, Moray, and Salineras Aguas Calientes
Day 3 Machu Picchu! Cusco

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1: Visit the Sacred Valley - Pisac and Ollantaytambo

The amazing terraces of the Sacred Valley. 

The Sacred Valley of the Incas is located on a scenic floodplain between the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo. You'll set off early from Cusco, stopping first at Pisac, a colonial village of cobbled streets and bustling markets. You will visit the Pisac handicraft market and the huge Inca fortress in the hills above the village before continuing further up the valley.   

As you drive toward the Sacred Valley you will pass still-working Inca terracing, irrigation canals, fertile farmland and awesome mountain vistas. Stops will be made along the way for detailed exploration of these sites. Tonight you arrive at Ollantaytambo, a charming and well-preserved Inca town where getting lost in the maze of cobbled alleyways is half the fun.  It's a wonderful place to step back in time, exploring the ancient stone buildings, the sunny plazas, and the irrigation canals that date to the time of the Incas.

Tonight you will stay in a cozy, family-run run hotel in the village. 

Day 2: Explore Chinchero, Moray, and Salineras

The colonial-era buildings of Chincero include weaving studios and a beautiful church.  

Your day begins in Chinchero, a quiet little town where you can visit weaving studios that produce the sweaters and other garments found in the nearby markets. You will also visit a terraced Inca ruin and an intricately-frescoed colonial church. Next, you'll visit Moray – three massive Inca amphitheaters of incredible engineering precision and stern, magnificent beauty.

After a break, you will walk through the rolling farmland with the Andes in the distance. Our destination is Salineras, a spectacular area of salt pans created by the Inca for salt extraction. Driving to Salineras is also possible. Your final excursion of the day is an exciting train ride through the mountains to Aguas Calientes, jumping off point for Machu Picchu, where you’ll spend the night.  

Day 3: Machu Picchu!

The fascinating terraces and ruins of Machu Picchu.

An early start rewards us with sunrise at Machu Picchu. This spectacular stone city, surrounded by steep green mountains, needs no introduction and is indeed the top archaeological site in South America. A guided tour is a good idea to help you familiarize yourself with the magnificent ruin, after which you can explore on your own. The royal tombs, temples, plazas, terraces and surrounding mountains will keep you busy for the day. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Cusco and complete this exciting three-day journey.

Upcoming Departures

Date Duration Availability Cost per person
Oct 22, 2018 3 days Available $1,240 USD Inquire
Dec 10, 2018 3 days Available $1,240 USD Inquire