Take this tour and on Day 1 explore the archeological site of Pisaq as well as it´s renowned local market. Have lunch and go on to visit the town and Incan ruins of Ollantaytambo. Board the train to Aguas Calientes and spend the night. On Day 2, you will have all the time in the world to explore the Citadel of Machu Picchu to your heart´s content.
In the morning, your private driver and guide will meet you at your hotel, in Cusco or the Sacred Valley, and take you to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The first stop will be Pisaq, here in the company of your guide, you will explore the most traditional market in the Sacred Valley and its many colourful handcrafts, which represent many local traditional products and make for excellent souvenirs. Here, villagers come and bring the produce and handcrafts from their communities in order to sell them. Then, you will visit the archeological complex of PIsaq, which in times of yore served religious, military and agricultural purposes. The ruins were built in a strategic position overlooking the valley, from there, you will be afforded a stunning view while you explore unique sites like the Sun Temple, a cemetery, water ducts and agricultural terraces. Afterwards, you will proceed to have a traditional at one of the best restaurants in the Valley. Then, you will head to Ollantaytambo, one of the last Incan refuges during Spanish colonization. Here, you will be able to appreciate the unique architecture, narrow streets (so narrow cars do not fit), cobblestone paths and beautiful landscape. The powerful and impressive Ollantaytambo ruins, temples and terraces will, once again, leave you without wods. These sites continue to be well preserved since the Spanish conquest and provide an incredible perspective of how towns were designed during the Incan period. After the tour, you guide will escort you to the trains station, located in Ollantaytambo and at walking distance from the archeological remains. There, you will board the train -Expedition or Vistadome, the choice is yours- that will take you on a 1.5 hour journey to Aguas Calientes, the closest town to the ruins of Machu Picchu. If you wish, you may request that the guide travels with you. Upon arrival to Aguas Calientes, you will settle in at the hotel you have booked for the night (we will be happy to offer B&B, 3 star, 4 star or 5 star hotel suggestions). On this day you will coordinate the tour of the following day with your guide.
The next morning, as early as you wish, your guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the bus that will take you on a 20 minute drive from the town up to the entrance of the Citadel itself. You have finally reached your destination! You will then have your private guided tour of Machu Picchu, during which you will learn about the temples and buildings, such as the Temple of the Condor or the Temple of the Sun. Afterwards, you will have time to explore Machu Picchu on your own, so you may choose to hike up to the Sun Gate, which affords a spectacular view of the Citadel, or visit the Incan Bridge, one of the ancient entrances to Machu Picchu. Additionally, if you choose, you may add the ticket to visit Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Montaña, for a longer but very rewarding hike, but please remember these tickets need to be reserved in advance! Finally, you will take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes, where you will board an afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo train station, where your driver will be waiting to take you back to your hotel, after a very intense day full of unforgettable experiences.
Optional Lunch may be included, please enquire.