Take this tour and on Day 1 explore the mystical circular terraces of Moray. Go on to visit the typical Andean town of Maras and its famouse salt mines. 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.
For your two day private adventure to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, you may start from Cusco or the Sacred Valley, depending on the location of your hotel. At the hotel of your choice, your private driver will pick you up and take you to visit some of the most impressive attractions in the Valley: Maras, Moray and Ollantaytambo. Surrounded by spectacular views and accompanied by the friendly weather of the Valley, you will visit the Andean town of Maras, where you will be able to appreciate its characteristic narrow streets, adobe buildings, churches and fields. Also in Maras, somewhat away from the town, you will have the chance to visit its unique salt mines and learn about the process of collecting the salt, the kinds of salt and the various beneficial properties they have. You will then visit the circular terraces of Moray, a site where the Incas used to carry out agricultural experiments and was used to acclimatize crops to the altitude. After lunch, we will take you to Ollantaytambo, home of one of the largest archeological complex of the area. There, you will be able to appreciate its trademark stone streets, too narrow for cars, adobe buildings and Incan monuments. 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.