Sacred Valley Tour & 1 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - Orange Nation Peru

Sacred Valley Tour & 1 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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This tour package visits the hot spots of the entire Sacred Valley with all of it’s ancient treasures and Incan sites, plus a 1-Day Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate where the most famous photos of Machu Picchu have been taken! The Sacred Valley is very large and stretches from Pisac to Ollantaytambo with many small indigenous towns, secluded weaving villages, outdoor handicraft markets and 10th and 11th century Inca Ruins including Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Urubamba.

The 1-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu brings you to many ancient Inca ruins, towering mountains, various types of flora & vegetation and interesting micro-climates. The trail goes through the National Park and enters through the Sun Gate with breathtaking views of Machu Picchu, through cloud forest and sub-tropical climates. When we arrive at Machu Picchu, we will have a private guided tour, visiting all the hidden nooks and crannies of this magical Inca hideaway. You will have plenty of time to explore Machu Picchu on your own after learning about the history and secrets of its past and the culture of the Incas who lived there.

***The 1-Day Inca Trail is exactly the same as the 2-Day Inca Trail, but at a faster pace. Hikers need to be in good physical condition to do this trek and arrive to Machu Picchu on time. If you have doubts about the altitude or this Trek, it may be better to book the 2-day Inca Trail which arrives to Machu Picchu at a slower pace and later in the day. Then, you would spend a night in Aguas Calientes and visit Machu Picchu the next morning. There is also time to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain with the 2-day trek.

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Service Level: Standard-Comfortable mid-tier hotel, buffet lunch, above average box lunch and private van with chauffer.
Physical Rating: First day is very relaxed with minimal physical activity. Whereas the second day is moderate to difficult . Fast pace trekking is required to reach Machu Picchu on time.
Travel Style: Hiking, trekking, adventure, cultural immersion, mid-tier hotel, train, shuttle bus and private transportation.
Group Size: Small group experience; Max 12, Avg 5.
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Our tour through the Sacred Valley begins at 7:30am with a pick-up up from your hotel lobby. We recommend having breakfast in your hotel before we set off.

Traditional Weaving Center

We begin our scenic drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, stopping along the way at a camelid farm just outside of Cusco. The four main species of camelid include the Llama, Alpaca, Guanacos, and the Vicuna which is the National Animal of Peru.

Inside the farm, you get to pet, feed and take pictures with the alpacas and llamas that call this place home. Passing through the center, we can watch the ladies in their traditional wear weaving different textiles, using the wool from the camelids.

We will learn about the natural way in which they dye the wool, using roots and indigenous plants. At the exit, there is a museum with a souvenir shop where you can purchase authentic alpaca garments and if your budget allows, the more luxurious and protected Vicuna creations.

The Vicuna has super soft material and feels lush and luxurious. Because Vicunas are protected animals, all garments made from their wool have to be sold with a certification of trade and authentication. Their wool is some of the most expensive in the world.

Mirador of Taray and Pisac Archeological site
Our second stop on our Sacred Valley tour is the stunning Mirador of Taray, where we get to enjoy magnificent panoramic views of the valley, including of our next destination, Pisac.

Pisac is regarded as the gateway to the valley and the view from this outlook is a glimpse into what you have to look forward to for the rest of the day.

Next, we drive to the entrance of the archeological site, siting perched atop the mountain side. The Sacred Valley was agriculturally important to the Incas and still plays a major role in the sustenance of the Cusco region.

Evidence to support the theory of agricultural practices has been found at the top of the hill, which is laden with many food warehouses. These warehouses were used by the Incas to store food where the temperature is much cooler compared to the bottom of the valley.

These ruins are also home to the biggest Inca cemetery, with over 2000 tombs decorating the mountain side. It is said that if you visit these tombs, you can still find human skeletal remains.

Town of Coya, Calca and Urubamba
We drive through the small indigenous towns of Coya and Calca before stopping at the foot of Urubamba for a buffet lunch. The restaurant has an impressive spread and is vegan and vegetarian friendly. There is a variety of fresh vegetables, salads, protein dishes, desserts, a selection of teas and coffee. (Lunch is not included)

Maras and Moray Salt Mines
After lunch, we continue our journey to the colonial town of Maras, walking downhill to the Pre-Inca Salt Mines. The locals use over a thousand salt pans to collect water from the salt stream at the top of the hill.

They extract the salt by allowing the naturally salty water to evaporate until only the salt remains in the pool, ready to be collected for distribution.

This technique can be traced back to Pre-Inca times. The locals still maintain this ancient technique. This is Peru’s main salt supply, supplying over 90% of the country with salt.

This a rich custom and tradition and the saltpans have been passed down from one generation to the next. This is the communities main source of income and they have exclusive rights to these mines.

Salineras is one of the very few salt mines left in the world to have not switched to more modern salt extraction techniques. The communal company of Maras (cooperative) packages and distributes the salt and splits the profits with the families according to the number of saltpans they own.

Later, we visit Moray, which was an experimental farming site built in the form of an amphitheater with each level comes a different temperature, and so each level grows different types of crops.

These levels of terraces were carved before the Incas took control of the Sacred Valley. Then the Incas used it for their experimental farming, to research optimal growing conditions for their crops.

The Incas brought in different soil samples from other regions in order to optimize their research. The locals were still using the site for growing their crops until the Peruvian government decided to preserve and protect it for tourism in the 1970s.

Archeological site in Ollantaytambo
For our final stop on the tour, we drive to Ollantaytambo. This quaint Inca village and the amazing Inca Ruins on the hilltop overlooking the town are the highlight for many travelers visiting.

These ruins are where the Incas fought their last battle with the Spanish conquerors before they had to retreat and flee into the dense jungle. Most of the structures were unfortunately incomplete or destroyed by the intense battle.

There is a section with a number of boulders that were carved but didn’t make it to their destination. We stop here to learn the fascinating history of the final days of the Inca Empire and watch the sunset over the valley.

Finally, we head to our hotel, so you can enjoy your dinner (not included) and get some rest for tomorrow.

  • 2* Accommodation: Tunupa Lodge or similar
  • Boleto Turistico * Allows you entry to many archeological sites along the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Today is an early start, so be ready as your guide picks you up from your hotel at 5:30am and together we head to the train station, getting on the 6:10am Expedition train to KM104, the starting point of the one day Inca Trail.

We will cross the Urubamba River on a picturesque foot bridge, taking a moment to grab a photo with the entrance sign before arriving at the first checkpoint. Here, you will show your passport and gain official entrance to the trail.

Our first stop of the hike is just a few feet from the checkpoint. This archeological site is called Chachabamba (2100m/6890ft). We will take a few moments to admire the site, which is known to have had a number of uses.

One of the uses of this site was as a guardhouse, thanks to its location at the entrance of one of the paths into Machu Picchu. However, it is more than just its prime location. The site is also surrounded by fertile land, used by the Incas to grow crops such as corn, quinoa, and potatoes. Chachabamba was also used as a religious center, offering thanks to the Pachamama (Mother Earth).

After you have enjoyed a tour of the site and taken a little time to snap some pictures, our journey continues. We begin our gentle 1.5 hour hike uphill to the Wiñay Wayna (Quechua for “Forever Young”) archaeological site (2,650/8,747ft).

Along the way we are guided by stunning views of snow capped mountain peaks in the distance. The calming Urubamba River rushes downstream below us, and expansive views of the sacred valley unfold in front of us. There are several viewpoints along the way where you can grab some insta-worthy shots.

A short but steep climb leads us to a pristine waterfall- the perfect place for a few photos and a quick water break. After a minute or so of rest, we begin the steep hill leading to Wiñay Wayna.

Wiñay Wayna was built on the side of a steep mountain, and on a cloudy day the entire site seems as though it is floating in the sky. It’s a truly incredible sight to behold. And the view only improves as you get closer.

Wiñay Wayna is named after a beautiful orange orchid that grows in abundance all year round along the trail. This stunning archeologic site is timeless, one of the most well-preserved archeological sites in the world, and a fantastic example of Incan architecture.

A fascinating history surrounds the site, despite the fact that it was only discovered in 1940. This late discovery helps to explain why this site remains so in tact in comparison to other sites on the trail- in fact, some parts of it are still hidden in the dense jungle.

Once we reach the top of Wiñay Wayna, we arrive at a campsite of the same name. This is where the Short Inca Trail and the Classic Inca Trial intersect. We stop to rest, enjoy our gourmet box lunch and use the bathroom facilities available at camp.

You can also also use this opportunity to ask your guide as many questions as you want about the Inca Trail, the Incas, or any of the sites you have passed along the way. Our guides are experts in their field and know almost everything there is to know about the Incas.

After lunch we begin our final hour of the hike. The majority of this hour is an easy and enjoyable hike, taking in the incredible and completely unique scenery of where the Andes Mountains meet the Amazon Rainforest. Finally, you will reach the Monkey Steps- also known as the Gringo Killer steps.

The steps earned their name by offering a healthy challenge to a many gringos over the years, owing to how steep they are. The easiest way to scale them is to get on all fours and climb like a monkey. The Incas carved the stairs directly into the rock, and they are the final challenge before reaching the Sun Gate.

The Sun Gate (2,730m/9,00ft) is one of the main reasons for choosing for this hike. Upon passing through the Sun Gate, you are faced with your first all encompassing, jaw dropping view of the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu and the incredible valley surrounding it. Take a moment to catch your breath, appreciate your achievement, and take in the incredible view unfolding in front of you.

The rest of the way to the citadel is a downhill hike on Incan stone paths, Machu Picchu looming with each step. Upon arrival to the “Guards House” you can take the famous postcard pictures of Machu Picchu with the spectacular Huayna Picchu Mountain behind it.

Your guide will give you a private tour of the citadel, lasting for around 2 hours depending on your hiking speed. You will learn about some of the most important parts of Machu Picchu and lose yourself in history as your guide shows you hidden corners and famous landmarks alike.

Enjoy the magic of the ruins at your own leisure before taking the bus down to Aguas Calientes. Your train departs from Aguas Calientes train station at 6:20pm, and on arrival to Ollantaytambo our private van will take you back to your hotel in Cusco. Your estimated arrival time in Cusco is 10pm.

  • Meals: Breakfast from your hotel (please request for a boxed breakfast) and Picnic lunch
  • Difficulty: Moderate

***At Machu Picchu we will follow circuit #3 and there is no way to do another circuit unless you buy an additional entrance to Machu Picchu.

***It is not possible to do the Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain climb due to time restraints

***You can upgrade to the Vistadome Train for $57. This train will depart from Aguas Calientes at 6:10pm to Ollantaytambo only.


2 to 12 people (with 1 night hotel) $ 537 USD per person
2 to 12 people (without hotel) $ 497 USD per person

**All entrance fees are included and we operate our tours in small groups averaging 5 people, with a maximum of 12!**


  • Student: $30 USD. Information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card at booking is required & government approval for discount.
  • Under 18 years old: $30 USD. Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Under 11 years old: $40 USD. Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.


  • Upgrade to Vistadome Train: $57 USD.
  • Hotel single supplement: $35 USD for solo travelers
  • Upgrade Hotel – La Cabaña Hotel 3*: $50 USD per person
  • Upgrade Hotel – Tierra Viva Hotel: 4* $90 USD per person
  • Upgrade Hotel – El Mapi Hotel: 4* $120 USD per person



  • Sacred Valley Tour with entrances included.
  • Entrances to the Inca cities and archeological sites
  • Inca Trail permit
  • Professional guide for two days
  • Expedition train from Ollantaytambo to KM 104 and from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • One night hotel accommodation with private room, bathroom and breakfast included
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Bus tickets from Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
  • Personal assistance
  • Boleto Turistico


  • Hotel – optional upgrades
  • Upgrade to Vistadome: $57 USD per person – return train in the afternoon at 6:10pm to Ollantaytambo only
  • Tips for your guide
  • Hotels before and after  the  trek
  • Breakfast and dinner  on day  1
  • Dinner on day 2


  • Original passport (it has to be the same as the one you have used for booking your trek)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water bottle: 2L reusable bottles (please do not bring disposable)
  • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
  • Toilet paper
  • Jacket
  • Dress in layers
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Personal medications
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Wool hat in the cold season
  • Rain gear, weather is always unpredictable.
  • Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruits
  • Rain poncho
  • Camera
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips
  • Valuables


  • Second set of clothes for visiting Machu Picchu the second day
  • Personal medications
  • Toiletries for the hotel
  • Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruits
  • Camera and phone chargers
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips
Sacred Valley Tour & 1 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
From USD $497

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May. 2023

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Dec. 2022

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