Sacred Valley Tour & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 3 days - Orange Nation Peru

Sacred Valley Tour & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 3 days

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This adventure tour & trek package is an excellent experience visiting the of the most important sites in the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate where the most famous photos of Machu Picchu have been taken, all in 3 Days. The Sacred Valley is very large and stretches for miles with many small indigenous towns, secluded weaving villages, outdoor handicraft markets, and ancient Inca Ruins including Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and Urubamba.

The Inca Trail displays many ancient Inca ruins, towering mountains, and various types of flora & vegetation with various micro-climates. The trail goes through the National Park and enters through the Sun Gate with breathtaking views of Machu Picchu, through cloud forests 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 small 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.

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Service Level: Mid tier hotels with an option to upgrade. Exclusive modern vehicles with chauffer.
Physical Rating: Easy with moderate trekking with a few inclines on the second day.
Travel Style: Cultural immersion, trekking, adventure, mid-tier hotels, train, shuttle bus and private van.
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 before heading to our hotel in Ollantaytambo.

  • Hotel in Ollantaytambo: Tunupa Lodge or similar
  • Boleto Turistico *Allows you entry to many archeological sites along the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Buffet lunch

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.

After a little time to enjoy the view of Machu Picchu, we head down to Aguas Calientes to rest. We will explore the citadel in greater depth tomorrow once you have replenished your energy.

  • Meals: lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation: Ferre Hotel
  • Difficulty: Moderate

After an early breakfast at your hotel, we join the queue for the bus up to Machu Picchu at 5:30am, just in time to witness the sunrise. Somehow even better than the pictures, this mystical site is the pinnacle of many travelers trips to Peru.

Watch as the sun creeps over the mountains, and as the morning light glances off the peaks that surround you, your guided tour of the citadel begins. The tour shares many important parts of the citadel with you, and lasts for roughly 2 hours.

If you have booked an additional hike- either to Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu, you will be able to climb the peak after the tour has finished. When you have had your fill of the citadel, head back down to Aguas Calientes on one of the waiting shuttle buses.

Once you arrive back in the town, grab some lunch (not included), and explore the market, visit the hot springs, or simply treat yourself to a happy hour until your scheduled train departure.

The Expedition train will take you back to Ollantaytambo at 2:55pm or 3:20pm, and the tracks follow the spectacular Urubamba River. Once you arrive in Ollantaytambo, your driver will meet you at the exit from the train station, taking you back to your hotel in Cusco in our private van. You can expect to arrive at your hotel at around 7:00pm.

  • Meals: Breakfast


  • On the 2-day Inca Trail, we will be doing circuit #3 and there is no way to do another circuit unless you buy an additional entrance to Machu Picchu.
  • You can upgrade to the Vistadome Train for the same times, 2:55 pm or 3:20 pm, 4:22 pm, or 4:43 pm. The cost is $57 USD.
  • Early trains can be organized as requested and it has to be done by booking time.
  • The Huayna Picchu Mountain Hike is subject to availability. Please advise at the time of booking.


***The Sacred Valley & Short Inca Trail Tour Package is available on any date as long as there are at least 2 people in the group (except February when it is closed for maintenance). This trek still takes you into Machu Picchu by walking through the SUN GATE. You will get to explore some incredible Inca ruins along the way.***

2 to 12 people (with 2 nights hotel) $ 597 USD per person
2 to 12 people (without hotel) $ 517 USD per person

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


  • 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.


  • Huayna Picchu Mountain: $75 USD per person
  • Upgrade Hotel in Aguas Calientes: $50 USD to 3* (Can upgrade to 4 or 5 star)
  • Upgrade Hotel in Ollantaytambo: $60 USD to 3* (Can upgrade to 4 or 5 star)
  • Hotel single supplement: $35 USD


  • Transfer from the airport to hotel: (Cusco only)



  • Sacred Valley Tour
  • Boleto Turistico:  Entrances to the Inca cities and archeological sites
  • Professional guide for three days
  • Expedition train from Ollantaytambo to KM 104 and from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Two nights hotel accommodation with private room, bathroom and breakfast included
  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary
  • Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
  • Personal assistance


  • Hotel – optional upgrades
  • Huayna Picchu Tickets: $75 USD per person
  • Upgrade to Vistadome: $57 USD per person
  • Hotels before and after the trek
  • Travel insurance
  • Flight tickets
  • Tips for your guide

What you have to take with you for the Sacred Valley & Short Inca Trail Tour Package?

  • Original passport (it has to be the same as the one used to book the trek)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Drinking Water: 2-3L reusable bottles (not disposable)
  • Comfortable hiking boots
  • Jacket
  • Waterproof gloves – rainy season
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Personal medications
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Rain gear – rainy season
  • Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruit
  • Rain poncho
  • Camera
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips
  • Valuables

What you should put in your bag that will be sent by train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes while you hike the Short Inca Trail:

  • Change of clothes for visiting Machu Picchu the next day
  • Toiletries for the hotel
  • Camera and phone chargers
  • Extra snacks
Sacred Valley Tour & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 3 days
From USD $517

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Dec. 2022

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