The private tour Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu is one of the best travel options that are offered today, generally is an exclusive tour for family travelers (family trips), but you can also buy customized tours, if the tourist wants to travel alone accompanied by the tour guide.
Quite the opposite of that it can seem expensive, in fact it is more economic and profitable if one travels together with the family or friends.
A private tour of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, requires a minimum of 2 days; the first day will be a tour of the Sacred Valley and the second day will be exclusively to Machu Picchu.
First day: Private tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
To start a private tour to the Sacred Valley, individually or with your family, you must take precautions and wear appropriate clothing. In reality this tour does not present any difficulty, but it is quite a walk and a good pair of shoes will be very important.
The archeological centers located in the sacred valley are as amazing as the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. This extensive area surrounded by mountains, the Vilcanota river and the most incredible nature enjoyed great importance for the Incas.
That is why during the private tours, greater importance is given to the history and description of the Inca constructions.
During the tour through Pisac, Ollantaytambo and chinchero you will find temples, palaces and agricultural centers that survive to this day, despite the passing of the years.
What places are visited in the Sacred Valley during a tour?
Generally a tour to the Sacred Valley presents three very important and beautiful archeological centers for any visitor, as they are:
The archeological centers mentioned above are the most important and as it is a private tour the itinerary can be changed to the taste of the visitor.
Currently the Sacred Valley offers all kinds of experiences for its visitors. The main attractions are the archaeological sites and within them are points of major importance, either archaeological or historical.
You will visit places like:
- Cultivation terraces.
- The military zone or citadel (K´alla K´asa).
- The ancient village (Pisaqa).
- The ceremonial center (Intihuatana).
- The Inca cemetery.
- The door of the snakes (Amaru punku).
- Temple of the Sun.
- The platforms.
- Inca people.
- Church of Ollantaytambo.
- Handicrafts market.
- The Royal House of the Sun.
- The strong Choqana.
- Mañay Raqay Square or ‘K’uychipunku’.
- The Temple of the Sun.
- The Monumental Cover and the Precinct of the 10 Hornacinas.
- The Bath of the Ñusta.
- Inca Walls.
- Chinchero Square.
- Colonial Temple .
- Craft markets.
Yes, it is possible to enjoy the Sacred Valley during group tours, but it is much better if you do it through private tours.
The first day of the private tour Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu can be exhausting, as it covers three archaeological sites and some points to the taste of the visitor, so the tour ends in the city of Cusco, so that the next day is made the trip to the magnificent Machu Picchu.
Second day: Description of the private tour to Machu Picchu.
The duration of the tour to Machu Picchu is generally from 5:00 AM to 10:00 pm.
Since this is a private tour and the “visitor is always right“, the tourist will be the one who chooses the most convenient time to their needs. Between the most convenient schedules you have:
Departures (Ollantaytambo Station): 05:07 am | 9:49 am | 12:58 pm | 19:00 pm
For a 1 day tour, the most convenient time will be 9:49am, for which the trip from Cusco to Ollantaytambo station starts at 8:00 am.
The pick up will be made from the hotel where the visitor is, 30 minutes before the time of departure from Cusco. The trip will be made towards the train station located in the town of Ollantaytambo (1 hour 30 minutes by bus) where we will board our train and then make our journey to the town of “Aguas Calientes“, which has a duration of 2 hours.
Upon arrival at Machu Picchu town (hot waters), if you start another bus trip to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, the trip has a duration of approximately 25 min.
When arriving at the gates of the citadel of Machu Picchu, we will pass the control of entrance tickets, from this place the guided excursion will begin, we will visit the main enclosures of the city like: the Temple of the Three Windows, the Main Square, the Sacred Solar Clock, the Circular Tower, the Royal Rooms and the cemeteries. The guided tour is almost always for more than two hours.
During a private tour you can do other small activities, after visiting Machu Picchu, such as visiting the hot springs or the waterfalls of Mandor.
In the afternoon we board the train back to Cusco (it is highly recommended to arrive at the station 30 minutes before departure time).
The return will follow the same route as the outward journey, until we finish our adventure in the city of Cusco.
Throughout the trip you will always be accompanied by a professional guide, he will be the person in charge of ensuring your safety and give you all the information you require.
Each year the number of visitors to the wonderful Inca citadel of Machu Picchu increases and if you are thinking of taking a trip with your family, a private tour of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu will be your best option.