This is one of the best option to visit Cusco, the huge Saqsayhuaman, the Sacred Valley and a full day in Machu Picchu, where you’ll have time to climb up to Waynapicchu mountain, after you’ll travel to Puno on a Bus Tour where you’ll stop in same view points and inca sites before arrive to the begining of the Inca History, you’ll visit the Titicaca lake, where the amazing floating island of Uros and the people from Taquile island are waiting for you with a warm welcome.
This tour starts in Cusco and ends in Puno or if you want also in Cusco, we give you the option of having an open itinerary so you can combine the tour with your itinerary and continue with your trip to other destinations as Arequipa or La Paz (Bolivia), for this the passenger must Arrive in Cusco at the latest until the same day of the start of the tour no later than 12:00 hrs.
LOCATION: CUSCO, SACRED VALLEY, MACHU PICCHU, PUNO, LAKE TITICACA.
TYPE OF TOUR: HISTORIC AND CULTURAL.
HIGHLIGHTS: SAQSAYHUAMAN, MORAY, SALINERAS, PISAQ, OLLANTAYTAMBO, MACHU PICCHU, and LAKE TITICACA.
AVAILABILITY: EVERY DAY.
DIFFICULTY: EASY BUT WITH LOT OF WALKING AROUND THE RUINS.
Day 1: Cusco – City Tour.
Day 2: Cusco – Chinchero – Moray – Salineras (salt mines) – Aguas Calientes.
Day 3: Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco.
Day 4: Cusco – Puno.
Day 5: Puno – Titicaca Lake – Puno.
Day 6: Puno – Bus station or airport.
We’ll pick you up from the airport and we’ll take you to your accommodation in Cusco, you’ll have the morning free to walk around the beautiful Cusco City; in the afternoon (from 1:30 p.m.to 6:30 p.m.) you’ll have the City tour where you’ll visit 5 Inka sites such us QORICANCHA well known as the temple of the sun, then you’ll go up to the upper part of Cusco to see the amazing Inca sites like SAQSAYHUAMAN, then QENQO, PUCAPUCARA, and TAMBOMACHAY, Finishing this tour you’ll have the option to visit “El Centro Qosqo de Arte Nativo” where you can see a live show of traditional Cusco’s dances.
On the second day we will tour the entire sacred valley and in the afternoon, from the Ollantaytambo station, we will travel by train to Machu Picchu. This tour sacred valley and Machu Picchu, will show you the most important archaeological centers such as Chinchero, Moray, Salineras de Maras and Ollantaytambo.
We’ll pick you up from your hotel (7:00 am.) then we’ll leave to visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas, you’ll visit Chinchero a Colonial village that keeps a nice Church with mural paintings and an Inca remains, This sector is one of the highest places in Cusco, then you will arrive in Moray, this place was a kind of greenhouse for Incas, where they acclimatized different product to take those to other regions, after we will take you to the Salt Mines (Salineras), here there are more than 4000 fountain of natural salt that are still being worked by local people, after visiting this place we’ll continue to Arrive in Urubamba where you’ll have free time to have lunch, then following the Wilcamayu River you we will arrive in Ollantaytambo, the other Inca site where you can find one of the few places in Cusco and Peru where people continue living on the Inca Construction, almost all their streets have water channels; the religious site is located at the top where the temple of the sun is standing; In this place you’ll finish the tour approximately at 15:00 hours, after a short free time we go to the train station of Ollantaytambo, the train station is located to 7 minutes walking from the square of Ollantaytambo, this is the most popular place in this site, there, you’ll take the train to AGUAS CALIENTES (town of Machupicchu – 1 and 1/2 hours), once you arrive, the hotel’s staff will be waiting for you with the name of the accommodation, arriving in the hotel you’ll meet with the guide of Machu Picchu to talk about the visit of the next day.
In the morning you’ll have the option to go up early to Machu Picchu, we’ll take a bus to arrive there in 25 minutes, we’ll meet with the guide at the gate of the archaeological site, then you’ll start the guided tour information, you’ll be with the guide 02 hours approximately after you’ll have free time 2 or 3 hours to explore this beautiful place by your own, after the free time we have to go down to Aguas Calientes town (by bus) and you’ll have time to have lunch; then we have to be at the train station at 14:00 hrs. to take the train (the train departure is at 14:30 hrs.), then when you arrive in Ollantaytambo train station we’ll pick you up to bring you back by bus to Cusco (18:30 hrs.).
We pick you up from your accommodation in Cusco at 6:30 a.m. to take you to the private bus station, where we’ll take a bus tour to Puno on the route we’ll stop in some places to visit interesting places like Andahuaylillas a chapel belonging to the 17 the. Century, where you’ll find a nice wall painting, after we’ll continue to the next place “Raqchi” or well known as the temple of the god Wiracocha the main deity of the Incas, after visit this place we’ll continue and we’ll arrive in “Sicuani” where you’ll have included a buffet lunch, after lunch we’ll continue our route now you’ll stop at “La Raya” the border between Cusco and Puno and the highest point of the route 4350 m.a.s.l., after this places we’ll visit the last place “Pukara”, this is a pre-Inca museum, then we’ll arrive in Puno (5:00 p.m.) we’ll pick you up from the bus station and take you to your accommodation in Puno.
We pick you up from your accommodation at 7:00 a.m. to take you to the boat to start the tour; this day we’ll visit the Titicaca lake and two Islands, the first one will be “Uros” the floating islands where you’ll find local people who live in these islands the guide will give you information about the local people, customs, after this place we’ll continue to the next island “Taquile”, in this place you’ll walk around the main part of the island where you’ll find people who make textiles by hand, and if you like you can buy some of them, after you’ll have a Lunch include, then we’ll take the boat to return again to Puno (4:30 p.m.).
After breakfast, we’ll take you to the airport of JULIACA or the bus station to take your flight or bus to your next destination. END OF OUR SERVICE.
Private Transportation to Return: From Ollantaytambo to Cusco US$ 20.00 (Per way, per person); This gives you a pleasant trip without waiting and picking up other people of the group tour.
Private Tour Guide in Machu Picchu: Personalized service in the citadel of Machu Picchu, US$ 25.00 (Per person – At least 2 people), with this service you will not have to depend on a group.
Train to return at 16:12 hrs. TRAIN 360° Inca Rail (From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo) US$ 30.00 (Per Person); This is another class of train with Taller and wider panoramic windows and an outdoor observatory wagon with bar, this has an excellent schedule, you will arrive in Cusco around 20:20 hrs.
The tickets that are given in the briefing.
Original Passport (This is requested to take the trains, the busses and to get into Machupicchu).
small rucksack (backpack) smaller than 40 liters.
Repellent for Mosquitos.
Awesome people and company, they took care of everything I needed and made the experience very enjoyable. I arranged the trip with Beto who was very helpful and also Elizabeth... read more who couldn't have been nicer. They speak English so there's no problem if you don't speak Spanish. There was somebody waiting for me at the end of every van/bus/train ride to take me to the next area. My guide for the tour of Machu Picchu was Elvis who was very knowledgeable about the area and communicated in detail about various aspects of the ruins. I made this trip during the corona pandemic and they even arranged a ride to the airport for me during a Sunday lockdown, which was just something extra, not even part of my tour plan. They really went out of their way to help out in any way possible. I would definitely book with them again if I have the opportunity.
We, six of us from Turkey (including a nine year old boy and myself, 67 years old), booked a 2 days Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Inka Time was very... read more good to organize our trip. Many thanks to our guide Grimaldo, a real gentleman, and his boss who did all way in two hours to give us extra care. First day early in the morning after a beautiful train journey we got down at 104 km and did a wonderful hike up to Andes Mountains to Vinaywayna (=forever young) ancient inca site...passed waterfalls, walked above clouds, enjoyed breath-taking Urubamba scenery down, flora & fauna of the forest, keeping always original stone steps of Incas. It rained all day till we reached at last to Sun Gate (Inti Punku), Inca Kings gate, the sun came back at Sun Gate! ....and Machu Picchu was down there....we were all wet to the bone, very tired, but very happy, went to Aguas Calientes. Next day Grimaldo took us to Machu Picchu once more... Inka time gave each of us a walking stick at the start of hike which was very useful... for such rainy days one extra plastic pancho would be useful....
Best price and Best service! Naysha picked us up from the airport when we first arrived and she was the main person that connects us to the tour guides and... read more arranging our transportations. She even took us to a phone store to help us get a local sim card. Talk about service!
We also did the Sacred Valley and the Cusco city tour. Both guides were awesome! They were patience and were also constantly telling us to slow down as some of us were experiencing altitude sickness.
A big shout out to our tour guide Elvis at machu picchu was awesome! He was very patient since my mom was struggling to walk up and down the steps. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. I would recommend to hire a private tour guide so you can ask questions and not feel rushed.
Overall, I would give this company my highest recommendation! They are able to customize and accommodate your needs. For example, at Machu Picchu picchu, my dad and I did the morning 7am hike to Huaynu Pichhu. I expressed my concern to the tour company about my mom taking the bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu by herself. They told me that the tour guide can pick my mom up at the lobby and personally escort her to the front gate to meet us after our hime! WOW! This was one of the reasons why I decided to go with this tour company.
Tips: download whatsapp for easy and convenient communication with them while you are in Cusco
Perfect service and price! Our guide Elvis was very kind, funny and knowledgable! Would recommend to anyone!
I've dealt many tour guides before but Beto was so nice and easy to deal with, and during our trip I was able to contact him any time of the... read more day and he helped us with everything we needed. The tour was really well arranged and everything was so professional. Would definitely recommend! Thank you again!
Machu Picchu (1 day tour)
We have just completed a tour of Machu Picchu with Inka Time. The preparation for this and the coordination were excellent. After much research... read more we were glad to avail of this tour company. We met in the main office in Cusco the night before the tour and had all our tickets issued and questions answered. Pick up at 5am prompt and the train journey in the 360 carriage was smooth. A box breakfast is offered with a hot drink. Another representative met us at Aguas Calientes and popped us on the bus to
MP. The guide, Ulysses met us and the other 6 in our group at the entrance. he was excellent and made it so so interesting, adding little humour to his tales. There are people everywhere and taking that perfect photo of the iconic site is difficult., but such is a tourist destination. I had some little words with a Chinese woman who demanded I step out of her posed photo which was taking her all my allocated time to grasp the chance of my own pic... unfortunately the day of selfies and posing for instagram specials makes it difficult to just get a couple of simple shots. Anyway our guide gave us some time to take a couple of pics at some areas, but seeing as we had some 2 hours extra at the end we wrongly thought we could easily get more photos at our leisure... this is not the case. The trail we took with our guide is ONE WAY ONLY! So when we finished up after 2 hours the guards told us we needed to keep going towards the exit! We were so disappointed not to have had time to take more photos at different spots. We did plead with the entrance gate guard who just as a once off let us in for half hour to get just a couple more pics.. ( holding our passports as collateral) we had 2 hours to kill in Aguas Calientes. Nice town with many restaurants and stalls, but a bit of a drawn out end. I don’t think it was made clear to us that the guided tour is a one way show and there is no opportunity to back track steps to take more pics at the end (security guards won’t allow) there are some signs for one way but they are very small and with people walking back and forward it’s just not clear enough. I would say if you don’t want to do lunch in Aguas Calientes the day could be made much shorter. The buses to and from the site were efficient (we didn’t have to wait long)
We had a great experience with Inka Time. Beto is available via whatsapp all the time to answer any questions and to make changes and adjustments to the reservation. We... read more did the inka trail two days and we had a great experience and a great guide Grimaldo. Wayna Pichu was an addition worth the extra money.
I booked the Sacred Valley 1-day tour after reading several Inka Time tourist reviews and communicated directly with those reviewers via Tripadvisor messaging. It generally went pretty well. They had... read more an agent/shuttle meet me my AirBnB and off we went picking up other tourists. The guide spoke well enough English. The NEGATIVE experience came when we were supposed to stop for lunch. My tour didn't include lunch and I was told that we would be in an area with several food options. Turned out that the guide dropped us off at a VERY HIGH PRICED buffet place where they were going to charge me 45 soles for the quick lunch. Mind you, the whole 12-hour tour with transportation and guide cost 60 soles, so you can imagine how pricey this restaurant was. When I balked at the price, the restaurant owner immediately dropped price to 30 soles. When I refused, she offered me a bowl of soup for 20 soles - a rip off! I was very upset and complained to the tour guide. He claimed he had nothing to do with it, that he just showed up to where he was directed. I decided to chance it and walked out onto a very desolate street. As I said, we were dropped off in the middle of nowhere, not exactly what was described to me. I found a little hole in the wall across the street where I saw hot soup, chicken and rice for 8 soles. It looked clean enough so I chanced it and was fine (this to give you perspective of what I paid, compared to what they were going to rip me off, because I was a tourist).
Booked with them because there aren’t many that offer both mountains in one trip. Both entrance tickets are included. Pickup was on time and food was pretty good. Would go... read more with them again!
1.- I am just one person, can I join some group tour?
Yes, you can, we have departure every day, feel free to decide when to go.
2.- We don’t like to go in a big group, can we arrange a private tour?
Yes you can, our group tours go with 15 or 19 people, but if you want, you can also arrange a private tour, we have different rates for it depending on how many people you are.
3.- I will travel with my family, we have two 65 YO people, do you think, can they make it?
We had people on this tour from 70 and 75 YO, the tour is not hard, but you have some small hikes into the Inca Sites where there are many steps to go up and down if you think they are not to fit to do it, we recommend to take a Private tour, that will be a perfect plan to do the tour quite easily and smoothly.
4.- We want to take the tour included Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, do we have enough time to do it in the same day tour of Machu Picchu?
Yes, On this tour you will sleep in Aguas Calientes (Town of Machu Picchu) so you can take some of the first busses, the park opens at 6:00 am. suppose that you will get in at 7:00 am. First, you can climb the Mountain (2 or 3 and 1/2 hours hike) until 10:30 am. Then, you can go out to use the toilet or eat something and rest, then you can start the guided tour around the citadel (Around 2 hours) until 14:00 hrs. Then you will have free time to continue exploring on your own, the park is open until 5 pm. You will have like 10 hours to be there, the train departure to return is at 19:00 hrs.
5.- How about my luggage, can I take all my staff?, or where can I store it?
As this tour is only for 2 days we recommend to take only small backpacks because there are restrictions to take on the train, and also all the streets in Aguas Calientes have only pedestrian access. The rest of your stuff you can be stored at your accommodation in Cusco, All the Hotels have storage if you book the night for your way back, you can leave your stuff there, another option is that you can leave your stuff in our office, in the two options you don’t need to pay anything extra.
6.- How about the altitude, Are going to pass by other places higher than Cusco?
Cusco city is located in 3350 masl. (10990 Ft.) the only place higher than Cusco is Chinchero area 3750 masl. then you will descend to Aguas Calientes 2050 masl. Machu Picchu is located in 2450 masl (8038 Ft.); we always recommend to have at least one day in Cusco to acclimatize; altitude sickness is very different for everyone, sometimes you don’t have any problem.