Enjoy the Cusco region in only 2 days!
Many paths lead to the famous Inca ruins Machu Picchu. If you don’t have much time but would still like to visit Machu Picchu, then we have the right tour package for you.
Combine a tour to Machu Picchu with famous places like Chinchero, Maras, Moray, Salineras de Maras and Ollantaytambo – pearls of the Sacred Valley of the Incas! Spend 2 incredible days in spectacular spots of the Cusco region.
Minimum number of participants: 2
Day 1: CHINCHERO - MORAY - SALINERAS - OLLANTAYTAMBO - AGUAS CALIENTES
This full day tour is definitely more than just an average tour. It is a great and unforgettable adventure, full of different activities that inspire and excite! Today we discover archaeological sites of the Incas near Cusco, unique salt mines in Maras and mystical agricultural sites. You will also receive an interesting lesson on textiles while you are meeting members of the local community. EIt will be surprising how many things there are to do and discover here in just one day. Enjoy a wealth of new experiences, culture and tradition.
We drive about an hour by car to our first destination, Chinchero, where we will visit the Inca ruins and participate in a workshop about local textiles of the region.
We continue to Chinchero to explore the archaeological site of Moray, which contains unusual Inca ruins consisting of several huge circular depressions.
From Moray we continue to our next destination, Maras. Here we get to know the production of the popular Andean drink chicha de jora (corn beer) and take time for a walk through the really beautiful streets of this Andean settlement.
Salineras de Maras
After Maras we continue towards the incredible salt ponds, which have been in use since Inca times. Following an easy path, we reach the salt ponds in one hour on foot. On the way we have a spectacular view of the mountain range “Cordillera Urubamba”. In the salt mines you have the chance to walk through more than 3000 salt ponds, learn more about salt production and see how inca practices and traditions are still used today.
Around 4:00 pm we arrive in Ollantaytambo. Here we explore the last Inca site of the day. The ruins of Ollantaytambo were built in the shape of a llama and are one of the most impressive in the region. The beauty of the places we visit on this day is that they are all very different and give us a good overview of the different styles of the ancient Inca architecture.
After a short walk through the ruins and a detour through the most spectacular parts of the city, we take the train at 7 pm to Aguas Calientes, where you have time to relax before continuing the next day to explore Machu Picchu. The estimated time of arrival in Aguas Calientes is approx. 9:15 pm.
Max Altitude: 12417,98 ft (3785m) above the sea level Overnight stay in Aguas Calientes
Day 2: MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO
Day 2 is dedicated to exploring the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu – Peru’s most famous sight. There are several options available in the ruins. You can climb one of the peaks, Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (extra charge), walk to the famous Sun Gate and/or walk to the Inca Bridge.
We will start from Aguas Calientes, from where we will take the bus to the entrance in the early morning (with this option an additional fee for the bus ticket is required). Alternatively, you can walk to the entrance (1-1.5 hours walk).
In the ruins you will have a two-hour guided tour that will give you an overview of the history and culture of the Inca Empire as well as the spiritual, political and educational significance of Machu Picchu. After the tour you have time to explore the site on your own until about 5 pm (if you wish you can leave earlier). There are several possibilities within the ruins.
After visiting the ruins, take the bus back to Aguas Calientes (with this option an additional charge for the bus ticket is required) or on foot (about 1 – 1.5 hours), from where you take the train to Ollantaytambo. You will arrive in Ollantaytambo at 8:20 pm. In Ollantaytambo our bus will wait to take you back to Cusco. The bus arrives around 10:30 pm.
Max Altitude: 11154,86 ft (3400 m) above the sea level
Your tour “Chinchero, Moray, Salienas, Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu” will end this day at the Plaza San Francisco in Cusco. If you would like to stay in Cusco or in another part of Peru longer and explore more, feel free to contact us. We are happy to modify our tours so that they meet your tastes and expectations.