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Information about the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

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Information about the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

Hello, guys!

I'm going with my girlfriend to Cusco and we would like to spend a full day on the Sacred Valley. Do you guys think it's possible for us to do it alone or would you guys suggest a guide or travel agency? If solo, how could we get to the Sacred Valley (bus, van, taxi)?

And about Machu Picchu, would you guys suggest that we take the train from Poroy or Ollantaytambo? Based on the departure times I would choose Ollanta, but I'm afraid on how to get there so early in the morning (I want to arrive in MP before 10:30). The first train from Poroy arrives at Aguas Calientes almost at 10am... will it be possible to arrive at MP before 11am?

Thanks in advance guys!

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1. Re: Information about the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

You can totally visit the Sacred Valley on your own. A taxi will be the easiest and most convenient way to travel in the Sacred Valley although more expensive than the bus. The bus will be less convenient but its an adventure in its own right.

Take the train from Ollantaytambo. There are more departures to choose from including early morning and late evening. What worked for me and my wife was to spend the day touring the Sacred Valley on our own and take a late train to Aguas Calientes and spend the night there and that way we could be up to Machu PIcchu early the next morning.

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2. Re: Information about the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

You can contact Sacred Valley Transport at sacredtransport@gmail.com to arange for a taxi to take you to the SV for your visit and then to the Olly train station to go to MP.

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I agree with JodoKast1221, considering you will have luggage with you I would hire a driver for the day (approx. S/.200 Soles), this way your luggage will be secure and you can enjoy the sites in the SV better. From the airport I would head to Pisac, you can stop at the Cochahuasi Animal Sanctuary on the way and see a few Condors up close. After Pisac you can head to Ollantaytambo, depending on time you can make a stop at Urco and maybe even go to Moray. Once in Ollantaytambo, you can visit the ruins and then either stay a night there or travel to AC.

An alternate route would be to leave the airport and head to Chinchero, after this you could visit Moray and the salt mines of Maras before ending in Ollantaytambo.

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Dear Didcart,

look if you want to see the sacred valley we definitely recommend to get a guide at least so you can learn all that you will see because there are so many places to see like Pisaq, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero.

you can easy find travel agents in the main plaza in Cusco or you can find a company on the list of tripadvisor.

about the train to Machupicchu if you want to get by 10;30 to Aguas Calietes so make all easy for you and stay an overnight in Ollanta so you will get more time to enjoy the Sacred valley and you do not have to worrie about the next day transportation.

hope you enjoy machupicchu and take care.

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Thanks for the answer, guys!

I'll probably not have luggage with me. I'll arrive in Cusco on Sep. 3rd and stay in a hotel there. Then only on Sep. 4th I would go to the Sacred Valley and then to Aguas Calientes to return on Sep. 5th to Cusco and to the hotel I slept at on the first day. This way I think I can leave the luggage at the hotel for just one night without a problem.

Thanks also for the route sugestion. I really want to go to Moray, I found the place pretty interesting. I thing I'll decide about the transportation as soon as I arrive in Cusco. If it's not so complicated to go by bus, I think I'll try it but if in the end it shows as a really difficult thing, I think I'll just hire a driver.

If you guys have more suggestions, keep'em coming!

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6. Re: Information about the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

Buses are fairly easy to manage, and if you don’t have more than a small pack with you, go with the local transportation. Time permitting you could actually make a loop, go to Ollantaytambo via Chinchero and Moray the first day, Stay the night in AC to get an early start at MP. Visit MP on the second day and return to Ollantaytambo that evening, and stay the night in Ollantaytambo. On the third day you could return to Cusco via Urubamba and Pisac.

As adventureperupath mentioned you can get a guide at most of the site entrances, but there is one thing to keep in mind with guides, you will most likely get around 75% facts and the other 25% will be opinions. Since moving here we have made several trips to almost all of the sites and it has amazed me how many different stories and explanations I have heard for the same locations at some of the sites.

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7. Re: Information about the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

You can leave most of your luggage in Cusco. Tour the Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo. Spend the night there.

Take an early train to MP (weather and crowds may be better). Return to Ollantaytambo and then take either bus/combi or taxi back to Cusco.

Note that to see the ruins in the SV you need a boleto turistco, the 70 sole partial circuit that covers the SV is good only for two consecutive days. So one option would be to visit the Pisac ruins from Cusco on the first day (about an hour to 1.5 hour drive), the next day to see Chinchero, Moray and Salineras on the way to Ollantaytambo, and the Ollantaytambo ruins after you check into your hotel the same day.

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8. Re: Information about the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

Of course if you plan to see any of the museums or sites around Cusco, skip the partial ticket and get the full ticket which is good for 10 days and is S/.10.00 Soles less than buying 2 partial tickets.

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