Hello. I've spent the past week reading as much on this forum as possible to plan my upcoming trip to the Sacred Valley. Our itinerary looks like this so far:
Arrive Cuzco around 7:00AM (first flight from Lima)
Train to Aguas Calientes (afternoon vs evening)
Overnight Aguas Calientes
Train to Ollantaytambo
Tour SV and Cuzco
1. On Tuesday, is it better to go to AC in the afternoon, or would it be worth taking more time touring the SV before taking an evening train to AC? The options we are looking at are 13:27-14:49, 15:37-17:02, or 19:00-20:43. Right now, the only advantage I can see to getting to AC during the day is to buy our MP tickets a day early and not have to deal with it the next morning while trying to get on the early bus. What time do they stop selling MP tickets in AC? Is it possible to buy MP tickets elsewhere? Maybe a stop somewhere in Cuzco before going to Ollanta?
2. Returning from AC to Ollanta, we are looking at the following departures: 16:22-18:08, 17:27-18:56, or 18:45-20:18. Realistically, is there anything to tour in Ollanta in the evening after we return? We’d rather have the option to spend more time in MP and take a later train if we would just return to the hotel in Ollanta to have dinner.
3. Alternatively, would it be worth considering going all the way back to Cuzco on Wednesday when we train down from AC? Maybe a better question to ask: Is Cuzco worth a whole day by itself within our time frame at the trade off of more time in MP and the SV?
4. Any recommendations on what order to tour the SV sites would be appreciated. Things we want to see: Ollanta Ruins, Pisac Market, Pisac Ruins, Chinchero Market (I think not possible because we won’t be there Sunday), Moray, Salinas de Maras. How much time is reasonable to allot to these places?
I really wish we had more time, but we don’t. The only thing that is pretty fixed is the overnight in AC before going MP the next day to try to get a chance to hike HP.