We've read some great trip reports related to Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, from which we've learned a lot, and hope to hear from people who can help us with more specific questions.
We are planning a trip to South America next year and only have 3 days and nights to see as much as we can of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu :-)
We arrive in Cuzco at 10.35am on a Saturday morning and leave at 8.10am on the Tuesday morning.
We would like take the train to be at Machu Picchu at a less crowded time of the day, so maybe we need to stay one night in Aguas Calientes so we can go up very early in the morning? Or if another time of day is also less crowded perhaps we should take a morning train from Ollantaytambo and Urubamba, as we'd also like to at least visit these places. To be honest we'd prefer to spend a night at either of these two places rather than Aguas Calientes but will stay wherever is necessary to make the most of our visit to Machu Picchu.
We're not into big hikes so won't be climbing mountains.
Our wish list - in addition to those mentioned above - includes Pisaq, the Salt Mines and Moray. Of course we'd love a bit of time to look around Cuzco itself but don't imagine we'll be able to squeeze this in as well!
Is it possible to do much of this travel without having to return to Cusco each day? Would it be easiest for us to hire a driver for 2 days at least, in order to maximise our time?
We understand we are trying to fit a lot into just 3 days but that's all we have available so want to get in and see as much as possible. Any extra itinerary advice would be appreciated :-)
Thanks so much for your help!