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Itinerary Comments

We’re planning to visit the Sacred Valley in early September, 2018.

We put together a tentative plan and are looking for suggestions/critiques about time allocation, place to visit/not visit, etc.

Day 1

Fly from NYC to Lima

Night at JW Marriott in Lima

Day 2

Hire private guide for 4 hours to see Lima

Dinner at Mangos

Night at JW Marriott in Lima

Day 3

Fly to Cusco

Hire private guide to see Centro Historico in the PM

Dinner at El Albergue

Night at Tierra Viva Machu Picchu Hotel in Cusco

Day 4

Hire private guide to visit Sacsayhuaman & Tambomachay

Night at Tierra Viva Machu Picchu Hotel in Cusco

Day 5

Hire private guide to visit Tipon & Pisac

Night at El Albergue in Ollantaytambo

Day 6

Hire private guide to visit Ollantaytambo, Moray & Salinas de Maras

Night at El Albergue in Ollantaytambo

Day 7

Take the Hiram Hingham train to Aguas Calentas (lunch on board)

Bus to Machu Picchu

Hire private guide for afternoon tour of MP

Hike to Inca Bridge (not doing Sun Gate)

Dinner/night at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

Day 8

Dawn at MP

Breakfast at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

Walk around MP

Lunch at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

Train (not the HB) to Cusco

Night at TBD hotel

Day 9

Hire private guide to see Cusco in the AM

Fly to Lima

Night at the Wyndham Costa Del Sol in Lima

Day 10

Fly to NYC

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1. Re: Itinerary Comments

Day 3 I thought el albergue is in Ollanta so not sure what restaurant this is. Also Tierra viva machine Picchu is of course in Agua Calientes, not Cusco. There's a couple Tierra viva hotels in Cusco. Day 3 is also pretty light depending exactly what you want to see on your Cusco tour,

Day 4 add in Puca Pucara and Quenko which are in the same area. These four are typically done together. It takes half a day to see them all so you have another afternoon free in Cusco. Also we personally thought the Inca bridge hike was a waste of time. It's a pleasant enough walk through some woods but not particularly interesting.

Day 5 I don't think Tipton is near enough Pisac to do them together. You can definitely do,Pisac in a day on the way to Ollanta. You could do Tipon and other southern valley sites on day 9.

Day 7 the HB train leaves from Cusco, not Ollanta. From Ollanta it's only a 90 minute train ride. You'll need to take one of the other trains. No sense driving 2 hrs back to Cusco to make the train ride longer.

Day 9 unless you're going to do one of the longer hikes like Huayana Picchu there's no need to go back a second day. You've got a lot of time there on day 8. That day is enough to see everything. You can't actually see the dawn at MP as the site does not open early enough. We thought late afternoon was the best time as crowds were less. Early am was busy.

Last a general note, you don't need separate private guides for everything. These sites are all very accessible and easy to visit and at most of them you can hire a guide for a tour for a few soles. Cusco is easy to walk around on your own.

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Wow. Many thanks. Clearly we have a lot a work to do!

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Forgot to ask: are there things we should add?

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Agree with that said above - you qwill need ot regroup your sites for the cscuo area, but easily done. You can do Pisac on the way to Ollantaytambo. Sacsaywaman, Qenko, Tambomachay & Pucapucara for the ''4-ruins'' route just out of the city. You can group Moray, Maras & Chinchero together. For Tipon consider a great full-day tour out of Cusco taking in pre-Inca Inca & Colonial sites as well as Lake Huacarpay & perhaps a local bread bakery & ancient stone carving museum - a lovely day out!

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There's so much to do in the sacred valley / cusco area. Honestly I would get a couple guide books and pick out what you want to see. You can also search the forum. The places you are trying to see are all heavily visited. It's a pretty standard tourist itinerary.

One way to rearrange it would be

Day 1 and 2 just like you listed

Day 3 fly early to Cusco. Taxi to Ollantaytambo seeing Moray, Maras, and Chinchero on the way.

Day 4 spend in Ollantaytambo

Day 5 day trip to MP, back to Ollantaytambo at night

Day 6 taxi to Pisac and then to Cusco

Day 7 spend in Cusco

Day 8 spend in Cusco - there's plenty to fill two full days

Day 9 tour to Tipon and other southern valley sites

Day 10 fly home

You could also swap out one of the Cusco or Tipon days to have an extra day in Machu Picchu if you wanted. Personally on a one week trip I think one day is plenty but lots of people spend the night in AC and go back for a second morning for more photos or just in case of rain.

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We are fans of spending two days in Machu Picchu (I know some people do not recommend this). However, we did a great deal of hiking the first day and then went back and savored the views and took an extra look. We figured this would be our only trip to MP and we didn't want to wish we had taken our time. We stayed in AC for one night. We also really enjoyed Tipon,

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THANK YOU.

Since posting we have come to the conclusion that we will take the Hiram Bingham into MP in the morning and use a guide to show us around until closing. Then the next day (as we will be staying at the Sanctuary Lodge we will get up at dawn and do 2 hikes: Inca Bridge and Sun Gate.

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I really like this idea. It's not a forced march to see everything and meet the train the same day. When we planned our trip, this double day at MP was the one thing which we insisted on. I hope it brings you as much pleasure as it did us!

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9. Re: Itinerary Comments

We'll be there next year, and plan the same 2 1/2 days at MP, an afternoon and the morning of next day. Hope this will work well for both of us. Have a great trip!

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