Explore the “greenhouses” of the Incas and the Salt Mine and get on the train to arrive at the citadel of Machu Picchu on this 2 day private guided tour.
We pick you up at your hotel in Cusco or in the Sacred Valley, then we drive in our private van to the stunning Incas site of Moray also known as “The Greenhouses of the Incas” which is unique and fascinating. Different levels of terraces are carved into a huge bowl, part of which was further excavated by the Incas. The terraces have varied microclimates depending on how deep into the bowl they are, and so they were thought to have been used by the Incas to discover the optimal conditions for their crops. After time to enjoy and explore this beautiful Inca sight, we continue driving towards the colonial town of Maras and to the Pre-Inca Salt Mine (Salineras). Thousands of salt pans have been used for salt extraction since before Inca times. A hot spring at the top of the valley discharges a small stream of heavily salt laden water, which is diverted into salt pans and evaporated to produce a salt that is used for cattle licks. Afterwards we continue our journey to Ollantaytambo to take the train on the way to Aguas Calientes, where you spend the night in a hostel. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes a Representative of the hotel will meet you and transfer to the hotel.
As early as 5:30am you can take the bus up to Machu Picchu for Sunrise! You can decide the departure time with our guide. Your Private Guide will take you on a fascinating guided tour in the citadel, lasting approximately 2 hours. Then you have plenty of time for further exploring, taking photos and eventually climbing Huayna Picchu or going up to the Sun Gate. Afterwards we go back to Aguas Calientes and at 2:55 or 4.22 pm you will take the return train to Ollantaytambo with a bus connection to Cusco, arriving at your hotel in the evening.