In the morning, drive from your hotel to the village of Pisac (1 hour) famous for its Sunday market where many indigenous Quechua communities meet to sell and trade their goods.
The rest of the week, the whole place is bustling with a large handicraft and souvenir market. You will have time to search for jewellery, ponchos, hats, traditional music instruments, ceramics, alpaca products and many other typical Andean crafts (1 hour 30 min).
Visit Pisaqa, Intihuatana, Q’allaqasa, and Kinchiracay. (1 hour 30 min). All 4 places are part of an Inca site on the nearby hill at an altitude of 10,980 feet (3345 m).
The hill was shaped during Inca times by carving ingenious terraces that are still used for agriculture to this day.
With military, religious, and agricultural structures, the site was an important and busy place for the Inca empire.
In the afternoon, transfer to Ollantaytambo, a fortified city built during the reign of Pachacutec, the most powerful Inca emperor.
Explore this quaint settlement with an interesting orthogonal layout (30 min).
Climb the Temple Hill known as the fortress to learn about the purpose of those inca constructions (1 hour 30 min).
Transfer to Ollantaytambo train station (5 min).
Board the comfortable train that will take you to Aguas Calientes, the nearest town to Machu Picchu (1 hour 30 min).
Arrival in Aguas Calientes by late afternoon, walk to your hotel for check-in (5 min).
Overnight at your hotel in Aguas Calientes.