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Visiting Cusco - SV - MP independently or through an Agency?

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We will be visiting South America early next year and are trying to decide whether to travel independently as we usually do in our travels or whether to book through an Agency to have everything organized, especially since we only speak English.

For the Peru portion of our trip we will be flying into Cusco in the early afternoon on day 1. I would like to travel straight to the Sacred Valley, probably staying at Ollantaytambo for two nights and spend day 2 touring around the Sacred Valley.
On day 3 we could travel on an early train to Aguas Calientes and up to Machu Pichu. I'd like to stay at Aguas Calientes overnight and have the flexibility to return to Machu Pichu the next morning in case the weather wasn't so good the day before. Later that day we could return to Cusco, staying there for two nights and spending day 5 looking around Cusco. On day 6 we fly out of Cusco on an early morning flight.

I'm trying to work out the logistics of luggage with the train trip from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes as I've read about luggage restrictions on the train. Would it be better if we went to Ollantaytambo on day 1, staying overnight there and then asking the hotel to keep some of our luggage while we travel to Aguas Calientes and then stay at the same hotel again two nights later? Does this seem to be the best way to fill in the days we have available?

1 Arrive Cusco at 2pm and travel to Ollantaytambo o/n Ollantaytambo
2 Early train to Aguas Calientes. Travel to Machu Pichu o/n Aguas Calientes
3 Morning at Machu Pichu. Train back to Ollantaytambo later in day o/n Ollantaytambo
4 Sacred Valley tour. Travel to Cusco later in day o/n Cusco
5 Day in Cusco o/n Cusco
6 Fly out of Cusco early morning flight.

Does this seem easily doable doing everything totally independently or do you think it would be better to use an Agency to have everything booked and organized for us?

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