Sacred Valley of Incas 7 days & 6 nights
One of the most complete experiences in Peru.
Enjoy this fantastic combination of some of the most interesting and remarkable places in Peru.
We will take you to The Sacred Valley surrounded by remote Quechua villages, as well as the crumbling remains of Inca citadels with spectacular scenery.
Cusco will amaze you with its colonial churches, museums, cobblestone streets, restaurants, night life, markets and much more.
You will pass through typical local communities, witnessing the well-preserved, centuries-old traditions of the Andean people. You’ll also have great views of the inter-Andean valleys and its snow-covered mountains. Once we reach Ollantaytambo, we will travel by train to Machu Picchu to cap off an unforgettable experience.
– Visit Machu Picchu, one of the new 7 Wonders of the World & a UNESCO World Heritage site.
– Take in Cusco’s scenery, restaurants, history, architecture and much more.
– Explore 100% traditional Andean communities.
– Ride the train to Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes.
– Hike & explore the Lares Valley.
– Visit the picturesque village of Chinchero.
Arrival to Cusco
On arrival at Cusco Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Briefing at 19.00h with our guide/ representative to get useful information for this amazing experience.
Enjoy a full day of guided touring around the Sacred Valley of the Incas. First on the itinerary are the Pisac ruins. Marvel at the incredible views of the snow-capped mountains from its hilltop location. Next we visit the famous traditional Indian market of the same name. Enjoy the colorful atmosphere and stock up on souvenirs. We stop for lunch. Afterwards, continue on to the town of Ollantaytambo. Built over an ancient Incan settlement, this is one of the few places where the Incas defeated the Spanish. On the way back to Cusco we will visit the picturesque village of Chinchero containing the remnants of Tupca Inca Yupanqui’s royal hacienda. Admire its well preserved Inca Wall in the Main Square andvisit the beautiful colonial temple with interesting frescoes on the portico , which was built on the foundations of an Inca building, before heading back to your hotel in Cusco. (Pooled service) – (L)
Cusco – Lares – Wacawasi – Sondor. (Private tour)
Departing early in the morning from Cuzco we travel to the township of Calca (2900 metres above sea level) in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You might get to visit an ancient bakery to snack on delicious freshly-baked bread and watch traditional cooking methods. We also visit the principal local markets selling a multitude of Andean crops, including colorful corn, seeds and spices. The markets are a fantastic place for authentic photographs or simply to spend a while soaking up the atmosphere of traditional life – and everyday trading – totally untouched by tourism. From here we continue uphill to the highest point of the day at 4340m, the small community of Lares, stopping for a short time to buy last minute supplies, before continuing on to Chancachaca for lunch and the starting point of our trek. Throughout our trek, we are supported by an experienced team of porters to tend to our daily needs. This makes our trek more authentic and inclusive of local traditions.
After two hours of hiking our first stop is at Wacawasi, located at 3800 metres and one of the largest populations of direct Incan descendants. We will see the unspoiled traditional daily activities of the locals. Continuing on, we follow the ancient trail to arrive at Sondor; at 4220 metres, this is our first campsite and home for tonight. (L,D)
Sondor – Marcacocha – Pallata
On this remarkable morning we cross our first high pass of Wacawasiqasi, at 4600m, on the shoulder of the holy Pumahuanca mountains. Next we cross the second high pass of Wayruruyoc qasa at 4600m, with spectacular views of Aruraycocha Lake blow at 4380m. We also see the surrounding valleys and the Andean farmers dressed in their traditional, brightly-colored ponchos and headgear, tending their crops and alpaca/llama herds. This is a remote and rarely visited region and our time here makes for an unforgettable experience, and ideal photographic opportunities. We will stop for a well-deserved lunch, at Siki estanque at 4120m, and in the afternoon we continue on to Pajchayoq, Ruka and Marcacocha. You will be welcomed by many children along the way who are returning from school. Late in the afternoon we will see Incan and pre-Incan ruins around Hatunayaorqo and Marcacocha before arriving at Pallata (3220m), where we will spend the night.
(B, L, D)
Marcacocha – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
We have an early morning start today as we set off for Ollantaytambo. We stop to visit the dramatic Inca site of Pumamarca, which dominates the entire valley. From Pumamarca an original Inca trail carries us down the lush valley among Inca terracing of Tambowaylla, Chuchuna and Media Luna. We arrive in Ollantaytambo in time for lunch and after a quick rest we board the train, and following the Urubamba River we arrive at the small but well-known township of Aguas Calientes – our home for the night and the starting point for tomorrow’s visit to the astounding lost Inca City of Machu Picchu. Aguas Calientes is named after its nearby hot springs. (B-Box Lunch – D)
Machu Picchu – Cusco
Rising early, we take the bus up to Machu Picchu to beat the crowds, which arrive mid-morning. If members of your tour group have spent the past three days on the Inca Trail Trek, your early arrival will allow time to catch up and share stories of your respective treks before a fully-guided tour of the archaeological site. You will then have free time to explore this mystical Inca city–make sure you visit the Inca Bridge. Returning to Aguas Calientes by bus we then catch the late afternoon train and bus back to Cuzco. (B-L)
Cusco and beyond
Head back to the airport and your flight home.
– Transfers In & Out in Cusco (Private services)
– Partial Tourist ticket – Sacred Valley
– Sacred Valley tour in pooled service
– Buffet lunch in the Sacred Valley
– Meals as outlined
– All overnights in the tour
– English speaking tour guide
– All Camping and Cooking gear
– Gratuities (optional)
– Airfare tax fee ($6.50 for domestic flights)
– Flights In & Out Cusco
– No porters available.
Starting Altitude – 2100m / 6900ft.
Highest Altitude – 2730m / 8,792ft.
Walking Distance – 10km / 6.3 miles
Accommodation – 3 Star Hotel.
Overall Difficulty – Easy to moderately difficult (depending on your fitness level)..
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
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