Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu Walk

Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu Walk information and booking

from
$2190
  • Duration
    11 days
    Days
  • Group size
    4-16
    Persons
  • Difficulty
    Introductory
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 11 day trip
  • 7 day walks
  • 10 nights hotel
Equipment Required
Specialist gear required include walking boots and day pack (a comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking).

Highlights

  • The splendor of Cusco with its churches, cathedrals, plazas, markets and cultural heritage
  • Walking in the beautiful Sacred Valley to view ancient ruins and the famous Inca salt pans
  • Trek final section of Inca Trail to the Sun Gate and Machu Picchu
  • Visit Machu Picchu on two occasions and at the best times of day
  • Tourist train to Km104 and from Machu Picchu
  • After each day walk return to comfortable hotels for overnight accommodation

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

If you enjoy walking, but do not want to camp, then look no further than this unusual itinerary that offers seven different day walks in Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the 'mini' Inca Trail day walk to Machu Picchu. Home to glorious mountain ranges, enchanting villages, colourful Indian markets, a wealth of Inca ruins and impressive Spanish colonial architecture, this compact region of Peru offers fabulous exploration on foot. Our gentle walks are all optional and uncover the deepest secrets of the Sacred Valley. This is the definitive walking itinerary that goes to places few others visit and each night the added bonus of a comfortable hotel to return to. Our final walk takes us along the final section of the Inca Trail to the Sun Gate and a jaw dropping view of Machu Picchu.

What's included

  • 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 1 dinner
  • Airport transfers if arriving/departing on first or last day
  • Expert bilingual walking guide
  • Group medical kit
  • Comfortable and central hotels, primarily casa andina classic hotels
  • Private internal transportation
  • Sightseeing and site entrance fees as listed (including machu picchu entrance fee)

Itinerary

Day 1 Join Lima
You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel which is located in the area of Miraflores. You are free to rest in the hotel or have a wander around Miraflores. Some of Lima's best galleries and shops and restaurants are found in this area. Founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1535, Lima is the oldest capital in South America, with a superb combination of Spanish Colonial and 19th century European architecture. If you have time to visit a museum we would recommend the Museo de La Nacion or the Larco Herrera Museum.
Day 2 Fly to Cusco
This morning you'll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Cusco. On arrival in Cusco you'll be met by your guide and transferred from Cusco airport to our hotel for a short initial briefing and then a few hours of rest, essential to initiate successful acclimatisation. In the evening you'll have a longer briefing to discuss aspects of the itinerary and in particular the trek.
Day 3 Walking tour of Cusco
Morning tour of the city of Cusco including visits to the beautiful Coricancha temple and the great walled historic centre of what was once the capital of the great Inca Empire. Every alleyway we enter or corner we turn brings another surprise or enigma in the form of the superbly constructed Inca walls or the more architecturally extravagant colonial churches and palaces. The city, once capital of the extensive Inca Empire, has seen many changes since Francisco Pizarro's men took the city with such apparent ease in November 1533. After lunch we drive up to a pass above Cusco (3,680m) and commence a 2 hour walk down through the spectacular Inca ruins of Tambomachay, Q'enqo and Sacsayhuaman before returning to Cusco.
Day 4 Drive to Chinchero, walk to Yucay in the Sacred Valley of the Incas
We drive to the Chinchero Plateau where we visit a famous tradtional weaving cooperative. After visiting the picturesque colonial church we will make our way down through the spectacular Inca terraces. Here we'll start a 3 hour downhill walk along a beautifully restored Inca highway to the Urquillos valley. In the small town of Urquillos we have a picnic lunch before driving along the Sacred Valley to Pisac where we spend the night.
Day 5 Pisac walk
After a leisurely breakfast we drive up to a hill high above the valley that affords superb views across to the snowpeaks of the Urubamba Range. From here we walk down through the extensive terraces and ruins of the Pisac Inca fortress and citadel. These ruins are a rare combination of residential, military and religious construction that offer some of the best examples of the stunning stonework for which the Incas were famed. After a picnic lunch we continue down into the village to wander around the extensive crafts market.
Day 6 Inca Salt Pans walk
Drive to Moray, where we'll experience brilliant views of many of the snow peaks and glaciers that surround this high plateau. We also explore the unusual amphithreatre-like circular terraced ruins which are believed to have been an Inca agricultural research station with different micro-climates at each terrace level. We then walk down through the incredibly picturesque Pre-Inca Salt Pans to the Sacred Valley below. The 90 minute walk takes us down past the village of Pichingoto where the salt miners live. After lunch at a local restaurant we will be driven the short distance to the village of Ollantaytambo.
Day 7 Patacancha Valley walk
After breakfast we explore Ollantaytambo. It is the best pre-served Inca village in Peru with its traditional cobbled streets, trapezoidal doors and water canals. We also walk up to the Inca Citadel/Fortress which rests majestically above the village and which is second only in beauty to Machu Picchu. We then drive up the scenic Patacancha valley to the gogeous hamlet of Marcacocha with its beautiful chapel. After a picnic lunch we walk up an ancient Inca trail to Pumamarca - a unique example of circular Inca and Pre-Inca buildings. From here we walk down past Inca terraces, still used for agriculture, and back into the village of Ollantaytambo.
Day 8 Cachicata Inca Quarry walk
From our hotel in the village, we walk across a bridge built on superb Inca foundations and then follow the left bank of the Urubamba river before starting to ascend to the Inca quarries of Cachicata perched high on a hillside littered with massive chiselled rocks and small burial towers. From here there are spectacular views of the classic snowpeak of Veronica (5590 m). After exploring the quarries we descend to the village of Cachicata near the river below. Here we have a picnic lunch by the river before making our way back to Ollantaytambo for our last overnight in the village.
Day 9 Train to KM104, walk to Machu Picchu on the classic Inca Trail
After a very early breakfast we walk down to the train station for a spectacular one hour journey to Km104. From here we commence our trek, ascending steeply, to join the last and perhaps most beautiful section of the fabulous "Classsic Inca Trail" to Machu Picchu. The last part of the walk takes us through the famous Inti Punku (or Gateway of the Sun). From the here we get amazing views of the main site below. We walk down into the site and then take a train down to Aguas Calientes where we spend the night. Here you'll have the chance to soak in the local hotsprings.
Day 10 Explore Machu Picchu and return to Cusco
Today we start early to thoroughly explore these remarkable and truly enigmatic ruins. After a professionally led tour of the site we're free to explore the rest of the amazing sights at our leisure. Mid-afternoon we depart from Machu Picchu for the extremely scenic train ride back to Ollantaytambo where we transfer to our vehicle for the drive back to Cusco.
Day 11 Fly to Lima where trip concludes
At leisure until you are transferred to Cusco airport for your flight back to Lima. Services end on arrival to Lima airport.