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Sacred Valley & Inca Trail Highlights

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A short introduction to Cuzco and the Sacred Valley of Peru

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  • Group Size Small Group
    4 - 16
All about the Sacred Valley & Inca Trail Highlights.

This trip is the perfect introduction to the highlights of Cuzco and the Sacred Valley area, explored predominantly on foot. On this short adventure, explore one of South America’s most beautiful cities, Cuzco, as well as some of the ruins in the surrounding area, including Tambomachay and Sacsayhuaman. Travel to Ollantaytambo and visit the Pumamarca ruins before trekking through the Sacred Valley. Join the One Day Inca Trail with impressive views of the valley and the Urubamba river, visiting Wiñay Wayna and reaching the Sun Gate and the sight of Machu Picchu. Explore Machu Picchu, one of the architectural and engineering marvels of the ancient world, before returning to Cuzco.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts and 2 lunches
* 6 nights en suite hotels
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
* Arrival and departure transfers

  1. Day 1 Start Cuzco (3400m); afternoon walking tour

    The trip starts in Cuzco (3400m) today. The group flights usually arrive late morning. The Inca capital – though small enough to be easily manageable – is among the most attractive cities in South America, with much of the centre comprising colonial-era buildings with Inca foundations, and it is full of interesting museums, churches and pre-Columbian sites. We will have a short walking tour of the city including a visit to the Qoricancha Sun Temple.It is recommended to take it easy upon arrival into Cuzco and to drink plenty of water to allow your body time to acclimatise to the altitude.There will be a welcome briefing in the hotel lobby this evening.*Accommodation: Hotel Koyllur (or similar)*

  2. Day 2 Full day walking tour of nearby ruins including Tambomachay and Sacsayhuaman

    The hills above Cuzco city are dotted with some of the most interesting Inca ruins. We drive to the highest, Tambomachay, and return on foot to Cuzco via Puca Pucara, Qenco and Sacsayhuaman: an easy acclimatisation walk to get used to the altitude. An open-air picnic lunch is included during the hike near the spectacular ruins.*Walk Profile: approx. 6.5km / 5-6hrs walking (inclusive of the time for visiting the sites)**Accommodation: Hotel Koyllur (or similar)*

  3. Day 3 Free day for optional activities in and around Cuzco

    Today has been left free for exploring Cuzco, one of South America’s most beautiful cities. The Plaza de Armas is a fantastic spot for people-watching, and Qorikancha – the Sun Temple, located in the Santo Domingo Church and monastery, are worth a visit. The Mercado San Pedro is the place to try some local produce and there are many handicraft markets to shop for souvenirs such as alpaca jumpers and scarves.If you fancy something more active then there are an array of other optional activities available from Cuzco including paddle-boarding on a lake, mountain biking, or a combination of via ferrata and zip-lining in the Sacred Valley.*Accommodation: Hotel Koyllur (or similar)*

  4. Day 4 Sacred Valley trek

    Today we drive from Cuzco to Ollantaytambo (approximately 2 hrs drive) and then on to the Pumamarca ruins (approx. 30 minutes). These ruins are the remains of a hillside fortress and are built on a steep slope overlooking the Sacred Valley.  Pumamarca ruins are less visited than others in the area so our time here should be relatively uninterrupted.  After we finish exploring the Pamamarca ruins, we’ll walk back through the valley to Ollantaytambo, with views of the terraced countryside along the way.  The walk should take about 3 hours.*Walk Profile: approx. 3.7km / 3 hrs walking**Accommodation: Tunupa Lodge (or similar)*

  5. Day 5 Day walk along Inca Trail via Winay Wayna ruins

    Today we have a day walk along a section of the Inca Trail, starting early with a train from Ollantaytambo.  After showing our passports at the check point, we will pass by the archaeological site of Chachabamba and start our trek. The trail has impressive views of the valley and the Urubamba river, with orchids and begonias along the way and the sight of magnificent mountains all around. The trail passes the ruins of Wiñay Wayna where we will stop to explore and have our packed lunch. After visiting the attractive ruins of Wiñay Wayna, we have an undulating walk through cloud forest high above the river to Inti Punku, the Sun Gate. From here we get our first full sight of Machu Picchu itself, with Huayna Picchu rising behind.*Walk Profile: approx. 11km / 6-7hrs walking**Accommodation: Intipunku El Tambo (or similar)*

  6. Day 6 Guided tour of Machu Picchu; free time to explore further; return to Cuzco by train and road

    In order to beat the day-trippers arriving from Cuzco and reach the ruins as early as possible, a very early start is required to queue for Machu Picchu; only government-registered buses can make the 30-minute drive up the winding road to the site entrance, and during high season (May-October) queues can be hours long. Machu Picchu is one of the architectural and engineering marvels of the ancient world and what makes it all the more dramatic is its mountain backdrop of staggering immensity. The Spaniards never found it; the Incas left no records of it, and so Machu Picchu remained a great enigma, a city lost for centuries in the jungle until it was rediscovered in 1911 by the American historian Hiram Bingham. New regulations for visiting Machu Picchu are now fully enforced; of the three possible visiting slots, we will purchase the morning slot from 06:00 until 12:00 (unless unavailable), you will be limited to a maximum of four hours within the site and must be accompanied by a guide. There will also be three set routes to follow around Machu Picchu; we select the most comprehensive route. We catch an afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo (1hr 30 mins) and continue by private bus to Cuzco (2hrs 30 mins).*Accommodation: Hotel Koyllur (or similar)***

  7. Day 7 End Cuzco

    Our adventure ends in Cuzco after breakfast today. 

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May 24, 2020
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June 14, 2020
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July 26, 2020
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September 13, 2020
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October 18, 2020
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May 23, 2021
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June 13, 2021
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July 25, 2021
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September 12, 2021
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October 17, 2021
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