Hike to the mystical ruins left behind by the Incas and savor traditional Peruvian cuisine on this new Active Journey to Peru's Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.

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 Enjoying the view of Machu Picchu  The impressive stone walls of Sacsayhuaman  The site of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley  The iconic site of Machu Picchu

Hikes and Cuisine of the Sacred Valley

9 days from $4,695

Hike to the mystical ruins left behind by the Incas and savor traditional Peruvian cuisine on this new Active Journey to Peru's Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.

or Call 833-254-6678

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Overview

The mystical ruins of the Incas have lured travelers to Machu Picchu and other sites for centuries. During this new hiking trip to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, you'll begin your journey in Cusco, home to well-preserved Inca and Spanish colonial architecture. Explore important Inca sites near Cusco, including Sacsayhuaman and Puka Pukara, and venture out to the Sacred Valley to visit sites from Pisac to Ollantaytambo. Plus, go off the beaten path to explore more remote archaeological sites and villages and enjoy hikes amid turquoise blue lakes and towering Andean peaks. Throughout your journey, you'll also discover the region's cuisine and arts.  (Level 4/Daily hikes of 2 to 4 hours/ Maximum elevation 12,600 feet)

Highlights

  • Hiking: Go off the beaten path to hike ancient Inca trails in the Lares Valley and visit lesser known Inca archaeological sites such as Ancasmarca and Pumamarca.
  • Traditional Peruvian Villages: Spend time in remote villages where you'll meet local people and traditional artisans, including a renowned Andean textile artist who brought her workshop and artisans to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
  • The Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu: Spend time visiting imporant sites in the Sacred Valley, from Pisac to Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes. Your journey culminates with a full day exploring the mist-shrouded sanctuary of Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas.” 
  • Regional Cuisine: Throughout your journey, discover the region's cuisine during market visits, cooking demonstrations, and traditional Peruvian meals.
  • Luxury Lodgings: End each day at upscale historic properties such as the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel and well-appointed mountain lodges featuring excellent food.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Depart the U.S. for Peru

Day 2 – Arrive in Cusco, Peru

Arrive in Cusco this morning and transfer to the beautiful Palacio del Inka-Cusco Hotel. This afternoon, enjoy a guided walk through this enchanting city, once the capital of the vast Inca Empire. Red-roofed Cusco is an intriguing blend of Inca and Spanish Colonial influences. In some places, colonial buildings were erected atop Inca stone foundations, a practice that was as much symbolic of Spanish dominion as it was practical. Ornate cathedrals, adobe walls, carved balconies, hidden courtyards, and cobblestone streets all add to the rich visuals of this ancient Inca city.

This evening, gather with your guides and fellow travelers for welcome drinks, Incan snacks, and a full briefing on the journey ahead. A resident expert will also present a lecture on Incan archaeoastronomy. (Elevation of Cusco is 11,152 feet) (D)

Day 3 – Cusco

Begin the day by visiting Cusco’s most iconic sites, including the Cusco Cathedral, located in the Plaza de Armas, and  Koricancha, one of the most important temples of the Incan Empire, whose foundations were later used for the church and convent of Santo Domingo. Travel to the outskirts of the city to see the massive stone walls of Sacsayhuaman, a marvel of Incan engineers who built this structure without any mortar.

Then venture farther from out from Cusco to explore the ruins of Puka Pukara, an ancient Incan military fort. (Elevation is 12,362 feet.) Stop for lunch at a charming bistro that specializes in traditional Peruvian dishes then return to the hotel.

This afternoon and evening are free to continue your explorations at leisure or relax at the hotel.  2-3 hours walking. (B,L)

Day 4 – Pisac and the Sacred Valley

After an early breakfast, leave the busy streets of Cusco for the rustic town of Chinchero, surrounded by striking mountain peaks. Take a tour of an Andean textile workshop to learn about the ancient tradition from a world-renowned weaving expert, who brought her workshop to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in recent years. Then enjoy a hands-on lunch through a cooking class taught at the well-known Sol y Luna, located near Urubamba in the Sacred Valley.

After lunch, you can choose to drive or hike part of the way to the other end of the Sacred Valley, to the Pisac archaeological site, which you can explore free from crowds. Continue to the small village of Lamay and your lodge where you'll enjoy a traditional “Pachamanca” dinner (cooked on hot rocks). 2-3 hours hiking. (B,L,D)

Day 5 – The Sacred Valley and Beyond

Spend part of the morning visiting the village of Lamay then take a scenic drive into the neighboring Lares Valley. Your first stop will be Ancasmarca for a tour of this seldom-visited archeological site. Afterward, visit with the expert textile weavers in the remote village of Choquecancha and go for a hike amid turquoise blue lakes and towering peaks.

Spend the night at Huacahuasi Lodge, operated by staff and members of the local community through a joint venture aimed at protecting the area’s cultural heritage and natural environment. 2-3 hours hiking. (Elevation of Huacahuasi Lodge is 12,600 feet) (B,L,D)

Day 6 – Lares Valley

Start the day with a scenic drive to the community of Huilloc. From this remote village you'll hike to the historic Pumamarca ruins.

After lunch, drive to the Sacred Valley town of Ollantaytambo and spend the afternoon exploring its maze-like alleys and passageways. Time permitting, stop along the way to visit a craft brewery and enjoy a tasting. Check into your hotel, located outside Urubamba, then enjoy dinner together.  3-4 hours hiking. (B,L,D)

Day 7 – Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes

In the morning, drive farther along through the Sacred Valley to the town of Ollantaytambo where you'll enjoy a tour of Ollantaytambo’s archeological site, the ruins of an Incan fortress. From here, board the Vistadome Train to the town of Aguas Calientes, situated just below the sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

Check into your hotel, the idyllic Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, and enjoy the hotel’s spa or wander through its lush, beautiful grounds before dinner. 2 hours of walking. (B,L,D)

Day 8 – Machu Picchu / Return to Cusco

As you enter the "sanctuary" of Machu Picchu, prepare to be awed by the imposing architecture of the Watchtower, the Temple of the Sun, and the royal Inca residences. After a guided tour, you will have free time to explore on your own, including an optional hike up Huayna Picchu, the iconic mountain that looms over the citadel. Be sure to take a moment and sit quietly—to listen to the wind and soak in the atmosphere of this special place.

After lunch within a stone’s throw of the ruins, return to Aguas Calientes in the late afternoon, then continue the return journey to Cusco. 3 hours of walking and/or hiking. (B,L)

Day 9 – Departure

After a final breakfast, a transfer is provided to the Cusco airport for your homeward-bound flights. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)