Active Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Tour
This 8-day Sacred Valley tour is for people who like to get their blood pumping while seeing the glorious historical sights the Sacred Valley has to offer. You will travel by horseback to visit the remote indigenous community of Choquechaca. Learn about their ancient weaving traditions, enjoy a freshly prepared mountainside lunch, and explore the ruins of Pumamarca, before heading on to tour Machu Picchu and Cuzco in style.
Starting from $2,990 per person
Pricing includes everything from your international arrival to your departure, with the exception of flights and a few lunches and dinners.
HOW IT WORKS
- A journey into the mythical Incan heartland, the Sacred Valley.
- A private tour of the Sacred Valley’s highlights, including the ancient circular agricultural terraces of Moray, the ingenious salt pans at Maras, and the ruins and village of Ollantaytambo.
- A two-to-three-hour ascent into the remote village of Choquechaca, where you will be treated to a fresh mountain lunch.
- A further ascent to tour the fascinating and little-visited Inca ruins at Pumamarka.
- A scenic train ride along the Urubamba River and past magnificent Inca terraces.
- Uncover the secrets of Machu Picchu during a guided private tour of this Incan citadel.
- A train ride through even more awe-inspiring scenery to the ancient ruins and current-day village of Ollantaytambo.
- A guided tour of the one-time Incan capital of Cuzco, with stops at the key sites of Sacsayhuaman, Koricancha and Cuzco's Cathedral.
- Time allowing, a tour of Lima’s key sites, including the Larco Archaeological Museum, the San Francisco Monastery and the waterfront district of Miraflores before your flight.
Today, you land in mythical Peru, and your adventure begins. On arrival, you will either be collected by one of our representatives and driven to your hotel, or, if you are staying at the Lima Airport Costa del Sol Ramada, you will only need to cross the road from the airport to check in to your night’s accommodation.
A morning flight connects you to Cuzco, the heart of Andean Peru. You'll be collected by private transport and taken into the Sacred Valley, the fertile region that once fed the Inca Empire. This agricultural strip lies at a lower altitude than Cuzco, so you will have the opportunity to acclimatize in pristine Andean surroundings.
Though it might be tempting to linger in luxury at your country estate hotel, today you'll be treated to a private tour of the Sacred Valley's highlights. You'll visit the ancient circular agricultural terraces of Moray, the ingenious salt pans at Maras, and the ruins and village of Ollantaytambo, against a backdrop of breath-taking scenery. These Inca creations are interspersed among rural farmland and traditional villages where you will see how Andean people still use ancient farming technologies today.
Today is set to get your blood pumping. You will be collected at 7am and driven to a remote trail head. From there you will continue on foot to begin your two-to-three-hour ascent into the remote village of Choquechaca. When you arrive, your exertions will be rewarded with a fresh mountain lunch and visit with the welcoming community. You will then continue down the mountain, stopping to tour the Inca ruins at Pumamarka.
A scenic train ride takes you along the Urubamba River and past Inca terraces. From your train window, you’ll enjoy panoramic landscapes on your way to the base of Machu Picchu, Peru’s ultimate tourist destination. You will have the afternoon at leisure to relax and enjoy your luxurious hotel. Or, if you can’t wait to visit the ruins, you can spend your afternoon getting a first taste of the splendor of Machu Picchu.
Today is one for the bucket list. You will uncover the secrets of Machu Picchu during a guided tour of this Incan citadel. You'll visit the most important parts of the ruins to learn the mysteries of how were constructed. After the tour, you'll have time to further explore the ruins or just sit back and let the magic of Machu Picchu wash over you. You can also hike to the top of Huayna Picchu for a bird's eye view of the ruins. The steep path takes about an hour and a half to ascend. When you’ve experienced all that Machu Picchu has to offer, you will take a train ride to Ollantaytambo, once again through awe-inspiring scenery. From Ollantaytambo, you will be transferred your Cuzco hotel.
On a guided tour of Cuzco, one-time capital of the Incan Empire, you'll visit Sacsayhuaman, an immense Incan complex with impressive stonework, Koricancha, one of the most important Incan temples (the walls were once actually coated in gold!), and Cuzco's Cathedral where you'll learn about the Cuzco school of art.
All good things come to an end. On your last day, you will be collected from your hotel and driven to the Cuzco airport for your flight to Lima. Depending on the time of your international flight out, you can opt to take a private tour of Lima's key sites. You will visit the Larco Archaeological Museum, the San Francisco Monastery and its catacombs, Lima's historic colonial squares, and the picturesque waterfront district Miraflores.
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