Sacred Valley & Lares Lodge Adventure
Embrace the Andean way of life by tailor-making your own blend of cultural immersion and physical exertion on this 8-day Sacred Valley and Lares Lodge Adventure. You’ll spend time in Cuzco, the charming old Inca capital, and you’ll explore the majestic sanctuary of Machu Picchu with an expert guide. But you’ll also get a chance to explore the Sacred Valley and the remote Lares region, choosing from a daily menu of cultural and adventure activities, all the while eating gourmet Andean food and staying in rustic luxury lodges.
Starting from $3,190 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 free day in Cuzco to acclimatize to the altitude (and explore the one-time Inca capital) before your adventure begins.
- A chance to visit some of the more remote sections of the Sacred Valley and a bucket-list trip to Pisaq at sunset.
- Overnight stays in rustic luxury lodges to give you the opportunity to rest your hardworking body and make use of all amenities.
- A daily menu (especially on Days 3, 4 & 5) of cultural and adventure activities to suit every preference and fitness level.
- The chance to venture deep into the mystic Lares region, home to spectacular scenery and an ancient way of life.
- A night in Ollantaytambo, the oldest working inhabited town in the Americas, and a guided tour of the ruins of the same name.
- A two-hour guided tour of the Machu Picchu ruins, with free time to explore at your leisure.
- A scenic train ride through the Sacred Valley, back to Cuzco.
- Depending on when you fly home, a tour of Lima’s key sites – the Larco Museum, the picturesque waterfront district of Miraflores and the city’s historical colonial squares.
In the morning you will just need to walk back across the street to check in for your flight to Cuzco, the erstwhile capital of the legendary Inca Empire. Upon arrival in Cuzco, you’ll be met at the airport by your guide and driver and escorted to your Cuzco hotel. Since you’re going from sea level to 11,500 feet, you will want to spend today slowly adjusting to your new beautiful but literally breath-taking surroundings. Cuzco is one of the most charming towns in all of South America, and extremely pedestrian and visitor friendly.
Early morning departure from Cusco. Option to visit to the celebrated market at Pisaq or take a moderate hike in the hills and mountains over the Sacred Valley. Later, enjoy exclusive access to the isolated community of Viacha, where you will learn about its unique farming practices. For lunch, delight in a traditional “Pachamanca” meal here, cooked under hot stones. Afternoon excursion to the archaeological complex at Pisaq, a wonderful opportunity to explore the complex free of crowds, with the sun setting behind the peaks.
Go deeper into the heart of the Lares region. A road journey into the mountains will take you through remote archaeological sites. After lunch, choose between visiting a traditional weaver’s village and a scenic drive or a moderate/strenuous hike amidst turquoise blue lakes and towering peaks to the remote village of Huacahuasi. Locals will give you insight into the evolving role of the original Andean people in both the culture and commerce of modern-day Cusco.
Spend some time in the morning learning more about the heritage and day-to-day activities of the Huacahuasi community. Then, you can choose to embark on a spectacular hike through varied terrain and over a high pass, to the ancient town of Ollantaytambo, the oldest living city in Latin America; or try an easygoing hike from Lares Pass – via an astonishing, authentic Inca trail – along a beautiful canyon down to the local community of Totora. If you prefer to see more of the Sacred Valley, you can drive back for a visit to an ethnographic museum featuring the history of Peru’s rich civilizations of the past or choose to explore the valley on mountain bike. Afterwards, enjoy lunch in the Urubamba River valley on your way to Ollantaytambo, where you can spend time meandering through the village’s charming labyrinthine alleys.
Start your day with a short hike to the Inca storage structures high above Ollantaytambo for magnificent views of the town and the temple. After breakfast enjoy a guided tour of the fortress, one of the best examples of Inca architecture and revel in its mystical history…A perfect hors d’oeuvre ahead of the wonders of Machu Picchu tomorrow. Midday, embark on a scenic train ride along the Urubamba River Valley to Aguas Calientes, a bustling town below the Machu Picchu sanctuary.
At dawn, begin your visit to Machu Picchu with a rollicking uphill bus ride. As you enter the Sanctuary, the morning sun rises over the iconic Sun Gate and washes the structures and terraces with resplendent light. Prepare to be awed by the skillful architecture of the many watchtowers, the Temple of the Sun, and the royal Inca residences, among many others. Take a moment to quietly sit and listen to the wind…Or to meditate and absorb the mystical energy that envelops you. Let your imagination soar as you contemplate the history of Machu Picchu and its mysterious origins. Optional uphill hike to the summit of Huayna Picchu for that view. Lunch in Aguas Calientes before an afternoon/early evening return to Cusco by train and private coach.
You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the Cuzco airport for your flight to Lima. (Optional recommended excursion) - Depending on the time of your international flight, out a private tour of Lima's key sites can be arranged. 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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