Sacred Valley & Lares Adventure: A Journey in the Footsteps of the Incas

Departures: Peru

Sacred Valley & Lares Adventure: A Journey in the Footsteps of the Incas

The Sacred Valley and Lares Adventure to Machu Picchu is a 5 or 7-day lodge-to-lodge journey through the rich history, living culture and magnificent landscape of Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Majestic archaeological sites lead to remote and uncrowded trails taking travelers through mountains and valleys, abounding in natural beauty and dotted with Andean communities, where the locals are master weavers and their traditions are still firmly rooted in ancient Incan culture. Expert guides tailor the experience with an offer of à la carte activities and daily cultural encounters – all are included in this itinerary and can be chosen up to the day before. At each day’s sunset, settle into deluxe mountain lodges run in partnership with local communities, to prepare for a new day of multi-activity adventure and exploration.

It’s recommended to arrive in Cusco 1-2 days ahead of time for acclimatization. Once the capital of the Inca Empire, this UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cusco brings prehistoric and modern worlds together, creating the captivating and picturesque city it is today. See ancient Inca walls topped with Baroque churches, manor houses of 16th century Spaniards, and maneuver bustling street markets during your stay. We would be happy to arrange pre or post tour options to accommodate your plans.

Beneficiary

We believe that to travel responsibly, a portion of our tour cost should benefit communities where it’s most needed. For this trip, we will donate to PATH—who works on diverse health issues ranging from HIV/AIDS to child malnutrition, applying innovative new strategies and proven solutions to improve the health and well-being of Peruvians.

Pricing

5 days from *$1,800
7 days from *$2,300

For more information and to get started, contact us at How to Book.

Itinerary

Year-Round

5 Days, 4 Nights

Buenos Aires

Day 1

Awanacancha Textiles and Pisaq

Cultural activity: Depart Cusco and explore the textile center of Awanacancha. Spend time learning about their combined efforts to keep ancient textile arts alive from harvesting wool from alpacas, llamas, vicunas, and guanacos, to dying it, and weaving it into various styles and dress.
Hike: Amaru to Viacha Lake (2.5-3hrs – difficulty: moderate)
Group Activity: Visit Viacha and the archeological site of Pisaq. Walk around Viacha and learn more about the agricultural activities of the community. Enjoy a traditional meal cooked under hot stones called Mapchamanca.
Optional hike from the ruins back to Pisaq. After the drive back to your lodge, enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Day 2

Lamay & Ancasmarca

Cultural Activity: Drive to Choquecancha village to explore the local culture. Known for its rich history and country-wide famous textiles, the small town (of only about 200 people) still boasts intact ancient Incan structures where people reside to this day.
Group Activity: Depart Lamay Lodge and walk around the small town of Lamay. Then drive to the archaeological site of Ancasmarca for a guided tour of the ruins.
Hike 1: Quelquena to Huacahuasi – Elevation: 12,595′ (2.25 hrs – difficulty: easy to moderate)
Hike 2: Cuncani to Huacahuasi – Elevation: 13,838′ (3.5-4hrs – difficulty: moderate)
Drive to Huacahuasi Lodge for the night.

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Day 3

Sacred Valley of the Incas

Cultural Activity: Drive to Calca, visit the museum of historical artifacts in the Valley, and experience the vibrant market. Enjoy lunch at a countryside restaurant before driving to Ollantaytambo where you’ll have a little time to enjoy the town.
Hike 1: The Inca Trail – From Lares pass to the village of Totora (3 hrs – easy to moderate)
Hike 2: Huacahuasi to Patacancha (7 hrs – moderate to challenging)

Optional afternoon mountain bike activity in the Sacred Valley with a visit to an artisanal brewery.

Day 4

Ollantaytambo

Optional early morning hike to either the Lower or Higher Pinkuylluna Ruins.
Group Activity: Enjoy a guided tour of the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo. The narrow cobblestone streets of this quaint village is one of the best surviving examples of Inca city planning – it’s not unusual to feel as though you’ve gone back in time in this unique town. Spend the afternoon leisurely exploring the stone buildings and narrow byways of “Ollanta” as the locals call it, and visit the market. Next, board the train to Machu Picchu Pueblo. Upon arrival, check-in to the Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel and spend your afternoon at leisure.
Hike 1 (optional early morning): Lower Pinkuylluna Ruins (1-1.5 hrs – difficulty: moderate)
Hike 2 (optional early morning): Higher Pinkuylluna Ruins (2-2.5 hrs – difficult: moderate to challenging)

Mendoza winery

Day 5

Machu Picchu and Return to Cusco

Board the bus to Machu Picchu Sanctuary for a guided tour of the Inka citadel. Enjoy free time to explore Machu Picchu at your pace or choose to hike Huayna Picchu (2-2.5 hrs – difficulty: moderate to challenging).
Huayna Picchu Mountain tickets are subject to availability*

Bus back to town to enjoy lunch at Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel before boarding the train back to Ollantaytambo. On arrival, transfer to Cusco in your private car to end your trip.

Iguazu Falls

Optional Extensions

A seven-day Lares program is also available upon request, as well as extensions in Machu Picchu, Cusco, and/or Lima.

For pricing and hotel information, contact us at How to Book. The specifics of this itinerary are subject to change based on local conditions at the discretion of Ponte Travels.

• Rates shown are per person, double occupancy, dependent on season. Airfare not included.