Located between Cusco and Machu Picchu, this Sacred Valley is known for its lush landscapes, picturesque colonial towns, and magnificent Incan fortresses. Discover with us this beautiful, charming and historic place on this extensive, 5-day excursion through the areas in & around Cusco, including the historic ruins of Machu Picchu.
Day 1: CUSCO NAVEL OF THE WORLD
Pass By: Cusco
Upon your arrival to the airport in Cusco, a member of our team will be there to greet you and take you to our partner lodge, located in the charming historic district of San Blas. The lodge is centrally located and only a few minutes walk from the Plaza de Armas, the beautiful and bustling town center.
This day will be reserved for resting and acclimatizing to the altitude, which is approximately 340011,000 feet.
No meals included on this day.
Day 2: MARAS, MORAY AND CHINCHERO
Stop At: Sacred Valley of the Incas, Cusco Region
To start the day, we'll pick you up from your hotel around 8 AM and head to Moray. The drive is about 1 hour and 20 minutes, & features some absolutely beautiful scenery. You will drive through the snow-capped peaks of the Andes, through lush yellow fields of wheat, passing by some local villages.
Finally you will arrive at the fascinating display of terraces in Moray. Moray boasts three amphitheater-like terraces made by the Incas. These terraces, which are carved deep into the earth in a bowl shape, were thought to be used to determine the optimal conditions for growing crops.
When you are done exploring Moray you will head to the salt mines of Maras, which is about 2 miles away. This village is known as a former salt-producing center that is thought to date back all the way to pre-Inca times. There are over 3000 salt pools all carved into the mountainside, being filled daily by a little stream of water.
The last place to visit will be Chinchero. Here we can admire the well- preserved Inca walls of the main square as well as the many altars. We will also visit the beautiful colonial church, unique for its interior artwork and imagery. Moving on we will participate in a wonderful introduction and learning experience of the art of Andean textiles; throughout the afternoon we will become acquainted with the wisdom of Andean weavings as maintained since long before Inka times.
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 3: FIRST DAY SHORT INCA TRAIL: CUSCO – KM 104 – AGUAS CALIENTES
Stop At: Short Inca Trail
Our trek today takes us along the most impressive stretch of the Inca Trail. We’ll visit beautiful Inca sites, see a variety of flora and fauna and get to take in the fantastic panoramas of the Andes mountains. Covering 10km of the trail our journey begins in the Sacred Valley and works it’s way up along an original Inca Trail to the Inca site of Winay Wayna before continuing on to Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate (Inti Punku).
As we make our way to Machu Picchu we’ll pass through the lush and verdant cloud forest that covers the mountain and get to see a variety of plants, flowers, and birds along the way. We may also see some larger mammals such as Viscachas (rabbit-like Chinchillas) and Spectacled Bears (if we are very lucky).
After a full days trekking, we’ll arrive at the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) in the late afternoon and get our first views of Machu Picchu spread out on the mountain below. The light at this time of day is great for photos and with fewer tourists on the site, it’s a perfect time to take some pictures of the site. After we’ve passed through the Sun Gate we’ll carry on along the trail a little way before taking a side trail that leads us to Aguas Calientes in the valley below where we’ll check in to our hotel
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 4: SECOND DAY SHORT INCA TRAIL: MACHU PICCHU
Stop At: Machu Picchu
Waking up early we’ll take the first bus back up to Machu Picchu to enter the site as it opens. We’ll have a 2 – 3 hour guided tour of the site during which you’ll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel. After the guided tour if you have permits to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, you’ll have the time to do it. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco.
Meals included: Breakfast, dinner
Day 5: FLY TO LIMA
Pass By: Cusco
Free morning to relax, This afternoon transfer to the airport for your departure to Lima
Meals included: Breakfast