Destinations Destinations
Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
Activity Activity
Adventure, Culture & History, Trekking, Hiking
Tour Type Tour Type
Custom itinerary, Private tour
Physical Level Physical Level
Moderate
Season Season
January - December

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  • Private tour: all days & activities tailored to your preferences
  • Explore at your pace, choose your own travel dates
  • See Machu Picchu, Cusco & Sacred Valley with your own expert guide
  • 24/7 in-country support and assistance
  • Carefully-selected, quality assured hotels

This Sacred Valley tour is for travellers who want to explore hidden villages on foot while also seeing the glorious historical sights the Inca heartland has to offer. You will hike to the remote indigenous community of Choquechaca to learn about their ancient weaving traditions, enjoy a freshly prepared mountainside lunch, and explore the ruins of Pumamarca, before heading on to tour the world-famous Machu Picchu and Cusco in style.

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This is a customisable trip

Use the following itinerary for inspiration. Remember: all days, hotels and activities can be altered to suit your requirements. A SA Expeditions travel expert will be happy to advise.

Arrival in Lima

You'll be met on arrival in Lima and transferred to your selected hotel. If you're feeling adventurous, head into the city to sample Peruvian cuisine.

Transfer to Sacred Valley

After an early morning flight from Lima to Cusco, you'll be collected by private transport and driven into the fertile Sacred Valley. This agricultural strip was the breadbasket of the Incan Empire.

Explore the Sacred Valley

Your private day-long Sacred Valley tour takes in the circular agricultural terrace of Moray, the salt pans of Maras and the ruins of Ollantaytambo. Your guide will explain how the Andean people still use the ancient farming techniques of the Inca to this day -- all set among stunning scenery.

Trek to Choquechaca and ruins of Pumamarka

An early start will see you driven from the Sacred Valley to a remote trailhead. From here, you'll hike for 2-3 hours uphill into the remote village of Choquechaca, where you can meet villagers, learn more about Peruvian textiles and enjoy a mountain lunch.

Afterwards, you'll return down the mountain, stopping to tour the little-visited Inca ruins of Pumamarka which overlook the confluence of the Patacancha and Yuracmayo rivers.

Take a scenic train to Machu Picchu

A scenic train ride follows the Urubamba River along agricultural terraces, offering panoramic views and landscapes as you meander towards Machu Picchu. On arrival, you can either take an afternoon tour to Machu Picchu or relax in your hotel.

Tour the ruins of Machu Picchu

Uncover the secrets of Machu Picchu on your private guided tour of the Inca citadel. Visit the most important parts of the ruins, learn about the history and construction of the site from your guide and hike to the top of Huayna Picchu for a bird's eye view of the ruins.

After you've experienced all Machu Picchu has to offer, you'll board a scenic train back to Ollantaytambo before transferring back to Cusco.

Explore Cusco's Incan history

Your tour of Cusco will take in the immense stone complex of Sacsayhuaman. It might feel huge, but the ruins only account for 20% of the original structure, with the rest torn down by Spanish conquistadors. You'll also have the chance to visit Koricancha, which was once the richest temple in the Inca empire, with temple walls lined with solid gold.

Tour Lima and international departure

Your last day brings a guided tour of the Miraflores district of Lima, visits to the Larco Archeology Museum and the San Francisco monastery, as well as a chance to sample some of Lima's cuisine.

Your trip concludes with a transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Where to stay

Sample accommodations & classes

Casa San Blas, Cusco

Classic

Peru's Classic (three-star equivalent) hotels provide the optimal combination of quality and value. The best Classic properties are sensitively constructed in local styles, offer great dining options and offer comfortable, spacious and well-appointed rooms; particularly well suited to family groups.

Isla Suasi, Lake Titicaca

Superior

Peru's superior (four-star equivalent) hotels offer fine rooms, exclusive service and excellent dining. Many occupy unique locations and buildings, such as a private island on Lake Titicaca or grand colonial-era mansions.

Pueblo Hotel, Machu Picchu

Deluxe

Peru's five-star hotels are world class, offering impeccable service and unbeatable facilities. The best are sensitively constructed from local materials to match traditional architectural styles and their restaurants take pride in showcasing the very best of Peruvian cuisine.

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Price guide

Pricing varies by accommodation class and group size. Get in touch for more details.

Class Price per person
Classic $3,450
Superior $3,650
Deluxe $4,590

Tour inclusions

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Included Accommodation

All accommodation is included on this trip. You can choose the level of accommodation you would like to stay in.

Included Internal flights

All internal flights, coaches and transfers are included in the price of this trip.

Included Hotel breakfasts

All breakfasts are included in this trip.

Included Ground transfers

Pick up from the airport on arrival and a return transfer to the airport on departure are included in this trip.

Testimonials

What people are saying about SA Expeditions

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Eric and Katie
15/07/2019

We would highly recommend SA Expeditions if you want to travel with less stress and some extra comfort. We were beyond pleased with our adventure! We greatly appreciate you for helping us through the Lima airport, it would have taken us a long time to figure out. Our Machu Picchu, Sacred valley, Textile, Salt flats, and Ollantaytambo were really neat. The Wayna Picchu hike was worth it and we felt was the highlight of Machu Picchu. We were very pleased with our room and travel accommodations. We will definitely be in touch if we decide to go back!

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Becky
11/07/2019

I could not be more pleased with the trip arranged by SA Expeditions. I found SA on line and they had very positive reviews. The entire trip to Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu was arranged in two days and I left on my originally scheduled departure date. When my flight from the US were delayed SA tracked the changes and still arranged for pick up and escort at the airport even at 4:30 a.m. arriving 6 hours late. When I arrived in Cusco I was met by my guide Martin and spent the next five days with him and our driver. It was a totally private tour through the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco. The hotels were high 4-5 star and beautiful. Martin was knowledgeable, considerate and a lot of fun. As a woman traveling alone it could have not been better. Returning to Lima I was picked up by Ruth my guide and driver. They were equally as knowledgeable and paid attention to every detail. Thanks to SA I had a wonderful experience. Jeanie my travel coordination did a fantastic job of putting together a high end trip with little time and stayed in touch throughout the trip to make sure it was running smoothly. I would recommend anyone looking for a South American adventure book work with SA. I certainly plan to use them again.

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Sarah
21/06/2019

We had an amazing trip! Every aspect is something we would recommend to others. The SA Expeditions planning experience with, the flexibility when we had to make changes to our itinerary, personal 1-1 connection to an expert made the process very smooth and enjoyable. The hotels were exactly what we had hoped for – authentic yet comfortable. Casa Cartegna service was impeccable and the location very convenient. We loved the court yard, the breakfast was delicious, well beyond what we anticipated and the tea service was a nice touch. Machu Picchu was by far our favorite day. Our driver, airport escort and guides were all top notch, friendly, helpful. In all cases I felt like we were in good hands, we enjoyed ourselves and we learned a lot about Peru. Dimas was a great guide and an incredible story teller, had helpful recommendations, stopped and took many photos for us – he always knew the best spots. He answered all our questions and was flexible when we wanted to stay longer or switch the order of something. He made a very positive impact on our experience for sure. The idea to get a room at the hotel for the long layover was great – we were very happy we did that. This is a trip we will never forget. Something we have dreamed about and the experience exceeded our expectations.

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