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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Key information

Destinations Destinations Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
Activity Activity Culture, Active, Hiking & Trekking
Physical Level Physical Level Moderate
Season Season January - December

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Arrival in Lima

Arrival in Lima

Day 1 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

Transfer to Sacred Valley

Day 2 in 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

Explore the Sacred Valley

Day 3 in 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

Trek to Choquechaca and ruins of Pumamarka

Day 4 in Peru

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

Take a scenic train to Machu Picchu

Day 5 in 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

Tour the ruins of Machu Picchu

Day 6 in 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

Explore Cusco's Incan history

Day 7 in Cusco

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

Tour Lima and international departure

Day 8 in Lima

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

Classic

Casa San Blas

Right off the main pedestrian fare in the San Blas district and less than three blocks to the main square, Casa San Blas Boutique offers exceptional location and comfort. Inside, the well-appointed rooms make for a great night's rest, and the family-style suites are perfect for families.

Classic

Posada Amazonas

Located on a 2,000 hectare private communal reserve and owned by the local community of Infierno, Posada Amazonas provides a great introduction to the Amazon rainforest. The lodge was built using traditional materials and architecture, featuring open windows to the jungle and drapes as doorways. At just 2 hours from the airport in Puerto Maldonado, Posadas Amazonas is ideal for those with limited time to spend in the jungle.

Superior

Isla Suasi

A luxurious eco-lodge located on the only private island in Lake Titicaca. Lodging includes all food and beverages and the opportunity for activities on the lake. The 24 rustic and appealing rooms all have expansive views of Lake Titicaca as does lunch, which is served on the bluff overlooking the lake.

Deluxe

Machu Picchu Pueblo

Hidden in 12 acres of seclusion, the Pueblo Hotel provides a paradise of individual bungalows with stone paths leading you through the gardens and natural fountains. The Pueblo is laid out in the traditional Andean Village style and consists of 85 luxury cottages, a naturalist centre, a natural Andean sauna, and an exquisite restaurant that overlooks the Vilcanota river below.

Deluxe

Delfin III

Peru's river vessels take cruising to another level. These intimate, exclusive ships accommodate between eight and 40 passengers in sumptuous suites with five-star levels of service. Between excursions to explore the jungle, passengers kick back on the sun deck and enjoy the finest Peruvian cuisine.

Deluxe

Reserva Amazonica

This eco-luxury lodge is exotic yet accessible, situated in a private reserve surrounded by vast jungle canopy. Inspired by native Amazon design, the lodge is composed of thatched roof cabanas that combine local natural materials with contemporary amenities.

Book this itinerary

This route booked with one of our specialist tour operators would cost from $3,190pp. Pricing varies by accommodation class, and can be tailored to suit your budget.

Pricing is typically inclusive of hotels, transfers, meals, and all guided excursions and activities.

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