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

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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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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.

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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.

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Superior

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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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Days

8

Expect to pay

$3,450 pp

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