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 Peru
Activity Adventure, Hiking & Trekking, Active, Culture
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.

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.

Superior

Hyatt Place

With comfortable accommodations, a fitness center, an outdoor swimming pool and stunning desert vistas, Hyatt Place Page provides a great based for exploring Lake Powell as well as nearby canyon landscapes. The property is in town so you’re just a short drive away from eateries and shops.

Superior

East Zion Resort

For those looking for adventure, East Zion Resort is centrally located close to nearby National Parks, however your accommodations here will be just as inviting as the outdoors. East Zion Resort offers a plethora of accommodation options to choose from such as tiny houses with a fully stocked kitchen and king bed, or a yurt with modern amenities and a deck looking overlooking spectacular landscapes. You might even choose the treehouse, with a rooftop bedroom window for some incredible stargazing!

Boutique

El Tovar

Located directly on the rim of the Grand Canyon, El Tovar offers 78 rooms and suites. This hotel was designed to reflect a cross between a Swiss chalet and a Norwegian Villa. With each suite having their own unique and elegant charm, El Tovar is widely considered the crown jewel of Historic National Park Lodges. You are sure to enjoy a cozy stay while indulging yourself into its own history.

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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