A quick trip in under a week, that includes all of the highlights of the Sacred Valley. Explore the essential highlights of Peru’s Amazing Sacred Valley, including an ancient Inca Trail trek, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley itself. This short trip includes some of the best sights that Peru has to offer, including the Llactapata Inca Trail.
You’ll visit small villages with cobblestone alleys, handicraft markets, workshops and ancient sites built by the Inca. There are many ruins to explore in the Valley, each with their own unique story and architecture.
The journey begins and ends in Cusco or Lima, which is connected by flight from Lima (1 hour). You can easily combine this trip with a few days in Cusco, plus a day or two in Lima.
Travel to the Sacred Valley, discover the ancient market town of Pisac.
Experience the vast ruins of Ollantaytambo.
Overnight in the mountain ungle town of Santa Teresa
Trek the Llactapata Inca Trail.
Take the train to Machu Picchu pueblo (Aguas Calientes) and explore the famous ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
Return to Cusco for a final night before heading out of Cusco.
Breakfast x 4
Lunch x 3
Private Transport – collection & drop-off
Professional bilingual guide
Entrance to Machu Picchu, round trip bus tickets to Citadel
Train tickets to and from Ollantaytambo/Cusco
3* Accommodation in the Sacred Valley/Cusco/Lima – x4 nights
Domestic flights (Carry-on luggage only, excess luggage for check-in is additional)
Hotels before & after (can be organised as part of trip)
Tips for crew
Any additional extras
|Joining Arrangements||There will be a pre-trek briefing held usually the evening before departure, at your hotel, to go over the details of the trek and any specific requirements not already captured.|
|Food & Water||Prior to setting off we recommend you steer clear of street food and only eat in good restaurants, to avoid any stomach complaints. Likewise with tap water, it is largely untreated, please only consume bottled water only or sterilised water if you have the right equipment.|
|Special Diets||We’ll ensure that we cater for all of your dietary needs, at the point of booking we’ll collect this information from you. We can secure special menu requests also for your trek party.|
|Trekking Crew||We are able to customise our treks to suit you, but usually our treks are guided by a professional bilingual guide, mountain cook, arriero (horseman) and mules to carry all equipment (passenger horses also available on request). They become a large part of your trekking expedition and it’s a great experience working together.|
This is a really important part of your trip planning process, please find a link below which explains a little more about preparing for altitude. Altitude Preparation
|Machu Picchu||An excursion to Machu Picchu is included as part of your trip, including professional bilingual guide, entrance tickets, return trip bus tickets, Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Mountains (mountain climbs to be confirmed on reservation) & your return train ticket to Cusco. To be confirmed on reservation.|
|Covid-19 (Coronavirus)||We are working with the latest protocols issued by the Ministerio de Salud (Ministry of Health) to ensure our operations are safe and compliant for the future. We also have access to on-call health services for your time with us.|
|Covid-19 (Useful Links)||World Health Organisation | World Health Organisation – Peru | Covid-19 Data – Peru | Covid-19 Daily Statistics|
|Available Discounts||Throughout 2022 we’re offering a 15% discount for each member of a group larger than 4+|
|Reservation||Please contact us to reserve your trek and we will send you our deposit & payment options.|
|Customer Service||Please feel free to contact us at any point before your trip for any queries or problems.|
¡Bienvenidos! Welcome to Lima, Peru’s largest city and central metropolitan hub, and home to one-third of the country’s population.
Lima has a fascinating history and a diverse mix of cultures. Amerindian, European, Afro-Peruvian, and Asian—especially Chinese and Japanese—influences make Lima a dynamic and exciting city to explore.
Settle into your hotel before heading out to explore the City with our guide in the afternoon. (There are also options to go parapenting in the afternoon)
With some of the worlds’ top restaurants and an eclectic mix of culinary styles, there is no shortage of delightful and exciting dining options for the evening (by your own account).
Hotel: Tambo 2, Miraflores
Early in the morning you’ll transfer from your hotel to Lima Airport, catching a morning domestic flight from Lima to Cusco .
After collection from the airport in Cusco you’ll begin your journey into the Sacred Valley en route to Pisac, a village known for its traditional market and immense Inca fortress. During our visit, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to stop for photos as you pass terraces, irrigation canals, and picturesque mountain views.
In the afternoon, you’ll depart for the town of Ollantaytambo, which contains some of the best-preserved Inca architecture in the entire Sacred Valley. You’ll walk around the Inca Fortress and ceremonial site of Ollantaytambo, marveling at these extraordinarily well-preserved ruins.
Set around a tranquil plaza, renowned for its peaceful charm. The little-altered layout of the town offers an unprecedented peek into the way of life of its past peoples, the Incas. Even the street names are the original one from ancient times. Roam the winding alleys & plazas.
From Ollantaytambo you’ll transfer to Santa Teresa, a mountain jungle town, where you’ll spend the night before beginning the Llactapata Inca Trail the following day.
Overnight: Santa Teresa
Hotel: Quechua Eco Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Leaving from Santa Teresa at around 8am, you’ll begin at the trail head for the Llactapata Inca Trail through to Machu Picchu.
Trekking and weaving through the surrounding misty mountain valleys and jungle terrain that leads all the way to Machu Picchu; you’ll discover ancient Incan trails, paths and sites that leave an iconic & magical impression of how life was in these mystical mountains back in Incan times.
Stopping for lunch around mid afternoon you’ll then reach a hidroelectric train station after a couple more hours, where you’ll board for a 45 minute journey into Aguas Calientes.
Overnight: Aguas Calientes
Hotel: Raices or Retama
Meals included: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch
Today, early in the morning you’ll catch the bus up to Machu Picchu. It is a 25minute bus ride to the sanctuary (2400 m). Your guide will lead you in an exploration and discovery of the many corners of this enigmatic Incan citadel.
Your guide will lead you in exploration for around 2 hours, after which you’ll have plenty of personal time to explore on your own. If you feel like an uphill challenge, you have the option to climb the infamous mountain of Huayna Picchu. It is important to know that to climb this mountain, you need to buy a separate ticket in advance.
There will be enough time for pictures, after which you’ll take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to catch your train back to Ollantaytambo where our private transportation will be waiting to drive you back to Cusco.
Hotel: Casa Cristobal
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Today is your last day in Cusco, Peru!
You will be met at your hotel for a transfer to Cusco Airport, where you will take a domestic flight to Lima to transfer to your homeward-bound flight. It’s never goodbye, only until next time!
Meals included: Breakfast
Unu Raymi Expeditions organised a great tour for me, including a customised visit to Lake Titikaka on top of the Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu tour. The guides were knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and took me through some interesting history and spectacular views. James himself was responsive, proactive and friendly, and planned around my onward travel schedule very well. The accommodation was also very comfortable.
A couple of things I’d advise is that the trains at the end of the trek from Santa Teresa to Aguas Calientes seemed to be slightly unpredictable – we unfortunately ended up trekking in the dark as the last train was for locals only. The transfers and activities can also be quite early in the morning – useful for making the most of the day, but coffee perhaps needed! Overall, a great trip though.
James was great and very helpful! He helped me set up the perfect week in Cusco. I was able to do everything I wanted and made it so easy. Everyone was so professional, kind, and on time!