Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu
Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu
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 visits to Cusco, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley itself.
This short trip includes some of the best sights that Peru has to offer, including the Sacred Valley tour and Machu Picchu travel. You’ll visit small villages with cobblestone alleys, handicraft markets, workshops and ancient sites built by the Inca. There are many ruins to visit 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.
Arrive in Cusco and wonder through the ancient City.
Travel to the Sacred Valley, discover the ancient market town of Pisac.
Experience the vast ruins of Ollantaytambo.
Visit the saltmines (salineras) of Maras and the agricultural crop circle of Moray.
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 5
Lunch x 5
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 – x5 nights
Hotels before & after (can be organised as part of trip)
Tips for crew
Any additional extras
Domestic flights (can be organised as part of trip)
||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.
||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.
||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
Attached below are a couple of links which will explain how to prepare for your trip & trek in advance of your arrival. We recommend being prepared in advance to save time & stress whilst you’re in Peru. Trip Planning | Trek Planning
||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.
||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
||Throughout 2022 we’re offering a 15% discount for each member of a group larger than 4+
||Please contact us to reserve your trek and we will send you our deposit & payment options.
||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 Miraflores & Barranco. With some of the worlds' top restaurants and an eclectic mix of culinary styles, there is no shortage of delightful and exciting dining options.
Hotel: Tambo 2, Miraflores
Private Transfer to Lima airport for your domestic flight to Cusco
. On arrival to Cusco, you'll be collected and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Afterwards your guide will take you to explore this ancient & historic city.
: you will be at 12,000 feet (c.3,500 m) above sea level, so take it easy and remember to drink lots of water
Since Cusco was designed by the Incas
as a city for walking, you'll start your exploration of the narrow stone alleyways on foot.
- Visit the Coricancha, also known as "The Temple of the Sun." The temple was built by the Incan Emperor Pachacutec (1438 1572), and after the arrival of the Spaniards became the basis for the construction of the Santo Domingo Convent.
- See the Cathedral, the most imposing monument in the central Plaza de Armas and a repository for Cusco's colonial art. Its construction lasted for almost 100 years, beginning in 1560 and ending in 1654.
- Walk to Sacsayhuamán and next-door Quenqo, both archaeological complexes used mostly for religious and agricultural rituals, located 2.5 miles (4 km) from the city of Cusco. Built by the Killke people, Sacsayhuamán is a marvel of ancient architecture, a monolithic fortress built from giant blocks of stone, the origins and assembly of which remain a mystery.
- Discover the elaborate Puca Pucara ruins—an architectural complex of alleged military use with multiple plazas, baths, aqueducts, walls, and towers. It is believed that the entourage of the Incan emperor used it while he stayed at Tambomachay, the elaborate estate and baths nearby.
- Explore San Blas, an old bohemian quarter famous for its picturesque white walls, blue doors, and creative artisan community.
- Experience the legendary Mercado Central de San Pedro, a large and diverse market famous for its mouth-watering fruit juices, home-style meals, medicinal herb stalls, and rows of various meats, breads, vegetables, and other necessities.
- Eat lunch at a local Peruvian restaurant and sample local flavors and cooking techniques—crackling pork, pickled vegetables, seasonal flavors, bread baked in earthen ovens, roasted vegetables, and sweet donuts make for a delicious and filling meal.
You'll leave your hotel in Cusco around 8:30 am for your drive 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 and gaze upon a marvelous llama-shaped ruin before heading to your hotel for the night.
Hotel: Casa Don David
Meals included: Breakfast
Leaving Ollantaytambo train station in the mid-morning (11 am) you’ll take a stunning train journey through the Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes where you’ll meet up with your guide once more.
Stopping for lunch at a restaurant in Aguas Calientes, you'll then go to check into your hotel. With the afternoon free to explore Aguas Calientes and soak in the Hot Springs, in readiness for your exploration of Machu Picchu the following day.
Overnight: Aguas Calientes
Hotel: Raices or Retama
Meals included: Breakfast
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.
The guided tour will have an average duration of 2 hours. 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 plenty of 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
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