Mountain Excursion

Cusco, Sacred Valley and Discovery Trek

Cusco, Peru

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Prices From: $2,048 per person

Explore the famous sites of Cusco including the Ollyantambo, Pisac Market and spend 5 days trekking the incredible Inca Trail to access Machu Picchu. Explore the Sacred Valley and chill out in the colonial town of Cusco. Our custom itineraries provide you with the flexibility to book as much or as little as you want, while giving you the flexibility to choose your own hotels to match your preferences and budget.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Cusco

Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel, the Casa San Blas Boutique Hotel.

Overnight: Casa San Blas Boutique Hotel

Day 2 - Sacred Valley

The Sacred Valley Peru is understood to be the land that extends between the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo. This past heart of the Inca Empire starts just 10 miles outside of Cusco, and trips here reward visitors with incomparable Inca ruins, stunning Andes Mountains vistas, charming towns, a good climate, and plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy the countryside. This full-day excursion includes a visit to the famous Pisac Market, Ollantaytambo fortress and surrounding ruins. Return to Cusco for overnight.

Overnight: Casa San Blas Boutique Hotel (Breakfast and Lunch Included)

Day 3 - Inca Trek: Chillca – Huayllabamba

A spectacular drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas takes us to Chillca, our trailhead. Crossing a footbridge, we take an undulating trek through a dry cactus zone beneath soaring views to the snows of Mt. Verónica, with the turbulent Urubamba river on our right. We pause on a bluff high above the Cusichaca valley for a view of the imposing sculpted terraces of Llaqtapata, a massive Inca farming complex. Then we turn south and follow this side valley upstream to the village of Huayllabamba, where we make camp.

(All Meals Included)

Day 4 - Inca Trek: Huayllabamba - Pacaymayo

From Huayllabamba we begin a steeper ascent, climbing the Llullucha valley along a stream that rushes through enchanted native unca woodland. Crossing the rim of a small plateau, we abruptly find ourselves in the puna, the treeless grasslands of the high Andes. Here a stretch of open trail climbs beneath mighty crags to our first and highest pass, Warmiwañusca (4,200m/13,776ft). From Warmiwañusca we can look back to the spectacular snow peaks and valleys of the Huayanay massif, and ahead to a distant view of tomorrow’s trail to the second pass. Descending a stepped stone trail we encounter our campsite in a clearing of the forested Pacamayo valley.

(All Meals Included)

Day 5 - Inca Trek: Pacaymayo - Phuyupatamarca

We pick up an Inca stairway and ascend again past the small Inca site of Runkuracay. As we reach the second pass the landscape opens onto spectacular new views to the snow peaks of the Pumasillo range. We descend again to the ruins of Sayacmarca (Inaccessible Town), an intricate labyrinth of houses, plazas and water channels, perched precariously on a rocky spur overlooking the Aobamba valley. The Inca trail, now a massive buttressed structure of granite paving stones, continues along the steep upper fringes of the cloud forest through a colorful riot of orchids, bromeliads, mosses and ferns. At the third pass we camp by pinnacles topped with Inca viewing platforms, overlooking the archaeological complex of Phuyupatamarca (Cloud-level Town).

(All Meals Included)

Day 6 - Inca Trek: Phuyupatamarca - Machu Picchu

We explore the wondrous maze of Inca stone towers, fountains and stairways spilling down the mountainside at Phuyupatamarca then begin a long descent through ever-changing layers of cloud forest. An Inca stairway partly cut from living granite leads us finally to the site of Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young), the largest and most exquisite of the Inca Trail sites. In the afternoon we follow the last stretch of trail across a steep mountainside through a lush, humid cloud-forest of giant ferns and broad-leaf vegetation. Suddenly we cross the stone threshold of Intipunku (Sun Gate) and encounter an unforgettable sweep of natural beauty and human artistry –a backdrop of twisting gorge and forested peaks framing the magical city of Machu Picchu. After enjoying your first visit of Machu Picchu, spend the night at El Mapi Hotel in nearby Aguas Calientes.

Overnight: El Mapi Hotel (All Meals Included)

Day 7 - Inca Trek: Machu Picchu – Cusco
Enjoy a morning visit to the Machu Picchu citadel. In the afternoon, you will return to Cusco via the Vistadome train. Upon arrival in Cusco, you will be transferred to your hotel, the Casa San Blas Boutique Hotel.

Overnight: Casa San Blas Boutique Hotel (Breakfast and Lunch Included)

Day 8 - Cusco – Lima

Transfer to the airport for flight to Lima.

Accommodation Information

Casa San Blas Boutique Hotel

Casa San Blas, the first boutique hotel in Peru, has been created to provide guests with a distinguished service based on individual, personalized service and attention to detail in a comfortable, home-like atmosphere. San Blas' design harmonizes with the colonial architecture of the San Blas neighborhood, based upon the restoration of a historic mansion, while incorporating all the benefits of the modern world.

The district of San Blas has been the historic artisan's quarter of Cusco since Inca times, and lies just two and a half blocks from the main square. It is a neighborhood of narrow, picturesque cobbled streets and whitewashed colonial-era houses, with red-tiled roofs and wooden balconies.

El Mapi Hotel

Smart and contemporary are the defining elements of this hotel, amidst the commercial village of Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes), from where you can admire and interact with the quaint folksy town and get a different perspective.

The hotel is efficient, playful and people friendly; it welcomes a wide range of guests expecting an uncomplicated visit. Turn into an amiable and healthy environment after your enlightening visit to Peru’s most distinguished destination, the Machu Picchu Archaeological site.

Location

Region: South America

Address:
Cusco
Peru

Amenities/Activities

Day Tours Day Tours

Ecologically Responsible Ecologically Responsible

Hiking Trekking Hiking Trekking

Archeology Indigenous Archeology Indigenous

GBC Staffpick GBC Staffpick

General Information

The price includes:

  • All meals as indicated in itinerary
  • All accommodations as indicated in itinerary
  • Experienced Bilingual Guide
  • All tours and transfers as indicated in itinerary
  • For the Inca Trail: Transportation to and from the city of departure, a pre-departure information meeting and valuable Inca Trail map, overnight in new The North Face tents including comfortable sleeping pads, a duffle bag to store your luggage during the trek (please return upon your arrival in Cusco). Inca Trail and Machu Picchu entrance fee and train ticket back to Cusco (Vistadome), meals according to the itinerary and a final lunch in a restaurant before returning to Cusco, bottled water to refill your canteen.

The price excludes:

  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not indicated
  • For the Inca Trail: Meals in the cities, alcoholic beverages, extras, tips, taxes, laundry service, additional tours, insurance and airline tickets (where applicable), hiking boots, sleeping bags, sticks and other personal gear or items.
  • Items of a personal nature, including insurances
  • Visas, passports, vaccinations, medicines
  • Gifts & souvenirs
  • Any optional extra activities
  • Tips
  • Taxes & Fees