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Peru: Discovering the Lares Region & Sacred Valley

Trip Length 9 days

From $3,695

  • A completely new program, this is a true Andes high altitude experience in one of the most spectacular and remote regions of Peru
  • The locals are the closest living descendants of the Incas, often still wearing traditional dress
  • On-trail accommodations are new luxury lodges, and as a bonus this itinerary includes both the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

Just north of Cusco lies a little-traveled region of tranquil lakes and rugged peaks, where farmers grow crops as they have for centuries and children in brightly colored ponchos herd llamas through lush green valleys. Join us on treks through the villages and landscapes of Lares, where you’ll discover traditional Andean life by day and stay in stylish, comfortable lodges at night. You’ll also see the best of the Sacred Valley, from the ancient ruins at Pisac to fascinating Ollantaytambo, a well-preserved Inca town with some of South America’s oldest occupied dwellings. End your adventure with a visit to iconic, mysterious Machu Picchu. It’s a remarkable journey back in time, and a whole new way to experience the land of the Incas.Please note that while this trip is not an exclusive Mountain Travel Sobek departure, you can book with confidence knowing that we select only the finest itineraries in the world, with the best trekking opportunities available. You’ll also know that you will receive the high level of service you expect from Mountain Travel Sobek.

 

Day 1: Arrive in Cusco

Arrive in Cusco, Peru. You will be greeted by a representative and transferred to your luxury hotel—the ideal spot to relax and get used to the high altitude before your trek. Cusco was the ancient capital of the Inca Empire; today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, celebrated for its ruins and vibrant beauty. The day is free to explore or unwind back at the hotel.  A mandatory guide briefing will take place at 6pm at El Mercado Hotel in the historical center of Cusco.

  • Accommodation:Palacio del Inka-Cusco

Day 2: Discover treasures of the Sacred Valley

Begin your adventure with a journey from the urban setting of Cusco into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, full of lush green fields and surrounded by striking mountain peaks. Explore the archeological site of Chinchero, where colonial buildings rest atop Inca foundations. Go back in time and study the natural Inca salt mines of Maras and the astonishing circular terraces of Moray, believed to be an Inca laboratory dedicated to the study of foreign plant species. 

Group Activity: In the morning the whole group visits the archeological site of Chinchero.
Activity Menu (morning to noon):
- Cultural activity: Guided tour of Moray Inca Agricultural site and the Salt Mines of Maras.
OR
- Hike: From Chinchero to Urquillos / Duration 3 hrs. / Easy to Moderate
Overnight: Lamay Lodge (el. 9,705’ – 2,958m.), located in the town of Lamay, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lamay Lodge

Day 3: Explore the archaeological complex Pisac

The town square is often the center of activity throughout this region, but so too is the town market, and none is more alive than the famous market at Pisac. A morning visit to check out its unique array of products will inspire you with a small taste of the rich culture yet to be explored on your journey. Travelers seeking inspiration in nature can opt for an invigorating morning hike surrounded by amazing views of the Andes Mountains that guard this magnificent valley. Later, enjoy exclusive access to the isolated community of Viacha, where you will learn about its artisanal potato farming practices and enjoy a traditional “Pachamanca” meal, cooked under hot stones. After lunch you will visit the archaeological complex at Pisac, an afternoon excursion that offers a unique opportunity to explore the complex free of crowds, with the sun setting behind the peaks.

Activity Menu (morning to noon):
- Cultural activity: Visit the town of Pisac and local market, and experience an encounter with members of the local community of Viacha.
OR
- Bike excursion: Take an easy to moderate 2½-hour bike ride along the Urubamba River from Lamay to Pisac.
OR
- Hike: Take a moderate 3-hour hike from the local community of Amaru to the local community of Viacha. Mountain pass at an elevation of 14,200 feet.

Group Activity: Group lunch in the local community of Viacha. In the afternoon, the whole group visits the Pisac archaeological site together, before heading back to the lodge.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lamay Lodge

Day 4: Visit Inca sites and villages in the Lares Valley

Now that you have gotten a glimpse into this rich Andean tapestry, today you will have the opportunity to go even deeper with an exploration into the heart of the Lares Valley. A scenic drive into the mountains along the celebrated “Inca Weaver’s Trail” allows you to visit the unique and uncrowded archeological site of Ancasmarca to the hub-town of Lares. After lunch, you can choose between visiting the traditional and ancient weavers’ village of Choquecancha, or opt for hiking amidst turquoise blue lakes and towering peaks to the remote village of Huacahuasi, where you will spend the night. This lodge, which is run in joint venture with the local community and aims to protect the cultural heritage and the environment, provides an interesting insight into the evolving role of the original Andean people in both the culture and commerce of modern-day Cusco.

Group Activity (morning to noon): In the morning, explore the town of Lamay briefly and visit the archeological site of Ancasmarca. Group lunch at the local town of Lares.

Activity Menu (afternoon, after the group visit):
- Cultural activity: Visit the town of Choquecancha, meet with the local weavers and visit the old church.
OR
- Hike: Take an easy to moderate 2½-hour hike from Quelquena to Huacahuasi. Mountain pass is at an elevation of 12,595 feet.
OR
- Hike: Take a moderate 4-hour hike from Cuncani to Huacahuasi. Mountain pass is at an elevation of 13,838 feet.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Huacahuasi Lodge

Day 5: Explore Huacahuasi

If you’re in the mood for a cultural experience today, you can walk through the village of Huacahuasi and learn more about its heritage and daily activities, with a possible visit to a farmer’s home. The expert weavers and farmers will share their stories, each depicted in artful textiles full of traditional Incan symbols and imagery. Then take a Peruvian cooking class and test your skills during lunch with the rest of the group. For those who want to go deeper into these remote mountains, challenge yourself with an all-day hike from the community of Quiswarani onto the “Trail of 1,000 Lakes”. Although a strenuous hike, you will be amazed and awakened by the simple but majestic beauty of this eden, as you enjoy the company of herds of alpacas and llamas grazing on hillsides, and make your way over challenging mountain passes.

Activity Menu (all day):
- Cultural activity: Explore the village, meet local weavers and participate in a cooking class.
OR
- Hike: Take an easy 1- to 2-hour trip to visit the community of Huacahuasi and walk to nearby waterfall.
OR
- Hike: Take a challenging 6- to 7-hour hike from Quiswarani to Quelquena. Mountain pass is at an elevation of 14,505 feet.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Huacahuasi Lodge

Day 6: Enjoy an expedition to Ollantaytambo & hike on ancient Inca Trails

Spend some time in the morning learning more about the heritage and day-to-day activities of the Huacahuasi community. Then, you can choose to embark on a spectacular hike through varied terrain and over a high pass, to the adjacent valley leading to the ancient town of Ollantaytambo, the oldest living city in Latin America. If you prefer to see more of the Sacred Valley, you can drive back for a visit to an ethnographic museum featuring the history of Peru’s rich civilizations of the past or choose to explore the valley on mountain bike. Afterwards, enjoy lunch in the Urubamba River countryside on your way to Ollantaytambo, where you can spend time meandering through its charming maze-like streets.

Activity Menu (all day):
- Cultural activity: Drive back to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, visit a local farmer’s market and a Pre- Inca and Inca cultural museum. Enjoy a Barbeque lunch at a Kuychi Rumi and in the afternoon explore the town of Ollantaytambo.
OR
- Inca Trail hike : Beautiful hike from Lares pass to the village of Totora / Duration 3 hrs. / Easy to moderate. Enjoy a Barbeque lunch at a Kuychi Rumi.
OR
- Hike: From Huacahuasi to Patacancha / Duration 7 hrs. / Moderate to challenging / Mountain pass at an elevation of 14,646’ - 4,464m. Route lunch at Ipsaycocha lake. Afternoon arrival in Ollantaytambo.

Optional bike excursion (afternoon): Drive back and explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas on mountain bike from Urubamba to Pachar / Duration 2 hrs./ Easy to moderate. (This activity has an additional cost). Afterwards, enjoy a visit to an artisanal brewery in which many of their beers are made with local products. (The brewery is closed Mondays and Tuesdays).

Overnight: Hotel in the Sacred Valley of the Incas (el. 9,284’ - 2,830m.).

Note: Guests that opt for the cultural activity and guests that opt for the Inca trail hike excursion will meet for lunch in Urubamba at a countryside restaurant and visit the town of Ollantaytambo together in the afternoon. Guests that opt for the hike will meet up with the rest of the group late in the afternoon at the hotel in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:K'uychi Rumi Hotel

Day 7: Discover Inca sites at Ollantaytambo

From its beginnings as the royal estate of Inca-Emperor Pachacutec, to a stronghold against the Spanish conquistadors for Manco Inca Yupanqui, the temple at Ollantaytambo was regarded by the Incas as one of their most important ceremonial centers. On this day, an optional and short early morning hike to Inca storage structures high above Ollantaytambo will give you a magnificent view of the town as well as of the main archeological site across the valley. Afterwards, as your guide leads you through a morning tour of the temple and explains its strategic architectural planning, you will also get a sense of its mystical history…a perfect introduction to the wonder of Machu Picchu.  Around noon you will embark on a scenic train ride along the famous Urubamba River to Aguas Calientes, the town below Machu Picchu, whose charm lies in a history that began as a small railway stop and evolved into a bustling town still bisected by the train tracks.

Activity Menu (early morning, before the group activity):
- Hike: Take a moderate 1½-hour hike to Lower Pinkuylluna Mountain above Ollantaytambo.
OR
- Hike: Take a moderate to challenging 2½-hour hike to Higher Pinkuylluna Mountain above Ollantaytambo.
Group Activity: In the morning, after the optional early morning activities, explore the archeological site of Ollantaytambo, before boarding the train to the town of Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes).

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Day 8: Journey to Machu Picchu

At dawn, you begin your journey to Machu Picchu with a short and rollicking uphill bus ride. As you enter the “Sanctuary” (as locals refer to it), the morning sun rises over the iconic Sun Gate and washes the structures and terraces with resplendent light. Prepare to be awed by the imposing and skillful architecture of the Watchtower, the Temple of the Sun, and the royal Inca residences, among many others. Take a moment to quietly sit and listen to the wind…or to meditate and absorb the mystical energy that envelops you. Your imagination will soar as you contemplate the history of Machu Picchu and its mysterious origins. Some may even choose a hike to Huayna Picchu, the iconic towering mountain often seen in photographs, for dramatic views that stretch from the Urubamba River valley to the edge of the Amazon Jungle. Either way, you will be touched by a feeling of peace and rejuvenation which will linger even as you journey back to the city lights, and hustle and bustle of Cusco.

Group Activity: Early in the morning visit the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

Activity Menu (late morning, after the group activity):
- Cultural activity: free time to explore the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu at an elevation of 7,872 feet.
OR
- Hike: Take a moderate to challenging 2½-hour  guided hike of Huayna Picchu Mountain. Mountain pass is at an elevation of 8924 feet.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Palacio del Inka-Cusco

Day 9: Depart from Cusco

This morning is free to explore Cusco. Bid “adios” to your traveling companions before your afternoon flight to Lima and connecting flight home.

  • Breakfast

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Aug 29, 2017 - Sep 06, 2017

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Dec 20 - 28, 2017

Dec 24, 2017 - Jan 01, 2018

Dec 29, 2017 - Jan 06, 2018

pricing

2017 LAND COST
$3,695 per person
$1,300 single supplement (requested)

2018 LAND COST
$3,850 per person
$1,400 single supplement (requested)

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Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. If you are traveling solo and prefer single accommodations, the listed Single Supplement applies. If you’re traveling solo but wish to share accommodations with another traveler, we’ll try our best to find you a roommate (same gender only). If no roommate can be found, the single fee will only be applied at the hotels in Cusco.

 

 Please be sure to call for up-to-date information on availability for any date(s) that you are interested in.) Including 2018.

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Huacahuasi Lodge — Community of Huacahuasi in the Lares Region

This lodge, set high on a hillside above the village of Huacahuasi, boasts spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. In the ancient Quechua language, the name of this community means “House of Spirits or Sacred Objects,” whereby spirits can also be interpreted as physical phenomena including waterfalls, mountains, or man-made shrines. The atmosphere of this lodge reflects the spirit of the mountains and the history of the region, and integrates local building styles with a modern decor. The main entrance hall is centered around the “tree of life,” a large Quenua tree, a typical plant of the region. Since the area is well known for its weavers, the public areas of the lodge display local weavings as well as paintings and Andean crafts. The dining and bar areas are illuminated by large windows overlooking the village and access valley. Guest rooms have radiant heating, private bathrooms, balconies with its own jacuzzi, and all amenities.  Upon arrival, the guests are greeted with hot or cold drinks and hot towel to freshen up.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel — Aguas Calientes

A village in its own right, Inkaterra Machu Picchu comprises 83 whitewashed casitas dotted across 12 exquisite acres of private cloud forest. Its terraced hills, stone pathways, waterfalls, and lush gardens—home to 372 orchid species and hundreds of exotic birds, among other beautiful flora and fauna—offer guests calming exploration and secluded relaxation. Inside, the individual casitas are rustically elegant sanctuaries for rest, with inviting beds, a dining area for two, and Andean slippers crafted from recycled materials. For still further nurturing, Unu Spa blends classic and mystical Andean approaches to healing. And diners in the first-class restaurant can indulge in Peruvian cuisine with a modern twist while admiring views over the Vilcanota River. Just steps from the Agua Calientes train station, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo is a luxurious stopover en route from Cusco or Urubamba to the legendary Inca Trail and mystical citadel of Machu Picchu.

K'uychi Rumi Hotel — Urubamba - Sacred Valley

K'uychi Rumi is located just outside the quaint town of Urubamba in the Sacred Valley of the Incas and offers exclusive lodging. The accommodations consist of individually designed rustic Andean lodges surrounded by beautiful gardens and native fruit orchards. The property is nestled at the foot of some of the most picturesque mountain peaks in all of Peru and is within short distance from the Urubamba River.

Lamay Lodge — Lamay town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Lamay lodge is situated at the edge of the quaint village of Lamay in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, just an hour away from the city of Cusco. Its architecture follows the design of a traditional Spanish colonial hacienda, but with updated lines and sophisticated details. The lobby and lounge areas feature comfortable couches and chairs facing the garden, and the restaurant and bar, framed by tall windows and ceilings, are decorated with rural motifs and crafts. As in a traditional hacienda, a large garden is the center of activities and an excellent place to sit and read or take pictures. The use of local materials, like wood, stone, and adobe, as well as hand-woven rugs and decorative lighting creates a welcoming atmosphere—an ideal place to relax at the end of the hiking day. Guest rooms open up to views of surrounding peaks, and are decorated with warm colors that complement the wood and stone walls. A large Jacuzzi can be found in the garden amid the flowerbeds. From the lodge, guests can walk and explore the village and meet the local people who still wear traditional clothing.

Palacio del Inka-Cusco — Cusco

Housed in a 500-year old mansion, the exquisite Palacio del Inka is located in the historic center of Cusco. Just a five-minute walk from the main square and less than a mile from museums, markets, and restaurants, Palacio del Inka puts the best of Cusco at your fingertips. The rooms are beautifully appointed, decorated with Peruvian art, handcrafted furnishings and modern conveniences and comforts such as LED TV, high-speed Internet access, and Starwood Hotels' signature Luxury Collection beds—among the most comfortable you'll ever sleep in. If you have time, enjoy a relaxing day at the spa, which offers indigenous treatments and a therapy pool.

"My husband and I could not have asked for a more perfect adventure vacation. It was the best way to visit Machu Picchu and see the beautiful country of Peru at the same time. Our group ranged from 27 years old to 74 years old and we all left feeling like family. We will definitely be booking our next trip through Mountain Travel Sobek." Catherine Lake 

  • A completely new program, this is a true Andes high altitude experience in one of the most spectacular and remote regions of Peru
  • The locals are the closest living descendants of the Incas, often still wearing traditional dress
  • On-trail accommodations are new luxury lodges, and as a bonus this itinerary includes both the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

Just north of Cusco lies a little-traveled region of tranquil lakes and rugged peaks, where farmers grow crops as they have for centuries and children in brightly colored ponchos herd llamas through lush green valleys. Join us on treks through the villages and landscapes of Lares, where you’ll discover traditional Andean life by day and stay in stylish, comfortable lodges at night. You’ll also see the best of the Sacred Valley, from the ancient ruins at Pisac to fascinating Ollantaytambo, a well-preserved Inca town with some of South America’s oldest occupied dwellings. End your adventure with a visit to iconic, mysterious Machu Picchu. It’s a remarkable journey back in time, and a whole new way to experience the land of the Incas.Please note that while this trip is not an exclusive Mountain Travel Sobek departure, you can book with confidence knowing that we select only the finest itineraries in the world, with the best trekking opportunities available. You’ll also know that you will receive the high level of service you expect from Mountain Travel Sobek.

 

reviews

"My husband and I could not have asked for a more perfect adventure vacation. It was the best way to visit Machu Picchu and see the beautiful country of Peru at the same time. Our group ranged from 27 years old to 74 years old and we all left feeling like family. We will definitely be booking our next trip through Mountain Travel Sobek." Catherine Lake 

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Cusco

Arrive in Cusco, Peru. You will be greeted by a representative and transferred to your luxury hotel—the ideal spot to relax and get used to the high altitude before your trek. Cusco was the ancient capital of the Inca Empire; today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, celebrated for its ruins and vibrant beauty. The day is free to explore or unwind back at the hotel.  A mandatory guide briefing will take place at 6pm at El Mercado Hotel in the historical center of Cusco.

  • Accommodation:Palacio del Inka-Cusco

Day 2: Discover treasures of the Sacred Valley

Begin your adventure with a journey from the urban setting of Cusco into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, full of lush green fields and surrounded by striking mountain peaks. Explore the archeological site of Chinchero, where colonial buildings rest atop Inca foundations. Go back in time and study the natural Inca salt mines of Maras and the astonishing circular terraces of Moray, believed to be an Inca laboratory dedicated to the study of foreign plant species. 

Group Activity: In the morning the whole group visits the archeological site of Chinchero.
Activity Menu (morning to noon):
- Cultural activity: Guided tour of Moray Inca Agricultural site and the Salt Mines of Maras.
OR
- Hike: From Chinchero to Urquillos / Duration 3 hrs. / Easy to Moderate
Overnight: Lamay Lodge (el. 9,705’ – 2,958m.), located in the town of Lamay, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lamay Lodge

Day 3: Explore the archaeological complex Pisac

The town square is often the center of activity throughout this region, but so too is the town market, and none is more alive than the famous market at Pisac. A morning visit to check out its unique array of products will inspire you with a small taste of the rich culture yet to be explored on your journey. Travelers seeking inspiration in nature can opt for an invigorating morning hike surrounded by amazing views of the Andes Mountains that guard this magnificent valley. Later, enjoy exclusive access to the isolated community of Viacha, where you will learn about its artisanal potato farming practices and enjoy a traditional “Pachamanca” meal, cooked under hot stones. After lunch you will visit the archaeological complex at Pisac, an afternoon excursion that offers a unique opportunity to explore the complex free of crowds, with the sun setting behind the peaks.

Activity Menu (morning to noon):
- Cultural activity: Visit the town of Pisac and local market, and experience an encounter with members of the local community of Viacha.
OR
- Bike excursion: Take an easy to moderate 2½-hour bike ride along the Urubamba River from Lamay to Pisac.
OR
- Hike: Take a moderate 3-hour hike from the local community of Amaru to the local community of Viacha. Mountain pass at an elevation of 14,200 feet.

Group Activity: Group lunch in the local community of Viacha. In the afternoon, the whole group visits the Pisac archaeological site together, before heading back to the lodge.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lamay Lodge

Day 4: Visit Inca sites and villages in the Lares Valley

Now that you have gotten a glimpse into this rich Andean tapestry, today you will have the opportunity to go even deeper with an exploration into the heart of the Lares Valley. A scenic drive into the mountains along the celebrated “Inca Weaver’s Trail” allows you to visit the unique and uncrowded archeological site of Ancasmarca to the hub-town of Lares. After lunch, you can choose between visiting the traditional and ancient weavers’ village of Choquecancha, or opt for hiking amidst turquoise blue lakes and towering peaks to the remote village of Huacahuasi, where you will spend the night. This lodge, which is run in joint venture with the local community and aims to protect the cultural heritage and the environment, provides an interesting insight into the evolving role of the original Andean people in both the culture and commerce of modern-day Cusco.

Group Activity (morning to noon): In the morning, explore the town of Lamay briefly and visit the archeological site of Ancasmarca. Group lunch at the local town of Lares.

Activity Menu (afternoon, after the group visit):
- Cultural activity: Visit the town of Choquecancha, meet with the local weavers and visit the old church.
OR
- Hike: Take an easy to moderate 2½-hour hike from Quelquena to Huacahuasi. Mountain pass is at an elevation of 12,595 feet.
OR
- Hike: Take a moderate 4-hour hike from Cuncani to Huacahuasi. Mountain pass is at an elevation of 13,838 feet.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Huacahuasi Lodge

Day 5: Explore Huacahuasi

If you’re in the mood for a cultural experience today, you can walk through the village of Huacahuasi and learn more about its heritage and daily activities, with a possible visit to a farmer’s home. The expert weavers and farmers will share their stories, each depicted in artful textiles full of traditional Incan symbols and imagery. Then take a Peruvian cooking class and test your skills during lunch with the rest of the group. For those who want to go deeper into these remote mountains, challenge yourself with an all-day hike from the community of Quiswarani onto the “Trail of 1,000 Lakes”. Although a strenuous hike, you will be amazed and awakened by the simple but majestic beauty of this eden, as you enjoy the company of herds of alpacas and llamas grazing on hillsides, and make your way over challenging mountain passes.

Activity Menu (all day):
- Cultural activity: Explore the village, meet local weavers and participate in a cooking class.
OR
- Hike: Take an easy 1- to 2-hour trip to visit the community of Huacahuasi and walk to nearby waterfall.
OR
- Hike: Take a challenging 6- to 7-hour hike from Quiswarani to Quelquena. Mountain pass is at an elevation of 14,505 feet.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Huacahuasi Lodge

Day 6: Enjoy an expedition to Ollantaytambo & hike on ancient Inca Trails

Spend some time in the morning learning more about the heritage and day-to-day activities of the Huacahuasi community. Then, you can choose to embark on a spectacular hike through varied terrain and over a high pass, to the adjacent valley leading to the ancient town of Ollantaytambo, the oldest living city in Latin America. If you prefer to see more of the Sacred Valley, you can drive back for a visit to an ethnographic museum featuring the history of Peru’s rich civilizations of the past or choose to explore the valley on mountain bike. Afterwards, enjoy lunch in the Urubamba River countryside on your way to Ollantaytambo, where you can spend time meandering through its charming maze-like streets.

Activity Menu (all day):
- Cultural activity: Drive back to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, visit a local farmer’s market and a Pre- Inca and Inca cultural museum. Enjoy a Barbeque lunch at a Kuychi Rumi and in the afternoon explore the town of Ollantaytambo.
OR
- Inca Trail hike : Beautiful hike from Lares pass to the village of Totora / Duration 3 hrs. / Easy to moderate. Enjoy a Barbeque lunch at a Kuychi Rumi.
OR
- Hike: From Huacahuasi to Patacancha / Duration 7 hrs. / Moderate to challenging / Mountain pass at an elevation of 14,646’ - 4,464m. Route lunch at Ipsaycocha lake. Afternoon arrival in Ollantaytambo.

Optional bike excursion (afternoon): Drive back and explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas on mountain bike from Urubamba to Pachar / Duration 2 hrs./ Easy to moderate. (This activity has an additional cost). Afterwards, enjoy a visit to an artisanal brewery in which many of their beers are made with local products. (The brewery is closed Mondays and Tuesdays).

Overnight: Hotel in the Sacred Valley of the Incas (el. 9,284’ - 2,830m.).

Note: Guests that opt for the cultural activity and guests that opt for the Inca trail hike excursion will meet for lunch in Urubamba at a countryside restaurant and visit the town of Ollantaytambo together in the afternoon. Guests that opt for the hike will meet up with the rest of the group late in the afternoon at the hotel in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:K'uychi Rumi Hotel

Day 7: Discover Inca sites at Ollantaytambo

From its beginnings as the royal estate of Inca-Emperor Pachacutec, to a stronghold against the Spanish conquistadors for Manco Inca Yupanqui, the temple at Ollantaytambo was regarded by the Incas as one of their most important ceremonial centers. On this day, an optional and short early morning hike to Inca storage structures high above Ollantaytambo will give you a magnificent view of the town as well as of the main archeological site across the valley. Afterwards, as your guide leads you through a morning tour of the temple and explains its strategic architectural planning, you will also get a sense of its mystical history…a perfect introduction to the wonder of Machu Picchu.  Around noon you will embark on a scenic train ride along the famous Urubamba River to Aguas Calientes, the town below Machu Picchu, whose charm lies in a history that began as a small railway stop and evolved into a bustling town still bisected by the train tracks.

Activity Menu (early morning, before the group activity):
- Hike: Take a moderate 1½-hour hike to Lower Pinkuylluna Mountain above Ollantaytambo.
OR
- Hike: Take a moderate to challenging 2½-hour hike to Higher Pinkuylluna Mountain above Ollantaytambo.
Group Activity: In the morning, after the optional early morning activities, explore the archeological site of Ollantaytambo, before boarding the train to the town of Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes).

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Day 8: Journey to Machu Picchu

At dawn, you begin your journey to Machu Picchu with a short and rollicking uphill bus ride. As you enter the “Sanctuary” (as locals refer to it), the morning sun rises over the iconic Sun Gate and washes the structures and terraces with resplendent light. Prepare to be awed by the imposing and skillful architecture of the Watchtower, the Temple of the Sun, and the royal Inca residences, among many others. Take a moment to quietly sit and listen to the wind…or to meditate and absorb the mystical energy that envelops you. Your imagination will soar as you contemplate the history of Machu Picchu and its mysterious origins. Some may even choose a hike to Huayna Picchu, the iconic towering mountain often seen in photographs, for dramatic views that stretch from the Urubamba River valley to the edge of the Amazon Jungle. Either way, you will be touched by a feeling of peace and rejuvenation which will linger even as you journey back to the city lights, and hustle and bustle of Cusco.

Group Activity: Early in the morning visit the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

Activity Menu (late morning, after the group activity):
- Cultural activity: free time to explore the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu at an elevation of 7,872 feet.
OR
- Hike: Take a moderate to challenging 2½-hour  guided hike of Huayna Picchu Mountain. Mountain pass is at an elevation of 8924 feet.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Palacio del Inka-Cusco

Day 9: Depart from Cusco

This morning is free to explore Cusco. Bid “adios” to your traveling companions before your afternoon flight to Lima and connecting flight home.

  • Breakfast
lodgings

Huacahuasi Lodge — Community of Huacahuasi in the Lares Region

This lodge, set high on a hillside above the village of Huacahuasi, boasts spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. In the ancient Quechua language, the name of this community means “House of Spirits or Sacred Objects,” whereby spirits can also be interpreted as physical phenomena including waterfalls, mountains, or man-made shrines. The atmosphere of this lodge reflects the spirit of the mountains and the history of the region, and integrates local building styles with a modern decor. The main entrance hall is centered around the “tree of life,” a large Quenua tree, a typical plant of the region. Since the area is well known for its weavers, the public areas of the lodge display local weavings as well as paintings and Andean crafts. The dining and bar areas are illuminated by large windows overlooking the village and access valley. Guest rooms have radiant heating, private bathrooms, balconies with its own jacuzzi, and all amenities.  Upon arrival, the guests are greeted with hot or cold drinks and hot towel to freshen up.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel — Aguas Calientes

A village in its own right, Inkaterra Machu Picchu comprises 83 whitewashed casitas dotted across 12 exquisite acres of private cloud forest. Its terraced hills, stone pathways, waterfalls, and lush gardens—home to 372 orchid species and hundreds of exotic birds, among other beautiful flora and fauna—offer guests calming exploration and secluded relaxation. Inside, the individual casitas are rustically elegant sanctuaries for rest, with inviting beds, a dining area for two, and Andean slippers crafted from recycled materials. For still further nurturing, Unu Spa blends classic and mystical Andean approaches to healing. And diners in the first-class restaurant can indulge in Peruvian cuisine with a modern twist while admiring views over the Vilcanota River. Just steps from the Agua Calientes train station, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo is a luxurious stopover en route from Cusco or Urubamba to the legendary Inca Trail and mystical citadel of Machu Picchu.

K'uychi Rumi Hotel — Urubamba - Sacred Valley

K'uychi Rumi is located just outside the quaint town of Urubamba in the Sacred Valley of the Incas and offers exclusive lodging. The accommodations consist of individually designed rustic Andean lodges surrounded by beautiful gardens and native fruit orchards. The property is nestled at the foot of some of the most picturesque mountain peaks in all of Peru and is within short distance from the Urubamba River.

Lamay Lodge — Lamay town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Lamay lodge is situated at the edge of the quaint village of Lamay in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, just an hour away from the city of Cusco. Its architecture follows the design of a traditional Spanish colonial hacienda, but with updated lines and sophisticated details. The lobby and lounge areas feature comfortable couches and chairs facing the garden, and the restaurant and bar, framed by tall windows and ceilings, are decorated with rural motifs and crafts. As in a traditional hacienda, a large garden is the center of activities and an excellent place to sit and read or take pictures. The use of local materials, like wood, stone, and adobe, as well as hand-woven rugs and decorative lighting creates a welcoming atmosphere—an ideal place to relax at the end of the hiking day. Guest rooms open up to views of surrounding peaks, and are decorated with warm colors that complement the wood and stone walls. A large Jacuzzi can be found in the garden amid the flowerbeds. From the lodge, guests can walk and explore the village and meet the local people who still wear traditional clothing.

Palacio del Inka-Cusco — Cusco

Housed in a 500-year old mansion, the exquisite Palacio del Inka is located in the historic center of Cusco. Just a five-minute walk from the main square and less than a mile from museums, markets, and restaurants, Palacio del Inka puts the best of Cusco at your fingertips. The rooms are beautifully appointed, decorated with Peruvian art, handcrafted furnishings and modern conveniences and comforts such as LED TV, high-speed Internet access, and Starwood Hotels' signature Luxury Collection beds—among the most comfortable you'll ever sleep in. If you have time, enjoy a relaxing day at the spa, which offers indigenous treatments and a therapy pool.

Dates and Pricing

Jun 22 - 30, 2017

Jul 04 - 12, 2017

Jul 12 - 20, 2017

Jul 17 - 25, 2017

Jul 25, 2017 - Aug 02, 2017

Aug 02 - 10, 2017

Aug 14 - 22, 2017

Aug 29, 2017 - Sep 06, 2017

Sep 07 - 15, 2017

Sep 15 - 23, 2017

Sep 20 - 28, 2017

Sep 29, 2017 - Oct 07, 2017

Oct 03 - 11, 2017

Oct 09 - 17, 2017

Oct 16 - 24, 2017

Oct 23 - 31, 2017

Oct 29, 2017 - Nov 06, 2017

Nov 01 - 09, 2017

Nov 06 - 14, 2017

Nov 23, 2017 - Dec 01, 2017

Dec 08 - 16, 2017

Dec 15 - 23, 2017

Dec 20 - 28, 2017

Dec 24, 2017 - Jan 01, 2018

Dec 29, 2017 - Jan 06, 2018

pricing

2017 LAND COST
$3,695 per person
$1,300 single supplement (requested)

2018 LAND COST
$3,850 per person
$1,400 single supplement (requested)

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Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. If you are traveling solo and prefer single accommodations, the listed Single Supplement applies. If you’re traveling solo but wish to share accommodations with another traveler, we’ll try our best to find you a roommate (same gender only). If no roommate can be found, the single fee will only be applied at the hotels in Cusco.

 

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