Sacred Valley, Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Cusco 7 Days

DEC 2021 - DEC 2022 Price from $ 1750 USD pp
Trip Type foodCulture & Adventure
Difficulty Level Leisurely/Moderate
Group Size 2-8 people
BOOK NOW ONLINE Or call +51 981488207
Call us +51 981488207

For those short on time or just seeking a taste of Peru’s most famous sights look no further than Inca Empire Adventure. Starting in the capital Lima, stay in the Miraflores district; home to Lima’s famous clifftops overlooking the Pacific and some of the city’s best restaurants. Visit the historic downtown area and discover colonial-era Lima and its eclectic mix of old and new.

High in the Andes, Cusco is the capital of the Inca Empire. Cobbled streets and striking architecture reflects Peru’s ancient past and rich history. Indigenous markets interwoven with ancient Inca ruins are found in the Sacred Valley. A gateway between the city of Cusco and the famous Machu Picchu, this area is more than just a stop off with a host of exciting activities and interaction with locals dressed in vibrant, traditional clothes. This action-filled Inca Empire Adventure tour gets you closer to the secrets of this elusive civilization on a breathtaking adventure along the Inca Trail.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Domestic flights: Lima – Cusco – Lima
  • Private transfers between hotels/stations/airports/excursions according to the itinerary
  • Train tickets Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
  • Accommodation in 4-3 star hotels for 6 nights in their specified destinations. Buffet breakfast is included.
  • All activities provided in the program with equipment, unless they are marked as additional costs in the itinerary.
  • Tickets to the tours provided in the program.
  • CEO (Chief Experience Officer) who speaks English at all times
  • First aid kit, oxygen bottles are used only in an emergency.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Evacuation: in the event of a serious medical injury, we will coordinate with your travel insurance company to arrange evacuation.
  • Meals and drinks other than those not mentioned in the itinerary. Expect USD260-340 for meals not included
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Optional excursions.
  • Items of a personal nature such as souvenirs and telephone
  • Travel insurance.
  • Travel through the Sacred Valley – known for its steep and soaring scenery, its mystical significance for the Inca and the indigenous cultures that still reside here.
  • Explore the greatest icon of ancient South America, Machu Picchu, on a guided tour.
  • Explore Cusco, South America’s oldest continuously inhabited city. The city has ancient foundations, an interesting blend of Incan and colonial influences, and seemingly endless things to do and see.
  • Lima’s grand colonial facades, Spanish houses and endless culture make it one of the prettiest cities to explore in Latin America.
  • Adjust to the altitude with a pisco sour and some ceviche to get to know Peruvian cuisine.
  • Discover the best Inca trail to Machu Picchu, surrounded by pure nature and ancient Inca temples, and fascinating stories of the largest empire in South America.
  • This trip visits places that are at high altitude, and as a result some people can suffer from altitude sickness, regardless of age or physical health.
  • This trip involves a lot of walking to see the sites. The trip is recommended for those with a good level of fitness. Please bring comfortable footwear suitable to hiking.
  • The Andes of Peru have a varied climate, so there are days when it can be colder or hotter. Therefore you must bring different layers of clothing. Also the radiation is a little stronger in this part of the world, so do not forget to always walk with sunscreen.
  • Hotels 3-4 ***: 6 nights
    Overnight stays in double rooms (with shower / WC) in a balanced mix of 3-4 *** hotels, very cozy.

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 5 m

Welcome to Lima, Peru’s capital and one of South America’s most beautiful cities. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 2 pm, where you’ll meet your fellow travellers and tour leader. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. After the meeting, stroll the streets of downtown Lima and check out some of its main attractions on a leader-led walking tour. Enjoy free time before an optional group dinner this evening. The unofficial food capital of South America, there’s no better place to sample Peru’s national dish, ceviche, than at one of Lima’s excellent restaurants. As there’s little time spent in Lima, you may like to arrive a few days early to see the sights, including the chic suburb of Miraflores, Central Park, Lovers’ Park and the National Museum.

  • Accommodation: Tierra Viva Miraflores Larco
  • Meals Included: There are no meals included on this day.

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 3400 m
Hiking Distance 5 km
Approximate walking time 2 hrs

Today you will say goodbye to the capital of Peru for a few days, since in the morning you will have to take a flight to Cusco. This flight will be without an escort, however, your local guide will meet you at the Cusco airport.

This city is at a very high altitude (3,400m), so you may want to take a little time to acclimatize, whether it’s to go out to see the city or relax with a bite of street food. After arriving at your hotel, in the afternoon you and your local guide can enjoy an orientation walk to see the colonial wonders and indigenous foundations of this fascinating city. It is the oldest inhabited city in South America, so there is so much to do and see. You’ll visit the facade of Qoricancha temple, the local San Pedro market, the main square, past the 12 Angled Stone, Regocijo Square and San Blas Square.

  • Accommodation: Atiq Boutique Hotel
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 2800 m
Hiking Distance 5 km
Approximate walking time 2 hrs

In the morning we gonna pick up you at 7:00 , from your hotel, then we will go by bus to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where the Inca once built important cities such as Chinchero, Ollantaytambo, Pisac. This spectacular cities amidst the breathtaking Andean landscape were designed in harmony with nature and are a dream for anyone who likes to visit archaeological sites and ruins. For the tour, we will use the tourist ticket “Boleto Turistico Parcial” . This lush valley was known as Wilcamayo to the Incas and has long been the main source of food for the high Andes. Maize crops can be seen surrounding the river and covering the terraces carved high into the valley walls. Our first place to visit is Chincheros where you can see the andean terraces, temples, also you can enjoy  the typical market of Chincheros, then we will visist Moray, and Salineras at midday we go to Urubamba city where is the lunch stop, then we will go to the inca city of Ollantaytambo, where our tour guide will show you the most important places of this inca remain. The day will end at your hotel located in the Sacred Valley.

  • Accommodation: Tierra Viva Valle Sagrado Hotel
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 2700 m
Hiking Distance 11 km
Approximate walking time 6 hrs

We pick you up from your hotel in Sacred Valley at 5:00am, in our private transport, then we descend to the Ollantaytambo station, this first stretch lasts 1 hour. Then we will travel by train, our train leaves at 6:40 in the morning. We will travel to the side of the Vilcanota River until km 104 to begin our short inca trail. At 8:00 am we will start the trek the first archeological site to visit is Chachabamba (2270 meters). We continue our ascent to Wiñayhuayna, during the journey you will have beautiful views of the Urubamba River. We can observe different species of orchids. After 2 hours, you will reach the ruins of WIÑAYHUAYNA (2,650 meters), this fabulous archaeological site is located on a rocky promontory that dominates the Urubamba Valley and is dominated by a large set of terraces, this place was built by Pachaquteq, the emperor most powerful of the Incas empire. After eating our box lunch, we continue with the walk to Sun gate, where it will arrive at 2:00 pm. From this place we have the first view of Machu Picchu, also you can enjoy an exceptional sunset. Then we descend to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu (2400 meters), where we can only take some panoramic views, in the afternoon we will go down by bus to the town of Aguas Calientes, so we will end the first day of the short inca trail in a confortable Hotel.

  • Accommodation: Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 2600 m
Hiking Distance 5 km
Approximate walking time 2 hrs

You’ll have time for breakfast first, and then your guide will pick you up from the hotel at around 05h40. We’ll then walk to the bus departure point for the short but zigzagging ascent up the road to Machu Picchu.

We’ll then pass through the gates into the Machu Picchu archaeological site. Here you’ll begin your guided walking tour with an experienced and highly knowledgeable guide. Our tour of Machu Picchu will last about two hours, and will take you to all the most famous and most spectacular parts of the extensive archaeological complex.

These include the House of the Guardian, Intihuatana, Temple of the Sun, Sacred Plaza and other key locations. And as we walk around, we’ll have spectacular views across the agriculture terraces of Machu Picchu and across to the surrounding mountains and plunging gorges.

Once we’ve finished our tour of Machu Picchu, we’ll take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes where you can relax and have lunch (not included) before we board the train back to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival at the station, we’ll be waiting to take you back to your hotel in the sacred valley of the incas, where you can think back to your incredible tour of one of the world’s most famous and most impressive attractions

Visiting Machu Picchu:

According to Machu Picchu visiting regulations, all visitors must follow a pre-determined route within the site. This route must be followed in one direction only and once the guided visit commences exiting and re-entering the site is not permitted. Once the guided visit concludes, visitors must exit the site and personal exploration of Machu Picchu is not permitted.

Special Information

Sunrise at Machu Picchu: The first bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu departs at 5.30am. The estimated arrival time is between 6- 6.30am The sun rises at Machu Picchu at approximately 5.30am, therefore it’s not possible to be there in time for sunrise.

  • Accommodation: Tierra Viva Valle Sagrado Hotel
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 3400 m
Hiking Distance 5 km
Approximate walking time 2 hrs

After a very nutritious breakfast, we get ready for a day full of adventure. Today we will leave in our own mobility to the famous town of Pisac, which is well known for its skilled artisans, where you can visit some silver workshops. You can also taste the delicious bread from the Sacred Valley, which is made with natural ingredients, in artisan ovens that date back to the colony. Then we go to the archaeological complex of Pisac, there you will visit the agricultural terraces, also the houses and temples exquisitely built on the mountain from, where you have spectacular views of the sacred valley, at noon we will have a stop for lunch. Then we will visit the ruins of Pikillaqta, which in pre-Inca times was a very busy city, there you will walk through its streets and squares. Very close is the other Inca attraction, which very few people manage to visit, but which is a true jewel of ancestral architecture, since it is still possible to see the water aqueducts in operation, as they were left by the Incas, from here we return with a beautiful sunset to the city of Cusco, where we will spend our last night.

  • Accommodation: Atiq Boutique Hotel
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 3400 m

In the morning after breakfast, our staff will take you to the Cusco airport, for your return to Lima. End of our services.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast

WHAT TO BRING TO THE INCA EMPIRE ADVENTURE 7 DAYS:

warm jackets
Hydration bladder
wool socks
camera
scarf
first aid kit
hiking shoes
Dry bags
Trekking Poles
sun cream
Snack
sun hat
bathing suite
rain coat
Sandals
insect repellent
Passport
Down Jackets
toilet paper
daypack
Wool cap
head lamp
gloves
sun glasses
cap
extra cash
Trekking pants

ESSENTIAL TRIP INFORMATION

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

View Essential Trip Information

The best time to visit Peru is during the dry season, between May and November, when the weather is dry and bright, with more frequent rainfall occurring between November and April.

JANUARY Warm - Heavy Rain
FEBUARY Warm - Heavy Rain
MARCH Warm - Heavy Rain
APRIL Warm - Light Rain
MAY Hot
JUNE Hot
JULY Hot
AUGUST Hot
SEPTEMBER Hot - Warm
OCTOBER Hot - Warm
NOVEMBER Warm - Light Rain
DECEMBER Warm - Heavy Rain

PRICE & AVAILABILITY

DEC 2021 - DEC 2022 Price from $ 1750 USD Per Person
Tour for 2 - 4 person $ 1750USD Per Person
Tour for 5 person $ 1690USD Per Person
Choose your preferred departure date to proceed.
Avalible Dates

Why travel with Andean Great Treks

LOCALLY INSPIRED, DELICIOUS FLAVOURS
There is something magical about artisanal farming in the Andes. The rich soils and unique climate give products an otherwise unattainable flavor. Our chefs serve local and international food. With unparalleled views of the fabulous Andean Mountains, amid the highland forests from your table, you’ll enjoy delicious gourmet food and new spins on classic Peruvian favorites. We use only local produce and fresh ingredients.
OUR PASSIONATE TOUR GUIDES
Unlock the secrets of Peru’s most iconic adventure destination. Our team is passionate about making sure your experiences are unique —some thrilling, some relaxing, all awe-inspiring. Our private guides will let you explore the Andes and rainforest at your own pace, stopping for a snack if you’re hungry, or racing to the top of a hill if you’re up to it.
YOUR SAFETY OUR PRIORITY
We work with certified guides, the latest high-tech equipment and satellite communication, to guarantee your safety every step on the trail. Each year we do the course of rescue and first aid with all our hiking team (guides, cooks, horsemen, drivers). The course is comprehensive and practical, including all of the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments.
ENVIRONMENTAL SENSITIVITY
We have deep love and respect for our Mother Earth or Pachamama since we are a 100% Cusco company. We know the importance of our Andean culture, and like good children of the earth, we do everything possible to avoid contamination.
CAMPING EQUIPMENT
It’s essential to have the best equipment when you’re walking in the mountains. Due to the constant climate changes in the region, we use tents suitable for all four seasons.
SMALL GROUPS & BIG ADVENTURES
With a maximum group size is 8 on most tours, it feels more like traveling with friends than being on an organized tour. You'll meet like-minded people where everyone is guaranteed to share a passion for travel.

RELATED TOURS

LUXURY INCA TRAIL & AMAZON ADVENTURE 12 DAYS

LUXURY INCA TRAIL & AMAZON ADVENTURE 12 DAYS

Your luxury trip to Peru includes a selection of Andean and Amazonian landscapes. We will help you to explore this welcoming and varied country, planning each step of your trip, with the best services. With the help of amazing expert guides, you can enjoy all that Peru has to offer, every detail is well taken care of.

food Culture & Adventure
Activity level: Challenging/Tough Size Group 2-8 People
Price from $ 7800 US PP
AMAZON TO THE ANDES 12 DAYS

AMAZON TO THE ANDES 12 DAYS

Dive deep into the culture and landscapes of Peru with this adventure to Machu Picchu, the Amazon and more. Search for wildlife along jungle trails and rivers in the rainforest from a comfortable lodge then head up into the Andes to Cusco, the capital of the Inca empire.

food Culture & Adventure
Activity level: Challenging/Tough Size Group 2-8 People
Price from $ 4500 US PP
SACRED LAND OF THE INCAS 15 DAYS

SACRED LAND OF THE INCAS 15 DAYS

See Peru in comfort and style with Andean Great Treks. We’ll create a personalized Peru tour just for you, with the perfect mix of locations and activities. Discover the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu with an expert private guide. Enjoy the epic scenery of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the rich history of Cusco. Explore the wonders of the great green Amazon.

food Culture & Adventure
Activity level: Leisurely/Moderate Size Group 2-8 People
Price from $ 4350 US PP
error: Content is protected !!