This tour is a combination of the City tour, Sacred Valley, and the adventure hiking of Lares Valley trek to Machu Picchu 4 days 3 nights, this tour gives you the opportunity of enjoy the enigmatic city of Cusco and the Sacred Valley, plus the amazing people live around here, also the colourful costumes of the Andean people, you will have the opportunity to get close to them and even share meal and activities, the hiking goes true small villages where you can observe their day living, also you will hike on an original lama path, meeting very often group of Lamas caring trade supplies to small villages among the Lares Valley and up the mountains.
All the beautiful landscapes of the Andes and down to Sacred Valley to get the train to Aguas Calientes, descending from the Andes down to cloud forest where is located Machu Picchu. Combined with the charms of 3 nights in Hosteria de Anita (upgrade hotel if is needed) it is a perfect way to see Cusco as you are in the safe tourist district of San Blas from where you can explore the most beautiful combination of Inca and Colonial architecture with a perfect location to reach everything you might need as souvenir shop and museums.
Cusco Excursion – City Tour
Reception in Cusco airport and Transfer to Amaru Group Hostels we recommend you get an early flight so you can spend the morning relaxing and acclimatising to the altitude (in case you are arriving from sea level)!!
In the afternoon, the city tour of Cusco will give you the opportunity to discover the enigma of this marvellous city and the surrounding archaeological sites.
After your tour, we will take the bus and drive to the impressive Inca fortress of Saqsaywoman, where the rocks used to construct the site will amaze you, some of them weighing more than 300 tons.
The tour continues with the discovery of the underground temple of Quenqo, (labyrinth) with impressive rock carvings and tunnels carved into the solid rock. This religious temple dedicated to the worship of mother earth.
Accommodation: Amaru Group Hostels
Sacred Valley of the Incas
The Sacred Valley tour starts in Cusco at 8:00 am. We pick you up from your hotel and bring you to the bus, where you will meet your tour guide and your travel mates (shared service). We leave Cusco around 8:30 am in direction of Pisaq, descending to the Sacred River Urubamba. With a few stops along the way at various lookout points, we will arrive at Pisaq town, where you can enjoy browsing around the traditional handicraft market of Pisaq with enough time for local souvenir shopping. Afterwards we drive up the mountain where Pisaqs ruins are located.
Our tour guide will take you around temples, terraces, tunnels of this complex all the time enjoying the majestic view of the Sacred River and also the Intihuatana (sun clock).Then we drive among the Sacred River passing by a colourful little town, where you can observe the descendants of the Quechua people wearing colourful ponchos.
After a short rest we keep going until we reach Ollantaytambo, one of the last living Inca town. You will be amazed by the living Inca town, the impressive temple of the Sun, the intricate detail of the stone work, the terraces constructed to sustain the mountain and discover the shape of a lama on the total temple.You will have short time to explore by yourself this amazing complex, with its beautiful water fountains.After exploring this magnificent complex, we take the road back to Urubamba and leave the river to go up to the beautiful fields of Chinchero, discovering again another amazing Inca Spanish complex, lastly visiting a weaving family, who still using natural minerals and organic ink to colour the wool. We will return to Cusco around 7:00 pm, to plaza Regocijo.
Accommodation: Amaru Group Hostels
Cusco – Quishuarani (Lares) – Hot springs
Pick up is at 3:30 am and departure is from Cusco is at 4:00 am in the direction of Sacred Valley of the Incas passing by the colorful town of Calca and a ride up to Cordillera Alto Urubamba to the town of Qushuarani, where we have our wake up tea, afterwards we start to walk for 1.5 hours uphill where we are going to reach a viewpoint (3850 meter above the sea level) where we will have our main breakfast.With an amazing view of the lagoon of Qeullacocha and the snow carpet that surrounds the lagoon, we will also spot lamas and alpacas, on the way, and if we are lucky we will also see the majestic flight of the Condor.
Then we keep going uphill for approximately 2 hours to reach the first highest pass at 4400 m. (Qolqe crus) from where you can see lagoons produced by melt water of the snow carpets. After this we will descend to Cuncani, a small local community, where we will observe a beautiful waterfall formed by cold waterstreams whose source originates from the melt water of the glaziers. We then reach Cuncani at noon where we will have our lunch (lunchbox).After a little rest we get ready to continue walking down for about 3 hrs to Lares hot springs, descending to 3,400m enjoying the changing scenery and climate. We will be amazed by the view of the Lares Valley ending our hike in the relaxing hot springs of Lares where we will camp and spend the night.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner – Snacks
Lares– Wakawasi – Mantanay 3900 masl
We wake up early to take our breakfast and prepare ourselves for an amazing day of the hike where we will reach the highest point 4,600 m. (higher than the death woman pass on the classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu).
After our early breakfast we start to hit the road, among the Lares Valley for few hours on a slow ascending path to the highest pass (Urope Pass) stopping by some small local families on the way, to share some supplies. We will observe their day living and even be welcomed into their houses to learn about Andean life, observing the preservation of Inca costumes and traditions.
We keep ascending for a short time till the Urope pass from where we will be able to observe the lagoon of the same name and part of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a large extension of the Lares Valley.
We will have a short rest here and afterwards start our descent to the camp site at Mantanay, (3,900 m.) where we will have our diner and share a macho tea, before hitting the sack.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, snacks
Mantanay – Ynahuara – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
Early wake up and breakfast and we start to descend around 4 hours to Yanahuara in the Sacred Valley, on the way observing the flora of the area including one of the main native trees of the area Queu. We then reach the Sacred Valley around noon and have lunch, afterwards transferring to Ollantaytambo where we take the train to Aguas Calientes.In the afternoon you will have free time to explore Aguas Calientes and enjoy a dip in the hot springs.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu Sanctuary – Aguas Calientes -Ollantaytambo – Cusco
Free day in Cusco
According to your flight or bus schedule, we will give a free walking tour around the city of Cusco, to discover the enigma of this city and at the same time you can do some souvenir shopping. Then transfer to the Airport or Bus station to your next destination
*Times cited in this itinerary are aproximate. Walking times depend on the group, the guide can change the lunch and camping spots depending on the group´s progress.
The guide can have their own preference for which route to take and this might not correspond exactly to the route described.
*An extra night in Aguas Calientes can be easily arranged if you let us know in advance, so we can change the date of your your trail ticket for the following day.
The cost of the Hotel will be dependent according to your request.
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Price US$ 650 per person
Price is based on 4 people.
Price for 2 people US$ 700 per person
Price for 3 people US$ 680 per person
Single person pay $ 700 plus US$30.00 for single accommodation
Upgrade hotel in Cusco up to your need
Exclusive international transaction fees The amount of the extra transaction fees depends on how the payment is made and on your bank. For further informations please don’t hesitate to ask.
With each tour you book with Green Peru Adventures, you are a free walking tour offered by the mysterious and historic city of Cusco. Here you will be guided by one of our multilingual, professional guides.