This package is designed for real trekkers who want to discover the Andes in Peru. If you imagine an active holiday in the beautiful parts of Cusco and Puno region, combining trekking and biking adventures, this tour is recommended for you. Learn about ancient Peruvian cultures, the Inca Empire, and visit the infamous ruins of Machu Picchu.
The first day arriving in Cusco we have a light schedule so as to acclimatize to the high altitude (around 3 400 m.a.s.l.). Depending on the arrival time, we will visit the ruins of Saqsaywaman, the museum of Koricancha and attend a cooking class. Here you will learn how to prepare typical Peruvian dishes and the famous beverage Pisco Sour.
We will start the tour early around 6:30am. Around 7:30am we will reach the ruins of Chinchero, have an explore and afterwards have a lesson about the local textiles of the region.
After Chinchero, you will explore the archaeological site of Moray, containing unusual Inca ruins, consisting of several enormous terraced circular depressions. We will travel to the ruins by bike (this will take around 3-4 hours).
From Moray we continue to the next destination – Maras, by bike (optional by car). We will take a short pause in the small town of Maras and learn about the production of the popular Andean beverage, chicha de jora (corn beer).
Salineras de Maras
After Maras we continue the biking tour (optional trekking) towards the incredible salt ponds, Salineras de Maras, that are still in use and have been since the Inca times. Here you will have a chance to walk through more than 5000 salt ponds and learn about the production of salt.
We will finish the tour and return to Cusco around 6pm.
The Sacred Valley, also known as the Valley of Urubamba, is unique. It offers not only breathtaking landscapes, but Peruvians believe it is full of positive energy. Here is where you find ruins from the Inca Empire, which are viewed as the most important and strategic in the entire region and also the country.
The expedition will begin about 07:00am; private transport will pick you from your hotel/hostel. First we will go towards the village of Pisac, where the main attraction is the spectacular ruins from the Inca Empire situated up in the hillside, just above the town. Before we begin the 3-hour trek to see the ruins, you will first meet some Peruvian animals from the zoo, such as llamas, alpaca, vicuña, condors.
After visiting the zoo, we will continue to Pisac, where you will learn about the history of Peru and the Inca Empire. After a gentle walk around the ruins, we will break for lunch in the town of Pisac, you will also have some free time to explore the town by yourself. Around 14:00 we will go to the town of Lares. The route from Pisac to Lares takes about 2.5 hours and passes through many hills and valleys. Upon arrival in Lares you have the chance to relax and unwind in the hot springs, which are open late into the night, with the mountains as the backdrop. There is a market held in Lares once a week, on Mondays, where local communities from the mountain and jungle gather. The traditional form of trading still exists here by some locals using the cashless exchange of goods.
Today you will enjoy approximately 8-hours of trekking from a lovely mountain village Huacahuasi to a unique valley, Patacancha. At 7:00am in the morning we will travel by car to Huacahuasi, located high up in the mountains, surrounded by beautiful landscape, and have breakfast. Afterwards, we begin our trek towards Patacancha valley, passing through small mountain villages along the trail. On the road we come across herds of llamas, and learn how local communities live in this part of Peru. The day comes to an end in the beautiful little town of Huilloc in the valley of Patacancha.
This day will be lighter on your feet. After a delicious breakfast, we will go by car to the ruins of Puma Marka, which sits within the beautiful valley of Patacancha. From there we will start a gentle trek (3-hours) down to the town of Ollantaytambo. This charming town has history and stunning views of the surrounding valleys and ruins on offer. There is a grand Inca fortress situated in the hillside, which is the main feature of the town you will not fail to miss. Visiting the ruins takes about 2 hours. After a relaxed lunch and rest, you will take the train to Aguas Calientes, which is the town just at the base of Machu Picchu (around 6-7 pm). Travel time: less than 2 hours.
We begin with an early start to the day with an exciting train ride through the Sacred Valley from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (train leaves at 5:35am and arrives at 7:44am). Upon arrival you will have a brief tour of the town and then take a bus up to the ruins of Machu Picchu where you will spend as much time as you like (closes at 5pm). Inside Machu Picchu there are many options available to you. You can hike one of the two small peaks, Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, or walk to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) and/or Inca bridge. Once you’ve completed your Machu Picchu adventure you will return to Aguas Calientes (by bus or on foot – a short trek), where you will have dinner. Later on in the evening you will return to Cusco.
After the adventure of Machu Picchu, today we will take it easier. Cusco is a charming city, a perfect choice to spend some time and relax. When you wake up in the morning, you can decide what activities you’d like to do. Some of the choices include a walk around the city, visiting various museums: the textiles museum, the museum of coca leaves, the chocolate museum, and many more. You can also visit the Inca ruins at Saksaywaman, and enjoy a delicious dinner accompanied with local music and dancing.
During this trip we will visit one of the floating islands, which still exists today on Lake Titicaca. This adventure promises to be different. We begin our trip departing from Puno around 8am and take a boat to one of the Uros islands. After exploring the floating island, we continue on to the island of Amantani, where we stop for the night. The next day is an early start. We will take a local boat and head back to shore, on the other side of the lake, where we will begin a 2-day bicycle journey towards Cusco. The route is scenic, with many attractions along the way. In addition to seeing cultures which pre-date the Incas, there are large herds of llamas and alpacas. Puno Region is the central hub where these highly valued animals are found.
You may wonder if it’s possible to get to know the Peruvian Andes just in two days? For what may seem a short amount of time, we have created an itinerary that delivers just this. An abridged version of the trail around the Ausangate, this route contains not only stunning views of the mountains and lagoons, but also small local communities, herds of llamas, alpacas, and snowy peaks. During these two days we will reach an altitude of 5000 meters above sea level. The tour is not complete without a visit to the hot springs, where you can enjoy views of Mount Ausangate – the fourth-largest mountain in Peru (6,384 m), as you relax.
The expedition begins on the first day at 6:30am. We will go by private transport to the starting point of the trail (a tiny village in Pacchanta). The journey time is about 3 hours 45 minutes. We will start the trek around 11:30am. On the whole, the route is fairly easy, with some parts uphill. Due to the altitude we may take more time to adjust, so we will take it as gently as we need. The first day of trekking is mainly acclimatizing to the altitude. Around 5pm we will reach base-camp, at an altitude of 4,850 m.
Waking up the the stunning snowy peaks, after breakfast the following day, at 10:30am, we walk towards Pacchanta village. This takes around 3-4 hours. Before starting out on the trek, there is an option to hike a little way up a nearby glacier called Campa (5,500 meters up).
We aim to arrive in Pacchanta around 3pm where we will have lunch and the opportunity to relax in the local hot springs. We then head back to Cusco, where the expedition finishes (around 9pm).
After trekking in Cordillera Vilcanota we have a day to recuperate. Cusco is a charming city, a perfect choice to spend some time and relax. When you wake up in the morning, you can decide what activities you’d like to do. Some of the choices include a walk around the city, visiting various museums: the textiles museum, the museum of coca leaves, the chocolate museum, and many more. You can also visit the Inca ruins at Saksaywaman, and enjoy a delicious dinner accompanied with local music and dancing.
Huchuy Qosqo, which means “Small Cusco” is located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, in Cusco region. It is situated at an altitude of approx. 3,600 meters above sea level, just above the village of Lamay and Calca. The ruins with terraces are a perfect viewpoint of the Sacred Valley, surrounded by beautiful peaks; Chicon, Pitusiray, Sawasiray, Waccaywilca and Veronica. This trek follows original Inca paths, fulfilling a rare opportunity to walk over roads that are over 500 years old, still preserved. It is possible to do this hike in one day, but it will take around 8-9 hours of walking + around 2 hours of resting.
We finish the trek around 5-6pm in the town of Lamay. From here, we transfer by car to the bigger town of Calca, where we will spend a night in a lovely, local house.
Calca is a quaint town situated in the Sacred Valley. There are many short treks available, as well as the option to visit the local museum and local artists. During the day we will explore and appreciate the local community and all they have to offer, returning to Cusco between 3-4pm.
Depending on your flight schedule you may have some additional hours to enjoy Cusco city, which could include visiting the famous San Pedro Market (Mercado San Pedro) or Museums, as well as a chocolate and coffee tour – at Choco Museo (Chocolate Museum), where you can learn about the world renowned Peruvian chocolate and coffee.
If you have a flight late in the afternoon, there is the option of organising a half-day tour to some local communities outside the city or to other archaeological sites that are of interest you.
This itinerary is flexible. We always prepare tours which best suit the group, making it possible to amend them depending on the requirements of the group. The price of each tour depends on the size of the group, the type of accommodation and the type of service. If you have any questions about the tour, please feel free to contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org