Sacred Valley & Short Inca Trail Tour is designed for those adventureous people who love nature, adventure and who want to discover the original path of the impressive Inca Trail without missing anything and don't have much time or there are not more available spots to hike the Classic Inca Trail. Starting with the Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour, located just an hour by car from the city of Cusco, the Urubamba Valley or Sacred Valley of the Incas is one of the most visited areas by tourists. Here you will find numerous communities of Andean natives, picturesque villages, bucolic landscapes, important archaeological sites. For the wealth and fertility of its lands it was the main source of food, since the Incas, for the city of Cusco. It is currently famed for being the producer of the largest corn cobs in the world. The valley is flanked by imposing summits of the Vilcanota mountain range, many snowfalls, and its skirts dominated by impressive andenerías, which are in full use at present. The Sacred Valley is comprised between the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, has wonderful landscapes, where its inhabitants, natives of the Quechua ethnic group, conserve many customs, ancestral rites and diverse expressions of art that remains as a living culture. In the Sacred Valley beautiful colonial towns are disseminated that were created as reductions of Indians, and that today show their miscegenation in architecture, art and living culture. There are Chinchero and his weavers, Písac and its craft fair, Urubamba and its cosmopolitanism and Ollantaytambo, with its fortress and its Inca people alive.Also you will enjoy the beauty of the Short Inca Trail, for those who have little time available, but in no way want to miss this unique walk and enjoy beautiful scenery and diversity of plants such as the Orchid and variety of birds. This walk is 11 kilometers on the first day during this walk you will be able to observe and know one of the greatest cultures in South America the "Inca", "Quechua" or "Andina" culture. The capital of this culture was Q'osqo or Cusco and it spread to a large extent throughout South America (Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, Colombia). The Inca Trail is hidden among the Andean mountains with constructions high up in the mountains dominating the Andean Valley and part of the Peruvian Amazon. With the arrival of the conquerors this Culture was disappearing, but they left us some Signs and Relics intact as we will know during this walk.
07:00 We pick you up from you hotel
08:00 Driving and guided tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting the following sites:
18:00 Spend a night in Ollantaytambo
06:30 Walk to the train station of the Ollantaytambo
07:20 Train to the starting point of the Inca Trail (km 104)
08:20 Hiking Short Inca Trail
12:00 Lunch in Wiñaywayna
13:00 Continue hiking the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
18:00 Arrived to Aguas Calientes town, spend a night
04:00 Wake up, hiking to Machu Picchu
06:00 Guided tour of Machu Picchu
09:00 Free time, you can walking around to the lost city of the Incas or climb up to the mountains (Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu)
19:00 Return train to Ollantaytambo
20:30 Arrived to Ollantaytambo and tourist transportation to Cusco
22:00 Drop off in your hotel
The Sacred Valley tour starts between 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. with the pick-up from your hotel in the city of Cusco, then on our tour bus we head towards the north-western part of the city, crossing picturesque villages until we reach the Corao viewpoint from where we will have A preliminary view of the entire Sacred Valley and the imposing snows that protect the place. The first archaeological center that we will visit will be Pisac (Andean partridge) which we will access through a paved road as we ascend, we will be able to appreciate the impressive Inca platforms that border the mountains, giving us the impression of being part of the mountains. The places we will visit inside Pisac will be Qanturaquay, Intihuatana or Solar Clock and Tanqanamarka to then descend to the town of Pisac and be able to visit its craft market taking some time to buy some souvenirs. Then we will continue our journey to Ollantaytambo not before making a stop in the town of Urubamba where you can have lunch before continuing the journey to Ollantaytambo ancient resting place and called as "The Inca living city" since you can still see houses with Inca bases inhabited by the inhabitants, the most important place is the temple of the Sun which is located in the highest part of the archaeological center which is accessed through hundreds of stairs for which we will have to make a little effort but it will be worth it since the view from this place is indescribable.Finally we will spend the night at the beauty inca city of Ollantaytambo.
We will wake up at Ollantaytambo, where we will take the train to km 104. Upon arrival we will visit the archaeological sites of Chacha Bamba which is located at a height of 2250 meters above sea level. Here we will observe varieties of agricultural products that are currently taken to the town of Aguas calientes (Machu Picchu). Then we began our walk towards Wiñay Wayna. On the way we will have a beautiful panoramic view of the Urubamba River (vilcamayu) and the varieties of the famous orchids family. In the middle of the whole journey we will make we will reach the Inca citadel of Wiñay Wayna (eternally young). We will stop to take a guided tour of this interesting and important Inca site to finally reach the archaeological center of Inti Punku (Sun Gate), a place we will visit before making the descent to Machu Picchu and the town of Aguas Calientes. We spent the night in this beautiful city. Free afternoon to visit the thermal baths
This day we will get up very early to go to the lost citadel of the Incas Machu Picchu, being the first to board the bus that will take us to the archaeological complex, in the course of the route we will appreciate the first view of Machu Picchu between the mountains in its high chair over the Urubamba river. Upon arrival to Machu Picchu visit we will have a guided tour of approximately 2 hours through the most important areas of this place. We will learn about the importance - religions and the history of the place, and we will be able to appreciate the beautiful architecture of the Incas. In the afternoon we meet in Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Cusco.
Meal budget: Please allow USD 10 for meals not included.
Solo Traveller: If you like a single room for this trek, please choose the "Solo Traveller" option during your booking.
Local flights: No local flight is included in the trek´s price!