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Sacred Valley & Lares Adventure to Machu Picchu

A 5- or 7-day lodge-to-lodge journey through the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Design your own adventure! Both our 5- and 7-day Sacred Valley and Lares itineraries will lead you on expeditions through the bustling towns and marketplaces of the Sacred Valley, along seldom-traveled highland trails to fascinating archaeological sites, and to hidden Andean villages for a first-hand glimpse into the culture and daily life of communities that still maintain the traditions of their Inca forebears. Each day our expert guides will help you tailor your trip from an exciting list of both cultural encounters and active excursions.

DAY 0 EVENING BRIEFING IN CUSCO

Location: El Mercado - one of our signature hotels located just 3 blocks from the Plaza de Armas, Cusco’s main town square.

    DAY 1 EXPLORING PISAQ

    ACTIVE EXCURSION:

    ACTIVITY
    Hike
    -From the local community of Amaru to the local community of Viacha
    -Approximately 3 hours
    -Moderate to challenging
    -Highest elevation: 14,200’ / 4,328 m
    GROUP ACTIVITY:
    / Visit to the community of Viacha
    / Traditional Pachamanca lunch in town
    / Exploration of the Pisaq archaeological site
    / Optional hike from Viacha to the Pisaq archaeological site
    OVERNIGHT: Lamay Lodge (9,705’ / 2,958 m)

    CULTURE EXCURSION:

    EXCURSION
    / Explore the textile center of Awanacancha
    / Visit the town and marketplace in Pisaq
    / Short drive to the village of Viacha
    GROUP ACTIVITY
    / Visit to the community of Viacha
    / Traditional Pachamanca lunch in town
    / Exploration of the Pisaq archaeological site
    TIPS
    / Sunscreen is key in the Sacred Valley
    / Pisaq market: make sure to negotiate prices with the vendors—they expect it!
    / The temperature in the Sacred Valley will decrease dramatically as the sun goes down. We recommend that you take an extra layer for your afternoon excursion
    OVERNIGHT: Lamay Lodge (el. 9,705’ / 2,958 m)

      DAY 2 INTO THE HEART OF LARES

      ACTIVE EXCURSION:

      GROUP ACTIVITY
      / Visit to the small town of Lamay
      / Scenic drive to Ancasmarca
      / Guided tour of the Ancasmarca archaeological site

      ACTIVITY
      HIKE
      Option A)
      -From Quelquena to Huacahuasi
      -Approximately 2.5 hours
      -Easy to Moderate
      -Highest elevation 12,595’ / 3,839 m

      Option B)
      -From Cuncani to Huacahuasi
      -Approximately 4 hours
      -Moderate
      -Highest elevation 13,838’ / 4,219 m

      OVERNIGHT: Huacahuasi Lodge (el. 12,585’ / 3,835 m)

      CULTURE EXCURSION:

      GROUP ACTIVITY
      / Visit to the small town of Lamay
      / Scenic drive to Ancasmarca
      / Guided tour of the Ancasmarca archaeological site

      EXCURSION
      / Scenic drive to the small town of Choquecancha
      / Afternoon arrival at Huacahuasi Lodge
      OVERNIGHT: Huacahuasi Lodge (el. 12,585’ / 3,835 m)

        DAY 3 THE ROAD TO OLLANTAYTAMBO

        ACTIVE EXCURSION

        ACTIVITY

        HIKE
        Option A)

        -From Lares pass to the village of Totora
        -Approximately 3 hours
        -Easy to Moderate

        Option B)

        -From Huacahuasi to Patacancha
        -Approximately 7 hours
        -Moderate to challenging
        -Highest elevation 14,646’ / 4,464m

        OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: (afternoon) Drive back and explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas on mountain bike (2 hrs.). Enjoy a visit to an artisanal brewery in which many of their beers are being made with local products (This activity has an additional cost and available only for guests that opt for the option A).

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

        CULTURE EXCURSION:

        EXCURSION
        / Depart Huacahuasi Lodge by vehicle to Sacred Valley.
        / Visit the market in the town of Calca.
        / Visit to a museum of historical artifacts in the valley.
        / Lunch at a countryside restaurant.
        / Drive to Ollantaytambo and explore the town.

        OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: (afternoon) Drive back and explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas on mountain bike (2 hrs.). Enjoy a visit to an artisanal brewery in which many of their beers are being made with local products.

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

          DAY 4 DISCOVERING OLLANTAYTAMBO

          ACTIVE EXCURSION:

          ACTIVITY

          HIKE

          Option A)
          -Lower Pinkuylluna mountain above Ollantaytambo
          -Approximately 1.5 hours
          -Moderate

          Option B)
          -Higher Pinkuylluna mountain above Ollantaytambo
          -Approximately 2.5 hours
          -Moderate to challenging

          GROUP ACTIVITY
          / Guided tour of the Ollantaytambo archaeological site
          / Free time to explore the town and market on your own
          / Train ride from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
          / Hotel check-in and afternoon at leisure

          OVERNIGHT: Hotel in Aguas Calientes town (el. 6,232’ / 1,900 m)

          CULTURE EXCURSION:

          GROUP ACTIVITY
          / Guided tour of the Ollantaytambo archaeological site
          / Free time to explore the town and market on your own
          / Train ride from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
          / Hotel check-in and afternoon at leisure

          OVERNIGHT: Hotel in Aguas Calientes town (el. 6,232’ / 1,900 m)

            DAY 5 THE CITADEL OF MACHU PICCHU

            Early morning guided tour of Machu Picchu followed by free time for further exploration or a hike up Huayna Picchu *. Lunch in Aguas Calientes and afternoon journey back to Cusco.

            ACTIVE EXCURSION:

            ACTIVITY
            GROUP ACTIVITY
            / Early morning bus ride to Machu Picchu (Approximately 30 mins)
            / Two-hour guided tour of the Inca Citadel
            / Lunch at Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel
            / Train ride to Ollantaytambo
            / Scenic drive from Ollantaytambo to Cusco

            HIKE
            -Guided hike to Huayna Picchu mountain
            -Approximately 2.5 hours
            -Moderate to challenging
            -Highest elevation: 8,924’ / 2,720 m

            CULTURE EXCURSION:
            GROUP ACTIVITY

            / Early morning bus ride to Machu Picchu (Approximately 30 mins)
            / Two-hour guided tour of the Inca Citadel
            / Lunch at Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel
            / Train ride to Ollantaytambo
            / Scenic drive from Ollantaytambo to Cusco

            EXCURSION

            / After the guided tour, choose to stay and explore more of Machu Picchu on your own or take the bus back to Aguas Calientes for some last-minute souvenir shopping at the Aguas Calientes artisanal market
            / If you opt to spend more time in Machu Picchu, consider a short hike to the Sun Gate or the Inca Bridge

              DAY 0 EVENING BRIEFING IN CUSCO

              Location: El Mercado - one of our signature hotels located just 3 blocks from the Plaza de Armas, Cusco’s main town square.

                DAY 1 TREASURES OF THE SACRED VALLEY

                ACTIVE EXCURSION:

                ACTIVITY
                GROUP ACTIVITY
                / Morning visit to the Chinchero archaeological site

                HIKE
                -From Chinchero to Urquillos (Afternoon hike)
                -Approximately 3 hours
                -Easy to Moderate

                OVERNIGHT: Lamay Lodge (9,705’ / 2,958 m)

                CULTURE EXCURSION:

                GROUP ACTIVITY
                / Morning visit to the Chincheros archaeological site

                EXCURSION
                / Extended visit to Chincheros
                / Guided tour of the Moray agricultural terraces
                / Tour of the Maras natural salt mines

                OVERNIGHT: Lamay Lodge (9,705’ / 2,958 m)

                  DAY 2 EXPLORING PISAQ

                  ACTIVE EXCURSION:

                  ACTIVITY
                  HIKE

                  -From the local community of Amaru to the local community of Viacha
                  -Approximately 3 hours
                  -Moderate to challenging
                  -Highest elevation: 14,200’ / 4,328 m

                  GROUP ACTIVITY
                  / Visit to the community of Viacha
                  / Traditional Pachamanca lunch in town
                  / Exploration of the Pisaq archaeological site
                  / Optional hike from Viacha to the Pisaq archaeological site

                  OVERNIGHT: Lamay Lodge (9,705’ / 2,958 m)

                  CULTURE EXCURSION:

                  EXCURSION
                  / Explore the textile center of Awanacancha
                  / Visit the town and marketplace in Pisaq
                  / Short drive to the village of Viacha

                  GROUP ACTIVITY
                  / Visit to the community of Viacha
                  / Traditional Pachamanca lunch in town
                  / Exploration of the Pisaq archaeological site

                  OVERNIGHT: Lamay Lodge (el. 9,705’ / 2,958 m)

                    DAY 3 INTO THE HEART OF LARES

                    CULTURE EXCURSION:

                    GROUP ACTIVITY
                    / Visit to the small town of Lamay
                    / Scenic drive to Ancasmarca
                    / Guided tour of the Ancasmarca archaeological site

                    ACTIVITY
                    HIKE
                    OPTION A)
                    -From Quelquena to Huacahuasi
                    -Approximately 2.5 hours
                    -Easy to Moderate
                    -Highest elevation 12,595’ / 3,839 m

                    OPTION B)
                    -From Cuncani to Huacahuasi
                    -Approximately 4 hours
                    -Moderate
                    -Highest elevation 13,838’ / 4,219 m

                    OVERNIGHT: Huacahuasi Lodge (el. 12,585’ / 3,835 m)

                    CULTURE EXCURSION:

                    GROUP ACTIVITY
                    / Visit to the small town of Lamay
                    / Scenic drive to Ancasmarca
                    / Guided tour of the Ancasmarca archaeological site

                    EXCURSION
                    / Scenic drive to the small town of Choquecancha
                    / Afternoon arrival at Huacahuasi Lodge

                    OVERNIGHT: Huacahuasi Lodge (el. 12,585’ / 3,835 m)

                      DAY 4 EXPLORE HUACHUASI

                      ACTIVE EXCURSION:

                      GROUP ACTIVITY
                      / Visit to the community of Huacahuasi

                      ACTIVITY
                      HIKE
                      OPTION A)
                      -Leisurely walk to the Huacahuasi waterfalls
                      -Approximately 2 hours
                      -Easy

                      OPTION B)
                      -From Quiswarani to Huacahuasi
                      -Approximately 7 hours
                      -Challenging
                      -Highest elevation: 14,505’ / 4,421 m

                      OVERNIGHT: Huacahuasi Lodge (el. 12,585’ / 3,835 m)

                      CULTURE EXCURSION:

                      GROUP ACTIVITY
                      / Visit to the community of Huacahuasi

                      EXCURSION
                      / Spend extra time in Huacahuasi meeting the local people and visiting their homes
                      / Cooking class at Huacahuasi Lodge
                      / Lunch and afternoon at leisure

                      OVERNIGHT: Huacahuasi Lodge (el. 12,585’ / 3,835 m)

                        DAY 5 THE ROAD TO OLLANTAYTAMBO

                        ACTIVE EXCURSION

                        ACTIVITY

                        HIKE
                        Option A)

                        -From Lares pass to the village of Totora
                        -Approximately 3 hours
                        -Easy to Moderate

                        Option B)

                        -From Huacahuasi to Patacancha
                        -Approximately 7 hours
                        -Moderate to challenging
                        -Highest elevation 14,646’ / 4,464m

                        OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: (afternoon) Drive back and explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas on mountain bike (2 hrs.). Enjoy a visit to an artisanal brewery in which many of their beers are being made with local products (This activity has an additional cost and available only for guests that opt for the option A).

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

                        CULTURE EXCURSION:

                        EXCURSION
                        / Depart Huacahuasi Lodge by vehicle to Sacred Valley.
                        / Visit the market in the town of Calca.
                        / Visit to a museum of historical artifacts in the valley.
                        / Lunch at a countryside restaurant.
                        / Drive to Ollantaytambo and explore the town.

                        OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: (afternoon) Drive back and explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas on mountain bike (2 hrs.). Enjoy a visit to an artisanal brewery in which many of their beers are being made with local products.

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

                          DAY 6 DISCOVERING OLLANTAYTAMBO

                          ACTIVE EXCURSION:

                          ACTIVITY
                          HIKE

                          -Lower Pinkuylluna mountain above Ollantaytambo

                          -Approximately 1.5 hours

                          -Moderate

                          Option B)
                          -Higher Pinkuylluna mountain above Ollantaytambo
                          -Approximately 2.5 hours
                          -Moderate to challenging

                          GROUP ACTIVITY
                          / Guided tour of the Ollantaytambo archaeological site
                          / Free time to explore the town and market on your own
                          / Train ride from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
                          / Hotel check-in and afternoon at leisure

                          OVERNIGHT: Hotel in Aguas Calientes town (el. 6,232’ / 1,900 m)

                          CULTURE

                          GROUP ACTIVITY
                          / Guided tour of the Ollantaytambo archaeological site
                          / Free time to explore the town and market on your own
                          / Train ride from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
                          / Hotel check-in and afternoon at leisure

                          OVERNIGHT: Hotel in Aguas Calientes town (el. 6,232’ / 1,900 m)

                            DAY 7 THE CITADEL OF MACHU PICCHU

                            ACTIVE EXCURSION:

                            ACTIVITY
                            GROUP ACTIVITY
                            / Early morning bus ride to Machu Picchu (Approximately 30 mins)
                            / Two-hour guided tour of the Inca Citadel
                            / Lunch at Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel
                            / Train ride to Ollantaytambo
                            / Scenic drive from Ollantaytambo to Cusco

                            HIKE

                            -Guided hike to Huayna Picchu mountain
                            (subject to availability)
                            -Approximately 2.5 hours
                            -Moderate to challenging
                            -Highest elevation: 8,924’ / 2,720 m

                            CULTURE EXCURSION:

                            GROUP ACTIVITY
                            / Early morning bus ride to Machu Picchu (Approximately 30 mins)
                            / Two-hour guided tour of the Inca Citadel
                            / Lunch at Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel
                            / Train ride to Ollantaytambo
                            / Scenic drive from Ollantaytambo to Cusco

                            EXCURSION
                            / After the guided tour, choose to stay and explore more of Machu Picchu on your own or take the bus back to Aguas Calientes for some last-minute souvenir shopping at the Aguas Calientes artisanal market
                            / If you opt to spend more time in Machu Picchu, consider a short hike to the Sun Gate or the Inca Bridge

                              MAP

                              Our mountain lodges, each uniquely conceived through thoughtful architectural design that includes traditional Inca building techniques and a nod to their respective environments. We offer all the comforts of home along with top-notch amenities and exceptional service.

                              Spots to relax and meditate abound at each lodge: welcoming patios, private guest room balconies, fire pits, and outdoor hot tubs…all with inspiring views of the region.

                              Our exceptional lodge menus are comprised of traditional recipes prepared with an innovative neo-Andean cuisine flair. Each ingredient is locally sourced with an emphasis on farm-to-table sustainability.

                              Our local staff provides exceptional service and care from the moment you arrive…warm towels and refreshments in the afternoons…hot water bottles and herb-infused pillows at night…our goal is to make you feel at home.

                              Our Lamay Lodge is an idyllic hideaway in the Sacred Valley town of the same name (9,721’/2,963m). Resplendent sun and green, flower-dotted gardens with picturesque pastoral views create a calming sensation that envelops you from the moment you arrive. The outdoor hot tub and firepit in the center garden are welcoming spaces to gather, as are the cozy indoor nooks.

                              Our Huacahuasi Lodge, an imposing structure built on the mountainside adjacent to its namesake village, was designed to showcase dramatic views of the valley and beyond with its soaring ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows (12,599’/3,840m). Each luxury guest room is equipped with a private outdoor jacuzzi for you to relax while you take in dramatic sunsets and star-filled evening skies.

                              5-Day Program 2019

                              March 1st – March 31st
                              November 1st – December 14th
                              US$ 1,899

                              April 1st – October 31st
                              December 15th – December 31st
                              US$ US$ 2,500

                              5-Day Program 2018

                              March 1st – March 31st
                              November 1st – December 14th
                              US$ 1,800

                              April 1st – October 31st
                              December 15th – December 31st
                              US$ US$ 2,400

                              7-Day Program 2019

                              March 1st – March 31st
                              November 1st – December 14th
                              US$ 2,299

                              April 1st – October 31st
                              December 15th – December 31st
                              US$ 3,300

                              7-Day Program 2018

                              March 1st – March 31st
                              November 1st – December 14th
                              US$ 2,300

                              April 1st – October 31st
                              December 15th – December 31st
                              US$ 3,100

                              We offer guaranteed departures from Cusco several times per week from March 1st through December 31st.

                              DETAILS:

                              ● 5D/4N or 7D/6N round-trip itinerary
                              ● Rates are per person based on shared accommodations
                              ● Requested single room: 25% supplement of the per person rates.
                              ● Requested Willing to Share: 10% supplement of the per person rates
                              ● Children under 12, when sharing a room with an adult, will be granted a 50% discount off of the standard rate depending on the program. (Maximum two children per room).*
                              ● Children 13 to 16 years-old, when sharing a room with an adult,  will be granted a 25% discount off of the standard rate depending on the program.(Maximum two children per room).*
                              ● A non-refundable deposit of US$500.00 per person is required to confirm a reservation.
                              ● We recommend arriving in Cusco 1-2 days prior to your departure date for altitude acclimatization.
                              ● Please review our full Terms and Conditions.

                              *The child discount does not apply to single room occupancy. Children must be 14 or older to occupy a single room. In this case, the full adult rate and single supplement will apply.

                              SERVICES INCLUDE:

                              ● Transportation during all program days
                              ● 4 or 6 nights lodging *
                              ● All meals except breakfast on Day 1 and dinner on the last day of the program
                              ● Service of a bilingual guide (Spanish/English) during all program days. Tours are led in English.
                              ● Entrance fees and permits to points of interest and archeological sites
                              ● Guided visit to Machu Picchu (including entrance fee and transportation to site).
                              ● Train service to Aguas Calientes
                              ● Filtered water, tea, coffee, juice, and soft drinks at all lodges (alcohol, sports drinks, and bottled water not included).
                              ● Gratuities for the staff at the lodges and the staff in the field. Note: Gratuities for your guide are not included and are at your discretion. Feel free to follow the “Gratuities” guidelines in our FAQ’s

                              *Depending on selected itinerary

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