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What’s included

  • A Local English-speaking leader
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Good standard en-suite hotel accommodation (3 star)
  • 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 8 Dinners
  • All road transport by private vehicles apart from bus to Puno which is a luxury tourist bus.
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag

Gentle Walking Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu

Walking & Trekking

Peru | Walking & Trekking

Offer - £50 off
Gentle Walking Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu
Gentle / Moderate

Gentle: Suitable for people who enjoy easy-paced walks or exploring the countryside on foot.

Moderate: Suitable for anyone who enjoys hill walking.

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Grade: Gentle / Moderate ? Gentle / Moderate
Duration:  14 days from the UK  
Walks on: 6 days

Flight inclusive from £3,150,
Land only from £2,350

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Explore the must-see sights of Peru on foot

Highlights

  • Fabulous walks on Inca Trails – but stay in comfortable hotels throughout
  • Visit all the main sights including Machu Picchu, Pisac & Ollantaytambo
  • Scenic luxury bus ride to Lake Titicaca
  • Galapagos or jungle extension options available

Reviews          

I cannot praise enough the staff who made our holiday so enjoyable. We had a wonderful time and it is an experience that neither of us will ever forget.
Mrs C, Carlisle

It is evident how much work has been done to team up with local operators who are able to deliver the quality and blend of daily activity that combine major sites with equally important ones which are off-the-beaten-track. The hotels are good quality, without being luxurious and food generally was better than expected. Transport arrangements were all excellent, as was support from your head office...
Mr & Mrs B, Wiltshire

I recently came back from Peru where I investigated walks in and around the Sacred Valley - I was delighted to have most of the trails to myself!
Seraphina Berry, Reservations Manager

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This is the ideal trip to experience the wonders of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We have designed this new walking holiday in Peru so that we can trek on historic Inca trails – but staying in comfortable hotels, with no camping. We will also experience the excitement of travelling by luxury bus to spend time at Lake Titicaca where we explore the lake’s cultural highlights.

We will be able to enjoy visiting the must-see sights in the valley of Pisac, Ollantaytambo and of course Machu Picchu but in addition we walk to many off-the-beaten-track villages, and ruins little visited by the majority of tourists. The valley is surrounded by the snowy white peaks of the Andes, and the walks we have chosen will enable you to experience an amazing variety of flora and fauna in addition to the historical remains.

Time is spent exploring the lovely ancient city of Cuzco with its many layers of history before travelling on to the view the fascinating floating islands on Lake Titicaca.

Book 14th May, 2nd July or 10th September 2017 departures now and save £50 off the published price.


At a glance

Grade: Gentle / Moderate
Gentle / Moderate

Duration:  14 days from the UK  
Walks on: 6 days

Max. Altitude: 4,319m/14,172ft (on train) 4,100m/13,530ft (on walks)

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Cuzco

Accommodation types: Hotels

Meal arrangements: 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 8 Dinners.

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1-2
Fly to Cuzco.
3
Drive to Huancalle, walk to Sacred Valley & Pisac
4-7
Day walks in Sacred Valley, train to Aguas Callientes
8
Guided tour of Machu Picchu, return to Cuzco
9-10
Sightseeing & walking in Cuzco
11-12
By bus to Lake Titicaca, boat trip on lake
13-14
Fly home.
Leader: Local leader, Peru
Local leader, Peru

You will be accompanied throughout your holiday by a local English-speaking guide. These leaders are very knowledgeable and extremely charming and friendly and in their company you will enjoy an insider’s view of Peru.


Gentle Walking Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Fly London To Cusco via Lima

    Fly London To Cuzco.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  2. Day 2 - FLY TO CUZCO (3,353m/11,000ft) 1 hr, ORIENTATION CITY WALK & INCA MUSEUM
    gentle walking sacred valley and machu picchu compania plaza de armas cuzco l denniff.

    You will be met on arrival and transferred the short distance to your hotel in the heart of historic Cuzco. This very appealing and friendly city lies at 3,353m/11,000ft and we recommend that you take it very easy today. In the afternoon there will be a short orientation walk around the centre of the city and a visit to the Inca Museum. Housed in a beautiful colonial building the museum has excellent displays of mummies, Inca textiles and wooden quero vases. You will get a good initial idea of the development of civilisation in and around the areas that you will be visiting in the forthcoming days. In the evening you will eat in a local restaurant.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Mirador Los Apus Or Similar, Cuzco
  3. Day 3 - DRIVE TO HUANCALLE, WALK TO PISAC (2,972m/9800ft) & VISIT RUINS (5 HRS WALKING)

    Cuzco is situated in a bowl surrounded by hills and this morning your will drive up past the Inca remains of Sacsayhuaman and Puca Pucara to reach the edge of the Sacred Valley. You should have fantastic views from the valley rim of snowy peaks and the valley far below. The road descends to the hamlet of Huancalle, and here you will leave your vehicle to walk down into the Sacred Valley. The small track crosses a river to descend a pretty gorge. Eventually you reach a eucalyptus forest and then farmland. There are fabulous views of Pisac, high above the valley floor. You vehicle will pick you up in the sleepy, traditional town of Taray for the short drive to Pisac town, where you will have lunch. After lunch you will drive up to the Pisac ruins.

    The citadel at Pisac was originally positioned on a major Inca route into the Sacred Valley and controlled access to the eastern jungle. The ruins are set high above the valley floor and there are tremendous views from there. Terraces, water ducts and steps are cut out of solid rock, and in the upper sector of the ruins, the main Intihuatana is equal to anything at Machu Picchu. Above the temple lie still more ruins, mostly unexcavated, and among the higher crevices and rocky overhangs several ancient burial sites are hidden. You will have time to explore the ruins before descending walking down the original Inca trail back to the town of Pisac. The narrow trail clings to the cliff sides before entering a small canyon, and then widening out as you reach town. You will transfer by vehicle to your hotel situated along the valley in Urubamba.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Villa Urubamba Or Hotel Inkallpa Or Similar, Urubamba
  4. Day 4 - VISIT CHINCHERO RUINS, MARAS-MORAY WALK, WALK TO VISIT SALINAS (5 - 6 HOURS WALKING)

    The high plateau situated between Cuzco and the Sacred Valley offers excellent opportunities for walking. Initially you will drive to the small town of Chinchero for a guided tour around the ruins. In addition to the magnificent terraces there are several megalithic carved rocks here, and a 17th century church built on top of an Inca palace. It is a short drive from here to the start of your walk, on the hills above Maras. You will follow small paths and tracks that contour along the hills. There are superb views of the huge snowy peaks on the other side of the valley and the farmland of the plateau below. You will pass small farms and settlements before reaching the hamlet of Mullaka. These paths are well used by local farmers, and you gradually climb to reach your highpoint today of 3,620m/11,877ft at a traditional farming village. The path descends through this pretty village to give you a unique view of the ruins at Moray. These circular ruins are thought to have been Inca agricultural testing stations. Your vehicle will meet you here with a picnic.

    In the afternoon you have the option of walking or driving to Salinas. The mainly flat walk follows donkey trails through the agriculturally rich plains back to the town of Maras, before the short drive to the salt pans which have been worked since Inca times. Situated in a gorge that leads to the Sacred Valley, a hot spring at the top of the site discharges a small stream of warm salt-laden water which is diverted into salt pans and harvested. You will get the chance to walk through the salt-pans to join a small path that descends the gorge. This delightful track gently descends to the floor of the Sacred Valley at the village of Taramba and you cross the footbridge to your vehicle.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Villa Urubamba Or Hotel Inkallpa Or Similar, Urubamba
  5. Day 5 - DRIVE TO TAUCCO, WALK VIA HUCHUY QUOSQUO TO LAMAY (6 HOURS WALKING)
    gentle walking sacred valley and machu picchu huchuy quosqo.

    The walk today takes you high above the Sacred Valley and gives you a real feeling of the remoteness of the high Andes. You will drive along the beautiful lake of Piuray to the small village of Taucco to start the walk at about 3,650m/12,045ft. There are fabulous views as you follow an Inca trail to a small pass at 4,100m/13,530ft. On a clear day you will see the snow-capped Urubamba mountain range spread out in front of you. You picnic lunch will be taken en-route. The Inca trail descends through an impressive gorge to cross an Inca bridge and arrive at the remote pre-Inca archaeological site of Huchuy Quosqo. Little is known about this mysterious site, though 'little Cuzco' (as it translates from Quechua) may have been the country retreat of one of the first Incas. Its three-storey houses, extensive niched walls, large central square, three metre high terraces and hidden location make this one of the real gems of the Cuzco area. You then descend on the ancient donkey path ingeniously built into the side of the valley to meet your vehicle.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tunupa Lodge Or Similar, Ollantaytambo
  6. Day 6 - OLLANTAYTAMBO QUARRIES WALK (5-6 HOURS WALKING)

    High above Ollanta are the quarries used by the Inca to build this amazing town. This is your objective today, and although it does involve an uphill climb for a couple of hours, it is well worth the effort. You initially cross the Urubamba river by footbridge to walk on the original start of 'the' Inca trail. You get great views of Ollantaytambo from here. As the path turns a corner you see the huge pre-Inca landslide above the path, and after contouring below this, the path climbs steeply in zig-zags. You reach a small plateau and after catching your breath it is well worth climbing slightly higher to explore the quarry. The huge pre-cut Inca blocks are scattered across the landscape, and it is hard to imagine the difficulties involved in carrying these down to the town far below. You will have a picnic lunch up here, admiring the peaks of Veronica and the Patacancha range soaring above the opposite side of the valley. You descend initially the same way before cutting down to the small farming village of Catchi Cacha and the river. Your vehicle will meet you on the other side for the short drive back to Ollantaytambo.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tunupa Lodge Or Similar, Ollantaytambo
  7. Day 7 - PUMA MARCA WALK- 4-5 hours, TRAIN TO AGUAS CALIENTES

    Today you drive a short distance up the valley of the Rio Patacancha towards the traditional village of Huilloc. Many of the porters who hike the Inca trail come from this area. Huilloc is famous as a weaving centre, and you will be able to see traditional ponchos being made before commencing the walk. At Pallata you cross the river and start walking gently uphill passing small farmsteads, before crossing a side stream and climbing more steeply to reach the spectacular ruins of Puma Marca (3,440m/11,352ft). The ruins are surrounded by a wall in the shape of a puma and are unusual in that some walls are still covered in the original Inca stucco, made with llama fat. There will be time to explore these little visited ruins, before the walk continues gently downhill, through the lush landscape of wild herbs, orchids, salvias and eucalyptus. This is an old Inca trail, and you will contour along original Inca terraces, passing a small ruined watchtower, strategically placed to guard the narrow valley. The path drops below a stunning set of terraces before crossing the road to descend beside the river right into the town of Ollantaytambo, where you will have lunch.

    You will have time to explore the Inca town which was the site of the last big battle between the Incas and Spanish before the remaining Inca rebels fled into the jungles of Vilcabamba. In this lovely, well-preserved village and ruins you can still feel the true magic of the Incas. The hill-top, Inca sun temple displays some of the finest stonework in the area. The site was unfinished and some magnificent stones still lie un-erected, providing important clues to the building methods.

    In the late afternoon you will catch the train along the Urubamba river to Aguas Calientes, and transfer to your hotel. There is a keen sense of anticipation as you board your train that snakes along the narrow valley, following the course of the river.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Inti Inn Or Similar, Aguas Calientes
  8. Day 8 - GUIDED TOUR OF MACHU PICCHU (2,438m/8,000ft). TRAIN & DRIVE TO CUZCO
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    After an early breakfast you will drive the short distance up the zigzag road to Machu Picchu to get there before the main crowds and also when the light is better for those all-important photos. Machu Picchu is a place that really lives up to all expectations. The setting is breathtaking and the ruins themselves are sensational. You will have a full guided tour of the ruins with time afterwards to walk out to the Inca Bridge or else just wander through the ruins soaking up the amazing atmosphere of this fabulous place.

    If you want to climb Machu Picchu peak, this should be booked with us in advance as a limited number of permits are given out each day and it must be pre-booked. It is a stiff 600m/2000ft climb to the top, but well worth it for the amazing views down onto Machu Picchu.

    You will then descend by bus to Aguas Calientes to board the evening train back along the Urubamba valley, a really great train journey, arriving in the Sacred Valley where you will alight at Ollantaytambo before driving back to Cuzco.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Mirador Los Apus Or Similar, Cuzco
  9. Day 9 - AM FREE, PM SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF COLONIAL CUZCO

    This morning you have some free time to shop for souvenirs or visit a local cafe to watch the world go by. There is great shopping in Cuzco and some bargains to be had.

    In the afternoon you have a guided sightseeing tour of colonial Cuzco. This will include the Spanish colonial buildings, baroque cathedral and fine Plaza da Armas, and also the ancient Inca Sun Temple, the Koricancha.

    In the evening you are free to eat in one of the many fine restaurants in the area where really excellent food from a wide range of national cuisines is available and you may find you have the added bonus of sitting alongside a finely worked Inca wall while you eat your dinner. If you have the energy, you can also explore Cuzco's excellent nightlife.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Mirador Los Apus Or Similar, Cuzco
  10. Day 10 - WALK FROM TAMBO MACHAY TO SACSAYHUAMAN
    gentle walking sacred valley and machu picchu tambo machay inca ruins a sainsbury.

    Cuzco was known to the Incas as 'the navel of the world', and your walk today takes you through a group of archaeological remains that perfectly illustrate how important Cuzco was. An added bonus is the superb views of the southern hills and the city of Cuzco that you will enjoy as you stroll downhill - weather permitting! You will drive to the end point of the walk, and spend the day exploring several different ruins. Tambo Machay (3,795m/12,523ft) is the highest of the ruins, and lies in a sheltered gully. Known as the Inca baths, the beautifully engineered fountains and channels emphasises the Inca fascination with water. It is a fifteen minute walk down to Puca Pucara, or the Red Fort. This small ruin dominates the landscape, and is easily defensible, although it is now thought that it may have been a resting place on this important Inca route out of the valley rather than a fort. You will then follow a path down the hillside and through farmland before reaching the large limestone outcrop of Qenko. The huge stone is covered in carvings, steps, geometric reliefs and puma designs. It is thought that the area was used for sacrifices, although it may have been used for solstice and equinox ceremonies. Beneath the stone are several caves that may have been where mummies were kept.

    In the afternoon you will visit the mighty 'fort' of Sacsayhuaman (3,600m/11,880ft). Dominating the skyline on the northern edge of the city, there are many theories about this stupendous site. The enormous walls stretch for 600m across the plateau. Recent discoveries have convinced explorers that this site was in fact built for ceremonial purposes. The size of the individual blocks is astonishing - legend has it that 3,000 lives were lost dragging one huge stone. The inner area of the 'fort' was covered in buildings, and some of the foundations can still be seen.

    From Sacsayhuaman you will walk down the original Inca trail back into the maze of streets and the heart of Cuzco.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Mirador Los Apus Or Similar, Cuzco
  11. Day 11 - BUS TO PUNO.

    You will have an early transfer this morning to the bus station to catch the 7am tourist bus to Puno. The bus has comfortable reclining seats, hot and cold drinks service, snacks for sale, A/C and heating, on-board toilets and lunch included in Sicuani en-route. The bus takes the whole day stopping at the Colonial Church at Andahuaylillas, the archaeological site of Raqchi, the Abra La Raya pass and the Lithic museum at Pucara, as well as for lunch. There is an English speaking guide on the bus to help with any questions or assistance needed on the journey.

    On arrival in Puno at around 1700 you are met at the bus station and will be transferred to your hotel for your overnight stay on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Quelcatani Or Similar, Puno
  12. Day 12 - BOAT TRIP ON LAKE TITICACA.

    You board the boat for a full day cruise on Lake Titicaca. Your guide will fully explain the local history, traditions, agricultural and weaving methods of the Aymara Indians who inhabit the lake. You visit the amazing floating reed islands of Uros and continue to picturesque Taquile Island for lunch. Taquile is a unique place and the inhabitants here are very independent minded and have their own dress and traditions. If time allows a tough climb to the top of the island is rewarded by spectacular views of Lake Titicaca before you make the return trip to Puno and back to the hotel.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Quelcatani Or Similar, Puno
  13. Day 13 - VISIT SILLISTANI RUINS, TRANSFER TO AIRPORT.
    gentle walking sacred valley and machu picchu sillistani ruins l denniff.

    Flight time permitting, in the morning you will drive across the high pampas to visit the ruins at Sillustani. Here set in a spectacular position above the blue lake Umayo there are fascinating pre Inca and Inca circular chullpas or burial towers. The amazingly fine stone work seen here, the work of the earlier civilisation known as the Collas, was obviously a strong influence on the later work of the famous Inca stone masons. Be sure to look out for the enigmatic lizard carvings on two of the chullpas.

    You will then continue the drive to Juliaca where you will board a domestic flight to Lima and your international flight onwards to London.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In Flight
  14. Day 14 - ARRIVE LONDON

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What’s included

  • A Local English-speaking leader
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Good standard en-suite hotel accommodation (3 star)
  • 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 8 Dinners
  • All road transport by private vehicles apart from bus to Puno which is a luxury tourist bus.
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees, where applicable
  • Airport departure taxes, excepting UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • Optional trips
  • Tipping
  • Some meals, please see detailed itinerary


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Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Overall score:           (Based on 3 reviews)

Excellent service          

It is evident how much work has been done to team up with local operators who are able to deliver the quality and blend of daily activity that combine major sites with equally important ones which are off-the-beaten-track. The hotels are good quality, without being luxurious and food generally was better than expected. Transport arrangements were all excellent, as was support from your head office team.

Unforgettable time          

I cannot praise enough the staff who made our holiday so enjoyable. We had a wonderful time and it is an experience that neither of us will ever forget.

Quiet trails          

I recently came back from Peru where I investigated walks in and around the Sacred Valley - I was delighted to have most of the trails to myself!


Extend your holiday

Amazon Extension from Juliaca
  • Spend 2, 3 or 4 nights deep in the Amazon rainforest.
  • Stay in jungle lodges whilst exploring the wonderful rainforest wildlife.

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For a complete contrast to your trek or tour in the Andes why not visit the lush Amazon jungle? A short but spectacular flight will take you over the mountains and down to the Amazon basin. The Amazon basin encompasses nearly 3 million square miles, of which two thirds is covered by rainforest and comprising the largest and most bio-diverse tract of tropical rainforest in the world. For your Amazon extension you will fly to the city of Puerto Maldonado and from there travel down river to your jungle lodge.

We offer a selection of jungle lodges with various standards of accommodation and wildlife experience. You may also choose whether to stay for 2 or 3 nights in the jungle or even a longer more adventurous expedition of 5 days downstream to the Tambopata Research Centre.


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