For anyone who has ever dreamed of trekking the famous Inca Trail, this trek will allow you to do just that while also experiencing local culture. The trail is a shortened version, perfect for anyone new to hiking and camping and will show you all the highlights of both the Sacred Valley and this ancient path. The grand finale to your hike? Not only will you witness stunning view and fascinating history along the way, but as tradition, the trail ends in a visit to the world wonder, Machu Picchu.
Day 1: The Sacred Valley
Today you will witness the beauty of the Sacred Valley not only through its incredible scenery, but also by immersing yourself in its history and customs. Spend the day exploring a local community and touring impressive ruins in the beautiful valley, before you begin your trek.
Day 2: Hiking to Wayllabamba
Today you will get to experience the Inca Trail firsthand. Participate in a moderate hike along the famous route, enjoy stunning views, and witness fascinating Inca ruins along the way. The hike will be about five hours along the same path that the Incas used to walk to get to Machu Picchu. Along the way, your local guide will take you to the ruins of Llacapata, where you will enjoy a tasty picnic lunch. After a full day of hiking and enjoying the beauty of the surrounding landscape you will set up camp, enjoy a delicious dinner, and rest up before the big day!
Day 3: Machu Picchu!
Today, your hard work hiking will reap the ultimate reward, a breathtaking and magical trip to the incredible world wonder, Machu Picchu! Waking up early, you will walk to the Sun Gate, the actual entrance into Machu Picchu, and enjoy your first look at the ruins. The rest of the day, you will immerse yourself into the past as you learn about the mysterious and fascinating heritage site, unlike any in the world.
Born in the beautiful province of Acomayo, right in the Andes Mountains, my love of the great outdoors began at a young age. When I was just a kid, my family moved to Cusco, where I discovered my love of tourism. I first began working in tourism as a porter on the Inca Trail. It was really hard work, but working with the guides inspired me to become one as well. I went to school to study tourism. I remember the day I received my license as an official tour guide like it was yesterday! It was such an exciting moment to be able to lead people on the trail, and now 16 years later, I still get that same excitement every time I host a tour. A few years ago, I decided to take my passion and begin my own tour company. My hope that through my tours, I can show travelers not only the beauty and history of the region but also teach them about the rich Andean culture.
Growing up in a small town in the Sacred Valley, I was raised to always respect and love Mother Nature. As a kid, I always admired the tour guides passing through my town. Not only did they get to explore some of the most beautiful parts of the country, but they got to meet people from all over the world. I became determined that I too would become a tour guide. As soon as I was old enough, I moved to Cusco to study tourism and become a certified Inca Trail guide. For about 14 years now, I have been leading tours, and discovered that, beyond taking my guests on the “typical” paths, I wanted to be a unique guide and take them to the unique interesting spots other guides weren’t going to. I also have studied medicinal plants and love teaching my travelers about the many fascinating benefits these plants can have.
I was born in the Apurimac region of Peru in an indigenous community with rich agricultural land. As a kid, I learned from my parents how to work on the field and the importance of maintaining our culture’s age-old traditions. Although I left my small town at a very young age to go to elementary school in Cusco, I’ve carried this appreciation for ancient culture my whole life. Living in the magical city of Cusco, I was able to expand upon my knowledge of my ancestors even more and was inspired to take this knowledge and share it with others. After studying tourism in school, I became a tour guide, specializing in ancient cultures. Having been born in a village in an indigenous village and as a native speaker of the Quechua language, teaching travelers from all over the world about the history and land has been an absolute dream.