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 and amazing history, all in 3 days. This physically demanding trail will challenge you and 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.
On this tour, you will enjoy the serene Sacred Valley, hike the fabled 2-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, arriving at the ruins through the Sun Gate. Perhaps the most unique aspects of this adventure will be visiting and staying with a local family to learn directly from them about their traditions and culture.
Day 1: The Sacred Valley
Your guide and driver will pick you up in the morning from Cusco for departure for the Sacred Valley. Our first stop will be the archaeological site of Moray, which is thought to have been used for agricultural research by the Incas. These concentric stone terraces constructed within naturally-occurring depressions are impressive and offer great views of the Sacred Valley and the snow-capped peaks that surround it. Next, begin a pleasant hike to the Salineras, a complex series of spring-fed, terraced salt pans, build into a steep mountainside. You will most likely observe locals preparing the pans and harvesting salt in the traditional manner.
From the Salineras, we will break for a picnic lunch, before continuing to the picturesque town of Ollantaytambo. Active canals run along Inca constructed stone-paved streets and passageways, and many original stone buildings remain in use today. You will have the evening free in Ollantaytambo where we will spend the night and is a convenient departure point for the Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu the following morning. This night you will have a homestay with a local family in the nearby village of Socma.
Day 2: Inca Trail
This morning you'll depart for a gorgeous hike along the world-famous Inca Trail! From Ollantaytambo you will travel with your guide by train to kilometer 104, the point of entry for the official Inca Trail. During the hike, we will pass through incredible natural scenery, visit the Inca ruins of Wiñaywayna and arrive at the Sun Gate, or Inti Punku. Enjoy your first breathtaking views of Machu Picchu from above here, then descend to the town of Aguas Calientes. Check into your hotel, enjoy dinner in a local restaurant and rest up for our visit to Machu Picchu the following day.
Day 3: Machu Picchu
We awake this morning to catch the bus to the gates of this Wonder of the World. You will ascend stone steps, through heavy tree cover to finally emerge at the top of the world – Machu Picchu! The incredible Inca stone construction will be spread below, alternately hidden and revealed by clouds.
You`ll have a 2.5-3 hour private tour with your guide, and the option to climb Machu Picchu Mountain in the afternoon (additional cost; please inquire at the time of booking), then descend to Aguas Calientes for your return train to Ollantaytambo. We will be waiting at the station and bring you to your hotel in Cusco for a good night’s rest.
Day 2 of this tour is a physically demanding day trek. Must be physically fit.
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.