Days
7
Price from
€2,572EUR

Delve into the world of the Incas as your journey through this iconic region of Peru

Travel through this famous region of Peru in comfort. From the heartland of Cuzco and deep into the Lares region of the Sacred Valley, to the ancient town of Ollantaytambo and spectacular landscape of Machu Picchu - this is a Peruvian adventure that provides a glimpse into the life of the Inca. It's a great trip for trekkers and for those who just want to relax. Tour magnificent archaeological sites, meet the community of Huacahuasi, see the sunrise from the Sun gate of Machu Picchu, and explore the mountains and valleys of this beautiful region.

Independent Experiences

Independent travel, without the stress. Peregrine’s Independent Experiences are a range of short ‘mini tours’ that you can add to other Experiences or as an extension to a longer tour, to craft your perfect holiday itinerary. Independent Experiences are generally for 1-3 travellers, come accompanied by a local Peregrine guide and depart daily. /experiences
Please note, on this trip the services are not private. You may share services with like minded travellers who have booked through other companies.


Start
Cuzco, Peru
Finish
Cuzco, Peru
Country
Peru
Style
Independent Experiences
Code
PSLAX
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 3

Why we love this trip

  • This trip is ideal for those who like to trek and for those who don't. There's great flexibility for different interests and fitness levels, offering an array of activities to choose from. 

  • Discover the archaeological ruins, Incan roots and colonial architecture of Cuzco. This is an amazing city to explore on foot

  • Learn about Peruvian agriculture with a visit the to the ancient hamlet of Viacha. This is a unique opportunity to come into close contact with local communities 

  • Uncover the ancient towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, and learn first hand why the Sacred Valley was so important to the Incas

  • Gaze out from the Sun Gate of Machu Picchu at dawn, as the rising sun reveals the majestic ruins of the ancient Incan capital

  • Accommodation in extremely comfortable on this trip, with high-end lodges and a decent standard of hotels. It's perfect for those want to go out on moderate treks but aren't keen on camping

Is this trip right for you?

  • Even though you’ll be visiting extremely warm climates, it can get very cold in the evenings so it’s important to remember to bring base layers and other warm clothing.

  • It’s important to wear sunscreen and other sun protection, and always drink plenty of water.

  • As some of the places you’ll visit are up to 3,500 metres above sea level it can take a bit of time to adjust to the high altitude. Some people aren’t affected at all, but if you are, be sure to drink plenty of water and take it easy. Please see the ‘Health’ section of the trip notes for more information about altitude sickness.

  • If you choose to take the hiking options then you should have a moderate level of fitness. Please bring shoes suitable for walking.

Itinerary

Welcome to Cuzco, Peru. On arrival to the airport in Cuzco transfer to your hotel, which is close to the centre of town. Your adventure begins with a meeting at 2 pm. Please check the noticeboard at hotel reception for details about this briefing. We'll be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so ensure you bring these details to provide to your leader.Afterwards, head out for an orientation walk with your leader before an optional group dinner in the evening. If you arrive early into Cuzco, perhaps visit the ancient Incan ruins of Qorikancha or take part in an organic chocolate-making workshop at the Choco Museo.
Notes: If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
Accommodation
  • San Agustin Plaza Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Early in the morning depart Cuzco by private vehicle for the Sacred Valley. For lunch, enjoy a traditional ‘Pachamanca’ meal - marinated meat baked under hot stones. In the afternoon, you'll have the option to visit the archaeological complex in Pisac or go for a moderate hike in the hills and mountains of the Sacred Valley. Later, enjoy access to the ancient hamlet of Viacha to learn about its unique farming of Peruvian potatoes.
Accommodation
  • Lamay Lodge or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today drive deeper into the Lares region of the Sacred Valley. The journey into the mountains will take you through remote archaeological sites where you'll be able to stop to explore. After lunch, choose between visiting a traditional weaver’s village or a scenic drive and moderate hike. The hike will take you past lakes and peaks to the remote village of Huacahuasi, where locals provide insight into the evolving lives of the Andean people. The evening is then free for you to do as you wish.
Accommodation
  • Huacahuasi Lodge or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This morning visit the community of Huacahuasi to learn more about their heritage and daily life. Afterwards, embark on another spectacular hike from your lodge to the adjacent valley leading to the ancient town of Ollantaytambo. Another option is to drive back through more towns in the Sacred Valley and visit an ethnographic museum featuring the history of Peru’s rich civilizations of the past. Lunch in the Urubamba countryside on your way to Ollantaytambo to explore this charming town on foot. Before the drive back to the Sacred Valley, enjoy an optional afternoon bike ride through the countryside and past salt pools.
Accommodation
  • Ollantaytambo Hotel in town (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Take a short hike early in the morning to the Incan storage structures high above Ollantaytambo, where you’ll find magnificent views over the town and temple. Afterwards enjoy a guided tour of the fortress, which is a classic example of Incan architecture. Around midday, head off on the scenic train journey along the Urubamba River valley to Aguas Calientes - a busy town below the ruins of Machu Picchu. Perhaps use the afternoon’s free time to relax in the local hot springs and possibly head out for dinner in the evening.
Accommodation
  • Aguas Calientes Hotel in town (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
At dawn, board a bus for the short climb to Machu Picchu. As you enter the ruins, witness the spectacular scene of the morning sun rising over the Sun Gate. Take an optional orientation tour or wander around the temples, towers and royal residences of the former Inca capital on your own. Lunch will be provided on your return to Aguas Calientes. In the early evening, return to Cuzco by train and private coach. Perhaps use your last night in Cuzco to reflect on your memories over some Peruvian cuisine.
Notes: It’s also possible to hike up the steep mountain of Wayna Picchu, but due to Peregrine’s safety policy, our leaders are prohibited from recommending or assisting with booking this activity.
Accommodation
  • San Agustin Plaza Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
After breakfast your Lares Adventure Experience comes to an end. There are no activities planned for today and you’re free to depart when you like (via an included transfer). Please advise us of your flight details no later than 15 days prior to departure.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

Bus, Private van, Train

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel, Full service camping

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Important notes

This tour:
Please note, on this trip the services are not private. You may share services with like minded travellers who have booked through other companies.

Single Supplement:
Please note a single supplement is only included in Cusco for the first and last night.
To secure a single room for the other 4 nights, you must pay an additional single supplement, alternatively you will be roomed with someone of the same gender.

Essential Trip Information

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