Few destinations have been able to captivate visitors as fast as Peru. The huge legacy left by the Inca Empire, its fascinating mixture of cultures, the kindness of its people, peaks and overflowing nature, and gastronomy capable of seducing the most demanding palates, are more than enough arguments for this Andean country to occupy a place of privilege in your heart. Love at first sight, without a doubt, is a good way to define what it feels like to discover the called Sacred Valley of the Incas. Discover the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, the cradle of the forbidden love story between Ollantay (Inca warrior of the Pachaqutec emperor) and Ima Sumaq (daughter of the emperor), visit the famous craft market of Pisaq.
Throughout the year, thousands of travelers from all over the world undertake the route of the Inca Trail from Cusco to access the jungle of Peru and the ancient mysteries that still contain the stones of Machu Picchu. Along the way, there are several archaeological remains of different fortifications in good condition, which visually dominate all the valleys. During the hike, you will cross an impressive altitudinal slope, with climates and ecosystems as varied as the high Andean high plateau and the misty forests, two passes must be overcome at a great height (the largest of them, Warmihuañusca, of 4,200 meters of altitude, also known as "Dead Woman") and ends with the entrance to Machu Picchu through the magical Inti Puncu or "Sun Gate". On the route, you will find a network of carved granite settlements along the way (Wiñay Huayna, Puyupatamarca), immersed in natural settings. As an ideal complement, you also find an exuberant nature, with unique landscapes, hundreds of species of orchids, and multicolored birds. This sensational route goes from Cusco to Machu Picchu in a succession of rivers, gorges, and valleys capable of overwhelming the most experienced traveler. Roads that meander in a continuous up and down where the green color and the peaks hide some of the most incredible places in Peru and the ancient Tahuantinsuyo Empire. Many of them seem like magic because it is difficult to imagine how the architects and engineers of the Inca society could build such wonders at more than 2,000 meters of altitude. Join us on a dazzling journey through the most enchanting places of Cusco.
This tour will take us through Puerto Maldonado which offers us an incredible opportunity to immerse ourselves in the Amazon jungle and learn everything you need to know about this wonderful land and its inhabitants. You will experience and enjoy some of the most fascinating scenarios; like the macaw clay lick where hundreds of parrots and macaws converge every day to eat the clay of the rivers. You can also visit the lakes and natural rivers, where there are dozens of alligators, turtles, giant otters, and piranhas.
From the city of Cusco, you can do many day trips, but perhaps the most famous of them all ends in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, specifically in the town of Ollantaytambo, 68km from the ancient capital of the Inca Empire. Therefore, it is not just a recommendation but almost an obligation to go through these places before visiting what is possibly the start of your trip, Machu Picchu.
The Inca Trail is a fascinating, extraordinary attraction for any traveler who goes to the city of Cusco. This Inca Route is one of the best visited destinations in the world, likewise, it is considered the most beautiful track that a tourist can make.
Lima, the City of Kings, the City three times Crowned, city of experiences, is for those interested in colonial monuments, enthusiasts of archeology, collectors of handicrafts, birdwatchers, museum lovers, passionate about beaches, games in casinos and tasters of good food of the world. In colonial Lima important temples, convents, mansions and balconies were built. The arrival of modernity did not transform the Historic Center, today recognized as a World Heritage Site. Recognized worldwide for its colonial monuments, museums, casinos and casinos and its excellent cuisine The city of Lima, is usually the gateway to Peru for international flights and is easily combinable with any other destination in Peru.
Puerto Maldonado is in the province of Tambopata and is the capital of Madre de Dios; It is also one of the most active commercial centers of the Peruvian jungle. For many it is known as the capital of biodiversity due to its wonderful fauna and flora found in the place. The city is located on the banks of the Madre de Dios River. The city has a warm temperature most of the time, however it is a very hot area in a few months. In addition, its inhabitants are welcoming people.Our adventure will start flying from Lima to Puerto Maldonado,where you will appreciate the best of the Peruvian jungle near Cusco. In the Amazon, you will have a great opportunity to enjoy the excursions and enjoy the extensive biodiversity that the jungle shows us. Here you can do different activities, interact with nature and breathe fresh air.
The notoriety of Cusco archaeological goes beyond the Inca era, since Cusco culture began at least 1000 years before the Christian era, when the Marcavalle Culture was in force. From there arose Chamepata, contemporary of Pucará in Puno and whose history is lost at the beginning of our era, until when Wari conquered the area, incorporating it to his empire. After Wari, the region resized its potential and grew, first with the Killke Culture and later with the Inca. From the Wari Era the City of Pikillacta comes from, and from Killke times Sacsayhuaman itself and the foundations of the City of Cusco. Cusco, in the past, was the center of the Inca Civilization. It was the capital of the Andean state of Tahuantinsuyo; It was founded, according to legend, by Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo between the 11th and 12th centuries. Later, by order of Francisco Pizarro, the Spaniards founded it again in the Spanish style, on March 23, 1534.Everything in Cusco is beautiful, because it contains all the history of Peru, from its foundation to the withdrawal of the Spanish conquerors. In the surroundings are important archaeological monuments such as the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambomachay, the platforms of Pisac, the Fortress of Ollantaytambo and the incomparable buildings of Machu Picchu, on the margin of the Urubamba River, which was discovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, known today as the "Capital of America" or "Eternal City". This day you will know the great Inca capital, the navel of the world Cusco.
The Sacred Valley of the Incas is quite extensive, covers more than 100 kilometers in length and goes from west to north in the territory of Cusco. There are two direct roads that connect Cusco with the Sacred Valley and connect the towns of Pisac, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo. The Sacred Valley of Cusco or Sacred Valley of the Incas extends along the valley of the Urubamba River, 15 km north of Cusco, the "Imperial City". Many travelers wonder what to do in the Sacred Valley or what are the main tourist attractions that can be visited. On a tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, we would mainly highlight 3 essential places to visit:
But besides being able to visit archaeological ruins, the Sacred Valley offers many activities for nature lovers that make the area an ideal place to practice trekking, rafting or climbing (if you want to do some adventure activities please you have to make a reserve at the same time of your tour). The circuit of the Sacred Valley of Cusco is the most demanded in Peru since Ollantaytambo is the entrance to one of the Wonders of the Modern World and Historical and Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 1981, Machu Picchu.
Based on the traditional 4 days / 3 nights: The total distance of the road is approximately 39.6 km and starts at Km. 82 in the place called Pisqacucho.
Cusco (Qosqo in Quechua), means navel of the world, and is one of the most extensive regions of Peru. On this day,we will have many options to do; if you love the history and want to explore the inca culture, you can visit some of the most outstanding historical centers of Cusco as Qenqo. But if you are more adventurous you can take optional activities such as rafting on the Urubamba River or mountain biking in the Sacred Valley.
This last day you will be taken by our staff to the Alejandro Velasco Astete airport, waiting for the tour to be of your liking and thanking your preference
No matter how many days you are going to walk, the truth is that you will pass from one altitude to another and this implies that the weather will change; for this the most convenient thing will be to wear comfortable clothing in small quantities. For example:
As you already know, during the Inca Trail, it passes the 4000 m.a.s.l and if you come from a country which is almost at sea level, then you should take the following precautions -
The most advisable thing is to take a Back-Pack which you do not take off during the walk. Within it there must be few things, in themselves, the most necessary. Here the recommendations:
You will need to wear clothes that you can put on in layers that dry quickly because in tropical climates there is a lot of humidity and unpredictable rain showers. Light colors are better so you do not get too hot in the sun and to help you notice if you have a bug on top! We suggest the following list of clothes: