We have set up an incredible three-day hike through this valley, which in our opinion rivals Tuscany in Italy for its scenery. The Sacred Valley Trek is unique to Zephyr Adventures -- we created it with our local Peruvian partners. The Sacred Valley runs from Pisac, just outside Cusco, along the Urubamba River to the town of Ollantaytambo and beyond. Most people simply take a bus from Cusco to Ollantaytambo, missing all the beauty.
Minimum of 4 people
Your choice of dates
$950 per person / 3 days & 2 nights
Single Supplement: $200 (always optional)
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Moderate
INCLUDED: double occupancy lodging in tents, camping gear (except sleeping bags), all meals, professional and knowledgable guides, horses for carrying gear, initial shuttle from Cusco to start of trek, and transportation back to Cusco (or other location in Sacred Valley en route to Cusco).
NOT INCLUDED: transportation to and from Cusco before and after the trek, gratuities to guides and porters, sleeping bag rental ($30 optional but free if you also sign up for the Classic or Royal Inca Trail treks), alcoholic beverages, and personal expenses.
DAY 1 :: We meet you in Cusco early in the morning and transfer (avoiding two big uphills at high elevation) a short 45 minutes to Chinchero, a weaver's village where we visit the market and Incan ruins - comparable to Ollantaytambo without all the tourists. It is then on to Allpachaca on a ridge above the Sacred Valley where we begin our hike. We hike through beautiful scenery to Huaypo Lake for lunch. We continue in the afternoon (including an 800-foot uphill section) past terraces and fields to the Incan ruins of Moray, an agricultural laboratory, where we camp for the night. At night and in the morning we will have beautiful, unrestricted views of the Andes and Mount Veronica. Hiking time is about six hours and 12 miles with rolling terrain and a 1000-foot elevation loss. A shorter option is available by transfering to start at Huaypo Lake.
DAY 2 :: After breakfast we visit the Moray ruins and then hike downhill from the plateau through an amazing cut in the hillside to the valley floor, where we continue past small villages, through patchwork farms, and among all sorts of animals including ducks, chickens, pigs, and donkeys. You'll see almost no other tourists on this stretch. We finally reach our campside within the native community village of Cachiccatta, where we set up camp (with hot showers available!) and eat dinner. You have the option to hike up switchbikes to the ancient Incan quarry above Cachiccata, where you'll see stones left in the process of cutting when the Incans vacated the area. Cachiccatta is home to almost all the porters who help us with our treks, so if you continue on the Royal or Classic Inca Trail trek, you might meet some of your porters here. Total hiking time is about seven hours and 10 miles with a net altitude loss of 2000 feet when dropping down to the valley floor.
DAY 3 :: We hike along the left bank of the Urubamba River, passing the native communities of Sillki and Primavera, before reaching Chillca and our lunch spot. After lunch we complete our trek by hiking along an incredible, mostly-unvisited section of the original Inca Trail to Piscaycucho, Kilometer 82 of the railroad and the start of the Classic and Royal Inca Trail treks. From there we will transport you to the train station, to Ollantaytambo, or back to Cusco. Trekking time is about 7.5 hours and 10.5 miles along a mostly-flat route with some substantial rolling hills towards the end. As a shorter alternative, you can instead visit the quarry this day and then hike to nearby Ollantaytambo rather than continuing along the river path.