Cusco - Winay Wayna
Today you’ll take the train to the starting point of the ‘Camino Real’ trail, where your guide will be waiting. Setting off at 2300m altitude, you’ll cross a footbridge over the Urubamba river and follow the Inca trading route towards Machu Picchu, passing several small ruins along the way.
You’ll stop for lunch in scenic Winay Wayna, an ancient Inca city tucked between terraced fields and home to some beautifully preserved ruins. Afterwards, the trek continues downhill through shady forests until you arrive at the Sun Gate, where you’ll catch your first glimpse of Machu Picchu.You can spend the late afternoon wandering around the ruins as the sun begins to sink. Next you’ll take the bus to Aguas Calientes, where you can soak in the local hot springs and stay in a simple hotel in the centre of town.
Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo
This morning, you’ll jump out of bed early to beat the tourists to Machu Picchu. As the sun heats the valley, the wispy mist swirling across the ruins will lift, giving you a glorious view of the Lost City in the morning light. You’ll take a guided tour and hear about the legend surrounding the city before taking the train to Ollantaytambo, a traditional mountain village.
Ollantaytambo is tucked away in the Sacred Valley, surrounded by both gorgeous scenery and ancient Inca sites. A cobblestone maze of tiny streets and friendly locals, it’s a sleepy and beautiful place to explore. You’ll stay in a cosy guesthouse; the rooms are quite small, but the décor is tastefully done in local wood and stone.
Ollanta - Urubamba - Cusco
Ollantaytambo is the best preserved example of Inca city planning, so it’s packed with fascinating sights. Today, you’ll head up to the Inca fort, with sweeping views across the town as it wakes for the day before exploring its unique Inca courtyards. Afterwards, you can relax in the sunshine or hike between the terraces.
Later this afternoon you’ll take a taxi or ‘colectivo’ to Urubamba about 20 minutes away. Your hotel for tonight is a cosy hotel outside town. Your room is set amongst a tangle of flowers and winding pathways and has a warm and charming atmosphere. The garden is the perfect place to catch up on that book you’ve been meaning to read for ages… The next morning, you’ll pack your bags and say farewell to the Sacred Valley.
Optional day trip
Pisac & Ammaru Community Day trip
If you’d like to discover the Pisac ruins and learn more about the local Ammaru culture, you can add on this full day trip to your Sacred Valley stay. After discovering the fascinating history of these Inca ruins you’ll journey to a nearby village to learn how this community live. They farm using simple (yet effective) tools and are expert weavers. It’s a perfect opportunity to pick up a unique souvenir.
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If you choose this option in Ollantaytambo you’ll stay in a boutique hotel located right on the station platform. The rooms are quite small, but each one is situated in peaceful gardens.In Aguas Calientes there aren’t as many boutique options but we’ve found a small hotel with comfortable rooms, private bathrooms and breakfast included. In Urubamba you’ll stay in a casita bungalow situated amongst peaceful gardens. All profits from the hotel go towards a local project which educates children from impoverished backgrounds.
Prices from: £ 838 - per person - Standard & In Style accommodation