There are a lot of different routes that lead us to our wonderful Machu Picchu, but there is an ancestral path considered an authentic inca trail which deserves to be showed worldwide due to its natural and cultural richness, nowadays it is protected and considered part of Machu Picchu National Park. This route starts in the Sacred Valley of the incas, at the community of Piskacucho and located at 2300 m.a.s.l (8000 f.a.s.l) and you do not have to worry about altitude sickness as it is located 1000 meters less than Cusco city.
This trekking route was abandoned for moreover 150 years as in the past, it was used by locals for transportation and trading of products that they cultivated in tropical zones as Santa Teresa, Huyro, Santa Maria, Quillabamba and the whole province of La Convencion. Also, this road was used by the scientific discoverer of Machu Picchu known as Hiram Bingham, to transport all of the treasures of this worldwide wonder.
This Sacred Valley hike has authentic inca trails with stairs carved in the basis of the mountains, archaeological sites and a multiple biodiversity of flora and fauna. The first archaeological site to be visited is Kanamarca (which in our native quechua language means “Town of fire”) here we can appreciate inca constructions and a wonderful view of the Sacred Valley as well as the sacred river Vilcanota (which in quechua is known as Willkamayu)
During the first day, we will visit more archaeological sites as Corihuairachina which remains sleep over the time and keeps many secrets. After some hours, the landscape will drastically change from a dry valley with panoramic views to a tropical humid forest with lots of vegetation in which our biologists identified many varieties of orchids. We will as well the almost-horizontal mountains with abundant vegetation considered as jungle area and along with these mountains the Vilcanota River. We will cross the valleys and reach to 104 kilometer of the route Cusco – Machu Picchu, here we will pass the river through a suspension bridge and then visit Chachabamba, another interesting archaeological site and after 3 hours hiking gradually upside we´ll reach Wiñayhuayna site (meaning “Forever Young”) and from here we will connect with the traditional 4 days inca trail, as it only existed one entrance to Machu Picchu town known nowadays as Inti Punku (Sun’s Gate) and from here you can appreciate the first panoramic view of this Wonder.
Kenko Adventures provides you the possibility to visit 2 consecutive days this worldwide wonder: in the afternoon of the second day and appreciate the sunset in Machu Picchu and then during our third day to see the sunrise and appreciate completely Machu Picchu assisted by your professional guide which is authorized to operate in the Inca Trail net of the Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
Hiking, adventure, guided visits, flora and fauna, history, culture and more!
What does Sacred Valley Trek include?
What does not include?
Day 01: Cusco – Ollantaytambo -. Piscachucho – Cedrobamba
Our tour will start in Cusco city, your guide will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning and drive in our touristic transport through the Sacred Valley of the Incas via Chinchero until reaching Ollantaytambo, and here we will make a short stop for breakfast. After 45 minutes, we will board our transport and continue for another 30 minutes until Piscacucho community or known as well as kilometer 82 of the route Cusco – Machu Picchu in which our trek will start.
Before we start our hike, our guide will provide you the final indications which we highly recommend to follow to the detail as this trekking route belongs to a National Protected Reserve. After a short hike we will reach the archaeological site of Kanamarca or the Town of Fire, here your guide will provide you all the necessary information about it.
Then, we will follow our hike through the Valley until another site: Corihuayrachina, here we will appreciate the importance of agriculture for Inca civilization; continuing with our hike we will finally reach the humid forests of this Natural reserve and see the great biodiversity of flora and fauna from the Sacred Valley of the incas and its majestic Vilcanota river.
Finally, we will reach our campsite Cedrobamba; after an interesting day we will enjoy a camping night with our superior service complemented with a total relaxation moment offering you hot and cold beverages and some snacks as crackers and popcorn; followed by our dinner in the evening.
Meals: Snacks, lunch and dinner.
Hiking distance: 20 kilometers
Minimum Altitude: 2300 m.a.s.l / 7300 fts (Cusco City)
Maximum Altitude: 3300 m.a.s.l / 10500 fts
Climate: Sunny during dry season. Cold, windy and cloudy during rainy season.
Transportation: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Piscacucho
Day 02: Cedrobamba – Wiñayhuana – Inti Punku (sungate)– Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes.
Our second day will start very early in the morning with a hot beverage that our staff members will provide you to your tent and then your guide will announce you when the breakfast is ready. Once we had finished our delicious breakfast, we will start our hike for 20 minutes approx. until reach kilometer 104 on the route Cusco – Machu Picchu and cross the suspension bridge to ascend towards this inca trail to Machu Picchu, also during the trail we will visit many different archaeological sites as Chachabamba and Wiñayhuayna, uniques due to their location and connection with Machu Picchu. Finally we will arrive to the last campsite of the 4 days inca trail hikers, here we will start the last portion of this hike until reaching Inti Punku. From here we will see Machu Picchu in all its glory with a panoramic view.
Lastly we will reach to Machu Picchu and our clients will have the opportunity to make a small visit to the citadel as tomorrow will be the main day to make the guided visit.
After enjoyed this archaeological site our visitors will board the bus towards Aguas Calientes town known as well as Machu Picchu town in which your guide will accommodate you in your hotel and coordinate the meeting time the following day to see the sunrise in Machu Picchu.
Meals: Snacks, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Hiking distance: 12 kilometers
Minimum Altitude: 2000 m.a.s.l / 6300 fts. (Aguas Calientes)
Maximum Altitude: 2600 m.a.s.l 7800 fts. (Wiñayhuayna inca ruins)
Climate: Sunny during dry season. Cold, windy and cloudy during rainy season.
Day 03: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco.
This day will be entirely dedicated to visit Machu Picchu, and for this reason we recommend to coordinate with your guide so you do not miss anything!
We also advise to start early to avoid lines and inconveniences as in 2017 we had the highest demand of this wonder having 7000 tourists per day, for this reason we plan carefully our itineraries in order to avoid any unforeseen circumstance and make more pleasant your visit here.
Our guide will pick you up from your hotel and from here lead you to Aguas Calientes bus station and board towards Machu Picchu, this ride takes 30 minutes and then we reach the Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. In this place, it is very important to have your passports to access, then you will have a 2 hours guided tour inside the citadel by our professional guide and once you had finished, you will have some free time to enjoy by yourselves. You can choose to hike the Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (if any of our clients is interested in these places, please consult about the entrance fee tickets at booking time) and finally finish with the total visit of Machu Picchu.
For your return, our clients will board the bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes and then to the train station according to your train schedule you will board the train back to Ollantaytambo town; here our transfer will be waiting for you to transport you back to your Cusco hotel. End of our services.
Meals: Snacks, breakfast.
Hiking distance: 0 kilometers
Minimum Altitude: 200 m.a.s.l / 6300 fts. (Aguas Calientes)
Maximum Altitude: 33000 m.a.s.l 10500 fts (Cusco)
Climate: Sunny during dry season. Cold, windy and cloudy during rainy season.
Transportation: Aguas calientes - Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco.
Sacred Valley trek prince:
We need 2 people minimums to open this tour if you are two we can do it!
what we included for this prices:
We need a copy of your passport at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR YOUR TOUR
Have a look carefully the next information; it will help you answer any of your questions about our service and tours in Cusco and Machu Picchu.
WELCOME TO CUSCO
You will be welcomed at Cusco airport and we drive you to your hotel, please send us the information about flight details at least 14 days prior to your trek or tour. Look out for our representative holding an KENKO ADVENTURES logo at the arrival terminal. It can be done on any date that is best suited to you!
We use to visit at your hotel 6 pm or if you prefer during the day 9am to 1pm or 3pm to 5pm, please you could send us an email with details to get your briefing time Will be ready any time for our clients.
CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE?
Of course! During the Cusco Machu Picchu Tour your main luggage can be store at our office or at your hotel, both are for free. Please don´t pack anything you will need for your hike.
HOW TO BOOK THE TOUR?
FIRST, to book our day tours and Machu Picchu Tours, we need you to fill out our booking form with your personal information by clicking on BOOK NOW.
Please be ready with the next information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We cannot purchase an entrance to Machu Picchu or the train without the following information:
Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):
D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)
SECOND, we require a deposit of US $ 250.00 per person in order to purchase your entrance to Machu Picchu and train ticket. You can make you deposit by PAYPAL online. or make a deposit to the following bank account in Interbank 420-3107104602
WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?
It could be greatly appreciated if our clients pay in cash at your briefing time in the hotel (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. We have many cash machines in the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by PAYPAL.
HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR THE STUDENT DISCOUNT?
According to our government Laws you must be under 18 years of age at the time of your trek, tour, or visit to Machu Picchu (students 18 & above need ISIC cards). For example, if you book a trek at the age of 17 but you turn 18 before you do your trek, you do not qualify for a student discount.
students from 12 to 17 years old, they get discount of $20.
children from age of 2 to 12 they get discount of $20.
children from the age of 0 to 2 they are free.
All students must send a copy of their passport at booking time to get the discount.
We need a copy at email@example.com.
HOW DO I GET THE STUDENT ISIC CARD DISCOUNT?
The ISIC Student can get Discount of US$ 20.
You must have a valid current internationally accepted ISIC card in your name.
They could apply for the ISIC Card at https://www.isic.org/
You must provide a copy of your ISIC card at your booking time.
Send us a copy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?
“No”. Once the tickets have been bought the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure date. Tickets are not transferable nor refundable unfortunately.
*** If you cancel your Cusco Machu Picchu Tour, the deposit is not refundable at all!
DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT FOR THE CUSCO MACHU PICCHU TOUR?
Yes, you have to get your original passport and it is very important and it have to be the same passport number that you sent to us at book time, and also train ticket, other entrances and reservations Will have the same document. The rangers will check when you enter Machu Picchu. The train company will also check your passport before to board you’re the train.
In case you are changing your Passport or you lost and you get a new one, go ahead and send us your new passport information to secure your permit, and we can change it and when you get to our country no surprises and everything Will be fine.
HOW IS THE CLIMATE IN CUSCO?
The climate in our country is very variant and does not consider the normal 4 seasons. Here, in just one day we can see all of the seasons! And this is why we recommend our visitors to be prepared for any occasion, either for rain or sunny days.
A very important factor which alter our world is global warming, which has evolved into a high risky contributor due to the glaciers melting in Peruvian Andes, and it also affect the normal development of our weather.
Nonetheless, something that is very marked in our country and in some cities here in the Andes is that we only have 2 main seasons during the year:
Dry Season: We consider the dry season from the end of April until the end of September, in this period the first rains will start. For this reason, this is the best time to visit our region and our amazing Machu Picchu and also avoid any inconveniences.
Rainy Season: This season starts on October until the end of April approximately, so during this time it is advised to all of our visitors to pack their belongings into waterproof bags, as in our region it can be sunny the first 2 hours and then have a heavy rain.
We know that there are extreme climates worldwide, but this must not stop us from our longing and desire to explore the world, to discover marvelous cultures and interact with them. Be welcomed to Perú and Machu Picchu.
Huayna Picchu Mountain:
This mountain is located inside Machu Picchu Archaeological Park, which is located at 300 meters more than Machu Picchu Inca Citadel; here it takes approximately just 45 minutes hiking up and other 45 minutes hiking down. This Mountain conserves some archaeological remains as the Moon Temple and other precincts that are interconnected with authentic trails, steps, tunnels and natural formatted caves which made the view more interesting. Without any doubt, this is one of the best attractions of Machu Picchu; the Huayna Picchu Mountain offers a 360 grades view and a stunning view of Machu Picchu Inca Citadel, Machu Picchu
Mountain and the famous Sun Gate (Inti Punku). Currently our government through Ministry of Culture, maintain the visitors income controlled per day, only 400 tickets are offered per day and divided in 2 groups of 200 each. The first schedule starts from 7:00 to 08:00 am and the second from 10:00 to 11:00 am, for this reason its demand is growing day by day and if any of our visitors is interested in this hike, then it is necessary to make a booking at least with 3 months in advance in order to guarantee their visit to this extraordinary place.
Machu Picchu Mountain:
This mountain is located inside the park as well, and is only 1:20 hrs away hiking by your own. Once you reach the summit, you will take impressive photos with panoramic views of the entire valley in which is situated Machu Picchu inca citadel, you will also have impressive views of the Andes Mountain range and the glaciers that protect this unique ecosystem.
The demand to obtain permits for this hike is quickly growing up, for this we advise a minimum of 2 months in advance to book the tickets, as there is a limit for visitors per day to experience this amazing hike. This hike has 2 schedules, the first from 07:00 am to 08:00 am and the second from 09:00 am to 10:00 am with a limit of 200 people per group.
NOTE: Kenko Adventures guarantees the visit to these attractions in any of our tours if you make the booking early enough in advance.