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Essential Treasures of the Incas - Sacred Valley and Lares

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Date: September 2 - 9, 2019
Host: Hosted by Kathy Oakes with expert local guides
Cost: Starting from US$3,680 per person
Trip Type: Hosted Civilized Adventure


Daily expeditions will lead you along seldom-traveled highland trails surrounded by exquisite snow-capped peaks, past roving herds of llamas and alpacas, around impossibly hued turquoise lakes, and through graceful waterfalls. Your destinations will include fascinating archaeological sites, thought-provoking agricultural and commercial Andean cooperatives, and bustling towns and markets showcasing the flavors of the region as well as the wares of its skilled artisans. Most importantly, you will travel to hidden communities unchanged for centuries for a unique upclose visit with local people.

Expert guides tailor the experience with an offer of à la carte activities and daily cultural encounters. At each day’s sunset, settle into deluxe mountain lodges run in partnership with local communities, to prepare for a new day of multi-activity adventure and exploration.

Photos courtesy of Mountain Lodges of Peru

Brief Itinerary


The Sacred Valley and Lares Adventure to Machu Picchu is a multi-activity travel experience. You can tailor your adventure by choosing from various activities each day. Every activity is designed to be unique, authentic and highly experiential. Design your own adventure!

Day 1 - Lima to Cusco

Fly from Lima to Cusco where you will be transferred to the lodge for the evening.

Day 2 - Cusco

After breakfast, join the rest of the group for a full day of sightseeing. We'll visit Tambomachay, Qenqo, Koricancha Sun Temple, the Cusco Cathedral, twelve-angle stone, Puka Pukara and Sacsayhuaman. We'll enjoy a welcome dinner at Pachapapa. 

Day 3 - Cusco / Pisaq / Lamay

Depart Cusco taking in either a Cultural Activity or Hike. This afternoon we will all visit the community of Viacha and tour the archaeological site of Pisaq where we will learn about the agricultural activities of the community and enjoy a traditional Pachamanca meal. 

Cultural Activity: Visit the textile center of Awanacancha followed by the town and market of Pisaq.

Hike: Amaru - Viacha (2.5-3hrs/Moderate Difficulty)  

Day 4 - Lamay / Lares / Huacahuasi

We'll depart the lodge heading to the nearby town of Lamay where we will have a guided tour of the Ancasmarca archaeological site and ruins. This afternoon enjoy one of three optional activities.

Cultural Activity: Head off towards Choquecancha where we'll enjoy a guided tour of the imposing Inca ruins, have lunch and continue on to our lodge. 

Hike 1: Quelquena - Huacahuasi (2-2.5hrs / Easy to moderate difficulty)

Hike 2: Cuncani - Huacahuasi (3.5-4hrs / Moderate difficulty)

Day 5 - Huacahuasi to Ollantaytambo

Choose from three activities this morning, either a cultural acitivity, half day hike or full day hike. Those who don't choose the full day hike will either spend the afternoon at leisure or have the option (at additional charge) to drive back and explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas on mountain bike (2hrs) followed by an artisanal brewery tour. 

Cultural Activity: Sacred Valley of the Incas - visit the market in the town of Calca, visit the valley museum of historical artifacts, enjoy lunch at a countryside restaurant and explore the town of Ollantaytambo. 

Hike 1: Inca Trail Hike from Lares pass to the village of Totora (3 hrs/Easy to moderate difficulty)

Hike 2: Huacahuasi to Patacancha (7 hrs/Moderate to challenging difficulty)

Day 6 - Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu Pueblo

You have two early morning hike options today after which the group will reconvene and take a guided tour of the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo with free time to explore the market. We'll board the train to Machu Picchu Pueblo and enjoy the afternoon at leisure. 

Hike 1: Lower Pinkuylluna Ruins (1-1.5hrs / Moderate difficulty)

Hike 2: Higher Pinkuylluna Ruins (2-2.5hrs / Moderate to challenging difficulty)

Day 7 - Machu Picchu Sanctuary and Return to Cusco

Today we'll enjoy a guided tour of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary, the Inka citadel, followed by the option of free time in Machu Picchu or hiking Huayna Picchu (2-2.5hrs / moderate to challenging difficulty). We'll have lunch at the Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel back in town before boarding the train back to Ollantaytambo and driving back to Cusco. 

Day 8 - Depart

This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.                         


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Starting / ending Cusco

Starting at US$3,680 per person (based on twin, double or triple room)

Single supplements:

  • Requested single room: 25% per person rate supplement
  • Single willing to share: 10% per person rate supplement


Ask us about child rates

Prices are valid at time of publication (Aug. 9, 2018) and while not expected, itinerary and prices are subject to change.


  • Accommodations
  • Return flights Lima - Cusco
  • All meals from breakfast Day 2 - lunch Day 7 (except lunch day 2)
  • Transfer services from Cusco
  • Guided tours during the whole trip
  • Daily a-la-carte activities (except those that specify an additional cost)
  • Entrance fees and permits to touristic and archeological sites
  • Tips for staff at the lodges and in the field (Guide tips are excluded and suggested at US$5-10 per person per day)

Giving Back

Giving Back

In 2006 Mountain Lodges of Peru sponsored the creation of Yanapana Peru, a not-for-profit Civil Association dedicated to social and environmental responsibility. Yanapana is committed to improving the quality of life through sustainable community development, in an effort to reduce extreme poverty in the Andean highlands.

Main activities of the association include donations for the enhancement of nutrition and infrastructure at a local public school, funding and training for local entrepreneurs, which include jam and honey, handmade textiles and organic coffee production. Other supportive efforts are directed towards child sponsorship programs, as well as medical prevention, detection and treatment programs.

In our own journey through sustainability, we realized that it was necessary to take steps beyond what was traditionally being done in social inclusion, which is why in 2012, a joint-venture was born between the community of Huacahuasi and Mountain Lodges of Peru, naming it Kuska Purispa: Walking Together.

We are convinced that sustainable tourism in the region should be built around a model that empowers local communities, making them active investors in local development projects for the long-term benefit of all. We are committed to work under this innovative business model and keep empowering and generating added value to local communities in Peru.

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