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Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu


Duration 4 Days
Difficulty Moderate to Hard
Range of Altitude 2,040m to 4,400m / 6,700ft to 14,432ft
Distance Covered Approximately 35km

This lesser-known trek starts from the Sacred Valley of the Incas to the village of Lares, famous for its hot springs.

Soak in the luscious Andean scenery along the way, made up of its awe-inspiring mountain range, emerald glacier lagoons and get acquainted with local Quechua communities and their traditions and culture.

This trek is an extension of the 3D2N Sacred Valley to Lares Valley (see here), with the extra day devoted to exploring the famous Machu Picchu.




  • We depart Cusco in the morning by private transport for a two hour drive to Huaran, the starting point of the trek

  • Walk for approximately five hours, following an uphill path to our first campsite in Cancha Cancha, a small farming community in the middle of a spectacular mountain backdrop
  • We leave our camp after breakfast to begin walking along an ascending path for approximately three hours to the first mountain pass of the trek, Abra Pachacutec (4,400m/14,432ft)

  • Enjoy awesome views of glacier lagoons, surrounding valleys as well as snow-capped mountains such as Colquecruz, Minas and Sirijuani

  • After lunch, we then descend to Quiswarani, a small peasant and textile community, from where we continue following an uphill path until we reach the beautiful lagoon of Queuñaqocha. We set up our second camp here
  • We continue our hike for the next two hours towards the second mountain pass, Abra Willkiccasa (4,100m/13,448ft), which offers impressive views of both sides of the pass as well as mountains like Colquecruz and Pitusiray

  • Arrive at Cuncani three hours later, another small peasant community from where we follow our hike down a fertile valley with more vegetation, crops and agricultural communities

  • We reach Lares after approximately two hours, a large village well known for its hot springs. Enjoy a dip here!

  • After lunch, our private transport will take us to Ollantaytambo, where we board an afternoon train that will take us to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel
  • We board a bus in the morning to take us up to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of Machu Picchu that will take approximately two hours

  • You will have free time to walk around, climb up the Huaynapicchu Mountain, where one can experience spectacular views of all of Machu Picchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it (note that there are only 400 visitors allowed per day), visit the Temple of the Moon or the impressive Inca Bridge

  • In the afternoon, we reconvene in the town of Aguas Calientes where you can visit and relax in its hot springs if you like. We then take the train back to Cusco, where we arrive after nightfall


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