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Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu, Peru

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Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

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Yanahuara

Quechua
Yanahuara
Hike icon Hike
Easy icon Easy
missing duration icon Half-day

Inside Quebrada Yanahuara, following a small stream that descends from the glaciers and crosses an ancient forest, we will find tremendous biodiversity with native trees over 200 years old. After leaving the gorge we will visit Enisfera, a private reserve that preserves hummingbirds, where we will observe these beautiful birds, which are characteristic of the valley.

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Yanahuara
Yanahuara
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Hike
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Easy
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Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    Inside Quebrada Yanahuara, following a small stream that descends from the glaciers and crosses an ancient forest, we will find tremendous biodiversity with native trees over 200 years old. After leaving the gorge we will visit Enisfera, a private reserve that preserves hummingbirds, where we will observe these beautiful birds, which are characteristic of the valley.

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    244 m 801 ft
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    -244 m -801 ft
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    3357 m 11014 ft
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    3197 m 19489 ft

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Parcco

Puna
Parcco
Hike icon Hike
Advanced icon Advanced
missing duration icon Half-day

On this occasion we will be behind the massif of Pitusiray, the apu or mountain lord of Calca province, and walk along the edge of a mountain range where we will have the chance to see different lagoons and the slopes of Quebrada Calca and Quebrada Lamay, along with folds of the earth's crust that add drama to Andean geology.

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Parcco
Parcco
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Hike
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Advanced
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Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    On this occasion we will be behind the massif of Pitusiray, the apu or mountain lord of Calca province, and walk along the edge of a mountain range where we will have the chance to see different lagoons and the slopes of Quebrada Calca and Quebrada Lamay, along with folds of the earth's crust that add drama to Andean geology.

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    275 m 902 ft
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    -376 m -1234 ft
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    4526 m 14849 ft
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    4247 m 13934 ft

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Wata

Suni
Wata
Hike icon Hike
Moderate icon Moderate
missing duration icon Full-day

Following an old Inca road still used by the region's inhabitants to trade products between Pampa de Anta and the Sacred Valley, we go into the ravine until we reach Wata, an old ceremonial center on the mountain peak that predates the Incan era and has spectacular views of the mountain range and the Quebrada Huarocondo.

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Wata
Wata
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Hike
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  • Exploration Path

    Following an old Inca road still used by the region's inhabitants to trade products between Pampa de Anta and the Sacred Valley, we go into the ravine until we reach Wata, an old ceremonial center on the mountain peak that predates the Incan era and has spectacular views of the mountain range and the Quebrada Huarocondo.

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    808 m 2651 ft
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    -1235 m -4052 ft
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    3820 m 12533 ft
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    3223 m 10574 ft

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Salapunku

Quechua
Salapunku
Hike icon Hike
Moderate icon Moderate
missing duration icon Full-day

There is a stretch of the Inca road between the valley and the Urubamba Canyon that used to connect the Sacred Valley with Machu Picchu. As we hike along it, we will observe the imposing rapids of the Urubamba River and the hanging glaciers of the Apu Verónica or Wakaywillca. As we approach the beginning of the canyon, we will visit Salapunku, an enigmatic archaeological center that probably belonged to the Royal Panaka of the Inca Pachacuteq.

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Salapunku
Salapunku
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Hike
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Moderate
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Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    There is a stretch of the Inca road between the valley and the Urubamba Canyon that used to connect the Sacred Valley with Machu Picchu. As we hike along it, we will observe the imposing rapids of the Urubamba River and the hanging glaciers of the Apu Verónica or Wakaywillca. As we approach the beginning of the canyon, we will visit Salapunku, an enigmatic archaeological center that probably belonged to the Royal Panaka of the Inca Pachacuteq.

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    481 m 1578 ft
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    -578 m -1896 ft
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    2852 m 9357 ft
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    2624 m 8609 ft

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Huaypo Views

Suni
Huaypo Views
Bike icon Bike
Advanced icon Advanced
missing duration icon Full-day

This exploration crosses the farmlands of Chinchero, visiting vegetable gardens, small farms and villages. It takes the traveler...

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Huaypo Views
Huaypo Views
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Bike
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Advanced
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  • Exploration Path

    This exploration crosses the farmlands of Chinchero, visiting vegetable gardens, small farms and villages. It takes the traveler to the remains of the Moray experimental crop center, the colonial town of Maras and its Inca salt-mines, to finalize with a descent to the Urubamba River. This exploration is recommended for travelers in good physical conditions and experienced in mountain biking.

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    735 m 2.411 ft
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    -1.557 m -5.108 ft
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    3.710 m 12.172 ft
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    2.841 m 9.321 ft

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Huayna Kolka

Suni
Huayna Kolka
Bike icon Bike
Moderate icon Moderate
missing duration icon Half-day

After visiting the archaeological site of Machu Kolka, we get on our bikes and begin a descent among trees and adobe houses towards...

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Huayna Kolka
Huayna Kolka
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Bike
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    After visiting the archaeological site of Machu Kolka, we get on our bikes and begin a descent among trees and adobe houses towards the town of Racchi. There, we pedal in ascent towards the viewpoint of Huayna Kolka to contemplate the valley. We descend by a winding dirt road to Huayllabamba. At this point, we skirt around different crop fields until we reach explora.

    elevation gain icon
    403 m 1.322 ft
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    -1.198 m -3.930 ft
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    3.740 m 12.270 ft
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    2.867 m 9.406 ft

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Qenqo

Puna
Qenqo
Bike icon Bike
Expert icon Expert
missing duration icon Full-day

The exploration begins in the heights of the pampas and then descends – over a vehicle road – among Quechua communities and farmlands...

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Qenqo
Qenqo
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Bike
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Expert
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    The exploration begins in the heights of the pampas and then descends – over a vehicle road – among Quechua communities and farmlands with views to the Sacred Valley and Pisac. In the afternoon, the ride goes follows the south side of the Urubamba river among cornfields, old haciendas and manors from the 19th and 20th century.

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    997 m 3.271 ft
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    -2.209 m -7.247 ft
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    4.130 m 13.550 ft
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    2.896 m 9.501 ft

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Moray Avalanche

Quechua
Moray Avalanche
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Moderate icon Moderate
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Our exploration begins with a hike through a community located in the hills, and descends to the Inca ruins of Moray, a special site...

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Moray Avalanche
Moray Avalanche
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Combination
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  • Exploration Path

    Our exploration begins with a hike through a community located in the hills, and descends to the Inca ruins of Moray, a special site that was used as an agricultural research center. Afterwards, we continue on bicycle, from the top of the slopes of the valley we descend on a wide path kept in good condition. The journey offers interesting views towards the mountains and the Urubamba river. Once the descent is finished, we continue along land parallel to the river, an area full of orchards and cornfields, as well as a great density of Inca terraces.

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    239 m 782 ft
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    -1.160 m -3.806 ft
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    3.732 m 12.244 ft
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    2.811 m 9.222 ft

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Between Mountains

Quechua
Between Mountains
Combination icon Combination
Moderate icon Moderate
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From the heights of the slopes of Sacred Valley we will descend by bicycle on a track in good condition. The journey offers...

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Between Mountains
Between Mountains
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Combination
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  • Exploration Path

    From the heights of the slopes of Sacred Valley we will descend by bicycle on a track in good condition. The journey offers very interesting views towards the mountains and the Urubamba river. Once the descent is finished, we will continue along a land parallel to the river, an area full of orchards and cornfields, as well as a great density of Inca terrace. We continue walking through Ollantaytambo, ascending a path with vegetation next to houses and orchards. The Pumamarca remains pose a conundrum to archeologists and explorers: their origins and functions are still unknown.

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    814 m 2.671 ft
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    -1.072 m -3.517 ft
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    3.510 m 11.516 ft
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    2.811 m 9.222 ft

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The Mita

Suni
The Mita
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Moderate icon Moderate
missing duration icon Full-day

We leave by van to Chinchero, where we start an uphill hike through crop fields overlooking the valley and the snowy peaks that crown...

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The Mita
The Mita
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Combination
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  • Exploration Path

    We leave by van to Chinchero, where we start an uphill hike through crop fields overlooking the valley and the snowy peaks that crown the mountains. We walk to the Machu Kolka archaeological site, formerly used as a product storage warehouse. We visit the place and enjoy a privileged view of the valley where we will have lunch. Then, we get on our bikes and start our descent down a winding dirt road to Huayllabamba. At this point, we skirt around different crop fields and bike back to Explora.

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    639 m 2.096 ft
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    -1.441 m -4.728 ft
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    3.933 m 12.904 ft
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    2.867 m 9.406 ft

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Machu-Picchu

Quechua
Machu-Picchu
Overland icon Overland
Easy icon Easy
missing duration icon Full-day

We explore the famous historical sanctuary of Machu Picchu, one of the most impressive architectural expressions of the Inca civilization.

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Machu-Picchu
Machu-Picchu
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Overland
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Easy
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    We explore the famous historical sanctuary of Machu Picchu, one of the most impressive architectural expressions of the Inca civilization. We leave the hotel towards the train station in Ollantaytambo, where we take the train to the town of Aguas Calientes to ascend to Machu Picchu by bus. We explore this magical place for approximately three hours. This version does not include the hike to Puerta del Sol or Inti Punku. Once we’ve visited the sanctuary, we leave Machu Picchu and head towards the station to take the train back.

    *This exploration combines Explora services with third-party services, meaning it must be confirmed with our booking team at least 50 days before the visit. It has an additional cost of USD $400 for adults and USD $350 for children (up to 11 years). The exploration to Machu Picchu is provided through the rail company Perú Rail in the “Vistadome” or “Expedition” modality, depending on availability. The entrance to Machu Picchu must be at 11am.

    To make your reservation, contact us by email at reserve@explora.com or phone us at +56 2 2395 2800.

Cusco

Suni
Cusco
Overland icon Overland
Easy icon Easy
missing duration icon Full-day

This exploration shows the best of Cusco in one day. We will descend from the fortress of Saqsaywaman down crossing the al leys...

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Cusco
Cusco
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Overland
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Easy
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Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    This exploration shows the best of Cusco in one day. We will descend from the fortress of Saqsaywaman down crossing the al leys of the colonial quarter of San Blas to the main square. After lunch, the traveler can continue walking through Cusco with one of our guides or on his/her own. The temple of Corincan cha, on which the Santo Domingo convent was built, Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, the San Pedro Market, some Art Galleries or the hundreds of souvenirs stores are some of the options we recommend. * Tickets to the evening atractions are not included.

Valle Sur

Quechua
Valle Sur
Overland icon Overland
Easy icon Easy
missing duration icon Full-day

We will explore the Spanish influence through art and the religious syncretism that the cultural encounter fostered. We begin with a visit to the first of the three Canicunca churches, before walking to the Huaro church and then heading to the Andahuaylillas church, where we will visit the choir and the museum. We will end with lunch in a wetland accompanied by native birds.

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Valle Sur
Valle Sur
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Overland
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Easy
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Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    We will explore the Spanish influence through art and the religious syncretism that the cultural encounter fostered. We begin with a visit to the first of the three Canicunca churches, before walking to the Huaro church and then heading to the Andahuaylillas church, where we will visit the choir and the museum. We will end with lunch in a wetland accompanied by native birds.

Pirka

Suni
Pirka
Overland icon Overland
Easy icon Easy
missing duration icon Full-day

This route first takes us to Ollantaytambo, also known as the “living Inca city”. From there we travel to the archaeological site of Moray...

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Pirka
Pirka
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Overland
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Easy
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Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    This route first takes us to Ollantaytambo, also known as the “living Inca city”. From there we travel to the archaeological site of Moray, a laboratory of experimental farming where different microclimates are used to grow crops. From here we continue to Maras and a large lagoon, an ideal place to take a stroll and have lunch, to then follow to the town of Chinchero. The road crosses several fields where we will see farmers working or looking after their animals.

Pisac

Suni
Pisac
Overland icon Overland
Easy icon Easy
missing duration icon Half-day

Known for its remarkable ruins, as well as for its colorful crafts market, the village of Pisac bears witness to the accomplishments and mysteries...

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Pisac
Pisac
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Overland
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Easy
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Half-day
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    Known for its remarkable ruins, as well as for its colorful crafts market, the village of Pisac bears witness to the accomplishments and mysteries of the Inca civilization.

    This exploration allows travellers to discover, by foot, this key enclave of the Sacred Valley, showing an integral vision of the Inca cosmovision.