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Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley

Peru

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Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley

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Colores de Huaypo

Suni
Hike
Moderate
Full-day

During this exploration, we can get to know the daily life of local communities: shepherds and farmers. Between November and May...

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Colores de Huaypo
Hike
Moderate
Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    During this exploration, we can get to know the daily life of local communities: shepherds and farmers. Between November and May, the landscape is lush green and humid, while from June to October the setting features are ochre, red and yellow. Lunch is served beside a lagoon and the last span of the route takes us to at an altitude from where a broad 360° panoramic view can be enjoyed.

    238 m 781 ft
    -424 m -1.391 ft
    3.751 m 12.306 ft
    3.518 m 11.542 ft

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Arin

Quechua
Hike
Easy
Half-day

Our hike begins in Huarán, on a narrow path that runs along an irrigation channel and different crops, with views of the valley and its ravines...

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Arin
Hike
Easy
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    Our hike begins in Huarán, on a narrow path that runs along an irrigation channel and different crops, with views of the valley and its ravines; among them, that of Urquillos. We continue skirting the channel through forests of eucalyptus and smallholdings, until we come to a path by which we descend. Finally, we reach the community of Arín. We return to Explora by van.
    * Not recommended for travelers with fear of heights.

    332 m 1.089 ft
    -529 m -1.736 ft
    3.253 m 10.673 ft
    3.038 m 9.967 ft

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Huertos de Yucay

Quechua
Hike
Easy
Half-day

The exploration begins at Yucay, the former residence of the prominent Inca rulers Tupac Inca Yupanqui, Huaynacapac and Sayritupac...

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Huertos de Yucay
Hike
Easy
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    The exploration begins at Yucay, the former residence of the prominent Inca rulers Tupac Inca Yupanqui, Huaynacapac and Sayritupac, and abundant crop fields. The trail takes you to the area’s platforms and crop fields.

    224 m 735 ft
    -224 m -735 ft
    3.051 m 10.010 ft
    2.857 m 9.373 ft

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Ollantaytambo

Quechua
Hike
Easy
Half-day

The walk takes us through the living Inca town of Ollantaytambo. The trail passes through the old main gate and over cobblestone streets...

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Ollantaytambo
Hike
Easy
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    The walk takes us through the living Inca town of Ollantaytambo. The trail passes through the old main gate and over cobblestone streets framed by narrow water channels. After visiting the village, we climb to the archaeological site to see its terraces, the ceremonial center and the Royal Building.

    177 m 581 ft
    -146 m -479 ft
    2.885 m 9.465 ft
    2.816 m 9.239 ft

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Salineras

Quechua
Hike
Moderate
Half-day

Hiking begins visiting the colonial town of Maras. After crossing the village, the trail descends among potato fields to the community’s salt...

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Salineras
Hike
Moderate
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    Hiking begins visiting the colonial town of Maras. After crossing the village, the trail descends among potato fields to the community’s salt mines.

    Not recommended for travelers with fear of heights.

    162 m 531 ft
    -681 m -2.234 ft
    3.371 m 11.060 ft
    2.841 m 9.321 ft

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Pumamarca

Quechua
Hike
Moderate
Half-day

This exploration is an opportunity to discover one of the area’s most puzzling and isolated Inca remains. The walk takes us through the...

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Pumamarca
Hike
Moderate
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    This exploration is an opportunity to discover one of the area’s most puzzling and isolated Inca remains. The walk takes us through the Patacancha valley. The walk begin outside of Ollantaytambo, ascending through a verdant trail along local farm houses and orchards. The Pumamarca remains pose a conundrum to archeologists and explorers: their origins and functions are still unknown.

    651 m 2.136 ft
    -214 m -702 ft
    3.427 m 11.243 ft
    2.882 m 9.455 ft

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Pumatambo

Quechua
Hike
Moderate
Full-day

The first part of the exploration is right through the living Inca city of Ollantaytambo. Then, we ascend to the archaeological site to...

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Pumatambo
Hike
Moderate
Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    The first part of the exploration is right through the living Inca city of Ollantaytambo. Then, we ascend to the archaeological site to get to know its terraces, the ceremonial center and the Royal House. The second part is a hike through the Patacancha valley, ascending progressively along a path to the vestiges of Pumamarca, one of the most enigmatic archaeological sites in the region.

    828 m 2.717 ft
    -360 m -1.181 ft
    3.427 m 11.243 ft
    2.816 m 9.239 ft

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Racchi

Suni
Hike
Easy
Half-day

The walk carries you through orchards and communities to familiarize yourself with the rural landscape and its culture. This exploration takes...

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Racchi
Hike
Easy
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    The walk carries you through orchards and communities to familiarize yourself with the rural landscape and its culture. This exploration takes place at a mean height and offers panoramic views to the Sacred Valley and its snowed capped peaks. It provides a good chance for acclimatization and to understand the area’s geography.

    63 m 207 ft
    -287 m -942 ft
    3.733 m 12.247 ft
    3.488 m 11.444 ft

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Kaytucha

Suni
Hike
Moderate
Half-day

We begin with a visit to the community of Cúper Bajo where we learn about textile techniques. Then we start our hike, ascending up...

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Kaytucha
Hike
Moderate
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    We begin with a visit to the community of Cúper Bajo where we learn about textile techniques. Then we start our hike, ascending up an agricultural road with panoramic views of lagoons, fields of crops and the town of Chinchero. Finally, we descend to the archaeological complex of Chinchero, where Inca and colonial elements merge. We return to explora by van.

    270 m 886 ft
    -241 m -791 ft
    3.992 m 13.097 ft
    3.728 m 12.231 ft

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Machu Kolka

Suni
Hike
Easy
Half-day

We leave by van to Chinchero, where we begin a steep ascent through crops with views of the pampa, the valley of Urquillos and the snowy...

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Machu Kolka
Hike
Easy
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    We leave by van to Chinchero, where we begin a steep ascent through crops with views of the pampa, the valley of Urquillos and the snowy peaks that crown the mountains. We walk to the Machu Kolka archaeological center, formerly used as a product storage warehouse. We explore the place and enjoy a privileged view of the valley. We return to explora by van.

    236 m 774 ft
    -243 m -797 ft
    3.933 m 12.904 ft
    3.740 m 12.270 ft

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Moray

Suni
Hike
Easy
Half-day

The trail begins at a farming community located amidst hills and goes down to the Inca remains of Moray, a laboratory of experimental...

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Moray
Hike
Easy
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    The trail begins at a farming community located amidst hills and goes down to the Inca remains of Moray, a laboratory of experimental farming where different microclimates are used to grow crops.

    76 m 248 ft
    -302 m -991 ft
    3.732 m 12.244 ft
    3.477 m 11.407 ft

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Senderito de Pisaq

Suni
Hike
Moderate
Full-day

We descend from the mountains to the remains of Pisaq. We will use one of our alternative routes to access the back of the remains...

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Senderito de Pisaq
Hike
Moderate
Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    We descend from the mountains to the remains of Pisaq. We will use one of our alternative routes to access the back of the remains, which provides for a unique view. This exploration is recommended for every traveler wishing to enjoy an altitude landscape that calls for contemplation.

    191 m 627 ft
    -1.013 m -3.323 ft
    3.871 m 12.700 ft
    2.977 m 9.767 ft

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