Top 10 Explorations in the Sacred Valley of the Incas
Culturally speaking, the Sacred Valley of the Incas is one of the richest areas in South America. That is why we are announcing the 10 best explorations of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
explora has decided to offer an authentic immersion in the world of the ancient empire of the Incas. For this, we have designed different explorations in order to offer a singularly unique experience. They offer an exclusive historical, cultural and natural experience away from the traditional tourist circuits.
It is no secret to anyone that the true heart of the Inca Empire was the Sacred Valley of the Urubamba River. In this valley, you will find an enormous amount of archaeological remains and amazing cultural vestiges. You can also experience an extraordinary contact with nature.
Highlights of the 10 best explorations in the Sacred Valley of the Incas:
- Get to know, directly, the authentic descendants of the ancient Incas, their villages, weaving, products, food and customs today.
- Experience, with the help of the most experienced guides, the most beautiful views of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
- Enjoy outdoor sports on mountain bikes as well as half-day and full-day hikes, closely observing the nature, flora, fauna and people of this magical valley.
- Learn the smallest details of the impressive pillars of the ancient civilization of the Incas.
Mountain Bike Routes
7 hours of travel in the Sacred Valley of the Incas over 23. 3 miles/ 37.5 kilometers.
This route explores the agricultural area of Chinchero. See the orchards, farms and villages that make up the landscape of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You will experience the vestiges of the experimental agricultural center of Moray, the colonial town of Maras and its Inca salt mines. It ends with a technical descent along narrow routes that reaches the Urubamba River. Recommended for travelers who are in good physical shape, have mountain bike experience and previous acclimatization.
6 and a half hours of travel through the Sacred Valley of the Incas over 33.3 miles / 54.5 kilometers.
This route starts at the heights of the Andes mountain range at 4,130 meters /13,549 feet above sea level. Over ancient Inca roads, we descend between authentic Quechua communities and seeded fields overlooking the Valley and Pisac. In the afternoon, ride on the south side of the Urubamba River between cornfields, old haciendas and 19th and 20th-century homes. A unique experience away from conventional tourism.
3-hour duration along 21 miles/ 34 kilometers.
The road used for this exploration goes down the south side of the Urubamba River, a quiet area of cornfields, old haciendas and manors from the 19th and 20th centuries. This bike ride is recommended for families wishing to take a long walk or for those who want to take on a sport.
Combined Mountain Bike and Trekking Route:
6 hours and 10 minutes along 15.3 miles/ 24.7 kilometers.
During the morning, this exploration considers a 3.7 mile / 6 km walk over a mountain trail with 360º views to Cusco and the Sacred Valley. The descent is through potato plantations and pampas where shepherds tend their animals. In the afternoon, biking starts on the heights of the pampas, then going down through Quechua communities and farmlands, with views to the Sacred Valley.
2 hours and 45 minutes along 4 miles / 6.5 kilometers.
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.
4 and a half hours along a 4.1 mile/ 6.6-kilometer route.
The path begins in the village of an isolated community in the Andes, at more than 4.000 m.a.s.l./ 13.123 f.a.s.l., then descends to reach an opening from where we can glimpse the imposing snowy Sawasiray and other peaks in the region. After that, it descends gently through a ravine full of llamas and alpacas. You’ll be able to observe these animals in their natural habitat. Later, walk along several lagoons that reflect the snowcapped peak and yellow mountains that lie in the background.
Senderitos de Pisaq
6-hour trek along a 3.6 mile / 5.8 kilometer route.
During the morning, walk along potato plantations with fantastic views towards the mountain range. Descend through pampa roads where authentic shepherds tend their cattle. Rest for lunch in a place with beautiful views, away from the conventional tourist spots. In the afternoon, descend from the mountains to the vestiges of Pisac on an alternative road not known by tourists. Access through the back of the ruins of Pisac, contemplating a unique panorama.
This exploration is recommended for all travelers interested in enjoying a landscape of heights that invites contemplation.
8-hour trek along 10.7 miles/ 17.3 kilometers.
You will experience incredible views of the Andes mountain range at 4,335 meters/ 14,288 feet above sea level. Observe extraordinary views of several lagoons from on high, of the farming fields of Chinchero and other valleys. You will arrive on the trek to the ruins of the palaces of Huchuy Qosqo, descending along an old Inca trail. Once in the ruins, you can’t miss lying in their gardens, rest and enjoy the view of the Sacred Valley.
Recommended for travelers with acclimatization of at least two nights.
3 hours along 2.9 miles/ 4.7 kilometers.
You will walk through the living Inca city 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.
6 hours and 45 minutes along 8.9 miles / 14,3 kilometers.
The trail begins at a farming community located amidst hills and goes down to the Inca remains of Moray, from where it continues to the colonial town of Maras. We see a piece of history in every corner. Afterwards, the trail descends to the bottom of the Sacred Valley and goes through the salt mines. The track crosses barley and potato fields and other crops.