If you plan a trip to Machu Picchu, you can have several routes and activity options in mind. We have the best alternative to hike from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu, along with one of the best Inca Trail tour operators.
The Cusco Sacred Valley Machu Picchu tour combines the beauty of the Sacred Valley of the Incas with the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu short in 3 unforgettable days. Being the best alternative for people who do not have much time, families with small children, people who are not accustomed to long walks and do not like to camp. This option will also allow you to enjoy Machu Picchu on two occasions: The first at sunset on the second day and the other at dawn on the third day.
The Sacred Valley has some of the most productive agricultural lands and most traditional villages in the region. From before the time of the Incas, this territory enjoyed great importance. As a result, important Inca palaces, cities and even agricultural laboratories were built. Discover the history of the Incas through the most important archaeological remains of the Sacred Valley and then enjoy one of the best machu picchu walking tours: The two day inca trail tour.
The first destination is Sacred Valley Pisac, located 30 kilometers from the capital of the Inca Empire, Cuzco. It is believed that it was built by Pachacuti to commemorate his victory over those whose. The site has platforms, warehouses, rooms, plazas and imposing towers that earned it the name of ‘City of Towers’. There were also hanging bridges whose bases are still maintained and a solar clock or ‘Intihuatana’ that bears some similarities with the attraction of Machu Picchu.
You will also know Moray’s platforms are actually a center of agricultural study of great importance during the Empire of the Incas. It is 49 kilometers from the city of Cusco. Its terraces in circular form created a variety of microclimates where various agricultural products were cultivated where the coca leaf prevailed. Each andenería superimposed on another one created a microclimate for the cultivation of products elaborated in diverse regions and climates. In total, up to 20 different microclimates are calculated.
Also visit the Archeological Center of Chinchero (32 kilometers from Cusco) is an agricultural center initially inhabited by the Killke culture until the Inca conquest and the subsequent construction of platforms, walls and even the palace of Tupac Yupanqui. After the Spanish invasion, the Church of Our Lady of Moserrat was built there, which remains a tourist attraction to this day. In the place a variety of Inca remains was found, such as ceramics, lithic works and even bone parts. As a result of these discoveries, a site museum was built in the area.
And you will be amazed by the cobbled streets, colossal buildings, a temple dedicated to the Sun and a wide agricultural terraces that you will find in Ollantaytambo, one of the most important real properties erected by Pachacuti in the Sacred Valley. It also served as a fortress during the resistance of Manco Inca, one of the last Inca leaders. For being the point that led to the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and Antisuyo, colcas (warehouses) were built on the slopes of the mountains for the purpose of supply. The stones used to build the walls of its enclosures are large. Among its main buildings are the Temple of the Sun, with walls up to 3 meters high. Also noteworthy are the Real Casa del Sol, the Enclosure of the Ten Hornacinas, the Monumental Cover and the Baño de la Ñusta (a water source of great quality and size).
The next day you will start the Sacred Valley to Inca Trail tour. The Inca Trail is considered by many to be the most famous hike in South America, it will fascinate you for its magnificent landscapes and superb mountains with clouds that seem to be able to be touched with your hands. The short Inca Trail is part of the network of roads that the Incas developed to unite the main administrative and religious centers throughout the Tahuantinsuyo. If there are travelers who do not want to do this arduous trek, they have other alternatives to get to Machu Picchu.
Hiking Short Inca Trail is for those who have little time available, but who in no way want to miss this unique walk.
The Machu Picchu two day tour is a route in which varied ecosystems unite with a sequence of monuments of the finest Inca architecture, ending in the classic postcard view of Machu Picchu observed from above. That is why this road was designed, a route of pilgrimage and purification to access the sacred llacha of Pachacútec; they are 35 kilometers that run through the valley of the Cusichaca River, the Abra de Warmihuañusca, the Pacaymayo ravine, passes through the archaeological sites of Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, Wiñayhuayna; On the way you can see tunnels dug in live rock.
Many are the routes that take you to Machu Picchu, but none is like the Inca Trail Tours, the most famous pedestrian path in the Americas. After flying from the capital of Perú, Lima, you will arrive in Cusco to walk for four days along a path through forests and dense fog, millenary stone steps and discovering the ruins of ancient fortifications and Inca cities, and all the time enjoying majestic views.
The best season is during the dry season, which covers the months April to the end of September. In October the rains begin and you can find Machu Picchu covered by clouds. If you travel in June, we recommend you to book the Inti Raymi 2023 Tour that takes place in June 24th, and also hike the Palcoyo Mountain Tour, which is an incredible Rainbow Mountain located in the Andes.