On this 5-day experience, travel off the main roads and get away from the crowds, to encounter Inca fortresses, sparkling salt fields, and traditional mountain communities upholding Inca customs and way of life. Bike along one of South America’s most scenic routes, hike to an ancient quarry that helped build an empire, and more!
On this 5-day experience, follow the heritage trail to Machu Picchu for breathtaking landscapes, outstanding Inca history, and living cultural legacy.
Travel off the main roads and get away from the crowds, as you encounter Inca fortresses, brilliant blue salt fields, ancient quarries, and traditional mountain communities upholding Inca customs and way of life.
Bike down the Abra Malaga high-mountain pass — considered one of the most beautiful rides in all of South America — to where the Andean high mountains give way to the Amazon River Basin. Hike along Inca roads to the pink granite-filled quarry that helped to build an empire.
On this outstanding 5-day experience, follow the heritage trail to Machu Picchu for an unsurpassed encounter with the Sacred Valley’s outstanding natural beauty, magnificent history, and living legacy of the Inca.
Duration: 5 Days/4 Nights
Start/End Location: Cusco and/or Ollantaytambo
Booking Requirements: Minimum of 2 travelers required to book
Day 1: Visit the Ollantaytambo Ruins
Today, you’ll arrive in Cusco and set out for Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival, you’ll explore the original Inca village and the famous Ollantaytambo ruins — a magnificent terraced amphitheater and estate used as a fortress against Spanish conquest in the 16th century.
In the evening, you’ll have time to explore the town on your own or head back to the hotel for a relaxing night in.
Day 2: Bike Abra Malaga Pass, and Visit an Archaeological Site
Today, you’ll set out from Ollantaytambo towards Abra Malaga. Here, you’ll enjoy an unforgettable bicycle tour on the Abra Malaga high-mountain pass — considered one of the most beautiful rides in all of South America. The trip is completely downhill on paved roads and provides breathtaking views of the Veronica Glacier, cascading waterfalls, and the even the Amazon River Basin.
In the afternoon, travel to the Pumamarca archaeological site. These off-the-beaten-path ruins are located in idyllic countryside, and the massive Inca terraces cut through breathtaking hillside meadows. If you’re still feeling adventurous, you’ll have the option for more downhill biking!
Day 3: Experience the Real Sacred Valley
Today, you’ll get a more intimate look at the Sacred Valley and the living cultural heritage of the Inca. Begin the day at the mountain community of Chinchero. Set back from the main roads, Chinchero is surrounded by rolling hills and snow-capped mountains. Visit the local artesanal market — famous for its hand-woven goods — and the Inca agricultural terraces still in use today by local farmers.
In the afternoon, bike to the ancient salt fields at Moray and Maras. Hidden in amid lush mountain sides, the salt fields come as a surprise. You’ll be in awe of the brilliant reflective pools stretching deep into the valley, and your guide will fascinate you with long geological and human history that accompanies these hidden treasures in the Sacred Valley.
Day 4: Hike to the Ancient Inca Quarry
Today, you’ll hike to the Cachicata quarries — the ancient quarries used by the Inca to build the massive stone city of Ollantaytambo. As you near the quarry, you’ll pass monstrous stones suspended in time, moved by the Inca hundreds of years ago and ultimately too big to successfully transport.
Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to spot abundant wildlife, cascading falls, and living Inca culture as you pass by small mountain communities still upholding Inca tradition (and the maintaining the active quarry!)
In the evening, you’ll take a train to Aguas Calientes, the Machu Picchu pueblo, and spend the night.
Day 5: Encounter Machu Picchu
Today you’ll have time to explore the outstanding Inca city of Machu Picchu. Learn about the history of this massive and powerful empire from your expert guide. In the afternoon, you’ll board the train back to Ollantaytambo or Cusco for your onward travel. Your heritage trail to Machu Picchu experience has come to a close.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.