Sacred Valley Tour: Begin your Peru Adventure exploring the Sacred Valley. Take in all of the great and local sights; such as Ollantaytambo, Pisac, Maras & Moray, Yucay and Calca. The Sacred Valley tour & time spent here is often a great insight into Andean life and a very cultural experience. It’s also a great place to acclimatise and prepare in readiness for the Ausangate trek.

Ausangate: This five day trek takes us through the Cordillera Vilcanota, South East of Cusco. We circumnavigate the mountain Ausangate (Apu Awsanqati) which stands at 6380m (20931ft). A good level of fitness and pre-trek acclimatization is necessary as you’ll hit a couple of mountain passes at 5,200m.

Ausangate is the largest and one of the most spectacular mountains in Southern Peru. In total there are three high passes of or above 5000m (16404ft), making it an excellent expedition for those looking for challenge. Often you will encounter small poblados (small local communities); with many farming llamas for their way of life. This is a remote region to trek in, but close enough to Cusco to be accessible. You’ll trek close to the Ausangate Nevada along with taking in Rainbow Mountain (Mt. Vinicunca) and Red Valley.

For more information about the Ausangate region you can read our article

Day 1
Cusco - Sacsayhuaman - Calca
We start by collecting you from the airport or your hotel and driving straight to the impressive archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman, which translates as the 'sacred falcon' and was thought to guard the city of Cusco. Walking around the site to understand the importance of it to Cusco & its people, we will take our time before moving on for a great picnic. This will feature local food native to the area, which is organic and unique, and not available in other parts of Peru. A really delicious lunch option. In the afternoon we'll arrive into Calca, a beautiful town in the heart of the Valley, with plenty of time to relax and enjoy your surroundings before the next few days.
  • Hotel Recommendation: Aida's House​
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 2
Free day to explores towns of Pisac, Urubamba & Ollantaytambo
You'll leave your hotel early and arrive at the village of Pisac, known for its traditional market and archaeological complex built into the mountainside. Its views, balconies, tunnels, crop terraces and irrigation canals are some of the finest. After exploring and trekking around the ancient town of Pisaq, you can spend some time walking around its unique and artisanal market, where you can appreciate or buy the different crafts that are handmade in this town. Other towns you might like to explore are Urubamba & Ollantaytambo, all can be easily reached by combi bus. Then returning to Calca town to spend the night there.
  • Hotel Recommendation: Aida's House
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3
Ollantaytambo Ruins & Yucay Day Hike
After an early breakfast, we will walk around the Inca Fortress and ceremonial site of Ollantaytambo, marveling at these extraordinarily well-preserved ruins. Set around a tranquil plaza, renowned for its peaceful charm. The little-altered layout of the town offers an unprecedented peek into the way of life of its past peoples, the Incas. Even the street names are the original one from ancient times. Late morning we drive to the temple of Sayri Tupac. At one time in history, Yucay was the resting place for the royal Inca family. The trail follows a wide channel stream coming from the snowcapped mountain of San Juan. Immersed in nature, with the sound of running water and the views of the valley from the top of the terraces will be one of the highlights of our journey. After about 2 hours the trail finishes at the other plaza of Yucay. This is where our private transportation will be waiting for us to drive us back to our hotel.
  • Hotel Recommendation: Aida's House​
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4
Maras Moray & Chinchero - Mountain Biking
This full day experience begins at Cruz Pata, a community located on the lagoon of Piuray that belongs to the town of Chinchero. We will start pedaling along an old dirt road (trail) that will help us get used to the bikes. We will go to the archaeological site of Moray, a former agricultural laboratory used to experiment with different varieties of native potatoes. The road linking Maras and Moray is a "single track" which is excellent for cross-country biking, with ups and downs that make for an exciting experience. We will be able to see unique views of the Vilcanota Mountain Range like the Chicon, the Pumahuanca, and the Wakay Willca Mountains. The Maras village is an agricultural town whose inhabitants are mainly engaged in the extraction of salt. After a rest and a picnic lunch in the nearby town of Maras, we will continue our cycling experience along the paths leading down to the salt mines. It is up to the passengers and their experience level to decide whether we descend to Pichingoto in the Sacred Valley.
  • Includes: Briefing. Kona Lanai/Fire Mountain bikes, prowell helmets, gloves; bilingual guide specialized in mountain biking and first aid kit. Snacks
  • Duration: 5-6 hours
  • Location: Pampa de Anta and Maras, Cruz Pata, Moray, Salineras de Maras
  • Level: Basic and Medium Experience
  • Best Season: Dry season: from April to November
  • Rainy season: From December to March
  • Hotel Recommendation: Aida's House
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5
Machu Picchu Excursion
Today, after lunch, we will catch the bus up to Machu Picchu. It is a 25minute bus ride to the sanctuary (2400 m). As other people begin leaving Machu Picchu, we'll start exploring the ruins and visit some of the most important places in the archeological site. Our guide will lead us in our exploration and discovery of the many corners of this enigmatic citadel. The guided tour will have an average duration of 2 hours. There will be plenty of time for pictures, after which we take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to catch our train back to Ollantaytambo where our private transportation will be waiting for us to drive us back to Calca. Hotel Recommendation: Aida's House If you feel like an uphill challenge, you have the option to climb the infamous mountain of Huayna Picchu. It is important to know that to climb this mountain, you need to buy a separate ticket in advance.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6
Rainbow Mountain (Mount Vinicunca) - Vilcanota Cordillera
Leaving around 7:30 a.m, we begin our final journey to Rainbow Mountain. The hike starts from Hanchipata-Quesuno at 3,700 m elevation above sea level. From here, it´s a three hour, uphill hike to reach the famous pass Rainbow Mountain. Once we arrive at the top of Rainbow Mountain, there is enough time to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding landscapes. It is also possible to view Ausangate Glacier Peak from this point. There are a couple of options here for accommodation. We can camp in a small community Chacco Huayllasca. Located at the bottom of the rocks we climb, which is very picturesque, that also be quite cold, but we have the best equipment to combat the elements. The other option is an overnight stay on a small dairy farm (Tambo Queque Norte) where you can experience a nice warm bed, dinner and farm life.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7
Rock Climbing - South Cusco (Pitumarca Valley)
Rock climbing here, in one of Cusco's southernmost valleys, is a great experience due to the unique and beautiful landscape. It's a special place because you can do this in the Andes at 4,000 m altitude. The climbing is designed to be fun and to improve your level and ability. It includes a pre-experience briefing and all the necessary climbing equipment (helmet, harnesses, ropes, billets, etc). There are a couple of options here for accommodation. We can camp in a small community Chacco Huayllasca. Located at the bottom of the rocks we climb, which is very picturesque, that also be quite cold, but we have the best equipment to combat the elements. The other option is an overnight stay on a small dairy farm (Tambo Queque Norte) where you can experience a nice warm bed, dinner and farm life.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Ausangate Trek - Cusco to Tinqui - Upis
Our private transport leaves Cusco early in the morning. We take a three hour drive through the beautiful countryside and small towns in route to the Andean village of Tinqui, which is at the foot of the Vilcanota mountain range. This is where we will meet our team, the mules and where our expedition will begin. On our first afternoon we will walk the plains below the mountain, giving us our first taste of what’s to come, with the ever present Apu Ausangate (guardian mountain) in view. Not an item usually found on a trek packing list, but bring your bathers! Our campsite tonight is in Upis, where we can bathe in the natural thermal springs.
  • Maximum Altitude: 4447m / 14589ft
  • Minimum Altitude: 3778m / 12395ft
  • Distance Travelled: 10 km / 6.21 ml
  • Approximate Walking Time: 5 hours
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Ausangate Trek - Upis to Ausangate Cocha
Now well and truly into the trek, there are two high passes to summit today. After walking approximately 2.5 hours we reach our first pass, Arapa at 4850m (15255ft). We begin our circuit around the glacier, passing Lake Jatun Puqa Q'ocha. From here we ascend again until we summit our second pass, Apechata at 4900m (16,076ft). We move through a landscape dotted with turquoise lagoons which are fed from glacial waters. Today we truly enter the quiet simplicity and awe inspiring beauty of the area. After an easier downhill, we arrive at our campsite, near the turquoise Laguna Ausangate Q'ocha, which is close to tomorrow’s mountain pass.
  • Maximum Altitude: 4850m / 15255ft
  • Minimum Altitude: 4447m / 14589ft
  • Distance Travelled: 16 km / 9.94 ml
  • Approximate Walking Time: 9 hours
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10
Ausangate Trek - Ausangate Cocha to Qampa
We awake to the silence of man and the sounds of nature, surrounded by views of the mountains bathed in early morning light. Today we conquer the Palomani pass, at a considerable 5200m (17,060ft), it is the highest on the expedition. The ascent is relatively steep and the altitude can affect the pace. On reaching the summit, spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains of Puka Punta and Tres Picos are a gracious reward for our strenuous efforts. Descending through the valley of Finaya Pampa makes for a long downhill day leading us to our next camp at Jampa. Today we should walk amongst free roaming alpacas and llamas grazing on the mountainside. We could see the local farmers as we pass by their stone houses, which may be refreshing after our first two days almost total in isolation.
  • Maximum Altitude: 5200m / 17056ft
  • Minimum Altitude: 4447m / 14589ft
  • Distance Travelled: 10 Km / 6.21 ml
  • Approximate Walking Time: 9 hours
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11
Ausangate Trek - Jampa to Pacchanta
Today we walk into the sun, trailing a mountain stream with strikingly bright glaciers ahead of us. Before the Q’ampa Pass the terrain gets very rocky, providing the perfect environment for a game of ‘spot the Viscacha’ (animals similar to chinchillas and from the raccoon family). Our route passes through the small community of Q’ampa before reaching Q’ampa Pass, not quite as high as Palomani but still a respectable 5,000m (16,404ft). Once we reach the summit the landscape alters and from the pass, if the sky is clear, you can see Apu Salkantay, a sight to behold. Gradually entering back into civilization, we walk to the quaint village of Pacchanta for our final campsite. Again your bathers will come in useful for a fabulously hot and well deserved soak in yet more thermal springs.
  • Maximum Altitude: 5000m / 16100ft
  • Minimum Altitude: 4447m / 14589ft
  • Distance Travelled: 16 Km / 9.94 ml
  • Approximate Walking Time: 10 hours
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12
Ausangate Trek - Pacchanta to Tinqui to Cusco
After yet another delicious breakfast in the mountains, we have about a 3 or 4 hour walk downhill, back into the village of Tinqui, thus completing the circuit. On arrival we say good bye to our trek team, meet up with our driver and with a scrumptious boxed lunch we head back to Cusco.
  • Distance Travelled: 10 Km / 6.21 ml
  • Approximate Walking Time: 3 hours
  • Hotel Recommendation: El Balcon​
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 13
Free day in Cusco
Take a final day in Cusco, to relax, enjoy, taste the local life here and the incredible food.
  • Hotel Recommendation: El Balcon​
  • Meals included: Breakfast
Day 14
Transfer to Cusco Airport
Today we'll transfer you to the airport in time to make your connecting flight out to Lima for your onward international departure. It's never goodbye, only until the next time!
  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Sacred Valley Tour
  • Machu Picchu Travel
  • Ausangate

Tour Info

Private Transport – collection & drop-off and for all tours
Professional bilingual guide
Horsemen & mules
All camping equipment (Sleeping bags to hire + Walking sticks)
Hotel Accommodation in Cusco & Sacred Valley x 7 Nights
All tours and meals as outlined in the itinerary
Return Domestic Flights from Lima to Cusco
Airport Transfers
Hotels before & after (can be organised as part of trip)
Extension trips to Machu Picchu
Tips for crew
Domestic flights (can be organised as part of trip)
Any additional extras
There will be a pre-trek briefing held usually the evening before departure, at your hotel, to go over the details of the trek and any specific requirements not already captured
Prior to setting off we recommend you steer clear of street food and only eat in good restaurants, to avoid any stomach complaints. Peruvian food can be spicy, it can be strong and rich for many European diets. Likewise with tap water, it is largely untreated, so please avoid at all costs on arrival and stick to bottled water only or sterilised water if you have the right equipment.
We’ll ensure that we cater for all of your dietary needs, at the point of booking we’ll collect this information from you. We can secure special menu requests also for your trek party.
We are able to customise our treks to suit you, but usually our treks are guided by a professional bilingual guide, arriero (horseman) and mules to carry all equipment (passenger horses also available on request), and a mountain cook. They become a large part of your trekking expedition and it’s a great experience working together.
This is a really important part of your trip planning process, please find a link below which explains a little more about preparing for altitude.
Attached below are a couple of links which will explain how to prepare for your trip & trek in advance of your arrival. We recommend being prepared in advance to save time & stress whilst you’re in Peru.
From June through to the end of September, we’re offering one person free on all of our treks for group sizes of 3+. If you are a group of 2 you can add one person for free, or if you’re a group of 3 the third person joins free and so on.

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  • Private Air-Conditioned vehicles with private driver & fresh water.
  • Private bilingual guides for all activities.
  • All meals as indicated.
  • All trekking & camping equipment for the Ausangate trek, with mules, mule drivers, chefs, tent men.
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