South America Peru Land Tour

Sacred Valley & Lares Adventure to Machu Picchu

The Sacred Valley & Lares Adventure to Machu Picchu is a lodge-based trip in the famed Sacred Valley and remote region of Lares, Peru, culminating in Machu Picchu. This 5- or 7-day trip offers a-la-carte daily options for each traveler to choose their own adventure: from hiking to biking to cultural activities to getting to know the local Peruvians. The shorter 5-day route is especially popular as a trip extension for a Galapagos cruise; many travelers combine these two experiences due to the regularity of flights between Ecuador and Peru.

Ideal for multigenerational families and travelers who like to trek but want cultural village visits too, the Sacred Valley & Lares Adventure is an option that can suit many traveler styles. The itinerary focuses on remote regional exploration into wilderness and culturally rich villages. Visit the celebrated Inca Weaver’s Trail, take a cooking class, tour museums and archeological sites far from crowds, and hike up mountain passes topping 14,600 feet if you wish. Hiking options are offered each day, but are totally optional and vary from easy to moderate to strenuous. Accommodations are at two remote lodges, as well as boutique hotels in Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes, at the base of Machu Picchu. Your Machu Picchu visit caps off the journey, with tickets to hike the towering Huayna Picchu if you wish. 

Choose your Sacred Valley & Lares Adventure each day, and opt for a trip of 5 days or 7 days. The full 7-day itinerary truly explores the region in depth. Scroll down to the Alternative Itinerary for details on the 5-day adventure, which spends one less night at each of the Sacred Valley and Lares-region lodges.

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