Sacred Valley Acclimatization Day Tour

Cusco, Peru

Trip Highlights

  • Amazing Inca & Historic Sites
  • Perfect Acclimatization Activities
  • Full Day of Activities
  • Pick-up/Drop-off in Cusco
  • Expert Knowledgeable Guides
  • Comfortable Transportation
  • Snacks, Lunch & Drinking Water Included

Description

This add-on acclimatization cultural Peru tour explores historic and cultural areas of the Sacred Valley just north of Cusco, Peru. A mixture of stops at culturally significant locations and ancient Inca ruins allows us to dive into this region’s most unique sites and educate ourselves with it’s fascinating history. This all-inclusive tour is a great way to spend an acclimatization day experiencing the intriguing culture of Peru, enjoying a wonderful Peruvian lunch prepared by our outdoor chef with outstanding scenery, and exploring ancient Inca ruins.

Our tour will start with our expert certified guide picking you up from your hotel in Cusco and heading out of the city north towards the Sacred Valley. Our first stop of the day will take us to the village of Chinchero, where we will visit a cooperative weaving center. The Chincherinas (local women) will show us the process of weaving beautiful blankets, making clothes and the natural process to die the materials used in these textiles. This is a great place to learn, shop for souvenirs and support these extremely talented women. We also get the chance here to get to know and photograph some of Peru’s most famous and loved domesticated animals; llamas, alpacas and cuys!

Subsequently, we will head towards the Maras salt mines or Salineras that date back over 2,000 years with over 3,000 salt pools carved into the mountain side. After visiting both of these unique cultural and historic sites, we will go to an amazing lunch spot with phenomenal mountain views. Here we’ll meet our professional chef for lunch. We get to enjoy the cuisine Peru is so famous for while being in a stunningly beautiful outdoor setting. The set-up will be similar to what you will experience during our treks  with a dining tent and wait staff.

After lunch we will move on to the fascinating terraces of Moray, once used for agricultural experimentation by the Incas.  These ruins are a truly fascinating representation of the Inca culture and your guide will bring the history and significance of this area alive with expert in depth interpretation and information. Our day ends with a scenic drive back to the heart of the Inca Empire, Cusco.

Please Note: This day tour is included with our “Extended Package” Inca Trail and Salkantay itineraries.

7-9 Hours / Add-On
$300 Per Person
7-9 Hours / Standalone
$330 Per Person
Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Day Hike Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 2-12 Guests
Trip Length: 7-9 Hours
Distance: N/A

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 1

  • Level 1: 2-6 miles, less than 500 feet elevation change on good trails
  • Level 2: 3-8 miles, up to 2000 feet of elevation change on good trails
  • Level 3: 4-10 miles, up to 3000 feet of elevation change on good to rugged trails
  • Level 4: 4-12 miles, up to 4000 feet of elevation change on rugged trails or off trail
  • Level 5: 6-16 miles, up to 5,500 feet of elevation change on rugged trails or off trail

SOLITUDE LEVEL 1

  • Level 1: around other hikers the entire time
  • Level 2: around other hikers most of the time
  • Level 3: around other hikers some of the time
  • Level 4: see a couple other groups during the hike
  • Level 5: most likely to have the trail to ourselves

Travel to and from Cusco are the guest’s responsibility. Multiple airlines operate flights into Cusco, and nearly all connect through Lima. You can reach Lima from many U.S. and European international airports. Some of the primary U.S. departure cities include Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Minneapolis, Chicago, New Orleans, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, and Los Angeles. The duration of nonstop flights to Lima is 5-9 hours. The duration of flights from Lima to Cusco is 80 minutes.

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Rates

Rates

Rates are based on whether you join us for one or two acclimatization days & if you are adding this hike onto another multi-day trip or as a standalone tour:

1 Acclimatization Tour: $300 Per Person (ADD-ON) or $330 Per Person (STANDALONE)
2 Acclimatization Tours: $500 Per Person (ADD-ON) or $550 Per Person (STANDALONE)

*prices do not include guide gratuity (recommended 10-20%)

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

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Trip Details

Trip Details

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Access to our Adventure Consultant team 7 days a week
  • A professional, medically trained, and friendly local Wildland guide knowledgeable in the cultural history of the sites you visit to provide an overall standard of excellence in service quality.
  • Transportation from/to your Cusco hotel in safe comfortable vehicles
  • Lunch prepared by our professional chef and snacks
  • Drinking water for the duration of the tour
  • All entrance fees to sites visited during tour

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Sunglasses, sunscreen & hat
  • Camera
  • Waterproof rain jacket or poncho
  • Warm layers for cooler temperatures
  • Gratuity for your guide(s) and driver (industry recommendation is 10-20% of total trip cost; USD is recommended.)

FOOD: WHAT TO EXPECT

This add-on acclimatization cultural tour features a hot lunch of Peruvian cuisine prepared by our professional chef. Some staples you may find are potatoes (papas), quinoa, rice, beans, meat, fish, various grains and vegetables. In addition, we will provide you with an assortment of local snacks to eat at your own discretion during the tour.

We can often accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee, and in some countries may be more difficult to accommodate than others. Please inquire with us for more information about the specific trip you’re interested in.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

WHERE DO WE MEET?

Your guide will meet you at your hotel in Cusco at approximately 7:00-8:00 AM the morning of your tour.  Exact pick-up times vary and will be finalized in pre-trip communication with your guide 2 weeks prior to your tour date.  The tour commonly ends between 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM at your hotel in Cusco.

SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS

Your safety is our top priority. Our tours are led by professional guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding experience. We’ve developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

GUIDES

This trip is led by expert, local Wildland guides. Our approach to international travel is to combine the best of two worlds: the dialed-in details, professionalism and consistency Wildland trips are known for; and the cultural immersion and intimate regional knowledge that only locals can provide. To excel with this approach, we vet and hire the best local guides, welcome them into the Wildland family and train them to meet our standard of excellence with every aspect of a trip. But along with managing logistics and safety, your guides will teach you about the area’s history and culture, and provide a level of familiarity and intimate detail only locals can.

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GROUP SIZE & AGE RESTRICTIONS

The maximum group size on this tour is 12 guests. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we’ll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:
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  • 12 and older to join daily departures (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval on a case by case basis

WEATHER IN PERU

Peru is home to part of the Amazon Rainforest as well as the towering Andes Mountains. Machu Picchu is at an elevation of 7,710 feet (2,350 meters), but most of our treks in the region reach elevations well above 10,000 feet, some reaching nearly 17,000 feet. Because of the significant elevation changes and alpine hiking, the temperatures and weather can also vary widely. At elevations above 10,000 feet you can expect cold temperatures.

The average temperatures and precipitation in the Machu Picchu region are:

Month Hi Low Precip
March 70° F 45° F 11 days
April 72° F 40° F 8 days
May 70° F 36° F 3 days
June 70° F 34° F 2 days
July 70° F 30° F 2 days
August 70° F 34° F 2 days
September 72° F 40° F 7 days
October 72° F 43° F 8 days

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