Full day hiking on an Inca trail that descends to the Sacred Valley, starting in the archaeological complex of Chinchero - an entire day of Andean landscapes and culture is waiting for you.
This moderate half-day hike will take you from Chinchero to the Sacred Valley of the Incas along the Qhapac Ñan; a network of ancient trails once used to connect the entire Inca Empire from Quito to Santiago de Chile. Cusco was the center of this network. We’ll pick you up from your hotel and drive to Chinchero, a traditional Inca-Colonial town located between Cusco and the heart of the Sacred Valley. Start a downhill walk over a single-track cobble-stoned Inca trail, enjoying the scenery as you descend from 11,220 feet to 9,420 feet. Watch how the vegetation and birdlife changes as you descend and how the temperature rises. Enjoy a boxed lunch en-route and continue hiking until you reach the colonial town of Urquillos. There, transportation will be waiting to take you back to your hotel in Ollantaytambo.
Before departing, do not forget to have an early, yet full breakfast, as well as grabbing your packed lunch. Make sure to pack your day pack with snacks, sunscreen and any necessities. Please remember to refill your water bottle or hydration system at the hotel, as today is a full day of hiking.
In addition to the Macs Adventure Navigation App, you will be provided with an INREACH, double communication system via Garmin, so you can communicate with our local representatives in Peru. If you have any urgency, please do not hesitate to contact them immediately.
If you become ill, or do not feel comfortable on the hike, please note that you can turn around and head back at any point, or call our local representative if necessary, making this hike as challenging or laid-back as you'd like.
The weather in the Andes and at this height of elevation changes rapidly, so please remember to pack extra layers and raingear.
Food & Drink
Hydration on the mountain is constant, so do not forget to refill your personal water bottles, Camelbak or hydration system. Please pack plenty of water, snacks and your picnic lunch to maintain proper hydration and nutrition (and to set yourself up for success during the rest of your time in Peru). We do not recommend extracting water from small river channels to drink.
Food & Drink
You will be provided with a box lunch today by your guide who transfers you to the start point of the trail.
Chinchero Archaelogical Complex
It is believed that the constructions of Chinchero, left by the Inca legacy, would have been carried out during the government of the Inca Tupac Yupanqui by the year 1480, as an act of reciprocity through which the Inca delivered residential sites to to the nobles of his court, conserving certain environments for your family. At the moment on the construction, that would have been central of Chichero, and in that sense possibly a Temple of the Sun, the presence of a catholic church can be observed, built in the period of the eradication of idolatries (more or less by 1550).
Qapaq Ñan Andean Road System
It is a wide network of roads that allowed the Incas to articulate politically, economically and socially the people, regions and resources of the vast Andean territory with the capital of Tahuantinsuyo. It was based on four main roads that started from the Plaza de Huauqaypata - today Plaza de Armas of Cusco - and connected with other roads of lower hierarchy. This road network extended to the current territories of Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile, which formed the Tahuantinsuyo Empire.
Please bring comfortable hiking clothes, sturdy hiking shoes, a backpack, water, packed lunch, raingear and layers (preferably breathable fabrics like Nylon and Polyester). Sturdy, waterproof hiking boots are strongly recommended, with hiking poles, as the hiking surface varies greatly from paved roads, dirt paths to slippery single-track trails.
Sunscreen and a sunhat are highly recommended, even on cloudy days. A small backpack or day pack will be enough for today's hike, and make sure to fill your backpack with all the necessities before departure.
Don't forget your camera, and an additional energy charger, as there are plenty of opportunities on this hike for spectacular shots of Incan archaeological ruins, villages and the colorful panoramic landscapes of the Incan trail.