The Sacred Valley is home to a number of sleepy Andean villages, agricultural terraces the climb the steep valley walls, rushing rivers and ancient Inca ruins.
On the way from Cusco airport to the Sol y Luna hotel visit Sacsayhuaman, the largest of the four sites on the fringes of the city. The site was an important Inca military base and the site of a major battle with the Spaniards in 1536. Have lunch at a local hacienda (farm) where you will learn how the Incas developed their unique corn variety and how many of their agricultural techniques are still used in Peru today.
You will stay at the Sol y Luna hotel, our favourite lodge in the Sacred Valley. The 43 cottages are set within lovingly tended gardens filled with flowers and hummingbirds. The outdoor pool gazes over the mountains beyond and the two restaurants serve organic farm-to-table dishes inspired by Peru’s culinary traditions. There is also an excellent spa with an extensive wellness menu and no end to the adventures waiting beyond.
We will include a three full days with a private guide to explore some of the most significant historical sites in the valley as well as some adrenaline-filled adventure. Start at Moray, once an Inca agricultural research laboratory. Here they studied temperature variation from one terrace to the next in order to develop crop varieties. Then continue to the town of Maras which grew in importance during the 17th Century salt trade. Cross the extensive Maras Pampas where cattle and sheep feed on these verdant pastures with the snow-capped Urubamba mountains presiding in the distance.
The next day we can arrange anything from mountain biking to horseback riding. We love the river rafting experiences to be had that come with a mixture of exciting rapids and drifting peacefully between towering canyons. Couple this with a beautiful picnic in the mountains as you ascend using a double-carabiner safety system to take you safely to lofty peaks. Climb to a total of 300 metres with breathtaking views from the top.
Finally, anyone who enjoys walking will not be disappointed with a trek to a High-Andean lake. Walking alongside Andean guides working with Llama Pack, a initiative that preserves purebred llamas. Help to load up your llamas before heading into the mountains on a trail rarely trodden on by other visitors. Arriving at the Collalay lake you will enjoy a delicious picnic lunch before descending back to the village.