Trails Through the Sacred Valley

Trails Through the Sacred Valley

This luxurious physical, cultural, spiritual 13-day journey that includes horseback riding in Peru leads you along the unbeaten trails of the mysterious Incas to the legendary ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru. Share in the culture and customs of local Andean families, stay at enchanting mountain lodges, and horse ride to majestic peaks with emerald-green glacial lakes–an unforgettable way to experience this mystifying land. Learn about this Sacred Valley horse riding adventure below.

Suggested Itinerary-at-a-glance:

  • Day 1:

    Arrive Lima / Arts Boutique Hotel B

  • Day 2:

    Cusco / Belmond Palacio Nazarenas (B)

  • Day 3:

    Cusco / Belmond Palacio Nazarenas (B)

  • Day 4:

    Horse Riding Day / Sacred Valley / Mountain Lodges of Peru (B,L,D)

  • Day 5:

    Horse Riding Day / Sacred Valley / Mountain Lodges of Peru (B,L,D)

  • Day 6:

    Horse Riding Day / Sacred Valley / Mountain Lodges of Peru (B,L,D)

  • Day 7:

    Horse Riding Day / Sacred Valley / Mountain Lodges of Peru (B,L,D)

  • Day 8:

    Horse Riding Day / Sacred Valley / Mountain Lodges of Peru (B,L,D)

  • Day 9:

    Machu Picchu / Machu Picchu Pueblo (B,D)

  • Day 10:

    Machu Picchu / Machu Picchu Pueblo (B,D)

  • Day 11:

    Sacred Valley / Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa (B)

  • Day 12:

    Sacred Valley / Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa (B,L)

  • Day 13:

    Departure (B)

Itinerary Description:

Begin your Peruvian journey by getting acquainted with a few of its urban centers. Start in Lima and the fashionable Arts Boutique Hotel B, situated on the corner of one of Barranco's main plazas, and continue on to Cusco and the stunning Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, a luxurious accommodation restored from a 16th century Carmelite convent. You will have the opportunity to explore Cusco and its surrounding landmarks before embarking on your luxury Sacred Valley horseback riding adventure in Peru.

Meet your horse at Coronilla Ranch, a short drive from Cusco through Inca ruins and mountain villages. After a short period of familiarization with the team and the horses, begin your five-day horse ride through the Sacred Valley, stopping at various vantage points, enjoying warm lunches, and staying at the multiple havens hosted by Mountain Lodges of Peru. This exciting adventure of surprising comfort that takes you on an ancient Inca trail called the Salkantay Inca Trail, the road less traveled to the lost city of the Incas. The route winds through the Cordillera Vilcabamba, a spectacular Andean mountain range, before plunging into forested canyons. Spend evenings at enchanting mountain lodges, soaking in the Jacuzzis, enjoying aperitifs around the fireplace, and tasting light, traditionally Peruvian dinners full of ingredients that provide energy and satisfaction after your demanding daily rides. Highlights of your adventure include swimming in the glacier-fed Humantay Lake, hiking to the "Chakana" to witness an offering to Mother Earth by a local Shaman, riding through Salkantay Pass with panoramic views of the Vilcabamba Range, descending into the cloud forest of the Salkantay River, and passing through orchards and coffee plantations along the Santa Teresa River Valley.

Say farewell to your horse at the beginning of the Llactapata Inca Trail, which leads to a distant but spectacular view of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary. A scenic train ride will carry you to Aguas Calientes, the town of Machu Picchu. Rest at Machu Picchu Pueblo before exploring the Machu Picchu Sanctuary and its many ruins with your private guide.

The final leg of your journey provides some much-needed relaxation after your arduous five-day horse ride and challenging hike through Machu Picchu. Board the Belmond Hiram Bingham luxury train service to Ollantaytambo, where you will be transferred to the beautiful valley of the Urubamba River to spend two days basking in the tranquil amenities at the Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa in the shadow of the Andes. Conclude your trip exploring the many colorful native markets in Urubamba and attending a special Peruvian Paso Horse Show, a magnificent spectacle and treat to cap off your horse-led adventure through Peru.

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