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Sacred Valley Hike on Hidden Inca Trail

Cusco - Chinchero - Urquillos hike
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Service Level:
Premium
Activity type:
  • Hiking
  • Local Culture
  • Archaeology
  • Family
  • Scenic Vistas
Physical Rating:
Trip Type:
Private Tour & Semi-Private Tour
Trip Length
Full Day
Starting from
$ 160
per person

Sacred Valley Hike, Hidden Inca Trail, Urquillos 1 Day Hike

This is a picturesque and charming trail with impressive ancient Inca ruins, some remains of Inca Trail along cascades, with dazzling mountains and sweeping views of tall peaks of the Urubamba Mountain range. This hike is perfect for those who dare venture on a dramatic highland location of the Sacred Valley/Urubamba Valley, be away from crowds, and take a day challenge while exploring the Sacred Valley in a different way, at end of the hike, you will finish your day adventure at your hotel in Urubamba/ Ollantaytambo (Sacred Valley) or you can even continue your adventure journey to Machu Picchu.

This day-hike from Chinchero ruins to Urquillos town is an off-the-beaten path and it does not require any experience in trekking, as long as you are determined to make this hike and have all the positive vibes then you will have an awesome day while exploring the hidden corners of the Sacred Valley. If you have planned to hike to Machu Picchu by Classic 4-day Inca Trail, Short Inca Trail 2-days, or other alternative trails, then this day hike will be excellent acclimatization before embarking on your long trek, which will make you ready to rock on your upcoming hike to Machu Picchu.

Our gentle Urquillos hike sets off from Chinchero, a small picturesque Andean town with remains of Incan temples, well-preserved agricultural terraces, and a church from the XVII century a perfect place to learn about the Inca History, agriculture, and Incan religion, also a great place to learn about Peruvian weaving at Chinchero weaving co-op – where local women showcase (and entertain!) visitors about the centuries-old process of transforming and weaving alpaca wool into colorful textiles and soft sweaters so well-known of Peru’s Sacred Valley.

Why you will love this tour

  • Marvel with spectacular views of the snow-capped peaks
  • This is an excellent acclimatization hike for long treks
  • Explore the Sacred Valley in a different way away from the crowds
  • Hike a trail that is well suited to families and those looking for an easy hike in the Sacred Valley.
  • As far as Sacred Valley Treks go, this is a nice introduction with beautiful scenery and interesting sweeping vistas of the mountain of Urubamba range.
  • This hike combines a fascinating guided tour of Chinchero ruins and a local weaving demonstration.
  • Our gentle downhill hike gives you the chance to catch a glimpse into the lives of the people living there with beautiful scenery, and interesting cultural experiences.
  • Hiking from Chinchero to Urquillos takes about 4-5 hours, following a section of Inca Trail, until the cute little village of Urquillos… to meet the Vilcanota River in the Sacred Valley

Trip Details

  • Tour Type: Private and Semiprivate (2 – 6 Participants)
  • Tour duration: Full day tour,
  • Hiking time:  5 – 6 hours 
  • Activities: Hiking, Archaeology, and nature
  • Meeting location: Your hotel lobby in Cusco. We can also depart from Hotels in Urubamba & Ollantaytambo only as a private service
  • Pick up schedule: At 7 am from your hotel in Cusco
  • Drop off schedule: Same place
  • Good For: Those with a sense of adventure and in good hiking shape
  • Physical rating: Easy to Moderate due to the altitude of the trail
  • Group Size: For private tours, You decide, for the semi-private tour is 2 – 6 Travelers
  • Customizable: Yes! Custom, add-ons are all available. You can add this tour to any trek as an acclimatization activity
  • Consideration: Please remember comfortable shoes – lots of walking around

ITINERARY

Cusco - Chinchero - Urquillos Hike - Sacred Valley

At 7:30 am, Cusco Local Friend Guide will pick you up from your hotel, we’ll then drive to Chinchero village, which is the trailhead of the Urquillos Hike. This picturesque colonial village of Chinchero is located at the elevation of 12,100 ft, in a dramatic location high above the windswept plains of the Urubamba Valley, with many Inca ruins around and there is a beautiful colonial church, hence we’ll visit them, also the weaving center.

After exploring the ruins of Chinchero with your private guide and visiting a Chinchero weaving co-op (optional), we’ll descend into the Sacred Valley via the Inca Trail. The scenery is picturesque and attractive, where we will be treated with impressive views, streams, cascades, colorful wildflowers, and tranquil eucalyptus groves next to the trail. We’ll follow a short section of the Inca Trail; this trail is linking the towns located high in the mountains with other towns in the valley level (Sacred Valley). The trail descends from 12,200 feet (3700 meters) to 9430 feet (2875 meters), on the halfway, we will eat our packed lunch.

After 4-5 hours hiking, we’ll arrive in the village of Urquillos, in the Sacred Valley, a very picturesque Andean town with a quiet plaza in the middle surrounded by houses made of stone and clay with roofs in terra-cotta tiles. We’ll take a little stroll in the cute little village of Urquillos. Our hike to the Sacred Valley gives you the chance to catch a glimpse into the lives of the people living there, from this place you’ll be transferred to your hotel or the train station in Ollantaytambo. The choice is yours.

Included

  • Personal pick-up and drop-off from/to your hotel
  • English speaking Local Friend Tour Guide 
  • Private transportation and driver
  • All Admission Tickets to the protected areas 
  • First aid kit
  • Boxed Lunch 

Not Included

  • Gratuities.
  • Travel insurance.

Prices per person

# Price / Person Book Now
1 People We have special rates for SOLO travelers. Get started by filling out the information below. Enquire Now
2 People $ 190.00 Enquire Now
3 People $ 180.00 Enquire Now
4 People $ 170.00 Enquire Now
5 People $ 160.00 Enquire Now
6+ People We have special rates for groups over 6ppl. Get started by filling out the information below. Enquire Now

What to Expect

Breathtaking views, mild to hot temperatures although kind of windy at some places in the afternoons; mostly sunny days during the months of May, June, July, and August; Stops at scenic spots en route; Friendly English speaking tour guide; Your journey your way!

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Trip Reviews

Cusco Local Friend has been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence due to the most consistent 5-star reviews in Cusco, the Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu for exceptional levels of service and care.

Cat Z
Cat Z
January 26, 2022.
We love Cusco Local Friend! Lovely tour of Sacred Valley! We visited Chinchero, Moray, the Maras Salt Mines and Ollantaytambo. Percy was extremely helpful and communicative, going above and beyond to make the best suggestions and be flexible with our travel situation. Our tour guide Hugo was super friendly, talkative and informative. He introduced us to a few unique and off the beaten path options like a stop to drink some homemade chicha, a casual 1-hour hike down the Maras Salt Mines that ended up in a small village near the Urubamba River, and many pit stops to see additional sites, photo ops and interesting history lessons. Our driver Edison was also very polite. We would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a private, detailed tour of anywhere in Cusco!
SaltySunburns
SaltySunburns
January 10, 2022.
A wonderful Sacred Valley day tour! Percy helped design a tour for us during the day including our transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco. The price was very fair and we had an amazing day, including a memorable lunch at a little spot with llamas everywhere! Our guide Carlos was super knowledgeable, friendly and professional and I'd recommend Cusco Local Friend to anyone!
Scotty W
Scotty W
December 31, 2021.
Peru’s Sacred Valley Tour These guys are amazing! They were extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and made sure I was always well taken care of. They were also reasonable on prices. Highly recommended!
peacher2017
peacher2017
December 6, 2021.
3rd trip with Cusco Local Friend exceeded expectations ! Last July / August I took my 3rd trip with Hugo from Cusco Local Friend. Just like my two previous trips with them, it completely exceeded all expectations. And I’m already planning a 4th trip with them this coming summer! Hugo and Cusco Local Friend are the reason we fell in love with Peru. Hugo is professional, flexible, very knowledgeable and most of all FUN! The first two trips ( 2017 and 2018) I traveled with my two very food allergic daughters (allergies to dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, seafood and sesame). Hugo and Mario asked a lot of questions, took the allergies very seriously, and found us some great restaurants. We even ate a pachamanca lunch with Hugo’s parents on their farm. So delicious. This time, I traveled alone. I texted Hugo my list of places I wanted to visit, things I wanted to do, and how long I wanted to spend in each location. He created the perfect itinerary and made the most of my time in Peru. We hiked for three days - Rainbow Mountain ( Vinicunca ), Seven Lakes ( Siete Lagunas ), and the alternative Rainbow Mountain - Palccoyo. The hikes were so stunningly beautiful. Hugo planned the hikes perfectly. He paid attention to health and safety and carried supplemental oxygen, snacks and water for me. And, he made them fun! We also visited the Potato Park ( Parque de la Papa ) , spent the night with a host family, and visited Pisac. We were supposed to do a food tour on my last day in Cusco, my my stomach was a bit upset. So he planned some alternative things to do. He also arranged my COVID test prior to my flight home. I can’t wait for my next trip with Cusco Local Friend! Call or text them with WhatsApp at +51 984 585 909 or +51 996 550 700. Email at CuscoLocalFriend@gmail.com . Have a great trip!
Ferhat D
Ferhat D
November 2, 2021.
Perfect 👍🏻 Hugo was a great and knowledgeable person. He was so friendly and very patient with our questions. As a group, we really enjoyed our trip. I highly recommend him!! Thank you very much for the great experience, Hugo!!
shama842018
shama842018
November 2, 2021.
nice Everything went well. The tour was organised as individually as possible and all our wishes were taken into account immediately. Good guys, I recommend them.
Ahram A
Ahram A
October 26, 2021.
Thank you Hugo! I want anyone to know that you can trust Hugo from Cusco Local Friends. My wife and I spent 4 different days with Hugo hiking into Machu Picho, Rainbow Mountain, and on a beautiful, secluded hike to the Sun Gate above Ollantayambo. Hugo made everything easy with private car pick ups from the airport, and he is very knowledgable about the history of every place. I would hire Hugo again anytime when I go back to Peru. Thank you my brother! Ahram + Jennie
Andrew De Donato
Andrew De Donato
October 14, 2021.
Fantastic Tour on Short Notice Hugo was a fantastic guide to spend the day with. He met us in the morning at our hostel in Aguas Calientes and helped us get set up for the day as we picked up some last minute items like snacks, water, and insect repellant. We took the bus to Machu Picchu together and once we got to the site, he provided a really in-depth and interesting tour. He had great answers to every follow up question we had, took fantastic photos throughout the day, and was generally just a really nice and helpful person! I learned so much and will definitely use Cusco Local Friend again next time I visit. I should also add that I originally reached out to him only two days before we were slated to be in Aguas Calientes and he was easy to work with on such short notice and able to source some hard-to-find entry tickets for the time we wanted to visit.
Jessica K
Jessica K
August 17, 2021.
MAGICAL TOUR DURING OUR AMAZING HONEYMOON!! Hugo was truly our Local Friend! We had an amazing tour of Machu Picchu that made our Honeymoon even more fantastic than it already was. He gave us some very interesting and amazing details about the ruins and Incan culture. We would love to return to Peru to learn more and hop on another one of his tours. On top of everything, he even met up with us the next day to help us in Cusco get our Covid Antigen tests so we could fly home (We originally didn't know we needed them to return). Absolutely fun and professional man. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!
Bean
Bean
July 15, 2021.
Best tour experience ever! The best thing I can say about our 3 days touring with Hugo is that we left having made a great friend and look very forward to seeing him again. He led us on sensational tours of Ollantaytambo, Moray, Maras, Chinchero, Pisca, Rainbow Mountains and gave us valuable advice, counsel, and information for our self guided tour of Machu Picchu. Every day seemed to exceed the grandeur and historical significance of the previous day. Each day, with Hugo's terrific guiding, we found ourselves more captivated with Peru and it's history. Hugo is incredibly well versed in the history and lore of the Cusco region and is thoughtful and engaging in sharing his knowledge. He adjusted our tours to meet our needs, interests, age and fitness levels. He was always gracious, thoughtful, kind and understanding. If we were ahead of schedule Hugo always had an additional archeological site or worthwhile additional "something" to see. Sarah and I have travelled throughout the US, Scandinavia, Europe, and Southeast Asia. This was the single greatest travel experience we've shared. And a great deal of the credit is due to Hugo's thoughtful, caring personality and his singular interest in making each of his participants have a fully developed, well organized, educational, and enjoyable experience. I can't make a stronger recommendation than to say using any other tour service in the Cusco region would diminish your experience compared to what Hugo and Cusco Local Friends would give you.

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