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Urquillos Hike–Very picturesque trail with ancient Incan temples, some remains of Inca Trail along, and impressive views. This day hike is perfect for those who want to be away from crowds and take a day challenge while exploring the Sacred Valley/ Urubamba Valley in a different way, at the end of the day, you will finish your day adventure at your hotel in Urubamba or you can even continue your journey to Machu Picchu.
This hike 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. If you have planned to hike to Machu Picchu by Classic Inca Trail, Salkantay Trek, or other alternative trails, then this day hike is perfect for the acclimatization before your long trek starts, which will make you ready to rock on your upcoming hike to Machu Picchu.
You set off from Chinchero colonial town, a town with remains of Incan temples, Incan terraces, and a church from the XVII century a perfect place to learn about the Incan agriculture, Incan religion, and the religion from the colonial time.
After making an exploration of this site, we follow the trail down the valley, following a section of Inca Trail, the trail treats you with lovely waterfalls and terrific vistas of the mountains of Urubamba range. Already in the valley, you will reach the Urquillos town, a very tranquil small town with a plaza in the middle surrounded by typical houses from the highlands roofed by terracotta tile. A place where you finish the hike, you will then transfer to your hotel–Urquillos Hike.
At 8:00 am, your Peru Summit Adventures guide comes at your hotel to pick you up, we will then drive to Chinchero, which is the starting point of this hike. Chinchero is located at an elevation of 12,100 ft, this is a quaint colonial village with many Inca ruins around and there is a beautiful colonial time (Spanish) church, therefore, you will visit them with your private guide.
After visiting the ruins in Chinchero, we will start our hike following a short section of Inca Trail, this trail is linking the towns located high in the mountains with other towns in the valley level (Sacred Valley). The trail follows down the valley, where we will be treated with impressive views and some waterfalls next to the trail. On the halfway, we will eat our packed lunch.
After a 3-hour to 4-hour hiking, we will arrive in Urquillos town (10,171 ft) in the Sacred Valley, a very picturesque Andean town with a quiet plaza in the middle surrounded by houses with roofs in terra-cotta tiles. We will take a little stroll here. At our arrival in this town, our private transportation will be already there waiting for us to get us back to the hotel or the train station in Ollantaytambo.
While we expect the tour will run as the itinerary describes to Urquillos Hike Participants should accept that there is the possibility of changes, being necessary liable to local conditions, e.g, strikes, natural disasters, these changes might be at the discretion of your travel company.
To visit the historical sites in the Sacred Valley, it is important to purchase an admission partial ticket (Boleto Turistico Parcial) whose cost is PEN 70 Peruvian soles (USD 25 per ticket) which allows you to access four historical sites like Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Moray, and Chinchero (in other words, it is used only for Sacred Valley). This ticket is valid for 2 days. Therefore, in our quotation, this entrance ticket is included. If you take one of the day treks, in which, the historical sites are not part of the itinerary, so the admission ticket will be excluded from the quotation.
If you get planned to visit other historical sites out of Sacred Valley, like the ones located in Cusco, our recommendation is that you need to purchase the general admission ticket (Boleto Turistico General) whose cost is PEN 130 Peruvian Soles (USD 45 per ticket), this ticket allows you to visit 14 historical sites, which are located in Cusco, Southern part of Cusco, Sacred Valley, and some museums in Cusco city. The ticket is valid for 10 days. The Maras salt ponds ticket is not part of the boleto turistico parcial or boleto turistico general (partial or general ticket), this ticket should be purchased at the entrance of the same place, whose cost is PEN 10 Peruvian soles (about USD 4 per ticket).
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Pisac, Maras Salt Ponds, Moray, Chinchero, Ollantaytambo and more are relaxed and incomparably beautiful places, which are tucked under the tawny skirts of formidable foothills of the Urubamba mountain range, long the home of attractive colonial towns, isolated weaving villages, the Rio (river) Urubamba, massive Incan agricultural terraces, ancient Incan temples. On this footage, we show you just a tiny part of this wonderful valley. Explore the area properly with a local Peru Summit Adventures private guide. JOIN US!
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