Drive through the Urubamba Valley past the town of Ollantaytambo to a narrow dirt road leading up the Patacancha Valley (1 hour) until reaching the community of Pallata (12,000’ elevation). Here you can observe the native Quechua way of life in the high Andes where crops are sown and textiles woven with simple hand tools that have been in use for centuries. A short, steep ascent to the road head brings us to the small archaeological complex at Pumamarca, a former Inca settlement that managed the irrigation system of the Inca terracing below. After visiting this site we will begin hiking down through the ancient Inca terracing complex of Choquecancha, still used today by local Quechua farmers, overlooking spectacular views of the surrounding peaks and Urubamba Valley below. A three hour descent through these farmed terraced areas will bring us to the outskirts of Ollantaytambo Village. Picnic lunch will ber served en route. Overnight at the Hotel Sol y Luna.
Note: You may combine the Patacancha village day visit (with less hiking) with a mountain bike trip from Moray past Maras and into the Urubamba Valley.