Depart Cusco to explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas. On the way, pause briefly at Awanacancha, a breeding center for South American camelids. Get up close with the llamas, alpacas, as well as rare vicuñas who live almost exclusively in the wild and produce some of the softest and most expensive wool on the planet.
Continue to Pisac with its interesting food and artisan stalls. Then drive to the Patacancha Valley and the community of Pallata (12,000’ elevation). Here you can observe the native Quechua way of life where crops are sown and textiles woven with simple hand tools that have been in use for centuries. A short, steep ascent brings us to the archaeological complex at Pumamarca, a former Inca settlement that managed the irrigation system of the Inca terracing below. Hike down through an ancient Inca terracing complex, overlooking spectacular views of the surrounding peaks and Urubamba Valley below. A three-hour descent through brings us to the outskirts of the village of Ollantaytambo. Overnight at El Aubergue Hotel.