Descending the Sacred Valley Trek 1D

Full Name*
Email Address*
Number of People*
Your Enquiry*
* I agree with Terms of Service and Privacy Statement.
Please agree to all the terms and conditions before proceeding to the next step
Save To Wish List

Adding item to wishlist requires an account



Simply enter your details in the enquiry form to start personalising your experience or if you have any questions about booking this tour.

Duration: 1D
Availability : Every Day.
Depart: Cusco
Destination: Sacred Valley
Min Age : 8
Max People : 12

About the Descending the Sacred Valley Trek

This Sacred Valley Trek includes a visit to the market and ruins of Chinchero and a gentle walk down through farmland to the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas.

As far as Sacred Valley Treks go, this is a nice introduction with beautiful scenery, interesting cultural experiences and a gentle downhill hike.

See Full Description

This is an excellent acclimatization hike because you visit Chinchero village before embarking on a gently descending Sacred Valley trek. The scenery is picturesque and attractive. Our Descending the Sacred Valley trek gives you the chance to walk through typical farms (chacras) operating in the valley and catch a glimpse into the lives of the people living there.


Prices are per person in USD, based on group size. We do not have fixed-date group departures. If you do not want to book a private tour, please see our Trekkers Wanted page for a list of open departures within your dates.

2 people


3 people


4-6 people


7+ people


High quality personalized experience

Unique, off-the-beaten track routes

Experienced staff

Verified sustainability practices

$20 of every trek donated to Threads of Peru

Important Details About the Descending the Sacred Valley Trek 1D

What is Included?


  • Collection from your hotel on the morning of your Sacred Valley trek departure
  • Private transport to/from Cusco as described in the itinerary


  • Boxed lunch

Trekking Team

  • English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide

Additional inclusions

What is Not Included?


  • Breakfast on the first morning.
  • Snacks and water


  • Tips for the guide

Optional Extras & Upgrades

We offer you the opportunity to personalize your trip and make your experience more comfortable through our Optional Extras and Upgrades. All options are available during the reservation process; please ask your sales consultant for more information.

Equipment Available for Rent

    • Light-weight aluminium walking stick. Two sticks are recommended for tough hikes.

Optional Activities


    • When calculating the cost of renting equipment, calculate using the length of the entire trip, not just the number of trekking days.
    • Please be careful with rented equipment! You are responsible for the cost of replacement if something is damaged or broken.
    • Any upgrades or trip extensions must be requested at time of booking.

What to Pack

Cusco can experience every season in a single day, so you should be prepared for sun and rain, cold and hot weather! We recommend a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, sweater, rain gear or plastic poncho, winter hat or toque and gloves. In addition, you should bring:

    • A light day pack to carry your things
    • Water bottle and snacks
    • Money for snacks, souvenirs and tips

You can also see What To Bring for our comprehensive recommendations on what to pack for a trek in the Andes. For more great suggestions, check out our blog about How to Prepare for a Trek in Peru.

Available Discounts

  • 5% off a day tour listed price when you also book a 3-day or longer trek operated by Apus Peru
  • Youth 12-17: 5% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
  • Children 5-11 years: 15% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
  • Children 0-4 years: 75% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking. Children under 4 will not count towards the total number of guests in a group, but will be charged 25% of the per person price based on final group size. For example, a group of 4 adults and one child under 4: adults will be charged the full price per person based on a group size of 4 and the child will be charged 25% of the per person price for a group of 4. Children under 3 will not be considered to occupy a seat on any train or bus, and instead must ride on a parent’s lap. Car seats, cribs and other baby needs may not be included and must be discussed in advance. For more information about travelling with infants and toddlers, please see this blog as well as the Age Requirements section of our Booking Conditions.

Remember that scans of the student card (for students) or passports (for children) need to accompany the booking in order to be eligible for the discount.

Guides & Safety on the Trail

Our whole trekking team know the Sacred Valley region like the back of their hand! They are some of the warmest, endearing and wonderful people you are ever likely to meet.

Our guides are all licensed and receive regular training. They share their experience, professionalism, knowledge and enthusiasm with our passengers on every trek.

Get to know our team!

Trekkers Wanted

Want to join a trek? Ready to confirm a departure date of your own, but interested in having others join you? Then Trekkers Wanted is for you! Our innovative Trekkers Wanted system matches people up who are interested in hiking the same trek, bringing costs down and multiplying the fun for everyone!

Read More about Trekkers Wanted, post your trek or search for confirmed departures!

Important Info

  • Each guide has their own preferred route and so the route you trek might not correspond exactly to the route described here.
  • The times cited in this Sacred Valley trek itinerary are approximate. Walking times depend on the group.
  • The program is subject to change, due to weather and other unexpected circumstances

Ready to Book?

  • Does this trek sound like just what you were looking for? If you’re ready to book or just want to find out a bit more information, fill out the Inquiry Form in the top right-hand corner of this page to get the ball rolling. You’ll be connected with one of our amazing sales people who will be able to turn your dream of hiking in the Andes into a reality. For more information on the entire booking process, please see our How To Book page.
  • Travel insurance is a must! World Nomads offers travel insurance for adventure activities.

Descending the Sacred Valley Trek 1D Itinerary

Our Sacred Valley Trek begins as we travel from Cusco by private transport for about 45 minutes to the quaint mountain town of Chinchero (population 900; 3800m / 12,467 ft). Chinchero is often visited for its colorful market days and colonial church. Market day is Sunday and still quite an authentic experience. Other days vendors still set up stalls for tourists who visit every day.

On arriving in Chinchero, we will visit the Historic Precinct (a Colonial church built atop Inca Foundations) before continuing on to visit an awana wasi (weaving house) where the Chinchero weavers will do a small demonstration about their weaving techniques.

After these visits, we will delve deeper by leaving the well-constructed Inca plaza and discovering the extensive terraced ruins of Chinchero. From here we descend by the Inka Ñan, (the network of Inca roads that linked their ancient towns) through a spectacular valley with views of the snow-capped peaks that were worshiped by the Incas.

After lunch (box lunch) by a mountain stream, we have a rare glimpse into traditional life in the Sacred Valley. We pass through farmland once cultivated by the Incas who left magnificent terraces still in full production today. Hiking from Chinchero to Urquillos takes about 3 hours.

Before crossing the Urubamba River we will be picked up in our private transport and taken to Pisaq, where we will visit the Pisaq ruins. If we have enough time, before returning to Cusco we will make a brief stop at the market.


Proceed Booking