Enjoy a full day hike all upon the ancestral Inca trail, surrounded by breathtaking views of the Sacred Valley, the hidden waterfall of Perolniyoc and the well-preserved Raqaypata ruin.
Depart early from your hotel for a transfer towards the heights of the valley of Pachar. Starting from the rural community of Socma, trek uphill to the breathtaking Perolniyoc waterfall, reaching more than 80 meters (or 262 feet) high. Continue hiking until reaching “Raqaypata,” one of the most important and impressive administrative centers of the Incas, built right into the cliff with stunning views of the Zocma Valley, and who's strategic geographical location played an important role in the administrative control of access to the Inca Village of Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu.
Continue along the network of Incan trails towards Ollantaytambo for one of the best views of the Pachar Valley. Stop for lunch and continue along the last sector of the trail with incredible vistas Yanahuara and Ollantaytambo villages, located in the Sacred Valley. Conclude this epic day with a descent to the ancient Inca city of Ollantaytambo, where a vehicle awaits for pick up and transfer to your overnight hotel.
Before departing, do not forget to have an early, yet full breakfast, as well as grabbing your packed lunch. Make sure to pack your day pack with snacks, sunscreen and any necessities. Please remember to refill your water bottle or hydration system at the hotel, as today is a full day of hiking.
In addition to the Macs Adventure Navigation App, you will be provided with an INREACH, double communication system via Garmin, so you can communicate with our local representatives in Peru. If you have any urgency, please do not hesitate to contact them immediately.
If you become ill, or do not feel comfortable on the hike, do not hesitate to ask your morning transfer to drop you off at your overnight hotel within Ollantaytambo instead. Please note that you can turn around and head back at any point, or call our local representative if necessary, making this hike as challenging or laid-back as you'd like.
The weather in the Andes and at this height of elevation changes rapidly, so please remember to pack extra layers and raingear.
Food & Drink
Hydration on the mountain is constant, so do not forget to refill your personal water bottles, Camelbak or hydration system. Please pack plenty of water, snacks and your picnic lunch to maintain proper hydration and nutrition (and to set yourself up for success during the rest of your time in Peru). We do not recommend extracting water from small river channels to drink.
Please bring comfortable hiking clothes, sturdy hiking shoes, a backpack, water, packed lunch, raingear and layers (preferably breathable fabrics like Nylon and Polyester). Sturdy, waterproof hiking boots are strongly recommended, with hiking poles, as the hiking surface varies greatly from paved roads, dirt paths to slippery single-track trails. Sunscreen and a sunhat are highly recommended, even on cloudy days.
A small backpack or day pack will be enough for today's hike, and make sure to fill your backpack with all the necessities before departure.
Don't forget your camera, and an additional energy charger, as there are plenty of opportunities on this hike for spectacular shots of Incan archaeological ruins, villages and the colorful panoramic landscapes of the Incan trail.
This incredible waterfall, thundering out of the rock just below the Raqaypata complex, has a slope of more than eighty meters. The angle of this slope pushes rushing water through in the form of a thin veil that, together with the sun's rays, seems to give off flashes of light.
The Raqaypata archaeological complex was a very important site for the Incas in terms of its placement, in which they could have territorial management and strategic advantage over the entire region. Within its stunning empire, you can find houses, colcas (warehouse), kallankas (rooms of massive lodging) and Huaca's where ritual ceremonies were performed.