1-Day Chinchero to Urquillos: A Cultural Day Hike

A day hike from Chinchero to Urquillos that combines natural beauty with cultural richness.

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Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

1 Day

Difficulty

4/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

Step into a world where history comes alive and nature’s grandeur takes center stage with our “Chinchero to Urquillos Day Hike”. As you tread the paths of Chinchero, imagine walking alongside the ancients, feeling the same awe they did amidst the sprawling terraces and timeless landscapes. The Andes don’t just showcase beauty; they invite you to be a part of their enduring narrative.

But the journey’s allure goes beyond just vistas. Picture yourself uncovering the secrets of Pisac, an archaeological gem that stands as a silent guardian of Incan brilliance. Every step, every glance offers an invitation: to learn, to explore, to be mesmerized. So, why merely read about history and beauty when you can experience it? Come, let the Andes share their tales with you.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 6:00 AM - 06:30 AM
Estimated Return Time 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Chinchero, Inca Royal Trail, Sacred Valley, Vilcanota River, Apu Sawasiray, Apu Chicón, Urquillos village, Plaza de Armas of Urquillos, Pisac archaeological site
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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 06:00
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 06:00
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 06:00
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 06:00
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 06:00
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Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Your adventure commences with a scenic drive from your Cusco accommodation to the enchanting town of Chinchero. Perched at nearly 4,000 meters above sea level, Chinchero is a tapestry of nature's beauty and ancient tales. Here, remnants of the Inca Empire's temple and expansive terraces whisper stories of a bygone era. Though the town boasts a colonial church, the legacy of the Inca, especially that of Tupac Inca Yupanqui, remains palpable.

From Chinchero, the path unfolds towards Urquillos. Every step on the legendary Inca Royal Trail is a journey through history, a trail that once stretched across vast portions of the Andean Cordillera. As you navigate this ancient pathway, a panoramic vantage point will present itself, offering sweeping views of the Sacred Valley, the Vilcanota River, and the majestic Apu Sawasiray and Apu Chicón mountains. Amidst this backdrop, you'll have a moment to unpack and enjoy the box lunch you've brought along, savoring Andean flavors amidst tales of ancient civilizations and natural wonders.

Your descent into Urquillos provides a rich immersion into the past. This village, celebrated for its "gigantón" corn, is a testament to the Incan agricultural prowess. A stroll around reveals the Plaza de Armas, where the historic Pisonay tree stands, a relic from the 15th-century reign of King Carlos V of Spain.

Following our exploration of Urquillos, we have the enticing option to venture to the Pisac archaeological site. Just an hour's drive away, this ancient Incan citadel beckons with its terraced hillsides and historical allure.

The day concludes as we drive you back to your Cusco hotel, marking the end of a journey where the wonders of the Andes and the echoes of the Inca Empire have been your constant companions.


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Tour Highlights

  • Historic Chinchero: Wander through a town that seamlessly marries nature’s splendor with ancient stories, showcasing remnants of the Inca Empire’s temple and expansive agricultural terraces.

  • Inca Royal Trail: Step onto a legendary pathway, once connecting vast stretches of the Andean Cordillera, and feel the weight of millennia of history beneath your feet.

  • Panoramic Views: Pause and drink in breathtaking vistas of the Sacred Valley, the Vilcanota River, and the majestic peaks of Apu Sawasiray and Apu Chicón.

  • Authentic Andean Picnic: Enjoy a box lunch amid nature’s grandeur, tasting the flavors of the Andes with local fruits, traditional bread, and more.

  • Urquillos Village Exploration: Delve into a village where the Incan spirit is palpable, from its renowned “gigantón” corn to its historic Plaza de Armas and the ancient Pisonay tree.

  • Optional Pisac Visit: Enhance your journey with a detour to the Pisac archaeological site, where terraced hillsides and Incan structures await exploration.

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Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure - Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

In line with our commitment to your convenience, Huaynas Expeditions accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments - Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Flexible Cancellation Options for Clients

We understand that circumstances can change, sometimes unexpectedly. If you find the need to cancel your booking, you have the flexibility to do so up to 30 days before the tour start date. In this case, you will receive a full refund minus a 10% administration fee, acknowledging the efforts and resources already invested in planning your tour. Any additional balance paid will also be refunded, ensuring a fair and transparent process.

Understanding Cancellations Within 30 Days

We wish to draw your attention to our policy for cancellations made within 30 days of the tour departure. Given the advanced stage of preparations and commitments made at this juncture, we are unable to offer refunds. This policy is in place to balance the significant logistical arrangements and reservations made on your behalf.

Navigating Through Force Majeure

In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Huaynas Expeditions adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

Strong Advocacy for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

We cannot overstate the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. Such insurance plays a critical role in safeguarding your investment against unforeseen cancellations, emergencies, and other unexpected scenarios. It is a proactive measure to ensure peace of mind throughout your journey. Huaynas Expeditions is not responsible for any expenses arising from incidents not covered by your insurance policy.

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Discounts

Special Discounts

 

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 20 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Dive into our in-depth guide on what’s included and not included for all package options on the 1-Day Chinchero to Urquillos Hike. With these carefully put-together lists, you’ll know exactly what to anticipate when booking the journey of a lifetime.

Standard Inclusions

Our Standard package offers a range of amenities and services for a comfortable and enjoyable trip experience. All package options include the following:

Not Included

The following items are not included in our trek packages. Please consider these additional costs when preparing for your trek. Note that some exclusions may be included in the Deluxe package, as mentioned in the Additional Inclusions section:

Additional Inclusions (Deluxe Package)

Upgrade to our Deluxe package for an enhanced and luxurious trekking experience. The Deluxe package includes these premium amenities and services, which can also be added individually to the Standard package:

What to Pack

When embarking on the 1-Day Chinchero to Urquillos Hike, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

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Packing Tips

  • Pack Light: Remember that you’ll need to carry everything you bring.
  • Organize Your Pack: Use packing cubes or ziplock bags to keep your gear organized and easy to find.
  • Prepare for the Weather: The weather can change quickly, so pack for all conditions. Always have a rain jacket or poncho handy.
  • Secure Your Valuables: Keep your passport, money, and other valuables secure and on you at all times.
  • Layer Up: Dressing in layers is key. It allows you to quickly adapt to changing temperatures.
  • Waterproof Everything: Ensure that your pack is waterproof or that you have a rain cover. Keep all electronics and important documents in waterproof bags.
  • Respect the Environment: Consider using eco-friendly products and always take your trash with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I store my luggage at the Huaynas Expeditions office while I’m on the trek?

Yes, Huaynas Expeditions offers a secure luggage storage service at our office in Cusco. You can leave any belongings you don’t need during the trek, such as suitcases or extra clothing, with us.

How long is the Chinchero to Urquillos hike?

The hike itself takes approximately 3 hours, but with transportation, exploration, and breaks, the entire excursion spans a full day.

Is this hike suitable for beginners?

Yes, this hike is designed for both beginners and experienced trekkers. However, we recommend a moderate level of fitness due to the altitude.

Do I need any vaccinations before the trek?

While no specific vaccinations are required for the trek, we recommend being up-to-date on routine vaccines. Travelers should consider speaking with their doctor about their travel plans and any recommended vaccinations.

Do I need to carry a first aid kit?

While it’s always a good idea to carry basic first aid supplies, our guides will have a comprehensive first aid kit for emergencies.

Are meals provided other than the box lunch?

Only the box lunch is provided as part of the package. We recommend having a hearty breakfast before the hike and carrying some snacks.

What can I expect to see at the Pisac archaeological site?

Pisac is a marvel of Incan architecture and ingenuity, with its terraced hillsides, temples, and ancient structures.

What type of guide will be leading the trek?

Our treks are led by experienced, English-speaking guides who are knowledgeable about the region’s history, culture, and flora/fauna. Our guides are certified and trained in wilderness first aid and altitude-related health issues to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants.

Will there be a briefing before the trek begins?

Yes, there will be a pre-trek briefing the day before the trek starts. During the briefing, our experienced guides will provide detailed information about the trek, answer any questions, and ensure that all participants are adequately prepared for the adventure.

What type of weather can we expect?

The weather can vary, but typically the dry season from May to October offers sunny days and cold nights. The rainy season runs from November to April.

Can I rent trekking gear from you?

Yes, we offer rental of trekking gear such as walking poles and sleeping bags. Please contact us directly for more information on our rental options and prices.

Where does the tour start and end?

The tour starts and ends in Cusco. We provide pickups and drop-offs at your hotel in Cusco.

Why is the Inca Royal Trail significant?

The Inca Royal Trail, or Qhapac Ñan, was a vast network of roads connecting various parts of the Inca Empire. Its engineering and cultural significance led to its recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Do I need to tip the trek crew?

While tipping is optional, it’s a kind gesture to show appreciation for the services provided by the guide, chef, and other team members.

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