1-Day Pumamarca to Ollantaytambo Trek: Inca Ruins & Andean Beauty

Unveiling the Hidden Gems of the Sacred Valley

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Cusco, Peru


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Discover the hidden treasures of the Andes with our exclusive 1-Day Pumamarca to Ollantaytambo Trek. This unique journey takes you through the heart of the Sacred Valley, blending breathtaking natural landscapes with a rich tapestry of Incan history. Starting with a scenic drive from Cusco, the trek unveils the stunning beauty of the Andes, offering an intimate glimpse into the serene yet vibrant life of the Sacred Valley. As you venture into this journey, each step brings you closer to the mystical past and the living traditions of the Andean communities.

Immerse yourself in a day filled with exploration and wonder. Trek to the enchanting ruins of Pumamarca, perched high above the Patacancha Valley, where history whispers through the ancient stones. Wander through native Quechua settlements and experience the local lifestyle firsthand. The journey is not just a trek but a journey through time, where the Incan legacy and the natural splendor of the Andes converge. From the panoramic mountain views to the cobblestoned streets of Ollantaytambo, this tour promises an unforgettable experience, culminating in a soulful return to the modern comforts of Cusco.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 6:00 AM
Estimated Return Time 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Pumamarca Ruins, Andean Landscapes, Ollantaytambo Town, Inca Trails, Quechua Villages
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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
  • Deluxe 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.

Morning Departure and Scenic Drive to Ollantaytambo
Your journey starts early at 6:00 am with a convenient pickup from your hotel in Cusco. Settle in for a picturesque two-hour drive through the Sacred Valley, where the stunning Andean landscape unfolds before your eyes. On arrival at the quaint town of Ollantaytambo, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a hearty breakfast, fueling up for the day's exploration.

Trekking to Pumamarca Ruins
Post-breakfast, a brief 25-minute drive brings us to Pallata (3,120 meters), the starting point of our trek. The hike to Pumamarca (3,422 meters) is a gradual uphill journey, revealing the less-trodden paths and the hidden wonders of the region. The ruins of Pumamarca, perched majestically overlooking the Patacancha Valley, await your exploration. Your guide will lead you through the most significant aspects of this enchanting Inca site, unearthing the mysteries of a bygone era.

Descending Back to Ollantaytambo with a Boxed Lunch
After delving into the history of Pumamarca, you'll continue downhill for about three hours, enjoying a nourishing boxed lunch amidst the scenic landscape. This part of the journey is adorned with extensive Inca-built agricultural terraces and remnants of ancient Inca trails. The path also winds through native Quechua settlements, offering glimpses into the vibrant Andean lifestyle. Keep an eye out for the Andean llamas and other wildlife that are a common sight in these verdant highlands.

Exploring Ollantaytambo Town
Once back in Ollantaytambo town, take the opportunity to explore its ancient Inca streets, remarkably preserved stone wall houses, and water channels, still functioning as in Incan times. For those seeking additional adventure, an optional hike to Pinkuylluna mountain offers breathtaking views and a visit to the 15th-century Incan granaries.

Return to Cusco
Your day concludes with a relaxing drive back to Cusco, filled with lasting memories of the scenic beauty and rich history of the Pumamarca to Ollantaytambo trek.

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Tour Highlights

  • Trek to Pumamarca Ruins: Hike to the lesser-known yet fascinating Pumamarca ruins, offering insights into the Incan architecture and their strategic settlement choices.
  • Stunning Andean Views: As you trek, absorb the spectacular views of the Andes, with its vast terraces, lush valleys, and snow-capped peaks.

  • Cultural Immersion: Walk through native Quechua settlements along the trail, providing a glimpse into the local lifestyle and traditions.

  • Wildlife and Flora: Encounter Andean wildlife such as llamas grazing in the highlands and a variety of native plant species, adding to the trek’s natural allure.

  • Boxed Lunch Amidst Nature: Savor a delicious boxed lunch surrounded by the tranquil beauty of the Andean landscape, a perfect way to refuel and relax.

  • Exploration of Ollantaytambo Town: Wander through the ancient streets of Ollantaytambo, discovering its intact Incan infrastructure, stone wall houses, and water channels.

  • Optional Hike to Pinkuylluna Mountain: For those seeking extra adventure, the hike to Pinkuylluna offers stunning vistas and a chance to see 15th-century Incan granaries up close.


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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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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 Pumamarca to Ollantaytambo Trek. 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 Pumamarca to Ollantaytambo Trek, 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

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Dive into our FAQ section for detailed responses to common queries. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, our team is just a click away to assist you.

Do I need to be experienced in hiking to join the trek?

Our trek is designed for a range of fitness levels. However, some degree of physical fitness is beneficial as the trek involves walking at high altitudes. Beginners are welcome, and we ensure a pace that accommodates our group’s overall ability.

Are permits required for this trek?

No special permits are required for the Pumamarca to Ollantaytambo Trek, unlike some other treks in the region.

Will there be access to restrooms during the trek?

Facilities are limited once we start the trek. We recommend using the restrooms at the starting point before we begin. Please be prepared to use nature’s facilities if necessary, and always practice leave-no-trace principles.

Is the trek suitable for children?

Yes, the trek is suitable for children who are used to walking and have a reasonable level of fitness. We recommend this trek for children aged 10 and above.

Is travel insurance required for the trek?

While not mandatory, we strongly recommend having travel/health/emergency insurance for your safety and peace of mind.

Can I be picked up from a location in the Sacred Valley instead of Cusco?

Yes, pickups from locations within the Sacred Valley can be arranged. Please provide your specific location details when booking to confirm availability.

Are vegetarian or vegan meal options available?

Yes, please inform us in advance, and we’ll ensure that vegetarian or vegan meal options are available for you during the tour.

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.

Will someone carry my personal belongings?

You will need to carry your own belongings. We recommend a comfortable backpack with just the essentials, as our trek is only a day long.

Are there any extra fees I should be aware of?

There are no hidden fees in our trek packages. However, personal expenses, optional tips, and any additional services not outlined in the inclusions will be at your own cost.

What is the policy for tips?

Tips are not included and are left to your discretion. They are a great way to show appreciation for the services provided.

Can you drop me off in the Sacred Valley or Ollantaytambo after the trek instead of returning to Cusco?

Yes, we can arrange for you to be dropped off in the Sacred Valley or Ollantaytambo after the trek. Please let us know your preferred drop-off location when booking.

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