“The Origin of the Incas” – Hike to Pumamarca and Machu Picchu 2 Days/ 1 Night

  • Destination: Cusco, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Price per person: $440
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There are many legends about the Origin of the Incas. One of them, the most well-known, is about the three Ayar Brothers who were born in the Tamputoco Mountain with their wives. One of these brothers, Ayar Maco, is the supposed legendary founder of the Inca Empire.
Pumamarca is considered as one of the first settlements of the Incas, before they spread out through the whole Sacred Valley and Cusco. This archaeological site is connected by an original Inca Trail to the living Inca town Ollantaytambo, a 2.5 hour walk through the Pata Cancha-Valley with its river of the same name. In addition, you will discover the enigma of Ollantaytambo as part of the Inca legends.


Day 1

Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Pumamarca – Aguas Calientes

You will start this exciting day with an early pick up (06:00 am) from your hotel. In our private transport, we will take you to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, passing by the small towns Chinchero and Urubamba and finally reaching Ollantaytambo at 08:00 am.

We will get ready for the hike while some snacks will be provided. We then start to trek on a small street all the way out of town while follow the river of Patacancha. After ascending for a few minutes, we will go to the right to meet the original Inca Trail. From this point of the hike, you will be able to spot the first terraces that are part of the archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo. Slowly, we will continue to walk uphill while observing some modern farmers and reaching out for the clear water of the river that reflects the bright sunlight.

Following this part of the original Inca Trail, we will walk amongst the refreshing eucalyptus trees. On our way, we will see beautiful coloured fields with corn and other local harvest, and many small farmer’s houses as well, with plenty of their domestic animals living in freedom in their backyard like chicken and pork.

At one point of the hike, you will be able to observe a great quantity of Inca terraces which do surround a massive line of stairs in the middle. We will stop at this point to enjoy the view of the Patamarca Valley, and a few minutes of hike later we will have another break to enjoy the amazing view of the Huancaure Mountain.

We will keep on walking and enjoy our first glance of the Pumamarca fortress after a short while. Reaching the campsite, our stuff will be waiting for us with some refreshing drinks. After a short while, your guide will take you for an extended visit to explore the archaeological site while giving you all the facts you need to know. Completing the legend of the Ayar brothers, you will then understand the meaning of the valley and the archaeological site.

Further on, around noon, you will descend to take a delicious Peruvian lunch prepared with local ingredients of the valley. At 01:30 pm, we arrive at the top of the terraces that we passed by in the morning. We descend the stairs, which will take us around one hour, and then encounter the road where our private transport will be waiting for us and bring us back to Ollantaytambo.

Reaching the archaeological complex in Ollantaytambo, your tour guide will take you to see the terraces, the condor temple and the main sun temple, explaining you the meaning of each construction and importance of the place during the Incas time as well as parts of the local legends.

After our visit, our tour guide will bring you to the train station in Ollantaytambo from where you will take the train at 04:36 pm in direction to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town). Enjoy the incredible journey of 2 hours on the train with its panoramic windows where you can observe the Urubamba River descending from the high valley down to the cloud forest at 2000 meters. The landscapes changes drastically in front of your eyes! You will be amazed to see the tropical mountain ending in a snow carpet and the small waterfalls shimmering on the hills, forming small rivers that flow down to converge at the Sacred River. After these spectacular natural views, you arrive at Aguas Calientes where the warm atmosphere welcomes you with typical jungle sounds.

Our staff will be waiting for you at the gate of the train station in Aguas Calientes and bring you to your hostel.

At 07:00 pm, you will receive a short briefing from your tour guide for the next day’s excursion, so please make sure you will be in the hotel at time.

Accommodation: Hotel Hatun Inti Classic

Day 2

Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

The day you were waiting for!

Wake up very early in the morning to have your breakfast (at 04:00 am) and then take the path which is winding up the mountain to reach Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas.

Machu Picchu gate opens at 06:00, so arriving early you will be one of the first visitors of the day, avoiding the crowds. In case you don’t want to wake up early, please take the bus at 7 am (not included).

At 07:45 am your bilingual tour guide will take you around the vast ruins for about 2.5 hours, comprehensively explaining the historical significance of Machu Picchu and its importance in the Inca Empire.

Machu Picchu is the best known of all the Inca Archaeological sites, as it is recognised worldwide as one of the new seven wonders, even though it’s not mentioned in any handwritten Chronicle of the Spanish Conquerors. Experts believe that Machu Picchu has been constructed around the mid-15th century by Inca Pachacuteq and was rediscovered in 1911 by American historian Hiram Bingham.

The guided tour of this fascinating site will be an unforgettable experience, visiting the Main Square, the Royal Quarters, The Temple of the Three Windows, the Circular Sun Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial (Intihuatana) and the Burial Grounds.

After the excursion, you can climb up the mountain Huayna Picchu from which you will have stunning views over the whole complex! However, there are only 400 entrance tickets per day. Therefore, please let us know in advance if you would like to do the hike when you do your tour reservation (extra cost of US$ 15.00). Due Huayna Picchu is very fast oversold, we are offering Machu Picchu Mountain as a second climbing option. The advantage of this hike is that it is less crowed, but not less beautiful. The cost of this climb is also US$ 15.00 per entrance.

After this, you will have some free time to wander around. Optional you can do some unguided walks to Inti Punku, the Sun Gate, which is the traditional end of the Classic Inca Trail (1.30 hours hike both ways), or to the Inca Bridge (1 hour hike). Otherwise you can simply explore the ruins and enjoy the inspiring atmosphere and breathtaking views.

A frequent bus service takes visitors back to Aguas Calientes (included) at any time. If you prefer, take a walk down through the jungle – it will take you roughly 45 minutes.

You will arrive to Aguas Calientes for a late lunch or to enjoy a dip in the hot springs (not included). In the afternoon late afternoon at 07:00 pm, you take the train back to Ollantaytambo and then a tourist transport to Cusco. If you want to return to Cusco in the early afternoon, please let us know so we can book an early train at 02:30 pm or 04:12 pm (according to the service, it will have an extra cost of US$ 30.00).

Meals: Breakfast

  • Pick-up from your hotel
  • Local cellphone
  • 24-hour-support from company owner
  • Transport to Ollantaytambo
  • 1-day-hike from Ollantaytambo to Pumamarca
  • Tourist train tickets both ways with reserved seats
  • Bus Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
  • Guided tour 2.5 hours in Machu Picchu
  • Accommodation in a 3 star hostel (single person pays +USD 60$ for accommodation)
  • 1 breakfast on the second day
  • Box lunch on the hike
  • Tourist transfer Ollantaytambo – Cusco
  • Entrance ticket for Machu Picchu (US$ 18 discount with a valid student card, please bring the original)
Not Included:
  • Entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu US$ 15.00 (book it in advance!)
  • Entrance ticket for the Sacred Valley Tour (Tourist Ticket for 1 day costs 70 Soles)
  • Meals on the second day (except breakfast)
  • Entrance ticket to hot springs (10 Soles)
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Extra night in Aguas Calientes US$ 60.00 per person (on double occupancy, you have to book it in advance to organise your train ticket for the following day).
  • We recommend you to buy the General Tourist Ticket for the Sacred Valley Tour that allows you to visit 16 places including the ruins of Cusco and the museums. Otherwise you can purchase a one day partial ticket which allows a one day visit of just the Sacred Valley sites including Pisaq, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero – in case you are not planning to visit any of the Cusco sites.
Recommendations, what to bring:
  • Your original passport (for your train ticket and entrance ticket to Machu Picchu)
  • Original student card if you book your tour as a student
  • Backpack
  • Warm clothing for the early morning and evening
  • Water
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Rain jacket or poncho (being close to the jungle, weather is unpredictable)
  • Change of clothes
  • Basic toiletries
  • Sun protection (sun cream, hat)
  • Insect repellent (must be number one on your list!)
  • Torch or headlight (if you decide to walk in the morning to Machu Picchu)
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Extra money (prices in Aguas Calientes can be higher than anywhere else in Peru.


While leaving Machu Picchu, you have the possibility to stamp your passport with an elegant Machu Picchu logo at the entrance gate (this is totally legal!).
Bring money in case you want use the toilet.

What we need when you make a reservation:
  • Full name as it is written in your passport (please include a scan copy of your passport)
  • Passport number
  • Nationality
  • Date of birth
  • Scan copy of your student card (if you have one its $18 US less)
  • Tour departure date
  • Send a deposit of 60% of the total price of your tour. (The remainder of your balance will be due upon your arrival in Cusco.) Payment may be made via *Western UnionPayPalABN AMRO Bank in Holland or securely and directly through our website by choosing your desired tour and clicking on the BOOK NOW button.

Price per person US$ 440
Price is based on two people.

Children under 12 years get a discount of 100 US$ on the Tour.

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Upgrade your Hotel:
(double room, addition of price is based on 2 persons)

Hotel la Cabaña: + US$ 20 per person.
Hotel Hatun Inti Boutique: + US$ 40 per person.
Hotel Sumaq: + US$ 85 per person.
Hotel Casa del Sol: + US$ 135 per person.

Private Tour Guide in Machu Picchu:

1 person US$ 80
2 persons US$ 40 pp
3 persons US$ 27 pp
4 persons US$ 20 pp
over 4 persons US$ 18 pp

Please send us a mail with the official request of the Hotel Upgrade or private Tour guide, and we will organize it for you. The upgraded hotel or private tour guide is reserved with the basic price, and then the price difference is added to your remaining balance.

Exclusive international transaction fees: The amount of the extra transaction fees depends on how the payment is made and on your bank. For further information please don’t hesitate to ask.

Terms and Conditions

Upon request, with each booked tour with Green Peru Adventures, you will receive a free walking tour of the mysterious and historic city of Cusco. You will be guided by one of our multilingual, professional guides.

We are looking forward to create an unforgettable experience for you.