Pumamarca to Ollantaytambo: 1-Day Scenic Andean Trek

Embark on a captivating one-day hike from Pumamarca to Ollantaytambo, exploring the beauty and history of the Sacred Valley.

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Cusco, Peru


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Venture on a one-day trek from Pumamarca to Ollantaytambo, a journey rich in Andean heritage and natural splendor. This path, weaving through the Sacred Valley, offers a vivid snapshot of Peru’s vibrant history and stunning landscapes. From the lofty ruins of Pumamarca, commanding views of the Patacancha Valley, to the ancient, stone-laden paths of Ollantaytambo, the trek is a journey of discovery and awe. It’s an opportunity to connect with the past, walking trails once tread by the Incas, and to experience the enduring beauty of the Andes.

The excursion blends adventure with cultural immersion, taking you through traditional Quechua villages and terraced fields that showcase the ingenuity of Incan agriculture. In Ollantaytambo, a living museum of Incan civilization, wander through streets that have borne witness to centuries of history. This trek is an ideal choice for those seeking to experience the essence of the Sacred Valley’s rich cultural tapestry and breathtaking natural beauty in a concise yet fulfilling adventure.

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.

Your adventure begins with an early morning pickup at 6:00 am from your Cusco hotel, setting off on a two-hour scenic journey through the Sacred Valley. As the Andean landscape unfolds before your eyes, you'll be transported into a world of stunning natural beauty, preparing you for the day's exploration. Upon arrival in the charming town of Ollantaytambo, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy breakfast at your own expense, fueling up for the trek ahead.

A short 25-minute drive post-breakfast takes you to Pallata, which stands at an elevation of 3,120 meters and serves as the starting point of your trek. The hike to the Pumamarca ruins, located at 3,422 meters, offers a gentle ascent through lesser-known paths, unveiling the hidden gems of the region. The ruins of Pumamarca, majestically perched overlooking the Patacancha Valley, provide a spectacular setting for discovering the wonders of the Inca civilization. Your guide will lead you through the site, sharing insights into its historical significance.

Descending back to Ollantaytambo, a three-hour walk awaits, during which you'll enjoy a nourishing boxed lunch amidst the breathtaking landscape. This segment of the trek is graced with Inca-built agricultural terraces and ancient trails, painting a vivid picture of the past. The path also meanders through traditional Quechua communities, offering a glimpse into the enduring Andean way of life. The region is home to diverse wildlife, including Andean llamas, which you might spot along the way.

Back in Ollantaytambo, take some time to wander through its ancient streets, where you'll find well-preserved stone houses and still-functioning water channels from the Inca era. For those eager for more, an optional hike to Pinkuylluna mountain offers magnificent views and a visit to historic Incan granaries.

Your journey concludes with a serene drive back to Cusco, leaving you with indelible memories of the scenic beauty, rich history, and cultural depth experienced on the Pumamarca to Ollantaytambo trek. This experience is more than just a hike; it's a journey through time, connecting you with the storied past of the Incas.

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Tour Highlights

  • Pumamarca Ruins Discovery: Explore the captivating Pumamarca ruins, an ancient Inca site offering stunning views over the Patacancha Valley and insights into Inca architecture and history.

  • Scenic Andean Landscapes: Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Sacred Valley, with its sprawling terraces, vibrant flora, and panoramic mountain vistas.

  • Cultural Interaction in Quechua Villages: Experience the rich culture of the Andes as you pass through traditional Quechua communities, witnessing their enduring customs and way of life.

  • Inca Trail Exploration: Walk along segments of ancient Inca trails, feeling the historical significance with every step on these time-honored paths.

  • Ollantaytambo Town Visit: Stroll through the well-preserved streets of Ollantaytambo, a living example of Incan urban planning, complete with ancient stone buildings and water channels.

  • Optional Pinkuylluna Mountain Hike: For the adventurous, an optional hike to Pinkuylluna offers breathtaking views and a visit to the historic Incan granaries.

  • Wildlife Encounters: Keep an eye out for native Andean wildlife, including llamas, which are commonly spotted in the region.

  • Photographic Opportunities: Capture the essence of the Sacred Valley with unparalleled photo opportunities, perfect for both amateur and seasoned photographers.


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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.

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In line with our commitment to your convenience, Peru Tripper 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, Peru Tripper 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. Peru Tripper 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

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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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