One way to experience the legendary Sacred Valley is by horseback riding through the unbeaten trails that lead up to the ruins of Machu Picchu. The ride is a five day trip through the Scared Valley on the ancient Inca Trail, also known as the Salkantay Inca Trail. The trail leads through the majestic Andean mountain range and provides breathtaking panoramic views. Evenings along the trail are spent at different enchanting mountain lodges, complete with delicious traditional Peruvian dishes for dinner. Once riders arrive at the Llactapata Trail, the trip continues by train to the scenic Aguas Calientes, the town of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival at Machu Picchu, the adventure continues with a private guided tour of the ruins.
At the end of the five day ride and hike through Machu Picchu, the journey proceeds to spending a few relaxing days down in the valley of the Urubamba River. Lodging is at the luxurious Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa, which offers its own beautiful luxury casitas. Created by artist Federica Bauer, each casitas has a unique individual decorative atmosphere. The spa provides extraordinary services and activities. Gastronomic activities include a Scared Valley lunch, cooking demos, and walks along the farms. The resort is also home to stables that house Peruvian Paso horses. The Peruvian Paso has a unique velvety and lilting gait. Guests can take daily half day or full day trail rides on the horses. Guided riding routes allow for a deep cultural experience while riding through small villages and communities on different rural paths. Sol y Luna also offers its guests a special experience to go glamping for 2-3 nights by taking scenic trail rides through the valley of the Urubamba River. After the morning rides, the guest are presented with a full course breakfast and their day always ends with a gourmet dinner on the glamping trips.
Following days spend on the horse trails, guests can unwind at the Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa by previewing the exceptional art gallery. The Kunata Wasi Room hosts fine and sophisticated Peruvian art and offers a glimpse into Peruvian culture. The collection includes arts and crafts that have been created and collected from around Peru. Sol y Luna also supports the local people of Urubamba by creating the Sol y Luna Association, an organization dedicated to supporting the locals by improving education, encouraging creativity and interest in art, and providing opportunities in the area.
The Trails through the Sacred Valley adventure offers a luxurious way to experience Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail. The Machu Picchu expedition combines horseback riding, nature and culture with sightseeing the ancient Incan civilization. The cultural experiences extend into lodging. Luxurious lodging is offered in the fine mountain lodges that are situated along the trail, as well as at the deluxe Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa. Through this adventure, Journeys can help you experience a once in a lifetime equestrian escapade on the trails of an ancient landmark.