Today starts with Chinchero, a quiet little town best known for its outdoor weaving studios, terraced Inca ruin, and intricately-frescoed colonial church. Next is Moray – three massive Inca amphitheaters of incredible engineering precision and stern, magnificent beauty. Then an easy stroll (or ride in the bus if you prefer) through rolling farmland and views of the high Andes brings us to Salineras – a surreal and beautiful patchwork of pools and paths that still produces salt using Inca technology.
Our next stop is Ollantaytambo, perhaps the most perfectly preserved of all Inca towns, a maze of cobbled alleyways and sun-drenched plazas presided over by a spectacular, llama-shaped ruin which we’ll have time to explore before catching the train to Aguas Calientes, where we’ll spend the night.
Meals: Lunch and dinner included
Accommodation: Family-run hotel, Aguas Calientes