- Availability: Available now
- Group size: 2-10
- Tour Type: Trekking/Hiking
- Max. Elevation: 3892 meters above sea level
Hike to the Sacred Valley Sun Gate
75 USD Per person
Hike to the Sacred Valley Sun Gate
In the heart of the Peruvian sacred valley and very close to Ollantaytambo and the lost city of the Incas, there is one of the most impressive worship centers of pre-Hispanic times. The hike to the sacred valley sun gate, takes you to a stone door made by Incan people 600 years ago. This hike to the door of the sun of the sacred valley, will take you to a ceremonial door through which you will look the imposing snow-capped Veronica in all its splendor. Throughout the hike, you will also see the amazing fields of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and a 360-degree view of Ollantaytambo, the oldest pre-Hispanic town in America.
Intipunku, which translates as «Gate of the Sun» and which is in itself a modest architectural complex, compared to the citadel of Machu Picchu or the Qoricancha in Cusco, but no less important for that. It is an astronomical and ceremonial viewpoint built by the Incas 600 years ago. It was also used as a kind of watchtower for the access trails to Machu Picchu and Ollantaytambo, from the Amazon jungle. In front of this beautiful door you can see the Veronica or Wakay Willka mountain !Sacred tears!, A snowy peak raised to 5,893 meters of altitude and which was sacred to the Incas.
Highlights of our Hike to the Sacred Valley Sun Gate
- We will work hard to create a lifetime experience for you and your loved ones on this journey on the Sacred Valley Sun Gate hike.
- We have the best and most passionate team of workers.
- Be part of our social and environmental projects.
- Our 1-day sun gate hike has a fair and cheap price compared to other operators.
- Make your one-day trip unhurried and with guides trained in first aid by a physician.
- In addition to all the above, we prepare food for our hikers and team with 100% organic veggies purchased from local producers.
Hike to the Sacred Valley Sun Gate Trip Overview
- Trek Type: Trekking/hiking, scenic, cultural and nature.
- Good for: Those in moderate shape or better.
- Difficulty: Moderate to difficult.
- Language: This tour is done only in English; If you need a Spanish tour, it must be booked privately and done at the initial booking.
- Season: From March 1st to January 31th.
DAY 1. Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Sun Gate – Cusco.
- Hiking distance:10 miles/16 km (7 hours).
- Highest altitude:3,892 meters above sea level.
- Considered:Moderate to difficult.
- Meals:Breakfast, snacks and lunch! Box meals.
- Weather:Cold and windy.
We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 5:00 a.m. and will be driven in a private car for 1 hour and a half to the town of Ollantaytambo. After a nutritious breakfast, we will hike uphill for 4 hours to Intipunku, the ceremonial gate of the snowy Veronica. Throughout this climb, we will see gigantic corn fields and panoramic views of the most important town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas; We will also pass through the Cachicata quarries, place from where the Incas obtained the pink rhyolite stones for the construction of the Ollantaytambo sun temple.
Once in Intipunku (sacred valley sun gate), we will be surprised by an impressive view of the snow-capped Veronica; important deity of the Inca civilization. Without a doubt, this place was very important for the Inca people, and because of that they built a ritual door for the worship of this snowy mountain. It is very difficult to describe the beauty of this magical place; come and discover on your own why many previous travelers recommend visiting this place off the beaten track.
After a delicious lunch in front of an amazing sight and learning a little more about the Inca religion, we will begin to descend for 3 hours to the town of Ollantaytambo. During the downhill hike, we will observe a fascinating sunset and twilight with a panoramic view of the sacred valley. We board our private transportation back to Cusco, where we will arrive around 18:30 pm.
** Be away from the crowds and enjoy a magical view of the Inca Sacred Valley sun gate.
Included in the Hike to the Sacred Valley Sun Gate
Professional local English speaker Guides: All our super leaders grew up in Cusco region and studied tourism for five years at Cusco’s university, they are friendly, funny charming, knowledgeable, professional and will care your safety into our one-day hike
Permits: As soon as we get your details and deposit, we will purchase your permits for the sun gate hike.
Briefing: You should come to our office at least one day prior to your hike to pay the balance, provide exact information about your accommodation and receive some details for the tour.
Transportation: INCAS PATH will be providing all transportation for this one-day trek. You will be picked up from your hotel at 5:00 am. You will be taken to the starting point of the trek and brought back to the door of your hotel.
Food: We will enjoy a delicious box breakfast and packed lunch. We honor all food restrictions, so be sure to add any that you have on your booking form and let us know.
Details: It is the attention to small details that separates us from other travel agencies, each hiker receives a cloth bag with fruits, cookies, dried seeds and a bottle of water, as well as a plastic rain poncho.
First Aid: Every guide has got training in first aid from a physician and firemen. We elaborate mandatory training sessions every February on the hiking treks, which every INCAS PATH tour guide must attend. Your tour leader is going to have always a first-aid kit for basic medical problems.
Not Included in the Hike to the Sacred Valley Sun Gate
Due we are hiking the one-day hike program, each trekker needs trekking poles (with rubber tips). They are optional but encouraged for a better comfort. If you don’t want to bring it, it is available for rent:
- Trekking Poles (Pair): $5
We would love to tour the sun gate hike with you and your loved ones and take care of immortalizing your visit to the land of the Incas. We can leave any day from March to January as the one-day trek is always available
Group Price (2020):
- $75 per person
Private tours are available and priced by party size.
- 2 Trekkers: $75 per person
- 3 Trekkers: $74 per person
- 4 Trekkers: $59 per person
- 5 Trekkers: $50 per person
- 6 Trekkers: $44 per person
- 7 Trekkers: $39 per person
- 8 or more Trekkers: $36 per person
We suggest you to carry lightweight backpack that the is key to feeling good during this one-day hike.
- Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
- Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles) remember that the path is entirely dirt soil.
- Original Passport.
Inside Your Daypacks:
Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Some items are listed below.
- Rain gear.
- Music (IPhone).
- Hand sanitizer.
- Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste.
- Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips.
- Personal medication.
- First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.
Where do we pick up the hikers for the Hike to the Sacred Valley Sun Gate?
The Pick-up will be from your hotel at 5:00 am. Please provide clear contact information of your place of accommodation when approaching our office in Cusco.
Where to pay the remaining amount for the Hike to the Sacred Valley Sun Gate?
Most hikers arrive in Cusco 2 or 3 days before the hike for proper acclimatization. Once you are in Cusco, it is imperative that you come to our office to review the last details of your excursion and also pay the remaining amount of your hike.
Reserve for the Hike to the Sacred Valley Sun Gate?
We try to make the booking as easy as possible in INCAS PATH. We prepare a reservation form, where you will complete and include all the details for the excursion, and then a deposit of $ 40 per person. Once we have all the deposits and details, we will reserve your permits. Once the permits are in our hands, we will send you, your invoice and confirmation that everything is 100% organized. All excursions once confirmed, are guaranteed.
Permissions for the Hike to the Sacred Valley Sun Gate?
Only tour operators licensed by the government, such as INCAS PATH, can obtain the corresponding permits from the government. Once we have obtained your permits, the name and start date cannot be changed under any circumstances. The only information that the government allows us to change are passport numbers.
Passport Number Update?
The government will only allow us to change passport numbers if we have a copy of the new passport and the old passport. If you no longer have your old passport, any identification document that you have in your hands will be accepted while the name is the same as in your passport.
Where to stay in Cusco?
You can stay in a hotel, that you consider convenient, however you must have into account the location of the hotel, because the traffic within the city has become stressful in the last 5 years. Many roads are up to 100 years old; Especially near the main square, the roads are only for pedestrians. We will notify you, if it is not possible to pick you up by car from your hotel and coordinate another nearby pick-up point. For a list of recommended hotels, consult your INCAS PATH sales representative.
Where do I store my luggage?
All luggage not necessary for the hike, must remain in Cusco. All hotels are very helpful and are quite accustomed to storing client´s luggage; or if you wish you can store it safely with our customer service team in our office storage.
Can I stay in the sacred valley?
Yes, as the driving route to get the trailhead, goes through the sacred valley of the Incas.
During the trip, how challenging is the Hike to the Sacred Valley Sun Gate?
This hike to the sun gate is for people in good shape, because it ascends from Ollantaytambo, located at 2,792 meters above sea level, to the sun gate located at 3,892 meters. This hike has a solid 4-hour ascent. The level is challenging.
Will I need extra money on the Hike to the Sacred Valley Sun Gate?
Of course, if you want to buy some type of drinks, snacks, souvenirs «also remember that, only cash is accepted».
How many people will be in my group on the Hike to the Sacred Valley Sun Gate?
We require a minimum of 2 people for our tour, and if you are traveling alone, we invite you to join our groups, that start each day. We can have up to 8 hikers with a guide and if our groups are between 9 and 16 people, we have 2 accredited guides with a lot of experience in this hike. During the low season, it is most likely that the groups are small and during the high season the groups are probably much larger.
Do you need hiking boots for the Hike to the Sacred Valley Sun Gate?
We always recommend hiking boots, since if it rains a little the path can become a bit muddy and slippery. Please make sure they have good soles.
Are trekking poles really necessary on the Hike to the Sacred Valley Sun Gate?
For this hike, we recommend the use of trekking poles for everyone, especially for those passengers with knee problems or older people. There are several sections during the tour where you will need to use the walking sticks, either climbing or descending the dirt soil path.
Are there any toilets along the Hike to the Sacred Valley Sun Gate?
Along the hike there is 1 official place that has toilet. At the beginning of the hike there is a toilet. Please carry a roll of toilet paper in your daypack.
What should I expect from the weather on the Hike to the Sacred Valley Sun Gate?
Historically in the Peruvian highlands, we have the dry season that goes from April to October and the rainy season that goes from November to March. Unfortunately, this pattern is changing a bit due to climate change. Be ready with your cap/hat and your bottle of sunscreen, because the solar radiation in Cusco during the day fluctuates between 16 and 18 points. And do not forget to bring warm clothes for the cold at night, since the temperature can drop as low as 0 ° C degrees Celsius.
Can Incas Path please my dietary needs? What kind of food will there be?
For us it is an honor to please all kinds of dietary needs, just let us know at the time of booking. If you are vegetarian, vegan, lactose intolerant, gluten intolerant or any type of allergies, we have a team of chefs with a lot of experience in the preparation of all types of diets. Also remember, that we want to pamper you during your trip to Yanacocha Lake and for that reason we use 100% organic vegetables for the elaboration of our buffets.
What type of outlet is used in Cusco and Machu Picchu?
Most hotels and even homes in Peru now have the standard US output and also that of South America.
What is the standard procedure when it comes to tip?
Tipping is part of the tradition of any trip in Peru and, although we pay good salaries to our entire team, we always appreciate any extra appreciation. Keep in mind that this is not mandatory and that you should never feel pressured for this reason.
In general, participants in a group show their appreciation as a group for their porters and chef and a personal appreciation towards their tour guide, which will be according to their degree of satisfaction with the service provided.