Trek to Perolniyoc Waterfall & Ñaupa Iglesia
Our scenic trek to the Perolniyoc Waterfall & Inca Archeological Site takes you to rarely visited places and combines culture with ecotourism. This experience will take you deep into the Sacred Valley, where you will appreciate a spectacular work of nature! Hidden in a forest of abundant, sub-tropical vegetation, you can cool off in the crystal clear waters of the Perolniyoc Waterfall. Also, we will visit the archeological center that sits directly above the waterfall: Perolniyoc, also called Racaypata.
This exceptional tour will leave you feeling immersed in the cultural and historical importance of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The Perolniyoc Waterfall is over a hundred meters high, by far the largest in the Sacred Valley! Ñaupa Iglesia is a sacred site where people went to worship before the Spanish conquest. If you want to do more than scratch the surface of the importance of the Sacred Valley, you cannot miss this hike during your visit to the Cusco region.
We will pick you up from Veronica View hotel or any hotel in Ollantaytambo, at 7am. First we dive in our private van through the Sacred Valley of the Incas on the way to the Ñaupa Iglesia, an incredible Inca site carved directly into the bedrock. We will explore this amazing archeological site for an hour. Then we will drive to the small town of Socma, which is only 25 minutes away. We will begin the trek to the Perolniyoc archeological center of Racaypata (3,550 m / 11,646 ft). On the way, we will learn about the daily life of the inhabitants of the area, their crops, and their traditional way of life. Our guide will explain to us the function that this archeological center filled in ancient times. Its construction is carefully engineered with both stones and adobe.
After the visit, we will begin the descent through Andean landscapes, towards the spectacular waterfall of Perolniyoc (3,460 m / 11,351 ft). This waterfall is approximately 100 meters high, and the force of the water always creates a beautiful mist and breath of fresh air. The Sacred Valley is much warmer than Cusco, being at a lower altitude, and you will appreciate the cool mist blowing over you. If you want to brave the chill water, you can take a little dip in its crystalline waters. At the same time, you will enjoy the expansive landscape and the beautiful views from the waterfall, where you will also be able to observe some endemic birds of the Sacred Valley. Afterwards, we will return to the Veronica View Hotel or Ollantaytambo.
What is Included for the Trek to Perolniyoc Waterfall?
What is not Included for the Trek to Perolniyoc Waterfall?
The hike to Perolniyoc Waterfall & Ñaupa Iglesia site is available on any date that is best for you, as long as we have a minimum of 2 people.
Price: $127 USD per person
Please read carefully the following information as it will help you answer all of your questions about our day hike to Perolniyoc Waterfall & Ñaupa Iglesia.
HOW TO BOOK
FIRST, to book your Perolniyoc Waterfall hike, we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our homepage or click here the link BOOK NOW.
SECOND, we require a deposit of $53.00 USD per person in order to secure your departure. You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on our booking page.
WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?
If you would like to avoid the high credit card fees in Peru, you may pay in cash at our hotel lobby in either US dollars or Peruvian soles. There are some ATMs in the historical center of Ollantaytambo. You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but there is an additional 5.5% service fee, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account and use our email address firstname.lastname@example.org
MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?
Yes, but with some restrictions. If you need to change the date of your hike, please notify us immediately.
*** If you cancel your 1 day hike to Perolniyoc and Ñaupa Iglesia, the deposit is not refundable at all!
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE THERE PER GROUP?
The maximum group size is 8 people. Usually our groups are between 2-6 people. VV Hotel & Tours specialises in SMALL, PRIVATE groups and provides a personalized service.
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE?
The weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee. We recommend that you always dress in layers as that makes it easier to adjust to the quickly changing weather patterns.
WHAT ABOUT ALTITUDE SICKNESS?
For some visitors, the first hours in Cusco can be summarized as: shortness of breath, a discomfort in the body, dizziness, headaches, stomachaches, even vomiting. As great connoisseurs of natural medicine, the Incas used coca leaves to counteract soroche, Quechua for high-altitude sickness.
The Veronica View Hotel, and all of the Sacred Valley, are at a lower altitude than Cusco. If you are concerned about the altitude of Cusco, you may want to spend a few days in the Sacred Valley when you first arrive.
If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appreciated. While it may not be customary in your country, it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the hike. It inspires them to give excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many VV Hotel & Tours destinations. Of course you are free to tip as much as you feel appropriate, depending on your perception of the quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
ARE YOU SUSTAINABLE?
Yes! Veronica View Hotel & Tours is a local, sustainable & responsible tourism operator. We incorporate the universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our local staff to know, understand, and respect the places and the local people.
WHAT TO BRING ?
- Sun hat
- Rain gear
- Sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 35 or higher
- Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
- Water (2-3 liters in reusable bottles)
- Cameras and extra batteries
- Extra money for tips and souvenirs
OUR HOTEL IN OLLANTAYTAMBO
A scenic 10 minute drive from Ollantaytambo, follow the river and the train tracks to the Veronica View Hotel. Keep an eye out across the river for the original terraces from Incan times! Arriving at the hotel, you will be greeted amid gardens of native flowers and orchids. Take in the stunning sight of the Veronica Mountain, covered with glaciers year-round.