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 the 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 enchanted by 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 waterfall 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 drive in our private van through the Sacred Valley of the Incas on our the way to Ñaupa Iglesia, an incredible Inca site carved directly into the bedrock. We will explore this amazing archeological site for an hour. Next we make our way to the small town of Socma, which is only a short 25 minutes drive. We then 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 lives of the inhabitants of the area, their crops, and their traditional way of life. Our guide will explain the role this archeological center filled in ancient times. Its construction is carefully engineered with both stones and adobe.
After the visit, we 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 crisp fresh air. The Sacred Valley is much warmer than Cusco, being at a lower altitude. The cool mist blowing over you is always welcomed. If you want to brave the chilly waters, then 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 request, it does however require a 2 person minimum.
Price: $127 USD per person
Please read the following information carefully, as it will help answer most 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 on this link BOOK NOW.
SECOND, we require a deposit of $53.00 USD per person in order to secure your departure. You can make your deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page or 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 ATMs in the historical center of Ollantaytambo. Or 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 email@example.com
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 non-refundable!
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 difficult to foresee. We recommend that you always dress in layers as that makes it easier to adjust to the rapidly changing weather patterns.
WHAT ABOUT ALTITUDE SICKNESS?
For some visitors, the first few hours in Cusco can be summarized as follows: shortness of breath, body discomfort , dizziness, headaches, stomachaches and even vomiting. As great connoisseurs of natural medicine, the Incas used coca leaves to counteract soroche (Quechua word 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 in Cusco, you may want to spend a few days in the Sacred Valley on arrival.
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 to 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 Tourist destinations and the VV Hotel. Of course you are free to tip as much as you want, depending on your perception of the quality of service and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
ARE WE 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 its 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