The Ultimate Cultural Trip
Visit Cusco, the imperial city of the Incas; Travel in comfort with private transportation all week, airport door to airport door; Learn from your English speaking, Peruvian guide with you the entire trip; See many Inca sites throughout the Sacred Valley including Ollantaytambo and Pisaq; Take a train through the jungle to Machu Picchu; Enjoy fresh local Peruvian cuisine and interact with the locals.
7 days, 6 nights of fun + authentic experiences
Sample the best of Peru while minimizing your time spent in crowds - this Machu Picchu trip package is the most incredibly fun way we can think of to get a real grasp on Peruvian culture, straying a bit from the touristy, typical stuff. Escape the crowds and experience Peru like a local, with cooking, ancient textile weaving, and chocolate-making classes mixed into exploring all of the incredible Incan sites.
Trip Package Includes
Six nights double occupancy in handpicked hotels
Breakfast, days 2 through 7
English speaking guide all week, door to door
Airport transfer roundtrip between Cusco and Ollantaytambto
Private van transportation throughout the trip
Round trip bus ticket to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes
Train ticket Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
Entrance fees to all sites including half day Machu Picchu ticket
Local cooking class
Ancient Andian textile weaving class
Chocolate making class
Round trip air to/from Cusco
Single supplement of $295 per person if private room is desired throughout trip
Lunches and dinners
Optional, $20 add-on ticket to climb Huayna Picchu (pending availability)
Guide and driver gratuities
Arrive to Cusco airport where our private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide will all be waiting for you! Beautiful, two hour drive transfer to your hotel in Ollantaytambo with a few photo stops along the scenic drive. Check into your hotel, relax, and then go check out this incredible Incan town, one of the oldest in all of the Americas, either on your own or with your knowledgeable local guide. The guide will come get you in the later afternoon and take you to a local gathering. Whether it is a pickup soccer game, helping a family harvest their farm, or a local birthday party.
After breakfast of local fresh fruit, coffee, breads and eggs take a short walk through town to the spectacular Inca fortress, perhaps the Inca’s second most impressive site besides Machu Picchu. The massive, fitted stone walls will amaze the most jaded of travelers, as will the views of town and the surrounding mountains. After lunch, there are two choices: either a short hike down to the Urubamba river and another Inca site that is rarely visited, or a more relaxing afternoon in town featuring your choice of a Peruvian cooking class, ancient weaving skills class, or one of our pioneering “visit with a local family” where you can just hang out with a local family at their farm just a short distance outside of town.
Today is a nice mix of seeing the huge sacred valley by car, along with a fair amount of walking around a few different Inca sites. We will drive first to the village of Chincheros, known for its colonial church, Inca stoneworks, an artisan souvenir market, and also exhibitions of the ancient skills of weaving textiles by hand on a loom. Next, you will visit the famous “Salt Mines” of Maras, a visually stunning landscape of natural salt deposits hundreds of years old that were shaped by the Incas and still produce salt today. Then, a short drive to Moray, a series of circular structures built by the Incas that you can either appreciate just from above, or spend a fair amount of time walking down and into them. Come back to Ollantaytambo for a private one on one ancient Andian textile weaving class.
Pisac is one of the most well known Inca sites and is also known for their daily craft and artisan market in the center of town. After breakfast we will make the hour drive along the beautiful Sacred Valley to visit first the Inca site of Pisac, featuring some of the finest quality stonework on par with Machu Picchu itself. This is a large site that takes a couple hours to properly walk through, afterwards we’ll have lunch down in town and then check out the market. On the way back to your hotel, we will stop at a small local farm that raises llamas and other Andean animals!
Its finally time to visit Machu Picchu, one of the 7 Wonders of the World! By now you will be fully acclimated, and settled in to the rhythm of Peru culture, familiar with Inca stonework, and ready to fully appreciate its splendor. Because make no mistake, no matter how many pictures you have seen or how crowded you might worry that it is, a visit to Machu Picchu remains one of the most spectacular days one can spend anywhere. We never get tired of it, its amazing! Take the train through the jungle to Aguas Calinetes, and the included bus up to the site itself, visit as long as you want with your knowledgeable and licensed guide, then back down and train back to Ollantaytambo.
Today you are going to Cusco, the former capital of the Incas, and explore this impressive city with its steep, cobblestoned streets and pretty incredible Inca palaces on many corner. You’ll have time to explore the famous site of Sacsayhuaman, the stunning foundation of an immense Inca structure, as well as a gourmet lunch in one the many excellent restaurants here. After lunch we will head to a local bean-to-bar chocolate making class. The rest of the evening is yours to explore and take in the beautiful city before your departure the next day.
After breakfast, depending on the time of your departing flight we will have time for a final walk around Cusco to do some more people-watching, take photos in the impressive early morning light, or pick up some last minute souvenirs. Transfer to the airport with your guide in private transportation for your flight back to Lima.