Are you looking for an authentic experience? Would you like to be hosted by a local family in the Sacred Valley? We have designed this tour so you can discover our cultural heritage reflected in the lifestyle of our Andean communities. Local population will be glad to share their time with you so you can, in addition to your traditional itinerary, experience a nice home stay in the Sacred Valley.
Upon arrival at the Cusco airport, a representative of Machu Picchu Explorer will meet you to take you to the hotel and we’ll help you to make the check-in process. You’ll have the chance to delight you with the famous Coca tea, a hot beverage which allows you to acclimatize to the altitude. We’ll explain you all about the city; restaurants, museums, touristic spots, safety tips, etc. We highly recommend you to rest for a few hours before exploring the city. By the evening you’ll be able to see a show of typical dance at the Centro Qosqo de arte Nativo, this information will also be given by our team.
Overnight in Cusco
A very quiet morning begins today. You’ll have the chance to explore the city and its attractions. Cusco is also known as «the navel of the world» because of its importance as the capital of the Inca empire. Temples, stone streets, colonial houses, colorful outfits, art galleries, museums and nice people will certainly delight you. During the morning we recommend you visit the San Blas District and be impressed by the cusquenian artisans.
In the afternoon, our tour begins by visiting the faboulous Cathedral of Cusco where you’ll find a great painting collection of the «cusquenian school», then we’ll visit the temple of Qoricancha (temple of the sun), the most important in the city. Finally, we’ll visit the spectacular ruins of the Sacsayhuaman fortress/temple overlooking the city, as well as the ruins of Q'enko, Puka Pukara, and Tambomachay nearby.
In the evening, spend at your leisure enjoying the local cuisine, music, and the lights of Cusco at night, the surrounding hills and the sky overhead littered with stars.
Overnight in Cusco
A great day is waiting for us! Today we will learn of a rich culture, the descendants of the Incas are great human beings who still keep their traditions and are willing to share with us. In the morning, we will move to one of the communities in the Sacred Valley, Hayllafara (3200m, 20 min from Pisac), where you will be welcomed by the locals. Next we will discover a typical day work in the community. We will learn about their weaving techniques, their work on the lands, etc. Then we’ll enjoy a delicious menu based on organic products. Finalizing, the community members will show us an agricultural ritual consisting in honoring the Pachamama (Mother Earth).
Overnight in Huayllafara.
We leave our friends from Huayllafara to visit the wonderful scenery of the Sacred Valley, home to several real properties of the Inca emperors. First, we visit the town of Pisac, famous for its Indian market and the beautiful Inca ruins overlooking the city. In the market, you will have the opportunity to appreciate the beautiful handicrafts, local fruits, vegetables and other natural products. After visiting Pisac, we enjoy a hearty lunch, based on a variety of products in the area. Then we visit the spectacular fortress of Ollantaytambo. This magnificent place was part of the royal estate of Pachacuteq, Inca emperor. The small town of Ollantaytambo still retains the properties that Incas used to live in, narrow streets and beautiful canals are part of the area. Later we take the train to Aguas Calientes (an hour and a half of journey) where we’ll spend the night in a comfortable hotel.
Overnight in Aguas Calientes.
Today will be a fantastic day because we’ll discover one of the 7 wonders of the World, Machu Picchu.
Our team will help you to take the bus and begin our visit. A professional english speaking tour guide will explain you the history and mysteries of the also called “Lost City of the Incas”.
After this tour, you’ll have the time to explore the site on your own and take final photos. Late in the afternoon you’ll take the train back to Ollantaytambo/Poroy station where our team will be waiting for you to take you to the hotel.
Overnight in Cusco
After breakfast at your hotel, one of our representatives will meet you at your hotel and take you to the airport.
End of our services
Our Rates: (Valid until December 2016)
Price per person
HOTELS 3 stars
* Consider the possibility of taking the VISTADOME train instead, an extra of $35.00 will be required.