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. The local population will be glad to share their time with you so you can, in addition to your traditional itinerary, experience a nice homestay in the Sacred Valley.
Cusco is located at 3400 (11200 feet) meters above sea level.
Welcome to Cusco, the historical capital of Peru! Upon arrival, a representative from the Machu Picchu Explorer travel agency will be awaiting you to transfer you to your hotel. Cusco, also known as the "bellybutton of the world" is a charming place. You will be able to get to experience its architectural beauty, its traditional neighborhoods, the beautiful Plaza de Armas (its main square), as well as its various gastronomical delights.
Cusco's main points of interests are the Cathedral, the Temple of the Sun (known as the Qoricancha), the San Blas district and San Pedro market among many others.
We recommend that you take the first day to rest and become acclimated to the altitude.
Night in Cusco.
The city of Cusco is one of the most important destinations of Peru. It was the ancient capital of the Inca empire, with its streets and buildings still reflecting its grand historical past. Due to this, the city is known as “the belly button of the world”. In the morning/afternoon, our professional guide will accompany you to discover the best of this Inca city. We will begin by visiting the Temple of the Sun (also called Qoricancha). After, we will visit the treasures that the Basilica Cathedral of Cusco has to offer, and then finish by visiting the ruins adjacent to the city, Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puka Pukara, and Tambomachay.
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 about 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.
This will be a memorable day during your visit in Peru, given that you will see one of the Wonders of the World that all travelers dream of visiting, we mean the historical sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Early in the morning, our professional guide will pick you up from your hotel to board the bus to the Machu Picchu citadel all together (20 min trip). Once in Machu Picchu, you will visit the farming and urban zones, as well as its main temples. The tour will take about an hour and a half, after which you will have time to explore the ancient city on your own as well as take additional photographs.
In the afternoon, we will return to Cusco on a comfortable train.
Night in Cusco.
Flight time: 1h10 minutes
Last day in Cusco! Ideal for doing some additional shopping as well as visiting other points of interest. After experiencing this authentic journey through the Inca's land, we will accompany you to the airport to board your flight.
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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.
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