Hike part of the famed Inca Trail, discover the serenity of the Sacred Valley, and admire the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site Machu Picchu. Peru is rooted in age old traditions with breathtaking scenery and delicious local cuisine. Visit animal sanctuaries, learn about ancient cultures, explore the Andes, and travel by train to Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Local guides make this trip come alive–you will visualize the Inca stone masons carving and shaping huge rock foundations. Enjoy first-class accommodations in comfortable lodges with all the amenities of home.
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Day 1: Welcome to the vibrant city of Cusco!
Arrive at the Cusco International Airport by 1:00 pm to meet your trip mates and local guide. Check in to your accommodations in Cusco and explore this interesting ancient city while acclimating to the high altitude. The main square is surrounded by very old churches.
Day 2: Visit the historic Pisac archeological ruins and experience a traditional market.
Rise early and head off toward the small town of Pisac. Along the drive visit an animal rescue center run by a local family to see llamas, condors, pumas, bears, and other animals that have been saved from trafficking. Visit the Pisac archeological ruins and learn about the significance of this Inca site. In the afternoon take some time to visit Pisac's traditional market before heading to Urubamba for dinner and overnight accommodations.
Day 3: Kayak on Piuray Lake before heading to Chinchero and learn age-old weaving techniques.
Wake up to the rugged mountain scapes of the Urubamba Valley before heading to Piuray Lake. Spend the early part of the day admiring the mountain views via kayak before enjoying lunch on the lake shore. Afterward, head to Chinchero and visit a local women's weaving cooperative to learn about age old techniques and natural dyes. You will want to buy some of their excellent and affordable weavings. Enjoy dinner together back at your hotel.
Day 4: Rise for a morning hike in the Sacred Valley, followed by a visit to the famed Temple of the Sun.
Rise early for one of the most storied hikes in the Sacred Valley. Take a midmorning tour of Pumamarca, an ancient Inca fortress. Hike towards Ollantaytambo and experience endless views of gorgeous mountainside terraces with the most spectacular views. Enjoy lunch at a small restaurant in Ollantaytambo town and try a Peruvian delicacy - guinea pig. In the afternoon view the famed Temple of the Sun, claimed to be the second most beautiful site after Machu Picchu.
Day 5: Take a train through the Andes and hike to Los Jardines De Mandor.
Wake up and prepare to take a train through the Andes toward Machu Picchu. After your ride, hike a couple hours to Los Jardines De Mandor, a beautiful botanical garden and waterfall often referred to as the Peruvian Garden of Eden. Spend the evening in Aguas Calientes for dinner and lodging.
Day 6: Explore the magnificent Inca ruins of Machu Picchu.
The morning is yours to explore the town of Aguas Calientes. Shop for souvenirs, try some South American cuisine or indulge in the hot springs for which the town is named after. After lunch embark on a longer guided tour of Machu Picchu and discover why this enchanting place is listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The setting and backdrop of Huayna Picchu will take your breath away.
Day 7: Visit a local Chichería before heading back to Cusco.
After breakfast, depart on an early train back to Ollantaytambo. Visit a local Chichería and sample chicha, a corn beer that Andean people still prepare and drink--the strawberry flavored beer is more potent, and tasty! On the way to Cusco stop at a local Inca museum and learn more about traditional lifestyles and history of the area.
Day 8: Take a walking tour of Cusco followed by a visit to the impressive Incan site of Sacsayhuaman.
Take a walking tour around Cusco, sacred capital of the Incas. Visit the Temple of the Sun and experience the local food market of San Pedro. In the afternoon visit the largest and most impressive site left by Incas around the city, Sacsayhuaman.
Day 9: Rise for an early visit to Tipón, one of the most significant examples of Incan hydraulics.
Wake up and enjoy some breakfast before heading off to visit Tipón, one of the most significant examples of Incan hydraulics. Afterward, stop to see the most decorated church in all southern Peru. In the evening, visit a local lake where a lecturer will share insights on the southern skies and Incan constellations. View planets and a number of stars only seen from south of equator.
Day 10: Say farewell to your trip mates and depart Cusco for your journey home.
Enjoy your final breakfast in Cusco before heading to the airport to start the journey home.
Dates & Fees
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What to Expect
TERRAIN/ROUTE: Enjoy exploring the Andes, Sacred Valley, and the ruins of Machu Picchu. We will hike a few miles of uneven trail with elevation change each day. Altitude varies from 12,000 feet at the highest, to 9,000 feet at Machu Picchu. When we are at higher elevations we will walk slow and take some time to get acclimated.Read more »