This expedition is designed for those lovers of making cultural immersion and learn about ancient civilizations. In this trip make local interaction with villagers and especially with children who you can play with and learn a lot. Also participate of their local and traditional activities such as harvesting organic food from the fields to the table for your meal, participate of collecting herbs, flowers and other ingredients for the process of dying alpaca yarn into different colors and also witness one of their most appreciated heritage “weaving unique textiles)

Day by Day

  • Day 1: Arrival in Lima
  • Day 2: Cusco – Chinchero Market – Sacred Valley of the Inkas (Meals: B)
  • Day 3: Ollantaytambo – Moray – Maras salt mine (Meals: B, L)
  • Day 4: Enigmatic Machu Picchu & Wayna Picchu mountain (Meals: B)
  • Day 5: Amaru village Cultural immersion & South Valley of Cusco (Meals: B, L)
  • Day 6: Highlights of Cusco & Behind the Scenes Tour (Meals: B, L)
  • Day 7: Morning free & afternoon flight to Lima (Meals: B)

Highlights

  • Lima optional tours.
  • Cusco city tour.
  • Chinchero Market.
  • Sacred Valley of the Inkas.
  • South valley of Cusco.
  • Ollantaytambo, the last alive Inka town.
  • Moray, the Inka experimental farming place.
  • Maras Salt Mine.
  • Amaru village cultural immersion.
  • Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu mountains.
  • Tipón and Pikillaqta archeological sites.
  • Train ride to Machu Picchu.

Your escorted package Includes

  • All transfers in private transportation.
  • 6 Night accommodation based on double occupancy.
    • 1 night Lima.
    • 3 nights Ollantaytambo.
    • 2 nights Cusco.
  • 9 Meals: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
    • 6 Breakfast
    • 3 Lunch
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern private air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour leaders
  • All site and attraction entrance fees per itinerary

Your escorted package does NOT Include

  • International and domestic flights.
  • Airport taxes.
  • The meals that are not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Tips.

Day 1: Arrival in Lima

Arrive in Lima at any time. Upon arrival you will be picked up from the airport and then transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure, if you desire can take any of our optional tours.

Optional: Lima City tour, Larco Museum, Diner & Show at La Dama Juana Restaurant.

Overnight: Lima – Hotel (Altitude: Sea Level)

Day 2: Cusco – Chinchero Local Market – Sacred Valley of the Inkas (Meals: B)

Early in the morning, you will be transferred to Lima airport for your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival, your tour leader and driver will meet you to escort you to the Sacred Valley, where your hotel is located. Along the way you will visit the bustling Chinchero village and its market on Sundays, where you can bargain for alpaca wool scarves, jewelry, and other hand-crafted goods. Afterwards continue your journey to the sacred valley of the Inkas. Along the way you will have the opportunity to visit a local ceramics shop, where you can pursue the practical and artistic craftwork, such as vases, dishes, serving trays, pots, and mugs; and also visit a local bar named chichería, where you can witness the old Inkan technique of producing the most popular drink in the Andes “chicha” based on sprouted corn. At this place don´t miss the opportunity to see how locals farm guinea pigs and play the ancestral toad game.

Overnight: Ollantaytambo – Hotel (Altitude: 2,800 m. – 9,249 ft.)

Day 3: Ollantaytambo – Moray – Maras Salt mine (Meals: B, L)

This day, in the morning after breakfast, escorted by your tour leader climb to the Inka ware house on the slope of Pincuylluna mountain in order to have the best view of Ollantaytambo, the last living Inka town. After that enjoy a guided tour of that astounding town, known as the best surviving example of Inka urban planning and engineering. This place is admired for its huge steep terraces guarding the Inka Fortress, its vertical and horizontal narrow alley streets, and for being one of the few places where the Spanish lost a major battles during the conquest. After marvel the architecture of the Inkas you will continue to see the incredible terraces of Moray, which was used as farming laboratory in order to make the acclimatization, hybridization and adaptation of different crops. Enjoy lunch at a local family house in Maras village. Afterwards the expedition continues to visit the salt mine of Maras (Salineras) to see and learn about an ancient pre-Incan method of producing salt. Back to hotel.

Overnight: Ollantaytambo – Hotel (Altitude: 2,800 m. – 9,249ft.)

Day 4: Enigmatic Machu Picchu (Meals: B)

Early this morning escorted by your tour leader, you will take the train to Aguas Calientes town. Upon arrival you will take a 30 minutes bus ride on a zigzag road to the magnificent Machu Picchu “The lost city of the Inkas” and guided by your private tour leader get astonished about this incredible and enigmatic remains, enjoying the complicated history of the site, the surprising degree of technology achieved by its builders, the provision of water channels that reveal a deep understanding of hydraulics, and its exceptionally fine stonework. All this magnificent building allows you to go back in time and revive the existence of those builders truly admirable taking in the awe-inspiring scenery. After a complete overview of the site you will have the remainder of the day to further explore the site either alone or with your tour leader. In the Afternoon get back to Ollantaytambo.

Optional: Climb to Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountains upon request.

Overnight: Ollantaytambo – Hotel (Altitude: 2,800 m. – 9,249 ft.)

Day 5: Amaru Village Cultural Immersion & South Valley of Cusco (Meals: B, L)

This day, escorted by your tour leader visit the incredible Pisaq archeological site, where you can stroll through the Inka buildings, observe the remains of the largest Inka cemetery, taking in the tremendous views of the agricultural terracing that wraps around the mountain and the valley below. Afterwards, visit Amaru village for a traditional Andean lunch and get immerse in the local ancestral culture of its villagers by helping them to plant or harvest their local and organic crops, herd the domestic animals, dying-spinning alpaca yarn and weaving textile process, or ultimately get fascinated with flavors of ancestral ingredients taken from the field to the table for cooking local dishes. After such a fascinating experience, the journey continues to the pre-Inkan site of Pikillaqta, the largest provincial outpost ever built by the Wari Empire (the second largest pre-Columbian Andean empire). Its 47-hectare, adobe-walled compound might go unnoticed; however, it affords to visitors a great opportunity to check out a pre-Inka architecture. The next to visit is Tipón, where you can admire the incredible system of aqueducts for irrigation which reveals a deep understanding of hydraulic engineering by the Inkas. Back to Cusco.

Overnight: Cusco – Hotel (Altitude: 3,350 m. – 11,055 ft.)

Day 6: Highlights of Cusco & Behind the Scenes Tour (Meals: B, L)

Today’s tour will give you a glimpse into the other side of Cusco, the oldest continuously inhabited city of the western hemisphere. Visit to a local fruit and vegetable market, where you can observe the locals shopping their daily goods. Later, head to the local cemetery and learn about the Andean understanding of life and see how the locals decorate the graves with gifts and food for their dead. Conclude this incredible morning with a cooking lesson using the items purchased at the local market. After lunch the highlights starts with the impressive Colonial Cathedral, which contains over 400 paintings and an impressive collection of colonial art from the Cusquenian School of Art, including a depiction of The Last Supper displaying Cuy, or Guinea Pig, as the main course. Continuing the tour you will visit the Temple of the Sun, whose walls and floors were allegedly once covered by sheets of solid gold. Afterwards you head to Saqsayhuaman, an impressive site that consists of individual stones weighing well over 100 tons and took over seven decades to complete. Conclude the day at the Q´enq´o site, a mysterious limestone formation decorated by intricately carved depictions of mythical deities.

Overnight: Cusco (Altitude: 3,350m – 11,055ft)

Day 7: Morning free & afternoon flight to Lima (Meals: B)

Today you will be free to go for shopping and explore the city. There are some optional tours to take if you are interested. In the afternoon you will be transferred to the airport to board your domestic flight from Cusco to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima you will have assistance at the airport for your international flight departure.

Optional Half Day Tours: Visit to Chocolate Museum, Cooking Lessons, Inka Museum, Cusco Town walking tour.

Know Before You Go

Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind. Please review the following information before your departure to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.

Passport and Visas

All countries require a valid passport (with minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy, or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. It’s your responsibility to have the correct travel documentation.

Trip preparation

A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas) are in order and that you have enough prescription medications to last through the tip. We suggest you make photocopies of passports, visas, and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. Pack also a list of medications including dosage and generic names. If you lose the originals while traveling, you will have copies for easier reporting and replacement. We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock.

What to take

Most people automatically assume that the weather is hot in South America, but because of the higher altitude in the Andes, the temperature can feel quite cold, especially at night. We recommend the use of a duffel bag or backpack, whichever is easiest for you to carry. A good size daypack is also essential for the daily activities.

Checklist:

  • Passport (with photocopies).
  • Travel insurance (with photocopies).
  • Airline tickets (with photocopies).
  • USD cash and credit or debit cards (see personal spending money).
  • Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required.
  • Camera, batteries and cards are available for sell in case you may need extra ones.
  • Reading/writing material.
  • Binoculars.
  • Cover for backpacks.
  • Fleece top.
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket/Worm jacket.
  • Small towel and swim wear.
  • 4 shirts/t-shirts/1 pair of shorts/2 pairs of long trousers/1 pair of hiking pants/track pants.
  • Sun hat/Sun block /Mosquito repellent/Sunglasses/Flashlight/Water canteen.
  • Hiking boots/sturdy walking shoes/Sport sandals/Knee-length socks (to be used with rubber boots, if provided at the jungle lodge).
  • Toiletries (biodegradable)/Watch or alarm clock.
  • First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking).

Making Telephone Calls from One Country to Another.

  • When dialing a number from one country to another, you should proceed as follows: dial your country’s Exit Code + destination Country Code + Phone Number.
  • For most countries, the exit code is 00. Exceptions include the USA and Canada (011), Hong Kong and Cambodia (001), Australia (0011), and Russia (8 Pause 10*). For Brazil, please consult with the local telephone company. If the international number you wish to call starts with a 0 (zero), you must drop this starting digit when dialing the number.

Health Information

Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure. You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers/antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements.

Perú. While no inoculations are required, vaccination against yellow fever and malaria is recommended, especially if traveling to the Amazon or onward to Bolivia. Please consult your physician before traveling to Peru. You may encounter mosquitoes in both urban and rural areas, especially during wet seasons. Travelers are encouraged to bring insect repellant and consider wearing clothing that adequately covers arms and legs.

High altitude destinations in Peru including Cusco (3350m – 11055ft) and Puno (3800m – 12,540 feet) affect some travelers, with no apparent regard to age, gender or physical condition. While it is generally a mild condition that passes within a few hours, it is our suggestion to discuss the matter with your health care provider, who may recommend prophylaxis with acetazolamide prior to departing for Peru. Those affected should avoid over-exertion, drink extra water, and eat lightly. Oxygen is available at the front desk of hotels and you can have it in your rooms previously requested in the front desk. If desired, small disposable portable oxygen pumps can be purchased locally.

Climate & Clothing

Peru – Bring comfortable walking shoes, a sweater, clothes you can layer and an all-weather jacket. Remember that during your trip you will be traveling between regions and will need to be prepared for all weather conditions. Please check what season and region(s) you will be traveling in and pack appropriately.

Peru’s climate varies by season and region. The coastal region (Lima) has two clear seasons, summer (December – March) and winter (May – October).

Summer temperatures in this region can reach 80°F. Winter is generally damp and chilly, with temperatures dropping to 53°F. This region sees little rain, but can see mist and drizzle during the winter. The coastal area of Ica (Paracas, Nazca) enjoys warm dry weather throughout the year, with average temperatures around 75 – 80°F.

The highlands region of Peru (Cusco, Puno, Urubamba, and Machu Picchu) has a dry temperate climate that also experiences two distinct seasons. The dry season (May – October) consists of sunny days and cold nights with very little rain. The rainy season in the highlands runs from December to March.

Temperatures can change drastically during the day in this region, sometimes varying as widely as highs around 65°F and lows of 35°F during the same day.

The jungle region (Amazon River) is tropical and humid. Throughout the year temperatures range from mid to upper 80s during the day and drop into the 70s during the night. The summer months (April – October) are considered the dry season, though despite this name it should be remembered that it rains two-thirds of the year in the rainforest. The rainy season, (November – March), sees frequent showers and high river levels.

Travel Insurance (chekr bien)

Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.