Authentic Andean

Overview

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  • 9 days / 8 nights
  • The Sacred Valley, Cusco & Machu Picchu

The authentic Andean experience – combining classic destinations while offering the sophisticated traveler the opportunity to experience and authentically engage in a cultured Indigenous point-of-view. Savor the ambiance of the Sacred Valley, find yourself surrounded by breathtaking scenery, and begin your exploration of the Inca legacy through their Quechua descendants. Immerse yourself in the spirit of this Inca land. Discover the profoundly elegant simplicity of Andean people and celebrate their customs, cuisine, music and dance. Admire their arts. Delve into their philosophy; understand their history and way of life.

Recommended for a profound unforgettable vacation that enhances the spirit.

Trip Highlights:

  • Engage in this rare opportunity for authentic social interaction, personal comfort and cultural participation while visiting rural Peru.
  • Experience the Sacred Valley of the Incas stepping back in time, visiting its finest archeological sites, picturesque villages and colorful markets.
  • Savor exquisite Peruvian cuisine.
  • Stay at charming Pisac Inn, situated on the main plaza of Pisac ~ settle into your room in the quaint little town in the Sacred Valley for the duration of your stay. No packing and unpacking.
  • Absorb small town life in the Sacred Valley.
  • Enjoy daily excursions with in depth, educational explanations.
  • Visit a traditional community and participate in their communal workday ~ a cultural exchange that deepens the appreciation of Quechua history and social life.
  • Marvel at Machu Picchu, one of the new 7 wonders of the world.
  • Explore Cusco, capital of the vast Inca State, navel of the ancestral world.
  • Join in our commitment in the diffusion, protection and celebration of the endangered Andean traditions and cultural heritage. Traveling with PCJ directly supports this cultural work.
  • Enrich your life. Expand your horizons.

The Sacred Valley of the Incas surrounded by magnificent mountain Apus, extended fields replete with crops and the stunning Wilkamayu river running through this fertile valley’s heart. Where sacred corn grows and iridescent hummingbirds emanate their joy. Pisac offers a pleasant climate and the enchantment of a colorful small town with cobblestone streets and friendly faces. The Andes… snow peaks soaring in the distance over charming communities, Inca sites, and quaint village markets. Delve into this journey full of pre-Columbian reflections. Pristine nature. Blossoming fuchsia and kantu flowers that entice. A profound heritage wrapped in layers of colorfully elegant wisdom and contemporary sophistication. The inspiration of authentic Peruvian hospitality.

Itinerary

PCJ Intinerary - welcomeDay one / Thursday

  • Arrival Sacred Valley

Take a spectacular morning flight to Cusco, “the navel of the world”, land in the heart of the Andes and be greeted at the Cusco airport to begin your exclusive journey. Enjoy a stunning 45-minute scenic drive to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Revel in the striking beauty of the snow topped peaks, mountainsides delineated by Inca terraces, and fields that cover the valley floor. Arrive to Pisac with lower altitude and small town charm. Settle into your room at Pisac Inn, meet the staff and enjoy a cup of coca tea to help you acclimate. Savor your first in a series of delicious meals spun into a select set menu prepared by the Inn’s Restaurant, Cuchara de Palo so you may explore the diversity and richness of Peruvian Cuisine. Take the afternoon to rest or explore the cobblestone streets of Pisac on your own.

Gather for an orientation reception with a welcoming Pisco Sour followed by a fireside dinner.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: L, D


Day two / Friday

  • Cusco Archeological Sites

After breakfast enjoy a 30-minute scenic drive to explore pre-Columbian sites outside of Cusco including the sacred spring of Tambomachay, the lunar and solar observatories of Kenko, and megalithic Sacsayhuaman. You will be captivated by the introduction to Andean astronomy and sacred geometry, the foundation of Andean culture that will be expanded on each day of your journey. Enjoy lunch at one of Cusco’s fine restaurant recommended by your guide. Upon return to Pisac Inn relax before dinner or enjoy a treatment at *Unucha Spa. You can make an appointment ahead of time for any afternoon after your excursion.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: B, D (lunch not included)


PCJ Intinerary - MorayDay three / Saturday

  • Moray & Salineras Salt Mines

Embark on a scenic drive through the Sacred Valley and up to highlands of Moray; delight in the patchwork fields and awe-inspiring vistas. The advanced Inca astronomical knowledge tied into agrarian feats are seen in Moray’s astounding circular terraces. Following a picnic lunch surrounded by an expansive natural beauty, continue to the Inca Salt Mines still in use today. Hundreds of scintillating pools provoke a sense of peaceful timelessness. After a full day of exploring, your return to Pisac Inn feels like coming home. Wander through Pisac as the market is broken down before another memorable meal in Peru.

Dinner followed by festive traditional music and dance with Wiñay Taki Ayllu, a local group of musicians, artists and visionaries who have dedicated their lives to preserving their Andean culture. This is a special opportunity to meet some of the founding families of the Kusi Kawsay Andean School, as well as teachers and students who participate in this remarkable presentation that follows the Andean Agrarian Ritual calendar celebrated at Kusi Kawsay. Enjoy this evening full of music, dance, in depth explanations, the sharing of stories; and connect to the natural cosmic cycles of the Andes.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: B, Picnic, D


IMG_0884-1Day four / Sunday

  • Pisac Archeological Site & Market

Hike to the Pisac archeological site where the staggering agricultural terrace work is among the most extensive in the area following the shape of the mountainsides in entrancing concave and convex forms. The central astronomic and ceremonial area is widely acclaimed as some of the finest stonework, comparable to that of Machu Picchu. This expansive site provides an ideal setting for a picnic lunch with magnificent vistas up and down the valley. Embark upon a breathtaking walk down to Pisac and enjoy the afternoon exploring Pisac’s colorful Traditional Indian Market. Visit the traditional food section where locals buy and trade their produce and admire the beautiful faces and calm excitement that transforms Pisac on Sunday. This is a wonderful opportunity to buy gifts to take home with you. Enjoy a sunset stroll along the cornfields or simply relax with a Pisco Sour as you people watch either at the sidewalk café or on the balcony before dinner.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: B, Picnic, D


Day five / Monday

  • Community of Amaru

Delight in a 45-minute drive into the majestic high Andes and walk through the patchwork fields replete with potatoes, fava beans and corn to the traditional highland community of Amaru, where a genuinely authentic way of life is still practiced to this day. You will be welcomed with an endearing sweetness rarely felt in this day and age by this community that is consciously preserving and practicing their ancestral heritage. Through participation in a communal workday a beautiful cultural exchange unravels as you experience this incredible opportunity to step back in time and appreciate a quality of life with an admirable simplicity that is strikingly moving and profound. Enjoy a traditional lunch prepared with their prized agrarian products as the women begin to spin their naturally dyed wool. Others meditatively set up their back strap looms to share their ancestral weaving skills with us. This wonderful opportunity to purchase textiles directly from the weavers is not to be missed. Return to Pisac and enjoy a quite evening with dinner.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: B, L, D


Ollantaytambo-WallDay six / Tuesday

  • Ollantaytambo

Begin your day with a breathtaking one-hour drive through the heart of the Sacred Valley to the Inca town Ollantaytambo. Visit Ollantaytambo’s magnificent archeological site with an impressive astronomical observatory, irrigation waterways and ceremonial site. Learn about the Llama constellation and explore the quaint town that was built in the shape of a corncob. After lunch enjoy a spectacular train ride to Aguas Calientes, where you will have a nice dinner out and spend the night in preparation for an early start to Machu Picchu the following morning.

Hotel: La Cabana Boutique Hotel Meals: B, Picnic (dinner not included)


IMG_1179Day seven / Wednesday

  • Machu Picchu

Get an early start to take the 20-minute bus ride up steep slopes to magnificent Machu Picchu, renown as a wonder of the world. Isolated among mountain peaks, this awe-inspiring site carries sacred mathematical and scientific wisdom yet to be fully discovered. Explore the important sectors full of astronomic explanations, and revel in the beautiful natural setting and ancient ruins. Take bus down to Aguas Calientes to catch the afternoon train to Ollantaytambo and drive back to Pisac. Enjoy dinner upon your return to Pisac Inn.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: B, D (lunch not included)


20120913-_MG_9432Day eight / Thursday

  • Cusco City

Enjoy a city day in Cusco. Stroll through the streets of Cusco, admire the Inca walls, visit the Plaza de Armas and the main pre-Colombian Inca Temple, Coricancha. Have a relaxing lunch out on the town in a fine restaurant recommended by your guide. Shop at boutiques that feature high quality alpaca in contemporary designs. Upon return to Pisac rest before your farewell dinner in Pisac.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: B, D (lunch not included)


PCJ Intinerary - CuscoDay nine / Friday

Early breakfast before leaving for the Cusco airport. Meals: B

  • The order of your itinerary will change depending on the day you arrive.
  • Book a treatment at Unucha Spa; we recommend the herbal bath and massage combo. Reservations are required and treatments are not included. Contact Us to make an appointment!

Useful Information

Destinations: The Sacred Valley, Cusco & Machu Picchu

Description: High altitude, mountainous terrain. Easy driving tours and day hikes.

Altitudes: Cusco 11,200 ft, Pisac 10,000 ft, Machu Picchu 7,500 ft, Amaru 10,500 ft

Length: 9 days / 8 nights

Difficulty: Easygoing / Moderate

Category: Boutique (3 star level)

Journey Series: Our Signature Journey

Available: Small group or private

Season: All year

Pace: Moderate, with time for relaxation

Interests: Cultural & Culinary, Andean heritage, spirituality & world view, Sacred geomotry, astronomy & agronomy

Accomodations: This trip is based out of Pisac Inn. Small and comfortable, this boutique hotel is charming, full of artistic detials and old world flair that celebrate the depth and richness of local Andean heritage.

A hotel upgrade is possible for part of the trip or for the whole trip

Meals: This trip includes meals with exclusive daily set menus that are creatively spun by our chef. All of the meals are prepared using the finest local products with the clear intention of exploring the richness of Peruvian cuisine. The diversity of legendary and nutritious ingredients used in our meal preprations are fresh, organic and native of Peru.

Sitting down for a lovely meal, including a soup or salad, main course, dessert and beverage, is one of our trip highlights, with no dish repeated. We love food, and invite you to savor Peru’s culinary explosion.

Vegetarian and special diet menu available
Beer, wine and cocktails are available, but are not included in tour price
Don’t miss the famous Pisco Sour, it is delightful
The few meals not included in your program will be eaten out at restaurants recomemnded by your guide

Map: Click to view the journey on a map.

Prices

Prices

  • Starting from $2,100 per person
  • Private and customized prices upon request

Included:

  • All ground transportation upon arrival to Cusco airport in a private tourist level vehicle
  • Private, specialized, professional English speaking native guides who accompanies you for your whole stay
  • Entrance fees to all historical sites on daily excursions
  • Machu Picchu: Tourist class train (Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo), bus (Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes), entrance fee to Machu Picchu, overnight in Aguas Calientes
  • Fresh, organic meals celebrating Peruvian cuisine in daily set menus especially planned (vegetarian available)
  • Charming accommodations
  • Special events with local andean specialists

Not Included:

Airfare, travel insurance, personal expenses, any tips or donations, meals eaten out as indicated in program and any snacks or beverages not included at mealtime.

  • The cost of our tour is in U.S. dollars per person
  • Group sizes: minimum 3, maximum 12 passengers
  • Prices per person based on double occupancy – single supplement available
  • Taxes may apply
  • Programs and prices are subject to change and availability
  • Not applicable on some dates/holiday season

We specialize in weaving our journeys for travelers, therefore we do not have set dates. Please contact us directly to check availability.