Sacred Lakes

Overview

This trek is a perfect combination of spectacular landscapes and authentic cultural interaction.

Experience the pristine and preserved natural beauty of this very remote part of the Andes. It offers close proximity, and very importantly, it is not overcrowded with tourist activity like most other trekking destinations.

This trek offers not only expansive vistas with impressive mountains but most importantly an authentic opportunity to be exposed to a traditional Andean community that is preserving their ancestral way of life and world vision.

Experience ancient, living nature and culture still in tact.

“This trek is ideal for those who really want to be far in the middle of nowhere with only nature surrounding them as they camp in an area that is scarcely seen by tourists. Amaru is situated above the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the remote highlands above Pisac and offers very spectacular views. This trek is also a great way for one to enjoy a shorter trek that combines an authentic cultural experience. Perceive the land through the eyes of a native Quechua, and learn about their worldview and the connection to the sacred mountains that surround you. A trek that has profound cultural content – a very rare opportunity.”

he essential 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. Enrich your perspective. Confirm human quintessence.

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

Day one

Morning flight to Cusco – the navel of the world – and land in the heart of the Andes. You will be greeted at the Cusco airport by your personal guide to begin your exclusive journey. Enjoy a spectacular 45 minute scenic drive to the Sacred Valley. Arrive to Pisac with lower altitude and small town charm. Settle into your lovely room at Pisac Inn, meet the lovely staff and enjoy a cup of coca tea to help you acclimate. After your first in a series of delicious meals spun into a select set menu so you may explore the diversity and richness of Peruvian Cuisine, take the afternoon to rest, acclimate and explore the cobblestone streets of Pisac on your own. Gather for an early evening orientation with a welcoming Pisco Sour followed by a fireside dinner.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: L, D

Day Two

After breakfast enjoy a leisurely 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. Hike along Qhapaq Nan, an ancestral pathway, to 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 restaurants, or a local spot recommended by your guide. Upon return to Pisac Inn enjoy a few free hours to rest and contemplate, or indulge in an herbal bath and massage at Unucha Spa. 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.

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

Day Three

In prepration for your big trek, hike up to the spectacular archeological site above Pisac. En route, stop to visit Kusi Kawsay School, an exceptional educational social project. After learning about the unique vision of Kusi Kawsay that combines Waldorf Pedagogy with Andean tradition, delight in the beautiful school grounds, dedicated teachers and happy children. Continue your hike as you admire the staggering agricultural terrace work. Among the most extensive in the area, it follows 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 pic nic lunch with magnificent vistas up and down the valley. Embark upon a breathtaking walk down and upon return wander through Pisac as the daily market is broken down, enjoy a sunset stroll along the corn fields or simply relax with a Pisco Sour as you people watch either at the sidewalk café or on the balcony before another memorable meal in Peru.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: B, L, D

Day Four

  • Trek Amaru, Maraway Lagoon, Limancocha

We begin our journey by departing Pisac Inn at 8 am. Drive in private transport towards the highland communities located above Pisac. After a 45 minute drive into the majestic andes, you will arrive to Amaru where you meet the expedition support crew and begin the four hour trek through the patchwork fields replete with potatoes, fava beans and corn to MARAWAY LAGOON. After lunch continue on an approx. 2 hour trek to Limancocha. Here, we will set up camp and enjoy dinner underneath the great starry sky. Enjoy an evening astronomical observation and explanation interwoven with rich local storytelling. Reflect on this genuine way if life still practiced by this aurthentic community that is consciously preserving and practicing their ancestral heritage. Feel part of this human quality, as you slowly begin to understand the interconnectedness and sacredness of this territory.

Day Five

  • Isku Isku, Pukara, Amaru Cultural Center

After an early breakfast we will begin an approx. 5 hour walk to Isku Isku and on to the Cultural Center of Amaru. See and learn about the medicinal herbs and their uses along the hike, as well as identify flowers, roots and plants used as natural dyes for wool. Upon return to the Cultural Center eitehr rest, or participate in communal work. Appreciate the profound cultural exchange that has naturally evolved, and allow yourself to step back in time as you 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 and support fair trade ethic is not to be missed. After a festive farewell, begin the 20-minute return walk down to the private transport and a 40 minute drive back to Pisac Inn to rest and contemplate befreo a lovely dinner.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: B, L, D

Day Six

Enjoy a day at leisure at Pisac’s colorful Traditional Indian Market. Admire the beautiful faces and calm excitement that transforms Pisac on Sunday, and don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to buy woven goods, sweaters and jewelry.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: B, L, D

Day Seven

Begin your day with a nutritious breakfast of rainforest fruits and Andean grains to start a breathtaking one-hour drive through the heart of the Sacred Valley to the Inca town Ollantaytambo. Visit Ollantaytambo’s magnificent archeological site, learn about the Llama constellation and explore the town that was built in the shape of a corncob. After lunch enjoy a spectacular two hour train ride to Aguas Calientes, where you will spend the night in preparation for an early start to Machu Picchu the following morning.

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

Day Eight

Get an early start to take the 20 min bus ride up to Machu Picchu. Upon arrival head straight to hike Huayna Picchu, flowed by a guided tour of the most important sectors of Machu Picchu. After a picnic lunch surrounded by natural beauty and ancient ruins, spend a few hours to sit and reflect on your own. Take bus down to Aguas Calientes, catch the afternoon train to Ollantaytambo and drive back to Pisac. A light dinner awaits upon your return to Pisac Inn.

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

Day Nine

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. A few free hours for shopping at boutiques that feature high quality alpaca in contemporary designs. Enjoy your farewell dinner in Pisac.

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

Day Ten

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

*The order of your itinerary will change depending on the day you arrive.

Useful Information

Destinations: The Sacred Valley, Cusco & Machu Picchu

Description: Cultural outings ~ High altitude, mountainous terrain. Easy driving tours and envigorating day hikes. Trek ~ Strenuous trekking, extreme conditions, intense weather with drastic changes, very high altitude.

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

Trek high point: 15,100 ft, Camp site: 14,400 ft

Length: 10 Days / 9 Nights

Difficulty: Moderate / Difficult

Category: Boutiuque (3 star level) Trek: Rustic standards

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.

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