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Student Travel Journey ~ 9 days / 8 nights

The Sacred Valley, Cusco & Machu Picchu

Visit all the classic destinations of Cusco – including Machu Picchu and beyond, on this educational journey. Stay based in the Sacred Valley and participate hands on in valuable cultural and educational projects. Unique opportunity to experience and authentically engage in a cultured Indigenous point-of-view, that opens doors to layers of understanding different perspectives.

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. Assist in plowing the soil with ancestral tools. Engage in adobe bricks & mud plaster. Delve into their philosophy; understand their history and way of life. Improve your Spanish. Converse. Discern the incomparable continuity and vitality of an ancient living culture.

Enrich your perspective. Confirm human quintessence.

An exceptionally profound and unique learning experience that enhances the spirit.

Sacred Valley Highlights

Trip Highlights:

  • Experience the Sacred Valley of the Incas stepping back in time, visiting its finest archeological sites, picturesque villages and colorful markets.
  • Participate in hands on communal service projects.
  • Live the excitement of becoming a part of the new culture at hand.
  • Savor exquisite Peruvian cuisine
  • Stay at Pisac Inn; settle into your room at Pisac Inn in the quaint town of Pisac for the duration of your stay. No packing and unpacking allowing true interaction to evolve.
  • Engage in an authentic cultural immersion organized and hosted by Fielding, an American and Roman, a native Peruvian; the perfect combination to meet student needs and guidance.
  • Participate in the varied components that make this an educational experience of a lifetime: hands on service projects, cultural exchange with local students, special events and guided reflections combined with visits to archeological sites.
  • 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
  • Visit Cusco, capital of the vast Inca State, navel of the ancestral world
  • Opportunity to join in our commitment in the diffusion, protection and celebration of the endangered Andean traditions and cultural heritage.
  • Receive an official certificate of recognition and gratitude for volunteer work and participation
  • Improve your Spanish with a 45-minute Spanish class every afternoon before dinner upon request.
  • 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 flutter by sprinkling us with their joy. Pisac offers a pleasant climate, lower altitude and the enchantment of a small town with cobblestone streets and animals out to graze. The Andes… snow peaks soaring in the distance over charming communities, Inca sites, and quaint village markets. A journey full of dazzling pre-Columbian reflections and insights. Pristine nature. Blossoming fuchsia and kantu flowers enticing us. A profound heritage wrapped in layers of colorfully elegant wisdom and contemporary sophistication. Contemplate the benefits of precious ancestral values. Live the inspiration of authentic Peruvian hospitality.

Peru Cultural Journeys directly supports many projects dedicated to protecting and promoting traditional Andean cultural heritage through sustaining traditional culture & belief systems of the local people. The work encompasses cultural, social and educational projects divided into three important areas: Cultural Centers with our priority being the Apu Ruan weaving society in a highland community above Pisac, the Kusi Kawsay Andean School, and Documentation and dissemination of ancestral knowledge. The visiting students will participate in two full workdays. One work day will focus on service projects assisting Kusi Kawsay Andean School located in the town of Pisac, and the second will be in the Cultural Center in a remote traditional community in the district of Pisac. Activities may include making adobe bricks, mud plastering, painting walls, agriculture, basic building or assisting with different educational projects. The project will depend on which activity is needed according to the time of year the students come and will be determined upon arrival.

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Student Travel Sample Itinerary

Day one / Thursday

Arrival Sacred Valley

PCJ Intinerary - welcome

Be welcomed to Cusco – navel of the world – by your Peru Cultural Journeys private guide and enjoy the one-hour drive as you descend to the spectacular Sacred Valley of the Incas of lower altitude and Andean small town charm. Revel in the striking beauty of the snow topped peaks, mountainsides delineated by Inca terraces and fields that cover the valley floor. Settle into your room at Pisac Inn and enjoy a cup of coca tea to help you acclimate. After your first in a series of delicious meals specially spun in a set menu to explore Peruvian Cuisine, take the afternoon to rest, acclimate and explore the cobblestone streets of Pisac on your own. Gather for a brief orientation followed by a welcoming dinner.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: L, D

Sacred Valley Highlights


Day two / Friday

Ollantaytambo

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. Enjoy a picnic lunch surrounded by natural beauty and ancient ruins. 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. Return to Pisac and enjoy the afternoon to relax. 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, L, D

Ollantaytambo & Wiñay Taki Highlights


Day three / Saturday

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 for some down time before dinner. Take an evening walk to observe the stars of the southern hemisphere, and participate in a guided reflection.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: B, L, D

Amaru Community Highlights


Day four / Sunday

Pisac Archeological Site & Market

Begin a breathtaking hike up to the Pisac archeological site with students from Kusi Kawsay. They will guide you through the staggering agricultural terrace work that 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 offers magnificent vistas up and down the valley. Walk down to Pisac and following lunch, explore the traditional food section with Roman to see where locals buy and trade their produce. Spend the afternoon on your own admiring the beautiful faces and calm excitement that transforms Pisac on Sundays as you explore the colorful market. This is a wonderful opportunity to buy woven goods, sweaters and jewelry. Meet at 5:30 to learn about the unique vision of Kusi Kawsay School that combines Waldorf Pedagogy with Andean tradition. Talk about and get prepared for your next few days of volunteering at Kusi Kawsay School.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: B, L, D

Pisac Archeological Site Highlights


Day five / Monday

Kusi Kawsay Andean School

After breakfast, walk up to the Kusi Kawsay School. Particpate in designated volunteer projects. Have lunch up at the school, and continue with your work project. Rest in the afternoon. Following dinner, particpate in a guided reflection.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: B, L, D


Day six / Tuesday

Kusi Kawsay Andean School

After breakfast, walk up to the Kusi Kawsay School. Particpate in designated volunteer projects.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: B, L, D


Day seven / Wednesday

Machu Picchu

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Get an early start for your amazing day trip to Machu Picchu! After breakfast begin the one-hour drive through the Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo to catch the 8:53 am train. Enjoy the two-hour spectacular train ride and observe the vegetation change, as you get closer to the rainforest. Take a 20 min bus up to the site of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival participate in a guided tour of the most important sectors of Machu Picchu, and following a picnic lunch surrounded by natural beauty and ancient ruins, spend some time to sit and reflect or explore on your own. Meet at bus station to take the bus down to Aguas Calientes, catch the evening train. Enjoy a light box dinner on the train. Drive from Ollantaytambo for a late Pisac return. Rest after a full day!

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: B, L, D

Machu Picchu Highlights


Day eight / Thursday

Cusco City

Walking the streets of Cusco

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, and megalithic Sacsayhuaman where you will enjoy a picnic lunch. Enjoy an afternoon in the city of Cusco. Stroll through the streets of Cusco, admire the Inca walls, visit the Plaza de Armas and the main pre-Colombian Inca Temple, Coricancha. Return to Pisac for a farewell dinner and celebration.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals included: B, L, D

Kusi Kawsay, Kusi Ñan and Cusco Highlights


Day nine / Friday

Departure

After breakfast depart for Cusco airport and flight to Lima.

Meals included: B,

Useful Information

 

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: 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 & Worldview, Sacred Geometry, Astronomy & Agronomy

Dates: We specialize in weaving dream journeys with our guests; therefore we do not have set dates unless it is an organized Special Interest small group. Please contact us directly to check availability and coordinate dates.

Accommodations: This trip is based out of Pisac Inn on the historic plaza of the small town of Pisac in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Small and comfortable, our boutique hotel is charming, full of artistic details that celebrate our local Andean heritage. Settle into your room for the duration of your stay, no packing and unpacking allows you to create a personal relationship to the land and the people.

  • A hotel upgrade is possible for part of the trip.

Meals: This trip includes meals with exclusive daily set menus that are creatively designed and prepared by our chef at the hotel’s restaurant, Cuchara de Palo, The Wooden Spoon. We use the finest local products with the clear intention of exploring the richness of Peruvian cuisine, while celebrating the diversity of legendary and nutritious ingredients that 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.
The few meals not included in your program will be eaten out at restaurants recommended by your guide.

Unucha Spa Treatments: Upon return to Pisac Inn after your daily excursions, you can spend the afternoon relaxing, exploring the market, or enjoy a treatment at our Spa before dinner. The treatments are inspired by the ancestral legacy of our pre-Columbian healing tradition. We recommend the herbal bath and massage combo. Reservations are required; space is limited and treatments are not included. Please make appointments ahead of time for any afternoon.

Peru Cultural Journeys: Please see our Sustainability Section to learn more about our vision, our commitment to socially and environmentally responsible tourism, our cultural projects, and our recent international certifications with TourCert and AENOR.

If you are interested in our Immersion Series, Special Interest Series or Trekking Series, please see our sample itineraries. These trips are based on our Authentic Andean Journey including extra events and activities with specialists for a more immersive travel experience.

Extensions: Add on extensions if you want to explore more areas of Peru.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): Please see our FAQ section for more information.

Once you book the trip and make a down payment, we will send you a complete Travel Pack with detailed information, including recommended reading and a packing list.

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 vehical
  • 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: Train (Ollantaytambo Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo), bus (Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes), entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • Fresh, organic meals celebrating Peruvian cuisine in daily set menus (vegetarian available)
  • Charming accommodations
  • Special events with local andean specialists
  • Volunteer service or internship participation in a variety of valuable local projects upon request
  • Spanish or Quechua classes upon request

Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Any tips or donations
  • Meals eaten out as indicated in program
  • Any snacks or beverages not included at mealtime.

* The cost of our tour is in U.S. dollars per person.
* Group sizes: minimum 6 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.