Would you like to really get to know the local reality? We will bring you to know both families and local communities, an absolutely unforgettable experience, in contact with the people of Peru, with its artisans, its traditions, all without forgetting Machu Picchu!
You meet one of our staff members at Cusco’s airport or bus station. Transfer to the hotel. Free afternoon to get some rest and acclimatize to the altitude. We recommend you rest and eat light. Dinner and night with a local family.
In the morning, we visit the Cathedral, Qoricancha and Sacsayhuaman archaeological site. Free afternoon. In the evening we go on a cultural and alternative walking tour. Strolling under the stars through the historic city centre, we discover a less-known side of Cusco: myths, legends, tales, ghosts and saints. A unique experience to see the real Cusco, Peru’s most iconic city. Night with a local family.
Pick-up from the hotel and transfer from Cusco to Pisac, in a private vehicle and accompanied by a private guide. Visit to the archaeological site of Pisac, great example of Inca construction with its big walls and palaces.
We the head to Chawaytiri Community, famous for its textiles. We will be shown all the manufacturing process. We will also have a short walk to visit some ancient cave paintings. We finally have lunch at a local family place in Cuyo Grande. They will show us how they produce “ocarinas”, typical Andean instruments. After lunch, we visit a workshop of ancestral and ceremonial Andean musical instruments, where they also give us information about the Andean Cosmovision (the world as perceived by the Incas).
We then go back to the Sacred Valley and are transferred to Ollantaytambo in order to start the “Machu Picchu” adventure
At dawn we embark on a dream. We take the bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and enter the “lost city.”For the more adventurous there is also the possibility to climb to the top of Huayna Picchu or visit the Machu Picchu Mountain or the Huchuy Picchu. In the afternoon we take the train back to Ollantaytambo. Night at the hotel.
An authentic and unforgettable visit to Patacancha’s Quechua community. You will to discover the textile and cultural traditions of these Andean indigenous communities. Departure from Ollantaytambo at 09am by private transport and with our guide. We will reach the community in about an hour and a half. Upon arrival, the women of textile cooperatives will be waiting for us. They will explain everything we need to know and show us the whole process of softening and heating the precious alpaca fiber until it is transformed into beautiful fabrics, blankets, caps, sweaters, etc. We’ll learn to make a bracelet with the help of one of the artisans. Those who wish can purchase some handmade products from them. Rustic lunch with the community, a unique gastronomic experience with a “pachamanca”. It is a typical Peruvian dish from the Andes where food is cooked using pre-heated stones. The dish contains several ingredients among which meat, potatoes, etc. that are previously macerated with spices. On our way back from the community we will visit the Inca archaeological complex of Pumamarca, that is located on the upper part of this valley. Arrival in Ollantaytambo around 3pm.
Cusco City tour is in the afternoon if on Sunday or during low season.
Andean World and Veawer Community: PeruEtico pays the demonstration shown in both tours. Thus there is no obligation to buy anything. Although it is a great opportunity to buy high quality items straight from the producers.
Machu Picchu: Passengers must take luggage for only two days and one night in Aguas Calientes. Due to train restrictions, please only take a backpack or carry-on size luggage that weighs no more than 5kg. The rest of your luggage should be left in storage at the hotel in Cusco or Urubamba.
As from the arrival in Peru, the passenger is responsible for any additional costs caused by a variation in the program (net cost plus agency rights).
Through the stay in Cusco, the lunch in Cuyo Grande, the visit to the Andean music instrument workshop and the communities of Patacancha and Chawaytiri, you are directly helping and supporting the local families and their projects.
Peruetico is committed to reducing the environmental impact and the use of plastic and paper during your travels.
Our trip to Peru was truly splendid! Intense, full of breathtaking landscapes and suggestive archaeological sites. The thing we appreciated the most was the chance to spend a few nights with a local family … an easy way to really experience the culture and customs of the places you visit. Gianni was always available, even when we had to change planning at the last moment for an unexpected event .. Highly recommended!