Experience the Sacred Valley like a local by staying with host families, learning about traditional farming and artisanal techniques, and hiking to rarely-visited ancient ruins. Combine this experience with a trip to Machu Picchu for the ultimate package!
(Price range depends on number of travellers)
Note that if you choose to add Machu Picchu, 30% of that part of the booking would be immediately non-refundable, as the operator needs that money to reserve Machu Picchu entry passes and train tickets, which sell out quickly and are non-refundable.
You depart in the morning for the Sacred Valley, beginning with the town of Chinchero to visit Inca ruins, a colonial church, and to learn about traditional weaving and dying techniques. Next, you will mountain bike to the ruins of Moray and the Salineras – a collection of spring-fed salt pans cascading down a steep hillside. After breaking for a picnic lunch, you will continue by bike to the floor of the Sacred Valley. Your transportation will be waiting for a quick drive to Ollantaytambo, where you will pick up small gifts of fruit and coca leaves for your homestay Peru family, before heading up the Patacancha Valley on a dirt road. You will arrive at your host family`s village in the late afternoon, and have time to get settled before a traditional dinner together.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast, you can choose from several activities around the village:
After lunch, you’ll say goodbye to our host family and head back to Cusco or the Sacred Valley (your choice).
Or, if you decide to include Machu Picchu in this experience:
After lunch, you’ll say goodbye to your host family and head to Ollantaytambo to board the train to Machu Picchu. You’ll check into your lodging in the early evening, then take the time before dinner to shower and rest.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After an early breakfast, you will take a short bus ride (20 min.) to the Machu Picchu archaeological complex. After an approximately 2.5 hour tour of the ruins with your guide, you will be free to explore on your own and/or climb Huayna Picchu. Other interesting and less visited sites at Machu Picchu include Inti Punku (the Sun Gate), the Inca Bridge, and Machu Picchu Mountain. (Note: Some of these sites, including Huyana Picchu, require additional entry fees). After a late lunch, you will board your return train for an evening arrival in Cusco.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Born in the beautiful province of Acomayo, right in the Andes Mountains, Domingo’s love of the great outdoors began at a young age. When he was just a kid, his family moved to Cusco, where he discovered his love for tourism. Domingo’s first job in tourism was as a porter on the Inca Trail. It was really hard work, but working with the guides inspired him to become one as well. He went to school to study tourism. He tells us that the day that he finally got his license as an official tour guide was one of the best days in his life. It was such an exciting moment to be able to lead people on the trail, and now 16 years later, he still gets excited every time he guides travelers on a tour. A few years ago, he decided to begin his own tour company. His hope was that through his tours, he could show travelers not only the beauty and history of the region but also teach them about the rich Andean culture.
Among Domingo’s hobbies, he loves photography and he is an amateur photographer. And he has the perfect job to learn and improve his photography skills everyday, he always brings his camera with him.
He was born in the Apurimac region of Peru in an indigenous community with rich agricultural land. As a kid, he learned from his parents how to work on the field and the importance of maintaining the indigenous culture’s age-old traditions. Although he left this small town at a very young age to attend elementary school in Cusco, he has carried this appreciation for ancient culture his whole life. Living in the magical city of Cusco, he was able to expand his knowledge of his ancestors even more and was inspired to take this knowledge and share it with others. After studying tourism in school, he became a tour guide, specializing in ancient cultures. Having been born in an indigenous village and as a native speaker of the Quechua language, teaching travelers from all over the world about the history and land has been a great honor and a dream come true.
Urbano is currently working on building a new home, and although he recognises that it’s been quite a hard work, he absolutely loves it! In his free time, he also love spending as much time as possible with his wife and two little kids!
Huber also grew up in a small town in the Sacred Valley so he was raised to always respect and love Mother Nature. As a kid, he always admired the tour guides passing through his town. Not only did they get to explore some of the most beautiful parts of the country, but they got to meet people from all over the world. Huber became determined that he too would become a tour guide. As soon as he was old enough, he moved to Cusco to study tourism and become a certified Inca Trail guide. For about 14 years now, he has been leading tours, and discovered that, beyond taking his guests on the “typical” paths, he wanted to be a unique guide and take them to the unique interesting spots other guides weren’t going to. He also have studied medicinal plants and love teaching the travelers about the many fascinating benefits these plants can have.
Growing up, huber has always loved fishing, particularly for river trout. Now as an adult he has begun to rediscover this passion! And he also has recently discovered a new passion for birdwatching, and his goal to keep learning even more so he can lead his own birdwatching tours soon.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.