Take the road less traveled to Machu Picchu, meeting and getting to know locals along the Coffee Trail.
(Price range depends on number of travellers)
Note that 30% of this 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.
Day 1: Sacred Valley-Huayro
You will depart in the morning for the jungle town of Huayro. The ride will begin with a climb to Abra Malaga (the Malaga Pass), where you will enjoy panoramic views of the Sacred Valley, then slowly descend to the warm, humid “eyebrow of the jungle.” Huayro is an agricultural town that is famous for its tea. You will spend the night there with a local family and learn about tropical fruits, tea, and other plants that grow on the family’s property.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Day 2: Huayro-Lucmabamba
After breakfast, you’ll say goodbye to your host family, then continue by van to a small coca farm near the town of Santa Maria. Coca is an economically and culturally important crop throughout the Andes and you will learn about the historical and current importance of coca, its cultivation, and more before continuing on to Santa Teresa for lunch and a soak in the Colcamayo hot springs. In the late afternoon, you will head to Lucmabamba, where you will spend the night on a host family`s coffee farm. Here, you will have a chance to roast and grind your own organic coffee and sample fried yucca and avocado grown on the farm, then relax for a bit before dinner. In the evening, you can enjoy a campfire, or hang out on the porch and look for fireflies.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Lucmabamba-Aguas Calientes
If you are up for a physical challenge, rise early and hike to the Llactapata ruins for your first views of Machu Picchu. If not, sleep in a bit and enjoy a later breakfast with your host family. In the late morning, you will depart for the hydroelectric station, to begin the hike into Aguas Calientes. Aguas Calientes is the small town located directly below Machu Picchu, and it will take about 3 hours to arrive there on foot. You will check into your hotel there mid-afternoon, then take the time before dinner to shower, rest up and visit the town`s hot springs (optional).
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Machu Picchu-Cusco
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 entries entry fees). After a late lunch, you will board the 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.
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