Work your way through the Sacred Valley, where you will meet local artisans, explore ancient incan fortresses, ruins, and waterfalls rarely seen by most travelers to Peru. This 3 day trip culminates in a private tour of Machu Picchu, led by a local guide. Spend each night in small, quaint hotels.
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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.
Morning pickup at your Cusco hotel for travel to the beautiful Sacred Valley. Your first stop is the traditional village of Chawaytire, famous for its tradition of high quality, handwoven textiles. You`ll meet with local weaver to learn about their dying, spinning and weaving process, then continue to the historic town of Pisac. Begin at the town`s famous Inca fortress, featuring extensive terracing and dramatic views of the surrounding valley, then descend to the local market. You’ll have some time to browse artisan stalls and sample fresh empanadas, before continuing to the agricultural community village of Chichubamba. Enjoy a traditional lunch with a local family to learn about ancient farming practices and visit a family owned ceramics workshop. Overnight in a cozy Sacred Valley hotel.
After breakfast, depart on an easy and incredibly scenic hike toward Perollniyoc waterfall. You’ll pass agricultural fields, locals leading sheep and cows to pasture, and small traditional homes along the way, arriving at the falls in 1.5-2 hours. There you’ll pause for a rest near the base of the falls, then climb to interesting Inca ruins directly above. Enjoy a picnic lunch before continuing to the original Inca village of Ollantaytambo, to explore the pretty center and adjoining ruins before a scenic, late afternoon train ride to Aguas Calientes. Take the evening to visit local hotsprings and rest up for Machu Picchu the following morning.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
You awake this morning to catch the bus to the gates of this Wonder of the World. You will ascend stone steps, through heavy tree cover to finally emerge at the top of the world – Machu Picchu! The incredible Inca stone construction will be spread below, alternately hidden and revealed by clouds. You`ll have a 2.5-3 hour private tour with your guide, followed by time to explore on your own. In the afternoon, descend to Aguas Calientes for your return train. Transport will be waiting in the station and bring you to your hotel in Cusco for a good night’s rest
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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