Cusco, Sacred Valley , Machupicchu, Southern Valley
These activities are a walk in the park! You will be able to enjoy the scenery, history, and time with loved ones without exhausting yourself. You do not need any special training, gear, or acclimatization for an “Easy” trek or tour. Terrain will be generally flat and comfortable, highly traveled.
A step up from “Easy,” these tours require a little more physical effort but are still 100% manageable to anyone with or without adventure experience. Again, you do not need special training, gear, or acclimatization for a “Mild” trek or tour. Terrain is generally flat but with possible gentle up- and downhills.
Before embarking on a “Moderate” trek or tour, you should be at least partly acclimatized to the high altitude of the Andes as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. These tours are still very manageable without special training as long as you have spent a day or two at high altitude. Terrain often includes moderate up- and downhill walking with possible rough patches or infrequently-traveled sections.
“Challenging” treks or tours require that you are acclimated to the Andes’ high altitude before leaving as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. Spending 2-3 days or more at high altitude will help you on the trek. You will need hiking shoes and possibly trekking poles for these treks. You will need to be in good physical shape, and it’s recommended that you train at least some beforehand, possibly with running, biking, or strenuous workout videos. Terrain is often rough, sometimes with steep up- and downhills and often not highly traveled. Generally, these last several hours.
These “Formidable” treks are our most difficult treks and require serious effort but are also the most rewarding. It is necessary to be in pristine physical condition. Again, you must be acclimated to the Andes’ high altitude before leaving as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. Spending 4-5 days or more if possible at high altitude will help you on the trek. You will need hiking shoes and possibly trekking poles for these treks. It is important to train physically before these treks so that your body is prepared for the strenuous nature of the trip. Generally, these last at least an entire day in infrequently-traveled areas with rough paths.
06 Day Tour with Machu Picchu & Cusco “Taste of Peru”
Taste of Peru with Machu Picchu & Cusco is pure enjoyment for your senses as we explore the unique flavors that traditional Peruvian cuisine has to offer, especially that of the region of Cusco. The 6-Day Flavor Explosion adventure offers you the best combination of locations around Cusco and the Sacred Valley and also Cusco’s Southern Valley. In your first cooking class you will sample the best dishes prepared with your own hands, under the supervision of a professional chef. Your first night of lodging will be in the picturesque town of Ollantaytambo, the last “living” Inka village, famous for its beautiful stone walkways and homes still built on ancient foundations.
Experience the phenomenal landscapes of the Sacred Valley and feast with your eyes on the colorful farmlands as you make your way to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Here our staff will support you with the best personalized service and guarantee you satisfaction throughout your visit in the beautiful region of Cusco.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO CUSCO
This day is essential for your trip, to first rest and acclimatize to the altitude and conditions during your stay in Cusco. This smooth transition via rest will assure that during the following days you can enjoy your tour without any concerns of altitude sickness. We will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel for your lodging during the following days.
Lodging: Tandapata Hotel Boutique *** or similar
DAY 2: COOKING CLASS – OLLANTAYTAMBO
This is a very special day as we begin our Peruian cuisine cooking class – supervised by a professional chef you will learn step by step the art in the kitchen to create the most delicous dishes using simple recipes with the finest ingredients in the country. Here we will also learn about the history of each dish and the unique elements native to the Andes that give each plate its fabulous taste. After class we will make the journey by bus to the town of Ollantaytambo, the living Inca village, where you can appreciate intact structures still being used to this day and the original building plan of town still functioning. Here we will spend the night and have the opportunity to wander these ancient streets and feel the magic of this enigmatic town deep in the Sacred Valley of the Inca.
Lodging: Casa Blanca Lodge *** (Ollantaytambo) or similar
DAY 3: MACHU PICCHU
This morning we will begin very early to travel to the train station in the town of Ollantaytambo for our journey by train to the town of Machu Picchu. Another short bus ride will bring us up the mountain to the site entrance. Your guide will be with you at every moment to inform you about the site and answer any questions. The guided tour through the Sanctuary will last roughly 2 hours. Later we will begin our return to Aguas Calientes for lunch and rest.
Lodging: Golden Sunrise Machu Picchu Hotel *** or similar
DAY 4: MARAS – MORAY – CHINCHERO
Early in the morning we will take our train from Aguas Calientes back to Ollantaytambo and continue our journey by land to the mysterious terrances of Moray, nestled in the rolling hills of the Maras area. Moray is known for being a construction that served as an experimental agricultural center to selectivly cultivate the best breeds of Andean staple crops at different temperatures and altitudes. Near Moray we will stop at the town of Maras to then visit the ancient salt mines, used for thousands of years by local families to supply salt not only to the Incas, but still to this day offering us an example of the natural art of salt harvesting straight from the land. Further up on the high plains will we visit Chinchero, an important ancient site for the Inca, known as the birth place of the rainbow. We will visit the main site with its picturesque conlonial church located upon the ancient archaelogical site and continue to a local textile center where we will learn about the ancient science of weaving from the very artesans themselves and how they bring to magic these wonderful pieces of art dyed with minerals, plants and seeds. Continuing through the Our tour will conclude as we return to your hotel in Cusco.
Lodging: Tandapata Hotel Boutique *** or similar
DAY 5: SOUTHERN VALLEY TOUR
Today we will explore Cusco’s Southern Valley which will examine slightly different aspects of the history in the region of Cusco. This area is also less explored than the major routes and is often much less crowded. The sites range from colonial to Inca and even pre-Inca, offering us a profound perspective of Cusco’s ancient past. We start in the Inca temple of Tipon, a place that celebrates the living giving element of water and its qualities, home to fountains and aquaducts which, through various irrigation channels, explore the movement of this element. Later in Pikillaqta, we will step into the time and space of the Wari Culture, a pre-Inca people who were highly organized and efficient in this region. To end our day we will visit the colonial church of Andahuaylillas, known of the Sistine Chapel of the Americas, full of beautiful architecture and the fine artwork that reveals the fusion between ancient and colonial essences.
Lodging: Tandapata Hotel Boutique *** or similar
DAY 6: CITY WALKING TOUR – FLY TO LIMA
This morning you will have the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the most attractive sites of Cusco’s Historic Center before your afternoon flight to Lima. The sites offered include:
- Plaza de Armas/Main square, which is home to the main cathedral and colonial houses
- Plaza Nazarenas
- San Blas neighborhood
- The twelve angle stone
- San Pedro local market
In the afternoon we have culminated this incredible experience of Cusco flavor explosion and transfer you to the airport for your departure!
- 05 night’s accommodations in 03 or 04 stars hotels (based in double occupation)
- 05 breakfasts, 01 lunches , 01 dinners
- Entrances to Machu Picchu.
- All transportation.
- All transfers.
- All entrances fee.
- Ejecutive (Incarrail) or Vistadome tren to Machu Picchu.
- Buses to Machu Picchu (Round trip)
- Private guided tour in Machu Picchu.
- Professional English Speaking Tour Guide during whole trip
- Cooking class
- Single suplement: US$230 (03 stars hotel) /us$400 (04 stars hotels)
- Meals where are not stated
- Huayna Picchu entrance fee US$35
- Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.
THINGS TO BRING:
- Original Passport
- Current University Card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
- Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
- Warm jacket
- Comfortable Trousers
- Sun hat
- Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
- Insect repellant
- Personal medication
- Camera and film
THIS TOUR RUNS ONLY AS A PRIVATE SERVICE.
****Daily Departure with at least 2 people****
- Under 18 years old: US$ 25:00 Please send us a copy of the passport at the booking time.
- Under 10 years old: US$ 65:00 Please send us a copy of the passport at the booking time.
- Student Discount (Maximum Age 25 years old): US$ 25:00 Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD at the time of the trek or who is 17-years-old or younger. For those using an university student card to receive the discount, we need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 17-years-old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to email@example.com. More Information about STUDENT CARD.
- Daily departures: We pick you up from your hotel 30 minutes before the tour.