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Off the Beaten path trip to Machu Picchu

Visit Machu Picchu in very different journey. This itinerary to Cusco city will show you not only the places most of tourists visit in an standard trip but also colorful towns, spend a day sharing a daily routine in an Andean community, or try to discover the real meaning of some Inca sites that are yet to discover.

Trip Highlights

  • Your experience begins in the Sacred Valley of the Incas for a gradual acclimatization to height.
  • The visit to Machu Picchu includes the train ride in superior class and buffet lunch in one of the best restaurants in town.
  • This program will show you our living cultures with whom you will share their daily experiences in non-traditional tours.

Schedule by Day

  • Day 1 Lima
    • Reception at the airport and transfer to your hotel.
    • Overnight at selected hotel in Lima.
  • Day 2 Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley
    • Transfer to the airport.
    • Flight to Cusco.
    • PISAC MARKET & OLLANTAYTAMBO TOUR
    • You start off early this morning to travel to Pisac Market, which is quite captivating.
    • After completing this leg of the journey, you will be taken to Ollantaytambo, an Incan military, religious, and agricultural center located at the top of a mountain. From the perspective of the archaeological site, you will look down upon the town of the same name and see its incredibly narrow streets and canals that have not changed since the Incas constructed them.
    • Overnight at selected hotel in Sacred Valley.
    • Included: Breakfast, lunch.
  • Day 3 Sacred Valley
    • CHINCHERO´S MARKET
    • Located 35 kilometers (22 miles) Northwest of Cusco, the town of Chinchero is located over the foundations of an important Incan center from late 1400. Colofully dressed, the people of Chinchero gather in the main square to exchange food, and offer the visitors with a series of regional handicrafts surrounded by a stunningly beautiful landscape.
    • Overnight at selected hotel in Sacred Valley.
    • Included: Breakfast, lunch.
  • Day 4 Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu
    • VISIT MISMINAY COMMUNITY
    • Visit the Andean community of Misminay, in the outskirts of Cusco, where you will be able to live ancient traditions preserving locals.
    • Through a narrow and winding path to the village, located at 3,700 meters over sea level you will visit families that live along in small single or double room houses, made out of adobe. They raise guinea pigs, cattle and sheep.
    • You will be able to plow or harvest the soil, depending on the time of the year, appreciate a ceremony in honor of Mother Earth— and enjoy a traditional lunch cooked by the ladies of Misminay, with naturally cultivated ingredients from their camps.
    • Additionally, you will observe women spinning, wool dyeing with natural ingredients, and lastly tapestry knitting, according to the ancient their techniques.
    • Transfer to the station to take the train to macho Picchu.
    • Overnight at selected hotel in Machu Picchu.
    • Included: Breakfast, lunch.
  • Day 5 Machu Picchu – Cusco
    • VISIT TO MACHU PICCHU
    • You will be transported by bus to Machu Picchu citadel, one of the most renowned examples of the Inca’s architecture, surrounded by an amazing landscape of lush forest. Lost in history, Machu Picchu was not discovered until 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham, but was built in the middle of XV century. The name of the citadel comes from the Quechua language that means “Old Mountain” and apparently was the principal Inca’s Sanctuary. Then, you will enjoy a self-service lunch at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge.
    • At the appointed time, train back to Cusco.
    • Overnight at selected hotel in Cusco.
    • Included: Breakfast, lunch.
  • Day 6 Cusco – City Tour
    • Get to know the city of Cusco, an UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and possessor of a style on its own. The tour begins at the Koricancha Temple, an old Incan palace and main center for the worship of the sun god, Inti. Once the Spanish conquered Peru, the Dominican order built a lovely church over top this temple’s foundations: the church of Santo Domingo that is still there today. Your next destination is the Main Square, and then the adventure continues at the Sacsayhuaman Fortress built of enormous stone blocks expertly shaped by the Incas. It is strategically located at the top of a hill overlooking Cusco. What a view of the city! The tour continues with visits to three archeological sites: “Qenko, Puca-Pucara, and Tambomachay”, important religious and administrative centers for the Incas. Finally you will visit an art workshop named “Inkas Expression” that presents artists working on silver pieces and painting in wood. This is an ideal place for the ones who like andean art.
    • Overnight at selected hotel in Cusco.
    • Included: Breakfast.
  • Day 7 Cusco – Free day
    • Day at leisure to enjoy the wonders of Cusco city.
    • Overnight at selected hotel in Cusco.
    • Included: Breakfast.
  • Day 8 Cusco - Lima
    • Transfer to the airport.
    • Flight to Lima, transfer to the hotel
    • Overnight at selected hotel in Lima.
    • Included: Breakfast.
  • Day 9 Lima
    • Transfer to the airport.
    • International flight back home.
    • Included: Breakfast.

Accommodation

  • 3 nights of accommodation in Lima at selected hotel.
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Sacred Valley at selected hotel.
  • 1 night of accommodation in Machu Picchu at selected hotel.
  • 3 nights of accommodation in Cusco at selected hotel.

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Additional Tours In Cusco

  • Full Day South Valley
    • TIPON, PIQUILLACTA & ANDAHUAYLILLAS
    • Southeast of Cusco is the Tipon archeological center. Your excursion today includes a tour of the site to see long stone canals built by the Incans, representing the height of their hydraulic engineering skill. Afterwards, it’s a visit to Pikillacta, one of the most important Pre-Incan archeological centers. Next on the itinerary is Andahuaylillas town and its precious 17th century church that is a spectacular expression of Andean Baroque architecture.
  • The Barroco Route
    • You will be transferred from the city of Cusco to the city of Huaro to visit “La Capilla de la Virgen Purificada de Canincunca”, a chapel located next to Urcos Lagoon. This small church has some incredibly beautiful mural paintings which really makes it stand out. After that, you will continue towards the San Juan Bautista de Huaro Church, where you will be able to partake upon an amazing choir, reminiscent of colonial times. You will then head to Andahuaylillas to visit the San Pedro Apostol Church, emblematic of the location and known as the “American Sistine Chapel”. Although this church is famous for its beautiful murals, it is also one of the most astounding examples of religious popular Andean art. The tour will then head towards Pikillacta, where you will be able to visit on of the most important pre Inca archaeological complexes. Finally, you will head to the archaeological complex of Tipon, where you will have an amazing view of the stone canals that were built by the Incas. These canals represent the incredible abilities they had with regards to hydraulic engineering. A box lunch is included.
  • Cooking Lesson
    • In the morning, you will be driven to San Pedro Market (located a few blocks from The Main Square), where you will experience the local life and see a whole range of products, such as many varieties of potatoes, meats, juices, fruits, vegetables and more. Upon your arrival to the market you will receive your "Budget for Lunch", which will be the same amount that a local family uses in Cusco between $ 1.50 and $ 3.00 (higher-income families) per person, this budget must be considered for the preparation of a full menu consisting of an appetizer, main dish, dessert and drink.
    • Guided by a chef, you will buy all the ingredients and you will try to bargain with the sellers to get special prices, as the housewives from Cusco do it.
    • After you have all the ingredients, you will go to a local house where you will have the culinary session. The chef will give your instructions on how to cook our typical dishes.


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