Peru is the molten core of South America, a distillation of the oldest traditions and the finest buildings, weaving and art made by the most sophisticated cultures on the continent. In Peru, the wildest landscapes – from frozen Andean peaks to the deep Amazon – help us reconnect to the natural world. Join us on this once-in-a-lifetime trip and dive into this amazing cultural stew, where diverse people live side by side, negotiating modern life with humor and aplomb. Beyond that, the cuisine alone makes it worth the trip.
Heartland of the Incas, Peru is still littered with sites that showcase this powerful empire’s prowess as master builders, most notably Machu Picchu. Visiting this citadel hidden in the mountains is inspiration enough for a first-time visit, but the Incas were just one in a long line of peoples with a surviving legacy to explore. The landscape is equally varied: from the heights of the Andes down to the wildlife-filled rainforest of the Peruvian Amazon.
To really understand Peru, you need to spend time with its people. Cultural Adventure Trips has created for you an amazing experience, mixing the classical visits to the historical sites, to having you spend some time amongst the locals off the beaten track, getting to experience life as it was and as it continues to this day. You will learn how to make the sacred drink of the Incas, bake your own bread, cook a traditional Peruvian meal, spend some time in a local farm, eat wathia and learn the traditional and medicinal uses of local plants.
Stay an additional five days to journey deep into the rainforest, where very few people have ever been to and discover the wildlife and the people who call it their home. Mischievous capuchin monkeys, tasty Amazonian superfruits, smiling locals who live in perfect harmony with the natural world and the rich rainforest scenery will be sure to give you a lifetime of lasting memories.
WHO IS THIS TRIP FOR
This special life-changing adventure trip is for all ages. The focus of this trip is for anyone wishing to experience a culture very unique and different from your own. You will travel to amazing historical sites and see wildlife indigenous to this land. Not only you will learn about this amazing region of the world, you will also participate in some very unique local activities and get involved in a much needed humanitarian effort with the local tribes in the Amazon Forest.
In addition, there will be time spent specifically with children traveling with us to encourage cultural awareness and understanding, and the ways each person can participate in global efforts to improve our world.
This trip will amaze, fulfill, and rejuvenate you as well as create lifelong memories and understandings about the world we live in. You will make new friends and strengthen the bond with your loved ones sharing this adventure with you.
- 3 days in Cusco, 1 day in the Sacred Valley, 1 day at Machu Picchu and 4 days in the Peruvian countryside of Paruro
- Explore Cusco’s less visited attractions including the famous San Pedro Market and the Choco Museum where you can make your own chocolate from scratch
- Visit some of the world’s best archeological sites in Cusco
- Visit the magical Sacred Valley, visit indigenous markets and walk amongst beautiful Incan ruins
- Visit spectacular Incan fortress and traditional Incan houses
- Take the finest train ride in the world up to Machu Picchu and admire the dramatic views of the Andean landscape as the train descends from high altitude plains down through the local forest
- Visit Machu Picchu, one of the great wonders of the world, and be amazed!
- Spend time in the Peruvian countryside amongst the locals, off the beaten track
- Learn how to make the traditional drink of the Incas and prepare a meal using a traditional clay stove
- Get involved in traditional cropping of maize and prepare wathia, a traditional Peruvian meal
- Enjoy local traditional music
- Learn how to prepare bread from pure wheat
- Get familiar with the traditional and medicinal uses of local plants
- Day 1 (Cusco): Arrival in Cusco, transfer to hotel, spend the day at your leisure and get acclimated to the altitude. This is a good time to explore some of Cusco’s less visited attractions (all at walking distance from the hotel), including the famous San Pedro Market, the bohemian neighborhood of San Blas, or one of Cusco’s many fine museums, such as the Museum of Pre-Colombian Art*, the Casa Concha* (“Machu Picchu Museum”), or the Choco Museum*, where you can make your own chocolate from scratch (we will accompany you to this museum). Introduction dinner near the hotel.
- Day 2 (City Tour): After Breakfast, mini van will pick us up and drive us to Saqsayhuaman, the second sun temple and a cyclopean construction considered one of de biggest constructions of the world. Then we will visit Tambomachay and Q’enqo, an astronomical observatory of Inca kings. After lunch*, we will visit the cathedral and Qoricancha, the sun temple. In the late afternoon, we will be back at our hotel and you can spend the evening at your own leisure enjoying local cuisine*, music and the splendors of Cusco at night.
- Day 3 (Sacred Valley Tour): After breakfast, the mini van will pick us up and take us to explore the beautiful Peruvian countryside with a full-day tour of the magical Sacred Valley, home to several royal estates of Incan emperors. First, we will visit Pisac and wander about walls and palaces of spectacularly cut stones, while enjoying a stunning view of the Sacred Valley below. We will visit the local indigenous market and observe the beautiful Incan ruins on the hillside overlooking the city. Lunch will take place in Urubamba at a buffet restaurant offering a variety of Peruvian and international food. Next, we will visit the spectacular fortress of Ollantaytambo. These magnificent Incan ruins that cling to the hillside were part of the royal estate of the Incan emperor Pachacuti. The small town of Ollantaytambo at its base still has Inca houses, making Ollantaytambo the only Inca city that is still inhabited today. In the late afternoon, the mini van will take us to a comfortable hotel in Ollantaytambo. Evening is spent at your own leisure. Before dinner*, we can explore the town and walk through the original narrow streets that have kept the mystery and sacredness of this town, and where many of the inhabitants still speak the Incan language, Quechua.
- Day 4 (Machu Picchu Tour): After breakfast, we will take a train to Machu Picchu, the hidden Inca citadel. This hour-and-a-half to two-hour train journey is one of the finest in the world. Much of the path winds along the rushing Vilcanota river and snakes through gorges cut into the bases of massive mountainsides, offering passengers dramatic views of the Andean landscape as the train descends from high altitude plains down through local forest. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu, we would be accompanied to the bus station for a 30-minute ride up to the secluded citadel, which is surrounded by a local forest inhabited by orchids and hummingbirds. Then a guide will take us for a 2-hour tour of the most important sites in Machu Picchu. After the tour, we have the option to explore more of the ruins on our own. In late afternoon, our group will take a comfortable train back to Ollantaytambo. Then the van would take us back to Cusco. Dinner* will take place near the hotel.
- Day 5 (Departure for Paruro): After breakfast, the mini van will take us to the province of Paruro. At our arrival, we will learn how to make the traditional drink of the Incas originally called ajha (corn beer), but now known as chicha. We’ll also prepare lunch in a natural and traditional clay stove. We will then have free time to explore the town.
- Day 6: Early in the morning we start to prepare staff and food to go to the farm where weare going to do the traditional cropping of maize and prepare wathia. Wathia is a traditional way to cook using a small, clay mounded oven that is heated for one hour with fire inside. Then, we take it out of the fire and put the potatoes, beans, oqa, and sweet potatoes from the highlands and smash the clay around them and let them cook buried in the earth. The result is wathia. The day will be brightened up by local musicians. That night we will stay at the farm and take care of the corn and appreciate the beautiful sky and constellations.
- Day 7: Small hike with our local guide who will explain the traditional and medicinal uses of plants. Then we will put the corn in sacks and have it carried by horses.
- Day 8: We will have the option to prepare and eat the favorite food of the Incas: guinea pig. We will also learn how to prepare bread the old traditional way. Late in the afternoon we will go back to Cusco. Dinner at Don Antonio Restaurant.
- Day 9: After breakfast, people will be transferred to the airport for their international flights.
*Activities at your own cost
Itinerary subject to change
Please click on the link below for more information about the add-on trip to the Peruvian Amazon Forest (Special rates if you purchase it as an add-on trip to MYSTICAL PERU trip):
All of the meals will be made with fresh local ingredients. If you notify us in advance, we will make every effort to accommodate any special diet concern you may have. Local restaurants offer menus of local and international cuisine.
Our focus is to offer you affordable and comfortable cultural experiences. Rest assured that all accommodations have been tested by our team and are located in safe areas.
In Cusco and Ollantaytambo
We will stay in charming 3-star hotels in the center of the city.
We will stay in a family house in proper beds in a dorm room. For the night at the farm, we will sleep in sleeping bags and the farm will provide additional sheep skins and blankets.
Please note that computer and internet access may be limited in certain locations. This will be an opportunity for you to totally experience your environment and what you are learning. You will disconnect from your routine, and fully engage and embrace your experience.
- $2,300 USD per person (double occupancy), single occupancy rates available in Cusco and Ollantaytambo
- $2,100 USD per child (12 and under, sharing room with parent)
- $500 USD non-refundable deposit to hold your spot
- Balance due 60 days prior to trip date
- Payment plans available
- Transfer from Cusco airport to hotel
- 4 nights hotel in Cusco, 1 in Ollantaytambo, 2 nights in family house in Paruro, 1 night at the farm
- Private transportation to do city tour
- Full day private transportation to go to the Sacred Valley
- One buffet lunch in Sacred Valley
- Private Guide for all the tours
- Entrance fee to Saqsayhuaman, Q’enqo, Pukapukara, Tambomacchay
- Entrance fee to the cathedral
- Entrance fee to Qoricancha
- Entrance fee to Pisac Archaeological Site
- Entrance fee to Ollantaytambo Archaeological Site
- Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
- Round trip train tickets to Machu Picchu town
- Round trip bus tickets Machu Picchu town to Machu Picchu Sanctuary
- Transfer from Ollantaytambo to hotel in Cusco
- For the farm trip to Paruro included are: breakfast, lunch, and dinner on days 5, 6, 7. Breakfast and lunch on Day 8 with the opportunity to prepare your own traditional meals
- Local musicians to harvest corn in Paruro
- Private Transport Cusco to Paruro (day 1) Paruro to Cusco (day 4)
- Professional Tour Guide the entire time
- 1 buffet celebratory dinner in Cusco on the last night at Don Antonio Restaurant
- Transfer from hotel in Cusco to the airport
Does not include:
- Meal on day 1 (acclimatization day) and days 2, 3, 4 except if mentioned in the itinerary
- Extra snacks, chocolate, alcoholic drinks.
- Tips for guide, driver, family mom
- Water bottles
- Entrance fee to museums on the day of acclimatization or any other site not mentioned in the itinerary
- Sleeping bag for the day we sleep at the farm (we can rent in Cuzco if you don’t bring your own)
- Laundry, taxis if needed
- Travel insurance to cover for repatriation
- Visas if required
- Soft drinks, wines and spirits
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CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY
A non-refundable deposit per person and per trip of $500 is required to hold your spot. The remainder of the full balance is due 90 days prior to the trip start date. Arrangements can be made for payment plans within that frame.
There is a minimum of 6 participants to confirm the trip. If there are not enough participants, it may be cancelled and your deposit will be refunded. We recommend not purchasing flights until the trip is confirmed. Should a trip be canceled by Cultural Adventure Trips, you will be contacted immediately and receive a full refund of all trip fees paid to Cultural Adventure Trips which will constitute full settlement or be allowed to transfer to another equivalent trip. We recommend purchasing optional trip/travel insurance.
If Cultural Adventure Trips should cancel a trip within 30 days of departure because of natural disaster, terrorism or civil unrest, you will receive a full refund only. Cultural Adventure Trips is not responsible for expenses incurred in preparation for any cancelled trips, such as airline tickets or for costs incurred due to travel delays, flight cancellations or illness.
If you must cancel your reservation for any reason, the cancellation fee per person is as follows:
Number of days prior to trip start:
91+ days: $500 (deposit is non-refundable)
61-90 days: 25% of trip price
31-60 days: 50% of trip price
0-30 days: 100% of trip price
Exceptions to this policy cannot be made for any reason, including those of weather or personal emergencies. There is no refund for arriving late or leaving a trip early. Single room supplements are considered part of the trip price and are subject to cancellation fees. If you fail to provide signed “Release of Liability, Assumption of All Risk, Indemnification and Cancellation Policy” and Personal Information forms prior to your trip departure, you will not be allowed to join the trip and will be subject to Cultural Adventure Trips’ standard cancellation policy as described above.