Local Flavors (8d/7n)

Lima, Sacred Valley, Cusco, South Valley


Overview

 

Ready for a happy time chatting, learning and drinking so this 8 days tour is for you . Starting in Lima The City of Kings. Then travel to the Sacred valley where you will visit a local Market in Pisac were you can experience a vibrant atmosphere of andean communities. Explore  Ollantaytambo before boarding the train to Aguas Calientes. Experience  Peruvian Ancient Culture and history by discovering the amazing complex of Machu Picchu and visiting Cusco. Travel to Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, and visit the unique Uros and Taquile islands. Also take part of a cooking lesson, prepare peruvian food and learn more about local products. Be ready to taste the main dishes of the south valley and visit pre-Inca archeological sites, Inca constructions and the  impressive mural art of Andahuaylillas church.

 

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1788.00

minimum 2 persons
8 days / 7 nights
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Itinerary

Day 01: Welcome to the biggest city of Peru

Once you arrive in Lima, an English-speaking representative will be waiting for you to welcome and  take you to your hotel.

Overnight in Lima at selected hotel (sea level).

Day 02: Lima The Kings City. (B)

In the morning your  guide will take you to enjoy a complete tour of the beautiful cultural town of Lima, also know as the City of Kings. You’ll see classic historical sights, colonial and Inca influenced architecture, residential neighborhoods, beautiful shrines and churches and incredible panoramic seascapes such.

We will start at the Plaza de Armas in Lima, a stunning square surrounding for beautiful  colonial buildings towards the World Heritage Listed Monastery of San Francisco. The church and monastery were consecrated in 1673 and completed in 1774. It was Lima's first cemetery were the catacombs below the monastery contain an ossuary. It is estimated to contain 70,000 burials. Bones line up along narrow hallways underneath the church, and one area contains several large and deep holes, filled with bones and skulls arranged above each other in circular patterns. After the visit to the colonial part of the city we will take you to the Larco Museum. The museum is housed in an 18th-century viceroyal building built over a 7th-century pre-Columbian pyramid. It showcases chronological galleries that provide a thorough overview of 4,000 years of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. It is well known for its gallery of pre-Columbian erotic pottery.

After this tour we return to your hotel . You'll be free to make your own discoveries in Lima this afternoon.

Overnight in Lima at selected hotel (sea level).

Day 03: Crossing the Andes (B)

After breakfast this morning, we continue our travel in Peru with a flight to the mountain-ringed city of Cuzco. Situated at an elevation of  10,909 feet, this city was the capital of the Incan world and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival, we descend into the Sacred Valley of the Urubamba River, the lower elevation of which eases our transition to high altitudes of the Andes before our visit to Machu Picchu and our return to Cusco.

We will visit The town of Pisac that is an important archaeological site in the region of Cusco and there is also a colorful market on town were you can experience a vibrant atmosphere of communities, traditions and bartering. There are many handicrafts and textiles that you will be able to purchase.

Then explore the splendid Inca ruins of Ollantaytambo. . This place was the royal estate of Emperor Pachacutec who conquered the region, built the town and a ceremonial center. We’ll walk amid the remains of this ancient fortress of gray and rose-colored granite, discover its ancient baths, and climb up the huge terraces guarding its hilltop temples.

Then, we'll enjoy a chance to meet some of the local people who dwell in the traditional town nearby. You will be also able to access to one of these houses to observe a typical dwelling and how ancient Peruvians used to live

Overnight at selected hotel in Sacred Valley (9500ft msnm)

Day 04: Share with Local People & Train Journey (B)(L)

In the morning an  Active Traveler Peru representative will pick you up from your hotel to start the this amazing journey where you will learns, taste and share with the native community . Upon arrival to the community, you will be greeted by an amazing reception with traditional music and beautiful Incan flowers (Kantu).

 

After the welcoming ceremony, you will begin the activity .You will be presented an apron and taken to the communal cooking area where the activity will take place.

At first, you will see a short presentation about the various different ingredients used in Andean cuisine and what their nutritional values are. Each participant will work side-by-side with a local from Huchuy Qosqo in every step of the process.

 

Then, you will get to help prepare a savory lunch that we will enjoy around 13:00 hrs, and then you will take a short break before starting on dinner. Products such as potatoes, quinoa, corn, grains and organic vegetables are the starts of this culinary exhibition. All villagers have been trained in sanitary food preparation, and the food is guaranteed to be safe.

In the afternoon you will take the train to Aguas calientes.

Overnight at selected hotel in Aguas Calientes

Day 05: Discover Machu Picchu (B)

In the morning, after a 20 minute bus ride, we will arrive to the spectacular Machu Picchu Citadel, the legendary “Lost City of the Incas.”

You will begin your expedition around this beautiful and sacred Incan site. Your expert guide will explain you the history and visit the remarkable temples of the Sun and the Condor. You will also see aqueducts and houses, while learning some interesting facts about the Sacred Incan Terraces You'll have ample time to explore, reflect, and ponder the enigma of this man-made wonder, both with our Trip Leader and on our own.

In the afternoon you will  have an hour and a half hour of a scenic train back to Ollantaytambo Train Station, and then we will transfer you to your hotel in Cusco.

Overnight at selected hotel in Cusco (11100ft msnm).

Day 06: Cooking Lesson and Visit to San Pedro Local Market (B)(L)

This morning your guide will take you to the most native market in Cusco “San Pedro Market”, venturing into its depths to comprehend the variety of product from the Andes and exotic fruits from the jungle.  While you are in the market you will unlock the secrets of Peruvian food as you will discover such ingredients as Chirimoya or Lucuma, both of which are native Peruvian fruits, and the wide variety of tubers, from the ordinary potato to the striking yellow of the ulluco, not to mention fabulous Andean grains, the likes of Quinoa, Kiwicha, and Cañihua. So many colors, so many textures, such an incredible variety. You won’t know where to begin.

Later on, you will enjoy of “The Peruvian Cuisine Lessons”, where you will learn from a professional Chef how to prepare an exquisite traditional dishes and Pisco Sour.

 

Finally, all that you have prepared with the help of our Professional Chef will be enjoyed as a proper lunch.

You will have the rest of the afternoon free for make your own discoveries in Cusco City, buy souvenirs, or relaxing at the hotel.

Overnight at selected hotel in Cusco (11100ft msnm).

Day 07 Southern flavors (B)

This day in the morning your driver and guide will pick you up from your hotel for your journey in south valley . This tour takes you off the beaten track. The first place you will visit is Tipon. Jump out to explore the vast archaeological site, renowned for its elaborate agricultural terraces and water channels, which offer insight into the engineering marvels of the Incas. Make a quick stop in the modern town of Tipon, where you might get chance to see the local delicacy ,guinea pig , being cooked up on a spit,.

Then carry on to nearby Oropesa, a small town famed as the ‘bread capital of Peru’. After enjoying a glimpse of local life in the valleys, continue the short distance to Pikillacta, home to the only pre-Inca archeological site in the Cusco region. Finally, pay a visit to Andahuaylillas, a magnificent Baroque church renowned for its interior artworks; many sourced from the prestigious the Cusco Religious Art School.

 

As you marvel at the grand interiors, you will understand why it’s been dubbed the ‘Sistine Chapel of the Americas’. After a busy morning of sightseeing, return to Cusco, making a quick stop in the traditional village of Saylla along the way, where you can grab lunch (own expense) — the local specialty is Cusco fried pork (chicharrones). On return to Cusco, your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel around 2pm.

 

However this evening, gather with your traveling companion to celebrate your journey during a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.


Overnight at selected hotel in Cusco.

Day 08 : Good bye Peru

Today, your private driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the CUsco Airport in time for your domestic flight to Lima.

INCLUDED
7 Breakfasts
2 Lunches
1 Dinner
   
Private vehicle
Vehicle shared from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picch
Train
   
8 Nights at 3 Stars hotels
  • A Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
  • A Professional Driver
  • All tours mentioned
  • One way Train To Machu Picchu
  • Round Trip Bus Aguas Calientes €- Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes
  • All site and attraction entrance tickets
  • All Local Tax
NOT INCLUDED
  • International & domestic airfares, unless specifically mentioned.
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of personal nature such as gratuities, internet charges, excess baggage charges, laundry, beverages and meals not described in the itinerary.
  • Optional Huayna Picchu Hike: $20 Usd Per Person
  • Tips

 

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