Peru is a privileged land of endless opportunities: nature, adventure, culture, history, archaeology, handicrafts, native textiles, fabulous gastronomy, and trekking. This authentic family adventure exposes travelers to the local customs and people and welcomes them into their homes and traditions. From textile and music workshops to visiting the sacred Machu Picchu, and taking part in the Inca practice, Kusi Runa, travelers will be immersed in Peru's history, nature, and living culture.
Step into the contemporary, Peruvian, art-adorned lobby of El Pardo DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and enjoy a freshly baked DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookie on arrival, along with a warm welcome.
Relax in comfortable guest rooms and inviting suites fully equipped with complimentary WiFi, work stations and 47-inch TVs with 80 channels. Our fitness center features modern cardio equipment and weights to customize any exercise routine. Swim laps in our 11th floor pool and enjoy spectacular views of Lima from the sun deck.
Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness is built on the banks of the Vilcanota River, on the lands of an old colonial hacienda of the 17th century, just half an hour from the city of Cusco, and 30 minutes from the train station in Ollantaytambo, en route to Machu Picchu. The hotel rooms are decorated in Colonial, Modern and Minimalist-styles. Enjoy our unforgettable days in the suites of Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness, and let yourself go with its mystical atmosphere in the Sacred Valley that combines the magical encounter of two periods: the ancient Inca culture and colonial grandeur in one of the most beautiful sceneries of the world.
Popular with those heading to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is an intimate Andean village with terraced hills, waterfalls, stone pathways and 81 whitewashed adobe casitas tucked away in the cloud forest. Member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, the property has 12 acres of exquisite natural beauty, where 214 bird species - such as the golden-headed quetzal and the iconic Andean cock-of-the-rock - and the world's largest native orchid collection (372 species) have been registered.
After exploring the Historic Sanctuary and in-house excursions, guests can enjoy the Unu Spa, which combines the classic nurturing with a mystical Andean approach. Natural products are derived from local botanical extracts (mint, eucalyptus and orchids), thus providing a pleasing spiritual, sensual and soothing experience. The first-class restaurant features stunning views of Vilcanota River, and shares the secrets of Peruvian cuisine with a contemporary twist.
Our Hotel Costa del Sol Ramada Cusco is the perfect base for discovering the beautiful heritage of the Inca civilization. Located in Cusco's Centro Historico, our Cusco setting is housed in a 17th-century colonial mansion that combines historical architecture and murals with all the comforts of a modern, contemporary hotel.
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- Tour Operator
- Learning Journeys
- Offer valid through 3/31/2018
- 7 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Depart USA||Depart U.S. for Lima, Peru|
Upon your arrival in Lima, a transportation service will transfer you from the airport to your hotel. Gather together for a Welcome Dinner. (D)
Accommodation Doubletree El Pardo Hotel
Perillo's Learning Journeys can assist with individual flights if needed.
|Day 2||Cusco||Lima - Cusco|
Today, we depart Lima and fly to Cusco (90 minute flight). Arrive in Cusco and make your way to the Sacred Valley, where you will visit Awanakancha, a farm of South American camelids (llamas, alpacas, vicunas), and a textiles showroom, where local families show the entire traditional process of weaving and making garments. You will then visit Pisac. The market has stands that exhibit and sell products made by the local residents. You will then have lunch at a local restaurant. You will also have a brief visit to Pablo and Marilu Seminario´s workshop to witness their beautiful works. These two
artisans have studied for many years Pre-Colombian pottery techniques. If you want to learn their craft there are pottery classes available at additional extra cost. (B,L)
Today we visit the rural community of Huilloc, in the province of Urubamba, to perform a traditional Inca practice called Kusi Runa. You will visit the home of a local family who will invite you for a muña infusion (a drink - similar to a mint water/tea). Symbolically, to be an integral part of the community, and a community member you will be dressed with typical clothes of Huilloc (ponchos for men and blankets for women) and use traditional tools. You will be introduced to a typical day in the life - men farm while the women cook, ending in a spiritual ritual with local music and dance.
After the village, you will stop for lunch at the Hotel Posada del Inca, before visiting the Ollantaytambo Park, making a series of stops at points of interest. The Ollantaytambo town, a typical example of the urban planning of the Incas, whose residents still live in accordance with their old traditions. Pachacútec (1438-1471) conquered the town, destroyed it and built a new one, absorbing it as part of his empire. It exhibits one of the most remarkable complexes of the Inca Empire. You will return to your hotel in Sacred Valley. (B,L)
Accommodation Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
|Day 4||Aguas Calientes||URUBAMBA- AGUAS CALIENTES- MACHU PICCHU- AGUAS CALIENTES|
After breakfast, we venture to Machu Picchu! Transfer to the Ollantaytambo train station. Board the Vistadome Train (depart 8:00am; arrive at Aguas Calientes 9:25am). Aguas Calientes is also known as "Machu Picchu pueblo" and is the last stop before entering the remains of the most important archaeological site in Peru. After a short transfer by bus you will reach Machu Picchu, a masterpiece of engineering and architecture that served as a sanctuary and retreat for the Inca Pachacutec (1438 - 1572). Machu Picchu, which means "Old Mountain", is considered a World Heritage by the UNESCO and one of the seven wonders of the world. Overnight in Aguas Calientes. (B,L,D)
Accommodation Inkaterra Machu Picchu CHECK IN 13:00 CHECK OUT 11:00
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
|Day 5||Cusco||AGUAS CALIENTES - CUSCO|
This morning you board an early Vistadome Train to Ollanta Station. Once arrived, you will transfer back to Cusco.
Lunch Included at Muña Restaurant
On route to Cusco, you will visit the Chinchero town to participate in a textile workshop. You will meet with native weavers who will share their traditional weaving techniques with you at the Traditional Textile Center. You will attend a private demonstration presented by neighboring towns of weavers affiliated with the Center, which will show you the manufacturing process and the final garment. Each garment is really unique, a gem that is the result of methodical and meticulous work. The local techniques are old and institutions such as this have committed to promote their preservation for the enjoyment of future generations. Natural elements and landscapes, such as mountains, stars and rivers are shown in opaque colors, exclusively obtained from natural dyes. The wool is carded, spun and dyed to create ponchos', belts and shawls. You will then enjoy the return trip to Cusco among the mountains. (B, L)
Note: This is only a demonstrative class and can takes 45 minutes -2 hours approx, Accommodation Costa Del Sol Ramada CHECK IN 11:00 CHECK OUT 09:00
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
This morning, you will start your tour at the Coricancha, also known as the "Temple of the Sun", the construction of which was ordered by Inca Pachacútec (1438-1471) and was used as base for the construction of the Santo Domingo Convent upon the arrival of the Spaniards. You will then go to the Cathedral, one of the most splendid Spanish colonial churches in America, which is shaped as a Latin Cross and houses about 400 colonial paintings from the Cusco art school, impressive goldsmith, silversmith and precious stone works. Its' construction lasted almost a century; it started in 1560 and ended in 1654.
You continue your tour to Sacsayhuamán, one of the emblematic Inca constructions, built by Inca Pachacútec in the 15th century. You will arrive in Qenqo, located four kilometers from Cusco City. Etymologically speaking, Qenqo means "labyrinth", and it is an archaeological complex mainly used for religious purposes, and it is believed that agricultural rituals took place here. You will finally visit the vestiges of Puka Pukara, which means "red fortress" and was an architectural complex presumably used for military purposes.
Lunch at Calle Del Medio Restaurant.
After lunch you will travel to the Cusco Planetarium. The planetarium is located in Llauillipata, near Sacsayhuaman, where you will enjoy a fascinating exhibit highlighting the Inca Astronomical beliefs and reveals the southern skies before your eyes . Watch the stars as the Incas did. (Duration 1:30 minutes approximately). At the end of the tour, transfer back to your hotel for a late farewell dinner. (B, L, D)
Accommodation Costa Del Sol Ramada CHECK IN 11:00 CHECK OUT 09:00
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
|Day 7||Lima||Cusco - Lima|
Today is our last day together. Before departing for the airport, after breakfast, you will visit Sabino´s Home.
Sabino is a talented musician, born and raised in Cusco who learned his art from his father and now is passing it onto his son. Not only does he play different instruments gracefully, but he also makes them.
We start our experience with a walk around San Blas, where you will not only see the artists working on their different professions but where you will immerse yourself in the local art!
Sabino welcomes you into his home and will explain the history of local instruments, which have been played before Inca times and the ones inspired on the conquistadors' influence, which are now a part of a blended culture.
You can play your favorites among drums, strings and wind instruments - the andean ones: bombos, quenas, chajchas, pututus...; the Spain-inspired ones such as the traditional charango or the Afro-peruvian instruments: cajón, quijada de burro (jawbones)... get ready to learn how to play one of the most emblematic andean pipes, the zampoña.
Sabino will teach us not only how to play this instrument but also how to make it. You will make your own zampoña and bring it home with you as a keepsake and continue developing your andean musical skills.
After your visit, you will continue to the Cusco Airport for your flight to Lima. From there, you continue onto your individual flights home. (B)
Meals included: Breakfast