Peru Travel Now has designed the Living Cultures tour for travelers looking to visit, not only different places in Peru, but to also get to know people in their home environments. During this tour, you will get to know the people, their daily lives, and you'll get introduced to their culture. This tour is just about that: getting exposed to different cultures in Peru, taking part in their traditions by directly meeting with local inhabitants, in remote locations of the Andes. The tour will take you to various rural communities that exist in the Sacred Valley, in Cusco; and Lake Titicaca, in Puno. Doors are wide open for all visitors to stay in local houses, in order to fully experience the true inhabitants' customs and ways of life.
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A DOUBLE ROOM
Day 1: Lima Arrival to Lima and welcoming reception. Overnight stay in Lima. Day 2: Lima/Cusco/Sacred Valley - (Breakfast and Lunch Included) Transfer to the airport and flight to Cusco. On arrival, welcoming reception and transfer to our hotel in the Sacred Valley, a lower area in Cusco that allows us to enhance our acclimatization to the altitude. On the way there we will stop for a short visit at the Pisac Market to admire the colorful displays of this community as well as their cultural diversity. After accommodation at the hotel, free afternoon to enjoy the hotel facilities. An optional spa session is highly recommended. Dinner and overnight stay at the Sacred Valley. Day 3: Sacred Valley - (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included) We will drive to a local community, where the locals will welcome us with wide-open arms to show us their way of life and share ancient traditions. Different activities will be offered such us hiking, farming, among others. We will finish our day with a spectacular dinner outdoors, with an impressive scenery of stars if time permits. Overnight stay at deluxe camp in a local community. Day 4: Sacred Valley - (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included) After saying goodbye to the community, we will drive to Chinchero, where we will see a short exhibit of traditional textiles, a distinctive feature of this town dedicated to following ancestral dyeing techniques to create high quality works of art. Our trip continues in Moray, a place with a breathtaking view thanks to its colossal concentric terraces resembling a coliseum. What did they use it for? The terraces recreated 20 different types of microclimates, and they were studied to ensure the agricultural production of the empire. After a picnic-style lunch we will continue our journey to Maras, the millenary colonial salt mines. The contrast of the white pools against the green valley is so impressive that it resembles a postcard. Our last stop: Ollantaytambo, a small town full of local color and inhabited since Inca times in which we will visit the main temple used as a fortress during the Inca resistance. Breathtaking views for amazing pictures. Dinner and overnight stay in Sacred Valley. Day 5: Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu/Cusco - (Breakfast and Lunch Included) A train trip away to see one of the Seven Wonders of the World. We arrive at the Aguas Calientes station where our staff will assist us on boarding the bus to go up the winding road to Machu Picchu, amid a spectacular view of the Urubamba River and its canyon. The Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, will astonish us with its terraces, ceremonial shrines, steps and urban areas. Energy is all around us. After a guided visit, we will have time to explore the fortress on our own and have lunch at one of the restaurants in the area. At the arranged time, we will take the train back to Cusco to be transferred to the hotel. Overnight stay in Cusco. Day 6: Cusco - (Breakfast and Lunch Included) Our tour guide will take us around the city of Cusco at our own pace, exploring the city on foot to get us into less explored places as well as visiting the city’s main attractions and the Sacsayhuaman archaeological park. If you want to as well, we will visit Cusco’s South Valley where the Huaro Church and the ancestral water shrine, Tipon, stand out. At noon, we will stop for a lunch tasting at MAP Café. Night at leisure, we strongly recommend to start with pisco appetizers at Limo Restaurant, with a majestic view of the Main Square at night. Overnight stay in Cusco. Day 7: Cusco/Puno - (Breakfast and Lunch Included) Private guided departure to Puno. On the way we’ll stop to visit the attractions this beautiful route has to offer. The first stop: Andahuaylillas, for a visit to its beautiful chapel, then its Racchi, Temple of the Wiracocha god where the walls and narrow streets stand out. Then it’s lunch time and the opportunity to see the view at La Raya, natural border between Cusco and Puno. Before our final destination we will visit the in site Pucara Museum and a chance to get one of the local classic bull shaped ceramics. We will arrive in Puno at the end of the afternoon. Overnight stay in Puno. Day 8: Puno/Lake Titicaca - (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included) We will embark on a voyage through the mythical Titicaca Lake, cradle of the legendary Inca Empire. We will stop briefly at the floating islands of the Uros, an old pre-Inca community that took refuge on the waters of this lake, running away from Colonist Empire. We will see how native people make their rafts using totora reeds, junco (plant) of the lake; continuing our activities, we will arrive to the Island of Taquile, where its friendly and colorful inhabitants will be our hosts. We will be amazed by the well-preserved ancient traditions that are still adopted and the breath-taking panoramic landscape of the lake. Enjoy its folklore and eye-catching craftwork. It is also important because of the “sicure” manufacturing, typical musical instrument of the region. Dinner and overnight stay in a local home. Day 9: Lake Titicaca/Puno - (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included) It is time to visit Amantani Island, where can see sacred places of the pre-Inca cultures Pukara and Lupaka, and Inca culture, where today mystical ceremonies that survive over the years are performed. Visit to the impressive pre-Inca sanctuaries of Pachamama (Llaquistiti) and Pachatata (Coanos). From a 4,130 mts-height (13,549 f) we will enjoy a wonderful landscape of the snow-covered mountains of Cordillera Real. Going up to Pachatata, we will visit to the Museum of the Island if time permits. Here we will learn about the traditional techniques of fishing and agriculture. “The Throne of the Inca” is located at the shores of the community of Incatiana. According to the legend, the Inca used to take a bath with the Coya (his wife) when the sun went down. As well as its ancestors, they live in mud houses (most of them have no electricity) and are devoted to the sheep breeding and agriculture. In the “andenes” (terracing irrigation system) they cultivated potatoes, “oca” (Peruvian tuber), barley and quinoa. At the fixed time, we will board our embarkation to return to our hotel in Puno. Dinner and overnight stay in Puno. Day 10: Puno/Lima - (Breakfast Included) Time to say goodbye, we will leave Puno after a brief visit on to the Sillustani Mausoleum on our way to the airport. This is a pre-Inca cemetery of the Hatun Colla chiefs in Sillustani, on the shore of Lake Umayo. A great trip to see the funerary towers or Chullpas reaching up to six meters high. Upon arrival, assistance at airport to connect with your international departure flight.
|Highlights: LIMA, CUSCO, SACRED VALLEY, MACHU PICCHU AND PUNO & LAKE TITICACA.|