Cultural tour of Cusco, Machupicchu, the sacred valley and the condor viewpoint of Chonta combined with a stay at the Andean Spirit Lodge
12 days/11 nights Private Tour from US $ 2,495.-
This holiday combines a visit to the classical Inca sites of Machupicchu, the sacred valley and Cusco with a unique experience off the beaten track, offering you the opportunity to watch condors soaring over the spectacular Apurimac canyon and enjoying some moderate nature hikes whilst allowing yourself to be pampered at the beautiful Andean Spirit Lodge nestled in the warm Limatambo valley. The pace of travel is slow and you will have plenty of opportunities to learn about the archeology, ethnohistory, present day culture as well as the wildlife and engage with local people. There is also some free time to relax and do your own thing. Experience the wild beauty and magic of some of the least visited parts of the Andes!
Pick up from the airport or your hotel in Cusco and transfer to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. In the afternoon we shall visit the impressive Inka site of Ollantaytambo. Overnight at a hotel in the Sacred Valley. D
By tourist train to Machupicchu. Visit of the spectacular citadel of Machupicchu. In the late afternoon, we return to the Sacred Valley by train. Overnight at a hotel in the Sacred Valley. B & D
Visit of the mysterious Inca site of Moray that most likely was a kind of greenhouse where the Incas adapted crops to higher altitudes. We shall also visit the colonial town of Maras, famous for its stone carved doorways and later the salt pans of Salineras from where we may hike down to the sacred valley (about 1 hour). Full board. Overnight at a hotel in the Sacred Valley.
Full day excursion to the Sacred Valley. We shall visit the pottery workshop of Pablo Seminario and later the spectacular Inca ruins of Pisac. A two-hour hike will allow us to fully appreciate this breathtaking site. For groups of four or more people, there is the possibility to visit a performance of traditional dances at the local free school. There will also be enough time to explore the Indian market where you find crafts from all over Peru on display. Return to Cusco in the afternoon. Overnight at Hotel in Cusco. B & L.
A.m. visit of the of the Korikancha, the main temple of the Incas, as well as the cathedral, full of syncretic icons like the famous painting of the ‘Last Supper’. Finally, you will visit the market of San Pedro where you learn about the plentiful varieties of potatoes, other Andean tubers like olluco and oca, corn, and typical other local produce. P.m. free to stroll the streets of the charming center of Cusco, famous for its blend of Inca and colonial architecture. Overnight at hotel in Cusco. B & L
A.m. excursion to the local Inca ruins of Sacsaywaman, Q’enqo. Tambomachay and Puca Pucará. The afternoon is free to relax, visit museums or go shopping. Or you may opt for a coca reading done by an Andean wise woman. In the evening there will be dinner with live music. Hotel in Cusco. B & D
Today we leave Cusco taking the road west towards Abancay to Limatambo. After a climb on a dirt road, we reach the picturesque highland community of Chonta (3,400 m). A moderate hike of 1 1/2 hours takes us to the rustic viewpoint of Hauacco, affording fabulous views of the Apurimac canyon and with a little luck the sightings of the majestic Andean condor soaring in his natural habitat. On most of our visits, we have sighted up to a dozen birds! In the afternoon we return to Chonta. From here we descend to Limatambo where we spend the night in the cozy Andean Spirit Lodge. Full board.
After an early breakfast, we drive through the scenic town of Mollepata to the foot of the Choquechurco mountain (1 ½ hours) from where a 2-hour uphill hike through beautiful scenery will take us to the little known Inka ruins of the same name, nestled in a magic dwarf forest. We shall enjoy a picnic lunch in this area, with views of the snowy peaks of the Humantay and Salkantay. We return to the guesthouse in the afternoon. Overnight at the Andean Spirit Lodge. Full board.
An hour’s drive takes us to the Apurimac River where we can enjoy spectacular sceneries and a dip in the thermal springs of Cconoc. Relax by a cozy log fire in the evening. Overnight at the Andean Spirit Lodge. Full board.
Free day at the Andean Spirit Lodge. Soak in the peace of the environment, explore the garden trails or read a book in a hammock. You may book a Yoga class, meditation or a massage if you wish. The idea is that you relax. Full board.
After breakfast transfer to Cusco. On the way, we shall visit the mysterious Inka sites of Killarumiyoq and Tarawasi and enjoy a picnic lunch. Overnight in hotel in Cusco. B & L
Transfer to the airport. B
- Transfers from Cusco
- Tourist train to Machupicchu
- 7 nights in comfortable medium range hotels
- 4 nights in private bungalow at the Andean Spirit Lodge
- meals as described (please describe any specific dietary requirements,
e.g. vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free)
- Included excursions as described
- Entries to the archaeological sites or other included entrance fees
- English speaking guides
- Internal flights Cusco – Lima return (we gladly assist you buying these)
- Optional museum visits
- Optional activities not included in the program:
e.g. Yoga, massages, or dance presentation at the Waldorf school in P’isaq
- Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks
- Tips and gratuities
Prices per person in US dollars:
- 1 Person
- 1 Person
- 2 people
- 2 people
- 3 people in Triple or
1 Double & 1 Single
- 3 people in Triple or
- 4 people
in 2 Doubles/Twins
- 4 people