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PERU

Join us for a nine-day adventure packed with Incan culture, Peruvian cuisine, and human connection. From experiencing the jaw-dropping sights of ancient Incan ruins to mouth-watering authentic dishes that you’ve been taught to prepare yourself, this tour links you to the richness of the

Sacred Valley’s past and celebrates its present in a way you’ll never forget.

DAY BY DAY INTINERARY

 
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Day One - Cusco 

Touch down in Peru! Grab your gear and check in to the hotel, the gorgeous Antiqua Casona. Once you’ve settled into your room, you’ll meet Edgar, our local guide! He will be with you throughout the journey as your local guide, expert, and likely a new friend you'll never forget! After, we’ll all indulge in some Peruvian cuisine and get to know one another at our CTC Welcome Dinner!

Meals Included: Dinner

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Day Two - Cusco 

Once you’ve fueled up with a hearty breakfast, we’ll be taking a trip in time with a visit to the mysterious Saqsaywaman— an ancient complex exhibiting the precise stonemasonry and genius of early Incan architects. 

 

Head back to Cusco and the afternoon is yours for some independent exploration— or relaxation! — before the evening’s festivities. Come golden hour, you’ll be sipping Pisco Sour or maybe a Cusqueña (or two 😉)  at the CTC-hosted cocktail party.  


We’ll catch the sunset over the city from the best vistas, then take in its sights, sounds, and vibrant energy with a walk through barrio San Blas.  The rest of the evening is yours to experience the Cusco nightlife.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Cocktail Hour

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Day Three - Pisac 

Rise and shine! We’ll be leaving Cusco to head to Ollantaytambo for the first part of our Sacred Valley tour, but not before enjoying yet another delicious breakfast at Antigua Casona.  

 

On the way, we’ll be stopping at the village of Pisac for a very special Sunday ceremony and a visit to the world-renowned Mercado Artesanal.  

 

Get lost in the colorful kaleidoscope of stalls displaying handwoven garments and chullos, and meticulously crafted pottery and dishware. Chat with the good-natured sellers and hear their stories— these are the people who bring the market to life!

 

Later, we’ll make an offering to Pachamama as we are led in a traditional Andean ceremony held in Quechua (the language of the Andean people) at an Incan citadel.  Then it’s off to our Ollantaytambo hotel!


Once you’ve checked in and freshened up, we’ll meet for dinner!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day Four - Ollantaytambo 

This morning you'll wake up in the quiet mystery of the Sacred Valley, and today is all about going where your spirit is called. After breakfast, Edgar will walk us through the ruins just steps outside!  This fortress among this village acted as a gateway to the Amazon region of the Incan Empire.

 

You’ll have some free time this afternoon to relax— or perhaps take a horseback riding excursion through the valley, visit a local village to learn more about textiles and the amazing women who weave them or tackle a nearby hiking trail.  The choice is totally up to you, just make sure you bring your appetite for dinner!

 

In the evening, our cooking teacher welcomes you to their hearth and home to learn some traditional recipes. You’ll be whipping up— and enjoying some authentic Peruvian staples for a tasty insight into the culture.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day Five - The Incan Trail and Machu Pichu

We are up with the sun for what's sure to be an incredible day! Fill up on a nutritious breakfast and say audios to Ollantaytambo, you've got an expeditions train to catch! you’ve got an expedition train to catch. The views of the morning sun spilling over the valley as you sip your coffee in the train car will make the early wake-up so worth it, promise!  

 

Next stop: The Inca Trail! Edgar and the wonderful porters of the Peruvian Andes will guide us on the trail with the most spectacular views, waterfalls, and ruins. We’ll stop along the way to eat lunch. (Name a cooler place for a picnic than the Inca Trail?! We’ll wait…) Then it’s off to the Sun Gate and our first (breathtaking) look at Machu Picchu! **


Once you’re able to tear yourself away from the view (it’s difficult for us too), then we will hike down from our first of two opportunities to view the site. With a full heart, and wobbly knees, we'll head down the mountain to Aguas Calientes— we’ll save you the Google search and tell you that the hot springs this little town is known for are pure post-hike bliss!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day Six - Machu Pichu

It’s another early wake-up call for our transport because there’s Machu Picchu, and then there’s Machu Picchu at dawn— and the sight is so powerful, it will make you understand why the Inca spent half a century building temples devoted to their sun god. Stick with Edgar for some insights into Incan history, or venture out on your own. Feel free to take it all in however you’re called to.

 

Afterwards, we’ll say goodbye to Machu Picchu and head back to Aguas Calientes for some lunch and free time.

 

Later, we’ll catch the expedition train for a stunning panoramic ride to Ollantaytambo and then head to Urubamba to check in to our hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day Seven - Urubamba and Chinchero

Today we’ll make our way back to Cusco via the Salineras de Mara. (Fun fact: these 500-year-old salt mines were formed by creating pans or terraces to collect the spring water that flows through salt deposits from prehistoric lakes within the mountain). This pink-hued salt is some of the best in the world!

 

Once we’ve sampled some salt, we’ll head to the market at Chinchero (Edgar’s hometown!) and witness a demonstration of the weaving process behind those intricate Alpaca ponchos you’ve been eyeing!

 

Then we’re off to Cusco. Since you know your way around now, you’ll have the rest of the evening to yourself to head to your favorite spot, or discover something new!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day Eight - Cusco

Today is all about you.  Maybe you wanted to unwind at the spa or check back with your favorite market vendor with the pottery you can’t get out of your mind. Or perhaps you haven’t quite scratched your adventure itch and want to book an optional hike*.  The day is yours to do whatever you wish.

 

In the evening, we’ll celebrate friendships forged in mystical places, mountains climbed and stories shared, and express our sincerest gratitude to Edgar and the rest of our Peruvian hosts for sharing their homeland with us.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

**additional cost applies

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Day Nine - Cusco

It’s time to bid our friends and Peru farewell. You’ll enjoy breakfast at the hotel, before meeting your private transport to the airport at Cusco.

Meals included: Breakfast

WHATS INCLUDED

 
What's Included
  • 9 days/ 8 nights

  • Lodging at boutique, locally owned hotels

  • 100% Fully guided tour, with a licensed, English-speaking, Peruvian Trip Leader

  • All transportation (Rail and car)

  • All entrance fees to ruins and sites.

  • Meals listed above.

  • All gratuities (guides, drivers, hotels, porter)

  • Visit the cities of Cusco, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes, Urubamba, Chinchero, and behold the site of Maccupichu twice!

What's Not Included
  • Airfare to/from Peru

  • Meals not listed above

  • Personal expenses/purchases

  • Optional Add-ons

  • Mandatory Travel insurance

Optional Add-Ons
  • Horseback riding in Ollantaytambo

  • Half day Artisan visit & Weaving tour from Ollantaytambo with Peruvian non-profit Awamaki

  • Full day or half day guided hikes available from Cusco, we are happy to discuss & find the right fit for you!

*CTC does not require commission on sales from the artisans we will visit (this is common practice in travel & tourism). We compensate the local artisans for their time, and for sharing their knowledge. If you feel inclined to make a purchase, we kindly ask that no haggling take place.

**The hike to Machu Picchu is considered “moderate”. The duration of the hike is from approximately 7:30 am to 2:30 pm, including breaks, and stopping for lunch (about 5 hours of hiking time). There are a few simple bathrooms along the route, and the trail is hilly, so we will go up and down, then up and down again (not all uphill thankfully!) 

If you prefer not to hike, we’ll arrange for you to go directly to Aguas Calientes.

JOIN US IN PERU

 

9-day / 8-night small group trip starting at $3195.  See trip for pricing.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 5TH -

SATURDAY, AUGUST 12TH (2022)

Sorry - you've missed this one, but

we have another trip in November!

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH - 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH (2022)

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FRIDAY, APRIL 21ST - 

SATURDAY, APRIL 29TH (2023)

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FRIDAY, MAY 19TH - 

SATURDAY, MAY 27TH (2023)

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FRIDAY, JULY 21ST - 

SATURDAY, JULY 29TH (2023)

MEET YOUR TRIP LEADER

 
Meet Edgar!
Our Amazing Peruvian Guide

Edgar was born and raised in the mountain village of Chinchero, above the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

He was educated in the mountain communities and learned a deep appreciation for the interconnectedness of all to nature and the mountains.  He later moved to Cusco to become a tour guide, lead groups through the Sacred Valley, with passion and love, and share the great wisdom and ancient technology of the Inca people. 

 

Your brother Edgar and all the people of the villages in the Sacred Valley are ready to welcome you any time!

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CHECK OUT WHERE YOU'LL BE SLEEPING

 
Antigua Casona

In the San Blas neighborhood in Cusco, you’ll be embraced by the rustic charm and luxurious accommodations of the Antigua Casona.  Originally built in the late 1700s, the Casona has been thoughtfully restored with a dedicated focus on cultural preservation and environmental sustainability.

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THE DESTINATION

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Nestled among the peaks of the Andes Mountain Range and the capital of a bygone empire, the Sacred Valley is a truly mystical destination to behold. It evokes awe and wonder with its natural beauty, and comes alive with the laughter, music, and stories of the welcoming Andean people. 

 

CTC teams up with our amazing local guide to not only introduce you to the incredible relics and ruins which are the physical remains of a truly wise people but also to invite you to take part in the traditions that are still practiced by indigenous Peruvians today —

Spiritual beliefs and customs that are deeply rooted in a love and reverence for the Earth (Pachamama). The foundations of these traditions are that of gratitude and reciprocity— core values of The Conscious Travel Collective.

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ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS

 
When should I arrive in Cusco?

You should arrive Friday, we suggest arriving in the morning or afternoon to have a little time to rest and settle in.

My flight gets in the day before, can I stay at the hotel an extra night?

Please send an email to hello@conscioustravelcollective.com and we will check on that for you!

Is airport pick up included?

Yep! We will pick you up from the Cusco Airport and bring you to the hotel in San Blas.

How many travelers are in a group?

Our Peru trip is designed for a maximum of 8 guests.