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PERU

The aptly named Sacred Valley is not a place to rush. It deserves your time, and more importantly, your presence. When slowing down and fully present, this is when the magic of this place begins to be revealed. Our philosophy is to intentionally design your trip to allow time for pausing, contemplation, and taking in the scenery that changes as clouds lift and fall, the sun rises and sets, and as the transformative energy seeps into our hearts. 

Every element is carefully balanced to create an immersive experience. Visiting the workshops of a local collective of women artisans, learning about ancient Incan culture, tasting creative cuisine, basking in breathtaking nature, walking ruins where stones were precisely laid by ancient peoples, even sleeping under the stars ~ this is how to see the Sacred Valley! 

We design trips a bit differently, as we believe everything must have meaning for the traveler and create a positive impact for the local community. 

 

Peru is a destination where we offer both private travel, and all-inclusive small group trips!

So, if you are joining a trip, or we are designing one just for you, you'll be sure to leave with incredible memories and a full heart.

JOIN US IN PERU

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

Trip Dates
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FRIDAY, APRIL 21ST - 

SATURDAY, APRIL 29TH (2023)

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH - 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER  18TH (2023)

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FRIDAY, JULY 21ST - 

SATURDAY, JULY 29TH (2023)

Whats Included

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 as listed below

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

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

What's Not Included
  • Airfare to/from Peru

  • Meals not listed

  • Personal expenses/purchases

  • Optional Add-ons

  • Mandatory Travel insurance

Optional Add-Ons
  • Horseback riding in Ollantaytambo

  • Half day River on the Urubamba River

  • Inca Trail 1-day guided hike to Maccupichu (for more details see FAQ below)

  • 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.

DAY BY DAY INTINERARY

Itinerary

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.

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Day One - Arrive in Peru! 

Touch down in Cusco, Peru! Grab your gear and meet your private driver, who will bring you to the gorgeous Hotel Pakaritampu! Once you’ve settled into your room, you’ll meet Kantu, our local guide! She 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

Day Two - 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, Kantu 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.

 

Next, we’ll make our way to 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 another sacred spot, but not before we refuel with a traditional, hearty lunch!

 

Tonight, you’ll enjoy free time in Ollantaytambo. Be sure to look up! You’ll get some of the best views of the starry southern sky without the big city lights. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Three - Ollantaytambo 

Today is all about connecting with locals! After a fresh breakfast we will depart Ollantaytambo and head further into the rural countryside to visit a women’s weaving collective. We partner with a local non-profit, whose support of women helps to keep their traditional art thriving. You’ll witness a demonstration of the weaving process behind those intricate Alpaca ponchos you’ve been eyeing!

 

Upon returning you’ll have some time for R&R before your up for another hands-on learning from locals, this time in the kitchen! Your 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, Lunch & Dinner