Come discover the immensity of the Andes. Make your own chocolate, starting from the cocoa bean. Go on a trek in the company of llamas and thier herders in the Urubamba mountain range, with Andean glaciers in sight. Go on an excursion to a hidden waterfall unknown to tourists and even to many local people. Sip on a craft beer with hints of ayrampo while admiring the beauty of the Sacred Valley. Learn a thing or two about Andean natural medicine. Meet local indigenous people who live a simple, but happy life: learn about their customs, their handicrafts (you’ll follow a textile demonstration with Quechua women, from the alpaca wool to the finished product), their agriculture (quinoa originates here) and their vision of the universe inherited from the Incas. And of course, marvel at the awe-inspiring beauty of Machu Picchu, one of the seven Wonders of the World.
- Climb up Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World
- Go on a trek in the Urubamba mountain range in the company of llamas and local herders
- Visit local markets and get a taste of Peruvian cuisine, which now has an international reputation
- Meet a rural women’s weaving group, and see how they turn alpaca wool into fine garments
- Visit the salt terraces of Maras, where salt has been extracted manually since Inca times
- Visit the marvelous city of Cusco, the former centre of the Inca empire
- Learn how to make chocolate starting from the cocoa bean
- Visit impressively well-preserved Inca ruins in Cusco and in the Sacred Valley
- Take a walk to a hidden waterfall
- Visit a local brewery
- Sit around a campfire and listen to local songs and legends
- Learn about and/or experience Andean alternative medicine (optional)
September 30 – October 19, 2019
December 1 – 10, 2019
March 10 – 19, 2020
April 25 – May 4, 2020
June 1 – 10, 2020
Day 1: Arrival to Cusco and transfer to hotel in the centre of Cusco (on September 30 2019)
Arrive at any time at the Alejandro Velasco Astete Airport in Cusco, but preferably in the morning so you have some time to ease into this high-altitude environment. A Tours for your Soul representative will be there to collect and transfer you to your hotel Tierra Viva in the lovely neighbourhood of San Blas in Cusco. That night you will meet the rest of the group and your tour guide. Your guide will provide a full tour briefing.
Day 2: Cusco city tour (on October 1st 2019)
We take you on a guided tour of the San Pedro market where you will find fresh fruit juices, coffee, chocolate, colourful garments, cacti, you name it!
We’ll have lunch at Café Daria, the first job training site for young adults with special needs in Cusco.
In the afternoon, we take you on a Cusco city tour: you will visit the ancient Inca citadel of Sacsayhuaman, the Water temple of Tambomachay, the worship center of Qenqo, and the temple of the Sun ‘Koricancha’.
Optional activity: Pisco tasting at the Pisco Museum.
DAY 3: En route to Ollantaytambo (on September 2nd 2019)
We take the road towards Ollantaytambo, a quaint village best known for its ruins which served as a former Inca administrative center. But first, we stop at the Salinas in Maras, an incredible site where salt has been extracted manually since Inca times.
Once we reach Ollantaytambo, we check-in to our hotel Tierra Inka, after which a guide will take you on a tour of the Ollantaytambo archeological centre.
We have dinner at Hearts Cafe, a non-profit restaurant that collects funds for social projects in the low-income communities of the Sacred Valley.
DAY 4: Machu Picchu (on September 3rd 2019)
We take the 8:29 am Expedition train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, the village situated at the foot of the Machu Picchu ruins. This scenic ride that takes you through jungle-like vegetation and along the Urubamba River lasts 1h30.
Once in Aguas Calientes, we have two options: either we hop on a bus that will take us to the entrance of Machu Picchu in 20 min; or, if you’re in good shape, we can hike two hours up the stone stairs all the way to the top. Once there, you will follow a two-hour guided tour of the citadel. We then head back to Aguas Calientes, and catch the 5:23 pm Vistadome train back to Ollantaytambo just in time for dinner.
DAY 5: Waterfalls and beers (on September 4th 2019)
This morning we take the road towards Pisac, still in the Sacred Valley. But first, we stop in Pachar, the starting point for an easy-level two-hour trek to a gorgeous waterfall barely known to tourists – or even to locals. After taking in the scenery and enjoying a lunch picnic, we head back to Pachar, where there is an award-winning local brewery. We will tour the facility and sample some delicious beers with hints of local flavours such as ayrampo.
We arrive to Pisac in the late afternoon and will check into our B&B Sachi Ayni Guesthouse, where we’ll spend the next four four nights (Sachi Ayni is a beautiful and cozy B&B owned by a modest local family. They serve amazing nutritious breakfasts!)
DAY 6: Free day (on September 5th 2019)
Choose between one of the following three options:
Option 1: Spiritual session with the San Pedro cactus (US$ 60): Get to know a sacred cactus that has been used as alternative medicine for millennia here in the Andes. People use it to meditate, to find peace in their lives, to connect with nature, to eliminate negative emotions, and for bodily cleansing.
Option 2: Unuchu Spa (US$100): Relax in a sauna, take a herbal bath and receive a one-hour long massage in a beautiful outdoor setting.
Option 3: Hike along the Kinsa Cocha lakes (65 US$): Kinsa Cocha are a series of three beautiful lakes located at a 45 min ride from Pisac, and at 4,200 metres above ground-level.
DAY 7: Ruins and chocolate (on September 6th 2019)
After a hearty breakfast, we start the trek that will take us to the Pisac archeological centre. You will marvel at the temple of the Sun, the water fountains, the agricultural terraces designed by the Incas, and at the breathtaking views of the Sacred Valley.
Our van then takes us back to Pisac where we’ll have lunch at Horno Colonial. There, you will see bread-makers at work using a traditional mud oven.
And now, it’s time for a special dessert. Follow a hands-on workshop at the Chocolate Museum and make your own chocolate from the bean to the bar.
DAY 8: Trek with llamas (on September 7th 2019)
Get your backpack ready for a day trip to Urubamba from where we’ll start a 7-km hike in the company of llamas and their herders, amongst the high Andean mountains. You will learn about local biodiversity, Andean ways of life, and the opportunities and challenges faced by llama herding families. You will meet a rural community along the trek, and if it’s a clear day you’ll even spot glaciers in the distance.
Night of music and storytelling: We invite you to come sit around a fire, and to listen to local music and legends.
DAY 9: Visit a women’s weaving group (on September 8th 2019)
This morning we visit the Ccaccaccollo community. This is the community that will benefit from your donation (2.5% of the cost of this trip goes directly towards this low-income community), where residents still live a very traditional lifestyle.
Quechua women are considered master weavers. In fact, these lovely women will walk you through the entire hand-weaving process, from the Alpaca wool to natural dying, all the way to the finished product. You’ll have lunch in the community, one prepared with quinoa, potatoes, and vegetables grown a few steps away.
We now head back to Cusco, and check into the Tierra Viva Hotel where we started our trip. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore more of Cusco. Tonight we get together for our farewell dinner.
DAY 10: Departure (on September 9th 2019)
After breakfast, we transfer you to the Cusco airport in a private shuttle in time for your flight.
However, if you wish to stay some extra days in Cusco, simply let us know and we will happily make arrangements for you.
Machu Picchu 10 Day Tour
Why we love Tours for your Soul
It is a sustainable travel agency that provides small-group quality tours to Peru and wellness retreats in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. While guaranteeing quality service in all aspects of the tour, Tours for your Soul prioritizes sustainable travel by donating 2.5% of the cost of every tour to a low-income community in Peru; by contributing to the local economy; by visiting and giving back to local communities; by selecting restaurants that use organic ingredients; and by offering activities that have a minimal carbon footprint on local people and the environment.
Tours for your Soul will take you to must-see attractions such as Machu Picchu, but also to places off-the-beaten path where you won’t see a single tourist.
Your trip to Peru with Tours for your Soul is guaranteed to be fun, memorable, exciting and enriching. What are you waiting for? Book your tour now!
Machu Picchu FAQ’s
What’s Included on your Machu Picchu Sacred Valley Tour?
- Your 2.5% donation to a low-income community in the Sacred Valley
- 2 transfers to and from the Cusco airport.
- Government taxes.
- 9 nights in 3-star hotels or B&B
- All breakasts, all lunches, and one farewell dinner
- All activities and entrance tickets
- Private guided tours of archeological centers
- Private transport to all sites
- Basic first aid kit (for use in emergencies only)
- Flights and airport taxes.
- Items of a personal nature.
- Compulsory tips for guides and drivers.
- Health requirements (Transport Health Global recommends receiving the Hepatitis A & Band the Typhoid Fever shots for this part of Peru. It is also a good idea to bring altitude sickness pills).
- Optional but highly recommended travel and medical insurance.
- Personal trekking gear.
- Snacks, personal medicine.
- Meals and drinks not specified.
- Single supplement, for single tent/room, per trip $260.
- Extra hotel night in Cusco, check-in at 10 AM, check out 11 AM, per double room $125.
You should book your trip ideally 6 weeks in advance, but it’s still a possibility to book up until 4 weeks in advance.
*This tour has a minimum customer amount of 3, if that has not been met prior to departure this tour will be canceled. Any monies already deposited or paid will be refunded if tour is canceled.