Cusco, Sacred Valley of the Incas
& Machu Picchu
Duration: 8 days
Cost: $1,975 per person
Walk in the footsteps of the Inkas and those that came before them, and journey with us into the heart of ancient and mystical Perú. The Best of the Sacred Andes Group Tour is designed to maximize a brief time in the greater Cusco area– diving into what the ancients called the ‘Navel of the World’. This tour is a safe, fun, and comprehensive way to explore the best of what the Cusco area has to offer. All logistics are taken are of for you. You simply need to arrive in Cusco, Perú, and we will take care of the rest. These magical places will touch you deeply, and impact your life forever.
From the ancient stone streets of Cusco city, to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Machu Picchu, you will immerse yourself deeply in the breathtaking beauty of the Peruvian Andes mountains. We will visit 5 of the most sacred and energetically-powerful archeological sites on Earth: Qoricancha, Sacsayhuaman, Pisaq, Ollantaytambo, and Machu Picchu. Our guides will illuminate the importance of these sites by sharing Ancient Andean cosmology and spirituality through stories and sacred ceremony that have remained unchanged for centuries.
Cusco. Your adventure begins in the ancient capital of the Inkan Empire– a place many believe is the energetic navel of the world. We will explore Cusco on foot, where you will notice how the ancient and the modern thrive side by side. Later, we will visit our first sacred site, the Qoricancha, known as ‘The Center of the Center”.
Sacsayhuaman. Here we will explore this ancient megalithic site that demonstrates the pinnacle of ancient engineering and potential metaphysical possibilities. Experience a rebirth experience as we enter the womb of the Mother Earth via sacred tunnel, and emerge anew on the other side.
Sacred Valley of the Inkas. The adventure continues as we descend from Cusco into the Sacred Valley, stopping on the way to pay the majectic condors a visit at the Cocha Wasi animal santuary. In the afternoon, we will honor Pachamama (Mother Earth) and the Apus (Mountain Spirits) with an offering ceremony conducted by a Q’ero Paqo (Medicine Man).
Pisaq. Here we will visit a lovely Andean community, exploring its spectacular ruins with expansive terraces perched high along the mountainside. Later, we will wander about its famous craft market, where you can see many classic examples of Andean artistry.
Ollantaytambo. The journey continues as we make our way down to the end of the Sacred Valley of the Inkas and the impressive ancient town of Ollantaytambo. Here we will explore it’s megalithic sacred site, scaling many steps to the sun temple, and viewing the valley floor far below.
Machu Picchu Day 1. Our day begins with a spectacular train ride from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu village) where you will see the gradual change from the high sierra ecosystem, with its impressive snow-capped mountains, as we descend into the lush, green cloud forest. In the afternoon, we will ascend to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu for a guided tour.
Machu Picchu Day 2. Today we will enter the Machu Picchu archeological park for a second time, with time to explore the site on your own and/or make one of the famous hikes to the top of Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu.
Return to Cusco. After our explorations in the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, we will return to Cusco city via train. Opportunities for any last minute souvenir shopping in town before we celebrate the conclusion of our journey with a farewell dinner.
May 20 – 28, 2020
August 1 – 8, 2020
November 20 – 28, 2020
What to Expect
1. Group Tour
- Small, engaging groups of 10 or fewer people (minimum 2)
- Guided tours in 5 Sacred Archeological Parks with local guides and practitioners of Andean spirituality
- Entrance tickets to all Sacred Archeological Parks and Andean Condor & Animal Sanctuary – includes Qoricancha, Sacsaywaman, Pisaq, Ollantaytambo and 2 entrances to Machu Picchu
- One Q’ero Despacho Ceremony
- Lunches and dinners with the group (additional cost)
- Bi-lingual Guides (English and Spanish)
- Knowledgeable suggestions for free-time activities
- Comfortable mid-range hotel with private bath
- Double occupancy shared room – private single occupancy room upon request (additional cost)
- Includes continental breakfasts
- Transportation between destinations
- Airport transfers available upon request (additional cost)
- **This trip does not include your transportation/airfare to Cusco**
Sacred Travel Peru has taken the time and care to scout comfortable yet affordable accommodations. STP has also included flexibility for your personal meal choices. In order to accommodate your personal choices, lunches and dinners are not included in the price of this mostly inclusive Spiritual Tour. Please note, that the cost of the tour does not include your airfare.
In the event of a cancellation or rescheduling, the following applies:
More than 30 days from start of your itinerary
deposit of $300 is non-refundable, balance paid is fully refundable
Less than 30 days from the start of your itinerary
$1250 refund when paid in full ($2,250)
Less than 30 days from the start of your itinerary
$1100 refund when paid in full early ($2,100)
Sacred Travel Peru highly encourages you to purchase trip insurance when you purchase your tour.