Captivating Culture in the Andean Valleys of Peru | Yampu Tours

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Captivating Culture in the Andean Valleys of Peru

PRIVATE TOUR - 8 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM $4671+

Private Tour Highlights

  • Stepping back in time at the incredible Inca sites throughout the Sacred Valley such as Puka Pukara, Sacsayhuaman, Pisac and Tambomachay.
  • Admiring finely made handicrafts including the traditional Andean fabrics on display in the local markets of Pisac.
  • Glimpsing the everyday lives of the Viacha community, sharing an authentic Pachamanca meal cooked beneath hot stones.
  • Observing the local way of life in the Lares Valley by visiting the weaving village of Choquecancha.
  • Chatting to fellow travelers and locals alike in Huacahuasi, a secluded village accessed with a hike past majestic mountains and glassy lakes.
  • Sensing the magical aura of Ollantaytambo, discovering the intricacies of its expertly-planned architectural features.
  • Setting foot in the magical Incan citadel, Machu Picchu; a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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Tour Overview

Experience captivating culture in the Andean Valleys of Peru! Acquire knowledge of the Ancient Inca Civilization and their massive structures while exploring and learning of the ways of today’s Andean people.  The only way to truly experience a country’s traditional culture is to submerse oneself in the people’s way of life, while learning and understanding the rich history of the region. With Yampu, witness the transcendent landscape and envisage its ancient past.

After the flights to Lima, and then to Cusco, take the afternoon at leisure to acclimate to the areas high altitude. The next day, enjoy several day tours of Cusco! Visit San Blas quarter and see the unmistakable rigor of the Inca walls, walk charming small cobblestone streets with craftspeople who sell their works on the street, and witness the massive Sacsayhuaman fortress along with so much more.

Shop the famous market at Pisaq. A morning visit to check out its unique array of products will provide a nice overview of the rich culture yet to be explored on this journey. Travelers seeking inspiration in nature can opt for an invigorating morning hike surrounded by amazing views of the Andes Mountains before enjoying exclusive access to the isolated community of Viacha with a traditional “Pachamanca” meal, cooked under hot stones. Visit the archaeological complex at Pisaq, an afternoon excursion that offers a unique opportunity to explore the complex free of crowds, with the sun setting behind the peaks.

Go even deeper with an exploration into the heart of the Lares Valley. A scenic drive into the mountains, along the celebrated “Inca Weaver’s Trail”, allows a visit the unique and uncrowded archaeological site of Ancasmarca along the hub-town of Lares. Visit a traditional and ancient weavers’ village or hike amidst turquoise blue lakes and towering peaks to the remote village of Huacahuasi. Spend time learning more about the heritage and day-to-day activities of the Huacahuasi community. Then embark on a spectacular hike through varied terrain to Ollantaytambo, the oldest living city in Latin America. Enjoy a short, early morning hike to Inca storage structures high above Ollantaytambo for a magnificent view of the town.

Later on, embark on a scenic train ride along the famous Urubamba River to Aguas Calientes, before beginning this journey to Machu Picchu. Prepare to be awed by the imposing and skillful architecture of the Watchtower, the Temple of the Sun, and the royal Inca residences, among many others. Take a moment to quietly sit and listen to the wind or to meditate and absorb the mystical energy that envelops. Contemplate the history of Machu Picchu and its mysterious origins.

Country Notes:

Peru:

Enjoy personalized tours of Peru with private, local guides. A valid passport is required to travel and should have at least 6 months’ validity after your return home. You should have at least 2 blank pages per country that you are visiting. If your passport does not meet this requirement at the time of departure, you can be denied boarding for your international flight and may consequently incur additional expenses. You do not need a visa to enter Peru as a tourist with a US passport. However, we always recommend that you double check this for last minute changes with your local consulate.

Value Added Tax (IGV) Exemption: All non-resident foreign tourists in Peru who remain in the country less than 60 days (not to exceed 90 days in a calendar year) are exempt from paying the IGV, which is only for residents of Peru. Yampu does not include the 18% tax in our quoted rates. Note that when checking in at each hotel, you can expect to present your passport and the Andean Migration Card (TAM) stamped with your date of entrance into Peru. If your stay in Peru has exceeded 60 days, you will be counted as a resident and you will not be exempt from the IGV. In this case, you will be required to pay this tax for all hotels and services booked. Please let your Yampu Consultant know immediately if you or a member of your party may be ineligible for this exemption so that we may make the appropriate payment arrangements in advance

During your tour you will be visiting high altitude areas. Travelers with medical conditions, such as heart disease, lung disease, high blood pressure, sickle cell disease, or women who may be pregnant, should be advised to consult a physician familiar with high-altitude medical issues before traveling to high altitude areas. For up to date information on recommended and required vaccinations and general health travel tips for Peru please visit the CDC Website, then use the drop down menu to select Peru. Please consult with your physician for clarification or concerns regarding recommended or required vaccinations.


Inclusions
Price includes domestic and regional flights within the itinerary; all hotel accommodations including daily continental or buffet breakfast and daily city tax; all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling; guided tours in English including entrance fees.

A stop or a stay in Lima can be easily added to the tour for a more detailed experience of Peru.
Exclusions

International airfare (unless specifically included), airport departure taxes that must be paid on-site, gratuities, meals not mentioned, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages with meals, early / late check-out, room service, visa fees/services and other personal items or services not mentioned.

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Double £$4671 £$4970 £$5114 £$6053
Single £$6188 £$6703 £$7081 £$8953

Prices shown above are per person, in US Dollars ($) or Pound Sterling (£) for residents in the UK. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

International Flight to Lima - Cusco

International flight into Lima, Peru.

Upon arrival, be met by a Yampu representative to assist with making the connecting flight.

Reception at airport and transfer to the hotel. This afternoon is at leisure to acclimate. The elevation in Cusco is approximately 3400 meters (11200 feet), so it is highly recommended to rest upon arrival for a few hours, and avoid alcohol, caffeine or heavy meals. Please consult with a physician for additional details. If one is feeling up to it later, Cusco is a great read more...

International flight into Lima, Peru.

Upon arrival, be met by a Yampu representative to assist with making the connecting flight.

Reception at airport and transfer to the hotel. This afternoon is at leisure to acclimate. The elevation in Cusco is approximately 3400 meters (11200 feet), so it is highly recommended to rest upon arrival for a few hours, and avoid alcohol, caffeine or heavy meals. Please consult with a physician for additional details. If one is feeling up to it later, Cusco is a great walking city with sidewalk cafes, street art and local shops to explore! Yampu highly recommends the chocolate factory and shop.

Note: Check in to the hotel is at 3 pm. Early check in may be available directly at the hotel subject to availability. One may store luggage at the hotel until check in.
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2

Cusco

San Blas quarter was originally used as dwellings for the Inca nobles, which built impressive stone constructions at a short distance of what used to be Huacaypata and it is the current place of the Main Square. Today the quarter is a conglomerate of charming small cobblestone streets that are very popular among craftspeople, who sell their works on the street. Among its top attractions is the San Blas Church, a temple that houses a pulpit that is a priceless work of art, a wood carving performed by a masterly read more...

San Blas quarter was originally used as dwellings for the Inca nobles, which built impressive stone constructions at a short distance of what used to be Huacaypata and it is the current place of the Main Square. Today the quarter is a conglomerate of charming small cobblestone streets that are very popular among craftspeople, who sell their works on the street. Among its top attractions is the San Blas Church, a temple that houses a pulpit that is a priceless work of art, a wood carving performed by a masterly indigenous woodcarver. The second tour will begin at Sacsayhuaman fortress, one of the emblematic Inca constructions, built by Inca Pachacutec in the 15th century. This huge fortress is made of very large stones, and the manner in which they were transported and cut is still a mystery. The Inti Raymi Festival, which worships the Sun, is reenacted here on June 24 of each year during the winter solstice. Head on to Qenqo, located four kilometers away from Cusco city, which is a mainly religious archaeological complex where it is believed that propitiatory agricultural rituals were carried out. Continue to Puka Pukara, located seven kilometers away from Cusco. Puka Pukara, which means "red fortress", was an architectural complex presumably used for military purposes; it has many rooms, squares, bathrooms, aqueducts, walls and towers, and it is believed that the Inca's entourage used it while he rested at Tambomachay. Next, explore the fountains of Tambomachay, a construction that has fine stone finishing and high command of hydraulic engineering, with aqueducts that continue supplying clear water. Also known as the "Inca Bath", Tambomachay was probably the leisure place for the Inca and his entourage.
Note: For more adventurous travelers, Yampu suggests an optional sunset horseback riding tour near the Sacsahuaman Ruins. Please ask a Yampu Travel Consultant for more information.
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Day
3

Sacred Valley of the Incas | Exploring Pisaq

The town square is often the center of activity throughout this region, but so too is the town market, and none is more alive than the famous market at Pisaq. A morning visit to check out its unique array of products will inspire with a small taste of the rich culture yet to be explored on this journey. Travelers seeking inspiration in nature can opt for an invigorating morning hike surrounded by amazing views of the Andes Mountains that guard this magnificent valley. Later, enjoy exclusive access to the isolated read more...

The town square is often the center of activity throughout this region, but so too is the town market, and none is more alive than the famous market at Pisaq. A morning visit to check out its unique array of products will inspire with a small taste of the rich culture yet to be explored on this journey. Travelers seeking inspiration in nature can opt for an invigorating morning hike surrounded by amazing views of the Andes Mountains that guard this magnificent valley. Later, enjoy exclusive access to the isolated community of Viacha, where one will learn about its artisanal potato farming practices and enjoy a traditional "Pachamanca" meal, cooked under hot stones. After lunch, visit the archaeological complex at Pisaq, an afternoon excursion that offers a unique opportunity to explore the complex free of crowds, with the sun setting behind the peaks. Activity Menu (morning to noon): - Cultural activity: Visit Awanakancha (an Andean camelid exhibition and traditional textile center), the town of Pisaq and local market, and experience an encounter with members of the local community of Viacha. ...read less

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4

Sacred Valley - Lares Valley

Full day Inca sites, villages, and hikes
Now that there has been a glimpse of the rich Andean tapestry, today Yampu travelers will have the opportunity to go even deeper with an exploration into the heart of the Lares Valley. A scenic drive into the mountains, along the celebrated "Inca Weaver's Trail", allows a visit to the unique and uncrowded archaeological site of Ancasmarca along the hub-town of Lares. After lunch, choose between visiting the traditional and ancient weavers' village of Choquecancha, read more...

Full day Inca sites, villages, and hikes
Now that there has been a glimpse of the rich Andean tapestry, today Yampu travelers will have the opportunity to go even deeper with an exploration into the heart of the Lares Valley. A scenic drive into the mountains, along the celebrated "Inca Weaver's Trail", allows a visit to the unique and uncrowded archaeological site of Ancasmarca along the hub-town of Lares. After lunch, choose between visiting the traditional and ancient weavers' village of Choquecancha, or opt for hiking amidst turquoise blue lakes and towering peaks to the remote village of Huacahuasi, where travelers will meet to spend the night. The lodge, which is run in joint venture with the local community and aims to protect the cultural heritage and the environment, provides an interesting insight into the evolving role of the original Andean people in both the culture and commerce of modern-day Cusco.
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5

Lares Valley - Sacred Valley

Sacred Valley of the Incas to Ollantaytambo
Spend some time in the morning learning more about the heritage and day-to-day activities of the Huacahuasi community. Then, one can choose to embark on a spectacular hike through varied terrain and over a high pass, to the adjacent valley leading to the ancient town of Ollantaytambo, the oldest living city in Latin America. If one prefers to see more of the Sacred Valley, one can drive back for a visit to an ethnographic museum featuring the history of Peru's rich read more...

Sacred Valley of the Incas to Ollantaytambo
Spend some time in the morning learning more about the heritage and day-to-day activities of the Huacahuasi community. Then, one can choose to embark on a spectacular hike through varied terrain and over a high pass, to the adjacent valley leading to the ancient town of Ollantaytambo, the oldest living city in Latin America. If one prefers to see more of the Sacred Valley, one can drive back for a visit to an ethnographic museum featuring the history of Peru's rich civilization of the past or choose to explore the valley on mountain bike. Afterwards, enjoy lunch in the Urubamba River countryside on the way to Ollantaytambo, where one can spend time meandering through its charming maze-like streets.
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Day
6

Lares Valley - Machu Picchu

Full Day Discovering Ollantaytambo Tour
From its beginnings as the royal estate of Inca-Emperor Pachacutec, to a stronghold against the Spanish conquistadors for Manco Inca Yupanqui, the temple at Ollantaytambo was regarded by the Incas as one of their most important ceremonial centers.
On this day, enjoy a short, early morning hike to Inca storage structures high above Ollantaytambo which give a magnificent view of the town as well as of the main archaeological site across the valley.
Afterwards, as read more...

Full Day Discovering Ollantaytambo Tour
From its beginnings as the royal estate of Inca-Emperor Pachacutec, to a stronghold against the Spanish conquistadors for Manco Inca Yupanqui, the temple at Ollantaytambo was regarded by the Incas as one of their most important ceremonial centers.
On this day, enjoy a short, early morning hike to Inca storage structures high above Ollantaytambo which give a magnificent view of the town as well as of the main archaeological site across the valley.
Afterwards, as the guide leads through a morning tour of the temple and explains its strategic architectural planning, one will also get a sense of its mystical history-a perfect introduction to the wonder of Machu Picchu.
Around noon, embark on a scenic train ride along the famous Urubamba River to Aguas Calientes, the town below Machu Picchu, whose charm lies in a history that began as a small railway stop and evolved into a bustling town still bisected by the train tracks.
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Day
7

Machu Picchu - Cusco

Machu Picchu - The Sanctuary
At dawn, begin the journey to Machu Picchu with a short and rollicking uphill bus ride. As Yampu travelers enter the "Sanctuary" (as locals refer to it), the morning sun rises over the iconic Sun Gate and washes the structures and terraces with resplendent light. Prepare to be awed by the imposing and skillful architecture of the Watchtower, the Temple of the Sun, and the royal Inca residences, among many others. Take a moment to quietly sit and listen to the wind or to meditate read more...

Machu Picchu - The Sanctuary
At dawn, begin the journey to Machu Picchu with a short and rollicking uphill bus ride. As Yampu travelers enter the "Sanctuary" (as locals refer to it), the morning sun rises over the iconic Sun Gate and washes the structures and terraces with resplendent light. Prepare to be awed by the imposing and skillful architecture of the Watchtower, the Temple of the Sun, and the royal Inca residences, among many others. Take a moment to quietly sit and listen to the wind or to meditate and absorb the mystical energy that envelops. One’s imagination will soar while contemplating the history of Machu Picchu and its mysterious origins. Some may even choose a hike to Huayna Picchu, the iconic towering mountain often seen in photographs, for dramatic views that stretch from the Urubamba River valley to the edge of the Amazon Jungle. Either way, travelers will be touched by a feeling of peace and rejuvenation which will linger even during the journey back to the city lights, and hustle and bustle of Cusco.
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Day
8

Cusco - Lima

At the appropriate time, be met at the hotel and transferred to the airport for the flights home. Check-out at the hotel is at 10:00 am. Late check-out may be available directly at the hotel subject to availability. One may store luggage at the hotel until the time to leave for the airport.

At the appropriate time, be met at the hotel and transferred to the airport for the flights home. Check-out at the hotel is at 10:00 am. Late check-out may be available directly at the hotel subject to availability. One may store luggage at the hotel until the time to leave for the airport.

Cusco, Peru

Sacred Valley, Calca Province, Cusco, Peru

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Machu Picchu, Urubamba Province, Cusco, Peru

Places You'll See

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    Cusco

    Once a powerful Incan city, Cusco is filled to the brim with relics of its grand history. Visit the ruins of the ancient Incan Koricancha Temple, where the Church of Santo Domingo now stands atop. Behold the many beautiful, colonial buildings in the Main Square, including the Cathedral and Church of La Compania de Jesus (Society of Christ).

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    Sacred Valley

    Situated in the Andes, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, also known as the Urubamba Valley, has become a popular destination. With shopping in its many markets, several hiking routes, and ambitious activities such as rock climbing and river rafting, it appeals to all. Survey significant archeological dig sites, or simply explore the multitude of attractions in leisure.

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    Lares Valley

    For those who wish to escape from the beaten tourist paths of Peru, Lares Valley is the place to do so. A trekkers paradise, Lares Valley is a prime destination to explore unchanged lands while learning about the local Andean communities and their crafts. Purchase handmade textiles while admiring the astonishing scenery.

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    Machu Picchu

    Recently, following UNESCO recommendations, Peruvian authorities have placed restrictions on the visitation of Machu Picchu, the lost Incan ruins. Currently, no more than 2,500 people daily will be allowed to visit the ruins. While these new restrictions are great for the preservation of the ruins, they may cause some difficulties in your ability to visit them, so we recommend booking with plenty of notice.

Hotel Options

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Featured Accommodation

Huacahuasi Lodge

Built above the small village of Huacahuasi is Huacahuasi Lodge.
With each of the 8 rooms having a private bathroom, terrace and a personal hot tub, Huacahuasi Lodge is the place to stay during the ‘Lares Adventure’ trek. Relax and unwind after a long adventure, dine at the lodge’s restaurant. The women who work at the lodge are a part of the local Huacahuasi community, working in traditional dress.

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Featured Accommodation

Lamay Lodge

local staff provides exceptional service and care to our guests, starting with a welcoming drink and warm towel upon arrival, to hot water bottle and herbal pillow in bed at night. Their warmth and attentive care are what makes our lodges truly feel like your home away from home.

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3 Star Properties

Cusco : Terra Andina

Cusco : Maytaq Wasin

Cusco : Rumi Punku

4 Star Properties

Cusco : Esplendor Hotel

Cusco : Casa Andina Premium, Cusco

Sacred Valley : Lamay Lodge

Sacred Valley : Hotel Pakaritampu

Lares Valley : Huacahuasi Lodge

5 Star Properties

Cusco : Palacio del Inka by Libertador, Cusco

Cusco : Casa Cartagena

Cusco : Inkaterra La Casona

Machu Picchu : Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo (Superior Room)

Luxury Properties

Cusco : Monasterio

Cusco : Palacio Nazarenas

Cusco : JW Marriot, Cusco

Testimonials

Yolande

Traveled November, 2015

Machu Picchu is just an amazing structure

Our holiday has started off really nicely so far – lovely hotels, good guides and well organized – thanks to you and your team! Machu Picchu is just an amazing structure, and we were pleased that the kids managed to walk the entire lower trail without too much fussing! The guide was thankfully patient, and I think that the attraction of the lamas at the end helped them to incentivise them to get to that point. Boy, the 28 hour journey home was arduous! It’s so wonderful to be home, though. Thank you soooo much again for making the trip so fantastic and memorable. We’d definitely recommend you to our friends who wish to make the sojourn. A few have already expressed their interest.

Kevin R.

Traveled November, 2014

Our whole trip to Cuzco and Machu Picchu was fantastic.

I just wanted to drop you a quick note thanking you again for the excellent package you put together for Nancy and myself last week. Our whole trip to Cuzco and Machu Picchu was fantastic. Our Machu Picchu tour guide deserves special thanks. She was extremely knowledgeable and we had a lot of fun with her. Were it not for her coaching me, step by step, all the way down the death stairs on Huayna Picchu, I might still be up there looking for a place to live. She really went over and above the call of duty and is a fantastic lady. Thanks for putting together such a great trip for us!

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John and Patty J.

Traveled October, 2014

John and I had a fabulous time on the trip you planned for us in Peru and Ecuador.

John and I had a fabulous time on the trip you planned for us in Peru and Ecuador.You planned every part of our trip down to the last detail, and we are happy to report that all went as planned! We were met at every flight by the guides who did an excellent job of teaching us about the areas we were visiting.They made each day interesting and fun. All of our accommodations were excellent, we especially appreciated the splash pool in our cabana at Inkaterra Amazonica. The weather there was very hot and humid, so being able to cool off in our private pool was a luxury! The one day hike into Machu Picchu was perfect. It gave us a taste of what hiking the Inka Trail was like. For us, it was a great alternative to hiking 4 or more days. We were able to see so many other places to add to our experience, without adding too many more days to our trip.

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