We will firstly travel to a little known community and meet the people and breathe in the fresh mountain while learning about their lifestyle. This lifestyle is a traditional one, and many of their daily practices can be dated back to pre –Incan times.
From their village we will re-join the more popular tourist route and visit the Pisaq ruins, one of the most appealing ruins in the whole Sacred Valley area. From here, we will descend to the village of the same name as the ruins: Pisaq.
Famed for its’ market, you will have time to browse the different arts and crafts on sale there, or perhaps rest in one of the cute little restaurants which edge the Plaza.
This tour starts from $180 per person (2 people in group) .
You will be picked up at 8.30am by your guide and with private transport you will wind your way through the colonial streets of Cusco. We will pass through the Sacsayhuaman archaeological complex before heading out into the countryside.
After travelling for about 2 hours will arrive in the community of Amaru where we will learn about Andean life. This morning, the women of the community will give us a weaving demonstration and explain about how they are working to keep traditional weaving techniques alive. We will also visit the farms, and see where our meals come. Learn about traditional farming techniques and about the crops that grow in this part of the Andes.
There will be the opportunity to buy textiles made in the community.
We will enjoy a simple, but lovingly prepared meal in the community of Amaru by a local family.
Optional: Try eating cuy (guinea pig) a nutritious and popular local dish, prepared in a traditional way.
After lunch we will head to the Pisaq ruins- some of the finest and largest in the entire valley. Despite the excellent condition of many of the structures, little is conclusively known about the site’s actual purpose. It appears to have been part city, part ceremonial center, and part military complex.
After visiting the ruins, we will descend to the village of Pisaq, famous for its market, where hundreds of stalls crowd the central square — marked by a small church, San Pedro el Apóstolo, and massive pisonay trees. You will have an opportunity to do some shopping from the great array of artisan crafts, or perhaps have a contemplative drink at one of the cute eateries on the edge of the plaza.
At the end of the day we will return to Cusco, arriving around 5pm.
Professional, English speaking guide. Our guides for this trip will be trilingual, that is speaking also Spanish and Quechua
Collection from your hotel in the morning and return to your hotel in the afternoon
Private Transport as described in itinerary
Lunch with a local family
Activities as described in the program.
What’s not included?
What you should bring?
A light day pack to carry your things
Your Boleto Turistico (Tourist ticket)
Water bottle and water (Please think of the environment and carry a re-usable water bottle while travelling
Money for snacks, souvenirs and tips if you wish to tip.
Hat, sunscreen and sunglasses
Sweater or jack
Rain protection (or plastic poncho)
Remember the Cusco region can experience “all seasons in one day” therefore its wise to take a warm hat and gloves, as well as s sunhat, when you leave in the morning, in order to be prepared for all eventualities.
Price from $180 per person
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