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Andean Communities immersion

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The trip

In Summary

A trip to discover different Andean communities of Peru, you will spend several nights with local families in Colca canyon, Titicaca lake and Maras in the Sacred Valley. Through this interaction your hosts will be also your guides and they will share with you their own culture and traditions, because of this our trip guarantees you an unforgettable experience.

The strong points of the trip  « Andean Communities immersion »

  • A journey specially designed to discover Peru differently
  • A walk in 2 days around the Sacred valley
  • Several nights with local families, a great opportunity to interact with them and learn about their culture and traditions

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Itinerary

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DAY 1 ARRIVAL IN LIMA

Upon your arrival in the airport of Lima, you will be welcomed and taken to your hotel. You will have the evening free in the dynamic neighborhoods of the Peruvian capital.

 

Personal: English speaking assistance

Transport: private vehicle

Night in a hotel

Free meals

 

DAY 2 LIMA - AREQUIPA (2400m)

Early in the morning, you will be taken to the airport to take your flight for Arequipa. Upon your arrival in “the white city”, you will be taken to your hotel. From there, you will discover the city and its colonial center: The Plaza de Armas, the cathedral, the church and the cloister of the Jesus Company, as well as the Santa Catalina convent, genuine city within a city with its little streets lined with colorful houses. You will then go to the Yanahuara and Cayma miradors, both of which offer panoramic views of the spectacular neighboring volcanoes. Return to the hotel.

 

Personal: English speaking assistance in Lima, private English speaking guide and visit of the Santa Catalina convent with a certified local guide 

Transport: flight LIM – AQP (not accompanied), private vehicle for the transfers

Night in a hotel

Breakfast include

 

DAY 3 AREQUIPA (2400m) – CHIVAY (3615m) – YANQUE (3440m)

You will leave early for the Colca canyon, one of the deepest canyons of the world (up to 3500m deep). After 3h drive, you will arrive in Chivay, the "capital of the canyon". You will visit the village, its church and traditional market, before going to the thermal baths, where you will have the possibilty of bathing you. Then you will go to the village of Yanque, located 10km from there. Here you will be welcomed by your hosts. They will give you a tour of their homes, each having its own speciality: textile, ceramic, etc...

 

Personal: private English speaking guide 

Transport: private vehicle until Yanque

Night in homestay

Breakfast, lunch and dinner include

 

 

DAY 4 YANQUE (3440m) – CHIVAY (3615m) - LLACHON (3850m)
After an early breakfast, you will successively go through the villages of Ichupampa, Lari and Madrigal before arriving at Cruz del Condor, in the heart of Colca. This is an ideal place to see the flight of the condor, the largest bird of the world. You will then go back to Chivay, passing by the Antahuilque mirador on the way: from there, you will enjoy an unobstructed view of the canyon, whose foothills have been sculpted by the Andean inhabitants in order to create agricultural terraces still used up to this day. You will continue your excursion with Choquetico and its pre-Inca cemetery, then Maca, Achoma and Yanque with its colonial church. In the afternoon, you will go to Llachon, village located by the bank of the Titicaca Lake.

 

Personal: private English speaking guide

Transport: private vehicle until Llachon

Night in homestay

Breakfast and dinner include

 

DAY 5 LLACHON - UROS TITINO - TAQUILE (3870 m) – PUNO (3820 m)

In the morning, departure by boat towards the Uros floating islands, built in reeds and moored to pickets to avoid the drift. Then you will continue to Taquile, an island exploited thanks to the system of terrace cultivations. The lifestyle of the inhabitants has conserved the community organization inherited from the Inca period. Although the property is private, the labor is collective; the 300 habitants of the island work one day for them, and one day for the community. Taquile lives in relative self-sufficiency with the Inca principles: “do not steal, do not lie, do not weaken”, habits unchanged for centuries. From the heights of the village, your efforts will be rewarded by a superb view on the lake, the Puno bay and Bolivia (the Royal mountain chain) in the Altiplano mists. At the end of the day, you will take the boat and return to Puno. Check in to hotel. Free evening.

 

Personal: private English speaking guide

Transport : private boat

Night in a hotel

Breakfast and lunch include

 

DAY 6 PUNO – CUSCO (3350 m)

Early morning departure for Cusco by bus. On the way, you will stop in the Pukara village. It is one of the last places testifying of the pre-Inca culture of the same name. You will pass then the La Raya pass (4360m), symbolizing the end of the Altiplano. Then, you will visit the spectacular inca sanctuary of Raqchi, before continuing to Andahuaylilas village and its San Pedro church, known as “Sistine chapel” of South America notably due to its lavishly painted ceiling. Arrival in Cusco and check in to hotel.

 

Personal: English speaking assistance in Puno and in Cusco, collective English speaking guide in the bus 

Transport : tourist bus Puno-Cusco and private transfers 

Night in a hotel 

Breakfast and lunch include

 

DAY 7 CUSCO

Here begins the visit of the Inca capital, starting with the visit of the four archeological sites in the periphery of Cusco: Tambomachay, Pukapukara, Q’enqo and Saqsayhuamán, stunning fortress built on a hill dominating the city of Cusco. Then you will continue with the visit of the city: the Cathedral, impressive building that holds many paintings of the Cusquenian School. You will continue your discovery with the Santo Domingo monastery, ancient temple of the Sun, also known as Koricancha.

 

Personal : private English speaking guide

Transport : private vehicle for the 4 ruins

Night in a hotel

Breakfast and lunch (cold meal) include

 

DAY 8 CUSCO - PISAC (3400 m) – PATABAMBA (3848 m)

You will leave for the sacred Valley and start your discovery of famous sites with the visit of the Pisaq archeological complex; composed of terraces, fountains, observatories and even a necropolis, the largest of the region. It is from here that the Incas controlled and dominated the Sacred Valley. You will stop then at the traditional artisanal market of Pisaq before going to Patabamba where you will meet the locals who will be your hosts for the night.

 

Personal : private English speaking guide

Transport : private vehicle

Night in homestay

Breakfast, lunch and dinner include

 

DAY 9 PATABAMBA (3848 m) – HUCHUY QOSQO (3950 m)

This day is dedicated to trekking: a path will take you first to the little village of Sihuas, then to the pass of  Pukamarca (3900m) which overlooks the village of the same name. From here, you will enjoy a splendid view over the Urubamba mountain range and the Sacred valley. You will then continue your walk to the Puma Puncu canyon, “the door of the puma”, before taking an old Inca restored path. This path will take you to the isolated and mysterious Huchuy Qosqo Inca site (“the small Cusco”) with its splendid terraces and its constructions in stones and brick-built of adobe. Close to this site are located the homes of our local hosts for the night.

5 to 6 hours of walk, +350 m / -400m of height difference

 

Personal : private English speaking guide

Night in homestay

Breakfast, lunch and dinner include

 

 

DAY 10 HUCHUY QOSQO (3950 m) – CHINCHERO (3780 m)

 

You will leave your hosts and start walking towards Chinchero. The path will gradually take you to the pass of Huallata (4418m), from where you will have a wonderful view over the Sacred valley dominated by the summits of the mountain range.  You will go back down to the little village of Cuperalto, where live the shepherds guarding their herds of camelidae. Upon your arrival in Chinchero, you will meet your local host family where you will spend the night.

5 to 6 hours of walk, +470 m / -700m of height difference

Personal : private English speaking guide

Night in homestay

Breakfast, lunch and dinner include

 

 

DAY 11 CHINCHERO (3800 m) – MARAS (3300 m)

You will start this day by visiting the ruins of Chinchero, before to go to Maras, where you will be welcomed by your hosts.  Then you will discover the village and some of the knowhow of its inhabitants. You will go to the workshop of the hatter who mades the hats of the villagers for more than 50 years. Then, you will go to a house where chicha (a drink from fermented corn) is producted. You will have lunch with your hosts before continuing the visits with a pankas workshop, where corn leaves are braided together, and finally the workshop of the painter.

 

Personal : private English speaking guide

Transport : private vehicle

Night in homestay

Breakfast, lunch and dinner include

 

DAY 12 MARAS – OLLANTAYTAMBO (2750 m) – AGUAS CALIENTES (2050 m)

You will pick up the bread just straight out of the communal oven for your breakfast. After this, you will go to the Salinas de Maras, used since the Inca period by the inhabitants. With a family who works here, you will discover the work of the salt in splendid scenery tinged with green, pink and pastel yellow. In the afternoon, you will go to Ollantaytambo where you will visit the archeological site. After this, you will take the train to Aguas Calientes, little town located at the foot of the famous Machu Picchu. Arrival and check in to hotel.

Personal : private English speaking guide

Transport : private vehicle until Ollantaytambo, train to Aguas Calientes (not accompanied)

Night in a hotel

Breakfast and lunch include

 

DAY 13 AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU (2450 m) – CUSCO (3350 m)

This day is dedicated to the visit of the archeological site the most famous and the most impressive of the country. You will roam through the streets in the sunrise, when the citadel, its districts, squares, and agricultural zones are still quiet and almost empty. After the guided tour, you will dispose of free time to go discover, or if you wish to make the ascent of the Huayna Picchu or the Sun Gate. Return to Aguas Calientes in the afternoon to take the train to Ollantaytambo, where a bus will drive you back to Cusco.

 

Personal : private English speaking guide

Transport : collective shuttle to go and back to Machu Picchu, train to Ollantaytambo(not accompanied), private vehicle to Cusco

Night in a hotel

Breakfast include

 

DAY 11  CUSCO - LIMA – International flight

Transfer to the airport of Cusco, where you will take a flight to Lima, the Peruvian capital. Connection with your international flight.

Personal : English speaking assistance in Cusco

Transport :private vehicle for the transfer, flight Cusco-Lima (not accompanied)

Breakfast include

 

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Price

THE PRICE INCLUDES:

- Accommodation in 3*** hotels (local standards) and in homestay accommodation as scheduled in the program

- The meals mentioned as “included” in the program

- Private and collective ground transports

- Assistance at airports

- A local English speaking guide for the excursions mentioned in the program

- A local English speaking guide at Machu Picchu

- A local guide, the mule-drivers and the cook during the trekking

- The train Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes (go and back)

- The excursions in Colca canyon, Titicaca Lake and Sacred Valley

- The local flights Lima – Arequipa and Cusco – Lima

- The entrances to the sites scheduled in the program

 

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

- International flights

- Insurance

- Lunches and dinners not mentioned in the program (expect 5 to 10 USD per meal)

- Drinks

- Tips (2 USD/day/person for the guide and 1 USD/day/person for the carriers, mule-drivers, cooks)

- The entrance for the Chivay baths (4 USD)

- The single supplement: please ask us.

Organization

PERSONNEL

You will be accompanied by a local private English speaking guide at every leg of the journey. This means you will have a different guide for each region you will visit, depending on their specialization. The level of English of the guides varies from one region to another.

A few exceptions:

- For the Puno – Cusco trip, you will travel in a group touristic bus with an English / Spanish guide

- The trips in public transports (buses, shuttles, trains and internal flights) are not escorted.

 

ACCOMMODATION

In Peru, the hotel standards are different to what you may be accustomed to. Here are a few useful details on every type of accommodation:

- Camp: thanks to the perfect organization of our cook(s) and muleteer(s), you could really rest after a good day of walking. We have a tent for the kitchen, another one for to take the meals, another one for the bathrooms. For two persons, you will have a 3 places tent for more comfort. We also supply you a comfortable mattress and a basin of hot water at the beginning and at the end of the day for your toilet; and of course we prepare you warm and complete meals.

- Homestay accommodation: Basic comfort, communal toilets, no hot water and sometimes no running water, simple but clean rooms, sometimes no electricity  and the doors do not lock (however, there are no security problems).

- 2** and 3*** hotels (local standards): comfortable rooms, simple and clean, private bathroom with hot water; some hotels offer rooms equipped with a safe, heating system, mini bar, …

As far as our possibilities, we choose hotels whose geographical location will allow you to fully enjoy the town and its attractions.

 

MEALS

In order to allow you more freedom during your trip, only a few meals are included in our programs: these are the meals during the treks (cold at noon and hot in the evening) and during certain excursions when the conditions make it necessary (on the Puno-Cusco road, in the Sacred Valley, etc).

For the non-included meals, expect 5 to 10 USD per person. This allows you to choose the time, place and menu according to your desires!

 

TRANSPORTS

Most of the time of your trip, your travels will take place in private vehicles: you will have at your service a private vehicle with a Spanish speaking driver who will adapt to your rhythm (photo stop, shopping, etc. …).

Exceptions:

- For the Puno – Cusco / Chivay – Puno and Arequipa – Puno trips, you will travel in a group touristic bus that will make several stops and visits on the way.