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Peru with Elena Exploration

Pisac - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes - Cusco

2020: Sep 14 - Sep 21

Prepare to have your breath taken away (literally) on this incredible journey through Peru! Visit ancient sites, hike the famous Inca trails, wander through the wonder that is Machu Picchu, and indulge in delicious foods, including a cooking lesson, on this once-in-a-lifetime Peruvian experience.

  • 8 days

  • 10 - 20 spots

  • Double occupancy in 3-star hotels (single rooms available)

  • 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 2 dinners included

  • Fly into Cusco Airport (CUZ) - Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport. We'll provide 3 transfers on the first day between 8am - 5pm.

  • Fly out of Cusco Airport (CUZ) - Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport. We'll provide 2 airport transfers in the morning.

Activities Included

  • Pisac Ruins Tour
  • Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour
  • Machu Picchu Tour
  • Montana Machu Picchu Hike
  • Moray Salt Mines Tour
  • Peruvian Textile Demonstration
  • Cooking Lesson

Other Inclusions

  • Double Occupancy in 3-star Hotels
  • Local Guide throughout Trip
  • All City Transfers
  • Arrival Airport Transfer (until 5pm on first day)
  • Departure Airport Transfer (morning of last day)
  • 7 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches & 2 Dinners

Exclusions

  • International Flights
  • Food & Alcohol (except as noted)
  • Visas & Travel Insurance
  • Airport Transfers Outside of Designated Times

Your Host

Elena Taber

Elena is a California transplant who recently moved on her own to NYC. She is passionate about fashion, beauty, social justice, and exploring as much of the world as possible. Join her in soaking in the sunshine, exploring beautiful landscapes, and seeing what adventure is out there.

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Peru! You’ll be picked up at the airport before transferring to Pisac (~1 hr). Explore the Pisac Market on your own or rest up and adjust to the high altitude (11,000 ft) before you meet for the welcome dinner and cheers to the adventure to come!

Overnight in Pisac

Arrival: Fly into Cusco Airport (CUZ) - Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport. We'll provide 3 transfers on the first day between 8am - 5pm.

Included: Airport Transfer, Welcome Dinner


Day 2

Time to explore! Today you’ll hike up to the Pisac Ruins and learn about Quechua culture. Make sure to bring your camera, the viewpoints up here are surrounded by 360 degrees of mountains! After you hike back down to town, you’ll start making your way to Ollantaytambo. After a lunch stop on the way, explore this ancient town and the unique rock formations that surround it.

Overnight in Ollantaytambo

Included: Breakfast, Pisac Ruins Tour, Lunch, Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour


Day 3

Today involves a little travel so download your offline media and pack a book! You'll take a train ride to Aguas Calientes town, a bus to Machu Picchu, and then experience a private guided tour of the "Holy City of the Incas", the highlight of any trip to South America. After exploring this wonder of the world, head back to Aguas Calientes for a free evening.

Overnight in Aguas Calientes

Included: Breakfast, Machu Picchu Guided Tour


Day 4

Enjoy a free day to explore or join us on a guided hike! The Montana hike takes about 2-2.5 hrs round-trip. Climbing ancient Inca stone path steps you'll gain some elevation for a much deserved view of Machu Picchu. Remember to pack comfortable trekking shoes for this exhilarating trail!

Altitude of summit: 10,111 ft above sea level

Elevation gain from Machu Picchu: 2,139 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

After the hike, relax this afternoon before taking the train back to Ollantaytambo for the night.

Overnight in Ollantaytambo

Included: Breakfast, Montana Hike


Day 5

Today you'll make your way back to Cusco with stops along the way!

First you'll stop in Moray, a very unique archaeological site in the region. In these natural depressions, the Inca people built agricultural fields, which served as the prototype for greenhouses and experimental agriculture.

Next, you'll stop by the Moray Salt Mines. Comprised of more than 4,000 small pools terraced across a slope, here people extract salt using the same traditional methods as 500 years ago.

After a group lunch, the crew will visit the Chinchero Village to learn about traditional textiles!

Overnight in Cusco

Included: Breakfast, Moray Archaeological Tour, Moray Salt Mines Visit, Lunch, Peruvian Textile Demonstration


Day 6

Today you'll get to test your skills in the kitchen with a cooking lesson! Start by picking out fresh ingredients at the nearby San Pedro food market. Then, bring them to the kitchen to prepare an authentic three-course Peruvian meal. You'll have 3 menu options to choose from, which we'll go over at the beginning of your lesson. After, enjoy your creation!

The afternoon is free to explore on your own!

Overnight in Cusco

Included: Breakfast, Cooking Lesson


Day 7

Enjoy a free day or sign up for the optional Rainbow Mountain hike!

For those hiking, get ready for an early pickup as you make your way towards the mountain. Once you arrive at the trailhead, take a deep breath and start this high altitude climb! The huffing and puffing will all be worth it once you arrive at the gorgeous rainbow viewpoint at the top. Snap some pics and hike back down before heading back to Cusco with a stop for lunch along the way.

This evening, get back together one last time at the farewell dinner and cheers to new friendships and an incredible trip.

Overnight in Cusco

Included: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Optional: Rainbow Mountain Hike


Day 8

Unfortunately all good things must come to an end. Looking forward to traveling with you next time!

Included: Breakfast, Airport Transfer

Departure: Fly out of Cusco Airport (CUZ) - Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport. We'll provide 2 airport transfers in the morning.

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