Serendipity has always been kind to me, and I believe that cultivating the ability to trust serendipity – to follow its compass — is one of the essential travel arts. A journey I took a few years ago to Easter Island provided the perfect example of the gifts that serendipity can sometimes bestow. That journey […]
Explore the cradle of the Inca Empire with a deeply knowledgeable Peruvian guide on this rich journey beginning in Sacred Valley and continuing on to the mysterious Machu Picchu, and the cultural riches of Cusco and Lima. Each destination features a well-positioned, wonderful lodge, and dinner at a hand-picked local restaurant. From the llamas and traditional weavers of Awanacancha to the multi-colored salt mines of Maras and the extraordinary Machu Picchu, this is a remarkable “off the beaten path” journey.
After meeting in Lima, we fly to Cusco and head straight for the Sacred Valley, mountain-clad and brimming with possibilities. On our first day alone, we’ll visit the Awanacancha Weaving Cooperative, explore the temples and tunnels of the Pisac complex, and shop at the robust Pisac Market. This evening’s welcome dinner will be lively! Other days are spent visiting a hillside town with a 17th century colonial church, hiking to an even smaller town, and marveling at the archaeological wonders of Moray and colorful salt mines of Maras.
Leaving, we board a train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, gateway to Machu Picchu, spending most of the day in the Lost City of the Incas. Another day will be yours to choose – return to Machu Picchu, hike to a waterfall, or visit a spectacled bear conservation area.
Cusco is our next destination, and we’ll spend two days taking in the remarkable Incan architectural ruins, religious sites, markets, and more. Finally, we fly to Lima, where we spend much of the day before boarding night flights home.