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Incas built it. Spain conquered it. Machu Picchu immortalized it.

Come for the Sacred Valley’s history and beauty.

Stay for the people’s welcome and wisdom.

Explore THE SACRED VALLEY of Peru with Us

El Valle Sagrado, carved by the Urubamba river through the Peruvian Andes, is breathtaking in its beauty, and delightful for its Andean hospitality.

Climb Inca terraces and wander colonial towns. Meet farmers whose traditions haven’t changed for centuries. Learn the difference between llamas, alpacas and vicuñas. Explore Cusco, the Inca capital 11,154 feet above sea level. Ride the train to Inca citadel Machu Picchu. (Both are UNESCO World Heritage sites.) Ponder the swift demise of the Incas and the unlikely success of Spanish conquistadors. Hear also about Peru’s recent history and current crises. Enjoy the beautiful Sacred Valley. You will long cherish the personal encounters and thoughtful conversations that you find along the way.

Refuse to choose between adventure and learning!

Program Details

Suggested length: 12 days

Size of group: 11-16 participants is the perfect size for easy travel, personal encounters, flexibility, and full participation.

Price: we’ll work out a price that comes with no surprises. It will include domestic flights, accommodations, tips, private ground transport (with AC), group transfer to and from the airport, entrance fees, round-trip train to Machu Picchu, briefings, guides, and most meals including lunch with a women’s weaving co-op and with Quechua villagers. You will arrange your round-trip airfare to Lima and traveler’s insurance.

What to bring: walking shoes, hat, layers, rain shell, sunscreen, swimsuit, water shoes or flip flops, mosquito repellent, refillable water bottle, day pack, passport pouch, small flashlight, notebook, curiosity, appetite, and sense of humor.

A Sample Itinerary

Lima – 2 nights

Accomodation: Antigua Miraflores 

1 Day 1

Miraflores and Barranco, Peruvian dinner at Chef Maria

2 Day 2

Callao – Monumental

Historic Lima: Casonas y Vecinos, Lima Cathedral

Evening Symposium: The Church in Latin America, Liberation Theology, Prosperity Gospel

Sacred Valley – 4 nights

3 Day 3

Flight to Cusco

Pisac market, Inca fortress & terraces, Yucay terraces

4 Day 4

Lamay community day

Dinner at Bruce and Ale’s mountain place

Evening Symposium: Incan Empire, Spanish Conquest and the place of Religious Violence

5 Day 5

Visit to the Foundation Niños del Arcoiris

El Albergue garden, distillery, roastery, Pachamanca Lunch

Ollantaytambo market, Inca Sun Temple, Old town, museum, wine tasting

Evening Symposium: Machu Picchu, Mother Earth, sacred space and earth care

Overnight: El Albergue, Ollantaytambo

6 Day 6

Train to Aguas Calientes

Machu Picchu

Train to Ollantaytambo

Cusco – 3 nights

7 Day 7

Maras Inca salt pans, Moray Inca terraces

Chinchero: La Casa del Chullo, market, square, San Pedro church

Overnight: Antigua Casona San Blas, Cusco

8 Day 8

Cusco Historical Centre, Sacsayhuaman, viewpoint, Cristo Blanco

9 Day 9

Morning Symposium: Religious Syncretism, The Global South

Baroque Route and “Sistine Chapel of South America”

Cusco: Templo de la Compania de Jesus

10 Day 10

Morning flight to Lima, program ends, international flight

Optional extension: flight to Tarapoto, San Martin

San Martin – 2 nights

Accomodation: Bosque Guardián Lodge 

Relaxing afternoon – learn about the Lodge and its mission

Walk around the forest, swim in the river. Welcome dinner

Overnight: Bosque Guardián Lodge

11 Day 11

Early birdwatching, chocolate and paper workshops,

Learn about the Melipona bees and visit the nearby community.

Amazonian jungle experience at night

12 Day 12

Relaxing morning

Tarapoto, Amazonian lunch

Flight to Lima, program ends

Ready to craft your own itinerary?

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