Come with us to THE SACRED VALLEY -- Peru

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

Come for the wonders. Stay for the history.

Climb Inca terraces and wander colonial towns. Meet farmers whose ways haven’t changed for centuries. Learn the difference between llamas, alpacas and vicuñas. Ride the train to Inca citadel Machu Picchu, and explore Cusco, 11,154 feet above sea level (both of them 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. Of course you will enjoy the beautiful Sacred Valley. You will also long cherish the personal encounters and thoughtful conversations that you find there.

Refuse to choose between adventure and learning!


Program length: 8 days and 8 nights

 Size of group: 15 participants maximum. The perfect size for easy travel, personal encounters, flexibility, and full participation.  

Price includes: 
round-trip flight from Lima to Cusco, transfers to/from airports and hotels, 8 nights superior accommodation, tips, VIP ground transport, entrance fees, round-trip train to Machu Picchu, carbon offset payment for domestic flight and ground transport, briefings, lectures and guides, all breakfasts and 9 lunches or dinners, including lunch with a women’s weaving co-op and with Quechua villagers.

Price does not include: round-trip international airfare to Lima (participants arrange own flights and are encouraged to offset carbon), any meals not specified in itinerary, personal traveler’s insurance, alcoholic beverages and other personal expenses.

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


Airport transfer
Welcome group dinner

Callao – Monumental and group lunch Historic Lima guided tour
Symposium: Lima & Peru – recent challenges

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Transfer to airport, fly to Cusco
Transfer to Pisac, market
Guided visit to Pisac Inca fortress & terraces
Transfer to Yucay
Group dinner
Symposium: Incan Empire, Spanish Conquest and the place of Religious Violence

Lamay community day with Franco Negri
Group lunch with villagers in Huayllafara

Ollantaytambo Inca Sun Temple
Group lunch at Chuncho Restaurant
El Albergue farm, distillery, school
Free time in Ollantaytambo, dinner on your own
Symposium: Machu Picchu, Mother Earth, sacred space and earth care

Train to Agua Calientes, bus to citadel
Group lunch at Sanctuary Lodge
Guided afternoon visit to Machu Picchu, return by train

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Maras salt pans
Moray Inca terraces
Pachamanca lunch at Chinchero
Artisan weaving demonstration at AWAY 
Chinchero market, Historic town square, San Pedro church
Continue to Cusco, free time
Symposium: The Church in Latin America, Liberation Theology, The Prosperity Gospel

Morning guided walking tour of Cusco Centro Historico including Plaza de Armas, Catedral, Qoricancha, Mercado San Pedro
Group lunch at Raymi
Guided tour of Sacsayhuaman, mirador, Cristo Blanco
Free time
Farewell dinner at Chicholina
Symposium: The Global South

Transfer to Cusco airport, flight to Lima
Curiously Global program ends
International flight

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Check out this introduction to Peru by Marca Perú.