Machulas journey is offering also homestay around sacred valley of the inca...
In the region of Cusco, you can find a variety of traditions and customs, especially in the sacred valley. Nowadays most of the people visit the sacred valley just to see the Inca ruins but not to explore the villages and towns. Machulas journey is one of the companies that identifies with the Andean culture and we are proud to show our traditions and customs. Many people don’t have the opportunity to see the local life.
This journey is a nice option for all culture lovers because on this tour you will have the opportunity to enjoy a mixture of traditions and customs. On this tour you will learn a lot about local tradition, what the people do on holidays, festivities as well as what kind of dishes they eat. It is difficult to see this kind of life on the common sacred valley tours. That’s why we recommend this new tour to every client, who wants to do have a different experience. For Machulas journey nothing is impossible, stop thinking and joint us we are ready to help you.
We will pick you up from your hotel around 8:00am. From there you will be taken by our private van to Awana Cancha where you will see a weaving center and (alpaca, llama vicuña farm). Here we will learn about llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, and guanacos and we will get to know different varieties of maize and potatoes. Furthermore, we will see the traditional dyeing process of Andean textiles. After that we will visit a famous lookout to enjoy a great view of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will be able to appreciate the tremendous flat farming area which is still used for the cultivation of many different crops. Of course, our tour guide will be proud to teach you about this place. After a short ride we reach the town of Pisac where we will visit the local handicraft market. Here our tour guide will explain you about the villager’s traditions and show you around this town. The handicraft market is the most important one in the Sacred Valley because many people come here, from different communities or village, to interchange their goods like foods, clothing and potteries for products that they need. This ferry takes place every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.
Furthermore, there is a mass in Quechua on Sunday morning. During mass the concurrence of the local authorities such as the major appear, dressed up in typical clothes and carrying the “vara” (stuff) as symbol of authority followed by a group of indigenous people blowing their “potutos” (marine shell) announcing that an important person is passing. After this amazing tour in Pisac we continue driving to the tiny village of Coya where we stop in order to show you the typical dish of this region the roasted guinea pig. If you want, you can have a tasty guinea pig for lunch. Then we continue to Urubamba to have our “real” lunch in one of the restaurant. The lunch is not included in the tour price. After a delicious buffet lunch, we visit the town of Yucay which is very different from Pisac. Here you will find many fruits such as strawberries, peaches, cherry’s, pears, as well as corn plantation and a huge variety of vegetables. Once we have explored Yucay we will return to your hotel in Cusco. If you are staying in the Sacred Valley please let your tour guide know so that he can drop you out at your hotel.
Today we will start our trip at around 8:00am, your tour guide picks you up at your hotel. Then we will drive directly to Ollantaytambo. Here in this town the people are dressed with traditional blouses, ponchos, and hats, working on their fields by hand and carrying their products to the colorful markets in Urubamba, Chincheros and other nearby towns. Once in town the guide will take us to an original Inca street. The house here was built on Inca bases. Then we visit one of the typical houses where the property owner will be proud to show us her guinea pig farm as also the processing of the Inca beer known as chicha or “ajha” in quechua language. It would be nice to leave a little tip for our host (voluntary).
Then we drive to Urubamba where we have lunch. After lunch we will visit the village of Maras. Most of the people living here are Christians and almost every house we will see has a colonial front door and is built of adobe. It is very impressive how the people keep on with their traditions. We continue our trip until we reach the famous salt mine. This mine is very big and contains more than 5000 salt pools, the water is very natural and comes from the underground. Of course, our tour guide will tell you all about this attraction. After that we drive to Chincheros, where we will meet local ladies, dressed up in their typical clothes. We will visit one of the local houses in order to learn about their traditions such as the technique used to weave belts, ponchos, and shawls. We will also learn how to dye the textile using natural colors from different plants as well as how to weave by hand. After receiving this interesting background information you can buy some souvenirs to collaborate or leave some motivation in order to support this tradition. Finally, we will drive back to Cusco where our driver and tour guide leave you next to your hotels.
$320 per person.
Groups of 3-4 $280 per person
Groups of 5-6 or more $220 per person.
$350 per person.
Groups of 3-4 $300 per person.
Groups of 5-6 or more $250 per person.
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