Signature Sacred Valley Tour: Pachamanca Lunch at Local Family Home
Signature Sacred Valley Tour–This Peru Summit Adventures signature tour in the Sacred Valley allows you to go deeper in regarding the Andean life and understand about the local custom, cuisine, agriculture, and more. Experience this and more with a Peru Summit Adventures local private guide.
As named popularly Sacred Valley of the Incas or Urubamba valley as an official name, it is a relaxed and incomparably beautiful and tucked under the tawny skirts of formidable foothills of the Urubamba mountain range, long the home of attractive colonial towns, isolated weaving villages, the Rio (river) Urubamba, massive Incan agricultural terraces, ancient Incan temples, perfect to explore on this day tour with a Peru Summit Adventures private guide at your side. The Incas built several of the empire’s greatest estates, temples, and royal palaces between the sacred centers of Cusco and Machu Picchu positioned like great bookends at the south and north ends of the valley.
There are communities in the valley that still maintain as autochthon as possible as decades ago, which make us understand about the Incan civilization through them. On this tour, you will experience their daily life, their agricultural methods, and you will mingle with them, this a genuine experience that just few people have a chance to witness. The highlight is to share the “pachamanca” a traditional Peruvian dish based on the baking, with the aid of hot stones (the earthen oven is known as a huatia) part of the ingredients are lamb, pork, chicken or guinea pig, beans, potatoes marinated in spices. This is a unique way to experience the historical part, the local cuisine, and the cultural part of the Sacred Valley–Signature Sacred Valley Tour.
Places to explore on Signature Sacred Valley Tour
- Chinchero Inca ruins and colonial church
- Moray Incan farming testing center
- Maras Incan salt ponds
- Lunch at a local family’s home.
- Stop offs en route
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UPGRADED COMFORT: Premium or Comfort trips are led by Peru Summit Adventures experts, an experienced crew at your side, or top trip leaders/guides, and tap into private local experts' resources to allow for in-depth exploration and special access to unique sites that only the local leaders/guides know. Itineraries are carefully crafted and fully planned, with plenty of free time to roam. Camping gears are high-end and accommodations are high-end or best available. Ground transportation and most meals (especially in hikes) and activities are included in the trip price.
EASY - MODERATE: Designed for everyone. Hotel nights and/or lodge nights, day tours, nature walks, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking, horseback riding.
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While we expect the tour will run as the itinerary describes to Signature Sacred Valley Tour Cusco. Participants should accept that there is the possibility of changes, being necessary liable to local conditions, eg, strikes, natural disasters, these changes might be at the discretion of your travel company.
Min 2 ppl, Max 8 ppl
Minimum of 02 people is needed to depart. Family groups, couple travelers, friends, or even if you’re a SOLO traveler, you are welcome to our trips. Price is per person, which is based on two people who might share a room/tent. The itinerary is described and based on shared services as well as semi-private service; however, if you are looking for a private service, that would be upon request.
No, the number of people to visit these places are not limited yet, the entrance ticket can be purchased at one of the sites in the Sacred Valley (the entrance ticket is included); thus you could book this day tour even with a couple of days in advance.
Why experience the Signature Sacred Valley Tour Cusco
Since 2014 and since the very first day of our operation, Peru Summit Adventures has been blazing new ways of experiencing in Sacred Valley tours. Our trailblazing is just one reason we are a uniquely qualified local company to ensure you have a trip of a lifetime.
Peru Summit Adventures™ Advantages
- A new way of experiencing the Sacred Valley of the Incas visiting a local family’s home and some iconic places in a day with a Peru Summit Adventures private guide at your side.
- Embark on this private guided tour, enjoying insider-access opportunities and staying longer, made possible by Peru Summit Adventures’ small-private group, and explore the places that others don’t go.
- Very flexible crafted itineraries that no one else offers, if want to stay longer at a specific place, we do that!
- Includes all entrance tickets to ruins to all visited places, no hidden fees.
- Enjoy the typical local food–Pachamanca, prepared by local Quechua people.
- Local tour operator, you book with us, you travel with us, no middleman!
The following itinerary is only a SAMPLE, which is completely customizable based on your interest or you can stay with it.
At 7:30 am, your Peru Summit Adventures private guide comes at your hotel to pick you up, next, you will drive to the first site to visit, which is Maras salt mines, this place was the main provider salt center to Cusco and it’s still even today for many communities around and the Sacred Valley, where locals still farm the salt by hands as the Incas used to do it centuries ago.
The following site to visit is Moray, an Incan farming research center, because of this place, today we are able to have over 3000 sorts of potatoes and other plants, at this place you will see those spectacular rounded-shape terraces specially designed to get microclimates, which were good for plants adaptation and acclimatization.
After Moray, we will head out to the home of a local family where we will enjoy just prepared Pachamanca (underground cooked food), you will also learn and experience about their farming methods and local products, a true immersion into the local culture.
After enjoying lunch we will head out to our last place called Chinchero is a quaint village of great weavers with a lovely 17th colonial church and Incan archeological remains around, once here you will enjoy the picturesque atmosphere of this place and the rich history which will be delivered by your private guide. Once the tour is over, we will drop you off at your hotel.
Note on Itinerary
Although we do our very best possible to adhere to the schedule above, this itinerary is subject to change for several reasons beyond our control, including strikes, weather, natural disasters, and terrain conditions. On some occasions, these conditions may demand us to deviate from our original schedule, in which case we will provide the best available alternative options. And we’ll make a great experience of it!
Included on The Signature Sacred Valley Tour Cusco
- Private transportation with a professional driver.
- All transfer service to pick up from your hotel and drop you off at your hotel.
- Professional tour guide.
- Entrance ticket to visit the described Incan sites.
- Pachamanca lunch.
No Included on The Signature Sacred Valley Tour Cusco
- Extra expenses.
- Tipping (expected but not compulsory. your own appreciation).
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Making a choice of your right travel company/ tour operator is the most important decision you will make as you make your plans for a long-anticipated dreamed adventure. At first glance, some companies may seem cheaper. However, when you research a little deeper, you will see why traveling with Peru Summit Adventures assures that you will have the most memorable travel experience possible. In fact, we guarantee it, our TripAdvisor reviews say that.
Making genuine and sustainable itineraries often translate to real costs, with a host of responsible travel practices that underpin our prices, here are the reasons why you should go with us!
Little insignificant details make all the difference to get a successful trip and an unforgettable experience, that’s the point where our tailor-made trip specialists and destination experts work intensely. No stone is left unturned in our quest to deliver exceptional private tours, trekking tours, and expeditions in Peru. With us, it’s all about you and your traveling mates too, for sure! We take your wants, needs, time constraints, budgets, and personal travel style into account to deliver experiences that are far from standard.
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Could you imagine trying to hike silently along an isolated trail, carefully not disturbing shy wildlife, with 10 or 20 other travelers? Or walking on a remote area to explore the pristine wilderness with dozens of other tourists at your side? We know meaningful nature encounters must be undertaken in small groups. That’s why our trips come with an average of just four travelers, by far the smallest groups in the tourism industry across the country. This not only guarantees you more personal close-up wildlife experience, but a less-impact presence on the earth’s brittle natural places we love.
Besides, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu offer one of the world’s most spellbinding travel experiences. But it’s also a world-renowned destination, and touring the site in a big group with multitudes of tourists shoving for photos, and competing to hear the guide, your once in a lifetime visit to this World Heritage Site may lose its magic. Our Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley Trips are scheduled with an average of just four travelers or juts your own group, allowing for a deeper exploration of the lost city of the Incas, with our Local Experts / Tour Leaders.
We are very confident the quality of our Signature Sacred Valley Tour will get your expectations and that you will savor the best possible of cultural travel experience, nature travel experience, and adventure travel experience if you are dissatisfied, we’ll happily give you credit for an extra trip or for a future journey. It’s, to our knowledge, the best guarantee in the travel business.
We don’t believe any other tour companies make comparable trips when you take into account our unique itineraries and signature itineraries, impressive locations, small groups and quality Trek Leaders / Tour Leaders. But, should you come across a similar itinerary or matching itinerary of our quality at a cheaper price, even within 45 days after booking with us, we will happily refund the difference. It’s how we deliver our promise.
While other tour companies generally cancel their trips due to low participation of travelers or outsource to other big group tour operators for their travelers, we guarantee that we will never cancel a trip because of low signing-up or participation for the departure date neither get our travelers to other tour operators! This makes to our travelers the assurance and peace of mind to know their travel plans are insured and guaranteed.
Probably you will see that most of the tour operators mention it on their websites that are local tour companies, however, if you research a little deeper you will find out that’s not true, they might be although half of the operation is done from here and another half abroad, they even have NorthAmerican phone number or European phone numbers, which is a clue to find out, we are not against the foreigner companies or half foreign companies, what we are against is that they lie.
In Cusco exist just few truly local tour operators. If you did not know, foreign companies come to Peru to get rich without paying a General Sales Tax or Tax Contribution to our country. If you did not know that, according to the United Nations, for every US $100 spent on a tour in a developing country or foreign travel companies, only $5 stays in the local economy. Normally, almost all of the money flows back to large companies operating outside the destination countries. As we are a local family enterprise, we guarantee that your travel expenditures will support the local economy, and improve the lives of Peruvians through contributing to general sales tax.
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As a locally owned and based Peruvian tour company, we integrate these practices into our in-country operations we are aiming for a style of travel that makes the world a better place for everyone, and for everyone that lives in it. Since our very first days as a tour operator, responsible business has been at the heart of what we do. Peru Summit Adventures is committed not just to treading lightly, but to making a real difference by helping and investing in local communities, education initiatives, environmental conservation projects. These values are not more than just words, they are ingrained in the culture and philosophy of our crew, daily operations of Peru Summit Adventures trips, and at our office too.
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- Backpack to carry your things.
- Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March).
- Sunblock and sunglasses.
- Water bottle or canteen.
- Hands sanitizer
- American dollars and Peruvian soles in cash.
- Sun hat.
- Credit or debit card.
Whats the Trip Like
Your hotel’s front desk. Note: This is a private tour, that means, your tour your way since we do not have a fixed schedule to finish the tour at a certain time.
Depends on you since the tour is in private service.
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- Designed for everyone (kids, teens, adults)
- Small elevation changes along the way
- Some walks on uneven trails (it might have some Incan stairways)
To visit the historical sites in the Sacred Valley, it is important to purchase an admission partial ticket (Boleto Turistico Parcial) whose cost is PEN 70 Peruvian soles (USD 25 per ticket) which allows you to access four historical sites like Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Moray, and Chinchero (in other words, it is used only for Sacred Valley). This ticket is valid for 2 days. Therefore, in our quotation, this entrance ticket is included. If you take one of the day treks, in which, the historical sites are not part of the itinerary, so the admission ticket will be excluded from the quotation.
If you get planned to visit other historical sites out of Sacred Valley, like the ones located in Cusco, our recommendation is that you need to purchase the general admission ticket (Boleto Turistico General) whose cost is PEN 130 Peruvian Soles (USD 45 per ticket), this ticket allows you to visit 14 historical sites, which are located in Cusco, Southern part of Cusco, Sacred Valley, and some museums in Cusco city. The ticket is valid for 10 days. The Maras salt ponds ticket is not part of the boleto turistico parcial or boleto turistico general (partial or general ticket), this ticket should be purchased at the entrance of the same place, whose cost is PEN 10 Peruvian soles (about USD 4 per ticket).
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