Looking for more out of your Machu Picchu experience? For those who not only want to discover Inca history but also want to learn about local tradition, this tour will give you a great mix of both. Explore the ruins of the Sacred Valley, witness the marvel that is Machu Picchu, and spend quality time with a local family in a small community.
On this three-day experience, you will get to learn about the region’s rich history and how it carries on through the present. Gain a deeper appreciation for Andean culture as you explore Machu Picchu in a unique and truly local way.
Day 1: Tour the Sacred Valley and meet your host family
Today you will witness the beauty of the Sacred Valley not only through its incredible scenery, but also by immersing yourself in its history and customs. Spend the day touring impressive ruins and learning about local cultures before spending the afternoon learning from a local family. On this day, you will spend the night with a kind and welcoming host family, who will not only give you a comfortable place to stay but will also invite you into their family and teach you about local traditions.
Day 2: Hike the hidden ruins of the Sacred Valley
Today, you will continue along with your unique tour of the Sacred Valley. Rather than simply going to just the tourist attraction in the region, your local guide will take you off the beaten path to a small, but fascinating ruins atop a traditional village. After a full day learning about Inca culture and history, you will then go to Aguas Calientes, your starting point for Machu Picchu.
Day 3: Machu Picchu!
Today is the exciting day where you will finally get to witness the incredible world wonder. Today, you will learn all you need to know about the Inca Citadel with a knowledgeable local guide. Through a private tour, you’ll discover the mystery and beauty of Machu Picchu like you’ve always dreamed. With enough time to explore and ask as many questions as you like, you will end this tour not only having checked Machu Picchu off your bucket list, but also really appreciating the marvel itself.
Born in the beautiful province of Acomayo, right in the Andes Mountains, my love of the great outdoors began at a young age. When I was just a kid, my family moved to Cusco, where I discovered my love of tourism. I first began working in tourism as a porter on the Inca Trail. It was really hard work, but working with the guides inspired me to become one as well. I went to school to study tourism. I remember the day I received my license as an official tour guide like it was yesterday! It was such an exciting moment to be able to lead people on the trail, and now 16 years later, I still get that same excitement every time I host a tour. A few years ago, I decided to take my passion and begin my own tour company. My hope that through my tours, I can show travelers not only the beauty and history of the region but also teach them about the rich Andean culture.
Growing up in a small town in the Sacred Valley, I was raised to always respect and love Mother Nature. As a kid, I always admired the tour guides passing through my town. Not only did they get to explore some of the most beautiful parts of the country, but they got to meet people from all over the world. I became determined that I too would become a tour guide. As soon as I was old enough, I moved to Cusco to study tourism and become a certified Inca Trail guide. For about 14 years now, I have been leading tours, and discovered that, beyond taking my guests on the “typical” paths, I wanted to be a unique guide and take them to the unique interesting spots other guides weren’t going to. I also have studied medicinal plants and love teaching my travelers about the many fascinating benefits these plants can have.
I was born in the Apurimac region of Peru in an indigenous community with rich agricultural land. As a kid, I learned from my parents how to work on the field and the importance of maintaining our culture’s age-old traditions. Although I left my small town at a very young age to go to elementary school in Cusco, I’ve carried this appreciation for ancient culture my whole life. Living in the magical city of Cusco, I was able to expand upon my knowledge of my ancestors even more and was inspired to take this knowledge and share it with others. After studying tourism in school, I became a tour guide, specializing in ancient cultures. Having been born in a village in an indigenous village and as a native speaker of the Quechua language, teaching travelers from all over the world about the history and land has been an absolute dream.