Discover the mystery and excitement of one of the new world wonders on this two-day tour. Forget big bus tours; along the way, you will be given the private treatment, with expert local guides providing you insight into the local and Inca culture. Visit some of the most impressive sights the area has to offer before your exciting trip to Machu Picchu. With two days packed with history, heritage, and culture, make the most of your Machu Picchu trip with this personalized aventura.
Day 1: Chinchero, Maras, and Moray
Through the scenic Sacred Valley of the Incas, you will catch a glimpse of the incredible natural beauty of the Sacred Valley with its snowcapped Urubamba Mountain range. The first stop along the way will be Chinchero, a lovely town traditionally renowned for its spectacular weaving. Here, we will see and learn about the art of Peruvian weaving, a color riot and feast for the eyes. Next, your local guide will drive you to the circular Inca ruins of Moray, the extraordinary Inca earthwork thought to be where the Incas experimented with innovative agricultural techniques. After this incredible sight, you will visit another Sacred Valley marvel, the Salinas de Maras. These naturally-occurring, yet mysterious, salt pans have been in operation since before the Incas!
After a delicious picnic lunch, you will head to Ollantaytambo to see the astonishingly intricate Inca fortress that resides over the city. After marveling at these well-preserved ruins, you will get plenty of time to enjoy the quaint and beautiful town itself. After a few hours of wandering and relaxing, you will take the train to Aguas Calientes, the town just below Machu Picchu. Once you arrive in town, hotel staff will be waiting for you with a sign with your name on it. Your guide will meet you at the hotel when it's convenient for you, to give you the briefing about your visit to Machu Picchu the following day.
Day 2: Machu Picchu
Rising with the sun this morning, your exciting trip to one of the new world wonders begins today! After the 25-minute bus ride to Machu Picchu, your expert guide will lead you to the exploration of a lifetime. Together, you will discover the many curious corners of this enigmatic ancient citadel. The guided tour will have an average duration of 2 hours, and afterward, you will be given plenty of time to explore sights on your own, such as the Inca bridge or the mountain of Huayna Picchu.
It is important to mention that, if you wish to climb Huayna Picchu, you must be in good physical condition. At the end of your visit, you will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes for lunch before boarding the train back to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival, your private transport will be there to take you back to Cusco, for a well-deserved rest!
Born in Cusco, my family has always loved being active. In fact, I come from a family of champion kayakers and guides. My dad was one of the first kayak guides in all of Peru, and my brother was a pioneer in the field, kayaking through the toughest rivers in the Americas and representing Peru in international competitions. Seeing the passion and adventure within my family made me want to follow in my father’s footsteps and become a guide.
After working for many years in mainstream tourism, I decided I wanted to lead my own tours rather than work for other companies. I wanted my tours to really focus on protecting the environment, providing high-quality experiences, and taking travelers off the beaten path. I’ve worked in tourism for 15-years, and I love being outside everyday, sharing the beauty of Peru with travelers and exploring my own country. In fact, when I’m not leading tours, I’m often bringing my five kids on treks of our own. Already I can see some of them develop a dream to lead tours, just like I did as a kid on tours with my dad. I guess you can say adventure really does run in my family!
Growing up in a small village near Cusco, some of my richest childhood memories involve learning about my ancestral heritage. As the son of a family of farmers, my culture’s rich agricultural tradition was an integral part of my life and taught me to be truly proud of my background. As I heard the stories of my culture, I was always excited and wanting to learn more, so much so that it became my ultimate dream to go to university. Determined to make it to university, I worked many odd jobs and spent endless hours studying. Not only did I get my degree, but through school I realized my true dream, to become a tour guide.
I’ve been working now as a tour guide for the past 11 years and still feel extremely lucky to have achieved my dream. Whether I’m meeting a tour group, listening to cooking tips from one of our chefs, or discovering a new path along the Inca Trail, I’m so happy to have found a job that lets me do what I do best: learn. I love taking my guests off the beaten path, showing them the real Peru beyond what the tourists see. Through my tours, I love to share my ancestor’s culture, customs, and beautiful land.
Through my many years as a tour guide, I’ve discovered that my ultimate partner in leading tours is Mother Nature. As an adventure guide in Peru, I have led tours in the mountains and jungles on all sorts of tours like trekking, mountain biking, and birdwatching. Not only have I taken travelers all over my beautiful home country of Peru but also to fascinating neighboring countries like Chile, Ecuador, and Bolivia.
I’ve been so lucky to have witness such beauty in South America, and because of this experience I have developed a profound appreciation for the environment and commitment to ecotourism. Through my tours, I hope to not only show travelers to beautiful parts of Peru but also educate them on the importance of protecting the land. My tours are also centered around social responsibility and supporting local communities through education and preservation. Peru is a beautiful place, and I want to show this to travelers from all over the world. I hope that by going on my tours I can provide them with a newfound love for Earth and our local culture. Through responsible travel, we can really create a global appreciation for the world we live in, and in turn we can protect it.