"Not really part of the experience, but got to teach 2 English classes. This really gave me a unique perspective of the culture!"
- Jeff, USA, Cusco Close-up Tour

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Trek with us and $20 of your trek price is donated to generate a sustainable trekking industry in the Andes, and the NGO: ThreadsofPeru.com

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Typical dress in Peru, weaving women

Andean Cultural Immersion - 9 days

This is the ideal package for the visitor that likes to sleep in a comfortable bed at night, yet experience off the beaten track adventures during the day!    This tour is designed to include some of the gastronomic delights of the Cusco area, include a hands on workshop at a community agritourism project, visit communities where the NGO Threads of Peru works, as well as some of the not to be missed highlights of the Cusco and Sacred Valley region. The tour culminates in a visit to Machu Picchu!  This is ideal for people visiting Cusco in the rainy season – you can get out and about during the day – but have shelter at night!   
All days are designed to be full – but not exhausting. You will depart from your hotel at around 9am each day (unless specified)
If you do not have time for this well rounded and comprehensive itinerary, you can remove any of the days from the itinerary so that you have a custom designed, personalized itinerary.

Apus Peru are specialists in creating custom designed, tailor made Peru tours for the discerning, off the beaten track traveller, featuring Machu Picchu, Cusco and the Inca Trail. Talk to your travel consultant about what you would like to see, and they will create your very own experience!

  • Note: This tour starts/ends in Cusco. If you would like us to organise for you a Lima extension, please ask us for details.

Andean Cultural Immersion 9d - at a glance

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Highlight: Horseriding or hiking tour of the four ruins, Sacred Valley hiking tour, overnight in traditional Sacred Valley village, Machu Picchu by train, extra day in Aguas Calientes to soak up the area around Machu Picchu, day in Cusco to appreciate this fabulous cosmopolitan city.

Location: Cusco City, Sacred Valley, Chinchero, Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes

Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights

Level: easy/moderate

Departure dates: any day with two people.

Price Options (see price details to right):

>Standard option** with Standard accommodation -(Code CACI9-S)

>Comfort Plus option***with Comfort Plus ccommodation (Code CACI9- CP)

>Deluxe option****with 4 or 5 star Luxury accommodation (Code CACI9- D)


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Andean Cultural Immersion 9 days - Full Itinerary (code CACI9)

Day 1 - Lima/Cusco
Upon arrival in Cusco you will be transferred to your selected hotel. We suggest taking an early flight, so you can see as much as you can on your first day in Cusco!

Once you have freshened up, your guide will meet you for a three hour City tour that gives you a great orientation to the city of Cusco, so you can get a feel for the principal sites and areas of interest! This is a gentle walking tour, suitable for all fitnesses.

The tour will start with a pickup at your hotel (so the order of visits may vary depend on where your hotel is).  Principal sites to visit are the Coricancha and the Cathedral.  The Coricancha (the golden enclosure) was the most important religious centre in Inca times. Nowadays it is also the Santo Domingo Convent. Your tour will explore both Inca history and the history of the conquest.   From here, we will visit The Cathedral, in which the first stone was placed in 1560. This marvel of the religious art possesses approximately 300 paintings of the Cusqueña School.
Depending on your interests, you will also visit:

  • Plaza de Armas of Cusco
  • Barrio San  Blas
  • Plaza Kusipata and Plaza San Francisco
  • San Pedro Market.
  • Prominent weaving houses.

As 3 hours is a short period of time it will be unlikely that you will visit all of these sites during your tour. If you wish to visit all of these sites, you should consider a 5 hour tour, or even a full day.
This tour does not include flights from Lima to Cusco. We can organise these for you on request. Please ask your Apus Peru travel consultant for more information and costs.

Hotel Cusco
Standard: Andenes al Cielo or Andariego
Standard Plus: Casa San Blas or Second Home Cusco
Deluxe: Inkaterra La Casona or Casa Cartagena

Included restaurant:
Pachapapa – solid Andean food, good atmosphere

Day 2 - Cusco/ Four ruins, including Sacsayhuaman
You will start early, being picked up from your hotel in transferred to the spectacular fortress ruins of Sacsayhuaman above the city. Here you have the choice of mounting up on local horses or continuing by vehicle to TamboMachay, PucaPucara, the Temple of the Moon and then to Q’enqo.  The first half of the day concludes with a guided visit to the impressive Sacsayhuaman with views across Cusco.  Our flexible itinerary allows you to walk down from Sacsayhuaman to Cusco (an interesting walk that helps in acclimatization for trekkers) or take private transport. After lunch, we will have a walking tour of Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas and the “Belly button” of the world.  In the afternoon you can choose between a collection of fascinating cultural experiences in Cusco such as a Cusquenian and Contemporary Art Tour, Chocolate.
Hotel Cusco
Standard: Andenes al Cielo or Andariego
Standard Plus: Casa San Blas or Second Home Cusco
Deluxe: Inkaterra La Casona or Casa Cartagena

Restaurant included - Inka Wall.
Apart from having a great selection of meals, each night the Inka Wall offers a  folklore show, with typical and regional dances, great latin music, and also a very special Inka Show.

Day 3 - Cusco/South Valley
Today we delve into the mystical side of Cusco and Peru, as we follow the itinerary for this tour
Hotel Cusco
Standard: Andenes al Cielo or Andariego
Standard Plus: Casa San Blas or Second Home Cusco
Deluxe: Inkaterra La Casona or Casa Cartagena

Restaurant recommendation
Given you will have been enjoying a number of different culinary delights during the day, we have left your restaurant choice open, so you can have something that suits your appetite.
Evening entertainment
You will meet the bus at the main square to visit the very interesting Planetarium of Cusco where we will learn more about Andean cosmology and view of the universe.

Day 4 - Cusco/Chincheros/ Maras-Moray/ Urubamba
Today we will leave Cusco and head out into the mountains for some gentle hiking with this interesting tour to the weaving village of Chincheros and then onto the varied shapes of Maras, Moray and Salineras.
We will lunch with a local family at the Chichubamba tourism project.  This a  well organised, and community owned initiative. You have the chance to participate in three agritourism activities. If you want to make your own ceramic.  You leave it with the ceramic makers to fire, and when you return from Machu Picchu you can pick it up!
Hotel options
Standard: El Huerto Paraiso
Standard Plus:  Casa Colibri Eco Lodge Inkallpa
Deluxe: Tambo del Inka or Sol and Luna
El Huacatay – this small restaurant in Urubamba created by Pio and Iris has become one of the most creative kitchens in the región.   The owners don’t simply try to make each dish a marvelous experience for the sense, but that the restaurant is part of the charm of the experience.

Day 5 – Peruvian Paso Horse / Urubamba  
Your ability to participate in this experience depends on your ability to ride a horse. However the operators of this activity are able to offer something for beginners through to advanced riders. 
A simple ride to relax and enjoy the scenery around Pichingoto, offering an opportunity to discover this tiny Quechua village whose origin is lost in time.
We will ride the horses alongside the river Vilcanota, using countryside trails surrounded by vast expanses of farmland. Along the way we will see some houses that are carved into the side of the mountain like caverns, with adobe facades, which are currently being used by members of the community who are descendents from the Quechuas.

After lunch you  return to your hotel to have the afternoon free to have a spa at one of Urubamba´s health spas, write in your journal, or take a long meandering walk in the local area.

Hotel options – as previous night
Restaurant  -open

Day6:Ollantaytambo/ Typical Weaving Villages
Today is likely to be one of the most memorable of your tour, as you visit  a remote Weaving Village where Threads of Peru works in the Patacancha Valley.
**ALL NEW – working with the people of the village of Rumira Sondormayo, Apus Peru and its partner NGO Threads of Peru, are working with the villagers to develop rustic homestays in this village.  If you are interested in being part of this project, by either donating funds for new sheets or blankets, or being “guinea pigs” (ie trial guests) please let us know. **
In mid afternoon you will take your Vistadome train to Machu Picchu.
Hotel Aguas Calientes
Standard: La Payacha Hostal   
Standard Plus: Gringo Bills, Rupa Wasi or La Cabaña    
Deluxe: Inkaterra Machu Pueblo Hotel, Hotel Sumaq,  Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge (the only hotel with views of Machu Picchu.
included Restaurant:
Indio Feliz, considered one of Aguas Calientes’ best.

Day 7 - Aguas Calientes/ Machu Picchu/ Ollantaytambo
Early in the morning, we take a bus to ascend to the famous "The Lost City of the Incas," rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. This citadel is considered one of the most extraordinary examples of landscape architecture in the world. It straddles a mountain ridge surrounded by lush tropical forest. We will have a guided tour that includes the Main Square, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Circular Towers, the Sacred Sun Dial and Burial Grounds.
Included is lunch at the buffet Tinkuy restaurant at Machu Picchu Sanctuary lodge. After your fill of different Peruvian delicacies you will be able to return to Machu Picchu for another look at the sanctuary.
Mid Afternoon, we will return to Ollantaytambo by Vistadome train.
Hotel Ollantaytambo
Standard: El Albergue, Standard Room   
Standard Plus: El Albergue, Superior room   
Deluxe: Tambo del Inka or Sol y Luna  (both located in Urubamba, not in Ollantaytambo)

Day 8 -Urubamba/ Pisaq/ Pisaq Market/ Cusco
Today after a sleep in, and having several hours free to wander Ollantaytambo or do some shopping we  will head off across the Sacred Valley to Pisaq , where will first visit the spectacular ruins.   Here you can enjoy a breathtaking hike that will help your acclimatization. At the beginning of a trail, you can explore the different complexes at your own pace, noting different architectural styles and impressive engineering feats. Your transportation will meet you in the main square of Pisaq after you have carefully descended through the terraces.  (you have the option of returning to Pisaq village by vehicle, if you should wish).
After visiting the ruins we will descend to the famous Pisaq market where you will have some time to do some shopping and then have a late lunch. Over time, Pisaq became an important center for handicraft production, and has become famed for having one of the largest artisan markets in Latin America.  The market is filled with great buys – textiles, woolen beanies, jewelry, tapestries, tshirts and much more. 
In the afternoon we will head back to Cusco via the weaving centre at Awanacancha.  The center exhibits weaving products from several local communities, and more importantly one has the opportunity to view the traditional weavers in action using dyed wool yarns from alpaca, llama, vicuna, etc. One of the other highlights of this visit was a chance to pet alpacas and llamas.
Hotel Cusco
Standard: Andenes al Cielo or Andariego
Standard Plus: Casa San Blas or Second Home Cusco
Deluxe: Inkaterra La Casona or Casa Cartagena

Day 9 - Cusco/Lima
After breakfast, you will have the opportunity for some last minute souvenir shopping or a stroll around Cusco’s atmospheric streets.    At a pre organised time, you will be transferred to Cusco airport and assisted on your departure flight to Lima.


  • If you have an international connection, please make sure you allow enough time between your local flight arriving and your international flights departure.

Itinerary notes

  • this is an example itinerary only, this can be shortened by one day or altered to meet your needs.
  • this itinerary can be extended to include airport pickups and transfers, a city tour and accomodation in Lima, if required. You an also chose to extend your holiday in Peru to visit the Amazon jungle at Puerto Maldonado. Please ask us for more information or ask to see a sample itinerary

Styles of Travel

Apus Peru provides you the flexibilty to choose our innovative and off the beaten track tours whether you are a budget, or luxury traveller. Our high quality of guide service stays the same, but depending on what Style of Travel you choose, you have different levels of hotels and meals.


What is included?

  • All transport in private vehicle
  • Accommodation in the hotels as described
  • Activities as described
  • English/Spanish/Quechua speaking guide
  • Meals as listed
  • Entry fees.

What is not included?

  • Breakfast on the first morning.
  • Tips for the guide, and driver.

AVAILABLE DISCOUNTS (these discounts are not cumulative

  • Students: US$ 30.00 (students require a valid International Student Identity Card. Please beware that Youth Travel Cards are not valid)
  • Teenagers: US$ 20.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
  • Children: US$ 45.00 (up to 10 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)


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