Tucked deep in the Andes Mountains, the Sacred Valley is a magical land of green hills, distant snowcapped peaks and calm lakes. We’ll follow the river that snakes through the valley to Machu Picchu then onwards to the historic city of Cusco. This is an unparalleled journey that will introduce you to the wildlife, gastronomy, culture & history of this epic corner of the world!
Over the course of 7 days, experience a Peru that few get to see (and taste!). Walk alongside llamas to a stunning mountain vista, meet with the man who is revolutionizing Peruvian cuisine with the potato, spend a day in a rural community meeting with local children & weavers and uncover breathtaking views of Machu Picchu. Stay in some of Peru’s finest 5* properties and delve into Peru’s iconic food scene during gourmet dinners in the valley.
A High-End Journey of Culture & Inspiration
Stunning five-star hotels, unforgettable Peruvian gastronomy, exclusive meetings with cultural icons and, oh yes, Machu Picchu. This is Discover Corps’ Peru!
The areas around Cusco and the Sacred Valley are home to some of the most well-preserved traditional communities and innovative conservation projects. Meet the cheerful farmers, weavers and children in the village of Ccorccor where we’ll learn about the colorful fabrics used for weaving and play games with the kids. Visit one of the area’s most famous hat makers, Elvira Argandano, whose family has made over six hundred thousand hats for residents of the Andes. Join the team at the Llama Pack Project – a non-profit organization that is reintegrating llamas into daily life in the Andes. And finally enjoy a special lunch prepared by Manuel Choqque, the world-famous “Potato Whisperer” who is revolutionizing the field of gastronomy.
Where You’ll Stay
Start your trip in the Sacred Valley at the 5* Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba. All rooms in the Casa Hacienda are stand-alone luxury casitas feature breathtaking views of the valley, immersing you in open space, serenity and relaxing solitude. The charm of this property cannot be described with 360-degree panoramas of the mountains and a spa that is unrivaled.
We’ll continue on to the cloud forests of Machu Picchu where we’ll base ourselves at the 5* Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. This is an intimate property with terraced hills, waterfalls, stone pathways and 83 whitewashed adobe casitas tucked away in the cloud forest. The property has 12 acres of exquisite natural beauty with 214 bird species and the largest orchid garden in the world.
End the journey in Cusco at the 5* Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel. This five-century old mansion with original Incan walls that sits directly across the from the iconic Koricancha, or Temple of the Sun. The colorful rooms surround a traditional courtyard where you’ll enjoy morning breakfast & coffee. At your doorstep is the oldest living city in South America – Cusco.
Land in Cusco and venture to the Sacred Valley. Along the way, visit markets and enjoy lunch at a stunning hacienda. The next day, visit some of the area’s iconic residents including Elvira at the Maras Hat Workshop and Manuel, the potato whisperer. Spend an afternoon with a local community project. Continue the adventure in the Sacred Valley with a llama hike alongside members of the pioneering Llama Pack Project.
Experience the ruins of Ollantaytambo and learn to make Peruvian pottery at the renowned workshop of Pablo Seminario. On Day 4, we’ll venture to Machu Picchu and explore the cloud forests of Aguas Calientes. Return to Cusco on Day 6 to experience the most iconic sites of the city and sample the city’s famous cuisine. Fly home or continue on to the extension to the Amazon Rainforest.
Your Expert Local Guide
Discover Corps’ expert family of guides around the world are by your side throughout the journey. Please note that the actual guide may vary from date-to-date.
Born and raised in Cusco, Sergio attended one of the oldest universities in South America before working as an English teacher for the American-Peruvian Binational Center. Sergio has traveled extensively around Cusco and Peru and visited several countries in South America while working as a tour guide for nearly a decade. He is passionate about immersing travelers into Peruvian culture, providing a local experience that is truly behind-the-scenes.
Optional Post-Trip Extension
Discover Corps’ post-trip extensions allow you to extend your experience beyond the core itinerary and explore unique corners of the destination.
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Dates and Prices
Our trips are inclusive of all activities, lodging, transport and meals to make your experience hassle-free.
- Double Occupancy Price. Children’s pricing applies to travelers 16 years old and younger sharing a room with an adult
- Single Room Supplement = $995. You are required to pay this SRS fee if we are unable to find you a suitable roommate.
- Accommodation at a range of hand-picked 5-star boutique properties
- All transportation including roundtrip airport transfer
- All meals from welcome dinner on Day 1 through breakfast on final day (one free dinner)
- An active daily itinerary that includes all scheduled activities
- A bilingual, licensed guide that will be by your side through the entire journey
- $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
- Trip literature and pre-departure support from Discover Corps
- 24-hour Discover Corps emergency hotline
What’s Not Included:
- Tips for the Discover Corps guide and driver
- Alcoholic beverages
- One free dinner during the itinerary
- International airfare
Our intimate, small-group departures consist of like-minded travelers. Don’t see a date that works? Want to make it private? Schedule a personal travel consultation and we’ll make it happen.
November 19-25, 2023
April 14-20, 2024
June 9-15, 2024
July 14-20, 2024
July 28-August 3, 2024
September 29-October 5, 2024
November 24-30, 2024