The perfect combination: Coffee & Chocolate
A route that combines learning with adventure, remote villages with Highlight Machu Picchu,
Andean altitudes with jungle environment.
The Perfect Combination
The Coffee & Chocolate route: hike a spectacular Inka Trail to reach coffee & cacao plantations in the Machu Picchu jungle. Walks are short and beautiful:
the key is experience. Harvesting coffee and cacao and participating in the whole process, will give a new dimension to your visit to Machu Picchu.
Day 1 Cuzco (or Ollantaytambo) - Huayopata
AM Transfer Cuzco - Huayopata (5 hours from Cuzco), passing the Malaga Pass (4.300 masl) and from there down into the upper jungle (1.500 masl).
PM Share the daily life of the host family, get to know their plantation with fruits, vegetables, cacao and coffee. Depending on the season we’ll participate in an agricultural activity, like harvesting fruits or coffee beans!
Night Dinner with a local family in Huayopata, overnight stay in their private lodge with hot water (two triple rooms with shared bathroom)
Day 2 Huayopata - Huacayupana
AM In the morning, we will go to a cacao farm to learn to make our own chocolate! The whole process from the fruit to the chocolate will be explained to us, and we will fully participate in it.
Afterwards, a ride of about one hour will take us to the beginning of a hike (beautiful 2,5-hour Inka trail option, or shorter and easier one-hour option), with beautiful flora, impressive views and quite astonishing depths. Finally, we’ll arrive in Huacayupana for a refreshing lemonade and lunch, offered by the host.
PM In the afternoon, proud “cafetalero” will explain
us all about the organic coffee process from the bean to the cup, and his life on this mountain ridge. In order to provide shadow to the coffee plantations, the coffee farmers grow other crops like bananas, citrus fruits, avocado and mango, aside from corn and beans.
Night Share experiences host family, dinner and rest in their traditional lodge constructed with adobe but with private hot shower. (Two triple rooms with private bathrooms.)
Day 3 Huacayupana -Cuzco / Aguas Calientes
For today, there are two options:
Option 1 (included):
AM After a revitalizing breakfast, we’ll return to the road to go to Santa Maria, where we’ll have lunch before we go back to Cuzco.
Option 2 (additional cost):
AM After a revitalizing breakfast, we’ll continue our trekking to Santa Teresa (three- four hours walking, part can be done in car), enjoying a multitude of flowers on the way.
PM Upon arrival, we can visit the hot springs of Coclamayo and the Coffee Cooperative, before transfer to the Hydroelectric Station, to take the train to Aguas Calientes.
16:30 Walk or train to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo) (2,5 - 3 hours hike or 40min by train)
Night Overnight in basic hostel in Aguas Calientes.
Day 4 Machu Picchu - Cuzco
AM Guided visit to Machu Picchu
PM Back to Cuzco by train and bus
ASK FOR PRICING WITH ANY OF THE DIFFERENT OPTIONS HERE
- Transfer from your hotel.
- All transports from and to Cusco.
- Professional guide throughout the program.
- All food and accommodations as mentioned.
In the Machu Picchu option:
- Machu Picchu entrance fee.
- Bus tickets Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu.
- Train tickets from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
- Meals not specified.
- Hot springs entrance fee.
- Huayna Picchu entrance.
- Tips for the guide and families.
- Alcoholic drinks, souvenirs, other personal costs.
- Travel insurance
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PERU TO PROMOTE ALTERNATIVE INCA TRAILS
The Inca roads that link Machu Picchu, Choquequirao, Vilcabamba
Espiritu will be marketed as new alternatives for Cusco's tourism,
announced the Regional Directorate of Culture in the Imperial City.
"This road network will provide alternatives for tourists visiting
Machu Picchu and reduce the pressure that exists on our world
wonder. Furthermore, this will propel adventure travel and
in La Convencion province.
The work will be done in the framework of the Comprehensive
Machu Picchu Project, which will be presented in Quillabamba and
also includes the implementation of the Andean Amazon Museum.
The famed Inca Trail to Machu Picchu currently attracts thousands of
hikers each year; during high season, permits are sold out weeks
or months in advance, and the trail must be closed each February
for maintenance. The new trails will offer alternatives.
TOURIST PROMOTION BETWEEN PERU & BRAZIL
Next month a Cusco's delegation will travel to Brazil using the
Interoceanic highway to promote our archaeological sites and to
promote this highway that joins the territories of Peru and Brazil.
CUSCO'S INTI RAYMI FESTIVAL DRAWS THOUSANDS
Thousands of local and foreign tourists witnessed that Inti
in Cusco on Sunday.
The Inti Raymi – or festival of the sun- is an ancient ceremony
that includes elaborate costumes, dancing and music..
This year the festival included close to 800 performers.
About 30 thousand people turned up for this year’s Inti Raymi.
This year’s festival started at the Qoricancha temple, traveled
to Cusco’s Plaza de Armas, and finished at the ruins
of Sacsayhuamán fortress.
INTI RAYMI LIVED ALSO IN LIMA FOR FIRST TIME
An adaptation of the original script of the solemn festival and
the great disappearance of the Inca Empire, on June 23rd was
in the Inca Palace, the Inti Raymi Festival 2012, where
participated some of the best peruvian performers.
I have already briefly indicated to you that the feedback
had been quite positive. I have now heard from
of the group
and am in a position to give
out Margarita. She left no stone
everything ran smoothly and
seems to have
hours a day ...............
Overall, the group absolutely loved Peru - the country,
above all, the people. Thank you for all
help in putting
this tour together.
Please say a big, big, big THANK YOU t Margarita who
wonderful with this group.
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