Begin your morning with a delightful breakfast at the hotel. Later in the day, a transport service will be arranged to pick you up from your hotel. This transport will take you to the town of Chinchero, located within the Sacred Valley. Chinchero stands out for its exceptional view of the landscape and its authentic Cusco urban atmosphere. What makes this place truly special is not only its picturesque setting but also the dedication of its residents to preserve the rich traditions and knowledge passed down from the Incas. This reverence for their heritage is evident in their clothing and the intricate crafts they produce.
As you explore Chinchero, you'll have the opportunity to witness the impressive agricultural platforms and the striking seventeenth-century church. This church, constructed atop an ancient Inca palace, holds historical significance as one of Peru's earliest Catholic structures. Your journey through the Sacred Valley continues as you make your way to Ollantaytambo, pausing at a scenic viewpoint to immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery before proceeding to the Living Museum of Yucay.
The Living Museum of Yucay is more than just a museum; it serves as a hub for understanding Andean traditions. Here, you can observe captivating demonstrations of traditional textile, ceramic, and silverware craftsmanship using millenary Inca techniques. This is also home to alpacas, llamas, and sheep, allowing you to get an up-close experience with these animals and even feed them.
Continue your exploration with a visit to the town of Ollantaytambo. Delight in a delicious lunch that captures the essence of the local flavors. As you stroll through the town's streets, you'll discover that the urban layout established by the Incas still remains intact, a testament to the enduring legacy of their city planning, and has remained inhabited over the years, maintaining its authenticity.
At El Albergue Hotel, treat your taste buds to a classic Peruvian dish called Pachamanca. It's made by seasoning beef, pork, chicken, and guinea pigs with chili peppers and special local spices. These meats are cooked together with potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, and beans inside an underground clay pot heated with hot stones. It's a one-of-a-kind and delicious experience!
Upon completion of the tour, return to your hotel to rest.
Note: The Chinchero market is included if your visit falls on a Sunday.