Meet Quecha-speaking weavers and farmers in a highland community to learn about their work. Explore the village, discover ancient customs, taste local dishes and join in a traditional blessing. Then, at the mountainside Maras Salt Mine, view the chalky-white, terraced salt pools hand-harvested by local families since Incan times and filled by an underground natural spring.
Admire Cusco's lovely architecture on a city tour, with free time after for exploring and lunch. Drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, or Urubamba Valley, a stunning, open landscape of farms and villages set amid mountain slopes. Stop at an interpretive center and learn how camelid fleece is used in weaving.
Spend three days hiking the Inca Trail and descend to Machu Pichu, one of the world's most important archaeological sites. Explore this masterfully planned site of steep agricultural terraces, palaces, grassy plazas and stone temples with a guide.
Day 1: Depart gateway city
Day 2: Arrive in Cusco
Day 3: Cusco/Sacred Valley (Urubamba)
Day 4: Sacred Valley
Day 5: Inca Trail
Day 6: Inca Trail
Day 7: Inca Trail
Day 8: Machu Picchu
Day 9: Depart for gateway city