Lima, Cusco, The Sacred Valley & Ausangate Trek
A 14-day Exploration of Peru's Culture & The Remote Andes Mountains
Consider this your invitation to join Grasstrack Safaris on a unique journey into the heart of Peru’s ancient cultures and magical landscapes as we explore this amazing country.
Peru has it all. It’s a perfect balance of bucket list sites and hidden gems. This huge country is the definition of diverse, with over 47 languages spoken, over 4,000 varieties of potato, and over 55 different indigenous communities, spread across rainforest, mountains, coast, and desert. This diversity creates an enticing cuisine & a richness of culture.
WE POSTPONED THIS TRIP TO 2024. THE NEW DATES AND ITINERARY WILL BE PUBLISHED IN AUGUST 2023.
Our journey starts in Lima, as we explore the historic Plaza de Armas and the artistic Barranco district. We then fly to Cusco and the Sacred Valley, the center of the ancient Inca Empire. During our 6 days in this area we’ll visit many Inca ruins, including Ollantaytambo, Pumamarca, and Moray. We’ll also have the opportunity to experience Andean community life as we learn about the old weaving techniques, enjoy lunches with the locals, and learn about an Andean reforesting program.
For many, the highlight of Peru is Machu Picchu. We’ll visit these famous ruins twice: once on a day hike up the Inca Trail where we’ll enter the ruins from the Sun Gate and again the following day. This time we drive up to Machu Picchu for a privately guided tour and plenty of time to wander around on your own. From Machu Picchu we’ll continue to Cusco, the Imperial City of the Incas. Our private guide will show us the local markets, ancient temples, and the incredible Inca stonework.
Our trip ends with a breathtaking 5-day trek near Ausangate Mountain (20,000 ft) in the Cordillera Vilcanota. Our private, guided trek is fully supported with llamas carrying our gear as we hike from lodge to lodge. Accommodation will be in unique, rustic “Tambos” or Andean Lodges, owned by the local community. Daily meals will be prepared by experienced chefs who will introduce you to a great variety of delicious Peruvian dishes, and for your entertainment: authentic vernacular music, played by local inhabitants, will liven up some of your evenings at the "tambos." The trek is non-technical and you only need to carry your day pack. Each day is about 5 hours of hiking at high altitude (the highest pass is nearly 17,000 feet).
This is a privately guided, small group departure (12 people max).
Contact us soon to reserve your seat!
Watch this Video Introduction to the Ausangate Trek
Join Us On Zoom
We'll be hosting a virtual information session on Zoom to discuss all the details of this Explore Peru trip. Please join Dan Hopkins and our ground operator (from Cusco, Peru) to learn more about the itinerary, accommodations, activities, and our Andean trek.
Saturday, January 28, 2023 at 3pm EST
This free zoom session is open to anyone interested in this trip or simply just wanting to enjoy a virtual tour of Peru!
Sept 7, 2023: Arrive Lima - Iberostar Miraflores
Sept 8, 2023: City Tour of Lima - Iberostar Miraflores
Sept 9, 2023: Flight to Cusco & transfer to Sacred Valley - Las Qolqas Eco-Resort
Sept 10, 2023: Full day in Sacred Valley. Community life, Moray ruins, Maras Salt Mines - Las Qolqas Eco-Resort
Sept 11, 2023: Full day in Sacred Valley. Andean forest experience, Ollantaytambo & Pumamarca Ruins - Las Qolqas Eco-Resort
Sept 12, 2023: Day hike on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - El Mapi by Inkaterra
Sept 13, 2023: Bus to Machu Picchu and tour, return to Cusco - Casa Andina Cusco
Sept 14, 2023: Half day Cusco Tour - Casa Andina Cusco
Sept 15-18, 2023: Ausangate Trek - Various locally owned "tambos" (lodges)
Sept 19, 2023: End of Trek, return to Cusco - Casa Andina Cusco
Sept 20, 2023: Flight to Lima and departure
We're offering only one departure date:
September 7-20, 2023
HOW TO BOOK:
- Registration deadline is April 1, 2023
- Contact us to reserve your seat. We can also answer any questions or concerns you may have about the trip. If you decided you want to join us, GrassTrack will send you an invoice for the deposit along with documents describing how to prepare this trip.
- Proof of travel insurance required to confirm booking
- The published rate is for cash payment by check or bank transfer. Payments with a credit card will incur a 3.7% service fee
- A 20% non-refundable deposit AND cost of Lima-Cusco flights (est of $270) confirms booking
- Full payment is due no later than July 1, 2023
- Other terms & conditions apply
- We'll get the full list on the detailed itinerary soon!
Sacred Valley & Ausangate Trek Rates
$4810.00 (per person sharing)
Rates includes an estimate of the Lima-Cusco-Lima flights, however the flight cost won't be finalized until we confirm departure. We estimated the flight at $270, but be aware this may change and the final trip cost may vary from published rates.
Rates are for cash payment by check or bank transfer. Credit card payments will incur a 3.7% service fee. Single supplement applies.
Minimum of 5 to guarantee departure & a maximum of 12.
Registration deadline is April 1, 2023
Contact us for details.
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