Day Trip 1D/1N (“Pago a la Tierra” Tribute to Mother Earth)

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Day Trip 1D/1N (“Pago a la Tierra” Tribute to Mother Earth)

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Price listed is the average base price per person based on a group of 2 people, double occupancy. Price varies based on length, class of transportation / accommodations, travel dates, and group size. Please contact us for a personalized quote.

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Introduction

CULTURAL & HISTORICAL DAY TRIPS

A relaxing alternative to the rushed, 20-cities-in-20-days tours where you get on-the-bus-then-off-the-bus, our Day Trips are designed to delve into what the local people are like, how they live, what they eat, and the stories they tell. They are a true immersion in authentic local customs, language, and history.

Our Day Trips are rewarding, off-the-beaten-path experiences designed with inquiring, considerate, compassionate people in mind. Your set of experiences is customized and private, so you can see what you want to see, go where you want to go, and do what you want to do.

We believe that when our guests see breathtaking landscapes with their own eyes, participate directly in local traditions, and integrate with local individuals, they are touched in a profound way that transforms perspectives forever. When they take this experience home, they not only have amazing experiences to share with friends and loved ones, but they also take a piece of that culture and natural beauty back home with them, becoming a potent force for the conservation of the places they visited.

Tour Description

“PAGO A LA TIERRA” TRIBUTE TO MOTHER EARTH

Join the indigenous communities in a traditional Incan ritual called “Pago a la Tierra”. Literally “Payment to the Earth”, it is a sacred offering of the Andean people to pay tribute to the “Pachamama” (Mother Earth) and invite her blessings.

Typically led by a shaman, the ritual involves preparing a hole in the ground which the participants adorn with various foods symbolizing what they are asking Mother Earth to provide:
• Honey and fruit for a sweet romance.
• Corn, grains, and water for a bountiful harvest and wealth.
• Seeds for fertility.

The shaman leads a Quechuan prayer to the Apus (the Incan gods) in the surrounding mountains for a bountiful harvest and good fortune for family and friends in the coming year.

It is the perfect fit for a relaxing day after a long trek or just to get used to the high altitude.

If you happen to visit Peru on August 1st, this ritual takes on a special intensity as entire towns take part. A particularly elaborate ceremony takes place in Moray, where dancers in colorful Incan costumes perform a Rites of Spring festival to welcome the Spring planting season and pray for a plentiful harvest.

• Private van transport to all sites.
• Horseback option available.
• Hotel in Sacred Valley or Cusco.
• 2.5 miles / 4 km – 2 hours.

Have more time? Add an adventure, explore the Amazon jungle or Lake Titicaca, or add more day trips. Or if you’re interested in all of the Day Trips, check out our Native Enthusiast package!

Pricing

Number of Passengers Tour Only (No Hotel) Homestay Standard 3/4-Star Hotel Deluxe 5-Star Hotel
1 $490 N/A $600 $900
2 $330 N/A $400 $500
3 $260 N/A $350 $700
4 $240 N/A $280 $450
5 $220 N/A $300 $650
6 $200 N/A $250 $400

7+ Passengers - Please contact us for special group pricing.

All prices are USD. Price listed is the price per person based on double occupancy by non-Peruvians in standard accommodations. Pricing and product availability are subject to change without notice until purchased. Please Request a Reservation for exact pricing and to determine departure date availability.

I love visiting new cultures and countries, but sometimes life gets in the way and the time necessary to research and plan just isn’t available. You created the ideal vacation, layering the vacation with historical background, cultural monuments, archeological sites, local flavor and took us to places I never would have experienced left to my own devices. We even got to go out dancing one evening – always a bonus for me!
— Andrea K. Seattle, WA
 

FAST FACTS

•Duration: 1 day / 1 night
•Surface: stone-carved stairs
•Activity level: Level 1 – Easy
•Total distance on foot: 1-3 miles / 2-5 km per day
•Average daily walking time: 1-2 hours intermittent
•Departures: 7:00 am pick up at hotel (can be modified for private tours)
•Altitude: 8,829 - 11,800 ft / 2,700 - 3,600 m
•Availability: Daily, year-round
•Calendar:
     ◦Apr-Oct: best
     ◦Nov & Mar: fair
     ◦Dec-Feb: wet
•Accommodations: 1 night for each trip 3-4 star (standard) or 5-star hotels (deluxe)
•Meals: Not included
•Weather: Warm days, cold nights
•Restrictions: None


INCLUDED

• Travel insurance.
• Entry to Cusco archaeological complexes.
• Private transportation.
• Private English/Spanish/Quechua bilingual professional guides (other languages may be available with advance request).

NOT INCLUDED

• International or domestic airfare.
• Meals not specified in the itinerary.
• Visa fees (if any) or taxes.
• Tips for personnel: guide, etc.
• Extra services (spa, laundry, etc), personal items, or additional tours not listed in the program itinerary.
• Local taxes (18% IGV) on all services applicable to Peruvians, foreign residents in Peru, and tourists traveling in Peru for 60+ days.


RECOMMENDATIONS

• In the Andes the split between dry and wet seasons is acute. The dry season runs from April to October (the best time for hiking); the rainy season goes from November through March. Temperatures can vary significantly, from about 50-82ºF (10-28º C) in the day to 32-50ºF (0-10ºC) at night, depending more on the altitude than the time of year.
• LAN and its partners are the only international airlines to offer flights to Cusco. If you need help booking domestic flights in Peru, let us know via email or in your Request Reservation form.
• Many international flights arrive at Lima airport in the late evening, while flights to Cusco and other domestic airports leave from 6 to 11 am. If you have a long layover and would like to add a hotel (onsite at the airport) to your package, please let us know.
• Read about What to Bring on your trip.


Want to upgrade your accommodations? Have your own vision? Not sure what you want? Customize your journey! We can tailor the entire trip length, the accommodations, and the transportation to match your interests, budget, and trip dates. Just click "Request Reservation" and tell us what you're thinking or email us to set up a free consultation with one of our adventure specialists.

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