Day Trip 1D/1N (Pisaq + Community Immersion)

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12. Farming terraces in the Colca Valley, Peru shutterstock_87727972.jpg
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Farming teraces of Paru Paru Community near Cusco, Peru DSC_1534.JPG
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Muña tea at Paru Paru Community near Cusco, Peru DSC_0864.JPG
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Spring landscapes of Paru Paru Community near Cusco, Peru DSC_0829.JPG
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Stream passing through Paru Paru Community near Cusco, Peru DSC_1526.JPG
Tubers demonstration at Paru Paru Community near Cusco, Peru DSC_1028.JPG
Amaru Community near Cusco, Peru Karen DSC_1081.JPG
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Coca leaf offering next to quinoa field at Amaru Community near Cusco, Peru Karen DSC_1178.JPG
Demonstration and participation in the ancestral dyeing process using native plants and minerals to dye the yarnDSC_1243.JPG
Demonstration and participation in the ancestral dyeing process using native plants and minerals to dye the yarnDSC_1250.JPG
Demonstration and participation in the ancestral dyeing process, starting with the shearing of the sheep DSC_1200.JPG
Demonstration and participation in the ancestral wool spooling process DSC_1203.JPG
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Goods hand-made by the Amaru community can be bargained for (optional) DSC_1306.JPG
Homemade organic meals exemplifying the biodiversity of the Andean crops DSC_1139.JPG
Demonstration and participation in the ancestral dyeing process using native plants and minerals to dye the yarnDSC_1250.JPG
Karen 285 Valle Sagrado - Pisaq Intiwatana DSC00613.JPG
12. Farming terraces in the Colca Valley, Peru shutterstock_87727972.jpg
Pisac Fields shutterstock_189473042.jpg
Traditional handicrafts market of Pisac shutterstock_60678928.jpg
Homestay guest house at Paru Paru Community near Cusco, Peru DSC_1518.JPG
20150506_113606.jpg
Demonstration of ancestral agricultural techniques at Paru Paru Community near Cusco, Peru DSC_0969.JPG
Demonstration of ancestral agricultural techniques at Paru Paru Community near Cusco, Peru DSC_0990.JPG
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Farming teraces of Paru Paru Community near Cusco, Peru DSC_1534.JPG
Homestay room at Paru Paru Community near Cusco, Peru DSC_1014.JPG
Homestay room at Paru Paru Community near Cusco, Peru DSC_1023.JPG
Muña tea at Paru Paru Community near Cusco, Peru DSC_0864.JPG
Quinoa fields of Paru Paru Community near Cusco, Peru DSC_1535.JPG
Spring landscapes of Paru Paru Community near Cusco, Peru DSC_0829.JPG
Spring landscapes of Paru Paru Community near Cusco, Peru DSC_1052.JPG
Stream passing through Paru Paru Community near Cusco, Peru DSC_1526.JPG
Tubers demonstration at Paru Paru Community near Cusco, Peru DSC_1028.JPG
Amaru Community near Cusco, Peru Karen DSC_1081.JPG
Amaru Community near Cusco, Peru Karen DSC_1404.JPG
Amaru homestay room DSC_1331.JPG
Amaru homestay room DSC_1333.JPG
Amaru homestay bathroom DSC_1362.JPG
Coca leaf offering next to quinoa field at Amaru Community near Cusco, Peru Karen DSC_1178.JPG
Demonstration and participation in the ancestral dyeing process using native plants and minerals to dye the yarnDSC_1243.JPG
Demonstration and participation in the ancestral dyeing process using native plants and minerals to dye the yarnDSC_1250.JPG
Demonstration and participation in the ancestral dyeing process, starting with the shearing of the sheep DSC_1200.JPG
Demonstration and participation in the ancestral wool spooling process DSC_1203.JPG
Demonstration and participation in the ancestral wool spooling process DSC_1294.JPG
Demonstration and participation in the weaving of ancient intricate patterns with secret local meaning DSC_1267.JPG
DSC_1078.JPG
DSC_1193.JPG
DSC_1299.JPG
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Goods hand-made by the Amaru community can be bargained for (optional) DSC_1306.JPG
Homemade organic meals exemplifying the biodiversity of the Andean crops DSC_1139.JPG

Day Trip 1D/1N (Pisaq + Community Immersion)

from 330.00

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

PISAQ - COMMUNITY IMMERSION

• Observe the pre-Colombian and Incan archaeological site of Pisaq with its Inti Watana astronomical clock.
• Browse colorful pre-Colombian textiles and handicrafts at the Pisaq market on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings. Travelers visiting Pisaq on July 16th can observe the colorfully costumed dancers in the Virgen del Carmen parade. pisaq chinchero
Community Immersion: Enjoy an authentic home-cooked meal and participate in cultural presentations with the Amaru or Paru Paru indigenous communities:
     ◦Andean agricultural techniques using ancestral tools.
     ◦Ancestral dyeing process, starting with the shearing of the llama or sheep, wool spooling, the use of native plants and minerals to dye the yarns, and finally the weaving of ancient intricate patterns with secret local meaning.
     ◦Guided hiking to explore the nearby valleys and mountains.
     ◦Evening bonfire with traditional Andean dances, costumes, and music (Homestay option only).
• Private van transport to all sites.
• Hotel in Sacred Valley or Cusco. (Amaru or Paru Paru homestay optional.)
• 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!


COMMUNITY-BASED TOURISM

Community-based tourism lures tourists to visit authentic local communities to share their authentic local cuisine, ancestral rituals, rich cultural activities, language, values, and traditional accommodations. "Ayni" in the Quechua language is a fundamental concept among the Andean people meaning mutual help or reciprocity in the exchange of energy between human beings, the natural world, and the universe. At Native Tours, we believe that community-based tourism embodies the ancient Incan concept of "ayni", where travelers experience a genuine and rich cultural exchange and communities enjoy social and economic empowerment.

Community-based facilities often strive to balance the authenticity of rural community life with sufficient standards for the comfort of Western visitors, providing simple but clean sleeping rooms, modern (though often shared) bathrooms, along with primitive electrical access and plumbing. Our staff has personally inspected the accommodations in the communities we work with to ensure cleanliness and quality of service. See our homestay accommodations.


NOTE

Due to the altitude, night temperatures fall below freezing. Homestays offer simple but clean accommodations, but do not have room heaters, though generally, the alpaca blankets provided keep you comfortable.

Simple, shared shower facilities with are provided, although warm water may not always be possible. Bathrooms are equipped with western style flushing toilets and sinks.

Pricing

Number of Passengers Tour Only (No Hotel) Homestay Standard 3/4-Star Hotel Deluxe 5-Star Hotel
1 $490 $570 $600 $900
2 $330 $350 $400 $500
3 $260 $340 $350 $700
4 $240 $250 $280 $450
5 $220 $300 $300 $650
6 $200 $230 $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.

Rituals take traveling up a notch! Being able to participate, personally, in a ceremony and meet the locals made my trip to Peru incredibly memorable.
— 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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