Duration: 3 days/2 nights
Departure Dates: Any day you would like!
Please see our group departure calendar for Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Homestay group tour dates.
Pricing: From $789 USD per person, for groups of 4 or more trekkers. Please contact us for pricing for smaller group treks.
Every trip to Peru must include a visit to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and, of course, Machu Picchu. However, if you’re looking to do this traditional trip in a unique way, the 3 day/2 night Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Homestay trip is the perfect option for you. This trip offers the perfect balance between the must-see tourist spots and off the beaten path experiences.
After departing Cusco on your first day, you will head straight into the Sacred Valley to the town of Pisac. In Pisac, you will visit the remarkable Pisac ruins and see the many military, religious, and agricultural structures contained within. It is believed that Pisac served many purposes, including defending the southern entrance to the Sacred Valley and connecting the Inca Empire to the nearby jungle.
After wandering through the terraces and ruins and taking in the impressive views, you will have time to explore the vast and colorful Pisac market, where you will find everything from antiques to handicrafts made by local artisans. Don’t forget to try some of the local foods being sold throughout the market, like choclo con queso (corn with cheese), empanadas, causa (a cold casserole-type dish often made from potatoes, avocado, or hard-boiled egg), and, if you’re feeling especially brave, cuy (baked guinea pig). After enjoying a traditional lunch, you will travel on to your homestay village.
Once at your homestay, you will have plenty of time to relax and meet your homestay family, where you’ll then have the chance to chat, share stories, and spend time together over dinner. This unique experience will give you a special glimpse into a day in the life of a Peruvian family as you learn what life is like in a small Sacred Valley community. The next morning, you’ll say goodbye to your homestay family as you begin hiking toward Perolniyoc waterfall. As you hike, you’ll pass along agricultural fields where you will see locals leading sheep and cows along the dirt paths, and observe small traditional homes rooted among lush pastures at the base of the majestic Andes mountains. Within two hours, you’ll arrive at Perolniyoc waterfall where you can rest before continuing on to explore the rarely visited ruins just above the waterfall. In fact, you just may have the ruins all to yourself with no other tourists in sight!
After your descent, you will then travel to Ollantaytambo. In Ollantaytambo, you’ll have a few spare moments to wander through the picturesque town and the cobblestone streets while gazing up at the spectacular ruins above you. From Ollantaytambo, you will take the train to Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu, and the starting point for your trip to the world-famous Inca ruins.
On your third and final day, you will wake up early to catch the bus, which will work its way up a series of switchbacks to the entrance of Machu Picchu. As you come around the corner, the clouds will part, and you will catch your first glimpse of the ruins of the once great empire. Your private guide will lead you around the ruins as you visit the Temple of the Three Windows, the Main Temple, the Intihuatana stone, and much more, learning about their significance all along the way. You will have plenty of free time to explore the ruins and take in the spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and the Urubamba River below. In addition to the rich flora and fauna, llamas roam freely around the ruins, occasionally popping into your photos, and if you’re lucky, you might spot an arboreal chinchilla rat, a cat-sized mammal previously thought to be extinct.
As the sun sets over Machu Picchu, you’ll begin your descent back down to Aguas Calientes, where you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo and meet your transport back to Cusco. After a whirlwind three days, you’ll finally have a much-deserved rest as you reflect on your experiences in the heart of Peru. You may never want to leave!
In this off the beaten path tour, you will visit the best sites the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu have to offer, but in a unique way. You will leave behind the well trod tourist path as you travel through the Sacred Valley to lesser-known (but equally fantasic) ruins, before spending the night in the home of a local family in the Sacred Valley. As you share dinner and stories together, you will have the chance to learn about life in the high Andes, and experience a unique perspective on life in Peru.
You will spend your final tour day at breathtaking Machu Picchu, where you will explore the ruins alongside wandering llamas and observe the lush jungle fauna before returning back to Cusco.
As with all Ayni Peru Travel, this itinerary can be customized or combined with other tours in Cusco and beyond. Please contact us for custom itineraries, quotes, or questions.
After departing Cusco, you will head into the heart of the Sacred Valley to the charming town of Pisac. In Pisac, you will visit the remarkable ruins and agricultural terraces that sit above the town before descending to the Pisac market. You will have time to browse the endless stalls of local crops, handicrafts, and antiques. From Pisac, you will travel to meet your homestay family. You will have time to relax and spend time with the family before sharing stories over dinner.
After breakfast, you will say goodbye to your homestay family and set off on a hike to the Perolniyoc waterfall. Along the way, you´ll hike through agricultural fields where you´ll see local farmers and herders at work before reaching the picturesque waterfall. You´ll stop for a rest before continuing on to visit the rarely-visited ruins perched above the waterfall. Here, you´ll enjoy stunning views of the Sacred Valley before descending to the town of Ollantaytambo. In Ollantaytambo, you´ll have time to wander through the cobblestone streets and gaze up at the spectacular ruins before catching the train to Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu.
On the final day of the tour, you will wake up early to catch the bus to Machu Picchu. Your private guide will lead you around the ruins as you learn the history of the great Inca Empire. Take time to enjoy the lush jungle fauna, sky scraping mountains, and Urubamba River snaking below the ruins before returning to Aguas Calientes to catch your train back to Ollantaytambo. Transport will be waiting for you in Ollantaytambo to take you back to your hotel in Cusco.