Inca Empires & Ancient Cultures
Explore one of the richest and most diverse cultures in South America with a trip to Cusco and the spellbinding Sacred Valley. Students immerse into the Quechua culture with a homestay that teaches them traditional cooking, house building, weaving and traditional farming. Students visit impactful reforestation and community composting projects before visiting the iconic Machu Picchu.
Location: The Sacred Valley, Cusco, Peru
Duration: 4 days +
Number of participants: 6+
Cost: From $599 p/p*
Language: Spanish or English
Carbon emissions: 87kg of CO2e p/p - we offset 100% of these emissions plus your journey here! See below for more details.
Day 1: Arrivals & introduction to the program
Private airport transfer. Hotel check in. Welcome dinner, brief tour of Cusco's beautiful historical centre.
Day 2: Market visit and cooking class
Visit the local market to find an array of locally-sourced food. In teams, choose the right ingredients for you as we enjoy a cooking challenge led by local expert chefs.
Day 3: Visit Temple of the Moon
Set off with a local guide to visit an archaeological site with many insights into Inca culture and history. Enjoy some free time in Cusco's centre before dinner.
Day 4: Community homestay experience
Arrive at the community and meet your new families for your unique homestay. Learn how this community self-sustains itself using traditional cooking, house-building, weaving and crafting techniques.
Day 5: Pachamanca - underground cooking
Students get a unique opportunity to make one of the community's most traditional meals using nature to cook the food. Enjoy and afternoon visit to the archaeological site of Pisac.
Day 6: Trip to Aguas Calientes
Enjoy one of the continent's most epic train journeys winding through the spellbinding Sacred Valley. Explore the markets in the town of Aguas Calientes.
Day 7: Machu Picchu trek
Explore one of the wonders of the world. Led by an expert guide, discover the extraordinary history of this ancient city and the remarkable construction methods used by the Incas. Return to Cusco after lunch.
Day 8: Visit to a Quechua women's weaving corp
Discover a social enterprise spearheaded by native women that has addressed the balance of uncontrolled tourism in the Sacred Valley. Students learn weaving techniques from the locals and enjoy a community lunch together. Return to Cusco for final meal.
Day 9: Departures:
Private transfer to Cusco's international airport in plenty of time for your flights home.
What is included
We have worked out this trip generates an average of 87kg of CO2e per person. This includes all the carbon equivalent emissions (CO2e) from your trip including accommodation, food, transport, guides, and staff operations.
Extra potential CO2e emissions from your journey to and from Santa Marta.
New York - Lima; Lima - Cuzco 774kg (round trip)
Mexico City - Lima; Lima - Cuzco 727kg (round trip)
Panama - Lima; Lima - Cuzco 505kg (round trip)
You can read more about how we measure our carbon emissions by reading our climate action policy here.