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Essential Treasures of the Incas - Sacred Valley and Lares

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Date: September 4 - 8, 2019
Host: Hosted by Kathy Oakes with Expert local guides
Cost: Starting from US$2,400
Trip Type: Hosted Civilized Adventure


Daily expeditions will lead you along seldom-traveled highland trails surrounded by exquisite snow-capped peaks, past roving herds of llamas and alpacas, around impossibly hued turquoise lakes, and through graceful waterfalls. Your destinations will include fascinating archaeological sites, thought-provoking agricultural and commercial Andean cooperatives, and bustling towns and markets showcasing the flavors of the region as well as the wares of its skilled artisans. Most importantly, you will travel to hidden communities unchanged for centuries for a unique upclose visit with local people.

Expert guides tailor the experience with an offer of à la carte activities and daily cultural encounters. At each day’s sunset, settle into deluxe mountain lodges run in partnership with local communities, to prepare for a new day of multi-activity adventure and exploration.

Photos courtesy of Mountain Lodges of Peru

Brief Itinerary


The Sacred Valley and Lares Adventure to Machu Picchu is a multi-activity travel experience. You can tailor your adventure by choosing from various activities each day. Every activity is designed to be unique, authentic and highly experiential. Design your own adventure!

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Starting / ending Cusco

Starting at US$2,400 per person (based on twin, double or triple room)

Single supplements:

  • Requested single room: 25% per person rate supplement
  • Single willing to share: 10% per person rate supplement


Ask us about child rates

Prices are valid at time of publication (Apr. 25, 2018) and while not expected, itinerary and prices are subject to change.


  • Accommodations
  • All meals (except breakfast day 1 and dinner day 5)
  • Transfer services from Cusco
  • Guided tours during the whole trip
  • Daily a-la-carte activities (except those that specify an additional cost)
  • Entrance fees and permits to touristic and archeological sites
  • Tips for staff at the lodges and in the field (Guide tips are excluded and suggested at US$5-10 per person per day)

Giving Back

Giving Back

In 2006 Mountain Lodges of Peru sponsored the creation of Yanapana Peru, a not-for-profit Civil Association dedicated to social and environmental responsibility. Yanapana is committed to improving the quality of life through sustainable community development, in an effort to reduce extreme poverty in the Andean highlands.

Main activities of the association include donations for the enhancement of nutrition and infrastructure at a local public school, funding and training for local entrepreneurs, which include jam and honey, handmade textiles and organic coffee production. Other supportive efforts are directed towards child sponsorship programs, as well as medical prevention, detection and treatment programs.

In our own journey through sustainability, we realized that it was necessary to take steps beyond what was traditionally being done in social inclusion, which is why in 2012, a joint-venture was born between the community of Huacahuasi and Mountain Lodges of Peru, naming it Kuska Purispa: Walking Together.

We are convinced that sustainable tourism in the region should be built around a model that empowers local communities, making them active investors in local development projects for the long-term benefit of all. We are committed to work under this innovative business model and keep empowering and generating added value to local communities in Peru.

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