Day 1: Cusco – Pisac
After hotel pickup in Cusco by an air-conditioned minivan, sit back in your seat and absorb the stunning scenery of the journey. Stop at the quaint farm of Awanacancha to hand-feed llamas and learn about traditional agricultural methods. Watch a wonderful weaving and dying display in an artisan workshop then continue through the countryside to the picturesque town of Pisac. Stop to admire spectacular views of the countryside and explore an archeological site, then discover the traditional town on a relaxed walking tour; browse bespoke boutiques for artisan treasures and enjoy a delicious lunch before setting out to see Pisac’s most significant sites. Gain insight into pre-Colombian cultures with your knowledgeable guide before heading to your hotel to enjoy a leisurely afternoon and evening.
Day 2: Pisac to Cusco
After a refreshing rest, venture to the Moray archeological site to admire stunning views and ancient ruins; see an impressive Incan amphitheater made of stepped terraces and learn about the creation of microclimates to ensure agricultural success. Descend into the colonial salt mines of Maras and marvel at the colorful juxtaposition of white salt against verdant greenery. Pleasure your palate with a buffet lunch then travel to Ollantaytampo to uncover the enigmatic secrets of the Temple of the Sun. Constructed using colossal 12-foot (3.5 meter) stones, the temple is steeped in history and legend; learn about its function as a protective fortress before relaxing during the smooth journey back to Cusco.