Here's a chance to cross off a bucket list item and visit the once-in-a-lifetime lost city of the Inca, Machu Picchu. Joining world-renowned photographer Joel Nsadha, you'll experience the culture, food, and stunning beauty of Peru. Spend time wandering the markets of Cusco and board a train to take in the stunning views of ruins, mountainscapes, and cloud forests of Machu Picchu.Your purchase of this tour also helps employ over 500 local guides, porters, cooks, drivers, and office staff – connecting local communities to the global tourism chain.
Joel Nsadha is a 2015 National Geographic award-winning photographer based in Connecticut, USA.
For the past twelve years, he has worked on documentary projects for various non-profit organizations and commercial photography for media agencies. Currently, Joel is a contributor to the Huffington Post.
Joel’s work has been published in the National Geographic Magazine, ABC News Australia, The Atlantic, New York’s Press & Sun Bulletin, CNN Africa, the East African Magazine, the German-based Gestalten, and many others. His work has also been exhibited internationally.
His portraits and travel photography seek to capture a shared humanity, a thread that runs through his diverse subjects regardless of their cultural background.
Commercially, Joel has worked with brands such as Dove, David Seeds, Rugs USA and many others.
Check out Joel's inspiring Instagram feed at https://www.instagram.com/joelnsadha/
Day 1 - Cusco
Arrive at any time.
Arrive early and spend some time exploring the city. Meet the group at the welcome meeting, check for the start time on the welcome note at the hotel.
Day 2 - Cusco/Ollantaytambo
Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Stop at a women's weaving co-op before visiting a local pottery making community. Break for lunch at the Parwa community restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. After lunch, opt to head out on a hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses and look out over the ruins. Or, wander around the cobblestone streets and visit a local Chicheria (corn beer bar).
Travel through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting a women's weaving co-op. Meet the women and learn about traditional weaving and dyeing. Opt to pick up some handmade souvenirs and textiles directly from the women who made them.
Have lunch at the Parwa community restaurant. Learn about the project and eat a delicious buffet-style lunch. Proceeds of this meal go directly back to the remote community.
Day 3 - Ollantaytambo/Cusco
Return to the Sacred Valley with the guide to explore the sites of the Maras Salt Mines and the ancient Incan agricultural terraces of Moray. Continue on a scenic drive through small villages and stunning views of the Andean countryside. Stop for a picnic lunch at Piuray Lagoon and opt to explore by kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Return to Cusco for the evening.
Leave the hikers to start their trek and head out to explore Moray and Maras ancient Incan ruins. Enjoy a scenic drive through Andean farmland on the way to Piuray Lagoon.
Day 4 - Cusco
Enjoy a free day to explore the city or take advantage of the many optional activities available.
Day 5 - Cusco/Aguas Calientes
Travel by van to Ollantaytambo to catch the scenic train to Aguas Calientes.
Day 6 - Machu Picchu/Cusco
Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco in the evening.
Rise early to catch the first bus up to Machu Picchu with the guide. Enjoy a guided visit of the ruins followed by free time to explore. When ready, head back down by bus to Aguas Calientes to meet up with the rest of the group and take a train back to Cusco.
Day 7 - Cusco
Depart at any time.
*Registration closes May 19, 2018
You're on your way! Register before May 19, 2018 to guarantee a spot!