Sam Travel Peru is offering you something with a twist of a real difference. For the lovers of authenticity and the thirst for ancient living, Sam Travel Peru introduces an irresistible tour to live within the ancient Incan Community of Cayo Chico, which is sandwiched between Cusco and the Pisac Incan Ruins. It is forty minutes outside of Cusco and 10 minutes away from Pisac.
If you have a passion to experience an authentic unspoilt and genuine love of community and a groundedness of mother earth, then it’s time for your spirit to come to Cayo Chico. Welcome to life in the slow lane. Here time dances to the rhythms of the breath that blows across the Andes and the sound of distant echoing voices from the locality of Pisac. In fact on a trip to Cayo Chico, you’d would be forgiven for thinking time has stood still.
We will pick you up from your hotel at 7am, drive you in our private van towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas, taking the direct route to Pisac. We stop at Ccochawasi Animal Sanctuary (entrances not included) to see the native animals like Condor, Llama, Alpaca and Puma. Then a 10minute drive to the mirador of Taray to experience a classic view of the Urubamba valley with crops dressing the mountains like carpet. Finally we arrive at your home stay at Cayo Chico where you can choose your activities from the following for your overnight homestay.
Please take a look at our tabs below, then choose the best suited 2 or 3 activities for you:
You will be picked up from your hotel at 7 or 8 am and transferred to your homestay family, it takes 1:10m. On the way, we will stop at the Animal Sanctuary, where you may see some native animal like condor, llamar, bear and much more. Once we arrive to the homestay, the family will welcome you with open arms and warmth so that you will feel like they are your own true family. If you don’t feel like a local now, you will when you leave. You will have your own room, it’s basic but clean, and if you’re really lucky it might be one of the ones with a perfect birds eye view of the Ancient Pisac Inca Ruins. Something you can take your time to explore after your tour of your homestead.
You will have the option of choosing 2 or 3 activities described in detail under the tabs:
Our homestay has: a dining room with views to the Inca ruins, bedroom, kitchen, clean toilet, and a nice garden.
You will be picked up the next morning early between 4 to 6 AM depending on your planned tour or trek.
You may decide to journey to the ruins by foot or catch a taxi to explore. And if you’re really keen to absorb as much history as possible you can hire a local guide from us to fill your mind with knowledge. Time for a cup of tea to discuss what options you would like to experience for your stay. Then the guided grand tour of your homestay begins!
A truly awesome site with relatively few tourists, this hilltop Inca citadel lies high above the village on a triangular plateau with a plunging gorge on either side. Allow several hours to explore. Worthwhile but grueling, it’s good training for the Inca Trail!
The most impressive feature is the agricultural terracing , which sweeps around the south and east flanks of the mountain in huge and graceful curves, almost entirely unbroken by steps (which require greater maintenance and promote erosion). The terracing is joined by diagonal flights of stairs made of flagstones set into the terrace walls. Above the terraces are cliff-hugging footpaths, watched over by caracara falcons and well defended by massive stone doorways, steep stairs and a short tunnel carved out of the rock. Vendors sell drinks at the top.
This dominating site guards not only the Urubamba Valley below, but also a pass leading into the jungle to the northeast. Topping the terraces is the site’s ceremonial center , with an intihuatana (literally ‘hitching post of the sun’; an Inca astronomical tool), several working water channels, and some painstakingly neat masonry in the well-preserved temples. A path leads up the hillside to a series of ceremonial baths and around to the military area. Looking across the Kitamayo Gorge from the back of the site, you’ll also see hundreds of holes honeycombing the cliff wall. These are Inca tombs that were plundered by huaqueros (grave robbers), and are now completely off-limits to tourists.
Maybe you’re an artist and would love to créate your own piece of priceless jewelry from local clay. How fortunate you will be to have your own personal teacher, to show you the intricacy of their local designs as you create handmade beautiful bracelets, and neck garlands. You will have the opportunity to create and take home an exquisite and memorable expression of the local jewelery tradition that you have crafted.
Pisac Cayo Chico community is self sustainable through the Agricultural techniques used. The Andes are some of the tallest starkest mountains in the world. Yet the incas and the civilizations before them coaxed harvests from the Ande´s Sharp slopes and intermittent waterways. They developed resilient breeds of potatoes and corn in the region and they are still producing today, thousands of different species. This might be the perfect opportunity to learn some ancient techniques of agriculture to take home with you or to just take some time to get down and get dirty, to help round up the cows, work in the corn fields, pick some potatoes for the evening’s dinner or tend to anything that needs doing around the farm.
Imagine what the your neighbours would think if you were to go home and créate terraces in your garden and grow produce like no other in your time!
Once you have decided what you will be cooking for the evening, it’s time to go to the market of Piscac to buy local produce. You will be able to choose from a large array of fresh produce that will compliment your main course of guinea pig. What about making some bread too!!
If you are vegetarian or have any special dietary requirements, the meals can be adapted for you likes and needs.
It’s your turn to be the chef!! First you will need to go outside, choose, and catch your delicious Guinea Pig.
Beginning with skinning the cuy after being in hot water, then removing the internal organs and cleaning it well in salted water. After this, you will hang the cuy out to drain and dry. Once your cuy is seasoned it will be cooked in an ancient made earth oven.
While your delicacy of traditional guinea pig is baking, it is time to prepare your potatoes or rice and a savory, spicy sauce, unless you are the chef for this evening and would like to put your own touch of class into your meal.
Because the nights are usually cold, you could warm yourself with a ceremonial tradition of the chicha drink.
Why not go to the renowned Pisac Markets, which is full of Peruvian arts and handicrafts: including wood carving, basket making and fine cloth weaving, made by using techniques passed down through generations of Peruvian craftspeople. Readily available at stalls and markets all over Pisac, the handicrafts, artwork and weaving make beautiful keepsakes to remind travellers of their time spent in Pisac. Probably the most famous local craft is the use of alpaca wool for clothing and making decorative weaved cloth with traditional symbols and designs.
So make sure you pack plenty of memory for your camera to capture these special moments shared with the people of Cayo Chico and Sam Travel Peru. You simply won’t find anywhere else, people like there, connected by cultural unity and a respect for tradition