Cusco has so much more to offer than Machu Picchu. Cusco is full of magic, adventure, culture, history, mystery and more. It is an energetic centre that many people are being drawn to. Andean Encounters has designed your visit to Cusco in an authentic and unconventional way to take you to the heart of Cusco.
What do you know Cusco in Peru for? Only Machu Picchu? Andean Encounters has created the best experiences for you and your friends to have fun during your visit to Machu Picchu. We offer activities like adventure treks with our mountain dog as a guide, camping, more than four alternative Inca Trails, zip line, museums, ceramics, visits to local families and communities and even Night Tours for your last day!
We are an alternative non-conventional ecotourism company dedicated to taking you directly into the hidden parts of Cusco that are often denied to foreigners and allowing you to see the land through the eyes of the Andean people.
We are here to share in-depth authentic Andean knowledge and traditions that have been transcended for many generations. The Andean people are the true guardians and keepers of Sacred Power Hidden places, myths and legends that connect between the cosmos and the peaks of the Andes. We break the barrier between the common traveller and the local Andean culture by introducing you to the deepest secrets and wisdom of the Andean people, which will lead you to one of the best experiences in your life.
Andean Encounters has formulated an experience that takes you to the heart of the Andes, hidden sacred sites known only by the local Andean, local markets, fairs and adventure activities.
We will visit Andean families, learn about the local camelids and the products made from their wools. We emphasize personal interaction with locals, the participation in traditional customs and handiwork weaving and the healthy home-cooked meals prepared in ceramic wood-burning stoves using only locally grown and/or locally caught ingredients.
All of our tours provide an income to the local indigenous Andean families that have been kind enough to open their homes and share their secrets with foreigners. We care about fostering pride in local traditions and letting the Andean native teach the foreigner their knowledge that has been passed down through countless generations.
We are here to offer you an alternative for your stay in Cusco. All of our experiences are designed exclusively to bring you face-to-face with indigenous Andean life and wisdom in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, inviting you to participate in ancient traditions and tasting delicious home-cooked meals prepared with traditional methods. We have special permission from their communities to tell their stories and to show our travellers how they live, what they know, how they work and where they sleep.
All members of the Andean Encounters team are excited to take you deeper into their lives to see, smell, and taste ‘what typical tourism companies will never show you’.
This article was written in partnership with Andean Encounters