Cusco & Inka Jungle 8 days / 7 nights

HIGHLIGHTS : Cusco Maras – Moray Santa María Santa Teresa Aguas Calientes Machupicchu

Overview

  • Day 1 : Arrive in Cusco / PM City tour.
  • Day 2 : Maras – Moray.
  • Day 3 : Cusco – Santa Maria (Inka Jungle begins).
  • Day 4 : Santa María – Santa Teresa.
  • Day 5 : Santa Teresa – Aguas Calientes.
  • Day 6 : Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Cusco.
  • Day 7 : Free Day.
  • Day 8 : Cusco – Lima.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Cusco / PM City tour.

Arrive in Cusco / PM City tour. Upon arrival at the Cusco airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the morning will be at your leisure. In the afternoon enjoy a half day tour of Cusco, visiting the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas and the legendary Qoricancha, the most important religious center in the Inca time, a temple devoted to worshiping the Sun deity. Your tour includes also the visit to some nearby archaeological sites such as the impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman; the religious site of Q’enqo; the ancient site of Puca Pucara and finally the water temple of Tambomachay.


Include: Transport, professional tour guide, entrance fees to all sites visited, chosen hotel.

Day 2

Maras – Moray.

Maras – Moray. In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel to start a half day tour, you will head out on the road that crosses the Sacred Valley of the Incas to reach the important Moray archeological site (3176m/10419ft), where enormous circular and Pre-Incan semi-circular agricultural terraces were constructed to be used as a botanical laboratory for experimenting on plant domestication and foreign crop acclimatization. The area is so large that at least 3000 plant varieties, including potatoes and corn, could have been grown. Next, Maras is located about 4 km from Moray, and is the site of pre-Inca salineras (salt ponds). Each terraced pond is polygonal in shape; salty water emerges from an underground spring, flows into the ponds, and evaporates with the sun. The Maras’ salt mines are still active today and maintained cooperatively by the Maras community. The white salt ponds contrast with the green hills and mountains that surround the mines and the views of the Sacred Valley from here are amazing. The tour will end in the early afternoon at your Cusco’s down town.


Include: Transport, professional tour guide, entrance fees to all sites visited, chosen hotel.

Day 3

Cusco – Santa Maria (Inka Jungle begins).

Cusco – Santa Maria (Inka Jungle begins). Between 06:30-07:00am our private transport and staff will pick you up from your hotel. We drive to Ollantaytambo (arrival around 8:30 am). Here we will stop for approximately 30 minutes. You will have the chance to buy anything you might have forgotten to get earlier, like ponchos, snacks, repellents, etc. Then we will continue the trip by bus for the next hour and a half to the highest point of the journey – the mountain pass Abra Malaga to (4,330 m.a.s.l.). Along the way you will get to see picturesque villages and the beautiful landscapes of the sacred valley of the Incas. Throughout the journey you can enjoy the breathtaking Andean landscape. In Abra Malaga we will start the first part of the adventure – the biking tour. Here you will get all necessary equipment, like helmets, vests, bikes and after a while we will descend with bicycles approximately 3 hours towards the lower jungle to the town Huamanmarca (1250 m.a.s.l). You will be accompanied by private transport in case of emergency. On the way we will pass through small villages, orchards, rivers and streams. You will be able to feel the climate change from high mountains, with snowy peaks, which you will see at the beginning in Abra Malaga, to the jungle full off fruit trees, varied fauna and flora, with a warm and humid climate. You will also probably feel the difference in the altitude (the difference will be more than 2000 m.a.s.l.). In the village of Huamanmarca we will have a break for lunch in the restaurant. Here you will taste typical local dishes. After a short break we will take a local transport to the town of Santa Maria, where all participants will be divided into 2 groups: the ones who booked the rafting and the ones who didn’t. The group who booked the rafting will be picked up and brought to the rafting camp, where they will receive instructions. The service includes equipment like helmets and life jackets. Depending on the season the river will have class III and III+ (medium risk) with exciting speed and some turbulence but all controlled and supervised by experienced guides (certified in extreme sports), who also have excellent knowledge of the geography, climate and local environment. We will be accompanied by a fleet of rafts and a professional kayak rescue raft. The rafting adventure will take approximately 2-2,5 hours. If the river has class IV or higher for security reasons we will cancel the rafting and refund your payment. Travelers who have not previously booked the rafting can buy this activity after arriving to Santa Maria, if it is available (sometimes it can be impossible, especially in high season, when a lot of tourists buy this activity). The travelers who didn’t book the rafting tour will go by private bus with a guide to Cocalpampa, where they will start a hike for approximately 30 minutes until reaching the community of Pispitayoc. After the rafting adventure these participants will go by private bus to Cocalpampa. From this point they will start the hike towards Pispitayoc. Here you will spend the first night of Inca Jungle Tour, accompanied by an orchestra of jungle sounds.


Important: Rafting is not included in the program, it has an additional cost (US$25.00 per person)

Include: Transport, biking equipment, professional tour guide, meals (L, D), accommodation.

 

Day 4

Santa María – Santa Teresa.

Santa María – Santa Teresa. The second day of the Inca Jungle Tour will start around 7:00 am. After a delicious local breakfast, we will start trekking around 8:00 am. Along the way you will witness the diverse flora and fauna, of many fruit trees, like pineapple, papaya, banana and different species of birds fluttering around. This ecosystem belongs to the high forest and it is one of the richest biodiversity in the world. After around 2,5 hours of walking we will arrive in the small village of Quellomayo, where we will have lunch and take a rest in hammocks. This will give you extra energy for the next part of the trip. After this break we will continue trekking around 3 hours more crossing farms, waterfalls and rivers (one river you will get to cross with a cable car). At around 4 pm we will arrive to Cocalmayo – better known as the hot springs of Santa Teresa, where you will have the opportunity to take a relaxing, warm bath. Cocalmayo offers several relaxing hot springs, each with its own temperature. The sound of the river and the stars in the evening give for this place a unique atmosphere. You will have enough free time to relax and enjoy this incredible scenery and “charge the batteries” for the next day of your adventure. After the break in the hot springs we will walk about 40 minutes more until reaching the town of Santa Teresa (you can also take a local transport, but this option is not included in the tour), where we will stay for a night. After the dinner you will have free time to explore the town, or just relax and take a nap. Santa Teresa also offers some local pubs, discotheques where you can taste typical Peruvian beverages and meet with the locals.


Important: The entrance ticket and the transport for Cocalmayo hot spring are not included (US$10.00)

Include: Professional tour guide, meals (B, L, D), accommodation.

Day 5

Santa Teresa – Aguas Calientes.

Santa Teresa – Aguas Calientes. This day we will also start at around 7 am. After a breakfast we will get ready to continue exploring the roads that were followed by the first expeditionaries who discovered Machu Picchu and other important archaeological complexes. In Santa Teresa there is a zip line and all participants will be divided into 2 groups – one who booked zip line and the other who did not. Those of you who reserved the zip line will be transported to the place where this activity is organized. This part will take around 2 hours. After the zip line this group will be taken by bus to the area known as the hydroelectric. The rest of the group will continue the trek for approx. 3 hours more through the valley until reaching the hydroelectric, where the entire group will come together again. Here we will all have lunch. After a break we will continue walking along the railway enjoying among other things the beautiful waterfalls, coca and coffee farms. This part will take approx. 3 hours. We will arrive in the town of Aguas Calientes, also called Machu Picchu Pueblo, around 4 pm. Here, in the hostel with hot water and wi-fi, you will spend the third and last night. In the evening we will meet together in the restaurant, where a delicious dinner will be waiting for you. Here the guide will give you a briefing about the fourth day and Machu Picchu. You will also have time to explore the town on your own. In Aguas Calientes there are hot springs, so if you would like to rest in the warm water, you will have opportunity to visit them (the entrance ticket is not included in the tour).


Important: Zipline is not included in the program, it has an additional cost (US$20.00 per person)

Include: Professional tour guide, meals (B, L, D), accommodation.

Day 6

Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Cusco.

Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Cusco. The last day of the Inca Jungle tour will start around 4:00 am. Thanks to this early start we will arrive to Machu Picchu, our final destination, very early, and have more time for exploration. First, we will walk through the high forest, climbing around 1500 stairs, till the control entrance, where we will arrive around 6:00 am. After crossing the gate our tour guide will lead you, for about 1,5 hours, through the spectacular ruins of Inca city. You will also have a lot of time to explore Machu Picchu on your own. After visiting Machupicchu you will go by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo where you will be picked up and transferred to Cusco city by bus. The journey ends in the Plaza de Armas in Cusco. Note that from Machu Picchu ruins to the train station in Aguas Calientes you will descend on your own, because some of you will want to stay longer in the ruins, some shorter, and some will climb additional mountains, so some will book the train back at a different hour.


Include: Professional tour guide, bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes, entrance ticket to Machupicchu, meals (B), train ticket Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo, (expedition or voyager), transport Ollantaytambo – Cusco, chosen hotel.

Day 7

Free Day.

Free Day. Free day in Cusco for relax.


Include: Chosen hotel.

Day 8

Cusco – Lima.

You will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Lima or your next destination.


Include: Transport hotel – airport.

PRICES

PRICE PER PERSON - ONLY TOURS: US$ 288.00*

(*) In this option, the price includes only TOURS, the client books the hotels on his/her own.

 

PRICE PER PERSON TOURS + HOTELS **

(**) In this option, prices include TOURS + HOTELS, the price depends of hotel’s category and type of chosen room.

RATES 2019

CUSCO

*

SINGLE

DOUBLE

TRIPLE

ANDEAN HOME HS

2

$441.00

$384.00

$370.00

AMARU HS

3

$507.00

$430.00

$412.00

ARCANGEL

2

$562.00

$467.00

$430.00

SAN AGUSTIN INTERNACIONAL

3

$616.00

$466.00

$434.00

ANDENES AL CIELO

3

$671.00

$507.00

$489.00

TIERRA VIVA

3

$671.00

$507.00

$507.00

PRICES PER PERSON IN US DOLLARS

 

  • Single: A room with one individual bed (01 person)
  • Double:  A room with two individual beds or one matrimonial bed (02 people)
  • Triple: A room with three individual beds (03 people)

Example: If you choose the option with ANDEAN HOME HS:

• If you are 1 person, the type of accommodation would be a single or individual room, in which case the price would be US$441.00 for tours and hotel.

• If you are 2 people, the type of accommodation would be a double or matrimonial room, in which case the price per person would be US$384, the total price for the 2 people would be US$768.00 for tours and hotel.

• If you are 3 people, the type of accommodation would be a triple room, in which case the price per person would be US$370.00, the total price for the 3 people would be US$1110.00 for tours and hotel.

PRICE INFORMATION

  • Prices based on two people at least. There is an additional cost for single travelers. Please make an inquiry about it.
  • Prices based in group service. If you prefer a private service, please make an inquiry about it.
    Discounts for students, teenagers, and children are available. Please make an inquiry about it.

IMPORTANT

  • Entrance ticket to Machupicchu: The entrance ticket to Machupicchu considered in the program, is for the citadel only, not include the entrance to the mountains like Huaynapicchu or Montaña. Please make an inquiry for the additional cost of each of them.
  • Hotels: Should there be no availability at the booking time at the chosen hotel, another option of similar category and cost will be provided.
  • Trains: Train tickets are subject to availability. Should there be no spaces at the booking time on the scheduled train and route, available options will be provided with the new prices and schedules.

NOT INCLUDED

  • International and domestic air tickets (*).
  • Airport taxes or visa fees.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations
  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled water.
  • Meals not specified in the program.
  • Snacks.
  • Insurance of any kind.
  • Laundry.
  • Phone calls, radio calls or messages.
  • Other items of personal nature.
  • Tips
  • Extra expenses originated in itinerary changes or others due to force majeure or other circumstances beyond PERU ANDEAN EXPLORER’S control

(*) Before buying your domestic air tickets, please let us know your schedules to avoid changes in your itinerary.

OPTIONAL SERVICES

  • Entrance ticket to Machupicchu + Huaynapicchu: US$ 65.00 per person.
  • Entrance ticket to Machupicchu + Montaña: US$ 65.00 per person.
  • Upgrade to vistadome train: US$40.00 per person.
  • Dinner show buffet in Cusco (Don Antonio): US$ 25.00 per person.
  • Buffet lunch in Aguas Calientes (Totos House): US$ 28.00 per person.
  • Buffet lunch in Machupicchu (Sanctuary Lodge): US$ 40.00 per person.

FLIGHT TICKETS

  • International flights from/to your country and domestic flights. Please contact us to check our fares.

WHAT WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU BRING

  • Clothing: long trousers, shorts (Machupicchu visit), long and short-sleeved T-shirts or shirts, cotton socks, warm clothes for Cusco, especially at night.
  • Rain gear or poncho (you can buy a basic one in Cusco), especially if visiting in the months November to April
  • Comfortable footwear, trekking boots recommended
  • Camera, films (ASA 50, 100 and 200 recommended)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, cold and rain
  • Sun block (high factor)
  • Sunglasses
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent - minimum recommended 20% DEET - no malaria risk has been reported
  • Personal toiletries and medications
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) or water bottle to carry water on outings
  • Cash in soles and/or US$ for extras (souvenirs, beverages, etc)
  • Original passport and passport photocopies*

(*) According to the Peruvian government policies, the passport must be valid at least up to 6 months after the end date of the tours. Otherwise you could not board your international flight. Please check the expiration date of your passport before buying your international national flight tickets.

Cusco & Inka Jungle 8 days / 7 nights

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