Inca Adventures 9 days / 8 nights

HIGHLIGHTS : Cusco Sacred Valley Santa Maria Santa Teresa Hidroelectrica Aguas Calientes Machupicchu Maras-Moray Vinincunca Rainbow Mountain South Valley Humantay Lake.

Overview

  • Day 1 : Arrive in Cusco / PM City tour.
  • Day 2 : Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Day 3 : Cusco - Santa María – Santa Teresa – Hidroeléctrica - Aguas Calientes.
  • Day 4 : Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes - Hidroeléctrica – Cusco.
  • Day 5 : Maras – Moray.
  • Day 6 : Rainbow Mountain.
  • Day 7 : Tipón, Pikillaqta & Andahuaylillas (South Valley).
  • Day 8 : Humantay Lake.
  • Day 9 : 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 (13:30h) 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

Sacred Valley of the Incas

Sacred Valley of the Incas Today you will enjoy a full day tour to explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This fertile river valley was home to many important sites for the Incas, both strategic and religious. The first stop is the village of Pisaq, with its famous market. In the market comes alive with locals from nearby hillside villages in traditional dress selling local fruit and vegetables as well as handicrafts. There is free time to wander the colorful market stalls before to visit the spectacular Pisaq Ruins – a hilltop Inca citadel and fortress with impressive agricultural terracing. Afterwards, you will enjoy a delicious buffet lunch in a local restaurant in Urubamba. Following, you will visit Ollantaytambo, an Incan military, religious, administrative and agricultural center located at the top of a mountain. Unlike other small towns, this one has maintained its original Incan design, featuring stone buildings and narrow streets. Finally, in the way back to Cusco visit the traditional Andean village of Chinchero. The visit combines the Inca archeological site, and a colonial church.


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

Day 3

Cusco - Santa María – Santa Teresa – Hidroeléctrica - Aguas Calientes.

Cusco - Santa María – Santa Teresa – Hidroeléctrica - Aguas Calientes. We will start the day by picking you up at your hotel (approx.07:15 am). The tour will begin with a nice, scenic ride to Ollantaytambo, where we will have a chance to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the area. From there, we will continue down a long, winding path to "Habra de Malaga", which stands at an altitude of 4,316 m.a.s.l from that vantage point, we will see some of the most amazing landscapes that Peru has to offer. After a brief stop, we will begin our descent into the thick jungle, passing through the different micro-climates that combine the paradisiacal landscapes of the majestic snow-capped peaks with the hot, tropical entrance to the rainforest. We will continue along our route until we have reached Alfamayo, where there is a nice, paved road in perfect condition that we can use. We will need to take an unpaved road though, in order to continue in the direction of Santa Maria, which is located at an altitude of 1575 m.a.s.l. From this point we will continue to the small village, Santa Teresa, where a delicious lunch will be awaiting us at approximately 2:00 pm. Afterwards, at around 2:45 pm, we will return to the route in the direction of the train station at the nearby Hydroelectric Plant. From where you have to walk 12 Kilometers - 2 hours (or take an optional train will have us in Aguas Calientes), at which point you will be taken to the designated hostals and hotels. If we have any extra time to use, we can also go take a relaxing dip in the natural, heated waters of the hot baths. At 7 pm, though, it will be time to enjoy a hearty dinner along with the guide who will be taking you to the ancient citadel, Machu Picchu. At that time, he will have a chance to go over the plan for the following day and answer any questions. We spend one night in a basic hostel/hotel in Aguas Calientes. Travel time by car: 6hrs approx.
Hiking time: 2hrs approx.


 

Include: Transportation Cusco – Hidroeléctrica, meals (1L, 1D), accommodation.

Important: Optionally, passengers who do NOT want to walk the section between Hidroeléctrica and Aguas Calientes can buy their train ticket at the same station. Please make an inquiry about it.

Day 4

Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes - Hidroeléctrica – Cusco.

Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes - Hidroeléctrica – Cusco. You will have the option to go up to Machu Picchu by bus or walking. Breakfast will be served from 04:00 am. The guided tour of the site will begin at 6:00 am and will last for at least 2 hours. Afterwards, you will be able to enjoy some free time until approximately 11:30 am, which is the recommended time to begin returning down the mountain to the train station. The train back to the hydroelectric plant will be leaving Aguas Calientes at 1:30 pm (the train ticket has an additional cost), if you want to avoid the train you can walk for around 2 hours so have to leave at 12:30 from Aguas Calientes as transportation in Hidroeléctrica will wait only until 2:30 pm. Upon our arrival to the hydroelectric plant, we will transfer you to a private van, which will take us to Santa Teresa. There, we will have a one-hour break for one last chance to get some food or use the restroom before we undertake the final leg of the ride. We will then proceed back to Cusco, returning down the same road that brought us here. We will arrive to Cusco around 10:00 pm (approx.) Hiking time: 2hrs approx.
Travel time by car: 6hrs approx.


Include: Bus ticket Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu, entrance ticket to Machupicchu, professional tour guide, meals (01B, 01L, 01D), transportation Hidroeléctrica – Cusco, chosen hotel.

Important: Optionally, passengers who do NOT want to walk the section between Aguas Calientes and Hidroeléctrica can buy their train ticket at the same station. Please make an inquiry about it.

Day 5

Maras – Moray.

Maras – Moray. In the morning (08:00am) 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 6

Rainbow Mountain.

Rainbow Mountain. Very early in the morning (approx. 4:15 am) we will pass by your hotel in our private transport, then we will leave the city of Cusco towards the south valley, after traveling approximately 2 hours we will arrive at the Cusipata sector (Paucarpata), where we will enjoy a delicious breakfast (scrambled eggs, cheese, ham, fruit salad, hot drinks etc). After breakfast we will continue for approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes more until we reach the checkpoint, it is there that we will begin our walk. Previously, our guide will give us the instructions and recommendations of the route to finally begin. The walk will take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes until you reach Vinincunca or The Rainbow Mountain (5,020 m / 16,466 ft.). On the way we will observe a large number of llamas and alpacas that are in the care of shepherds dressed in beautiful colorful costumes. Similarly along the way we can see snowy peaks that are part of the slope of the Andes Mountains, among which the Apu Ausangate (sacred mountain) stands out one of the highest mountains in southern Peru; almost upon reaching the top we will observe the change of landscape, at which point we can appreciate the mountain range of Vinincunca or Rainbow Mountain, reaching this point between 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Here our guide will explain us in detail aspects about the orography, ecosystem and color of the mountain, we will also have time for the most beautiful photos of the mountain of 7 colors, after a little free time we will take the way back to Llaqto, where our vehicle will be waiting. We will continue the return to the Cusipata sector where we will have our delicious buffet lunch. Finally we will take the return route to the City of Cusco arriving at approximately 05:00 pm.


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

Day 7

Tipón, Pikillaqta & Andahuaylillas (South Valley).

Tipón, Pikillaqta & Andahuaylillas (South Valley). This day, you will experience a half day tour to the "Southern Valley" of Cusco with an expert guided tour of Tipón, Pikillaqta and Andahuaylillas. At Tipón, you will discover a remarkable and extensive Inca site famous for beautiful gardens irrigated with fresh, cool water that runs through an intricate system of fountains. Pikillaqta, “the City of Fleas,” is an impressive and ancient Wari ruin built in the first century. Here you’ll explore this administrative capital of the southern portion of the Wari Empire which dates back to pre-Inca times. You will also visit the small village of Andahuaylillas, home to a dazzling 17th-century church, known as the “Andean Sistine Chapel.” Built upon the site of an old Inca temple, the church’s altar is gilded in 24-carat gold leaf and adorned with both Christian and Quechua symbols. 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 8

Humantay Lake.

Humantay Lake. Very early in the morning (approx. 4:15 am) we will pass by your hotel in our private transport then we will leave the city of Cusco towards the towns of Izcuchaca and Limatambo, to finally access to the route to Salkantay and reach the town of Mollepata, in this place we will stop to enjoy a delicious breakfast and fill ourselves with the energy needed for the walk. After breakfast we will continue for approximately 1 more hour until we reach the Soraypampa sector, where we will start the trek. Previously, our guide will give us the instructions and recommendations of the route to finally begin. The walk will take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes until reaching Humantay Lake (4,200 m / 13,780 ft.). During the ascent we can see snowy peaks that are part of the slope of the Andes Mountains, among which the Apu Salkantay (sacred mountain) stands out, one of the highest mountains in southern Peru. Upon reaching the lake we can see the variation of colors, depending on the perspective that gives us the point where we are, in addition to the glacier in front that feeds the lake. After the explanation with the guide, take pictures and rest from the walk, we will go back to Soraypampa and continue in the vehicle to Mollepata where we will have our buffet lunch. Finally, we will take the return route to the City of Cusco arriving at approximately 06:00 pm.


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

Day 9

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.

End of our services.

PRICES

PRICE PER PERSON - ONLY TOURS: US$ 524.00*

(*) 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 2020

CUSCO

*

SINGLE

DOUBLE

TRIPLE

ANDEAN HOME HS

2

$785.00

$687.00

$664.00

AMARU HS

3

$897.00

$766.00

$735.00

ARCANGEL

2

$990.00

$830.00

$767.00

SAN AGUSTIN INTERNACIONAL

3

$1,084.00

$827.00

$773.00

ANDENES AL CIELO

3

$1,177.00

$897.00

$866.00

TIERRA VIVA

3

$1,177.00

$897.00

$897.00

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$785.00 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$ 687.00, the total price for the 2 people would be US $ 1374.00 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$ 664.00, the total price for the 3 people would be US$ 1992.00 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 will be applied for students who have their current student card (2020), under 18 y.o and for passengers belonging to the Andean Community of Nations (Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia). Please make an inquiry to access discounts.

 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: The program considers a 2hrs walk approximately between Hidroeléctrica and Aguas Calientes, in case the passenger does not want to make the trek, a train ticket can be included, please make an inquiry for the price.

 NOT INCLUDED

  • International and domestic air tickets (*).
  • Days 3-4: Train tickets Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes – Hidroeléctrica.
  • Bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu.
  • 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

  • Bus ticket Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes: US$12.00 per person.
  • Train ticket Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes: US$36.00
  • Expedition train ticket Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo: US$75.00 per person.
  • Entrance ticket to Machupicchu + Huaynapicchu: US$ 20.00 per person*
  • Entrance ticket to Machupicchu + Montaña: US$ 20.00 per person*
  • Dinner show buffet in Cusco (Don Antonio): US$ 25.00 per person.

(*) In case the passenger wishes to book the entrances ticket to climb Huaynapicchu or Montaña, it must be in the first group and you will lose the guided tour to Machupicchu.

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.

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