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Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2020

The Inca Trail Treks are known as some of the world’s best hikes. The trail was built by the Incas over 900 years ago to connect their capital city of Cusco to the Sacred Citadel of Machu Picchu.  The Classic 4-day Inca Trail is in extremely high demand and permits sell out quickly.  However, for some the Classic Inca Trail is too challenging of a trek, or they do not have the time, or permits are sold out. 

The Short Inca Trail, the last one third of the Classic Inca Trail is a perfect option. A hiker still enters through the Sun Gate straight to Machu Picchu Citadel, gets to visit the archeological site of Winay Huayna and visits Machu Picchu twice, the 1st and 2nd day of the trek.   A great option for all!

HOW EARLY MUST I BOOK THE SHORT INCA TRAIL FOR 2020?

SHORT INCA TRAIL: If you are booking the 2 day Inca Trail, it is preferred that you also book in advance, however 2 to 4 months before is possible depending on the date you chose to trek.

*** Please note: To protect this historical trek, the Peruvian government heavily regulates it.  There are only 500 permits issued per day for the short Inca Trail.  Before there were usually enough permits for this trek, however due to the high demand months of May through September, some dates are may be sold out.   

WHY SHOULD I BOOK BEFORE PERMITS ARE RELEASED?

Orange Nation makes sure all their hikers’ information is updated and ready to use to secure the Inca Trail permit on the date the client is hoping to secure. Thus, the moment the permits are released for sale, we can purchase the permits before they are all sold out.  Some dates in May or June may sell out within minutes, others in hours.  Any delay in this process could mean Orange Nation is unable to secure your Inca Trail permit, especially for the Classic Inca Trail.  It is always wise to provide an alternative date to be sure of getting your permit.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO BOOK AT THE LAST MINUTE?

It may be possible to book at the last minute with the 2 day or 1 day Inca Trail if you are looking to trek in a month of the year where demand is lower. However, it is not recommended! The permits are not the only item that can book out, tickets for the 6AM early entrance to Machu Picchu, trains and hotels can also book out.  Please do not wait until the last minute, book now if you have set dates!

WHAT PERSONAL INFORMATION IS REQUIRED TO BOOK INCA TRAIL PERMITS?

Orange Nation needs your personal details and they must match your passport.  What is required is your full name as written in your passport, passport number, date of birth, nationality and gender. Once again, it must match exactly your passport!  After booking, please send us a copy of your current passport or driver’s license if you are booking with that.

If you are renewing your passport, Orange Nation can book with your old passport number (or driver’s license number) and we will update once your new passport arrives. Further details are written below.

WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE A PASSPORT YET OR MY PASSPORT WILL EXPIRE BEFORE THE TREK?

If you are still in the process of obtaining your passport, you can still book with your driver’s license information and when you obtain your new passport then simply email Orange Nation a photo of both your new passport and your driver’s license and we will update your permit information at the government office. Please bring your drivers license and new passport when you come to Peru. 

If your passport will expire before you trek, you can book the Inca Trail hike with your current passport and when you obtain your new passport, you can take photos of both your old and new passports. Then email Orange Nation those photos and they will update your permit information at the government.  It is also wise to bring both your old passport and new passport to Peru when you come if your still have your old passport.

CAN I DO THE INCA TRAIL WITHOUT A TOUR PROVIDER?

NO, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE!  The government of Peru strictly controls the Inca Trail.  This hike can only be booked by a fully licensed tour operator. Orange Nation is a 100% licensed Inca Trail tour operator by the government here in Cusco, Peru. (Not all tour operators can do the Inca Trail) We take pride in the journeys we create for our clients and we guarantee you won’t regret putting your trust in Orange Nation!

HOW BIG WILL ORANGE NATION GROUPS BE IN 2020?

Orange Nation specializes in small intimate groups! We want to guarantee the best possible experience for all our hikers. it allows you to get to know your fellow hikers better and to better enjoy your trekking experience. Our group sizes range from 2 to 8 persons.  If 2 persons book it is guaranteed you go even if no other people book.  You book, pay your deposit, you go!

CAN A PRIVATE INCA TRAIL TOUR BE BOOKED?

YES, you absolutely can book a private hike at an additional cost!  The cost varies depending on the size of your private group.  A private tour means that you will have your own personal guide.

***However, you may not be hiking completely alone on the Ina Trail as there will be other groups hiking the trail as well.

HOW DO I BOOK THE INCA TRAIL FOR 2020?

Booking with Orange Nation is easy.  All you need to do is click on the BOOK NOW link and follow the instructions.  If you have questions, please chat with us or give us a call using the phone numbers on the top of the main page for the Peru office or the USA office.

***Please be sure you have all your passport information ready when you book and send us a copy of your passport via email afterwards.  (see earlier instructions if you do not yet have a passport or it will expire before the trek begins.  It is still possible to book now!

As soon as we receive your completed booking form and your $200 deposit per person, we will email you a confirmation. Once permits are released from the government, our staff will confirm once again that your permits are secured for your preferred date after we have purchased them in October 2019.

Itinerary

DAY 1: CUSCO –KM 104  – WIÑAY HUAYNA – SUN GATE – MACHU PICCHU – AGUAS CALIENTES

We pick you up  from your hotel at 4:00am and drive 90-minutes private transfer towards the Ollantaytambo train station to take the Expedition train at 6:10am. After an hour and 15-minute train ride, we arrive to kilometer 104 (Inca Trail Starting Point – 2,100m/6,927ft). Then, we begin a moderate uphill hike for three hours towards the ancient archaeological site of Wiñayhuana (2,650m/8,747ft). Where we will have fabulous views of the Urubamba Valley, Inca sites and the connection with the original 4-day Inca Trail. This climb has relatively flat areas mixed with upward stairs, which is how the Incas went uphill.

After we rest and enjoy this beautiful sight, we continue our trek to the Sun Gate (2,730m/9,007ft) which has slight ups and downs. From here, we will have our first view of Machu Picchu from where most of the famous photos of Machu Picchu are taken. It is all downhill trek from here, about 1 hour to Machu Picchu.

We take a 25-minute shuttle bus ride down a zig zagging road towards Aguas Calientes, where we spend the night in our hotel and enjoy a celebratory dinner.

  • Meals: Box Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Wiracocha Inn Hotel or Andean Terra Hotel
  • Difficulty: Moderate

DAY 2: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

On this early and very exciting morning, we will take the 5:30am shuttle bus back up the zig zagging hill to catch the sunrise over Machu Picchu. Our guide will give us a 2.5-hour private tour, teaching us the history and secrets hidden away by the Incas who once resided there. Then, you have plenty of time to explore on your own until 12 noon.

Here are some other activities you can do on your own:

  • Climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain and enjoy the amazing views of Machu Picchu from above. (Additional fee)
  • Walk to the Sun Gate, 2 hours round trip or the Inca Bridge, 1 hour round trip. (No additional fee)
  • Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the new local museum or to the hot springs. (Entrance fee to enter)

Around 12 noon, we will depart Machu Picchu and descend again back down the curvy road to Aguas Calientes. You can have a relaxing lunch and explore Aguas Calientes before boarding the Expedition train at 4:22pm (be there 1/2 earlier – 4pm at the latest), returning to Ollantaytambo Train Station.

Finally, we will drive approximately 90 minutes to drop you off on the doorstep of your hotel in Cusco, arriving around 8pm.

  • Meals: breakfast

There are now 3 sessions to enter Machu Picchu and you can stay ONLY for 4 hours into Machu Picchu. 

Inclusions

WHAT IS INCLUDED FOR THE SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?

  • Pick up at your hotel
  • Private transfer from your hotel to the train station and back again
  • 3 Bus tickets between Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes
  • English-speaking guide
  • Private guided tour in Machu Picchu
  • Expedition Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes & Agua Calientes – Ollantaytambo
  • Admission Tickets to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu Archaeological site
  • One night accommodation in Aguas Calientes. (hot shower, bathroom, private room and breakfast included)
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Taxes

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED FOR THE SHORT INCA TRAIL  TO MACHU PICCHU?

  • Wayna Picchu Mountain:$70 USD per person
  • Machu Picchu Mountain:$70 USD per person
  • First breakfast (Served in Hotel), Last lunch at Machu Picchu
  • OPTIONAL UPGRADES: Hotel
  • VISTADOME Train to Cusco instead of Expedition Train-$57 USD per person (RETURN ONLY)
  • Tips for your staff (Sam Travel Peru staff receive fair and decent payment immediately after they end their trip, tips are optional but greatly appreciated).

Price

The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is available on almost any day that suits your schedule – we only need a minimum of two people in order to book. Single travelers are welcome to join a group if there is a group already programmed.

 Price per person
Without Hotel$397 USD 
2* Hotel$427 USD
3* Hotel$467 USD
4* Hotel$527 USD

**** Free backpack (small) transfer  from Cusco to Aguas Calientes hotel.

DISCOUNTS

  • 18 to 25 years old:$20 USD. Information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card at booking is required & government approval for discount.
  • Under 18 years old:$25 USD. Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Under 11 years old:$30 USD.  Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.

EXTRAS

  • Huayna Picchu Mountain Hike:$70 USD per person
  • Machu Picchu Mountain Hike:$70 USD per person
  • Vistadome Train:$57 USD per person – (RETURN ONLY)
  • Single supplement for standard hotel:$30 USD per night (for solo travellers with single room)
  • Free duffel bag (5 kilos): to your hotel in Aguas Calientes for those staying extra days

FREE ADDED VALUES

  • TRANSFER FROM AIRPORT: Pick up from the airport with transfer to your hotel in Cusco included (Cusco only).
  • SMALL GROUPS: average 4 to 6 with a maximum of 8 hikers
  • AFTERNOON TRAIN: We give you enough time to explore Machu Picchu and have a relaxing lunch at Aguas Calientes.  Your train back to Ollantaytambo is at 4:22pm, and when you arrive to Ollantaytambo, you  catch your private van to Cusco, arriving to Cusco by 8:30 PM.
  • HOTEL AT AGUAS CALIENTE CITY: includes private bathroom, hot shower, buffet breakfast, wifi, etc.

The short Inca trail to Machu Picchu is almost always available year round except it is closed in February for maintenance — This trek takes you into Machu Picchu by walking through the SUN GATE like in the ancient times, you will explore some amazing Inca ruins. along the way like Wiñaywayna Inca City.

Availability

CHECK YOUR SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU AVAILABILITY BY CLICKING ON MONTH OF YOUR CHOICE!

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Important Info

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Please read the following information to help answer any questions you may have about our Services and the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

ARRIVAL TO CUSCO

You will be met and welcomed at Cusco airport and taken to your hotel, please ensure that you inform us of your full flight details at least 14 days prior to your to Cusco. Our representative will be holding an Orange Board at the arrival terminal.

THE BRIEFING

It will take place the night before the trek at 6pm in our office, which is located at Calle Santa Teresa  Nº383; 101 (first floor), we are next to SUBWAY restaurant.

CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE:

ABSOLUTELY! During the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, both are free. Please pack anything you will need for your hike in your day pack for Machu Picchu.

HOW TO BOOK:

FIRST, to book your Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu trek, we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our home page or click here – BOOK NOW.

Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group).  We cannot purchase a Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu permit without the following information:

  • Personal information (your full name, exactly as it appears on your passport):
  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality

SECOND, we require a deposit of $211.00 USD per person in order to purchase a permit for the 1 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.  You can make your deposit by clicking on the VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, AMERICAN EXPRESS  or PAYPAL.

WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?

It would be greatly appreciated if you pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. We have many ATMs within the historical center to withdraw money.  You can also pay by VISA – MASTERCARD – DISCOVER – AMERICAN EXPRESS or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service charge, charged by VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, AMERICAN EXPRESS or PAYPAL.  To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address of orangenationperu@gmail.com. 

MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?

Unfortunately the answer is No. Once the tickets have been purchased, the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure date after the ticket has been bought. Tickets are also not transferrable nor refundable. If you cancel your Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Trek, the deposit is not refundable at all!

DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT ON THE SHORT  INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU ?

DEFINITELY! You have to bring your original passport and it is very important that it is the same passport number you sent to us to book your Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu permit.  In case you are renewing your passport, go ahead and send us your old number to secure your permit, and we can change it when you get your new passport number. Please send the new passport number as soon as possible.

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE IN THE SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?

The weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee. The climate in Cusco has a temperature fluctuating between 14 º to 16 º C, with warm days and cold nights. The best time to do the Short Inca trail to Machu Piicchu is between the months of April through October, when the weather is warm. During the months of June, July and August nights are very cold which is why you are advised to bring a good quality 4 season sleeping bag.

The rainy season is during the months of November through March, if you want to do the Inca Trail this season has to bring warm clothes and be prepared, as the walk can be a bit more difficult, on the other hand, enjoy sight of a beautiful landscape and colorful flowers.

The month of February, the Short  Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is closed for security reasons, as this month the rainfall is more intense. The weather along the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu:

  • The Average weather conditions on the Inca Trail:
  • Dry Season April – October
  • Day temperature 20ºC – 25ºC – Night temperature -1ºC – 7ºC
  • Wet Season November – March
  • Day temperature 17ºC – 22ºC – Night temperature 4ºC – 7ºC

We highly recommend you to bring some warm clothes and good rain gear in your day backpack.

IS THE TREK DIFFICULT, DO I NEED TO BE FIT?

The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu  is a 12km (7.5 mile) hike through the Andes in the Cusco region. The maximum altitude reached is 2700mt.

In preparation: try walking 15kms in a day or go to the fitness club in the months leading up to the trek. It is also important to be well acclimatised to the altitude. Try to spend at least 2 or 3 days in Cusco (3350m/11,047ft) prior to starting the trek.

ARE WE DROPPED OFF AT OUR HOTEL AFTER THE SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU ?

Absolutely! Included in our packages is dropping you off at your hotel on the return from your trek or tour. If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley like Ollantaytambo or Urubamba, we will drop you there too!
If you spend the night at Ollantaytambo before the trek, we wil pick you up there.

ALTITUDE SICKNESS

For some visitors, the first hours in Cusco can be summarized as: shortness of breath, a discomfort in the body, dizziness, headaches, stomachaches, even vomiting. As great connoisseurs of natural medicine, the Incas used coca leaves to counteract soroche, quechua for high-altitude sickness.

Don’t do anything other than rest

If you travel from Lima to Cusco, the effect can be immediate. This lack of oxygen, scientifically known as hypoxia, begins to manifest itself at 7,874 ft (2,399 m) above sea level. That’s why right after landing in Cusco, visitors can feel fatigued and have difficulty walking. Walking one block could feel like walking ten blocks carrying a backpack full of rocks. It is advisable to take it really easy on the first day and, if possible, rest the first few hours to help the body acclimatize to the altitude.

Stay hydrated

How do people feel after a night of drinking? Thirsty. That’s how you’ll feel when you arrive in Cusco. As already stated, the body dehydrates quickly in high altitudes. It is recommended you drink lots of water before and during your trip to Cusco. Also, avoid heavy meals since your stomach takes longer to digest food at high altitudes. A diet of low proteins and high carbs is advisable.

No one knew better the effects of high altitude than indigenous peoples. Coca is the best natural medicine to combat altitude sickness. It was even considered sacred because of its curative powers and is still used in the same way now as it was in the time of the Incas. It contains iron, vitamins A, B1, B2 and calcium, among other nutrients. Coca makes it easier for your bloodstream to absorb oxygen, suppresses hunger, combats fatigue, headaches and can ease your stomach. If you do not feel like chewing leaves (which can be bitter, apart from numbing your mouth), you can try drinking coca tea, which is most commonly found in the lobby of hotels in Cusco.

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE THERE PER GROUP?

The maximum group size is 8 persons. Usually our groups are between 2-6 persons. ORANGE Travel Peru specializes in SMALL and PRIVATE groups and provides personalized service.

TIPPING

If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appreciated. While it may not be customary to you, it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the trek.  It inspires excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Orange Nation Peru destinations. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you feel, depending on your perception of the quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

ARE YOU SUSTAINABLE?

Yes, we are a local sustainable & responsible tourism operator f that incorporates the universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our staff to know, understand and respect the local places and its people.

Packing list

PACKING LIST FOR THE SHORT INCA TRAIL

The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu DOES NOT INCLUDE the extra porter so you will need to carry all your things, please try to pack as light as possible to enjoying this trek.

We can transfer small backpack from Cusco to  Aguas Calientes Hotel for free!

  • Original Passport(it has to be the same you have used for booking your trek)
  • Good daypack
  • Drinking Water – 1 to 2L
  • Comfortable hiking boots
  • Toilet Paper
  • Necessary clothes
  • Warm clothes
  • Jacket
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Personal medications
  • Sun Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Warm Hat
  • Snacks like chocolate bars, protein bars
  • Rain plastic poncho (provided by ORANGE NATION)
  • Camera
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips

Wilderness Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, Llactapata Ruins Included

Itinerary

Day 1 – CUSCO – SORAYPAMPA – HUMANTAY LAGOON – SALKANTAY PAMPA – PAMPA JAPONESA

We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco between at 4:00 am in our private transportation. We begin our adventure in the direction of Mollepata, which we pass on our 3 hour van ride towards the trail head at Soraypampa (3,800m/12,467ft). When we arrive at Soraypampa, you will enjoy a hot breakfast prepared by our chef. After breakfast, you will give your duffel bags to our horsemen and be ready to begin your trekking adventure on the Salkantay trek by hiking up to Humantay Lagoon. This hike takes about 1.5 hours and will take you to the base of Humantay Mountain, where you get to take in the beautiful, crystalline-blue waters of the Humantay Lagoon. After time to be mesmerized by the beauty of such an incredible creation of nature, you will begin hiking back down to the starting point to continue with your trek to the place, where you will enjoy a hot lunch. This return hike takes about 2 hours as you descend to Salkantaypampa at (3,900km/12,795ft) arriving at about 1 p.m. Salkantaypampa is located on the base of the Salkantay glacier mountain and has some incredible views of the Salkantay Mountain. After lunch, you will gradually hike uphill for around 3 hours until the campsite of Pampa Japonesa at (4,250m/13,943ft). There, you get to sleep under the unforgettable star filled night sky at the base of the majestic Salkantay Mountain.

Walking distance: 14km
Trail head elevation: 3,800m/12,467ft
Camp site elevation: 4,400m/14,435ft
Difficulty: Challenging

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 2 – PAMPA JAPONESA – CONDOR PASS – INCA CANAL – PAUCCARCANCHA

After an early morning wake up, you will enjoy your breakfast and get ready for the day´s hike. You will not be able to help yourself from stopping to enjoy the spectacular views of the surrounding glacier peaks and mountains, From Pampa Japonesa, you will slowly ascend for the next 3 hours until reach the Inca Chiriaska, pass located at (5,100m/16,732ft). Chiriaska Quechua means getting cold, this place is truly cold at most times of the year, but it has some of the best views of the Salkantay glacier peaks. After taking time to admire the breath-taking scenery you will get to enjoy a hot drink before continuing on your trek. The hike from the pass to Sisaypata, our lunch stop, will take around 3.5 hour but it is all downhill. At Sisaypata, you will get the opportunity in the beauty of the Paltayoc peaks.
After lunch, we continue trekking for another 3 hours downhill to the campsite for the night at Paucarcancha at 3,770km.

Walking distance: 18km
Highest point of the trail: 5,100m/16,732ft
Campsite elevation: 3,300m/10,826ft
Difficulty: Challenging

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 3- PAUCARCANCHA – LLACTAPATA – KM 82 – OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES

After breakfast, you will visit the Inca archaeological site of Paucarcancha before continuing on with your trek. This day you get to trek on an original section of the Classic Inca Trail. As you are trekking you will be enthralled by the stunning views of the surrounding valleys and mountains. You will also get just a bit of the famous Inca Trail by visiting the famous Llactapata Inca archaeological site. This site is known for having been an Inca village characterized by its houses, water channels, and many farming terraces gently bordering the mountain side. From Llactapata, we will trek for about 1 hour and then stop for lunch.

After lunch, you will hike for about another 2 hours until you reach Km 82, where you will meet up with our private van and be transferred to the city of Ollantaytambo. At Ollantaytambo, you will get to enjoy dinner and we will take the 7:04pm train to Aguas Calientes where you will stay the evening in anticipation of visiting the famous Machu Picchu Citadel.

Walking distance: 15km
Campsite elevation: 3,300m/10,826ft
Trail end elevation: 2,700m/8,858ft
Aguas Calientes elevation: 2,000m/6,561ft
Difficulty: Moderate
Accommodations: Wirachocha Inn

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 4 AGUAS CALIENTES- MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

Bursting out with excitement on your final surreal day, we take the bus to Machu Picchu archeological site. With our 2.5-hour private tour, we make sure to explore every nook and cranny of this New 7 Wonder of the World, the majestic Machu Picchu Citadel. What an unforgettable experience. Your guide will expertly direct you through the energetic ruins and its diverse main streets. Then on your own, you can wander around the town squares of the world’s spiritual center of esoteric wisdom, as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made of stone. Or you can stay still and find the peace within as you sit in the pure delight of the moment.
If you wish to indulge in a few of the following activities on your own you can: 

  • Climb Huayna Picchu – appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu (additional fee).
  • Climb Machu Picchu Mt. – appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu (additional fee).
  • You will be given some time to walk to the Sun Gate. (No additional fee)
  •  Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the local museum or to the hot springs. (entrance fee)

***Note you get 2 hours extra at the Citadel of Machu Picchu to climb Huayna Picchu  or Machu Picchu Mountain.

You will descend to Aguas Calientes, eat a leisurely lunch and at 4:22pm board the Expedition Train to the Ollantaytambo station.  There you will be transferred by private van to Cusco and your hotel arriving at about 8:30pm.

Difficulty: Easy

Meals: Breakfast

Inclusions

WHAT IS INCLUDED FOR THE WILDERNESS SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU?

  • Pick up at your hotel in the morning of the trek departure
  • Private transport from Cusco to Soraypampa (starting point of the trek)
  • Entry fee to Machu Picchu
  •  English speaking, experienced professional guide
  • Private guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Comfortable tents (sleeping 2 people in a 4 person tent)
  • All camping equipment such as: dining tent, table, chairs, kitchen tent and toilet tent
  • Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and return to Aguas Calientes
  • First Aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Train from Hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes
  • Private transport from Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco
  • Celebration dinner in Aguas Calientes (tourist restaurant )
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes with private room and bathroom
  • Mules and horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen – 7 kgs of your personal items such as extra clothes, sleeping bag etc
  • Provision of a horse in case of emergency such as illness, to ensure trek can be completed by all participants
  • Comfortable & thick foam mattress
  • Boiled water for drinking and washing purposes

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED FOR THE WILDERNESS SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU?

  • Sleeping Bag –$20 USD per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
  • Air Mattress –$20 USD per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
  • Walking Poles –$15 USD per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)
  • Personal tent-$30 USD – (Tent for single travelers only)
  • Vistadome Train Upgrade  –$57 USD per person (Return Only)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain  –$35 USD per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • Machu Picchu  Mountain – $30 USD per person  (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • Lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes
  • Tips for the crew, guide, cook and porters of Orange Nation

Price & Availability

“Our 4 days NEW Wilderness Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu may leave on any date that is best suited to you, as long as we have a minimum of 2 hikers”

PRICE -$577 USD per person

PRIVATE SERVICE PRICES:

  • 2 – 3 Trekkers: $677 USD per person
  • 4 – 5 Trekkers: $647 USD per person
  • 6 – 8 Trekkers: $617 USD per person

Personal porter included!

***This price includes an extra porter who will carry your belongings up to 7 kilos,  we will provide you a duffle bag,  you can put your things.

***We provide large Eureka 4 man tents for each 2 trekkers.  

DISCOUNTS

  • 18 to 25 years old:$30 USD Information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card at booking is required & government approval for discount.
  • Under 18 years old:$30 USD Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Under 11 years old:$40 USD  Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.

EXTRAS 

  • Sleeping Bag –$20 USD per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
  • Air Mattress –$20 USD per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
  • Walking Poles –$15 USD per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)
  • Personal tent – $30 USD – (Tent is for single trekkers only)
  • Vistadome Train Upgrade  –$57 USD per person (Return Only)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain  – $35 USD per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • Machu Picchu  Mountain – $30 USD per person  (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • Single supplement-$30 USD per night (for solo travellers with single room)

ADDED VALUES  FOR FREE

  • TRANSFER – from the Airport to Hotel (Cusco Only)
  • DUFFEL BAG AND TRASH BAGS – included in the trekking price
  • EXTRA PORTER is included in the price, the porter will carry your belongings up to 7 kgs /14lbs like sleeping bag, mattress, clothes etc
  • BOILED WATER is included along the Inca Trail
  • OXYGEN TANK will be available along the trek
  • EMERGENCY HORSE is included in the price which can be riden if you get tired or sick
  • SMALL PILLOW
  • PLASTIC RAIN pocho made by Orange Nation is included

Important Info

Please read the following information carefully; it will help with your questions about our services and the Lares trekking to Machu Picchu

ARRIVAL TO CUSCO

You will be greeted at Cusco airport and taken to your hotel, please ensure that you inform us of your full flight details at least 14 days prior to arrival. Look out for our representative holding an orange board reading Orange Nation Peru at the arrival terminal.

THE BRIEFING FOR THE LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

It will take place the night before the trekking departure at 6pm at our office which is located at Calle Santa Teresa  Nº383 ; 303 (second floor) we are next to SUBWAY restaurant.

CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE

ABSOLUTELY! During the Lares trek to Machu Picchu your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, both are free.

HOW TO BOOK THE LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

FIRST, to book your Lares trek to Machu Picchu, we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our homepage or click here – BOOK NOW.

Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group).  We cannot purchase an Lares trek Machu Picchu permit without the following information:

  • Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):
  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality

SECOND, we require a deposit of $211.00 USD per person in order to purchase a permit for the Lares trek Machu Picchu.  You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, AMERICAN EXPRESS or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, AMERICAN EXPRESS or PAYPAL symbols on our booking page.

WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?

It would be greatly appreciated if you pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. We have many ATMs within the historical center to withdraw money.  You can also pay by VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, AMERICAN EXPRESS or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service charge, charged by VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, AMERICAN EXPRESS and PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address of orangenationperu@gmail.com. 

HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR THE STUDENT DISCOUNT?

  1. According to Peruvian Law, you must be under 18 years of age at the time of your trek, tour, or visit to Machu Picchu (students 18 & above need student cards). For example: if you book a trek at the age of 17 but you turn 18 before you do your trek, you do not qualify for a student discount.
  2. All students from 11 to 17 years, the discount is $30.
  3. For children from the age of 2 to 11 the discount is $40.
  4. Children under the age of 2 are free.
  5. All students must provide a copy of their passport at the time of their booking to get the student discount.
  6. Send us a copy at oragenationperu@gmail.com

MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?

Unfortunately the answer is No. Once the tickets have been bought the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure dates. Tickets are not transferable nor refundable. With alternative treks we may be able to change dates for a fee depending on what has been already purchased.  Please contact the office as soon as possible if you need to change your date.  If you cancel your Lares Trekking to Machu Picchu, the deposit is not refundable at all!

DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT 

Yes! You have to bring your original passport and it is very important that it is the same passport number you sent to us to book your Lares Trek Machu Picchu, other entrances and reservations. In case you are renewing your passport or changing your name, go ahead and send us your old passport information to secure your permit, and we can change it when you get your new passport number or updated your name for a fee of $25 USD per person.  We must have a copy of your old and new passport to make the change. Before you change your passport keep a copy of your old one.

If you do not wish to pay this fee you will need to bring both passports to Peru with you.  You can enter Peru with your new passport but you will need to show both passports, old and new to be to enter Machu Picchu or the train.  If you do not have both you will not be allowed to enter the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu or get on the train.

WHAT ABOUT ALTITUDE SICKNESS 

For some visitors, the first hours in Cusco can be summarized as: shortness of breath, a discomfort in the body, dizziness, headaches, stomachaches, even vomiting. As great connoisseurs of natural medicine, the Incas used coca leaves to counteract soroche, quechua for high-altitude sickness.

Don’t do anything other than rest

If you travel from Lima to Cusco, the effect can be immediate. This lack of oxygen, scientifically known as hypoxia, begins to manifest itself at 7,874 ft (2,399 m) above sea level. That’s why right after landing in Cusco, visitors can feel fatigued and have difficulty walking. Walking one block could feel like walking ten blocks carrying a backpack full of rocks. It is advisable to take it really easy on the first day and, if possible, rest the first few hours to help the body acclimatize to the altitude.

Stay hydrated

How do people feel after a night of drinking? Thirsty. That’s how you’ll feel when you arrive in Cusco. As already stated, the body dehydrates quickly in high altitudes. It is recommended you drink lots of water before and during your trip to Cusco. Also, avoid heavy meals since your stomach takes longer to digest food at high altitudes. A diet of low proteins and high carbs is advisable.

Discovering coca

No one knew better the effects of high altitude than indigenous peoples. Coca is the best natural medicine to combat altitude sickness. It was even considered sacred because of its curative powers and is still used in the same way now as it was in the time of the Incas. It contains iron, vitamins A, B1, B2 and calcium, among other nutrients. Coca makes it easier for your bloodstream to absorb oxygen, suppresses hunger, combats fatigue, headaches and can ease your stomach. If you do not feel like chewing leaves (which can be bitter, apart from numbing your mouth), you can try drinking coca tea, which is most commonly found in the lobby of hotels in Cusco.

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE THERE PER GROUP?

The maximum group size is 8 persons.  Our groups are between 2-6 persons. Orange Travel Peru specializes in SMALL, PRIVATE groups and provide a personalized service.

HOW MANY COOKS/PORTERS FOR THE GROUP?

You will have 1 cook per group. The number of porters depends of the size of the group. For a group of 2 trekkers, they will have 4 porters, 4 trekkers will have 6 porters, 6 trekkers will have 9 porters, 8 trekkers will have 12 porters.

HIKING LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

The evening before you start your Lares trek to Machu Picchu, you will be given a SMALL DUFFEL BAG to pack your clothes for the next four days. Your weight allowance is up to 7kg/14p. Your team of porters will carry your duffel bag for you, together with the food and camping gear. It’s important to be aware, that you will not have access to your items in the duffel bag until the end of each day, as the porters will always be ahead of the group. During the trek, you need a day backpack big enough to carry your personal belongings such as a warm jacket, a rain jacket, your camera, sunscreen, snacks, water, etc.  A 30 to 50L backpack is sufficient.

IS THE LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU DIFFICULT, DO I NEED TO BE FIT?

The Lares trek to Machu Picchu is a 39 km hike through the Andes in the Cusco region. The maximum altitude reached is (4,700m/15,419ft). On the second day of the trek, we climb two mountains. The trail is a fairly difficult trek and you should be well prepared and healthy prior to starting it. You have to be moderately fit and take regular exercise.
In preparation: try walking 15kms  a day or go to the fitness club in the months leading up to the trek. It is also important to be well acclimatized to the altitude. Try to spend at least 2 or 3 days in Cusco (3350m/11,047ft) prior to starting the trek.

ARE THERE TOILETS ON THE LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU?

It has been highlighted by most of our clients, especially by female trekkers who want a private, clean and sanitary toilet!! ORANGE Nation Peru toilet facilities have an individual tent and a “camping toilet with a seat.”  Check out the picture, which illustrates how we set up our camping toilet on the trek by using this link: picture of toilet tent. Our toilet is always set up a comfortable distance from our campsite.  At night if you need to use the toilet it is readily accessible and clean, unlike the dirty facilities supplied by the government.
There are hot showers and hot water pools to soak in and relax on the 3rd day of your trek at the Lares Hot Springs. Be sure to bring your bathing suit.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM UNABLE TO FINISH THE LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU?

This has never happened but in the scenario that you are unable to finish the trek due to a health issue, ORANGE Nation Peru will assist you to the nearest town for help with transportation. We always carry oxygen on the trek for any respiratory problems In extreme cases, a helicopter pick up can be arranged at your own expense. (Travel insurance required). There are no refunds in the unlikely situation that you are unable to finish the Lares  trek to Machu Picchu.
Generally those who have to be assisted off the trail are taken to Ollantaytambo and if they recover quickly, they then continue the journey to Aguas Calientes (cost incurred by trekker) and visit Machu Picchu according to original plan.

ARE WE GOING TO BE DROPPED AT OUR HOTEL?

Absolutely!! Included in the package and on the last day we will drop you at your hotel! If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley like Ollantaytambo or Urubamba, we will drop you there too!   If you spend the night at Ollantaytambo before the trek, for sure we wil pick you up there !

AT WHAT TIME IS THE TRAIN DEPARTURE?

It will depend on the train availability (high season it could book out) but the idea is to give you as much time as possible in Machu Picchu and enjoy the amazing views on the way back to Cusco from the train. Therefore you we usually book the train at 4:22pm. With this train schedule, you will have more than 9 hours to enjoy Machu Picchu

VISTADOME TRAIN UPGRADE; HOW MUCH IS IT?

The upgrade to Vistadome train which has slightly nicer seats, panoramic windows and ceiling. You will be offered some snacks and a dance show will take place on board. The price is$57 USD per person which includes the transfer from Poroy train station to your hotel in Cusco. It is 2 hours by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and then another 2 hours from Ollantaytambo to Cusco by bus. If you upgrade to Vistadome, all the way back to Poroy (Cusco), the trip lasts 3.5 hours, then 25mins by taxi to your hotel. Usually our clients are back at the hotel by 8pm. If you plan to take the bus to Puno on the same night, that is totally possible.

TIPPING

If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appreciated. While it may not be customary to you, it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the Lares trek Machu Picchu. It inspires them to give excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many ORANGE NATION destinations. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you feel it, depending on your perception of the quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

ARE WE SUSTAINABLE? 

Yes, we are a local, sustainable & responsible tourism operator for that we incorporate the universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our local staff to know and understand, respect the places and the local people.

Packing List

WHAT YOU HAVE TO TAKE WITH YOU FOR THE WILDERNESS SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU?

  • Original Passport (it has to be the same you have used for booking your trek)
  • Valid university card (if you booked as a student)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage:  2-3L (Camelbaks are encouraged.
  • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from SAM Travel)
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Toilet paper

WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR DUFFEL BAG FOR THE WILDERNESS SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU?

As a Direct Local Tour operator we provide you with a duffel bag at your briefing and  INCLUDE an extra porter who will carry up to 7 kgs or 14lbs including your 2.5kg sleeping bag, mattress and extra clothing.

  • 2 t-shirts
  • 2 hiking pants at least
  • 4 sets of undergarments
  • 3 sets of hiking socks
  • Bathing Suit for the thermal waters
  • Couple Fleece/ Thermals
  • Warm clothes, down jacket — 2nd campsite temp around 3º C
  • Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might prefer something larger
  • Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash.
  • Battery Charger: No electricity along the trek
  • Large plastic bags will be provided at the office — Please ask for them
  • Sleeping bag: It has to be at least -15ºC – This can be rented from us
  • Swimming Suit

TOILETRIES

  • Face moisturizer
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Personal medications
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc

WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR BACKPACK FOR WILDERNESS SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS ?

We highly recommend a small backpack 30 to 40Lfor hiking in the day. A big backpack will not be allowed into Machu Picchu. The remainder of your belongings will be in your duffel bag at camp.

  • Water: Please supply your own water until the first lunch spot, then we will provide you with cold boiled water  at every meal time. Please bring your canteens.
  • Sun Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Wool Hat
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece
  • Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruits
  • Coca leaves.
  • Rain plastic poncho (provided by SAM)
  • Gloves
  • Camera
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips

Clean Up Campaign

Orange Nation Peru believes in being committed in using ECO-TOURISM as a tool to encourage the protection of the natural environment. We encourage to love and respect nature through enhanced understanding and awareness, both in our staff and clients. We create frameworks where the ECO-TOURISM business promotes truly sustainable use of pristine natural environments and nature. These benefits are shared equally and fairly with local communities, with no damage to the natural environment surrounding them.

In addition to promoting ECO Tourism, we also have annual environmental projects to raise awareness in protecting our natural surroundings.  Our goals would be to promote eco-tourism in partnership with local communities, raise awareness in environmental welfare and teach others the importance of conserving our natural surroundings.

We have annual cleanup projects, in which, we work with local schools and institutions to set an example to other businesses within our area.  Each year, we change our cleanup locations as we mainly focus on the trails we trek on.   This year’s cleanup was focused on the Lares trek, below are pictures from the project.

Christmas Surprise

Orange Nation Peru has many goals to collaborate with Andean communities to overcome economic and social challenges through a working partnership that directs resources toward sustainable projects. Special focus is given to support the children within those communities as well as take part in their educational endeavors. 

Orange Nation Peru establishes annual social projects that are committed to share the spirit of Christmas by participating in activities such as: distribute Christmas presents, hand out sweet treats and hot chocolate to about 300 children or so.

All of these small activities would not happen without the support we get from tourists and also our team members!  We want to thank you all of you for providing us with items needed for these projects, which have been so gratefully accepted by all the local communities and families!  Below are pictures from the project we held this year in the community of Pacchanta.

Dreams Come True

Local indigenous visit Machu Picchu

December of 2017, Orange Nation once again fulfilled the dreams of 36 children and their parents from the indigenous community of Pampamarca way up in the Andean mountains in the south of Cusco. They got to tour Cusco City, Sacred Valley and the Citadel of Machu Picchu all paid for by Orange Nation.  These are children do not have the resources nor ability for many reasons to be able to experience the historical sites of their Inca heritage.  Sam Travel wants to give them a once in a lifetime experience up close and in person of their heritage and restore their pride in their culture, history and Inca heritage.

Why Orange Takes Children to Machu Picchu

Orange Nation believes it is extremely important to give, the native Indigenous people, Los Incas, of the Andean highlands that live way high up in the more isolated mountainous regions around Cusco, the opportunity to see and experience Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, and Cusco, their ancient descendant’s historical sites. We are hoping to restore to the people of the indigenous communities, a pride and an understanding of the importance of their history, heritage, and ancient culture. This is being lost to the people. The people of these communities have been marginalized in some cases by society and may lack basic necessities in their communities of education, health services, adequate food and housing etc. It is sad that millions of foreigners now have the opportunity to experience Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, & Cusco to learn of the Incan heritage, history, and culture; and the native Inca populations of these communities in the Cusco Region that live so close to Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, and Cusco do not have that privilege to do so.

Orange Nation believes it is extremely important to give, the Native Indigenous People, Los Incas, of the Andean highlands that live high up in the more isolated mountainous regions around Cusco, the opportunity to see and experience Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, and Cusco, their ancient descendant’s historical sites in these areas. We are hoping to restore to the people of the indigenous communities, a pride and an understanding of the importance of their history, heritage, and ancient culture. This is being lost to the people. The people of these communities have been marginalized in some cases by society and may lack basic necessities in their communities of education, health services, adequate food and housing etc. It is sad that millions of foreigners now have the opportunity to experience Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, & Cusco to learn of the Incan heritage, history, and culture; and the native Inca populations of these communities in the Cusco Region that live so close to Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, and Cusco, do not have the resources nor ability for many reasons to be able to experience the historical sites of their Inca heritage.

Last year, 2015, Orange Nation offered the students of the community of Cucani, one of the highest mountain regions around Cusco a free tour of Cusco, and Sacred Valley. The children had never had an opportunity to travel outside of their isolated community. They also enjoyed the experience of eating rotisserie chicken for the first time. A popular dish here in Cusco. We wanted the children to have an exposure to the broader region around them of Cusco as an educational experience and to learn more about their culture and history in these areas.

In December of 2016, Orange Nation fullfilled the dreams of 22 students, by taking these students to Machu Picchu. These students have just finished their high school studies from the very remote Andean Community of Patachancha, an hour uphill outside of Ollantaytamba in the mountains: providing them round trip transportation from their communities to Machupicchu, train and bus round trip, full meals, and guide service in their own language (Quechua the Incas language) with the purpose they can know and restore pride in their culture, history and heritage through experiencing it up close and in person. This kind of educational experience is important to the students and it is a great time for them to enjoy a time together.

We would appreciate your support in these social projects of Orange Nation. You can do this by booking tours and treks with us (we use some of the funds for social projects) and of course donations will be highly appreciated also!

Tree Planting

Orange Nation as a travel agency is concerned about our environment and believes it is our social responsibility to preserve our planet. Due to deforestation in the Andes Mountains, there are numerous mountain slopes that are void of trees. Trees are critical for their beauty, their ability to protect the environment, and for all wildlife, livestock and the people living near them. Please note below the long list of the benefits of tree planting for our planet.
SAM Travel as a joint effort between the Kiswarani Indigenous Community and themselves planted 10,000 trees on the slopes of the Lares Valley. 70 people in 1 day with lots of hard work managed to cover the slopes of the surrounding mountains with 10,000 Queuna trees. They are native trees to the Andean Mountains and are better than the eucalyptus trees which people have planted in the past that are not native trees and take over and destroy the environment. The local Kiswarani community looks forward to when they will have the joy of the trees scenery daily, protection for the animals, and the natural hardwood for building and framing of homes.

Tree plantings benefit the land, animals, and people by:

  • Restoring or enhancing the natural beauty of the Andean slopes
  • Restoring the forest previous destroyed by deforestation
  • Reducing soil erosion and wind erosion.
  • Reducing water evaporation, preserving winter moisture, and protecting and improving water quality
  • Reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide
  • Providing food and cover for wildlife and livestock.
  • Protecting livestock from the elements and especially the wind and cold
  • Increasing our supply of renewable resources
  • Restoring the supply of wood for the future

South Valley Tour: Tipon, Piquillacta and Andahuaylillas

Itinerary

South Valley Tour: Tipon, Piquillacta, Andahuaylillas

We will pick you up from your hotel at 9:00am or 1:00pm, and drive in our private van towards Andahuaylillas where we visit the Saint Peter church of Andahuaylillas, often referred to as the  Sistine Chapel of America. It was built by the the Jesuits at the end of the 16th century and the princes of the 17th century. Its architectural structure is typical for village churches. Its walls are wide like all the colonial buildings, made of sun-dried bricks of mud (adobe), the facade is decorated with magnificent murals, and two large stone columns at the main entrance.

Although it appears relatively modest, the decoration of its interior is unique and impressive. We will see wall paintings attributed to Luis de Riaño (17th century). After we visit the church, we continue our journey towards the Pre-Inca archaeological site of Piquillacta, where we explore the huge urban planning of the pre-Inca Wari culture surrounded by mountains and lakes.

Afterwards, we head to the interesting archaeological site of Tipon, where we will see the best of Inca hydraulic water work system. Finally, we head back to the village of Tipon, which is known, for its baked guinea pig dish, a typical dish of the region of Cusco. We stop to taste it and then we are on our way back to your hotel in Cusco, arriving around 1:00pm for the morning tour or 5:00pm for the afternoon.

Inclusions

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Private transport
  • Traditional Cusquenian lunch in the rural village of Tipon famous for the local delicacy guinea pig

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED   

  • Entrance tickets to archeological sites: 70 soles (1 day only) or approximately $22 USD per person, which can only be purchased in soles only at the first archeological site. (See important info for more information)
  • Entrance fee to Saint Peter church of Andahuaylillas
  • Tips

Price

Please note: The Cusco City Tour is only offered to our clients doing atleast a 2-day tour or trek to Machu Picchu.

No. OF PEOPLEPRICE
Group from 1 to 6 people$ 150 USD for the total group (not per person)
Group from 7 to 12 people$ 190 USD for the total group (not per person)

Important Info

The Boleto Turistico (tourist ticket)

You have the Option to Purchase a 1 Day or a 10 Day Boleto Turistico. 

The partial ticket, or 1-Day ticket costs 70 soles (about $20 USD) and is valid for 1 day. You can visit as many sites as you like in one day with no further charge. There are no discounts with this ticket.

Both tourist tickets, 1-day or 10-day, allows the access to different archeological sites in and around Cusco, the Sacred Valley, various museums in Cusco, the Main Cathedral, the Qoricancha and more.  This is the best way to visit all the archeological sites of the region and the Sacred Valley. Most of the main archeological sites are not accessible for free.

The general ticket, or 10-Day Ticket is 130 soles (about $38 USD) and is valid for 10 days. This is the cheapest and most convenient way to plan to see different sites in a few days.

Here is a list of sites where you can use your Boleto Touristico:

  • Sacsayhuaman
  • Qenqo
  • Pucapucara
  • Tambomachay
  • Pisaq
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Chinchero
  • Moray
  • Tipon
  • Piquillaqta
  • Pachacutec Monument
  • Cusco’s Native Art Center
  • Museum of popular Art
  • Museum of contemporary Art
  • Museum of Regional History

Note : The entrance ticket to the main archeological sites such as Sacsaywaman, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Tipón and Moray cannot be sold individually; you Must buy the Boleto turístico to visit them. You can get it in Avenida el Sol near our office or at the time you enter the first site that you are visiting. YOU MUST PAY IN SOLES, NO CREDIT CARDS OR US DOLLARS ARE ACCEPTED. 

ImportantThese entrances are not included in the Boleto Touristico.  

  • The entrance to Qoricancha or Santo Domingo Convent (10 soles)
  • The entrance to the Cathedral (25 soles)
  • Animal Sanctuary (25 soles)
  • Maras Salt Mines (10 soles)

Packing list

WHAT TO BRING

  • Warm jacket
  • Hat
  • Water
  • Sun protection
  • Some money for souvenirs
  • Money in soles to purchase boleto touristico y entrance to salt mine
  • Original passport

Tour To Chincheros, Moray And Salt Mines Half-Day

Itinerary

CHINCHERO, MORAY, MARAS & SALT MINES TOUR

We will  pick you up from your hotel at 8:00am or 1:00pm in our private van and begin our trip to the small town of Chinchero, where you will see an adobe colonial church, dating from the early seventeenth century, which was built upon the foundations of an Inca temple or palace. Inca ‘king’ Tupac Yupanqui possibly used Chinchero as some sort of personal resort for vacations.

Next, we go to the small town of Maras, where we will see the buildings are made of thin stone with images carved into them. We then move on to Salineras, the salt mines, which consists of over 3,000 small ponds cascading down a hillside valley like uneven steps, the Salinas de Maras (as they are known in the local tongue) were first created before the Incas. While there is no transcribed record of the ponds’ creation, they seem to have been passed down and expanded by a small number of owners over hundreds of years. Salt is harvested from the patchwork of shallow pools via a process of evaporation. A natural spring feeds a salt-rich stream that flows down into the pools, which are then opened and dammed individually as needed. Once one of the pools is filled, the water is allowed to evaporate, and then the salt crystals are scraped off the ground with simple instruments.

Then, we are on our way to the Moray ruins, located at (3,450m/11,318ft), which was an experimental farming site built in the form of an ampitheatre with a different temperature to grow different types of crops at each level. These levels of terraces were carved before the Incas and then used by the Incas. These terraces served as a natural green house to grow an extraordinary variety of crops (over 250 types) at an altitude normally not conducive for the crops. The Incas were very advanced in the knowledge of creating specific sub-climates. Then, we return to your hotel in Cusco, arriving around 1:00pm.

Inclusions

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Private group
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Water
  • Private comfortable transportation
  • Taxes

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED   

  • Entrance tickets to archeological sites:  70 soles (1 day only) or approximately $22 USD per person, which can only be purchased in soles only at the first archeological site. (See important info for more information)
  • Meals
  • Salt Mines entrance (10 soles)
  • Tips

Price

Please note: The Cusco City Tour is only offered to our clients doing atleast a 2-days tour or trek to Machu Picchu.

No. OF PEOPLEPRICE
Group from 1 to 6 people$ 175 USD for the total group (not per person)
Group from 7 to 12 people$ 195 USD  for the total group (not per person)

Important Info

The Boleto Turistico (tourist ticket)

You have the Option to Purchase a 1 Day or a 10 Day Boleto Turistico. 

The partial ticket, or 1-Day ticket costs 70 soles (about $20 USD) and is valid for 1 day. You can visit as many sites as you like in one day with no further charge. There are no discounts with this ticket.

Both tourist tickets, 1-day or 10-day, allows the access to different archeological sites in and around Cusco, the Sacred Valley, various museums in Cusco, the Main Cathedral, the Qoricancha and more.  This is the best way to visit all the archeological sites of the region and the Sacred Valley. Most of the main archeological sites are not accessible for free.

The general ticket, or 10-Day Ticket is 130 soles (about $38 USD) and is valid for 10 days. This is the cheapest and most convenient way to plan to see different sites in a few days.

Here is a list of sites where you can use your Boleto Touristico:

  • Sacsayhuaman
  • Qenqo
  • Pucapucara
  • Tambomachay
  • Pisaq
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Chinchero
  • Moray
  • Tipon
  • Piquillaqta
  • Pachacutec Monument
  • Cusco’s Native Art Center
  • Museum of popular Art
  • Museum of contemporary Art
  • Museum of Regional History

Note : The entrance ticket to the main archeological sites such as Sacsaywaman, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Tipón and Moray cannot be sold individually; you Must buy the Boleto turístico to visit them. You can get it in Avenida el Sol near our office or at the time you enter the first site that you are visiting. YOU MUST PAY IN SOLES, NO CREDIT CARDS OR US DOLLARS ARE ACCEPTED. 

Important: These entrances are not included in the Boleto Touristico.  

  • The entrance to Qoricancha or Santo Domingo Convent (10 soles)
  • The entrance to the Cathedral (25 soles)
  • Animal Sanctuary (25 soles)
  • Maras Salt Mines (10 soles)

Packing list

WHAT TO BRING

  • Warm jacket
  • Hat
  • Water
  • Sun protection
  • Some money for souvenirs
  • Money in soles to purchase boleto touristico y entrance to salt mine
  • Original passport

Sacred Valley Tour with Moray and Salt Mines Included!

Itinerary

DAY 1: SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS(Pisac + Moray + Maras + Salt mines + Ollantaytambo) 

We will pick you up from your hotel at 7:30am with our private van and head to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, taking the route to Pisac. We stop at the mirador of Taray to enjoy a beautiful overhead view of the Urubamba valley which accents the surrounding mountain ranges. Next, we head to the archaeological site of Pisac, where you can see the biggest Inca cemetery with more than 2,000 tombs. There, we can admire the hand carved farming terraces built into the side of the Mountain, explore the Inca tunnel and the religious site of this important Inca ruin. After approximately 2 hours, we will visit the colorful Pisac Market which is the largest Market in the region, spend a little time visiting just to see the different handicrafts (you do not need to buy anything) before heading to Urubamba for lunch.

After lunch, we visit Moray, which was an experimental farming site built in the form of an ampitheatre with different temperature at each level which grows different types of crops. These levels of terraces were carved before the Incas and then used by the Incas.

We continue our journey to the colonial town of Maras, walking downhill to the pre-Inca salt mines. Over three thousand salt ponds have been used to extract salt since before Inca times and still supplies Peru with over 90% of its salt. A hot spring at the top of the valley trickles a stream of salty water, which fills the salt ponds and evaporates to produce a salt that is used for our consumption. Finally, we drive to Ollantaytambo to explore this quaint Inca village and the amazing Inca Ruins on the hill top above. Here we spend the night at our hotel in Ollantaytambo so we are ready to catch the early morning Train to the starting point of the Inca Trail.

Finally, we will return to Cusco,arriving to your hotel around 6.30pm.

*** We can end this tour in Ollantaytambo too!

Inclusions

WHAT IS INCLUDED FOR THE SACRED VALLEY TOUR?

  • Private group
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Water
  • Private comfortable transportation
  • Taxes

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED FOR THE SACRED VALLEY TOUR?

  • Entrance tickets to archeological sites:  70 soles (1 day only) or approximately $22 USD per person which can only be purchased in soles only at the first archeological site. (See important info for more information)
  • Meals
  • Salt Mines entrance (10 soles)

Price

The Sacred Valley Tour is available on any date as long as we have a minimum of 2 persons to book.

No. OF PEOPLEPRICE
2 people$ 65  USD per person
3 people$ 55  USD per person
4 people$ 50  USD per person
+5 people$ 45  USD per person

Price for a private Sacred Valley tour: US$177 in total (for a group up to 6 people. 

EXTRA FEES

  • Entrance tickets to archeological sites:  70 soles or approximaely $22 USD per person which can only be purchased in soles at the first archeological site. (See important info for more information)
  • Salt Mine entrance of (10 soles)

Important Info

The Boleto Turistico (tourist ticket) for the Sacred Valley Tour

You have the Option to Purchase a 1 Day or a 10 Day Boleto Turistico. 

The partial ticket, or 1-Day ticket costs 70 soles (about US $20) and is valid for 1 day. You can visit as many sites as you like in one day with no further charge. There are no discounts with this ticket.

Both tourist tickets, 1-day or 10-day, allows the access to different archeological sites in and around Cusco, the Sacred Valley, various museums in Cusco, the Main Cathedral, the Qoricancha and more.  This is the best way to visit all the archeological sites of the region and the Sacred Valley. Most of the main archeological sites are not accessible for free.

The general ticket, or 10-Day Ticket is 130 soles (about US $38) and is valid for 10 days. This is the cheapest and most convenient way to plan to see different sites in a few days.

Here is a list of sites where you can use your Boleto Touristico:

  • Sacsayhuaman
  • Qenqo
  • Pucapucara
  • Tambomachay
  • Pisaq
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Chinchero
  • Moray
  • Tipon
  • Piquillaqta
  • Pachacutec Monument
  • Cusco’s Native Art Center
  • Museum of popular Art
  • Museum of contemporary Art
  • Museum of Regional History

Note : The entrance ticket to the main archeological sites such as Sacsaywaman, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Tipón and Moray cannot be sold individually; you Must buy the Boleto turístico to visit them. You can get it in Avenida el Sol near our office or at the time you enter the first site that you are visiting. YOU MUST PAY IN SOLES, NO CREDIT CARDS OR US DOLLARS ARE ACCEPTED. 

ImportantThese entrances are not included in the Boleto Touristico.  

  • The entrance to Qoricancha or Santo Domingo Convent (10 soles)
  • The entrance to the Cathedral (25 soles)
  • Animal Sanctuary (25 soles)
  • Maras Salt Mines (10 soles)

Packing list

WHAT TO BRING FOR THE SACRED VALLEY TOUR?

  • Warm jacket.
  • Hat.
  • Water.
  • Sun protection.
  • Some money for souvenirs.
  • Money in soles to purchase boleto touristico y entrance to salt mine.
  • Original passport.

Cusco City Tour Half Day

Itinerary

CUSCO CITY TOUR – PRIVATE GUIDED TOURS EVERY DAY

In the morning (9 am) or afternoon (1pm)

In the  morning or afternoon, we will Tour the Imperial City of Cusco, a living museum with a mix of Andean and Spanish culture. You will visit Koricancha, the ancient Inca Palace and the main worship center of the Sun God, which was once filled with gold until plundered by invaders. Our tour continues to the unmatched archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman fortress and its military Inca architecture, which dominates the city and is constructed with 100 ton boulders, the heaviest being 126 tons, not native to the area. (A Mystery) Finally, we explore the archaeological sites of Qenqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay before heading back to your hotel in Cusco by early evening.

Koricancha and the Convent of Santo Domingo

The convent was built on the spectacular Coricancha ‘Field of gold’. This was the most important temple dedicated to the worship of the Sun and the walls of which were lined with solid sheets of gold. All that remains now is the fine stonework; the conquistadors took the rest and destroyed the temple to build the convent. Coricancha was also an observatory, where priests kept track of major celestial events. Today it houses an impressive collection of canvas paintings from the Cusco School of art. 

Sacsayhuaman

Sacsayhuaman (which means ‘satisfied falcon’) is one of the most impressive sites built by the Incas. It is generally referred to as a Fortress. The stones in the wall are incredible and the largest one weighs 128 tons, and nobody can explain how they moved these boulders. The Incas viewed Cusco as having a puma shape and Sacsayhuaman was the head. Sacsayhuaman is still used today for the Inti Raymi festival held to celebrate the winter solstice on the 24th of June.

Q’enqo

The site of Q’enqo (meaning ‘maze’ in quechua) contains the very impressive hand-carved stones. There are carvings everywhere, although some are very indistinct, such as a llama, a condor and snakes have been identified. There are many zigzag channels on top of the natural rock, probably used for pouring sacrificial chicha (a local liquor made from corn). Below the rock, there are a number of caves and passageways , an altar which was used for the sacrifices of llamas, and mummifications of buried people have been discovered.

Pukapukara

Puka Pukara is translated to ‘the red fortress’ in quechua. This is a small site and although the name suggests that it was a fortress, it does not appear to have had any defensive purpose but theorize that it could have been used to protect the water source at Tambomachay.

Tambomachay

The name means “place of rest” in quechua. It was the royal hacienda of the Inca Yupanqui when he went to hunt in the surrounding area. This site was also thought to have been used as a Temple to the Water. There are some interesting aquaducts, canals and cascades sculpted out of stone, designed to channel water flowing from a nearby stream.

Inclusions

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Pick up from your hotel
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Private transportation to visit all Inca sites
  • Tax
  • Water

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED   

  • Entrance to Archeological sites: Purchase the Boleto Turistico (tourist ticket) of 70 soles (about $22 USD), at the first site you enter. This can be used for 1 day to visit archeological sites in the Cusco region.  (See important info, for other options)
  • Entrance of Qoricancha ( 10 Soles per person)
  • Meals

Price

Please Note:  The Cusco City Tour is only offered to our clients doing at least a 2-day tour or trek to Machu Picchu.

No. OF PEOPLEPRICE
Group from 1 to 6 people$ 127 USD for the total group (not per person)
Group from 7 to 12 people$ 157 USD for the total group (not per person)

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

ENTRANCE FEES

  • Entrance to Archeological sites: The Boleto Turistico (tourist ticket)  soles (about $40 USD), at the first site you enter. This can be used for 10 days to visit all sites in the Cusco region.  (See important info)
  • Entrance of Koricancha (10 Soles per person).
  • Meals

Important Info

The Boleto Turistico (tourist ticket)

You have the Option to Purchase a 1 Day or a 10 Day Boleto Turistico. 

The partial ticket, or 1-Day ticket costs 70 soles (about  $20 USD) and is valid for 1 day. You can visit as many sites as you like in one day with no further charge. There are no discounts with this ticket.

Both tourist tickets, 1-day or 10-day, allows the access to different archeological sites in and around Cusco, the Sacred Valley, various museums in Cusco, the Main Cathedral, the Qoricancha and more.  This is the best way to visit all the archeological sites of the region and the Sacred Valley. Most of the main archeological sites are not accessible for free.

The general ticket, or 10-Day Ticket is 130 soles (about $38 USD) and is valid for 10 days. This is the cheapest and most convenient way to plan to see different sites in a few days.

Here is a list of sites where you can use your Boleto Touristico:

  • Sacsayhuaman
  • Qenqo
  • Pucapucara
  • Tambomachay
  • Pisaq
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Chinchero
  • Moray
  • Tipon
  • Piquillaqta
  • Pachacutec Monument
  • Cusco’s Native Art Center
  • Museum of popular Art
  • Museum of contemporary Art
  • Museum of Regional History

Note : The entrance ticket to the main archeological sites such as Sacsaywaman, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Tipón and Moray cannot be sold individually; you Must buy the Boleto turístico to visit them. You can get it in Avenida el Sol near our office or at the time you enter the first site that you are visiting. YOU MUST PAY IN SOLES, NO CREDIT CARDS OR US DOLLARS ARE ACCEPTED. 

ImportantThese entrances are not included in the Boleto Touristico.  

  • The entrance to Qoricancha or Santo Domingo Convent (10 soles)
  • The entrance to the Cathedral (25 soles)

Packing list

WHAT TO BRING FOR CUSCO CITY TOUR?

  • Passport
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat
  • Water
  • Sun protection
  • Some money for souvenirs
  • Money in soles to purchase boleto touristico y entrance Koricancha (80 soles)
  • Original passport

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