DAY 1: SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS (Pisac + Moray + Maras + Salt mines + Ollantaytambo)
We will pick you up from your hotel at 7:30 am with our private van and head to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, taking the route to Pisac. Our first stop is the Mirador of Taray to enjoy a beautiful overhead view of the Sacred Valley. 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 famous Inca ruin. After approximately 2 hours, we will visit the colorful Pisac Market, the largest in the area. Then we will see unique handicrafts before heading to Urubamba for lunch.
After lunch, we visit Moray, which was an experimental farming site built in the form of an amphitheater with different temperatures at each level, which grows different types of crops. These levels of terraces were carved before the Incas took control of the Sacred Valley and then used by them to discover optimal growing conditions for their crops.
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 runs a stream of salt water into salt ponds and produces salt. Finally, we drive to Ollantaytambo to explore this traditional Inca village and the Inca Ruins with your English-speaking guide. Here we have dinner 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.
- Hotel in Ollantaytambo: Veronica View Hotel or Tunupa Lodge
DAY 2: OLLANTAYTAMBO – KM104 – WIÑAY HUAYNA – SUN GATE – MACHU PICCHU
Your guide will pick you up from your hotel at 5:30 am to take you to the Ollantaytambo train station, which is very close, to take the 6:10 am Expedition Train. At the station, your guide will give you your picnic lunch to add to your daypack and you will leave your overnight bag to be sent by train to Aguas Calientes. After an hour and 15-minute train ride, we arrive at kilometer 104 (Inca Trail Starting Point – 2,100m/6,927ft). Afterward, we begin a moderate climb for three hours to the ancient archaeological site of Wiñay Wayna (2,650m/8,747ft), where we will have incredible views of the Sacred Valley, Inca sites, and connect with the original 4-day Inca Trail.
After we rest and enjoy this beautiful sight as we continue our Trek towards the Sun Gate (2,730m/9,007ft), we will have our first view of Machu Picchu. Here, you will be able to take the same popular photos of Machu Picchu you see on social media. It is all downhill from here as we walk the last hour to Machu Picchu.
You will have time for photos from the terraces above the citadel, when you can get pictures of Machu Picchu as it is emptying of tourists in the afternoon. We take a 25-minute shuttle bus ride down a zig zagging rode to Aguas Calientes, where we spend the night in our hotel and enjoy a celebratory dinner.
- Meals: Picnic Lunch & Dinner
- Accommodation: Wiracocha Inn or Intipunku Tambo
- Difficulty: Moderate
DAY 3: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
On this exciting morning that we have all been waiting for, we will take the 5:30 am shuttle bus back up the zig-zagging hill to catch the sunrise over Machu Picchu. This is a magical experience that you won’t want to miss! Your guide will give you a 2.5-hour private tour, teaching us the history and little secrets hidden away by the Incas, who once lived there. Then, you have plenty of time to take photos on your own.
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. (Book in advance)
- 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)
When you are ready, 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 which departs at 14:55 or 15:20, returning to Ollantaytambo Train Station.
Your driver will meet you at the station, then we will drive approximately 90 minutes to your hotel in Cusco, arriving around 7:00 pm, to get a good night’s sleep before beginning our next adventure early in the morning.
- 3* Accommodations: Maytaq Wasin or Waman Hotels
- Meals: breakfast
***If you hike Huayna Picchu, you have an extra 2 hours and an extra 3 hours if you hike Machu Picchu Mountain.***
DAY 4: CUSCO – RAINBOW MOUNTAIN – CUSCO
We will pick you up from your hotel at 4 am to begin our incredible Rainbow Mountain Trek! We set out on our 3-hour scenic drive through the South Valley, where you have views of farming Inca terraces, valleys, and rocky mountains.
Once you reach the beginning of the trail, you will have a hot breakfast before beginning our hike alongside a stream. You will see herds of alpacas and llamas all around you and have views of Ausangate Mountain as we hike through different villages and interact with the indigenous people who still live traditionally.
We reach our destination – the Rainbow Mountains (5,020m /16,466ft) after a 1.5-hour hike, where you will have time to explore the area. You can take pictures and savor the environment as we spend approximately 30 minutes at the top.
At this point, we hike for another hour back down the way we came. While you have been hiking, your chef has been preparing your hearty and delicious lunch. Our meal and private van will be waiting for us when we return.
We will begin our scenic 3-hour drive back to Cusco and drop you off at your Cusco hotel, arriving around 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm, depending on how fast you hike and how long you wish to stay at the Rainbow Mountain site.
- Meals: hot breakfast & lunch
WHAT IS INCLUDED FOR MACHU PICCHU TREK PACKAGE
- Sacred Valley Tour
- Short Inca Trail and Rainbow Mountain Treks
- Entrances to the Inca cities and archeological sites
- Professional guide for three days
- Expedition train from Ollantaytambo to KM 104 and from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
- Three nights hotel accommodation with private room, bathroom and breakfast included
- Meals as indicated on the itinerary
- Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu -Aguas Calientes
- Personal assistance
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED FOR MACHU PICCHU TREK PACKAGE?
- Hotel – optional upgrades
- Huayna Picchu Tickets: $75 USD per person
- Machu Picchu Mountain: $75 USD per person
- Upgrade to Vistadome: $57 USD per person (Return only Aguas Calientes to Poroy at 4:43pm)
- Tips for your guide
ADDED VALUES FOR FREE:
- Transfer from the airport to hotel: (Cusco only)
***The Machu Picchu Trek Package is always available (except February when the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance).***
***The fantastic tour with Inca trail included is available on any date as long as there are at least 2 people.***
|No. OF PEOPLE||PRICE|
|2 to 8 people (with 3 nights hotel)||$827 USD per person|
|2 to 8 people (without hotel)||$717 USD per person|
***All entrance fees are included and we operate our tours in small groups averaging 5 people, with a maximum of 8!***
- 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.
- Huayna Picchu Mountain: $75 USD per person
- Machu Picchu Mountain: $75 USD per person
- Upgrade Hotel in Aguas Calientes: $45 USD to 3*** (Can upgrade to 4 or 5 star also)
- Upgrade Hotel in Ollantaytambo: $50 USD to 3*** (Can upgrade to 4 or 5 star also)
- Upgrade to Vistadome: $57 USD per person
- Hotel single supplement: $30 USD 2*and $45 USD 3* for solo travelers
Please read the following information carefully. It will help answer all of your questions about our services and Machu Picchu and Inca Trail Trek Package.
ARRIVAL TO CUSCO
We will pick you up from the Cusco airport and take you to your hotel in Cusco. Please let us know your flight details at least 14 days before arrival. Our representative will be holding an orange sign reading ORANGE Nation outside the arrivals. You must exit the terminal to find our representative as they cannot enter. (Please let us know if your hotel is in the Sacred Valley so we can make the necessary arrangments).
The Briefing is the night before you begin the Machu Picchu Trek Package tour at 6pm in our office which is located at Calle Santa Teresa Nº383; 107 (first floor), we are next to SUBWAY sandwich shop. We share a lobby with the Casona Corrales Boutique Hotel.
CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE?
ABSOLUTELY!! We will keep your main luggage at our office or you can store it at your hotel, both are free.
HOW TO BOOK THE TOUR?
Please have the following information (From each person in your group). We cannot purchase entrance tickets to Machu Picchu or the train without the following information:
- Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):
- Passport number
- D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)
SECOND, we require a deposit of $211.00 USD per person in order to purchase your entrance to Machu Picchu and train ticket. You can make you deposit by clicking on the PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the 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 PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service charge, charged by PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?
Unfortunately No. Once the Inca Trail permits have been bought the government does not allow any changes, so we cannot change any departure dates after the tickets have been purchased. Tickets are also non transferable nor refundable. If you cancel your Machu Picchu Trek Package to Machu Picchu the deposit is not refundable at all!
If you are happy with the services provided, a tip is appreciated. While it may not be customary in your country, it means a lot for the people, and their families, who will take care of you during the tour. It inspires better service and is an important facet of the tourism industry. Of course you are free to tip however much you feel is appropriate, based on how happy you are with the service and the length of your tour.
ARE YOU SUSTAINABLE?
We are a local sustainable & responsible tour operator which functions according to the ethical principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the indigenous communities respecting their culture and religion. We have trained all of our staff to know, understand and respect the local communities and the people living there.
WHAT TO BRING IN YOUR DAYPACK
- Original passport (it has to be the same you have used for booking your trek)
- Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
- Drinking water: 2-3L reusable bottles (not disposable)
- Comfortable hiking boots
- Toilet paper
- Waterproof gloves – rainy season
- Hand sanitizer
- Insect repellent
- Sun hat
- Rain gear – rainy season
- Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruit
- Rain poncho (provided by Orange Nation)
- Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips
WHAT TO PACK IN YOUR OVERNIGHT BAG
- Toiletries for the hotel
- Personal medications
- Change of clothes for visiting Machu Picchu
- Extra snacks
- Chargers for camer and phone