CUSCO EXPLORER

Overview

Overview

Day 01: Arrive in Cusco / PM City tour

Day 02: Sacred Valley of the Incas

Day 03:  Rainbow Mountain

Day 04:  Cusco – Santa María – Santa Teresa – Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes

Day 05: Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes – Hidroeléctrica – Cusco

Day 06: Maras – Moray

Day 07: Humantay Lake

Day 08: Cusco – Lima

Itinerary / Included

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Cusco / PM City tour

Upon arrival at the Cusco airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the morning will be at your leisure.

In the afternoon enjoy a half day tour of Cusco, visiting the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas and the legendary Qoricancha, the most important religious center in the Inca time, a temple devoted to worshiping the Sun deity. Your tour includes also the visit to some nearby archaeological sites such as the impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman; the religious site of Q’enqo; the ancient site of Puca Pucara and finally the water temple of Tambomachay.

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

Day 02: 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 03:  Rainbow Mountain

This day we will pick you up from your hotel at approximately 3:45 am to begin our incredible adventure of a full day. We will drive 3 hours in our private transport through the South Valley of Cusco until arriving at the starting point in the sector called Quesiuno (4,326 m). Along the way you will have incredible views of Inca agricultural terraces, canyons and rocky mountains.

Once we reach the starting point, we will take a light breakfast provided by our company and then we will begin a moderate walk of ascent following a scenic path. Along the way you will be amazed to appreciate herds of Alpacas and Lamas, enjoy beautiful views of the Ausangate Mountain and you will also be able to interact with local people who still keep their culture alive.

After a total hike of approximately 1.5 hours, we will finally arrive at our destination, the reason we came to Vinincunca, “Rainbow Mountain” (5.020 m). After catching breath for the weariness and beauty of the place, you will have time to take pictures and enjoy the natural surroundings. We will spend approximately 30 minutes at the top of the mountain. After celebrating for having fulfilled our goal, we will return downhill by the same road that we came. The walk will take 3 hours until we return to the starting point, where we will enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by our chef. After lunch, we will take a 3 hours trip back to Cusco arriving between 5:30 and 6:00 PM.

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

Day 04:  Cusco – Santa María – Santa Teresa – Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes

We will start the day by picking you up at your hotel at 07:00 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 8 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 in Aguas Calientes.

Travel time by car: 6hrs approx.
Hiking time: 2hrs approx.

Include: Transportation Cusco – Hidroelectrica, 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 05: 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 (US$ 35.00 aditional cost with train) * 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 Hidroelectrica 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 (aprox).

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 Hidroelectrica – 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 06: Maras – Moray

In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel to start a half day tour, you will head out on the road that crosses the Sacred Valley of the Incas to reach the important Moray archeological site (3176m/10419ft), where enormous circular and Pre-Incan semi-circular agricultural terraces were constructed to be used as a botanical laboratory for experimenting on plant domestication and foreign crop acclimatization. The area is so large that at least 3000 plant varieties, including potatoes and corn, could have been grown.

Next, Maras is located about 4 km from Moray, and is the site of pre-Inca salineras (salt ponds). Each terraced pond is polygonal in shape; salty water emerges from an underground spring, flows into the ponds, and evaporates with the sun. The Maras’ salt mines are still active today and maintained cooperatively by the Maras community. The white salt ponds contrast with the green hills and mountains that surround the mines and the views of the Sacred Valley from here are amazing. The tour will end in the early afternoon at your Cusco’s down town.

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

Day 07: Humantay Lake

Very early in the morning (approx. 4:30-5:00am) our guide and driver will pick up you from your hotel. We will begin our adventure towards Humantay lake with a 03 hours private transportation from Cusco to Soraypampa (3850 masl).

The first stop of the day will be at Mollepata to have breakfast and fill us with the energy we’ll need to continue our trip up to Soraypampa at 3920m.a.s.l. After a brief rest we will prepare ourselves to start the trek upwards until we reach the highest point of the trail (1.5h), on our way crossing wonderful landscapes surrounded by a complex of mountains, if the sky is clear enough, we can even see the impressive Apu Salkantay and Humantay (the Apus are the spirits of the mountains).

You will surely be impressed with the panoramic view of seeing the turquoise lake at 4200 masl. 13779 ft. close to an astounding glacier.

After we will return to Soraypampa campsite where our personnel will be waiting for us with lunch.

Our transport will be waiting for us to return to Cusco at 6pm approximately.

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

Day 08: Cusco – Lima

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

Include: Transport hotel – airport.

Prices

Price / Include

PRICE PER PERSON – TOURS ONLY: US$ 378.00

PRICE PER PERSON TOURS + HOTELS:

RATES 2018
CUSCO * SINGLE DOUBLE TRIPLE
ANDEAN HOME HS 2 $605.00 $504.00 $487.00
AMARU HS 3 $700.00 $588.00 $561.00
ARCANGEL 2 $730.00 $605.00 $571.00
SAN AGUSTIN INTERNACIONAL 3 $861.00 $640.00 $593.00
ANDENES AL CIELO 3 $982.00 $720.00 $687.00
TIERRA VIVA 3 $1,022.00 $700.00 $700.00
PRICE PER PERSON IN US DOLLARS

Single: One individual bed (01 person)
Double: Two individual beds or one double bed (02 people)
Triple: Three individual beds (03 people)

Example: If you are 2 people, the type of accommodation with the option of the hostel Andean Home and Sol de los Andes would be a double room, in this case the price to pay per person would be US$ 504.00

PRICE INFORMATION

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

IMPORTANT

  • The entrance ticket to Machupicchu considered in the program, is for the citadel only, does 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 (*).
  • Airport taxes or visa fees.
  • Day 4 – 5: Train ticket Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes – Hidroeléctrica.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations
  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled water.
  • Meals not specified in the program.
  • Snacks.
  • Insurance of any kind.
  • Laundry.
  • Phone calls, radio calls or messages.
  • Other items of personal nature.
  • Tips
  • Extra expenses originated in itinerary changes or others due to force majeure or other circumstances beyond PERU ANDEAN EXPLORER’S control

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

OPTIONAL SERVICES

  • Entrance ticket to Machupicchu + Huaynapicchu: US$ 20.00 per person.
  • Entrance ticket to Machupicchu + Montaña: US$ 20.00 per person.
  • Bus ticket Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes: US$12.00 per person.
  • Train ticket Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes: US$33.00
  • Expedition train ticket Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo: US$70.00 per person.
  • Dinner show buffet in Cusco (Don Antonio): US$ 25.00 per person.

FLIGHT TICKETS

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

WHAT WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU BRING

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

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