This 5 day tour takes you through 3 beautiful and diverse trails running through Peru´s Andean region. The chance to experience a different persepctive of Cusco region in an exciting and active 4 day package!
Day 1: CUSCO – TINKI
Depart Cusco 4:45 am via private transfer.
Trekking through the Ausangate Park takes us to heights of almost 4800m and gives us incredible panoramas of the Ausangate glacier. Hopefully we will be able to catch a glimpse of Andean wildlife, including herds of llamas and wild vicuñas.
We will stop for lunch at one of the most beautiful points of the trek, where we will be able to enjoy incredible views whilst enjoying a hot lunch!
Time permitting, you will be able to visit the hot springs at Tinki once we finish our trek.
Trekking time: 7-8 hours
Arriving time to Cusco: around 8-9 pm (4 hours in the private car)
Day 2: CUSCO – HUCHUY QOSQO
Depart Cusco at 5:30am by private transfer from your hotel. Journey time of 30 minutes.
At 6am we begin our trek to the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Roughy half of the trail we follow on this day takes us along original paths used by citizens of the Inca Empire, and is a great crowd-free alternative to the mainstream Inca Trail. We will pass little-visited Inca ruins at Huchuy Qosqo before reaching a viewpoint from which we will have a beautiful view of the Sacred Valley of the Incas spread out below us. Walking down from this point we will reach the small village of Lares where we will spend the night. Lares is a beautiful town home to some natural hot springs where you will have the chance to freshen up!
Today is a long day of walking, and we can expect to reach Lares at 8pm. Your guide for this day will be Elias – a very experienced local guide. Your accommodation for this night will be in a local hotel.
NOTE: Today´s trail is difficult, especially in the last part which involves 1 hour of steep descent. You will not need to carry with you except for your water and snacks in a small day pack. All other items we brought for you to the Sacred Valley at the end of the trek. There is a possibility to hire a porter and horse for the trek, if you would prefer – please inquire at the time of booking.
Trekking time: 8 – 9 hours
Max altitude: 4250m
Day 3: LARES – PATACANCHA VALLEY
On day 3 our trek takes us through very different landscapes and communities than those we will have already experienced! En route from Lares to Patacancha Valley we can expect to see quaint Andean communities, locals dressed in traditional, bright fabrics as well as herds of llamas and beautiful scenery.
Arrival in Patacancha Valley at 5:30 pm
Upon arrival in Patacancha you will meet Elias´s family who will be hosting you for the night. Andean hospitality is unique, and you will be invited to join the family for a traditional meal.
NOTE: On this day you will need to carry all of your personal items for the duration of the trek, as we have no access to a porter and horse. Please bear in mind that, at altidue, every extra kilo takes its toll. We advise you to pack as lightly as possible.
Trekking time: 8-9 hours
Max altitude: 4500 m
Day 4: PATACANCHA VALLEY - OLLANTAYTAMBO
Today´s trek is shorter but no less spectacular, and we have some options to change route and extend the walking, depending on how the group is feeling on the day.
We will depart Patacancha Valley at 8am and travel 45 minutes by car to the trailhead.
During our trek we will pass pre-inca ruins at Pumamarca, before reaching the beautiufl town of Ollantaytambo – a real gem of the Sacred Valley – where we will spend time exploring Inca relics with a guided tour. After our visit to the ruins at Ollantaytambo you will have some free time to explore the town before we take a train to Aguas Calientes at 7 pm.
Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes we advise you to get a good night´s rest in preparation for Machu Picchu the next day.
Trekking time: 5-6 hours + 1 hour walking in the Inca ruins of Ollantaytambo
Max altitude: 3700 m
Day 5: MACHU PICCHU
During this day you will have possibility to explore Machu Picchu from many diferent points. Inside the ruins there are many options available to you. You can hike one of the two small peaks, Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, or walk to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) and/or Inca bridge.
You will start the tour from Aguas Calientes where, early in the morning, you will take a bus or walk up the hill to the entrance of Machu Picchu. In the ruins you will have a guided tour lasting approximtely 2 hours, after which you will have time to explore and discover the ancient city independently. You are welcome to stay in Machu Picchu until 5 pm, after which you will make your own way back to Aguas Calientes by bus or walking.
Please Note: The tour price does not include entrance or transport to Machu Picchu, but we are happy to advise you regarding prices and entrance options.
Our tours are customized for small groups starting from a minimum of 2 persons. The prices given in this itinerary are applicable for groups of 2 or 3 people, and reflect the cost per person. Prices vary for groups of more than 3 people. Please inquire.
We can provide a tour guide in other languages such as French, German, Polish, etc as required.
All our tours are aimed for people in good physical and mental condition. Some tours require better physical conditions than others, please check the tour details. Before booking the tour you are obligated to mention any potential health problems you have had in the past.
All transportation within Peru is included in our tours. For both the “Standard” and “Premium” price of tour this involves private transfers by car (depending on the amount of participants in your group, the size of the car will differ). International flights are not included. Some domestic flights are included if the tour you choose. Please before booking your tour always carefully check the “Itinerary” tab with the “Included” or “Not Included” tab.
If you would prefer to travel by public transportation and decrease the cost of your tour we are able to accommodate this.
The price of the “Standard” tour includes accommodations of double rooms in hostels. Please note: hostels are not hotels.
The price of the “Premium” tour includes accommodations of double rooms in 3* hotels. Please note: 3* hotels in Peru are likely to be more basic than the equivalent of European or North American standards.
Homestays are very basic and usually will not provide en suite bathrooms or hot water. Hostels in some trails/ parts of the tours are very basic but most include private bathrooms but with no hot water.
We are able to provide single rooms and a higher standard of hotel for an extra fee – please let us know at the time of booking. Where an itinerary states that you will be staying in a ´basic hostel´or ´homestay´ it is unlikely that there are other accommodation options. If you would prefer not to stay in these places then we can adjust the tour accordingly, but this will mean missing out on that particular location. Similarly, we are able to provide accommodation exclusively in hostels and homestays, which will result in a decrease of the tour fee. Please advise us of any desired changes as soon as possible before booking.
Breakfasts are generally included in the accommodation. Unless otherwise specified in the tour itinerary, lunch and dinner are not included in the tour price.
Some details of the tour may change, even last minute, depending on weather conditions, physical condition of the participants and other unpredictable elements – for example: strikes, protests etc. In these cases there are no refunds.
Our prices are “all inclusive” as much as possible. Nevertheless, some excursions, visits or activities cannot be included in order to give you more freedom and to adapt to each traveler.
Please read carefully the “Included” and “Not included” information, and consult the ´Itinerary´ tab for information about optional, non included excursions.
The prices of our tours may vary in high season (April to November) when some rates can increase.
For Machu Picchu, there is a discount of USD$20 for students who send us a scanned copy of their ISIC card via email during the booking process and who then bring the original, valid ISIC card with them for the trip (without a valid ISIC card, you would not only lose the discount but also the possibility to explore the ruins since you would not get permission to entrance). There is another discount of USD$20 for Peruvians and another USD$10 for Peruvian University students. Peruvian citizens have to indicate DNI number during booking process and to bring valid DNI for the tour. Peruvian students have to send a scan of their student card during the booking process and bring a valid document with them for the tour. In both of the above-mentioned situations, if you do not show the valid document(s) at the entrance to Machu Picchu, you will not get permission to entrance and will loose the possibility to explore the ruins.
In all of our tours, a Boleto Turistico is included. This provides access to a number of attracttions in the Cusco Region including the ruins at Pisac and Ollantaytambo and certain sites withing Cusco City. The boleto is valid for 10 days.
RESERVATIONS & PAYMENT
To book any tour, first we will confirm its availability for your specific date. Then we need to receive an advance payment (65% of the total price or full price) according to current price of the tour. We will also need to have your full details including your full name, surname, passport number, nationality and date of birth (no errors). If there are any errors in the above mentioned details the company is not responsible for any invalid tickets due to misinformation from the participant. This information is necessary to book the entrance tickets on your behalf and if there are any error the tickets are invalid. In order to reserve tours we need a copy of each participants passport valid for at least 6 months after the planned travel date. Please note that your reservation is not confirmed until we receive these elements.
We require clients to pay the remainder of the fee one day before the start of the tour.
From the date of payment 65% of the total price until 29 days before the tour begins: Cancellation fee of 30% of the paid amount.
From 28 days before the tour begins until 15 days before the tour begins: Cancellation fee of 60% of the paid amount.
From 14 days before the tour begins or in the case of a no- show: Cancellation fee of 100% of the paid amount.
Cancellations are deemed to be executed when a written cancellation confirmation from the agency is received. Cancellation deadlines and fees may vary depending on group size, route and dates.
Any additional charges incurred (including, among others, bank transfers of payment) will be covered by the client.
VACCINATIONS & INSURANCE
Before travelling, you should always check current information about required vaccines. We recommend you to take the vaccine against yellow fever at least one week before your travel. Please note that to participate in any of our tours you have to have valid travel insurance. Please check the regulations and exclusions of your insurance company, especially if trekking in the high mountains or planning adventure sports.
CHECK SOME IMPORTANT POINTS
Avoid unforeseen complications by arriving at the tour departure location at least one day before the beginning of the tour. Check requirements about passports and visas for entering Peru in advance.
WHAT TO BRING
Here you will find some recommendations for what kinds of items you may need on the tour:
- A lightweight water & windproof jacket with hood
- Sandals or thongs/ flip flops
- Wide-brimmed hat or cap
- Lip balm, sun block with high UV factor
- Antibacterial hand cleansing gel
- Wet wipes
- Toilet paper
- Travel plug adaptor with a USB port
- Personal medication, if required
- Insect repellent
- Small backpack for day trips
- Warm jacket and pullover
- Gloves, hat and scarf
- Comfortable trekking trousers
- Flash light
- Original and copy of your passport
Before booking any tour we require all clients to consult both the Tour Itinerary and Details tabs above for more information regarding included accommodations, meals and transport options.
CALL +51 920 145 192 FOR MORE INFORMATION AND BOOKING
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