06 Day essencial Cusco + Short Inca Trail to Machupicchu

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Easy

These activities are a walk in the park! You will be able to enjoy the scenery, history, and time with loved ones without exhausting yourself. You do not need any special training, gear, or acclimatization for an “Easy” trek or tour. Terrain will be generally flat and comfortable, highly traveled.

Mild

A step up from “Easy,” these tours require a little more physical effort but are still 100% manageable to anyone with or without adventure experience. Again, you do not need special training, gear, or acclimatization for a “Mild” trek or tour. Terrain is generally flat but with possible gentle up- and downhills.

Moderate

Before embarking on a “Moderate” trek or tour, you should be at least partly acclimatized to the high altitude of the Andes as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. These tours are still very manageable without special training as long as you have spent a day or two at high altitude. Terrain often includes moderate up- and downhill walking with possible rough patches or infrequently-traveled sections.

Challenging

“Challenging” treks or tours require that you are acclimated to the Andes’ high altitude before leaving as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. Spending 2-3 days or more at high altitude will help you on the trek. You will need hiking shoes and possibly trekking poles for these treks. You will need to be in good physical shape, and it’s recommended that you train at least some beforehand, possibly with running, biking, or strenuous workout videos. Terrain is often rough, sometimes with steep up- and downhills and often not highly traveled. Generally, these last several hours.

Formidable

These “Formidable” treks are our most difficult treks and require serious effort but are also the most rewarding. It is necessary to be in pristine physical condition. Again, you must be acclimated to the Andes’ high altitude before leaving as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. Spending 4-5 days or more if possible at high altitude will help you on the trek. You will need hiking shoes and possibly trekking poles for these treks. It is important to train physically before these treks so that your body is prepared for the strenuous nature of the trip. Generally, these last at least an entire day in infrequently-traveled areas with rough paths.

Highlights

06 Days Cusco essential + Short Inca Trail to Machupicchu will take you to explore Machu Picchu in the most original way, this tour is perfect for those who do not have enough time or are not up to the challenge of walking along the entire length of the Classic Inca Trail.

The Sacred Valley of the Incas is a succession of increasingly incredible places, each with a special and different charm that will fill all your senses. We will visit 3 incredible places, and in each place you will feel a unique and different sensation: Chinchero (typical Andean town stopped in the time that preserves its living traditions), Maras (One of the 4 unique places in the world where you can find pink salt) and Moray (set of large structures located on a large plateau and that are a succession of concentric platforms that are introduced into the same to a depth of 30 meters).

On our way we also expect the Inca Trail with beautiful landscapes, a great variety of flora and fauna, and a visit to the most beautiful site of the Inca Trail (Wiñay Huayna), you will get to enjoy the best landscapes of the Inca Trail, covering a distance of only 10 km / 6.3 miles, the 2-day Inca Trail is not too difficult, which makes it perfect for families with children and those who have a tight schedule in Cusco and wish to know the most essential of this magical city. Your spectacular 06-day adventure will end with the exploration of one of the seven wonders of the world: Machu Picchu.

We offer daily departures to the Inca Trail (excluding the month of February when the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance).

Day 1: Arrival to Cusco

Day 2: Sacred Valley  (Maras – Moray – Salt mines)

Day 3: Cusco – Km 104 – Aguas Calientes

Day 4: Machu Picchu

Day 5: City tour in Cusco

Day 6: Free day – Flight to Lima 

Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO CUSCO

This day is essential for your trip to first rest and acclimatize to the altitude and conditions during your stay in Cusco. This smooth transition via rest will ensure that during the following days, you can enjoy your tour without any concerns about altitude sickness. We will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel for your lodging during the following days.

Lodging: Cusco Tandapata Boutique Hotel *** or similar.

DAY 2: SACRED VALLEY (CHINCHERO – MORAY – SALT MINES)

This day we will begin our adventure to the high plains, stopping first in Chinchero, an important ancient site for the Inca, known as the birthplace of the rainbow. We will visit the main site with its picturesque colonial church located on the old archeological site and continue to a local textile center where we will learn about the ancient weaving science of artisans and how they magically bring these wonderful works of art (stained with minerals, plants, and seeds). Continuing through the mountains we will visit the enigmatic circular terraces of Moray where we will learn how these constructions served as an experimental agricultural center to selectively cultivate the best races of Andean basic crops at different temperatures. Near Moray we will stop in the town of Maras to visit the old salt mines, used by local families for thousands of years to supply salt not only to the Incas, but still offers us an example of the natural art of salt harvesting directly from the earth. After our visit, we will return to Cusco to rest and replenish energy.

Lodging: Cusco Tandapata Boutique Hotel *** or similar.

DAY 3: CUSCO – KM 104 – AGUAS CALIENTES

Departing your hotel from Cusco, we will travel by bus to the town of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley. From here, a train will take us roughly an hour down the valley to our starting point. Our journey begins at the banks of the Urubamba River and slowly ascends to meet up with the original Inca Trail at the site of Winay Wayna, before continuing to the Sun Gate and on to Machu Picchu.

Along the way, we will pass through dense cloud forest with its wide variety of plants, flowers, birds, and if we are lucky, some of the local mammals such as Viscachas (rabbit-like Chinchillas) or the rare Spectacled Bear.

After a full day of trekking, we will arrive at the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) in the late afternoon for our first views of Machu Picchu stretched over the mountain ridge below. The lighting at this hour of the day makes for amazing pictures. Descending from the Sun Gate, we continue along the beautiful paved stone path to Machu Picchu, but only to the famous “look-out point” above the central part of the citadel. From here we will descend to the town of Aguas Calientes in the valley below for hotel check-in and dinner.

Lodging: Golden Sunrise Machu Picchu Hotel *** or similar.

DAY 4: MACHU PICCHU

We will wake up early and take one of the tourist buses to ascend to Machu Picchu and enter the site according to our entrance schedule. We will have an approximate tour guide of 2 hours “in-situ,” during which we will learn about the culture of the Incas while we visit the most important areas of the citadel. After your tour, you will have extra time to ascend to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain (if you have the entrance tickets to these sites). In the afternoon, we will take the train that will take us back to Ollantaytambo, from where we will continue in a private van back to the city of Cusco.

Lodging: Cusco Tandapata Boutique Hotel *** or similar.

DAY 5: CITY TOUR IN CUSCO

Our City Tour in Cusco starts at the Qoricancha, also known as the Temple of the Sun, built by orders of the Inca Pachacutec (1438 – 1572); that upon the arrival of the Spaniards, it became the base of the convent of Santo Domingo, during the Inca time. The temple was dedicated to the worship of the sun god (“Inti”).

After this visit, we will go to Sacsayhuaman, one of the most typical places of the Inca Empire (a few minutes from the center of the city called “World Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO) built by the Inca Pachacuteq in the fifteenth century. It is a structure made of huge carved stones, approximately 9 meters high and weighing at least 100 tons. These are arranged in an organized way and in a perfect position to form three platforms of 390 meters long.

We will continue to the archaeological park of Q’enqo, a center of cults and ceremonies dedicated to Mother Earth. History says that this was an amphitheater of cults where the Inca dead were placed for ceremonies, the dead were laid on the trapezoid structures found there.

Our next stop will be Puca Pucara is also known as “Red Fort,” since the stones with which it was built have become this color due to its high iron levels. In addition to the fortress, other archaeological structures such as aqueducts, enclosures, and fountains can be seen. Because of its proximity to Tambomachay and its characteristics, it is believed that it constituted a strong military defense of this place.

Finally, our last place to visit will be Tambomachay, just 100 meters from Puca Pucara. It is made from carved rocks, which form a beautiful set of canals and waterfalls coming from springs. Tambomachay was a place of worship of water.

Lodging: Cusco Tandapata Boutique Hotel *** or similar.

DAY 6: FREE DAY – FLY TO LIMA

Free morning to relax or do any activity, and according to your flight details, you will be transferred by our staff to the airport for your departure to Lima.

This is the way how we have culminated in this incredible experience of Machu Picchu and Cusco.

What's Included?

INCLUDED:

  • 04 night’s accommodations in 3 stars hotels.
  • All breakfast included in the accommodations
  • All transportation.
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide.
  • All entrances fee.

INCLUDES FOR THE SHORT INCA TRAIL:

  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide.
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+.
  • Pick-up from your hotel.
  • Train to Km 104.
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Return transportation by train until Ollantaytambo.
  • Return transportation by bus to Cusco.
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Boxed Lunch, 1 Dinner. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food, please let us know.
  • Oxygen bottle.
  • First aid kit.
  • Entrance to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
  • 2 Bus journeys between Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Water.
  • Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 2 (it’s for the short Inca trail)
  • Meals that are not stated
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain US$85
  • Tips.
  • Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.

THINGS TO BRING:

  • Original Passport
  • Current University Card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitizer
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film
  • Torch with spare batteries or Headlamps.
  • Swimwear for rafting

Prices

GROUP SERVICE.

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NUMBER OF PAXS PRICE PER PERSON ACTION
Two or More People $ 499
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OUR GROUP SIZE:

We offer small groups, not more than ten people.

Discounts:

  • Group of 05 or more: US$ 25:00 All of you need is to book the trek altogether at the same time.
  • Under 18 years old: US$ 25:00 Please send us a copy of the passport at the booking time.
  • Student Discount (Maximum Age 25 years old): US$ 25:00 Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD at the time of the trek or who is 17-years-old or younger. For those using a university student card to receive the discount, we need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 17-years-old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to info@inkayniperutours.com.  More Information about STUDENT CARD.

Departure Dates

Departure date:

  • Daily departures with at least 02 people. Our tour can leave any day of the week, 12 months a year.

Departure time:

  • 05:00 am or 05:30 am

FAQS?

Are the departure dates guaranteed. Is there a minimum for group bookings?

The only events that may jeopardize your travel dates are natural disasters or other circumstances that may put your safety at risk. Otherwise, our departures are 100% guaranteed as long as there is a minimum of 2 people.

What type of backpack is necessary for the trip?

For this trip, we recommend a backpack that can hold between 25-60 kilograms (55-132 lbs) with clothes that are only necessary for the four days of the trip. The rest of your luggage will be left in a storeroom at your hotel/hostel in Cusco or our office. It is vital only to bring what is necessary for the four days that you will be trekking because, on the second or third day, you will have to carry your backpack.

Is advanced cycling experience necessary?

On tour, there is a total of 3 hours of downhill biking. 95% of the road is downhill and paved. Therefore, the cycling part of the tour is not difficult. Only basic to intermediate experience is required.

Please consult with your physician or local travel clinic regarding your visit to South America. Vaccinations for tetanus, diphtheria, and poliomyelitis. If you are visiting the Amazon, a yellow fever vaccination is recommended. Be aware of illnesses such as malaria and dengue, which are best prevented by using repellent. Illnesses are more common in the Amazon than in the Andes mountains.

Why do I need to send a deposit?

We use your deposit (non-refundable) to pay the necessary fees to make your reservation official. These fees include entry tickets to reserve space, porters (non-refundable by national law), and a government tax of 18%.

In regards to hotel reservations, we are required to pay penalties for cancellation, depending on the date.

The deposit is also used to assure availability and bookkeeping for all tours and treks, such as chefs, porters, and even reserve horses.

How can I pay my deposit?

Deposits must be paid using the methods indicated below.

a) PAYPAL:

You can use the PayPal option from our website and follow the steps. Please note that PayPal charges a 6% tax for this transaction that is included automatically in this option.

In case you decide to make the deposit directly from your account, do not forget to add a 6% tax. You can send the deposit to this account:
sales@inkayniperutours.com

b) VISA:

If you use the VISA option from our website and follow the steps. Please note that VISA charges a 5% tax for this transaction that is added automatically in this option.

c) WESTERN UNION

You can pay in their offices (they have offices Internationally) or online (http://www.westernunion.com/):
1. Receiver's first name:  Alex Marco
2. Receiver's last name:  Huaman Levita
3. Receiver's city / Town:  Cusco
4. Country:  Peru
If using this method, please send an email confirming the amount of the deposit and the transaction number ( MTCN ) you have been given.
NOTE: The client will assume all transaction fees.

How can I pay my final balance?

The final balance for treks must be paid in cash (US $ or Peruvian Soles) in our office in Cusco at least 48 hours before your trek. If your arrival in Cusco has been delayed, you are responsible for informing our agents either by email or phone.

If we do not receive final payment before the deadline and do not receive any message due to delay, we reserve the right to cancel the reservation and travel plans.

Are vegetarian, vegan, and other special dietary needs available?

Of course! Without any additional costs! When you make your reservation, please inform us of any dietary needs or requirements, including allergies!

Vegetarian foods will be absent of all meats, chicken, or fish. We will assume that eggs and cheese or other lactose products are OK.

Most of our main meals are buffet-style, leaving you the option to avoid anything undesirable to you.

If there are any food items or veggies that you can not stomach, perhaps onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, etc., upon your request, we will ask our chef to leave them out or separate this item.

We can also attend lactose-intolerant or gluten-intolerant diets. We can not accept individuals with severe allergic or life-threatening reactions.

I have a food allergy May I still participate?

Every day we receive many clients with food allergies to nuts, wheat, etc. Please inform us in detail of your condition upon making your reservation.

We kindly ask that you declare the severity of your reaction and any medication that you take in case of an emergency.

If your allergy is severe, we ask that you be accompanied by a friend or individual consciously and entirely responsible for your situation and ready with any medication.

WE CAN NOT ACCEPT CLIENTS WITH LIFE-THREATENING ALLERGIES

When must I arrive in Cusco or arrive at your office?

We require that all guests arrive in Cusco at least 48 hours before the start of your trek, although 03 nights before is ideal. You must pay your remaining balance two days before your departure for your trek. This will ensure that all of these are acclimatized and adjusted to the high altitude conditions to begin your trek comfortably. Please note that your remaining balance must be paid in cash in our office and can not be paid before your arrival.

Our office hours are Monday - Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm. (Please aim to arrive at 7:30 pm at the latest!)

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Money in Peru

Peru uses Nuevo Sol (S), which has traded at S2.50 to S3.50 per US dollar (US $) for several years, although you should keep an eye on current events.
Prices in this book are generally in new soles, although some are listed in US dollars.

Carrying cash, an ATM card, or traveler's checks, as well as a credit card that can be used for cash advances in case of emergency, is advisable.

When receiving local currency, always ask for small bills, as S100 bills are hard to change in small towns or for small purchases. Carry as much spare change as possible, especially in small towns.

Public bathrooms often charge a small fee for use, and getting change for paper can be darn near impossible.

The best places to exchange money usually are casa de Cambio (foreign exchange bureaus), which are fast, have longer hours, and often give slightly better rates than banks.

Many places accept US dollars. Do not receive torn money as it will likely not be accepted by Peruvians.
It is best not to change money on the street as counterfeits are a problem.

Do you know what voltage the sockets have (110 or 220)?

What are the standard plugs?

Electrical current is 220V, 60HZ AC, Standard outlets accept round prongs, but many places will have dual-voltage outlets which take flat prongs. Even so, you may need an adapter with a built-in surge protector.

What should we pack?

Peru is a diverse country in natural and cultural resources, so you only need a passport to enter the country and enjoy their wealth and take some precautions you might help discover.

Weather

Peru has three main climatic zones: the tropical Amazon jungle to the east. the arid coastal desert to the west. and the Andean mountains and highlands in between. In the Andes, which have altitudes over 3500m. Average daily temperatures fall below 10°C (50°F), and overnight temperatures can will bellow freezing. Travelers flying straight to Cuzco (3250m), or their hight altitude cities, should allow several days to acclimatize since altitude sickness, or soroche can be a problem.

April to November is the dry season in the mountain and altiplano (Andean Plateau). The wettest months are from December to March. It rains al the time in the hot and humid rainforest, but the driest months there are from April from November. However, even during the wettest months from December to March, it rarely rains for more than a few hours at a time. Along the arid coastal strip, the hot summer months are from December through March.

Some parts of the coastal strip see rain rarely, if at all. From April to November, Lima’s other areas by the Pacific Ocean are enclosed in garua (coastal fog, mist, or drizzle) as warmer air masses off the desert and drifts over the ocean where the cold Humboldt current hits.

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