06 Day Essential Cusco “The Andean Jewels”

6 Days

DURATION 6 Days

5020m/16460ft

MAX. ALTITUDE 5020m/16460ft

Cusco

PLACE Cusco

Cusco

PRICE $ 799

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 Day Essential Cusco “The Andean Jewels”, this package compresses the most spectacular attractions of the Cusco region. Visitors from all over the world fascinated with these places. By selecting this package you will enjoy a memorable experience, you will know the capital of the Inca empire full of history, culture, Andean cuisine and much more. On the way to Machu Picchu, among endless delirious high Andean landscapes you will visit the gigantic cultivation terraces of Moray, the Maras hill with its more than 3,000 saline wells, and a visit to the traditional town of Chinchero to learn about the ancient art of the Andean textiles. You will know one of the 7 Wonders of the World and then visit another 2 Wonders of Nature. The Colorful Rainbow or Vinincunca mountain and the Humantay glacial lake near the imposing Salkantay snowy mountain.

Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN CUSCO

  • According to your flight schedule in Cusco, an Inkayni Peru Tours representative will be waiting for you at the Cusco Airport with a sign where your name will be written to locate you, then you will be transferred to your respective hotel.
  • After a 30-40 minute trip to the city center, you will be installed in your hotel. You will have the rest of the day to rest and acclimatize to the altitude of the city and enjoy a delicious coca tea.

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

DAY 2: EMBARK ON A TOUR TO CHINCHERO, MARAS & MORAY

  • This day begins our adventure through the incredible landscapes of Cusco. We will start with your pick-up from the hotel between 08:00 to 08:30 am, then we’ll go to the colorful town of Chinchero, where we will find Inca wall constructions and its small Church Colonial that awaits a lot of history. Also, we will participate in the elaboration of the Andean fabrics in a textile interpretation center, where our brothers from the town of Chinchero will show us their ancestral art.
  • After this fascinating experience, we will continue with our adventure towards the famous circular cultivation terraces in Moray. There, our ancestors, the Incas, experimented to find out the type of product for each altitudinal floor.
  • Continuing our journey, we will descend towards the Salt mines in Maras (a picturesque place with spectacular landscapes). Here, we will visit the more than 3000 wells of salt. The Incas used this salt for their consumption.
  • Finally, we will go to the Ollantaytambo station to take the train that will take us to Aguas Calientes (the closest town to Machu Picchu). In Aguas Calientes, we will rest and regain strength for the spectacular next day.

Lodging in Aguas Calientes: Golden Sunrise Hotel*** or similar.

DAY 3: VISIT TO MACHU PICCHU INCA CITADEL

  • This day will be one of the best as we will visit one of the 7 Wonders of the World: Machu Picchu. Therefore, we will take the bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu; then we will register with our entrance tickets and our passport.
  • Our tour guide will provide you with all the information and will take you through the best-known sites of the Inca citadel during 02 hours of on-site guidance. You will enjoy the Historical Sanctuary in all its splendor while capturing spectacular moments with your camera. (If you add the extra entrances for the Huayna Picchu mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain, you can do it after finishing the guidance in the citadel of Machu Picchu).
  • After this incredible experience, we will return to Aguas Calientes to enjoy a delicious lunch (not included).
  • In the afternoon, we will take the train back to Ollantaytambo, upon arrival a representative of the agency will be waiting for you and then be transferred to Cusco in our private transportation.
  • Finally, we will leave you at your respective hotel.

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

DAY 4: HUMANTAY LAKE

  • This day we will start very early between 04:00 to 05:00 am, we will pick you up from your hotel to go to the town of Mollepata on a trip of approximately two hours. In Mollepata, we will have a delicious breakfast.
  • Then we will continue to Soraypampa in our transport, the starting point for the walk.
  • We will start the walk of about two hours. In the ascent, we will have the opportunity to observe the diverse flora and fauna that inhabits the area. We will be able to observe some native birds around the area, as well as obtain great views of the snowy mountains surrounding us.
  • Once in the area, we can enjoy our snacks and a good rest while we appreciate spectacular views of the Humantay lake and its turquoise waters. We will have one 30 or 40 min to be able to take the best photographs.
  • We will return along the same route descending from the lake and taking our transport to return to the restaurant and be able to regain our strengths with lunch.
  • In the afternoon after lunch and a short rest, we will return to the city of Cusco.

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

DAY 5: RAINBOW MOUNTAIN

  • Very early in the morning between 04:00 to 04:30 am, our transport will pick you up at your hotel to start the tour.
  • We will go to the south of the city, crossing fields, rivers, mountains, and villages. We will travel for about 2 hours until we reach the town of Cusipata, where we will enjoy our delicious breakfast.
  • After breakfast, we will travel for another 45 minutes, observing beautiful landscapes, canyons, glaciers, and herds of llamas and alpacas, until we reach the starting point of the hike in Pulawasipata.
  • We will walk for approximately 2 hours until we reach the Mountain of Colors or Winincunca. On the way, we will observe numerous South American camelids with their shepherds dressed in beautiful colorful typical costumes.
  • Upon reaching the top of the Mountain of Colors, we will have enough time to take the photographs and enjoy the landscape. Besides, we can also clearly appreciate the highest snow in Cusco, the Ausangate mountain.
  • Later we will undertake the return along the same path until we reach our transport to return to Cusipata, where we will taste our delicious buffet lunch.
  • After lunch, we will return to Cusco, our vehicle will leave you in the center of the city.

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

DAY 6: TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT

  • Free morning so you can relax and visit the city.
  • According to your flight schedule, we will take you to the airport for your departure to Lima or your next destiny.

What´s Included

INCLUDED:

  • 05 night’s accommodations in 03 or 04 stars hotels (based on double occupation)
  • 05 breakfasts (at your Hotels and during the trek to Humantay Lake and Rainbow Mountain)
  • 02 lunches (in Humantay Lake and Rainbow Mountain)
  • 01 dinner (Aguas Calientes, the previous day of your visit to Machu Picchu)
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
  • All entrances fees to the rest of the attractions mentioned in the package.
  • All transportation.
  • All transfers during the package.
  • The Voyager (Incarrail) or Expedition (Peru Rail) train service to Machu Picchu.
  • Buses in Machu Picchu (Round trip)
  • Private guided tour in Machu Picchu.
  • Professional English-Speaking Tour Guide during the whole trip

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Flights
  • Single supplement or single occupancy: US$250 (03 stars hotel) /us$400 (04 stars hotels)
  • Meals where are not stated
  • Huayna Picchu entrance fee US$35
  • Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.

THINGS TO BRING:

  • Original Passport
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film

Prices

THIS TOUR RUNS ONLY AS A PRIVATE SERVICE.

****Daily Departure with at least 02 people****

1.-PRICES WITH 03 STARS HOTELS (based in double occupation):
NUMBER OF PAXS PRICE PER PERSON ACTION
*02 or more people US$ 799.00
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2.-PRICES WITH 04 STARS HOTELS (based in double occupation):
NUMBER OF PAXS PRICE PER PERSON ACTION
*02 or more people US$ 999.00
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Discounts:

  • Under 18 years old: US$ 25:00 Please send us a copy of the passport at the booking time.
  • Under 10 years old: US$ 65:00 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

  • Daily departures: We pick you up from your hotel 30 minutes before the tour.

FAQS?

How to contact Inkayni Peru Tours?

Inkayni works 24 hours per day, in their differents booking forms and free information: by e-mail, by telephone, and by our web page.

Inkayni Peru Tours will organize all about your trip, hotels, transportation, meals, and other items for giving you a fantastic trip. If you want to arrange your package to visit PERU, Inkayni is the only tour operator that provides you with alternatives to do your packages and gives you the best options for your hotels and your kind of transportation.

You can book with us with 50% of the cost of your trip, and you will pay the other 50% when you are in Cusco city with us.

Useful Things

Sturdy shoes, a good raincoat, and warm layers for the evening are the only essential items. Bring comfortable and modest clothes for the time in Cusco. There is no need to bring a sleeping bag or any gear as you’ll be staying in lodges throughout the expedition.

Documents and Logistics:

  • International flights booked and confirmed to Cusco
  • Flight information submitted
  • Passport valid through the end of the trip (*Passport and entry receipt must be carried at all times during expedition!)
  • Medical insurance card
  • Cash for tipping guides, buying souvenirs, incidental costs, etc. (*Note: Please bring crisp US bills. Many places will not accept torn, wrinkled, or worn bills)
Airport Information

Airport and airlines located in the port of the city of Callao, Lima’s Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Chavez 01-517-3100 www.lap.com.pe.

Callao is serviced by flights from North, Central, and South America, and two regular direct flights from Europe (Madrid and Amsterdam) check the airport website or call 01-511-6055 for update departure and arrival schedules for domestic and international flights.

Cusco has the only other airport with international al service to La Paz, Bolivia.

Do I need a Visa to enter Peru?

With a few exceptions (notably some Asian, African and Communist countries), Visa is not required for travelers entering Peru.

Tourists are permitted a 30 to a 90-day stay, which is stamped into their passports and onto a tourist card called Tarjeta Andina de Migracion “TAM”(Andean Immigration card), that you must return upon leaving the country.

Be careful not to lose your tourist card, or you will have to queue at the immigration office (Oficina de Migraciones), also known as Migraciones to get a replacement card. It is a good idea to carry your passport and TAM in your pocket at all times, especially when traveling in remote areas, for example, it is required by law on the Inca Trail.

For security get a photocopy of both documents and keep them in a separate place form the originals.

Money in Peru

Peru uses the Nuevo Sol (S), which has traded from S3.00 to S3.30 per US dollar (US$) for several years, although you should keep an eye on current events.

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 (Billetes Pequeños), as S100 bills are hard to change in small towns or for small purchases. Carry as much spare change as possible, especially in the small cities.

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 are usually foreign exchange bureaus (Casa de Cambio), which are fast, have longer hours, and often give slightly better rates than banks.

Many places accept US dollars. Do not accept 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 our country and take some precautions that will help you to enjoy the wealth of this beautiful land.

Phone Calls

Public payphones operated by Telefonica-Peru (www.telefonica.com.pe) or Claro-Perú (www.claro.com.pe)  are available on the street even in small towns. Most payphones work with phone cards which can be purchased at supermarkets and groceries. Often internet cafes have private phone booths with ¨net-to-phone¨ and ¨net-to-net¨ capabilities (such as skype), where you can talk for pennies or even for free.

When calling Peru from abroad, dial the international access code for the country you are in, then Peru¨s country code (51), then the area code without the 0 and finally, the local number.

Making international calls from Peru, dial the international access code (00), then the country code of where you are calling to, then the area code and finally the local phone number.

In Peru, any telephone number beginning with a 9 is a cell-phone number. Numbers beginning with 0800 are often toll-free only when dialed from private phones, not from public payphones.

What is the time difference between the United States and Peru?

Peru is five hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). It is the same as Eastern Standard Time (EST) in North America.

Daylight Saving Time (DST) is not used in Peru, so add an hour to all of these times between the first Sunday in April and the last Sunday in October.

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 are around 10°C (50°F), and overnight temperatures can dip well below 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 Andean Plateau (altiplano). 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 from December through March.

Hotels 3***

Some of our partner hotels are:

IN CUSCO:

  • Tandapata Boutique hotel
  • Koyllur Inn
  • Cusco Jungle Hotel
  • Andenes al Cielo hotels

IN MACHUPICCHU:

  • Golden Sunrise
  • Hatun Samay
  • La Cabaña Hotels
  • Hatun Inti Classic
Hotels 4***

Some of our partner hotels are:

IN CUSCO:

  • Sonesta Hotel Cusco
  • Casa Andina Private Collection
  • San Agustin El Dorado
  • San Agustin Plaza

IN MACHUPICCHU:

  • Taypikala Hotels
  • Inkaterra Hotels “El Mapi”









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