Day 1 – Places we will visit on the first day:
Salt mines of Maras (Salinas de Maras)
The small town of Kuper
Huchuy Qosqo(little Cusco) is situated above the Valley of Urubamba and offers very spectacular views over the mountain range Cordillera de Vilcanota. (36000m/11,800ft) Where you will spend the first night
Walking distance to Huchyqosqo: 8.7 miles/14 km (5-6 hours)
Typical Weather: Warm and windy
This day is considered at moderately difficult day of trekking
Day 2 – Places we will visit on the second day:
Town of Lamay
Day 3: Machu Pîcchu
On this day we will spend the entire day exploring Machu Picchu.
We highly recommend that you book your tour far in advance because during the peak season (May to September) Machu Picchu entrance permits and train tickets can be sold out several weeks in advance.
Day 1: Cusco – Salt Mines of Maras- Huchuy Qosqo
At 6:00 a.m., our private van will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco. We will travel for approximately 45 minutes the salt mine of Moras. At this amazing site, you can see the pans fed by saline spring water that were built on steep terraces along one side of a narrow valley. The water is sent throughout the pans by a network of channels where the water slowly evaporates leaving the salt behind. Salt has been collected from Maras since Pre-Incan times and it is thought that a collective of salt ‘miners’ has maintained the terraces and channels for hundreds of years.
We will continue our scenic journey to the amazing village of Kuper, an offshoot of the bigger town of Chincheros We will start our trek in Kuper where we will see a beautiful lagoon as we start our day’s trek. After we see the lagoon, we will continue up on an alternative path known as the Pilgrimage Way to the highest point of the trek, at an elevation of (4,100m/13,451ft). Once we reach the top, you will be able to rest and take in the magnificent views of the mountain peaks in the Sacred Valley that are over (5,000m/16,500ft) high. We will then start to walk down for 2 and a half hours until we reach HuchuyQosqo at (3600m/11800ft)
Huchuy Qosqoor (Little Cusco) is a high archaeological complex, located at an elevation of (36000m/11800fts) above sea level in the Sacred Valley.After our break in this amazing site, we will go to the logde of one of our local families to have dinner and spend the night there
Day 2: Tour in Huchuy Qosqo – Lamay – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
In the morning after an early breakfast, we will start exploring Huchuy Qosqo After that we will descending for two hours to the small town of Lamay. From Lamay, we will take private transportion to the town of Urubamba where we will eat lunch.Then we will drive to Ollantaytambo and take a train to the town of Aguas Calientes where will have dinner After that you will discuss the plan for the next day with your guide before retiring for the night in your hotel/hostel in Aguas Calientes.
Day 3: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
After breakfast, our guide will pick you up from your hostel/hotel and lead you to the bus station where you will board a bus to the entrance of Machu Picchu. Once you arrive at Machu Picchu, you will have a 2 hour walking tour of this mysterious city, followed by free time for your own exploration.IDuring this time you can also climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain if you have reserved a ticket.
Once you have completed your exploration of one of the modern wonders of the world, you will take the bus to Aguas Calientes where you can stop for lunch. After lunch, you will go to the train station and take the train for your return trip to Cusco. Once you reach Ollantaytambo, you will be transported in a private bus back to your hotel in Cusco.
2 people : US $480 per person
3 people : US $460 per person
4 to 8 people : US $440 per person
Group Size: 2-8 people
We offer a discount of US $20 to students with a valid International Student Identity Card (ISIC) and to children under the age of 16 years old. Scanned copies of your ISIC card or child’s passport must be provided at the time of payment of the deposit for the trek in order to qualify for the international discount.
Included / Not Included
What is included:
-Professional guide who is fluent in English
-All private transport (van or car)
-Huchuy Qosqo Entraces fee
-Lunch in a restaurant in Urubamba or Ollantaytambo
– Salt Mines of Maras entrance fees
-Dinner in Aguas Calientes in the second nigh
-Expedition Train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
-One night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes
-Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
-Breakfast on the third day
-Machu Picchu entrance fees
-Guided tour of Machu Picchu
-Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
-Expedition train from Aguas Calientes
-Bus Transfer from Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco
What is not included:
-Breakfast on the first day
-Lunch and dinner on the last day
-A ticket to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (US $15) (let us know if you would like to climb either of these mountains when you book the trek)
-Tips for the guide and drivers
What do you need to take:
-Original passport (needed to enter Machu Picchu)
-For students: original ISIC card (If you are booking with the student discount)
-Warm gear (jacket, gloves, beanie etc)
-An extra change of clothes
-Extra money for lunch and shopping
How will the altitude affect me during the trek?
-This trip is mostly at high altitude and so you should spend a few days in Cusco aclimatizing to the altitude. The maximum height reached on this trek is (4050m/13,200ft.) above sea level.
Will we have a tour of the Sacred Valley on this trek?
-On this tour we do not visit the Sacred Valley sites of Chincheros, Pisac or Ollantaytambo. If you wish to see these sites you should go on a classic tour of the sacred Valley while you are staying in Cusco.
Can I hire a porter to carry some of my belongings for me?
-For the first day, you can hire a horseman to carry your belongings. Hiring a horseman will also help support the economy of the local people.
-Also, if you do not want to walk on the first day, you have the option of hiring a horse for US $60 that you can ride for the first day.
Will I have the chance to interact with the local people?
-You may encounter local children on this trip, so you can bring notebooks or pens to give them. However, please do not give them candy.