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Salinas of Maras,Huchuy Qosqo & Machu Picchu Tour 3 days / 2 nights

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$480.00

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Summary

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:

Huchuy Qosqo Inca Site
Village of Lamay
Town Ollantaytambo
Aguas Calientes

Day 3: Machu Pîcchu

On this day we will visit Machu Picchu and returning to Cusco.

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.

Itinerary

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.

Price

Group Tour -$480 USD per person
Group Tour -$460 per person (without hotel in Aguas Calientes)

Minimum 2 persons required to open up a new group – single trekkers may join an existing group

Please Note: Our  service begins and ends in your hotel in Cusco

Returning train Included in the cost of this tour/trek is the Expedition train, which departs either at 6:20 pm or 7:00 pm and 8:20 p.m. DEPENDING ON AVAILABILITY.

Can I get an early train ticket?
We can also book an afternoon train that departs 2:55 p.m. or 4:22 p.m. at an extra cost of US $35 per person the train we will book DEPENDS ON AVAILABILITY.
Please, notice that 35 dollars extra you will pay also will cover your private transportation to bring you back from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco

There is also an option to upgrade your train to the Vistadome train which is the extra US $75 per person. Please let us know your preference at the time of booking the tour. Unfortunately, none of the trains go straight to Cusco—they run either to Ollantaytambo or Poroy. In either case, we will transfer you back by bus to Cusco.

Can I change my return train ticket by myself?
At the time of your tour, it may be possible to make changes to your return train ticket if you don’t want to take the 18:20 p.m train. You will have to take your train ticket personally to the train station in Aguas Calientes and ask them to change the return ticket for an early one. You will probably be asked to pay an extra administration fee, which will depend on the train service and departure time. Please notice that once you will change your returning train you will responsible to cover your own transportation back to Cusco

How long is the journey back to Cusco?
You will be traveling for approximately 3 hours before you arrive back in Cusco. First, you will travel for 1.5 hours by train to the Ollantaytambo train station. Then you will be picked up by your driver outside of the train station. The driver will be holding a sign with your name on it so that there will be no confusion. If you do not see the driver initially, wait for them outside of the train station. Once the driver has picked you up, you will travel for another 1.5 hours in a private van/car to your hotel/hostel in Cusco. Arrival time in Cusco will depend on train availability. You will receive your return train tickets once your guide has finished your walking tour of Machu Picchu.

WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO COLLABORATION

In case we do not meet the minimum group size or we do not have enough people to operate the tour ourselves, we reserve the right to occasionally collaborate with other tour operators. In these cases, the client will always be notified in advance.

Important Notice Regarding Student Discounts: 

The ISIC card is no longer valid for purchasing Machu Picchu or Inca Trail tickets with a student discount.

Students can still obtain this discount with their student identification card issued by the university where they study, which is the only valid document for this end at this time. For more information, please visit the following link: http://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/items/estudiantes.html

Inclusions

What is included:

Pick up from your hotel
Professional tour guide who is fluent in English
All the transportation
Salt Mines of Maras entrance fees
Box lunch on the first day
Dinner on the first day
Huchuy Qosqo Entraces fee
One night in a basic logde in Huchuy Qosqo on the first night
Breakfast on the second day
Lunch on the second day
Expedition Train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
Dinner  in Aguas Calientes in the second nigh
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
Tranportation 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 $40) (let us know if you would like to climb either of these mountains when you book the trek)
-Tips for the guide and drivers

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Packing List

What to Bring:

  • Original passport
  • Hiking boots
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
  • Thress t-shirts
  • Hand sanitizer
  • 2 Comfortable trousers
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • We strongly recommend to bring your Camel Back and water canteen due to that government of Peru will not allow disposable plastic bottles anymore on the Inca trail and in Machu Picchu.
  • Toiletries and toilet paper
  • Camera

Optional Items to Bring:

  • Shorts
  • Walking stick
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Sandals
  • Extra money (We recommend that you bring some extra soles to cover expenses such as snacks, souvenirs, and drinks)
  • Bathing suit for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes

FAQ

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.