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HUCHUY QOSQO TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 2 DAYS

 

This is a fantastic 2 day trek that enables you to hike from Cusco across the Sacred Valley. Even though it would appear to be in a populated area, you soon discover the true wildness of the Andes. This is a fantastic hike and Huchuy Qosqo (Small Cusco) is an interesting set of ruins that are believed to have been abandoned by the time the Spanish arrived in Peru. You can do this hike and also visit Machu Picchu on day 2.

Day 1: Cusco – Tauca – Huchuy Qosqo – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
We will start driving from your hotel to the small Village of Tauca (3750m), the beginning of your trek. We will be on level terrain and the landscape will be that of typical andean valleys rich in corn, potatoes, barley, quinoa and other andean tubers. As you ascend towards your pass at 4050m, the landscape begins to change dramatically to that classic of high andean savannah or Puna, with scant vegetation, mainly “ichu” or high altitude grass. The views of the Cordillera Vilcabamba peaks are spectacular: Veronica, Pitusiray, Chicon and San Juan snow peaks. Soon after the pass you will start your descent toward the Huchuy Qosqo plains hiking along a path that leads to the Cauca ravine, where you will be able to see archeological remains and wild crops, such as tarwi, and a large quantity of cactus.

You will walk downhill towards the Leon Punku ravine, where you will find remains of an Inca bridge and trail. This canyon boasts geological formations surrounded by majestic rocks and boulders that direct the river to Huchuy Qosqo at 3650 m. Huchuy Qosqo (“Little Cuzco”) is a noteworthy Inca complex. It boasts very fine stonework in a large Kallanka (rectangular Hall), some residential and defensive quarters and interesting two-story buildings in stone and adobe. Huchuy Qosqo is located on a plateau, surrounded by Inca agricultural terraces and allows superb views of the Vilcabamba range. Afterwards we’ll go downhill to Lamay at 2900m where we will catch up our transport driving to Ollantaytambo. Ollantaytambo is the place where we’ll continue by train to Aguas Calientes. Overnight in a hotel.

  • Meals: Lunch, Tea Time & dinner
  • Hiking time: 7 hours
  • Accomodation: Hotel

Day 2: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
We leave our hotel after a very early breakfast to take the bus for the journey up to Machu Picchu ruins. Once inside the citadel, we are provided with a 3 hour tour with plenty of free time for further exploring, taking photos and the option to climb >Huayna Picchuor go up to the Sun Gate. Then back to Aguas Calientes and approximately at 2.55pm or 4pm, we take our return train to Ollantaytambo with a bus connection to Cusco arriving at your hotel in the evening.

  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Entrance tickets: Machu Picchu

What is included

  • Private transportation from and to your hotel
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
  • Entrance fee to Huchuy Qosqo
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu, Continental or similar)
  • First-aid including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Huayna Picchu ticket (US$25)

What is not included

  • Any meal not specified
  • 1 way bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes… It can be hiked.
  • Optional tips for the staff

Notes: Tips for porters, cooks and guides are always welcome. The porters are also very grateful for a small donation, for example clothes or school equipment for their children.

What you should bring

  • Small backpack with rain shelter (30 or 40 litters is well enough).
  • Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs).
  • Woolen or synthetic socksand a sweater.
  • Long- and short-sleeved polo’s/T-Shirts.
  • Rain poncho and a hat.
  • Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel and toilet paper.
  • Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light and batteries.
  • Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit.
  • Original passport, original ISIC student card (In case you are student) and extra money in soles.

US$377 per person
Personal porter included!

******This price includes the extra porter who will carry your thing up to 7 kilos, for that we will provide you a duffle bag, in which you may put your things.

DISCOUNTS

  • Students with ISIC CARD: US$30. Please send us a copy of your passport at the booking time.
  • Under 18 years old: US$40. Please send us a copy of the passport at the booking time.
  • Group of 5 people or more: US$30. All of you need is to book the trek altogether at the same time.

EXTRAS

  • Vistadome up-grade train for the way back: from US$57 per person.

WHY YOU SHOULD HIKE WITH SAM TRAVEL PERU?

ADDED VALUES for FREE

Inflatable mattress for every single hiker, pair of walking sticks, small pillow and transfer from the airport to your hotel, boiled water for drinking purposes will be provided, personal porter included, duffle bags and trash plastic bags.…. Most of our treks are a bit cold because of the high altitude, so we will provide you with a thick warm blanket to put over the sleeping bag, even we will give you some hot water bottles to put into your sleeping bag to sleep like a baby.

SAM Travel Peru is 100% Cusquenian Company & Direct Local Tour Operator

SAM (initials of Saul Alvarez Montalvo) Travel Peru is a family owned travel agency and direct local tour operator based in Cusco, we do not used “100% cusquenian Company” only for marketing… SAM is a real cusquenian Company without any share-holder or office in and outside Peru.

All our tours & treks are only and strictly operated by SAM TRAVEL PERU with our professional staff. We have a high quality service and good reputation ensuring that only SAM TRAVEL PERU staff operates these unique treks and tours.

We are a very RESPONSIBLE & SUSTAINABLE tour operator caring about our TEAM (family), given the best salaries to them and treating them like part of my family. I am proud of my team because, thanks to them, we are growing in a responsible way, making sure that our clients have the best life-time experience.

OUR TOP TOUR GUIDES
I am very proud of my guides! Highly professional, speaking a fluent English and very knowledgeable, passionate for the Inca heritage/ history, dedicated to a steady personal development and learning to ensure that you receive accurate and recognized theories about the Inca Andean culture. Fun loving, great sportsmen and well educated crew, some of them are great entertainers and the best “Salsa Dancers” on this side of Machu Picchu as well as having a degree in Archaeology, Botany, History or Anthropology.

OUR SUPER COOL PORTERS
We provide the following items to our porters and cooks for free: Jacket, sun hat, warm hat, t-shirt, pants, hiking boots, confortable duffle bags, canteen and girdle for protecting their spine, sleeping bags, mattress and insurance.
Hiking with SAM Travel Peru Travel is a life changing experience, fully portered trek where your comfort and enjoyment are our first responsibility. We make sure that you get the best experience of your holidays in Peru while you interact with locals, explore fantastic sites and re-discover remote ancient Inca towns and buildings, speaking some Quechua words and learning the fascinating Inka history. Immerse yourself in the stunning landscape and simply feel the magic of Mother Nature (Pachamama) and the Andes, while we carry your gear, prepare your meals, set up your tents avoiding crowded campsites and taking care of all your requirements and details.

OUR COOKS
Fabulous Cooks… The food on the trek has been highlighted by all our clients and they said that it was better than in the restaurants. Delicious and abundant Buffet style meals, peruvian and international Cuisine are prepared by our professional and dedicated cooks from a mixture of local and exotic products. If you are vegetarian or have food allergies of any kind, please do not worry because we will comply with your requests.

PORTABLE CAMPING TOILETS ONLY FOR OUR GROUP
The toilets which are provided by the Government along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu are totally DIRTY and CONTAMINATED because 500 people per day are using the few toilets that there are in each camp site. This is when our biochemical seated CAMPING TOILETS become very important for all our Inca Trail hikers. Of course it has been highlighted by them also because our toilets are located close to our camp site. These toilets are used only by our clients.
We are very proud to be such an innovative company, providing all the facilities for our demanding clients… SAM Travel Peru, as a RESPONSIBLE & SUSTAINABLE tour operator, provides the right gear like: gloves and mask for the person who has the responsibility for cleaning the toilets.

Please read carefully the following informations; it will help you clarify all your queries and questions about our services and the treks to Machu Picchu”

WELCOME TO CUSCO: You will be met on arrival at Cuzco airport, please ensure that you advise your full flight arrival details at least 14 days prior to trip start. Look out for our representative holding an orange board with your name at the arrival terminal.

THE BRIEFING: will be the night berofe the trekking departure at our office which is located at Calle Santa Teresa  Nº383 ; 303 (second floor).

DEPARTURE:
Any day that is best for you as long as we have a minimum of 2 trekkers

EMERGENCY CONTACT:
Telephone: (+51) (84) 630690, Telefax: (+51) (84) 630690 Cell Phone:(+51) (84) 968964422 (Spanish) / 984755994 (24 hours available English with Saul)
Address in Cusco: Luis Vallejo Santoni (Manco Ccapac H-9), 3er Piso – Santiago – Cusco – Peru
Business Hours: Monday to Sunday: (From 9:00am to 12:00pm) – ( From 15:00 – 20:00):

ABOUT OUR LICENSE: SAM Travel Peru is an oficial licensed Travel Agency & Direct Local tour operator based in Cusco, it can be founded on the oficial governments website: www.machupicchu.gob.pe Our office its located only a bloc away from the main plaza which is open from 9am to 20h.

GROUP SIZE: Small Groups from 2 – 8 people (could be 2, 4, 5 as maximum 8 people), a small group will make your experience different with a personalized attention depart of the whole team, where you can also enjoy the route according to its rate hike.

NOTE: Big group can be organized by request.

HOTEL:
For treks that include accommodation at Aguas Calientes, we stay at “Hostal Machu Picchu or El Presidente Hotel” which is a very nice place to rest after several days of walking! In comparison to other companies, we will not be staying in basic shared rooms or sharing showers. Our hotels depend on availability.
However, if you would like to have a better accommodation just let us know the accommodation of your preference and we will let you know how much the extra fee will be.

HUAYNAPICCHU MOUNTAIN:
Please, if you are thinking of climbing Huayna Picchu mountain you must book this at the same time as your trek or tour to Machu Picchu. Only 400 people can hike Huayna Picchu per day. You will climb it on your own after the tour in Machu Picchu around 10 .00 am. The price is US$25 per person.

OUR GUIDES:
They each speak English fluently and of course all of them speak Spanish and Quechua (the Inca Language). They are all able to communicate with natives from around the area and of course they will have lots of history to share with you.

MEALS:
The food provided by the porters and cook is nothing short of amazing. Trekkers can expect a breakfast of omelettes or pancakes, a ‘takeaway’ snack pack of fruit or chocolate to eat mid morning, a two course lunch of soup and meat with pasta or rice, afternoon tea on arrival at camp with biscuits and popcorn and a three course dinner. Breakfast and dinner is accompanied by hot drinks (tea, coffee, chocolate) and lunch usually by cordial (other drinks e.g. soft drinks or beer are at your own expense and can be pricey on the trail). All food is prepared, served and cleared away by the cook and porters and the quality of the meals is quite something when you consider that all the ingredients and basic cooking equipment has been carried in. Trekkers will certainly not go hungry and special dietary requirements can be catered for if specified in advance. You will be able to buy bottled water on day 1 and 2 of the trek at various points along the way, after this you will refill your empty bottles from boiled water provided by the porters. Boiled water will be provided during the trek when it is possible to make camp.

OUR EQUEPMENT:
We provide 4 man tents for only 2 people and INFLATABLE MATTRESS for everyone. Our dining equipment includes a spacious dining tent, tables and chairs, plates and utensils.
Please note that if you are over 1.95 meters / 6´4″ tall then you won´t be able to rent a sleeping bag in Cusco. In this case it is recommended to bring your own.

CULTURE SHOCK RATING:
The comforts of home are more of a rarity. English isn’t common and the food will be quite different to home. It’s important to observe some of the local customs to not cause offence. Many of the locals’ standards of living may be confronting.

SPENDING MONEY:
Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

TIPPING:
If you’re happy with the services provided a tip – though not compulsory – is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it’s of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many SAM Travel Peru destinations.
Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

WEATHER:
The wet season in this region is from December to March when heavy rains can cause disruptions to ground transport. Intrepid will monitor any situations that arise, and may need to change itineraries or activities in response to natural weather occurrences.

TRANSPORT:
Train, Minibus

HIKING TO MACHU PICCHU:
The evening before you start your trek, you will be given a SMALL DUFFLE BAG to pack your clothes for the next four days. Your weight allowance is 7kg/15p max. While you hike, the bulk of your luggage will be stored at your hotel in Cuzco.
Your team of porters will carry your duffle bag for you, together with the food and camping gear. It’s important to be aware that you will not have access to your items in the duffle bag until the end of each day, as the porters will always be ahead of the group.
For during the trek, you need a day pack big enough to carry personal belongings such as a warm jacket, a rain jacket, your camera, sun cream, snacks, water, etc. Usually a 30 to 50 litres capacity back pack is big enough.
Sleeping bags can be hired locally for approximately US$20.
Hiking poles can be hired locally for approximately US$15
Rain ponchos can be purchased in Cuzco for a couple of dollars.

FITNESS:
The Inca Trail is certainly not easy but you do not need to be an athlete or a trekking expert to complete it. Fitness is naturally important but the Inca Trail is the kind of trek that anyone with a positive attitude and determination can do. Obviously the more fit you are the more you will enjoy the trail and the more chance you will have to take in the scenery and appreciate the Inca ruins dotted along the way. If you do not exercise regularly, it is advisable to do some extra walking or some kind of aerobic activity in the months leading up to your trip.
Many people worry whether they will be able to cope physically but complete failure is rare and would usually only result from severe altitude sickness or a person lacking even a basic level of fitness. People of all ages (from teenagers to pensioners) complete the trek and age itself is no barrier if you are positive minded and live an active lifestyle. Before departing for your tour, we recommend visiting your doctor who will be able to provide you with more information.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:
Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
When travelling on a trip, you won’t be permitted to join the trip until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company’s 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by our local representative.
If you have credit card insurance our local representative will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact telephone number rather than the bank’s name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.

ARE WE SUSTAINABLE?
Yes, We are a local sustainable & responsible tourism operator for that we incorporate the universal principle of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities respecting their culture and religion. To this end, we have trained all our local staff that know, understand, feel and respect the place and the people.

ARE WE RESPONSIBLE?
Yes, We try to treat our hikers, our porters and all the local people from the villages with the upmost respect. We travel in small groups to give personalized tours to each traveller, we pay good salaries to our porters and follow the porters law. We provide all our porters with their hiking gear such as shoes, pants, jackets, t-shirts, hats, sleeping bags and most importantly, with health insurance.

LUGGAGE STORAGE DURING THE TREK: During the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu your main luggage will be stored in Cuzco at your hotel or AT OUR OFFICE.. you will receive a small duffle bag at our office after the Lares Trek briefing (briefings are normally set for the evening before you start the trek) to pack clothes for 3-4 days. Your team of porters will carry these bags together with the food and equipment for the trail. Please note that you will not have access to these items until the end of each day as the porters will always be ahead of the group, you should therefore bring a day pack in which you can carry personal belongings such as your camera, water and sun screen etc. By Peruvian law the duffle bag carried by the porters must not weigh more than 7kg (14pounds). You can either store your luggage at your hotel or you can leave it with us.

For during the trek, you need a day pack big enough to carry personal belongings such as a warm jacket, a rain jacket, your camera, sun cream, snacks, water, etc. Usually a 30 to 50 litres capacity back pack is big enough.

HOW LONG IS THE WAY BACK FROM AGUAS CALIENTES TO CUSCO?

It is 2 hours by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and then another 2 hours from Ollantaytambo to Cusco by bus. If you upgrade to Vistadome all the way backc to Poroy (Cusco), the train is 3 1/2 hours to Poroy, then 25 by taxi to Cusco. Usually our clients are back at the hotel by 20h, if you are planning to take the bus to Puno on the same night, that is totaly posible.

WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?
We will appreciate if you may pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles), here in Cusco we have have many ATMs and BANK to withdraw money BUT you can pay by VISA and PAYPAL. We are required to charge an additional 5% since your card is international.

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  • Choosing a Company
  • Cultural Events
  • Food in the Inca Trail
  • Inca Trail Informations
  • Inca Trail Regulations
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