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Moray, Salt Mine and Machu Picchu Tour 2 Days

Visit three of the most interesting and unique Inca archaelogical sites in your tour, the”Green Houses” of the Incas in Moray an impressive deep amphitheater like terraces swirling around in agricultural beauty and the pre-Inca Salt Mine of Maras, where you can watch the salt streams naturally evaporate as they bask in the sunshine to be harvested by the local farmers as they have done for centuries.

Continuing to enhance your journey of discovery we explore the third Massive Inca Archaelogical ruins of Ollantaytambo and relax in the quaint village of Ollantaytambo, with its cobblestone covered pathways, stone and adoble houses where the people continue to follow traditional dress and culture.

Upon arrival to Aguas Calientes  via the panaramic expedition train, enjoy the cultural show at the citadel of Machu Picchu, catch yourself as you travel back in time to this magical place, sacred and mysterious, with the name of Machu-Picchu, “The Old Sacred Mountain.”  Take your time exploring the magestic Machu Picchu, rich in history of its past and the thriving culture of the people who once resided there.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Cusco – Moray – Salt Mine – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

We pick you up at your hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley, navigating through the hairpin bends each motion in change of direction stiring the pot of excitement within, as we arrive at the stunning Inca site of Moray also known as “The Greenhouses of the Incas.” Different levels of terraces are carved into a huge bowl, part of which was further excavated by the Incas. The terraces have varied microclimates depending on how deep into the bowl they are placed. It is believed they were used by the Incas to provide the optimal conditions for their crops.

With energy enhanced full of positive vibrations the mind is open to exploring this next beautiful Inca sight,  the colonial town of Maras and the Pre-Inca Salt Mine (Salineras). Thousands of salt pans have been used for salt extraction since before the Inca era. A hot spring at the top of the valley discharges a small stream of heavily salt laden water, which is diverted into salt pans and evaporated to produce a salt that is used for human and animal consumption.

Continuing to enhance your journey of discovery we travel to the quaint city of Ollantaytambo, following on the cobblestone covered pathways to where you will explore the Massive Inca remains there with our guide. In preparation for our connection to the legend Machu Picchu we board our train to Aguas Calientes at 7pm. On arrival the hotel representative will greet and transfer you for your night in your hotel.

  • Accommodation: Wirachocha Inn Hotel or Andean Terra Hotel

Day 2: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Bursting out with excitement on your final surreal day, we take the 5.30am bus to Machu Picchu archeological site, arriving in time for the sunrise, making sure we tour every nook and cranny of this New 7 Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. On your 2 hour private tour, your guide will expertly direct you through the energetic ruins and its diverse main streets. Then on your own, wander around the town squares of the world’s spiritual center of esoteric wisdom as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made of stone. Or you stay still and find the peace within as you sit in the pure delight of the moment.

If you wish to indulge in a few of the following activities on your own you can: (not included in the price)

  • Climb up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu (An additional fee)
  • You will be given some time to walk to the Sun Gate or Inti Punku. (No additional fee)
  • Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the new local museum or to the hot springs. (Entrance fee to enter)

After your time to enjoy Machu Picchu, you will descend to Aguas Calientes, take in a leisurely lunch and board the train at 4:22pm for the return trip to Cusco stopping at the Ollantaytambo Station and be driven back to your hotel in our private van, arriving around 8pm. 

  • Meals: breakfast

WHAT'S INCLUDED

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Pick up at your hotel
  • Tour to Moray and the Salt mine (entrance tickets additional)
  • Van transportation to the train station
  • Train ride to Aguas Calientes
  • Pick up from Aguas Calientes train station and transfer to the hotel
  • Free afternoon to visit  the hot springs or the flower garden
  • Accommodation in hotel (2 star hotel)
  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Round trip bus ticket from Aguas calientes to Machu  Picchu
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • English speaking tour guide of the citadel
  • Return train ticket to Ollantaytambo then by bus to Cusco and to your hotel

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  • Meals which are organised at the restaurants in various locations.
  • Entrance to Wayna Picchu US$35
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain US$30
  • Entrance fee to the hot springs
  • Entrance tickets to Moray and Ollantaytambo archeological ruins sites (70 soles)
  • Salt Mine (10 soles)
  • Tips

PRICE & AVAILABILITY

PRICES

US$397 per person

US$377 per person without hotel

Small groups with English speaking guide of an average of 5 and no more than 8!

 

DISCOUNTS

  • Under 18 years old: US$40 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Under 12 years old: US$60  Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.

EXTRAS 

  • Huayna Picchu Climb: US$35. This will need  to be booked in advance, let us know about it at the time of booking.
  • Machu Picchu Mountain: US$30.  This will need  to be booked in advance, let us know about it at the time of booking.
  • Upgrade to Vista Dome Train: US$57. 
  • Upgrade Hotel – 3 star US$40. (Can upgrade to 4 or 5 star also)
  • Entrance tickets to archeological sites:  70 soles for the day or approximaely US$20 per person which can only be purchased in soles at the first archeological site. (See important info below)
  • Salt Mine entrance of 10 soles

BOLETO TURISTICO (tourist ticket )

You have the Option to Purchase a 1 Day or a 10 Day Boleto Turistico. 

The partial ticket, or 1 Day ticketcosts70 soles (US $20) and is valid for 1 day.  You can visit a many sites as you like in one day with no further charge.  There are no discounts with this ticket.

Both tourist tickets, of 1 day or 10 day, allows the access to different archeological sites around Cusco, and Sacred Valley.  This is the best way to visit all the archeological sites of the region and the Sacred Valley. Most of the main archeological sites are not accessible for free.

The general ticket allows you over the next 10 days to enter16 archeological and cultural sites in Cusco, the south valley and the Sacred Valley. The price of this ticket is 130 soles (about US $40) and is valid for 10 days. This is the cheapest and most convenient way to plan to see different sites in a few days. The cost for students under 25 (with the presentation of a valid ISIC card) and for teenagers under 18 (with the presentation of an identity card) is 70 soles (US $20). Children under 11 are free.

Here is a list of sites where you can use your Boleto Touristico:

  • Sacsayhuaman
  • Qenqo
  • Pucapucara
  • Tambomachay
  • Pisaq
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Chinchero
  • Moray
  • Tipon
  • Piquillaqta

Note : The entrance ticket  to the main archeological sites like Sacsaywaman, Pisac, Ollantaytambo,Chinchero,Tipón and Moray cannot be sold individually; you must buy the Boleto turístico to visit them. You can get it in Avenida el Sol nearby Peru office or at the time you enter the first site that you are visiting.  YOU MUST PAY IN SOLES, NO CREDIT CARD OR US DOLLARS ARE ACCEPTED. 

Important: These entrances are not included in the Boleto Touristico.  

  • The entrance to Qoricancha or Santo Domingo Convent (10 soles)
  • The entrance to the Cathedral (25 soles)

WHY SAM

WHY CHOOSE SAM TRAVEL 

SAM (initials of Saul Alvarez Montalvo) Travel Peru is a family owned travel agency and direct local tour operator based in Cusco with personal experience over many years of trekking.  SAM Travel Peru is a 1oo% Cusquenian Company without any shareholders.

My dream as the owner was to create small personalized tours & treks strictly and only operated by local professional staff catering in PERSONALIZED and HIGH QUALITY SERVICE.    

We take pride in having a reputation as being a RESPONSIBLE & SUSTAINABLE tour operator. My staff are my extended family. I ensure they are supported financially by paying them a good wage. I am proud of my team without them I couldn’t give the best service and lifetime experiences to our clients.

SMALL GROUPS

In an effort to provide a more personalised service to our passengers, we in SAM Travel Peru have a policy that our groups will not exceed 8 people. This fact alone sets us apart from other companies that operate departures with bigger groups.

OUR TOP TOUR GUIDES

I am very proud of my guides! Highly professional, speaking in 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 recognised theories about the Inca Andean culture. Fun loving, great sportsmen and well educated some having a degree in Archaeology, Botany, History or Anthropology.  Others are great entertainers and the best “Salsa Dancers” on this side of Machu Picchu.

OUR SOCIAL PROJECTS

SAM Travel Peru has always believed that we should “give back” to the communities we pass through on our treks. Therefore, as part of our commitment in responsible tourism, we socially support and employee from these communities.

SAM Travel Peru is proud to be able to support these beautiful people, not only in hiring them for work but to bring things back to grassroots, to share  in their home and families. This makes us  happy to have a holistic approach with our highland employees and their families!

A beautiful reflection of our attitude in everything we do, is that we wish to make life richer and more meaningful for all involved.

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Please read carefully the following information; it will help you answer all of your questions about our services and tours

WELCOME TO CUSCO

You will be welcomed at Cusco airport and taken to your hotel, please ensure that you inform us of your full flight details at least 14 days prior to your trek. Look out for our representative holding an orange board SAM Travel Peru at the arrival terminal. It can be done on any date that is best suited to you!

THE BRIEFING

It will take place the night before the trekking departure at 6pm in our office which is located at Calle Santa Teresa  Nº383 ; 303 (second floor), we are next to SUBWAY restaurant.

CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE:

Of course! During the Machu Picchu Tour your main luggage can be store at our office or at your hotel, both are for free. Please don´t  pack anything you will need for your hike.

HOW TO BOOK THE  MORAY, SALT MINE TO MACHU PICCHU TOUR?

FIRST, to book your Moray, Salt Mine to Machu Picchu Tour, we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our homepage or click here the link BOOK NOW.

Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group).  We cannot purchase an an entrance to Machu Picchu or the train without the following information:

  • Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):
  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality

SECOND, we require a deposit of US$200.00 per person in order to purchase a your entrance to Machu Picchu and train ticket.  You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on our booking page or click here on the payment method of your choice, either VISA or PAYPAL.

WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?

It would be greatly appreciated if you pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. We have many cash machines in the historical center to withdraw money.  You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL.  To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address of samtravelperu@gmail.com. 

HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR THE STUDENT DISCOUNT?

  1. According to Peruvian Law you must be under 18 years of age at the time of your trek, tour, or visit to Machu Picchu (students 18 & above need student cards). For example if you book a trek at the age of 17 but you turn 18 before you do your trek, you do not qualify for a student discount.
  2. All students from 11 to 17 years, the discount is $30.
  3. For children from the age of 2 to 11 the discount is $40.
  4. For children from the age of 0 to 2 are free.
  5. All students must provide a copy of their passport at the time of their booking to get the student discount.
  6. Send us a copy at info@samtravelperu.com

MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?

Unfortunately the answer is “No”. Once the tickets have been bought the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure date after the tickets has been bought. Tickets are also not transferable nor refundable.
*** If you cancel your Moray, Salt Mine to Machu Picchu Tour, the deposit is not refundable at all!

DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT FOR THE  MORAY, SALT MINE TO MACHU PICCHU TOUR?

Yes for sure! You have to bring your original passport and it is very important that it is the same passport number you sent to us to book your entrance to Machu Picchu, train ticket, other entrances and reservations. The rangers will check when you enter Machu Picchu. The train company will also check your passport before allowing you to board the train.

In case you are renewing your passport or changing your name, go ahead and send us your old passport information to secure your permit, and we can change it when you get your new passport number or updated your name for a fee of $25 per person.  We must have a copy of your old and new passport to make the change. Before you change your passport keep a copy of your old one.

If you do not wish to pay this fee you will need to bring both passports to Peru with you.  You can enter Peru with your new passport but you will need to show both passports, old and new to be to enter into Machu Picchu or the train.  If you do not have both you will not be allowed to enter into Machu Picchu or get on the train. They are very strict about this here!!

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE IN THE MACHU PICCHU TOUR?

First I would say that the weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee.  We recommend you to bring a warm jacket for early morning and rain poncho in case of a rain shower.

ARE WE DROPPED AT OUR HOTEL AFTER THE MORAY, SALT MINE TO MACHU PICCHU TOUR?

Absolutely! Included in our packages is dropping you off at your hotel on the return from your trek or tour. If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley like Ollantaytambo or Urubamba, we will drop you there too!

If you spend the night at Ollantaytambo before the trek, we wil pick you up there.

ALTITUDE SICKNESS

In general if you have regular exercise and spend a couple of days in Cusco, or in the Sacred Valley for acclimatisation to the altitude, you may be fine.

The recommended medicine for altitude sickness is WATER, COCA TEA and OXYGEN IF NEEDED; our guides are trained to treat you for Altitude Sickness. See our detailed information about Altitude Sickness under FAQS.

We offer the Cusco City Tour or Sacred Valley Tour that you can book while you are acclimatizing.  Check out our Day Tours on our Home Page.

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 for the people who will take care of you during the tour.  It 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 feel, depending on your perception of the quality and the length of your tour. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

ARE YOU SUSTAINABLE?

Yes, we are a local sustainable & responsible tourism operator for that we incorporate the universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our staff to know, understand and respect the local places and it´s people.

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PACKING LIST

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING

  • A small backpack or carry bag 20 to 30 liters (larger not allowed on the train or in Machu Picchu)
  • A change of clothing for the second day
  • Comfortable shoes or runners
  • Camera
  • Water to drink
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • A fleece or jacket,
  • Basic toiletries,
  • Sunscreen,
  • Insect repellent for mosquitoes
  • Hat for the sun
  • Some extra money for lunch, snacks and souvenirs
  • Original passport (cannot enter Machu Picchu without it)
  • ISIC Card if applicable.

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  • Accomodation in Cusco
  • Altitude Sickness Info
  • Can I climb Huayna Picchu
  • Choosing a Company
  • Cultural Events
  • Food in the Inca Trail
  • Inca Trail Informations
  • Inca Trail Regulations
  • Machu Picchu Train Tickets
  • Peru Information
  • Things to do in Peru
  • Tickets for Machu Picchu
  • Train Tickets Information
  • Trek Comparison
  • Trekking level Scale
  • Weather Forecast Cusco
  • Welfare Inca Trail Porters
  • What to do In Ollantaytambo
  • What to do in Peru
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