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Cusco, Sacred Valley and Inca Trail 4 Days/3 Nights

SHORT INCA TRAIL ADVENTURE HIKING PACKAGE

For the complete tour package  that gives you everything your heart desires; Cusco, the capital of the Inca empire, Sacred Valley with all of its treasures to discovery and archeological sites, and the Short Inca Trail with Machu Picchu, at the end of your journey, this adventure hiking package is the best choice possible. 

Cusco or Qosqo in quechua, was the capital of the Inca empire called Tawantinsuyo. The streets of the city are over flowing with Peru’s history. One can observe the different stages of the history from ancient times until the Conquest and its consequences. There are endless archeological sites to visit, grand cathedrals everywhere, museums, and lots of shops to explore. 

Tucked under the tawny skirts of formidable foothills about 15kms/9.3 miles north of Cusco as the condor flies, discovers the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The valley has long been the home of attractive colonial towns, isolated weaving villages, handicraft markets and lofty 10th and 11th century Inca Citadels of Pisac, Ollyantaytambo and Urubumba. There are limitless things to discover!

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a stunning cultural show of Inca ruins, exotic side by side mountains, primitive lush vegetation and extraordinary ecological varieties. The trail goes through the National Park and enters through the Sun Gate with unforgettable views of Machu Picchu, through cloud pitted forest and finally into subtropical vegetation.  Upon arriving to Machu Picchu, you will get a 2 hour private guided tour, visiting all the hidden corners of the Inca monument.  Take your time exploring the magestic Machu Picchu, the Incan ruins  rich in history of its past and the thriving culture of the people who once resided there.

ITINERARY

DAY 1: CUSCO  CITY TOUR

Upon your arrival to the cosmopolitan capital Cusco you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel where you will receive a short briefing then given the morning to acclimatize.

In the afternoon, we will introduce you to the Imperial Cusco City.  Cusco’s history live today in its streets, squares, valleys and towns. You’ll find stunning destinations and examples of incredible engineering by Inca stonemasons and living examples of the mix of Andean and Spanish culture.

Continuing our journey we visit the Santo Domingo Convent built over the Koricancha, as well as the ancient Inca Palace, the main worship center of the Sun God. Our discoveries continue at the unmatched and mesmirizing archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman and its military Inca architecture which dominates the city. Finally we  are introduced to the contrasts of the indigenous ancients QenqoPucapucara and Tambomachay sites, located in the north east of the city. We then head back to your hotel in Cusco by early evening.

  • Hotel in Cusco: Best Western or Maytaq Wasin Hotels  3***
  • Meals: Breakfast

DAY 2: SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS (Pisac + Moray + Salt Mines + Ollantaytambo)

We pick you up at 7am at your hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley, and begin navigating through the hairpin bends, and finally we arrive at the stunning Inca site of Moray also known as “The Greenhouses of the Incas.” Its different levels of terraces are carved into a huge bowl visually, taking on the appearance of an agricultural ampitheatre.  The terraces have varied microclimates depending on how deep into the bowl they are carved. They were thought to have been used by the Incas to create the optimal conditions for their crops.

With new excitement, we explore the next beautiful Inca sight, the colonial town of Maras and then move on to the Pre-Inca Salt Mine (Salineras). Thousands of salt pans have been used for salt extraction since before Inca times. 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 now for human and animal consumption.

Finally we move on to our final destination for the day, the quaint village of Ollantaytambo, following on the cobblestone covered pathways to where you will explore the Massive Inca remains with our guide. Here we spend the night at a hotel.

  • Hotel in Ollantaytambo: Sky Hostel, Hotel El Sol or Tunupa lodge 2**
  • Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3: CUSCO – 104 kms – WIÑAYHUAYNA – SUN GATE – MACHU PICCHU

With a compacted 2 days of excitement ahead we pick you up from your hotel by 6:00am, and drive you to the train station. After a two hour scenic train ride to 104 kms our starting point, we begin our trek, where we cruise past the first checkpoint with ease. After the checkpoint we initiate a moderate climb for the next three hours to the chiselled remnants and remote archaeological site of Wiñayhuana. (2,650m/8747ft).

As we celebrate our arrival, we embrace the spectacular plunging views of the Urubamba Canyon, and the ethnic wonder of ancient Inca sites. At this point we connect into the traditional four day Inca Trail. After being at peace with this beautiful sight, we continue onward towards the Sun Gate with anticipation (2,730mts/9,007ft). As we follow the ancient remote footpath, we encounter onto our first spectacular view of Machu Picchu in all its brilliance and majestic presence. As we get closer to the Citadel of Machu Picchu, you’ll begin to feel energy of this mystical place.  After a time for photos, we take our bus to Aguas Calientes, where we spend the night in our hotel.

  • Meals: Box Lunch & Dinner. breakfast in hotel
  • Accommodation: Wirachocha Hotel, Andean Terra, 2+*
  • Difficulty: Moderate.

DAY 4: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

Bursting with excitement on the long awaited final day, we take the first bus to Machu Picchu archeological site at about 5:30am, making sure we tour every nook and cranny of this New 7 Wonder of the World The Citadel of the Incas, Machu Picchu, is an unforgettable experience of a lifetime. Your guide will expertly direct you through the energetic ruins and its diverse main streets. Then on your own, you can wander around the town squares of the world’s spiritual center of Inca wisdom, as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made of stone. Or you can stay still and find the peace within as you sit in the pure delight of the moment.  Finally, there’s the option to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain to appreciate the beauty and magnificense of Machu Picchu and the valleys below.

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

  • Climb Huayna Picchu – appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from there. (additional fee)
  • Climb Machu Picchu Mountain – appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from there. (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 fees to enter)

When you are ready, you will take the shuttle bus to Aguas Calientes, have a leisurely lunch on your own, and later on board the Expedition train at 4:22pm for the return trip to Cusco stopping at the Ollantaytambo Station, where you will catch our private van back to Cusco and your hotel at about 8pm. 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • City Tour
  • Sacred Valley Tour
  • Entrances to the Inca archeological sites
  • Professional guide for four days.
  • Expedition train from Ollantaytambo to beginning of trek and from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Three nights hotel accommodation with private room, bathroom and breakfast included.
  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary
  • Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes – Machu picchu -Aguas Calientes.
  • Personal assistance.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDE

  • Meals: those not indicated on the itinerary
  • Huayna Picchu Tickets: US$75 per person
  • Machu Picchu Mountain: US$70 per person
  • Upgrade to Vista Dome: US$57 per person
  • Tips

ADDED VALUES FOR FREE

  • Transfer from the airport to hotel: (Cusco Hotel only).
  • SMALL GROUPS: up to 8 hikers
  • EARLY TRAIN: for the return to Cusco from Aguas Caliente

 

PRICE & AVAILABILITY

SHORT INCA TRAIL AVAILABILITY 2017?

***The Short Inca trail to Machu Picchu is almost always available (except February when it is closed for maintenance). This trek still takes you into Machu Picchu by walking through the SUN GATE, you will get to explore some amazing Inca ruins along the way like Wiñaywayna Inca city

***The fantastic package with Inca trail included is available on any date that will suit you – Join in with our group and get the best deals.

Price: US$837 per person with hotels 

            US$697 per person without hotels 

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 Mountain: US$75 per person
  • Machu Picchu Mountain: US$70 per person
  • Walking Poles: US$7 for pair and whole trek.
  • Extra Porter: US$60 for the trek
  • Upgrade Hotel in Aguas Calientes:  US$40 to 3*** (Can upgrade to 4 or 5 star also)
  • Upgrade Hotel in Ollantaytambo:  US$55 to 3*** (Can upgrade to 4 or 5 star also)
  • Upgrade to Vista Dome: US$57 per person

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 SHORT INCA TRAIL ADVENTURE HIKING PACKAGE

FIRST, to book your Short Inca Trail Adventure Hiking Package, 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 Inca trail permit, 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 Inca Trail permit, 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 Short Inca Trail Adventure Hiking Package, the deposit is not refundable at all!

DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT FOR THE SHORT INCA TRAIL ADVENTURE PACKAGE

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 SHORT INCA TRAIL ADVENTURE HIKING PACKAGE

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 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

The Short Inca Trail Adventure Hiking Package DOES NOT INCLUDE the extra porter, so, you will need to carry all your thing, please try to pack as light as possible which is the key to enjoy this amazing trek.

What you have to take with you?

  • Original Passport (it has to be the same you have used for booking your trek)
  • Valid, GREEN ISIC card (if you booked as a student)
  • Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
  • Good daypack 20 to 30 liters (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage:  2-3 litre Camelbaks are encouraged.
  • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
  • Toilet Paper
  • 2 t-shirts
  • 1 hiking pants at least
  • 2 sets of undergarments
  • 2 sets of hiking socks
  • Couple Fleece/ Thermals
  • Warm clothes, down jacket
  • Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
  • Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash.
  • Battery Charger: No electricity along the trek
  • Large plastic bags will be provided at the office — Please ask for them.
  • Face moisturizer
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Personal medications
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.
  • Sun Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Wool Hat
  • Rain gear
  • Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruits
  • Coca leaves.
  • Rain plastic poncho (provided by SAM)
  • Camera
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips

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Trip Planning

  • 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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