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Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

We got up this morning and had a great breakfast. We packed up and were getting ready to leave when Elio got a group of porters together and told them to grab a rolled up sleeping mat and line up in 2 lines…

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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu-Pass – Day 3

“Wow, I was so much warmer last night!” said Katina as she opened the zipper to the tent and watched the frost flake away. I guess the investment in the hat, scarf and gloves really paid off!…

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Trekking In The Sacred Valley

We booked our trek with SAM Travel Peru who made the process very easy. Sam even Skyped with me because I was initially undecided on the dates and number of days we would hike and whether we would hike Huayna Picchu (we didn’t)…

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Lares Trek on Inca Trail Peru

When we arrived it was pouring rain. The guide asked if I had water-resistant pants and shoes? My only rain gear was a rain jacket and the orange plastic poncho Sam Travel Peru gave each of its hikers…

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Trek naar Machu Picchu

Sinds we de vorige keer schreven is de tijd ontzettend snel gegaan! We hebben een rit te paard gedaan langs allemaal Inca tempels, en we hebben natuurlijk de Lares Trek gedaan naar Machu Picchu!…

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Alli and Ellie hike to Machu Picchu

Our trekking began a little further down the road where we met our mules (who carried our duffel bags), cowboy, porters, and chef. So let me just (try to) quickly explain how amazing SAM travel, the camping, and the staff were. These local men (who live in many of the towns we passed through) lead the mules ahead of us, at a crazy fast pace of course, set up camp for lunch or dinner, have a food tent, or sleeping tent, or even a baños (bathroom) tent…

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Via Ferrata and Zip Line Adventure Tour

 

  • Departures: Everyday Zip Line tour in Ollantaytambo
  • Duration: One day
  • Modality: Adventure and Cultural.
  • When to go: best from April to October.
  • Location: The Andes Mountain Cusco – peru
  • Day Temperature: 12°C to 25°C

VIA FERRATA & ZIP LINE ADVENTURE TOUR
Climb up through the via ferrata: the safest way to climb a 300mt rock face and then zip line down the mountain. Enjoy the thrill to stand in the air safely and the amazing view of the Sacred Valley
We offer 3 adventure alternatives for all ages. No experience required. Here are the descriptions:

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VIA FERRATA
Attach your double-carabiner system to the steel life-line and feel unique emotions climbing up 300 meters using iron ladders and knowing you are 100% safe. Enjoy the breathtaking view then descend using a 100mt rappel.

Price: 195 soles per person

Private transportation from Cusco or the Sacred Valley
English speaking Guide
Equipment: harness, helmet, via ferrata lanyard and gloves
Snack
Duration: 3-4 hours

ZIP-LINE
To get the first line, you will do a 30-45 minutes easy hike with via ferrata in some parts for more safety. The lines are between 100 and 500mts long for a 2000mts total length. Each one is different from the other: one is long, other one is fast and so on.

Price: 187 soles; per person
Private transportation from Cusco or the Sacred Valley
English speaking Guide
Equipment: harness, helmet, via ferrata lanyard and gloves
Snack
Duration: 3-4 hours
VIA FERRATA & ZIP-LINE
It is a combo for both activities. You will climb the via ferrata through an additional section for a total climb of 400mts; you will arrive to the second line of the zip line and then zip line the mountain.

Price: 337 soles per person
Private transportation from Cusco or the Sacred Valley
English speaking Guide
Equipment: harness, helmet, via ferrata lanyard and gloves
Snack
Duration: 4-5 hours

See our video about the Zip Line Tour at Santa Teresa (Near to Machu Picchu)

MOUNTAIN BIKE ADVENTURE TOUR TO MACHU PICCHU

DAY 1: CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY – MORAY – OLLANTAYTAMBO

Private transport
Market and archeological site of Pisac
Great views of the Sacred Valley
Lunch in Urubamba
Archeological site of Moray and salt Mine of Maras
Hotel in Ollantaytambo

DAY 2: OLLANTAYTAMBO – MOUNTAIN BIKE (42km) – AGUAS CALIENTES

Archeological site of Ollantaytambo
Visit of quechua communities
Mountain bike ride
Train ride to Aguas Calientes
Hotel in Aguas Calientes

DAY 3: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

Roundtrip bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu
Guided tour of Machu Picchu
Lunch in Aguas Calientes
Train ride to Ollantaytambo and transfer to Cusco

DAY 1: CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY – MORAY – OLLANTAYTAMBO
We will pick you up at your hotel and then we will drive in our private transport towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas, taking the direct route to Pisac. We will stop on the way to have a classic view of the Urubamba valley with crops dressing the mountains like carpets. We will arrive to the colourful market of Pisac, where we will have free time to interact with the local craftsmen or to purchase their hand-made souvenirs. Afterwards we will drive to the archaeological site of Pisac, where we could admire the great and unique ancient tombs, farming terraces, watch towers and the religious area. After having enjoyed the stunning sight, we continue towards the village of Urubamba for lunch. Afterwards we continue with our journey to the archaeological site of Moray also known as “The Greenhouses of the Incas” which is unique and fascinating. 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, and so they were thought to have been used by the Incas to discover the optimal conditions for their crops. We continue our tour to the colonial town of Maras where we start a little hike downhill to the pre-Inca salt mine. 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 for cattle licks. Finally we drive to Ollantaytabo, where we spend the night.

DAY 2: OLLANTAYTAMBO – MOUNTAIN BIKE (42km) – AGUAS CALIENTES
After a delicious breakfast we will visit the archaeological site of Ollanatytambo, attractive town of Inca origin with some remarkable channels and stone streets. In its high part one rises to an impressive ceremonial center of cult to the water and fortress that guarded the access to the inferior part of the valley: On the other mountain side part, one rises to some impressive ancient storehouses. After time to explore and enjoy it, we will take our private vehicle to Patacancha Pass (4577mts). On the way we will visit the Willoq and Patacancha communities with the possibilities to interact with the real descendants of the Incas. Once we get to the Pass, we receive a safety briefing including tips on cycling techniques. Then we start our adventure for 3 hours (42km) until Ollantaytambo.. Finally we take our train on the way to Aguas Calientes, where we spend the night.

DAY 3: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
After an early breakfast we leave our hostel to take the bus, for the visit up to Machu Picchu ruins. Once there, we will visit one of the most important energetic centers of the world: Machu Picchu. A guided tour of 2 hours will take us into the fascinating history of this mysterious and charming place. After that, we will have plenty of time for further exploring, taking photos and eventually climbing the Huana Picchu Mountain or going to the Sun Gate. Then we will head back to Aguas Calientes for lunch. Later in the afternoon, we will return by train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy and then to Cusco, arriving at your hotel in the evening.

SEE OUR VIDEO ON THIS LINK: MOUNTAIN BIKE VIDEO – SAM TRAVEL PERU

WHAT IS INCLUDED

Pick up at your hotel.
Private transportation
Mountain bike and accessories
Visit of quechua communities
Roundtrip Train ride Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
Hotel accommodation with breakfast in Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes
Lunch on the first day and the third day
Roundtrip bus ticket Aguas calientes – Machu Picchu
Entrance fees to MachuPicchu and the different archeological sites
English speaking guide

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

Lunch on the second day and dinners
Entrance fee to the hot springs of Aguas Calientes

US$497 per person
PERSONAL HELP PORTER INCLUDED

The price INCLUDES the MACHU PICCHU  entrance fee of 179 Peruvian Soles (S/.152 + S/.27 sales tax) which is about US$60, the bus Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes, the roundtrip journey by train Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes in Expedition Service 84 (US$140), the bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco (US$15), the Hotel in Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes (US$114), and all local sales taxes (18%).

SAM Travel Peru does not have hidden charges in the trek prices.

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

Discounts
Student Discount: US$20 (Requires “ISIC” Card to qualify)
Under 18’s Discount: US$20
Under 10’s Discount: US$30
Extras
OPTIONAL UPGRADES: Hotel and Train… VISTADOME Train to Cusco instead of Expedition Train, Please add US$53 per person
Group Discount or free Sacred valley Tour
If there are at least 6 people in your group, you will automatically get either: $30 per person group discount or a free Sacred Valley tour (Must do in Cusco). This discount or free tour is valid for the following adventure trips: Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Salkantay trek, Choquekirao to Machu Picchu trek, Lares trek & Inca Jungle Trail to Machu Pichcu. etc.

Please note that this discount does not apply to private treks or any other trek not mentioned here.

“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 rest of the day is at your leisure until 6pm, when your SAM Travel Peru representative will meet you at the lobby of the hotel, who will give you all the information about your trek or tour.

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

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

TRAIN SCHEDULES:
At the end of the Trek or Tour we will take the 2:55pm or 6:35pm train leaving Aguas Calientes. It takes 2 hours till Ollantaytambo and then we will transfer you back to Cusco and your hotel. Train tickets depends on availability.

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.

HUAYNA PICCHU 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 $25 per person.
Note: For the Inca Trail trek hikers, the Huayna Picchu mountain entrance tickets cost US$67 per person and it has to be booked in advance.

HORSES, COOK & ASSISTANT COOK:
On this trek we provide horses and mules to carry the food, the camping equipment and your belongings up to 7 kilos.

NOTE: We included an emergency horse for the group, which can be ridden if you’re feeling exhausted or are ill (only for alternative treks)

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 EQUIPMENT:
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

EMERGENCY CONTACT:
Telephone: (+51) (84) 630690, Telefax: (+51) (84) 630690 Cell Phone:(+51) (84) 968964422 (Spanish) / 992126224 (24 hours available in english/spanish 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):

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.

STORAGE DURING THE TREK:
During the trek to Machu Picchu your main luggage will be stored in Cuzco and you will receive a small duffle bag at your Inca Trail 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.

BOOKING:
You must book this tour a few weeks ahead especially for the entrance of Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu.

SACRED VALLEY TOUR OF THE INCAS 1 DAY

Our Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour, is a specially designed itinerary which no one else offers. We have created it, so you get to enjoy the best highlights of the Sacred Valley, such as the archeological sites of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, animal sanctuary, and the archeological site of Moray and the Salt Mines, rather than just focusing on the various shopping centers.  All of this is provided in a small private tour with a guide that is passionate about Inca history.

The area of the valley between Pisac and Ollantaytambo is known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas. On this tour we will drive through the mountains of the “Sacred Valley of the Incas” which held great significance in Inca Culture. The Valley has a milder climate than Cusco. You will see a succession of picturesque villages, agricultural terraces, and several archeological sites.

No other travel agency except SAM Travel Peru visits  all of these sites in their Sacred Valley Tours!!  

OVERVIEW

Places You Visit with SAM Travel Peru in Sacred Valley 

  • Stop at the viewpoint of the Sacred Valley.
  • Enjoy Pisac Inca ruins for 2 hours exploring the whole site without missing anything.
  • Explore the typical local market of Pisac.
  • Quick stop at Urubamba for Lunch (Not included)
  • Vist Moray Archeological site and the famous Pre-Inca Salt Mines
  • Visit the whole archeological site of Ollantaytambo and enjoy the amazing views.

No other travel agency except SAM travel visits  all of these sites in their Sacred Valley Tours!!  

ITINERARY

We will pick you up at your hotel at 7:30am, with our private van and head towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas, taking the direct route to Pisac. We stop at the mirador of Taray to enjoy a classic view of the Urubamba valley with crops dressing the mountains like a carpet. Onward, we drive to the archaeological site of Pisac, where you can see the biggest Inca cemetery with more than 2000 tombs. There we can admire the incredible farming terraces carved into the mountain, explore the Inca tunnel and  the religious area of this important citadel. Here we will spend more than 2 hours, exploring the Inca city.

Then we head back to the colourful market of Pisac, spend some time visiting it and then drive to Urumbamba for lunch and on to the Pre-Inca Salt Mines and then to the archeological site of Moray.  After a time to visit the Salt Mines and Moray, we finish our tour in Ollantaytambo.  We explore the archeological site for 1.5 hours  and admire the water fountains, the Sun Temple, the Incahuatana and the impressive store houses.  Finally we will return to Cusco, dropping you at your hotel around 6.30pm.

Pisac Market & Ruins

In the town of Pisac, there is the largest handcraft and colourful market in the region of Cusco. Here you experience a vibrant atmosphere of communities, traditions and bartering. There are many handicrafts and textiles made in the true pre-Columbian style to purchase. Every Sunday there is also a procession of the mayors who  go to church at around 9.30am to attend the traditional Mass held in Quechua. The archaeological site of Pisac, has the biggest Inca cemetery with more than 2000 tombs. There we can admire the incredible farming terraces carved into the mountain, explore the Inca tunnel and  the religious area of this important citadel.

Moray

The stunning Inca site of Moray is 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.

Salt Mines

The Salt Mine (Salineras), close to the colonial town of Maras, are Pre-Inca . 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 now used for human and animal consumption.

Ollantaytambo

It is here in this beautiful, strategic spot,  that the Inca Pachacutec built his fortress/sanctuary of Ollantaytambo. It is a beautiful setting and the hills that surround it hide some of the most impressive ruins in the Valley. It contains structures such as the Temple of the Sun, the Royal Hall, the Incahuatana and the Baños de la Princesa (Princess Baths). This site is one of the few places where the Spaniards lost a battle during the conquest.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

What is included

  • Private group
  • Professional English and knowledgeable speaking guide
  • Water
  • Private comfortable transportation
  • Tax

What is not included

  • Entrance tickets to archeological sites:  70 soles (1 day only) or approximaely US$22 per person which can only be purchased in soles only at the first archeological site. (See important info for more information)
  • Meals
  • Salt Mine entrance 10 soles

PRICE

Spend more time at the Inca cities in a small or private groups!

GROUP PRICES (Mon, Wed, Fri Only)

# OF PERSONS PRICE

PER PERSON

2 persons $75 pp
3 to 4 persons $65 pp
5 to 6 persons $45 pp
7 to 8 persons $35 pp
9 to 10 persons $25 pp
***Price per person based on the number of persons in the group.  When group is finalized each person will pay per person based on the size of the final group.  There is no guarantee of how many persons may join except the limit is 10 persons per group.
***Minimum is 2 persons per group to start a group.

PRIVATE GROUP PRICES (Any date)

# OF PERSONS PRICE PER

GROUP

1 to 6 persons $197
7 to 12 persons $240
***Private group price is based on group price not per person, and will be completely private with your own guide, chauffeur and private van.  No others will be added to the group.
***Minimum is 1 person but that person will pay $197 for the private group.

EXTRAS 

  • Entrance tickets to archeological sites:  70 soles or approximaely US$22 per person which can only be purchased in soles at the first archeological site. (See important info for more information)
  • Salt Mine entrance of 10 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 to keep our groups small.  With private tours we do 1 to 6 person and a larger group of 7 to 12 if requested.  By keeping our groups small, this sets us apart from other companies that operate departures with much larger groups.

OUR TOP TOUR GUIDES

I am very proud of my guides! Highly professional, speaking fluent English, very knowledgeable, passionate for the Inca heritage/ history, dedicated to a steady personal development, learning to ensure that you receive accurate and recognised theories about the Inca Andean culture. Fun loving, great sportsmen and well educated crew as well as having a degree in Archaeology, Botany, History or Anthropology. Some of them 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 when on our treks. Therefore, as part of our commitment to responsible tourism, we always do many social projects and hire locally.

Have a look our recent social work:  “We, (the students from Patachancha Community) got to go to Machu Picchu for the first time”

SAM Travel Peru is so proud to be able to support these beautiful people, not only employing them work but also to keep things at grassroots, to share in their homes and with their families. This makes us happy to have this holistic approach with our highland employees and their families!

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

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

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)

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WHAT TO BRING

WHAT TO BRING

  • Warm jacket
  • Hat
  • Water
  • Sun protection
  • Some money for souvenirs
  • Money in soles to purchase boleto touristico y entrance to salt mine
  • Original passport
  • If you are a student, take your ISIC card (only works for the 10 day boleto touristico)

Chinchero, Moray, Maras & Salt Mines Tour

CHINCHERO, MORAY, MARAS & SALT MINES TOUR

This half day tour experience to Chincheros, Moray & Salt Mines, will take you off the beaten track to enjoy the stunning scenery of snow-capped mountains of the Andes in  Sacred Valley, Chincheros with its colonial church & Inca ruins, the incredible “Green Houses” of the Incas in Moray and the impressive pre-inca salt mine – Salineras.

OVERVIEW

  • Pick up at your hotel at 8am or 1pm (your choice)
  • Private transport to Chinchero, Moray, and Maras (Salt Mines)
  • Visit of the “Green Houses” of Moray and the pre-inca salt mine – Salineras
  • Great views of the Andes and valleys of Sacred Valley
  • Trip back to your hotel

 

ITINERARY

We pick you up at 8:00am or 1:00pm in our private van and you begin your trip to the village of Chinchero, where you will see in the plaza an adobe colonial church, dating from the early seventeenth century, has been built upon the foundations of an Inca temple or palace. The ceiling and walls are covered in beautiful floral and religious designs. Also you’ll discover Inca archeological ruins and agricultural terraces which are attributed to Inca Tupac Yupanqui who possibly used Chinchero as a kind of country resort.

We continue on to the village of Maras, where its colonial architectural beauty is still preserved. You’ll see the building are made of thin stone, and images of lintels with sculptures in bas-relief.  Then we move on to Salineras, the salt mine consists of 3,000 small pools roughly 5 square metres (53.8 ft²) in size. Every three days, during the dry season, workers fill the pools with salt water that comes from a natural hot spring at the top of the Maras complex. When the water evaporates from the pool, the salt is left for collection. This process is carried out over a one month period until the pools reach an approximate volume of solid salt that is 10 centimetres (4 inches) in height. The salt is ground up, treated with iodine packaged and sent to various markets in the region.

Then we are on our way to the Moray ruins, located at (3,450m/11,318ft), where we find the agricultural terraces of Moray with their complex system of irrigation and terraces. 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 located. It is thought they were used by the Incas to discover the optimal growing conditions for their crops. These terraces served as a natural green house to grow an extraordinary variety of crops at an altitude normally not conducive for the crops.  It has also been suggested that the terraces had a cosmological meaning. The Incas were very advanced in the knowledge of creating specific sub-climates.  Then we return to your hotel in Cusco.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Private group
  • Professional English speaking and knowledgeable guide
  • Water
  • Private comfortable transportation
  • Tax

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  • Entrance tickets to archeological sites:  70 soles (1 day only) or approximaely US$22 per person which can only be purchased in soles only at the first archeological site. (See important info for more information)
  • Meals
  • Salt Mine entrance 10 soles
  • Tips

PRICE

Please Note:  This special private tour and price is only for our clients who have booked any 2, 3, 4, 5  days  or more tour or trek with SAM Travel.

PRICES

  • GROUP of 1 to 6 persons – $165 for the total group (not per person)
  • GROUP  of 7 to 12 persons – $195 for the total group (not 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 to keep our groups small.  With private tours we do 1 to 6 person and a larger group of 7 to 12 if requested.  By keeping our groups small, this sets us apart from other companies that operate departures with much larger groups.

OUR TOP TOUR GUIDES

I am very proud of my guides! Highly professional, speaking fluent English, very knowledgeable, passionate for the Inca heritage/ history, dedicated to a steady personal development, learning to ensure that you receive accurate and recognised theories about the Inca Andean culture. Fun loving, great sportsmen and well educated crew as well as having a degree in Archaeology, Botany, History or Anthropology. Some of them 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 when on our treks. Therefore, as part of our commitment to responsible tourism, we always do many social projects and hire locally.

Have a look our recent social work:  “We, (the students from Patachancha Community) got to go to Machu Picchu for the first time”

SAM Travel Peru is so proud to be able to support these beautiful people, not only employing them work but also to keep things at grassroots, to share in their homes and with their families. This makes us happy to have this holistic approach with our highland employees and their families!

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

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

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 ticketcosts 70 soles (US $22) 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)

BOOK NOW

WHAT TO BRING

WHAT TO BRING

  • Warm jacket
  • Hat
  • Water
  • Sun protection
  • Some money for souvenirs
  • Money in soles to purchase boleto touristico y entrance to salt mine
  • Original passport
  • If you are a student, take your ISIC card (only works for the 10 day boleto touristico)

CITY TOUR OF CUSCO

Cusco or Qosqo in quechua was the capital of the Inca empire called Tawantinsuyo.  Cusco, with its special beauty and charm is considered the archeological capital of South America and a cultural legacy of Humanity. Without a doubt, Cusco is the most important  tourist destination in Peru because of  Machu Picchu. The streets of the city are over flowing with the history of Peru. As you tour Cusco the different stages of history from ancient times until the Conquest of the Incas.  Cusco has numerous archeological sitesold majestic cathedrals and numerous museums to explore. There are endless things to do and discover in Cusco.  

Cusco is also the cradle of Machu Picchu, a secret and magic citadel and recently named; one of the seven new Wonders of the world, showing the more refined work of Inca genius and wisdom. At last Cusco, in addition to the numerous archeological sites to visit, is one of the most auspicious places to do amazing treks, and discover incredible Andean landscapes and more!

  • ALTITUDE: 3400m/11200 ft
  • CLIMATE: Hot and sunny by day and cold by night
  • DRY SEASON: April to October
  • RAINY SEASON: November to March

ITINERARY

CUSCO CITY TOUR – PRIVATE GUIDED TOURS EVERY DAY – In the morning (9 am) or afternoon (1pm)

In the afternoon, we will pick you up from your hotel  proceeding to visit the Imperial City. It is a living example of the mix of andean and spanish culture. We start the tour at the  Convent of Santo Domingo  built over the Koricancha, which was the Ancient Inca Palace and the main worship center of the Sun God. You are given plenty of time to enjoy these amazing historical sites. From there we visit the archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman, with its impressive Inca architecture which dominates the city. Finally, we explore the archaeological sites of Q’enqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay, which are located in the north east section of the city.  You’ll return to your hotel in Cusco in the early evening.

Koricancha and the Convent of Santo Domingo

The convent was built on the spectacular Coricancha ‘enclosure of gold’. This was the most important temple dedicated to the worship of the Sun and the walls of which were lined with solid sheets of gold. All that remains now is the fine stonework, the conquistadors took the rest and destroyed the temple to build the convent. Coricancha was also an observatory, where priests kept track of major celestial events. Today it houses an impressive collection of canvas paintings from the Escuela Cusqueña of art. 

Sacsayhuaman

Sacsayhuaman (which means ‘satisfied falcon’) is one of the most impressive sites built by the Incas. It is generally referred to as a fortress; however it is not certain what its main function was in reality. Current research suggests that it was more likely used as a temple, as Inca tombs have been discovered in the area.
The site is a marvellous archeological feat; even now after it was destroyed, one can only imagine its greatness when it stood in its full glory. The stones in the wall are incredible and the largest one weighs 128 tons.
The Incas envisioned Cusco as having a puma shape and Sacsayhuaman was the head. The magnificent zigzag walls are the major attraction. The grounds surrounding Sacsayhuaman are still used today for the colourful festival of Inti Raymi which is held to celebrate the winter’s solstice on the 24th of June.

Q’enqo

The site of Q’enqo (meaning ‘maze’ in quechua) contains the most impressive carved rocks in the Cusco area. There are carvings everywhere, although some are very indistinct, such as a llama, a condor and snakes have been identified. There are many zigzag channels on top of the natural rock, probably used for pouring sacrificial chicha (a local liquor made from corn). Below the rock, there are a number of caves and passageways , an altar which was used for the sacrifices of lamas, and mummifications of buried people have been discovered. 

Pukapukara

Puka Pukara is translated to ‘the red fortress’ in quechua. This is a small site and although the name suggests that it was a fortress, it does not appear to have had any defensive purpose. Probably it was used as an administrative center. The interesting point is the way the Incas built the walls over the rocks.

Tambomachay

The name means “place of rest” in quechua. It used to be the royal hacienda of the Inca Yupanqui when he went to hunt in the surrounding area. This site was also thought to have been used as a Temple to the Water. There are some interesting aquaducts, canals and cascades sculpted out of stone, designed to channel water flowing from a nearby stream.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

  • Pick up at your hotel
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Private transportation to visit all Inca places
  • Tax
  • Water

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

  • Entrance to Archeological sites: Purchase the Boleto Turistico (tourist ticket)  70 soles (about US$22), at the first site you enter. This can be used for 1 day to visit archeological sites in the Cusco region.  (See important Questions & Answers for other options)
  • Entrance of Koricancha ( 10 Soles per person)
  • Meals

PRICE

Please Note:  The Cusco city Tour and price is only for our clients who have booked any 2, 3, 4, 5  days  or more tour or trek with SAM Travel.  

PRICE $150

  • GROUP of 1 to 6 persons – $150 for the total group  (not per person)
  • GROUP  of 7 to 12 persons – $180 for the total group (not per person)

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

ENTRANCE FEES

  • Entrance to Archeological sites: The Boleto Turistico (tourist ticket)  70 soles (about US$22), at the first site you enter. The ticket is good for 1 day (See important info)
  • Entrance of Koricancha ( 10 Soles per person)
  • Meals 

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.

ONLY SMALL GROUPS FOR CUSCO CITY TOUR

In an effort to provide a more personalised service to our passengers, we, in SAM Travel Peru  have a policy to keep our groups small.  With private tours we do 1 to 6 person and a larger group of 7 to 12 if requested.  By keeping our groups small, this sets us apart from other companies that operate departures with much larger groups.

OUR TOP TOUR GUIDES FOR CUSCO CITY TOUR

I am very proud of my guides! Highly professional, speaking fluent English, very knowledgeable, passionate for the Inca heritage/ history, dedicated to a steady personal development, learning to ensure that you receive accurate and recognised theories about the Inca Andean culture. Fun loving, great sportsmen and well educated crew as well as having a degree in Archaeology, Botany, History or Anthropology. Some of them 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 when on our treks. Therefore, as part of our commitment to responsible tourism, we always do many social projects and hire locally.

Have a look our recent social work:  “We, (the students from Patachancha Community) got to go to Machu Picchu for the first time”

SAM Travel Peru is so proud to be able to support these beautiful people, not only employing them work but also to keep things at grassroots, to share in their homes and with their families. This makes us happy to have this holistic approach with our highland employees and their families!

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

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

The 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 $22) 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)

BOOK NOW

WHAT TO BRING

WHAT TO BRING FOR CUSCO CITY TOUR?

  • Warm jacket
  • Hat
  • Water
  • Sun protection
  • Some money for souvenirs
  • Money in soles to purchase boleto touristico y entrance to salt mine
  • Original passport
  • If you are a student, take your ISIC card (only works for the 10 day boleto touristico)

Machu Picchu Tour Full Day with Expedition Train

You can enjoy an unmatched and mesmerizing panoramic train journey, as you pass through the ancient towns of the Incas. Travel through the alpine meadows nestled amongst the green, brown and white peaks, the intricately formed valleys, layers of handmade Inca farming terraces, ridged snowcapped mountains and sub-tropical jungle near the Amazon up to Aguas Calientes. 

Transported by shuttle bus from Aguas Calientes to begin your connection to the natural world and cultural show at the citadel of Machu Picchu (2,400m/7907ft), 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 majestic Machu Picchu, the Incan ruins rich in history of its past and the thriving culture of the people who once resided there.

Itinerary

MACHU PICCHU TOUR BY EXPEDITION TRAIN – 1 DAY

Wake up early to rise to a new day of adventure and mindfulness sharing the day with our majestic Machu Picchu. We pick you up at your hotel 4:00am, and then drive in our private van to Ollantaytambo Train Station to leave on 6.10am train. Travel through the alpine meadows nestled amongst the green, and white glacier peaks, the intricately formed valleys, layers of handmade Inca farming terraces, ridged snowcapped mountains and sub-tropical jungle near the Amazon from Ollantaytambo. The sacred Vilcanota River will be our companion until your arrival at Aguas Calientes.  

Your guide will meet you at the train station in Aguas Calientes at around 7:30am and transfer you to Machu Picchu on the shuttle bus. Following in the ancient and remote footsteps of the Lost City of the Incas, listen carefully the 2.5 hours of guided tour and cultural exchange of the history of Machu Picchu. You will then be gifted with free time to explore, take photos, or hike to the Sun Gate until 12pm.  Returning to Aguas Calientes, you will have time to catch lunch and take the early evening train at 4:22pm with Expedition train to Ollantaytambo, where we transfer you by private van back to your hotel in Cusco, arriving approximately by 8:30pm.

EXTRA HIKES

  • Hiking up to the SUN Gate: (no ticket is needed). It takes an hour hike from where you may enjoy the amazing angle view of Machu Picchu.
  • Inca Bridge: (no ticket needed). It is a 25-minute walk from the citadel, great views.

EXPEDITION CLASS TRAIN

The Expedition service is designed for traveler’s comfort, being able to share your experience with four passenger seats located in front of each other. A luggage compartment offered above for the faithful backpack. Andean music is played throughout the journey, panoramic windows, air conditioning and heating.

Expedition service leaves from Ollantaytambo – Located 2 hours away from Cusco

This is a travel experience with all the quality and benefits of Peru rail at a lower cost.

***Please note it is not possible to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu with this time schedule.  

Schedule

SCHEDULE FOR MACHU PICCHU TOUR

Enjoy Machu Picchu Tour in 1 Day with SAM Travel Peru, in a Small Group!

  • At 4:00am; transfer from your hotel in Cusco to the Train Station at Ollantaytambo. (Train leaves at 6:10 am)
  • The train ride consists of spectacular views in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
  • At around 7:30am, your guide will meet you at the train station,  He will transfer you to the shuttle bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu about a – 30 minutes ride.
  • Upon arrival; your guide will give a guided tour of Machupicchu that lasts around 2.5 hours and then you have some free time for taking photos, exploring the citadel by yourself.
  • By 12pm, you will take the shuttle back to Aguas Calientes town in time to enjoy lunch.
  • At 4:22pm, return by Expedition Train to Ollantaytambo and transfer back to Cusco by van.
  • Arriving to your hotel in Cusco approximately at 8:30pm.

***Hike of Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mt. not possible with the time schedule of a one-day tour.

Inclusions

WHAT IS INCLUDED FOR MACHU PICCHU TOUR?

  • Transfer at 4:00am from your hotel to Ollantaytambo by private van
  • Expedition train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Round-trip bus tickets  from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (30mins)
  • Admission ticket for Machu Picchu Citadel
  • Guided tour in English 2 hours approximately – with a lot of free time for photos and extra hikes
  • (Small group from 2 to 8 people  with an experienced English speaking guide)
  • Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, then transfer to your hotel  in Cusco

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED FOR MACHU PICCHU TOUR?

  • Hike of Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mt. not possible with the time schedule of a one-day tour.
  • Drinks
  • Meals
  • Tips for your guide.

 

Price

“The Machu Picchu Tour is available on any date that is best for you, as long as we have a minimum of 2 hikers”

PRICE – US$327 per person

***Private service is available for $40 more per person.

***All entrance fees are included and we operate our tours in small groups averaging 5 persons with a maximum of 8!  

 

DISCOUNTS

  • 18 to 25 years old: US$30 Information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card at booking is required & government approval for discount.
  • Under 18 years old: US$30 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Under 11 years old: US$40  Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.

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.

Important Info

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

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 MACHU PICCHU TOUR:

FIRST, to book your 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 Machu Picchu Tour, the deposit is not refundable at all!

DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT FOR THE 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 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 Checklist

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING?

  • A small daypack with water to drink
  • Snacks if you like
  • Comfortable shoes or runners
  • Camera and rain jacket or poncho
  • A fleece or jacket, basic toiletries
  • Hat for the sun , sunscreen, insect repellent.
  • Passport  (Cannot enter Train or Machu Picchu without passport)
  • ISIC card if appropriate.
  • Money for souvenirs

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

TOUR TO MACHU PICCHU BY VISTADOME TRAIN

You can enjoy an unmatched and mesmerizing panoramic train journey with the Vistadome train, as you pass through the ancient towns of the Incas on the popular expedition train. Travel through the alpine meadows nestled amongst the green, brown and white peaks, the intricately formed valleys, layers of hand made Inca farming terraces, ridgid snowcapped mountains and sub-tropical jungle near the Amazon up to Aguas Calientes. On the Vistadome train you are entirely surrounded by glass, an unforgettable experience.

Upon arrival 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 majestic Machu Picchu, the Incan ruins  rich in history of its past and the thriving culture of the people who once resided there.

ITINERARY

Tour Machu Picchu with Vistadome Train

Wake up early with the realization, today is the day we experience the majestic Machu Picchu. We pick you up at your hotel 5.40am then drive in our private van to Poroy-Cusco Train Station to leave at 6.43am May to December).

Travel through the alpine meadows nestled amongst the white glacier peaks surrounding it, the intricately formed valleys, layers of hand made Inca farming terraces, and sub-tropical jungle near the Amazon. From the quaint village of Ollantaytambo the sacred Vilcanota river will be our companion until our arrival at Aguas Calientes.

Your guide will meet you at the train station at 10:52am. You will have just a few minutes to get a sandwich or something for lunch before being transferred to Machu Picchu on the shuttle bus (2040mt/7907ft). Following in the ancient and remote footsteps of the Lost City of the Incas, listen carefully the 2.5 hours of guided tour and cultural exchange of  the history of Machu Picchu. You will then be gifted with free time to explore, take photos, or hike to the Sun Gate.  Returning to Aguas Calientes, you will catch the early evening Vistadome train 6:10pm train to Ollantaytambo,  where we take you back to your hotel in Cusco, arriving approximately by 10pm.

Meals: Snack and Hot Drinks on the Train.

EXTRA HIKES

  • Hiking up to the SUN Gate: (no ticket is needed). It takes an hour hike from where you may enjoy the amazing angle view of Machu Picchu- a 2 hour round trip hike.
  • Inca Bridge: (no ticket needed). It is a 25 minute walk from the citadel, great views.

Meals: Snack and Hot Drinks on the Train.

EXTRA HIKES

  • Hiking up to the SUN Gate: (no ticket is needed). It takes an hour hike from where you may enjoy the amazing angle view of Machu Picchu.
  • Inca Bridge: (no ticket needed). It is a 25 minute walk from the citadel, great views.

***Please note it is not possible to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu with this time schedule.  

VISTADOME CLASS TRAIN

The Vistadome is the ideal train for those who want to be in contact with the environment and appreciate the wonderful journey to Machu Picchu.  Connect your senses through a sophisticated and sensory travel experience with the best comfort and quality service!

Surrounded entirely by glass, in cars with large panoramic windows on the side and ceiling, offering incomparable scenic views and numerous opportunities to capture amazing pictures. The Vistadome has a different service which allows the visitor to be immersed in the Andean Culture through its landscapes, music, dance and even food, carefully prepared with local ingredients.

The Vistadome train provides travellers with on board personalized and first class service to give them an unforgettable lifetime experience.  It also has air conditioning and heating, leather seats that adjust the body to provide comfort and relaxation during the entire trip.

You start your journey at the Poroy station located about 25 minutes from downtown Cusco, the journey to Machu Picchu lasts just over three hours you arrive at Aguas Calientes. This is a unique journey experience in which PeruRail is concerned about every detail.

Your return journey is from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo the Sacred Valley of the Incas  a journey lasting 2 hours.  When you arrive at Ollantaytambo you will transfer to a private van for your trip back to Cusco, arriving at your hotel at about 10PM.

SCHEDULE

  • Trip to Machu Picchu in a small group (8 max)
  • Pick up at 5:45am at your Hotel
  • 30 Minute transfer to The Poroy train station in our private transportation (May through December)
  • Transfer to the Ollantaytambo Train station – January through April.
  • 4 hours train Journey to Aguas Calientes town ( Amazing views)
  • Bus up to Machu Picchu
  • Guided 2 hour tour of Machu Picchu with free time to explore the citadel
  • Bus back to Aguas Calientes
  • Train back to Ollantaytambo or Poroy (Depends on season)
  • Transfer back to your hotel from either Ollantaytambo or Poroy (Cusco)

WHAT'S INCLUDED

WHAT IS INCLUDED 

  • Transfer at 5:45 am from your hotel to Poroy Train Station or Ollantaytambo (depends on season)
  • Vistadome train ticket from Poroy to Aguas Calientes
  • Bus round trip from Aguas Calientes to Machu-picchu (30mn)
  • Admission ticket for Machu Picchu sanctuary
  • Guided tour in English (2 hours approximately – 2 hours free time to explore on your own)
    (Small group from 3 to 8 people with an experienced english speaking guide)
  • Vistadome train ticket return to Poroy (Cusco) or Ollantaytambo, then transfer back to your hotel in Cusco
  • Snacks and Dance Presentation are included)
  • Transfer from the train station to your hotel.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED 

  • Lunch
  • Drinks
  • Meals
  • Tips

PRICE

The Machu Picchu Tours is available on any date that is best for you, as long as we have a minimum of 2 persons

PRICE – US$377 per person

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.

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 tour”

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 Tours 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:

FIRST, to book your  Machu Picchu Tours, 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 1 Day Machu Picchu Tours, the deposit is not refundable at all!

DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT FOR MACHU PICCHU TOURS?

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 and train. They are very strict about this here!!

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE IN THE MACHU PICCHU TOURS?

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 1 DAY MACHU PICCHU TOURS?

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.

BOOK NOW

PACKING LIST

WHAT TO BRING 

  • A small daypack with water to drink
  • Snacks if you like
  • Comfortable shoes or runners
  • Camera and rain jacket or poncho
  • A fleece or jacket, basic toiletries
  • Hat for the sun , sunscreen, insect repellent.
  • Original Passport  (Cannot enter Train or Machu Picchu without passport)
  • ISIC card if appropriate.
  • Money for souvenirs

Complete Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Tour 2 Days

Tucked under the tawny skirts of formidable foothills about 15kms/9.3 miles north of Cusco as the condor flies, via a narrow road and hairpin turns, the Sacred Valley holds its head high. 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.

Visiting the Salt Mines and Moray terraces which were made by building containment walls filled with fertile earth. They were watered through a complex irrigation system. At the base of the terraces, there is a rain water storage system. The entire system allowed for the cultivation of the Incas to grow over 250 types of vegetables.

Following in the ancient and remote footsteps of the Lost City of the Incas begin your connection to the great citadel of Machu Picchu, as you catch yourself traveling back in time as you experience this magical, sacred and mysterious place with the name of Machu-Picchu, “The Old Sacred Mountain.”  Take your time exploring the majestic Machu Picchu, with its Incan ruins  rich in history of its past and the thriving culture of the people who once resided there.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Cusco – Pisac – Moray – Salt Mines – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

We will pick you up at your hotel at 7am, with our private van and head towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas, taking the direct route to Pisac.  We drive first to the Ccochahuasi Animal Sanctuary, which has a variety of Peruvian animals including a Peruvian Puma, and the great Condor, the national bird of Peru. Then you are off to the mirador of Taray to enjoy a classic view of the Urubamba valley with crops dressing the mountains like a carpet. Onward, we drive to the archaeological site of Pisac, where you can see the biggest Inca cemetery with more than 2000 tombs. There we admire the incredible farming terraces carved into the mountain, explore the Inca tunnel and the religious area of this important citadel. Here we will spend more than 2 hours, exploring the Inca city. Then we head back to the colourful market of Pisac, spend some time visiting it with all of its handicrafts and treasures to discover and then drive to Urumbamba for lunch.

With its timeless charm, we visit the archeological site of Moray, also known as “The Greenhouses of the Incas” an evolutionary bowl of ecological terraces.  The terraces are carved into a huge bowl, which were excavated by the Incas for agricultural purposes.  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 discover the optimal growing conditions for their different crops.

Expanding on our journey to the colonial town of Maras, you ascend downhill to the pre-Inca salt mines.  A hot spring at the top of the valley discharges a small stream of heavily salt laden water, which is diverted into saltpans and evaporated to produce a salt that is used for both human and animal consumption. Finally, we drive to Ollantaytambo, having time to explore the age old and bustling Inca village and the massive Inca Ruins, with a tour provided by our guide. Then at 7pm, we will take the train to Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night in a hotel.

  • Hotel Accommodation: Wiracocha 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 2.5 hours private tour, 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 esoteric wisdom as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made of stone until the end of your session time.

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 can also take time to walk to the Sun Gate, 2 hours round trip or the Inca Bridge, 1 hour round trip.  (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 at 12pm. You can take in a leisurely lunch or explore Aguas Calientes handicraft market and board the Expedition train by 4:22pm for the return trip to Cusco stopping at the Ollantaytambo Train Station and then you will be driven back to your hotel in our private van, arriving around 8:30pm.

  • Meals: breakfast

***There are now 2 sessions to enter the Machu Picchu Citadel; 6am to 12pm and 12pm to 5:30pm. If you wish to stay after 12pm, you must purchase a second entrance ticket. 

***Passengers that purchase Huayna Picchu tickets are given an extra 2 hours at the Machu Picchu Citadel and those that purchase Machu Picchu Mountain tickets get 3 hours extra. 

EXPEDITION CLASS TRAIN

The Expedition service is designed for traveller’s comfort, being able to share  your experience with four passenger seats located in front of each other. A luggage compartment offered above for the faithful backpack. Andean music is played throughout the journey, panoramic windowsair conditioning and heating.

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Pick up at your hotel.
  • Entrances to the archeological sites
  • Private transportation by van Cusco to Ollantaytambo
  • Roundtrip Expedition Train Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes – Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Hotel accommodation in Aguas Caliente
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Roundtrip bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu
  • Entrance fees to Machu Picchu
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • English speaking guide

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  • Meals not included in itinerary
  • Entrance fee to the hot springs of Aguas Calientes optional (10 soles)
  • Tips

PRICE

“The Cusco City to Machu Picchu Tour is available on any date that is best for you, as long as we have a minimum of 2 hikers”

PRICES – US$437 per person with hotel 

                  US$417 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 Hike: US$35. Needs to be booked in advance, let us know about it at the time of booking.
  • Machu Picchu Mountain: US$30. Needs to be booked in advance, let us know about it at the time of booking.
  • Upgrade to Vistadome Train: US$57 

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 Cusco City to 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  TOUR?

FIRST, to book your Cusco City 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 Cusco City to Machu Picchu Tour, the deposit is not refundable at all!

DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT FOR THE 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!!

BOLETO TOURISTICO (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.

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE ON THE 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 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.

BOOK NOW

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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