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Short Inca Trail to Machu Pichu & Titicaca Lake Tours 8 Days

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. The streets of the city are over flowing with the country’s history.  It also has several old majestic cathedrals and numerous museums to explore.

Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour, is a specially designed itinerary which no one else offers. It was created 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.

Begin your connection to the natural world and cultural show at the great citadel of Machu Picchu. Catch yourself as you travel back in time to this magical place, sacred and mysterious, with the name of Machu-Picchu, “The Old Sacred Mountain.”  Take your time exploring the magestic Machu Picchu, the Incan ruins rich in history of its past and the thriving culture of the people who once resided there.

Titicaca Lake is considered as the highest navigable lake in the world, and today, it is the second main tourist attraction in Peru.  Titicaca Lake is a dazzling sight; its deep azure waters seemingly extend forever across the altiplano, under the profound and wide sky at an elevation of 3800mt/11400ft. You will visit the islands and get to know the ancestral traditions that the inhabitants still respect.

ITINERARY

DAY 1: CUSCO CITY TOUR – SACSAYWAMAN – NEARBY RUINS

Upon your arrival to Cusco you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your hotel. There you will receive a short briefing having the rest of the morning at your leisure to rest and acclimatise to the altitude.

In the afternoon at 1pm, we will pick you up at your hotel and we will start our visit of the Imperial Cusco City, a living example of the mix of Andean and Spanish cultures. Then we continue our journey visiting the Santo Domingo Convent built over the Koricancha, as well as the ancient Inca Palace and the main worship centre of the Sun God. You will have time to enjoy these beautiful sights; after we proceed to visit the archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman with its military Inca architecture which dominates the city.

Finally we go to the archaeological sites of QenqoPucapucara and Tambomachay, located in the north east of the city.  We take you back to your hotel in the early evening.

  • Accomodations: Maytaq Wasin, or Best Western Hotels 3*
  • Accomodations: Costa del Sol Ramada, Casa Andina Private Collection & Novotel 4*

DAY 2: CUSCO – PISAC – MORAY – SALT MINES – OLLANTAYTAMBO

We pick you up at your hotel and 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 carpet. Then arrive at 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 go to the archaeological site of Pisac where we will enjoy the great and unique ancient tombs, terraces, watch towers and the religious area.

Having lunch in Urubamba and continuing 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 proceed on our journey 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 Ollantaytambo, where we spend the night.

  • Accomodations: Tunupa Lodge,  Isky or Alberque Hotels  (Hotels not rated in Ollantaytambo)
  • Accomodations: Pakaritampu Hotel  (Hotels not rated in Ollantaytambo, best hotel there)
  • Meals: Breakfast

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

With a compacted 2 days of excitement ahead, we will pick you up from your hotel at 5:30am and drive you to the Ollantaytambo train station.  A 1.5 hour scenic Expedition train ride to 104 kms point (elevation 2,100m/6,927ft) will take us to the place where we begin our trek. At this point we begin a moderate climb for three hours to the chiseled remnants and remote archaeological site of Wiñayhuana, (2,650m/8747 ft).  Enjoy the spectacular plunging views of the Urubamba Canyon, and the ethnic wonders of the ancient Inca sites, as you embrace them with an open mind and heart your connection with the ancient Inca Trail will begin.  After your being at one with this beautiful sight, we will continue onward towards the Sun Gate. (2,730mts/9,007ft) Following the ancient remote footpath we get our first spectacular view of Machu Picchu in all its brilliance and majesty. As we move closer to the citadel of Machu Picchu you will feel her mystical presence.  Then we will take our bus to Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night in our hotel.

  • Meals: Box Lunch & Dinner.
  • Accomodations: La Cabaña Hotel or Andina Luxury 3*
  • Accomodations: El Mapi Hotel 4*
  • Difficulty: Moderate.

DAY 4: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

After a very early breakfast we leave our hotel to take the 5:30am bus for the journey up to Machu Picchu ruins in time for sunrise We will visit one of the most important energetic centres of the world: Machu picchu. The 3 hour guided tour will take us into the history around this mysterious and charming place. Afterwards we have plenty of time for further exploring, taking photos and the option to climb Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain or hike to the Sun Gate. Then we head back to Aguas Calientes, and lunch on your own.

Later in the afternoon we return by Vistadome Train at 4:43 to Poroy (Cusco) or to Ollantaytambo (depending on the season or availability); then you will be transferred by van to Cusco, arriving in the evening at about 8:45pm.

  • Accomodations: Maytaq Wasin or Best Western Hotels 3*
  • Accomodations: Costa del Sol Ramada, Casa Andina Private Collection & Novotel 4***
  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Difficulty: Easy.

DAY 5: CUSCO – ANDAHUAYLILLAS – RACCHI – LA RAYA – PUNO

We pick you up at your hotel at 6.30am to take you to the bus station ( Inca Express or First Class ). Both companies provide royal class service with an english speaking tour guide and a waiter who is ready to assist you with hot and cold drinks on board. During the trip you will stop to visit some Inca ruins, museums and churches, the Andahuaylillas church, which is considered to be the Sixtine Chapel of South America because of its amazing frescos. Then we stop at the Racchi Inca ruins which used to be a religious place and a resting place for the Inca travellers. The next visit is at La Raya, the border between Cusco and Puno, where the most traditional animals of Peru can be seen, such as llamas and alpacas. In Pucara we will visit a museum where it is possible to see some pre-inca remains. Finally by 5.30 pm we arrive in Puno city where our representative will pick you up to take you to your hotel.

  • Meal: Breakfast –  Lunch
  • Accomodations: Casa Andina Classic Puno 3*
  • Accomodations: Casa Andina Private Collection 4*

DAY 6:  PUNO – UROS ISLANDS – AMANTANI ISLAND

After having breakfast in your hotel, the tour leader will pick you up and take you to the port of Puno. From there you will have a 30minute boat ride. There are fantastic views of the lake crossing to the floating islands. The locals  will welcome and show you the island and the products they weave. Take a 3 hour boat ride to get to Amantani Island by 2.30 pm where we arrive at our destination.  Our guide will introduce us to the local families who are going to share their homes with us. After lunch we will hike for one hour up to the mountain called Pachataita (Mother Father) which is located at 4400mts above sea level. There is an amazing view of the sunset over the lake and a chance to relax and enjoy the fresh air. After we will come back to the houses for dinner and then you will have the opportunity to dress in traditional clothes provided by the locals and go to the local school to have a party.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Basic Home Stay

DAY 7:  AMANTANI ISLAND – TAQUILE ISLAND – PUNO

You will have an early breakfast with your local family and then take a two hour boat ride to arrive at Taquile  Island. The inhabitants still live according to their ancestral traditions and dress with gorgeous coloured traditional ropes. They are also famous for the magnificent weavings that the men do not the women. You will have some time to learn about ancestral farming techniques and try to use a few Inca tools. We will have lunch in a typical restaurant  and take the boat back to Puno and your hotel for the end of the Tour.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch
  • Accomodations: Casa Andina Puno 3*
  • Accomodations: Casa Andina Private Collection 4*

Day 8: DEPARTURE FROM PUNO

After having breakfast at the hotel, enjoy your remaining time in Puno City,  then in the late morning or afternoon we will drop off at the airport in Juliaca to take your plane back to Lima or bus station in Puno.

  • Meal: Breakfast

WHAT'S INCLUDED

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Welcome at the airport and transfer to your hotel
  • Pick up at your hotel for the tours and for the trek departure
  • Private transportion
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • English speaking professional guide experienced in mountains
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food with prior request)
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Expedition train from Ollantaytambo to KM104.
  • Vistadome Train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy station (Cusco) (During the rainy season from January through April the train only runs to Ollantaytambo)
  • Admission Ticket to the Inca trail and Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex
  • Private guided tour and entrances to the archeological sites
  • Rountrip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and back.
  • Visit to the ruins along the way to Puno.
  • Tourist bus to Puno with English speaking tour guide.
  • Pick up in Puno bus station and transfer to your hotel.
  • Pick up from your hotel and transfer to the port of Puno.
  • Tourist boat with English speaking tour guide.
  • Visit of the islands on lake Titicaca as indicated in the itinerary
  • Dress up with  traditional clothes and party with the locals
  • All entrance fees
  • Home stay with family
  • Taxes (18%)
  • Transfer to Airport in Juliaca

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  • Huayna Picchu Mountain – US$75
  • Machu Picchu Mountain – US$70
  • Energy snacks – chocolate bars, dried fruits (recommended)
  • OPTIONAL UPGRADES for hotels to 4* or more!
  • Tips for the crew, guide, cook and porters of SAM TRAVEL PERU

PRICE & AVAILABILITY

This unique package can leave on any date, as long as we have a minimum of 2 participants.

PRICES:

  • Best price without hotels: US$897 per person.

  • Best price with 3* Hotels: US$1,197 per person.

  • Best price with 4* Hotels: US$1,497 per person

  • Note all passengers booking tour with 4* hotels a deposit of $525 is required)

 

***A completely private tour is $100 extra per person except for Lake Titicaca Tour where it is not possible.

***Single supplement for 3* hotels: US$300

***Single supplement for 4* hotels: US$600

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.
  • Group of 5 or more: US$30. – All you need is to book the trek together at the same time.

EXTRAS 

  • Machu Picchu Mountain – US$75
  • Huayna Picchu Mt – US $70
  • Single supplement US$50 per night for 3* (for solo travelers with single room)
  • Upgrade to 4 or 5 star  hotels. 
  • Single Supplement – US$50 per night for single travelers 3*
  • Single Supplement – US$100 per night for single travelers 4*

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 personalized 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 professionalspeaking 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 recognized 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.

HOT SHOWER AT THE THIRD CAMPSITE:

What a luxury to take a hot shower after 3 days of long hiking at Wiñaywayna the third camp site on the Inca Trail! Then enjoy the guided tour of this beautiful Inca City of Wiñawayna afterwards taking time to explore on your own later. For SAM Travel Peru little things make a big difference.

OUR EQUIPMENT

Our team (Guides, Cooks, Porters, Cowboys) and Our equipment are what really makes SAM Travel Peru stand out from all of our competitors…. For all our adventurous hikes we include the following items:

  • OUR TENTS: Enjoy a good night sleep in our 4 season EUREKA Timberline tents. All our tents are 4 man tents,  ONLY 2 will sleep in them, leaving lots of room to spread out comfortably and store your duffel bags. They also include a little vestibule in front, giving you some extra outdoor space to leave your boots and walking sticks so you don’t have to bring in dirt.
  • OUR THICK FOAM MATTS: They are included to separate and insulate you from the ground. Additional AIR MATTRESSES can be rented for US$20.
  • OUR KITCHEN & DINING TENTS: The dining tent is used as our meeting room at meal times. This is a great time to sit back relax and catch up for a chat.
  • OUR TABLES & CHAIRS: The interior of the dining room includes tables and chairs with two doors on each side,  adapting to the day’s weather.
  • DUFFLE BAGS:  Will be provided at briefing time the night before the trek.
  • MORE: Pillows, backpack, rain covers, survivor t-shirts, hot shower and bio chemical toilet are all provided on the trek.

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

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR YOUR TOUR

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

At anytime you prefer during the day 9am to 1pm or 3pm to 5pm, please visit us 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 & Lake Titicaca 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 Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca 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 & Lake Titicaca Tour, the deposit is not refundable at all!

DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT 

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 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.  Dressing in layers is helpful.

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

WHAT TO BRING

  • A small backpack or carry bag (larger not allowed on the train or in Machu Picchu)
  • Changes of clothing
  • Comfortable shoes or runners
  • Camera
  • Water to drink
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • A fleece or jacket,
  • Warm jacket for nights
  • 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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Trip Planning

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