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Informative, friendly and professional guide
Led by a local guide
Vegetarian meal option available
Day 1: Cusco - Socma - Perolniyoc - Rayan-Niyoc Pass - Campsite After hotel pickup from Cusco at 6am, you will drive to the town of Rafca (2800m). Then, you'll continue to the village of Socma (3000m), which is the starting point of the trek. Begin a 2-hour trek to reach the Inca site of Perolniyoc where you'll have lunch and visit the beautiful waterfall and the archaeological ruins. Then, hike for 30 more minutes reaching Rayan-Niyoc (3,600m). Continue up the valley making your way to the first pass on the trek, located at 4,400 meters above sea level. This area is still cultivated by the local people despite the high altitudes. After walking for 4 hours, reach the pass and take in the panorama. After a 20-minute descent, you'll reach the first campsite, where you'll sleep.
Day 2: Campsite - 2nd Pass - Inti Punku - Choquetacarpo - Inca quarry of Cachicata - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes Enjoy a tasty breakfast and start the trek. You will walk for 1.5 hours across the high plateau to reach the second (and highest) pass of the trek, located at 4,500 meters. Take in the wonderful views of the valley below and then hike down for 3 hours to a site the Incas called Inti Punku (meaning Sun Gate). Then, arrive to Choquetacarpo (3600m) and continue the descent to the Inca quarry of Cachicata (3820m). Here, you can see the work of the Incas as this was used by the Incas for the construction of Ollantaytambo. You will see several large buildings, quarried stones left half finished and abandoned throughout the site. After exploring this site, continue your way down the mountain for about 3 hours until reaching the town of Ollantaytambo. From there, you'll take the train to Aguas Calientes and spend the night at a hotel.
Day 3: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo - Cusco Early in the morning, you'll take a bus to Machu Picchu to enter the site as it opens. Enjoy a 2-hour guided tour and learn all about the Incas and the citadel. Then, explore the site on your own as you take pictures and/or do the optional hike up to Huayna Picchu (must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance). In the afternoon, take the bus back to Aguas Calientes where you will board the train to Ollantaytambo. Take a bus transfer back to Cusco where you will be dropped off at Plaza San Francisco.
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Cuzco Accommodation Pick-Up
Van Transfer from Cuzco to Huarocondo/Socma
Round Trip Train Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes
Round Trip Tourist Bus Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu
Bus Transfer Ollantaytambo to Cuzco
Professional English Speaking Guide on trek & Machu Picchu tour
Camping Accommodation during trek (including basic sleeping mattress & tent for 2 people)
1-night 3* Hotel Accommodation in Aguas Calientes
Entrance Ticket to Machu Picchu Archaeological Site
Cook: In charge of meal preparation
Horsemen and Horses to carry tents, food, cooking and camping equipment plus a total of 5 kilos for each trekker. (This includes 2.5 kilos for your sleeping bag & mattress plus 2.5 kilos of personal items.)
Equipment: Tents (2 people will share a tent), Basic sleeping pad, Shared camping equipment, Dinner tent, Kitchen tent, tables and chairs, table settings
First aid kit & Emergency Oxygen Bottle
Small group experience; Max 15, Avg 4
Breakfast Day 1, Lunch Day 3
Sleeping Bag (Available for rent in Cuzco)
Trekking Poles (Available for rent in Cuzco)
Guide for bus and train transfers (these portions are on your own)
Optional Huayna Picchu Trek (at an extra cost) must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance
Optional Machu Picchu Mountain Hike (at an extra cost) must be booked at least 1 week in advance
Cuzco Accommodation Drop-off
Tips (Please remember that tipping is 100% optional and depends entirely on the service you received. It is customary to give tips in Latin America, however it is NOT mandatory. If you do wish to give a tip, these are our recommended guidelines.) Guide: 25-40 soles per trekker Horsemen: 40-60 soles for each horseman from the whole group Cook: 100-150 soles for the cook from the whole group
Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
Adult pricing applies to all travelers
Minimum age is 7 years
Not recommended for participants with back problems
Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
Note: There is a mandatory pre-departure briefing at our Cusco office the evening before your trek. You will receive detailed information on your excursion, a list of what to bring and confirm your departure details.
Accommodation Options: Single travellers will share a tent/room with another traveller of the same sex & couples will have a tent/room to themselves.
Physical Requirements: This hike is demanding, it’s important to be in good physical condition. The elevation changes make the hike strenuous as there are two high passes during the hike
Important: You must provide the following information upon booking: Full name (exactly as it appears on the passport), Date of Birth, Nationality, Passport Number, Date of Passport Expiry - Must be valid for at least 6 months past the date of travel. Without this information, the local tour operator will be unable to make the booking. Please be aware that your complete and correct passport information must be provided. Absolutely no modifications can be made once your booking has been confirmed. Any changes or discrepancies in the information provided will result in a complete loss of permits and entrance tickets, for which you will be held responsible and will need to pay for again.