Salt Mines + Machu Picchu
This is a perfect combination for a day tour, we visit the Salt Mines of Maras in the morning, with a short stop at a traditional chicheria in the sacred valley where you will learn all about the process of making the traditional Chicha de Jora. Doing the Machu Picchu tour in the afternoon is the best option since it is not crowded like in the morning and the weather is always better in the afternoon than in the morning, you will have the world wonder almost empty during your tour.
Price: 389 Per Person
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We will pass by your hotel at 07:00 am, then travel for 1 hour to reach our first stop that will be in the salt mines of Maras, visit this wonderful natural attraction for about 1 hour, where the guide will explain everything about this place that has been used since pre-Inca times. After that we will continue our trip for 30 minutes until we reach a traditional chicheria of the Sacred Valley, where we will make a brief stop to learn about the process of making this traditional beverage from Cusco. We will continue our journey for 15 more minutes until we reach the Ollantaytambo train station. We will travel for 1 hour and a half through a beautiful valley called Machu Picchu canyon, we will appreciate how the hills change from dry hillsides to giant granite mountains covered with vegetation, it will be an unforgettable trip where we will also see some archaeological sites on the way.
Once we get to Aguas Calientes we will go straight to our restaurant to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at one of the best restaurants, at the end we will go to the bus station and we will have to travel for 25 minutes on a winding road with fantastic views until you reach the entrance gate to Machu Picchu. by 14:30 pm we must be entering for our guided tour to Machu Picchu, for our great luck there will be almost no one at that time inside Machu Picchu and we will be able to visit the temple of the sun, temple of the Pacha Mama, house of the Inca, temple of the chacana, the Intihuatana, the temple of the condor, etc. In our Tour to Machu Picchu, we make the most complete route so you do not miss any place, you will have time to take your pictures, enjoy beautiful views, etc.
Once we finish our tour to Machu Picchu you will go down to Machu Picchu Pueblo to enjoy dinner (not included) before getting on your train that will at 19:00 pm straight to Ollantaytambo, once you get there our staff will be waiting for you with your vehicle to transfer you to your hotel in Cusco or Sacred Valley.
We are known for providing a personalized service and a unique experience, visiting the attractions in times not overcrowded. We guarantee 100% satisfaction and we care a lot for your safety during our tours.
$. 389 dollars per person
The student discount applies to those who have CURRENT STUDENT CARD or are under 17 years old, whatever the case, we need that at the time of booking you send us a copy of the passport and the card, and must bring the originals to use the tickets purchased as a student. Please send the copy to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are traveling with children under the age of 8, please contact us and send your travel document to obtain a higher discount.
Discount $. 25 dollars per person for students or under 17 years old.
For this tour you can hire some additional services available that we detail below:
360º single-way train $ 49 per person
City tour in Cusco $.119 per group of up to 4 people only if booked with this tour (access tickets are not included)
As soon as the people reserve the trip to Peru, specifically to Cusco, they begin to wonder about altitude sickness. High altitudes contains less oxygen than at sea level and forces your body to work harder to get the oxygen it needs. For few days at high altitude your body adjusts to the least amount of oxygen in the air.
The first symptoms of altitude sickness may be; headache, fatigue, followed by loss of appetite, nausea or vomit, dizziness, trouble sleeping, difficulty breathing during exercise. If any of these effects worsen, contact our office and we will help you get to a doctor.
Most of the time, these symptoms will be mild. We always recommend easy activities and walk slowly, allowing your body to adapt. Drink plenty of fluids such as water or coca tea. Coca tea has been used since ancient times to help prevent altitude sickness. The leaves of the coca plant contain alkaloids that help carry oxygen to your blood, helping your body avoid the effects of altitude sickness. Avoid drinking a lot of alcohol and coffee because it will make you urinate more often and you will become dehydrated. Avoid smoking, Smoking makes it difficult for your body to get oxygen. Avoid sleeping pills. it can cause shallow breathing at night, which makes it difficult for your body to absorb oxygen while you sleep.
Many people prefer to visit the doctor to give them a treatment with pills even before traveling to avoid problems during their stay. Your doctor may prescribe medications, such as acetazolamide and dexamethasone, to help prevent altitude sickness. Start the medicine two days before reaching a high altitude. Continue taking it while you are at high altitude.
Our team is well trained on first aid assistance and specially on altitude problems, if you feel any of the altitude symptoms mentioned during your hike, please let your guide know so he or she will help you as soon as possible.
To read more about altitude sickness clic HERE
The weather in Cusco it’s unpredictable. In general, the dry season in Cusco is from April through October, but this does not prevent the rain from falling in June or the sun coming out in December, just be prepared for any weather. No matter which month you take the hike or excursion, or which tour you are on, make sure you have adequate clothing that includes a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho and waterproof gloves.
Also be prepared for 4 seasons in a day. Many of the excursions through the Andes involve many microclimates and you will have to be prepared for all seasons. The layers are always key because they are easy to adjust to different temperatures. And the nights will always be cold, so get ready with a warm jacket.
The airport in Cusco is currently quite small and only for domestic flights, so all international travelers by plane must disembark in Lima and go through Customs. Even if your flight to Cusco is the same day by the same airline, you must pick up your bags in Lima and then register them again.
The best way to get to Cusco is by air and there are several airline options. LATAM tends to be the most expensive, but it has more flight options. But you also have PERUVIAN, AVIANCA, STAR PERU, LC PERU to choose according to your preference. Expect flight delays or cancellations, due to the high altitude of Cusco, tends to be difficult to land so that on rainy days you can paralyze air traffic. Bus tours are always available and although the journey may be long, especially from Lima, Peru buses are well maintained and are comfortable. This option is recommended if you come from a city closer to Cusco like Puno or Arequipa. Buses from Lima will take around 20 hours to arrive to Cusco.
To protect your travel investment, we recommend buying travel insurance. Getting travel insurance before leaving home is highly recommended and very easy. There are many insurance companies depending on your country of origin and at different prices according to your time of stay, take some time to review them and hire the one that best suits you. This is an excellent way to protect yourself while visiting Peru.
At Peru Private Tours (PPT) we are proud of the work we do for our community. This is the main objective for our company. We are working directly with the villages to help them meet the needs of their families. We support the children of the villages by giving them school supplies, books and clothes.
We buy all our food from farmers and local markets and serve the freshest ingredients. We offer constant training for all our team: guides, porters, chefs and drivers. We are a family born in the Andes and we want to work with them and for them. That is why once a year we bring our porters and their families to Machu Picchu. We want our team to know the world wonder, since they work tirelessly at the doors of this place without ever visiting it and showing them this place is our greatest honor.
We perform periodic cleanings of the roads we use and always leave the attractions better than we have found. It is our objective to contribute with the preservation of our heritage and attractions for our children and your children, for that reason we are very respectful with the rules of visit to each place.
This tour requires a special permit issued by the Peruvian government through the Ministry of Culture, so we recommend to do your reservation in advance, once you book, it will be confirmed as long as there is spaces available for selected date, please check Machu Picchu access availability HERE
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