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Salt Mines + Machu Picchu

Full Day

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

Salt Mines + Machu Picchu; Full day
  • Type of Tour:Cultural, Natural.
  • Duration: All day
  • Start time: 07: 0 0 am
  • End time:22:30 pm
  • Maximumelevationpoint: 3760 masl (Chinchero)
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • What we visited: Salt Mines and Machu Picchu.

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ITINERARY

Full day Tour to Machu Picchu

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.

INCLUSIONS

Included

  • Professional Guide – We have the best selection of guides, all graduated from the national university of Cusco and grown up in this region with a deep love and passion for teaching their culture. They are fun but professional and will make sure you are safe and happy.
  • Tourist transport. – We use clean and new vehicles for all our services, with professional drivers that will guarantee you a safe trip. Our drivers are constantly trained in prudent driving and customer service.
  • Pick up from the hotel. – Our service includes picking up your hotel to start the tour, pick up time will be confirmed according to the location of your hotel, at the end of the tour we will also leave you back at your hotel. (Our service does not include pick up of AIRBNB type houses because many do not have a clear name or address), in that case we will coordinate a place and time to pick up.
  • Meals. – The lunch that we include is in one of the best restaurants in Machu Picchu Pueblo and it will be a well varied buffet lunch.
  • Train Tickets. – The train ticket included is the Inca Rail the Voyager service, however, but if you prefer you can make an Up Grade to a 360 ° train that has windows on the roof to enjoy the beautiful views on the road. This has an additional cost of $. $ 49 per person and is subject to availability. The Up Grade can be done only for one way (Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu)
  • Bus tickets. – It is 25 minutes from the Town to Machu Picchu and 25 minutes from Machu Picchu to the town.
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu. We take care of providing you with the entrance ticket to Machu Picchu and this will be giving to you on the day of the tour, by your guide.
  • Private transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cusco. – Upon arrival at the Ollantaytambo train station our staff will be waiting for you with a vehicle only for our group to transfer you to your hotel in Cusco or Sacred Valley.
  •  Permanent Assistance. – We want all the activities you do in our destination to be unique, unforgettable and safe, so you will always have an assigned personal assistant who will be in constant communication with you.

Not included

  • Dinner. – The dinner at Machu Picchu Pueblo is not included, after the tour ends, you will have about 30 minutes in the town, if you want you can have an early dinner or if you wish you can do it on your arrival in Cusco, although we will arrive in Cusco by averaging the 22:30 pm.
  •  Huayna Picchu – For the same itinerary of this tour, it is not possible to include the climb to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, if you want to do any of these hikes, ask your travel agent for a program that best suits to what you want.
  • Flights. – Flying to Cusco can be complicated. Delays occur frequently especially between October to March and it is not uncommon for flights to be canceled. Make sure you arrive in the city at least two days before the start date of your Tour to Machu Picchu. LATAM is the most reliable airline. Avianca and Peruvian Airlines are also acceptable companies. You will not return from your tour to Machu Picchu until around 22:30 pm. Please make sure your flight is not the day of the Machu Picchu Tour, rather the next day.
  • Tips – Tips are always appreciated and should be based entirely on your level of satisfaction. Although it may not be usual for you, it has considerable importance to the people who will assist you during your trips.

PRICES

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.

Prices per person / as soon as we have a reservation of 02 people our tour starts any day of the year.

$. 389 dollars per person

Discount for students

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 info@pptoursperu.com. 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.

Additional services

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)

TRAVEL INFO

Altitude sickness

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

Weather

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.

Arriving to Cusco

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.

Travel insurance

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.

Community

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.

RECOMMENDATIONS

WHAT YOU SHOULD CARRY

  • PASSPORT OR IDENTITY DOCUMENT (VERY IMPORTANT) It must be the same one you sent us in your reservation and you will be asked almost anywhere.
  • Hat or Cap for the Sun: Very important, especially for the day of the Tour to Machu Picchu as there are no places to cover the sun.
  •  Sunglasses: Highly recommended since Machu Picchu is built with white and gray granite stone that reflects the sun and makes the eyes tired.
  • Sunscreen: we highly recommend to use sunscreen every day during your stay in Cusco, even if it is not a sunny day.
  • Waterproof jacket or windbreaker (if it is much better light) it is very important to wear a windbreaker jacket because in our journey through the sacred valley it can rain or wind.
  •  Bottle of water or CAMELBAK. We recommend doubling the amount of water you usually drink, since dehydration in a dry climate is much faster.
  • Lightweight pants for walking: Please try not to wear Jean pants since they can be a bit uncomfortable unless you are used to walking with it, the best and recommendable are, leggings or trekking pants.
  •  Personal medication pills: Do not forget to take your personal medication that is very important.
  •  Camera (optional): Do not forget to bring your camera because you will surely want to take pictures of everything you see on the tour, especially Machu Picchu.
  •  Personal hygiene implements and / or others that you consider necessary.                  
  • Above all, a lot of desire to have fun and get to know the local culture.
Salt Mines + Machu Picchu; Full day

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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