This is a very interesting cusco day hike. We will pass by the hotel at 06:00 am, time for which you must have already had breakfast and checked out of the hotel. After a 45-minute trip we will arrive at Chinchero, where our walk begins. The first part It will be 1 hour of ascent to the viewpoint from where we can appreciate the wonderful views of the sacred valley. After enjoying these magnificent views, we will continue with our trek that now will be a gradual uphill of 1 hour until arriving at the viewpoint of the lagoons. On the way we will observe llamas, alpacas, sheep, and different wild animals, arriving at the 2nd viewpoint we will rest a bit with a beautiful view towards the Piuray lagoon in Chinchero on one side and towards the other the Qoricocha Lagoon in addition to beautiful valleys with forests and farmer’s houses scattered on it, in addition to small villages along, it is a unique and wonderful view.
Then we will continue with our walk of 1 hour more until our lunch point that will be in a very small town where there is no electricity and the houses are built with adobe and straw, exactly as their ancestors did.
After enjoying our delicious Box Lunch, we will have time to visit one of the families to see how they live, learn from their traditions and customs. When it’s the right time to continue our walk we will get ready. Now we head towards Huchuy Qosqo or small Cuzco, we will walk using the original Inca trail so we cannot miss the unique details of an Inca Trail. We will cross by Inca bridges; we will enter the Puma Punku canyon or the Puma Gate canyon. Suddenly in front of us you will find the sacred valley of the Incas down in the valley, it is a unique and incomparable sight, this is the only walking route that allows you to have a privileged view to the sacred valley of the Incas in all its splendor, we will rest to enjoy this beautiful view before continuing to the archaeological center of Huchuy Qosqo which is only 10 minutes from this viewpoint, once there, we will explore the place and the guide will give you an explanation about the history and the important person who lived there.
Then we will continue with our walk, this time it will be 50 minutes downhill to the sacred valley, once we get to the road our car will be waiting for us to drive us back to the city of Cusco.
Walking distance: 18 km
Weather: Cold, Dry.
We are known for providing a personalized service and a unique experience, visiting the attractions in not overcrowded times and using roads out of the ordinary, also we guarantee 100% satisfaction and we care a lot for your safety during our tours.
$. 89 usd per person
Group tour means that your reservation is open so that other people can accompany you on your walk, however, our groups will never be larger than 14 people and with 02 guides, a guide can take a maximum of 08 people.
Our specialty is private tours and we will provide you with the best service, the price depends on the size of your group. However, a minimum of 02 people is required to book a Private tour, unless you want to exclusively walk alone then please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
02 people $. 149 usd per person
03 people $. 139 usd per person
04 people $. 129 usd per person
05 people $. 119 usd per person
06 people $. 99 usd per person
07 people $. 89 usd per person
08 people or more. $. 79 usd per person
Discount for students
The student discount applies only to excursions that include a visit to Machu Picchu.
For this tour you can hire some additional services available that we detail below:
Walking sticks (pair) $. 15 per person
Horse to ride $. 49 per horse per day
Breafing (Previous Information)
All information sessions are held in our office at 06:00 PM the night before your trek. If you cannot assist to this talk please contact our office staff to serve you better.
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. Also 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.
Pick Up from The Hotels.
We pick up all our clients from the hotel for all tours. While your hotel is in the center of the city of Cusco, we will coordinate this pick up with the guide at the information session. Pick-up times may vary between 20 and 30 minutes depending on traffic conditions and hotel locations.
Cusco is an ancient city with cobblestone streets and very narrow corridors. Very small hotels and Air BNBs are often located on streets that cars cannot pass through. They are also usually located on the side of the hill, with long and steep climbs to the property, difficult to maneuver with luggage. We recommend that you do not stay in one of these places and try to find places where there is easy access to carry your bags.
It is important that you be honest with your guide about any health problems you may suffer. Although the guides are not medical professionals, they are trained in first aid. We also work with a clinic in Cusco that can help our team.
You are responsible for evaluating if a trek is suitable for you. Consult your doctor to confirm your physical condition to travel and participate in any planned activity. You should seek advice from your doctor about vaccinations and medical precautions. Peru Private Tours will not provide medical advice. It is your responsibility to assess the risks and requirements of each aspect of the Tour based on your own circumstances, limitations, fitness level and medical requirements.
If during the trek you get sick of extreme altitude or any other illness that not allows you to continuing with the journey, but you want to visit Machu Picchu by train, we will work with you to coordinate this trip. This will be a new trip and may involve additional costs. We will use as much of the logistics purchased from the original route to keep rates low.
If you experience problems while walking and cannot continue, a porter will escort you to the nearest road and wait while a car comes to pick you up and take you to the nearest health clinic.
Group tours are made up of different types of people, with different walking skills and ages. By accepting a group trip, you understand that some people may be slower or faster than you. Everyone can make their own pace for the walk, the guide will work through the group to spend time with everyone. Groups can request some modifications to the tour and the guide will work with everyone to make the best decision for the group.
Unfortunately, strikes are very common in Peru and can cause many interruptions in our Tours. Roads are often blocked, trains stopped. We will do everything possible to operate your Tour, even before the start date. Some tours may be canceled under these circumstances. Our Operations Department will coordinate with you in this situation. Your safety is always our main concern and will determine how we decide.
You are responsible for your personal items throughout the Tour. Be diligent about where you leave your stuff and remember to remove all items from our vans, tents, restaurant, etc. Do not leave anything involuntary while walking. Other hikers or teams can pick it up without knowing to whom it belongs.
The climate in Cusco and Machu Picchu is unpredictable. In general, the dry season in Cusco is from April to October, but this does not prevent the rain from falling in June or the sun coming out in December, just prepare for any weather condition. 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 four 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.
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.
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To protect your travel investment, we also 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.
THE MOST IMPORTANT:
- Original passport.
- Good backpack (the smaller, the better)
- Water bottle: a water tank like the Camelback is recommended.
- Comfortable mountain boots (light with good soles).
PERSONAL CARE ITEMS:
- Sunscreen. Very important, use it every day.
- Personal medication Do not forget to bring them with you, especially if they are medicines for daily use.
- First aid kit: band- aids, mole skin, etc.
WITHIN YOUR DAILY BACKPACK:
Backpacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend the smaller ones, but with enough space to carry everything you will need in the trek.
- Water: Regularly when we walk we drink a double dose of the usual; we recommend to take about 1 to 2 liters of water.
- 1 sun hat Radiation at high altitudes is much higher, the cap helps protect.
- Rain clothes. Especially lightweight waterproofs.
- Camera. With the battery fully charged as there will be no place to charge.
- Music (iPhone). Optional.
- Toilet paper and small plastic waste bag. Accumulate the waste produced and at the end of the day there will be a place to leave it.
- Extra money for souvenirs, drinks and tips. If it is in soles much better.
We could not have a company without them and that is precisely why we want them as our family, we want to know them, listen to them, help them in everything that is within our reach to improve the quality of their lives, their children and their families in general.
All our porters range from 18 to 50 years old and come from different communities near Parobamba, where the founder of the company was born, we employ around 50 porters.
- Inca Community Cancha 10 porters
- Yuraq Turuyoc Community 15 porters
- Parobamba Community20 porters
- Bombón Community 5 porters
Our commitment to our porters.
As we said at the beginning we could not exist without our porters and they have promised us that they will work hard and do everything they can to make our visitors live a wonderful and unique experience, so we too have committed ourselves to do everything necessary and everything possible to help them and improve the quality of their lives. In addition to doing everything possible to make their job as easier as possible at the same time as comfortable as possible.
The communities where our porters live are 3 to 4 hours away from Cusco, what we do is provide everything they need before, during and after the treks. To enter the Inca Trail, the porters must pay an entrance of S /. 45 soles or $. 15 dollars, we pay that entrance very apart from their payment. We always try to be better than any other company. Payment for their job is done on the last day of the trek directly in cash, avoiding them to do a trip to our offices, so they can leave quickly with their families. All of them have health insurance that covers medical care because of their hard work, unfortunately this is not common since they are free workers and they are not on payroll, even so, we want them to be healthy and strong, we provide them with all the necessary equipment so that they can carry out their job in the most optimal way possible.
This is only the beginning for us, because we have so much to give back to them for the enormous work they do, we are sure that all this will continue, it would not be possible to do all this without the support of our clients who often send us donations of any kind to make them get to our porters.