DAY 01: Cusco – Qellococha – Puma Punku – Huchuy Qosqo.
This is one of aour best Machu Picchu hikes. 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 20-minute drive we will arrive at Tambomachay, where we meet with our hiking team for this wonderful expedition. After a brief introduction to our team, we will be ready for the first part of our machu pichu hikes that will be 1 hour uphill to the viewpoint from where we can appreciate the wonderful views of the valley of Cusco and the valley of Ccorao. After enjoying these magnificent views, we will continue with our hike that now will be a gradual ascent of 1 hour until arriving at the viewpoint of the lagoons. On the way we will observe llamas, alpacas, sheep, and different wild animals of the local fauna, arriving at the 2nd viewpoint we can rest a bit with a beautiful view to Piuray Lagoon in Chinchero on one side and to the other side the Qoricocha Lagoon, in addition to beautiful valleys with forests and farmer’s houses scattered in it, besides small towns along, it is a unique and wonderful view.
Then we will continue with our trek of 1 hour and a half 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 lunch prepared by our Chef, we will have time to visit one of the families to see how they live, learn from their traditions and customs, etc. When it is 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 deep in the valley, it is a unique and incomparable view, this is the only of all machu picchu hikes 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 our Camp that is only 15 minutes’ walk and will be in the same archaeological park of Huchuy Qosqo.
Upon arrival, our hiking team will have our tents ready, we can prepare ourselve to enjoy the tea time with coffee, chocolate and popcorns. At the coordinated time we will serve our delicious dinner prepared by our mountain chef. After dinner we will hold a small farewell ceremony since our team only accompanies us to this point, if you have any appreciation will be highly valued by them and if you have some motivational words will also be the right time.
Walking distance: 19 km
Campsite elevation: 3200 masl
Weather: Cold, Dry.
DAY 02: Huchuy Qosqo – Lamay – Traditional Chicheria – Machu Picchu – Cusco.
This morning we will get up early to see the beautiful views of the sacred valley, sunrise, etc. Our team will wake you up with a hot coca tea and then you will have time to pack your belongings. After breakfast we will start our second day of machu picchu hikes, we will descent to the town of Lamay in the Sacred Valley where our van awaits us to transfer to Ollantaytambo train station, on the way to the train station we will make a brief stop at a traditional chicheria where we will learn how this famous Inca beer is made, after our experience in this place we will continue our journey to Ollantaytambo train station where we will board our train that will take us for 1 hour and 30 minutes, the trip will be unforgettable with beautiful views of snowy mountains, giant granite mountains covered with vegetation, once we arrive at Machu Picchu Pueblo we will go to our restaurant to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, after that we will be ready to get on the buses to go up to Machu Picchu, finally we will find ourselves in one of the 7 wonders of the world, the sacred city of the Incas, cultural and natural heritage of humans; Machu Picchu. We will do a tour of 2 and a half to 3 hours visiting the most important constructions, with all the explanation of the place of the history, use, meaning, etc. Once we finish our tour we will take the bus down to the town where we will still have time for dinner (not included) before heading to the train station to board our return train leaving Machu Picchu Pueblo at 20:20 p.m. Once you arrive in Ollantaytambo our staff will be waiting for you with a private van to transfer you back to your hotel in Cusco or Sacred Valley.
Walking distance: 04 km
Weather: Warm, Humid
What our Machu Picchu Hikes Includes
- 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. The transport will be from Cusco to Soraypampa and from Ollantaytambo to Cusco at the end of our tour.
- 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 from 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. – 1 breakfast (the second day), 02 lunches and 01 dinners all prepared by our professional chef. The last day dinner is not included. We honor all dietary restrictions. Be sure to remind your tour guide of any food restrictions at the beginning of your walk. The food is typically served family style. You will enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the walk, along with an hour of tea and snacks. You will also be provided with a snack every morning, so that you can enjoy the walk.
- Train Tickets. – The train ticket included on the service is on Inca Rail the Voyager, however, you can make an Up Grade to 360 º that has windows on the roof to enjoy the beautiful views on the road. This has a cost addition to $. 69 dollars per person, only the one-way.
- 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 delivered to you on the day of the tour, by your guide.
- Porters: We include a personal porter, who is responsible for carrying your travel bag with your personal items. There is no additional fee for this. The night before the start of the walk we will give you your duffel bag to fill with the things you will need for the walk. You will not have access to your duffle bag until you arrive at your campsite at night of the first day.
- Camping equipment: In Peru Private Tours we have the best equipment. We use a tent for 4 people only between 2 people so you will have more space to put your belongings inside your tent during the night. You will have a large dining tent to enjoy your meals as well as chairs and table.
- Water: from your first lunch until your last breakfast, PPT will provide you with all the necessary water. This water will be boiled, filtered and then cooled, before distribution. You must supply your own bottles of water or camelback. We recommend carrying around 3L. We will fill our waters at every meal.
- First aid: each of our guides has received training in first aid from a doctor. We hold mandatory training sessions every February, to which all the guides must attend. Your tour guide will always have a first aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scratches, etc.) and oxygen. We will get you out of the way as quickly and comfortably as possible, if necessary, and we will make sure you go directly to a clinic to receive treatment.
- Extras: We believe that it is the attention to small details that differentiates us from other travel companies. Each hiker receives a small pillow to sleep, a sponge mattress to isolate (Matra), a backpack covers to protect your belongings during the walk, a rain poncho, a cloth bag to carry your snacks and a waterproof bag to put your belongings before placing them in the duffle bag. We will work hard to create your best vacations.
- Private transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cusco. – Upon arrival at the Ollantaytambo train station our staff will be waiting for you with a van only for our group to transfer you back 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.
What Our Machu Picchu Hikes Doesn`t Include.
All travelers need a sleeping bag on the adventure routes, do not forget to bring your own. The walking sticks and air mattresses are optional and serve to provide greater comfort during the walk. If you do not want to bring any camping gear you can always rent from our office.
Sleeping bag or sleeping $. 10 usd per person
Air Matras $. 10 usd per person
Walking sticks (01 pair) $. 8 usd per person
- Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. – On this hike we will visit Machu Picchu in the afternoon, which is why there is no option to visit Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, unless you want to stay an extra night in Machu Picchu Pueblo and visit the next day, however, this can generate extra hotel costs and entrance tickets.
- 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 on the last day until around 22 pm So 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 for the people who will assist you during your trips.
- Travel insurance. – To protect your travel investment, we recommend to purchase a 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.
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, we guarantee 100% satisfaction and we care a lot for your safety during our tours. This trek is available from March to January, we do not operate in the month of February for your safety since there are lots of rains and landslides may occur.
$. 489 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 tour and we will provide you with the best service, the price depends on the size of your group. A minimum of 02 people is required to book a Private tour, unless you want to exclusively walk alone then please contact us at email@example.com
02 people $. 789 usd per person
03 people $. 749 usd per person
04 people $. 689 usd per person
05 people $. 649 usd per person
06 people $. 589 usd per person
07 people $. 549 usd per person
08 people or more. $. 489 usd per person
Discount for students
Discount $. $ 25 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 ticket 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.
For this machu picchu hikes you can hire some additional services available that we detail below:
Train 360º one way $. 69 per person
Sleeping bag $. 10 dollars per person
Air mattress $. 10 dollars per person
Walking sticks (pair) $. 8 per person
Single tent for 1 person $. 29 per person (the tents we provide are 4 people tents that will be used by 2, we call single tent when you do not want to share your tent with someone else)
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. 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.
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.
for farther info about altitude sickness CLIC HERE
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.
WHAT YOU SHOULD CARRY FOR OUR MACHU PICCHU HIKES
THE MOST IMPORTANT:
- Original passport – It must be the same one you sent us in the reservation.
- Current student card. – (if you have booked as a student)
- Immigration card (delivered on the plane when entering Peru)
- Good backpack (the smaller, the better)
- Water bottle: a water tank like the Camelback is recommended, enough for at least 2-3 liters.
- Comfortable mountain shoes (light with good soles).
FOR YOUR DUFFLE BAG:
The porters will carry a maximum of 7 kg of your personal items including the sleeping bag and Air Matra if you bring or rent one from our office. The last 2 items weigh in total 3.5 kilos. If you rent our sleeping bag and Matra together, you only have up to 4 kilos of personal equipment allowed in the duffel bag.
- 2-3 long-sleeved shirts by preference. Very important to cover the sun and mosquitoes.
- 2-3 hiking pants. Above all, in rainy season it will use almost one per day.
- 4 sets of underwear.
- 4 sets of hiking socks. We are sure that you will use one per day.
- 1 warm jacket: it is very cold at night.
- 1 rain jacket and rain pants. Especially if your walk is scheduled from October to March.
- 1 wool cap. Very important for the evenings
- Head lamp: essential to move in the campsites at night.
- waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them) They will help you a lot on rainy and cold days.
- Comfortable shoes for the camp. You will surely want to take off your trekking shoes at the end of the day, flips flops are great shoes for walking. Waterproof shoes and with good grip on the soles is better.
- Waterproof jacket. The lighter the better, we will provide you with plastic rain ponchos.
- Quick drying towel. We provide you with small ones, if you bring a little bigger one better.
- Small bottle of soap: We provide you with small bottles and disinfectant alcohol.
- Battery charger: There’s no place to plug it in while you’re walking! Better, well-charged batteries.
- Large plastic bags: will help keep your belongings clean and dry.
- Sleeping bag: We recommend at least for -10 Cº
PERSONAL CARE ITEMS:
- Sunscreen. Very important, use it every day.
- Facial moisturizer. The climate in the Andes is quite dry.
- Insect repellent. In all walks we always pass through the jungle where there are mosquitoes.
- Hand sanitizer. We will provide one, but you can bring yours.
- Toothbrush and paste. Very important for the walk.
- Toilet paper: In each camp and lunch place we provide one, but not during the walk.
- 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. Inside Machu Picchu, you will not be allowed to enter backpacks larger than 35 L. If it is larger, you must leave it at the citadel door.
- Water: You are responsible for your first morning water only, as we will not have time to filter the water until your first lunch. From then on we will provide you with water every day. Except the last day. (day of visit to Machu Picchu)
- 1 sun hat Radiation at high altitudes is much stronger, the cap helps protect.
- Rainwear. Especially lightweight waterproofs.
- Wool cap. Especially for the days where we reached a lot of altitude.
- Camera. With the battery fully charged as there will be no place to charge.
- Music (iPhone). Optional.
- Hand sanitizer
- Toilet paper and small plastic waste bag. In each camp we will put a plastic bag to collect the waste.
- Extra money for souvenirs, drinks and tips. If it is in soles much better.
- Ear plugs. Very essential to rest calm and without any noise around.
EQUIPMENT Y FOOD
Another advantage of booking with Peru Private Tours (PPT) is that we will provide you with the best camping equipment and fresh and quality food, probably one of the best you will have during your stay in Peru.
We have the best camping equipment, we use 4 people tents for only between 2 people, so you will have a comfortable and spacious space to store your belongings inside the tent. Likewise, we have spacious dining tents where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner, we do not use pre-built places that almost all agencies use and that are very cold, we take comfortable chairs and tables for your comfort. All the equipment that you rent from our office is of the highest quality, our sleeping bags are in the shape of a mummy to make them more warm and hold temperatures of up to -10 Cº. The air matras have a thickness of 1 ½ inch and the walking sticks are light and retractable. You can review more detailed information about our camping equipment HERE
Our camping team will provide you with water every day, you will only take your own water for the first day of hiking until lunch time, from this point we filter, boil and cool water every day and We will provide according to the quantity you need. We recommend carrying a water bag or bottles of 2 to 3 liters so you have enough.
All our walks have a professional chef included, one specialized in high mountain cuisine who prepares delicious dishes that you would have never imagined trying on an adventure route. We will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner in a family style where all meals will be in large trays in the middle and from there everyone will be served whatever they want, all will be served hot and fresh. We also offer snacks every morning after breakfast and tea time with snacks, chocolate, coffee, etc. Before each dinner. The key to enjoy a walk is to be well fed and that’s what we take care of.
We gladly cater for food restrictions, it does not matter if you are vegetarian, celiac, gluten free, it will always be a pleasure for us to serve you.
More information about our meals you can check HERE
PORTERS & HORSEMEN
Our Machu Picchu Hikes doesn`t include horses, all is carried by our porters whom we affectionately call the super porters. They are the reason and pride of our company, without their hard work and help, it would be impossible to make the walks in different places, for us more than part of the team is our family and they are the reason for us to be different from other companies.
The owner and founder of Peru Private Tours (PPT) was born in one of the communities where most of our porters come today from. He worked on the Inca trail as a porter from 2006 to 2008 and knows the hard work of being a porter, walking every day with a heavy load in the back and when arriving at the camp where instead of rest, we continue working to prepare everything for our visitors. Likewise, he lived in his own flesh as some companies treated and paid better to their porters than others, however, not enough was done for them and their families. 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.
- Inca Cancha Community 10 porters
- Yuraq Turuyoc Community 15 porters
- Parobamba Community 20 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. Besides doing everything possible to make your work at less as hard as possible at once the most comfortable 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 for work that we always try to be better than any other company. The payment for their job is made by the last day of the walk directly in cash avoiding that they have to make a trip to our offices, so they can leave quickly with their relatives. 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 the payroll, even so, we want them to be healthy and strong and we hope that other companies do the same. We provide them with all the necessary equipment so that they can carry out their job in the most optimal way possible. We visit their communities to provide them with basic needs such as toothpastes, brushes, soap and school supplies for their children.
This is only the beginning for us, because we have so much to give back to them for the enormous job 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.
How much does a porter carry?
Today there are government regulations that protect porters and associations of porters that enforce the rules, according to the latest agreement a porter cannot carry more than 25 kilos for the agency. Our porters cannot carry more than 20 kilos in total, 15 kilos for the company and 5 kilos of their personal belongings, we consider that 25 kilos are too much weight so we have our own internal norm that we make respect through the bosses of the porter. That is why it is so important that you keep the weight of your duffle bag that you send with us below the allowed 7 kilos. You will clearly see that other porters of other companies clearly carry more weight than ours.