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La laguna The lagoon is on the slopes of the Nevado de Humantay or also called the Apu Humantay and at the other end is the great snowfall of Salkantay, it is located to the north-west of the city of Cusco, it is one of the most beautiful natural attractions, because it presents a turquoise originality and is respected by the villagers

Itinerary

DAY 1WELCOME TO CUSCO & CITY TOUR AND NEARBY RUINS

Upon your arrival into Cusco City, our representatives will welcome you and then transfer you to your hotel. During the check in you can always grab a cup of coca leafs tea, as it might help you acclimatized to the altitude of the city. Our representatives will be there also to provide you with relevant information about what to visit, different restaurant options offering national or international dishes, exchanges houses, and anything you may need for you to have the upmost comfortable stay.

Take time to relax until is time for us to pick you up and begin with our tour. Around 13:00 – 13:30 pm. you will be picked from your hotel to visit the main attractions of Cusco and its surroundings. Our first stop will be the Cathedral consider Cusco’s most important religious monument, guards amazing murals and paintings framed in gold leaf. Afterwards we will move to the Sun Temple originally called Qoricancha, it was the most important temple during the Incas time; it is located in the center of the city. Our next stop, is to visit the archeological site of Sacsayhuaman, located at 5 km from the city, the entrances are massive stone walls that weights to 120 tons, following our visit we will head to Qenqo, qualified as the amphitheater due to is semicircular construction. Later we will visit Puca Pucara and last but not least Tambomachay a beautiful site well known as a water temple, it is believed that the Incas worship the water there. Once the tour has finished we will take you back to the city around 18:30.

DAY 2SACRED VALLEY – AGUAS CALIENTES

This day we will visit the famous Sacred Valley, worldwide known due to its hidden mystery between myths and legends; it has an impressive beauty and archeological sites. We will pick you up from your hotel around 7:30 – 8:00 am. The first place we will visit is the traditional Pisac market famous by its handicrafts and silverware, and then we will head toward to Pisac ruins located on top of the hill. At this site we will appreciate the amazing agricultural terraces, water fountains, religious center, urban sector and Inca cemetery, our guide will explain more about the Inca’s customs and lifestyle; and also how take as an advantage the resources given by nature.
As we continue with our tour. We will drive along Vilcanota River, where we will appreciate the villages of Coya, Lamay, Yucay that are also part of the Sacred Valley, we will reach Urubamba where you will enjoy of a delicious buffet lunch. Our next stop will be the town of Ollantaytambo, known as the alive Incan town. There, we will visit the archeological site; it’s more important temples and precincts. After this amazing visit, we will move towards the train station to board our train on Aguas Calientes direction, the trip will last about 1:45 min.
Overnight at Aguas Calientes.

DAY 3MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO

After you enjoyed breakfast, we will board the bus that will take us to Machu Picchu (2250masl.) this ride will take about 40 minutes. On the arrival to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu you will have a 2-hour guided visit to learn more about its Main Square, the Circular Tower, the Solar Clock, the Urban Sector, the Temple of the Three Windows and an Incan Cemetery. After your guided visit, you will have some free time to wonder around Machu Picchu at your leisure.

At the most opportune time, we will once again take the bus and return down to Aguas Calientes to board the train that will take you to Ollantaytambo train station, where our private transportation is awaiting us to get back to Cusco.

DAY 4 MORAY – MARAS - SALT MINES

Our tour beings with us picking you up from your hotel from 8:00 – 8:30 am. Our first visit will be to the archeological site of Moray, it is located 1 hour and a half from the Cusco city. This amazing site has unique features, some of the most important chroniclers refer to it as an agricultural laboratory and development center due to the disposition of the terraces that has a circular shape, each one of them possess a different microclimate from very cold to warm temperatures. At this development center, the Incas were able to adapt 350 different varieties of plants that came from different ecological floors.

Our next stop, the Salt mines of Maras here we can appreciate more than 400 wells of salt. This amazing mine salts are located on the feet of the mountain Cachiqata, this mines were valued on the Incan times as much as in the colonial times, as they were used in their daily food and also help with the meat conservation (dehydrated meet). Nowadays, the mines are of great use of the locals, and it is being exported to Europe and Asia.

DAY 5 HUMANTAY LAKE

The tour begins as we pick you up from your hotel between 4:00 – 4:30 am. The drive takes about 2 hours until reaching the small town of Mollepata (2900masl), once there we will enjoy of a wholesome breakfast, before we move forward Soraypampa located at 3900 masl. The starting point of our hike, here we will be able to hire horses if we feel unsure to walk to the top, later we will get ready to commence with our ascent for about 1.5 hours through the mountain until we reach finally the stunning Humantay Lake (4200masl), located in the feet of the Humantay mountain as well. This lake has become famous due to its turquoise coloring waters given by the minerals underneath. We will have plenty of time to capture amazing pictures from the lake and surroundings, as we rest to recover some energy for us to descend. On the way down, we will appreciate the Andean mountain range (the Vilcanota range where can be seen the Salkantay snowed peak), and also the rich flora and fauna. After our long but rewarding walk, we will indulge of a delicious lunch, before it is time to return back to Cusco.

DAY 6TRANSFER OUT

Our representatives will pick you up one last time and take you to the airport. We highly recommend you to be 2 hours prior your departure flight.
End of Our Services.

Include

  • Private transportation from the airport to your hotel.
  • All entrances to the archeological sites needed (BTG touristic Cusco ticket)
  • Sacred Valley tour with buffet lunch
  • Round Trip train tickers (tourist class)
  • 01 Night at a 2 stars Hotel in Aguas Calientes including breakfast
  • Round Trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Knowledgeable guide (English or Spanish)
  • Private transportation from the train station to Cusco
  • City tour & nearby ruins
  • Maras Salt Mines and Moray tour
  • Humantay Lake hike (includes breakfast and lunch)
  • Private transportation from your hotel to the airport.

Not Include

  • Cusco accommodation
  • Travel Insurance
  • International or domestic flights
  • Meals or drinks not mentioned
  • Gratuities, laundry and personal expenses

 

What to Bring

  • It is recommendable to bring a hat or cap to be protected from the sun.
  • Insect Repellent
  • Light clothing (from November to March due to the rainy season, take waterproof clothes)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera

Optional

  • Buffet Lunch at Tinkuy Restaurand of Sanctuary Lodge:

Located inside the luxurious Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, which is the only hotel in front of Machu Picchu.

From USD 40.00 per person

  • Return train ticket at Vistadome:

First Class train that has panoramic windows including its windows roof, typical dances, onboard service, comfortable and wider seats.

From USD 40.00 per person

  • Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain entrance tickets:

Huayna Picchu Mountain has a steep and narrow path, in some part of the hike you il encounter stone stairs. The walk takes about 2 hours in total.

Machu Picchu Mountain, on the other hands is less steep and the walk is way longer taking approximately 4 hours in total.

From USD 20.00 per person. (Subject to availability).

Information

  • To enter Machu Picchu is required to present a passport or original ID.
  • In case of students a valid passport and university card.
  • The maximum height that is allow to carry on the train is of 5kg/11ld per person (train companies policy)
  • Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu hike are both challenging hikes and they are physically demanding and depends on each person.
  • Huayna Picchu entrance tickets are limited and must be booked at least 3 months in advanced.
  • During the high season between June to October, the availability of the entrances sold out quickly, because of that we recommend you to book it far in advanced.

DISCOUNTS

  • Member countries of the Andean Community USD 20.00
  • Students with valid cards USD 20.00
  • People under 18 aged USD 20.00.

Regular Tours

The tours already have a discounts and they are featured by the companion of other people, which means the tours are shared.

 

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