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Free Action Peru Treks Immersion Program 2020

We highly recommend you take advantage of this Andean Village Immersion experience offered at no extra charge with our 4-day Classic Inca Trail and 5-day Premium Inca Trail treks.Those who visit this Quechua village frequently say that this is one of the most memorable experiences of their trip to Peru!

The afternoon before you begin your hike you will be transported, with one of our native guides, to the home of one of the porters/horsemen who will be assisting you on your trek.While there you will enjoy a traditional Andean meal and have an opportunity to be educated about many aspects of life in a customary Andean village.You will have the opportunity to share in agricultural activities. You will alsomeet the wives and children of some of the porters and have the chance to learn customs and hear stories from them.

In the evening after your meal you will get to participate in their native music and dance! The children especially love to dance and are the best teachers! You will spend the night with your host family and begin your trek early the next morning.

This is a potentially life changing experience and we hope you will elect to participate and get a first-hand experience of life in the Andes!

Salkantay Trek with Short Inca Trail 5D/4N

So, anyone who knows anything about Peru knows about the Inca Trail, and with good reason. It is an amazing way to get to Machu Picchu, while making the most of what this ancient path has to offer: fascinating Inca ruins, cloud forests, subtropical jungle, not to mention the amazing llamas and alpacas you will meet on the way and the local flora you will marvel at. As far as Salkantay goes, it used to be only an alternative to the Inca Trail when this was sold out, but nowadays it has become a choice in itself. And so, it should be, as it has been classified as one of the top 20 treks in the world. And because we know it would be a hard choice between these too, we have carefully designed an amazing trekking tour, that gets you the best parts of both: the 5-day, 4-night Salkantay Trek with Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

With this trek, you will enjoy the stunning scenery offered by the Salkantay trek the first 2 days, and on the third day you will get off the beaten track, on a path that will connect you with the Inca Trail, which you will then follow on the fourth day, in order to reach one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu, on foot.

The Salkatanay part of the trek comes with the whole package: stunning glaciers, crystal clear lakes, cloud forest and rain forest, which on the last part transforms into rich vegetation and enigmatic ruins, this way giving you the best of nature and culture. With this trek, only offered by Action Peru Treks, you get to camp in the middle of nature, surrounded by the majesty of the mountains, for 2 nights, while on the other 2 you will sleep in hotels, in Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes, respectively. You also get a very pleasant train ride, on day 4, from Ollantaytambo to km 104, dinner in a nice restaurant on the fourth day in Aguas Calientes, horses that carry 8kg of your personal belongings, the permit to hike the short Inca Trail and much more.

Overview

  • Day 1:Cusco – Soraypampa – Ichupata
  • Day 2:Ichupata – Incachiriasca – Pampacahuana
  • Day 3:Pampacahuana – Paucarcancha – Huayllabamba – KM 82 – Ollantaytambo
  • Day 4:Ollantaytambo – Chachabamba – WiñayWayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
  • DAY 2:Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

 

  • DistanceTrekked:55 km/ 37 miles
  • Beginning altitude:3,800 m/12,467 ft
  • Maximum altitude:4,850m / 15,908 ft
  • Overall trek Difficulty: Challenging

Pre-trek briefing: We provide a full pre-trek briefing at our office in Cusco. This gives you the chance to ask questions about the trek itinerary and you will also be given your duffle bag so that you can pack your gear for the trek. Briefings are generally scheduled for the morning or afternoon of the day before your trek starts. If your trek begins on a Monday then the briefing will be scheduled for the Saturday before. Please take this into consideration when booking your travel plans to Cusco, ensuring you arrive in time for the briefing.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Soraypampa – Ichupata

We will pick you up early in the morning at your Cusco hotel and have a very pleasant, 3-hour drive to Mollepata, where we will have breakfast in one of the rustic houses. Along the way, you most certainly will not get bored, as you can observe the sumptuous Salkantay and Humantay Mountains, plenty of vegetation, and farmers working on their potatoes, quinoa and lima beans fields. Once we arrive at Soraypampa (3800m/12467 ft), we will get off the van and you can leave everything in the hands of our professional staff who will pack all your belongings onto horses; all you need to do is get ready with excitement to start the amazing trek. To start with a bang, we will hike up to the stunning Humantay Lake, where we can take in the beauty, take the pictures to remember and then go back to Soraypampa, where we can finally begin the trek. The part done today will be from Soraypampa to Ichupata (4300m/14104 ft), which will take around 5 to 6 hours and along which we will pass through Salkantaypampa, where we will have a delicious and nutritious lunch. Before getting ready to sleep in Ichupata, our camping place for the night, we will have a hearty dinner.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodations: Camping
  • Distance Covered: 12 km / 7 ½ miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 6 – 7 hours
  • Lowest elevation: 3,800 m/12,467 ft
  • Highest elevation: 4,300 m / 14,104 ft
  • Difficulty: Challenging

Day 2: Ichupata – Incachiriasca – Pampacahuana

In order to get ready for a challenging and steep hike up to Incachiriasca Pass (4850m/15908 ft), we will have a delicious breakfast. On the way we will be able to marvel at the amazing Apu Salkantay and appreciate the unique glacier moraines in this area. After all this encounter with heights, we will descend to a flat area, where we will have lunch and we can observe the Salkantay Valleys; if we are lucky, we might see the Andean condor. Next, it is time to get a taste of the local life, as we will head down to the Pampacahuana community (3700m/ 12136 ft), where we will camp for the night.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodations: Camping
  • Distance Covered: 14 km / 8 ½ miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 8 – 9 hours
  • Lowest elevation: 3,700 m / 12,136 ft
  • Highest elevation: 4,850 m / 15,908 ft
  • Difficulty: Challenging

Day 3:Pampacahuana – Paucarcancha – Huayllabamba – KM 82 – Ollantaytambo

On this day, we will switch things up a bit, as we walk downhill, in order to join the Classic Inca Trail. We will get from Pampacahuana to Paucarcancha (3133m/ 10276 ft) in about 2 hours. Here we will visit the Inca site that bears the same name.

In order to finally link up with the Inca Trail, we will walk downhill for 5 hours, to km 82. Here we will be rewarded with a lovely view of the Inca ruin of Llactapata. After succeeding in seeing this first site of the Classic Inca Trail, our professional chef will cook us a delicious lunch at the end of our trekking day at KM 82.

After lunch, a local transportation will take us from km 82 to Ollantaytambo (2792m/ 9158 ft), where you will sleep in the comfort of your hotel room. You will have dinner at a local Restaurant in town.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodations: Hotel
  • Distance Covered: 16 km/ 10 miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 6 to 8 hours
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,792 m/9,158 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 3,700 m / 12,136 ft
  • Difficulty: Moderate

DAY 4:Ollantaytambo – Chachabamba – WiñayWayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes

We will pick you up at your Ollantaytambo hotel around 7:00 in the morning and have a short, 10-minute walk to Ollantaytambo train station.

We will enjoy the views from the train, down to km 104, where the train will make a special stop, just for you, where we will start our Inca Trail trekking.

After passing the Inca Trail checkpoint we can already admire the first ruins on this path, the Chachabamba ruins. You will hear from the guide its fascinating story: how they were the last shelters used by the Inca before reaching Machu Picchu; how they were used for centuries as a religious and administrative center. All the while you will be able to appreciate its enigmatic buildings.

Further on, while we ascend for 3 hours, you will be in awe at the different ecosystems that you will encounter during such a short period of time, while you will learn and observe the specific local flora and fauna.

Since this is the Inca Trail, magnificent ruins will keep appearing. The next ones will be the ruins of Winay Wayna, which means “Forever Young”. Up there we will enjoy the stunning views of the Andes while we have a nutritious lunch.

You will see for yourself that Winay Wayna has different experimental terraces for the growth of different types of crops. Although you might have heard of the Temple of the Sun and Temple of the Moon, here you will get to experience a temple dedicated to the rainbow, with 7 windows.

Further on, we will walk for 1-2 hours, until we reach the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) of Machu Picchu. From here you will already feel the amazing energy that only Machu Picchu gives you, by having a first glimpse of this wonder of the world.

Afterwards, we will take you to Aguas Calientes, where you can enjoy this colorful and busy city. A great way to spend the evening would be to visit the hot springs, where you can get well-deserved rest and relaxation. We will then enjoy dinner together at a local restaurant, filled with excitement for the great day to come.

  • Meals: Box Lunch / Dinner
  • Accommodations: Hotel
  • Distance Covered: 13 km / 8 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 5-6 hours
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,040 m / 6,691 ft
  • Maximum altitude: 2,720 m / 8,920 ft
  • Difficulty: Moderate

DAY 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

After a heart breakfast early in the morning, around 5:30, we will pick you up by bus to head to the enigmatic Machu Picchu. On the way we will see the glorious sunrise over the Lost City of the Incas.

You can be sure that our local professional and knowledgeable guides will transport you into the Inca times with their exciting stories, during which you will get to know all about the history and importance of Machu Picchu. Of course, you will have enough time to take the photos of a lifetime.

If you have chosen to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain, you will do so at 10:00a.m. Kindly remember that Huayna Picchu tickets are not included in this tour and you must book them well in advance. If you´d rather not climb the mountain, there is nothing to lose, as you will have more time to freely explore Machu Picchu on your own.

After coming back to Aguas Calientes, you will board the return train to Poroy or Ollantaytambo, from where we will transfer you in our van to your hotel in Cusco. Depending on your train ticket, you will arrive in Cusco more or less between 8-9:00p.m.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,040 m/ 6,691 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 2,440 m/ 8,052 ft

Inclusions

Services Included:

  • Pre-Departure Briefing at our office
  • Pick up from your hotel and transportation to Sorayapampa (start of trek)
  • Bilingual English-speaking tour guide (additional tour guide for groups of nine people or more)
  • High quality, 4-person tent for every 2 people
  • Mattress and pillow
  • Kitchen tent
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Eco-Friendly portable toilet and toilet tent
  • Professional Chef and assistant chef
  • Wranglers and horses to carry all equipment
  • Horse to transport up to 8 kg of your personal gear
  • Duffle bag for your personal gear
  • Emergency horse (¡in case we need it!)
  • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners
  • Hot water for washing twice daily
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to KM 104
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or Poroy
  • Private van transportation from Ollantaytambo or Poroy to your Cusco hotel
  • 1-night hotel accommodation in Ollantaytambo (double occupancy)
  • 1-night hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy)
  • Round trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu

Services Not Included:

  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Trekking poles (can be rented from us
  • Ticket for Huayna Picchu mountain (can be purchased for an extra US $75 per person)
  • Day 5 Lunch in Aguas Calientes
  • Tips for the trek crew (tipping optional and guidelines provided)
  • Travel /Health / Emergency insurance

What to bring:

  • Original passport (nb. if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking you MUST bring both)
  • Down or synthetic feather sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, tops, a few t-shirts, socks, sun hat, thermal underwear, light long pants, gloves, poncho, rain jacket)
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
  • Sun block (factor 35+ recommended), Head lamp and batteries*
  • Sunglasses, sun hat, Binoculars, Camera + batteries*
  • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us) MUST have rubber tips
  • Insect repellent – 15% DEET
  • Snacks (while your crew will prepare the most amazing meals, everyone’s energy needs are different, particularly at altitude, and so you should pack some suitable snacks to make sure you are always fully energised)

* nb. batteries run down faster at high altitudes

Prices

Price:

  • US $930 per person for Group Service
  • US $990 for Private Service

Discounts:

  • Under 18 years discount: US $20.00
  • Under 7 years discount: US $35.00

Rentals:

  • Hiking poles – US $20.00 (pair)
  • Sleeping bag – US $25.00

Upgrades:

    • Hotel Upgrades
      • Belmond Sanctuary Lodge (5-star hotel) – US $490 per person per night (double occupancy)
      • Sumaq Machu Picchu hotel (5-star hotel) – US $245 per person per night (double occupancy)
      • Tierra Viva Machu Picchu (3+ star hotel) – US $50 per person per night (double occupancy)
    • Train Upgrades
      • Vistadome train -US $50 for trip from Aguas Calientes to Poroy
      • Hiram Bingham train – US $380 for trip from Aguas Calientes to Poroy
    • Private lodging
      • Private hotel room in Aguas Calientes – US $45 (nb. prices for upgraded hotels will be higher)
      • Private tent – US $30
    • Machu Picchu
      • Buffet lunch at the Tinkuy restaurant in the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu – US $45 per person.

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Active Peru Adventure 9D/8N

Join us and experience the archaeological and cultural treasures of this fascinating country with this brand new 9-day itinerary. Our Active Peru Adventure tour is perfect for those looking to discover Peru’s most famous destinations, but who only have limited time available to explore.

This trip of a lifetime includes four days hiking and camping along the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Following in the footsteps of the Incas this challenging trail rewards its intrepid explorers with breathtaking views across the majestic Andes, the opportunity to walk among the ruins of ancient Incan towns and temples and, of course, witness first hand one of the new 7 Wonders of the World, the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu.

Accompanied at all times by one of our world class guides and our incredible team of Porters, you will sleep comfortably in the most dramatic and beautifully remote locations, under the magnificent South American skies. But this trip is about so much more than the Inca Trail. We will spend time in the country’s modern and ancient capitals of Lima and Cusco, be stunned by the raw natural colours of the Rainbow Mountain and marvel at the mystical terraces at Moray. We take care of booking everything from hotels to transport so that you can just relax and enjoy everything that this trip has to offer. We look forward to welcoming you and sharing our beautiful country with you!

Overview

  • Day 1:Lima
  • Day 2:Lima to Cusco
  • Day 3:Moray, Maras Salt Mines and Ollantaytambo
  • Day 4:Our adventure on the Inca Trail begins
  • Day 5:A challenging day on the Inca Trail
  • Day 6:Another perfect day on the Inca Trail
  • Day 7:Machu Picchu!!!
  • Day 8:The Rainbow Mountain of Peru
  • Day 9:Depart Cusco

Itinerary

Day 1: Lima

You are welcome to schedule your arrival in Lima at any time. There are no planned activities today, so check into your hotel and relax after your long journey, and then spend some time exploring the city. We will hold a Welcome Meeting at your hotel when one of our representatives will give you all of the exciting details of the trip ahead of us.

  • Accommodations: Tierra Viva hotel or Casa Andina hotel Miraflores (or similar)
  • Lima altitude: See level

Day 2: Lima to Cusco

In the morning you will be transported back to Lima airport for your flight to Cusco, and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon we will take you on a tour of Cusco’s main sites. Starting in the bustling Plaza de Armas, flanked on 2 sides by two magnificent Cathedrals, we will wander the cobbled backstreets exploring a city steeped in the history of one of the world’s most alluring and ancient cultures. We also venture outside of the city to visit the ancient ruins at Qenqo, and Puca Pucara, as well as the water temple of Tambomachay and the magnificent Inca site of Sacsayhuaman. At the end of this first full day, you will already feel immersed in the culture and history of this incredible country..

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Tierra Viva hotel (or similar)
  • Maximum altitude: 3,750 m/12,350 ft
  • Minimum altitude: 3,399 m/11,150 ft
  • Approximate walking time: 5 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy

Day 3: Moray, Maras Salt Mines and Ollantaytambo

Today we take you on a guided tour through the incredible Sacred Valley of the Incas. Accompanied as always by your expert guide, we will drive you deep into the Sacred Valley, a land almost lost in time deep in the heart of the Andes mountains. In the morning we visit Moray, a circular terraced agricultural site with an almost mystical quality, and the Salinas salt pans, an ancient agricultural marvel where salt is still produced today! In the afternoon we visit the archeological site of Ollantaytambo (2,792 m/9,160 ft)with its impressive Inca constructions, before finishing the day wandering through the Artisan Markets in the quaint, local town of the same name. Here we will spend the night, the excitement building ahead of our journey on the Inca Trail.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Samanapaq hotel (or similar) Hotel
  • Maximum altitude: 3,380 m/11,088 ft
  • Minimum altitude: 2,792 m/9,160 ft
  • Approximate tour duration: 8 to 9 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 4: Our adventure on the Inca Trail begins

Leaving Ollantaytambo early in the morning, we drive you to Piscacucho (also known as KM82) which is the trailhead and start of our 4-day Inca Trail adventure. You will be accompanied by our expert crew of local porters and cooks who attend to every last detail of the trek, ensuring you are comfortable and safe at all times. Our hardy Porters will carry the majority of your gear so you’ll only need to carry a small daypack with some essentials, like water, rain gear, snacks, a camera etc. The trail begins following the banks of meandering streams and past ancient archeological ruins, at all times surrounded by breathtaking views of the Andes and the flora and fauna of this unique region. We will even pass through small villages where we can stop to try Chicha, a locally brewed corn beer! The trekking is moderately easy and serves as a good training for the days ahead. Arriving at our campsite for the night, the Porters will have arrived ahead of us and setup camp. After the days exertions you will be pleased to change into some warmer clothing (nights in the mountains can be chilly!) and then sit out under the stars, sharing stories and enjoying the delicious gourmet dinner that the kitchen team will have prepared for you. Our chefs are especially selected for their skills at mountain-cooking, and you will not be disappointed with the quality of food provided! Retiring for the night to your comfortable, high quality tent (with ground mattress) you can be assured of a good night’s sleep to rest your weary legs.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Maximum altitude: 3,300 m/ 10,824 ft
  • Minimum altitude: 2,598 m/ 8,525 ft
  • Approximate walking time: 8 hours
  • Distance to walk: 14 km/ 8.7 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 5: A challenging day on the Inca Trail

Day 5 is the most challenging day, and it starts early! You will be gently woken by one of our Porters and served fresh coffee or Cocoa Tea (perfect for altitude adjustment) before a delicious and nutritious breakfast that is perfect fuel for the challenging day ahead. The trek starts with a steep, 3-hour climb to Warmiwañusca, also known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 13,769ft so be prepared to face strong Andean weather (blazing sun or cold winds) as we reach the summit. Your guide will ensure we take the hike at a pace suitable for everyone, encouraging everyone to drink lots of water along the way. The reward of course for reaching the summit are some of the most spectacular mountain vistas found anywhere in South America! After resting and taking those all-important photos, we start the descent to our lunch spot in the Pacaymayu valley. Our crew will be waiting with a delicious lunch, preparing us for another tough few hours on the trail in the afternoon. The afternoon begins with a 1 hour climb to the Inca ruins of Runcuracay. Here we will stop for a while and our expert guide will give you a full tour of the site. We then climb for one more hour to reach the second pass of the Inca Trail, the Runcuracay pass. Breathtaking is the only word to describe the views of the snow-capped peaks that stretch out before us! We then hike downhill for 2 hours through Cloud Forest to reach the archeological site of Sayacmarca (steep-place town). This is another incredible Inca ruin set in a spectacular location with majestic views across the Aobamba valley. Finally, we hike for just 45 more minutes to our camp at Chaquicocha. Here we will have time to rest and relax before dinner.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Maximum altitude: 4,215 m/ 13,825 ft
  • Minimum altitude: 3,300 m/ 10,824 ft
  • Approximate walking time: 10 hours
  • Distance to walk: 16 km/ 10 miles
  • Difficulty: Challenging

Day 6:Another perfect day on the Inca Trail

Hiking through cloud forest on a gentle, undulating trail we reach the third pass of the Inca Trail trek. The Phuyupatamarca pass is located at 12,136ft and on a clear day you can enjoy spectacular views of the Urubamba mountain range. Hiking downhill for 15 minutes we reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the “town above the clouds”. Your guide will again provide a tour of the ruins before we follow the trail further downhill for two hours to the ruins of Intipata. Our hiking today ends with a gentle 45-minute downhill section to our camp at Wiñay Wayna where our lunch will be waiting for us. Relaxed and well rested after lunch, we will visit the site at Wiñay Wayna. Meaning “Forever Young” in the Quechua language this is the last Inca ruin along the trail to Machu Picchu. Built into a steep hillside overlooking the Urubamba Riverthe site consists of upper and lower house complexes connected by a staircase and fountain structures. Above and below the houses the Incas built areas of agricultural terraceswhich are still visible today. Once back at the camp site we will enjoy our final night with our porters and kitchen team, as they do not join us for the visit to Machu Picchu

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Maximum altitude: 3,600 m/11,808 ft
  • Minimum altitude: 2,680 m/8,792 ft
  • Approximate walking time: 5 hours
  • Distance to walk: 10 km/ 6.2 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 7: Machu Picchu!!!

Our final day starts before dawn to reach the famous Sun Gate before sunrise. It is here that we will get our first views of the breathtaking citadel of Machu Picchu and on a clear day the sunrise will be unforgettable. It is hard to put into words the impact of seeing one of the most iconic sights on the planet for the first time, but we will have plenty of time to take in those first views for ourselves. We then hike down to the main entrance for a 2-hour guided tour of the site. Our guides are experts in the history of the site, and will really bring the visit to life for you. After the tour, you will have plenty of free time to explore, or maybe just find a quiet spot to sit and reflect; this was, after all, a spiritual center for the Incas. Around midday we catch a bus for a 25-minute ride downhill to Aguas Calientes where there will be time to eat and relax before returning by train to Cusco in the evening.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Tierra Viva Cusco (or similar) Hotel
  • Maximum altitude: 2,700 m/ 8,856 ft
  • Minimum altitude: 2,430 m/ 7,972 ft
  • Approximate walking time: 2 hours
  • Distance to walk: 5 km/ 3.73 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy

Day 8: The Rainbow Mountain of Peru

Our final full day starts with a 5am pick from your hotel to drive to the village of Cusipata where we will stop for breakfast before heading to the trailhead for the Rainbow Mountains. Vinicunca or “Rainbow” mountain is a sacred place near the Ausangate mountain. The mountains are largely formed of colorful sediments, built up over centuries, which give the site a unique and surreal look. The mountain itself can only be accessed by foot or horse, adding further to the remote and undisturbed nature of the location. From the trailhead we make a steep 1 ½ hour climb to reach the viewing platforms for the mountain. Although shorter than many of the trail sections we completed on the Inca Trail, the hike is still challenging but the views as always are more than rewarding! Returning to Cusipata we will have a delicious lunch in a local house before returning to Cusco at around 4pm.

  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch
  • Accommodation: Tierra Viva Cusco Hotel (or similar)
  • Maximum altitude: 5,020 m716,469 ft
  • Minimum altitude: 3,399 m/11,150 ft
  • Approximate walking time: 2 ½ hours
  • Difficulty: Challenging

Day 9: Depart Cusco

Sadly, our Active Peru Adventure ends today. We will collect you at any time from your Cusco hotel to transfer you to the airport for your onward flight. We hope that your time with us will have made a lifetime of unforgettable memories!

  • Meals: Breakfast

Note: This itinerary is subject to change without prior notice according to weather conditions, strikes, roadblocks, or other events which are beyond our control. At Action Treks Peru we will always do our best to follow the itinerary as closely as possible.

Inclusions

Services Included:

  • Professional English speaking guide. Additional guide for groups over 8 people
  • Pre-trek briefing before the Inca Trail trek
  • Transport to/from airport to Lima hotel on day 1 and day 2.
  • Transport from airport to your Cusco hotel on day 2
  • Transport to the airport or bus station at the end of the trip
  • 3 nights accommodation in a nice and comfortable hotel in Cusco city (double occupancy)
  • 1-night accommodation in a nice and comfortable hotel in Ollantaytambo (double occupancy)
  • 1-night accommodation in a nice and comfortable hotel in Lima (double occupancy)
  • Admission fees to all the archeological sites in the Cusco City tour and the Sacred Valley tour.
  • Transportation from your Ollantaytambo hotel to KM 82 (start point of the Inca Trail)
  • Personal porter to carry 7 kg of personal gear for each hiker
    • Your sleeping bag and mattress will count towards this weight limit. Approximate weight of the average sleeping bag and sleeping mattress is 3 kg.
  • Porters to carry all group gear
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes on day 7
  • Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy or Ollantaytambo.
  • Transport by private transportation from Ollantaytambo or Poroy train station to your Cusco hotel
  • Admission ticket to Machu Picchu Archaeological site
  • Admission ticket to the Inca Trail
  • 4 lunches, 3 dinners and 8 breakfasts
  • Four-person tent for every 2 people along the Inca Trail trek
  • Thermarest Mattress for the Inca Trail trek
  • Pillow for the Inca Trail trek
  • Kitchen tent for the Inca Trail trek
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs on the Inca Trail trek
  • Eco-friendly portable toilet and toilet tent along the Inca Trail trek
  • Professional chef and an assistant cheffor the Inca Trail trek
  • Daily boiled and cold water to fill water bottles
  • Water for washing
  • Duffle bag for your personal gear to be used along the Inca Trail trek
  • Private guided walking tour of Machu Picchu
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank for all tours

Services Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Airport taxes
  • Hiking poles (can be rented from us)
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Lunches or dinners (unless otherwise specified in the tour itinerary)
  • Tip for your staff
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)

What to bring:

  • Original passport (nb. if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking you MUST bring both)
  • Down or synthetic feather sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, tops, a few t-shirts, socks, sun hat, thermal underwear, light long pants, gloves, poncho, rain jacket)
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
  • Sun block (factor 35+ recommended)
  • Head lamp + batteries*
  • Sunglasses and sun hat
  • Camera + batteries*
  • Binoculars
  • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us) MUST have rubber tips
  • Insect repellent – 15% DEET
  • Snacks (while your crew will prepare the most amazing meals, everyone’s energy needs are different, particularly at altitude, and so you should pack some suitable snacks to make sure you are always fully energized)

Prices

Price:

  • US $1450 per person (based on two people) If the group gets bigger, the price will decrease.

Discounts:

  • Under 18 years discount: US $20.00
  • Under 7 years discount: US $35.00

Rentals:

  • Hiking poles – US $20.00 (pair)
  • Sleeping bag – US $25.00

Upgrades:

  • Train Upgrades
  • Buffet lunch at the Tinkuy restaurantin the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu on day 7 – US $45 per person.

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Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca 8D/7N

Highlights of this incredible 8-day tour include some of Peru’s most spectacular and awe-inspiring sites. We visit Machu Picchu, one of the new 7 Wonders of the World and the spiritual home of the Incan empire; we follow in the footsteps of the Inca pilgrims, trekking high in the Andes on the world-famous Inca Trail; and we explore the highest navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca.

You’ll start your Peru adventure in Lima, the country’s fascinating capital. Lima’s history predates the colonial presence in the country, when the establishment of the viceroyalty transformed the city into the main political and administrative center of South America. During this period, significant churches, monasteries, mansions and balconies were built. The arrival of modernity didn’t transform the historic center, which is now recognized as a World Heritage Site. The exquisite cuisine available also gives the capital an authentic personality and makes tourism in Lima a truly unique experience.

From Lima we continue to Peru’s 2nd city. Cusco was an important center for the indigenous people and is widely recognized as the capital of the Inca Empire. Many believe that the city was planned as an effigy, built in the shape of a Puma, a sacred animal worshipped by the Incas. We will explore the ancient architecture and fascinating museums, and enjoy the popular Cusco nightlife before venturing deeper into the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Our tour of the Sacred Valley takes us to the incredible Inca sites at Pisac and Ollantaytambo before beginning our unforgettable trek on the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Arriving at the spectacular Sun Gate, we spend a full half day exploring this ancient, spiritual citadel.

From Cusco we follow the “Route of the Sun” to Puno where we will spend our final 2 days. We take a tour on Lake Titicaca, visiting the famed floating islands of Uros, as well as the Amantani island and the island of Taquile. We stay overnight with a local family in Amantani experiencing their warm hospitality and traditional cooking.

This is an 8-day adventure packed with so many highlights to truly make it a trip of a lifetime.

Overview

  • Day 1: Lima
  • Day 2: Lima to Cusco
  • Day 3: Sacred Valley Tour and overnight at Ollantaytambo
  • Day 4: Ollantaytambo – Chachabamba – Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
  • Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
  • Day 6: Cusco – Puno “The sun’s route”
  • Day 7: Floating Islands Tour and Homestay at Amantani
  • Day 8: Uros, Amantani – Taquile island and Puno

Itinerary

Day 1: Lima

Welcome to Lima, City of the Kings and the starting point for our epic 8-day journey!

From Lima airport you will be transferred to your hotel in the exclusive area of Miraflores. Whatever your arrival time you will have the remainder of the day free to explore the highlights of this fascinating city. Visit the beautiful old square, flanked by Lima’s incredible cathedral on one side and the Presidential Palace on the other; take a stroll along the spectacular cliffs of Miraflores where you can watch people parascending; or maybe wander the Bohemian streets of Barranco, with it’s wonderful street art. Whatever you choose, end the day in one of the many world class restaurants available and discover why Lima is known of one of the gourmet capitals of South America.

  • Accommodations: Tierra Viva hotel or similar
  • Lima altitude: See level

Day 2: Lima to Cusco

After breakfast we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco, one of our representatives will meet you to take you to your hotel.

Cusco is a city nestled high in the Andes mountains so be sure to take it easy on this first day while your body gets used to the altitude. Visit a museum, people-watch on the Plaza de Armas, wander through the artisan markets or simply find a cafe where you can relax. In the evening, choose from one of Cusco’s many options for casual or fine dining.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Tierra Viva hotel (or similar)
  • Maximum altitude: 3,399 m/11,150 ft
  • Difficulty: Easy

Day 3: Sacred Valley Tour and overnight at Ollantaytambo

After breakfast, meet your guide for a tour of the stunning Sacred Valley. In Inca times the valley was littered with royal palaces and temples and today is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes and stunningly preserved ruins.

Our first stop is at Pisac where the Inca ruins are notable for their striking, curved agricultural terraces. Here you can take in stunning views right across the Sacred Valley. The town of Pisac sits below the ruins and hosts a bustling handicrafts market, where local artisans from across the valley come to sell their wares; a great place to buy some authentic local souvenirs.

Next, we visit the ancient military town of Ollantaytmbo. The focal point of this charming town is its namesake Inca fortress, which ascends the surrounding mountain slopes in a cascade of intricate stone terraces. The winding cobbled lanes at the base of the ruins are one of the only remaining examples of an intact Inca street grid. This is a truly fascinating place to visit.

We will stop in Urubamba for lunch (not included) before driving you to your hotel in Ollantaytambo.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Samanapaq hotel (or similar) Hotel
  • Maximum altitude: 3,380 m/11,088 ft
  • Minimum altitude: 2,792 m/9,160 ft
  • Approximate tour duration: 8 to 9 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 4: Ollantaytambo – Chachabamba – Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes

One of our expert tour guides will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning (around 6:00am) and then walk with you to the train station.

Our train journey is to Km 104, and takes about 1 1/2 hours. As the train carves along the valley floor there will be plenty of photo opportunities to be had from the comfort of your seat. Km 104 is an unscheduled train stop and so you will probably feel a twinge of satisfaction knowing that the train is stopping especially for you!

After leaving the train we pass the Inca Trail checkpoint and our time on the world-famous trail begins.

We first pass the archaeological center at Chachabamba (2,170 m / 7,170 ft). These ruins were one of the last shelters that the Incas used before they reached Machu Picchu. This site was used as a religious and administrative center, and features several buildings that are still very well preserved.

We then make a steep ascent for about 2-3 hours, the trail still made in places from original Inca stone steps. Our guides are experts in the flora and fauna of the area and provide a fascinating narrative to the trek.

We pass a waterfall before arriving at the archaeological site of Wiñay Wayna at (2,650 m / 8,700 ft), named after an orchid and meaning “Forever Young” in the Quechua language. Climbing to the top of the ruins we will enjoy lunch with an incredible view of Wiñay Wayna and the Sacred Valley before touring the site. Sitting high on the mountainside the site features experimental terraces that the Incas used to grow different crops, a temple with 7 windows that was dedicated to the rainbow and a series of water channels that still function today.

After the tour we continue our hike for about 1 ½ hours on a relatively flat section of the trail. At about 4:00 pm we will reach the magnificent Sun Gate (2,720 m / 8,920 ft), called Intipunku in Quechua. It is from here that we will have our first stunning views of Machu Picchu. No matter how many pictures you may have seen of this incredible site, nothing quite prepares you for seeing it for yourself. It is truly an experience of a lifetime!

We walk down to the entrance of the ruins to take the bus down to Aguas Calientes where you will check in to your hotel. The natural hot springs in town are an unbeatable way to spend a late afternoon/early evening if time is available before dinner. Dinner will be at local restaurants in town.

  • Meals: Breakfast, box lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation: Samanapaq hotel (or similar) Hotel
  • Maximum altitude: 2,720 m/8,920 ft
  • Minimum altitude: 2,040 m/6,691 ft
  • Approximate walking time: 6 hours
  • Distance to walk: 13 km/ 8 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

After a very early breakfast prepared at your hotel we take one of the first buses (5:30 am) along the winding road to Machu Picchu. If the weather is kind then you may get the chance to see the magnificent sunrise over the Andes before we make our way into the site. Your entry ticket to Machu Picchu is included in the price of the trek.

After taking a little time to absorb those first iconic views, your guide will give a 2-hour walking tour, sharing with you much of the history and stories of these legendary ruins.

If you have elected to climb Huayna Picchu mountain (for more spectacular views), you will begin the hike at 10am (NB. the price for hiking Huayna Picchu Mountain is not included in the trek price). If you are not climbing the mountain you will have some free time to explore Machu Picchu.

After taking the bus back to Aguas Calientes you will board the expedition train to Poroy or Ollantaytambo.  From Poroy or Ollantaytambo you will travel by private van to Cusco and we will drop you off at your hotel. Arrival time in Cusco depends on the time of your train ticket, but is generally between 8 and 9 pm.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Tierra Viva hotel (or similar) Hotel
  • Maximum altitude: 2,440 m/8,052 ft
  • Minimum altitude: 2,040 m/6,691 ft
  • Difficulty: Easy

Day 6: Cusco – Puno “The sun’s route”

Today we will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the bus station to catch the “Inka Express” bus leaving at 6:50 AM. The bus to Puno takes the whole day but makes a number of stops/tours at attractions along the way, including;

  • Andahuaylillas Church
  • Huaro/Raqchi Inca Remains
  • Sicuani
  • La Raya
  • Museo Alcra Pukara

You will be provided a buffet lunch as part of your bus trip.

Upon your arrival in Puno (at around 5:00 PM) our representative will pick you up at the bus station and transport you to your hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch
  • Accommodation: Tierra Viva hotel (or similar) Hotel
  • Maximum altitude: 3,827 m/12,555 ft
  • Minimum altitude: 3,399 m/11,150 ft
  • Difficulty: Easy

Day 7: Uros Floating Islands Tour and Homestay at Amanti

On the morning of your Lake Titicaca Tour, you will be picked up at your hotel around 7:30 AM and transported to the dock. You will take the motorboat to the famous floating Islands of Uros (tour included) before being transported to the Island of Amanti where you will dine and stay overnight with a local family

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation: Homestay at Amanti
  • Maximum altitude: 4,150 m/13,615 ft
  • Minimum altitude: 3,827 m/12,555 ft
  • Approximate walking time: 4 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 8: Amantani – Taquile Island and Puno

On the morning of our final day you will have a delicious breakfast prepared by your host in Amantani before taking a 2-hour trip by motorboat to the Island of Taquile.

An island full of color and bustling with life we take a walk of 50 minutes from the port by a footpath that takes us past traditional house and ancient ruins to the town’s Plaza de Armas. Located on the top of the island, you may well feel a little out of breath as a result of the altitude, but you will have time to rest as we are treated to a typical lunch of fresh fish (rainbow trout). There will also be time to explore the traditional craft fair on the plaza.

We will take the motor boat back to Puno arriving at approximately 4:00 PM.

We will then transport you either to your hotel or to the airport depending on your travel plans.

NB.If you are staying longer in Puno then we will transport you to the airport for whenever your flight is scheduled.

  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch
  • Accommodation: Tierra Viva hotel (or similar) Hotel
  • Maximum altitude: 4,050 m/13,287 ft
  • Minimum altitude: 3,827 m/12,555 ft
  • Approximate walking time: 3 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Note: This itinerary is subject to change without prior notice according to weather conditions, strikes, roadblocks, or other events which are beyond our control. At Action Treks Peru we will always do our best to follow the itinerary as closely as possible.

Inclusions

Services Included:

  • Professional English speaking guide. Additional guide for groups over 8 people
  • Pre-trek briefing before the Short Inca Trail trek
  • Transport from the Lima airport to your Miraflores hotel on day 1
  • Transport from your Miraflores hotel to the Lima airport for fly from Lima to Cusco on day 2 of your trip
  • Transport from the Cusco airport to your Cusco hotel on day 3 of your trip
  • Admission fees to all the archeological sites in the Sacred Valley tour.
  • Pick up from your Ollantaytambo hotel to the train station
  • Train from Ollantaytambo to KM 104
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes on day 4. Round trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu on day 5.
  • Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy or Ollantaytambo.
  • Transport by private car from Ollantaytambo or Poroy train station to your Cusco hotel
  • Admission Ticket to Machu Picchu Archaeological site
  • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 box lunch and 3 dinners
  • 1-nighthotel in Lima city (double occupancy)
  • 2-nights hotel in Cusco city (double occupancy)
  • 1-night hotel in Ollantaytambo (double accupancy)
  • 1-night hotel in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy)
  • 2 nights hotel in Puno city
  • 1-night homestay at Amantani island
  • Private guided walking tour of Machu Picchu
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank for all tours
  • Transport from your Cusco hotel to the Bus station
  • Inka Express bus ticket
  • Entrance fees for the stops on the Inka Express Route: Andahuaylillas church, lithic museum of Pukara and Raqchi Archaeological Complex
  • Buffet lunch on the Inka Express route
  • Pick up from the bus station in Puno and transfer to your Puno hotel
  • Transfers hotel – port – hotel
  • Motor boat transportation
  • Guided tours of Uros, Amantani and Taquile Islands with English Speaking Guide
  • All entrance fees
  • Overnight homestay on Amantani island
  • Transportation from your hotel to Juliaca airport

Services Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Airport taxes
  • Meals other than those specified in the itinerary
  • Tip for your staff
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)

What to bring:

  • Original passport (nb. if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking you MUST bring both)
  • Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, tops, a few t-shirts, socks, sun hat, thermal underwear, light long pants, gloves, poncho, rain jacket)
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
  • Sun block (factor 35+ recommended)
  • Sunglasses and sun hat
  • Camera + batteries*
  • Binoculars
  • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us) MUST have rubber tips
  • Insect repellent – 15% DEET
  • Snacks (while your crew will prepare the most amazing meals, everyone’s energy needs are different, particularly at altitude, and so you should pack some suitable snacks to make sure you are always fully energized)

Prices

Price:

  • US $1430 per person (based on two people) If the group gets bigger, the price will decrease.

Discounts:

  • Under 18 years discount: US $20.00
  • Under 7 years discount: US $35.00 

Rentals:

  • Hiking poles for the Short Inca Trail – US $10.00 (pair)

Upgrades:

  • Hotel Upgrades
  • Train Upgrades
  • Private lodging
    • Private hotel room in Aguas Calientes – US $45 (nb. prices for upgraded hotels will be higher)
  • Machu Picchu
    • Buffet lunch at the Tinkuy restaurantin the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu – US $45 per person

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Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain + Ausangate Trek 4D/3N

The abundance of phenomenal treks in the Peruvian Andes is well known. The Vinicunca Rainbow mountain & Ausangate Trek does not disappoint…but provides something that is not seen anywhere else on this continent and in only one other place in the entire world (China). This is the spectacular, recently discovered Rainbow Mountain, officially named Vinicunca. The majesty of this trek is hard to put in to words, but the best comparisons are to Iceland and Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. Your mind will be blown by the wealth of waterfalls and turquoise lakes.

In addition to the scenery, you will see hoards of alpacas and llamas, as well as the only indigenous habitat of the Incan Vicuña (which has the most expensive wool in the world). You will also learn about the traditions of the Andean people with visits to local villages.

Machu Picchu is the gem of the Sacred Valley in Peru, which leads many people to skip this stunning region. However, if you are coming to Peru, we believe these mountains fall into the category of bucket list destinations along with Machu Picchu.

Overview

  • Day 1: Cusco – Tinqui Village – Upis Hot Springs
  • Day 2: Upis – Arapa Pass – Pucacocha
  • Day 3: Pucacocha – Ausangate Pass – Minasniyuq Pass – Surine Cocha
  • Day 4: Surine Cocha – Rainbow Mountains – Quesiuno Village – Cusco

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco ‐ Tinqui Village – Upis Hot Springs

We set off early from Cusco traveling by private van to the small village of Tinqui. We will see the impressive mountain range of Vilcanota and pass through several traditional Andean villages en route and take time to stop to take some photos. When we arrive at Tinqui (our trailhead), we will have a delicious breakfast prepared by our master chef. Then our horsemen will arrange all the group gear and packs on the horses and our trek officially begins. We begin our walk through farming communities and enjoy the breathtaking views of the mountains. We will walk for around 3 hrs and then its time for a lunch stop. After lunch we continue for another 2 hours to reach Upis (4,100 m / 13,448 ft). There we will have the opportunity to soak in the local hot springs before dinner, and camp for the night.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner + snacks
  • Minimum Elevation: 3,800 m / 12, 464 ft
  • Maximum Elevation: 4,400 m / 14,432 ft
  • Walking Distance: 12 km / 7 ½ miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 6 – 7 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Day 2: Upis ‐ Arapa Pass – Pucacocha

After a big breakfast we are ready to leave our camp and get started on our hike for the day. We will climb to the Arapa Pass (4,850 m / 15,908 ft). From this vantage point we will enjoy the contrast between dry desert like hills and breathtaking snow capped views of Mt. Ausangate and Pucacocha. This area also boasts three beautiful lakes with tones of reds, greens, and turquoises (Pucacocha, Hatun Pucacocha, and Qomercocha). Our second campsite is close to Ausangate glacier.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner + snacks
  • Minimum Elevation: 4,100 m / 13,448 ft
  • Maximum Elevation: 4,850 m / 15,908 ft
  • Walking Distance: 12 km / 7 ½ miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 7 – 8 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Challenging

Day 3: Pucacocha – Ausangate Pass – Minasniyuq Pass – Surine Cocha

Today, you will be woken up with “room service” (a hot cup of coca tea). This is going to be one of the most beautiful days of the trek. We will see the Rainbow Mountains in the distance. Also, on today´s journey, we will pass through Alccatauri Village. This is where we will see their traditional village life. There are no trees in the area, so there is no wood to make houses or build fires. The residents are extremely enterprising and make their adobe houses out of mud and build fires with nature´s fertilizer, a.k.a. manure. J.

The day begins with a 1 ½ hour uphill climb until we reach the Ausangate pass (4,930 m / 16,170 ft). At this pass, we will see red mountains and also have the opportunity to see Vicuñas, chinchillas and alpacas.

After we enjoy the pass, we descend for 1 ½ hours until we reach the Alccatauri Village (4,400 m / 14,435 ft). During our time at the village, in return for their generous hospitality, we will give them offerings of coca leaves. This is extremely valuable because this treasurable Peruvian staple can not be grown in this climate.

Following this incomparable experience, we will hike a further 30 minutes uphill to our lunch spot at a rustic lodge.

After a satisfying lunch, we will begin our voyage uphill to the second pass. After 1 ½ hours, we will follow Llama trail to Minasniyuq Pass. Here we will have our first views of the Rainbow Mountains (5,020 m / 16,469 ft). At this pass, we will make offerings to Pacha Mama (Mother Earth).

The remainder of the day´s journey is a 1 hour downhill hike to our camp, Surine Cocha (4,800 m / 15,748 ft). The camp is on the banks of the gorgeous Surine Lake (pictured above).

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner + snacks
  • Minimum Elevation: 4,400 m /14,435 ft
  • Maximum Elevation: 5,023 m / 16,479 ft
  • Walking Distance: 12 km/ 7 ½ miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 8 – 9 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Demanding

Day 4: Surine Cocha – Rainbow Mountain – Quesiuno Village – Cusco

After breakfast we hike gradually uphill for 2 hours until we reach the famous Rainbow Mountain (5,020 m / 16,469 ft). Your guide will walk you to the best spots to get the perfect pictures of these incredible mountains and the other surrounding mountains. Your guide will explain what makes these mountains so unique: they are composed of various minerals, which make different colors of stone striations. Not only is this one of the most stunning places in Peru and South America, these type of mountains are seen in only one other country in the world, China.

After taking photos and enjoying the view, we will continue on the trek until we reach Quesiuno Village. This is a 2 ½ hour downhill hike. We will have lunch there.

Our private van will be waiting to pick us up in this village after lunch. We will then drive 3 ½ hours back to Cusco. After one of the most rewarding experiences of your life, we will drop you off at your Cusco hotel. Approximate arrival time is 6 PM.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
  • Minimum Elevation: 5,020 m / 16,469 ft
  • Maximum Elevation: 10 km /6.2 miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Inclusions

Services Included:

  • Bilingual English speaking tour guide (additional tour guide for groups of nine people or more)
  • Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek.
  • Private van transportation from your Cusco hotel to Tinqui (the trailhead)
  • Private van transportation from Quesiuno Village to your Cusco hotel
  • Four person tent for each 2 persons.
  • Thermarest Inflatable Mattress
  • Kitchen tent
  • Professional chef and assistant chef
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Toilet tent and portable toilet
  • Wranglers and horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
  • Horse to carry 8 kg of your personal gear
  • Emergency horse in case we need it
  • Four breakfasts, four lunches, and three dinners
  • Hot water for washing twice daily
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • Admission fee for the Upis Hot Springs

Services Not Included:

  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Trekking poles (can be rented from us)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Day 4 dinner
  • Tips for the crew (muleteers, chef and guide)

What to bring:

  • Original passport (if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both)
  • Down sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, a few t-shirts, socks, sun hat, warm underwear, light long pants, gloves, rain jacket)
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
  • Sunscreen SPF 35+ recommended, sun hat and sunglasses
  • Head lamp
  • Camera with spare batteries (batteries run down faster at high altitudes)
  • Binoculars
  • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us)
  • Insect repellent

***We rate the overall and daily trek difficulties on the following scale:

  • Easy
  • Moderate
  • Difficult
  • Challenging
  • Demanding

Prices

Group Service

  • US $690 per Person

Private Service

  • US $750 per Person

Discounts

  • Under 18 years discount: US $20.00
  • Under 7 years Discount: US $35.00

Optional

Rentals

  • Hiking poles – US $20.00 (pair)
  • Sleeping bag – US $25.00

Upgrades

  • Private tent – US $30

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The Sacred Journey of the Inca 8D/7N

Choosing a trek in the Andes can be difficult! You don´t want to miss out on anything. This trek provides an answer to that dilemma. It combines the history and sanctity of the Moon, incredible experiences with the Apus (Sacred Mountains) and finally a pilgrimage to the holy citadel of Machu Picchu.

The first portion of the trek features striking flora and fauna. You also get to see Huatta. Huatta is an extremely rare pre-Inca site. It is remarkably well preserved.

On the third day, you will transition into the Ancascocha Trek. This trek is midway between Cusco and the Inca Trail. The experience on the Ancascocha Trek is so astonishing that you really have to see it for yourself to completely absorb the extraordinary beauty.

Finally, on day 5, you will begin the Inca Trail. You will hike the entire Classic Inca Trail.

Why is this trek named the Sacred Journey of the Inca? This is because at the time of the Inca Empire there were messengers, called Chaskis, who transported stone and supplies from the villages in the areas of the Ancascocha and Moon Stone treks, and the most frequent destination was the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. So you are hiking an authentic route that was used over 500 years ago to build and maintain Machu Picchu in the service of their Sacred Emperor, Pachacutec.

This trek includes your permit to hike Huayna Picchu mountain, a very nice 3 star hotel in Aguas Calientes, dinner at the best restaurant in Aguas Calientes and personal porters/horses to carry 8.5 kg of your personal gear.

On this 8 day trek you will have a genuine experience of how the Inca Empire functioned. We hope you will join us for this truly matchless trek that is not offered by any other company!!

Overview

  • Day 1: Varpiso – Huatta – Chillipawa
  • Day 2: Chillipawa – Pucaccasa –  Chancachuco
  • Day 3: Chancachuco – Ancascocha Village – Ancascocha Lake
  • Day 4: Ancascocha Lake – Huaynay Pass – Muyu Muyu Community – Paucarcancha
  • Day 5: Paucarcancha – Llulluchapampa
  • Day 6: Llulluchapampa – Phuypatamarca
  • Day 7: Phuyupatamarca – Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu
  • Day 8: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Itinerary

DAY 1: Varpiso – Huatta – Chillipawa

We start the day with an early pick up from your hotel. We embark on a scenic 2 ¾ hour drive to the trail head, Varpiso (3,256 m / 10, 682 ft). Here we will meet our horses, chef and horsemen. We will pack all the gear on to the horses and start the trek.

We cross a bridge over the Huaracondo River and then are off to this incredible, rarely visited region! This segment is 3 ½ hours uphill and leads to Huatta (3,924 m / 12, 870 ft), a pre-Inca site. Huatta is a substantial pre-Inca fortress dominating the crest of a ridge. Archeologists currently excavating the site are revealing burial sites and occupation levels from the Formative Period (2,500 years ago), on through the enormous fortifications of the 4th century Regional Development period; a scattering of late-period Inca structures seems like an afterthought on the top of the highest hill. The site is classic: a defensible ridge with dominating three-way views along intersecting valleys.

After we tour Huatta, the remainder of the day´s trek is 3 ½ hours of up and down sections. At that point we will arrive at the hamlet of Chillipawa (3,750 m / 12,300 ft). We will enjoy lunch there. Chillipawa is also our camp for the night.

After lunch, we will have an opportunity to visit with the families in the village.

You will experience remarkable Peruvian hospitality in this village and get to see their fields of potatoes, plantains, etc. The work ethic of the people who live in these villages is incredible.

After that visit, we will return to camp for happy hour and dinner. An interesting note is that Chillipawa is the native village of many of our guides.

  • Meals: Lunch/Dinner +snacks
  • Lowest Elevation: 3,256 m / 10, 682 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 3,924 m / 12, 870 ft
  • Distance to walk: 10 km / 6 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 7 to 8 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate

DAY 2: Chillipawa – Pucaccasa – Chancachuco

This morning you will woken up with delectable Coca tea or heavenly local coffee. After that and your robust breakfast, the trek for the day will begin.

The beginning of the trek is uphill for 3 ½ hours. We will then stop at a small glade for lunch (4,438 m / 14,557 ft).

Following lunch, we have 1 more hour to go uphill to the Pucaccasa pass    (4,643 m/ 15,229 ft). This is a very unique vantage point. On one side, you see Cusco and Mt Ausangate (6.372 m /20,900 ft), which is the tallest peak in the Urubamba Mountain Range. On the other side you have a close up view of Mount Veronica (5,882 ft / 19,096 ft). Mt Veronica represents the end of the Urubamba Mountain range and its pyramidal shape makes it particularly impressive.

After we enjoy this astonishing vista, we start our trek downhill to the camp. During this 2 ½ hour stretch we will see abundant llamas, alpacas and potato farms. We will then arrive at our camp, Chancachuco (4,177 m / 13,700 ft), where we will enjoy a well earned bountiful dinner. We will have a gorgeous view of the Huaynay Glacier at the camp.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner +snacks
  • Lowest Elevation: 3,750 m / 12,300 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 4,643 m / 15,229 ft
  • Distance to walk: 11 ½ km / 7 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 7 to 8 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Challenging

Day 3: Chancachuco Valley – Ancascocha Village – Ancascocha Lake

We begin the day with a 45 minute hike with up and down portions. This is followed by a 20 minute ascent by way of a narrow trail following a stream with beautiful views of Mt. Veronica (5,822 m/ 19,100 ft).

This is followed by a 2 ½ hour walk downhill to reach the small community of Ancascocha (3,700 m/12,136 ft), located in a small, gorgeous wooded valley with a stream running through it.

We will continue hiking for 1 hour uphill, while enjoying views of a nearby glacier and well preserved Inca remains. At this point we will reach the Ancascocha Lake (4,262 m /13,982 ft), our lunch site and camp for the night. After we have lunch, we will head into the village and see some of the local houses.

We will head back to camp in the late afternoon and have happy hour, followed by dinner.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner + snacks
  • Highest Elevation: 4,262 m / 13982 ft
  • Lowest elevation: 3,700 m / 12,136 ft
  • Distance to walk: 8 km / 5 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 6 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Day 4: Ancascocha LakeHuaynay Pass – Muyu Muyu Community – Paucarcancha

After a fueling breakfast, we will ascend towards the Huayanay Pass (4,650 m/ 15,255 ft) for 2 hours, the highest point of our trek, which is a steep zigzag trail uphill. Along this segment we find an original cobblestone paved Inca trail.

After taking time to enjoy the incredible view, we will embark on a 3 ½ hour descent into greener vegetation. During this stretch of the trek we will have views of the classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu appear in the distance, and fascinating views of the communities of the Qésqua valley. We will also pass the small Inca site of Incarajay. We will have lunch in the Muyu Muyu community (3,850 m/12,628 ft).

After lunch we will embark on a 2 hour descent to our campsite Paucarcancha (3,200 m / 10,496 ft).

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner + snacks
  • Minimum Elevation: 3,200 m / 10,496 ft
  • Highest: 4,650 m/ 15,255 ft
  • Distance to walk: 12 km / 7 ½ miles
  • Approximate walking time: 7 to 8 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Difficult

Day 5: Paucarcancha – Huayllabamba – Llulluchapampa  

Today we change pace as we join the classic Inca Trail. This is where we will say goodbye to our horsemen and the horses, and meet our porters.

From Paucarcancha we will hike 25 minutes downhill to the last village on the Classic Inca Trail, Huayllabamba (2,866 m / 9,400 ft). This will be followed by a 4 hour uphill hike to Llulluchapampa (3,700 m/12,136 ft). On the way we will hike through many ecosystems, including the cloud forest. Llulluchapampa is our camp for the night. It is located very close to Dead Woman´s Pass.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner + snacks
  • Minimum Elevation: 2,866 m / 9,400 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 3,700 m/12,136 ft
  • Distance to walk: 6.5 km / 4 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 4 to 5 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Day 6: Llulluchapampa – Dead Woman´s Pass – Phuyupatamarca

Today is our longest day and crosses two high passes; luckily for us we chose to camp last night at a location where we’re nearly at the first pass, Dead woman’s pass (4,215 m/13,825 ft), the highest point of the Inca Trail and a 2 hour hike from Llulluchapampa. After Dead Woman´s Pass, we hike 2 hours downhill to Pacamayu, where we will have snacks and the opportunity to use the restroom. Then we will hike uphill for 2 hours until we reach the second pass, Runcuraccay (3,950 m/ 12,959 ft).

Before we reach our lunch spot for the day, Chaquicocha, we will visit two Inca sites, Runcuraccay and Sayacmarca (3,850 m/12,628 ft). There are fantastic views of high snow-capped peaks for most of this trek portion and the cloud forest all around us today is by far the most visually stunning of the Inca Trail.

Two hours from the Runcuraccay pass is Chaquicocha, where we will have lunch.

After a tremendous lunch, we will be on the homestretch to our camp. From Chaquicocha to our camp is 1 ½ to 2 hours. At our campsite, Phuyupatamarca (3,680 m/ 12,073ft), we will get our first views of Machu Picchu Mountain far in the distance (the site itself is hidden from view). The views of the sunset here are fantastic and the campsite is quiet with the majority of trekkers camping closer to Machu Picchu.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner + snacks
  • Distance Covered: 15 km / 9 ½ miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 10 to 11 hours
  • Lowest elevation: 3,680 m/12,073 ft
  • Highest elevation: 4,215 m/13,825 ft
  • Difficulty: Challenging

Day 7: Phuyupatamarca – Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu

Today is all about the Incas; we visit 3 major sites (Phuyupatamarca, Intipata and Wiñay Wayna) before we finally arrive to Machu Picchu itself late in the day. With only a short distance left to cover you’ll really have the opportunity to see these sites in detail and learn more about the Inca culture and Machu Picchu in preparation for your visit tomorrow. The area around these Inca sites is also rich in wildlife and with only a handful of people around on this stretch of trail at this time of day, it is the perfect opportunity to try and spot some of the more elusive species.

We begin the day with a tour of Phuypatamarca. Once we finish our tour we head into the rain forest! We will walk downhill for 2 ½ hours until we reach the impressive Wiñay Wayna (2,680 m /8,792 ft) Inca site. During this stretch of the trail we will visit Intipata. Many people feel that the most beautiful pictures of the entire Inca trail can be taken from this location! Wiñay Wayna is the largest and most exquisite archeological site on the Inca trail and means forever young in Quechua. This is our lunch spot.

After a thorough tour of the site we continue towards the Sun Gate (2,720 m/ 8,920 ft), which is called Inti Punku in Quechua. We will arrive there in the afternoon. This is where we will have our first view of Machu Picchu. At the Sun Gate, we will have the opportunity to see a fantastic sunset.

From the Sun Gate we will head down to the citadel of Machu Picchu to take the bus to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes you will check in to your room at the hotel. The natural hot springs in town are an unbeatable way to spend a late afternoon/early evening if time is available before dinner. Dinner will be at the finest restaurant.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner + snacks
  • Accommodations: Three star Hotel
  • Distance Covered: 11 km / 7 miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 5 to 6 hours
  • Lowest elevation: 2,040 m/6,691 ft
  • Highest elevation: 3,680 m/12,073 ft
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 8: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

You will have breakfast at your hotel before we take a very early bus (5:30am) along the winding road to Machu Picchu to see the magnificent sunrise. Once there you will be given a 2 hour walking tour of the site.

You will begin your hike of Huayna Picchu Mountain at 10 AM. If you are not climbing the mountain, or after you hike the mountain, you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu before you return to Aguas Calientes by bus.

When you arrive in Aguas Calientes you will board the expedition train to the Sacred Valley. At the Sacred Valley Train station you will be picked up by our private van and driven to Cusco. We will drop you off at your hotel. Arrival time in Cusco depends on the time of your train ticket, but is usually between 8 and 9 PM.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,040 m/ 6,691 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 2,440 m/ 8,052 ft

Inclusions

Services Included

  • Bilingual English speaking tour guide (additional tour guide for groups of nine people or more)
  • Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek.
  • Pick up from your hotel and transportation to Varpiso
  • Four-person tent for every 2 people.
  • Inflatable Mattress and pillow
  • Kitchen tent
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Toilet tent and portable toilet
  • Professional Chef and assistant chef
  • Wranglers, porters and horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
  • Horse/porter to transport 8.5 kg of your personal gear
  • Duffle bag for your personal gear
  • Emergency horse in case we need it
  • Seven breakfasts, seven lunches, and seven dinners
  • Hot water for washing twice daily
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • Expedition train ticket from Aguas Calientes to the Sacred Valley
  • Private van transportation from the Sacred Valley Train station to your hotel in Cusco
  • One night hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy)
  • Ticket for Huayna Picchu mountain*
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Inca Trail permit
  • Bus from Machu Picchu on Day 7
  • Round trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu on Day 8

Services Not Included

  • Sleeping bag – you can rent one from us
  • Trekking poles – can be rented
  • Day 1 breakfast and Day 8 lunch
  • Tips for the crew (guide, chef, wranglers, porters)
  • Travel /Health / Emergency insurance

What to bring

  • Original passport (if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both)
  • Down or synthetic feather sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, tops, a few t-shirts, socks, sun hat, thermal underwear, light long pants, gloves, poncho, rain jacket)
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
  • Sun block, factor 35+ recommended
  • Head lamp
  • Sunglasses and sun hat
  • Camera with spare batteries – batteries run down faster at high altitudes
  • Binoculars
  • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us), must have rubber tips
  • Insect repellent – 15% DEET

*In the instance that Huayna Picchu Mountain is sold out, you will receive a permit to hike Machu Picchu Mountain

Prices

Group Service

  • US $1500 per Person

Private Service

  • US $1550 per Person

Discounts

  • Under 18 years discount: US $20.00
  • Under 15 years Discount: US $20.00

Optional

Rentals

  • Hiking poles – US $35.00 (pair)
  • Sleeping bag – US $40.00

Upgrade

  • Vistadome train – USD 50
  • Hiram Bingham train– USD 380
  • Belmond  sanctuary lodge (5-star hotel) – USD 490 Per person
  • Sumaq Machu Picchu hotel (5-star hotel) – USD 245 Per person
  • Tierra viva Machu Picchu (3+ star hotel) – USD 50 Per person
  • Private Tent – US$30.00

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Rainbow Mountain & Red Valley Trek 2D/1N

“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sometimes Mother Nature produces a display of color so vibrant and varied, that it seems almost implausible that it could have occurred naturally. Yet as your eyes fall upon the beauty of Peru´s Rainbow Mountain, you are quite literally looking at millions of years of geological history and a natural wonder seen almost nowhere else on Earth.

Hiking through the Red Valley, surrounded by majestic snow capped peaks and stunningly beautiful hillsides, you will feel the peace, tranquility and solitude of this lesser known trail. At times our only company will be the curious Alpacas, Llamas and Vicuñas that we see along the way. As the trail takes us through remote Andean villages, you will pass the villagers and herders going about their wonderfully simple lives.

The night skies in the Andes truly have to be seen to be believed, and you will be mesmerized by the display of shooting stars and constellations as you rest overnight in our remote campsite. You will arrive at camp to find your high quality tent already pitched (complete with mattress and pillow), your gear in place, and your crew preparing a sumptuous dinner. After a well-earned night’s sleep you will be woken at dawn with a cup of steaming hot fresh coffee or tea and hot water to wash with, before sitting down for a nutritious and energizing breakfast. All you need for the days hiking ahead.

A challenging but incredibly rewarding 2 day hike, your Action Treks Peru team will be with you at all times, whether guiding and providing commentary on this unique area, cooking you the most sumptuous meals or preparing your comfortable campsite.

So why not take some time out from the tourist traps of Cusco, and join us on this inspiring and memorable trek to one of Mother Nature’s true wonders.

Overview

  • Day 1: Cusco – Pitumarca – Quesiuno – Pampa Alcataury – Anantapata – Surine Cocha
  • Day 2: SURINE COCHA – VINICUNCA RAINBOW MOUNTAIN – RED VALLEY – LABRAMANI

Pre-trek briefing:

Our guide will provide you with a pre-trek briefing at our office in Cusco 1 or 2 days before we depart. Whilst we always aim to provide as much information as possible, this also gives you the opportunity to ask questions about the trek, your crew or the areas we’ll be visiting.

Itinerary

Day 01: Cusco – Pitumarca – Quesiuno – Pampa Alcataury – Anantapata – Surine Cocha

The days start early with Action Treks Peru, and we will pick you up from your Cusco hotel at 4:00am before taking a 3 hour drive to the trailhead (Pampa Alcataury). Don’t worry, our vans are comfortable and we will provide blankets in case you want to continue sleeping!

As we make final preparations to our trekking gear your incredible chef will be preparing a delicious, nutritious breakfast to give you all the energy you need for the trekking ahead. Over breakfast your guide will spend some time talking through the day’s itinerary along with any safety tips.

We begin our adventure from the lush, green valley floor, surrounded by views of the stunning mount Ausangate. You will also pass numerous Llama farms and remote Andean villages, observing first-hand the simplicity of the lifestyle of the villagers.

We take a steep 2 hour ascent to the first pass of the trek; Puccacocha (4,930 m / 16,170 ft.). Sitting just above the crystal blue Puccacocha Lake the views from the pass are spectacular. With the majestic Ausangate Mountain directly in front of you, you will witness first-hand this beautiful, active glacier crashing into the lake below.

After enjoying the views at the pass we take a 2 hour undulating trail to Anantapata where we will stop for lunch. Prepare to be amazed at the culinary wonders your chef can create in a small tent on the side of a mountain, as you refuel for the remainder of the day’s hike.

After lunch and a rest we continue hiking for another 3 hours until we arrive at the highest point of our trek, Minasniyuc pass (5,025 m / 16,486 ft.) Have your cameras at the ready, as from here we will have our first views of the Vinicunca ‘Rainbow’ mountain in the distance.

We now make a short descent for 40 minutes to our camp for the night at Lake Surine Cocha. Where your support team will have setup camp before we arrive, and after settling in we will enjoy a sumptuous dinner surrounded by this unique landscape in the heart of the Andes. The temperatures at night can be very cold, so make sure you bring layers of clothing and that your sleeping bag is up to it! Your reward will be an unforgettable night sky full of constellations and shooting stars. Your team will be keeping you warm with supplies of hot cocoa tea or coffee before you retire to your tent for a well-earned night’s sleep.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Snacks
  • Lowest Elevation: 4,380 m / 14,370 ft.
  • Highest Elevation: 5,025 m / 16,486 ft.
  • Distance to walk: 14 km / 8.6 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 8 to 9 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Challenging

Day 2: Surine Cocha – Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain – Red Valley – Lambrani

You will be woken early with a gentle tap on your tent, and a steaming hot cup of coca tea or coffee. Then, fully refreshed after a hearty breakfast, we set off for our ascent to Rainbow Mountain and the lesser known (but equally spectacular!) Red Valley.

The day begins with a short but steep 45 minute ascent to the Rainbow Mountain lookout point. Here, you will have time to explore on your own, take photos and soak in the spectacular views, not only of Rainbow Mountain, but also of Ausangate and the other Andean peaks that dominate the area.

We then begin our hike to the spectacular Red Valley. As mentioned, this is a lesser known, lesser travelled area and you will be amazed not only by the beauty, but also by the tranquility. It is a short 25 minute trail to reach the Red Valley lookout point from where we will have views right across the valley.

Finally we take a 4 hour descent passing more Llama farms and villages. We may even spot some vicuñas which are the only non-domesticated animals seen in Peru since pre Inca times. Our hike ends at Labramany (4,250 m / 13,943 ft.) where we will enjoy a final delicious lunch before our bus journey back to Cusco, arriving at your hotel in the early evening.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Snacks
  • Lowest Elevation: 4,250 m / 13,943 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 5,020 m / 16,466 ft
  • Distance to walk: 14 km / 8.6 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 4 to 6 hours (5 hours up)
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Note: This itinerary is subject to change without prior notice according to weather conditions, strikes, roadblocks, or other events which are beyond our control. At Action Treks Peru we will always do our best to follow the itinerary as closely as possible.

Inclusions

Services Included:

  • Bilingual English speaking tour guide (additional tour guide for groups of nine people or more)
  • Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek.
  • Pick up from your hotel and transportation to Pampa Alcataury and return transportation with hotel drop off
  • Four-person tent for every 2 people.
  • Inflatable Mattress and pillow
  • Kitchen tent
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Toilet tent and portable toilet
  • Professional Chef and assistant chef
  • Wranglers and horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc.)
  • Horse to transport 8 kg of your personal gear
  • Duffle bag for your personal gear
  • Two breakfasts, two lunches and one dinner
  • Hot water for washing
  • Boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.

Services Not Included:

  • Sleeping bag – you can rent one from us
  • Trekking poles – you can rent them from us
  • Tips for the crew (guide, chef, wranglers)
  • Travel /Health  / Emergency insurance

What to bring:

  • Original passport (if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both)
  • Down or synthetic feather sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Clothes (warm/winter jacket, rain pants, hiking boots, poncho, winter hat, gloves)
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
  • Sun block, factor 35+ recommended
  • Head lamp
  • Sunglasses and sun hat
  • Camera with spare batteries – batteries run down faster at high altitudes
  • Binoculars
  • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us), must have rubber tips

Prices

Group Service

  • US $350 per Person

Private Service

  • US $400 per Person

Rentals

  • Hiking poles – US $10.00 (pair)
  • Sleeping bag – US $10.00

Upgrades

  • Private tent – US $15

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Rainbow Mountain Peru, Vinicunca 1D Hike

Sometimes Mother Nature produces a display of color so vibrant and so varied, that it seems almost impossible that it could have occurred naturally. Yet as your eyes fall upon the beauty of Peru´s Rainbow Mountains (known locally as Vinicunca) and Red Valley you are quite literally looking at millions of years of geological history and a natural wonder seen almost nowhere else on Earth.

By far the best way to experience the stunning vistas of Vinicunca is via the Cusipata trail. This challenging but spectacular trail winds through remote Andean villages with their beautiful adobe style houses, passes herds of wild Llama grazing on the mountainside, and continually rewards us with views of the magnificent Ausangate Glacier. Standing at over 6,300m (20,900ft) this is the highest mountain in the Cusco region and is considered a holy mountain (or mountain spirit) by the local Peruvians. Ausangate is the deity of Cusco and since pre-Inca times has been a place of worship and offerings, a tradition that still continues today.

Most trips that give such unparalleled access to the Rainbow Mountains require a multi-day trek, but we have changed that with this itinerary; designing a spectacular, but challenging hike that can be taken as a day trip from Cusco!.

With uninterrupted beauty and solitude, this is a trip for trekkers who love a true outdoor adventure, but are on a tight schedule. So why not allow us to take you on an inspiring and memorable trip, to one of Mother Nature’s true wonders.

Itinerary

To make the most of our time on the trail and at the rainbow mountain, our day will start before dawn. Collecting you from your Cusco hotel at around 4:00am we make a 3-hour drive through the South Valley to the trail head at Llacto(4,638m / 15,216 ft). Our transportation is comfortable though, and we provide blankets for those who want to take the opportunity for a little more sleep. Upon reaching the Cusipata village (3,300m/10,826ft), we provide a full continental breakfast, perfect fuel for the hiking ahead.

Our trek beings along a meandering path in the foothills of the magnificent Andes. As dawn continues to break around us, the surrounding herds of Alpacas and Llamas will be waking too and our paths often cross along the way.

The whole area is home to many Fincas (local farms) and there will be opportunities to see traditional Quechua people working the land as they have generations. The surrounding forests are home to some unique fauna and we may see Chinchillas or even Vicunas (a non-domesticated relative of the llama family found only in Peru) so make sure you have your cameras ready. As if all that wasn’t enough, the striking colours of the red mountains are all around us, and provide a spectacular backdrop for this portion of the hike.

After making a challenging ascent for around 1 hour we reach the magnificent Rainbow Mountain of Vinicunca (5,020 m / 16,466 ft). ¡No photoshop or Instagram filters are required here! This awesome display of colour is 100% natural, and completely breathtaking.

Taking our time at the summit to take pictures, explore the area or just take in the spectacular views we then make a short 15-minute walk to the Red Valley lookout point, a tranquil and beautiful spot amongst the crimson rocks that has magnificent views across the valley.

Your guide will let you know when it is time to return, and we hike downhill the way we came for around 45 minutes. In a sense though this is an altogether different hike as we take in the views that were behind us on our ascent.

Reaching the trailhead we drive 40 minutes to a local restaurant at Cusipata village where a delicious lunch will be waiting for us.

Finally it’s just a 2 hour drive back to Cusco. We drop you off at your Cusco hotel around 4pm, weary but with incredible memories of a very unique day.

  • Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
  • Lowest Elevation: 4,638 m / 15,216 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 5,020 m / 16,466 ft
  • Distance to walk: 8 km / 4.97 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 2 hours (1 hour up; 1 hour down)
  • Level of Difficulty: Challenging

Inclusions

Services Included:

  • Professional Bilingual English speaking tour guide (additional tour guide for groups of nine people or more)
  • Pick up from your hotel and transportation to Llacto (trailhead)
  • Return transportation from Llacto to your Cusco hotel
  • Entrance fee to the rainbow mountain
  • One breakfast, one lunch in a local restaurant in Cusipata
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit

Services Not Included:

  • Trekking poles – you can rent them from us
  • Emergency horse and horseman
  • Tips
  • Travel /Health/Emergency Insurance

What to bring:

  • Original passport
  • Water (recommend at least 2L)
  • Rain jacket/poncho
  • Winter hat and gloves
  • Rain pants
  • Snacks
  • Sun block (factor 35+ recommended, the sun can be strong)
  • Sunglasses and sun hat
  • Camera with spare batteries (no. batteries run down faster at high altitudes)
  • Binoculars
  • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us)

Prices

Group service:

  • US $100 per person

Private Service:

  • US $180 per person

Optional

Rentals

  • Hiking poles – US $5.00 (pair)

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Extended Sacred Valley Tour & Machu Picchu 2D/1N

The Sacred Valley of the Incas is an incomparably beautiful stretch of small villages and ancient ruins spread across a broad plain and rugged mountain slopes northwest of Cusco.

The Sacred Valley is the main valley of Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire. The valley was of great value to the Incas due to its special geographical location and ideal climate. It was the best place for maize production in Peru as well as a great source of natural wealth.

Through the valley rolls the Urubamba river (called the Willcamayu by the Incas; today part of it is also called the Vilcanota), a vital religious element of the Incas’ cosmology. The Incas not only believed that the flow of the Urubamba was inevitably tied to the constellations and the mountain peaks, but also that the river was the earthbound counterpart of the Milky Way.

Machu Picchu is considered a masterpiece of architecture and engineering. Its unique architectural features and landscape contribute to a veil of mystery woven around much of the literature published about the site. The magic and mystery of Machu Picchu is internationally recognized and it has been on the List of World Heritage Sites of UNESCO since 1983 as part of a cultural and ecological site known as the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

Overview

One of the most frequent questions we receive is, “I have two days in Cusco, what do I NEED to see?” The answer is the Sacred Valley (Ollantaytambo and Pisac in particular) and Machu Picchu. However, the Maras Salt Mines and Moray archeological site are close behind. Now, we have developed this tour that allows you to visit Maras, Moray, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu and as a bonus the Ccochahuasi Animal Sanctuary … in two days. This tour packs an incredible amount of beauty and history into a short time frame.

Pre-trek briefing:

You will have a thorough briefing with your guide 1 or 2 days before your trek. Your guide will meet you at our office in Cusco and you can take this opportunity to ask questions and make any final preparations.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Ccochahuasi SanctuaryPisac – Maras/Moray – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

We will pick you up at your hotel around 7:00 am and our first stop is the Ccochahuasi Animal Sanctuary. This is an organization dedicated to rescuing and looking after animals which have suffered mistreatment of any kind from former owners or poachers and illegal hunters who commercialize protected species. Many of the animals they shelter are endangered. One of the species at risk of extinction is the Andean Condor. The sanctuary has a dedicated program for this amazing bird, where they encourage their reproduction and later release the young Condors.

After our visit, we are off to Pisac to see our first Inca ruins of the tour. At Pisac you can see magnificent Inca remains. The ancient architecture and engineering of the Inca temples is breathtaking and will sweep you off your feet. Our guided tour of Pisac lasts about 2 hours. Then we will head back to the town of Pisac to visit the most colorful and traditional local market in the Cusco region and where you can buy traditional textiles at low prices. After our visit to the market, our sightseeing continues as we drive along the beautiful Sacred Valley. This is a good time to enjoy the deluxe box lunch we provide for the tour.

Located near the town of Urubamba, we find the Moray Inca Site and the Maras Salt Mines. The Moray Inca site is a fascinating display of terraces It boasts three amphitheater-like terraces. These terraces, which are carved deep into the earth in a bowl shape, were thought to be used to determine the optimal conditions for growing crops. When we finish exploring Moray, we will head to the salt mines of Maras.  This village is known as a former salt-producing center that dates back all the way to colonial times. The salt mines were used by the Incas and continue to be used to this day. There are over 3000 salt pools carved into the mountain side, being filled daily by a little stream of water.  The area is amazing and beautiful.

Back on the road, it is an approximately 30 minute drive to get to the last Inca ruins on our tour, known as Ollantaytambo (Inca palace). This ruin was built with pink granite rocks and is another impressive example of Inca craftsmanship. Here you can see the second biggest rock from the Inca times (90 tons), which was used as part of the Temple of the Sun. We will have a guided tour of the site.

We will have dinner at a fantastic restaurant in Ollantaytambo featuring authentic Peruvian cuisine.

After dinner, we will go to the train station. We will take the train to Aguas Calientes. During the trip you will see many glaciers and snow-capped peaks, lush green valleys and Incan farming terraces on both sides of the valley. Upon arrival to Aguas Calientes you will check in to your hotel room and relax before your exciting visit to Machu Picchu the next day.

Day 2: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes

You will have breakfast at your hotel before we take a very early bus (5:30am) along the winding road to Machu Picchu to see the magnificent sunrise. Once there you will be given a 2 hour walking tour of the site.

Your hike of Huayna Picchu Mountain will begin at 10 AM. The ticket price for Huayna Picchu is included in the price of your trek. If you decide not to climb the mountain you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu before you return to Aguas Calientes by bus.

When you arrive in Aguas Calientes you will board the expedition train to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo you will travel by private van to Cusco and we will drop you off at your hotel. Arrival time in Cusco depends on the time of your train ticket, however is generally between 8 and 9 PM.

Inclusions

Services Included:

  • Professional English speaking bilingual guide
  • Transport from your hotel to sites of the Sacred Valley and the Ollantaytambo train station
  • Expedition train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Expedition train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu round trip
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
  • Deluxe box lunch on day 1
  • Dinner on night one in Ollantaytambo
  • Transportation from the Ollantaytambo train station to your Cusco hotel
  • Breakfast on Day 2
  • One night lodging in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy)
  • Huayna Picchu mountain permit

Services Not Included:

  • Breakfast on day 1
  • Lunch on day 2
  • Tourist ticket for entrance to Sacred Valley archeological sites (US $21 per person)
  • Entrance fee for Maras salt mines (10 soles / US $3)
  • Tips for staff
  • Travel insurance

What to bring:

  • Original passport
  • Backpack
  • Tourist ticket
  • Sturdy Hiking boots
  • Layers for variable temperatures
  • Sun protection (sunscreen/sun hat/sunglasses)
  • Insect repellent
  • Rain poncho or rain jacket
  • Toiletries / toilet paper / small towel
  • Bathing clothes for the hot springs (optional)
  • Water bottle
  • Personal medication
  • ISIC student card if applicable

Prices

Group Service

  • US $600 per Person

Private Service

  • US $650 per Person

Optional

Upgrades

  • Vistadome train – USD 50
  • Hiram Bingham train– USD 380
  • Belmond  sanctuary lodge (5-star hotel) – USD 490 Per person
  • Sumaq Machu Picchu hotel (5-star hotel) – USD 245 Per person
  • Tierra viva Machu Picchu (3+ star hotel) – USD 50 Per person
  • Private Tent – US$30.00

Discounts

  • Under 18 years discount: US $20

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Moonstone Trek to Machu Picchu 5D/4N

This extraordinary hike is our newest offering. We went out of our way to develop a rare route that is not used by any other company! This hike has many features that aren´t found on other treks in the area.

First of all, it is named for the Moonstone… Quillarumiyoc in Quechua. This is one of the finest carved rock huacas in the vicinity of Cusco. From the Moon Stone we follow the footsteps of the Incas who built a high route from their capital city of Cusco westward through the rugged cordillera, and filled their empire with amazing temples and royal residences.

You will visit a rare, well-preserved pre Inca site as well as the longest Inca Canal built in the entire Empire. You will see the quarry where the stones from Ollantaytambo came from.

Add to this an incredible Canyon, interactions with multiple small communities, red Mountains, the Huaracondo river, farms of quinoa, corn and potatoes, abundant alpacas and llamas, stunning views of Mount Veronica, snow capped glaciers and much more.

During four hiking days you cover 38 ½ km / 24 miles, starting at 3,257 m / 10, 682 ft, and finishing at 2,792 m / 9,158 ft above sea level. The high pass has an elevation of 4,625m / 15,170ft.

This trek includes a Luxury Vistadome train ride from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, a nice three star hotel in Aguas Calientes, dinner at the nicest restaurant in Aguas Calientes and your permit to hike Huayna Picchu Mountain.

We hope you will join us for this undiscovered trek!

Overview

  • Day 1: Quillarumiyoq –Varpiso – Huatta – Chillipawa
  • Day 2: Chillipawa – Pucaccasa –  Chancachuco
  • Day 3: Chancachuco – Punkuyuc – Inca Canal – Inca Quarry
  • Day 4: Inca Quarry – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
  • Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Itinerary

DAY 1: Quillarumiyoq – Varpiso – Huatta – Chillipawa

We start the day with an early pick up from your hotel. We take a 1 hour drive to Quillarumiyoc (the Moon Temple). This is the namesake of the trek. We will have a nourishing, gourmet breakfast at this location.

Following breakfast, we will drive a further 40 minutes to the trailhead, Varpiso (3,257 m / 10, 682 ft). Here we will meet our horses and horsemen. We will pack all the gear on to the horses and start the trek.

We cross a bridge over the Huaracondo River and then are off to this incredible, rarely visited region! This segment is 3 ½ hours uphill. Then we arrive at Huatta (3,924 m / 12, 870 ft), a pre-Inca site. Huatta is a substantial pre-Inca fortress dominating the crest of a ridge. Archeologists currently excavating the site are revealing burial sites and occupation levels from the Formative Period (2,500 years ago), on through the enormous fortifications of the 4th century Regional Development period; a scattering of late-period Inca structures seems like an afterthought on the top of the highest hill. The site is classic: a defensible ridge with dominating three-way views along intersecting valleys. We will have lunch and a tour here.

Following lunch, the remainder of the day´s trek is 3 ½ hours of up and down sections. At that point we will arrive to our camp for the night, the hamlet of Chillipawa (3,750 m / 12,300 ft). As a side note, Chillipawa is the native village of many of our guides. You will experience remarkable Peruvian hospitality in this village.

  • Meals:  Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner +snacks
  • Lowest Elevation: 3,256 m / 10, 682 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 3,924 m / 12, 870 ft
  • Distance to walk: 10 km
  • Approximate walking time: 7 to 8 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
  • Lodging: Camping at Chillipawa

DAY 2: Chillipawa – Pucaccasa –  Chancachuco

This morning, you will be woken up with delectable Coca tea or heavenly local coffee. After that and your robust breakfast, the trek for the day will begin.

The beginning of the trek is uphill for 3 ½ hours. We will then stop at a small glade for lunch (4,438 m / 14,557 ft).

Following lunch, we have 1 more hour to go uphill to the high point of the trek, the Puccacasa pass (4,643 m / 15,229 ft). This is a very unique vantage point. On one side, you see Cusco and Mt Ausangate (6.372 m /20,900 ft), which is the tallest peak in the Urubamba Mountain Range. On the other side you have a close up view of Mount Veronica (5,882 ft / 19,096 ft). Mt Veronica represents the end of the Urubamba Mountain range and its pyramidal shape makes it particularly impressive.

After we enjoy this astonishing vista, we start our trek downhill to the camp. During this 2 ½ hour stretch we will see abundant llamas, alpacas and potato farms. We will then arrive at our camp, Chancachuco (4,177 m / 13,700 ft) for the night, where we will enjoy a well earned bountiful dinner. We will have a gorgeous view of the Huaynay Glaciers at the camp.

  • Meals:  Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner +snacks
  • Lowest Elevation: 3,750 m / 12,300 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 4,643 m / 15,229 ft
  • Distance to walk: 11 ½ km / 7 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 7 to 8 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Challenging
  • Lodging: Camping at Chancachuco

DAY 3: Chancachuco – Punkuyuc – Inca Canal – Inca Quarry

Featuring a breath taking canyon, this is the most beautiful section of the trek. Additionally, this portion is part of an original Inca Trail. Since we are the only company that uses this route, we will definitely be alone!

After breakfast, we start our journey through the canyon. We will be surrounded by lush green vegetation and polylepis trees, while following a lovely, flowing stream. The beginning of our journey through the Puncuyoc canyon and the Silque Valley is an easy 2 hour downhill stretch. We will follow the 16 km Inca Canal, the longest Inca Canal constructed. This canal was built from Chancachuco to Ollantaytambo. We will also have the potential to see the native Spectacled Bear.

We will then head back uphill for 2 hours. Along the way we will stop at Inti Punku (the Sun Gate) and tour the Inca Quarry. From here we can see Mount Veronica and parts of the Sacred Valley.

This is a site where history is literally frozen in time. You will see the Inca constructions where the stone masons lived. You will see the “tired stones” that were ready to be skidded down the steep slope to the Vilcanota River below, but abandoned before that was possible. These stones were the pink stones that were used to build Ollantaytambo. You will see an early wheel design. Finally, there is a rare mummy at this site.

The remainder of the day´s hike is 45 minutes of gentle up and down sections, until we reach our camp, the Inca Quarry (3,525 m/ 11,564 ft). We will have lunch at our camp.

We will have the remainder of the day to relax. We will have happy hour, a plentiful dinner and then enjoy the sunset over the Sacred Valley.

  • Meals:  Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner +snacks
  • Lowest Elevation: 3,525 m/ 11,564 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 3,940 m/ 12,136 ft
  • Distance to walk: 10 km
  • Approximate walking time: 6 to 7 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
  • Lodging: Camping at the Inca Quarry

DAY 4: Inca Quarry – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

After another delectable breakfast, we begin a relaxed day where we will have ample opportunity to enjoy the sites between the Inca Quarry and Ollantaytambo. This is a rarely visited region and we will likely not encounter any other trekkers. This is an exceptional opportunity to see sites that others never have the chance to see. The hike is 3 ½ hours downhill until we reach Ollantaytambo (2,792 m / 9,158 ft).

We will have lunch in Ollantaytambo.

After lunch, we will catch the Vistadome Train to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival to Aguas Calientes, you will check in to your hotel room. Since we will get to Aguas Calientes in the early afternoon, you will have plenty of time to relax, enjoy the town and visit the hot springs. Dinner will be at the finest restaurant.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner +snacks
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,792 m / 9,158 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 3,525 m / 11,562 ft
  • Distance to walk: 7 km / 4 ½ miles
  • Approximate walking time: 3 to 4 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy
  • Lodging: Three star Hotel in Aguas Calientes

DAY 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

You will have breakfast at your hotel before we take a very early bus (5:30am) along the winding road to Machu Picchu to see the magnificent sunrise. Once there you will be given a 2 hour walking tour of the site.

If you have elected to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain you will begin the hike at 10 AM. The ticket price for Machu Picchu Mountain is included in the price of your trek. If you are not climbing the mountain you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu before you return to Aguas Calientes by bus.

When you arrive in Aguas Calientes you will board the expedition train to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo you will travel by private van to Cusco and we will drop you off at your hotel. Arrival time in Cusco depends on the time of your train ticket.

  • Meals: Breakfast:
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,040 m/ 6,691 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 2,440 m/ 8,052 ft

Inclusions

Services Included:

  • Bilingual English speaking tour guide (additional tour guide for groups of nine people or more)
  • Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek.
  • Pick up from your hotel and transportation to Varpiso
  • Four-person tent for every 2 people.
  • Thermarest mattress and Pillow
  • Kitchen tent
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Toilet tent
  • Professional Chef and assistant chef
  • Wranglers and horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
  • Horse to transport 8 kg of your personal gear
  • Duffle bag for your personal gear
  • Emergency horse in case we need it
  • Five breakfasts, four lunches, and four dinners
  • Hot water for washing.
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • Vistadome train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Expedition train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • One night hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy)
  • Ticket for Huayna Picchu mountain
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Round trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu

Services Not Included:

  • Sleeping bag – you can rent one from us
  • Day 5 Lunch in Aguas Calientes
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for the crew (guide, chef, wranglers)

What to bring:

  • Original passport (if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both)
  • Down or synthetic feather sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, tops, a few t-shirts, socks, sun hat, thermal underwear, light long pants, gloves, poncho, rain jacket)
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
  • Sun block, factor 35+ recommended
  • Head lamp
  • Sunglasses and sun hat
  • Camera with spare batteries – batteries run down faster at high altitudes
  • Binoculars
  • Book to read (you will have some time at every camp to read your favorite book)
  • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us)
  • Insect repellent

Prices

Group Service

  • US $780 per Person

Private Service

  • US $850 per Person

Optional

Rentals

  • Hiking poles – US $20.00 (pair)
  • Sleeping bag – US $25.00

Upgrades:

  • Vistadome train – USD 50
  • Hiram Bingham train– USD 380
  • Belmond  sanctuary lodge (5-star hotel) – USD 490 Per person
  • Sumaq Machu Picchu hotel (5-star hotel) – USD 245 Per person
  • Tierra viva Machu Picchu (3+ star hotel) – USD 50 Per person
  • Private Tent – US$30.00

Discounts

  • Under 18 years Discount: US $20.00
  • Under 7 years Discount: US $35.00

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Name (required)
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Country (required)
Name of Tour (required)
Type of Service (required)
GroupPrivate
Number of Travelers(required)
Desired Depature Date (required)
Please give at least two alternative start dates in order of preference. Write none if there are no other dates available for you
Any Dietary Restrictions?
Do you want to hike Huayna Picchu?
YesNo - FAQ about Huayna Picchu
Is anyone in your group 17 or under?, If you answer yes, we need a copy of their passport. Please e mail to info@actionperutreks.com
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