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8 Days – 7 Nights

Max Guests: 10

Max. Altitude: 3827m

Act. Level: Easy

Overview

Cusco and Puno are both cities in Peru that offer a rich cultural experience. Cusco is known for its Incan heritage, while Puno is home to Lake Titicaca and its floating islands. Both cities offer a range of activities, from exploring ancient ruins to immersing oneself in local traditions and cuisine.

Itinerary

Day 1Lima - Cusco

After an essential breakfast at your hotel, we will take a transport towards the airport for our flight to our destination in Cusco, a flight duration of about 1 hour and 15 minutes, upon arrival and stretch to a welcoming and much needed tea, we prepare for what awaits us in the city of Cusco and its breathtaking ruins of old covering this ancient city of wonder, that is until nightfall where you will be able to enjoy Cusco’s nightlife local entertainment at your own expense.

Tourist sites:  Cathedral, Koricancha, Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay. Duration: 5 hours. Transport by bus: 01 hour. Trekking time: 3 hours and 30 minutes. Included: Hotel, guide, entries to sites and transport. Not included: Foods.

Day 2Cusco: Sacred Valley - Machupicchu

We begin our day by a quick pick up at 7am at your hotel to set out towards the Sacred Valley where we will make a stop at the Awana Cancha, here we’ll be able to appreciate the plentiful exhibition of camelids and weaving techniques found only in Andean culture of old, afterwards we will direct towards the archeological sites in Pisaq where we will visit the Inca citadel, visiting the religious and agriculture sectors before continuing our route through the traditional market of Pisaq. We continue on to Urubamba capital of the Sacred Valley, here we can rest for lunch and enjoy the marvelous sight of Chicón’s snowpeak By afternoon we will continue by the Sacred Valley until we reach Ollantaytambo, it is here that we will be able to appreciate the Inca stronghold that served for the protection of Machu Picchu during war. After this visit we will take the train towards the town of Aguas Calientes. Tourist sites:  Awana cancha, Pisaq ruins and market, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo. Duration: 12 hours Transport by bus: 04 hours Transport by train: 1 hour and 30 minutes Trekking time: 04 hours and 30 minutes Included: Hotel, guide, entries to sites, lunch and transport Not included: Dinner

Day 3Machupicchu - Cusco

Starting off early we will take our bus to the citadel of wonder Machu Picchu and a visit to its temples and pathways. Here we will have a visit with a knowledgeable guide who will explain to us the mysteries of this marvelous citadel and continue forward to its urban and residential zones, advancing towards its agricultural hot spots and platforms of food storage to finally reach its plazas and mausoleums, steps of stone and thin streams fill the landscape by its religious sector. Once all is said and done we will take our return bus back towards Aguas Calientes, followed by our train back to Ollantaytambo and our bus that will take us back to Cusco and your hotel. Tourist sites:  Machu Picchu and religious, urban and agriculture sectors. Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes. Transport by bus: 02 hours. Transport by train: 1 hour and 30 minutes. Trekking time: 03 hours. Included: Hotel, guide, entries to sites, 2 way bus transport and return train. Not included: Lunch or Dinner.

Day 4Cusco - Rainbow Mountain

For this journey we will begin by passing by your hotel for pick up at around 4:30 am heading towards the south of Cusco en route to Cusipata where we will make a quick stop in the  south valley for our breakfast to later continue on towards Chillihuani passing by small villages and towns full of wildlife animals such as Llamas and Alpacas. From the control point we will have a 2 hour trekking sequence in order to reach the peak of the mountain where we will have a breathtaking view of the Rainbow Mountain and later return by the Red Valley and bus stations to descend towards the restaurant to enjoy a fine earned meal and recover our strength from the long walk, followed after is our return to Cusco. Tourist sites:  Vinicunca Duration: 12 Hours Transport by bus: 06 hours Trekking time: 03 hours and 30 minutes Included: Hotel, guide, entries to sites, lunch, and tour bus Not included: Dinner

Day 5Cusco - Puno

Pick up from your hotel at around 6:20am to take our bus completely equipped with all touring needs for the best fit trip from Cusco to Puno to enjoy its magical sites and ancestral history such as: The Sistine Chapel of America or the Chapel of the Andahuaylillas, the imposing Temple of the God Wiracocha, The majestic Raya pass (Limited speed between Cusco and Puno – Vista del Nevado Chimboya) and the Mythical museum Lítico of the Pukara before arriving to Puno towards the grand lake Titicaca. Tourist sites: Chapel of Andahuaylillas, Temple of Raqchi, The Raya Pass and the Museum of Pucara Duration: 10 Hours Transport by bus: 08 hours Trekking time: 03 hours Included: Hotel, guide, entries to sites, lunch, and tour bus Not included: Dinner

Day 6Puno - Uros - Amantani

We exit Puno towards the port to our destination heading of the floating isles of Uros. Once there we will find plenty of living spaces made of hechas Cattail roots while also covered with dry Cattails which they renovate every 3 months, Uros constituted as one of the most important sites in the region will be explored to later continue on to the isles of Amantani where we will have the chance to rest at a local family’s house. In the afternoon we will head to the high regions of the islands known as pachatata and Pachamama, after this trek we’ll be able to rest and witness some of the traditional dances of the island known as La Pena. Duration: 12 hours Transport by boat: 03 hours Trekking Time: 02 hours Includes: Accomodations for family, guide, entries, lunch, dinner and tour boat

Day 7Amantani - Puno

This journey begins after our breakfast, exiting on boat towards the isles of Taquile and appreciate the customs of this region, approximate time of 1 hour, we shall visit the populated center, with our lunch waiting to be had at a local restaurant, directly from here we will descend to the port to embark back to Puno.

Day 8Puno - Lima

After breakfast we will go on ahead and take our private mobility en route towards Juliaca for approximately 01 hours to take our flight to Lima.

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Travel Info

Briefings

All briefings are done at our office at 7:00 PM one or two nights before your trek. If you are unable to make this time, you need to coordinate another time with a member of the Xtreme Tourbulencia office team. Briefings are approximately 40 minutes long.

Pickups

Xtreme Tourbulencia is one of the only companies to pick you up directly from your hotel. As long as your hotel is in the center of Cusco city, we will coordinate this pickup based on a time that your guide will discuss at the briefing. Pick up times may vary 30 – 45 minutes based on traffic conditions and previous pickups.

Cusco is an old city with cobblestoned streets and very narrow passageways. Smaller hotels and Airbnbs are often located on streets that cars can´t pass through. They also are frequently on hillsides with long steep climbs, making it difficult to carry luggage. We highly recommend that you book accommodations with better access. We have a list of hotels that are all comfortable with easy access to pick up and drop off. HOTEL LIST HERE.

Some treks will allow for pickups in the Sacred Valley, which is outlined below.

Huaynapicchu/Machu Picchu Mountain

Machu Picchu is most beautiful when seen from above, which is why hiking one of the mountains next to the ruins is very popular to do after your tour.

Huaynapicchu is the most popular and must be booked in advance since it sells out very quickly. This hike takes approximately 1 hour to the top, and another 45 minutes back down. Tickets are sold in time sessions stating when you can start this hike. The first session is from 7-8 AM, and the 2nd session is from 10-11 AM. Again, this refers to the timeframe when you can start your hike. We usually book the second session so you can enjoy your tour with your guide first. You will do this hike on your own, but your guide will show you where to begin.

Machu Picchu Mountain is a bit longer and a bit less popular. It takes 2 hours to the top and another 1 hours to the bottom. Again there are two time windows – from 7-8 AM and 9-10 AM and we usually purchase the second time window. 4 Day treks, the Trekkers CAN NOT do this hike and enjoy a tour of the ruins. Time will not allow for this.

Hiking either mountain will allow you to have some extra time at the ruins once you complete, as listed above.

Machu Picchu Entrance Times

Machu Picchu now has two different time windows of when you can visit: either morning or afternoon. Your entrance ticket will be for only one session, morning session, and when your time window is over, the Rangers will ask you to leave.

MORNING SESSION: 6AM – 12PM

AFTERNOON SESSION: 12PM – 15:00PM

** If you have tickets to hike either Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, you will need extra time 3:00 hours.

Health Concerns

You must be honest with your guide about any health conditions or concerns you might have. While our guides are not medical professionals, they do have first aid training. We also work with a clinic in Cusco that can help assist our team.

You are responsible for assessing whether a Tour is suitable for you. You should consult your physician to confirm your fitness for travel and participation in any planned activities. You should seek your physician’s advice on vaccinations and medical precautions. Xtreme TourBulencia will not provide medical advice. It is your responsibility to assess the risks and requirements of each aspect of the Tour based on your unique circumstances, limitations, fitness level, and medical requirements.

If you develop extreme altitude sickness or any other illness that prevents you from hiking, and you still wish to visit Machu Picchu by train, we will work with you to coordinate this trip. Since this will be a new trip, it may require additional fees. We will use as much of the original itinerary to keep costs low.

If you experience issues while hiking and can not continue, a porter will accompany you to the closest road and wait while a car comes to pick you up and bring you to the nearest health clinic.

Group Tours

Group tours are made up of all different types of people, with various hiking skills and ages. By agreeing to a group tour, you agree that some people might be slower or faster than you are. Everyone can go at their own pace for the trek, and the guide will work with the group to spend time with everyone. Groups might request some modifications to the tour, and the guide will work with everyone to make the best decision for the group.

Strikes

Unfortunately, strikes are frequent in Peru and can disrupt our tours. Roads are often blocked, and trains stopped. We will make sure your trek continues as planned, even if that means leaving the night before your start date. Under these circumstances, tours might need to be canceled. But our operations department will coordinate with you in this situation. Your safety is always our top concern and will dictate how we decide.

Lost Items

You are responsible for your items throughout the Tour. Please be diligent about where you leave your things and remember to remove all items from our vans, your tents, restaurant, etc. Do not leave anything unintended during your hike. Other trekkers or teams might pick it up not knowing whos it is.

Tips

Tipping is part of the tradition of any trek to Machu Picchu. While we pay good wages to our entire team, anything extra is always appreciated. Please know that this is not obligatory and that you should never feel pressured into this.

Typically the participants in a group pool their tipping money together for the porters and chef. The amount recommended is different per trek and listed below. For the guide, this is more personal and needs to be decided based on your relationship with them and done separately from the group. Porters and Chefs prefer soles if possible. Guides are happy with U.S. dollars, Peruvian Soles, or even your credit card ????

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is inexpensive and strongly recommended. With trips being planned months ahead of time, you never can predict what could happen. Adventure travel includes more risk than the average trip. Insurance is a way to protect the investment you have made on this journey. We can help recommend an agent to walk you through this type of insurance if needed.

Weather

Of course, the weather is unpredictable. Typically the dry season in Cusco is from April through October, but this does not stop rain from falling in June or the sun from coming out in December so just be prepared. No matter what month you are doing the trek, make sure that you have rain gear that includes a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho, and waterproof gloves. Many people forget about gloves, but being cold and wet makes hiking very unpleasant.

Also, prepare for four seasons. Several of the treks through the Andes involve various microclimates and you will need to be prepared. Layers are always key since they are easy to adjust to different temperature changes. Be prepared with a warm packable down jacket since the evening will be cold.

It’s also important to note that the weather can change a listed itinerary. There are times that routes become impassable, and our guides will be forced for your safety to rework your tour.

Altitude Sickness

As soon as people book their trip to Peru, specifically Cusco, they start wondering about altitude sickness. The air at high altitudes contains less oxygen than at sea level and forces your body to work harder to get the oxygen it needs. Over several days at high altitude, your body adjusts to the lower amount of oxygen in the air. For this reason, we always recommend spending at least two days in Cusco before beginning any trek in the Andes. Cusco is a marvelous city with lots to do, so if you have more time to acclimate you won´t be bored.

With altitude sickness, you may first feel like you have the flu or a hangover. You may have a headache, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, trouble breathing during exercise. If any of these effects become severe, please contact our office, and we will help you get to a doctor.

Most of the time, these symptoms will be mild. We always recommend easing into activity slowly, allowing your body to adjust. Drink plenty of fluids such as water or coca tea. Coca tea has been used since ancient times to help prevent altitude sickness. Leaves from the Coca Plant contain alkaloids that help bring oxygen into your blood, helping your body avoid the effects of altitude sickness. Avoid drinking a lot of alcohol and coffee. They will cause you to urinate more often and become dehydrated. Avoid smoking. Smoking makes it more difficult for your body to get oxygen. Avoid sleeping pills. They may cause shallow breathing at night, making it more difficult for your body to absorb oxygen while you sleep.

Remember the trek to Machu Picchu is not a race. Even those in the best shape will suffer from altitude sickness if they race to the top of the mountain too quickly. Go slow, and it will give your body time to adjust to the elevation.

Your healthcare provider may prescribe medications, such as acetazolamide and dexamethasone, to help prevent altitude sickness. Start the medicine two days before you get to a high altitude. Continue to take it while you are at high altitude.

You must remember that this is your holiday and you do not want to stress out about the possibility of getting sick from the mountains. Do everything slowly and drink lots of water, and enjoy the coca tea. If anything does happen and you, unfortunately, get sick, let your guide know right away. Xtreme Tourbulencia guides are trained to help you get through it.

Getting To Cusco

The airport in Cusco currently is only for domestic flights, so all international travelers by plane must disembark in Lima and go through Customs. Even if your flight to Cusco is the same day by the same airline carrier, you must grab your bags in Lima and then check them back in.

The best way to get to Cusco is by air, and there are several options in airlines. LAN tends to be the most expensive but has the most options and flights. Expect delays or flight cancellations. Due to the high altitude of Cusco, it tends to be difficult to land, and any acclimate weather will stop air traffic. Bus travel is always available, and while the trip can be long, especially from Lima, the buses in Peru are very well maintained and comfortable. This option is strongly encouraged if coming from a city closer to Cusco, like Puno. Lima buses will take about 20 hours to arrive.

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