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7 Days – 6 Nights

Max Guests : 12

Max. Altitude : 2040 – 5200m

Act. Level: Moderate

Overview

Cusco the ancient capital of the Tahuantinsuyo culture is located in the Peruvian Andes is known for its archaeological remains of the Inca culture and Spanish colonial architecture. The Plaza de Armas is the center of the old city, with its colonial houses, carved wooden balconies and archaeological remains everywhere as Inca walls. Also the Santo Domingo Convent, baroque style, was built over the Inca Temple of the Sun (Qoricancha) and has archaeological remains of Inca stonework, with this circuit you can visit the highlights of Cusco and Machu Picchu, is a combination of the City Tour, the Sacred Valley, Vinicunca and the Classic Tour by train to Machu Picchu. The city of Cusco is located at 3,399 meters above sea level with a population of 428,450 from its last census (2017).

Places to visit
  • City tour: Where we can visit the capital of the ancient Inca capital as well as the Cathedral of Cusco, Temple of the Sun, Sasayhuamana, Qenko, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay and a factory to see the process of weaving.
  • Sacred Valley: Awana court, Pisaq Inca city and market, Ollantaytambo the Inca fortress and its market.
  • Mountain of seven colors: where you can appreciate the different colors shown by the presence of copper and iron in the mountains of the vilccanota.
  • Humantay Lagoon: To appreciate the snow-capped Salkantay and the turquoise lagoon of Humantay.
  • Machupicchu: The Inca citadel Machu Picchu is considered, at the same time, a masterpiece of architecture and engineering. Its peculiar architectural and landscape features, and the veil of mystery that has woven around it much of the literature published about the site, have made it one of the most famous tourist destinations on the planet, as well as one of the seven wonders of the modern world.
    Machu Picchu was built in the classic Inca style, with polished dry stone walls. Its three main structures are the Intihuatana, the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Three Windows.
Itinerary

Day 1City tour

Pick up from the airport in the morning to go to the hotel where you can rest and drink the famous coca tea for altitude sickness and then you will have some free time to rest, before you can explore the city with our guide in the famous City tour from 13:00. 00 to visit its main square where the cathedral is located with its exquisite Cusquenian paintings, chapels and altars to then continue visiting the temple of the sun of the Incas the famous Qoricancha of Cusco where we can visit the Temple of the Sun of Qoricancha, then continue visiting the main archaeological remains around Cusco such as Sacsayhuaman, where the Cusqueños perform the festival of the sun on the winter solstice on June 21 the famous Inti Raymi . We will also visit Qenko, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay and return visiting a factory and finally return directly to the city of Cusco to your hotel.

  • Altitude: 3400 to 3500 meters
  • Trekking time: 4 hours
  • Transport time: 3 hours

Includes:

  • Hotel
  • Guide
  • Bus and entrance fees to all the places

Not included:

  • Meals

Day 2Sacred Valley of Cusco - Ollantaytambo

We will leave very early as at 7 am from the hotel, you are asked to verify your passports before starting our tours in sacred valley, in our tour we will visit Awana court in Poroy before continuing to the Inca citadel of Pisaq city that was used for agriculture especially corn where you can also observe temples, residences, altars, canals, sculptures, tunnels / caves and the famous Intihuatana “The agricultural and religious calendar and then to continue along the sacred valley to Urubamba for lunch after 40 minutes we continue to Ollantaytambo to visit the fortress of Ollantaytambo built with huge blocks of rock perfectly carved and polished used in their temples and staircases after this visit time to visit the village of Ollantaytambo before taking the train to Machupicchu at 7 pm, where we arrive in the town of Aguas Calientes at 8: 45 pm.

  • Altitude: 2800 to 3400 meters 
  • Walking time: 5 hours
  • Transport time: 5 hours.

Includes:

  • Hotel
  • Guide
  • entrance fees to all places and lunch

Not included:

  • Meals not mentioned

Day 3Ollantaytambo – Inca Trail - KM 104 - Aguas Calientes

Very early in the morning, after breakfast, we go to the train station to take our train to go to km 104 bus that takes us to Km 104 where we will start our walk along the royal road to Machu Picchu, visiting the archaeological remains of Chachabamba and start to climb to Wiñayhuayna where we will have time for our Box Lunch and continue to the sun gate, from where we will be able to observe the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, where we will arrive at 15 hours to be able to take the postcard photos and to be able to visit a little the superior part of Machu Picchu, to then descend towards the control where we will take the buses that will take us to the town of Aguas Calientes where we will have our dinner and the hotel.

  • Altitude: 2000 to 2650 meters
  • Trekking time: 03 hours
  • Train transportation time: 1.30 hours.

Includes:

  • Hotel
  • guide
  • box lunch
  • bus going up to Machupicchu
  • entrance fees to Inca Trail and Machupicchu and dinner

Not included:

  • Lunch and dinner
  • Bus down from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes

Day 4Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Very early we will go to the bus station that takes us with the dawn to Machu Picchu, where we will have our guided tour of the most important places taking the circuit 1 considered the longest and most complete to observe the most important temples, water fountains, housing sectors and its famous Intihuatana which was its Andean solar calendar that was used for agricultural and religious purposes, after our visit of approximately 2. 30 hours we will take our bus to descend to the town of Aguas Calientes, where we can take our lunch before heading to the train station and take our train in the afternoon to Cusco.

  • Altitude: 2000 to 3500 meters
  • Trekking time: 3 hours
  • Transportation time: 4 hours.

Included:

  • Hotel
  • Guide
  • Bus up to Machupicchu
  • Entrance fees to Machupicchu
  • Train back to Cusco and bus to your hotel in Cusco

Not included:

  • Lunch and dinner

Day 5Cusco - Humantay Lake - Cusco

We will leave very early at 4:30 am to go to the village of Mollepata where we will have a rest and have our breakfast before continuing to Soraypampa where we will start our hike to the lagoon of Humantay, where we can appreciate the perpetual glacier of the mountain of Salkantay and Humantay with its spectacular moraines and then return to the village of Soraypampa where we will take our lunch and return to Cusco approximately 18 hours.

  • Altitude: 3400 to 4100 meters
  • Trekking time: 5 hours
  • Transport time: 5 hours

Included:

  • Hotel
  • Income
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Guide and walking sticks
  • Oxygen

Not included:

  • Dinner and hotel in cusco

Day 6Cusco – Rainbow Mountain or Vinicunca - Cusco

Pick up from the hotel at 4:30 am to go to the town of Cusipata to visit the Inca, colonial and republican bridges before heading to our breakfast to continue to Llapto from where we start our hike of 1. 30 hours with a path that takes us to the mountain of Vinicunca and enjoy a beautiful view of the mountain and Ausangate and then return to Cusipata where we will have our lunch and return to Cusco arriving at 16: 30 hours to the hotel.

  • Altitude: 3400 to 5000 meters (4500 to 5000 meters above sea level)
  • Trekking time: 5 hours
  • Transport time: 5 hours

Included:

  • Hotel
  • income
  • breakfast
  • lunch
  • guide and walking sticks
  • oxygen

Not included:

  • Dinner and hotel in cusco

Day 7Cusco free day and Transfers

Free day and transfer to the airport

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Inclusions

Includes

  • Bilingual guide in English and Spanish
  • Tourist transportation
  • Tour services:
  • City tour
  • Sacred Valley
  • Machu Picchu
  • Mountain and Vinicunca
  • Entrance fees to all sites in Cusco, Sacred Valley, BTG, Cathedral and Coricancha
  • Entrance to the Humantay Lagoon and Vinicunca Mountain
  • Entrance fee to Machupicchu
  • Hotel and breakfast in the hotels:
  • 4 nights in Cusco
  • 1 night in Ollantaytambo
  • 1 night in Machupicchu
  • 1 lunch at the Sacred Valley
  • 1 breakfast and 1 lunch at Vinicunca mountain
  • 1 breakfast and 1 lunch at the Humantay Lagoon
  • Oxygen and First Aid Kit
  • Route maps
  • souvenir t-shirts
  • Transfer in and out

Excludes

  • Travel and health insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Huaynapicchu or Mountain entrance fees
  • Domestic flights on request we can buy
  • International flights
  • Tips
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.

Packing List

What Do I Need To Bring?

  • Passports and passport copies
  • Small backpacks (30 liters)
  • shirts with long sleeves highly recommended (5)
  • Jackets
  • Warm sweaters
  • Sun hats
  • Caps for cold weather
  • pants (3)
  • shorts
  • Socks and underwear
  • Comfortable tennis shoes
  • Sandals
  • Sun creams
  • Dark sunglasses
  • Mosquito repellents
  • Scarves
  • Things for your personal hygiene
  • Sports bottle
  • Rain poncho

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