Cusco is a fairly large department therefore it presents many options for trips, from the traditional to what are adventure activities, our complete Cusco package 8 days mixes the typical visits that no traveler should miss with 2 walks to the most recent attractions discovered but extremely famous today, such as the popular hike to the Humantay lagoon and the Mountain of Colors that the natural beauty of the place will speak for itself, giving your dream vacation trip a sense of adventure where your willpower, perseverance and energy will push you beyond your own limits so that you finally say I did it!.
By booking this trip, you will be helping provide a special Christmas breakfast for low income children in Cusco.
During the next 8 days we will have an adventure without limits, starting our tour from your arrival at the city airport and taking you personally to your hotel so that in the afternoon with our guide we can learn more about the history of the ancient capital. of the Incas, we will take a trip through the sacred valley exploring its small towns and visiting its local markets.
We will make our visit to Machu Picchu accompanied by our guide who will tell us the history of the place and show us the main temples, but our trip does not end here, we will return to Cusco again to venture on a hike to the rainbow mountain, exceeding our limits and reaching up to 5000 meters and then visit the Moray agricultural laboratory and finally take another walk to the Humantay lagoon and be closer to the Apus, which are the mountains that people of the Andes consider to this day like Gods.
Day 1: CUSCO – CITY TOUR - CUSCO
In the morning our driver will be waiting for your arrival at the city airport to drive you to your hotel, and in the afternoon at approximately 12:30, our guide will go through your hotel to start the City tour where you will You will be able to visit some colonial temples of the city such as the Cusco Cathedral, which is considered the second most beautiful in the entire American continent and inside which stores more than 300 works of art, many of them from the Cusco school that was developed between the years of 1600, we will continue the tour until we reach the famous temple of the sun or Qoricancha that was considered the most important temple in the ancient Inca empire, here the architecture of the place will leave you amazed by the great quality of construction that the place presents.
We will board our transport to leave the city for a moment and in 20 minutes reach the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman where its megalithic constructions with stones weighing up to 120 tons will simply leave us impressed and from which we will also have a panoramic view of the city of Cusco , we will continue the trip by car until we reach the sites of Qenqo, Puca pucara and Tambomachay which, due to their size compared to the others, are small but their importance was very valuable since in Qenqo mummification processes were carried out and in Tambomachay cults of Water .
By late afternoon we will return to the city arriving at approximately 6:30 a.m. where our tour will end near the main square.
Day 2: CUSCO - SACRED VALLEY – AGUAS CALIENTES
At approximately 8 in the morning, our guide will pass by in our private transport to begin our visit to the Sacred Valley of the Incas where we will visit the town of Pisac, famous for its craft market and its archaeological center that is located in the upper part of the town. and inside you can see buildings from the Inca era and also one of the largest cemeteries from the pre-colonial era, we will continue the trip through the valley passing through different towns that Coya, Huayllabamba that are mostly producers of white corn which is considered the largest in the world.
Approximately at noon we will arrive in the city of Urubamba, which is considered the capital of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, it is here where we will take the opportunity to have a buffet lunch and enjoy all the local and Peruvian cuisine in general.
In the afternoon we will continue our trip until we reach the living Inca city popularly known as Ollantaytambo, this place still maintains many evidences of its ancient inhabitants, the Incas, since its streets, squares, and irrigation canals are still considered original from that time. precolonial. We will ascend to the top of the hill to explore its archaeological site where the temple of the sun stands out and is an excellent place to appreciate the beauty of the sacred valley and the Patacancha valley.
After our visit, our guide will take us to the train station to board our train that will take us to the town of Aguas Calientes for an hour and a half, on this journey you will see how the ecosystem is changing and becoming an area more tropical since we will descend to 2000 meters above sea level.
Already in Aguas Calientes or also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo you can rest and wait for the next day for our visit to Machu Picchu.
Day 3: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
Early in the morning after breakfast together with our guide we will board the bus that will take us to the main gate of Machu Picchu for 30 minutes, where we will pass the control points to start During our visit, we will go up to the top of the city and be able to have a privileged view of the place and in the same way take advantage of the classic photographs, then our guide will show us each place in the city, we will visit temples, squares and enclosures for approximately 3 hours.
After our tour we will leave the Inca city to board our bus down to Aguas Calientes where you will have time to have lunch and finally board the return train to Ollantaytambo where our driver will be waiting to bring you back to the city of Cusco.
Day 4: CUSCO – RAINBOW MOUNTAIN – CUSCO
Depending on the location of your hotel, we will pick up our clients from 4:00 am and we will take the highway in the direction of the southern valley of the Cusco region, the trip will take approximately 2 hours until we reach the town of Cusipata where we can make use of the bathrooms and take the opportunity to have a buffet breakfast.
After breakfast we will continue the trip for an additional hour and a half until we reach the community of Llacto where the hike to the rainbow mountain begins. The beginning of the walk is simple, being mostly flat and the last 600 meters, close to reaching the top of the same mountain, is quite steep and is considered the most difficult part of the route.
Throughout this journey we will enjoy a unique landscape, surrounded by sacred mountains and imposing snow-capped mountains together with a wide flora and fauna where animals such as alpaca and llamas stand out.
The approximate total hike will be 1 hour and a half, once at the top you will have enough time to contemplate the landscape as our guide provides information taking about thee reason why this mountain presents these unique color variations in the world.
Finally we will start the way back to board our transport arriaving to the town of Cusipata where we will have the opportunity to recharge our batteries with a buffet lunch and then continue the return trip to Cusco, arriving around 5:00 p.m.
Day 5: CUSCO – MORAY AND MARAS SALT MINES – CUSCO (ATV TOUR)
Early after breakfast at approximately 7 in the morning our staff will go through your hotel to start our trip by car to the Cruzpata sector where our base is located to be able to use the ATVs. Our guide will give us an informative talk on the correct use of these vehicles and the care that we have to take into account. We will have approximately 30 minutes to practice before leaving with the rest of the group.
Our guide will go to the beginning of the group showing us the way, our first place to visit will be the salt mines of the town of Maras, these are around more than 4000 small pools where groundwater is collected from the mountain to be dried by evaporation that produces the sun during the dry season leaving only the salt so that later the inhabitants can extract it, our guide will provide you with more information once we are in this place.
We will continue the trip to the town of Maras, which is a typical colonial-style town whose narrow streets take us back to Spanish towns of the time, here we will see details on the door of the houses such as family coats of arms during the colonial era.
We will continue our journey along the road until we reach the archaeological center of Moray, these are huge circular agricultural terraces that were designed for the adaptation of different types of plants to different ecosystems in the region, we will be able to explore the place with our guide who He will explain each of the details of this unique construction of its kind.
After having driven around 30 kilometers in our ATVs, we will return to the base to board our transport and return to the city of Cusco, during the afternoon we will be able to rest and if you like to know more about the customs of Cusco, we recommend you visit the center of Native art where every day there is a presentation of typical dances from Cusco.
Day 6: CUSCO – HUMANTAY LAGOON – CUSCO
Approximately at 5 in the morning we will leave Cusco in our private transport to the town of Mollepata which is located 2 hours away, in this place we will take the opportunity to have breakfast and use the bathrooms to continue later with our trip 1 hour more by car until you reach the town of Soraypampa.
Once in Soraypampa, which is the starting point of the walk, our guide will provide us with the necessary information on the entire route and the care and precautions that we must take into account.
The walk has a total distance of 10 kilometers, which the first 5 to the lagoon itself are through a steep narrow path, this entire journey will take us approximately 2 hours at a normal walking pace.
Already at the top we will have time to explore the place, take the corresponding photos and listen to the information from our guide who will give us more details about why and why this lagoon has a turquoise color.
After our visit, we will return by the same path to Soraypampa, all this part of the path will be downhill and it will take us approximately 1 hour in total at a normal walking pace. We will board our private transport and we will return to Mollepata where we will have the buffet lunch and finally we will return to Cusco arriving at the city at approximately 6 in the afternoon.
Day 7: CUSCO - SOUTHERN VALLEY - CUSCO
The southern valley Cusco, the original territorial mecca that allowed the birth and consolidation of one of the greatest cultures in the world, has to offer us in it, open to the entire world, the heritage of a legacy of more than 1000 years.
valle sur cusco At 8:30 a.m. we will pick you up from your hotel and head towards the southeast of the city along the road that led to the Qollasuyo region in Inca time, after approximately 45 minutes of travel along 21 kilometers that They will pass through the historic towns of San Sebastián, San Jerónimo, Saylla, Huasao, until we reach the town of Tipón, in this place we will take a detour north for an average time of 20 minutes until we reach the center of the mountain Archaeological site of Tipon (3560 m.s.n.m), as an engineering jewel, this place represents in itself the best qualities that Inca architecture could offer.
After an approximate hour of visiting, we will descend and continue along the main road passing through other towns such as Oropesa and Lucre until we reach Pikillaqta (3,200 m.s.n.m) after 20 minutes, another archaeological center that is evidence of the long time of human occupation of this valley. and that in turn gives indications of the historical formation of its most famous residents.
We will move on to another stage in history with a visit to the Andahuaylillas temple (3122 meters above sea level), which is one of the highest examples of Andean baroque. Dazzled by its history and art, we will return to the city of Cusco to finish our activities at the agreed average time.
Day 8: CUSCO – AIRPORT
Depending on the departure of your return flight to your country or if you continue your trip to another city or destination, our transport will take you to the terminal so that you can continue your trip.
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
- Free transfer Airport / Hotel / Airport
- City tour + Entrance Tickets + Private Tourist Transportation + Professional Guide
- Maras and Moray tour + Entrance tickets + Private tourist Transportation + Professional Guide + ATV honda 250cc
- Sacred Valley + Entrance Tickets + Buffet Lunch + Private Tourist Transportation + Professional Guide
- Machu Picchu + Entrance Tickets + Bus Tickets Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu / Aguas Calientes + Train Ticket Ollantaytambo / Aguas Calientes / Ollantaytambo + English Tour Guide
- Rainbow mountain tour + entrance tickets +private tourist transportation +aprofessional guide + breakfast and lunch
- Humantay lagoon + entrance tickets +private tourist transportation +aprofessional guide + breakfast and lunch
- Return transportation Ollantaytambo / Cusco
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
- Hotel nights in Cusco / Aguas Calientes / Lima (if you want to include le tus know in advance)
- Meals not mentioned
- Travel insurance
BENEFITS OF TRAVELING WITH TERRA PERU AVENTURAS
- Assistance 24/7 a week in English.
- Qualified professionals on all tours
- Professional Guides in English on all tours
- Free transfer from the bus station to the hotel
Please read the following information carefully. This will help you resolve your doubts and/or questions about our services
ARRIVAL IN CUSCO
All our services start at the airport of the city of Cusco where our driver will be waiting for the arrival of your flight to be able to drive you to the hotel of your choice, this service has no additional cost.
For which it is necessary that you provide us with your flight details and confirmation 1 or 2 days before your arrival in the city, our staff will be waiting with the Terra Peru Aventuras sign which you have to locate.
The briefing is the information that is provided to our clients prior to a trip, this will be done one night before the selected activity at the hotel of their stay. In general, the schedule will depend on the other activities that you have planned to carry out, but many times it usually takes place between 6 and 7 at night.
HOW CAN I BOOK THE TOURS?
To start a reservation, the first thing we request is your personal data along with the details of the date you would like to do the walk, or trip then we will request an advance payment of 40% of the total value of the walk in order to generate the purchase of the necessary tickets for the tour.
After the deposit, our reservation staff will send you the confirmation of the reservation of the Tour which will include the DATE, NAME OF THE TOUR, PERSONAL DATA OF THE CLIENT, AMOUNT DEPOSITED AND AMOUNT PENDING PAYABLE UPON ARRIVAL IN THE CITY.
Terra Peru Aventuras offers you different payment methods depending on your needs, from bank deposits, transfers via Wester Union, as well as PayPal (consider +8% to the deposit to be made for reasons of bank commissions)
WHEN DO I MAKE THE FINAL PAYMENT OF THE TOUR?
In general, the total payment must be made upon arrival, we recommend making the payment in cash, due to commission issues from international banks that may be unfavorable to you in case you want to make a payment with your credit card. Our staff gives you more details about it.
CAN I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER I HAVE PURCHASED THE TICKETS?
For all our tours with the exception of Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Salkantay, yes! is possible to modify the date without any cost, this must be communicated to our staff as soon as possible in order to carry out the procedures for the modification with a new date.
WHAT HAPPENS WITH ALTITUDE SICKNESS?
Any good experience will depend on a good physical condition, if you practice any physical activity regularly you should not worry about a possible altitude sickness, however as an additional recommendation we suggest acclimatizing, in this sense you should consider spending at least 3 days to do some walk and 1 day to be able to carry out some activity or cultural tour.
There are medications that could achieve better acclimatization, but since we are not doctors, we suggest you drink plenty of water and coca infusions to achieve better acclimatization.
WHEN THE TOUR ENDS, DO YOU TAKE US TO THE HOTEL?
Everything will depend on the style of travel that you chose. Our clients who travel in a private service have the option of ending the tours at their hotel. However, those who opt for a group tour, our tour ends in the Plaza Regocijo or close to it so that you can walk without any worries to your hotel.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BRING?
- Personal documents
- 30 liter backpack to carry only what is necessary for the 2 days of the tour
- Comfortable clothes
- Long pants
- T-shirts or long-sleeved shirts
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Hat for the sun
- Insect repellent
- Personal hygiene items
- Ziploc bags or similar (to wrap your clothes and avoid soaking them in case of rain)
- Extra money for expenses not included in the tour