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Inca Highlights: Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, & Cusco

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See the most impressive Inca ruins, charming Andean villages, and stunning Peruvian countryside on a 5 or 6-day tour that captures all the area’s must-see sites.  Choose from budget, boutique, and luxury style tour to make sure you get exactly the type of trip that suits your group.

Trip Length: 5 or 6 Days
Destination: Machu Picchu, Cusco, Sacred Valley
Accommodations: Budget, boutique, or luxury hotels
Activites: Cultural tours, Inca ruins, day walks

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WHY THIS TRIP
The Inca Highlights tour visits the most important sites of Inca culture in Southern Peru: Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, and Cusco. This tour is designed to take you away from the crowds where you can see these areas with new eyes. Since we know that one size does not fit all, we have provided three levels of comfort and budget to choose from (budget, boutique, and luxury), so you get exactly the type of trip that suits you.

TRIP DESCRIPTION
The impressive scale, location, and mystery of Machu Picchu makes it a destination worthy of anyone’s must-see list. However, far too many travelers fly to Cusco and race up to Machu Picchu, leaving within just a couple days and missing the other amazing Incan ruins and vibrant Andean culture in the nearby area. On the Inca Highlights tour, you won’t miss any of the spectacular sites. You go deep into the Andes for a much more memorable and rich experience.

Your adventure begins when you land in Cusco, once the capitol of the Inca empire and now a bustling city that has seamlessly incorporated its historic roots with modern life. Here, you will join your guide for a walking tour of Cusco’s cobblestone streets, narrow alleyways, and local markets, taking note of the Incan stonework still present in most of these picturesque buildings. At the end of you entire trip, you will return to Cusco to relax on your own and visit the most important ruin sites nestled in the nearby countryside.

You then travel to the Sacred Valley where traditional villages and farms are flanked by breathtakingly steep mountains, dotted with Inca ruins throughout. In Pisac, you discover ruins left from the height of Inca stone masonry, perched on a hilltop overlooking the valley. In the village below, you can wander through the famed indigenous market where craftspeople from the countryside gather to sell their colorful weaving and intricate wood statues. You also have time to explore the Incan fortress and town of Ollantaytambo; the buildings built by the Incas are still used in Ollantaytambo, which gives you a look into the past as you wander past stone waterways and see locals wearing traditional, bright clothing.

Of course, no journey would be complete without exploring the world-famous Machu Picchu ruins. The site is as awe-inspiring today as it was to the inspired Incans who dreamed up this royal retreat more than 500 years ago. With your guide, you will see the site in the early morning light, before the crowds arrive so you can enjoy the site’s stillness and majestic setting. After your tour, you have time to discover the site on your own, whether that’s walking to the Sun Gate or hiking up the steep stairs to the top of Huayna Picchu Peak.

The three levels of comfort offered on this trip allow you to choose exactly the style of travel you prefer and the budget that works best for you. The luxury tour features all privately guided tours, private transportation, and 5-star small-scale accommodations. The boutique tour includes a mix of group tours and accommodations in locally owned, boutique (3- to 4-star) lodges. The budget tour features all group tours and simple, clean hotels. This lets you see all the worthwhile sites in Southern Peru in the style that suits you best.

LOCAL OPERATOR: APUMAYO EXPEDICIONES
Apumayo Expediciones specializes in adventure travel and non-conventional tourism with a strong environmental and social agenda. It offers activities and tours for people with disabilities and supports Andean community projects, maximizing the positive effect of local tourism. A local Peruvian company based in the City of Cusco, Apumayo Expediciones combines culture, education and natural history into its adventure trips.

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Itinerary

DAY 1: Cusco – Walking City Tour

After your reception in Cusco, you will be transferred to the hotel where you will have time to acclimatize to the altitude. In the afternoon, you head out for a 3- to 4-hour walking tour on ancient streets, visiting the Main Square and the cathedral, which was built over the Inca palace of Suntur Wasi. Then, it’s on to the Qoricancha, the Temple of the Sun which was of great significance for the Inca culture. After a visit of the Santo Domingo Church, you will continue to visit the most important museums and the church of San Blas with its fabulously carved pulpit. You overnight in a 3-star Cusco hotel.

DAY 2: Sacred Valley

Boutique & Budget Tours: Following breakfast, you will be picked up at your hotel by your guide and head to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This alluvial valley floor follows the winding course of the Urubamba River and is flanked by astonishingly steep hillsides. Here, the Incas grew a diversity of crops and built settlements that remain to this day. At both major entrances to the valley, the Incas built impressive fortresses from which they defended their agricultural land. You will visit both of these fortresses as well as charming Andean villages. The journey begins at the Pisac citadel, whose winding ruins are perched high above the Sacred Valley. The stonework here is considered superior to that found at Machu Picchu, though both are quite impressive. Below in the community of Pisac, artisans from all over the Sacred Valley region gather to sell their wares in Peru’s most famous local market. If the market is not held on the day you arrive, there are several small artisan shops where you can browse, shop for handicrafts, and generally take in the small town’s quaint atmosphere. You stop for lunch en route to Ollantaytambo. As you travel through the Sacred Valley, you will observe the customs held by the countryside’s inhabitants, like practicing ancient farming techniques, wearing traditional cultural clothing, and using their limited resources sustainably. In Ollantaytambo, you will have a tour of this picturesque village which been continually inhabited since the Incas first settled here. The traditional Incan architecture and city-planning techniques are striking, including ancient aqueducts, stone streets, and imposing fortress overlooking the town. You overnight in Ollantaytambo. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Luxury Tour: Following breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel by your guide and head to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This alluvial valley floor follows the winding course of the Urubamba River and is flanked by astonishingly steep hillsides. You head to some of the Sacred Valley’s less-frequented but no less impressive ruins located on a high plateau with jaw-dropping 360-degree views. The journey begins with an exploration of the Moray Ruins, a set of massive circular terraces whose purpose remains a mystery. The ruins are set in an idyllic surrounding with rolling hills and dirt paths used by farmers and llama herders who wear traditional bright ponchos. Here, the background of snowcapped peaks create a dramatic skyline. From here you travel to the nearby Maras salt mines which were built by the Incas and still in use for the collection of gourmet salt. Located 600 feet above the Sacred Valley floor, the white panels of salt sparkle and change colors throughout the day; providing opportunities for dramatic photos. Before calling it a day, you finish with a visit of Maras village, a traditional rural Andean settlement where you can observe life of a remote Peruvian countryside. At the end of the tour, you will be driven to your riverside lodge in heart of the Sacred Valley. You overnight in Sacred Valley lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 3: Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

Boutique & Budget Tours: You have the morning free to relax, explore Ollantaytambo village, or visit the Ollantaytambo fortress on your own. In the afternoon, you will board a train at the Ollantaytambo train station and ride up to Machu Picchu Pueblo. This scenic train ride is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, you will be met by a guide who will walk you to your hotel. You overnight in Machu Picchu Pueblo (aka Aguas Calientes). (Breakfast)

Luxury Tour: After breakfast, you will be driven to the nearby village of Ollantaytambo. In Ollantaytambo, you will have a tour of this picturesque village which been continually inhabited since the Incas first settled here. The traditional Incan architecture and city-planning techniques are striking, including ancient aqueducts, stone streets, and imposing fortress overlooking the town. In the afternoon, you will board a train at the Ollantaytambo train station and ride up to Machu Picchu Pueblo. This scenic train ride is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, you will be met by a guide who will walk you to your hotel. Overnight in Machu Picchu Pueblo (aka Aguas Calientes). (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 4: Machu Picchu

Today, you have a full-day to explore Machu Picchu and, for the intrepid traveler, hike to the summit of Huayna Picchu within the Machu Picchu complex. With an early start (around 4:30 a.m.), you head up the hill by bus to Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, which is about a 20-minutes ride from Aguas Calientes. The early start is recommended to ensure you get to witness Machu Picchu at dawn, before the crowds arrive. You will then have a 2- to 3-hour fully guided tour of the mysterious ruins. After the tour you can hike to the Inca Bridge, Huayna Picchu, Watchman’s Hut, Inti Puncu sun gate, or just wander through the ruins soaking up the atmosphere. (Huayna Picchu now requires an extra, limited-availability permit. Please inquire at booking whether you would like to take this 1.5-hour hike.) We then return to Aguas Calientes for a late lunch and to catch the train back to Cusco.

Upon arrival at the Cusco train station, your driver who will take you to your hotel in the heart of the city. (Breakfast)

DAY 5: Free Morning in Cusco & Four Ruins Tour

Your morning is free to relax or explore Cusco on your own.

In the afternoon, you will be picked up for a guided exploration of the Inca ruins surrounding Cusco. This tour takes you to the four most important archaeological sites outside of Cusco: Sacsaywaman, Kenko, Pukapukara, and Tambomachay. This tour visits these fascinating ruins but also allows you to appreciate the bucolic Andean countryside with its rolling hills and small traditional villages. The historic, religious, and architectural importance of each site will be carefully explained by your guide. After visiting these intricate Inca ruins, you will be dropped off back at your Cusco hotel. You overnight in a Cusco hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 6: Depart Cusco

You will be transferred from your hotel to the Cusco airport. From here, you will catch your flight to Lima (or elsewhere in Peru if you are continuing your adventure). (Breakfast)


DAY 1: Cusco – Walking City Tour

After your reception in Cusco, you will be transferred to the hotel where you will have time to acclimatize to the altitude. In the afternoon, you head out for a 3- to 4-hour walking tour on ancient streets, visiting the Main Square and the cathedral, which was built over the Inca palace of Suntur Wasi. Then, it’s on to the Qoricancha, the Temple of the Sun which was of great significance for the Inca culture. After a visit of the Santo Domingo Church, you will continue to visit the most important museums and the church of San Blas with its fabulously carved pulpit. You overnight in a 3-star Cusco hotel.

DAY 2: Sacred Valley

Boutique & Budget Tours: Following breakfast, you will be picked up at your hotel by your guide and head to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This alluvial valley floor follows the winding course of the Urubamba River and is flanked by astonishingly steep hillsides. Here, the Incas grew a diversity of crops and built settlements that remain to this day. At both major entrances to the valley, the Incas built impressive fortresses from which they defended their agricultural land. You will visit both of these fortresses as well as charming Andean villages. The journey begins at the Pisac citadel, whose winding ruins are perched high above the Sacred Valley. The stonework here is considered superior to that found at Machu Picchu, though both are quite impressive. Below in the community of Pisac, artisans from all over the Sacred Valley region gather to sell their wares in Peru’s most famous local market. If the market is not held on the day you arrive, there are several small artisan shops where you can browse, shop for handicrafts, and generally take in the small town’s quaint atmosphere. We stop for lunch en route to Ollantaytambo. As you travel through the Sacred Valley, you will observe the customs held by the countryside’s inhabitants, like practicing ancient farming techniques, wearing traditional cultural clothing, and using their limited resources sustainably. In Ollantaytambo, you will have a tour of this picturesque village which been continually inhabited since the Incas first settled here. The traditional Incan architecture and city-planning techniques are striking, including ancient aqueducts, stone streets, and imposing fortress overlooking the town. You overnight in Ollantaytambo. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Luxury Tour: Following breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel by your guide and head to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This alluvial valley floor follows the winding course of the Urubamba River and is flanked by astonishingly steep hillsides. You head to some of the Sacred Valley’s less-frequented but no less impressive ruins located on a high plateau with jaw-dropping 360-degree views. The journey begins with an exploration of the Moray Ruins, a set of massive circular terraces whose purpose remains a mystery. The ruins are set in an idyllic surrounding with rolling hills and dirt paths used by farmers and llama herders who wear traditional bright ponchos. Here, the background of snow-capped peaks create a dramatic skyline. From here you travel to the nearby Maras salt mines which were built by the Incas and still in use for the collection of gourmet salt. Located 600 feet above the Sacred Valley floor, the white panels of salt sparkle and change colors throughout the day; providing opportunities for dramatic photos. Before calling it a day, you finish with a visit of Maras village, a traditional rural Andean settlement where you can observe life of a remote Peruvian countryside. At the end of the tour, you will be driven to your riverside lodge in heart of the Sacred Valley. You overnight in Sacred Valley lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 3: Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

Boutique & Budget Tours: You have the morning free to relax, explore Ollantaytambo village, or visit the Ollantaytambo fortress on your own. In the afternoon, you will board a train at the Ollantaytambo train station and ride up to Machu Picchu Pueblo. This scenic train ride is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, you will be met by a guide who will walk you to your hotel. You overnight in Machu Picchu Pueblo (aka Aguas Calientes). (Breakfast)

Luxury Tour: After breakfast, you will be driven to the nearby village of Ollantaytambo. In Ollantaytambo, you will have a tour of this picturesque village which been continually inhabited since the Incas first settled here. The traditional Incan architecture and city-planning techniques are striking, including ancient aqueducts, stone streets, and imposing fortress overlooking the town. In the afternoon, you will board a train at the Ollantaytambo train station and ride up to Machu Picchu Pueblo. This scenic train ride is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, you will be met by a guide who will walk you to your hotel. Overnight in Machu Picchu Pueblo (aka Aguas Calientes). (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 4: Machu Picchu

Today, you have a full-day to explore Machu Picchu and, for the intrepid traveler, hike to the summit of Huayna Picchu within the Machu Picchu complex. With an early start (around 4:30 a.m.), you head up the hill by bus to Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, which is about a 20-minutes ride from Aguas Calientes. The early start is recommended to ensure you get to witness Machu Picchu at dawn, before the crowds arrive. You will then have a 2- to 3-hour fully guided tour of the mysterious ruins. After the tour you can hike to the Inca Bridge, Huayna Picchu, Watchman’s hut, Inti Puncu sun gate, or just wander through the ruins soaking up the atmosphere. (Huayna Picchu now requires an extra, limited-availability permit. Please inquire at booking whether you would like to take this 1.5-hour hike.) We then return to Aguas Calientes for a late lunch and to catch the train back to Cusco.

Upon arrival at the Cusco train station, your driver who will take you to your hotel in the heart of the city. (Breakfast)

DAY 5: Depart Cusco

You will be transferred from your hotel to the Cusco airport. From here, you will catch your flight to Lima (or elsewhere in Peru if you are continuing your adventure). (Breakfast)

Getting To and From the Trip: 

You need to overnight in Cusco at least one night prior to the trip start as you will be picked up at your hotel in the morning of the first day of this trip. All international flights to Cusco must route through Lima. Most likely, you will need to overnight in Lima the night before you fly to Cusco. We can help you arrange a hotel and transfer services upon your request.

At the end of this trip, you will be transferred to the Cusco Airport in time for your departure. We can also help you add to your journey with trips to the Amazon, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, or any other destination in South America.

We do not sell international or domestic Peru airfare but partner with a flight specialty company, Exito Travel, who can arrange all of your flights for you, simplifying the process of this part of your trip.

Trip Start: Trip starts upon your arrival at the Cusco Airport. All international flights route through Lima. Depending on your flight schedule, you may need to overnight in Lima the night before your arrival in Cusco. A hotel in Lima can be added upon request.

Trip End: Trip ends at the Cusco Airport in time for you to catch your flights home, or continue on to the next part of your adventure.


This trip is a complete package, starting and ending in the Cusco Airport. International and domestic Peru flights are not included, but can be booked through our travel partner Exito Travel. Depending on your flight schedule, you may need to overnight in Lima. We can help you arrange a hotel and transfer services if this is necessary.

We can also help you add to your journey with trips to the Amazon, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, or any other destination in South America.

2017 PRICES: 

Prices are per person and based on double or triple occupancy

5 DAY TRIP

  • Private Tours
    • Budget Hotels
      • 2 Travelers: $1,060.00
      • 3 Travelers: $951.50
      • 4-6 Travelers: $899.00
      • 7-9 Travelers: $834.00
      • 10+ Travelers: $826.50
      • Single Supplement: $231.50
    • Boutique Hotels:
      • 2 Travelers: $1,194.00
      • 3 Travelers: $1,084.00
      • 4-6 Travelers: $1,031.50
      • 7-9 Travelers: $966.50
      • 10+ Travelers: $959.00
      • Single Supplement: $356.50
    • Luxury Hotels:
      • 2 Travelers: $1,860.00
      • 3 Travelers: $1,716.50
      • 4-6 Travelers: $1,646.50
      • 7-9 Travelers: $1,560.00
      • 10+ Travelers: $1,546.50
      • Single Supplement: $912.50
  • Shared Group Tours
    • Budget Hotels
      • 1 Traveler: $1,219.00
      • 2 Travelers: $895.55
      • 3 Travelers: $862.50
      • 4-6 Travelers: $847.50
      • 7-9 Travelers $820.00
      • 10+ Travelers: $810.00
      • Single Supplement: $235.00
    • Boutique Hotels:
      • 1 Traveler: $1,469.00
      • 2 Travelers: $1,031.50
      • 3 Travelers: $999.00
      • 4-6 Travelers: $984.00
      • 7-9 Travelers: $956.50
      • 10+ Travelers: $946.50
      • Single Supplement: $371.50

6 DAY TRIP

  • Private Tours
    • Budget Hotels
      • 2 Travelers: $1,182.50
      • 3 Travelers: $1,052.50
      • 4-6 Travelers: $989.00
      • 7-9 Travelers $912.50
      • 10+ Travelers: $900.00
      • Single Supplement: $294.00
    • Boutique Hotels:
      • 2 Travelers: $1,350.00
      • 3 Travelers: $1,216.50
      • 4-6 Travelers: $1,151.50
      • 7-9 Travelers: $1,074.00
      • 10+ Travelers: $1,061.50
      • Single Supplement: $444.00
    • Luxury Hotels:
      • 2 Travelers: $2,155.00
      • 3 Travelers: $1,989.00
      • 4-6 Travelers: $1,907.50
      • 7-9 Travelers: $1,810.00
      • 10+ Travelers: $1,790.00
      • Single Supplement: $1,144.00
  • Shared Group Tours
    • Budget Hotels
      • 1 Traveler: $1,340.00
      • 2 Travelers: $972.50
      • 3 Travelers: $940.00
      • 4-6 Travelers: $925.00
      • 7-9 Travelers $897.50
      • 10+ Travelers: $887.50
      • Single Supplement: $294.00
    • Boutique Hotels:
      • 1 Traveler: $1,635.00
      • 2 Travelers: $1,135.00
      • 3 Travelers: $1,102.50
      • 4-6 Travelers: $1,080.00
      • 7-9 Travelers: $1,060.00
      • 10+ Travelers: $1,050.00
      • Single Supplement: $455.55

2018 PRICES: 

For 2018 pricing, please inquire using the “I Am Interested” button above or by calling 1-866-386-4168.


INCLUDED: 

•   Entrance fees to Machu Picchu
•   Bus ticket round trip from Aguas Calientes to MP
•   Tourist ticket (entrance fee to sites visited on tour)
•   Transportation as mentioned in Itinerary
•   Professional bilingual guide (English – Spanish), additional cost for other languages
•   Meals mentioned as included
•   Roundtrip train tickets (Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu Puerbo – Cusco)
•   Double accommodation at indicated hotels (triple and single rooms will have a different cost)

Budget Tours includes the Expedition train for both train rides; accommodations are Hotel Maytaq in Cusco, Killa Inn in Machu Picchu Pueblo, and Tunupa Lodge in the Sacred Valley. 

Boutique Tours includes the Vistadome train for Machu Picchu – Cusco train ride; accommodations are Casa San Blas in Cusco, El Mapi Hotel in Machu Picchu Pueblo, and El Albergue Lodge in the Sacred Valley.

Luxury Tours include the Vistadome train for Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu train ride; Expedition train for Machu Picchu – Cusco train ride; accommodations are Libertador Palacio del Inca in Cusco, Inkaterra Lodge in Machu Picchu Pueblo, and Sol y Luna Lodge in the Sacred Valley.

Group Budget Tours have up to 20 travelers per group and group transfers by van or bus

NOT INCLUDED: 

•   Extra services not mentioned in the program
•   Optional hiking permits for Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain ($15* per person)
•   Flight tickets (domestics and internationals)
•   Tips to guides and support team
•   Personal or medical expenses
•   Alcoholic beverages
•   Accommodations or services in Lima (can be added upon request)
•   Travel insurance

Note: Permits to hike Huayna Picchu Mountan or Machu Picchu Mountain are not automatically included in this trip. Before you confirm your trip to Machu Picchu, consider whether or not you want to do one of these hikes, and let us know what you decide. For more details: http://www.detourdestinations.com/blog/should-you-hike-huayna-picchu-mountain-or-machu-picchu-mountain

* Fees subject to change


ADDITIONAL EXPENSES TO CONSIDER:

•   International flight tickets and Peruvian domestic flights (Lima – Cusco – Lima)
•   Meal not described in the program
•   Extra services not mentioned in the itinerary
•   Tips and extra expenses
•   Entrance to Huayna Picchu (If the clients want to confirm this hike we suggest to book in advance because only there are 400 spaces per day, additional price $15/per person)


 

 

 

Plan Your Trip

This trip is offered year-round. Departures are every day, upon request.

There are no set family departures. All departures are open to families to join. Private trips are also available to start on any day with a minimum of two travelers.

Trip Start: Trip starts upon your arrival at the Cusco Airport. All international flights route through Lima. Depending on your flight schedule, you may need to overnight in Lima the night before your arrival in Cusco. A hotel in Lima can be added upon request.

Trip End: Trip ends at the Cusco Airport in time for you to catch your flights home, or continue on to the next part of your adventure.

How Do I Get To and From the Trip: 

You need to overnight in Cusco at least one night prior to the trip start as you will be picked up at your hotel in the morning of the first day of this trip. All international flights to Cusco must route through Lima. Most likely, you will need to overnight in Lima the night before you fly to Cusco. We can help you arrange a hotel and transfer services upon your request.

At the end of this trip, you will be transferred to the Cusco Airport in time for your departure. We can also help you add to your journey with trips to the Amazon, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, or any other destination in South America.

We do not sell international or domestic Peru airfare but partner with a flight specialty company, Exito Travel, who can arrange all of your flights for you, simplifying the process of this part of your trip.

Cusco is great starting point to explore Peru. You can extend your stay in Cusco, and explore the area by mountain bike, stand-up paddle board, rafting and kayaking, horseback, and hiking.

If you want to go further afield, you can take the luxury train or a comfortable bus to Puno and Lake Titicaca (we recommend spending 3 or 4 days on Lake Titicaca). You can catch a short flight to the Amazon (flying into Puerto Maldonado or Iquitos) to check out the incredible wildlife. We recommend spending 4 to 6 days in the Amazon. You can take a flight or an overnight bus from Cusco to Arequipa, and from there explore the Colca Canyon, one of the world’s deepest canyons.

A trip in Peru combines very well with a visit to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. You will need at least 5 days, but preferably 8 days, to have a great trip in the Galapagos. Allow yourself a full day to fly from Cusco, Peru to either Quito or Guayaquil in Ecuador.  All trips to the Galapagos start in either Quito or Guayaquil, and you will need to spend at least one night in one of these cities before starting your Galapagos trip.

We work with local trip operators throughout Latin America, and we can help you plan the rest of your trip to where ever sparks your curiosity.

Countries Visited: Peru

Destinations Visited: 

Cusco, Sacred Valley, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu

Green Certifications: Rainforest Alliance Verified

Trip Sustainability: 

True sustainability is found in all Apumayo Expediciones business planning and operations; specifically, to ensure that the natural and cultural values of the regions in which it operates are not undermined. Its wilderness journeys always operate under minimal impact guidelines, while its offices run on maximum efficiency and minimal waste. Where possible, Apumayo Expediciones engages in partnerships with local environmental groups to actively campaign for conservation or to promote environmental protection and rehabilitation.

Activities: Cultural Tour, Day Hike

Activity Description: 

Trip Difficulty: Not Strenuous

Fitness Level: 

Basic fitness and a good attitude will go a long ways to making sure you enjoy the adventure.

Minimum Age: 6

Maximum Age: 110

Minimum Group Size: 1

Maximum Group Size: 16

Typical Group Size: 6

Months Offered: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Best Time to Go: 

This trip is great at any time of the year. If you are traveling during the rainy season, be sure to bring a good rain jacket. The rain is heaviest during January and February. In December and March, the rain will usually come and go throughout the day. July and August are dry but cold. May is the most popular month, as it is warm and dry.

Food and Special Diets: 

Special diets and allergies can be accommodation with advance notice. Please inform us of any requests when confirming your trip.

Drinking Water: 

Boiled, filtered, or iodized water is provided for drinking during your daily excursions. Please bring a refillable water bottle. While you’re in hotels during your trip, you will be responsible for procuring your own drinking water.

Equipment Provided: 

Boat Specifications:

Special Equipment You Should Bring: 

•  Day pack & rain cover
•  Refillable water bottle
•  Water proof jacket & pants and/or rain poncho
•  Broken-in walking shoes
•  Personal first-aid kit

 

HOTEL / LODGE AMENITIES:  Airport Shuttles

BOAT AMENITIES: You do not stay on a boat on this trip

CAMP AMENITIES: You will not be camping on this trip

ROOM AMENITIES: Double Beds, Closet, Safebox, Hot Water, Private Bathroom, Shower, Towels

ROOMING OPTIONS: Double, Triple, Single, Single Supplement

DESCRIPTION:

The budget tours include accommodations at Hotel Maytaq in Cusco, Killa Inn in Machu Picchu Pueblo, and Tunupa Lodge in the Sacred Valley.

The boutique tours include accommodations at Casa San Blas in Cusco, El Mapi Hotel in Machu Picchu Pueblo, and El Albergue Lodge in the Sacred Valley.

The luxury tours include accommodations at Libertador Palacio del Inca in Cusco, Inkaterra Lodge in Machu Picchu Pueblo, and Sol y Luna Lodge in the Sacred Valley.

 

 

Local Tour Operator:

Apumayo Expediciones, a local Peruvian company based in the City of Cusco, established in 1995. Specialized in adventure travel and non conventional tourism, combining it with cultural, educational and natural history. Apumayo Expediciones describes itself as a commercial venture with a strong environmental and social agenda, development and supporting in the way many projects like river clean up`s, offering activities and tours for people with disabilities and support Andean community projects, which maximize the positive effect of tourism activities locally. The Community of Cachiccata near Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu, host many of our adventure trips like rafting, hiking, mountain bike, horseback rides and other participative activities related with the Inca culture and the day life of the Andean people like agro-tourism, interpretation, volunteer and bring the option to share authentic experiences with the local inhabitants.

Site and Surrounding

Apumayo Expediciones is situated in Cusco, the gateway city to the Inca empire and Machu Picchu. We also operate all over Peru and able to customize any kind of activity such multi-city programs, logistics for expeditions, film or research crews and multi-activities itineraries. They specialise in the city historical attractions and its surroundings and all areas of Peru, including the Amazon jungle and the desert coast.

In the past, Apumayo Expediciones open some new adventure destinations for kayaking and rafting like the Colca and Cotahuasi rivers where we did the first explorations and commercial journeys. In the present we are open new alternatives for hiking and trekking supporting by Llamas, following lost Inca trails near Machu Picchu and running a new and spectacular section of the Apurimac river call “the black canyon” which is the source of the Amazon river.

Fair Trade in Tourism

Apumayo Expediciones is the only adventure company doing environmental campaigns to protect the rivers where we work in Peru. Also, in the end of every rafting trip in the section of Ollantaytambo we contract local services for lunch from a local restaurant belong a family from the local community of Cachiccata (Ollantaytambo). In any trip taken with us, our clients are helping to support this effort directly in different ways, because part of the cost is used to support activities and special campaigns such Vilcanota River clean ups, protection of Qeunua relict forest, environmental education, training people in new jobs and reforestation.

Apumayo and associates are developing an ecotourism program in the community of Cachiccata near to Ollantaytambo, with the aim to share the profit of tourism with the local community.

Environmental Sustainability

True sustainability in all our business planning and operations. Specifically, to ensure that the natural and cultural values of the regions in which we operate are not undermined.

Minimal environmental impact at all stages of the business. Our wilderness journeys should always operate under minimal impact guidelines, while our offices should be run on the lines of maximum efficiency and minimal waste.

Contribution to conservation. Where possible we will engage in partnerships with local environmental groups to actively campaign for conservation or to promote environmental protection and rehabilitation.

Responsible Travel

Our operations should maximize the positive effects of tourism on the host communities. This includes the employment of local staff, using local suppliers and developing sustainable businesses for them.

Minimize the negative effects of tourism. This includes ensuring that tourism does not divert resources away from local communities or drive up the prices of local resources.

Provide opportunities for cultural exchange, where we share and learn from the local communities.

Contribute towards host community welfare. Where possible we will engage in partnerships with other companies and clients to develop programs that can assist the host communities. This may include support for health, education or environmental protection matters.

We aim to increase your knowledge of the destination in order to encourage appropriate behavior and minimize the cultural and environmental impact.

Excursions & Activities

Apumayo Expediciones offers township experiences in the main cities like Lima, Arequipa and Cusco, giving an overview of the social history of the city through the interpretation of the historical sites, museums and modern side as well. We combine it with many outdoor tours, soft for people without experience or families and hard activities for the ones looking for adrenaline. All of them are development from us, following client requirements, expertise, fit level or any special interest. We also offer fixed scheduled departures programs and activities where travel agents can book their clients or any buddy looking at the internet can find us and join our trips.

Our guides are the top available in Peru with many years of experience and guiding all over the world, well trained in culture, interpretation, safety, rescue and first aid. They made the difference and approach our visitors to the local culture. The gear we use for our activities are under international standards and help out to create a comfortable “wild” lifetime experiences. Our trained staff of cookers during camps or in city with the selections of restaurants will give you another experiences based in the Andean products, call as Novo-Andina food.

Off the beaten path

We looking forward to offer different areas for tourism, out of crowds and high human impact areas. We are very creative in design new programs and itineraries where the visitor can experience the Andean landscape, the nature and the local villages like it was many centuries ago. Places where we can find the local ecosystems and historical monuments untouched by the pollution and the cities.

Guides:

TMI (Too Much Information)

SUGGESTED PACKING LIST

•   Smart clothes for night life in Cusco
•  
Comfortable walking clothes for exploring ruins, markets, and short hikes
•   A warm fleece, down jacket, or wool sweater (available in Cusco)
•   Underwear and socks
•   Warm hat, gloves, & scarf
•   Water proof jacket & pants and/or rain poncho
•   Good, well worn-in walking shoes
•  
Water bottle
•   Sunglasses
•   Eyeglasses or contacts (if necessary)
•   Swim suit
•   Sun hat
•   Flashlight & spare batteries
•   Book, notepaper & pen (optional)
•   Suntan lotion with 15 SPF or higher
•   After sun care
•   Lip balm
•   Insect repellent
•   Camera & spare battery
•   Personal toiletries
•   Money belt
•   Passport
•   Day pack & rain cover
•   Personal first aid kit to include: painkillers, plasters (band-aids), moleskin, antiseptic cream, after bite, anti-diarrhea tablets, throat lozenges, re-hydration salts & personal medication.

HOW TO PACK 

For your daily activities, you will need a day backpack, large enough to hold water bottles, rain jacket & pants, a warm layer, sun screen, insect repellent, camera, and snacks. The day backpack makes a good carry-on for your flights.

For your main luggage, you can use whatever type of suitcase, duffel bag, or backpack you prefer. The main bulk of your luggage and your main suitcase will be left at your hotels during the day.

Pro Tip: We recommend carrying on all of your most essential items on your flights to Cusco. This way, if your checked luggage is lost in transit, you will still be able to do the trek. For example, wear or carry on your walking shoes. Good, comfortable, and broken-in walking shoes are irreplaceable. Also carry on any prescription medications, sunglasses, and anything else that is irreplaceable for you. Everything else necessary for your trip (trekking poles, rain jackets & pants, etc. can be found in Cusco).

NOTES

  • New rules at Machu Picchu limit the number of visitors to Huayna Picchu. Please let us know when booking your trip if you wish to climb this peak so we can include your permits.
  • We recommend trekkers carry 200 soles in local currency during the day for any personal expenses, or purchasing local handicrafts in the towns and communities you will be visiting. 
  • Most good quality sporting equipment is unavailable in Peru so if you wish to donate any outdoor clothes, etc they will be gratefully received by any of our staff.

• 1491, by Charles Mann
Turn Right at Machu Picchu, by Mark Adams
The White Rock or Cochineal Red, by Hugh Thomson
Peru’s Amazonian Eden: Manu National Park, by Kim MacQuarrie & Andre Bartschi
Where the Andes Meets the Amazon, by Kim MacQuarrie & Andre Bartschi
Field Guide to the Birds of Machu Picchu, by Barry Walter
Exploring Cusco, by Peter Frost
Lost City of the Incas, by Hiram Bingham
The Inca Trail, by Richard Danbury
Neo-Tropical Companion, by John C. Kricher
Running the Amazon, by Joe Kane
The Last Days of the Incas, by Kim MacQuarrie
Birds of Peru, by Clive Byers
The Bridge of San Luis Rey, by Thorton Wilder
Conquest of the Incas, by John Hemmingway
Into the Forest of the Night, by John Simpson
Touching the Void, by Joe Simpson
Heart of the Amazon, by Yossi Ghinsberg
Inca Kola, by Matthew Paris
Inca Gold, by Clive Cussler
Realm of the Incas, by Max Milligan
Peruvian Wildlife, by Gerard Cheshire, Huw Lloyd & Barry Walker

220 Volt outlets are standard in Peru, although outlets in most hotels and tourist areas can accommodate 110 Volt appliances. Peru uses two styles of outlets: two-pronged plugs with flat, parallel blades (same as the US), and two round prongs. Most outlets are designed to accommodate both styles.

You will be traveling through several small communities and small towns, and you will have opportunities to purchase drinks, snacks, and local handicrafts in these communities. Bring small denominations of coins, as it is unlikely that they will have enough change for larger bills.

Smoking is not allowed in rooms or enclosed public areas.

Safety:

Medical Attention:

The guides have up to date first-aid certificates and a working knowledge of hypothermia and altitude sickness. They are aware of emergency and evacuation procedures at any point.

Staff/ Crew on Trip: Professional bilingual guide

DETOUR'S POLICIES

DETOUR’S DISCLAIMER
Detour acts only as an agent for the various independent suppliers that provide hotel accommodations, transportation, sightseeing, activities, or other services connected with this tour. Such services are subject to the terms and conditions of those suppliers. Detour, LLC and their respective employees, agents, representatives, and assigns accept no liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or any other incident which may be caused by the negligence, defect, default of any company or person in performing these services. Responsibility is not accepted for losses, injury, damages or expenses of any kind due to sickness, weather, strikes, hostilities, wars, terrorist acts, acts of nature, local laws, or other such causes. All services and accommodations are subject to the laws and regulations of the country in which they are provided. Detour, LLC is not responsible for any baggage or personal effects of any individual participating in the tours /trips arranged by Detour, LLC. Individual travelers are responsible for purchasing a travel insurance policy, if desired, that will cover some of the expenses associated with the loss of luggage or personal effects.

Cancellations: If you cancel the trip at any point after confirmation, you will forfeit a $100 per person handling fee to Detour. This is separate and in addition to the fees, deposits, and payments potentially owed to the tour operator (see information below).

Trip Changes:  If you decide to make any changes to your trip (changes to your itinerary, travel dates, tours, or accommodations) after it is booked, you will incur a $50 change fee per person, per change.  Unavoidable changes (such as those imposed by an international flight schedule change) will not incur this fee.  Adding on services before or after your confirmed tour will not incur this fee.

Rate Changes to Domestic Flights, Park Entrance Fees, Government Taxes and Fuel Surcharges:  The rates for all these items are subject to change at any point and these fees or fee changes can be imposed on any trip, even after a trip has been confirmed and paid for in full.  These rate changes are beyond the control of Detour or our local operating partners.  Oftentimes, these changes are imposed by government decree and take effect immediately.  While this is a rare occurence and the rate changes themselves are typically quite small, these changes are unpredictable and sometimes unavoidable.  Travelers are responsible for any additional costs or fees due to these rate changes, even after the trip is paid in full.

Passports and Traveler Details:  Passengers are responsible for sending up-to-date and correct information that is requested in the “Trip Reservation Form.”  If any of those details change, it is the passenger’s responsibility to notify Detour of the change before the trip departure.  If you need to renew your passport prior to your trip, you must notify Detour that you will be renewing your passport and you will have to email a scanned copy of both your old and new passports to Detour.  Additionally, you will have to bring both passports with you on your trip. Please make sure that you request to receive your old passport at the start of the renewal process.

Airport Transfers:  Airport transfer rates are based on group size with the assumption that all travelers will be taking the same transfer.  If some travelers in your personal group arrive or depart on different days or at different times, additional airport transfers will have to be booked and the passenger is responsible for this additional cost.

DETOUR’S DISCLAIMER

Detour acts only as an agent for the various independent suppliers that provide hotel accommodations, transportation, sightseeing, activities, or other services connected with this tour. Such services are subject to the terms and conditions of those suppliers. Detour, LLC and their respective employees, agents, representatives, and assigns accept no liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or any other incident which may be caused by the negligence, defect, default of any company or person in performing these services.  Responsibility is not accepted for losses, injury, damages or expenses of any kind due to sickness, weather, strikes, hostilities, wars, terrorist acts, acts of nature, local laws, or other such causes.  All services and accommodations are subject to the laws and regulations of the country in which they are provided. Detour, LLC is not responsible for any baggage or personal effects of any individual participating in the tours /trips arranged by Detour, LLC. Individual travelers are responsible for purchasing a travel insurance policy, if desired, that will cover some of the expenses associated with the loss of luggage or personal effects.

DETOUR’S CANCELLATION POLICY

If you cancel the trip at any point after confirmation, you will owe a $100 per person handling fee to Detour.  This is separate and in addition to the fees, deposits, and payments potentially owed to the tour operator (see information below).

 

APUMAYO RESERVATIONS, PAYMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS POLICIES RESERVATIONS:

Please send your reservation to the following emails: contact@apumayo.com with copy to pepelopez@apumayo.com

Along with this email, we would very much appreciate you sending us the crew
complete personal information:  Complete names,  Passport number,  Date of birth, Nationality

Payment for confirmed groups:

To confirm the program arranged “FILMING AT CUSCO ́S HIGHLAND”, we
require a 70% deposit to be made upon confirmation of the reservation and the remaining 30% to be sent 30 days before the beginning of our services.

CANCELLATIONS FOR SERVICES THAT REQUIRE DEPOSITS:

For cancellations made from the confirmation day up to 45 days before the
beginning of our services, we will charge 30% of the total amount.

For cancellations made between 44 days and 30 days before the beginning of our
services, we will charge 50% of the total amount.

For cancellations made less than 29 days before the beginning of our services, we
will charge a full 100% penalty.

OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER:  You must advise our company of any medical problems or allergies. You need to
be in good physical health and if your health is questionable, then you should consult a doctor about high altitude trekking. If you are over the age of 65, then you will need to present us with a current medical certificate. You must advise your guide if you wish to leave the group or the camping area
for independent walks or sightseeing. If you are experiencing any problems with the service of the Guide or tour please advises the guide in that moment so he can resolve any problems as soon as possible.

NOTE: Apumayo will take all reasonable care in providing service to our clients to avoid accident, illness, loss of personal property and will only employ suitably qualified staff. We accept responsibility for the actions of our own employees. Apumayo cannot however be responsible for any action or event that was unforeseeable or unavoidable. We also cannot be responsible for improper acts by clients or other third party. You are totally responsible for your own personal
property and rented equipment.  Apumayo does not take responsibility for additional costs due to unfavorable
weather conditions, natural catastrophe, strikes, accidents, illness, injury, loss of personal items, etc. It is the clients’ responsibility to carry insurance to cover
these types of events. We reserve the right to modify or cancel the program due to any of the unforeseen conditions listed above.

TRAVEL INSURANCE: We recommend that full travel insurance is taken, which includes cover, under certain circumstances, against the loss of deposit or cancellation charges. Please note that no reimbursements are given when cancellations occur or for any unused services. Apumayo will do everything possible to assure a safe and enjoyable trip but we will not accept any responsibility for damages, injuries, losses, expenses due to
delays, for any cause whatsoever, this applies to any person or property in connection with any service we or our intermediaries provide, which result
directly or indirectly.

 

Most hotels in Cusco and Machu Picchu Pueblo will have WiFi and/or computers available. Your guide will have a satellite phone in case of emergencies.

PERU TIPPING
Tipping in many countries can be a problem and can add a great deal of stress to your holiday. This is a rough guideline to try and help you work out how much you should tip. Remember Tipping is entirely voluntary and how much you give depends on how you feel about the service you have received.

For background, Peru has a minimum salary of 800 Nuevo Soles (US$300) monthly for a 6-day, 48-hour week. However, in many of the lower paid jobs (e.g. waiters, porters. etc.) this is not always enforced. 2.60 Peruvian Soles are roughly the equivalent of GBP 60p, USD$1 and 1 Euro.

AIRPORT BAGGAGE CARRIERS
Strictly this is not a tip as these people make their living by carrying your luggage from the carousel to your bus. The general rule is one or two soles per bag.

HOTEL STAFF
If the hotel staff are helpful and friendly a tip of roughly one / two Soles per bag for the porters helping carry bags to your room, and for the breakfast staff, leave on the breakfast table a tip of roughly one Sol per person per breakfast. In many hotels this is not expected but the staff will be grateful.

DRIVERS
Generally drivers doing transfers from the airport to hotel or vice versa don’t expect tips. However, if you have a driver for a few days then it is generally expected to tip. Again the service supplied (i.e. did he drive safely, did he help with luggage, was he friendly) should determine the size of the tip. A reasonable average would be a total of 10-30 Soles a day from the group.

SPECIALIST GUIDES
On many trips you will have a number of specialist guides e.g. cultural, jungle, rafting, biking, or trekking guides. In most instances these guides have spent a number of years studying at Colleges or Universities to qualify as guides. Generally these guides will be with you for a few days but sometimes just for a day trip.

As a general guideline it would be expected to tip each specialist guide US$10-30 a day in total from the group. Again the group size, depth of knowledge of their area or specialist skill, command of English and friendliness should help determine the tip.

TOUR CONDUCTORS
On some of our bigger tours you will be accompanied by a Tour Conductor who will help deal with all the small problems that crop up when travelling in a foreign non English speaking land. Again it would be expected that the group would tip the tour conductor around US$10 – 30 per day. The group size, their friendliness, patience, availability and ability to resolve your problems should help determine their tip.

RESTAURANTS
As with most places in the world it is normal to tip in restaurants if the service was reasonable and the food good. A tip of 5% would be adequate, 10% is normal and 15% would be considered excellent.

SUMMARY
Airport Porters: Minumum 1-3 Soles per bag – compulsory
Hotel Staff: 1-2 Soles per bag / per breakfast
Transfer Drivers: Generally not expected
Drivers: 10-30 Soles per day total from the group
Specialist Guides: US$10-30 per day total from the group
Inca Trail Cooks, Porters: 100-200 Soles per client divided up following advice of guide
Tour Conductors: US$10-30 per day total from the group
Restaurants: 5-15% for adequate to excellent food and serviceWe hope you find the above information useful. Remember, this information is a general guide, the only rule with tipping is that:  IT IS VOLUNTARY

Laundry: Laundry services are available through your hotels in Cusco and Machu Picchu Pueblo, but you may not have enough time in each hotel for your laundry to be done. It will depend on the individual hotel.

Food and Special Diets: 

Special diets and allergies can be accommodation with advance notice. Please inform us of any requests when confirming your trip.

Drinking Water: 

Boiled, filtered, or iodized water is provided for drinking during your daily excursions. Please bring a refillable water bottle. While you’re in hotels during your trip, you will be responsible for procuring your own drinking water.

 

2 reviews for Inca Highlights: Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, & Cusco


  1. Cassandra P
    5 out of 5

    :

    Just wanted to say the tour was GREAT! Everything we were looking for and more, it definitely exceeded our expectations. I just want to take the time to also make mention of Ayul (our tour guide) and Aurelio (our driver), they were both so helpful and attentive, very kind as well and really made the tour exceptional.

    Thanks again for both of your help in organising the trip for us. It’s been a great success!

  2. Henry and Debbie Young
    5 out of 5

    :

    We had a wonderful Inca Highlights vacation. We had our obstacles, the train was delayed on our trip to Aguas Calientes and our schedule was rearranged due to a transportation strike. Even with the obstacles the travel and guide provider, Apumayo Expediciones group, were fantastic. In particular all of our guides were extremely helpful, knowledgeable, courteous, flexible and organized. We could not have had a better time, a trip that will last for years to come in our minds. Deb and I really appreciate the Detour and Apumayo Expediciones for their professionalism and dedication in providing the best vacation we have ever had. Thanks to all!!!

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