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Package – Visiting The Andes – 6 Days

  • Service type: Private
  • Physical rating: Easy
  • Group size: Max: 16
  • Min age: 2+
  • Departure: Contact us
  • Duration: 6 Days
Overview:

Private Services: These services are arranged just for you and your party, and offer the possibility to choose the departure date, the group size and the duration of the trek. This not only has the advantage of adapting the pace to your physical condition, but also usually means enjoying quieter campsites and meeting less travelers along the route. All private groups include additional services, such as extra porters/wranglers to carry your personal gear, among other benefits.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 01: Flight Lima to Cusco. Take it easy! - Private service.

Reception at the Cusco’s airport with transfer in to your selected hotel in Cusco. Free time to relax and acclimatize for the altitude also we have 2 – 3 hours walking tour around city, visiting Koricancha “ the Inca temples in the city” and Cuscos main square.

  • Meals: not included
  • Entrance fees: not included
  • Accommodation in Cusco not included
  • Flight information: flight tickets from Lima to Cusco are NOT included, please do not forget to give us your flight information.

Day 02:Half day tour Sacsayhuaman archaeological complex. (Private service)

The traditional visit of Sacsayhuaman archeological park, is the first recommended tour as an introduction that allows a better understanding of what you might visit afterwards. This tour is also a good chance to get acclimatized to the Andes. 5 hours approx.
We pick you up from your selected hotel in Cusco and visit the following places:

SACSAYHUAMAN, Is a masterpiece of engineering and the site of the first rebellion against the Spanish.

QENQO; Located near Sacsayhuaman, is thought to have been a ceremonial center of great importance in Inca religion and had a very important role at that time.

PUCA PUCARA; This tambo is built in a more rustic style and would have been used to rest by “chasquis” the famous Inca runners.

TAMBOMACHAY; Located 8 km from the city of the Cusco, this temple of the water demonstrates a high quality of Inca stonework.

Day 03:Sacred valley tour- Pisaq - ollanta (private service small group)

We will pick you up from your hotel around 8.00 am and drive from Cusco towards the sacred valley of the Incas visiting the following places:

PISAQ: We visit the Inca remains perched above the town walking one and a half hours before descending in the bus and exploring the town’s famous market where we have lunch at one of restaurants in the town.

OLLANTAYTAMBO: We visit this traditional town known as “the living Inca city”. People live today in the houses and narrow streets built by the Incas with many still taking their water from the water channels that run through the town. We will take a guided tour of the Inca fortress which dominates the town, keeping watch over the sacred valley and hear about one of the greatest love stories of Inca times which took place here, this is a very beautiful traditional town known as “one of last incan living towns”.

CHINCHEROS: We stop to explore the colonial church and visit the Inca palace of Tupac Yupanqui. We have a chance to buy handicrafts and textiles directly from weavers who explain about all the process of it.

  • Meals (lunch): not included.
  • Accommodation: local House in Cusco (private room).
  • Entrances fees: not included.

Day 04:Moray, Maras & Salt mines – Train to Machupicchu town. (private service).

8:00 am we pick you up from your selected hotel in Cusco, we visit the following places:

MORAY the Greenhouse farming laboratory, The Incas used these circular terraces located west of Cusco, like an agricultural “research station” By a freak of climate and terrain, the average temperature on the lower terraces is much cooler than on the higher ones, thus enabling researchers to test different crop strains for different climates.

MARAS/ SALINERAS (Salt mines) located 7 miles from Moray at altitude of 3, 380 m is a small village, as a model of a miniature city. Famous for its salt mines, made up of about 3000 small wells with an area average size of about 5 m ². These were already exploited since Inca times as a means of economic exchange and securities. Very interesting to see how the salt is recovered from these mines and the lives of those who work here. This is a good place to purchase some Peruvian pink salt at the gift shop for your own pantry or as a unique gift for someone back home!

  • NOTE: according the ministry of the culture, it will no longer be possible to walk around the salt mines pools due the pollution, tour will be possible from the nice lookpoint.
    Between 3:30 to 4:30pm the train takes you following the route of the Urubamba River all the way to the cloud forest, we also see the Veronica snowcapped mountain on the right side, and the famous Inca Trail trek starting point on the left side until arrival at Aguas Calientes (2040m / 6692ft), arriving at the Train Station in Aguas calientes where you settle into the selected hotel. the hot springs (15 Soles pp extra).

LUNCH: we have lunch along the way before we board our train to Aguas calientes.

  • Accommodation: Hotel in Aguas Calientes included.
  • Entrances fees: not necessary.
  • Meals: not included.

Day 05:Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

After an early breakfast, we take the bus up to Machu Picchu, arriving well before the majority of tourists. You will have a guided tour of the site for two hours, visiting this impressive archaeological site and leads you through all the most important areas, miradors, temples, residences, best spots and all archaeological sites with the insights of your private guide before having a bit of free time and making your way back on the bus to Aguas Calientes in time for some lunch before boarding the afternoon train back to sacred valley then a private transportstion back to Cusco to your selected hotel.

  • Meals: breakfast included.
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Cusco not included.
  • Entrances fees: Included.

Please note: In high season the train times may be slightly different due to availability.
Tickets for Huaynapicchu or Machupicchu mountain. – For hikers who want to add a climb to Huaynapicchu mountain once you finished the tour at Machu Picchu tour, please let us know far in advance to secure spots… the cost of the ticket is US$ 80.00 pp extra.

Day 06:FLIGHT, CUSCO – LIMA. BYE BYE CUSCO…! (Private Service)

It depends your flight, we pick you up 2 hours earlier than your flight’s departure from your hotel and take you to the airport in Cusco.

What is Included:
  • Collection from airport to your hotel and back to airport last day.
  • Private service; walking tour of cusco
  • Private service; Sacsayhuaman tour. (briefing for trek)
  • Sacred valley tour & maras moray tour
  • Private Transportation
  • Private service of Machupicchu
  • English-speaking experienced professional mountain guide.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Box lunch for short trek.
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Admission Ticket to Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex.
  • Train tickets from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and private transport back to Cusco.
What is not Included:
  • Hotel accommodation in Cusco
  • Hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes for the night before Machupicchu.
  • Admission ticket to Huaynapicchu mountain after Machupicchu tour.
  • Entrances fees for walking tour – sacred valley – sacsayhuaman. We must pay it to local government so make sure to have cash in local currency for big ticket of 130 soles or $ 35.
  • Meals that are not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Tips for your guide, cook and staff, your personal appreciation.
Options:
  •  Special dietary requirements: We are happy to cater for any special dietary needs. Please let us know at time of booking.

Recommendations:

  1. We suggest you arrive in Cusco at least two days before your trek to allow yourself time to acclimatize. The more acclimatized you are the more you will enjoy the trek.
  2. Please let us know the name and telephone number of your hotel in Cusco so we can locate you if needed.
  • Please let us know the name and telephone number of your hotel in Cusco so
    we can locate you if needed.
Adventure Travel FAQs:

Do I need to be in good physical condition to hike in the Andes?

Our treks; Inca Trail, Salkantay trek, Ausangate, Lares trek, Choquequirao trek, etc. are moderately difficult, lengthy and traverse rough mountain terrain. We kindly recommend that if you want to immerse and hike the Andes to be in relatively good physical condition and acclimatization.
We suggest a regular and moderate exercise routine to improve endurance and stamina. Also, we suggest you arrive in Cusco at least two/ three days before your trek to allow yourself time to acclimatize. The more acclimatized you are the more you will enjoy the trek.

What is altitude sickness “Soroche”?

Altitude sickness is caused by ascending too rapidly, which doesn’t allow the body enough time to adjust to reduced oxygen and changes in air pressure. Symptoms include headache, vomiting, insomnia and reduced performance and coordination.

How can I reduce the risk of altitude sickness?

Arrive in Cusco at least 3 days prior your trek to have time to acclimatize, avoid rapid ascents specially on your first day and get enough sleep/rest. Drink plenty of fluids / water and stay hydrated is vital (coca tea, a local remedy). Eating light/ small meals will help your body digest food more efficiently at high altitudes. If you feel symptoms of altitude sickness, descend to a lower altitude immediately and rest until you feel better. Please consult your doctor if you have concerns about being at altitude. There are many medications that they can be provided.

Weather in Cusco and treks to Machupicchu

Cusco’s climate is divided into two seasons: the rainy season, from November to March (the heaviest rains generally occur between January and March); and the dry season, from May to September.
Along the Inca Trail (May to September, high tourist season), temperatures range from 15° – 20ºC (59°F-68°F) during the day if it is sunny, and from 05-10ºC (41°F-50°F) during the day if it is not sunny and from 0-05ºC(32°F-41°F) during the night in between the first and second campsites. In Wiñaywayna and Machu Picchu, which is a subtropical zone, at a lower altitude, temperatures are usually warmer, although warm clothing is still recommended at night.

What is the weather like in Machu Picchu year-round?

Temperature: Machu Picchu is located in a tropical cloud forest and rain is present throughout the year, even in the dry season months. The average temperature ranges between 54ºF and 75ºF (12ºC and 24ºC). On the hottest days, it is possible to reach 79ºF (26°C).

Inca Trail Important Notice

According to the Resolution #002-2004-UGM-CD, published on Nov 12, 2004, the Inca Trail Regulation that refers to Inca Trail space bookings, bookings will only be guaranteed by the governmental institutions when providing full names, nationalities and passport numbers of passengers, and when having paid the full amount for passengers and staff (cook and team of porters) entrance fees.

Inca trail availability

Due to the popularity of the Inca Trail, we highly recommend that you book as far in advance as possible in order to secure a place. There are only a limited number of permits issued per day. We do of course have many other exciting treks to should you be too late to secure a permit.

Ticket for huaynapicchu or machupicchu mountain. –

For hikers who want to add a climb to Huaynapicchu mountain once you finished the tour at Machu Picchu tour, please let us know far in advance to secure spots. There is a limit number of permits issued per day!

Is the water safe and included in my tours?

We water at our private transportation for all of our tours and boiled water along our treks. We insist on a “Leave no trace” tourism by implementing plastic-free tours. Everyone should carry their canteens to reduce the use disposable bottles. (Eco friendly Attitude, we provide the water and you bring the bottle!)

What equipment will be provided by Andes Immersion on the treks?

We always make sure to have the best equipment on our treks. On the basic trek, you will always find sleeping tents (double occupancy), dining tents (with tables, stools, and dining tools) and cooking tents (where our staff will prepare delicious meals).

Appropriate clothing along the treks

Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, complemented by sweaters, fleeces and waterproof jackets. It is very convenient to have light rain gear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required in the first two campsites, down jackets can be useful, otherwise a fleece and a jacket. During the third day (if sunny) and in Machupicchu, convertible hiking pants are useful, as can be switched into shorts if necessary. Machupicchu has a warm climate, getting only cold at night. The rest of necessary implements are included in the Pack List.

Extra Gear and Clothing

We genuinely believe that when our staff is treated well and everyone is equipped with quality hiking equipment, clothing, and anything else they may need to do their job the very best they can, everyone wins. If you have equipment or clothing you may not use again, you can donate it to a porter! Headlamps, sleeping bags, trekking poles, clothing are all greatly appreciated.

Where can I store my baggage that I don't need for the trail?

Certainly, any baggage that is not necessary for your trek may be stored in your hotel in Cusco (most hotels offer this service free of charge). However, In the case that your hotel may not provide this service, we will store your baggage safely in our office free of charge.

Environmental responsibility “Leave no trace tourism”.

Nowadays, we are all concerned about the environment and care of Mother Nature (Pachamama), we understand the potential harm that can come from taking groups through many of the delicate environments, we are licensed operators and we do insist in a policy of …” “Leave no trace tourism”. our tours are plastic-free; everyone should carry their canteens to stop using disposable bottles.

Insurance

Please ensure you have adequate travel insurance to cope with any medical emergencies, any costs incurred due to delayed or cancelled flights and for loss or delay of baggage.
People visiting Peru can buy travel health plans to protect themselves and their traveling companions from large out-of-pocket expenses due to unforeseen injury or illness. Although health concerns are the primary reason people purchase trip insurance for Peru. we recommend World Nomads™ – Travel Insurance Peru