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Cusco, Short Inca Trail & Lake Titicaca Tour

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Group Size Up to 8 people
Max Altitude: 4400 m.s.n.m
Type Service: Group
Transportation: Van, Bus,Train, Boat
Difficulty: Challenging
Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights

All you need for a 8 day tour to Peru. Start in the imperial Inca City of Cusco. Tour the sights and temples, then onto the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Inca visiting such important places as Pisac, the salt mines of Maras, the Inca Garden at Moray and the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. Walk the last part of the Inca Trail and surround yourself in the magnificance of the the Andes, before arriving in Machu Picchu to learn about the citadel and the people that lived there. Lastly, travel to the town of Puno on the shores of the high Andean lake called Titicaca.

Trip Details

ITINERARY

DAY 1: CUSCO CITY TOUR

Upon your arrival in Cusco, you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Receive a short briefing with the rest of the morning being at your leisure to rest and acclimatize. We will pick you up from the hotel in the afternoon and start to visit the Imperial City of Cusco, a living example of the mix of Andean and Spanish cultures.  Continuing our journey visiting the Santo Domingo Convent built over the Koricancha, as well as the ancient Inca Palace and the main worship center of the Sun God. Have time to enjoy these beautiful sights; proceeding to visit the archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman with its military Inca architecture, which dominates the city.

Finally, we go to the north east of the city to the archaeological sites of Qenqo, Puca Pucará and Tambomachay. Afterwards we take you back to your hotel in early evening to rest and then you can enjoy Cusco by night in one of the many terrific restaurants surrounding the Main Square of the Plaza de Armas.

  • 3* Accommodations: Maytaq Wasin or Waman Hotels
  • 4* Accommodations: Costa del Sol Ramada, Casa Andina Private Collections & Novotel

DAY 2:CUSCO- PISAC – MORAY- SALT MINES- OLLANTAYTAMBO

Start today at 7:30am, when your guide picks you up at your Cusco hotel in our private van. Our route to the Sacred Valley of the Incas leads us to Pisac. We stop first at the Mirador of Taray to enjoy an expansive view of the Urubamba valley and its traditional farming villages.  See how the agriculture in the Sacred Valley has changed little in the past five hundred years. Onward, we drive to the archeological site of Pisac, see an impressive Inca cemetery with more than 2,000 tombs. Admire the carefully engineered farming terraces carved into the mountain, explore the Inca tunnel and the religious area of this important citadel. Here, we will spend about 2 hours, exploring the Inca city. Then, we head down to the colorful market of Pisac, then drive to Urubamba for lunch.

Our next stop is the fascinating archeological site of Moray also known as “The Greenhouse of the Incas” a deep basin of architectural wonder. Levels of terraces are carved into a huge bowl, which was carefully engineered by the Incas. The terraces have varied microclimates depending on how deep into the bowl they are placed.  Archeologists believe that they were used by the Incas to discover the optimal growing conditions for their crops and experiment in hybridization.

Continuing on our journey to the colonial town of Maras, we look down onto the pre-Inca salt “mines,” called salineras in Spanish. Thousands of salt pans have been passed down through countless generations and used for salt extraction since before Inca times. A hot spring at the top of the valley discharges a small stream of heavily salt laden water, which is diverted into salt pans and evaporated to produce salt. This is one of the few places in the world where you can find naturally pink salt!

Finally, we drive to Ollantaytambo, taking the time to explore the Inca village that has remained intact since Inca times and the massive Inca Ruins, with a tour provided by our guide. Visit the massive architecture of the Sun Temple at the top of the formidable terraces and learn about the importance of this site for the Inca during the beginning of the Spanish conquest. Here you spend the night at your hotel in Ollantaytambo, ready to start the Inca Trail the next day.

  • 2* Accommodations: Veronica View Hotel or Tunupa Lodge
  • 3* Accommodations: Pakaritampu Hotel or Albergue Hotel
  • There are no 4* hotels in Ollantaytambo
  • Meals included: Breakfast at your hotel

DAY 3: Ollantaytambo – KM 104 – WIÑAY HUAYNA – SUN GATE – MACHU PICCHU

We start this exciting day early; the guide will pick you up at 5:30am. When you arrive at the train station, you will receive a lunchbox to add to your daypack. The train departs Ollantaytambo at 6:10am and you will have just over an hour on the train to enjoy the scenery and have breakfast (not included). Your hotel can provide you a picnic breakfast to take with you or pack your own breakfast.

Get off the train at the famous Km104, where your trek begins! (2,000m/6,560 ft. above sea level). After crossing the Urubamba River on a picturesque foot bridge, show your passport at the checkpoint and visit the  first Inca site nearby. The first hour and a half are a gentle upward climb. Along the way, stop at several outlooks where you have an expansive view of the Urubamba River. You also pass through several microclimates, including cloud forest, so be ready for damp or even rain at any season of the year. The next hour and a half are a slightly steeper uphill with a beautiful waterfall as your reward at the end of the hike!

When you cross the bridge below the waterfall, be sure to take some time for photos and as you will find yourself gazing up at the spectacular Wiñay Wayna! (2,600m/8,500ft above sea level) These amazing Inca ruins have a fascinating history and some parts are still hidden by the dense jungle. This close to Machu Picchu, you are hiking through lush sub-tropical jungle. The guide will tell you all about the ruins, plus the incredible flora and fauna of this microclimate and answer any questions you have before the short 5-minute walk to your lunch spot.

After lunch, you have a mostly flat walk to the Sun Gate, from which you have your first view of Machu Picchu! Though the hour-long walk is a gentle rolling up and down, it does end with a set of steep stairs carved directly into the bedrock by the Inca.  As you turn the corner from the Sun Gate, you will enjoy your first breathtaking view of Machu Picchu. So, take some time to savor the moment and take photos. The last 60 minutes down from the Sun Gate provide many opportunities to take more photos of Machu Picchu from this unique vantage point. There are also a couple more important Inca sites between the Sun Gate and Machu Picchu, so ask your guide questions about these historical places on the last part of your hike to Machu Picchu.

Once you reach Machu Picchuyou will have time to take more photos from the viewing platforms above the site (Guard House), where you can take the famous postcard pictures of Machu Picchu. You will arrive in the afternoon, as the archeological area starts to empty of tourists, which gives you the opportunity to take beautiful photos in the afternoon light with fewer people in your shots. Take your time to enjoy this magical experience before you take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to check into your hotel. Have a delicious dinner, then have time to walk around this picturesque little town, visit the hot springs or just go to your hotel to rest after such an exciting day.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, picnic lunch & dinner at a restaurant in Aguas Calientes
  • 3* Accommodations: Ferre´Hotel Machu Picchu
  • 4* Accommodations: El Mapi Hotel or Tierra Viva Machu Picchu (superior room)
  • Difficulty: Moderate

***You will leave an overnight bag at the Ollantaytambo train station to be sent by train directly to Aguas Calientes.

DAY 4: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

This is the day you’ve been waiting for! After an early breakfast at your hotel,  take one of the first busses up to Machu Picchu, so that you can be there to witness the sunrise. It is a truly extraordinary site and not something you’ll want to miss! The guide will give you a tour, which takes about two hours.  See most of the important parts of Machu Picchu Citadel. You will also learn about how Machu Picchu is divided into three sectors: agricultural, residential and religious.

When you have had your fill of the exceptional views of Machu Picchu, you will take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included). Depending on your train departure time, you may also have time for some shopping, sightseeing or a visit to the museum or hot springs.

The Vistadome train will take you back to Ollantaytambo at 2:55pm, 3:20pm, 4:22pm or 6:20pm, following the spectacular Urubamba River. Close to Aguas Calientes, the canyon is narrow and the river has many beautiful sections of whitewater. You can also see Wiñay Wayna from the train, if you look up high on the steep canyon wall! Back at Ollantaytambo, your driver will meet you at the exit from the train station to take you back to your hotel in Cusco in our private vehicle. You can expect to arrive at your hotel between 7pm and 10:30pm.

Please note: In the rainy season, January through April, the Vistadome Train only runs to the Ollantaytambo station. We will drive you from Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco.

  • 3* Accommodations: Maytaq Wasin or Waman hotels
  • 4* Accommodations: Costa del Sol Ramada, Casa Andina Private Collections & Novotel
  • Meal included: Breakfast at your hotel
  • Difficulty: Easy

***IMPORTANT:

After your tour, those who have booked in advance for the extra hike up Huayna Picchu, this tour is without a guide.

  • On the 2-day Inca Trail, we will be doing the circuit #3 and there is no way to do another circuit unless you buy an additional entrance to Machu Picchu.
  • Early trains can be organized by requested and it has to be done by booking time.

DAY 5: CUSCO – ANDAHUAYLILLAS – RACCHI – LA RAYA – PUNO

We pick you up at your hotel at 6:30am to take you to the bus station (Inca Express or First Class). Both companies provide royal class service with an English-speaking tour guide and a waiter who is ready to assist you with hot and cold drinks on board. During the trip, stop to visit some Inca ruins, museums and the Andahuaylillas Church, which is considered to be the Sistine Chapel of South America because of its amazing frescos. Then, we stop at the Racchi Inca ruins, which used to be a religious and resting place for Inca travelers. The next visit is at La Raya, the border between Cusco and Puno, where the most traditional animals of Peru can be seen, llamas and alpacas. In Pucara, we will visit a museum where it is possible to see some pre-Inca remains. Finally, by 5:30 pm we arrive in Puno, where our representative will pick you up to take you to your hotel.

  • Meals included: Breakfast & lunch
  • 3* Accommodations: Casa Andina Classic Puno or Tierra Viva Puno
  • 4* Accommodations: Casa Andina Private Collection or Sonesta Puno

DAY 6:  PUNO – UROS ISLANDS – AMANTANI ISLAND

After having breakfast in your hotel, the tour leader will  take you to the port of Puno. There, you will embark on a 30-minute boat ride to the floating islands. You will be welcomed by the locals, who will show you the island and the products they weave. Then, we will have a 3-hour boat ride to get to the Amantani Island. At 2:30 pm, we arrive at our destination where our guide will introduce us to the local families who are going to share their homes with us. After lunch, we will hike for one hour up to the mountain called Pachataita (Mother Father). There, enjoy an amazing view of the sunset over the lake and a chance to relax and enjoy the fresh air. Afterwards, we will come back to your local home for dinner and then you will have the opportunity to dress in traditional clothes provided by the locals and go to the local school where a party with them will take place.

  • Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Basic homestay

DAY 7:  AMANTANI ISLAND – TAQUILE ISLAND – PUNO

Have an early breakfast with your local family and then take a two-hour boat ride to Taquile Island. The inhabitants still live according to their ancestral traditions and dress with gorgeous colored traditional ropes. They are also famous for the magnificent weavings that the men do not the women. You will have some time to learn about ancestral farming techniques and try to use a few Inca tools. We will have lunch in a traditional restaurant and take the boat back to Puno and your hotel for the end of the Tour.

  • Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch
  • 3* Accommodations: Casa Andina Puno or Tierra Viva Puno
  • 4* Accommodations: Casa Andina Private Collection or  Sonesta Puno

Day 8: DEPARTURE FROM PUNO

After having breakfast at the hotel, enjoy your remaining time in Puno, then in the late morning or afternoon we will drop off at the airport in Juliaca to take your plane back to Lima or bus station in Puno. Transfer out costs $60 per group.

  • Meal: Breakfast

***You have the option to do a one day tour of Lake Titicaca, without homestay, instead of 2 days.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Included

  • Welcome at the airport and transfer to your hotel
  • Pick up at your hotel for the tours and for the trek departure
  • Private transportation
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • English speaking professional guide experienced in mountains
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food with prior request)
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Expedition train from Ollantaytambo to KM104
  • Vistadome Train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy station (Cusco) (During the rainy season from January through April the train only runs to Ollantaytambo)
  • Admission Ticket to the Inca trail and Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex
  • Private guided tour and entrances to the archeological sites
  • Roundtrip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and back
  • Visit to the ruins along the way to Puno
  • Tourist bus to Puno with English-speaking tour guide
  • Pick up in Puno bus station and transfer to your hotel
  • Pick up from your hotel and transfer to the port of Puno
  • Tourist boat with English-speaking tour guide
  • Visit of the islands on lake Titicaca as indicated in the itinerary
  • Dress up with  traditional clothes and party with the locals
  • All entrance fees
  • Homestay with family
  • Taxes (18%)

No included

  • Huayna Picchu Mountain –$75 USD
  • Energy snacks – chocolate bars, dried fruits (recommended)
  • OPTIONAL UPGRADES for hotels to 4* or more!
  • Tips for the guide and team members of SAM TRAVEL PERU
  • Transfer out to the Juliaca airport

***Huayna Picchu is an optional trek within Machu Picchu Citadel which does not include a guide. The climb is usually done on your own after your tour of Machu Picchu Citadel. If you would like the extra hike to be guided, please request in advance. There is an extra cost for this extra guided tour. 

PRICES

This unique package can leave on any date, as long as we have a minimum of 2 participants.

  • $907 USD per person without hotels
  • $1,207 USD per person with 5N 3* hotels, 1N 2* hotel & 1N homestay
  • $1,507 USD per person with 5N 4* hotels, 1N 3* hotel & 1N homestay

***A completely private tour is $200 USD extra per person except for Lake Titicaca Tour, where it is not possible to have a private tour due to the boat transportation.

***There are no 4* hotels in Ollantaytambo

DISCOUNTS

  • 18 to 25 years old: $30  USD. Information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card is required at booking for government approval for discount.
  • Under 18 years old: $30 USD. Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Under 11 years old: $40 USD.  Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.

EXTRAS 

  • Huayna Picchu Mountain $75 USD
  • Single supplement- $50 USD per night for 3* (for solo travelers with single room)
  • Upgrade to 4 or 5 star  hotels
  • Hotel single supplement -$60 USD per night for solo travelers 3*
  • Hotel single supplement -$100 USD per night for solo travelers 4*

***Huayna Picchu is an optional trek within Machu Picchu Citadel which does not include a guide. The climb is usually done on your own after your tour of Machu Picchu Citadel. If you would like the extra hike to be guided, please request in advance. There is an extra cost for this extra guided tour. 

IMPORTANT INFO

Please read carefully the following information as it will help you answer all of your questions about our services and the Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca Tour Package.

ARRIVAL TO CUSCO

You will be welcomed at Cusco airport and taken to your hotel, please ensure that you inform us of your full flight details at least 14 days prior to your trek. Look out for our representative holding an orange board SAM Travel Peru at the arrival terminal. You must exit the terminal in order to find our representative (they cannot enter inside).

THE BRIEFING 

The briefing will take place the night before the trek at 6pm in our office, which is located at Calle Garcilaso 210, office 213 (second floor) in the La CASA DEL ABUELO shopping center.

CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE?

Of course! During your Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca Tour Package your main luggage can be store at our office or at your hotel, both are for free.

HOW TO BOOK

FIRST, to book your Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca Tour Package, we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our homepage or click here the link BOOK NOW.

Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group).  We cannot purchase an Inca Trail permit without the following information:

  • Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):
  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality

SECOND, we require a deposit of $211.00 USD per person in order to purchase a permit for the Classic Inca Trail Machu Picchu.  You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on our booking page.

WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?

If you would like to avoid the high credit card fees in Peru, you may pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. There are many ATMS within the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service fee, charged by VISA and PAYPAL.  To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account and use our email address: samtravelperu@gmail.com. 

MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?

Unfortunately the answer is No. Once the tickets have been bought the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure date after the ticket has been bought. Tickets are  also not transferable nor refundable.  If you cancel your “Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca Tour Package”, the deposit is not refundable at all!

DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT?

Yes ! You have to bring your original passport and it is very important that it is the same passport number you sent to us to book your package for classic Inca Trail Machu Picchu permit, entrances & other reservations. In case you are renewing your passport, go ahead and send us your old number to secure your permit, and we can change it when you get your new passport number. Please send the new passport number as soon as possible.

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE?

The weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee. We recommend to always dress in layers as it is more easier to adjust to the different climates.

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE THERE PER GROUP?

The maximum group size is 8 persons. Our trekking groups are usually between 2-6 persons. Sam Travel Peru specializes in SMALL and PRIVATE groups and provides personalized service. The boats on Lake Titicaca hold more than 8 people.

ARE WE DROPPED AT OUR HOTEL?

Absolutely! Included in our packages is dropping you off at your hotel on the return from your trek or tour. If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley like Ollantaytambo or Urubamba, we will drop you there too!
If you spend the night at Ollantaytambo before the trek, we will pick you up there.

TRAIN INFORMATION

Our package includes the 14:55 or 15:20 Vistadome train for the way from Aguas Calientes to Poroy or Ollantaytambo, then we drive you back to Cusco in our van, arriving 19:00 – 19:30. If you have an extra hike up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, we will buy the later Vistadome train at 15:20 or 16:22.

TIPPING

If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appreciated. While it may not be customary in your country, it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the tour.  It inspires excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many SAM Travel Peru destinations. Of course you are free to tip as much as you feel appropriate, depending on your perception of the quality and the length of your tour. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

ARE YOU SUSTAINABLE? 

Yes, we are a local, sustainable & responsible tourism operator for that we incorporate the universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our local staff to know and understand, respect the places and the local people.

PACKING LIST

The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu section DOES NOT INCLUDE a porter, so, you will need to carry all your thing, please try to pack as light as possible which is the key to enjoy this amazing trek.  If you wish to have a porter to carry your belongings, it is $60 USD extra for this add on service (10 kilos or 22 lbs maximum).

  • Original Passport (it has to be the same you have used for booking your trek)
  • Valid university card (if you booked as a student)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage:  2-3L  (Camelbaks are encouraged)
  • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
  • Toilet Paper
  • 2 t-shirts
  • 1 hiking pants at least
  • 2 sets of undergarments
  • 2 sets of hiking socks
  • Couple Fleece/ Thermals
  • Warm clothes, down jacket
  • Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
  • Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash
  • Battery Charger: No electricity along the trek
  • Large plastic bags will be provided at the office — Please ask for them
  • Face moisturizer
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Personal medications
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Wool hat
  • Rain gear
  • Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruits
  • Rain plastic poncho
  • Camera
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips

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Bernie s 2023/03/02

Had a great trip with our guide Ray Herrera and driver Alfredo. Lots of good experiences in a short period of time 4 days. Learnt a lot not just about the main tourist destinations but Peru in general by Ray. Ray has a passion for Inca history and local produce. Ray knows all the good photo spots and we managed the sun out every day .. Good culture and if you want to get on a tour ask for Ray at Sams Travel = amazing

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Ray was our Tour Guide and Alfredo was our driver for a 4 day tour we did with SAM Travel Peru. Ray's knowledge of the history of Cusco and Machu Picchu was outstanding. Ray was very accommodating with all our needs. He stayed alongside us when trekking and helped where he could. His sense of humour was pleasant to be around. Ray spoke very good English. He is such a nice guy. I would strongly recommend Ray to be your tour guide to visit Machu Picchu. Ray explained everyday what the plans were for the next day, which was reassuring what we needed to take etc

Captanjack 2023/01/012

Our 1 day tour thru the Sacred Vally with Danny was wonderful. He was very knowledgeable and able to answer all our questions in detail. I would recommend asking for him personally if you are able.

Sherry 2022/12/26

We booked the Classic Cusco to Machu Picchu tour with SAM travel which we really had a good experience. SAM travel is very responsive during the communication and cater to our changes needed. Our guide is Ray who is also an very awesome guide. He is knowledgeable, patient, humorous as well reliable, he help us take many good photos and also go extra mile to help with our request. Thanks Ray! Thanks SAM travel that gave us good memories in Peru! Highly recommend if you consider booking any tour in Cusco.

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C Clark 2023/01/20

Wow. We had such an incredible experience in Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Our guide, Dayvit, is the most knowledgeable guide we have ever had. He has such an extensive knowledge of the history and is very friendly and helpful. If you are planning a trip to Peru, I highly recommend SAM travel and be sure to request Dayvit!

Emma Dinzebach Clark 2023/01/10

2 day tour sacred valley / Machu Picchu highly recommend! David was the best tour guide. He knows an incredible amount about Incan culture and is personable and funny. He also kept us up to date on a political situation happening when we were there and was informative. Overall, this tour checks all the boxes. Thank you!

Nupur Joshi 2023/01/02

We used SAM Travel for a 2D/1N trip from Cusco to Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu on Dec 25-26, 2022. The team was good with communication from the start - both Saul and Junior were very helpful and professional with answering any questions and clearing up any misunderstandings. Our guide, Miguel, was prompt, pleasant, and quite knowledgeable. We enjoyed his company and insight over the 2 day trip and recommend him to anyone booking with SAM Travel.

Xueying Chen 2022/12/20

We booked the Classic Cusco to Machu Picchu tour with SAM travel which we really had a good experience. SAM travel is very responsive during the communication and cater to our changes needed. Our guide is Ray who is also an very awesome guide. He is knowledgeable, patient, humorous as well reliable, he help us take many good photos and also go extra mile to help with our request. Thanks Ray! Thanks SAM travel that gave us good memories in Peru! Highly recommend if you consider booking any tour in Cusco.

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Cheri Buccino April 21, 2024
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Powerful! This journey tests your humanity and leaves you in awe of yourself and the beauty that Pachamama provides. April 2024 We conquered the Inca trail and it was only made possible with the help and guidance from our expert guides Jean Pierre (JP) and Jimmy. The knowledge these gentlemen shared was admired by all of our group and the envy of other trail hikers who stopped to listen. The hike has many layers of challenges including language barriers, altitude sensitivities and food specifications. The team at Sam travel exceeded the needs and went above to ensure our comforts were met. A special mention must be made to Mario, the Chef who somehow performed magic with nutritious flavourful meals to satisfy even the pickiest consumers and Francesco who was our lead porter who orchestrated the harmony that happened behind the scenes to get everything done. Nothing less than marvellous from this team. Thank you to each of the group who made our trek a remarkable experience.

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Bhavana Lalwani April 18, 2024
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Jose and Henry were great guides for our first time exploring machu pichu! They were very attentive and kept everything on a smooth schedule. Highly recommend!

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Ryan April 9, 2024
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The whole experience was amazing. Ray, our guide answered all of our questions and definitely had our best interest in mind the whole time. Timothy the cook made fantastic food and somehow found a way to prepare a birthday cake with no notice! Boni our head porter and his whole crew were kind, accommodating, and had such upbeat attitudes which really made the experience great!

Isabel Batteria April 17, 2024
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I spent two days with Sam Travel’s guide Raymier, who guided us through the one-day 12-km stretch of the Inca trail and then took us to Machu Picchu the next day. In my group, I was always the last one on the trail because I come from the coast and I’m not used to altitudes, and honestly I could also have prepared physically a little better. Raymier respected my pace, never rushed me, and supported me throughout the ardous trail. He had much knowledge to share. I speak Spanish, but ended up in an English tour, and Ray’s English was very good. He was funny, respectful, and versatile. He knew where to take all the best photos and patiently took photos of all of us. I would trust Sam Travel again especially if I was lucky enough to have Ray as a guide again.

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Tambopata Jungle, Short Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain and Puno- 10 Days

Puerto Maldonado Tambopata Lake Cusco Sacred valley
Starting From $US 1877 per Person
8 Days / 7 Nights
3 Days / 2 Nights
short inca trail - sun gate

2 Day Inca Trail & Rainbow Mountain Trek

Ollantaytambo Km104 Wiñay Wayna Sun Gate
Starting From $US 577 per Person
9 Days / 8 Nights
Glamping inca trail

Luxury Glamping Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Starting From $US 3777 per Person
8 Days / 7 Nights
4 Days / 3 Nights
Rainbow Mountain trek & Machu picchu

Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mountain Adventure

Pisac Moray Salt Mines Ollantaytambo
Starting From $US 657 per Person


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