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Cusco, Sacred Valley, Inca Trail, Rainbow Mt & Lake Titicaca

Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights

Places to visit

  • Cusco
  • Sacred Valley Of  the Incas
  • Inca Trail 4 days
  • Rainbow Mountain
  • Puno
  • Lake Titicaca
Group Size Up to 8 people
Max Altitude: 4215 m.s.n.m
Type Service: Group/Private
Transportation: Van, Bus, Train
Difficulty: Challenging
Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights

The complete package, all here in this 10 day tour of the Southern part of Peru. Starting in the captial of the Cusco region, this ancient Inca city is filled with cobblestoned streets and ancient temples. The Sacred Valley with a great climate and beautiful mountain peaks, the classic 4 day Inca trail, trekking through the spectacular Andes mountain range, ending in the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu. If that wasnt enough you also visit the interesting Rainbow Mountain before traveling to the high Andean town of Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Trip Details

ITINERARY FOR CUSCO – INCA TRAIL – RAINBOW MT & PUNO

DAY 1: CUSCO CITY TOUR

Upon your arrival in Cusco, you will be welcomed by our representative at the airport and transferred to your hotel. There, receive a short briefing with the rest of the morning being at your leisure to rest and acclimatize. We will pick you up from your hotel in the afternoon and start your visit of the Imperial Cusco City, a living example of the mix of Andean and Spanish cultures. Continuing our journey we visit 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, then will next 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 Q’enqo, 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  Collection or Novotel  Hotels

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

Today we start at 7:30am, when the 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, where you can see an impressive Inca cemetery with more than 2,000 tombs. There, we can admire the carefully engineered farming terraces carved into the mountain, explore the Inca tunnel and the religious area of this important citadel.   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* Accommodation: Pakaritampu Hotel or El Alberge
  • There are no 4* hotels in Ollantaytambo
  • Meals included:  Breakfast at your hotel

DAY 3: OLLANTAYTAMBO – PISKACUCHO – WAYLLABAMBA

Today begins your adventure of a lifetime with the Classic Inca Trail!  The guide will pick you up from your hotel in our private van at 6:30am.  From there, we travel to Piskacucho, which is known as Kilometer 82, where the Classic Inca Trail begins.  Along the way, we stop for breakfast in Ollantaytambo at about 6:30-7:00 to load up on energy for our first big day.  (Breakfast is not included)

Arriving at KM82 (8:30am), we will have some time to organize ourselves, use the restrooms, apply sunscreen, insect repellent, etc. Here you will give your duffel bag to the porters, keeping only a small daypack with the essentials you need during the hike. Check our packing list for more information. Once at the Inca Trail checkpoint, be ready to show your passports and your student ID card, if you booked as a student. Your guide will have all of your permits and tickets.

At the start of the trail (2,720m/8,923ft) you will cross the Vilcanota River and follow its scenic route. The first day is relatively easy, a warm-up along the rolling ‘Inca flat’ terrain.  There are great views of the Inca Fortress of Huillca Raccay, the vast and incredible Inca site of Llactapata, (also called Patallacta), the Urubamba mountain range that divides the jungle, the Andes Mountains and the beautiful snow-capped peak of Veronica (5,860m/19,225ft), also known as W’akay Willca.  Stop for your first gourmet lunch at Hatunchaca, after which you only have about three hours of walking to camp.

Our first campsite is about 2 hours past the small village of Wayllabamba (3,000m/9,842ft) located in the temperate green valley of the same name. Temperatures at night can be as low as 5ºC, depending on the season. It is generally colder in the dry season from May to September.

When you arrive at camp, your afternoon tea and appetizers will be ready for you. Enjoy a hot drink and settle into your tents, which will already be set up for you.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 12kms
  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

DAY 4: WAYLLABAMBA – WARMIWAÑUSCA – PAQAYMAYU

Your guide will wake you up with a hot mug of tea or coffee at 5:30am. Enjoy your hot drink in your sleeping bag before getting up for a delicious and hearty breakfast. With your daypacks as light as possible, you start a steep ascent towards the highest pass, Abra de Warmihuañusca, also known as Dead Woman’s Pass at (4,200m/13,779ft).  On this day, you will feel a real sense of achievement upon reaching the top! After a well-deserved break for photos, you begin the descent towards your lunch spot, which is located at Pacaymayu (3,550m/11,646ft).

On your way up towards the pass, you will see an array of hummingbirds and a variety of other species of birds. There will be plenty of time to appreciate the incredible variety of native plants and the Polylepis, or Q’ueuña trees, which grow in the astonishing cloud forest located at (3,650m/11,972ft)!

After a gourmet lunch, begin the second two-hour steep climb towards Runkuraqay pass (4,000m/13,123ft). You arrive at your campsite by 5 pm, where your afternoon tea and appetizers are waiting. Temperatures at this campsite are around 4ºC during the night.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 11kms
  • Difficulty: Moderate/challenge

DAY 5: PAQAYMAYU – CHAQ’ICOCHA – PHUYUPATAMARCA – WIÑAY WAYNA

This is the most impressive day so far, so keep this in mind as you ascend on day three! Your guide will wake you up at 6am with another hot mug of tea or coffee in your tent before you get up for breakfast. You start the day with a gentle climb towards the archaeological site of Phuyupatamarca, which means ‘Village in the Clouds’.  Here reach the third highest point along the Inca trail (3,680m/12,073ft). The views of the mountains, canyons and surrounding areas are spectacular!

The extensive Inca site of Phuyupatamarca, is located a few minutes’ walk from the third pass.  After visiting this site, you continue walking down 3,000 stairs through the cloud forest to the impressive Inca site of Intipata. As you descend from the mountains, you will feel the temperature rise. You are approaching not only Machu Picchu, but also the beginning of the Amazon jungle! After taking some time to visit Intipata, you continue to your third campsite Wiñay Wayna (2,680m/8,792ft). Today, you will only walk about 4 to 5 hours.  You will arrive at camp by lunchtime!  Temperatures during the night are about 12º C.

A short walk from your campsite is the famous Inca site of Wiñay Wayna which means “Forever Young” in Quechua. It is named after a special orchid which grows abundantly in the area.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 15kms
  • Difficulty: Moderate

DAY 6: WIÑAY WAYNA – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

At around 4:00am, it is time to wake up and start day 4 on the Inca Trail. This is the final part of your journey and you arrive by 6:00am at the Sun Gate, also known as Inti Punku. At that point, the majestic Machu Picchu Citadel will be in front of you with its mystic beauty – an incredible sight for all to see. At the Sun Gate, you will watch sunlight spreading down over the citadel like melting goal, as the sun rises behind you. Finally, we walk downhill to Machu Picchu Citadel (2,400m/7,872 ft.). After walking about 40 minutes, we enter the citadel from the top through the “House of the Guardians”, where you can take those postcard perfect pictures of Machu Picchu. From there, we proceed to the control point, where we register and leave any large backpacks and walking poles. You are only allowed to take small bags into the citadel, such as camera bags. Walking poles are not allowed because they can damage the stones.

The guide will give you the full tour and educate you about the history of the ruins which takes about two hours. You will see most of the important parts of Machu Picchu and 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, 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, the 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* Accommodation: Maytaq Wasin or Waman Hotels
  • 4* Accommodation: Costa del Sol Ramada, Casa Andina Private Collection or Novotel  Hotels
  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Distance: 6kms
  • Difficulty: Easy

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

DAY 7: CUSCO – RAINBOW MOUNTAIN – PUNO

We will pick you up from your hotel at 4am and begin with our amazing Rainbow Mountain Trek Adventure.  We set out on our drive for 3 hours through the South Valley; ending up at the trailhead at Llacto (4,638m / 15,216 ft).  Along the way, there are amazing views of farming Inca terraces, traditional villages, valleys and high Andean peaks.

The herds of alpacas and llamas near your breakfast spot will entertain you in the early morning. Once we reach the trailhead, we start on our hike following a lovely stream. As you start your hike, you will have views of the Ausangate Mountain and glaciers. You can interact with the local people, who are still keeping traditional Quechua culture aliveLearn about their traditional clothes and the significance of the different hats worn by the men. Ask your guide to teach you a few words of Quechua!

After a total hike of 1.5 hours, we finally reach our destination: the Rainbow Mountain (5,020m /16,466ft). After admiring the unique beauty, you will have time to explore the area. You can take pictures or just soak up the view. We will spend approximately 30 minutes at the top. Afterwards, there is an optional hike across to the top of the Red Valley.  This walk takes about 45 minutes longer to get back to the trailhead.

At this point, we hike back down the way we came. The hike takes 1 hour, then we enjoy our lunch.

We will embark on the 2-hour drive on the way to Raqchi, lets explore this unique aamazing Inca city. Fanally we drive to Puno for 3 hours, arriving to our hotel by 6pm

  • Meals included: Lunch
  • Difficulty: moderate to challenging

DAY 8:  PUNO – UROS ISLANDS – AMANTANI ISLAND

After having breakfast in your hotel, the tour leader will pick you up to take you to the port of Puno. There, you will embark on a 30-minute boat ride until arriving at the floating islands. The locals will welcome you and 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 2:30pm 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, you will 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 9:  AMANTANI ISLAND – TAQUILE ISLAND – PUNO

You will have an early breakfast with your local family and then take a two-hour boat ride to arrive at 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 are traditionally done by the men, 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 Classic Puno
  • 4* Accommodations: Casa Andina Private Collection

Day 10: 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. Please let us know at time of booking if you require transfer out to Juliaca.

  • Meal included: Breakfast at your hotel

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Included

  • Welcome at the Cusco 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
  • 4 person Eureka tents for every 2 trekkers (large and comfortable)
  • Comfortable foam mattress and pillow
  • 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
  • Porters to carry tents, food, cooking equipment
  • Extra porter for your things, it means you will need only a day backpack to carry the things that you will be using along the day!
  • Hot water for washing purposes
  • Boiled water to fill in your bottles
  • Vistadome Train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy station and private transport to Cusco except in rainy season the train only runs to the Ollantaytambo station)
  • Admission Ticket to the Inca trail and Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex
  • Private guided tour and entrances to the archeological sites
  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Dining and cooking tents with tables and chairs
  • Chef, cooking equipment and kitchen tent
  • Rain Ponchos
  • Day pack rain covers
  • Taxes (18%)

Not Included

  • Sleeping bag (-5 ºC) –$20 USD
  • Air Mattress –$20 USD
  • Walking Poles –$15 USD
  • Wayna Picchu Mountain –$75 USD
  • Energy snacks – chocolate bars, dried fruits (recommended)
  • Lunch and Dinner on the last day
  • OPTIONAL UPGRADES for hotels to 4* or more
  • Tips for the crew, guide, cook and porters of SAM TRAVEL PERU
  • Hotel single supplement – $50 USD per night for solo travelers
  • 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

  • $1,377 USD per person Vistadome Train without hotels
  • $1,637 USD per person Vistadome Train 4N 3* hotels & 1N 2* hotel
  • $1,897 USD per person Vistadome Train 4N 4* hotels & 1N 3* hotel

This unique Inca Trail & Lake Titicaca Package can leave on any date, as long as we have a minimum of 2 participants!

*** All prices include 3 nights camping and 1 night homestay.

***Private service is available for an extra $300 per person (except in Puno – the Last 2 days)

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.

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EXTRAS 

  • Sleeping bag (-5 ºC) –$20 USD
  • Air Mattress –$20 USD
  • Walking Poles –$15 USD
  • Huayna Picchu Mt –$75 USD
  • Personal Tent –$30 USD
  • Hotel single supplement – $40 USD (Ferre´ Hotel) $60 USD per night for solo travelers 3 upgraded*
  • Hotel single supplement –$110 USD per night for solo travelers 4*
  • Upgrade to 4 or 5 star  hotels

**Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain are optional treks within Machu Picchu Citadel which do 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. 

ADDED VALUES INCLUDED IN THE TOUR

  • Transfer from the airport to hotel (Cusco only)
  • Boiled Water is included along the Inca Trail
  • Oxygen Tank will be available along the trek
  • Plastic Rain Poncho made by SAM Travel Peru is included

IMPORTANT INFO

Please read carefully the following information as it will help you answer all of your questions about our services and the Inca Trail & Lake Titicaca 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 Inca Trail & Lake Titicaca Package. 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 because due to regulations, they cannot enter inside the airport.

THE BRIEFING 

It will take place the night before the tour at 6pm in our office which is located at Calle Santa Teresa  Nº383 ; 107 (second floor). We are next to SUBWAY restaurant and share a lobby with Casona Corrales.

CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE?

Of course! During your tour or Inca Trail & Lake Titicaca Package your main luggage can be storde at our office or at your hotel, both services are free.

HOW TO BOOK

FIRST, to book your Inca Trail & Lake Titicaca 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 & Lake Titicaca Package 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?

It would be greatly appreciated if you pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. We have many ATMs within the historical center to withdraw money. Most banks allow you to choose if you want to withdraw cash in USD or Peruvian soles. You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service charge. This is charged by VISA and PAYPAL.  To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address of 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 dates after the ticket has been bought. Tickets are  also not transferable or refundable. If you cancel your Inca Trail & Lake Titicaca Package, we are unable to refund your deposit!

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 that makes it easier to adjust to the different quickly changing weather conditions.

WHAT ABOUT ALTITUDE SICKNESS?

In general, if you exercise regularly and spend a couple of days in Cusco or the Sacred Valley, you will be able to acclimate normally. It usually takes 1 or 2 days.

The recommended remedies for altitude sickness is WATER, COCA TEA and OXYGEN IF NEEDED; our guides are trained to treat you  for altitude sickness. For more detailed information on altitude sickness click this link: Altitude Sickness.

IS THE TREK DIFFICULT, DO I NEED TO BE FIT?

The Classic Inca Trail Machu Picchu is a 42km (24.4 mile) hike through the Andes in the Cusco region. The maximum altitude reached is 4,217m/13,907ft. On the second day of the trek we climb two mountains. This trail is a fairly difficult trek and you should be well prepared and healthy prior to starting it. You have to be moderately fit and be used to regular exercise.
In preparation: try walking 15kms in a day or go to the fitness club in the months leading up to the trek. It is also important to be well acclimatized to the altitude. Try to spend at least 2 or 3 days in Cusco (3,350m/11,047ft) prior to starting the trek.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM UNABLE TO FINISH THE TRAIL?

In the unlikely scenario that you are unable to finish the Inca Trail & Lake Titicaca Package due to a health reasons, Sam Travel Peru will assist you to the nearest town for help with transportation. We always carry oxygen on the trek for any respiratory problems. In extreme cases, a helicopter pick up can be arranged at your own expense. (Travel insurance is required). There are no refunds in the unlikely situation that you are unable to finish the trek.
Generally, those who have to be assisted off the trail are taken to Ollantaytambo and if they recover quickly they continue the journey to Aguas Calientes (this extra cost incurred is by the trekker) and visit Machu Picchu according to the original plan.

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! 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.

WHAT YOU HAVE TO TAKE WITH YOU?

  • 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
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from SAM Travel)
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Toilet paper for during the day on the trail. At camp you will have toilet facilities.

WHAT TO PUT IN THE DUFFEL BAG FOR THE INCA TRAIL & LAKE TITICACA PACKAGE?

As a Direct Local Tour operator we provide you with a duffel bag at your briefing and  INCLUDE an extra porter who will carry up to 7 kgs or 14 pounds including your 2.5kg sleeping bag, mattress and extra clothing. By Peruvian law, a duffel bag must not weigh more than 7 kilograms (15lbs). This limit is set to protect the health of the porters or horses. All bags will be weighed before being accepted. If you require more than 7 kilograms, it will then be your responsibility to carry the extra weight with your day pack. In this 7 kilos, please count 2 kilos for your sleeping bag and 1 kilo for your sleeping pad. This leaves you about 4 kilos for your personal gear.

  • 2 t-shirts
  • 2 pairs of hiking pants
  • 4 sets of undergarments
  • 3 sets of hiking socks
  • a couple of fleece tops or thermals
  • Warm clothes, down jacket (the 2nd campsite temp can be as low as 3º C)
  • Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, bring them)
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might prefer something larger.
  • Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash
  • Battery charger: there is no electricity along the trek
  • Large plastic bags will be provided at the office to help keep your duffel dry – Please ask for them!
  • Sleeping bag: It should be at least -15ºC. This can be rented from us for $20 USD.

TOILETRIES

  • Face moisturizer
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Personal medications
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc

WHAT TO PUT IN THE DAY BACKPACK

We highly recommend that you bring a small backpack of 30 to 40L for hiking in the day. A big backpack will not be allowed into Machu Picchu. The remainder of your belongings will be in your duffel bag which is carried by the porters during the day. You will have access to this duffel at camp each evening.

  • Water: Please supply your own water until the first lunch spot, then we will provide you with cold boiled water  at every meal time. Please bring your canteens!
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Wool hat
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece
  • Snacks
  • Coca leaves
  • Rain plastic poncho (this is provided by SAM)
  • Gloves
  • Camera
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste (This is only for during the day. At camp you will have toilet facilities.)
  • 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

Tanya H 2023/03/02

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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