- Visit the “Sistine Chapel of America”
- Visit Raqchi Inca ruins
- Stop at La Raya Pass
- Visit the Pukara Museum
***********If you are a group of 4- 5 people, we can organize this tour in a private service in a comfortable van!
6:20 am: We pick you up at your hotel and drive 15minutes to the bus station.
7:00 am: Departure from Cusco
8:00 am: Enjoy the guided tour of the “Sistine Chapel of America”, the church of Saint Peter Apostol of Andahuaylillas, built by the Jesuits in the 16th century. Like other Spanish and religious constructions of this time, it was built on top of a huaca, or sacred place for the Incas. Made of adobe and brick the church is a small structure consisting of one nave, apse and bell tower. But there’s a reason why it’s known as the “Sistine Chapel of America”…
10:40 am: Explore the amazing archeological site of Raqchi
You will enjoy a 40 minute guided tour. The most important building inside the complex is the “Wiracocha temple,” according to the old chroniclers was built by the Inca Wiracocha in honor to the Superior God for the Andean people: “Apu Kon Titi Wiracocha”. The “temple of Wiracocha” was viewed as a large construction for that time. Architectonically it is classified as “Kallanka“, that is, a high building completely covered with straw (wood and “ichu”). Externally it is 92 meters long (302 feet) and 25.25 meters wide (83 feet).
12:00 am: Buffet Lunch in Sicuani
Sicuani is a relatively large highland town. The town is a major intersection with the road to Puno/Arequipa passing through it. It is surrounded by some very pretty hills. You will enjoy a buffet lunch in our exclusive restaurant with a family atmosphere.
1:40 pm: Take some great photos of the pass La Raya which is the frontier between Cusco and Puno. The Altiplano drains into Lake Titicaca, and leads down the valley to Cusco and the Sacred Valley. The altitude is 4338 meters. (14,232 feet)
3:00 pm: Visit the Pukara Museum
Pukara was the first regional population center in the northern Lake Titicaca Basin during the Late Formative Period 500 BC- 200 AC, providing valuable insights of the origins of Andean civilization in the Altiplano. During its peak it covered, over one square kilometer and housed thousands of bureaucrats, priests, artisans, farmers, herders and possibly warriors. The Pukara style is identified by impressive monolithic sculptures with a variety of geometric, zoomorphic and anthropomorphic images plus intricate multi-colored pottery in a variety of ritual and domestic forms.
5:30 pm: Arrival at Puno
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- Pick up from your hotel to the bus station
- English speaking guide
- Buffet Lunch
- Entrance Ticket to sites
- Oxygenated Tank
- Air conditioning
- GPS satellite tracking of transit
- Satellite mobile phone
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
- Hotel in Puno
- Breakfast and dinner
US$70 per person
***This price includes the transfer from your hotel to the bus station in Cusco
***Note that this tour can be done from Puno to Cusco also.
WHY CHOOSE SAM TRAVEL
SAM (initials of Saul Alvarez Montalvo) Travel Peru is a family owned travel agency and direct local tour operator based in Cusco with personal experience over many years of trekking. SAM Travel Peru is a 1oo% Cusquenian Company without any shareholders.
My dream as the owner was to create small personalized tours & treks strictly and only operated by local professional staff catering in PERSONALIZED and HIGH QUALITY SERVICE.
We take pride in having a reputation as being a RESPONSIBLE & SUSTAINABLE tour operator. My staff are my extended family. I ensure they are supported financially by paying them a good wage. I am proud of my team without them I couldn’t give the best service and lifetime experiences to our clients.
In an effort to provide a more personalised service to our passengers, we in SAM Travel Peru have a policy that our groups will not exceed 8 people. This fact alone sets us apart from other companies that operate departures with bigger groups.
OUR SOCIAL PROJECTS
SAM Travel Peru has always believed that we should “give back” to the communities we pass through on our treks. Therefore, as part of our commitment in responsible tourism, we socially support and employee from these communities.
SAM Travel Peru is proud to be able to support these beautiful people, not only in hiring them for work but to bring things back to grassroots, to share in their home and families. This makes us happy to have a holistic approach with our highland employees and their families!
A beautiful reflection of our attitude in everything we do, is that we wish to make life richer and more meaningful for all involved.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR YOUR TOUR
Please read carefully the following information; it will help you answer all of your questions about our services and tours
WELCOME 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. It can be done on any date that is best suited to you!
At anytime you prefer during the day 9am to 1pm or 3pm to 5pm, please visit us in our office which is located at Calle Santa Teresa Nº383 ; 303 (second floor), we are next to SUBWAY restaurant.
CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE
Of course! During the Machu Picchu Tour your main luggage can be store at our office or at your hotel, both are for free. Please don´t pack anything you will need for your hike.
HOW TO BOOK THE TOUR?
Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We cannot purchase an an entrance to Machu Picchu or the train without the following information:
- Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):
- Passport number
- D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)
SECOND, we require a deposit of US$50.00 per person in order to purchase a your entrance to Machu Picchu and train ticket. 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 or click here on the payment method of your choice, either VISA or PAYPAL.
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 cash machines in 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 charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address of firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR THE STUDENT DISCOUNT?
- According to Peruvian Law you must be under 18 years of age at the time of your trek, tour, or visit to Machu Picchu (students 18 & above need ISIC cards). For example if you book a trek at the age of 17 but you turn 18 before you do your trek, you do not qualify for a student discount.
- All students from 12 to 17 years, the discount is $40.
- For children from the age of 2 to 12 the discount is $60.
- For children from the age of 0 to 2 are free.
- All students must provide a copy of their passport at the time of their booking to get the student discount.
- Send us a copy at email@example.com
HOW DO I GET THE STUDENT ISIC CARD DISCOUNT?
- The ISIC Student Discount is US$25.
- You must have a valid current internationally accepted ISIC card in your name.
- You can apply for the ISIC Card at https://www.isic.org/
- You must provide a copy of your ISIC card at the time of your booking.
- Send us a copy at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 tickets has been bought. Tickets are also not transferable nor refundable.
*** If you cancel your Puno Tour, the deposit is not refundable at all!
DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT
Yes for sure!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 tourist bus trip, hotel reservations, and tours.
In case you are renewing your passport or changing your name, go ahead and send us your old passport information to secure your permit, and we can change it when you get your new passport number or updated your name for a fee of $25 per person. We must have a copy of your old and new passport to make the change. Before you change your passport keep a copy of your old one.
If you do not wish to pay this fee you will need to bring both passports to Peru with you. You can enter Peru with your new passport but you will need to show both passports, old and new to be to enter into Machu Picchu or the train. If you do not have both you will not be allowed to enter into Machu Picchu or get on the train. They are very strict about this here!!
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE ON THE TOUR
First I would say that the weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee. We recommend you to bring a warm jacket for early morning and rain poncho in case of a rain shower.
In general if you have regular exercise and spend a couple of days in Cusco, or in the Sacred Valley for acclimatisation to the altitude, you may be fine.
The recommended medicine for altitude sickness is WATER, COCA TEA and OXYGEN IF NEEDED; see our detailed information about Altitude Sickness under FAQS.
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 respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our staff to know, understand and respect the local places and it´s people.
WHAT YOU SHOULD TAKE WITH YOU
• Good day pack.
• Hat, gloves, scarf, thermals.
• Sun cream, sun glasses, hat.
• Good camera.
• Warm clothes as this place is very cold.
• Good boots and sandals,
• Flash light very important.
• Rain poncho if it is rainy season.
• Take some gifts for local family such as sugar, rice, oil or school supplies , please dont take candies.