This special package has been designed for those people who do not have a long period of time for travelling in Peru. During this tour you will visit 3 main regions of Peru: Arequipa guarded by not one but three dramatic – volcanoes, the city enjoys a resplendent, if seismically precarious setting. Puno: has a regal plaza, concrete block buildings and crumbling bricks that blend into the hills, it has its share of both grit and cheer and serves as the jumping-off point for Lake Titicaca. Then you will follow the famous Inca Trail which will lead you to visit the awe inspiring Inca city of Machu Picchu the long-anticipated highpoint of your trip. In a spectacular location, it’s the best-known archaeological site on the continent and one of the Seven Wonders of the World: MACHU PICCHU. Returning to Cusco.
We pick you up early from your Hotel and travel from Arequipa (2327mts/7747ft) in a north west direction, behind snow-covered Chachani. We will see wild vicuñas, alpacas & llamas in the Pampa Cañahuas National Reserve, some birds like flamingos, ibis, andean geese, ducks, andean eagles “Kara Kara” while enjoying a view point of the Volcanoes and snow covered mountains in Patapampa (4,800mts/15,977ft). Then arrive in Chivay (3600mts/11,977ft) capital of the valley. In the afternoon there is an optional visit to the hot springs & pools in La Calera (40ºC).
After an early breakfast at 6 am, we leave for a full day excursion to the left shore of the canyon. We can see beautiful typical towns, colonial churches and people with typical needlework dresses. We can also admire hundreds of incredible pre Inca terraces which are still in use today producing andean crops like corn, quinua, kiwicha and more. After a 2 hours driving we arrive at the most visited point: “the Cross of the Condor”. There we can enjoy the depth of the canyon and flight of the Condors. After lunch we return to Arequipa arriving around 5 pm.
Early in the morning we take our bus (Cruz del Sur) to Puno (3850mts/12,827ft), arriving around 1 pm. On the way you will enjoy all the amazing views of snow-capped Mountains, stunning lakes, Llamas, Alpacas and much more. After your lunch, you will have plenty of free time to enjoy Puno.
After having breakfast in your hotel, the tour leader will pick you up to take you to the port. There you will embark the boat and drive for 30 minutes. There are nice views of the lake until arriving at the floating islands. You will be welcomed by the locals who will show you the island and the products they weave. Then a 3 hour boat ride to get to the Amantani island. By 2.30pm we arrive at our destination where our guide will introduce us to the local families who are going to share their houses with us. After lunch we will hike for one hour up the mountain called Pachataita (Mother Father) which is located at 4150m above sea level. There, you will see an amazing view of the sunset over the lake and a chance to relax and enjoy the fresh air. It is the best place to get pictures from all surrounding views of this blue sacred lake of the Incas. After the explanations from your guide, you will go back to your family homes to get your dinner and enjoy typical dances and local music.
At 7am after your family breakfast, you will meet with the group and embark on a 2 hour boat ride to Taquile Island. After an explanation from the guide about the way of life and culture of the inhabitants, you could make a few short treks around the island and finish the morning by a lunch taken in the cooperative restaurant. After, you might choose to visit the cooperative shop that sells woollen goods of very fine quality. Taquile Island is famous for its craft production, particularly for its beautiful textiles made by the men of the island. At 4 or 5pm you will return to Puno with a transfer to your hotel.
PS: We suggest that you bring some toys for the children on the islands or notebooks, pencils, pens, books, which can be easily purchased at the harbour before departing. They would really appreciate such a loving gesture from you.
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 we will stop to visit Pucara and its museum where it is possible to see some pre-inca remains. The next visit is at La Raya, the border between Cusco and Puno, where the most traditional animals of Peru can be seen, such as llamas and alpacas.Then we stop at the Racchi Inca ruins which used to be an important religious centre and a resting place for the travellers. After we will make a stop to admire the church of San Pedro which is considered to be the Sixtine Chapel of South America because of its amazing frescos. Finally by 5.30 pm we arrive in Cusco where our representative will pick you up to take you to your hotel.
We pick you up at 5am from your hotel and travel 2 hours by bus, passing the picturesque villages of Chinchero, Urubamab and Ollantaytambo, towards the 82 kilometer (start of the trail), with the opportunity to take breakfast on the way.
Once there, we cross the bridge to initiate our trek along the left bank of the Urubamba river. The trail follows to the North-east of the Urubamba valley and after three hours we arrive at the first stunning Inca site of Llatallacta (2,650m/8,747ft). Afterwards we hike for 30 minutes to Tarayoc for lunch. Then we follow the Kusichaca valley for two hours to reach our first camp at Wayllabamba (3,000m/9,900ft) where we will have a high tea, dinner and spend the night. During the tour we will be able to enjoy the spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains such a Veronica (5,860m/19,337ft), lush green valleys and myriad of flora and fauna.
Today is the toughest day on the trek . After a healthy breakfast, we start walking up a moderate hill for five hours through the cloud forest to reach the highest point of our trek, the Warmiwañusca pass (Dead Woman pass) located at 4,215m/13,907ft. From here we may enjoy the spectacular views of different micro climates, magnificent mountains, beautiful green valleys and myriad of flora and fauna. After time to enjoy this beautiful sight, we descend for two hours to our second camp at Paqaymayu (3,600m/11,877ft), where we have our lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and spend the night
Today is the longest day of our trek but interesting and the most beautiful. After a delicious breakfast we walk uphill for one hour to explore the archaeological site of Runcurakay (3,800m/12,540ft). Then we ascend to the Runcurakay pass (3,977m/13,127ft); from here we can enjoy the breath-taking views of the surrounding mountains and stunning lakes. After a while, we descend for one hour to the next archaeological site of Sayacmarca (3,600m/11,877ft) and walk 30 more minutes to Chaquicocha for lunch. Afterwards we continue through an easy trail to the pass of Phuyupatamarca (3,650m/12,047ft), there we can admire the Mount Machu Pichu, the Urubamba canyon and surrounding snow-capped mountains. Then we descend through the cloud forest for three hours, all downstairs, until the third camp at Wiñaywayna (2,650m/8,747ft) where we spend the night
This day is the most expected of our trek. We wake up very early and have breakfast. Afterward we walk for one hour towards the Sun Gate (2,720m/8,977ft) from where we may enjoy the first spectacular view of Machu Picchu in all its brilliance and majestic monumentality. Then we descend for an hour towards the wonder of the world: the citadel of Machu Picchu (2400m/7,920ft). There we are provided with a 3 hour guided tour, visiting all the important places such as: the temples, sundials, sun temple, cemeteries, enclosure, urban and agricultural sector and much more. Then you will have plenty of time for further exploring, taking photos and eventually climbing the Huayna Picchu or Machu Pichu Mountain. Afterwards we head back to Aguas Calientes, have lunch and we later take our return Vistadome train 3:20pm from Aguas Calientes to Poroy station (Cusco) with private transport to Cusco, arriving at your hotel in the evening.
After having breakfast at the hotel, enjoy your remaining time in Cusco city then in the late morning or afternoon we will drop off at the airport to take your plane back to Lima.
This unique trekking package can leave on any date, as long as we have a minimum of 2 participants.
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***This price includes the extra porter who will carry your beloñgings up to 7 kilograms, we will provide you a duffle bag, to put your belongings in.
***We provide large Eureka 4 man tents for each 2 trekkers.
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 sets us apart from other companies that operate departures with bigger groups.
I am very proud of my guides! Highly professional, speaking fluent English, very knowledgeable, passionate for the Inca heritage/ history, dedicated to a steady personal development, learning to ensure that you receive accurate and recognised theories about the Inca Andean culture. Fun loving, great sportsmen and well educated crew as well as having a degree in Archaeology, Botany, History or Anthropology. Some of them are great entertainers and the best “Salsa Dancers” on this side of Machu Picchu.
Hiking the Lares Trek Machu Picchu with SAM Travel Peru is a life changing experience with a fully portered trek where your comfort and enjoyment are our first priority. We make sure that you get the best experience for your holiday in Peru while you interact with the locals, explore fantastic sites and re-discover remote ancient Inca towns and buildings. Having the opportunity to learn some words in Quechua and about the fascinating Inka history. Immerse yourself in the stunning landscape and simply feel the magic of Mother Nature (Pachamama) and the Andes. We carry your gear, prepare your meals, set up your tents avoid crowded campsites and take care of you while you sit back and relax.
We provide the following items to our porters and cooks for free: Jacket, sun hat, warm hat, t-shirt, pants, hiking boots, comfortable duffle bags, canteen and girdle for protecting their spine, sleeping bags, mattress´s and insurance.
Fabulous Cooks… The food on the trek has been highlighted by all our clients they say “that it was better than in the restaurant’s. “Delicious and abundant gourmet style meals, Peruvian and International Cuisine are prepared by our professional and dedicated cooks from a mixture of local and exotic produce. If you are vegetarian or have food allergies of any kind, we can cater our meal to adjust to your needs.
SAM Travel Peru honours any food restrictions.!
Our team (Guides, Cooks, Porters, Cowboys) and our equipment are what really makes SAM Travel Peru stand out from all the competitors…. For all our adventures we hike we include the following items:
SAM Travel Peru has always believed that we should “give back” to the communities we pass through when on our treks. Therefore, as part of our commitment to responsible tourism, we always do many social projects and hire locally.
SAM Travel Peru is so proud to be able to support these beautiful people, not only employing them work but also to keep things at grassroots, to share in their homes and with their families. This makes us happy to have this holistic approach with our highland employees and their families!
A beautiful reflection of our attitude in everything we do, is making life richer and more meaningful for all involved.
“Please read carefully the following information; it will help with your questions about our services and the package with the trek to Machu Picchu”
You will be greeted 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 trek´s start. Look out for our representative holding an orange board of SAM Travel Peru at the arrival terminal.
It will take place the night before the trekking departure at 6pm at our office which is located at Calle Santa Teresa Nº383 ; 303 (second floor) we are next to SUBWAY restaurant.
Of course! During the Lares trek Machu Picchu your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, both are for free.
Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We cannot purchase an South Peru Tour & Inca Trail permits and entrances without the following information:
SECOND, we require a deposit of US$200.00 per person in order to purchase a permit for the South Peru Tour & Inca Trail. 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 of your choice, either VISA or PAYPAL.
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 email@example.com.
Unfortunately the answer is generally “No”. Once the tickets have been bought the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure dates. Permits and entrance tickets are not transferable nor refundable.
*** If you cancel your South Peru Tour & Inca Trail , the deposit is not refundable at all!
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 South Peru tour & Inca Trail, permit, entrances and reservations. The rangers will check your passport when you enter Machu Picchu. The train company will also check your passport before allowing you to board the train. 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 the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu or the train. If you do not have both you will not be allowed to enter the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu or get on the train. They are very strict about this here!!
The weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee. BUT you will have many different seasons as you pass through the numerous microclimates and will depend on the location. We highly recommend you bring some warm clothes and good rain gear in your day backpack. Thick layers and you will be comfortable.
In general if you exercise regularly and spend 2 to 3 days in Cusco, or in the Sacred Valley for acclimatization to the altitude, you may be just fine.
The recommended medicine 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.
We offer the Cusco City Tour and Sacred Valley tours that you can book while you are acclimatizing. Check out our day tours on our Main Page.
The maximum group size is 8 persons. Usually our groups are between 2-6 persons. Sam Travel Peru specialises in SMALL, PRIVATE groups and provide a personalised service.
You will have 1 cook per group. The number of porters depends of the size of the group. For a group of 2 trekkers, they will have 4 porters, 4 trekkers will have 6 porters, 6 trekkers will have 9 porters, 8 trekkers will have 12 porters.
The evening before you start your trek, you will be given a SMALL DUFFLE BAG to pack your clothes for the next four days. Your weight allowance is up to 7kg/14p. Your team of porters will carry your duffle bag for you, together with the food and camping gear. It’s important to be aware, that you will not have access to your items in the duffle bag until the end of each day, as the porters will always be ahead of the group. During the trek, you need a day backpack big enough to carry your personal belongings such as a warm jacket, a rain jacket, your camera, sunscreen, snacks, water, etc. Usually a 30 to 50 litre backpack is sufficient.
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. The 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 take 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 acclimatised to the altitude. Try to spend at least 2 or 3 days in Cusco (3350m/11,047ft) prior to starting the trek.
It has been highlighted by most of our clients, especially by the female ones who want a private, clean and sanitary toilet!! SAM Travel Peru toilet facilities have an individual tent and a “camping toilet with a seat.” Check out the picture, which illustrates how we set up our camping toilet on the trek by using this link: picture of toilet tent. Our toilet is always set up a comfortable distance from our campsite. At night if you need to use the toilet it is readily accessible and clean, unlike the dirty facilities supplied by the government.
In the scenario that you are unable to finish the trek due to a health issue, 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 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 then continue the journey to Aguas Calientes (cost incurred by trekker) and visit Machu Picchu according to original plan.
Absolutely!! Included in the package and on the last day we will drop you at your hotel! 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, for sure we wil pick you up there !
It will depend on the train availability (high season it could book out) but the idea is to give you as much time as possible in Machu Picchu and enjoy the amazing views on the way back to Cusco from the train. Therefore you we usually book the train at 4:22pm. With this train schedule, you will have more than 9 hours to enjoy Machu Picchu
If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the trek. It inspires them to give excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many SAM Travel Peru destinations. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you feel it, depending on your perception of the quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
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.
As a Professional Direct Local Tour operator we provide you with a duffle 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.
We highly recommend a small backpack 30 to 40Litres 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 at camp.