Visit in small private groups the ancient Inca capital of Cusco, seductive, striking and natural. Cusco’s history lives in its streets, squares, valleys and towns. Stunning destinations and examples of fine engineering by Inca stonemasons.
Tucked under the tawny skirts of formidable foothills about 15kms north of Cusco as the condor flies, via a narrow road and hairpin turns, the Sacred Valley holds its head high. Sacred Valley has long been the home of attractive colonial towns, isolated weaving villages with the star markets, and the lofty 10th and 11th century Inca citadels of Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Urubamba.
Visiting the Salt Mines and the Moray terraces were made by building containment walls filled with fertile earth. They were watered through a complex irrigation system. At the base of the terraces, there is a rainwater storage system. The entire system allowed for the cultivation of over 250 types of vegetables.
Explore amazing ruins and the fabled Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu. The Inca City of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu is the articulating center of its surroundings, a masterpiece of art, urbanism, architecture and engineering of the Inca Civilization. The working of the mountain where Machu Picchu sits at the foot of the Huayna Picchu, is the exceptional result of integration with its environment, and the result of a gigantic human effort that appears to be just an extension of nature.
Upon your arrival to Cusco, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel. There you will receive a short briefing and then have the rest of the morning for resting and acclimatizing. In the afternoon, there will be time to explore Cusco, enjoying the sights of the capital city of the Incas, the indigenous and colonial heritages at your leisure, and at night your experience Cusco’s nightlife and sample some of its cuisine at the many typical Peruvian restaurants.
After breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel at 7:30am. This is a full day excursion to the Sacred Valley. On the way to Pisac we stop off at the mirador of Taray to enjoy a classic view of the Urubamba valley with crops dressing the mountains like a carpet. Onward, we drive to the archaeological site of Pisac, where you can see the biggest Inca cemetery with more than 2000 tombs. There we can admire the incredible farming terraces carved into the mountain, explore the Inca tunnel and the religious area of this important citadel. Here we will spend more than 2 hours, exploring the Inca city.
After the ruins we visit the colourful Artesan market in Pisac where you will be able to appreciate a mixture of color and tradition. You will have plenty of opportunities to test your bartering skills, interact with the local artisans and purchase their hand-made souvenirs.
Followed by Pisac is Urubamba where we have a delicious lunch. We continue on to Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously occupied town on the American continent. The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo along with their canals have not changed much from the time of the Inca Empire. They evoke their ancestral inheritance and give you a feeling of what times would have been like back then. We explore the archeological site for 1 hour and admire the water fountains, the Sun Temple, the Incahuatana and the impressive storehouses.
We return you to the Plaza de Armas in Cusco at approximately 6:30pm.
We pick you up in our private van from your hotel in Cusco at 8am and drive you to the Chinchero market place. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Its major claim to tourism is its colourful Sunday market, which is much less tourist-orientated than the market at Pisac.
Then we are on to the stunning Inca site of Moray also known as “The Greenhouses of the Incas.” Different levels of terraces are carved into a huge circular bowl, a part of which was further excavated by the Incas. The terraces have varied microclimates depending on how deep the terrace runs into the bowl. They were thought to have been used by the Incas to discover the optimal growing conditions for their crops.
After time to enjoy and explore this beautiful Inca sight, we continue driving towards the colonial town of Maras and to the Pre-Inca Salt Mine (Salineras). Thousands of saltpans have been 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 saltpans and evaporated to produce a salt that is used now for human and animal consumption.
Then we will take the afternoon Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes from Ollantaytambo at 3:37pm, where we spend the night in a hotel. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, a representative of the hotel will meet and transfer you to your hotel.
Recommendations Aguas Calientes:
You will have breakfast and then your guide will pick you up from your hotel sufficient early to catch the 5:30am shuttle bus. You will take the bus up to the majestic Machu Picchu for the 1st session, 6am to 12pm, to catch the sunrise. You will have a 2.5-hour walking tour with your guide exploring all the attractions at Machu Picchu and learning about its history and secrets. After the tour, you will have time to explore the mysterious city by yourself. At 12pm, you will take the shuttle bus back to Aguas Calientes, with time for lunch. You will take the 4:43pm Vistadome train from Aguas Calientes to the Poroy Station, and you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel, arriving around 8:45pm. (From January through April the Vistadome train only runs to the Ollantaytambo station)
Note: If you choose to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, you get 2 hours extra at Machu Picchu.
After breakfast, enjoy the beauty of Cusco or just relax.
HALF-DAY CITY TOUR
We will pick you up at 1:00pm from your hotel to start the tour and visit the following places:
In the afternoon, we will pick you up from your hotel proceeding to visit the Imperial City. It is a living example of the mix of Andean and Spanish culture. We start the tour at the Convent of Santo Domingo built over the Koricancha, which was the Ancient Inca Palace and the main worship center of the Sun God. You are given plenty of time to enjoy these beautiful sights. From there we visit the archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman, with its impressive Inca architecture, which dominates the city. Finally, we explore the archaeological sites of Q’enqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay, which are located in the northeast section of the city. You will return to your hotel in Cusco in the early evening.
After having breakfast at the hotel, enjoy your remaining time in Cusco city then in the afternoon we will drop off at the airport to take your plane back to Lima.
Our 6 day tour of Cusco, Sacred Valley, & Machu Picchu may be booked on any date that is best suited to you, as long as we have a minimum of 2 persons”
***Deposit for 3* hotels is $316 per person and for 4* or 5* hotels $525 per person
***Private service is available for $75 more per person.
***All entrance fees are included and we operate our tours in small groups averaging 5 persons with a maximum of 8!
***This price includes a round trip Vistadome Train when possible which allows you to enjoy the gorgeous landscape of the Sacred Valley!
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 to keep our groups small. With private tours we do 2 to 8 persons. By keeping our groups small, this sets us apart from other companies that operate departures with much larger 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.
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.
Have a look our recent social work: “We, (the students from Patachancha Community) got to go to Machu Picchu for the first time”
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 you answer all of your questions about our services and tours
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.
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.
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:
SECOND, we require a deposit of US$200.00 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.
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.
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 Cusco, Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Tour, 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 entrance to Machu Picchu, train ticket, other entrances and reservations. The rangers will check 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 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!!
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. Dressing in layers is helpful.
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 wil pick you up there.
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; our guides are trained to treat you for Altitude Sickness. See our detailed information about Altitude Sickness under FAQS.
We offer the Cusco City Tour or Sacred Valley Tour that you can book while you are acclimatizing. Check out our Day Tours on our Home Page.
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 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 more or less as you feel, 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.
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.