DAY 1: CUSCO – EXPLORE THE CITY
We pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel to get settled. In the afternoon, we will pick you up from your hotel at 1pm to begin our visit of 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.
- Accommodation: Costa del Sol Ramada, Casa Andina Private Collection or Novotel Hotels 4*
DAY 2: CUSCO – EXPLORE SACRED VALLEY
We will pick you up at your hotel at 7am, with our private van and head towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas, taking the direct route to Pisac. We stop at Ccochawasi Animal Sanctuary to see the native animals like the Condor, Llama, Alpaca and Puma. After this, we drive for 10 minutes up to the mirador of Taray to have 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.
Then we head back to the colourful market of Pisac, spend some time visiting it and then drive to Urumbamba for lunch at the Tunupa Restaurant and on to the Pre-Inca Salt Mines and then to the archeological site of Moray. After a time to visit the Salt Mines and Moray, we finish our tour in Ollantaytambo. We explore the archeological site for 1.5 hours and admire the water fountains, the Sun Temple, the Incahuatana and the impressive storehouses. Finally, we will return to Cusco, dropping you at your hotel around 6.30pm.
- Hotels: Costa del Sol Ramada, Casa Andina Private Collection or Novotel Hotels 4*
- Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
DAY 3: CUSCO – MACHU PICCHU
From the Poroy station at 9:05am, we will embark in one of the most spectacular rides on board the exclusive Hiram Bingham deluxe train. The experience on board is purely first class. The train’s incredible classic style compliments perfectly with the dining room arrangement, making it easy to taste the delightful dishes carefully prepared for us by experienced chefs. The landscapes are breathtaking and while we follow the Urubamba River course getting closer and closer to the canyon. We will arrive at Aguas Calientes at 12:24pm.
Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel and have the day free to explore Aguas Calientes, shop or relax in the hot springs.
- Hotel: El Mapi 4*
- Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
DAY 4: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
We leave our hotel after a very early breakfast to take the bus for the journey up to Machu Picchu ruins at 5:30am for the 1st session at 6am to 12pm. The Lost City of the Incas will astonish us with its terraces, ceremonial shrines, steps, solar clock or Intihuatana, all this amid a special atmosphere. Once inside the citadel, we will be provided with a guided 2.5 hour tour with plenty of free time for further exploring, taking photos and the option to climb Huayna Picchu, Machu Picchu Mountain, or hike to the Sun Gate.
Then back to Aguas Calientes as we end out time at Machu Picchu, take a leisurely lunch in Aguas Calientes. At 5:23pm we will return to Cusco on the Vistadome train enjoying Andean music and dancing with a private van connection to Cusco from the Poroy Station, arriving at your hotel in the evening around 9:25PM
***If you climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, you get 2 hours extra at Machu Picchu.
- Hotels: Costa del Sol Ramada, Casa Andina Private Collection or Novotel Hotels 4*
- Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 5: DEPARTURE & AIRPORT TRANSFER
Our Luxury Tour to Machu Picchu ends here. Airport drop-off is included and it can be done at any time.
- Meals: Breakfast
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- Professional English Speaking Guides
- Pickup and drop-off at the airport
- All transfers
- City Tour & Sacred Valley
- Entrance tickets to all the archeological sites & other exhibits
- Entrance to Machu Picchu
- Roundtrip bus ticket to Machu Picchu and back from Aguas Calientes
- Belmond Hiram Bingham train tickets from Poroy (cusco to Aguas Calientes)
- Vistadome Train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy (Cusco) Station
- Ground transport by train, van and bus
- Guided tour of Machu Picchu
- Meals as described in the itinerary
- Hotels all 4****
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
- Airfare and other transportation fees between your home and departure city
- All personal expenses, additional hotel services, and meals not mentioned in itinerary
- Optional tours and activities (prices and availability subject to change)
- Upgraded hotels to 5***** upon request
- Huayna Picchu Mountain climb entrance US$35
- Machu Picchu Mountain climb entrance US$30
- Tips for your guide.
Our Luxury tour to Machu Picchu may be booked on any date that is best suited to you, as long as we have a minimum of 2 persons”
US$1,197 per person without hotels Hiram Bingham Train (1 way Cusco to Aguas Calientes)
US$1,597 per person 4 nights 4* hotels Hiram Bingham Train (1 way Cusco to Aguas Calientes)
If a roundtrip Hiram Bingham Train trip is requested it would be $475 per person extra.
Our prices are all inclusive and the tour will be operated in a private service!
***This price includes a 1 way trip Hiram Bingham Train to Aguas Calientes which allows you to enjoy the gorgeous landscape of the Sacred Valley and travel in luxury!
*** With 4* hotels a deposit of $525 is required because in Peru all hotels and train have to be paid for 30 days in advance.
- 18 to 25 years old: US$30 Information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card at booking is required & government approval for discount.
- Under 18 years old: US$30 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
- Under 11 years old: US$40 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
- Wayna Picchu Mountain– US$35
- Machu Picchu Mountain – US$30
- Single supplement – US$90 per night (for solo travellers with single room)
- Upgrade to 5 star hotels available on request
- Roundtrip Hiram Bingham Train upgrade US$430 per person
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 TOP TOUR GUIDES
I am very proud of my guides! Highly professional, speaking in fluent English and very knowledgeable. Passionate for the Inca heritage/ history, dedicated to a steady personal development and learning to ensure that you receive accurate and recognised theories about the Inca Andean culture. Fun loving, great sportsmen and well educated some having a degree in Archaeology, Botany, History or Anthropology. Others are great entertainers and the best “Salsa Dancers” on this side of Machu Picchu.
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$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.
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
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 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 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!!
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. It is best to dress in layers.
ARE WE DROPPED AT OUR HOTEL AFTER THE TOUR
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.
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 TO BRING
- A small backpack or carry bag (larger not allowed on the train or in Machu Picchu)
- Changes of clothing
- Comfortable shoes or runners
- Water to drink
- Rain jacket or poncho
- A fleece or jacket,
- Warm jacket for nights
- Basic toiletries,
- Insect repellent for mosquitoes
- Hat for the sun
- Some extra money for lunch, snacks and souvenirs
- Original passport (cannot enter Machu Picchu without it)
- ISIC Card if applicable.
- Bathing clothes for the hot springs (optional)