DAY 1: CUSCO – EXPLORE THE CITY
We will 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. We will return you 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 – SACRED VALLEY
We will pick you up at your hotel at 7:30am, with our private van and head towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas, taking the direct route to Pisac. We stop first at the Mirador of Taray to enjoy a classic view of the Urubamba valley and its traditional farming villages. You will see how the agriculture in the Sacred Valley has changed little in the past five hundred years. Onward, we drive to the archaeological site of Pisac, where you can see the biggest Inca cemetery with more than 2,000 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 about 2 hours, exploring the Inca city. Then, we head down to the colorful market of Pisac, spend about 20 minutes visiting it and then drive to Urubamba for lunch.
With timeless charm, we visit the archeological site of Moray also known as “The Greenhouse of the Incas” a deep bowl of architectural wonder. Levels of terraces are carved into a huge bowl, which was excavated 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.
Continuing on our journey to the colonial town of Maras, we look down onto the pre-Inca salt mine. Thousands of saltpans 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 saltpans 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, having time to explore the age old and bustling Inca village and the massive Inca Ruins, with a tour provided by our guide. Visit the ruins 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.
Finally, we will return to Cusco, dropping you off 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 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* or Tierra Viva Machupicchu (superior room) 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 at your hotel
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 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- $75 USD
- Machu Picchu Mountain climb entrance- $75 USD
- 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”
$1,197 USD per person without hotels Hiram Bingham Train (1 way Cusco to Aguas Calientes)
$1,597 USD 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 USD 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 USD is required because in Peru all hotels and train have to be paid for 30 days in advance.
- 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 at booking is required & 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.
- Wayna Picchu Mountain:$75 USD
- Machu Picchu Mountain:$75 USD
- Single supplement:$90 USD per night (for solo travellers with single room)
- Upgrade to 5 star hotels available on request
- Roundtrip Hiram Bingham Train upgrade:$430 USD per person
WHY CHOOSE SAM TRAVEL
SAM Travel Peru is a family owned travel agency and a 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.
Our dream as a locally based company is 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. Our staff are our extended family. We ensure they are supported financially by offering them a fair salary. We are proud of our team without them , we wouldn’t be able to offer the best service and lifetime experiences to our clients.
SAM Travel Peru knows how important it is to trust in a reliable honest operator to create your adventure of a lifetime while in Peru. Check out our reviews and certificates of excellence on, TRIPADVISOR for yourself! Also we are highly recommended on Conde Nast Travelers, Lonely Planet and by many blogs like: Salkantay/Inka Trail ! July 14th to 20th 2016 Trek de Lares 4 hours, “It’s the journey, not the destination…”, Lares Pass – Day 3, Trekking in the Sacred Valley, Alli and Ellie hike to Machu Picchu
In an effort to provide a more personalized service to our passengers, we at 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 TOUR GUIDES
We are so proud of our guides! They are highly professional and speak fluent English. They are very knowledgeable and passionate for Incan heritage and history. Our guides are dedicated to continuous personal and professional development. They do research to ensure that you receive accurate and recognized theories in Incan and Andean culture. Our crew is fun loving, great sportsmen and well-educated. They all hold degrees in one of the following: Archaeology, Tourism, Botany, History or Anthropology.
OUR SOCIAL PROJECTS
SAM Travel Peru have always believed that we should “give back” to the local isolated communities. 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 people, not only employing them but go back to our grassroots as they share with their families. It makes us happy to have this holistic approach with our highland employees and their families!
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR YOUR TOUR
Please read carefully the following information as it will help you answer all of your questions about our services and tours
ARRIVAL IN 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!
The briefing will take place the night before the trek at 6pm 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 your Tour your main luggage can be store at our office or at your hotel, both are for free.
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 $211.00 USD 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.
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. 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 valid university 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 USD.
- For children from the age of 2 to 12 the discount is $60 USD.
- 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! 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.
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 USD per person. We must have a copy of your old and new passport to make the change.
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.
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE ON THE TOUR
The weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee. We recommend to always dress in layers as it is more easier to adjust to the different climates.
ARE WE DROPPED OFF 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!
In general, if you excerise regularly and spend a couple of days in Cusco or the Sacred Valley, you will be able to acclimate normally. It usually take between 24 hours to 2 days.
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.
If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appreciated. 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 that incorporates 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 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
- Extra money for lunch, snacks and souvenirs
- Original passport (cannot enter Machu Picchu without it)
- Swimsuit for the hot springs (optional)