Day 1 Saturday: Arrival to Cusco, City Tour & Archaeological Ruins
When you fly into Cusco, we will be at the airport to pick you up and transport you to your hotel. The morning is free time to rest in your hotel to avoid altitude sickness.
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.
- Accommodations: Maytaq Wasin, Best Western or Casa Andina Classic 3***
- Accommodations Hotel Costa del Sol Ramada, Casa Andina Private Collection & Novotel 4***
- Meals: Breakfast
Day 2 Sunday: Full day to the Sacred Valley (Pisac, Ollantaytambo)
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 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. After the tour, you will take the 7pm Expedition train to Aguas Caliente.
- Accommodations:La Cabaña Hotel or Santuario Hotel 3*
- Accommodations: El Mapi 4*
- Meal: Breakfast & Lunch
Day 3 Monday: Sunrise in Machu Picchu & Train back to Cusco
Breakfast at 5am at the hotel we take the first bus to Machu Picchu citadel, and tour every nook and cranny of this New 7 Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site: an unforgettable experience. Your guide will give you a 2 hour guided tour and expertly direct you throughout the astounding ruins and its main streets. You can then wander around the town squares as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made of stone. Machu Picchu is considered as the world’s spiritual center by esoteric wisdom. Once the guided tour is over, you will have some free time to explore the site on your own, to relax, or to meditate.
Extra Possible Activities:
- Climb up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain; appreciate the beauty & magnificence of Machu Picchu.
- You will be given some extra time to walk to the Sun Gate or Inti Punku.
The optional activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the new local museum or the hot springs.
Train to Cusco: You will descend to Aguas Calientes, have lunch, and later on board the 4:43pm Vistadome train for the return trip to Cusco train station (Poroy) on the Vistadome train, and then you will transfer you to your hotel arriving around 8pm.
- Accommodations: Maytaq Wasin, Best Western or Casa Andina Classic 3***
- Accommodations: Hotel Costa del Sol Ramada, Casa Andina Private Collection & Novotel 4***
- Meals: Breakfast, Light Meal on Train
Day 4 Tuesday: Spend the day and night travelling from Cusco to Puno by Andean Explorer Train
Breakfast at your hotel; you will be picked up at 10am from your hotel in Cusco and transferred to the train station. There you will board the most luxurious train to Puno, the Belmond Andean Train.
“Crossing the Andes on the Cusco – Puno – Cusco route and visiting Lake Titicaca is an unforgettable experience all on its own. However, doing it aboard the Andean Explorer train will make this a truly once-in-a-lifetime adventure. The Andean Explorer was created to provide passengers with all the luxuries they could want in a trip, while offering them a chance to forge a mystical connection with nature”
The Belmond Andean Explorer train features an open-air observatory car, allowing you to take in the majestic views while enjoying the typical music and dances of the Peruvian Highlands. During your trip, you will have the chance to take panoramic pictures of some of the quaint essential Andean landscapes.
During the trip, lunch, & breakfast offers the finest in gourmet food. The quality of our personalized service is guaranteed. You will sleep in your own private cabin as you travel to Puno arriving at around 7am.
Upon arrival, reception and transfer to your Puno Hotel.
- Accommodations: Cabin overnight on the train
- Meals: Breakfast & Lunch on train
Day 5: Full Day to Lake Titicaca (Uros Floating Islands & Taquile)
You will have a 6:00 am breakfast on the train and be transferred to the Puno Port for your tour at 8:30am. Our first stop will be in the Uros Floating Islands; the Uros are the natives who live on these man-made islands created from Totora grown on Lake Titicaca. The houses are built on top while the cooking is done outside the homes to avoid fires. After spending time at the Island of Uros, you will proceed to the Island of Taquile. Here you will notice that the locals speak Aymara instead of the predominant Quechua. The Island of Taquile was once a part of the Inca Empire; the influence can be seen in the buildings these people create. Once you arrive on the island, you will get a briefing, traditional dances, artisanal craft displays and lunch. In the afternoon, the boat will take you back to Puno. From Puno port, you transfer you to your hotel.
- Accommodations: Casa Andina Classic Puno 3*
- Accommodations: Casa Andina Premium Puno and Sonesta Hotel Puno 4*
- Meals: Breakfast
Day 6: DEPARTURE FROM PUNO
After having breakfast at the hotel, enjoy your remaining time in Puno City, then in the late morning or afternoon we will drop off at the airport to take your plane back to Lima.
- Meal: Breakfast
- All transfers
- Pick up at hotel for tours
- Professional English speaking guide
- Private transportation to visit all Inca Archeological sites for tours
- Expedition train Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
- Vistadome Train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy (Cusco)
- One way trip Cusco to Puno Belmond Andean Train
- Round trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
- 4 night’s accommodation at 3 star hotels or 4 star hotel depending on your choice
- 1 night accommodation on the Belmond Andean train with your own private cabin.
- 4 breakfasts in your hotel and train (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
- Private guided Tours of Cusco, Sacred Valley, & Moray & Salt Mines
- All entrances to archeological sites & others
- Private guided tour in Machu Picchu
- Group guided tour of the Uros Floating Islands & Taquile as a part of your train service.
- Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
- Water for tours
- International airfares
- Domestic flights Lima-Cusco-Lima
- Single supplement US$50 (for solo travelers)
- Meals where not otherwise stated
- Optional: Thermal baths in Aguas Calientes –10 soles per person.
- Optional: Climb Wayna Picchu Mountain – US$35.
- Optional: Climb Machu Picchu Mountain – US$30.
Our 6 day tour of Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca can only be booked to start on a Saturday because the Belmond Andean Luxury train only runs on Tuesday and we must have 2 persons minimum for the tour”
US$687 per person without hotels (train is separate additional price depending on cabin choice)
US$887 per person with 3* hotels (train is separate additional price depending on cabin choice)
US$1087 per person with 4* hotels (train is separate additional price depending on cabin choice)
*** 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.
TRAIN PRICES ANDEAN EXPLORER:
US$730 per person: 2 Twin Beds Cabins (double occupany)
US$825 per person: 1 Junior Double Bed Cabins (double occupany)
US$915 per person: 1 Deluxe Double Bed Cabins (double occupany)
***Other option 1 day Peru Rail Titicaca Luxury Day Train Cusco to Puno $260 per person. (will need to add an extra night hotel in Puno)
- 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$50 per night 3*(for solo travellers with single room)
- Single supplement US$100 per night 4*(for solo travellers with single room)
- Upgrade to 5 star hotels upon request
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 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.
OUR TOP TOUR GUIDES
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.
OUR SOCIAL PROJECTS
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.
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 Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca 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. Dressing in layers is helpful.
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.