Tour to Machu Picchu Peru

Inca Trail tour operator

Is a Tour Operator Required to See Machu Picchu or the Inca Trail?

If you’re considering a trek or tour to Machu Picchu or a hike on the Inca Trail, you might be tempted to plan your own trip and go it alone. Before you make any decisions, however, it’s important to understand what you can and cannot do without a fully licensed tour operator. Do You Need a Tour Guide for an Inca Trail Trek? No matter how experienced you are as a hiker or how much you’d like to trek the Inca Trail without a guide, the official Inca Trail regulations require all hikers to be a part of an organized group led by a duly licensed and authorized tour guide. Because only a limited number of companies have the required licensing and authorization, you must do your research and choose your tour agency carefully. Only licensed providers can purchase the necessary permits. Double-check that your agency is purchasing the permits, because they sell out quickly. You must also be careful when booking your trek because, unless you book with a direct provider of a Classic Inca Trail Trek, you will be handed off to an unknown third-party tour agency. It’s also important to note that tour operators are allowed to book up to 16 hikers per trek. If you find yourself in a group that size, you may not have a good experience if not enough guides, porters and other support team members are present. Likewise, some companies have last-minute cancellation policies if not enough people book a trek. That…

Trip to Machu Picchu

Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu Tour 2 Days

[cycloneslider id=”tour-to-machu-picchu-ex”]   Tucked under the tawny skirts of formidable foothills about 15kms/9.3 miles north of Cusco as the condor flies, via a narrow road and hairpin turns, the Sacred Valley holds its head high. The valley has long been the home of attractive colonial towns, isolated weaving villages, handicraft markets and lofty, 10th and 11th century Inca Citadels of Pisac,Ollantaytambo and Urubamba. Visiting the Maras Salt Mines and Moray terraces, which 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 rain water storage system. The entire system allowed for the cultivation of the Incas to grow over 250 types of vegetables. Then, we move on to the salt mines that consists that of 3,000 small pools roughly 5 square meters (53.8 ft²) in size. Every three days, during the dry season, workers fill the pools with salt water that comes from a natural hot spring at the top of the Maras’s complex. When the water evaporates from the pool, the salt is left for collection. This process is carried out over a one-month period until the pools reach an approximate volume of solid salt that is 10 centimeters (4 inches) in height. The salt is ground up, treated with iodine packaged and sent to various markets within the region. Explore amazing ruins and the fabled Lost Citadel of the Incas, Machu Picchu. The Inca Citadel of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu is the articulating center of its surroundings, a masterpiece of art, urbanism, architecture and…

Moray Biking Tour

Mountain Bike Tour to Moray & Salt Mines

Pick up at 8am at your Hotel and drive to the trailhead Visiting the “Greenhouses” of the Incas in Moray Visiting the unique Salt mines in Maras 5 to 6 hours of riding with amazing scenery Bus back to Cusco We pick you up at your hotel and then drive in our private van towards Cruz Pata. There, we will receive instructions about safe bike riding. Afterwards, we start with our mountain biking through the local farmlands enjoying the spectacular scenery of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the Andes mountains.  We arrive at the archeological site of Moray also known as “The Greenhouses of the Incas” which is unique and fascinating. Different levels of terraces are carved into a huge bowl, part of which was further excavated by the Incas. The terraces have varied microclimates depending on how deep into the bowl they are. 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 with our ride towards the colonial town of Maras, then we cycle downhill towards the pre-Inca salt mines. 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 for cattle licks. Finally, we continue cycling downhill to Urubamba then take our van back…

Sacred Valley Tour

Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour with Moray & the Salt Mines 1 Days

Places You Visit with SAM Travel Peru on the Sacred Valley Tour The spectacular viewpoint of the Sacred Valley (Mirador of Taray) The extensive Pisac Inca ruins, which have many impressive examples of Inca architecture The colorful local market of Pisac, where you can see local people who are keeping traditional culture alive A quick stop at Urubamba for lunch (not included in price) The Moray Archeological site where you can learn about Incan agricultural experimentation The famous Pre-Inca Salt Mines of Maras where naturally salty spring water is gathered in the same way it has been for hundreds of years The magnificent archeological site of Ollantaytambo and amazing views of the valley No other travel agency except SAM travel visits all of these sites in their Sacred Valley Tour!   Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour with Moray & the Salt Mines We will pick you up at your hotel at 7:30am, with our private van and head towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where your first view of the valley is at the Mirador of Taray. This spectacular view of the Urubamba valley is laid out before you, with traditional farming communities in the valley floor and mountain peaks rising from the end of the valley. Keep reading for a sneak peak of the highlights! PISAC Onward, we drive to the archaeological site of Pisac, where you can see an immense Inca cemetery with more than 2000 tombs. You will learn about the incredible farming terraces carved into the mountain. We will spend about 1.5 …

Cusco City Tour

Cusco City Tour: The archeological sites of Cusco

PLACES YOU VISIT IN OUR CUSCO CITY TOUR Qoricancha, also called the Temple of the Sun  Sacsayhuaman, the most impressive archeological site near Cusco Qenqo, an immense promontory where the Inca carved right into the bedrock Pukapukara, the Red Fortress with cryptic historical use Tambomachay, the most important site for water rituals CUSCO CITY TOUR – PRIVATE GUIDED TOURS EVERY DAY – In the morning (9 am) or afternoon (1pm) We will pick you up from your hotel to being your 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 incredible 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 take you back to your hotel in Cusco after the four hour tour. Koricancha and the Convent of Santo Domingo The convent was built on the spectacular Coricancha, which translates to ‘enclosure of gold’. This was the most important temple dedicated to the worship of the sun and during Incan times, the walls of which were lined with solid sheets of gold. All that remains now is the fine stonework; the conquistadors took the rest…

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