Sacred valley private tour Peru: Is a fascinating tour with daily departures, it is located at the north of Cusco city. It was called sacred, because of the urubamba river (the river that passes through, which was considered the parallel of the Milky Way). A vast field of about 90km large, valley that joints several towns, and villages, where the soil is rich and abundant fresh water from the snow mountains.
Valley where incas built, many farming terraces, towns, warehouses, etc. our sacred valley includes visit to the famous Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and Chinchero. Places with thousands of histories to tell, and our tours includes the visit to the traditional textiles weaving centers, handicrafts, silver workshops, and many other sites in our exclusive small group or private sacred valley tour.
For our traditional service, we depart at 08:30 from Cusco city and follow the regular circuit, while in our exclusive private tour, we can begin in cusco city, from Urubamba, pisaq, ollantaytabo or any location in the valley, and do the tour in that way that it can allow us to run away from the crowds, and visit each site at a time where there is not as many as in the regular itinerary. We sacred valley expert tour guides, kids, seniors and family travel friendly, fluent in English, Italian and have availability in German, Portuguese and French languages, contact us today to have a good rate and quick feedback.
Option 01 – regular group service:It begins at 08:45 hrs, from cusco city, with the transfer from your hote, then the bus departs at 09:00hrs towards Pisaq, Before arriving at pisaq the bus will stop in a great view point to the sacred valley named Mirador de Taray, you will have time to take pictures and buy some souvenirs, then we continue and stop at the typical market of pisaq which is at the main square, then continue to Pisaq Archaeological park, and walk by a nice trail overlooking the terraces up to the main point, after visiting the village on the hill, continue towards ollanta, along the way we see beautiful villages such as: Coya, Lamay, Calca, and we’ll stop at Urubamba for lunch.
From lunch the tour continues to Ollantaytambo, to see its magnificent structures and get amazed by the water fountains, then we drive to Chinchero and visit it’s weaving house, enjoy watching the ladies, who weave fine textiles and will show us, how they dye and wash the alpaca and sheep wool.
Option 02 – sacred valley private tour.Itinerary completely adjusted to your needs, we can begin either at cusco city, at your arrival from the airport, or from any part of the sacred valley such as Pisaq town, Urubamba, tre train station or ollantaytambo town.
If we start in cusco city, we will do it on backwards, “we can begin visiting chinchero first”, then ollantaytambo, if we start at ollantaytambo town or the train station, then we can visit the archaeological park and after that we can drive towards pisaq or include the salt mines and moray, then drive to chinchero and end it at the sacred valley, or end it at cusco city.
Inca trail to machu picchu is a dream come true for many people and provides a fantastic physical and mental challenge in a stunning natural environment. Thousands of people hike the ancient Inca trail every year, walking through the awe inspiring Andes mountains and cloud forests to arrive at Machu Picchu. But why is the Inca trail so popular? It has an extraordinary ecology and is rich in biodiversity and exotic vegetation which includes around 500 stunning varieties of Orchid. The landscape surrounding the trail is impressive and it is possible to see snowy mountains from the camp spots. The archaeological sites along the trail are impressive and the stones that lie along the trail that date from the XV century provide further interest along the way. More than this, there is an air of magic about the Inca trail that cannot be described in words; it must be experienced. The amazing site of Machu Picchu cannot be fully understood without the experience of hiking the Inca trail and that first glimpse of the famous city of the Incas will stay in your memory forever. Walking the Inca trail is an act of devotion to the memory of the Incas whose civilisation has had such a profound impact on the history of Peru. The four day trek to Machu Picchu covers about twenty-eight miles, starting at an elevation of (2.650m/11,975ft) and reaches (4.215m/13,828ft) at the highest point and then descends to (2.400m/7,874ft) above sea level.
Inca Trail:daily departures in private service.
Day 01: Cusco – KM 82 – Huayllabamba: The Inca trail hike begins with an early pick-up from your hotel around 5:00am. You will be picked up by private transport and transferred to the kilometer 82 or piskacuchu “trail check point” (2700/8856ft). On the way the group will stop at Ollantaytambo to buy water, plastic rain ponchos, batteries for photo cameras, flash lights and to use toilets if required. Once you arrive at the Kilometer 82 check point you will be registered at the Inca trail control where you will need to show your original passport. Once registration is complete we will cross a bridge over the Sacred River and begin the hike. The first part of the trail is very gentle for about two hours then we will walk up a small hill to arrive at Miskay (2800m/9184ft). Miskay is a lookout point with a fantastic view over the valley and the surrounding mountains. After a small stop we will continue hiking for about 40 minutes and arrive at Willca Raqay “holy enclosure” (2850m/9350ft) which is a nice Inca site with numerous enclosures that would probably host 1000 people. The site also offers a fabulous view of the Llactapata archaeological site. The trekking continues for about twenty minutes and then we arrive at a small settlement called Tarayoc where our group will have a nutritious lunch prepared by our expert chef. After lunch the trail leads to the Cusichaka river and after around 2 hours we will reach the community of Wayllabamba (3000m/9840ft).
(Trek difficulty: Medium. Total distance: 10 km “6.21 miles”. Estimated walking time: 6 – 7 hours).
Day 02: Huayllabamba – Warmiwañusca “dead woman pass” – Pacaymayu: The trail has several stairs from the beginning to the end. at few minutes we arrive to the control to get registered and after that we walk by a uphil trail, we arrive to ayapata that is a camp site form some group and after that the trail goes through a forest and we will walk along many stairs and next to a clear water stream which is said to provide magic energy to hikers. After walking approximately 2 hours we will arrive at Llulluchapampa (3800m/12,467ft). Llulluchapampa is the “Nostoc land” algae that grow in the highland lakes. The walk is challenging but when you arrive you will be rewarded by the sight of breathtaking mountains and finally you will see the impressive summit up close. After a break we will continue hiking on the subalpine section to reach the highest point of the Inca trail Warmywañusca pass “Dead Woman pass“(4215m/13.828ft). The summit is simply amazing because from this height you will see a wide range of mountain tops and cloud forest vegetation including the world’s highest cloud forest and the flora and fauna which is living at (3800m/12.467ft). After taking a break for photos on the summit we descend to our camp. The trail here is stone paved and well preserved; many bushes and flowers decorate the trail to the camp at Pacasmayu “hidden river” (3650m/11.975ft). We will arrive to the camp at around 14:00 hours after 2 hours of downhill hiking. We then enjoy a well-deserved lunch and have the rest of the afternoon free for relaxing at our camp.
(Trek Difficulty: Challenge Hard. Total distance: 9 km “5.6 miles”. Estimated walking time: 6 -7 hours).
Day 03: Pacaymayu – Wiñayhuayna: We begin an uphill path which leads to an old Inca trail that climbs steeply up the opposite side of the valley towards the second pass. About halfway up, there is a small round roofless enclosure known as Runcuracay (3790m/12,434ft), after visiting this building we continue the trail by climbing towards the highest pass “Runcuracay Pass” (3900m/12,795ft). This summit offers the hiker a panoramic view of mountains and valleys. From this point the trail goes downhill for about 1.5 hours then we arrive to Sayacmarca “Town in a Steep Place” (3650m/11,975ft). This town is on a rocky promontory overlooking a large valley and the Inca trail and is accessible only by a single narrow stone staircase, the trail descends into a lush cloud forest. This is one of the most fascinating parts of the trail and it is also one of the easiest to walk. After 15 minutes we arrive at Chaquicocha “dry lake” where we stop for lunch. From lunch continuing we arrive in to an interesting Inca tunnel carved into a granite mount slope. After a couple more kilometers we will arrive at the third pass named Phuyupatamarca “Cloud-level Town” (3650m/11,975ft). This site enjoys panoramic views over the Urumbamba River snaking its way through a lush green valley, it has rectangular structures and several water fountains fed by spring water. Below the trail is all downhill, ahead there is a spirals stairway that amazes everyone, it descends steeply towards Wiñayhuayna, “Forever Young” (2650m/8,694ft) which is another very interesting Inca site with waterfall views. Upon arrival our tents will be ready and you can rest in your tent before dinner.
(Trek Difficulty: Challenge. Total distance: 15 km “5.56 miles”. Estimated walking time: 8 -9 hours).
Day 4: Wiñayhuayna – Machu Picchu: The final section of the magical trail from Wiñayhuayna to Intipunku is an easy hike. We walk along a broad level path which winds lazily through scrub and light woodland with colorful butterflies fluttering across the trail. After no more than an hour, the trail comes to a narrow flight of stone steps leading upwards into a small stone structure with a grass floor a few meters square. This is Intipunku “Gateway of the Sun” (2720m/8,923ft) where the trail passes through a rectangular doorway and you finally get a glimpse of Machu Picchu, the magical city of the Incas. From here the pathway leads down a steep slope to Machu Picchu and we arrive at the site after another hour of walking. On arrival it is necessary to ‘check out’ of the Inca trail and then ‘check in’ at Machu Picchu (2400m/7,874ft). A visit to Machu Picchu usually takes about two hours and after this guided tour you’ll have free time for further exploration of the site. You may wish to explore the Inca bridge which is a gentle 30 minute walk. Finally you will need to catch a bus to Aguas Calientes “Machu Picchu Town” (2000m/6561ft) where the train station is located. Please ensure that you are at the train station 30 minutes before your train departure. When you arrive at Ollantaytambo train station in 1.4 hours, then our personnel will be waiting to drive you back Cusco city in our private transport arriving after 1.4 hours where our fantastic service ends.
(Trek Difficulty: Gentle. Total distance: 6 km “3.28 miles)
Rainbow mountain tour peru, is a tour that depart from cusco, it’s one of our favorite day hikes, that is part of the ausangate mountains range, located on the highland of cusco, at the east of the city, our tour, allows you to enjoy the place at a better time, before the crowds. The Vinicunca mountain, is considered sacred by the locals; that is the reason why the locals go from time to time and do offering, or Andean rituals, where they bury offering consisting in natural products, it is kind of pilgrimage hike: While for us it is an amazing mountain that has several colors, and offers a wonderful 360 degrees view, many colored mountain tops, and it is a land of llamas and alpacas; by the way it is incredibly nice and worth to do this tour.
There are several itineraries to this place: From day tours, and hikes that starts, at other many different places; one of the new, and fantastic itinerary, is the one that starts at Tinqui, and after 3 nights camping, it reach the rainbow mountain.
Our day tour to vinicunca, is one of the best within the day hike itineraries, tour that is recently incorporated to our day hikes. Discover this fantastic mountain, and the picturesque pristine villages in peru, see the llamas and alpacas in its natural habitat, be part or a fantastic day tour to vinicunca, a mountain with several colors that is seen only in china and peru. Our expert local guides will make the difference.
Rainbow mountain tours peru: starts with an early meet up in your hotel, and drive our private transport towar east from cusco city, after about 3 hours’ drive, we’ll reach a highland settlement, which is the last settlement near the vinicunca, the settlement is at“4,426m / 14520ft”, at this place we will stop for breakfast, our cook will make us nutritious breakfast with all the nutrients to provide us enough energy to success this mountain, it is a village of llama farmers, but villagers has found new way of getting their income, they rent their horses to visitors and pull their horses.
We will begin our hike by a gentle flatland and reach a point where we can see locals in line. Something interesting about this tours is, the fact that locals wear their traditional colorgul clothes, as we walk after about 20 minutes will arrive to the control and pay for the park. Then we will walk towards the rainbow mountain, during this tour we will cover about 4.17miles / 08kms. Along the hike we will see nice mountains covered by highland grass named Icchu, we will also see llamas, alpacas and locals with colorful dress, the trail is gentle uphill and some small steep part, as we gain altitude we can start seeing reddish color mountains, after about 2.2 hours we finally summit the rainbow mountain “5,000m / 16, 404ft” approximately.
The summit of vinicunca offers a magnificent scenic view, many mountains that are colorful, most of them are reddish, we will have time to explore the area and climb up to a higher point to make some unique pictures, then after a good time to enjoy it, we will return, since we did all uphill , now the trail is all gentle downhill, we will arrive to our village and have lunch made by our cook, after lunch we will board our exclusive transport and return to Cusco arriving back at around 18:00 hrs, at arrival our guide will escort you to your hotel, where our service ends.
As an optional service, for all our private service, we offer visit to the the famous inca bridge, at no extra cost.
We have daily departures, no minimum or maximum needed, all set in private tour, special discount for groups.
Lares trek, is one of our fantastic treks in peru, this trekking tours provides you the opportunity se local weavers, the land of llamas and alpacas, and the scenic landscape that the lares valley offers. Our traditional lares trek brings you to discover Andean villages that are located at the most remote places, by the land where everyone speaks the old language, and they still have the traditions and custom from inca and Spanish colonial times, this is the land of myths and legends. The program is perfect for people who are looking to trek, but something in the middle “between challenge and easy treks”, for people who are in to cultural immersion, and willing to get away from the stress of the city and work.
Come to Peru, hike with us the fantastic lares trek, enjoy the view of the blue lakes, snow mountains and see the llamas in their natural habitat, we have a team of experts who will treat you well, experts cooks will make you nutritious and delicious food. Our trek are mainly in private service but we also manage small groups and large groups if you are coming with a group. Ask this tour as classic lares trek.
Daily departures available!
Day 01: Cusco – Waca Wasi: At 05:00 hrs, our guide and driver will meet you at your hotel, and drive towards Calca “town in the Sacred Valley”, we can do an stop her to shop some stuffs for our trek, we can also buy coca leaf candies to help us at the altitude, walking sticks, they we will take a narrow asphalted road towards the north and reach a summit named (Chayña Pass at 4265m). nice point from where we can see mountains and valleys, this the pass that give us access to the amazon cloud forest, then after an hour we will arrive to lares village and the hot springs at (3100m), we will have some time to jump in to the hot-spring pools and relax, then begin our hike, the land is incredibly nice and while we gain altitude we will get in to the high mountain land of llamas ad alpacas, we will see sheepherders near by the trail, alpacas eating grass very close from the trail and kids with colorful clothes. Then we will reach Waca Wasi (3800m), a village that will be hour home for one night.
(Hiking distance 4 hours, 09kms.).
Day 02: Waca Wasi – Mantanay: We will have nutritious breakfast then re-star our trek, If school time, we will enjoy watching the school kids running with traditional clothes, from their homes at the mountains to the school, they will approach us and say hello, they will also expect some cookies and or pencils, as we walk we can pass by some houses and the owners will take their hand weaving textiles to our path and offer us to buy them (they sell quality hand made products at cheap price), it could be good to buy from the producers, so bring money if interested in getting authentic peruvian textiles, after some hours of walk by uphill trail we can approach to saccsa llave pass “Huaca Wasi pass” 4550m, here we can take pictures and enjoy the magnificent view, a blue lake is also part of attraction, it is down at just 20 minutes’ walk, it is the Aroray qocha, we will have a fancy lunch at this site, then we will continue our trek, we will pass by native trees and arrive to the banks of another lake “Millpoqocha”, we can see the Pumahuanca and Q’apacsaya snow mountains, then following downhill path we can arrive to our camp at Mantanay “ 3650m”, and camp in the middle of the trees.
(7 hours of trekking, 14 kms
Day 03. – Mantanay – Sacred Valley – Cusco: We will wake up at about 06 in the morning, have breakfast, then hike, we will follow a wide trail that is covered polylepis forest, the trail is all downhill and as we get in to a lower elevation we can approach to the sacred valley, after about 4 hours of walk we will reach the Yanahuara hamlet (2800m), this is located at the northwest of cusco and it is a reach valley where the locals farm fruit trees. We will arrive to a house where hour cook will make us lunch, after lunch we can take our private transport back to Cusco city. (If you have a connection to Machu Picchu, we can drive to ollantaytambo and take the evening train and spend the night, then on the next day visit machu picchu and return to Cusco).
(08km approximately in 4.5 hours).
Titicaca lake tours: Located in Puno region of Peru, Over 3,827 meters above sea level (12,500 ft). its population is around 250,000 inhabitants in the city, on the banks of Titicaca Lake, it is as well the world’s highest navigable lake – displays the reminiscences of its origin through cave paintings and spearheads, testimony of our highland ancestor’s life. The Collao Plateau; this is the geographical place where ancient and important cultures like Pucara, and the later Tiahuanaco, where settled, while during colonial times, the Spaniards were attracted to puno, by its mineral richness, bringing new cultural, social and economic patterns along.
Our itinerary, is completely designed to show you the authentic lake in the high andes, the nature beauty, in its different villages such: Uros floating islands, where people live on thatched houses, and fish on their reed boats, taquile and Amantani are as well magnificent villages on the islands, where you can experience the life of locals by sharing the evening with a local host and be involved in the life of the community.
Our Titicaca lake tours is an ideal tour for visitors to South America, who are including Bolivia and peru in their itinerary. Daily departures available in private and small groups.
Day 01: (Uros Floating island and Taquile), early morning (07:00 am) our transfer personnel will pass through your hotel and drive you to titicaca lake harbour to board the motor boat towards the floating islands of Uros that are located at 40 minutes at an elevation of “3,810m/12,500ft”. The islands consists in houses made of reeds and has been inhabited by the uros, now a days is a nice lake that host many people that are leaving exactly in the same way than hundreds of years ago, the community member will welcome us and make a brief explanation of their organization, there will be time to explore the area, make pictures and ride the typical boat made of reeds (extra fee 2 us$). After some time at the floating island the group will continue by boat enjoying interesting view of the lake that has blue color and at a long distance some of the shores of the lake, after about 02 hours by boat the group will reach another and very nice island named Taquile, that is at an elevation of “3810m/12,500ft” and a maximum elevation of “4050/13,287ft”. At our arrival we will be received by a group of inhabitants from la island and bring us to their home where we will share part of their tradition, the island stay is fantastic because they will put you with their typical custom, you will participate in their activities then after dinner you will spend the night (dinner is provided by your hoster family, typical dinner that may contain quinoa soup, vegetables and some of the typical food.
Day 02: (Taquile, Amantani and Puno), you will wake up with the natural alarm clock of rusters, then your family “the family that hosts you” will be waiting for you with traditional breakfast that consist in boiled potatoes, local tea and some milk coffee, etc, you will say good bye to the island. You will walk down to the harbour and take the boat towards Amantani, (This Island is located at an elevation of 3810m/12,500ft and a maximum of 4150m/13,615ft) this is another beautiful take that is home for a large group of native community. This island is the second biggest on the lake and it is inhabited by Quechua speaking people, they are farmers, form the old time to now they still farm the Andean products such as potatoes, quinoa, etc. characteristic to the island is their dark color customs. After arrival to the island the guide will give you some directions and you will have time to explore the area and lunch by your own. There is opportunity to buy some souvenirs and interact with locals. Then the guide will meet you at a certain place and you will walk down to the harbour and take the motor boat that will take you back to Puno city arriving at around 17:00 hours.
A magnificent Itinerary for people who are willing to unique experiences, “available in private and small groups.
If you want to have more info, just let us to know.
Cars minivan rental Peru, cusco airport sacred valley transport: If you are a person, who likes to enjoy each place at its best way possible, and want to manage your time and take it easy or want to cover more places, then you should rent our transport. We have Cars, minivan and minibuses that you can use to discover our peru.
All our transports includes professional driver, so you do not need to be concerned about the route and the difficult driving areas, according your desire, they can go slow or fast.
If you are planning to reach the sacred valley, the train station in poroy, cusco airport sacred valley transport, train station in Ollantaytambo, hotel in Urubamba or any place in the sacred valley? you are at the right site, we have the perfect vehicles, for you. Let us to know where you want our driver to meet you, and he will be ready for you at the scheduled place.
Quality transport rental in cusco: Cars, trucks, tour buses, etc.
If you are a person who likes to take it easy, visit the places without rush, skip from the tourist path, or just want to manage your own schedule, great! Then we have a transport for you.
Our transport can fit your group size, ideal for: honey moon travel, family vacation, a group of friends or a large group.
Cars: well maintained, new and clean.
4 x 4 trucks: well maintained, new and clean.
Van and Minivans: with all tourist permits, well maintained, new and clean.
Tour Buses: well maintained, new and clean, with all the permits and.
All of them with professional driver, honest, friendly and discreet drivers.
We Provide: Airport Pick up, pick up form train station, etc. with or without tours, where the personalized service is our best attribute.
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Cruz Del Sur: A good quality service buses from Lima to Cusco. You can buy a ticket directly from the company or we can but it for you at the same price, sometimes you can find a ticket only a day in advance, but it does not give guarantee that when you go a day in advance you can find a place, it takes about 20 hrs.
Ormeño: they have web site only in Spanish, no facilities to pay online, you can book from Peru a day in advance if they have availability. It can take 30 hours Lima to Cusco if takes the highway by Arequipa, 20 hours by Apurimac.
There are also several bus companies.
If you are looking for cars, bus, minivan or van rental in Peru, we are your best choice.
Cusco hotel accommodation: As touristic capital of peru, the city of cusco, has a wide amount of tourist attractions, day tours that depart from this impressive city, and to find a good place to stay is very important: Here there are all kind of hotels, basic accommodations, guest houses and mid-range hotels, and luxurious hotels, places where you can have a good sleep during your stay.
Our cusco peru guest house accommodation, is located at a very nice place, a residential spot, strategically located, very close to local markets, catholic church and Mormons tabernacle, at the main avenue between the airport at the main square of the city, a place where you can go to the parks and have a perfect walk around, and find places to have ceviche, Peruvian chicken, and chifas “Chinese Peruvian food”.
If you prefer to stay at another, traditional and different hotel in cusco, then we can help you to find the perfect location, and recommend you hotels in the sacred valley, machu picchu, and other cities in peru. But if you want to stay in our accommodation, then you are welcome. It is a cozy and cheerful place, with comfortable rooms, all of them with private bathroom, hot shower and breakfast.
Ramcy “single room”: located in our 1st floor, a wide room, build in 16 square meters, with private toilet and hot water shower. Rate for the 1st year at only us$30.
Bali “twin room”: Comfortable bed-room, located at the second floor, 02 comfortable beds, with private bathroom and hot water shower with plants at the balcony. At only us$50 for the 1st year.
Cesar “double room”: On the second floor, located at the second floor, with private bathroom, hot shower and wide window. At only us$50 for the 1st year.
Cely & Augusto “Triple room”: located on the second floor, this is our luxury room, it has 01 king-size bed, and simple beds, built in 44 square meters, with private toilet, hot shower and hot tub, and very warm, with windows and completely furnitured. At only us$80 as introductory rate.
All rooms with comfortable beds, with nice mattress, clean bed sheets, and hypoallergenic blankets, made of 20% baby alpaca and 80% sheep wool, textiles that are warm for a good sleep.
Salkantay trek, salkantay machu picchu private hike, is a 5 days trek program, that runs about 36 miles, starting at the northwest of Cusco city, we will pass the Vilcanota Mountains which are part of the impressive mountains of Peruvian andes, which summit reaches “6,272m”, (Salkantay means holly and savage mountain), the salkantay hike offers one of the nicest landscapes of the region, changing landscapes, different ecosystems, glacier summit views, from high valleys descending into a lush high jungle territories, that are the particular attractions of this trek, with abundant flora and fauna.
This fantastic salkantay machu picchu trek, is considered the best alternate trekking trail to machu picchu, where you will see wide amount of landscapes and ecosystems, that makes it even more especial. The salkantay hike is a famous trekking tour that is offered by almost all tour companies, they have set campsites, and more than 90% of them, has the same itinerary. With this issue on mind, we have decided to modify our itinerary, which will allow us to run away from the crowds, and enjoy the salkantay trail without the crowds.
Hike this fascinating salkantay trek, with authentic salkantay trek operator company, our tours are leaded by expert professional local tour guides. We are 100% local tours operator located in Cusco – Peru, expert in small groups and private tours.
Day 01: Cusco – Marco Ccasa – Salkantay Pampa: Our Salkantay trek, starts with early departure from your hotel in Cusco city “05:00 hrs”, and drive to the trail start point, we will pass by several towns and villages before arriving to Mollepata “the last town before the hike” the drive to here, takes about 2 hours, then we continue to marco ccasa, a place where we begin our fantastic salkantay to machu picchu, the site has an impressive landscape views (only few people start at this point, 99% of hikers will start at mollepata and follow different path), at the beginning the trail leads by a slight climb. It will be very common to see various plants and native birds along the way, then the trail arrives in to a section where we will hike by a gentle path, with flat and gentle ups beside an irrigation canal, the viewpoints amaze always to our hikers, at 13:00 hours we arrive to Soraypampa where we lunch. After lunch, the trail continues by a valley and up to Salkantay pampa, it is a quiet camp ground where we set up our tents and spend the 1st night aver 4,000 masl. After dinner we spend the night in a quietest camp where, there may not be other trekkers
Day 02: Salkantay pampa – summit – Collpapampa: Early morning, after breakfast we re-start our trek at approximately 07:00 hrs, the trail goes an uphill zigzagging path right in front of the salkantay mount. After 03 hour we finally summit the salkantay pass 4657m, at the summit “right i front of salñkantay” we celebrate by sharing hugs and taking pictures for the memory (we may be one of the first groups arriving to the summit because other hikers will camp an hour far), from here we descend by an inca trail, then arrive on a small plateau where we’ll stop for our snacks, then continue banking a white water river and stop at wayracpampa for lunch. From lunch we keep descending the trail that will soon arrive in to the cloud forest, this is the nicest section for those who loves plants, lush forest will make our walk more pleasant, after approximately 3 hours from lunch we will arrive to collpapampa 2,980 m. which is the union of 03 rivers, this will be the longest day of salkatay trek (camp´in a village with nice views and weather).
Day 03: Collpapampa – La playa – Lucmabamba. We will wake up with the natural alarm clock “birds and roosters from the village”, have breakfast and walk an interesting section banking the santa Teresa river, the area offers dense vegetation, numerous birds on the trees, flowers, orchids and also the local fruits. We continue the walk and we may see the Peruvian national bird (gallito de las rocas, rupicola peruviana) then arrive to la playa 2200m (river beach), where our trekking chef wil provide us with the delicious lunch to recover our energy, then we will continue one hour far, and spend the night at lucmabamba in the middle of coffee plantation, we can make our coffee degustation, then have dinner in a quiet private camp ground at 2100m.
Day 4: Lucmabamba – Llactapata – Hidro – Aguas Calientes. (salkantay trek last section) After breakfast, we re-start our hike, by an inca trail, up to the archaeological site named llactapata, “a fascinating inca city right at the mountain in front of machu picchu”, this site is rarely included by the salkantay trek operators”, this is located at 2 hours from the camp on uphill trail. From here we can have a nice view of urubamba river, machu picchu city, and the salkantay mountain from another angle, here we will see the site covered by trees and vains. From this point, a large switch-back trail will take us down to the river bank, in about 6 hours of walk, we will reach hydroelectric powe plant. after lunch we take the local trail to aguas calientes at around 5.00 pm.
As an optional alternative if you do not want to climb up the mountain, we take a local van and drive to hydroelectric, place from where we walk by a trail next to train tracks to aguas calientes, it is an easy path that takes about 3 hours, we will arrive earlier to Machu Picchu Town, our guide will take you to your hotel, where you can take shower and relax. At dinner time our guide will meet you and take you to a restaurant where we have dinner.
Day 05: Machu Picchu – Cusco. Take bus for 30 minutes, once we enter in to the archaeological park, then our guide will bring you for a nice gentle hike to the inca bridge, then return to the machu picchu city and do the guided tour, where you will visit all the most important sectors. While the usual guided tour takes 2 hours, in a rush time, our guides will do it in 03 hour, we’ll learn about the importance, religious and historical of the place, place to appreciate the fine architecture of the incas. After a great tour, it is time to catch bus to town, in order to catch train back to Ollantaytambo where we catch bus to Cusco. where our fantastic salkantay trek ends.
Average General Estimation: (Trek Difficulty: Medium. Distance: 15kms, walking time: 6 – 7 hours).
Joining INKA CHALLENGE PERU, means full of adventure, mount climbing, we capture the spirit and experience the journey hikes through the Cordillera Blanca, one of the most exceedingly awe-inspiring mountain range in the world. We will trek on the less frequented trails, skipping out from the busy tourist circuits, walk by where the local villages people still keep their traditional life style since centuries. The Cordillera Blanca (White Mountain range) is accented by its deep cut valleys with mountain dwellers earthen-made homes, alpaca, pristine clear running rivers, residing under the spiraling white covered glaciated Andean peaks. Experience natural pristine setting first hand as it has remained essentially unchanged since the Chavin culture times 1000 BC. The Olleros-Chavin trekking leads by head south through Huascaran National Park following one of the pre-Inca trail systems from one side of the Cordillera Blanca to the other crossing over the high mountain pass Yanashallash ((4700m/13,780ft). For three days and two nights See snow fields, lakes (laguna), unique Andean wildlife in their natural environment. You will have the opportunity to experience the cultural interaction and exchange with the local mountain people as you capture, through contemplation and photos, the beautiful Andean landscapes concluding your trek at the ancient Temple of Chavin.
Day 1: Huaraz – Olleros – Sacracancha: We start out our day by driving through the Callejón de Huaylas for about 40 minutes to the tiny picturesque village of Olleros (oh year oos) where we will meet up with our llamas (yah mahs) or donkeys. After our Arrieros (pack animal driver) load our gear & supplies we begin our trek heading towards Sacracancha (sack rah cahn cha) (4080m/13,386ft) stopping for lunch along the Rio Negro (black river). At the conclusión of our first day of scenic trekking we will have walked for approximately 5 hours covering 8kms/5miles and then camp our first night at Sacracancha by a scenic lake with the views of the peaks of Shaqsha, Uruashraju, Rurec and Tuctupunta.
Day 2: Sacracancha – Shoncopampa: After a hearty breakfast we will begin our approximately 3 hour trek ascending up to Yanashallash pass (4700m/13,380ft) from where you will be strategically positioned to fully appreciate the spiraling peaks of Huantsan (6395m/20,981ft), Rurec (5700m/18,701ft) and Uruashraju (5722m/18,773ft). Watching closely you may see the rare Andean Condor gliding effortlessly overhead. From the top of Yanashallash pass you will potentially be able to view our pre-Inca stone trail descending down in switch-backs (zig-zags). As we cross over at this point from the valleys of Callejon de Huaylas to the Callejon de Conchucos we will then be in the valley where the ancient Chavin de Huantar Temple is located. From this point we will trek for 2 or 3 more hours to get to our second campsite in Shoncopampa (3850m/12,631ft) after trekking a total of 13km/8miles over 6 – 7hours. At Shoncopampa you will probably see local peasant children seeking treats and just curiously saying hello. (giving candy to these children is not recommended nor is it fair to them since they do not have access to dentist; pens and/or paper are valued and appreciated by them).
Day 3: Shoncopampa – Chavin de Huantar- Huaraz: After an enjoyable breakfast we leave our camp at Shoncopampa and continue descending down following the ancient and historic Inca trail system towards Chavin. By early afternoon after trekking 11 kms/6.8 miles over approximately 5 to 6 hours we will finish our trek as we arrive at the archaeological site of Chavín de Huántar situated at 3150m/10,335ft. Here we will enjoy a few hours exploring the temples and courtyards of this ancient structure having been in existence from around 1000 to 300 BC pre-dating the succeeding Inka culture. We will conclude our trip with a short visit to Quercos’ thermal baths before our private transportation returns us to Huaraz. On the way back to Huaraz we will pass through the Cahish tunnel, the highest elevation tunnel in the world at (4516m/14,816ft) then pass by Laguna Querococha (3980m/13,058ft) before arriving back at your hotel at 9:00 PM.
This Huayhuash short trek of 6 day considered a special miniversion version of the classic Huayhuash trek circuit. The 6 days adventure trekking program takes you through the heart to the remote Cordillera Huayhuash mountain range combined nature and archaeology, Huanuco Pampa archeological complex is fantastic and one of the most important ones in Huaraz Area, cam enjoy it with native professional guides.
Option 02 Trek Itinerary:
Day 1: Huaraz / Huanuco Pampa: After breakfast in your Huaraz hotel we pick you up in our private transportation and drive south to Huanuco Pampa. During our drive to Huanuco Pampa you’ll pass traditional Andean towns with typical Quechua homes and rich farm land. You’ll have great views towards the east of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range and towards the west you’ll see the Cordillera Negra mountain range. We’cordillera huayhuash / short trek itinerary:ll continue our drive up to Conococha Lake (Cocha is Quechua meaning lake) at 4080m/13,386ft then continue on the road up to Huanuco Pampa. Arriving in the afternoon, you’ll visit and explore the Huanuco Pampa archeological site. Overnight 6 hours drive.
Day 2: Huanuco Pampa /Carhuacocha: Today we’ll start early and continue driving to Queropalca village where our donkey drivers and donkeys awaits us to load our equipment. We begin our hike on a gradual ascent up along the open valley passing close to Andean farm lands, meet the local high mountain Quechua people and enjoy a tremendous view of the mountains of Yerupaja, Siula Grande and Jirishanca that come into view as we reach Carhuacocha 4150m/13,615ft. This lake is one of the most beautiful aqua-blue colored lakes in the Cordillera Huayhuash. We’ll camp overnight beside Carhuacocha Lake. 3 hours drive/4 hours hike.
Day 3: Carhuacocha / Mitucocha: On our third day we reach the first pass of our trek named Carhuac Pass 4650m/15,256ft. The ascent is a constant one on a gradual climb up for approximately 3 hours from where you’ll have the first view of the beautifully stunning peaks of Yerupaja, Siula Grande and Jirishanca. From this vantage point, we’ll descend to our next campsite at Mitucocha Lake at 4250m/13,944ft. Here we will camp overnight beside this lake enjoying a stunning view of Rondoy, Mitaraju and Ninashanca peaks. Afternoon walk around the lake or you may choose just to rest. 5 hour hike.
Day 4: Mitucocha / Rondoy Valley: Today we ascend again to the Punta Cacanan Pass at 4700m/15,420ft where we again enjoy panoramic views of the valley. There are two options to reach the pass and it depends on the hikers’ level of fitness on which option they and the group may choose. Option one is hiking on a normal trail that leads us along the valley then includes a gradual climb up to reach the pass. Option two represents a steep climb up on a lesser used, steeper trail. With option 2, as we gain increased altitude there are astonishing panoramic views of the surrounding Andean mountains. Option 2 is a challenging hike but well worth it because of the stunning mountain views. Fewer trekkers choose this alternative route but we offer you both options. From the pass we descend to Cuartelhuain 4180m/13,714ft then continue hiking down the valley to reach the Rondoy Valley. We’ll camp overnight at the entrance of the Rondoy Valley. 6-7 hours hike
Day 5: Rondoy Valley / Jahuacocha: On day 5 of our trek, we ascend another steep climb up the Rondoy Valley towards the Rondoy Pass 4750m/15,541ft. During today’s hike, we pass through a lot of lupines and as we gain altitude we see the impressive view of Rondoy Peak. After a 3-4 hour hike, we reach the Rondoy Pass at 4700m/15,420ft. From this point we continue hiking to reach the second pass, Sambuya, at 5659m. From this vantage point you will have astonishing, dramatic views of the surrounding mountains with Solteracocha Lake, a beautiful aqua blue colored glacier lake just below. From here we descend to our final campsite at Jahuacocha Lake 4050m/13,615ft which is a beautiful large lake sitting in the Jahuacocha valley with the impressive views of Rondoy, Jirishanca, El Toro and Yerupaja as a backdrop and truly, along with the Carhuacocha camp site, one of the most impressive camp sites in the Peruvian Andeans. 6-7 hours hike.
Day 6: Jahuacocha / Llamac / Huaraz: We’ll complete our 6 day mini trek by hiking down the Jauacocha Valley for approximately 45 minutes and then ascend up to the Llamac Pampa at 4300m/14,108ft with its great close up view of the Huayhuash Mountain range as a back drop. After resting here and enjoying the close views of the peaks and taking some great panoramic photos, we’ll then make a long descent to the village of Llamac where our private transport will be waiting to take you back to your Huaraz hotel, where ends our Peruvian Andes Trekking tour. 5 hours hike and 5 hours drive.
We are licensed tour operator in Cusco Peru, we can book your: machu picchu train tickets, the Vista dome train that has nice widows to enjoy the view of the snow coat mountains and the river, Hiram Bingham train that is part or orient express luxury service, train that are providing service to machu picchu in Cusco Peru, We also book Cusco Titicaca lake train, this is the Andean express train that departs 3 times a week with service on board. But from Lima to Cusco you need to take plane, we can help you booking your domestic flight tickets from Lima to Cusco, at you arrival to Cusco we can meet you at the airport because we provide airport pick up and drive to your hotel in Cusco or sacred valley.
Book Machu Picchu Train Ticket, we will advice the best schedule:.
There are 02 train station from where you can catch up a train if you are going to Machu Picchu, the Poroy train station, which is the closest train station to Cusco city at only 30 minutes from the city (only morning departures to machu picchu town, and evening returns from machu picchu), the next train station from most of frequencies are departing, it is located at Ollantay tambo, place from where people who are staying in the sacred valley can take their train, ideal also for people who are doing the sacred valley tour and want to extend their trip to machu picchu.
There are only 02 operators, the Peru Rail owned by “Orient Express”, and the Inca Rail owned by a Peruvian company, both has good service and several departures a day from both train stations.
Peru rail: This Company has several departures along the day.
Expedition Train: this train departs from Poroy and Ollantay Tambo, is the basic orient express service and mostly used by backpackers, in the past this train has the name or back packer train until it has been changed to Expedition, a cup of soft drink or tea served on board.
Vistadome Train: it is a midrange class train, I has a good service and several departures available along the day, has windows to see the sides and up to look at the mountains, snakcs are served on board that is included in your tickets, the attraction of the return train is the fashion show, to start it they show up a dancer, then it is followed by a young guy and a girl that dress on alpaca products where after this show the same guys pretend to sell those products.
Hiram Bingham: it is the Peru rails most luxurious train, it also is the most expensive train in the entire Americas, has the best service of the region and there is served lunch or dinner on board, as much as many cups of wine that you can drink in the dinner time, the train departs at poroy, but stops at Ollantay Tambo to pick up more people. There is a music show on board in a especial car, and free bar when you return.
This Company has several departures along the day as well available from both train station.
Premium Economy: this train departs from Ollantay Tambo, it is the basic inca rails service, it has nice and comfortable chairs, a cup of soft drink or tea served on board, it has better rates that the competitor.
Premium economy: there is not much difference with the earlier mentioned train. Both has same departure time and pulled by the same engine.
First Class: It is the equivalent to the Vistadome Train, but better service and contort, the only things is that they only have a single departure a day from Ollantay Tambo Train Station, lunch or dinner is provided on board. It only runs from April to October.
Presidential Class: Available only for private service with flexible departures.
By the way, we are able to book any of this train services, tell us your thoughts and we can advise which one to take. We provide train tickets, bus, car rental and or full package.
Vilcabamba trek, is an alternative machu picchu treks, a wonderful trekking program, that brings you to discover machu picchu; it’s one of the most remote and nice place, land though important trekking trails are passing to connect from the Andean territory to the jungle in peru, beside its beauty, the vilcabamba trail is rarely visited by trekkers. The history of vilcabamba has always been shrouded in mystery, the area was the last stronghold of the Incas against the spanish, during the colonial occupation. Many of the most important battles were fought in vilcabamba, the sites has remained almost untouched to this day, if you take this hike, you won’t see busloads of tourists, because no many companies and tour guides knows about it. There are many small villages and Inca sites too, where Spaniards never found the gold of the incas, those were buried in secret sites. The Vilcabamba trek, has intact nature and it’s a great places with scenic mountain views and the high jungle.
To compete the vilcabamba hike, to Machu Picchu. It is needed 6 days, and 5 nights, plus couple of days in Cusco city to get adjusted to the highland before trek, will be enough. Discover the vilcabamba to Machu Picchu trek, leaded by expert, professional local guides. Book this tour as vilcabamba trek, which is entirely organized by us.
Vilcabamba Trek Peru:daily departures in private service.
Day 01: Cusco – Vilcabamba – white rock – Pillao Pata The fantastic vilcabamba trek to machu picchu, begins with an early meet up in your hotel and drive towards northwest of Cusco, from ollantaytambo the bus road is up hill until the Malaga pass at 4,600m, here the view is magnificent, snow covered picks, jungle vegetation, and the location are the moments that one deserves to the soul. On the road we pass some small Inca sites, we may stop at one of the villages to see the way of the campesinos (farmers). Then we descent to 1000m in a humid tropical setting with plantations of coca and fruit groves. At noon we will reach Huancacalle 3400m, the last village before the hike, at arrival we’ll lunch. After lunch we will start with a gentle hike crossing a river we take a trail through vines and bushes to see the inca site of Vilcabamba, situated on a small hill that has great view to the valley, then it leads to the white rock that is an enormous carved rock that has being used as a shrine, we can enjoy the view of exotic plants, clear water streams and terraces; Then we continue by a path that will lead us to the first camp named Pillao Pata (Trek difficulty: Moderate. Total distance: 5 km “3 miles”. Estimated walking time: 4 hours).
Day 02: Huacacalle – Hasutina Pass – Raqa Chaca: This is the place where the hike truly starts. After a good breakfast we start walking towards the raqachaca, the hike follows a trail surrounded by native trees, gentle uphill take us to the 1st summit named hasutina “a place where you get wiped” the summit has a great view of snow mountains, valleys and we may see eagles, overflying the area. From here we descend through a trail, that is not frequented even by locals, after an hour downhill we stop for lunch. After lunch we continue downhill and arrive in to a valley that is home of few shepherds that they farm some tubers such as potatoes, oca and lisas, the trail crosses an small river with clear water and we will camp nearby, surrounded by vegetation and mountains.
(Trek Difficulty: Challenge , medium hard. Total distance: 12 km “6 miles”. Estimated walking time: 7-8 hours).
Day 03: Raqachaca – Laco Cocha: After breakfast we will begin a fantastic ascent, the first section of the trail, lead beside an small river on an uphill path, then there is coming a short gentle level ground where we cross an stream (no bridge, but there is not much water, we take off our shoes and cross it), then we start with an uphill hill, the trail is unique, snow cap mounts are surrounding, finally we summit the Mojon pass at 4600m. From here the path leads in a uphill and downhill section, we walk by the original stone paved inca trail, we will see some lagoons, we arrive at soyro cocha lagoon where we stop and have lunch. After lunch we continue descending by switchback path. our camp site is going to be situated at the trees mark, here we will find running water though the stream, where we will set-up our tents, this is is going to be the most remote camp site of our vilcabamba trek to machu picchu, at lacco cocha, over 3700m.
(Trek Difficulty: Challenge. Total distance: 14 km. Estimated walking time: 8 hours).
Day 4: Lacco qocha, yanatile, Santa Teresa: This section of the Vilcabamba trek to machu picchu, takes mostly by the ceja de selva or jungle`s brow, this is altitude rain forest, we will pass, along orchids, bamboo. The trail goes by a downhill section, the trail has recently being cleared up by the locals and it looks great, trees are worth to stop and see along the entire trail; while lower elevation we will find more vegetation, once we cross the chaupi chaca (the bridge in the middle we will be in the high jungle, while lower elevation the trees are taller, we will find coffee plants, avocado trees, banana plantations and many other fruits. we arrive at yanatile and have lunch, after lunch our vehicle will ride us to santa teresa town where we will have the chance to go in to the hot springs that will be a perfect relaxing time after a n interesting but exhausting path.
(Trek Difficulty: Medium. Total distance: 18 km. Estimated walking time: 7 hours).
Day 5: Santa Teresa – Machu Picchu Town: The last section of this trek, is going to be easy, after breakfast we follow the route that is 7km distance and takes about 2 hours of walk, then we stop at the hydroelectric power plant, we have our box lunch, then we continue hiking 10 more kilometer ” 6miles” to aguas calientes; The trail follows a path next to the train tracks, it is an easy and nice walk for about 3 hours, from the trail it is possible to see machu picchu. We will stop along the way to enjoy flower, trees and birds. We arrive to aguas calientes at around 14hours, we go directly to the hotel where you can shower and relax until dinner time.
(Trek Difficulty: Medium. Total distance: 17 km. Estimated walking time: 6 hours.
Day 6: Machu Picchu – Cusco: Wake up at around 5:00 am and take bus ride to the archaeological park, this will be an exciting day, where a complete guided tour is waiting for, the visit to the Inca citadel will take approximately 2 hours but our guides are not on rush to they take three hours of tour, the guide will take you by all the most important sector of the citadel. After tour, if you got the ticket for huayna Picchu Mountain you can climb up, to experience a spectacular view of all of Machu Picchu, the valleys and mountains that surrounds it, visit the temple of the moon, or the fabulous Inca Bridge. In the afternoon, we meet in the town of Aguas Calientes from where we take the train back to Cusco, where successfully end our vilcabamba trek.
(Meals Included: B. Trek Difficulty: Medium).
Cusco Mountain Biking Tour: Maras and Moray places, used to be a great biking area, but since the tourism increased in those places are not enjoyable any more for biking tours, every day there are crowds that are visiting those places and many biking operators bringing frequenting the place makes it worthless visiting the site. Here we introduce you a new road to enjoy this adventure activity, it is clean, picturesque and more enjoyable and. It is the Huaypo lagoon, huarondo town to inca terraces of zurite named andenes circuit. Upon request we still are operating the maras moray, but our clients who have made the choise of taking our advice has enjoed it and said it was terrific, they loved and encouraged us to keep bringing our guests to this new biking route in cusco are. It is fantastic Cusco day tour, an adventure that brings to the town of lechon (baked pork meat) and to the biggest terraces of the world. We still are able to see the wide view of Snow Mountains Such As: Wacay Willka (today “La Veronica”, 5682 m, 18641 ft.) & “Chicon” (5530 m, 18143 ft.). And sawa siray pitusiray mount. Our day tours brings you in a memorable tour, that involves culture, archaeology, and history, our expert guides will make sure you enjoy this tour. (As an optional tour we can still bring you to Maras moray and salt mines).
Our Mountain Biking Cusco begins at 08:00 am, our personnel will pass by your hotel to pick you up, then you will depart in a private tourist transport towards cruz pata, along the way we will see some picturesque villages such as poroy which is the train station for machu picchu, then chinchero. After about one hour we arrive to the cruz pata, (optionaly we can visit the salt mines and moray, then drive back to the biking start point) From cruz pata the road forks in non-frequented area, we set up our bikes and start driving for half an hour an arrive in to a nice lagoon named huaypo, at the bank of this we stop and have our picnic lunch. The lake has some reeds, sparrow birds, torrent ducks, and flamingoes.
After lunch we continue driving by a village of farmers, they farm potatoes, wheat, barley, and native tubers, the path is gentle, it arrives to a downhill that has great view, then flat again and it arrives to a pass from where you see a nice flatland named anta, the downhill road leads to Huarocondo which is a colonial town where lechon “baked pork is served as traditional food of the town” we can try it at the main square of the town, from here the road continues a level section, along the way we can see farmers carrying food for guinea pigs on their donkeys. After about one hour drive we arrive to andenes, these are the biggest terraces of the world, were made by the Incas for farming purposes and still used on the same way, now it is owned by the ministry of agriculture as agriculture investigation center where we can see many different varieties of quinoa, corn, potatoes and other native products, we’ll have time to enjoy this place, then we drive to another town named zurite that has nice colonial church and some palm trees where we end biking. From here our private transport will takes us back to Cusco city arriving at around 6 pm, and end our exclusive Cusco Mountain Biking Tour.
Ausangate trek, is one of our beautiful trekking programs that brings you by the most remote places in Peru. The ausangate trek trail, leads by the knot of the Cordillera Vilcanota (an impressive range of mountains, where Ausangate “6,363m” a glacier mountain is located, most of the mountains here are above 6000m. This trail is mostly trekked by ice climbers, but it is also a trail, that is used by people who are not going to climb up the ice. The area is quiet, interesting, and has scenic landscape view, there are several glacier lakes, and it is the land of Llamas and Alpacas Sheepherders.
This path highest point is at 5.200m which makes ausangate to have one of the highest trail summits in peru, there are many colorful mountains which with the glaciers are kind of another world. To trek the ausangate, you have to previously get adjusted to the altitude, the trek itself isn’t really hard, but the high elevation of the place is a challenge for people who are coming from sea level. We always bring emergency horses, first aid kit including Oxygen bottle and a team of expert guides, cooks and muleteers who make you ausangate trek very enjoyable.
Departures: Year around departures available in private service, recommended from April to October.
Day 01. Cusco – Upis: At 06 in the morning, our guide will meet you at your hotel then once everyone is ready, you will depart towards Tinki which is the start point. The road up to here is all asphalted and passes by some interesting villages such as Urcos, which has a little lake nearby, Ccatcca, a highland village and Ocongate. We will meet up with our local muleteers and have slight breakfast, then we will begin our hike towards ausangate mountains, this is going to be a gentle walk, we can see some villagers and kids saying hi along the way, then after about 02 hours, we will reach the place for lunch, from lunch we will reach a grassy meadow land named Upis, the train fantastic and offer the majestic ausangate mountain view. After about two more hours we will reach Upis camp ground, have our tea time at 17:00hrs, then we can have the opportunity to enjoy a natural hot spring water, then after relax we will dinner and spend the night at about 4350m.
(Trek Overview info: difficulty Medium, walking distance 8 km in about 6 hours).
Day 02. Upis – Ausangate Cocha: In the morning a hot tea will be offered in to the tents, then after some time to pack we’ll breakfast and depart towards the 1st summit named Arapa (4750 m), it is a hill below the ausangate mountain, and reddish color make special touch to the place, from here can see nice mountains and the trail lead by almost flat trail towards lagoons, our cook and muleteers who are very fast will be waiting for us to provide us lunch, it will be nearby yanacocha (black lake), it is kind of luxurious picnic lunch, then we continue our hike until we pass a clear water stream, small uphill trail will take us to a highland valley where will see a glacier lake named Hatun Pucacocha 4,500m “big red lake”, our campsite will be set nearby, we will enjoy a walk around the banks of this lake, have tea time and dinner then spend the night.
Info: Trek Difficulty: Medium. Distance 10km “6 miles” and 6 hours of walk.
Day 03: Hatun pucacocha – huchuy finaya: The 3rd day will challenge us with 02 summits, we will start by about 08 hours, after about 2 hours we can reach an small pass named Apacheta (4850 m – 15, 908 ft.), the hike up to here is very gentle, then a downhill trail take us to the banks of a lake named ausangate cocha, we will have early lunch, we may arrive before the cook, so we can have plenty of time to relax and take pictures, then after lunch we can climb up to summit the highest pass of our trek, it is the (Palomani pass 5180 m), then again walk the downhill trail. The scenery at this point is magnificent, we can see the Ausangate Mountain, red color mountains, lakes and valleys that are, land of llamas and alpacas. We will descend for 2 hours, then reach the camp ground named huchuy finaya, over 4.500m.
(Info: Difficulty Challenge. Distance: “6 miles” 10 km, walked in about Seven hours).
Day 04. Huchu finaya – Qomercocha: We’ll wake up with our wake tea offered by our team, then have nutritious breakfast, then we will take a trail by a glacier lake below the santa maria glacier, the lagoons in the ausangate trek are very clear and almost all of them has trout, that is also nice to see in the lakes, our trail leads us by an uphill trail, then gentle flat and downhill, it looks a large trail, then after 3.5 hours of walk we will arrive to the spot for the lunch at pampa cancha, then do a large but gentle trail to summit the second high pass named Qampa (5050 mt 16,564ft), it may takes up about 2.5 hours, the trail is just magnificent and hard to describe with words, from here we will descend by a gentle trail to the camp at Qomercocha “green lake”, the trail is nice and the lagoons along the way are nice portraits. Overnight under clear starts at a quiet location.
(Medium difficult. 14 km (8 miles average distance) in 8 hours.
Day 05. Qomer cocha to Pacchanta: We’ll have early breakfast, then walk the easy part of the ausangate trek, once we re-start walking, we can pass by glacier lakes and llamas fences, we can also see some villagers, some of them are weavers, and found in tourism a business, they will bring us to the trail to buy their colorful textiles. The ausangate path follows all downhill, llamas along the trail and kids expecting candies, straw thatched houses provide the sense or medieval times. After almost 05 hours, we will end our day al pacchanta, we have lunch and have a long siesta. You can walk by the nearby village, go the hot spring and or just read a book and enjoy the view of Ausangate Mountain. We will dinner at about 19:00 hours.
(Medium challenge trek, 10 km “6 miles” and 5 hours).
Day 06. Pacchanta – Tinki – Cusco: We sleep until about 06.30 then have breakfast, after nutritious breakfast we take the way back trail to Tinki. The hike is scenic, we will follow a truck road, we will pass a picturesque village, and arrive to tinki (it is the same point where we started the trek, by the time we end we have made a circuit) At tinki we will have our lunch, after lunch we catch our Transport back to Cusco, We will arrive at around 18:00 hours, the guide will bring you to your hotel where the fantastic ausangate trek, Classic Ausangate hike ends.
(Difficulty: Challenge. distance: 8 km “5 miles” in 3 hours)
cusco jungle tour, pongo mainique tours, waterfalls in cusco peru: From the magical town of Cusco nestled in the high Andes, to the tropical climate of the Pongo de Mainique, located in the rich amazon jungle. Our tours provides, with fantastic opportunities to see blue and gold, scarlet and greening macaws, lowland tapir’s, peccaries among other animals, the view of the high jungle and finally the reach vegetation are what makes it special. With lots of primary jungle this tour takes you to all these places and gives a stunning impression of Peru. With amazing opportunities for photographers a dream location that leaves you wanting more.
If you are in search of peace, enjoy the nature in remote places, then this is the perfect option for you, a green gold site, where life goes smoothly.
Our tours can start in Cusco city, the sacred valley of can connect from your Machu Picchu tour, then make in in the way that nobody else does. Our itinerary on backwards, and optionally we offer Mount biking.
Trip available only in private service: Daily departures.
Day 01. Cusco – Malaga Pass – Quillabamba: Our fantastic cusco jungle tour starts with transfer from your hotel and depart toward the Abra de Malaga (pass at 4300m), the summit is quiet interesting very close we see the sacred snow mount named waccayhuillca “Veronica”, from here the road goes down into clound forest and the high jungle, a place where we see coffee and and coca plant farms, there is also a nice inca site named huaman marca where we stop and visit the place, we continue and stop by santa maria for lunch. From lunch we continue throughout banana plantations, after this we arrive to the town of quillabamba, we stop and see the locals market, then drive to the swimming pool named sambaray, it is the place where you can swim and after we camp and have dinner.
Day 02. Quillabamba – Kiteni – Ivochote: After breakfast we continue our transport towards the northwest of quillabamba, along the way we will see lush forest and pass small villages, the road banks the Urubamba River the we arrive in to a little town named Kiteni where we lunch and after lunch we continue driving our private vehicle, and finally we will arrive early to Ivochoque, along the way of course we can stoy and buy some local fruits, while the guide will explain about the area, the spectacular flora and fauna. At Ivochote we set up out tents and spend the night after dinner.
Day 03: Esperanza: The adventure this day will begin with an early wake walk by the river bank in search of birds, then we return for breakasfast, after breakfast we go to the port to catch our motorized canoe for the journey, after about an hour on slow drive we reach the magical Pongo de Mainique. At arrival to the Pongo we will have the opportunity to stop and climb up a little to the water falls, it is known as the portal to the afterlife for the Machiguenga Natives, and from here we pass the pongo and go to our camp at Esperanza campsite wjere we explore the jungle and the river.
Day 04: Esperanza – Ivochote Kiteni – Echarate: We’ll wake up with lark and visit a Macaw Clay lick, it is a place near by the river where hundreds of parrots come and eat the clay to get minerals and get detox themselves. Then we will have breakfast, after breakfast we return enjoying the nature, then get the natural shower at the pongo where we can swim and try to fish, after that we return to Ivochote to lunch, then after lunch drive back, then crossing river we will drive to the charade town where we spend the night.
Day 05: Echarate – Cusco: After breakfast we depart and we take new way, we take the road that is leading to the south and drive by the yanatile valley, we will pass towns such as yanatile the arrive in to a little place at the river where we lunch, after lunch we drive up to the summit that is above switchback road and then drive back to cusco arriving around 5 in the evening. We will drive you to your hotel.
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By far the easiest way to travel between Lima and Cusco is to fly. There are 6 or 7 flights per day, and the flight time is about 50 minutes. The alternative is a long, twisting bus journey through desert and mountains which takes between 19 and 24 hours depending on the service !! (and that’s without delays).
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What is te best way to get Cusco from Lima?
By far the easiest way to travel between Lima and Cusco is to fly. There are 6 or 7 flights per day, and the flight time is about 50 minutes. The alternative is a long, twisting bus journey through desert and mountains which takes between 19 and 24 hours depending on the service !! (and that’s without delays).
Domestic flights: There are several airlines operating the route between Lima and Cusco. The most reliable and professional companies are TACA and Aerocondor, Peruvian Airlines.
Aerocondor: Tours and flights over the Nasca lines. Package deals from Lima. Started to operate other domestic routes such as Lima – Cusco in 2005. Peruvian owned, cheaper flights than Lan and TACA. No accidents.
Taca: Airline from Costa Rica. Operates international flights as well as one daily domestic flight each way between Lima and Cusco. Good safety record Recommended, but not reccomended for rainny season.
Star Peru: Peruvian company with 2 flights per day between Lima and Cusco. This is a Peruvian company with a fleet of 7 Boeing 737-200s (bought from United Airlines). Flights can be booked and paid for online, however their website is only in Spanish. Together with Aero Condor they offer a budget alternative to LAN and TACA. No accidents that I have heard of so far!
Peruvian Airlines Peruvian company, one of the recent airlines to enter in the market, it started with only 2 flights per day and growing up comertial service between Lima and Cusco. Flights can be booked and paid for online, however their website is only in Spanish. Together with AeroCondor they offer a budget alternative to Lan and the other operators. No accidents that I have heard of so far!
Peruvian Airlines: Peruvian company, one of the recent airlines to enter in the market, it started with only 2 flights per day and growing up comertial service between Lima and Cusco. Flights can be booked and paid for online, however their website is only in Spanish. Together with AeroCondor they offer a budget alternative to Lan and the other operators. No accidents that I have heard of so far!
Latam: It is a Chilean owned airline operating domestic flights in Peru, has many flight. make sure they won´t change your flight schedule..
Bus Companies: I f you decide to take the bus from Lima to Cusco there are many bus companies offering daily services. However it is highly recommended to pay a bit extra and going with a more professional company such as Cruz del Sur or Ormeño.
Cruz del Sur: Good quality buses with a good safety record. Website in English with the facility to reserve and pay online. Can also be booked a day in advance upon arrival in Peru. Recommended. Lima to Cusco between 18 and 20 hours depending on servic.
Ormeño: Website in Spanish only with no facility to pay online. Can be booked in Peru a day in advance. Lima to Cusco 24 hours bus drive.
When is the best time to come to Peru?
The high season is between June and September with July and August being the busiest months. This is because this is the dry season in the sierra and jungle regions (Cusco, Lake Titicaca, Amazon jungle) and also because this period coincides with summer holidays in Europe and North America, Canada etc. However since Peru is in the Southern Hemisphere it is also our Winter so the nights can be cold in the Cusco region, often falling to freezing in July and August.
The high season is between June and September with July and August being the busiest months. This is because this is the dry season in the sierra and jungle regions (Cusco, Lake Titicaca, Amazon jungle) and also because this period coincides with summer holidays in Europe and North America, Canada etc. However since Peru is in the Southern Hemisphere it is also our Winter so the nights can be cold in the Cusco region, often falling to freezing in July and August.
May, June, July & August: This is the dry season with little chance of rain. During the day you can expect blue skies pretty much of the time. Since we are close to the equator and very high up, the sun can be very strong so always bring sun protection cream, a hat and sunglasses. It is comfortable to trek in shorts and t-shirt. However when the sun goes in it can get cold very quickly so always have a warm sweater, fleece and long pants close at hand. you also need a good 4-season sleeping bag at night and a warm jacket, woolly hat and scarf.
September and October, November: Some years the rains can start as early as September. However usually we just get a couple of heavy showers each week and the rest of the time it is sunny or overcast. The rain just lasts for a couple of hours and dries up pretty quick. A plastic rain poncho is recommended. The nights milder and a 3-season sleeping bag is usually sufficient on the Inca Trail.
December, January, February, And March: The wet season usually starts around fist week of December and can last until the end of March. January and February are at the height of the wet season. During these months you can expect rain on 2 out of the 4 days of the Inca Trail. Although downpours can be heavy during this period they rarely last for more than a few hours and then the sun comes out. Being in the Southern Hemisphere this is also the summer in Peru. The sun can be very strong and soon dries up the rain. The nights are fairly mild. Bring good waterproof clothing, pack your sleeping bag within several plastic bags, bring sun protection cream and a good hat. In fact prepare for just about all four seasons in one day!! Cusco is generally quieter during these months with hotels prices dropping a little. You can find rooms in most hotels upon arrival in Cusco. The maximum limit of trekkers on the Inca Trail is normally still reached during November, December and March so it is still important to book in advance although 2 months in advance is sufficient. The limit on trekkers is only met on about half of the days in January so if you are flexible about your Inca Trail departure date you could risk waiting to book your trek 4 or 5 days in advance (although not with Peru Treks). The Inca Trail is closed throughout February to allow for maintenance, conservation projects etc. In fact the Peru Treks office is closed from 01 February to about the 25 February as we all take a holiday to the sunny beaches of north Peru and escapes the rains. aroud mid april ends the rainni season , the may is sunny all day long, but cold at night, we can say is good season to came.
April: Around mid April ends the rainy season , the may is sunny all day long, but cold at night, we can say is good season to came
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Extreme care and tours for disabled travelers Peru: As with most undeveloped countries, facilities for the disabled travelers are being improved. Wheelchair ramps are luxury and getting a wheelchair into bathroom or toilets is well-nigh impossible, except for some of the more up market hotels, the entrance too many cheap hotels is up a narrow flight of stairs. Visually and hearing-impaired travelers are similarly poorly catered for as a rule, but we have experienced guides who can provide tours with individual attention.
We are expert managing people that needs help, if you are travelling with young children, grandfathers, or someone that wants to be in a personalized service, welcome!
Tours for Disabled Travellers Peru: As with most undeveloped countries, facilities for the disabled travelers are being improved. Wheelchair ramps are luxury and getting a wheelchair into bathroom or toilets is well-nigh impossible, except for some of the more up market hotels, the entrance too many cheap hotels is up a narrow flight of stairs. Visually and hearing-impaired travelers are similarly poorly catered for as a rule, but we have experienced guides who can provide tours with individual attention. The Ministerio de la mujer y Desarollo Social (Ministry for Women and Social Development) has incorporated a Consejo Nacional de Integracion de la Persona copn Discapacidad, CONAIS (National Council for the Integration of Disabled People, www.conadisperu.gob.pe in Spanish. CONADIS, together with Prom Peru, and Kéroul of Québec, has been involved in a project called Peru: towards an accessible tourism and the first report on accessibility in peru for tourists with disabilities are been improved, but considering that places such as Machu Picchu and Chan Chán, being World Heritage sites, may not be altered for accessibility although the latter, apart from soft sand in places, is almost entirely accessible. Specially trained personnel, however can provide assistance to those with disabilities.
Traveling with children: Travel with children can bring you into closer contact with local families and, generally, presents no special problems – in fact the path is often smoother for family groups. Official tend to be more amenable where children are concerned and they are pleased if your child knows a little Spanish. Getting in group involves a lot of time waiting for buses, train and especially for airplanes. You should take reading material with you. Train travel is limited to Cusco – Machu Picchu, Cusco -puno, and huancavelica, the Peru Rail services in the Cusco region is medium comfortable, with tables between seats if being expensive class while the back packer class is lack of good service. On all long -distance buses you pay for each seat, and there are no half fares if the children occupy a seat each. For shorter trips it is cheaper, if less comfortable, to seat small children on your knee.
Woman Travelers: Generally women travelers should find visiting Peru an enjoyable experience. However, machismo is not something that you should really care, but you should be prepared if it happens and try not to over react. When you set out error the side of caution until your instincts have adjusted to the customs of a new culture.
Gay and Lesbian Travelers: The scene is not very active here. This does not imply, however, there is not much hostility towards gay and lesbian travelers. As a major tourist center which welcomes a huge variety of visitors, Cusco is more open than anywhere else in Peru.
With: in Inka Challenge Peru you’ll always have a friend and a family taking care of you, coz’ we’re tour guides from Cusco region
Whom to trust? There are so many companies offering same tours and programs, and only in Cusco we have nearby 1000 travel agencies. There are some tips about it. Big company on small company?
Big companies usually charges more for their services, depending on which tour, it may vary from 100 up to 2000 dollars, and they manage big groups and no time for personal service!, While small companies manage small groups where you can receive personalized service and the price will still be good.
There is also 3rd group of companies named pull service operators, these companies tend to mix groups form different companies everyone pays different amount of money and receive same service, the service is usually lack of quality such as non-English speaking tour guides, even at office there is not fluent English speaking officers which takes in to miss-understandings about it.
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Arequipa is located at 2300 m. It is a beautiful city that was founded in 1540 by the Spanish, a city of special natural beauty adorned by its sacred volcano Misti “5822m, it has a cozy atmosphere throughout the year, also called as the White City. The streets in the colonial Arequipa are very beautiful where striking walls made of white stones brought from a quarry in the region. In this city tour you will discover this beauty, visiting the most important attractions such as the Monastery of Santa Catalina, the main square, the viewpoint of Carmen, the yanahuara district and the Museum that hosts the Juanita mummy. Discover this city with one of our local guides who will make your arequipa city tour unforgettable.
Our Arequipa City Tour starts between 09 am and 2 pm, where our guide will meet you at your hotel, from where you will head towards the city center, as the first place to visit is the Monastery of Santa Catalina, that was built the year of 1579, here you will see walls built with stones which were painted with colors that provides special shine to the place, from here you will go to the temple and convent of San Francisco, then the viewpoint of Carmen Alto and Yanahuara , hence we turn to minor basilica temple located in the main square, the Plaza de Armas that is surrounded by arches where restaurants are, then we continue to the Museum of Andean shrines that houses the remains of “Juanita” mummy of a noble lady from Cusco, it was found on top of the mountain Ambato, with this visit we will end the beautiful Arequipa city tour.
Lima city tour, allow us to discover the numerous scattered attractions of Peru`s capital, in a tour that includes the centrally located attractions, archaeological sites, and the modern lima, a tour that allow us to see the vital part of Lima.
Discover with us the charm of Lima, without any hassle, in a combination of the different attraction that are included in our tour, where it is included the old par known as ancestral site, the colonial attractions such as the lima center, san Francisco church, catacombs, then the modern part of lima that includes larcomar located at the modern lima which is a commercial center which a nice view of the pacific ocean.
That is the reason why we have tailored this tour; in the way that it is enjoyable for every visitor, where our expert member tour guides, will provide a unique experience, making from every moment an especial memory; upon your request, our lima city tour, can include or personalize in the way that there will be included culinary tour, and or the water fountains of lima that are considered to be one the most spectacular in the world.
At 09:00 hours or any time before 14:00 hrs, according our agreement; our guide will meet you at your hotel in order to start with the “Ancestral Lima”, we’ll begin with a great panoramic view of La Huaca Pucllana, and it’s an old pre-Inca construction dating back to 500 DC. It has been considered sacred site of the Inca’s, you’ll walk observing the adobe bricks wall, then we will head towards the heart of the city to visit it’s “colonial part”. Once we reach in to the central part, we will start a nice walking tour that will take us to see various attractions of the city. Amongst them we will start visiting the Paseo de la Republica “Promenade of the Republic”, then the San Martin Square and the main square “Plaza Mayor” with its different buildings: Government Palace, Archbishop’s Palace, the Cathedral and the Municipal Palace.
The tours is nice , it seems that we had returned in time, the guide is explaining all the history, while we continue our tour lead to the convent of San Francisco, which was built during the colonial period and still today keeps all the treasures from the Spanish times, we will see the subterranean catacombs. Then it’s time to return to the present period, we will head to the contemporary section of Lima metropolis, we’ll visit the district of San Isidro, stopping at its Olive Grove. Finally we will visit Mira Flores with its nice parquet del amor, then we’ll go to the shopping center named Larco Mar, which was built on a spectacular cliff from where we can watch the Pacific Ocean.
(Duration of tour: 3 – 4 hours. No minimum required, Available only in Private Service)
Chan Chan is the largest mad brick city in the world, a pre-Columbian city located in the northern Peru, Chan Chan is an archaeological site that covers 20 km² and had a dense urban center of 6 km². The city was constructed by the Chimor, the kingdom of the Chimu Culture, a civilization late integrated, that grew out of the remnants of the Moche civilization. It was built around AD 850 and lasted until its conquest by the Inca Culture around AD 1470. It is supposed that in the city lived 30,000 people.
Chan Chan was added as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on November 28 of 1986. The city is severely threatened by storms from El Niño, which cause heavy rains and flooding on the Peruvian coast. It is in a fertile, well-watered section of the coastal plain. The city is the main attraction of the La Libertad region. Visitors to Chan Chan can enter the Tschudi Complex, a later citadel. There are other Chimú and Moche archaeological sites around Trujillo City, and we organize daily private departures. If you want more info about just let us to know. For this fantastic tour, we have daily departures.
Temple of the SUN and MOON: AT 10:30 in the morning our personnel will meet you at your hotel, then you’ll start this fantastic tour, We depart to the out spurs of Trujillo city, to the Moche culture homeland, The first place to visit is going to be a pottery where a native Peruvian (descendant from moche culture will show us how they make the fantastic potteries sing the same techniques that his ancestors used, he will explain the Iconography and purpose of the ceramics. Then our guide will take you to the Huaca de la Luna (moon pyramid), the place was the religious center of this old moche culture, the building has been excavated and show beautiful murals where you can see the main God of this cultural the AIAPAEC god, the warriors, prisoners, dancers, animals, giant spiders, stars, sun, and more details, From Huaca de la Luna we continue the tour to the Huaca del (Sol Pyramid), it is a mud pyramid which is 43 meters high, from here we can observe the urban sector of the culture, after this great visit we return to the city and stop for lunch.
After lunch, at around 14:00 hours we continue our tour, this time we will visit the Chimu Culture land “Chan Chan” it is the biggest mud brick town in the world. The guide will take you to many important sectors starting at the temple of the rainbow “temple of dragon”, Here you’ll learn about the lifestyle of the culture, then keep visiting the great building such as the Nikan Palace, which has been decorated with friezes, here you can see ornamenting the rooms with mud on high relief fish and birds, then see the Huanchaque (reservoir), among others. After this walking tour in the chan chan city we depart towards Huanchaco Beach, where according to the legend, here Takaynamo, the first king of the Chimu, disembarked together with his court. Here you will have free time to buy souvenirs, handicrafts se and have a ride on the reed boats “little totora reed horses”, walk along the pier and after that return to the city at around 18.30, where our fantastic tour ends.