In addition to visit Machu Picchu itself, accessed by the scenic train-ride through the Urubamba river valley, we take you into the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas, framed by the mighty snow capped peaks of the Andes. In the valley we visit the traditional rural villages and amazing Inca ruins of Pisac, Moray, Salt mines and Ollantaytambo.
Come with SAM Travel Peru to Machu Picchu, one of the 7 ‘New Wonders’ of the modern world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site on this magnificent scenic and historical odyssey.
We will pick you up at your hotel (7am), and then we will drive in our private transport towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas, taking the direct route to Pisac. We will stop on the way to have a classic view of the Urubamba valley, with crops dressing the mountains like carpets. We will arrive to the colourful market of Pisac, where we will have free time to interact with the local craftsmen or to purchase their hand-made souvenirs. Afterwards we will drive to the archeological site of Pisac, where we will enjoy the great and unique ancient tombs, terraces, watch towers and the religious area. After time to enjoy the stunning sight, we will continue towards the village of Urubamba for lunch. Afterwards we will drive to 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, and so they were thought to have been used by the Incas to discover the optimal conditions for their crops. We continue with our journey to the colonial town of Maras, where we start a little hike downhill to the pre-Inca salt mine. Thousands of salt pans 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 salt pans and evaporated to produce a salt that is used for cattle licks. Finally we drive to Ollantaytambo, having time to explore the Inca city, Then at 7pm, we will take the train to Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night in a hotel.
Enjoy the included breakfast at the hotel, then take the first bus (5:30am) up to Machu Picchu citadel. You will ride a shuttle for 30mn to Machu Picchu archeological site and enjoy every nook and cranny of this New 7 Wonders of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site: an unforgettable experience. Your guide will expertly direct you throughout the astounding ruins and its main streets. You can then wander around the town squares as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made of stone. Machu Picchu is considered as the world’s spiritual center by esoteric wisdom. Once the guided tour is over, you will have some free time to explore the site on your own, to relax, or to meditate.
You will then have time to choose one of the following activities on your own (not included in the price)
Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the new local museum or to the hot springs.
Train to Cusco: You will descend to Aguas Calientes and at 4:22pm, board the train for the return trip to Cusco. On reaching Ollantaytambo / Poroy train station, reception and transfer to your hotel.
SAM Travel Peru is 1000% Cusquenian Company & Direct Local Tour Operator
SAM (initials of Saul Alvarez Montalvo) Travel Peru is a family owned travel agency and direct local tour operator based in Cusco, we do not used “1000% Cusquenian Company” only for marketing… SAM is a real Cusquenian Company without any share-holder or office in and outside Peru.
All our tours & treks are only and strictly operated by SAM TRAVEL PERU with our professional staff. We have a high quality service and good reputation ensuring that only SAM TRAVEL PERU staff operates these unique treks and tours.
We are a very RESPONSIBLE & SUSTAINABLE tour operator caring about our TEAM (family), given the best salaries to them and treating them like part of my family. I am proud of my team because, thanks to them, we are growing in a responsible way, making sure that our clients have the best life-time experience.
OUR TOP TOUR GUIDES
I am very proud of my guides! Highly professional, speaking a fluent English and very knowledgeable, passionate for the Inca heritage/ history, dedicated to a steady personal development and learning to ensure that you receive accurate and recognized theories about the Inca Andean culture. Fun loving, great sportsmen and well educated crew, some of them are great entertainers and the best “Salsa Dancers” on this side of Machu Picchu as well as having a degree in Archaeology, Botany, History or Anthropology.
We do include 2 stars hotel at Aguas Calientes like Hostal “Machu Picchu”, Hostal “ El Presidente” or Andean Terra. They all include private rooms, hot showers, private bathrooms, towels, soaps, breakfasts, wi-fi, and storage. Of course these hotels can be upgraded to another hotel like La Cabaña, El Mapi Inn, or Inkaterra.
OUR DRIVER AND CARS
We use comfortable and fully licensed taxis, vans or buses which are used only by our clients and of course our drivers are very professional and courteous.
“Please read carefully the following informations; it will help you clarify all your queries and questions about our services and the treks to Machu Picchu”
You will be welcomed on your arrival at Cuzco airport; please ensure that you communicate your full flight arrival details at least 14 days prior to trip start. Look out for our representative holding an orange board of SAM Travel Peru at the arrival terminal.
***********It can be done on any date that is best for you!
Explore the following places in 2 days: Pisac market & ruins, Urubamba, Moray, Salt mines, Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu……… This is our speciality and no one offers it.!!!!!!!
“We are specialized in small groups up to 8 people”
Because SAM Travel Peru is a responsible and sustainable tour operator based in Cusco…. We focus to spend more time in the highlight of the Sacred Valley rather than the shopping markets and at Machu Picchu you will get 3 hours of private guiding tour, exploring the most important places of the citadel, then having the opportunity to climb Huayna Picchu Mt too!
It will take place the night before the trekking departure at 6pm at our office which is located in Calle Santa Teresa Nº383 ; 303 (third floor).
We include the Hostal Machu Picchu, Muyurina or Andean Terra Hotel. They all include the following things: private room, private bathroom, hot shower, buffet breakfast, storage, wifi, phone….. If you are looking for something luxury, you may UPGRADE your hotel to La Cabaña 3***, El Mapi Inn 3***, or Inka Tarra Hotel
Of course!!! In our 2 day Machu Picchu tour, you have the possibilities of enjoying the Sunrise at Machu Picchu and hike up to Mount Huayna Picchu after the guided tour. More information:
Our price include the “Hotel Presidente or Hostal Machu Picchu” both are including buffet breakfast, starage, hot shower, private room, private bathroom, phone.
SAM Travel Peru is an oficial licensed Travel Agency & Direct Local tour operator based in Cusco, it can be founded on the oficial government´s website: www.machupicchu.gob.pe Our office is located only a bloc away from the main plaza which is open from 9am to 8pm.
Small Groups from 2 – 8 people (could be 2, 4, 5…), a small group will make your experience different with a personalized attention from the whole team, where you can also enjoy the route according to its rate hike.
NOTE: Big group can be organized by request.
“Any day that is best for you as long as we have a minimum of 2 trekkers..”
ALL DEPARTURES ARE 100% GUARANTEED – If you are booked, you are going!
Please fill in the form from our “BOOK NOW” menu on our homepage. Then make a deposit of $200 per person which you can do via VISA or PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org. Pay Pal does charge a small fee of 5.5% which has to be paid by the client. This comes to a total of $211 per person including PayPal fees. As soon as we receive both we will book your Machu Picchu entrance tickets + train tickets and email you with a confirmation and your final invoice which can be paid when you arrive in Cusco.
Unfortunately the answer is “Not”. Once the tickets have been bought the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure dates after the ticket has been bought. Tickets are also not transferable and not refundable.
*** If you cancel your Lares Trek, the deposit is not refundable at all!
It will depends on the train availability BUT the idea is to allow as much time as possible in Machu Picchu and enjoy the amazing views on the way back to Cusco from the train, we mean you will take the train at 16:22h in daylight. With this train schedule, you will have more than 9 hours for Machu Picchu and take the train during the daylighy enjoying the scenic train ride.
OF COURSE! You have to bring your original passport and it is very important that it be the same passport number you sent to us to book your Lares trek 4 days. The rangers will double check at Machu Picchu entrance and Huayna Picchu Mt entrance. The train company will also check your passport before allowing you to board the train. In case you are renewing your passport, go ahead and send us your old number to secure your permit, and we can change it when you get your new passport number…if so, please send the the new passport number as son as you get it.
First I may say the weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to know BUT you will have many different varieties of weather as you pass through the numerous microclimates and will depends on the location. We highly recommend to bring your warm clothes and a good rain gear on your day back pack.
If you’re happy with the services provided a tip – though not compulsory – is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it’s of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many SAM Travel Peru destinations. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
Yes, We are a local sustainable & responsible tourism operator for that we incorporate the universal principle of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities respecting their culture and religion. To this end, we have trained all our local staff that know, understand, feel and respect the place and the people.
Absolutely!!! On day 1st we will pick you up from your hotel which is included in the package and on last day we will drop you at your hotel too! If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley like Ollantaytambo or Urubamba, we may drop you over there too!
It is 2 hours by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and then another 2 hours from Ollantaytambo to Cusco by bus. If you upgrade to Vistadome all the way back to Poroy (Cusco), the train is 3 1/2 hours to Poroy, then 25 by taxi to Cusco. Usually our clients are back at the hotel by 20h, if you are planning to take the bus to Puno on the same night, that is totally posible.
We will appreciate if you may pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles), here in Cusco we have have many ATMs and BANK to withdraw money BUT you can pay by VISA and PAYPAL. We are required to charge an additional 5% since your card is international.
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