Adventure in Cusco 11 Days

Adventure in Cusco

11 Days 10 Nights
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Up to 8 People Group Size
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5,200 m / 17,060 ft Max. Altitude
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Adventure in Cusco 11 Days 10 Nights

Welcome to Cusco and City tour - Sacred Valley tour - Short Inca trail to Machu Picchu - Explore Machu Picchu - Walking tour In Cusco local market - Ausangate Trek with Rainbow mountain 5 Days - Explore Cusco
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Hotel Accommodation
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Up to 8 People Group Size
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5,200 m / 17,060 ft Max. Altitude
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Moderate to Challenging Difficulty

Welcome to Cusco! The most visited place in entire Peru, located inthe souther site of Peru, about 3,360m meter surrounded by snow mountains and lakes, Cusco was the ancient Inca capital hundred years ago, Nowadays is the detination of many travelers and the begin of many adventure tours to the most iconic place Machu Picchu.

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Recommendations
  • Faqs
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  Overview

You are and aventure person you loves to create incredible history? then this package is for you, on this 11-day trip in Cusco you'll be involved on differnt adventures to connect with local people, Incas history, wonderful landscapes, picturesque scenery, and more that shows you the best of Cusco. Our team will lead you to the most remote areas where not many tourists goes.

Highlights:Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Ausangate and the Rainbow Mountain
Considerations: We recommend visiting Cusco between April to December (dry season)
NOte: This package is flexible and can be tailored to your requirements

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day01

    Welcome to Cusco and City tour.

  • Day02

    Sacred Valley tour

  • Day03

    Short Inca trail to Machu Picchu

  • Day04

    Explore Machu Picchu

  • Day05

    Walking tour In Cusco local market

  • Day06

    Ausangate Trek with Rainbow mountain 5 Days

  • Day11

    Explore Cusco

  Itinerary
Day 01

Welcome to Cusco and City tour optional

On the first day of our adventure in Cusco, our staff is going to pick you up from Cusco Airport based on your flight itinerary. . We will take you to your accommodations in Cusco where you can acclimate to the Cusco altitude. Remember Cusco city is located over 3360m /11023ft. and in case you are arriving from a lower altitude, you may need time to acclimatize. If you are already acclimated to this altitude, you will explore Cusco city with our tour guides. This tour is optional in the case you want to rest on your first day in Cusco. If you are already acclimated to this altitude, you will explore Cusco city with our tour guides. This tour is optional in the case you want to rest on your first day in Cusco. Via the city tour you will explore the highlights of the city. Our guide will pick you up from your hotel and head over to Plaza de Armas (the Main Square). Our guides will share with you the history of Cusco, and then visit the Cathedral. Here you will have the opportunity to see a wide range of painting from Cusco’s School of Art and some works in gold leaf. Next, we will head to Qoricancha or Sun Temple to appreciate the perfect Inca architecture in every aspect of this site. Afterward we will drive outside of Cusco city to visit the Inca complex, Sacsayhuaman. Sacsayhuaman is a spectacular Inca site, where you can see the enormous carved rock joined with compelling precision. Then we will visit Qenqo, another ceremonial Inca temple, where your guide will explain the significance of this. We will then head to the next Inca site, Puca Pucara, also known as red fortress due the reddish tints resulting from the vast amounts of iron in its rocks. The last Inca complex we will visit on this tour is the famous Tambomachay. This temple is dedicated to the water – you will see smooth carved stones, aqueducts that were constructed to carry water from nearby springs until nowadays unknown.

Accommodation: 3-stars hotel in Cusco
Entrance ticket Included
Meals: Breakfast (at the hotel)

Day 02

Sacred Valley tour.

This is the most popular tour in Cusco and it is the highlight of everyone who comes to Cusco. Vidal Expeditions has designed a special tour that allows you to explore before the crowds arrive. In this tour we’ll drive from the highlands of Cusco, across the Andes into the fertile lands of the Sacred Valley, enjoy the spectacular views. Our tour will begin with a pickup from your accommodation and drive to Chinchero. Here we will visit the archaeological site and the colonial church. We will continue to Moray the site of circular Inca Terraces. You will have plenty of time to explore Moray, while your guide will explain you the purpose of this impressive Inca farming laboratory Following our itinerary, we will be heading to Maras town. Maras is a picturesque Andean town with a great history and traditions. Here we will enjoy our delicious lunch with a stunning view of the mountains. The next stop will be at Salt Mines used by the ancient time. Then we drive towards Ollantaytambo where we explore the ancient Inca site, one of the most important after Machu Picchu, after that we will spend the night here.

Accommodation: Hotel in Ollantaytambo
Entrance ticket Included
Meals: Breakfast (at the hotel)

Day 03

Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the perfect option for those who are short on time but want to experience a part of the full-length Inca trail. This hike combines beautiful scenery, history, diverse flora, and fauna. The hike takes you on the best section of the original 4 days Inca trail with incredible view of Chachabamba, Wiñay Wayna with about 10km / 6.3 miles hike in one day, ending at the famous Sun Gate with a stunning view of Machu Picchu. The short Inca trail is 2 days and less challenging and an excellent choice for families with children. We start our trek riding the train from Ollantaytambo to Km 104 where is the begin of the trail.

Accommodation: 3-stars hotel in Aguas Calientes
Entrance ticket Included
Meals: Breakfast (at the hotel)
Train and Bus tickets Included

Day 04

Machu Picchu tour

This day will have an early start. You will wake up very early this day, and board one of the first buses that leaves for Machu Picchu 2430m / 7972ft. This early start will allow us to arrive in Machu Picchu before the crowds and explore the site in peace. You will have the opportunity to enjoy the sun rise as the sun casts a stunning orange glow over the huge stones.

Your guide will take you to the sight so that you can feel the powerful energy of this fantastic archaeological site as you start exploring Machu Picchu. Our guide will show you the most important areas here, and then you'll have some free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own.

If booked in advance, you can climb the Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. Your guide will show accompany you and provide you the necessary information to get the summit. You will return to Aguas Calientes by bus around midday.

In Aguas Calientes you will find a variety of restaurants to have lunch. After lunch you will board the train heading to Ollantaytambo, following by bus drive to Cusco. We will drop you off at the door of your hotel.

Accommodation: 3-stars hotel in Cusco
Entrance ticket Included
Meals: Breakfast (at the hotel)
Train and Bus tickets : Included

Day 05

Walking tour in Cusco

you will take it easy on this last day to visit some local market where you can purchase some souvenirs. Our walking tour will start at your hotel and our guide will take you to visit the famous San Pedro market. There you will appreciate all the local traditions of Meals, fruits, different local products and fully Peruvian handicrafts

Day 06

Ausangate Trek (Cusco – Tinki – Upis)

Today we’ll start our expedition to explore the wonderful Ausangate mountain located in the South of Cusco. The tour will start with a pickup from your hotel in Cusco and we will drive for 2 hours to Tinki town. Here we’ll stop for breakfast, and you will have the chance to explore this picturesque town. Then we continue to Upis 3800m / 12467ft. Here, at the trail head, we will meet with our trekking team (chef, assistant and horse driver) On this first day, we will hike for a few hours till we reach our lunch spot and campsite located over 4100m/13451ft.

Day 07

Upis – Arapa Pass – Pucacocha – Anantapata

This day we will wake up early and after our energizing breakfast, we will start hiking to the first Arapa Pass 4900m / 16070ft. Here you will have an incredible view of the Apu Ausangate. We will descend to the Pucacocha lake where we will have our lunch in front of the mountain. After lunch, we continue to hike for few hours to the next pass Inca pass 4760m / 15616ft. After this pass, the trail continues with a gentle up and down towards our campsite Ananpata 4520m /14829ft.

Day 08

Anantapata – Warmisaya Pass – Rainbow Mountain – Ausangate Qocha

This is the most fascinating day in this trek, your day will start with a coca tea at 3:30am an after our breakfast we will heading to the next pass Warmisaya 5100m / 16732ft. From this pass, you will appreciate the first view of the Rainbow Mountain. We will descend down the switchback to the Yanacocha lake. We then hike another hour to reach the incredible Rainbow mountain 5120m / 16802ft, which is also called as mountain of the seven colors. Enjoy the best view before the crowds arrive. We will retrace our way back to have our lunch and from there we hike until the Ausangate lake where is our campsite 4435m / 14550ft.

Day 09

Ausangate Qocha – Palomani Pass – Qampa Pampa

Your day will start with a hot coca tea or coffee, our team will wake up you early with the spectacular view of Apu Ausangate 6385m / 20948ft. The highest peak in Cusco region, after a delicious breakfast, we’ll start hiking to up to the Palomani pass 5200m / 17060ft. Where you will feel the energy of the mountains, then we descend to the lunch spot and we’ll hike for few more hours after this, our next campsite is located around Qampapampa, 4709m / 15449ft.

Day 10

. Qampa Pampa – Qampa Pass – Pacchanta - Cusco

After a few days hiking around the mountain, finally we are in the last day of our trek. This is one of the best days, since we will enjoy gorgeous landscapes, lakes and glaciers. Our day will start with a hike ascending to the last pass called Qampa pass 5020m / 16469ft. Then we descend along the Pacchanta valley next to turquoise, blue and green lakes to finally arrive to Pacchanta Village 4100m / 13451ft. Here we’ll abord our bus to back to Cusco.

Day 11

Explore Cusco

Today you deserve to rest and relax during the morning. In the afternoon our staff will transfer you to the Airport

  Inclusions

At Vidal Expeditions, we are transparent and provide the specific details of what is included and excluded in our tours. We know this is very important so that you know what exactly to bring and you don’t miss anything. We provide this information to ensure that you have an incredible experience during your cultural tour

WE INCLUDE

Vidal Expeditions Team Provide

  • Pre-Orientation

    Once you book the tour with us, you will get a notification about the pre-orientation. During this pre-orientation you will meet with your cultural and adventure guide and the tour group in our office.

  • Professional Cultural Guide

    All our tour guides have a great reputation in customer service. Our tour guides have graduated with tourism specialization from National University San Antonio Abad of Cusco. They have also studied English in a private language institute. They are patient, responsible, knowledgeable, passion for adventure and proud to have been born in the land of the Incas. We ensure our tour guides provide an excellent experience for you when you explore Cusco, and the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas.

  • Entrance Fees

    Once we receive your details and the deposit for your tour, we purchase all the necessary tickets for your adventure. These tickets will be issued for the specific date of your tour. (Machu Picchu ticket, Train tickets, City tour and Sacred Valley tickets, Humantay lake and Rainbow mountain)

Transportations

  • Private Transport

    All transportation during your tour is included. We will pick you up and drop you off to your hotel in Cusco for each adventure.

Hotels

  • Cusco

    We will provide five evenings in Cusco in a 3 starts hotel near the Plaza de Armas

  • Aguas Calientes

    One evening in Aguas Calientes

We can easily add extra nights before or after the tour, if you needed. Rooms are based on double occupancy, there is a surcharge for a single room. Upgraded the hotels are always possible. We can also book the tour without any hotels, if you prefer to book them by your own.

Equipment

  • Medical First Aid Kit

    All tour guides of Vidal Expeditions are very well trained in First aid. They receive training courses every 6 months on how to assist to someone in an emergency. Also, they are trained how to supply a balloon oxygen in the case if someone requires it.

WE NOT INCLUDED

  • Water bottle

    Every customer will need water during the activities. Before each activity we will stop at a shop, where you can purchase water and snacks.

  • Meals

    Meals are NOT included in our package, however during the hiking tours such as the Humantay Lake and Rainbow Mountain, breakfast and lunch is included. Breakfast is included with your hotel stay.

  • Flights

    Flying to Cusco, Peru can be tricky – delays occur often, and it is not uncommon for flights to be cancelled. Plan to arrive in the city at least two days before your tour start date.

  • Travel Insurance

    We recommend to buy a travel insurance before to leave your country in case something happen during your visit to Peru.

  • Tips for our team

    Tips are not included. Tipping the team is usual on any excursion in Cusco, although we pay good salaries to our entire team, tips are welcome as a token of your appreciation for the team hard work

  Recommendations
INFO

At Vidal Expeditions we focus to make your trip an unforgettable experience and we want to provide all details which you need to know before to leave your country and start your life experience in Peru.

What you need to pack? Important
  • Passport
  • Valid, STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
  • Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelback is encouraged - but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
  • Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles)

FOR YOUR DUFFEL:

Porters or horses will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air matt (if you bring/rent one). From us these two items weigh 3.5 kg.

  • 2-3 wicking t-shirts
  • 2-3 hiking pants
  • 4 sets of undergarments.
  • 1 Fleece
  • 1 Warm, down jacket: gets very cold at night
  • 1 Rain jacket and pants
  • 1 sun hat
  • 1 wool hat
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Comfortable shoes for camp or flip flops
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho

Battery Charger: There is no place to plug in while trekking!
Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep clean from dirty.
Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least

INSIDE YOUR DAYPACKS:

Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always say the smaller, the better. Inside Machu Picchu, bags larger than 25L will not be allowed in. If it is larger, you will need to store it outside citadel gates. But don´t worry, they have a secure storage facility. Water: we supply clean water at each meal. You are responsible for your first morning of water only as we won't have time to filter water until your first lunch.

  • Sun hat
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece
  • Camera
  • Music (iPhone)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
  • Earplugs
  • Some snacks (Chocolate, fruits, energy bars, etc.)

TOILETRIES:

  • Sunscreen
  • Face moisturizer
  • Bug spray
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Small towel
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal medication
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.
  Faqs

VIDAL EXPEDITIONS FAQs

Here some frequently asked question about the Inca trail to Machu Picchu

OUR BOOKING SYSTEM

At Vidal Expeditions, we try to make the best of us to booking system works as easy as possible for you, once you decided to do the Inca trail, we will send to you a booking form where you need to complete all the required detail which can’t be changed once it been confirmed, we need a previous deposit of $200USD per person. Once as soon as you paid it we immediately book a spot for the Inca trail once we have done with it, we will send you your invoice and confirmation that all the booking process has set up satisfactorily.

ENTRANCE TICKETS AND BUS TICKETS

To book our Cusco five days package you should do it in advance because there is a limitation in each group, the capacity is 10 people in per group only. Once you book the trip, our team will purchase your different tickets to enjoy your journey For more details about these, please contact to Vidal Expeditions sales team.

WHERE TO STAY IN CUSCO?

Cusco is a big city enough to find different categories of hotels from 2 stars to 5 stars also there are Airbnb places where you can stay without any problem. Cusco streets are narrow specially near to the main square and some streets are pedestrian with some stairs, we will send you a notify for the pick up if is not possible the access with our car and arrange another place to pick you up and drop off. Also is possible to stay in the Sacred Valley near to Urubamba city or Ollantaytambo where we can pick you up 1.20 hour lately than in Cusco. In case you want some recommendations please ask to Vidal Expeditions sales team.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AS FAR AS WEATHER?

The weather in Cusco regions and part of the Andes is unpredictable even if the weather forecast says it’s sunny, we can’t trust in it. It is an impossible question for us to answer. Historically April through September is the dry season, November through February is the rainy season and March and October and bridge months - a mixture of both. But the clouds have not followed these rules in the last few years. Prepare for sun and rain no matter when you come. As far as temperatures go, that is consistent throughout the year. Mornings and evenings are always cold. Make sure to bring a fleece jacket for the mornings and a down jacket for the evenings.

CAN I ADD EXTRA NIGHT IN CUSCO, SACRED VALLEY OR MACHU PICCHU?

Yes! You can add an extra night in Cusco, Sacred Valley or Machu Picchu town, this program can be tailor made for you.

CAN I UPGRADE MY HOTEL?

Definitely, Cusco has many great hotels and you are available to upgrade your hotel, you can contact to Vidal Expeditions team to provide you more details about it.

HOW DIFFICULT IS THE HIKE TO THE AUSANGATE TREK?

The Ausangate five days trek is one of the challenge treks in Cusco, because there are a few passes which reach over 5100 meters, and for someone who is not used to being at this elevation can be little difficult, however we have a great option to reach there with horses and avoid the hike up to the passes. Vidal Expeditions team recommend you to do some exercises before to hike this trek, our sales team will provide you some advices for this trek.

WHERE DO I STORE MY LUGGAGE?

All of your luggage is not needed during the tours and should stay in Cusco. All the hotels have a storage or lockers where you can leave your luggage without any charge. Another option is to store with Vidal Expeditions team.

DO I NEED PROPER TREKKING EQUIPMENT?

Yes, we always recommend to bring a good trekking boots, one with ankle support are extra helpful, especially for the inexperienced hiker, because you’ll be climbing down so many rocky paths created by the local people and alpacas. Good rain jacket and pant will help you to protect from the rain and wind, because the Ausangate trek is located in the middle of the Andes and the weather can change easily. Trekking poles also is helpful during the Inca Trail and Ausangate trek

CAN I CLIMB HUAYNA PICCHU OR MACHU PICCHU MOUNTAIN?

Yes. You can climb these mountains if you book these in advance, because the availability is only 200 people everyday and has extra cost. Contact to Vidal Expeditions team for more details.

  Pricing

From: USD 00.00 per person

USD 000.00: from 4 people to more

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