This is the perfect itinerary for those who are short on time, but who still want to see the best highlights in the Cusco region! Visit the Imperial City of Cusco, the most important Inca sites in the Sacred Valley and the the majestic Machu Picchu, the UNESCO World Heritage site rich in history of its past and the thriving culture of the people who once resided there.
Upon your arrival to Cusco, you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your hotel. There, you will receive a short briefing, with the rest of the morning at your leisure to rest and acclimatize to the altitude.
In the afternoon, at 1pm, we will pick you up at your hotel and start our visit of the Imperial city of Cusco, a living example of the fascinating mix of Andean and Spanish cultures. We begin our journey visiting the Santo Domingo Convent, built over Koricancha Temple, an ancient Incan Palace and main worship center of the Sun God. You will learn about the history of the site, marvel at the architecture and see how the Inca created their own unique constellations in the Milky Way. After enjoying this beautiful and historic sight, we proceed to visit the archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman. This massive site, whose walls contain stones that each weigh several tons, has a military style of Inca architecture, which still stands guard over the city.
Finally, we visit the archaeological sites of Qenqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay, located just to the northeast of the city. Each of these sites held a unique role in the creation and management of the Inca Empire. We will take you back to your hotel in the early evening.
We will pick you up at your hotel at 7:30am, then drive in our private van towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas, taking the direct route towards Pisac. We will stop along the way at the Taray outlook to have a classic view of the Urubamba valley, with crops filling the valley like a colorful carpet. Afterwards, we will go to the archeological site of Pisac, where we will enjoy the great and unique ancient Inca tombs, terraces, watchtowers and religious area. Then, arrive at the quaint market of Pisac, where we will have free time to interact with the local artisans and purchase their hand-made souvenirs.
After having lunch in Urubamba, we journey 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 circular shape, built down into a natural basin, part of which was further excavated by the Incas. The terraces have varied microclimates depending on how deep into the site they are, they were thought to have been used by the Incas to discover the optimal growing conditions for their crops. We proceed on our journey towards the colonial town of Maras, where we will hike downhill to the pre-Inca salt mines. Thousands of saltpans have been used for salt extractions since before Inca times. A hot spring at the top of the valley discharges a small stream of heavily salt laden water, which is diverted into saltpans and evaporated to produce salt. This is one of the few places in the world where you can find naturally pink salt!
Finally, we drive to Ollantaytambo, where we explore this archeological site for 1.5 hours and admire the water fountains, the Sun Temple, the Incahuatana and the impressive storehouses. Finally, we arrive to our lodge at Ollantaytambo.
Wake up early to rise to a new day of adventure when you will finally get to see the majestic Machu Picchu! We pick you up at your hotel 7:45am and then, drive in our private van to the Ollantaytambo Train Station to leave on the Vistadome train at 8:35am.
Travel through the Andean meadows, nestled amongst the high white peaks and deep valleys: Out the windows you will see layers of handmade Inca farming terraces, ridges of snow capped mountains and sub-tropical jungle. As you near Machu Picchu, you also are closer to the Amazon. From Ollantaytambo, the sacred Vilcanota River will be our companion until arrival at Aguas Calientes.
Your guide will meet you at the train station at 10:52am. You will have a little time to get a snack or sandwich for an early lunch before being transferred to Machu Picchu (2,040m/7,907ft) on the shuttle bus. Following in the ancient and remote footsteps of the Lost City of the Incas, listen carefully the 2.5 hours of guided tour and cultural legacy of the history of Machu Picchu. You will then have some free time to explore, take photos, or hike to the Sun Gate. Returning to Aguas Calientes, you will catch the early evening Vistadome train 5:23pm train to Poroy, where we take you back to your hotel in Cusco,arriving approximately by 10pm. **See note below for rainy season.
Meals: Snack and hot drinks provided on the train
***Note that from January through April the Vistadome Train runs only from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu and from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo train Station. During this time, PeruRail will offer this service in bimodal, with a PeruRail bus between Cusco to Ollantaytambo.
The Vistadome train is the ideal for those who want to be in contact with the environment and appreciate the wonderful journey to Machu Picchu. Connect your senses through a sophisticated and sensory travel experience with the best comfort and quality service!
Surrounded by glass, in cars with large panoramic windows on the side and ceiling, offering incomparable scenic views and numerous opportunities to capture amazing pictures. The Vistadome train has a different service, which allows the traveller to be immersed in Andean culture through its landscapes, music, dance and even food, carefully prepared with local ingredients.
The Vistadome train provides travellers with on board first class personalized service to give them an unforgettable lifetime experience! It also has air conditioning and heating, leather seats that adjust the body to provide comfort and relaxation during the entire trip.
You start your journey at the Poroy station located about 25 minutes from Cusco. This journey to Machu Picchu lasts just over three hours as you arrive in Aguas Calientes. Peru Rail is concerned about every detail of a passengers’ needs in this unique experience.
Your return journey from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo lasts- 2 hours. When you arrive at Ollantaytambo, you will be transferred by our private van for your trip back to Cusco, arriving at your hotel at about 10pm.
**Hike of Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mt. is not possible with the time schedule of a one-day tour.
Our incredible journey ends here. Airport drop-off is included and it can be done at any time (We will need your flights details to coordinate drop off).
This fantastic package can be done on any date that is best for you as long as we have a minimum of 2 participant.
***All entrance fees are included and we operate our tours in small groups averaging 5 persons with a maximum of 8!
Glamping Peru Treks is a family owned local tour operator based in Cusco with personal experience over many years of trekking. Glamping Peru Treks is a 100% Cusqueñian Company without any shareholders.
Our dream as a locally based company is to create small personalized tours & treks strictly and only operated by local professional staff catering in PERSONALIZED and HIGH QUALITY SERVICE.
We take pride in our reputation as a RESPONSIBLE & SUSTAINABLE tour operator. Our staff are our extended family! We ensure they are supported financially by paying offering them a fair salary. We are proud of having a team without which we wouldn’t be able to offer the best service and lifetime experiences to our clients.
In an effort to provide a more personalized service to our passengers,we at Glamping Peru Treks have a policy that our groups will not exceed 8 people. This sets us apart from other companies that operate departures with bigger groups.
We are proud of our guides! Highly professional, fluent in English, they are very knowledgeable and passionate for Inca heritage and history. Our guides are dedicated to continuous professional development, learning to ensure that you receive accurate and recognized theories about Inca and Andean culture. Fun loving, great sports and well educated, the hold degrees in one of the following: Archaeology, Tourism, Botany, History or Anthropology.
Glamping Peru Treks have always believed that we should give back to the communities, we pass through during treks. Therefore, as part of our commitment to responsible tourism, we always do many service projects and hire locally.
Glamping Peru Treks is so proud to be able to support our local indigenous people, not only employing them to join our team but going back to our own grassroots as they share with their families. It makes us happy to have this holistic approach with our highland employees and their families!
Please read carefully the following information as it will help answer all of your questions about our services and Cusco Machu Picchu tour
You will be greeted at Cusco airport and taken to your hotel, please ensure that you inform us of your flight details at least 14 days prior to trek’s start. Look out for our representative holding a Glamping Peru Treks board at the arrival terminal.
It will take place the night before the trek at 6pm at our office, which is located at Calle Santa Teresa Nº383 ; 303 (second floor), we are next to SUBWAY restaurant.
Of course! During the Cusco to Machu Picchu Tour, your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, whichever is mroe convenient for you.
FIRST, to book your Cusco to Machu Picchu Tour, we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our homepage or click here the link BOOK NOW.
Please, be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We cannot purchase an an entrance to Machu Picchu or the train without the following information:
SECOND, we require a deposit of $200.00 USD per person, in order, to purchase your entrance to Machu Picchu and train ticket. You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on our booking page or click here on the payment method of your choice, either VISA or PAYPAL.
If you would like to avoid the high credit card fees in Peru, you can pay in cash at our office (we accept US dollars or Peruvian soles) in Cusco. We have many ATMs in the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address of firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unfortunately, the answer is No. Once the tickets have been bought the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure date after the tickets has been bought. Tickets are also not transferable nor refundable.
*** If you cancel your Cusco Machu Picchu Tour, the deposit is not refundable at all!
Yes! You have to bring your original passport as it is very important, in order, to gain entry to Machu picchu and other sites. It must be the original passport that you have used to book with us from the start.
In case, you are renewing your passport or changing your name, go ahead and send us your old passport information to secure your permit and we can change it when you get your new passport number or updated your name for a fee of $25 per person. We must have a copy of your old and new passport to make the change. *It is important to always have copies of your old passport ,in case you renew it. *
If you do not wish to pay this fee, you will need to bring both your old and new passports to Peru with you. You can enter Peru with your new passport but you will need to show both passports, old and new to enter into Machu Picchu and other sites. If you do not have both, you will not be allowed to enter into these amazing sites.
The weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee. We recommend to always dress in layers as it is more easier to add on of take off while passing though the various microclimates.
In general, if you excerise regularly and spend a couple of days in Cusco or the Sacred Valley, you will be able to acclimate normally. It usually take between 24 hours to 1 day. Always consult your doctor before any international travel.
The recommended remedies for altitude sickness is WATER, COCA TEA and OXYGEN, IF NEEDED. Our guides are trained to treat you for Altitude Sickness.
The maximum group size is 8 persons. Usually our groups are between 2-6 persons. Glamping Peru Treks specializes in SMALL, PRIVATE groups while providing personalized service.
Absolutely! Included in our packages is dropping you off at your hotel on the return from your trek or tour. If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley like Ollantaytambo or Urubamba, we will drop you there too!
If you spend the night at Ollantaytambo before the trek, we wil pick you up there.
If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appreciated. While it may not be customary in your country, it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the tour. It inspires excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Glamping Peru Treks destinations. Of course,you are free to tip more or less as you feel, depending on your perception of the quality and the length of your tour. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
Yes, we are a local sustainable & responsible tourism operator, that incorporates universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our staff to know, understand and respect the local places and it´s people.
All Treks & Tours will be OPERATED by SAM Travel Peru staff and professional guides. What that means for you is that SAM Travel Peru will never pass you onto another company or 3rd Party; we will work with you until we get it right…. All the departures are 100% guaranteed – If you are booked and have made your deposit. ! You are going!