Maras Moray + Inca Trail

Maras Moray 2 Days/1 Night – Inca Trail 4 Days/3 Nights
Trek Machu Picchu Tours – Inca Trail

This tour has been designed for travelers who loves the snowcapped mountain and the beautiful landscape where you will explore the village of Chinchero, where we will find the ruins of the Tupac Inca Yupanqui Royal House, Maras Moray and salt mines, Urubamba for buffet lunch & Ollantaytambo.

Tour Description

This tour has been designed for travelers who loves the snowcapped mountain and the beautiful landscape where you will explore the village of Chinchero, where we will find the ruins of the Tupac Inca Yupanqui Royal House, Maras Moray and salt mines, Urubamba for buffet lunch & Ollantaytambo. The next following days, you will hike the 2 Day Inca Trail where you will caught the train from Ollantaytamnbo till Km 104 and you will get off the train by the river at an altitude of 2000m and hike up to about 2000m, you will explore Wiñay Wayna which is very impressive and then you will hike on an undulating trail, some parts of which is narrow sheer drops so caution is required. You will also visit the Sun Gate or Inti Punku (2,000m) from where you will have a real view of Machu Picchu and the you will walked down to the bus terminal and then, bus to Aguas calientes ( 2,400m ) where you will stay at one of the comfortable hotel. The next day, you will explore Machu Picchu and on the way back to Cusco, you will explore the lovely tour to the Sacred Valley.

Student permit:
If you are student, send us an scan of your student card (ISIC Card only) through e-mail at the same booking time (valid student cards are the International ISIC cards. Are not valid teacher’s card, or youth travel card. Notice that only the complete details will allow us to get your permit and save a spot for you, also make sure that if you renewing your passport after reserving the inca trail what counts in the passport number on which you made the booking. So, bring the old and the new passport in order to avoid problems at the inca trail check point, which is very strict.

Student Permit Required Information
Important note:

Due to the high demand and limit of entrances to 2 Day Inca Trail & Machu Picchu – Huayna Picchu, we strongly recommend you book in advance before sold out… There are only 400 entrances per day (Cost for entrance to Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Montaña US$ 65 each)

Pricing and Reservations

Maras Moray 2D/1N + Inca Trail 4D/3N

Pricing
• Available Upon Request

Schedule and Duration
What's Included
What's NOT Included
What to Bring

Additional Important Information

New Information from Peruvian Authorities
Important Information from MC
Important New Trail regulation MC

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Detailed Travel Program

Maras Moray 2D/1N + Inca Trail 4D/3N

This tour has been designed for travelers who loves the snowcapped mountain and the beautiful landscape where you will explore the village of Chinchero, where we will find the ruins of the Tupac Inca Yupanqui Royal House, Maras Moray and salt mines, Urubamba for buffet lunch & Ollantaytambo. The next following days, you will hike the 2 Day Inca Trail where you will caught the train from Ollantaytamnbo till Km 104 and you will get off the train by the river at an altitude of 2000m and hike up to about 2000m, you will explore Wiñay Wayna which is very impressive and then you will hike on an undulating trail, some parts of which is narrow sheer drops so caution is required. You will also visit the Sun Gate or Inti Punku (2,000m) from where you will have a real view of Machu Picchu and the you will walked down to the bus terminal and then, bus to Aguas calientes ( 2,400m ) where you will stay at one of the comfortable hotel. The next day, you will explore Machu Picchu and on the way back to Cusco, you will explore the lovely tour to the Sacred Valley-.

We take small groups, why?

We take small groups, why?
The principal reason to take small groups, is to provide personalized service, in a small group is easy to keep walking together and enjoy the nature of the Inca trail, there is a possibility to make friend and share experiences, interacting more closely with each other. Whereas, in larger groups from (10 – 16) people it trend to split into factions. Moreover, in larger groups tends to be a size-able difference “often over one-hour in a section of the trail” between the fastest and slowest member, what makes more difficult for the guides, cooks and porters to make their effective labors. In small groups, people are more likely to arrive at roughly the same time to hear the guide’s explanations. Also our porters are given the same food as the tourists. In larger groups agencies often provide inferior food for the porters. Small groups require less space in campsites and this enables the guide to select better locations. In small groups the guide, cook and porters have a more intimate relationship with the tourists and are better able to meet individual needs and attend to environmental issues such as waste disposal, contamination, etc. as the group will be together more of the time. Because of these reason in our standard service we take small groups, only in a group of friends and delegations we manage larger group. So choose small group.

What are the benefits of doing a private tour?

One of the main reasons why the private option is sought after is because you do not need to worry about which dates we have departures set for or if our departures have enough space…Your only concern is whether or not there are permits available…You can choose almost any date that you want if permits are available… In addition to the convenience and flexibility in booking, the private option provides a more personal trip experience for your group. We will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel….The guide will focus all of his energy and attention on your group. You can also be more specific about the foods that you would like to be served during the trek. It is a truly wonderful experience to go on such an amazing journey with only your friends and loved ones. Ask at South Adventure Peru Tours how you can arrange your own private tour.

Tour Itinerary

Maras Moray 2D/1N + Inca Trail 4D/3N

Inca Trail

Is one the most popular trek in Peru, and the world. What makes it so special is its rich biodiversity, the stone paved trail, the archaeological sites along the way, unforgettable views, snowy mountains, cloud forests and the natural beauty of the Inca trail. The Inca trail has exotic vegetation; it presents extraordinary ecological variety, including more than 450 varieties of Orchids, many species of birds and mammals. Machu Picchu itself cannot be fully understood without the experience of the Inca trail trek. Its principle sites are ceremonial and multifunctional character, in ascending hierarchical order as you near the city. The Inca trail is essentially a work of spiritual art, like a gothic cathedral and walking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu is an act of devotion to the incas memory. The four days Inca trail trek covers about twenty-eight miles, starting at an elevation of 8,400 feet above sea level and ending at 7,800 feet. In the Inca trail trek you must cross two high mountains passes with a maximum elevation of 13,700 feet. The trail conditions are generally good on this ancient Inca trail to Machu Picchu. The guides are professional, knowledgeable, and English speaking. We use excellent equipment and serve savory nutritional meals. It’s the best trek in Peru. We advise you to take the Inca trail trek – Inca trail to Machu Picchu.

Day OneDay TwoDay ThreeDay Four

Day 1

Cusco – Private tour to the terraces of Moray – Maras & Salt Mines – Urubamba for buffet lunch – Ollantaytambo Spend the night here ( Buffet lunch )

Upon your arrival to Cusco (Flight details: to be confirmed) our guide and representative will be waiting for you, holding an small board written your names and then, you will be transferred to our office to get further information about the trip and pay the remainder balance while you will be informed, our staff will served you COCA tea to avoid the altitude sickness. At the appropriate time, you start with this lovely tour to Maras Moray and salt Mines. You will visit first colorful Village of Chinchero, where we will find the ruins of the Tupac Inca Yupanqui Royal House, we will appreciate its well preserve Inca wall in the main square and you will visit the beauty Colonial Temple with invaluable portraits, built over Inca Bases and then you will continue with the tour to the Inca site of Moray. This is a fascinating, unique ruin; a fabulous amphitheater of terracing that was used as an agricultural experimental site by the Incas by taking advantage of the microclimates produced by the varying altitude to breed new varieties of their crops. We shall also visit the Village of Maras, and The salt pans which have made it famous. The salt pans are an unforgettable site-people from Maras have diverted a salt-laden spring coming out of the hillside, evaporating the water to collect salt, as their ancestors have done for centuries. We will walk among the salt pans; witnessing a scene largely unchanged from Inca times… The tour continues to Ollantaytambo was an important administrative center with probable military functions due to the walls and towers. There are also traces of ancient roads and aqueducts. The town of Ollantaytambo is called a Living-Inca-Town, since the inhabitants maintain very old practices and customs. Afternoon, you will be drop off at the (Hotel Tunupa Lodge) (Hotel El Albergue) or Hotel Pakaritampu after check in, free time to explore on your own.

Day 2

2D/1N Inca Trail – Urubamba – Km104 – Aguas Calientes by INKA RAIL or Expedition service – Spend the night at the village of Aguas Calients (B)

After your breakfast, our tour guide will pick you up from your Hotel to transfer you to Ollantaytambo train Station for a train journey of just over one hour till kilometer 104 (starting point of our trek). As soon as we arrive to this point , we will cross a bridge to the check point and show your passports and student cards ( If is applicable ) then we will start a soft walk into the other side of the Vilcanota River the trail heads off to the right towards the ruins of Chachabamba. After a visit this impressive Inca ruins with buildings on stone, we`ll continue the trail road most of it on stone steps, heads south and begin climbing the mountain, great views around of the high jungle area and mountains, before entering the cloud forest. Then the trail leaves the forest and goes west while continuing the uphill hike in open grassland. After hiking in the sun for about three hours, the trail descends into a shaded forest. This is where trekkers can enjoy a beautiful waterfall. After leaving the waterfall and forest, trekkers will arrive at the lower part of the incredible ruins of Wiñay Huayna, steps to climb to reach the superior edifications described as temples. We will have plenty of time for a guided exploration sorted by our experienced guide and time to explore and pictures in our own. By the time we arrive to this complex it won’t be crowded, because most trekkers headed to the Sun gate and Machu Picchu. It is recommended that you start the trek with at least 2 liters of water. After lunch in Wiñay Huayna ruins we continue through a cloud forest full of bromeliads, orchids and fern trees. You will walk the last part of the original trail with amazing features stone steps and tambos, resting places, and climb the 60 steps before arriving to the Inti Punku or “Sun`s Gate”. From this point you will be able to contemplate and observe this marvelous place, last 45 minutes to be on front of this wonder, where you can feel an inner peace. Spend a short time for pictures and views then we prepare our mind for the next early morning, time to take a bus for 30 minutes to Aguas Calientes town. Hot springs pools are optional or just free time to chill out at this small village. Spend the night at one of this hotels: (La Cabaña) (Gringo Bill`s) ( Hatun Inti boutique) ( Casa Andina ) or El Mapi by Inka Terra. Or other similar one.

Day 3

Private Guided tour to the WONDER of the world “Machu Picchu & Huayna Picchu” – Pisac (B)

This day, is one of the most important and interesting days during your whole trip, you will be picked up from your Hotel very early (BEFORE the BIRDS SING) our guide will meet you at your hotel between 4:30 to 5:00am to aboard the first touristic and shared bus to drop off you at the main door where you have to show your original PASSPORTS and ISIC Cards ( If applicable ) at the check point , and then try to be the first visitors inside of the wonder of the world Machu Picchu and the archaeological sites you will have complete guided tour during 2 to 3 hours of this spectacular mystical place. The GUIDED tour basically includes walk through the different sections such as: The Urban sector, the agriculture sector, and the religions zone was used by the Inca Culture. After the guided tour in Machu Picchu, you will have free time to explore by yourself, walk at your own space, a lot of selfies and to meet other tourists into the sanctuary. According with the time and to your physical conditions, you can coordinate with the tour guide to climb to HUAYNA PICCHU or Machu Picchu Mountain from where you can have the best panoramic view for photos of all Machu Picchu and of deep green canyon surrounding the sacred Inca Citadel. Do not forget that this entrances, must be booked in advance and pay US$ 65 extra. Afternoon and depending on your train schedule back to Cusco, you will have to take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to catch the train back to Cusco. After the guided tour, our guide will give you all the instructions for your bus down and train back to Cusco or Ollantaytambo. Upon your arrival to the station, you will be meeting again by our staff and then transfer back to your Hotel

Day 4

Private tour to the Zoo of Cochahuasi – Alpaca Farm – Pisac & City Tour in Cusco ( Tambomachay / Pucapucara / Qenqo / Sacsayhuaman / Cathedral & Qoricancha (Lunch)

At 9:00am, you will be picked up from your hotel to start with this lovely Sacred Valley (great option to acclimatize) the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, where you’ll board our private coach for a drive to the Sacred Valley. This mountainous region of Peru offers mystical awe-inspiring sights to discover…The tour includes the visits the small zoo of Cochahuasi where you can observe the flight of the CONDOR`S, Andean pumas, fox, deer’s, parrots, macaws and variety of animals and birds and then you will visit Awanancha or (Alpaca farm) which is a weaving center with the goal to keep alive the traditional textile arts. Here you can see four members of the camelids family – llama, alpacas, vicunas and guanacos. Alpaca have thick wool and is the most commonly used while the vicunas are small and delicate with fur considered the finest. You can meet these fours camelids, learn about the harvesting of the different wools and the natural dying techniques and have change to see native weavers from different areas showing their weaving style and dress afterwards, we continue with visit to the Andean native markets and ruins of Pisac .This mountainous region of Peru offers mystical awe-inspiring sights to discover… along with farms and villages that welcome you with a taste of daily life. Afternoon, you will return to Cusco to explore City tour and outskirts. On the way back, you will stop at Tambomachay (Temple of the Water) a center of adoration and worship of water. Puca Pucara (Reddish place) that was used as a military control center… Q`enqo (Labyrinth) A religious center dedicated to the adoration. Sacsayhuaman (Majestic place with impressive works in stone which some up to 120 tons) Main Cathedral (Marvel of the religious) The Koricancha (Temple of the sun) afternoon, you will be drop off to your Hotel in Cusco or to the airport.

Additional Important Information

Important note:

Due to the high demand and limit of entrances to 2 Day Inca Trail & Machu Picchu – Huayna Picchu, we strongly recommend you book in advance before sold out… There are only 400 entrances per day (Cost for entrance to Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Montaña US$ 65 each)

New Information from Peruvian Authorities
Important Information from MC
Important New Trail regulation MC

Tour Details

The Inca Trail is one of the most famous treks in South America and is rated by many to be in the top 5 trek in the world

Start Time:
• 8:00 am

Duration:
• 6 Days

Confirmed departure dates:
At any time you wish during the whole year but it must be 5 to 6 months in advance, except in February due that is closed for maintenance. Please contact us to check departures to alternative routes.

Pricing and Reservations

Maras Moray 2D/1N + Inca Trail 4D/3N

Pricing
• Available Upon Request

Schedule and Duration
What's Included
What's NOT Included
What to Bring

Inca Trails FAQ and Additional Information

Maras Moray 2D/1N – Inca Trail 4D/3N

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Frequently Asked Questions by our Customers

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Inca Trail Preparations

The maximum altitude reached is 4200m above sea level. On the second day of the trek you will climb nearly 1200m. Make no mistake, the Inca Trail is a fairly difficult trek and you should be well prepared and healthy prior to starting it. You have to be moderately fit and take regular exercise. Try walking 15km in a day or go to the gym in the months leading up to the trek. The good news is that virtually everyone who starts the trek finishes it!.

Altitude Effects

At higher altitudes the air pressure becomes less and the air becomes thinner. This creates a shortage of oxygen for your body. This effect is noticeable at altitudes of over 3000m above sea level. Cuzco is at an altitude of 3400m and the highest point on the Inca trail is at 4200m. At this height a lungful gives you about 50% less oxygen than at sea level. To help compensate for this reduced amount of oxygen you have to breathe twice as fast and your heart has to work much harder to pump the oxygen around your body. Your body also tries to concentrate the number of red blood cells (which carry the oxygen). This is done by getting rid of excess fluid (urinating more frequently) and by producing more red blood cells although the latter process may take a week. On reaching heights above 3000m, heart pounding and shortness of breath are a normal response to the lack of oxygen in the air. However, for some visitors these symptoms can deteriorate into a conditions known as Soroche (or acute mountain sickness) when you can start to experience headaches, loss of appetite, extreme tiredness, sleeplessness and often nausea. Symptoms usually develop within the first day or two at altitude, but may be delayed by up to 2 weeks. To prevent Soroche, try to take things easy as soon as you arrive. Once settled in your hotel room has a lie down for a while and drinks plenty of fluids. Don’t plan any strenuous treks until you’ve acclimatized for a few days. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and heavy food. Drinking mate de coca (an infusion of coca leaves) may help. If symptoms become more severe and prolonged it is best to quickly seek medical attention and make arrangements to descend to a lower altitude. On recovery one can re-ascend slowly or in stages. The drug Diamox is often used by many visitors to speed the acclimatization process and counter the symptoms of Soroche. It can now be purchased in most pharmacies in Cuzco.

What to Bring (Packing List)

Backpack (we will provide one if you forgot to bring it), sleeping bag (included on all superior, premium and luxury treks), rain jacket, strong footwear such as hiking boots with ankle support, one complete change of clothing, sweater, jacket (something warm), sterilizing tablets (Micropur are recommended and can be bought in local pharmacies in Cuzco), flashlight and batteries, broad-brim or peaked cap, sunglasses and high factor sun protection, insect repellent, toiletries and toilet paper (we also provide this), camera and spare batteries (there is nowhere to charge your camera during the trek). We recommend that you buy a walking stick/trekking pole at the start of the trek which can also be taken with you as a memento. You also have to bring your original passport with you on the trek. Photocopies are not acceptable.

• Original passport to be showed in the park control of the trail (Day 1).
• Original and valid International Student Card (ISIC), only if you booked the trek as student.
• Hiking boots (waterproof), sneakers is welcome to but for the rainy is not enough comfortable.
• Long pants or slacks & Warm sleeping bag Minus 20ºC
• A Daypack (for your personal porters we provide a duffle bag)
• Long-sleeved shirts to prevent you from the sunburn.
• T-shirts and Thermal underwear can be worn in the sleeping bag or cold conditions.
• Warm clothes , layers for variable temperature especially at night
• Sweaters and a jacket (something warm for the night).
• Gloves or Mittens, scarf, Wool socks, Woolen hat for cold nights.
• Rain wear or poncho for the rainy season December – April, but during the dry season can be raining too
• Camera with extra batteries and flash light , head torch and extra batteries
• Bottle of water, more bottle of water can be purchase at Winay Wayna, or in Aguas Calientes town
• Snack (dried fruits, chocolates, etc).
• Insect repellent to protect you from mosquitoes along the Inca Trail
• Hat and sun block to protect you from the sun.
• Personal toilette items and personal medical kit.
• 2 Liter water bottle, disposable plastic bottles are forbidden in Machu Picchu site.
• Water purifying tablets optional, since we provide boiled water.
• Bathing clothes for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes.
• Extra money for drinks and tips , souvenirs in Soles
• First Aid kit (alcohol, aspirin, tablets for stomach troubles, medicines to avoid altitude sickness)
• Day pack is good to bring to carry your camera, water, rain jacket.
• Swimsuit (On the last day there is possibilities to swim on the hot spring of Aguas Calientes – only if time permit).
• Optional: Trekking Poles with rubber covers (No Damage the Inca Trail) without rubber covers you CAN’T use them.
• Optional:>Optional: Binoculars if you like to appreciate birds along the Inca route.
• Optional:>Optional:GPS to map the campsites, the ruins and the Inca Trail to MACHU PICCHU

What does the company provide?

The company provides all camping equipment, communication equipment, chemical toilets, individual tents, dining tents, dining chairs, mattresses, all fresh food, cooking equipment, cooking gas, drinking water and portable showers. Sleeping bags and pillows are provided on all superior, premium and luxury treks along with a personal masseuse and yoga instructor. We also provide a cook, cook’s assistant, and all porters to carry all equipment. A qualified English speaking guide who is trained in first aid with a portable oxygen tank will be the leader of the trek. On all Luxury treks, a company assistant will also be present to assure that a very high level of service is given. Please note that the personal tents are not in the same style as African safari tents due to the size and weight limitations that porters are allowed to carry. Everything available to you on this adventure will have been carried by the team of porters.

Porter’s Conditions

The working conditions of our porters are very important to us. We select porters who are not only reliable, hard working and honest but also who can play musical instruments, recite Quechua stories and sing Quechua songs. It is important that our porters are happy working for us and are committed to staying with the company for long term. To ensure this, we provide amongst the highest porter’s salaries in the industry, we also provide comfortable working conditions, their own sleeping tent, individual mattresses and very good food, not the left- over’s of the group. Our porters have recognized this and are the most company loyal porters in the entire region. We are proud of this and will continue to provide superior conditions for our porters, amongst the most hard working and diligent people we have ever come across.