Sacred Valley and Short Inca Trail Absolute Adventure
Sacred Valley and Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Package– Embark on a journey through the heart of the Inca Empire. Delight in the exploration of Spanish colonial architecture, ancient ruins, local markets, and winding cobblestone streets. Be greeted by picturesque Andean landscapes, and exhilarate your senses with the tastes and smells of regional cuisine. This unforgettable experience concludes with the amazing Hike via short Inca Trail to the legendary citadel of Machu Picchu.
Machu Picchu is without a doubt the highlight of any traveler’s trip to Peru. But reaching the famed citadel by foot along the original Inca Trail brings a whole new perspective to this mystical experience.
The Inca Trail is regarded as the most famous trek in South America and is rated by many to be one of the top 5 treks in the world. There are 2 different trek options for anyone considering the Inca Trail; you have a 2-day Inca Trail and the standard 4-day Inca Trail. The 2-Day program is perfect for those who are relatively fit but don’t want to commit to the longer treks out there, as it is relatively easy (not quite!), plus you will have a comfortable hotel bed at the end of the walk rather than camping out in tents–Sacred Valley and Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Package.
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This trip is officially operated by Peru Summit Adventures, a 100% local tour operator based in Cusco.
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Traveling with us you are making a big difference in favor of the environment, our trips are rated as eco-friendly trips to ensure that fragile ecosystems are protected and maintained for future human generations, also maintain ecosystem and environment integrity through considering a sustainable and ethical business model. Making genuine and sustainable itineraries often translates to real costs, with a host of responsible travel practices that underpin our prices.
UPGRADED COMFORT: Premium or Comfort trips are led by Peru Summit Adventures experts, an experienced crew at your side, or top trip leaders/guides, and tap into private local experts' resources to allow for in-depth exploration and special access to unique sites that only the local leaders/guides know. Itineraries are carefully crafted and fully planned, with plenty of free time to roam. Camping gears are high-end and accommodations are high-end or best available. Ground transportation and most meals (especially in hikes) and activities are included in the trip price.
MODERATE: Designed for travelers who have some experience in hiking and have a regular physical condition. Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our day-hikes adventures.
Hiking, Archaeology & Cultural Adventures
While we expect the tour will run as the itinerary describes to Sacred Valley and Short Inca Trail. Participants should accept that there is the possibility of changes, being necessary liable to local conditions, eg, strikes, natural disasters, these changes might be at the discretion of your travel company.
Cozy and lovely hotels at each night in the Sacred Valley Urubamba, Machu Picchu Pueblo, and Cusco.
Min 2 ppl, Max 8 ppl
Minimum of 02 people is needed to depart. Family groups, couple travelers, friends, or even if you’re a SOLO traveler, you are welcome to our trips. Price is per person, which is based on two people who might share a room/tent. The itinerary is described and based on shared services as well as semi-private service; however, if you are looking for a private service, that would be upon request.
YES. To protect the historical Inca trail, the number of people allowed to hike the Short Inca Trail each day is limited to 250. That is why you should reserve your space as soon as possible. Spaces can be filled up three to four months in advance. Spaces fill more quickly in the high tourist season, from May to September.
Why experience the Sacred Valley and Short Inca Trail
- This is a perfect Experience for those willing to explore the best of Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and reach the ancient kingdom of Machu Picchu through the famous Inca Trail to the Sun Gate for your first look at Machu Picchu.
- Uncover the magic and beauty of Cusco, the capital of the Incan Empire, whose fascinating streets feature a unique concoction of Inca ruins and colonial constructions.
- Discover the real Cusco City up close and personal on a walking tour to the authentic food Market and sample local fruits.
- Explore the beautiful Peruvian countryside with a full-day tour of the magical Sacred Valley, home to several royal estates of Incan emperors.
- Explore trail-side Incan Temples that only Inca Trail hikers have access to.
- Follow in the footsteps of the Incas and enter the ancient kingdom of Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate.
- Spend the last day at ethereal Machu Picchu, “Lost City of the Incas” with a private guide.
- Stay at cozy hotels in the quaint Ollantaytambo town and Aguas Calientes
- Direct & official local tour operator with headquarters in Cusco and Machupicchu, accredited by the Peruvian Ministry of Tourism.
- Free airport pickup and drop-off included*
A day of leisure in the ancient capital of the Incan Empire entitled a World´s Heritage site by UNESCO. In the morning you will explore the stunning fortress-temple Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pukapukara, and Tampumachay.
About midday you will have a great lunch at one of the typical restaurants, after having the lunch we continue exploring Cusco’s antique streets, and we arrive walking to the extraordinary Temple of the Sun Qoricancha, the most important religious site of the Incas in the lower Cusco This sumptuous temple’s walls and floors were allegedly once covered by sheets of solid gold. This temple was once one of the most important religious sites of the Incan people in the city of Cusco. On this tour we also visit The local San Pedro market where you taste fresh-baked Chuta bread, sample authentic fruits and you’ll see some local bizarre items, articles for different purposes and aims, we’ll then go walking to the main square in which you will feel at the puma’s heart, (because Cusco the capital of the Incan Empire was designed in a puma shape), and from here you will see the colonial buildings, the cathedral, and the other churches around, eventually, we go back to the hotel.
At 7:00 am, your Peru Summit Adventures private guide comes to your hotel to pick you up, next, you will drive to the first site to visit, which is Pisac, here you will see impressive and massive crops terracings, which cover all the hillsides of the mountains, these terraces were built to keep producing products on any time or season a year as they were fed by irrigation aqueducts system. Pisac has other smaller neighborhoods which are linked by short Inca trails, on this tour, you will take one of them to have a short walk while enjoying the impressive views around, once in Pisac, you can also visit its local colorful market, where you may find the perfect souvenirs.
The following site to visit is Maras salt ponds. Maras salt ponds were the main provider salt center to Cusco and it’s still today for many communities around and the Sacred Valley, where locals still farm the salt by hand as the Incas used to do it centuries ago.
After this site, we visit Moray, an Incan farming research center, because of this place, today we are able to have over 3000 sorts of potatoes and other plants, at this place you will see those spectacular rounded-shape terraces specially designed to get microclimates, which were good for plants adaptation and acclimatization.
Finally, we will drive to Ollantaytambo, an iconic Incan site and historical site from the Spaniards’ collision time, where the Incans defeated the Spaniards several times during the Manco Inca’s rebellion after 1536. Ollantaytambo also is famous for its temple of the sun whose 100 tons of construction rocks were brought from 5 miles away. This tour will end at Ollantaytambo, we will drop you off at your hotel in this beautiful town
Today, we start early in the morning at 5:30 am with a pick up from your hotel, we will take the train at 6:10 am to Km 104, where the train will stop to get off and go walking to the main checkpoint for the respective registration, this place is located at an elevation of 2,150 m/ 7,052 ft, after the registration we will walk for a couple of minutes and we will reach the first Incan site called Chachabamba that has beautiful temples, the main patio, sacred rock, etc. In which, our guide will deliver great information about this site.
Afterward, we will continue walking gradually uphill enjoying the spectacular sceneries until reaching the Winaywayna Incan temple whose meaning is “forever young”, where our guide will make an explanation about the meaning of this site during the Incan time. After the exploration of the Incan temples, we will take our packed lunch at the checkpoint of Winaywayna.
We will then continue hiking to Machu Picchu for two more hours, entering this wonder of the world through the Gate of the Sun, from where we will have the first views of the famed Incan city and take our time to make great snapshots from this point. Once we arrive at Machu Picchu we will take our time to make more snapshots of the Incan city, as the afternoon is usually with fewer people. Eventually, we will take the bus to Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes town) where we’ll stay at a cozy hotel Intipunku Suites, or a similar hotel, and have dinner at a restaurant (this last dinner is not included).
- Hiking distance: 12 km / 7.46 miles.
- Hiking time: 6 – 7 hours.
- Lowest elevation: 2,150 m / 7,052 ft.
- Highest elevation: 2,650 m / 8,692 ft.
- Physical rating: Moderate.
- Highlight: Original section of Inca Trail, exploration of two Incan ruins before Machu Picchu, first views of Machu Picchu from the Gate of the Sun, and gaze out Machu Picchu in the late afternoon.
- Stay in Aguas Calientes
Today a great breakfast at the hotel makes us ready for a full morning exploration of Machu Picchu on a private tour with your Trek Leader. We’ll take the bus back to Machu Picchu early in the morning for an amazing tour until 12:00 pm (Machu Picchu permits will be issued for the first group which is from 6:00 am to 12:00 pm).
If you have booked a permit for Wayna Picchu mountain, you’ll climb the mountain after the tour; however, spaces are subject to availability. In the unlikely event that Wayna Picchu permits are not available for your departure date, you will climb Machu Picchu Mountain instead.
After a great time at the Incan emperor’s palace, we’ll take the bus down to Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes town), where we’ll have lunch (not included). In the afternoon we’ll take the train back to Ollantaytambo train station and/or Poroy train station, as of this place continue driving to your hotel in Cusco.
Note on Itinerary
Although we do our very best possible to adhere to the schedule above, this itinerary is subject to change for several reasons beyond our control, including strikes, weather, natural disasters, and terrain conditions. On some occasions, these conditions may demand us to deviate from our original schedule, in which case we will provide the best available alternative options. And we’ll make a great experience of it!
Included on The Sacred Valley and Short Inca Trail
- All transfer service on a private Van with a professional driver.
- Packed lunch for Short Inca Trail with options for vegetarians, gluten-free, lactose-free, etc.
- Entrance tickets to all places, which are mentioned on the itinerary.
- Private tour Guide.
- Oxygen tank.
- Machu Picchu entrance ticket.
- Short Inca Trail permits and tickets.
- Round trip train ticket.
- Round trip bus ticket in Machu Picchu.
- 3 nights hotel (3-star hotel) with breakfast included.
- *As complementary: Airport transfers (from/to downtown).
No Included on The Sacred Valley and Short Inca Trail
- Meals (except for packed lunch in Short Inca Trail)
- Hiking poles (available for renting)
- Hotels out of the tour itinerary.
- Extra expenditure during the trek, such as soda, alcoholic drinks, extra snacks, tickets for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes, or any expenditure out of the tour budget.
- Gratuities for the guides, and other staff.
- Travel and health insurance (bring copies with you please), we highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation, interruption; an insurance to protect your travel investment, Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance. Any unexpected situations occurred during the journey and which are beyond our control, including changes in scheduling trains or flights, delays, strikes, cancellations, missed connections, etc. it should be covered by the passenger as a whole. Also, if you for physical reasons of health cannot continue the trek or walk, and will need emergency evacuation then all charges incurred such as transportation, hotel, ambulance, doctors, medication, hospitalization, etc. will be at passenger’s expense.
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Note on Prices
Prices are quoted in US Dollars and all payments must be made in US Dollars. To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are tier priced according to the number of full-paying participants on the trip, our trips are based on semi-private service with a limit to 8 participants in a group. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy or triple in case of families or friends for a hotel room in Machu Picchu. If you wish to have a single hotel room, you must pay the single supplement fee. If you are willing to share accommodations, we will match you with a roommate if one is available. If we cannot match you with a roommate or you do not want to share a room with someone else, the single supplement fee will be charged.
Trip Payment Schedule
- At time of reservation: 30% of the total balance.
- 60 days prior to departure: Balance should be paid fully, or once upon your arrival in Cusco the other 70% of final balance must be paid fully.
Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule
- Minimum fee (hike permit fee): $110 per person
- 61-90 days prior to departure: 30% of trip cost
- 46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
- 45 days or less: 100% of trip cost
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Making genuine and sustainable itineraries often translate to real costs, with a host of responsible travel practices that underpin our prices, here are the reasons why you should go with us!
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Could you imagine trying to hike silently along an isolated trail, carefully not disturbing shy wildlife, with 10 or 20 other travelers? Or walking on a remote area to explore the pristine wilderness with dozens of other tourists at your side? We know meaningful nature encounters must be undertaken in small groups. That’s why our trips come with an average of just four travelers, by far the smallest groups in the tourism industry across the country. This not only guarantees you more personal close-up wildlife experience, but a less-impact presence on the earth’s brittle natural places we love.
Besides, Machu Picchu offers one of the world’s most spellbinding travel experiences. But it’s also a world-renowned destination, and touring the site in a big group with multitudes of tourists shoving for photos, and competing to hear the guide, your once in a lifetime visit to this World Heritage Site may lose its magic. Our Machu Picchu Trips are scheduled with an average of just four travelers, allowing for a deeper exploration of the lost city of the Incas, with our Local Experts / Tour Leaders.
We are very confident the quality of our Sacred Valley and Short Inca Trail will get your expectations and that you will savor the best possible of cultural travel experience, nature travel experience, and adventure travel experience if you are dissatisfied, we’ll happily give you credit for an extra trip or for a future journey. It’s, to our knowledge, the best guarantee in the travel business.
We don’t believe any other tour companies make comparable trips when you take into account our unique itineraries and signature itineraries, impressive locations, small groups and quality Trek Leaders / Tour Leaders. But, should you come across a similar itinerary or matching itinerary of our quality at a cheaper price, even within 45 days after booking with us, we will happily refund the difference. It’s how we deliver our promise.
While other tour companies generally cancel their trips due to low participation of travelers or outsource to other big group tour operators for their travelers, we guarantee that we will never cancel a trip because of low signing-up or participation for the departure date neither get our travelers to other tour operators! This makes to our travelers the assurance and peace of mind to know their travel plans are insured and guaranteed.
Probably you will see that most of the tour operators mention it on their websites that are local tour companies, however, if you research a little deeper you will find out that’s not true, they might be although half of the operation is done from here and another half abroad, they even have NorthAmerican phone number or European phone numbers, which is a clue to find out, we are not against the foreigner companies or half foreign companies, what we are against is that they lie.
In Cusco exist just few truly local tour operators. If you did not know, foreign companies come to Peru to get rich without paying a General Sales Tax or Tax Contribution to our country. If you did not know that, according to the United Nations, for every US $100 spent on a tour in a developing country or foreign travel companies, only $5 stays in the local economy. Normally, almost all of the money flows back to large companies operating outside the destination countries. As we are a local family enterprise, we guarantee that your travel expenditures will support the local economy, and improve the lives of Peruvians through contributing to general sales tax.
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As a locally owned and based Peruvian tour company, we integrate these practices into our in-country operations we are aiming for a style of travel that makes the world a better place for everyone, and for everyone that lives in it. Since our very first days as a tour operator, responsible business has been at the heart of what we do. Peru Summit Adventures is committed not just to treading lightly, but to making a real difference by helping and investing in local communities, education initiatives, environmental conservation projects. These values are not more than just words, they are ingrained in the culture and philosophy of our crew, daily operations of Peru Summit Adventures trips, and at our office too.
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- Original passport and some copies.
- Travel insurance and some copies.
- Backpack to carry your things.
- Phone, power bank battery, camera charger and adapter.
- Bathing suit (if you would like to enjoy the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
- Hands sanitizer.
- Deet or mosquito repellent (recommendable 30% deet).
- Hiking poles (or you can rent one pair from us).
- Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March).
- Comfortable hiking clothes, including warm clothes for the nighttime.
- Good hiking boots with protector ankle or similar, and one pair of flip-flops or light sandals.
- Sunblock and sunglasses.
- Hiking long sleeve T-shirts.
- Hiking trousers.
- Ear Plugs.
- Hiking socks.
- Water bottle or canteen.
- American dollars and Peruvian soles in cash.
- Sun hat, cap.
- Toilet paper, and face tissue paper.
- Credit or debit card.
- Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen).
- Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Acetazolamide (Diamox), Band-Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may take).
Whats the Trip Like
Average daytime temperatures in and around Cusco generally range from 55º – 75º F with evenings cooling down into the 40º and 50º. Much of this itinerary takes place in the mountains, where weather can change very quickly and evening temperatures regularly drop into the 30º and 40º. As our treks are planned during the “dry season”, days are typically clear and pleasant, with afternoon clouds occasionally building and leading to small amounts of rainfall, and morning temperatures usually range from 35º and 45º with some frost on the tents, and frosty plains in some locations. While April and November departures may experience slightly higher amounts of rainfall, all-day rain is unusual. We will be hiking over multiple mountain passes which are over 14,104 ft, so should you be prepared for unpredictable mountain weather.
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The perfect custom-made private tours, adventure tours, or expeditions don’t just happen. It takes a team of talented, knowledgeable, passionate, and experienced professionals to bring it all together and possible. Our team of Peru Summit Adventures Leaders is comprised of local trip veterans, seasoned tour veterans with rich backgrounds on history, archaeology, culture, cuisine, geology, biology, and more.
With the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the travel industry, our Trip Leaders safely deliver your trip-of-a-lifetime to maximize your Peru journeys and adventures every step of the way. Our Tour/Trek Leaders have worked extensively in the Peru isolated mountains, archaeological sites, hiking the Inca Trail (at least 150 times), Amazon jungle, and being at Machu Picchu for over 400 times at least, this guarantees your trip a unique and memorable experience.
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