Ultimate Machu Picchu

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Group Expedition – $1850 ($200 single supplement)
Private Expedition – $2405 ($1850) for groups of 5 or more)
Student Discount – $1573 (15% discount) ($200 single supplement)

Trip Information

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This expedition includes 5 trekking days, 2 nights accommodation in Cusco, 1 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes and 3 nights camping.

Day 1: Cusco (11,155ft/3400m). Arrive in Cusco and check-in to our partner lodge, located in the charming historic district of San Blas. The lodge is centrally located and only a few minutes’ walk from the Plaza de Armas, the beautiful and bustling town center. Meet your expedition group at 5:00pm.

Inclusions: Orientation talk and accommodations (based on double-occupancy)

Day 2: Cusco (11,155ft/3400m). In order to acclimate to the altitude, head to the Sacred Valley. Get a chance to visit the village of Pisac, where you will stop by a traditional market and see the Citadel of Pisac on a guided tour. After lunch, check out the Temple of the Sun, which consists of enormous blocks of rock perfectly carved and polished to fit together seamlessly. On the way back, visit the famous church and archeological site in Chincheros before arriving to Cusco around 6.30-7:00pm.

Inclusions: Breakfast, picnic lunch, and accommodations (based on double-occupancy).

Day 3: from Cusco to Suirococha (14,685ft/4476m). In the morning, take the 3-hour trip to Mollepata, a small village located at the edge of the cloud forest.  From here, you will be able to enjoy our first views of Salkantay, which reaches 20,691 ft! Take a break to enjoy the landscape before continuing on to Challa’cancha, our trek departure point. In Challa’cancha, meet the assistant guides and began the 2-hour hike to Soraypampa, where you will eat lunch. From there, continue hiking another 3½ hours to Suirococha, where you will camp for the night.

Approximately 5-7 hours of trekking

Inclusions: Full board (Breakfast, Box-lunch, Dinner), accommodations in camping site (based on double-occupancy)

Day 4: Suirococha to Colcapampa (9,240ft/2816m): Eat an early breakfast before beginning the hike to the Salkantay Pass (15,246 ft).  Take a break at the pass to enjoy the breathtaking views before continuing downhill to the lunch spot, Huayrac Machay. After lunch, continue the descent to Colcapampa, your second campsite location.

Approximately 4-6 hours of trekking

Inclusions: Full board (Breakfast, Box lunch and Dinner) and accommodations in camping site (based on double-occupancy).

Day 5: from Colcapampa to Lucmabamba (6,562ft/2000m). Continue descending into the high jungle.  During the walk, hike along clear streams and rivers and visit impressive waterfalls.  Observe the change in your surrounding environment as it becomes increasingly lush. Pass small coffee and fruit farms before stopping in the small town of Lucmabamba, where you will spend the night in a homestay with a local coffee farming family.

Approximately 6-8 hours of trekking

Inclusions: Full board (Breakfast, Box-lunch, Dinner) and accommodations in camping site (based on double-occupancy).

Day 6 : Lucmabamba to Aguas  Calientes (6,693ft/2040m). In the morning, your hosts will teach you about their daily life and demonstrate how to roast and prepare coffee, which you will enjoy with your morning meal. Learn about the family’s coffee crops and cuy (guinea pig) raising and have a look around the farm. Start uphill along an original Incan road to the ruins of Llactapata, which takes you through areas full of coffee, fruit and other subtropical crops. At the ruins, enjoy our first views of Machu Picchu before continuing downhill to the Aobamba River. Continue for two hours toward Aguas Calientes, where you will check into your room for a shower and some rest before a celebratory dinner at a local restaurant.

Approximately 2-3 hours of trekking

Inclusions: Full board (Breakfast, Box-lunch, Dinner) and accommodations in Hostel (based on double-occupancy).

Day 7: Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu to Cusco (11,155ft/3400m).: After an early breakfast, depart for Machu Picchu. The bus takes about 20 minutes, with the option of hiking (1½ hours). The goal is to get to Machu Picchu as early as possible to avoid the crowds and have the best chance to enjoy its beauty, mystery, and magic in peace. You will receive a guided tour for about 2½ hours followed by free time to explore the site on your own. There is time to climb Huayna Picchu for views of Machu Picchu from above, or you may choose to visit the Temple of the Moon. Meet in Aguas Calientes in the afternoon to board the train back to Cusco, arriving at 9:30pm.

Optional 2-3 hours of trekking

Inclusions: Breakfast.

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All itineraries are subject to change based on local conditions and the judgment of the guide.


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medical/evacuation insurance (learn more)
2 nights accommodation in Cusco
1 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes
3 nights camping
breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the trek
trekking permits and entry fees
farewell dinner
guide & porter services
all ground transportation to/from trail  

Not Included:
personal items (laundry, clothing, snacks, etc.)
trip cancellation insurance (offered as an option)
international airfare and meals during travel
snacks during trek  
airport transfers (add-on available)

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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel 60 days or more prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will be able to reschedule or be reimbursed the full cost of this adventure net the non-refundable deposit of $1000.00. If any cancellation is made less than 60 days prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will lose the complete value of your experience.

Refund Policy

If your adventure must be canceled due to circumstances outside of your own (e.g. weather or size of party), we will work with you to reschedule for no extra fees. If rescheduling is not possible, you will be reimbursed the total amount of your purchase, net a 20% administrative fee.

All discounted and promotional offers made through third-party partners are non-refundable.

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OneSeed provides optional cancellation and interruption insurance for all expeditions. Please review the OneSeed Cancellation and Refund Policy before purchasing any expedition.  Travelex cancellation and interruption insurance covers unforeseen events that may prevent you from participating in your scheduled expedition.

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