Cusco Puma City Tour 6 Days Tour Package
Enjoy 6 days in Cusco, visit the best attractions in Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Hike to the Humantay Lake and immerse yourself in history and stories.
Visit the Rainbow Mountain and discover the most beautiful views, take the opportunity to interact with locals and learn from them, the way that they live, their customs etc. We believe that there is no limit to adventure so in this itinerary you will be able to visit the must-see tourist attractions of Cusco.
Highlights.- In this tour we will enjoy to appreciate and to know the main tourist destinies of Cusco that all the travelers of the world look for to know; a guided and free visit by the city of Cusco to then Know Incas sites like Moray and the mines of Salt in the Sacred Valley of the Incas; then we will have the opportunity to visit the lost city of the Incas, and returning to Cusco we will make a guided tour of all the Inca sites in the city, a splendid day where we will learn and share moments accompanied by local people, also make a walk to the lagoon of Humantay, which is known worldwide for its beautiful colors.
CUSCO PUMA CITY TOUR 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS – Detailed itinerary
You will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Cusco (not included). In the afternoon we will explore the city. You will be taken on a walking tour where our guide will explain you the way the people from Cusco live, the names and stories of their most important building and plazas.
On this day we will pick you up from your hotel and take you on this epic adventure. Our first stop will be Chinchero archaeological park you will also visit a local family who will give you a demonstration of the Andean textile process. Later on we continue to visit the Inca farming laboratory of Moray with incredible views of the Andes mountain range in the distance. After Moray we will visit the Salt mines of Maras with over 5000 flats, a wonderful place that’s been in use since before the Incas. After this we will have our mandatory lunch break at Urubamba Valley. Finally we will get to Ollantaytambo archaeological site where our guide will provide you with the historical background of such a beautiful Inca monument. In the late afternoon you take the train to Machupicchu town where you will spend the night.
Next morning we will pick you up early and visit Machupicchu (Our departure time will depend on how early we make it to the bus station). After the tour your guide will give you your train back tickets to Ollantaytambo town.
In the afternoon, your train will depart Aguas Calientes back to Ollantaytambo at 15:20 pm where our driver will be waiting for you and carry on by bus to Cusco.
You will need to wake up early to enjoy this natural marvel at its best. Between 3:45 am and 4:15 am, we’ll pick you up directly from your hotel to start our ride to the south of Cusco through beautiful landscapes of valleys and agricultural communities. First, we will drive for around 2 hours to the town of Cusipata (3,329 m / 12,772 ft.).
Along the way, we will pass through herds of alpacas and llamas and local people moving about their daily activities.
Here we will start our trek to Rainbow mountain for about 2 hours, bringing us to our final destination and the highest point on our Rainbow Mountain trek (or Vinicunca trek), at 5,020 meters / 16,470 ft. Here we will stop to admire and appreciate the outstanding views in all directions and the rare geological formations that appear to be painted with exotic colors by God’s hand. Far below and into the distance are infinite valleys and glaciers as far as one can see. After the hike we will go back down through beautiful landscapes of the Andes to the base where our transport will be waiting to take us to restaurant .
We will drop you off at your hotel around 4:30 p.m to 5:30 p.m.
- Meals: Continental Breakfast / snacks / fresh lunch
- Lowest Altitude: 3,890 m / 14,189 ft
- Highest Altitude: 5,020 m / 16,466 ft
- Distance: 3 km / 1 mile.
- Travel time: 2 hours ascent; 1,5 hours descent
- Level of Difficulty: Challenging
Very early in the morning you will be picked up and transferred to the bus. We will put you on a trip of around 3 hours to the village of Mollepata (2,900 masl / 9,515 ft) where we will have a delicious breakfast and get to Soraypampa(3,850 masl / 12,631 ft). From this point, we will start the walk to which our guide will look carefully at any problem that may occur, if you wish, you can rent horses offered by the inhabitants of the area.
During the ascent, we will have the opportunity to observe the diverse flora and fauna that inhabit the area. We can observe some native birds of the area, as well as to get great views of the Andean landscape. Once arrived in the area, we will enjoy our lunchbox and replenish our energy. Once we reach our goal, we will be delighted with the spectacular views of the Humantay Lagoon (4,200 masl / 13 779 feet) and its turquoise waters where you can take spectacular photographs. Back to Cusco at 6 pm
On this day you will have free morning to relax or do any activity, and according to your flight details, you will be transferred by our staff to the airport for your departure to Lima.
- 01 night accommodation in 03 stars hotel (based in double occupation)
- 01 breakfasts
- 01 lunch
- Entrances to Machu Picchu.
- All transportation.
- All entrances tickets
- Train tickets (round trip)
- Buses to Machu Picchu (Round trip)
- Private guided tour in Machu Picchu.
- Professional English speaking tour guide during the whole trip
- Pick up on the first day
- Drop off on the last day
- Humantay hike (all inclusive trip)
- Rainbow mountain hike (all inclusive trip)
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
- Meals where are not stated
- Huayna Picchu or Machupicchu mountain entrance fee US$35 3 months in advance at least
- Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.
WHAT YOU NEED TO TAKE:
- Original Passport
- Current University Card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
- Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
- Warm jacket
- Comfortable Trousers
- Sun hat
- Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
- Insect repellant
- Personal medication
- To do this tour, you must be in Cusco at least 2 days in advance to acclimatize.
- Before going to this Tour, take short walks around Cusco to better adapt to the weather or you can hire short tours. City tour, Sacred Valley, Salineras de Maras – Moray – Chinchero, southern valley or you can also visit Machu Picchu.
- You should drink mate de coca which will help you adapt better to the climate.
- Wear appropriate clothing for hiking (trekking shoes, thermal clothing, etc.).
Cusco, Peru’s main tourist destination and one of the most important in the world, offers its visitors, in a unique and spectacular way, a rich historical and monumental legacy, located in a territory of multicolored mountains and valleys, lush forests and jungles, beautiful lagoons and torrential rivers. The department of Cusco is considered Cultural Patrimony of Humanity and its main attraction The Natural Sanctuary and Citadel of Machu Picchu, declared one of the new seven wonders of humanity.
Cusco offers to the traveler to enjoy the emotion of the tourism outdoors, in an environment of beautiful landscapes, to be dazzled with the testimonies of the incaica architecture, to admire the artistic wealth of the colonial churches.
Cusco, mythical capital of the Inca Empire, proudly preserves its walls and stone walls, which evoke the greatness of the children of the sun. A city full of monuments and historical relics, of myths and legends, which seem to be reborn every time you walk its centennial streets. Arriving to the city of Cusco, walking through its streets and enjoying its landscapes is to be transported directly to the past, its atmosphere originates in those who breathe it experiences of deep fascination.
La Salineras de Maras (The Salt Mines of Maras)
Located at 60 Km. (37 miles) and 7 Km. (4.3 miles) from Moray. In addition to the colonial town of Maras, the Salineras de Maras stands out at a distance of 10 km from the town of Maras (30 minutes by car or 2 hours on foot). Also called Salinas de Maras. They are salt mines whose exploitation is as old as the Tahuantinsuyo. The inhabitants channel the saline water that emanates from the ground – from a water eye called “Qoripujio” – towards pools in which, by effects of the sun, it evaporates leaving in the surface the salt that later is treated to be sold in the local market. The view of the complex of approximately three thousand wells is spectacular. The villagers show visitors their ancestral techniques and allow them to intervene in the collection.
Archaeological zone located 53 Km. northwest of Cuzco, in which an admirable system of Inca terraces stands out, conformed by enormous terraces superimposed in concentric form like a great coliseum, achieving up to 150 meters in difference of height levels. This technology allowed the ancient Inca farmers to create diverse microclimates, experiment and obtain varieties of plants that would improve their crops. Each terrace has retaining walls and is connected by a complex system of artificial irrigation channels, which is a sample of the high hydraulic technology also reached by the Incas. Considered one of the first genetic laboratories of humanity. The surroundings of Moray are an excellent area for mountain biking and hiking. Its access is in a detour in the highway that joins Chinchero with Urubamba.
Machu Picchu information
It is located to the northwest of Cusco, 129 kilometers above the Urubamba River (hence the name of the Vilcanota River), in the mountains of Vilcabamba. Its altitude is over 2380 m.a.s.l. The citadel of Machu Picchu is one of the most important archaeological sites in the whole world and is the main destination of Peru. Few man-made works show as much harmony with nature as the citadel of Machu Picchu shows us and the 33 archaeological groups that are united by means of the Inka trail.
The archaeological complex is located at the top of the mountain, Machu Picchu (in Quechua means ancient mountain or important mountain) which gives the name to the citadel and the impressive landscape that we have all seen. In front of it, the incredible mountain of Wayna Picchu appears (“young mountain”) in whose top and slopes some archaeological remains are located. Both peaks are bordered by the mighty Urubamba River that runs eastward, 400 meters below the citadel.
Altitude de Machu Picchu
It is 2490 m.a.s.l. taking as reference the Main Square of the archaeological site. According to some scientists, this may have been created 36 thousand years B.C.
Weather in Machu Picchu
As it is located in a subtropical zone, its temperature ranges from 8º to 22º C. The rainiest months are from December to April.
This lake formed by the snowmelt Humantay and Salkantay presents a unique landscape of the district of Mollepata (Anta).
As part of the route to Salkantay Mountain, you can access it by walking or mountain biking, as well as it lends itself to some other camping activities.
With a mystical air, the lagoon is visited by shamans and tourists from all over the world to leave offerings to the Pachamama, deity that represents Mother Earth in the Inca culture.
Do I need to speak Spanish to travel in Peru?
The answer is no. Without knowing how to speak Spanish you can travel all over Peru and visit as many places as you want, from the best known to the least crowded. In addition, most tourist sites have guides trained to speak English, a language with which most tourists communicate.
If you want to have a closer trip, experience tourism and get closer to the local communities, speaking Spanish will be a plus that will improve your experience. It should be noted that in the country there are communities and places where other languages are spoken, such as Quechua or Aymara. If you learn just a few basic words in Spanish, there will be no problem moving from one place to another, ordering your food in a restaurant or making a payment.
Is it safe to travel in Peru?
The security conditions in our country in general are good, especially in the cities with more tourist activity. In Peru we are aware that national and foreign travelers seek to have an adventure without unforeseen events. For that reason, in our country we bet for the security and in taking the necessary measures to give stability and confidence to the visitors.
However, local authorities always recommend taking precautions. For example, before traveling to a city, make sure you know which areas to travel through and which not. This is because there are sectors of risk (those that should be avoided), such as the valley of the Rivers Ene, Mantaro and Apurimac. It is also not advisable to travel in very remote and not very crowded areas. As in any other country, there is a risk of theft or robbery.
We advise you to be discreet and not to show anything of value when you walk down the street, as well as to avoid carrying a lot of cash. In case you have any problem, have at hand the contact details, such as the mail or the telephone number of the local police. You won’t have any problems if you follow these recommendations.
Is it expensive to travel in Peru?
The answer depends on what places you expect to travel, how long and the products and services you want to buy.
Traveling in Peru is not expensive if you decide to save. You can travel by bus to the destinations you want to visit, buy your breakfasts and lunches in local markets (where you will not miss the best local cuisine). In addition, you can also make advance reservations at the hotel where you will stay to avoid high seasons and prices. If you have a small budget, you can stay in tourist accommodations with shared rooms.
If you have a friend or acquaintance in the place you have chosen to visit, they can help you a lot with the prices, especially when haggling for products in tourist places.
Does it cost much to taste the best gastronomy in Peru?
The cuisine in our country is very varied and is among the best in the world. Restaurant prices are not excessive. As we mentioned, you can find typical dishes and delicacies in markets and small shops for no more than 10 soles.
Tourist or gourmet restaurants can have high prices between 30 or 100 soles per plate. It all depends on where you are. It is best to ask the tourist agencies for recommendations on what to eat and where.
Are vaccinations needed when traveling in Peru?
The only mandatory vaccination is against yellow fever for travelers going to jungle areas below 2300 meters above sea level. That is, for those who travel to the cities of the Amazon, Loreto, Ucayali, Madre Dios, among others. In addition, the Ministry of Health of Peru also recommends vaccination against Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and malaria. These diseases can have serious consequences if they are not treated in time.
The health conditions in Peru are good, but in the event of any unforeseen event, have the contact details of the nearest hospitals or clinics at hand. Also remember that in the Jorge Chávez International Airport there is a free medical center to apply the vaccine against yellow fever.
Is the climate very variable in Peru?
Yes, it depends on the city you are in. If you decide to travel through Peru to jungle regions such as Loreto, for example, you will be in the jungle part of the country and the temperature can be around 40 degrees. On the other hand, if you go to the Cordillera de Huayhuash, in the Andean zone, you can expose yourself to temperatures below zero among the snow-capped mountains
That’s why we recommend that you find out very well about the weather and the best time of year to travel to the destination of your choice. That will depend on the clothes you wear, the type of food and the appropriate implements. You’ll also learn about the best festivities and events to better plan the time of year you’ll be traveling.
However, be careful with the height. Many of the most famous tourist places, such as Machu Picchu, are located more than 3000 meters above sea level. The altitude sickness, better known as soroche, generates symptoms of dizziness and nausea, which will prevent you from continuing with your adventure. Find out well the conditions of the place where you are going and take the respective precautions.
Is a visa required to visit Peru?
It is not required for almost all countries in the Americas and Western Europe. Even nations such as Chile, Ecuador and Bolivia do not need a visa or passport to enter different regions. However, we recommend that you check Peru’s diplomatic representation in your country to see if you need this document or not. If you want more information you can also go to the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru.
Can I exchange dollars or euros at Lima airport?
Yes, but try to change as little as possible at the airport, as the exchange rate is not very favorable. It would be best to look for exchange offices in the city or in commercial and safe areas.
Do you have to carry your passport at all times?
If you need this document to enter the country, it is advisable to carry it at all times for identification purposes. For example, if you travel by long distance bus, it is very likely that you will be asked to do so. However, for minor matters such as taking public transport, a copy should suffice.
We run this tour only as a private tour
- USD 699 per person for a group of 2 people
- USD 679per person for a group of 3 people
Prices reduce if there are more people in your group