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Hike to Inca ruins, learn to cook authentic Peruvian cuisine, and explore unforgettable Machu Picchu on this short and sweet adventure. 

 

Price: Starting from $1,233

Duration: 5 days (April-october)

Activity Level: 1 2 3 4 5

 
 

PRICE: $1450

Student (15% discount): $1233
Private Departure (1-4 pax): $1885
Private Departure (5-10 pax): $1450

ITINERARY SUMMARY

Day 1: Arrive to Cusco
Day 2: Day hike to Sacred Valley
Day 3: Cooking class and transfer to Aguas Calientes
Day 4: Visit Machu Picchu and return to Cusco
Day 5: International departures

Please note: Expedition dates indicate when you should arrive and depart Peru. Arriving early or departing late? Click here to purchase an additional day with lodging and airport transfers.

Arrival DateEnd DateStatus
June 17, 2016June 21, 2016Open
August 12, 2016August 16, 2016Open
September 23, 2016September 27, 2016Open
October 7, 2016October 11, 2016Open
October 14, 2016October 18, 2016Open
December 23, 2016December 27, 2016Open
December 30, 2016January 3, 2017Open
March 31, 2017April 4, 2017Open
April 7, 2017April 11, 2017Open
May 12, 2017May 16, 2017Open
June 16, 2017June 20, 2017Open
August 11, 2017August 15, 2017Open
September 22, 2017September 26, 2017Open
October 6, 2017October 10, 2017Open
October 13, 2017October 17, 2017Open
December 22, 2017December 26, 2017Open

inclusions

  • medical/evacuation insurance for all participants confirmed 30 days or more prior to their expedition start date
  • airport transfers
  • 3 nights accommodation in Cusco
  • 1 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes
  • cooking class with lunch included
  • day excursion to Sacred Valley
  • 5 breakfasts
  • Machu Picchu entrance permits
  • guide services
  • all ground transportation outlined in itinerary

NOT INCLUDED

  • personal items (laundry, clothing, snacks, etc.)
  • trip cancellation insurance (offered as an option)
  • international airfare and meals during travel
  • snacks during trek
  • beverages outside of designated meals

itinerary

Day 1: Cusco (11,155ft/3400m). Upon your arrival to the airport in Cusco, a OneSeed staff member will be there to greet you and take you to our partner B&B, 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 for orientation at 5:00pm.

Inclusions: Airport transfer, orientation talk and accommodations (based on double-occupancy).

Day 2: Cusco (11,155ft/3400m). Head out into the Sacred Valley for a day tour to Maras, Moray, and Salineras. Check out the impressive Inca ruins that have been standing for over 500 years. 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. Return to Cusco for the night.

Inclusions: Breakfast, tour of Sacred Valley and accommodations (based on double-occupancy).

Day 3: Cusco to Aguas Calientes (6,693ft/2040m). Get a taste of Peru this morning with a cooking class hosted by a local restaurant owner. Buy your ingredients at the local market and learn to prepare some of Peru’s famous dishes on your own. With a full stomach, drive an hour and a half to the train station in Ollantaytambo, where you will catch the train to Aguas Calientes, the charming town at the base of Machu Picchu.

Inclusions: Breakfast, cooking class with lunch included, transfer to train station, train ticket, and accommodations (based on double-occupancy).

Day 4: 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. Meet in Aguas Calientes in the afternoon to board the train back to Cusco for one final night.

Inclusions: Breakfast, Machu Picchu entrance permit and guided tour, train ticket, and accommodations (based on double-occupancy).

Day 5: Cusco (11,155ft/3400m). International flights depart.

Inclusions: Breakfast, airport transfer.

End of Services.

All itineraries are subject to change based on local conditions and the judgment of the guide. We reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to medical considerations or the ability of participants as judged by the guide. For complete terms and conditions, see here.


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PACKING LIST

Sturdy shoes, a good raincoat, and warm layers for the evening are the only essential items. Bring comfortable and modest clothes for the time in Cusco. There is no need to bring a sleeping bag or any gear as you'll be staying in lodges throughout the expedition.

Documents and Logistics

  • International flights booked and confirmed to Cusco
  • Flight information submitted
  • Passport valid through end of trip (*Passport and entry receipt must be carried at all times during expedition!)
  • Medical insurance card
  • Cash for tipping guides, buying souvenirs, incidental costs, etc. (*Note: Please bring crisp US bills. Many places will not accept torn, wrinkled, or worn bills)

CLIMATE OVERVIEW

Peru, like the most of the countries that are between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Range, has a rich climate due to the moisture of the ocean and the dryness of the altitude.

The Peruvian winter (June to September) and the late spring (April to May)/ early autumn (October) are the driest months and the best time to go to Cusco and Machu Picchu. However, you should still be prepared for rain. Rain is common throughout the year in Peru and it helps keep the countryside so lush. The rainy season in Peru begins in December and lasts through March and averages 4-6 inches/month. The dry season typically gets less than an inch of rain/month.

Machu Picchu is almost 8,000 feet above sea level and like any high altitude trek, the sun is very powerful during the day and the evenings cool down a great deal. Layers are essential in this climate because it keep you prepared for the quickly changing weather. The temperatures during the day remains fairly constant throughout the year but the lows are highest during the summer, which is also the rainy season.

 

Machu Picchu Weather


Taste of peru Reviews

Huber was the best!!! His explanations of Chinchero and the nearby colonial area and symbolism made me feel like I was learning important history and occasionally secrets of the area.
OneSeed made my dream of visiting the Sacred Valley one of the best experiences of my life! Our guide, Domingo, was welcoming, knowledgeable, approachable and had a great sense of humor! He effortlessly made our expedition feel like we were safe and well taken care of at all times.
I wouldn’t hesitate to book a trip with One Seed again and would definitely recommend your tours to friends and family! Keep up the good work bringing people together for such quality experiences.

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CANCELLATION AND REFUND 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.

If your expedition must be canceled by OneSeed due to circumstances outside of your control (e.g. natural disasters, weather, etc.), we will work with you to reschedule at no extra cost. If rescheduling is not possible, you will be reimbursed the total amount of your purchase less 20% of trip cost.

All discounted and promotional offers made through third-party partners are 100% non-refundable and non-transferable.

Insure Your Trip

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.