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- Leni, Germany

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Cusco Full On - 8 Days

This is a tour for those who like to live "full on" in their vacation time- in this creative trip you will get to plunge head on into an action packed and adventurous week in the high Andes around Cusco! Not only a physical challenge, this tour will take you to the heart of Andean culture and you will trek to the famous Machu Picchu.
This is a tour for people who like to work hard, and fit in as much as they can for their holidays.  The tour is designed to let you plunge into the Andes and all that this fascinating region has to offer.  
Apus Peru are specialists in creating, tailor made Peru tours for off the beaten track traveller, featuring Machu Picchu, Cusco and the Inca Trail.  We offer standard, Comfort Plus and Luxury/ Deluxe options so that you can tailor your travel to your tastes.

  • Note: This tour starts/ends in Cusco. If you would like us to organise for you a Lima extension, please ask us for details.
  • Internal flights not included.

Cusco Full On 8 d- at a glance

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Option A - Classic Inca Trail 4d to Machu Picchu

Option B - Lares and Machu Picchu 4d.

Highlight: Horseriding or hiking tour of the four ruins, Sacred Valley hiking tour, overnight in traditional Sacred Valley village, 4 day alternative or traditonal Inca Trail hike

Location: Cusco City, Sacred Valley, Chinchero, Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes, Inca Trail alternative or Classic trek.

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights

Level: Moderate/ difficult (depending on choice of trek.)

Departure dates: any day with two people.

Price Options (see price details to right):

>Standard option** with Standard accommodation -(Code CFO8-A/B-S)

>Comfort Plus option***with Comfort Plus ccommodation (Code CFO8-A/B-CP)

>Deluxe option****with 4 or 5 star Luxury accommodation (Code CFO8-A/B-D)

 



PRICES 2017 Standard

# of People

2
3
4
 5-6
 7-8+

Price USD (per person)

$2527
$2123
 $1803
 $1686

 

PRICES 2017 Comfort

# of People

2
3
4
 5-6
 7-8+

Price USD (per person)

$2939
$2495
 $2176
 $2059

 

PRICES 2017 Upscale chic

# of People

2
3
4
 5-6
 7-8+

Price USD (per person)

$3220
$2744
 $2457
 $2340

 

PRICES 2017 Luxury

For Luxury pricing, please contact your travel consultant for a personalized quote

 

 

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Cusco Full On 8 days - Full Itinerary (Code CFO8)

Day 1 - Lima/Cusco
Arrive Cusco
Upon arrival in Cusco you will be transferred to your selected hotel. We suggest taking an early flight, so you can see as much as you can on your first day in Cusco!
Once you have freshened up, your guide will meet you for a half-day city tour that gives you a great orientation to the city of Cusco, giving you a feel for the principal sites and areas of interest! This is a gentle walking tour, suitable for all fitnesses.

The tour will start with a pickup at your hotel (so the order of visits may vary depend on where your hotel is). 
Lunch at a local typical restaurant will be included at the beginning of your tour. Principal sites to visit are the Qorikancha, the artisan’s neighbourhood of San Blas and the San Pedro Market.  The Qorikancha (the golden enclosure) was the most important religious centres in Inca times. Nowadays it is also the Santo Domingo Convent. Your tour will explore both Inca history and the history of the conquest.   From here we will walk through the centre’s narrow streets winding our way up to the neighbourhood of San Blas.  Home to many of the traditional artist families of Cusco, San Blas is filled with small galleries and workshops where works of art can be seen and purchased. We will continue on to the San Pedro market, the first produce market of the city.  From tropical fruits and flowers brought up from the jungle, to medicinal plants, locally produced cheeses and breads and not to be missed the fresh meats this market will awaken all of your senses while showing you a slice of life of the true Cusco.  Our last stop will be Cusco’s main square or Plaza de Armas which has been the city’s gathering point since the time of the Inca.  Here your guide will show you where you can find banks, laundry, pick up a poncho before your trek and can show you some of the city’s not to be missed restaurants where you can savour some of Peru’s world renowned cuisine.
In the evening you will dine at one of Cusco’s newest Novo Andino cuisine restaurants.
Included Meal (s):  Lunch, & Dinner

Cusco Hotel
Standard: Andenes al Cielo/ Andariego
Comfort Plus: Casa San Blas/Tierra Viva/Tambo del Arriero/Casa Andina Classic
Deluxe: Your choice! We recommend Inkaterra La Casona or Casa Cartagena but there are many beautiful luxury hotels in Cusco!

Day 2  Rafting in the Sacred Valley
This Urubamba River Rafting day features  nice class II, III and III+ rapids. There are also scenic riverside views, with eucalyptus trees, beautiful flowers, a profusion of cactus and Inca ruins adorning this whitewater trip. The rafting season is all year long and from early December to late March the river is Class IV. 
In the early morning you will be collected from your hotel, after one hour and 30 minute drive through green valleys, snow capped mountains and small Andean villages, we will arrive to our launching point.  Before we jump into the raft, the guides will give a safety talk and afterwards the crew will fit you out with the proper equipment.  To make sure that we are ready to go, we will practice the safety commands so everybody is ready when the action comes. Slowly going down river we will be between rocks, waves and class II, III rapids. After challenging the Urubamba River, we will have a nice picnic lunch and then transfer to Ollantaytambo where we will spend the night.
We will have dinner in an atmospheric Ollantaytambo restaurant.

Included Meal(s):  Breakfast, Box lunch, Dinner

Hotel Ollantaytambo
Standard: El Albergue, Ollantaytambo   
Comfort  Plus: Hotel Pakaritampu, Ollantaytambo.
Deluxe: Tambo del Inka or Sol y Luna (both located in Urubamba, not in Ollantaytambo)

Day 3: Sacred Valley / Pisac
We will first have a guided tour of the ruins at Ollantaytambo before heading towards the village of Pisac, famous for its ruins and a lively market. We will spend a short time looking around this fascinating market before continuing high up in the hills above the Pisac ruins, and far away from the tourist trail.
We will then take private transport to the Abra (Pass) high up in the mountains above the village of Chayhuatire. We will stop to see some pre-Inca rock drawings on the way to the community where people will be waiting with their looms set up and only too happy to explain the meaning of their weavings and their use of natural products to make dyes. Inevitably, a group of villagers will gather with their weavings and you will have the opportunity to buy some of these spectacularly woven items. The quality of the products offered is superb, so you cannot expect to get a "bargain" though you will meet the person who made your souvenir!
From here we will mountain bike downhill through typical Sacred Valley farmland before arriving at Pisac Ruins in the mid afternoon.
Here, we will have a guided tour and some time to explore a little. Our private car will accompany us all along the route and take tired bicycle riders! 
We will have dinner in an atmospheric Ollantaytambo restaurant.

Included Meal(s):  Breakfast, Box lunch,

Hotel Ollantaytambo
Standard: El Albergue, Ollantaytambo   
Comfort  Plus: Hotel Pakaritampu, Ollantaytambo.
Deluxe: Tambo del Inka or Sol y Luna (both located in Urubamba, not in Ollantaytambo)

Day 4: Start 4 day trek - Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (Option A)

Classic Inca Trail permits for high season sell out at least 4 months in advance!  If, when you go to book, the permits for your dates are sold out, we will offer you the Option B - Lares and Machu Picchu trek instead of the Inca Trail trek.

Cusco - Ollantaytambo - KM 82 - Llactapata - Wayllabamba

You will be picked up from your Cusco hotel early in the morning in private transport. You should have breakfast in your hotel or bring some snacks.  We will stop in Ollantaytambo for last minute purchases, plus an opportunity for breakfast if you wish.   We will continue to Pisacucho (also known as Kilometre 82) where the trail starts. On arrival at Kilometre82, it is necessary to show entrance tickets, passports and (if paying a student rate) student card. Crossing the Urubamba river we begin our trek through typical dry forest growing cacti, prickly pears and the Tara tree. We will walk around 3 hours (6kms) to Llactapata the first archaeological site on our journey.  4 kilometres of gentle uphill through farmland takes us to Wayllabamba and our campsite for the night.
Walking – 12kms or 8 miles
Minimum Altitude – 2,700ms, 8990 feet. / Maximum Altitude – 3,100ms, 10000feet
Altitude of camp – 3,100ms , 10000 feet./ Approx night temperature: Around 10oC.

Day 5. Wayllabamba - Llulluchapampa - Dead Woman's Pass - Pacaymayo

This is generally considered the most challenging day of the trek. We will wake early in order to get a good start. Leaving small villages and farmland we will enter the sub tropical forest and lunch around Llulluchapampa. From here we will start a steep ascent towards the highest pass (Abra de Huarmihuañusca/'Dead Woman's Pass’ – 4200m/13779ft).  There is an amazing sense of achievement upon reaching the top. We will continue downwards 600ms (1980 feet) over 3 kms (1.8 miles) through very humid forest to the evening campsite of Pacaymayo,
Walking – 11kms or 6.8 miles
Minimum Altitude – 3,100ms, 10000 feet. / Maximum Altitude – 4,200ms, 13780feet
Altitude of Camp – 3,600ms, 11810 feet/ Approx night temperature: Around 6 degrees C.

Day 6 Pacaymayo - Sayakmarka - Phuyupatamarca - Wiñay Wayna

After another early breakfast  we will walk to the beautiful Inka site of Runkurakay one of the check points and the beginnings of the original royal Inca trail to Machu Picchu.  We will continue on to Sayakmarka one of the most beautiful Inka remains on this, the Classic Inca trail.  After lunch we trek through some very beautiful scenery ,with, the entrance to the cloud forest and the fabulous examples of orchids and humming birds we will walk for another hour to Phuyupatamarca (meaning ‘Town in the Clouds’) and to reach the third highest point on the trail (3680m). There are also wonderful views of Salkantay Mountain. From here we have 3 hours of downhill into the forest and Wiñay Wayna and our camp for the evening. This is the most popular campsite with access to hot showers and a cold beer.   A short distance from this campsite is located the Inca site of the same name ‘Wiñay Wayna’ (‘Forever Young’). Even if you are tired after your day’s trek, don’t miss out on visiting the most impressive site on the trail.  Make sure you ask your guide about visiting this site!
Walking – 12kms, 10.5 miles
Minimum Altitude – 2,670ms, 8760 feet. / Maximum Altitude – 3,900ms, 12800feet
Altitude of Camp – 2,670ms, 8760 feet/ Approx night temperature: Around 12 degrees C

Day 7 WiñayWayna - IntiPunku - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Cusco

We will rise very early on this day in order to arrive at the (‘Sun gate’) (2730m/8792ft) before sunrise. This early morning hike is the final part of the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and from the Sun Gate you have your first view of the mysterious and enigmatic Machu Picchu. After some time there, we will walk down the last part of the trail to the spot where you can take the classic photo (picture postcard shot) of this ancient city. Finally we visit Machu Picchu itself! A walking tour (approximately 2.5 hours) is given by your guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2720m/8923ft)!!! It takes 45 minutes to reach the top. (New system requires permit purchased separately) You will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (it can be reached by bus or on foot) for lunch and to be given your train tickets back to Cusco. Note: The train included in all tours is the Backpacker service (to Ollantaytambo) and then bus to Cusco. For those who wish a more flexible train timetable, you might like to upgrade to a Vistadome train. This is an extra $30 per person and must be nominated AT BOOKING.
Walking – 8kms, 5 miles
Minimum Altitude – 2,400ms, 7870 feet. / Maximum Altitude – 2,720ms, 8920 feet
Cusco Hotel
Standard: Andenes al Cielo/ Andariego
Comfort Plus: Casa San Blas/Tierra Viva/Tambo del Arriero/Casa Andina Classic
Deluxe: Your choice! We recommend Inkaterra La Casona or Casa Cartagena but there are many beautiful luxury hotels in Cusco!

Day 8
Cusco/Departure day
After breakfast, you will have the opportunity for some last minute souvenir shopping or a stroll around Cusco’s atmospheric streets.   At a pre organised time, you will be transferred to Cusco airport and assisted on your onward flight.
Included Meal(s):  Breakfast
Note:

  • This tour does not include domestic flights. We can organise these for you on request. Please ask your Apus Peru travel consultant for more information and costs.
  • If you are continuing on to Lima and have an international connection, please make sure you allow enough time between your local flight arriving and your international flight’s departure.

Styles of Travel

Apus Peru provides you the flexibilty to choose our innovative and off the beaten track tours whether you are a budget, or luxury traveller. Our high quality of guide service stays the same, but depending on what Style of Travel you choose, you have different levels of hotels and meals.

http://www.apus-peru.com/tours/styles_of_travel.html

AVAILABLE DISCOUNTS (these discounts are not cumulative

  • Students: US$ 30.00 (students require a valid International Student Identity Card. Please beware that Youth Travel Cards are not valid)
  • Teenagers: US$ 20.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
  • Children: US$ 45.00 (up to 10 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)

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You will need to email us to check availability, receive booking forms and then make your deposit. For our payment conditions and booking please refer to our Make a Booking page. * For organisational reasons, we require one week to organise your booking, prior to departure.