When we arrive in Aguas Calientes, the town below Machupicchu, we will leave our bags in a hostel.
At noon, we will have lunch and rest before starting our trek to MANDOR PAMPA valley. We will walk about an hour to the site and take in the flora and fauna on the way. We will also visit the Machupicchu museum where your guide will explain the latest archeological discoveries in the magical city. On the way, we will stop to take in the Mandor Valley the place HIRAM BINGHAM met with Melchor Arteaga the night before his discovery of MACHUPICCHU on 1911. We will then return to Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night.
The mandorpampa valley is home to a great variety of birds. Some species that can be viewed beneith the canopy include tangaras, thrushes, flycatchers, hummingbirds and the andean cock of the rock.
our Explore guides lead you through the gardens and discover some of the birds inhabiting this paradise habitat.
DAY 1: CUSCO - MANDOR
We will pick you up from your hotel at 5:30 a.m. and go by train to Machupicchu. The trip will take about 4 hours. We will then arrive to Aguas Calientes, the closest town to Machupicchu, where we will leave our bags in a hostel. At noon, we will have lunch and rest before starting our trek to MANDOR PAMPA valley. We will walk about an hour to the site and take in the flora and fauna on the way. We will also visit the Machupicchu museum where your guide will explain the latest archeological discoveries in the magical city. On the way, we will stop to take in the Mandor Valley the place HIRAM BINGHAM met Arteaga the nigth before his discovery MACHUPICCHU on 1911. We will then return to Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night.
DAY 2: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHUPICCHU – CUSCO
After early breakfast at hotel you will take a bus to the ruins which only takes 30 minutes and departs every 10 minutes. In Machupicchu you will meet you group where you will have 2 hours guided tour then will have extra time to explore the ruins by yourself. If on the other hand you want to see Huaynapicchu you can climb or you can go to the most famous spot of Machupicchu. The Sun Gate is a one hour climb or if you simply want to get postcard pictures of the ruins, by all means do so. We encourage all the travelers to make the most of their time in this place. There are options that you can take to Aguas Calientes either by bus or carry on with your walking through those famous Inca steps. The usual departure time is in the afternoon via train to Ollantaytambo then by bus to your hotel in Cusco.
NOTE: Climbing to the Sun Gate is always available and free to do. This is also a easy way to walk to a lovely spot with views of Machu Picchu below. If you prefer Huaynapicchu with more dramatic views, this needs to be planned in advance and is $25 per person. It takes one hour to the top and is a bit challenging. The other option is Machu Picchu Mountain which is 1.5 hours straight up, very challenging and $15 per person. This is probably the most beautiful and dramatic of all views, but all three options are lovely and will result in amazing photos.
With Mandorpampa package you will receive:
Cultural Immersion Experience
- Visit to Patabamba village
- Home stay at the community
- Explore the community with your guide and share the day in the lives of QUECHUAS
- Private transport from your Cusco hotel or home stay to trailhead
- Bus ticket from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes
- Train ticket for going to Aguas Calientes and back to Cusco on the Expedition Train
- Transfer from the Cusco train station back to your hotel
- Entrance fees for Machu Picchu
- Entrance fees for Huayna Picchu
- Professional, knowledgeable English-speaking guide
- A driver
- Hotel 3 star accommodation in Aguas Calientes
- Dinner at the best restaurant at Aguas Calientes
- Breakfast at the hotel(vegetarian option available)
Price per Person: US$520 (Minimum 2 persons; departures all year )
Cultural Immersion Experience
Travel is about meeting the local people and experiencing different ways of life. That is why EXPLORE ADVENTURES PERU immerses you in the local communities. Visit the most interesting and off the beaten track locations to experience the real Peru! Have a unique cultural adventure at local communities, COMMUNITY STAY and CULTURAL IMMERSION before each trek and take part of our tours.
We are a 100% locally owned and operated company!
EXPLORE ADVENTURES PERU offers an assortment of adventurous treks and exciting tour packages in Peru, specially designed to appeal to most visitors' budgets that doesn't have a negative impact on the environment or adversely affect local communities. EXPLORE ADVENTURES PERU employees are local, Peruvian people. We work to invest in our own country and develop social work to offer our people a better lifestyle and provide opportunities to keep growing. This is the main difference between local companies and foreign companies and associated companies.
Our Group Services have a maximum group size of 8
Most tour operators work with a maximum of 16 on the Inca Trail, since this is authorized by law, or even higher on other trekking routes.
We treat our staff
Including chefs, porters and wranglers with the utmost respect and fairness. EXPLORE ADVENTURES not only complies with the Porter Law and Regulation, but our wages are over the minimum requested by law and above the average pay by most tour operators.
We have expert Top Tour Guides
For special requests (ornithology, history and archaeology, flora and fauna and also generalist guides). All our guides have been trained in advanced first aid by certified doctors in Peru. On all of our treks, not only on the Inca Trail, there will be a guide for every 8 guests. The head guide will ensure the utmost safety to our guests by providing them undivided attention.
We use innovative equipment
Such as an igloo, waterproof, spacious tents, camping equipment specialized for high mountain treks, such as Vaude, Eureka and Doite tents. Each tent has a capacity for 3 people, but are used only for 2 people.
We have one of the most outstanding meal services in the field
Our chefs have been highly trained by several institutes in Lima and Cusco. You should be prepared to not only have a superb trekking experience, but also a culinary one, including generous and delicious breakfasts, snacks, lunches, tea services and dinners. Our delectable menus include a variety of Peruvian and international food and also cater for vegetarian and other dietary needs at no extra cost. EXPLORE ADVENTURES PERU is recognized for its buffet meals, the quantity and quality of food, and its freshness.
EXPLORE ADVENTURES PERU performs responsibly.
Making sure to cause minimal impact on the environment of the natural protected areas where it operates.
We pay legal taxes (19% IGV or consumption tax)on all services contributing to the country’s growth and development. Further to this, we pay a 30% tax on all earnings.
Our superb treatment to our staff is not reduced in the low season: porter and chef wages are maintained, same as guide fees.
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Upgrades - HOTELS
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge($460 USD), Belmond Sanctuary Lodge is a luxury hotel in the Sacred Valley, Machupicchu Peru.
Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel 5-star hotel($335 USD) , hotel Privileged located at the Urubamba River and only 20 minutes from the famous Machu Picchu archeological site, this 5- star hotel offers comfort, elegance and relaxation, in Andean Design.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo 3,5-star hotel ($445USD) , Hotel is a colonial-style property that features massage sessions and an Andean sauna. The spacious rooms feature tile floors and sitting areas.
Tierra Viva Machu Picchu 3-star hotel($110 USD) , hotel Offering impressive views of the surrounding hills, Tierra Viva Cusco Machu Picchu.
Andina Luxury hotel ($100 USD),This hotel is located in Aguas Caliente (Machu Picchu town), a few meters from the railway station en route to the hot springs with a breathtaking view of the surrounding vegetation.
Casa Andina Machu Picchu hotel ($150 USD),Casa Andina Classic Machu Picchu is a cozy and comfortable hotel strategically located in Aguas Calientes, the access point to the Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
Upgrades - Restaurants
Indio Feliz Dinner at the Restaurant, Bistro, Bar, Crêperie in MachuPicchu. on Day 1-($35 USD)
Tinkuy Buffet Lunch at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge on Day 2 – US $45
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