Pumamarca + Machu Picchu 2D/1N
Trekking Pumamarca + Machu Picchu: The Inca site of Puma Marca is situated about 2.5 hours walking from the Inca village of Ollantaytambo - which is one of the most popular destinations in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Many tour buses and cars drive daily between Cusco and Ollantaytambo. The area is interesting because of the history and that the Spaniards suffered one of their few defeats in a direct confrontation with the Incas – but also because in Ollantaytambo many of the original Inca streets still exist.
Puma Marca is a fortress built on top of a steep slope, which was built to control the entrance to the Sacred Valley from the nearby jungle. A steep climb will be rewarded with a beautiful panorama view over the valley.
After visiting Puma Marca, we will spend the night in Aguas Calientes (Machupicchu pueblo) and wake up early in the morning to visit Machu Picchu, one of the 7 Modern Wonders of the World.
Detailed Itinerary Trekking to Machu Picchu:
Trekking Purmamarca + Machu Picchu
Trekking Day 1: Cusco - Ollantaytambo - Pumamarca - Aguas Calientes (Machupicchu pueblo)
Early in the morning (6:00am) we will pick you up from your hotel and drive about one hour and twenty minutes to the village of Ollantaytambo.
From there starts our hike to the site of Puma Marca. The hike is about 2.5 hours from Ollantaytambo to Puma Marca. Once outside the crowded tourist center, you’ll find yourself immediately in another world, a world of tranquility, ancient streets with houses built on Inca foundations, courtyards where chicha (corn beer) is being served and where chickens and guinea pigs walk around freely. Thereafter beautiful nature, small farms and splendid Inca terraces will appear on the road; this is a place only few tourists will experience in their lives. On the way, we will stop to enjoy a tasty picnic in beautiful surroundings. Once we get to Puma Marca, you will explore the site with your guide who will tell you about the history of the place.
After returning to Ollantaytambo by the ancient trail, we still have time to visit the old village and (if desired) to ascend to another Inca site around Ollantaytambo or explore the market.
From there our train goes to Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night in a hotel.
Trekking Day 2: Hike to Machu Picchu - Cusco
On the final day, we first will have breakfast and then take the first bus at 5:00 AM to Machu Picchu. A walking tour (approximately 2 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 (2,720 m/8,923 ft). It takes 45 minutes to reach the top of Huayna Picchu and you will get a magnificent view over Machu Picchu and its surroundings.
You will later meet your guide back in Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu pueblo (the trip down to Aguas Calientes can be reached by bus or by foot) for lunch (this lunch is not included in the cost of the trek) and to receive your train tickets back to Cusco.
If you desire an extra night in Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu pùeblo, it can be arranged. This option is very popular as it allows more time to explore Machu Picchu. You can also go to the thermal springs in the town - a real treat after finishing the tour.
Included in Pumamarca + Machu Picchu:
- Round-trip transportation from your hotel
- English-speaking Tour Guide (Puma Marca and Machu Picchu)
- Picnic lunch and Dinner on Day 1, Breakfast on Day 2 (in your hotel)
- Entrance fees to Pumamarca
- Hotel in Aguas Calientes (Machupicchu pueblo)
- Entrance to Machu Picchu
- Round trip train tickets Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes
- Round trip bus tickets Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu
Not Included in Pumamarca + Machu Picchu:
- Optional Ollantaytambo ruins Entrance Fee
- Optional Huaynapicchu Entrance Fee
- Hot Springs at Aguas Calientes (Machupicchu pueblo)
What You Need to Bring for Pumamarca + Machu Picchu:
- Original passport (and *International Student card (ISIC), if applicable)
- Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required)
- Walking boots
- Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
- Sun hat
- Sun protection cream (SPF 35 or higher recommended)
- Personal medication
- Cash in local currency (Peruvian Soles) to purchase items along the trail and tips
*To qualify as a student, it is necessary to have a valid ISIC card. Please scan and email us a copy at the time of booking.
If desired, the train back to Cusco can be upgraded to Vistadome (+$20)
Prices for 2013:
|Number of People||2||3||4||5||6-10|
|Price per Person ($ USD)||$420||$410||$400||$390||$380|
Cusco Native is a company comprised of certified and licensed local tour guides. All tours booked with Cusco Native are led and staffed by Cusco Native employees. We will never pass you onto another tour company for your trek. We are a local company with professional employees and guides who are knowledgeable in all of the main (like the Inca Trail trekking) and alternative (Lares trekking, trekking Choquekirao to Machu Picchu) treks.
In the event of a cancellation we need to be informed in writing. Cancellation charges plus forfeiture of the non-refundable deposit will be applied as shown below calculated from the day written notification is received by Cusco Native.
Our cancellation table is as follows:
|Days Prior to Start of Trek||Percentage Lost of Total Trek Price|
|29 to 22||60%|
|21 to 9||80%|
|8 to 0||100%|
In the event of partial cancellations, the remaining passenger may have to pay any remaining charges (e.g. single room supplements or double-occupancy).