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2-Day Llama Trek & Machu Picchu Tour

Embark on a llama trek and cap it off with the magic of Machu Picchu.

Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

2 Days

Difficulty

4/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

2-Day Llama Trek & Machu Picchu Tour Overview

Begin a journey like no other, where the path to Machu Picchu is paved with the footprints of llamas and alpacas, our companions through the Sacred Valley’s heart. Our 2-Day Llama Trek & Machu Picchu Tour invites you to weave through the enchanting landscapes of Moray with these endearing creatures, who carry more than just supplies—they carry stories and traditions of a civilization deeply connected to nature. The trek is not simply a means to an end but a profound experience, setting the pace for an adventure steeped in the tranquility and the spiritual heritage of the Andes.

The serene pace of our llama or alpaca companions allows you to fully absorb the timeless beauty that surrounds you, from the intriguing circular terraces of Moray to the cloud-shrouded peaks that stand as guardians to the ancient Incan citadel. Reaching Machu Picchu, the journey transforms as you transition from the soft earthy paths of the valley to the stone-laid secrets of the iconic ruins. This tour is an invitation to travel beyond the map’s edge, into a world where every step is a story and every moment an enduring memory etched in the highland winds.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 7:00 AM
Estimated Return Time 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Moray, Maras Salt Mines, Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu

Price
FromUSD 460
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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 07:00
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 07:00
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 07:00
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 07:00
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 07:00
  • Deluxe Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 07:00

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Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Day 1: Cusco – Moray – Salt Mines – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

Our journey begins with the morning light in Cusco, where we collect you for an expedition into the heart of the Sacred Valley. Our first encounter is with the Moray terraces, a testament to the Incas’ botanical brilliance. As you stand amidst these concentric circles, we unveil the secrets of these ancient greenhouses that nurtured an agricultural revolution.

With history’s whispers still in the air, we introduce you to our charming travel companions—llamas or alpacas, symbols of Andean culture. These gentle souls will accompany us on a picturesque trek from Moray to Maras, a path tread by the ancients. Their calm demeanor and soft eyes make the journey through rolling fields and past towering peaks a serene communion with nature.

As we meander with our llama or alpaca friends, the Salt Mines of Maras emerge as a glistening maze of geometric pools. We pause to reflect on the ingenuity that carved these mineral-rich ponds into the mountainside, a practice that sustains local communities to this day.

Our narrative continues in Ollantaytambo, a living Inca town cradled by imposing ruins and the silent wisdom of the stones. The day’s tale reaches a serene coda as we board the train to Aguas Calientes, the anticipation of Machu Picchu growing with every turn of the wheels.

Accommodation: Hotel in Aguas Calientes
Meals: Boxed lunch and dinner in Aguas Calientes
Hiking: Approx. 6 hours, 15 km

With the new day’s awakening, we find ourselves poised for the crescendo of our expedition: the ascent to Machu Picchu. The journey begins at dawn, as we aim to be among the first to witness the ancient city’s awakening. The early morning mist, lifting slowly with the sun’s gentle rise, unveils the majestic city in dramatic fashion, allowing you to experience the sacred site at its most serene.

Our seasoned guides will lead you through the heart of Machu Picchu, sharing tales and truths of this enigmatic citadel. You’ll wander among the main square, the intricately carved Temple of the Sun, and the Royal Tomb, as our narration brings the stones to life. The morning will be spent exploring notable landmarks, like the Temple of the Three Windows and the artful Intiwatana stone, believed to be an ancient sundial.

As the sun climbs higher, you’ll have the freedom to stroll through the quiet outskirts of the ruins or sit and absorb the awe-inspiring vistas. Those who have chosen to scale the heights of Huayna Picchu will embark on their climb, rewarded with panoramic views and a unique perspective of the sprawling complex below.

After your descent, a leisurely afternoon awaits in Aguas Calientes. Here, you’re invited to relish a meal at your leisure (at your own expense), sampling local Andean flavors and reflecting on the morning’s adventure. As the day wanes, we gather for the return journey via train to Ollantaytambo. Our final act of hospitality is ensuring your safe passage back to Cusco, where the echoes of ancient footsteps blend with the memories we’ve created together.

Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast
Hiking: Exploration of Machu Picchu with guided narratives.

Tour Highlights

2-Day Llama Trek & Machu Picchu Tour Highlights

  • Exclusive Llama Trekking Experience: Embark on a one-of-a-kind journey with our graceful llamas or alpacas through the scenic trails of Moray, immersing yourself in the traditional Andean way of life.
  • Intriguing Agricultural Marvels of Moray: Discover the circular terraces of Moray, an extraordinary example of Incan ingenuity, used for experimenting with crops at different altitudes.
  • Authentic Salt Harvesting at Maras: Witness the ancient craft of salt extraction at the Maras Salt Mines, where shimmering salt pools have been harvested since Incan times.
  • Ollantaytambo’s Living Inca City: Explore the remarkable ruins and the Temple of the Sun, where history resonates through the narrow corridors and water channels of this still-inhabited Incan city.
  • Scenic Train Journey to Aguas Calientes: Relax on a picturesque train ride through the Andean landscape transitioning into the lush cloud forest en route to Aguas Calientes.
  • Sunrise over Machu Picchu: Capture the breathtaking sight of dawn breaking over Machu Picchu and wander among its ancient stone structures as the city awakens.
  • Guided Exploration of Iconic Ruins: Learn the stories and secrets of Machu Picchu with our expert guides, visiting the Temple of the Sun, the Royal Tomb, and more.
  • Optional Hikes for Unforgettable Views: Choose to ascend Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for panoramic views, or hike to the Sun Gate for an equally impressive perspective.
  • Comfort and Convenience: Enjoy pick-up and drop-off at your hotel in Cusco, and relax with accommodations in Aguas Calientes, knowing every detail is taken care of.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Detailing Every Aspect of Your Travel Experience: What’s Included and What’s Not

Standard Inclusions

All package options include the following:

  • Bilingual English-speaking tour guide.
  • Pre-departure briefing at your hotel/office 1 or 2 days before the trek.
  • Hotel pick-up and transportation to trailhead.
  • Llama trekking experience in Moray with a photo session.
  • Box lunch on Day 1 during the trek.
  • Dinner in Aguas Calientes on Day 1.
  • Breakfast at the hotel on Day 2.
  • Vegetarian and gluten-free options at no extra cost.
  • Admission tickets to Moray and the Maras Salt Mines.
  • Admission to Ollantaytambo ruins.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • 1-night hotel stay in Aguas Calientes (twin bedroom with private facilities).
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
  • Round-trip bus ticket between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu.
  • Round-trip Expedition Train tickets between Aguas Calientes and Ollantaytambo.
  • Private van transportation from Ollantaytambo to your Cusco hotel.

Exclusions:

Not included in our standard tour packages. Consider additional costs. Deluxe packages may cover some exclusions, as specified in the Additional Inclusions section.

  • Trekking poles (available for rent).
  • Day 1 breakfast.
  • Day 2 lunch and dinner.
  • Huayna Picchu/Machu Picchu mountain ticket (US$ 80 extra per person).
  • Optional tips for guide and trekking staff.

Additional Inclusions

Deluxe Packages Only

Elevate your travel experience with our bespoke Deluxe Package, meticulously designed to offer an array of premium amenities and services.

Deluxe Packages Include:

  • 3-Star Aguas Calientes Hotel: Rest and recharge in a carefully selected 3-star hotel.
  • Mountain Climbing Permits: Choose between Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for breathtaking panoramic views.
  • Vistadome First-Class Train: Enjoy scenic travel from Aguas Calientes with panoramic windows offering spectacular views.
  • Gourmet Lunch: Indulge in a gourmet dining experience at either Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes.
  • Private Transportation: Transportation exclusively for your group.
  • Dedicated Tour Guide: Get personalized insights and guidance from an expert tour guide throughout your journey.
  • Fair Compensation: We ensure fair compensation for all our dedicated team members.

Prices

Discover our diverse tour offerings, catering to various interests and providing unforgettable experiences for every traveler.

Standard Large Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 16ppl Max

USD

460

Per Person

Join a diverse group of travelers for an economical shared experience.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Standard Small Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 8ppl Max

USD

490

Per Person

Enjoy a more intimate setting, ideal for closer interactions and bonding.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

530

Per Person

Curate your journey with exclusivity tailored to your group’s preferences.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Deluxe Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

690

Per Person

Indulge in luxury, enhancing every aspect of your tour for a memorable experience.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

860

Per Person

Embrace the freedom of a solo adventure, with options to mingle or stay independent.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service or Join a Group

Deluxe Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

990

Per Person

Elevate your solo journey with added luxury and attentive service.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Special Discounts

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Student (-25 Years with Student Card): Save USD 20 with a valid Student Card for those younger than 25 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 30 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

*Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

Kindly take a moment to read our Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy before booking. Happy adventuring!

Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure – Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

In line with our commitment to your convenience, Huaynas Expeditions accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments – Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Terms for Clients

We recognize that life is ever-changing. However, due to the elaborate planning and expenses involved in preparing for this tour, we maintain a strict no-refund policy after booking confirmation. This underscores the importance of obtaining comprehensive travel insurance, which can offer protection against unforeseen cancellations.

Navigating Unpredictable Circumstances – Force Majeure

In extraordinary situations beyond our control, such as natural disasters or political upheavals, Huaynas Expeditions will strive to offer alternative arrangements. This may include rescheduling your trip or issuing a credit for future travel, based on current availability and discretion.

Navigating Through Force Majeure

In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Huaynas Expeditions adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

Emphasizing the Need for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

To cover unexpected events, including trip disruptions and medical emergencies, we cannot stress enough the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. It’s your safety net, ensuring peace of mind throughout your journey. Please note, Huaynas Expeditions does not bear responsibility for costs arising from incidents not covered by your travel insurance.

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What to Pack

Your Essential Packing Guide for a Hassle-Free Adventure

Packing List

Prepare for an unforgettable journey with our essential packing guide. Here’s what you need to bring:

  • Original passport & student ID (if applicable).
  • Light day pack with clothes for varied temperatures.
  • Rain gear or poncho.
  • Waterproof trekking boots.
  • Warm clothing.
  • Camera.
  • Sunblock & after-sun hydrating cream.
  • Insect repellent (20% DEET minimum, no malaria risk reported).
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, fruits, etc.).
  • Reusable canteen with water.
  • Personal medical kit (special medications, paracetamol, blister treatment, etc.).
  • Cash for snacks, tips & souvenirs.

Note:

This list is a general guideline. Adjustments may be necessary based on personal preferences and the season of travel. Always check the weather forecast before your trip and feel free to reach out to us for any specific advice or requirements.

Packing Tips

Pack Wisely with Our Essential Packing Tips

  • Pack Light: Remember that you’ll need to carry everything you bring. Only pack the essentials and leave some extra room for souvenirs.
  • Organize Your Pack: Use packing cubes or ziplock bags to keep your gear organized and easy to find.
  • Prepare for the Weather: The weather can change quickly, so pack for all conditions. Always have a rain jacket or poncho handy.
  • Secure Your Valuables: Keep your passport, money, and other valuables secure and on you at all times.
  • Layer Up: Dressing in layers is key. It allows you to quickly adapt to changing temperatures.
  • Waterproof Everything: Ensure that your pack is waterproof or that you have a rain cover. Keep all electronics and important documents in waterproof bags.
  • Respect the Environment: Consider using eco-friendly products and always take your trash with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

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