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3-Day Experiential Tourism in Huilloc and Machu Picchu Adventure

Engage in experiential tourism with a local focus before discovering the enigmatic wonders of Machu Picchu.

Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

3 Days

Difficulty

4/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

3-Day Experiential Tourism in Huilloc and Machu Picchu Adventure Overview

Embark on a transformative 3-day journey that seamlessly fuses rich cultural immersion with nature’s unparalleled beauty. Dive deep into the heart of Peru, where the welcoming arms of the Huilloc community offer an authentic taste of Andean traditions. Here, the age-old practices of weaving and agriculture are not mere tasks but an intricate dance passed down through generations, allowing you to experience a tapestry of colors, textures, and stories.

As you transition from the immersive community experience, the path leads you towards the mystical embrace of Machu Picchu. The panoramic train ride to Aguas Calientes is but a prelude to the breathtaking majesty of the ancient ruins. Every stone whispers tales of the Incan civilization, waiting for eager ears to listen. From the vibrant heart of a community to the echoing silence of sacred ruins, this journey promises to awaken the adventurer and the philosopher in you.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 6:00 AM
Estimated Return Time 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo, Huilloc, Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes

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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 06:00
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 06:00
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 06:00
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 06:00
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 06:00
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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: Deep Cultural Immersion in Huilloc

Kickstart your journey with an early departure from Cusco, traveling through the picturesque Chinchero route. Pause for a moment at the Raqchi Viewpoint to marvel at the expansive vistas of the Sacred Valley. Journey onwards to the historical town of Ollantaytambo, diving briefly into its ancient allure.

By mid-morning, immerse yourself in the heartwarming embrace of the Huilloc community. Experience a genuine welcome, enriched with traditional music, dances, and colorful costumes. Become a part of the community as you adorn local attire and resonate with the spirit of Huilloc. After settling into the cozy accommodations offered by local families, delve into an enlightening fabric demonstration. Grasp the art of wool extraction and the magic of natural dyes, facilitated by the talented women of Huilloc. Subsequently, a hands-on agricultural activity showcases the community’s ancestral techniques.

As dusk approaches, saunter through the village, guiding sheep and llamas, encapsulating the Huilloc experience. Gather under the stars, ensconced by a warm campfire, losing yourself in local folklore

Accommodation: Homestay with Huilloc families
Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Begin the day savoring a traditional breakfast. Dive deeper into Huilloc’s textile traditions, understanding the weaving art, from dyeing with natural colors to the creation of intricate garments. Unlock the mysteries behind the designs, interpreting the meaning and cultural significance of each attire. Before departing, honor the local artisans by purchasing an authentic Huilloc garment.

After a delectable lunch, bid farewell to Huilloc and venture towards Aguas Calientes. The train journey from Ollantaytambo offers panoramic views that captivate the soul. Upon arrival, check into your comfortable hotel in Aguas Calientes. As the evening unfurls, indulge in a sumptuous dinner at a renowned local restaurant.

Accommodation: Hotel in Aguas Calientes (included).
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

This day promises the pinnacle of your journey – Machu Picchu. With an early start, guided by your expert, experience the mystical aura of these ruins as dawn’s first light illuminates them. Traverse through this Incan marvel, visiting iconic sites like the Temple of the Sun, Royal Tomb, Intiwatana, and more. Following the guided tour, the citadel beckons for personal exploration, with optional hikes like Huayna Picchu presenting an added thrill.

Retreat to Aguas Calientes at your leisure. Tourists can relish a meal of their choice in the vibrant town, absorbing its ambiance. As your adventure culminates, journey back to Cusco, cherishing memories that will last a lifetime.

Meals: Breakfast.

Tour Highlights

3-Day Experiential Tourism in Huilloc and Machu Picchu Adventure Highlights

  • Authentic Welcome at Huilloc: Experience a heartwarming welcome ceremony replete with traditional music, dances, and vibrant costumes, offering a genuine glimpse into local life.
  • Weaving Workshops: Dive into Huilloc’s rich textile heritage. Discover the intricacies of weaving, from natural dyeing processes to the crafting of exquisite garments, guided by local artisans.
  • Hands-on Agricultural Activity: Engage in a unique agricultural demonstration, witnessing ancestral techniques and tools, and even participate in traditional farming activities.
  • Evening Campfire Tales: Gather under a canopy of stars around a warm campfire, immersing in local myths and stories that transport you to another era.
  • Majestic Train Journey: Embark on a captivating train journey from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, with stunning landscapes providing a perfect backdrop.
  • Exploration of Machu Picchu: Marvel at the iconic Incan ruins, exploring key landmarks such as the Temple of the Sun, Royal Tomb, and Intiwatana, while soaking in the mystical aura of this world wonder.
  • Optional Hikes: For the adventure seekers, optional hikes like Huayna Picchu offer thrilling vistas and unique perspectives of the Machu Picchu citadel.

Inclusions & Exclusions

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

Standard Inclusions

All package options include the following:

  • Experienced local guide fluent in English, Spanish, and Quechua.
  • Pre-departure briefing at your hotel/office 1 or 2 days before the trek.
  • Convenient hotel pick-up and drop-off to ensure a hassle-free experience.
  • Comfortable transportation from Cusco to Huilloc.
  • Transportation from Huilloc to Ollantaytambo train station.
  • Duffel bag for your personal gear.
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners.
  • Vegetarian and gluten-free options at no extra cost.
  • Provision of snacks.
  • All activities in Huilloc, including weaving and agriculture demonstrations.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • Entry ticket to Machu Picchu.
  • 1-night homestay in Huilloc with a local Quechua family.
  • 1-night hotel stay in Aguas Calientes (twin bedroom with private facilities).
  • Round-trip bus ticket between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu.
  • Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and back.
  • 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.

  • Day 1 breakfast
  • Day 3 lunch and dinner
  • Huayna Picchu/Machu Picchu mountain ticket (US$ 80 extra per person)
  • Tips for tour guides, chefs, and support staff are not included and are at your discretion

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.
  • Private Van to Cusco: Enjoy a direct, comfortable transfer to Cusco post-trek.
  • Gourmet Lunch: Indulge in a gourmet dining experience at either Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes.
  • Pachamanca Feast: Savor the traditional Andean underground-cooked delicacy, an immersive culinary and cultural encounter.
  • Walking Sticks: 01 pair per person for added stability.
  • Private Transportation: Transportation exclusively for your group.
  • Personal Duffel Bag: Utilize a durable duffel bag to conveniently carry your personal gear.
  • 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

620

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

650

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

700

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

980

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

1200

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

1390

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)
  • Lightweight, moisture-wicking base layers
  • Warm mid-layers (e.g., fleece or wool sweater)
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket
  • Daypack or small backpack
  • Camera, film & batteries
  • 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 & 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.

Bag and Packing Tips

Pack Wisely with Our Essential Packing Tips

  • Maximize Your Duffel: We provide a duffel bag where you can pack up to 7kg. It’s essential to pack only what’s necessary and avoid overpacking. Remember to save space for souvenirs!
  • Day Pack Essentials: Your day pack should include items you’ll need easy access to, like water, snacks, camera, jacket, passport, and medications. Make sure it has comfortable straps and provides adequate support.
  • Layering is Key: Weather can be unpredictable. Dress in layers to adapt easily to changing temperatures.
  • Keep Valuables Close: Always carry essential documents, money, and other valuables in a secure and easily accessible place on your person.
  • Eco-Friendly Packing: Consider packing biodegradable toiletries and using reusable water bottles to minimize environmental impact.
  • Footwear Matters: Your trekking boots should be well broken in to prevent blisters. It’s also a good idea to pack flip-flops or comfortable shoes to give your feet a break in the evenings.
  • Prepare for Rain: Even if the forecast looks clear, always pack a lightweight rain jacket or poncho.

Frequently Asked Questions

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