Perolniyoc Waterfall and Machu Picchu: A 2-Day Exploration of Wonders

Traverse the path to the majestic Perolniyoc waterfall and delve into the history of Machu Picchu in this compact yet enriching two-day adventure.

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Cusco, Peru


2 Days




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Discover the essence of Incan heritage and natural splendor in our 2-Day Perolniyoc & Machu Picchu Adventure. This tour is a perfect blend of serene natural wonders and rich historical exploration. Day one introduces you to the hidden gem of Perolniyoc waterfall, nestled in the Sacred Valley, and the enigmatic Ñaupa Iglesia, a site shrouded in spiritual mystique. The experience is enriched with a visit to the Inca ruins at Raqaypata, revealing insights into ancient agricultural techniques.

On the second day, the journey culminates with an early visit to the iconic Machu Picchu. Witness the majestic sunrise and explore the ancient citadel’s secrets with an expert guide. This compact adventure offers an enriching experience, ideal for those seeking to immerse themselves in Peru’s natural beauty and Incan culture within a short timeframe.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
Estimated Return Time 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Perolniyoc Waterfall, Ollantaytambo Ruins, Machu Picchu
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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 06:30
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 06:30
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 06:30
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 06:30
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 06:30
  • Deluxe Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 06:30

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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.

Your adventure commences with a picturesque drive from Cusco through the Sacred Valley, where the gentle murmurs of the Vilcanota River accompany you to Socma. This unassuming town is the gateway to one of nature's hidden jewels: the Perolniyoc waterfall. As you embark on a trek towards this natural spectacle, the Andean landscape unfolds its beauty, showcasing diverse flora and fauna and scenes of local farmers nurturing their lands.

The wonders of the day extend beyond the waterfall. After a leisurely lunch, ascend to the Raqaypata archaeological site, a remarkable testament to Inca civilization. Here, you'll discover ancient granaries, administrative areas, and impressive agricultural systems still in use.

The journey then takes you to the enigmatic Ñaupa Iglesia, a ceremonial temple shrouded in myths of being an Inca portal to other dimensions. This spiritual site offers a moment of tranquility and introspection. As evening approaches, a brief visit to Ollantaytambo allows you to witness a living example of Inca urban planning before boarding the train to Aguas Calientes. This train journey, snaking through the Andean mountains, sets the stage for the next day's exploration. Spend your evening in Aguas Calientes, relaxing and preparing for the adventure ahead.

Accommodation: Hotel in Aguas Calientes
Meals: Boxed lunch and dinner in Ollantaytambo
Hiking: Approx. 2 hours, 8 km

Greet the new day in Aguas Calientes, brimming with anticipation for visiting Machu Picchu. A short bus journey, offering views of the lush regional flora and fauna, leads you to this iconic Incan citadel. Explore the ancient sanctuary with our expert guide, who will unveil the fascinating narratives of Inca life, spirituality, and architectural mastery. This exploration amidst the ancient ruins is a profound journey through time, offering insights into a lost civilization.

After immersing yourself in the wonders of Machu Picchu, return to Aguas Calientes for a reflective meal or some souvenir shopping. The return train journey to Ollantaytambo is a harmonious transition back to the present. Your final transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cusco is accompanied by the familiar Andean landscapes, offering a silent farewell and marking the end of your two-day exploration filled with nature's splendors and the rich legacies of the Inca.

Accommodation: Return to Cusco
Meals: Breakfast
Hiking: Exploration of Machu Picchu with guided narratives.

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Tour Highlights

  • Perolniyoc Waterfall: Experience the tranquility of the Sacred Valley with a visit to the stunning Perolniyoc waterfall, a hidden natural treasure offering breathtaking views and a serene atmosphere.

  • Raqaypata Archaeological Site: Explore the ancient Inca site of Raqaypata, where you’ll witness remarkable granaries, administrative structures, and an ingenious agricultural hydraulic system, showcasing the advanced techniques of the Inca civilization.

  • Ñaupa Iglesia: Immerse yourself in the spiritual ambiance of Ñaupa Iglesia, a mystical Inca ceremonial site believed to be a portal to other dimensions, providing a unique cultural and historical perspective.

  • Ollantaytambo Village: Visit the living Incan town of Ollantaytambo, marveling at its well-preserved Inca urban planning and architecture, and experience the rich history still vibrant in its streets and structures.

  • Scenic Train Journey to Aguas Calientes: Enjoy a picturesque train ride through the Andean mountains, offering stunning views of the landscape as you journey to the gateway of Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes.

  • Sunrise at Machu Picchu: Witness a breathtaking sunrise over Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, and enjoy a guided exploration of this ancient citadel, uncovering its history and mysteries.

  • Expert Guided Narratives: Benefit from the knowledge and insight of expert guides, who will bring to life the stories, architecture, and significance of the sites visited throughout the tour.


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Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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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, Peru Tripper 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, Peru Tripper 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.

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, Peru Tripper does not bear responsibility for costs arising from incidents not covered by your travel insurance.

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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.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Dive into our in-depth guide on what’s included and not included for all package options on the 2-Day Perolniyoc & Machu Picchu Adventure. With these carefully put-together lists, you’ll know exactly what to anticipate when booking the journey of a lifetime.

Standard Inclusions

Our Standard package offers a range of amenities and services for a comfortable and enjoyable trip experience. All package options include the following:

Not Included

The following items are not included in our trek packages. Please consider these additional costs when preparing for your trek. Note that some exclusions may be included in the Deluxe package, as mentioned in the Additional Inclusions section:

Additional Inclusions (Deluxe Package)

Upgrade to our Deluxe package for an enhanced and luxurious trekking experience. The Deluxe package includes these premium amenities and services, which can also be added individually to the Standard package:

What to Pack

When embarking on the 2-Day Perolniyoc & Machu Picchu Adventure, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

Packing List

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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Are there any safety measures in place during the trek?

Your safety is our top priority during the trek. Our guides are experienced and have received first aid and safety training. In addition, they carry a first aid kit and a satellite phone for emergency communication. We also follow strict guidelines to ensure environmental sustainability and protect the natural beauty of the trail.

Can I store my luggage at the Peru Tripper office while I’m on the trek?

Yes, Peru Tripper offers a secure luggage storage service at our office in Cusco. You can leave any belongings you don’t need during the trek, such as suitcases or extra clothing, with us.

How large are the trekking groups?

Group sizes can vary. We aim to maintain small to medium sized groups to ensure a personalized and enjoyable experience for all guests.

Do I need any vaccinations before the trek?

While no specific vaccinations are required for the trek, we recommend being up-to-date on routine vaccines. Travelers should consider speaking with their doctor about their travel plans and any recommended vaccinations.

Do I need to carry a first aid kit?

While it’s always a good idea to carry basic first aid supplies, our guides will have a comprehensive first aid kit for emergencies.

What type of guide will be leading the trek?

Our treks are led by experienced, English-speaking guides who are knowledgeable about the region’s history, culture, and flora/fauna. Our guides are certified and trained in wilderness first aid and altitude-related health issues to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants.

Will there be a briefing before the trek begins?

Yes, there will be a pre-trek briefing the day before the trek starts. During the briefing, our experienced guides will provide detailed information about the trek, answer any questions, and ensure that all participants are adequately prepared for the adventure.

What type of weather can we expect?

The weather can vary, but typically the dry season from May to October offers sunny days and cold nights. The rainy season runs from November to April.

How difficult is the trek?

The trek is of moderate difficulty. While no prior trekking experience is required, a good level of fitness will help in navigating the terrains and altitude.

What's the best time of year to do this trek?

The trek is accessible year-round. However, the dry season, from May to September, offers clearer skies and a lower chance of rain.

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