Urquillos Trail and Machu Picchu: A 2-Day Trek of Discovery

Venture through the less-traveled Urquillos path and witness the majestic Machu Picchu in this thrilling two-day journey.

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Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

2 Days

Difficulty

5/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

Set off on a breathtaking two-day adventure that seamlessly blends the tranquil beauty of the Urquillos trail with the awe-inspiring splendor of Machu Picchu. This meticulously crafted journey takes you from the historical streets of Cusco through the heart of the Sacred Valley, revealing hidden gems and cultural wonders along the way. Begin your exploration in the vibrant village of Chinchero, where the echoes of the Inca Empire resonate through ancient ruins and bustling markets, offering an authentic glimpse into Peru’s rich heritage.

The journey then transitions to a serene trek along the Urquillos trail, a path less trodden, adorned with captivating natural vistas and the enchanting Poc Poc waterfall. As the trail winds down to the peaceful village of Urquillos, experience the harmonious blend of nature and culture that defines the Sacred Valley. Concluding the first day in Aguas Calientes, you’ll find yourself perfectly positioned for the next day’s highlight – an immersive exploration of the legendary Machu Picchu. This tour, designed for both avid explorers and cultural enthusiasts, promises an unforgettable experience, combining comfort with adventure and cultural immersion in one of the world’s most extraordinary settings.

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 Chinchero, Poc Poc 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 begins in the ancient city of Cusco, from where we'll traverse the scenic Sacred Valley in a comfortable private van. The journey’s first gem is the vibrant village of Chinchero, a tapestry of history, archaeology, and traditional craftsmanship. Here, we’ll delve into the Inca ruins, including the grand palace of Emperor Tupac Yupanqui and the storied Main Square, offering a window into the Inca Empire's past glory.

The trek from Chinchero to Urquillos unfolds next, a serene 8 km downhill walk. This path is a harmonious blend of ancient routes, stunning vistas, and awe-inspiring views of the sacred mountains, Sahuasiray and Pitusiray. The trek's highlight is the Poc Poc waterfall, a 50-meter cascade of pristine water, creating a tranquil and rejuvenating environment.

Concluding our hike in the charming village of Urquillos, we journey to Ollantaytambo, an archaeological marvel and the gateway to Machu Picchu. Here, you have the option to upgrade to the Vistadome train, offering panoramic views of the transitioning landscapes, from the Sacred Valley to the lush periphery of the Peruvian rainforest. Our day ends in Aguas Calientes, preparing for the upcoming exploration of the majestic Machu Picchu.

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

An early start leads us to the iconic Machu Picchu citadel, ascending to this ancient Inca sanctuary. Here, spend about 3 hours with our experienced guides, unraveling the enigmatic tales and history of this world-renowned site. For the adventurous spirits, the optional Huayna Picchu hike offers an exhilarating climb with unmatched views from its peak.

Following our immersive experience at Machu Picchu, we descend to Aguas Calientes. The return journey begins with a train ride to Ollantaytambo, followed by a road trip back to Cusco, marking the end of your unforgettable two-day adventure.

This itinerary is a perfect amalgamation of cultural depth and natural splendor, designed for those eager to experience the Andean wonders in a concise yet fulfilling journey. With an emphasis on safety, comfort, and unforgettable experiences, this tour promises a treasure trove of memories in the heart of Peru.

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

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Tour Highlights

  • Chinchero Village Visit: Experience the vibrant culture and rich history of Chinchero, known for its Inca ruins, including the palace of Emperor Tupac Yupanqui, and its bustling handicrafts market.

  • Scenic Chinchero-Urquillos Trek: Enjoy a gentle downhill hike on the Chinchero-Urquillos trail, featuring breathtaking landscapes, views of sacred mountains like Sahuasiray and Pitusiray, and the captivating Poc Poc waterfall.

  • Ollantaytambo Exploration: Discover the archaeological and historical wonders of Ollantaytambo, an ancient Inca village that serves as the gateway to Machu Picchu.

  • Panoramic Train Journey to Aguas Calientes: Travel from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes on a scenic train journey, offering the option to upgrade to the Vistadome for enhanced views of the beautiful transition from the Sacred Valley to the rainforest.

  • Machu Picchu Adventure: Explore the iconic Machu Picchu citadel with a guided tour, unveiling the mysteries and architectural brilliance of this ancient Inca retreat.

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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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Discounts

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 Urquillos & 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 Urquillos & 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

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Dive into our FAQ section for detailed responses to common queries. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, our team is just a click away to assist you.

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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