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13 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and Galapagos

  Peru, Lima, Cusco, Inca trail, Machu Picchu...

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This Galapagos travel package is fit for a King, a Queen or the pampered adventurer! The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most famous and incredible trekking routes in the world! and Quito, Antisana Natural Reserve, Avenue of the Volcanoes, Riobamba, the ‘Devil’s Nose’ railway, Cuenca, Guayaquil and the Galapagos Islands.

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Physical / Difficulty:

Cultural rating:

Wildlife Expectation:

Accommodation:

Hotel: 8 nights

Campsite: 3 nights

Requirement: 2 participants as minimum

Transportation:

International Airplane:No

Peru local flights: No

Ecuador local flights: Yes

Bus: Yes

Train: Yes

Countries:

Peru

Ecuador

Highlights of PERU

Price Includes:

  1. All pick-ups from the airport to the hotel and vice versa
  2. All hotel accommodations (3 star casa Andina Cusco classic OR similar standard)
  3. All breakfast included in the accommodations
  4. Incas trail 4 days includes the following:

  5. Entrance fee to the Inca trail
  6. Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  7. Professional bilingual tour guide.
  8. Assistant guide (for groups of 9 or more)
  9. Transportation – bus to km 82 and train back (Expedition train to Ollantaytambo)
  10. Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
  11. Collection from Ollantaytambo train station (on day 4th)
  12. Water (You will only need water for the first morning then we will provide you hot or cold  boiled water)
  13. 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 afternoon snacks, 3 dinners and various snacks to be eaten throughout the day.
  14. Dining tent with tables and chairs
  15. Professional chef.
  16. 3 man tent size (per 2 people)
  17. Foam mattress
  18. Porters: They carry cooking and camping equipment (FOAM MATTRESS AND CAMPING TENT).
  19. Oxygen bottle
  20. First aid kit

VEGETARIAN OPTION AVAILABLE AT NO EXTRA COST!!!


Highlights of ECUADOR

Price Includes:

  1. Transport: Flight from Quito to Galapagos roundtrip (2 flights), comfortable transportation, ferry, hiking, taxis, boats, pickup truck.
  2. Accommodations based on double occupancy: 2 nights in First Class Hotel in Quito, 3 nights in 4 stars hotel in Isabela and 1 night in 4 stars hotel in Puerto Ayora.
  3. Activities:Visit the giant tortoises in the wild, see the twin craters, trek to the lava flows at the top of Sierra Negra volcano on Isabela Island, snorkel at Tintoreras, day trip from snorkeling to lava formed tunnels, see the famous Charles Darwin research station, possible biking to the wall oftears, enjoy and relax some time at the sandy beaches.
  4. Meals Included:5 breakfasts and 2 lunches
  5. Gear: life vest, snorkel gear
  6. Trip Leader: Certified expert leaders and local guides.
  7. Group size: Small groups: 2 to 10 people.

Itinerary

  • After your arrival in Cusco, a representative of Valencia Travel Cusco will be waiting at the airport to pick you up in our private transportation and take you to your hotel, where you will spend the night. Then, you will have the day to relax and enjoy the beauty of Cusco and it surroundings.

    http://www.casa-andina.com/destinos/cusco/classic-cusco-plaza/ OR similar standard hotel.

    Check in time 12:00pm/Check out 10:00am (Early check in, has an extra cost).

    Optional 1: Half day City tour (Extra activity to do at an extra cost, Price:$30 USD per person).

    We will pick you up at 1:30pm to start the tour visiting the main cathedral, Qoricancha (the temple of the sun), and four archeological sites of: Sacsayhuaman, Q´enqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay ending around 6:00pm, when we drop you off at your hotel. (Meals are not included on this day, but we are always happy to offer suggestions).

    • If you would like to do this excursion, please confirm in advance in order to secure your spot and schedule a tour guide and transportation.

    Include:

    • Transportation
    • Professional English speaking guide.

    Not include:

    • Tourist ticket(ticket access for all this places:$38 USD).
    • Dinner
    • Gratitude

    http://www.casa-andina.com/destinos/cusco/classic-cusco-plaza/ OR similar standard

  • Optional 2: Full day sacred valley tour (Highly recommended).

    (Extra activity to do at an extra cost, Price: $45 USD per person).

    You will have breakfast (which is included) and be picked up from your hotel at 8:15 am. This will be a full day excursion to the Urubamba Valley, visiting the colorful native market in Pisac. Where you will be able to appreciate the mixtures of colors, traditions, have an opportunity to test your bartering skills, interact with the local craftsmen and purchase their hand-made souvenirs. Pisac is located at the entrance of the Sacred Valley. The Valley is (31km)/ (19mi) from Cusco at an altitude of (2,970m)/ (9,700 ft). Followed by Pisac, is Urubamba, where we will have a delicious lunch buffet at Tunupa restaurant.  Then, we continue through to Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously occupied town in the South American continent. The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, along with their canals, have not changed much from the time of the Incan Empire. They evoke their ancestral inheritance and give a feeling of what it was like to live during those times. The last visit will be the Chinchero market. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow! Its major attraction in tourism is, its colorful Sunday market, which is less tourist-orientated than the market at Pisac. At the end, we will return to the Plaza de Armas in Cusco at approximately 6:30 pm. The night is free for you to eat in any restaurant of your choice. Although, we always have plenty of suggestions should you require them.

    If you would like to do this excursion, please confirm in advance in order to secure your spot and schedule a tour guide and transportation.

    Include:

    • Transportation
    • Professional English speaking guide.

    Not include:

    • Tourist ticket (ticket access for all this places: $25 USD).
    • Meals (About: $20 USD per person)
    • Gratitude

    NOTE: Tonight, we will have the Inca trail briefing at 7:00pm at the hotel lobby.

    http://www.casa-andina.com/destinos/cusco/classic-cusco-plaza/ OR similar standard

  • Total distance to be covered: 12km or 7mi. (5 to 6 hours).

    We will meet and pick you up from your hotel at 4:30am (time to be confirmed at the briefing time) and travel by bus to Piskacucho (which is called kilometer 82) where the trail starts. There will be a breakfast stop in Ollantaytambo (6:30-7am) to load up on energy (breakfast is not included). Upon arrival at kilometer 82 (8:30am), we will have some time to organize ourselves (use of the restrooms, applying sunscreen, insect repellent, and more). Then, it will be necessary to show your entrance tickets, passports and (if paying a student rate) the student card at the trail’s first control point. To start the trail (2720m/8923ft), we cross the Vilcanota River and follow its route to the right. The first day is relatively easy (a warm-up along the 'Incan flat' terrain) and will have great views of an Incan Fortress, (‘Huillca Raccay'), the vast and incredible Incan site of ‘Llactapata' (officially called ‘Patallacta'), the Urubamba mountain range that divides the jungle, the Andes and the beautiful snow-capped peak of 'W'akay Willca' (5860m/19225ft), known in books as Veronica. Our first campsite (Ayapata) will be an hour and a half up the small village of Wayllabamba (3000m/9842ft) in the temperate green valley of the same name. Temperatures at night are usually around 5ºC (depending on the month).

     

  • Total distance to be covered: 16km or 9mi. (8 to 9 hours more or less).

    After waking up at 5:30am (or 5:00am depending on your guide) and breakfast, we will start a steep ascent towards the highest pass (Abra de Warrmihuañusca or 'Dead Woman's Pass’ at 4200m/13779ft). On this day, a real sense of achievement is felt upon reaching the top! After a rest here, we begin our descent towards our lunch stop, which is located at Pacaymayu (3550m/11646ft). On the way up to the pass, we will be able to see lots of hummingbirds among other species of birds. We will also have time to appreciate an incredible variety of native plants and trees such as the ´Polylepis´ or Q'ueuña trees, which grow in the astonishing cloud forest located at 3650/11972m!! After lunch, begins the second two hour steep climb towards Runkuraqay pass (almost 4000 meters). We arrive at our campsite by 5 pm. Temperatures at this campsite are around 4ºC during the nights .

  • Total distance to be covered: 10km or 6mi. (5 hours).

    This is the most impressive day (in our opinion) so just keep thinking of that on the ascent on day 2! We wake up for breakfast at 6am and start the day with a gentle climb to visit the archaeological site of ‘Phuyupatamarca’(meaning ‘Town in the Clouds’) and reach the third highest point along the trail (3680m). The views of the mountains, canyons and surrounding areas are spectacular! The Incan site of ‘Phuyupatamarca’, is located a few minutes’ walk from the third pass and after visiting this, we continue walking through the cloud forest and the impressive agricultural Incan site of ‘Intipata’ until we arrive at our third campsite Wiñay Wayna (2680m/8792ft). Today, we will only walk about 4 to 5 hours and arrive at camp by lunch time! A short distance from this campsite, is located the Incan site of the same name ‘Wiñay Wayna’ (‘Forever Young’). Even if you are tired after your day’s trek, don’t miss out on visiting the most impressive site on the trail. Temperatures during the night are around 12º C.

  • Total distance to be covered: 5km or 3mi. (2 hours).

    We leave the last campsite at about 5:30am on the final day (breakfast 3:30-4:00am). It is an early start in order to get to ‘Inti Punku’ (‘Sun gate’) (2730m/8792ft) before sunrise. This is the place where you will have your first dramatic view of Machu Picchu (2400m/7873ft) with the sun rising over it! After some time there, we will walk down the last part of the trail to a spot where you can take the classic picture postcard shot of this ancient city. Finally, we visit Machu Picchu itself! Walking tour (2 hours) is given by your guide and after this, you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. You will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (by bus or on foot) for lunch and be given your train tickets back to Cusco. Train included in all tours is until Ollantaytambo and then by bus to Cusco. Your train will leave Aguas Calientes in the afternoon so you’ll need to be at the train station 30 minutes before it leaves. (The exact time will be given by your tour guide). Once in Ollantaytambo, you will have a bus waiting to return back to your hotel in Cusco. Allocations or Itineraries are subject to change depending the availability on time of bookings.

    http://www.casa-andina.com/destinos/cusco/classic-cusco-plaza/ OR similar standard

  • Today, we will take you to the airport according your flight itinerary.

    You will continue with the itinerary to Quito (Ecuador)

    You will be picked up at the Quito airport and welcomed.  Quito is considered a UNESCO city, the biggest, best-preserved colonial city of South America. In 1978, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is considered the Cultural Capital of South America and the second most important city of the old Incan Empire.

    Depending on arrival time, you can spend your day exploring the old town of Quito and its surrounding areas. ECUADOR PURE LIFE also can help you organize a day trip such as:

    • Quito City tour (including a visit to the equator line)
    • Mindo Cloud forest • Cotopaxi national park
    • Quilotoa Crater Lake • Otavalo native market
    • Papallacta hot springs, and much more.

    In the evening, one of our trip leaders will organize a welcome meeting to talk about the Galapagos expedition and after, you will go out for dinner at local restaurants to see the real Quito night life.

    Accommodation:  Mercure hotel or similar standard.

     

  • Today, we get ready to explore the most amazing archipelago in the Pacific coast and the place where, Charles Darwin based his theory of the evolution of species.  A magical place where dreams of swimming with sea lions, turtles and fish become a reality.

    We board a morning flight from Quito to the island of Baltra. Once there, we head towards the town of Puerto Ayora, the biggest town in the Galapagos. From here, we take a fast boat to Isabela, the largest island in the archipelago and the place where most volcanic activity is reported. The island is formed by 6 shield volcanoes, Alcedo, Cerra Azul, Darwin, Ecuador, Sierra Negra and Wolf, 5 of them still active and therefore, the island is one of the most volcanically active places on earth. During our island crossing, we will be on the lookout for dolphins and whales (July to October).

    Accommodation: Cormorant Beach house or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast.

  • After driving up from Puerto Villamil towards the trailhead, we prepare our backpacks and hike into a young dry forest ecosystem into a world of recent geological history. Our destination is the rim of Sierra Negra Crater, an active volcano which last erupted in October 2005. Upon arrival, we take in breathtaking views and explore the circumference of the massive, lava-filled crater, over six miles across at its widest point. If we feel energetic enough, we can continue our hike to Vulcan Chico, a secondary crater that has a wild landscape of puffing fumaroles and colorful lava formations. These are great examples of the dramatic geological events that have forged the Galapagos Islands over millennia.

    In the afternoon, we will visit the Tintoreras Islet on a shared tour, located a short distance from Puerto Villamil and is the home to a great variety of wildlife. Its turquoise, crystalline waters are inhabited by white-tipped reef sharks, Galapagos penguins, marine turtles and sea lions. One of its beaches is surrounded by mangroves, it is one of the few sites, where marine iguanas can reproduce successfully.

    Accommodation: Cormorant Beach house or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

  • Today, we explore the amazing formations of lava created by the last eruptions of the volcanic island along the seashore. This magical place has been used by the staff of BBC /National Geographic for documentaries. It is a labyrinth of lava arches inside breakers with crystal clear water full of huge sea turtles, eagle rays, sea lions, fish, white tipped reef sharks and more. Turtles navigate their own highway from the mangroves to the open sea through “Los Tuneles”. Here, we will have the best snorkeling opportunity with all these beautiful animals, including the curious Galapagos penguin playing around.

    Accommodation: Cormorant Beach House or similar.

    Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.

     

  • In the morning, we embark in a fast boat from Isabela to Santa Cruz Islands. During our island crossing, we will be on the lookout for dolphins and whales (July to October). Once we arrive, we will check in at the hotel. We have time to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn more about many of the endemic species we met during our adventure, as well as the ongoing conservation and management efforts on the Galapagos Islands.

    Then, we go on an exploration walk through a dry forest to Tortuga Bay (about 3 ½ miles long), a beautiful white sand beach, named as such because it is a nesting site for the black turtles. There is vegetation at the bottom of the transition zone from the dry zone and coastal zone. Along the dunes, grows “Nolana galapagensis”, an endemic plant that helps stabilize the sandy area. Enjoy some relaxing or swimming time in this fantastic place.

    Accommodation: Hotel Silberstein or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast

     

  • After our final breakfast on the Galapagos Island and the last photos taken of sea lions, we have a transfer to Baltra’s airport in time to catch the flight back to the mainland.

    Accommodation: Mercure Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Today, you will take your connection fly from Quito to USA. .

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Recommend Flights

OPTION 01.-

1.- Cusco – Lima:

Lan 2018 (Airline Operator: Lan Peru)
Aircraft Carrier: Airbus 319

08:40
(CUZ)
10:10
(LIM)
1:30 hrs Economy

2.- Lima – Quito:

Lan 1480 (Airline Operator: Lan Ecuador)
Aircraft Carrier: Airbus 319

12:25
(LIM)
14:55
(UIO)
2:30 hrs Economy

OPTION 02.-

1.- Cusco – Lima:

Lan 2066 (Airline Operator: Lan Peru)
Aircraft Carrier: Airbus 320

19:15
(CUZ)
20:45
(LIM)
1:30 hrs Economy

2.- Lima – Quito:

Lan 1448 (Airline Operator: Lan Ecuador)
Aircraft Carrier: Airbus 319

23:50
(LIM)
02:20
(August 31, 2015)
(UIO)
2:30 hrs Economy


Trip Preparation & F.A.Qs:

Tips to know before you go to the Inca Trail

Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind.
Please review the following information before your departure to the Inca Trail to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.

  • Know Before You Go

    Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind. Please review the following information before your departure to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.

    Getting Ready to Go

    Passports and Visas

    It is each traveller's responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of entry to Peru and a visa if required.

    Passengers requiring visas, whether obtained in advance or locally upon arrival, should ensure that their passport has unstamped visa pages.

    Passport information must be submitted to Valencia Travel Cusco at least 30 days prior to departure. This information is necessary to issue Machu Picchu train tickets.

     

    Trip Preparation

    A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas and driver’s license) are in order and that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal IDs and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. If you lose the originals while travelling, you'll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills. We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock. Avoid placing valuables such as cameras in your checked luggage. Airplane pressure can cause similar pressure in your body, most notably in ears, as well as liquid tubes and bottles. Your physician can suggest medication for decongestion. As for the liquid containers, we suggest that you squeeze out excess air from those containers and place into Ziploc bags to catch any leaks.

    Cell Phones and Calling Cards

    You may wish to carry a cell phone while traveling. Check with your cell phone provider if your phone will work in the destination(s) you are visiting. U.S. service is dominated by the CDMA technology standard, while most of the world uses the incompatible GSM standard. Some U.S. providers do offer GSM, but you may incur high international roaming fees. With GSM, however, you can often choose to have your phone unlocked and then add a local SIM card for lower fees. If you can access the Internet as you travel, you can take advantage of email or a Skype Internet telephone (VOIP) account for the best value. Alternatively, you may investigate renting a cell phone before you leave or buying an inexpensive phone locally.

    When calling the U.S. from a Peru, you may also use a prepaid calling card; normally, the only additional charge (besides the prepaid long distance charges) is a local fee of a few cents and possibly a connection fee if you are using your card at your hotel. It is best to check with the hotel's reception desk prior to making phone calls to avoid unexpected charges.

    Wireless Internet Access

    Passengers traveling with WiFi enabled devices (such as a personal computer, smartphone, tablet, or digital audio player) may be able to connect to the Internet via wireless networks. Passengers requiring Internet access can often locate free WiFi hotspots such as libraries or coffee shops.

    Staying Healthy While Traveling

    All travellers should familiarize themselves with local conditions, such as high altitude or required immunizations, which could affect their health. We recommend you consult with your personal health-care provider, the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) and/or the World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/en/) for their recommendations.

    There are several easy steps you can take to stay healthy while traveling which may help prevent contracting an illness while away from home.
    Watch what you eat. Try new foods in modest quantities, and depending upon your destination, you may want to avoid street foods, salad bars, raw vegetables and fruits, unless they have thick peels like bananas or grapefruit.

    Stay hydrated. Drink bottled water and avoid consuming ice cubes made with tap water.
    If you have allergies to foods, medications or insect bites, or have any other unique medical issues, consider a medical alert bracelet and/or a physician's note detailing required treatment should you become ill.

    Wash your hands regularly and carry hand sanitizer.

    Where appropriate, pack sunscreen and insect repellent (for both active and warm destinations).

    You may also want to bring a small first-aid kit with band aids, antibiotic cream, pain killers, bug bite cream, digestive aids like antidiarrheal or anti-bloat medications, antacids, and cold medicine. This is in addition to any prescription medications to last for the entire trip.

    Climate & Clothing

    In Peru, the sun is strong, particularly in higher altitudes. Please, bring a sun hat that has a circular brim all the way around (not a baseball cap) and sunscreen. Bring comfortable, cushioned walking shoes for the hard cobblestone streets, a sweater, clothes you can layer and an all-weather jacket. Remember that during your trip, you will be travelling between regions and will need to be prepared for all weather conditions. Winter months (May through October) are cold. During those periods, you will need a warm jacket, gloves, a hat and a scarf.

    The highland regions of Peru (Cuzco, Puno, Urubamba and Machu Picchu) have a dry temperate climate that also experience two distinct seasons. The dry season (May through October) consists of sunny days and cold nights with very little rain. The rainy season in the highlands runs from December to March. Temperatures can change drastically during the day in this region, sometimes varying as widely as highs around 65°F and lows of 35°F during the same day.


    IMPORTANT
    Peru Average Temperatures


    City

     

    Jan

    Feb

    Mar

    Apr

    May

    Jun

    Jul

    Aug

    Sep

    Oct

    Nov

    Dec

    Lima

    Low

    68

    70

    70

    67

    63

    61

    61

    61

    59

    61

    63

    67

    High

    79

    81

    81

    76

    72

    70

    67

    67

    67

    70

    72

    76

    Urubamba

    Low

    46

    46

    46

    43

    39

    36

    34

    37

    41

    45

    45

    46

    High

    68

    68

    68

    70

    70

    68

    68

    70

    70

    72

    72

    70

    Cuzco

    Low

    43

    43

    43

    41

    36

    32

    32

    36

    40

    41

    43

    43

    High

    65

    65

    67

    67

    67

    67

    67

    67

    68

    70

    70

    70

    Puno

    Low

    39

    38

    38

    34

    29

    25

    21

    25

    30

    34

    37

    38

    High

    61

    61

    61

    63

    61

    61

    61

    61

    63

    65

    63

    63

    Aguas Calientes

    Low

    45

    45

    42

    41

    37

    34

    32

    36

    39

    43

    43

    45

    High

    66

    66

    66

    68

    68

    66

    66

    68

    68

    70

    70

    70

    Book & Film Recommendations

    Many of our guests enjoy reading about their destination, either in advance of their trip or while travelling, as a way of adding context to their visit. Whether reading a traditional guidebook, learning about the history and culture, or simply enjoying a fictional novel set in the destination, a good book can add greatly to your experience. Similarly, a good movie set in your destination helps set the mood before you travel. We asked our tour managers and staff to recommend books and films that past guests may have enjoyed. The following list does not constitute an endorsement of any authors, books or movies; it is merely a collection of guests' recommendations.

    Books

    Machu Picchu:
    Lost City of the Incas by Hiram Bingham (1948)
    Machu Picchu Sacred Center by Johan Reinhard (2007)
    Turn Right At Machu Picchu by Mark Adams (2011)
    Machu Picchu: Unveiling the Mystery of the Incas by Richard L Burg (2008)
    Incas: Book 3: The Light of Machu Picchu by A.B. Daniel (2003)
    The Steamer Trunk Adventures #2: The Ghosts of Machu Picchu by R.M. Garcia (2006)

    General Peruvian Life / Exploration:
    The Peru Readers by Orin Starn, Carlos Ivan Degregory, and Robin Kirk (2005)
    The Art of Peruvian Cuisine by Tony Custer (2003)
    Eight Feet in the Andes: Travels with a Mule in Unknown Peru by Dervla Murphy (2003)
    Conversation in the Cathedral by Mario Vargas Llosa (1975)
    Aunt Julia & the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa (1977)
    The White Rock - An exploration of the Incas heartland by Hugh Thomson (2001)

    Incas:
    The Conquest of the Incas by John Hemming (1970, reprint 2003)
    Narrative of the Incas by Juan de Betanzos (originally from 1550s, not discovered and published until 1980s)
    The Secret of the Incas by William Sullivan (1997)
    Incas: Books 1&2 by A.B. Daniel (2002-2003)

    Other Archaeology/sites:
    Lost Tomb of Viracocha by Maurice Cotterell (2001)
    Temple by Matthew Reilly (2002)

    Movies:
    The Secret of the Incas (1957)
    The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
    The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1969)
    Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).

     

  • About Your Flights

    Airline Seat Assignments

    As a courtesy service, airline seat assignments are requested on your behalf and, when available, are displayed in order of passenger number. Assignments reflect the best available seats at the time of booking. Some airlines and/or fare types do not allow for pre-seating and require this be done at airport check-in only; in which case the display shows "N/A". Seats are subject to change by your airline(s) including, for example, when there is a schedule change or equipment change after your initial booking; this may cause seat assignments to be changed or even cancelled. In the event that you change seat assignments directly with your airline, changes will not be reflected on this display. At the time that Valencia Travel Cusco documents are issued, the currently assigned seats will be listed based on the assignments stored in your airline reservation at that time. Should you have questions regarding your assignments, please email us at the following: info@valenciatravelcusco.com.

    Luggage

    Although luggage sizes are now fairly standard, each airline does have specific requirements based upon the route and aircraft size.
    Valencia Travel Cusco land tour packages allow for one piece of luggage per person plus a carry-on bag. Valencia Travel Cusco is not responsible for loss or damage to luggage and personal belongings. Therefore, you must report any loss or damage items immediately at the time of the incident and obtain a written report from the local authority for submission to your insurance provider. Avoid placing valuables in your checked luggage. If your luggage is lost or damaged by the airlines, a baggage claim form must be filed with the carrier before leaving the airport. Any cost to retrieve luggage will be your responsibility and you should retain receipts to submit to your insurance provider.

    Code-share Flights

    If your flight itinerary displays a flight as "Operated By" another carrier, you should check-in at the desk of the "Operated By" airline. When you arrive at the airport, check the airport monitors for updated check-in desk listings.

    Airline Flights

    Please check in at least three to four hours prior to the scheduled departure time for international flights and two hours prior for domestic flights. Many airlines do not permit check-in less than one hour prior to the scheduled departure time.

    Passengers connecting from another point within the USA should check their luggage through to their final destination. Although problems with lost luggage have been minimal, it is a possibility. Certain carriers do not allow baggage "interlining," and luggage must be checked separately for each flight. When you check your luggage, please verify where your luggage is being sent. If you are connecting from a domestic flight that is delayed for any reason, causing you to miss your international flight, ask the airline for assistance in getting you to your destination. Since all airline tickets are issued on special fares that carry restrictions and penalties if changed, you must hold the airlines responsible for making alternate arrangements on your behalf, as Valencia Travel Cusco has no authority or control over airline activities and policies. Do not leave the airline check-in desk until an alternative itinerary has been confirmed.

    The Transportation and Safety Administration

    The (TSA) has increased security measures drastically since September 11, 2001. Plan to arrive no fewer than two hours prior to a domestic flight and three to four hours prior to an international flight. Check the TSA website www.tsa.gov for the current list of acceptable items you may bring on a plane before packing.

    About Business Class Airfares
    Business Class service may not be available on all flights or aircraft types, and therefore some flights within an itinerary may not include Business Class seating. This includes, for example, some US domestic connections and/or short haul flights abroad. When Business Class service is not available, you will be accommodated in the best alternative class of service and seating. Please check your operating airline to determine the extra services you may receive in Business Class.

    Peru Domestic Flights
    The airline tickets enclosed are for your international flights to/from Lima (provided that you purchased them from Valencia Travel Cusco). If tickets for your flights within Peru are not enclosed, you will receive your tickets (for example, Lima to Cuzco and vice versa) once you arrive in Peru. Please note that you may only bring a total of up to 50lbs of luggage per person on flights within Peru. This weight restriction may differ from your international carrier's and is subject to change.
    A passport or picture ID is required to board all flights in Peru.

    Frequent Flier Programs

    Passengers are responsible to contact their airline directly regarding mileage eligibility and accrual. Airline frequent flier programs determine whether to award miles in part or total based on their own rules, which are updated frequently. Some discounted or promotional airfares as well as some code-share flights are not eligible for mileage accrual.

     

  • Important Information
    Inca Trail Tipping:
    Most clients ask about tipping at the end of their trek on the Inca Trail with Valencia. Tipping is of course 100% voluntary and it should only be done if you feel that your guide, porters and chefs have done an amazing job for you. Of course, we hope every trip we lead is a lifetime experience. If you choose to give a tip, we have some general guidelines on how much to give.
    Generally in the Inca Trail, groups give collective tips that are shared between the cook and all porters including the head porter and are usually given on the last night of the trek.  If the group pools together money and at the end each porter receives 60 soles and your cook receives double that, 120 soles, they will end with a great tip!. Often, the tip for your guide is done personally and is generally 50 soles per traveller.
    Money for unforeseen matters:
    We suggest bringing 300 to 400 Peruvian soles per hiker for any situation that may happen along the Inca trail such as:

    • Abandon the Inca Trail for health emergencies (things that are not include in the itinerary…etc.)
    • Recommended tips
    • First day breakfast and lunch on day 4th in Aguas Calientes

    Another tip…
    Valencia Travel Cusco tries to distinguish ourselves from other companies by really treating our porters well.  We believe they are the hardest workers on our treks and make sure they are all equipped with proper hiking equipment and clothing. If you have any equipment, you bought for your trip that you don't believe you will ever use again. You can donate it to a porter and he will be unbelievably grateful!. Headlamps, sleeping bags, even warm socks, are great things to be donated to your porters.
    Remember that tipping is discretionary. If you don't think tipping is necessary in a particular circumstance, then don't tip. This is a guide for people who are planning to tip and want to know the customary amount.
    Below you can see the number of porter and guides according to the number of participants in the Inca Trail group:


    Group - # Pax

    # Porters

    # Guide

    Total

    1

    5

    1

    6

    2

    6

    1

    7

    3

    8

    1

    9

    4

    10

    1

    10

    5

    11

    1

    12

    6

    12

    1

    13

    7

    13

    1

    14

    8

    14

    1

    15

    9

    15

    2

    17

    10

    16

    2

    18

    11

    17

    2

    19

    12

    18

    2

    20

    13

    19

    2

    21

    14

    20

    2

    22

    15

    21

    2

    23

    16

    22

    2

    24



  • Oficial papers:

    • Valid and Original passport
    • Travel insurance - You are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.

    Sleeping Gear:

    • Sleeping bag (can be hire from Valencia Travel Cusco)
    • Thermal rest mattress ( To be upgrade)

    Clothing:

    • Mid weight fleece or wool sweater
    • Fleece pants or tights.
    • Mid weight thermal underwear tops and bottom, synthetic or wool.
    • Hiking pants.
    • Hiking shorts.
    • Long-sleeve shirts.
    • T-shirts.
    • Underwear and casual socks.
    • Hiking socks.
    • Liner socks, synthetic.
    • Swimminsuit.

    Clothing accessories:

    • Cap.
    • Fleece hat.
    • Bandana.
    • Fleece gloves.
    • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho

    Footwear:

    • Sturdy hiking boots, waterproof, lightweight, broken-in, aggressive tread.
    • Camp shoes such as tennis shoes or sandals or other comfortable footwear to use in our campsites.

    Travel Accessories:

    • Bottle of water or Camelback.
    • Flash light.
    • Watch with alarm or travel clock.
    • 2 roll of toilet paper.
    • Sunglasses and retainer strap.
    • Sun block and lip balm.
    • Toiletry kit.
    • Small Washcloth.
    • Personal first-aid kit.
    • Hand sanitizer gel.
    • Insect repellent and appropriate clothing for mosquitos.
    • Several Ziploc plastic bags.

    Extra money for:

    • Drinks.
    • Tip or gratitude to Guide, Cook, and porters.
    • Souvenirs.

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