Cusco to Santa Teresa: A Journey to Rejuvenating Hot Springs
Gather at the Machu Picchu Reservation Office in Cusco at 6:30 am, where you will begin your journey by car to Santa Teresa, a scenic 6-hour drive. Upon arrival in Santa Teresa, enjoy a delightful lunch in town before heading to the naturally heated hot springs to unwind and rejuvenate. After spending a few hours soaking in the soothing waters, continue by car to Lucmabamba. Here, you will savor a delicious dinner and camp for the night in tents, surrounded by the tranquility of nature.
Santa Teresa to Aguas Calientes: Exploring Llactapata and Hidroelectrica on the Way
Experience the allure of Llactapata, an Inca ruin situated along the Salkantay trail, during your second day of the trek. From this vantage point, you’ll witness a stunning view of Machu Picchu from a distinctive angle.
Begin your day with an early breakfast at 6:00 am, then from Lucmabamba, embark on a 3-hour uphill hike along the ancient Inca trail until you reach the captivating ruins of Llactapata. Take your time to appreciate the spectacular vistas of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu mountain, and if the weather permits, catch a glimpse of the majestic Salkantay mountain.
Next, descend for 2 hours to Hidroelectrica, where you’ll enjoy a nourishing lunch and a well-deserved break. The final leg of your journey is a scenic 3-hour walk along the train tracks, leading to Aguas Calientes.
Once in the quaint village, you’ll be escorted to your lodge for a refreshing shower and some relaxation. At 7:00 pm, gather for a final dinner at a local restaurant, and then retire for the night, eagerly anticipating your ultimate destination: Machu Picchu.
Machu Picchu - Cusco
MACHU PICCHU DAY:
- Arriving at Machu Picchu’s Main Gate from Aguas Calientes: To reach Machu Picchu’s main gate from Aguas Calientes, you have two options. You can either embark on a scenic 1.5-hour hike or take a convenient bus ride that costs $12. The choice is yours, and you can even decide on the same day you plan to visit Machu Picchu. Regardless of the option you choose, your day will begin bright and early at 4 am with a delicious breakfast at your hotel in Aguas Calientes.
- If you choose to WALK from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu, your journey will begin at around 4:30 am. You’ll start by walking from your hotel in Aguas Calientes to Puente Ruinas, which takes approximately 30 minutes. Puente Ruinas serves as the first checkpoint, where you’ll need to present your Machu Picchu tickets and original passports to gain entry. Once you’ve passed the Puente Ruinas checkpoint, you’ll embark on an uphill hike to Machu Picchu, climbing approximately 1,700 steps. This ascent typically takes between one hour to one hour and 20 minutes. Upon reaching the main gate of Machu Picchu, you’ll meet up with your group and guide to enter the site and begin your unforgettable exploration of this ancient Inca citadel.
- If you opt to take the BUS from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu, you’ll need to purchase a bus ticket in town, either the night before or on the same morning. Each one-way bus ticket costs $12. Once you have your ticket, join the queue to board the first buses, which depart from Aguas Calientes at 5:30 am. The bus ride takes approximately 30 minutes to reach Machu Picchu. Upon arrival at Machu Picchu, you’ll meet up with your group and guide around 6 am to enter the site and begin exploring the remarkable ancient Inca city together.
MACHU PICCHU GUIDED TOUR:
- Our program includes a Machu Picchu ticket, with the primary circuit options being either circuit 01 or 02. CHECH DETAILS: https://www.machupicchureservations.org/destination/machu-picchu-circuits If there is no availability for the first choice, we will include circuit 03 or 04. Ticket availability depends on the time of booking, so if you prefer the primary circuit options, we recommend booking well in advance. For more information about the different circuits and ticket details, please visit our website or contact us directly. Upon arrival at Machu Picchu, our experienced tour guide will lead you on a 2.5-hour guided exploration of the Inca city, following the circuit outlined in your ticket. The guide will share insights about the history and significance of Machu Picchu while allowing time for photographs and taking in the breathtaking views. You’ll visit the most iconic locations within the site during the tour.
- At the conclusion of the guided tour, you will have some leisure time to explore and relax on your own. If you have arranged to hike Huayna Picchu (which must be booked ahead of time, as it is a popular option that sells out quickly and costs $60 per person), your guide will direct you to the starting point. The hike will take no more than 2 hours to complete, with a round-trip time.
- Alternatively, you may choose to hike Machu Picchu Mountain instead of Huayna Picchu. This hike is more challenging and takes a minimum of three hours for the round-trip (at an additional cost of $60 per person).
- For those considering either of the mountain climbs, we recommend opting for the train return to Cusco to allow more time to explore the mountains. If you prefer to return by car, we suggest spending an additional night in Aguas Calientes and departing by car on the sixth day from the Hydroelectric station. This will give you ample time to fully experience the beauty of the mountains and make the most of your journey.
After immersing yourself in the wonders of Machu Picchu and exploring its surroundings, it’s time to make your way back to Cusco. We offer two convenient options for your return journey: by car or by train. Both options ensure a smooth and comfortable trip to Cusco.
- If you choose to return BY CAR, you will need to begin your walk from Machu Picchu to Hidroelectrica around 10:30 am. This trek typically takes 3 to 3.5 hours to complete. It is essential to reach Hidroelectrica by 2:00 pm in order to board the car, which is scheduled to depart at 2:30 pm. The car journey from Hidroelectrica to Cusco takes approximately 6 hours, and you can expect to arrive in Cusco around 9:30 pm. Upon arrival, you will be dropped off in the city center of Cusco.
- If you opt to return BY TRAIN to Cusco after visiting Machu Picchu, you have two options for getting to the town of Aguas Calientes. You can either walk down for 1.5 hours, or take a bus that takes just 30 minutes but costs 12 dollars. Once you arrive in Aguas Calientes, you’ll have time to explore the town and have lunch before returning to your hotel to gather your belongings and head to the train station. The train to Ollantaytambo is available at either 2:30 pm or 2:55 pm, depending on availability, and the journey takes 1.5 hours, offering stunning views of the surrounding landscapes. Upon arrival in Ollantaytambo, a transfer arranged by Machu Picchu Reservations or with your name on it will be waiting to take you back to Cusco, a 2-hour journey, arriving around 6:30 pm and dropping you off in the city center.
This package includes the following inclusions for the Llactapata Trek to Machu Picchu:
- Transportation from Cusco to Santa Teresa: Your journey will begin in Cusco, where transportation will be provided to take you to Santa Teresa.
- Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu: The package includes the entrance fee to the famous Machu Picchu archaeological site.
- A briefing prior to the departure of the Llactapata Trek: Before you begin the trek, you will receive important information and instructions from professional guides to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience also you will pick your duffle bag.
- Duffel bag service: Trekking staff will transport a duffel bag containing up to 7 kilos of your belongings, allowing you to hike with a lighter load.
- Professional English/Spanish speaking guides: The trek will be accompanied by experienced bilingual guides to help you navigate the trail and provide valuable insights about the region.
- Guided visit to Machu Picchu: Once you arrive at Machu Picchu, a guided tour of the site will be provided, giving you an in-depth understanding of the history and significance of this ancient Incan citadel.
- Accommodations: The package includes one night of camping during the trek and one night in a hostel in Aguas Calientes, the town closest to Machu Picchu.
- Meals: Your package includes two breakfasts, two lunches, and two dinners prepared by a professional chef, ensuring you have enough energy for the journey.
- Personal camping pad and tend for each 02 people: A comfortable double foam camping pad (2.5 inches thick) will be provided for your use during the camping night.
- Transportation back to Cusco: Upon completion of the trek, you have the option of returning to Cusco either by train (departing Aguas Calientes at 6:20 pm or 7:00 pm) or by car (departing Hidroeléctrica at 3:00 pm).
- Vegetarian/vegan meal options: If you are vegetarian or vegan, you can request meal options to suit your dietary needs at no extra charge.
- First aid kit and oxygen bottle for emergencies: Safety is a priority, and the trekking team will carry a first aid kit and an oxygen bottle to address any emergencies that may arise during the trek.
The following items and services are not included in the package:
- Sleeping Bag: A sleeping bag is not provided for the trek. However, if you do not have one, you can rent one from the trekking company for $10 USD for the entire trek.
- Trekking Poles: Trekking poles are not included in the package. If you do not have your own, you can rent a pair from the trekking company for $10 USD for the whole trek.
- Santa Teresa Hot Springs: The entrance fee for the hot springs in Santa Teresa is not covered in the package. If you wish to visit the hot springs, you will need to pay an additional 10 Peruvian Soles for entry.
- Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is not included in the package, and it is recommended that you purchase your own policy to cover any unexpected situations or emergencies during the trek.
- Extra expenses: Additional services, such as a hot shower at the second campsite (10 Soles) or access to Wi-Fi internet (10 Soles), are not included in the package and will require separate payment.
What to Pack
The following list explains the items and documents you should bring on the trek:
- Backpack: Bring a backpack to carry essentials like water, snacks, camera, sunscreen, valuables, a jacket, and other personal items.
- Sleeping bag: Ensure your sleeping bag is rated for at least -5°C. If you don’t have one, you can rent one from the trekking company.
- Trekking poles: If you have knee or ankle problems or are accustomed to using hiking poles, bring them along. If you don’t have any, rentals are available.
- Wool hat or cap: Protect your head from the cold with a warm hat or cap.
- Sun hat: A hat with a wide brim will protect your face and neck from the sun.
- Long-sleeved t-shirts (1-2): These provide better sun protection and warmth.
- Long pants: Leggings are also acceptable. Avoid cotton as it absorbs moisture.
- Hiking shoes: Wear comfortable and supportive footwear suitable for the trail.
- Wool socks (1-2 pairs): These help to keep your feet warm and dry.
- Rain gear: Bring a rain jacket, pants, and a poncho, especially during the rainy season. You can purchase a poncho if you don’t have one.
- Small towel: Useful for wiping sweat, washing your face, or drying off after a swim.
- Shorts: Bring lightweight, quick-drying shorts for warmer weather or when swimming.
- Sunglasses: Protect your eyes from the sun and glare.
- Water bottle: Stay hydrated throughout the trek by carrying a reusable water bottle.
- Personal toiletries: Pack items like a toothbrush, toothpaste, and any other essentials.
- Toilet paper: It’s always handy to have your own roll of toilet paper for the trek.
- Sunscreen: Protect your skin from sunburn by using sunscreen with a high SPF.
- Insect repellent: Keep insects at bay with a suitable repellent.
- Sandals and flip-flops: These can be useful during downtime at the campsite or when visiting hot springs.
- Bathing suit: Bring one for swimming or visiting hot springs.
- Snacks: Pack snacks like chocolate, cereal bars, candies, dried fruits, or energy bars to keep your energy levels up during the trek.
- Extra money in Peruvian Soles: Bring some cash for emergencies, tips, or additional expenses.
Remember that a duffel bag will be provided for you to pack up to 7 kilos of luggage, which will be carried by horses. You will receive the duffel bag at the pre-trek briefing.
Documents to bring:
- Original passport: Required for identification purposes during the trek and at Machu Picchu.
- Student ID: If you have booked the tour as a student, bring your student ID to prove your status at the Machu Picchu checkpoint.
The pricing for the 3-day Llactapata trek depends on your preferred method of returning to Cusco after visiting Machu Picchu and whether you qualify for a student discount. Below are the price details:
Return by Car:
- Student: $170 USD
- Adult: $190 USD
Return by Train:
- Student: $220 USD
- Adult: $240 USD
Additional options to enhance your trek experience:
- Huaynapicchu Mountain: Add this option for an extra $60 USD. Check availability at www.machupicchu.gob.pe/inicio.
- Machu Picchu Montaña: Add this option for an extra $60 USD. Check availability at www.machupicchu.gob.pe/inicio.
- Sleeping Bag Rental: If you need a sleeping bag for the trek, you can rent one for an additional $10 USD.
- Trekking Poles Rental: Rent a pair of trekking poles for the entire trek at an additional cost of $10 USD.
- Upgrade to Vistadome Train: If you choose to return to Cusco by train, you can upgrade to the Vistadome train for an extra $35 USD.
HOW TO APPLY FOR THE STUDENT PRICE:
The student price is available for all students around the world, provided that they meet the requirements set by the Peruvian government. This discount is applicable when purchasing Machu Picchu tickets from the Peruvian government.
TO QUALIFY FOR THE STUDENT PRICE, YOU MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS:
Your student ID must be an original ID issued by your university, made of PVC material.
The student ID must have the following information printed on it.
- University information.
- Student name.
- Student picture.
- The student ID must have a valid expiration date printed on it, which is only valid for one year. For instance, if you visit Machu Picchu in 2023, the expiration date on your ID must be 2023 or 2024. If you visit Machu Picchu in 2023, the maximum expiration date allowed is 2024.
- The student discount is available only for students who are not more than 25 years old.
- The International Student Identification Card (ISIC) is not valid for the discount, even if it meets the requirements mentioned above.
- The only valid document for the student price is the original student ID that meets the requirements set by the Peruvian government. No other documents such as certifications or virtual cards are accepted as proof of student status.
- To apply for the student price, send us a photo of both sides of your student ID to email@example.com when you book the tour. If you send it later, you will not be eligible for the student discount.
How to Book with Machu Picchu Reservation
TO BOOK THE LLACTAPATA TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 3D – 2N, FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE STEPS:
- Choose a reputable, government-authorized tour operator.
- Click the “Book Online” button, select the date, and complete the booking form. Have one person fill it out for the entire group to ensure you’re booked together. Keep your passport handy for accurate information.
- Make a payment online using any debit or credit card. There’s a 2.9% fee for online payments, which customers must cover.
- To secure your LLACTAPATA TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 3D – 2N, provide a $120 deposit per person. This helps obtain necessary permits and tickets from the Peruvian government.
- Optionally, you can pay the full tour amount upfront to avoid any future payment concerns.
- If you choose to pay only the deposit, the remaining balance is due 24 hours before the tour begins. You can pay in cash (soles or dollars) at the office in Cusco or by card (3.9% fee). You can also pay the balance online with any card (2.9% fee).
By following these straightforward steps, you can easily book your LLACTAPATA TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 3D – 2N experience and focus on preparing for your adventure.
Payment: You can pay for LLACTAPATA TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 3D – 2N online using any debit or credit card. A 2.9% fee applies to online payments, which customers must cover. To book LLACTAPATA TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 3D – 2N, a $120 deposit per person is required to secure permits and tickets from the Peruvian government. You can choose to pay the full tour amount upfront to avoid future payment concerns. If you pay only the deposit, the remaining balance is due 24 hours before the tour starts. Pay the balance in cash (soles or dollars) at our office in Cusco, or by card with a 3.9% fee. You can also pay online using any card with a 2.9% fee.
Passport Requirements: Ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond your planned entry date to Peru. If it’s set to expire within 6 months, renew it before traveling. If your passport expires within 6 months but you want to secure LLACTAPATA TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 3D – 2N and Machu Picchu tickets, book the tour and update your passport details with us after renewal. Failure to do so may result in permit and ticket forfeiture.
Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance to protect your investment. Obtain insurance before departing and consider working with a reputable agency for affordable coverage.
Deposit: The $120 deposit per person for the LLACTAPATA TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 3D – 2N tour is non-refundable and non-transferable.
Remaining Balance: If you only pay the deposit, the balance is due 24 hours before the tour starts. Pay in cash (soles or dollars) at our office in Cusco or by card with a 3.9% fee. You can also pay online with any card and a 2.9% fee.
Student Discount: If your student card meets Peruvian government requirements, reserve the tour with a deposit and pay the remaining balance upon arrival in Cusco. The student discount will be applied at that time.
Why Choose Machupicchu Reservations
we offer all the tours for guests to enjoy the outdoors, we offer Salkantay trek, Inca trail, Machu Picchu tours, we offer day hiking trips, such as Rainbow Mountain Hike, Incas Sacred Valley, Humantay Lake other alternative trekking tours like Inca jungle trail, Choquequirao trek, we offer guiding and supported trips, we offer glass igloos-based tours and camping-based tours.
Machu Picchu Reservations tours are all-inclusive and expert-led, our guests got to show up and focus 100% on the trip experience you do not have to worry about planning, packing, permits, tickets, or any of the headache stuff.
To people who love travel and hiking Machu Picchu Reservations literally has something for everyone we operated all the tours in Cusco with exceptional and personalized service this makes us one of the best-rated companies in the city of Cusco with 5 stars on TripAdvisor, Google, and other social networks.
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