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Pumamarca ruins are about 2.5 hours from the Inca town of Ollantaytambo and is one of the most popular in the Sacred Valley destinations. The area is very interesting because here the spaniards suffered one of his few defeats in a direct confrontation with the Incas, besides because Ollantaytambo retains many original Inca streets.

Pumamarca is a fortress built on a steep slope, which was built to control the entrance to the Sacred Valley of the nearby jungle. A steep climb will be rewarded with a beautiful panoramic view and the knowledge that you will be visiting a place known only to a few tourists.

After visiting Pumamarca, we spend the night in Aguas Calientes and we will get up early to visit Machu Picchu!.

Day 1:  Cusco - Ollantaytambo - Pumamarca - Aguas Calientes

Early in the morning (6:00am) we will pick you up from your hotel and drive about one hour and twenty minutes to the village of Ollantaytambo.

From there starts our hike to the site of Puma Marca. The hike is about 2.5 hours from Ollantaytambo to Puma Marca. Once outside the crowded tourist center, you’ll find yourself immediately in another world, a world of tranquility, ancient streets with houses built on Inca foundations, courtyards where chicha (corn beer) is being served and where chickens and guinea pigs walk around freely. Thereafter beautiful nature, small farms and splendid Inca terraces will appear on the road; this is a place only few tourists will experience in their lives. On the way, we will stop to enjoy a tasty picnic in beautiful surroundings. Once we get to Puma Marca, you will explore the site with your guide who will tell you about the history of the place.

After returning to Ollantaytambo by the ancient trail, we still have time to visit the old village and (if desired) to ascend to another Inca site around Ollantaytambo or explore the market.

From there our train goes to Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night in a hotel.

Day 2: Machu Picchu - Cusco

On the final day, we first will have breakfast and then take the first bus at 5:00 AM to Machu Picchu. A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy, you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2,720 m/8,923 ft). It takes 45 minutes to reach the top of Huayna Picchu and you will get a magnificent view over Machu Picchu and its surroundings.

You will later meet your guide back in Aguas Calientes (the trip down to Aguas Calientes can be reached by bus or by foot) for lunch (this lunch is not included in the cost of the trek) and to receive your train tickets back to Cusco.

If you desire an extra night in Aguas Calientes, it can be arranged. This option is very popular as it allows more time to explore Machu Picchu. You can also go to the thermal springs in the town - a real treat after finishing the tour.

Included:

  • Professional, bilingual tour guide.
  • Transfer from Cusco Hotel to Train Station in Ollantaytambo
  • Train Ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • 1 night in Aguas Calientes with private bath, hot water and breakfast included.
  • Excellent Meals (1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner).
  • Entrance fee to Pumamarca.
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.

Not Included:

  • Entrance fee to Hot Springs at Aguas Calientes (consult: Optionals).
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu or Mountain (consult: Optionals).
  • Entrance fee to Ollantaytambo Ruins (consult: Opcionals).

We recommend you bring:

  • Original passport (and *International Student card (ISIC), if applicable)
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Sun hat
  • Sun protection cream (SPF 35 or higher recommended)
  • Personal medication
  • Camera
  • Cash in local currency (Peruvian Soles) to purchase items along the trail and tips.