Machu Picchu Explorer (Comfort) Trip Notes

Machu Picchu Explorer (Comfort)

Last Modified: 01 Oct 2013
Machu Picchu Explorer (Comfort)
Trip code: GGHT-C
Validity: 01 Jan 2013 to 31 Dec 2013
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  • Comfort is your style of travel if you want the whole grassroots experience with more inclusions, meals and creature comforts. While accommodation is predominantly tourist class (3-4 star), on some itineraries there is the opportunity to stay with a local family, spend the night on a train or camp out in exotic places (without putting up your own tent of course). Along the way, you'll really experience the destination up close. You'll mingle with locals, enjoy a taste of their way of life and gain special insights from your leader. This is not luxury travel, but real world experiences - just with a softer landing!
Short Breaks
Machu Picchu Explorer (Comfort)
Day 1 Itinerary
Bienvenido! Welcome to Cuzco.
This morning you will be picked up from your hotel before heading to the Sacred Valley.
Known as Wilcamayo by the Incas, this lush and fertile valley has long been the main source of food for the high Andes. Maize crops can be seen surrounding the river and covering the terraces carved high into the valley walls.
The first stop is at Pisac ruins from where you will enjoy a lovely view of the Pisac valley and the town below. Explore the market and maybe barter for a few items yourself before heading out to cross the Valley. Leaving Pisac behind you find yourself driving through amazingly fertile lands that are one of the main agricultural areas in the surroundings and that played an important part during Inca times.
We have a stop along the way to enjoy our lunch and then continue some more minutes until we reach the town of Ollantaytambo, one of the few, if not the only, living example of a city plan that has remained the same for many centuries.
Here you’ll visit the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo, and try to figure out how those terraces were build or the big boulders that are part of the temple of the Sun got to the place where you can find them now, the top of the mountain.
Your guide will point you at the train station where you will wait for the departure of your train that takes you to Aguas Calientes. A 1.5 hour train ride through the winding Urubamba Valley takes us to Aguas Calientes, nestled in the cloud forest (2040m above sea level) at the foot of the magnificent Machu Picchu.
Upon arrival a representative will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel and give you the last instructions for your tour the very next day.
Overnight at Aguas Calientes hotel
Day 2 Itinerary
After an early breakfast, catch a bus to Machu Picchu (approx 30 minutes along a winding road). The first bus departs at around 5.30am. Please note that you will need to check out and leave your luggage on storage at the hotel while you visit Machu Picchu.
A local guide will take you on a 2 hour tour through the ruins. While it is thought Machu Picchu was built around 1440 as a country retreat for Incan nobility, there is evidence this had been a sacred site for much longer. Another school of thought is that this was an astronomical observatory. There is plenty of time to decide for yourself as you wander around the many temples, palaces and living quarters.
After taking advantage of the seemingly endless photo opportunities it is time to return to Cuzco, travelling first by train to Ollantaytambo (approx 90 minutes) then a shared transfer to Cuzco (approx 90 minutes).
Upon your arrival to Cusco your tour comes to an end. Please contact us if you need assistance with extra accommodation in Cuzco.
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    Culture shock rating

    At times local life here will be familiar to that of back home, and at times very different. Services are available most of the time, English may not be the native language, and there may be some cultural differences.
    Physical rating

    Some easy physical activities included in your trip. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the journey.
    Group size
    Maximum of 12 travellers per group.
    1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
    Please budget for additional meals and expenses while on your trip. Our suggestion is based on past traveller feedback but you may choose to spend more or less.
    USD 40.00
    Joining point
    Joining point instructions
    Your Short Break Adventure pick up will vary depending on what style of trip you have booked (Basix, Original or Comfort). Pick up times and locations are fixed and as follows:
    The pick up for travellers booked on the Basix style trip is:
    Hostal Tika Wasi - hotel lobby.
    Tandapata # 491
    San Blas
    Tel: + (51 84) 231 609
    Pick Up Time: Between 08:15 and 08:45
    The pick up for travellers booked on the Original style trip is:
    Hotel Emperador Plaza - hotel lobby.
    Santa Catalina Ancha # 377
    Tel: + (51 84) 227 412
    Pick Up Time: Between 08:15 and 08:45
    The pick up for travellers booked on the Comfort style trip is:
    Hotel Mamasara - hotel lobby.
    Calle Saphy # 875
    Tel: + (51 84) 245 409
    Pick Up Time: Between 08:15 and 08:45
    If you have any issues with the pickup, please call the Intrepid office on + (51 84) 233 633 or + + (51) 99605 5559.
    Finish point
    Carbon offset
    Carbon Offset C02-e 183.00 kgs per pax.