Machu Picchu: A Once in a Lifetime Hike

OneSeed Expeditions • Cuzco, Peru

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Escape Kit

  • A Seven-Day Hiking Trip to Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu (Land Only), Including Three Nights' Hotel Accommodations, Three Nights Camping, Six Breakfast, Five Lunches, and Four Dinners ($1,299)
  • Or, an Eight-Day Hiking Trip to Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu, Including Round-Trip Flights between the United States to Cusco, Four Nights' Hotel Accommodations, Three Nights Camping, Seven Breakfasts, Five Lunches, Four Dinners, and Round-Trip Airport Transfers ($2,649 to $2,799)
  • Ground Transportation between All Sites
  • All Tours, Activities, Entrance Admissions, and Hotel Fees
  • 10% of Trip Cost Is Invested in Local Peruvian Entrepreneurs via OneSeed Microfinance Fund
  • Priced per Person Based on Double Occupancy (See Fine Print)

The Destination
If vine-veiled temples and mysterious ancient empires ignite your imagination, Peru is the place for you. Here, steamy jungle pathways wind along mountain ridges en route to some of the world's most mind-blowing ruins. Home to the snow-capped Andes, the lush Amazon Basin, and a desert-dusted coastline, this South American country is packed with wildlife—exotic beasts like pumas, llamas, and giant anacondas call the "Land of the Incas" home. Join them—and OneSeed Expeditions—on this seven-day trip to Cusco and Machu Picchu. Ten percent of your purchase will be invested in local entrepreneurs via OneSeed's microfinance fund.

The Itinerary
day 1: Depart the United States and arrive in Cusco and check in to your hotel, located in the charming historic district of San Blas. The hotel is centrally located and only a few minutes' walk from the Plaza de Armas, the beautiful and bustling town center.
Overnight at Hotel Andenes al Cielo, Casa Elena (Andenes's sister hotel next door), or similar accommodation.

day 2: Your trip begins with a bit of time to acclimate in the Sacred Valley, where you'll descend 1,500 feet toward the sacred Urubamba River. There, you'll visit the village of Pisac and stop by a traditional market to buy local souvenirs. Then it's off to the ruins of Pisac, boasting stunning views over the valley. On a guided walk to the Citadel of Pisac, you'll see temples, villages, altars, carvings, tunnels, caves, and the famous Intihuatana, which means "the hitching post of the sun" and was an important piece of Incan astronomy.

Then it's onward to Urubamba for a picnic of delicious Peruvian cuisine. After lunch you'll have time to learn about the Ollantaytambo archeological site, where you'll discover the magnificence of Incan construction. You'll check out the Temple of the Sun, which consists of enormous blocks of rock perfectly carved and polished to fit together seamlessly. You'll see stone water fountains, stairs, and terraces surrounded by sacred mountains and the Valley of Patacancha and Willoq, while witnessing the beauty of the local people in their traditional dress. On your way back, you'll visit the famous church and archaeological site in Chincheros before arriving to Cusco around 6:30 or 7:00 p.m.
Overnight at Hotel Andenes al Cielo, Casa Elena (Andenes's sister hotel next door), or similar accommodation. Breakfast and a picnic lunch provided.

day 3: In the morning, you'll head for the three-hour trip to Mollepata, a small village at the edge of the cloud forest zone. From here, you'll be able to enjoy the first views of Salkantay, which reaches 20,691 feet. After a break to enjoy the landscape, you'll continue on to Challa'cancha, where you'll depart on your trek. You'll meet your assistant guides and begin the two-hour hike to Soraypampa. After lunch in Soraypamapa, continue hiking another three and a half hours to Suirococha (14,685 feet), your camp for the night.
Overnight at campsite. Breakfast, box lunch, and dinner provided.

day 4: Wake up to an early breakfast and begin hiking to the Salkantay Pass (15,246 feet). Enjoy the breathtaking views before continuing downhill to your lunch spot, Huayrac Machay. After lunch, you'll continue the descent to your second campsite, Colcapampa (9,240 feet).
Overnight at a campsite. Breakfast, box lunch, and dinner provided.

day 5: Today, you'll continue descending into the high jungle. You'll hike along clear, cool streams and rivers, and visit several impressive waterfalls as your surroundings become increasingly lush. After passing small coffee and fruit farms, you'll stop in the small town of Lucmabamba, where you'll spend the night in a homestay with a local coffee farming family.
Overnight at homestay. Breakfast, box lunch, and dinner provided.

day 6: In the morning your hosts will teach you about their daily life and demonstrate how to roast and prepare coffee, which you'll enjoy with the morning meal. You'll learn about the family's coffee crops and cuy (guinea pig) raising, and have a look around the farm. From there, you'll start uphill along an original Incan road to the ruins of Llactapata. This trail was first used to transport agricultural products to Machu Picchu and Choquequirao, and takes you through areas full of coffee, fruit, and other subtropical crops. At the ruins, you'll enjoy your first views of Machu Picchu and have your morning snack before continuing downhill to the Aobamba River, where you'll stop at your lunch spot near the local hydroelectric station. After the break, you'll continue for two hours toward Aguas Calientes, where you'll check into a hostel for a shower and some rest before a celebratory dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight at Inti Inn, La Cabaña, or Terrazas del Inca Bed & Breakfast. Breakfast, box lunch, and dinner provided.

day 7: After an early breakfast, it's off to Machu Picchu. The bus takes about 20 minutes, but you'll have the option of hiking about 90 minutes. The goal is to get to Machu Picchu as early as possible to avoid the crowds and have the best chance to enjoy its beauty, mystery, and magic in peace. You'll have a guided tour for about two and a half hours followed by free time to explore the site on your own. There is time to climb Huayna Picchu for views of Machu Picchu from above, or you may choose to visit the Temple of the Moon, which is located behind Huayna Picchu. You'll meet in Aguas Calientes in the afternoon to board the train back to Cusco.
Overnight at Hotel Andenes al Cielo, Casa Elena (Andenes's sister hotel next door), or similar accommodation (for flight-inclusive travelers only). Breakfast provided.

day 8: Depart for the United States.

The Dates - 2014
Land only ($1,299): April 18 to 24; May 9 to 15; May 23 to 29; June 13 to 19; or June 27 to July 3
New York departures ($2,799): April 17 to 25; May 8 to 16; May 22 to 30; or June 12 to 20
Los Angeles (LAX) departures ($2,649): April 17 to 25; May 8 to 16; May 22 to 30; or June 12 to 20
Miami (MIA) departures: April 17 to 25 ($2,649); May 8 to 16 ($2,649); May 22 to 30 ($2,799); or June 12 to 20 ($2,799)
Priced per person based on double occupancy (see fine print)

  • "The exquisite architecture of the massive Inca stone structures, the formidable backdrop of steep sugarloaf hills, and the Urubamba river winding far below have made Machu Picchu the iconic symbol of Peru."

    -- Read Fodor's Review of Machu Picchu

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the fine print

  • Vouchers cannot be combined to extend stay
  • Reservations required and subject to availability; must be made by October 16, 2013
  • Not valid toward existing or room block reservations
  • Voucher is valid for one person only
  • When purchasing and gifting vouchers please list name as it is listed on their passport
  • Rates are per person based on double occupancy. Each of two guests must purchase an Escape and arrange to stay together at the hotel. Single occupancy requires an additional fee of $200
  • Merchant cancellation policy applies. For more information, please see oneseedexpeditions.com/about/faq/#5
  • Vouchers with flights include Four Nights' Hotel Accommodations, Three Nights Camping, Seven Breakfasts, Five Lunches, Four Dinners
  • Land only packages (without flights) include Three Nights' Hotel Accommodations, Three Nights Camping, Six Breakfast, Five Lunches, and Four Dinners
  •  All vouchers include Round-Trip Airport Transfers, Ground Transportation between All Sites, All Tours, Activities, Entrance Admissions, and Hotel Fees
  • Voucher does not include gratuities, personal or baggage insurance, meals, snacks or drinks not specified in the itinerary, other personal expenses, passport and visa fees (visa obtained upon arrival for US and Canadian passport holders)
  • Review the State Department's website for passport/visa requirements and important announcements before traveling to your destination
  • The promotional value is valid only for date range purchased and may not be exchanged or redeemed for any other dates
  • 10% of Trip Cost Is Invested in Local Peruvian Entrepreneurs via OneSeed Microfinance Fund
  • Other conditions apply • PROMOTIONAL VALUE EXPIRES ON June 27, 2014 • Enjoy By June 27, 2014
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