Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo Community
You will start the tour from your hotel at 7.00 a.m. and travel to Qhellccancca Community. Here, we will introduce you to members of the local community and they will teach your their ancestral rites and traditions that have been passed for generations. You will get to know each activity and experience the textile clothing they make. You will also get to see the production of alpaca wool up close and learna about the process. Without a doubt, the kindness and generosity of its people will leave you amazed. We will continue with your tour and arrive at the Pumamarca archaeological center, which is a small Inca archaeological site. At this point, you will have time to explore and enjoy a delicious lunch prepared with Andean ingredients. After visiting and enjoying this place, we will descend to the lower part of the community so that you can take the bus that will take you back to your hotel.
Elevations: 2,950 meters
Climate: cold and sun
Walking distance: 12 km / 7 miles
Duration: 8 hours
Transportation: Transportation is included in the entire trip by bus, from the point of departure to the point of return.
Professional Guides: Highly trained guides for high mountains and Inca History.
Tips: other expenses not mentioned in the program
Food: Traditional Pachamanca
1. Getting to Cusco
All international passengers by plane must disembark in Lima and pass through Customs because the airport in Cusco is currently only for local flights. You must pick up your luggage in Lima and then check them back in, even if your trip from there to Cusco is on the same day and with the same airline.
The best way to go to Cusco is by plane, and there are many airlines to choose from. Although LAN generally offers the most options and flights, it is also the most expensive. Be prepared for flight delays or cancellations.
2. Altitude in Cusco
People begin to worry about altitude sickness as soon as they reserve their trip to Peru, specifically Cusco. Because there is less oxygen in the air at high altitudes than there is at sea level, your body must work harder to get the oxygen it needs. Your body becomes accustomed to the lower oxygen content of the air over a period of days at a high altitude.
You could initially experience the illness or a hangover when suffering from altitude sickness. You can get headaches, exhaustion, a loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, difficulty sleeping, and difficulty breathing while exercising. Please get in touch with our office if any of these side effects worsen, and we’ll assist you find a doctor.
These symptoms will typically be slight. Always ease into action gradually to give your body time to acclimate. Drink a lot of liquids, such as coca tea or water. Since ancient times, coca tea has been used to help avoid altitude sickness.
The coca plant’s leaves contain alkaloids that assist your body absorb oxygen and ward off the effects of altitude sickness. A lot of alcohol and caffeine should be avoided.
They will make you urinate more frequently and dehydrate you. Don’t smoke. Your body has a harder time getting oxygen when you smoke. Don’t use sleeping medicines. Your body may have a harder time absorbing oxygen when you sleep as a result of their potential for shallow breathing at night.
To assist prevent altitude sickness, your doctor may recommend medications like acetazolamide and dexamethasone. Two days before you travel to a high altitude, begin taking the medication. While you are at a high altitude, keep taking it.
Of course, the weather is erratic. In Cusco, the dry season typically lasts from April through October, but be prepared because it can rain in June or get sunny in December.
Please make sure you have rain gear, including a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho, and waterproof gloves, no matter what month you are taking the journey.
Consider the four seasons as well. You should be prepared for all four seasons as many of the climbs over the Andes entail numerous microclimates.
Always wear layers since they make it simple to adapt to changing temperatures. Please be ready with a heavy, winter-weight jacket because evenings will always be chilly.
- 2 to 5 participants: USD$ 300 in total
- 6 to 12 participants: USD$ 350 in total
- 14 or more: (Contact an Altitude Experience representative)
Note: If you would like a private tour, please contact our representative for pricing.