The Inca site of Puma Marca is situated about 2.5 hours walking from the Inca village of Ollantaytambo - which is one of the most popular destinations in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Many tour buses and cars drive daily between Cusco and Ollantaytambo. The area is interesting because of the history and that the Spaniards suffered one of their few defeats in a direct confrontation with the Incas – but also because in Ollantaytambo many of the original Inca streets still exist. Puma Marca is a fortress built on top of a steep slope, which was built to control the entrance to the Sacred Valley from the nearby jungle. A steep climb will be rewarded with a beautiful panorama view over the valley. After visiting Puma Marca, we will spend the night in Aguas Calientes and wake up early in the morning to visit Machu Picchu, one of the 7 Modern Wonders of the World.
Picnic lunch and Dinner on Day 1, Breakfast on Day 2 (in your hotel)
Round-trip transportation from your hotel, Round trip train tickets Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes, Round trip bus tickets Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu
English-speaking Tour Guide (Puma Marca and Machu Picchu), Entrance fees to Pumamarca, Hotel in Aguas Calientes, Entrance to Machu Picchu
USD 425 for
Day 1: Cusco - Ollantaytambo - Pumamarca - Aguas Calientes
Early in the morning (6:00 am) 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, youâ€™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.
After that beautiful nature, small farms and splendid Inca terraces will appear on the road; this is a place only a 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.
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.