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Pumamarca Hike to Ollantaytambo – 1 Day

Pumamarca Hike to Ollantaytambo is a picturesque short hike in the Sacred Valley. Rarely visited by some adventurous explorers. This stunning Pumamarca trek is a perfect day trip for those seeking for easy hikes in the vicinity of the Sacred Valley. It is also perfect for those for travelers looking to go off the beaten path, enjoy the beautiful nature, and history of the little-visited Inca archaeological site, and then walk on the Incan cobblestone streets in Ollantaytambo town. Pumamarca is a spectacular Inca site located high above Ollantaytambo town. Perched on a beautiful hill-slope. Pumamarca hike, links the Inca ruins of Pumamarca with some extensive Inca-built agricultural terraces and an old Inca trail along the Patacancha valley from Pumamarca to Ollantaytambo.

On the Pumamarca Hike travelers will see a glimpse into the local culture, communities in the area in its most untouched and purest, see llamas and other native animals in that area, and visits some hidden archaeological sites. Also, amazing Inca aqueducts still functioning, many agricultural Incan terraces from XV century, which, are still used today by the local people, where they produce corn, potatoes, quinoa, and many other fruits and sensational views of the peaks around.

This short Pumamarca hike ends at the charming town of Ollantaytambo. So you will be able to explore this beautiful town of Inca origin and also have chance to climb the Pinkuylluna mountain, if there is some extra energy, and so enjoy the stunning vistas of the village of Ollantaytambo and explore Incan granaries from XV century. The best time to hike the Pumamarca trek is from April to December.

PUMAMARCA HIKE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the impressive Pumamarca Incan ruins
  • Uncover this fascinating hidden ancient Inca site
  • Enjoy stunning views of ancient Inca terraces
  • Hike by picturesque Inca Trail
  • Authentic Andean villages
  • Appreciate the natural beauty of the Sacred Valley
  • Enjoy spectacular views of the mountain’s scenery
  • Inca living town of Ollantaytambo

TOUR DETAILS

  • Hiking distance: 7.2 km / 4.5 mi
  • Hiking time: 3 – 4 hours (depending on your fitness levels)
  • Physical Grading:  Easy-Moderate 1 2 3 4 5 6
  • Activities Type: Cultural Adventure, Hiking, Archaeology Adventures & Ecological
  • Group Size: Tours are personalized in private service, you decide the number of travelers in your group.
  • Service Type: Private Personalized Tours
  • From/ pick up location: Hotels in Cusco or Sacred Valley (Ollantaytambo and Urubamba), or another place. just let us know
  • To/ drop-off location: Any hotel in Cusco or Sacred Valley (Ollantaytambo and Urubamba), Including Ollantaytambo train station or another place, just let us know

This Pumamarca adventure and trek will allow you to explore the Sacred Valley with breathtaking views on the way to the trekking path.

Trip itinerary for Pumamarca hike

On the morning of Pumamarca trek, we will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 6:00 am. Then, we drive for two-hours to Ollantaytambo town, along the beautiful landscape of the Sacred Valley and through the Andes. Once we arrive at Ollantaytambo town, you can buy breakfast and enjoy. Following the breakfast, we continue driving for about 25 minutes towards the trailhead point of the gorgeous Pumamarca trail, known Pallata (3,120 meter/10,236 feet.). from where we hike gradually uphill to the ruins of Pumamarca (3.422 meter/11.227 feet.), a small and little-visited Inca archaeological site overlooking the Patacancha Valley. Where the guide will show you the most important structure of the charming site.

After exploring the glorious ruins of Pumamarca we hike downhill for about three hours through extensive Inca-built agricultural terraces and along an old Inca trail back to Ollantaytambo. Along the way, we will find a few native Quechua settlements. Glimpses of the colorful Andean lifestyle shall add more charm to the scenic landscape. We will also come across the Andean llamas and other animals which can be seen routinely grazing in the green highlands.

Once arrive at the Ollantaytambo town, we enjoy lunch and then, we explore on foot the town, where we will see water channels, beautiful stone wall houses, which are still functioning as the home of the local families, and walk on its original Incan streets, which still remains as intact as in the Incan times, if there is some extra energy an extra hike to Pinkuylluna mountain could be done, where you are rewarded by stunning vistas and Incan granaries from XV century. Subsequently, we will take our transportation to the city of Cusco.

Important Note:

While we expect the tour will run as the itinerary describes to Pumamarca Hike Participants should accept that there is the possibility of changes, being necessary liable to local conditions, e.g, strikes, natural disasters, these changes might be at the discretion of your travel company.

Included for Pumamarca Hike

  • Private transportation with a professional driver to the trailhead
  • Professional Tour guide for the hike
  • Entrance ticket for Pumamarca hike
  • 01 lunch in Ollantaytambo town (Vegetarian available)
  • Personalized attention

Excluded for Pumamarca Hike

  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Tips for the guide and driver
  • Entrance to Ollantaytambo ruins
  • Hotel in Cusco
  • Extra expenses
  • Drinks

Extra Note about Cusco Tourist Ticket

  • To visit the historical sites in the Sacred Valley, it is important to purchase an admission partial ticket (Boleto Turistico Parcial) whose cost is PEN 70 Peruvian soles (USD 25 per ticket) which allows you to access four historical sites like Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Moray, and Chinchero (in other words, it is used only for Sacred Valley). This ticket is valid for 2 days. Therefore, in our quotation, this entrance ticket is included. If you take one of the day treks, in which, the historical sites are not part of the itinerary, so the admission ticket will be excluded from the quotation.
  • If you get planned to visit other historical sites out of Sacred Valley, like the ones located in Cusco, our recommendation is that you need to purchase the general admission ticket (Boleto Turistico General) whose cost is PEN 130 Peruvian Soles (USD 45 per ticket), this ticket allows you to visit 14 historical sites, which are located in Cusco, Southern part of Cusco, Sacred Valley, and some museums in Cusco city. The ticket is valid for 10 days. The Maras salt ponds ticket is not part of the boleto turistico parcial or boleto turistico general (partial or general ticket), this ticket should be purchased at the entrance of the same place, whose cost is PEN 10 Peruvian soles (about USD 4 per ticket).
  • Kids under 10 Years old do NOT pay any entrance fee

​This Pumamarca Hike to Ollantaytambo is only done privately and our prices are based on the size of the group and will be completely private with your own guide, chauffeur, and private transportation. No others will be added to the group.

  • Price for 2 trekkers: 175 USD per person
  • Price for 3 trekkers: 150 USD per person
  • Price for 4+ trekkers: 135 USD per person

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You should bring for Pumamarca Hike 1 Day

  • Original passport
  • 1 small backpack to carry the things you need for the trek (camera, drinks, etc.)
  • Hiking boots
  • 1 sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sunscreen for your skin and lips
  • 1 water bottle (1 liter) or canteen
  • 1 Fleece Jacket
  • Insect repellent
  • Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from November to March)
  • Personal medications and toilet paper
  • American dollars and Peruvian soles in cash
  • Crédit or debit card

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        Thank you for booking and/or traveling on a Peru Spirit Adventure tour with Peru Spirit Adventure. We are 100% local Cusqueñan company and legally recognized by Peruvian law. These Terms and Conditions apply to any travel products and/or services purchased from Peru Spirit Adventure. A contract is entered into once PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE receives your booking form and deposit, and we accept and confirm the booking. Please note that travel arrangements are not confirmed until stated so in writing by PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE. All Peru Spirit Adventure based treks and tours are operated by Peru Spirit Adventure.

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        To reserve any of our tours and treks services, the customer must submit his or her personal information and a deposit. The personal information we require is the following: Full name (as appears on passport), Date of Birth, Nationality, Gender, and Passport number.

        • A picture of their passport photo page. A camera phone picture or similar is acceptable.

        Once the customer confirms their reservation, we will send an email within 24 hours with a confirmation of their tour or trek and the deposit amount and also, details of the services included and not included in the service price. Once we send this information to the customer, if we do not receive any response from the customer it will be assumed by the company that the customer has accepted all terms and conditions. We provide a full pre-tour briefing at your hotel in Cusco. This gives the customer the chance to ask any questions they may have about the tour or trek itinerary.— ABOUT THE BRIEFING: The night before your tour or trek, there will be a pre-tour talk (briefing) at your hotel in Cusco at either 6:00 pm or 7:00 pm. (exact time will be confirmed by email). Once you receive your briefing time, if we do not hear back we will assume it is confirmed by you. Please take this into consideration when booking your travel plans to Cusco, ensuring you arrive in time for the briefing. If your tour or trek begins on a Monday then the briefing will be scheduled for the Saturday before.

        • Please note that it is difficult to change the briefing time and date at short notice. Therefore, if we receive a request for a briefing change less than 48 hours prior to the scheduled briefing, we most likely will not be able to change the briefing time or date. We will, however, do everything we can to change to try and accommodate the schedule change.

        DEPOSITS:

        We use PayPal for sending deposits, that way you can use your credit card. There is a 6% fee for deposits using PayPal (for the international transfer). We also use Western Union for sending deposits, Deposits through Western Union have variable fees. The deposit amount depends on the type of itinerary you will book, as follows;

        • For all trek and multi-day tours, we require a deposit of $250 USD per person — Deposits for tours and treks are non-refundable and non-transferable to another individual. There are no exceptions.
        • For the Rainbow Mountain tours & hikes we require a deposit of $100 USD per person — Deposits for tours and treks are non-refundable and non-transferable to another individual. There are no exceptions.
        • For the Humantay Lake Day Trip, we require a deposit of $100 USD per person — Deposits for tours and treks are non-refundable and non-transferable to another individual. There are no exceptions.
        • For the Sacred Valley Tours & Trips, we require a deposit of $100 USD (for the group) — Deposits for tours and treks are non-refundable and non-transferable to another individual. There are no exceptions.
        • For the Cusco Half Day Tours, we require a deposit of $50 USD (for the group) — Deposits for tours and treks are non-refundable and non-transferable to another individual. There are no exceptions.
        • For large groups, we accept wire transfer for deposits and final balances due. If you would like more information about the wire transfer option, please email us at peruspiritadventure@gmail.com

        FINAL PAYMENTS: We accept cash and PayPal for final payments. A client may not depart for the tour or trek until payment in full is received, either in cash or by PayPal.

        • Cash payments are due the day before tour or trek departure and can be paid at the pre-tour or trek briefing. We accept US dollars and Peruvian soles for cash payments. If you will pay in US dollars. Take note. The Peruvian banks are extremely strict about the “quality” of dollars they will accept. Therefore, we have to request that your bills are what they call “unbroken”. Broken bills will not be accepted. Broken means — any tear (even as small as 3 mm) or excessive wrinkling
        • PayPal payments are due one week before the tour or trek departure. a) There is an 8% fee on balance due payments using PayPal. b) If the balance via PayPal is not paid by 3 days prior to trek departure, the PayPal fee will be 10%. Our PayPal email is: info@peruspiritadventure.com
        • All banking fees will be covered by the client

        CANCELLATION POLICY FOR TOURS & TREKS:

        Notification

        • Notification of cancellation must always be made in writing by the person that made the booking and paid the deposit to peruspiritadventure@gmail.com.

        Deposits

        • Your deposit for the tours and treks are 100% non-refundable. If you need to cancel for any reason, as you approach your tour start date, there may be additional cost due. There are no exceptions due to the fact, that PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE expends a great deal of expense purchasing permits, entrance tickets, and making deposits for reservations or services, most of which are non-changeable, non-transferable, and non-refundable by government regulation. We also do not accept medical notes of any kind, as our out of pocket expenses are non-refundable to us.

        CANCELLATION FEES

        • Cancellations made 30 days in advance have no charge (with the exception of the non-refundable deposit) with the following exception:
        • Inca Trail treks
        • In the case of cancellation, the customer will not receive a refund of their deposit
        • If the customer cancels between 30 and 10 days before their trek, they must pay 50% of the total trip cost.
        • If the customer cancels between 10 and 3 days before their trek, they must pay 80% of the total cost.
        • If the customer cancels 2 days or less before their trek, they must pay 100% of the total cost.
        • In the exceptional case that a customer decides to leave once they have started the trek, no refund will be given. The customer must also pay any additional expenses they incur such as food, lodging, and transportation. On the last day, the customer will be able to rejoin the group and participate in the Machu Picchu tour.
        • If after the tour has started a client cannot participate in the trek or tour (due to sickness, physical problems, etc.) no refund will be given. The customer must also pay any additional costs they incur for transportation, lodging, and food. On the last day, the tourist will be able to rejoin the group and participate in the Machu Picchu tour.
        • In the case of natural disaster that prevents a service being completed, the customer will receive a 50% refund.
        • In the case of a natural disaster that requires a change in the trek route, but the trek is still completed, there will be no refund.
        • In the very unlikely circumstance that your service is not completed due to a fault of Peru Spirit Adventure, you will receive a full refund (including your deposit).

        INCA TRAIL TOURS

        • PERMITS: Permits for the Inca Trail are in your name and can not be transferred to anyone else under any circumstances. Change of dates is also not possible once a permit has been purchased. Permits are non-refundable and non-transferable. The deposit will be forfeited. Please note that this is a regulation of the Peruvian government and not Peru Spirit Adventure (or any agency).
        • In extreme cases when the “Inca Trail to Machu Picchu” is declared closed for safety reasons, Peru Spirit Adventure will replace your trek with an alternative trek.
        • Those who booked PERMITS with a Student ID must bring that ID with them on the trek. If they fail to show this card to the Park Rangers, they will not be allowed entry onto the trail.

        CHANGES MADE BY CLIENT

        • Please note that for the Inca Trail, permits are not-changeable, not-transferable, and not-refundable. Dates can never be changed by government policy.

        With the exception of the Inca Trail treks, we are generally able to change a trek date.

        • To change the date of your non-Inca Trail trek, there is a fee of US $75 per person if the change occurs more than 30 days prior to trek departure.
        • If the change occurs 21 to 30 days prior to trek departure, the fee is US $100 per person.
        • If the change occurs 10 to 20 days before trek departure, the fee is US $150 per person.
        • Changes less than 10 days prior to trek departure will have varying fees, which can be discussed at the time the change is being made.
        • Changes made must be to another group trek for a minimum of 2 individuals. If a single traveler needs to change dates, and there is not an existing option for that date, the change will not be possible.

        TRAVEL INSURANCE

        • We highly recommend travel insurance for all of our customers.
        • Coverage should include baggage loss, accident, emergency air rescue and trip cancellation. Trip cancellation insurance should reimburse you for non-recoverable air or land expenses should you cancel your trip due to personal or family illness, as well as covering any medical or emergency evacuation expenses if you become ill during your trip.
        • In the case of illness or injury on one of our treks or tours, we are trained to provide emergency first aid and arrange transportation to a proper medical facility. However, we are not responsible for the cost of those transportation services or the cost of medical care.

        ABOUT YOUR PASSPORT IN MACHU PICCHU, HUAYNA PICCHU AND ON THE INCA TRAIL:

        • Once you book your tour, we send your information immediately to “Machu Picchu Park” in order for permits to be issued as soon as possible.
        • You will need to bring your actual passport for all services. A photocopy will not be accepted.
        • The information we will to Machu Picchu Park includes your full name, passport number, nationality, gender, and age. That information cannot be modified.
          • The only exception is in the case of a changed passport number due to renewal.
            • If your passport number changes between reserving your spot and the start of your trek, you will need to bring your old as well as your new passport to the start of the Trek.
          • If any of the information on your passport does not match the information we were previously provided, you won’t be able to start the trek.
        • If you arrive in Cusco and did not advise us that you have a new passport number, and that your information has changed, Peru Spirit Adventure will not be held responsible. In this situation it will be the responsibility of the customer to pay the extra expense of returning to Cusco or Machu Picchu (transportation, food and other expenses).

        TRAVEL IN PERU: Peru Spirit Adventure operates in regions, where standards of accommodation can vary. Transportation and other services might not be like those you would normally have back home. However, we strive with all due care and skill, to provide the best service for our clients. Traveling in Peru requires flexibility, patience, broad-mindedness, good humor and an understanding that changes may be made without notice due to circumstances or occurrences beyond our control. For example: a strike, protest, landslide, bad weather, etc. (Force Majeure). By booking any of our tours & treks, you agree to allow Peru Spirit Adventure to make necessary changes without liability.

        FORCE MAJEURE

        Force Majeure is any event that PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE cannot with all due care foresee, control or avoid. This covers events such as war or threat of war, riot, civil strike, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, disease, natural disasters, adverse weather conditions, fire or all similar events beyond our control. In this case, PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE will not accept liability and reserves the right to change, postpone or even cancel trips. (This is a last option, of course!)

        RISKS

        By booking any of our adventure trips (Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Lares, Salkantay, Ausangate, Choquequirao, Rainbow Mountain trek and more) you assume the risks associated with personal accidents, medical emergencies, air travel problems etc. For these treks, PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE Agency accepts no responsibility.

        FULL TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR ADVENTURE TOURS & TREKS

        • You must advise Peru Spirit Adventure of any medical problems or allergies you may have. You need to be in good physical health, and if your health is questionable, then you should consult a doctor. If you are over the age of 70 years old, then you will need to present us with a current good health medical certificate.
        • You must advise your guide if you wish to leave the group or the camping area for independent walks or sightseeing. If you are experiencing any problems with the services of the guide or tour, please advise the guide in that moment, so that he can resolve any problems.
        • All balances need to be paid in either cash or PayPal (see “FINAL PAYMENTS” section above).
        • In order to receive a student discount, you must send your valid University ID to Peru Spirit Adventure at the time of booking. ID must have your name, photo and valid expiration date. Any card without an expiration date will not be accepted. You will then be required to bring your student card with you on the trek – they will not allow you to pass through the checkpoint without this original card.
        • You will be required to show the original passport (not a copy) that you booked with, at the checkpoint to enter the Inca Trail. If you originally booked with an old passport and then renewed your passport, you must also bring your expired passport along with your new, valid passport to permit entry or they will refuse your entrance to the trail.
        • Cancellations: Your deposit is 100% non-refundable. If you need to cancel for any reason, as you approach your tour start date, there may be additional cost due. There are absolutely no exceptions (we do not accept medical notes of any kind) as our out of pocket expenses are non-refundable to us (see “CANCELLATION FEES” section above).
        • PERMITS: Permits for the Inca Trail are in your name and can not be transferred to anyone else under any circumstances. Change of dates is also not possible once a permit has been purchased. Permits are non-refundable and non-transferable. The deposit will be forfeited. Please note that this is a regulation of the Peruvian government and not PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE (or any agency).
        • All Adventure Treks include transportation to Cusco. The return train route depends on train availability.
        • If you become ill or injured on the trail and are unable to continue, a porter will be provided to accompany you back to an area with emergency assistance capabilities. Helicopter airlifts and medical assistance are at the expense of the trekker. If you are unable to complete the tour due to illness, we will assist you in meeting your group at Machu Picchu to recommence your tour at that point. There will be no refund of the original payment.
        • PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE will take all reasonable care in providing to our clients avoidance of accident, illness, and loss of personal property, and will only employ suitably qualified staff. We accept responsibility for the actions of our own employees. Peru Spirit Adventure cannot, however, be responsible for any action of third parties. You are totally responsible for your own personal property and rented equipment.
        • PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE does not take responsibility for unfavorable weather conditions, natural catastrophe, strikes, accidents, illness, injury, loss of personal ítems, etc. It is the client’s responsibility to carry insurance to cover these types of events. We reserve the right to modify or cancel the program due to any of the unforeseen conditions listed above.
        • In extreme cases when the “Inca Trail to Machu Picchu” is declared closed for safety reasons, Peru Spirit Adventure will replace your trek with an alternative trek.

        VERY IMPORTANT:

        • We strongly suggest spending time at high altitude (above 3000 meters / 9842 feet)- in Cusco or another high altitude area for a minimum of 2- 4 days before undertaking your trip. This is in order to minimize the possible effects of altitude sickness. By drinking plenty of fluids, adding sugar to your drinks, eating food high in carbohydrates, avoiding cigarettes, alcohol, and drinking coca tea (ancient traditional leaf) will help your body acclimatize.
        • We recommend you arrive in Cusco 48 hours or more before trek departure because occasionally we need to leave earlier than scheduled in case of strikes or other events out of our control (see ‘Force Majeure’ section below)

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