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Private transport Cusco - Ollantaytambo

Old Apr 29, 2014, 3:32 pm
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Originally Posted by dieuwer2
I'm in Olly now. Used the services of Cusco Transport, www.cuscotransport.com, for a one-way private trip from Cusco to Olly with stops in Chincero, Moray, and Salinas. I paid $100. Was well worth it to me.
The driver spoke reasonable English and provided some background info during the trip.
Good to hear. I've heard of that company before but haven't seen any reviews before. Hope you are enjoying your trip!
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Old May 13, 2014, 7:24 pm
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Flew into CUZ without prebooked transportation (but had done plenty research, think most pre-book tend to over charge). Accepted the first offer from a private car driver (also a tour licensee) after a brief look at his clean car. For 20 soles to the JW. Nice individual, never pushy. Long story short, I hired him for the next 3 days. Not much English, but honest person. I think he under charges, compared to most I read here and online. My wife ended up giving some gift to his 3 year daughter, and met his wife.

PM me if you want to check him out. No relation, no promises.
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Old Jun 23, 2014, 11:46 pm
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I've hired KBPeru to transport me from Cusco airport to Ollantaytambo. Would I be able to squeeze this itinerary in the 8 hours I've reserved? I'm not one to dillydally and linger around.

-Pisac Market (no ruins)
-Chinchero
-Maras
-Salineras
-Moray

If I can't fit all this in what should I drop? I think I'd be least interested in Moray. I'd really like to go to Pisac but would understand if I have to drop that as it's out of the way. This is on a Wednesday if it matters. Thanks!
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Old Jun 24, 2014, 6:36 pm
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You'll easily be able to fit that into 8 hours. Not sure if it's a typo, but Maras is the location of the salineras (salt mines), so you've got it listed on there twice.

Chinchero, Maras, and Moray can be seen in roughly an hour each.

Also, unless you're going on a Sunday, the Pisac market really isn't anything remarkable. It's a good place to go trinket shopping, but it doesn't have anything else you wouldn't be able to find in Aguas Calientes or Cuzco. I would much rather use the time to see the ruins and do more interesting shopping in Chinchero.
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Old Jun 25, 2014, 9:04 am
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Originally Posted by linglingfool
You'll easily be able to fit that into 8 hours. Not sure if it's a typo, but Maras is the location of the salineras (salt mines), so you've got it listed on there twice.

Chinchero, Maras, and Moray can be seen in roughly an hour each.

Also, unless you're going on a Sunday, the Pisac market really isn't anything remarkable. It's a good place to go trinket shopping, but it doesn't have anything else you wouldn't be able to find in Aguas Calientes or Cuzco. I would much rather use the time to see the ruins and do more interesting shopping in Chinchero.
Thank you for the advice!

RE: Maras/salineras - that's what I had thought too, but I read something that led me to believe that Maras was a small town to visit as well next to the salineras. I'll keep in mind that they are one in the same.

From your advice I will just breeze through the Pisac market and reconsider visiting the ruins instead. Good to know that I will be able to fit this in 8 hours, as I was having a hard time gauging distance/travel times.

Gracias!
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Old Jun 29, 2014, 6:27 pm
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Originally Posted by polandspringuy
Thank you for the advice!

RE: Maras/salineras - that's what I had thought too, but I read something that led me to believe that Maras was a small town to visit as well next to the salineras. I'll keep in mind that they are one in the same.
Maras indeed is a small village. Not much there though.

Salineras de maras is not next to Maras the village, but a 10-15-minute drive from the village. Way before the salt flats, you need to pay a small fee to get in. 1 fee per car.
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Old Aug 6, 2014, 2:17 pm
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My wife and I arrive at CUZ at 1225 and want to get to Aguas Calientes and MP before working our way back up to CUZ before heading home. We have a week scheduled for the highlands.

Question is: is 4:11 scheduled interval between arrival time at CUZ to the rail station at Ollantaytambo enough (there's a 1636 train on Incarial)? How much would this cost? We will do the road tour on the way back to Cusco.

Also, how does one get luggage to Aquas Calientes given the baggage restrictions?
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Old Aug 6, 2014, 4:23 pm
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Originally Posted by YVR Cockroach
My wife and I arrive at CUZ at 1225 and want to get to Aguas Calientes and MP before working our way back up to CUZ before heading home. We have a week scheduled for the highlands.

Question is: is 4:11 scheduled interval between arrival time at CUZ to the rail station at Ollantaytambo enough (there's a 1636 train on Incarial)? How much would this cost? We will do the road tour on the way back to Cusco.

Also, how does one get luggage to Aquas Calientes given the baggage restrictions?
4 hours is plenty of time, drive takes a little over an hour, and CUZ is a fairly small airport. Keep in mind that as always in life, things do occasionally go awry. They strike somewhat often in Cuzco, which can lead to parts of the city being shut down, so keep an eye on the news as your travel date approaches and adapt accordingly.

You can prebook a private transfer for $60-70 from the airport directly to the train station.

Many people take a smaller pack with them on the train for the day or two they plan on spending in MP/AC and leave the rest in storage at the station in Olly. The weight restrictions tend to be less important than the size restrictions, as there are no luggage cars and minimal luggage racks on the trains (although I did see some fairly large (60-70L) packs being brought on the train without any fuss). If you do want to bring everything with you, I know Peru Rail offers a luggage transfer service on their milk run, so it's possible that Inca Rail offers a similar service or can arrange to use PR's for you.
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Old Oct 7, 2015, 1:53 pm
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Hi! We do have a train from Olly to MP at 15:07. So we could leave Cuzco in the morning to see something on the way. I understand we can't do everything, so what would the specialists advise?

-Pisac (ruins)
-Chinchero
-Salineras
-Moray

Thanks for your help!!!
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Old Oct 7, 2015, 4:09 pm
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Originally Posted by ChristianKiev
Hi! We do have a train from Olly to MP at 15:07. So we could leave Cuzco in the morning to see something on the way. I understand we can't do everything, so what would the specialists advise?

-Pisac (ruins)
-Chinchero
-Salineras
-Moray

Thanks for your help!!!
I think Pisac is doable. In order to leave enough of a cushion, you're going to have to get up early and not linger at any of the sites if you do Chinchero/Maras/Moray.

I would also consider heading straight to Olly and checking out the ruins and the town there. You can drop off your luggage, walk into town, have lunch, and see the ruins at your own pace. You won't have to worry about trying to get through everything too quickly/slowly or running into problems on the road. (The ruins do involve some climbing, though, so if you're not in decent physical condition this isn't especially recommended.)
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Old Oct 7, 2015, 4:24 pm
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Originally Posted by linglingfool
I would also consider heading straight to Olly and checking out the ruins and the town there. You can drop off your luggage, walk into town, have lunch, and see the ruins at your own pace.
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Might want to enjoy a good lunch at the train station restaurant El Alburgue. Did that a few weeks ago catching the afternoon train, and was very pleasant as well as convenient.
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Old Oct 7, 2015, 9:38 pm
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Originally Posted by ats262
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Might want to enjoy a good lunch at the train station restaurant El Alburgue. Did that a few weeks ago catching the afternoon train, and was very pleasant as well as convenient.
The alpaca burger with guinea pig bacon is quite tasty.
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Old Feb 25, 2016, 6:39 am
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Hi everyone, thank you for the great conversation about this topic so far.
I will be heading to Cusco in a couple of weeks, and would like to hire a driver for one day to hit some of the sights on the road towards Olly, but then return to Cuzco.
Does anyone think that I can arrange this through one of the tour co's mentioned in the above posts?
No English necessary (I am fluent and am willing to translate for the gringo friends)

Thanks in advance for any replies!
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