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Inca Trail & Cusco (7D/6N)

Overview

It is the beginning of contact with the Inca culture, the wonderful city of Cusco "Cultural Patrimony of Humanity", visiting the main tourist attractions of the city, including the Cathedral, the Temple of the Inca Sun "Coricancha", Sacasayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambomachay and Puca Pucara.

Duration 7 days and 6 night
Season From January to December except February for maintenance
Departure Daily
Return Private Car
Importarnt

Come and visit the cradle of the most interesting cultural heritage in South America. Discover with us the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the imperial city of Cusco and enjoy a unique trek to Machu Ppicchu through the mysterious Inca trail. And today we are proud of been one of the 25 best places to visit according to the Tripadvisor Awards 2019!!! So discover today the magic of Cusco, navel of world!

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco - City Tour

Welcome to the belly button of the World!!
Upon arrival in Cuzco city. Reception at the airport and transfer to your selected hotel where you will have spare time for acclimatization and avoid future problems with altitude.
In the afternoon, start the visit of the most important places of the city (city tour) As he first site we’ll visit Qoricancha Temple, the Main Square, and the Cathedral and then continue by bus to visit the archeological centers: Like Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo, Puca Pucara and finally Tambomachay. We’ll return to the hotel, and you’ll have a free evening.

Day 2: Cusco - Sacred Valley - Ollantaytambo

Our best day to acclimatize!!!
8:30 am: We will make full-day excursion to Urubamba, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and to the ancient Inca market town of Pisac. We will have lunch in Urubamba and then visit Ollantaytambo, the only Inca town that was not defeated by the Spanish. You will have a chance to explore the archeological site, over night in Ollantaytambo.

Day 3: Ollantaytambo - Wayllabamba

Lets start the Adventure!!!
Depart early in the morning from the hotel to rendezvous with our cook and Quechua porters. From Km. 82 (9,072 ft.), we hike along the bank of the Vilcanota River and views of the magnificent peaks of the Nevado Veronica (19,000 ft.). The overnight camp is on a terrace at Wayllabamba (9679 ft.). This is a 9.9-mile hike (6 hours trek).
Note: All camp gear is carried by the porters. Plus your personal things that need to be 8 kg. per person. You only have to carry a light backpack with personal essentials.

Day 4: Wayllabamba - Warmiwañuska (Dead woman pass - 13750 ft) -Pacaymayu

We can do it my friends!!!
We climb through the magical Polylepis forest to high camp at Pacaymayu (11,967 ft.). Today is one of the most demanding days of the trip as we climb to higher altitudes. The first pass at 13,750 ft., Warmiwañusca, offers views east to the Huayanay peaks and west into rugged Vilcabamba range. Camp at Pacaymayu after the 5.4-mile hike (6.5 hours).

Day 5: Pacaymayu - Runkuraqay - Sayacmarca - Phuyupatamarca - Wiñayhuayna

Let's immerse to the andean life!!!
We cross the second pass at 13,100 ft., and follow a fine Inca highway to the restored town site of Sayaqmarka. The Inca trail in this section is made up of white granite, crossing through a thick mountainside forest. We will visit the ruins of Phuyupatamarka (12,460 ft.), then descend to Wiñayhuayna to our campsite. Estimated time of 7 hours to cover 6.25 miles.

Day 6: Wiñayhuayna - Machu Picchu

Today is the our big day!!!
We will get up very early around 4:00 am to get to Inti Punku (the Sun Gate), to view Machu Picchu whit the first rays of the sun. That will be a hike of 1-2 hours, with significant upward stretches in the last half. You will be walking in darkness, so a headlight is strongly recommended. The trail is marked and takes about 1½ hours.
The trail contours a mountainside and drops into cloud forest before coming to an almost vertical flight of 50 steps leading up to the final pass at Intipunku (Sun Gate). Suddenly the whole of Machu Picchu.
A final short hike will bring us to the entrance and into the heart of Machu Picchu itself, where we spend the rest of the morning with 2 hours guided tour and some more exploring on your own. The shuttle bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes is included, departs every 15 minutes and will be available for you descend to Aguas Calientes town.

Day 7: Cusco- Back Home

Time to say goodbye, my friends !!!!
Today is our last day is this beautiful city and our farewell, and for this reason, our Manager is going to organize an impressive Peruvian lunch in one of the most beautiful restaurants in the city. By the afternoon we are going to pick you up from your hotel to airport
Today is our last day is this beautiful city and our farewell, and for this reason, our Manager is going to organize an impressive Peruvian lunch in one of the most beautiful restaurants in the city. By the afternoon we are going to pick you up from your hotel to airport

What is included?

  • Courtesy transfer from the airport to your hotel in Cusco (Please provide us your flight information)
  • Pre-departure Inca Trail trek briefing, presented by your tour guides at our downtown Cusco office.
  • Two nights hotel in Cusco.
  • One night in Ollantaytambo.
  • Visitor ticket, entrance ticket for the city tour and sacred valley.
  • City tour (transfer, tour guide, and transportation)
  • Sacred Valley (transfer, tour guide, transportation, and lunch)
  • Pick up from your hotel in Ollantaytambo and transfer to Inca Trail at Km 82- Piscacucho (trek starting point).
  • Entrance ticket to Inca Trail & Machu Picchu.
  • Visit different Inca archaeological sites during the Inca Trail.
  • Bus ticket Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes.
  • Expedition train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Collection from the train station and transfer to your hotel.
  • Multilingual guide for Inca Trail.
  • Assistant Guide (for groups of 9 or more people).
  • Professional cooks and cooking equipment.
  • Well treated local porters.
  • Porters service (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
  • 3 Nutritious Breakfasts, 3 High-energy Lunches, 3 Delicious Dinners.
  • 3 Tea times
  • Vegetarian food is available upon request with no extra charge.
  • Nutritious Snacks.
  • Hot tea kindly brought to your tent first thing in the morning.
  • One liter boiled water every day after breakfast to refill your bottles, from the second day.
  • Clean and spacious 4P-capacity Tents (Marmot Limestone)– only two people per tent.
  • Comfortable Personal foamy pad (double foam), given to you at the beginning of the trek.
  • 24 hours emergency oxygen assistance.
  • First aid equipment.
  • Biodegradable personal hand soaps.
  • Biodegradable detergents to dishwashing used by our kitchen staff
  • Accommodation, food, transport, permits for our porters and cooks.
  • Safe storage of your belongings at our office in Cusco while you are on the trek.
  • Inca Trail survivor certificate.
  • High-quality service and support.

What is not included?

  • breakfast on the first morning
  • Sleeping bag (If you don’t have a sleeping bag, you can rent with us).
  • Lunch and dinner on the last day
  • Visit to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes
  • Tips.

Recommendations

  • Original passport and (ISIC student card if applicable)
  • A small backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
  • Warm sleeping bag Minus 8ºC
  • Lighter style trekking boots with good ankle support
  • Warm clothes, layers for variable temperature especially at night
  • Thermal underwear can be worn in the sleeping bag or cold conditions
  • Gloves or mittens, scarf, wool socks, woolen hat for cold nights
  • T-shirts and trekking pants that zip off to short pants for comfort
  • Flash light, head torch, and extra batteries
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Wear a hat with a broad visor to keep the sun off your face
  • Sunscreen, and sunglasses
  • Personal medical kit, insect repellent
  • Rain Gear: a good rain jacket, rain poncho
  • Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel
  • 2-litre water bottle, disposable plastic bottles are forbidden in Machupicchu site
  • Water purifying tablets optional, since we provide boiled water
  • Swimsuit (if you plan on visiting the hot springs at Aguas Calientes after the trek)
  • Extra money for drinks & tips, souvenirs, etc.
  • Emergency money at least 200-300 extra soles.

How to get to Cusco:

Land Route: 

The city of Cusco can be reached by the following means:

  • Lima - Arequipa - Cusco: 1 494 km of route, with a duration of 24 hours approx. by bus This is the most recommended route to get to this city.
  • Lima-Nazca-Puquio-Abancay-Cusco: 1 136 km (20 hours by car approx.).
  • Puno - Cusco: 389 Kms, 7 hours by car.

Those routes  if you are looking to see more destinies aroun Perú.

 

By Air:

  • There are daily air transportation services that operate from Lima to the Velasco Astete Airport (10 minutes from the city of Cusco), and 45 minutes approx. Of flight.
  • Another recommended air route to reach the city of Cusco is: Arequipa - Cusco, which lasts 30 min. approx. Of flight.

Railway:

There is a railway network linking the cities of:

  • Arequipa - Juliaca - Puno - Cusco and Quillabamba.

So if you want another kind of adventure, you can take a flight to Arequipa maybe visit the Colca Canyon and the beauty white city (popular name of Arequipa) and finally enjoy a trip by train to Cusco

Flavors of Cusco.

The city of Cusco has a wide range of typical dishes, a great heritage from their ancestors. Tasting these delicious dishes is a way to get to know the city. Among its main dishes are:

  • Spicy potato with fried guinea pig.
  • Kapchi.
  • Chiriuchu.
  • Cuy in the Cusqueño style.
  • Timpo or puchero.
  • Chicharrón with mote.
  • Humitas.
  • Tamales.
  • Chuño cola.
  • Lawa.
  • Adobo
  • Olluco with meat.
  • Guinea pig or rabbit.
  • Stuffed hot pepper.

To drink it is recommended the authentic Andean drinks as:

  • the traditional chicha de jora, of course you can not leave the city without having tasted the delicious and refreshing local beer.
  • chicha morada that is more typical in Peru.

What to do at the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Here are some suggestions of what you can do in the Sacred Valley:

  • Practice canoeing in the sacred river of the Incas (Huillcamayo or Vilcanota).
  • Appreciate and buy handicrafts at the famous handicraft fairs of Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero.
  • Visit Moray, impressive agricultural laboratory of the Incas.

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Traditional Towns - Sacred Valley of the Incas

 

Ollantaytambo Town:

Ollantaytambo is a village settled in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, which in the past was a huge city that included the entire plain of the area plus the slopes and hills of the mountain that houses the fortress. In addition this town is considered, like the last one in being inhabited by the descendants of the Incas.

Prices per Person 100% inc. Tour + Hotel

Services  Private Service Price per Traveler USD$
Train 2 persons 3 persons 4 persons 5 persons 6 persons 7 persons 8 to more

Group Service

Expedition
1090.00
1050.00
1000.00
945.00
905.00
875.00
845.00

790.00

If the option chosen is sold out, we will book another one of the same category, price, and service previous customer's approval.

Optional services

  • 35 USD Train Vistadome one way 
  • 20 USD Sleeping bag rental(-18°C) for the whole trek
  • 20 USD single tent accommodation
  • 130 USD Personal porter (15 kl or 33 lb)
  • 80 USD Huayna Picchu entrance ticket or Machu Picchu Mountain entrance ticket
  • Extra night in Aguas Calientes (check the details with your account executive)

Note

Camp site allocations are subject to change depending on availability provided by the National Institute of Culture (government OFFICE IN CHARGE OF THE INCA TRAIL).

Inca Trail & Cusco Tips

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Inca Trail Programs

We organize tours for small groups, including families, friends, students and volunteers. Our tour leaders speak English, Spanish & Quechua (Andean Language) and will dedicate themselves to giving you the best independent tours in Cusco as well as Machu Picchu.

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