Towards Machu Picchu, along the ancient Inca Trail you will discover its peculiar architectural features, landscape and the veil of mystery that has woven around it throughout history, which has made it one of the most popular tourist destinations of the planet.
|DURATION||8 days and 7 night|
|SEASON||From January to December except February for maintenance|
|IMPORTANT||VERY IMPORTANT BOOK EARLY YOUR INCA TRAIL PERMITS FOR 2018
The inca Trail permits are limited to just 500 persons per day, and this includes all the staff such as tour guides, porters, and cooks. The government have announced that trek permits for departures in 2018 (from March 2018 ) will go on sale from the beginning of October which is earlier than previous years. The months April, May, and June will sell out very quickly. Last year the entire month of May sold out in a couple of hours if you are thinking to hike the Inca trail you must need to book in advance
Welcome to Cusco!!!
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 the first site we’ll visit is Koricancha Temple, the Main Square and the Cathedral and then continue by bus to visit the archeological centers: The Sacsaywaman temple, Q’enqo, Puca Pucara and finally the Tambomachay temple. We’ll return to the hotel, and you’ll have a free evening.
Our best day to acclimatize!!!
8:30 am: We will make a full-day excursion to Urubamba, the sacred valley of the Incas and 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 ruins after to visit this amazing place we are going to take a short way to Chinchero where we are going to visit the typical market and the archeological site after that we enjoyed there we are going to come back to Cusco.
Let’s start the adventure!!!!
Early pick up from your hotel, will begin around 5:30 am to 6:00 am. Make sure you carry your original passport & ISIC card if you book like a student.
A spectacular early morning drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas takes us to our trailhead at Km. 82 (Piskacucho) of the Machu Picchu railroad, Takes about 3 hours. Along the way, we will stop in Ollantaytambo to stretch our legs, use the bathroom, and enjoy breakfast, before continuing to Piscacucho (2,680 m / 8,790 ft.). There we will meet our camp crew and the porters who will carry our belongings during the four days of the trek Passports in hand; we pass the first official Inca Trail check point, cross a suspension foot bridge across the Urubamba River, and begin our trek with a gentle climb.
We have three hours on relatively level terrain as we follow the course of the river, rewarded with superb views of snow - cape mountain Veronica (5,750 m). The easy walk passes through a forest of giant cactus and native bushes. At Miskay we take our lunch, you will continue hiking towards the extensive Inca settlement of Llactapata and appreciate the impressive farming terraces of this complex.
Today is our challenging day, we can do it my friends!!!
We wake up 6:00 am, with hot coca tea brought to your tents, to prepare for today's trek which is considered by many people, the hardest day of the Inca trail. You need complete a steep ascent reaching an altitude of 13779 feet above sea level (4200 masl) at Warmi Wañuska pass.
After breakfast, depart from the campsite at around 07:00 hrs. The uphill hike through Llulluchapampa will give you the opportunity to appreciate several species of birds (with luck you may see hummingbirds falcons or some black-chested eagles).
From here the trail traverses a beautiful cloud forest full of Polylepis or Queñua's trees before entering the Puna, a zone characterized by treeless grasslands only found at this altitude across the Andes. Walk at your own pace, to catch your breath or to stretch a muscle. The last hard climb takes us the right to the highest pass of the Inca trail at Warmi Wañuska.
Once at the top you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Andes, surrounding snow-covered peaks. You will also feel a great sense of accomplishment after conquering Dead Woman's pass., continue traversing the slopes on the left side of the valley all the way to our campsite in Paqaymayu at 11811 feet above sea level (3600 masl).
(About 6 - 7 hr. trekking).
After a heartwarming breakfast!!
Today’s hike is exceptionally beautiful because we will pass the ruins of Runkuraqay; Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, Wiñayhuayna and enjoy dramatic views of the Aobamba Valley. Start with a steady ascent to the second highest pass at Runkuracay reaching 12400 feet above sea level (3780 masl) and passing through a circular in control point that occupies a commanding position overlooking the spectacular Vilcabamba mountain range below. Catch your breath and realize the rest of Inca trail is mostly downhill. Be careful with your knees as the descent from the pass to the ruins of Sayacmarca is very steep and you may feel the strain at the end of the day.
The name Sayacmarca means "inaccessible town" and describes the position of the site, perfectly perched on the rocks. The one of a kind Inca trail, now a monumental structure of granite stones, continues through ever-changing layers of cloud forest full of rare orchids, hanging mosses, bromeliads, and tree ferns. Past the Inca tunnel, a gentle climb will take you to the third pass at 12139 feet above sea level (3700 masl), offering incredible views of several snow-capped peaks including Salcantay (20574 ft./6271m) and Veronica (18865 ft./5750m). Close to the pass you will find the impressive ruins of Phuyupatamarca (Cloud-level Town). A brief explanation of the mysteries of Inca architecture, before continuing along splendid paved Inca road to the impressive agricultural site of Intipata and up to the third and last campsite at Wiñayhuayna (forever young) located at 8856 feet above sea level (2700 masl). Wiñayhuayna, named after a variety of pink orchid that grows here, is the last official campsite before Machu Picchu.
Tea time and Dinner.
Today is 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.
We pick you up at your hotel, after one and a half hours drive we arrive on the banks of the Upper Urubamba River, on " CUSIPATA RIVER CAMP," our private campground. Our professional Rafting Guides will give you a safety talk and provide you with all the proper equipment for Rafting. We would be floating for approximately two and a half hours, running class II and III rapids. During the rainy season Dec. to early March, the rapids can be class IV and IV plus.
Afterward, we come back at "CUSIPATA RIVER CAMP", to have our lunch and where a hot Sauna and hot showers will be waiting. As an option can do ZIP-LINE over four cables across the river. Our return to Cusco should be around 5 in the afternoon. That evening you can look at the pictures of your trip at our office.
Today is our last day is this wonderful city and our farewell, for this reason, our Manager is going to organize an impressive Peruvian lunch in one of the most beautiful restaurant in the city by the afternoon we are going to pick you up from your hotel to airport to back home.
|Services||Private Service Price per Traveler USD$|
|Train||2 persons||3 persons||4 persons||5 persons||6 persons||7 persons||8 to more||
|If the option chosen is sold out, we will book another one of the same category, price, and service previous customer's approval.|
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).