The Inca Trail is by far the most famous trek in South America and is rated by many to be in the top 5 treks in the world. In just 26 miles (45km) it manages to combine beautiful mountain scenery, lush cloud-forest, and subtropical jungle and, of course, a stunning mix of Inca paving stones ruins and tunnels.This package will give us the opportunity to visit Inca Trail and Titicaca Lake, where th elegend of the foundation of the Inca empire starts.
|Duration||12 days and 11 night|
|Season||From January to December except February (Inca Trail is closed for maintenance)|
VERY IMPORTANT BOOK EARLY YOUR INCA TRAIL PERMITS FOR 2019
The Inca Trail is the most famous trekking route to Machu Picchu. In total it travels 43 kilometers in 4 days and 3 nights through an ancient network of trails made by the Incas hundreds of years ago. The start of the journey is in Pisqacucho (kilometer 82), near the town of Ollantaytambo in Cusco. The end is at the Intipunku (Sun Gate) in the Inca City of Machu Picchu.
The Inca Trail is considered among the 5 best hiking trails in the world. Daily, only allow a maximum of 500 people to enter its roads. Of them, approximately 200 are tourists. The others are personal support: guides, porters, cooks. This is why it is recommended to book in advance.
Welcome to Perú my friends!!!
Upon your arrival in Lima, we will pick you up from the Jorge Chavez International airport of Lima and we will take you to your hotel located in Miraflores - San Isidro. You will have the remainder of the day to relax or walk around. You will spend the night at the hotel selected.
Let's start our adventure in Puno!!!
Early in the morning, we will pick you up from your hotel, and we will take you to the airport of Lima to take a morning flight to the mystical city of Puno. Upon your arrival to the airport of Juliaca, we will pick you up, and we will drive you to your hotel located in Puno, where the famous Lake Titicaca is located. On the way to your hotel, we will stop at the tombs of Sillustani for a guided tour. To finally arrive at Puno and spend the night at your hotel.
At about 7:30 a.m., we will pick you up from your hotel to take a motorboat and start the real adventure in Puno!! We will explore different Andean islands located in the Titicaca Lake. Your first stop will be the floating islands of Uros. These islands are made out of totora, a peculiar plant that only grows around these islands. After interacting with the locals for about an hour, your motorboat will take you to the Amantani Island.At Amantani, you will observe the local customs of the natives, and you will eat lunch and dinner with local family. Also, you're going to spend the night there!!.
Aftera delicious local breakfast we will take our boat to Taquile Island, where we will walk around the archeological site and visit this beautiful island, also we are going to see the famous weavings man, from this island you are going to have an impressive view of the lake and also we will see how clean that is , after to enjoyed our time in the island we are going to have a great lunch whit a nice view to the lake, then we have free time to have a rest to finally take our boat to Puno . Arrival in the afternoon and transfer back to your hotel approx. at 16:00 pm.
Welcome to the navel of the World!!
At 7:00 a.m., you will take a tourist bus towards Cusco. This ride will last about 8 hours. Your first stop will be the town of Pukara. At Pukara the Pre-Inca culture of the same name ruled prior to when the Incas conquered the area. Your next stop will be the town of Sicuani where you will enjoy a typical buffet style lunch. After lunch, you will visit the archeological site of Raqchi where the temple of Wiracocha deity is located. Your next stop will be the town of Andahuaylillas. At Andahuaylillas, you will visit the church known as the Sistine Chapel of South America. You will arrive in Cusco at about 5:00 p.m. Upon arrival, we will pick up you, and we will drive you to your hotel located in downtown of Cusco. You will spend the night at your hotel.
Good Morning Everybody!!!
This day you're going to have a free morning to walk around Cusco city, some places that we can recommend you to visit would be the typical market of San Pedro, also San Blas and San Cristobal neighborhood, you can enjoy lunch over there.
In the afternoon we start the visit of the most important places of the city (city tour). As the first site we’ll visit Koricancha 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.
Our best day to acclimatize!!!
We will start our day at 8:30 am. making a full-day excursion to the beautiful Valley in Urubamba, most known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas where we will have the opportunity to visit the ancient Inca market town of Pisac. We will have a delicious lunch in Urubamba and then we will visit Ollantaytambo, the only Inca town that was not defeated by the Spanish. You will have a chance to explore the archeological site and take amazing pictures, remember that this city is known as the living Inca Town and where we will spend the night.
Lets start the Adventure!!!
Enjoy this day because is the start of a unique and unforgettable adventure in Cusco - Perú. We will start the day very early in the morning picking you up from the hotel with our strong staff of porters. Our start point is Km. 82 (9,072 ft.), where we will show our documents and start hiking along the bank of the Vilcanota River and have views of the magnificent peaks of the Veronica Snowy Mountain (19,000 ft.). Enjoy your first night with the unique sky full of starts that represent important messages for the ancient Inca Empire. The overnight camp is on a terrace at Wayllabamba (9679 ft.). This will take us about 6 hours of trek (9.9 mile hike)
Note: All camp gear is carried by the porters . Plus your personal things that needs to be 8 kg. per person. You only have to carry a light backpack with personal essentials.
The real challenge... We can do it my friends!!!
On this day, consier by many travelers the challenge day, we will climb through the magical Polylepis forest to the high camp at Pacaymayu (11,967 ft.). Today is one of the most demanding days of the trip as we climb to the higher altitudes. The first pass visited is Warmiwañusca at 13,750 ft. and really it offers incredible views: at east to the Huayanay peaks and at west you will feel into the rugged Vilcabamba range. On this day we will camp at Pacaymayu after the 5.4 mile hike (6.5 hours).
After a heartwarming breakfast!!
Today’s hike is exceptionally beautiful because we will pass through the main Inca Trail remains, we are talking about the ruins of Runkuraqay; Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca and Wiñayhuayna. Enjoy the 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 m.a.s.l) and passing through a circular inca 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, awesome perched on the rocks. The one of a kind Inca trail, now a great 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 Inca road to the important agricultural site of Intipata and up to the third and our last camp site at Wiñayhuayna (forever young) located at 8856 feet above sea level (2700 m.a.s.l). Wiñayhuayna, named after a variety of pink orchid that grows here, is the last official campsite before Machu Picchu.
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 with 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 lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu, will be appearing
A final short hike will bring us to the entrance and into the heart of Machu Picchu itself, where we will spend the rest of the morning with 2 hours of 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.
Time to say goodbye, my friends hope to see you again!!!!!
Today is our last day is this wonderful city and our farewell, and 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 take from your hotel to the airport hoping to give you the best service in Cusco.
Located 30 minutes by boat, from the shores of Lake Titicaca, the Uros is a floating island known for being built of totora, a reed that grows under these waters. Inhabited by Aymara, this place is considered one of the oldest Andean civilizations, having emerged long before the Incas. This area grows economically due to fishing, bartering and even their own handicrafts, they also have extra income thanks to tourism. The inhabitants of the Uros live in a citadel made of totora and has 40 islands, which are accompanied by houses, churches and schools.
Taquile is known worldwide for its textile work. It is the perfect place to trek, having a ladder of 567 steps to be able to climb towards the top of the town. The island is inhabited by Quechua speakers who still make barter or "trueque", an action that involves exchanging one product for another. However, agriculture, textile work and crafts are its main economic source. In Taquile you will not find any hotel, the residents are the ones who provide accommodation and food,so learning with them more about rural or community tourism.
Known as the "island of love", Amantaní has majestic fields, eucalyptus trees and flowers like the cantuta that grows in the altiplano. This island is the largest of Lake Titicaca and is three hours by boat from the city of Puno. Being an isolated town, the inhabitants and travelers move from one place to another walking, since there is no means of transport such as motorcycle or taxi. In Amantaní, you will not find any hotel, the travelers sleep in the houses of the inhabitants doing experiential tourism. 300 meters up, the Pachatata sanctuary is located, a space of stones from where the Pachamama or Mother Earth is worshiped.
Sillustani, was the largest cemetery in the ancient world, with impressive funerary monuments. This pre-Inca cemetery had huge chullpas in a circular shape that served as tombs for relatives of the Collas and Incas. These buildings were oriented to where the Sun rises, facing Lake Umayo at 4000 m.a.s.l So don't orget to take amazing photos of this huge incredible Inca Chullpas.
Since time immemorial there were settlements and populations that lived around Lake Titicaca: the Chiropa, Pucará or Tiahunacota peoples before the arrival of the Incas and then the white man and the communities that remained standing after the conquest.
The lake has several small islands, the current home of the Aymara and the Quechuas, who still maintain their culture and traditions and where Spanish is the secondary language. This large body of water (about 8,300 km²) is divided into two parts: Wiñaymarca (smaller lake) and Chucuito (larger lake), united by the Strait of Tiquina.
Titicaca Lake is still very important for the area, since it moderates the climate, retains solar radiation and irradiates it during the night, fishing takes place, allows farming activities in the surroundings and, of course, is a highlight destination to discover in Peru!!!
The best time to visit Puno is after or before the rainy season (December to March) and, if possible, avoiding the high season of July / August. If in the same trip you are going to visit Cusco keep in mind that the Inca Trail closes in February for maintenance. The climate is quite cold due to the height, with an average temperature that ranges between 3 and 15 degrees.
The climate in Cusco is divided into two seasons:
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).
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