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.
|DURATION||12 days and 11 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 Perú!!!
Upon your arrival in Lima, we will pick you up from the 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 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 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 Lake Titicaca is located. On the way to your hotel, we will stop at the tombs of Sillustani for a guided tour. You will spend the night at your hotel.
At about 7:30 a.m., we will pick you up from your hotel to take a motorboat through 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. 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.
After breakfast we 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 see how clean that is , after to enjoyed 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 after that we take our boat to Puno . Arrival in the afternoon and transfer back to your hotel approx. 4 pm.
Welcome to the belly button 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 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. 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!!!
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.
Lets star the Adventure!!!
Depart early in the morning from the hotel to rendezvous with our 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 needs to be 8 kg. per person. You only have to carry a light backpack with personal essentials.
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).
After a heartwarming breakfast!!
Today’s hike is exceptionally beautiful because we will pass the ruins of Runkuraqay; Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, Winayhuayna 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 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 last camp site 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..
Time to say goodbye, my friends !!!!!
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 airport.
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).