Fixed Departure Dates 2017:
ACTIVITIES: Hiking, Camping, Nature, Culture, History
Day 1: Cusco (Free Day)
Day 2: Cusco (Sacsayhuaman)
Day 3: Sacred Valley Of The Incas
Day 4: Inca Trail: Km 82 - Huayllabamba
Day 5: Inca Trail: Huayllabamba - Pacasmayo
Day 6: Inca Trail: Pacasmayo - Wiñaywayna
Day 7: Inca Trail: Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu
Day 8: Machu Picchu – Cusco
Day 9: Cusco-Lima
Accommodation: 5 nights’ hotel (3 star twin rooms) and 3 nights’ camping (double tents)
Tours: As mentioned, including transport, bilingual guide and entrance fees
Inca Trail: Bilingual guide, cook, porters, entrance fees to National Park & Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, camping equipment (double, dining and kitchen tents, sleeping mats, etc.) bus tickets Machu Picchu-Aguas Calientes, train ticket Aguas Calientes-Ollantaytambo and transfer to Cusco
Included meals: All breakfasts, 1 lunch and full board on Inca Trail
International/domestic flights, travel insurance, sleeping bags, optional tours not mentioned in itinerary, extra meals and services, tips
|SEASON:||March-January (during February, the National Park is closed for maintenance)|
|DURATION:||9 Days / 8 Nights (Cusco-Cusco)|
|FITNESS-LEVEL:||Very active – strenuous involving high altitudes, long distances, occasional narrow paths with sheer drops.|
|DEPARTURE DATES:||Upon Inca Trail permits.|
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. You will have the day free to get used to the altitude (3300 meters / 10,900 feet), and to wander through the narrow streets of the historic center of the city.
Today we will visit the impressive Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park. This great complex was once the Inca “House of the Sun”, composed of temples, palaces and astronomical observatories. Many of the stones which form the walls weigh up to 130 tons each and were positioned with incredible precision.
Overnight stay in Cusco (B)
We will leave the city in the early morning and head by bus to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. En route we will visit a weaving center and museum, where local weavers will explain the textile making process from shearing, spinning and dyeing with plant extracts to the actual weaving process. After this special experience we will continue our tour by visiting the archaeological site of Pisaq. This charming colonial-era village with its lively local market is situated at the base of a mountain upon which the Incas built a fortified temple complex. We will have plenty of time to explore this beautiful place. After a picnic with fantastic views of the Sacred Valley far below, we will visit the colorful handcraft market in the village, and in the afternoon we will drive to the village of Ollantaytambo. Located at the narrow end of the Sacred Valley, this village is often described as a living museum, for the descendants of the Incas continue to live in houses built by their ancestors, below the ruins of an imposing Inca temple complex.
Overnight stay in Ollantaytambo (B/L)
An early morning scenic bus ride will take us to the starting point of our hike at Km 82. From here we will follow an easy path along the Urubamba River towards the first archaeological site at Llaqtapata (2650 meters / 8,750 feet). After a short rest, we will continue to the Cusichaca valley, where we will enjoy a delicious lunch. In the afternoon we will follow the course of the Cusichaca creek on a gentle climb to our first camp at the village of Huayllabamba (3000 meters / 9,900 feet).
After an early breakfast we will start the long and steep climb up to Warmiwañusca Pass (4200 meters / 13,900 feet), which is the highest point of the Inca Trail. The ascent takes us through different ecological zones and a variety of flora and fauna, including endemic bird species. From the pass there is a fine view of the second pass and the ruins of Runcuracay. We will reach our next camp in the valley in the afternoon, after a descent of approximately two hours. On a clear day the camp offers fantastic views of the glaciers of Mount Veronica.
Today’s hike offers many fascinating attractions. In the early morning we will start the day with a climb to the second pass at Runcuracay (3900 meters /12,900 feet). In good weather the views of the Vilcabamba range from the high pass are stunning. After a two hour descent, we will arrive at the fascinating archaeological site of Sayacmarca. After exploring this beautiful Inca settlement we will continue along stone Inca pathways, passing through the lush vegetation of high cloud forests, and glimpsing waterfalls, deep valleys, canyons and glacial peaks, including Mount Salkantay. In the afternoon we will arrive at the last high pass of our trip: Phuyupatamarca (3600 meters / 11,900 feet). From here we will get our first glimpse of Machu Picchu. In clear weather there are spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding snow peaks and it is possible to see far down into the Urubamba Valley. The hike continues with a long and steep descent along an Inca stairway to the archaeological site of Wiñaywayna, considered one of the most beautiful sets of ruins on the Inca Trail, due to its location and architecture.
After breakfast we will say goodbye to our Quechua porters and continue our hike through the high cloud forest with its diverse flora and fauna towards the famous Sun Gate, or Intipunku. From here we will have a fine view of the Lost City of the Incas: legendary Machu Picchu (2400 meters / 8,000 feet). Sunrise from here is a magical experience, with Machu Picchu in the foreground. Arriving at the ruins, we will explore the site in the company of our knowledgeable guide, and you will also have time to wander around Machu Picchu independently, before we descend to the small town of Aguas Calientes. Here you will have time to relax: the natural hot springs are an excellent option, or you may simply opt to stroll around the town and enjoy watching life go on around you.
Overnight stay in a comfortable hotel (B)
Today you will have a free day to explore the ruins of Machu Picchu independently or do some hiking in the area, before we take the afternoon train back to Cusco, where you will be transferred to your hotel.
Transfer to Cusco airport for domestic and international flight connections.
International/domestic flights, travel insurance, sleeping bags, optional tours not mentioned in itinerary, extra meals and services, tips.
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