Trek Along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
7 days, 6 nights
Cusco, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Cusco
Inca Trail one of the most famous trek in the world and an obligatory destination in Peru, with us take your 5 stars Inca Trail.
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Day 1 .- Flight to the capital of the Incas.
After your arrival in Cusco a representative of Valencia travel Cusco will be waiting for you to pick you up in our private transport and take you to your hotel. Where you will spend the night. You will have all the day to relax and enjoy the beauty of Cusco and it surroundings.
http://www.casa-andina.com/classic-cuzco-san-blas/ or similar standard.
IMPORTANT: The check-in is at 12:00pm and check-out is at 10:00am. (Early check-in is with extra cost).
TODAY: Extra activity to do Discovering a different site of Cusco (Free walking tour and open day).
After having breakfast in the hotel we can do free walking tour (optional).
Places to be visited:
• Regocijo square
• Main square of Cusco
• Plaza Nazarenas
• San blas town (best handicrafts)
• Wall of 12 stones
• San Pedro market
The tour will for about 2 to 3 hours. This tour is optional; you are not forced to do it if you don’t want! For this tour we recommend to Tip the guide and the amount you tip is a personal decision and not an obligation.
OPEN DAY (EXTRA ACTIVITIES TO DO)
OPTION 1. – HALF DAY CITY TOUR
We will pick you up at 2:00pm to start the tour visiting the mean cathedral, Qoricancha (the temple of the sun), and the four arqueological sites like Sacsayhuaman, Q´enqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay ending around 6:00pm then we will drop off to your hotel. (Meals are not included on this day, but we are always happy to offer suggestions).
“Optional Buffet Dinner with Folkloric show: additional $24 per person”
OPTION 2. - FULL DAY SACRED VALLEY
You will have breakfast (included) and be picked up from your hotel at 8:15 am. This is a full
day excursion to the Urubamba Valley visiting the colorful Indian market in Pisac where you
will be able to appreciate the mixture of color and tradition and have an opportunity to test
your bartering skills, interact with the local craftsmen and purchase their hand-made
souvenirs. Pisac is located at the entrance of the Sacred Valley. The Valley is (31km)/(19mi)
from Cusco, and at an altitude of (2,970m)/(9,700 ft). Followed by Pisac is Urubamba where we have a delicious buffet lunch at Tunupa restaurant then we continue through to Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously occupied town on the American continent. The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, along with their canals, have not Changed much from the time of the Inca Empire. They evoke their ancestral inheritance and give you a feeling of what it would be like to live during this time. The last visit will be the Chinchero market. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Its major claim to tourism is its colorful Sunday market which is much less tourist-orientated than the market at Pisac. At the end, we will return you to the Plaza de Armas in Cusco at approximately 6:30 pm. The night is free for you to eat in a restaurant of your choice; although we always have plenty of suggestions for you should you require them.
Note: Take this tour on market days: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Bilingual guided visit
on different days.
Day 3.- The Inca trail adventure to Machu Picchu begins:
Total distance to be covered on day 1: 12km (5 to 6 hours more or less)
We will meet and pick you up from the from your Hotel (less than 5 minutes from any hotel in Cusco!) at 4:00 or 4:30am (time to be confirmed at the briefing time) and travel by bus to Piskacucho (you will hear this be called kilometer 82) where the trail starts. There will be a breakfast stop in Ollantaytambo (06:30-7am) to load up on energy (breakfast – not included). On arrival at kilometer 82 (08:30am more or less), we will have some time to organize ourselves (use the restrooms, put on sun cream, mosquitoes repellant, etc) and then it is necessary to show your entrance tickets, passports and (if paying a student rate) the student card at the trails 1st control point. To start the trail (2720m/8923ft), we cross the Vilcanota River and follow its route to the right. The first day is relatively easy (a warm-up on the 'Inca flat' terrain) and we will have great views of the site of an Inca Fortress (‘Huillca Raccay'), the vast and incredible Inca site ‘Llactapata' (officially called ‘Patallacta'), the Urubamba mountain range that divides the jungle and the Andes and the beautiful snow-capped peak of 'W'akay Willca' (5860m/19225ft), known in books as Veronica. Our first campsite (Ayapata) will be one hour and a half up the small village of Wayllabamba (3000m/9842ft) in the temperate green valley of the same name. Temperature at night is usually around 5ºC (depending on the month).
Day 4. – The Trail Trial! We go over 2 passes....
Total distance to be covered on day 2: 16km (8 to 9 hours more or less)
After waking up at 5:30am (maybe at 05:00-depending on your Guide) and having breakfast, we will start a steep ascent towards the highest pass (Abra de Warrmihuañusca/'Dead Woman's Pass’ – 4200m/13779ft). On this day a real sense of achievement is felt on reaching the top! After a rest here, we begin the descent to the lunch stop which is located at Pacaymayu (3550m/11646ft). On the way up to the pass we will be able to see lots of hummingbirds and other birds. Also we will have the time to appreciate an incredible variety of native plants and trees such as the ´Polylepis´ or Q'ueuña trees which grow in the astonishing cloud forest located at 3650/11972m!! After lunch begins the second 2 hours steep climbing to Runkuraqay pass (almost 4000 meters), we arrive in our campsite by 5 pm. Temperature at this campsite around 4ºC during the nights .
Day 5. – Back in the past! Beautiful scenery!
Total distance to be covered on day 3: 10km (5 hours more or less)
This is the most impressive day (in our opinion!!!) so just keep thinking of that on the ascent on day 2! Again we wake up for breakfast at 6am, and start the day with a gentle climb to visit the archaeological site of ‘Phuyupatamarca’(meaning ‘Town in the Clouds’) and to reach the third highest point on the trail (3680m)). The views from here of the mountains, canyons and surrounding area are spectacular. The Inca site, ‘Phuyupatamarca’, is located a few minutes walk from the third pass and after visiting this, we continue walking (3000 steps!) through the cloud forest and the impressive agricultural Inca site of ‘Intipata’ until we arrive at our third campsite Wiñay Wayna (2680m/8792ft). Today we have only walked about 4 to 5 hours and have arrived to camp by lunch time!. A short distance from this campsite is located the Inca site of the same name ‘Wiñay Wayna’ (‘Forever Young’). Even if you are tired after your day’s trek, don’t miss out on visiting the most impressive site on the trail. Temperature during the night is around 12º C .
Day 6 – Machu Picchu in its Glory!
Total distance to be covered on day 4: 5km (2 hours more or less)
We leave the last campsite at about 5:30am on the final day (breakfast 3:30-4:00am). It is an early start in order to get to ‘Inti Punku’ (‘Sun gate’) (2730m/8792ft) before sunrise. This is the place from where you will have your first dramatic view of Machu Picchu (2400m/7873ft) with the sun rising over it! After some time there, we will walk down the last part of the trail to the spot where you can take the classic photo (picture postcard shot) of this ancient city. Finally we visit Machu Picchu itself!
Walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. You will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (it can be reached by bus or on foot) for lunch and to be given your train tickets back to Cusco. Train included in all tours is until Ollantaytambo and then bus to Cusco. Your train will leave Aguas calientes town in the afternoon and you need to be in the train station 30 min before it leaves. (the exactly time will be give you by your tour guide), and in Ollantaytambo town you will have a bus waiting for you to will return to Cusco. Allocations or Itinerary are subject to change depending on time of booking and campsites provided by INC (institution that runs the Inca Trail).
You will spend the night at After your arrival in Cusco a representative of Valencia travel Cusco will be waiting for you to pick you up and take you to Hotel Casa Andina Cusco where you will spend the night. where you will spend the night.
Day 7.- Bye Bye Cusco!
After having breakfast in the hotel. We will pick you up to the airport to take your plane..
- All pick-ups from the airport to the hotel and viceversa
- All hotel accomodations (casa Andina Cusco classic or similar standard)
- All breakfast included in the accommodations
- Free walking tour (we recommend to tip the guide as it's free)
- Inca trail 4 days includes the below:
- Entrances to the Inca trail
- Entrancess to Machupicchu
- Professional bilingual tour guide.
- Assistant guide (for groups of 9 people or more)
- Transportation – bus to km 82 and train back (Expedition train to Ollantaytambo)
- Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
- Collection from Ollantaytambo train station (on day 4th)
- Water (You will only need water for the first morning then we will provide you hot or cold boiled water)
- 3 breakfasts, 3 lunchs, 3 afternoon snacks, 3 dinners and various snacks to be eaten throughout the day.
- Dining tent with tables and chairs
- Professional chef.
- 4 man tent for 2 people
- Foam sleeping mattress
- Porters (they carry cooking equipment and camping equipment NOT YOUR PERSONAL BELONGINGS)
- Oxygen bottle
- First aid kit
Incas trail 4 days includes the below:
VEGETARIAN OPTION AT NO EXTRA COST!!!
- Sleeping bags
- Inflatable mattress
- Walking sticks
- For the Inca trail – first breakfast and last lunch are not included
- Extra Personal porter
- Gratitude, (tip)
- Meals where not stated
- Single Supplement (US $400 - accommodation + tent)
Optional items to take
- Wayna Picchu – (65 USD extra)
- Personal porter for belongings (USD 70.00 up to 7 kgs and 140 USD up to 14 kgs)
- Sleeping bags (35 USD)
- Inflatable mattress (25 USD)
- Walking sticks (USD 10 USD)
What you need to take
- Original passport
- Travel Insurance is essential
- Sleeping bag (not included but can be hired from us)
- Walking boots
- Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
- Warm jacket, hat and gloves
- Comfortable trousers
- Sun hat
- Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
- Re-usable plastic or metal water container or camel bags.
- Water (only for first 4 hours of trek, then we will provide you with drinking -previously boiled- water).
- Insect repellent
- Personal medication
- Camera and films
- Torch with spare batteries (headlamps are useful)
Valencia Travel Cusco:
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- (084)-255907 (Office phone number)
- 940183920 (RPC mobile number)
- #447794 (RPM mobile number)
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