7 DAY ALONG THE INCA TRAIL TREK

DAY 01: Arrival in Cusco (-/-/-)

Arrival to Cusco with a transfer to your hotel; a welcome meeting will be organized by your guide for a quick briefing of the tour. The rest of the day can be spent exploring Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, set in the Andes Mountains. Discover Spanish churches and mansions that sit alongside Inca remains and enjoy the vibrant nightlife or sampling Peruvian restaurants.

Optional Tour:

City Tour with visit to Cathedral – Cost per person $ 30 (Not Incl. Entrance Fee).
you’ll have a full Cusco city tour, starting at the city center viewing the Incan foundations of many buildings, the famous Cathedral, and the Temple of the Sun. You will also visit the typical market of San Pedro. In the end, you will visit the hills around Cusco to get a full tour of four ruins: Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay.
Classic Cooking Class – Cost per person $ 40.
With an approximate duration of 3 hours, this service starts at 11 am, picking up the user from their hotel on the way to the house of the chosen cook. Once in the place, the tourists receive a brief explanation of the activities they will carry out, and they will receive the appropriate clothing for the class. What we will do next is practical cooking classes where tourists learn the preparation of traditional plates of the city, presented by experienced chefs, who teach various conventional recipes. In this service, all the ingredients are already at home. Lunch/Dinner at the cook’s house: We want all the tourist to feel immersed in the local culture, for this, each chef has prepared various stories and experiences that are transmitted in the table and surrounded by local people (the cook and his family) while tasting the food made in the cooking class.
Folklore Show and Dinner – Cost per person $ 25.
Head to the Tunupa restaurant, located just the central Plaza de Armas of Cusco (3 minutes walking from Hotel), and get ready for a fabulous buffet dinner. There is a large selection of typical dishes, meat, fish, vegetables, and desserts they are amazing and delicious dishes. The night is more enjoyable when the traditional dance show begins and you can get involved with folk, traditional, classical music, and sweeten your ears with the Andean instruments: Quena, charango, flute, zampoña. If you wish, you can also share the dance floor with the dancers and get a great experience.

 Services Included:

Private Transport: Cusco Airport – Hotel (20 minutes).

Overnight: Jose Antonio Hotel. Accommodation in Standard Room with private bath.

DAY 02: Full day Sacred Valley tour (B/-/-)

After breakfast, enjoy a free day to explore Cusco at your ease. The capital city of the Inca Empire is now the undisputed archaeological capital of the Americas, as well as the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city.

Services Included:

Overnight: Jose Antonio Hotel. Accommodation in Standard Room with private bath.

Optional Tour:

The Sacred Valley – Cost per person $ 45. (Group Services).
This is a full day excursion to the Urubamba Valley visiting the colourful Indian market in Pisac, where you will be able to appreciate the mixture of colour and tradition. Here you will have the opportunity to test your bartering skills, interact with the local craftsmen and purchase hand-made souvenirs. After Pisac travel to Urubamba, and continue on 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. 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 colourful Sunday market, which is much less tourist-orientated than the market at Pisac. At the end of the tour, return to the Plaza de Armas in Cusco.
Rainbow Mountain – Cost per person $ 80. (Group Services).
We will pick you up at 4:00AM from your hotel in Cusco. It is about a 3hrs ½ driving on our private transport, through an undiscovered land of wild desert landscapes, snow-capped peaks, and herds of alpacas. When we reach the trailhead for this hike, we are going to have a hot breakfast and then continue hiking to the rainbow mountain, this  will take us  around 3-4 hours (Depending on fitness level). After breakfast and packing some snacks for the road, we will begin the hike from Chillca at (4300m/14,200 ft elevation). From here it will be a 4 hour approx. uphill hike to reach the famous Rainbow Mountains. Along the way you will enjoy amazing views of the Andes, glacial peaks, red mountains, rocky hills, and traditional llamas and alpacas grazing along the valley. As you reach the summit of the mountain you will be able to spot some Andean wildlife. Vicuñas are considered to be the Andean camel and this is the only place in Cusco where you will see them in the wild. Vicuñas are in the same family as llamas, though are much smaller and they have the most expensive wool in the world.
Once we arrive at the top of what we come to see “Rainbow Mountain”, you will have enough time to take photos and relax yourself on the top majesty area views. All of the mountains that surround this area are red and there are amazing views of the valleys and Ausangate Glacier Peak right in front of you. Ausangate is the tallest mountain of the Cusco region (just under 21,000 ft) and is part of the Vilcanota Range. Our staff will bring you some hot drinks while sharing information with you about the composition of these incredible mountains and how they became rainbow like After taking a few amazing pictures and soaking in the views (perhaps we will even see a few condors around by) we will begin our descent with a 2-hour downhill hike. We will then meet up with our trekking chef and enjoy the delicious, freshly prepared hot lunch. After lunch you can visit some of the local family’s houses where you can see their lifestyle of these people who still practice the ancient traditions of the Inkas. They still speak Quechua, practicing their earth-based religion and the agriculture – honoring the mountain spirits and sun to insure that their crops and herds flourish – as well as weaving the textiles that you will find in the museums all around Peru. Finally after our interactions with the locals, we will start returning trip back to Chillca village to catch our private transport back to Cusco, arriving around 06:00 pm approx. after transfer to Cusco Hotel.

DAY 03: The Inca Trail – Ayapata Camp (-/L/D)

Hiking distance: 6 miles; Camp elevation: 9,678′

Breakfast: is not included on this day.

The meeting point will be at Hotel 04h30 am we will continue until we get to ‘Piscacucho’ and get our check-in. We will need to show our passport, tickets, etc. at the control point.  Remember there is limited access to the Inca Trail. This is the moment to use restrooms, applying sunscreen, insect repellent, etc. We have ahead a marvelous Inca Valley, used by the great Inca master himself and its royal courtship, to get to Machu Picchu.  Now, you are so lucky in tracing the Inca steps all the way of what it was for them a meaningful sacred journey. The Trail begins at 2,720m / 8,923 ft and we will be heading across the Vilcanota River on the right side. But the path soon begins to get abruptly lean through the cloud forest. In time will spot the great views of an Inca Fortress called ‘Huillca Raccay’, as well as the vast and incredible Inca site of ‘Patallacta’.  Also, we will see the Urubamba mountain range that divides the jungle, the Andes and the beautiful snow-capped peak of ‘W’akay Willca’ at 5, 860m /19,225 ft, known as Veronica. There was so much beauty to admire on this first day out of the Inca Trail 4-day hike, an incredible encounter with the Andean nature.  Now we will set up our first campsite near the small village of Wayllabamba 3, 000m / 9, 842ft in the temperate valley of the same name. Temperatures at night are around 5ºC (depending on the month).

Services Included:

Transport: Cusco – KM 82 (4 hours approx.).

Tour Guide: Spanish/English (+9 Paxs – 1 Assistant Guide).

Entrance Fee: Inca Trail.

Porters: They carry cooking and camping equipment.

Overnight: Ayapata Camp (Tent per 2 people).

DAY 04:  The Inca Trail Adventure – Chaquicocha Camp (B/L/D)

Hiking distance: 6.5 miles; Camp elevation: 10,991′

After you have finished your breakfast made by our cooks we will get ready for the day ahead of us.  It is 5:30 am but we will need most of the daylight and strength for what it comes next on our trek. We will climb a steep ascent which it will take us some hours to achieve. For the Inca, this was part of pilgrimage route, a sacred one, to become one with the Apus (mountains) or the gods protecting the Andes. After some hours we have reached the highest pass at Abra de Warrmihuañusca or ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’ at 4,200 m / 13,779 ft.  This was not an easy task, and you should be proud of yourself because is not easy to get to this point. After a rest, we begin the descent to our lunch stop which is located at Pacaymayu at 3, 550m /11,646 ft. As we are passing, we will be able to see lots of hummingbirds as well as other birds species. Also, we will appreciate an incredible variety of native plants, trees such as the ´Polylepis´ which only grow in the cloud forest located at 3,650m /11,972ft.

After lunch, we will take another 2 hours steep climb to Runkurakay pass at almost 4,000m and set up our campsite by 5 pm. Temperatures at this campsite are around 4ºC during the night.

Services Included:

Tour Guide: Spanish/English (+9 Paxs – 1 Assistant Guide).

Porters: They carry cooking and camping equipment.

Overnight: Chaquicocha Camp (Tent per 2 people). 

DAY 05: The Inca Trail – Wiñay Wayña Camp (B/L/D)

Trek length: 5.5 miles; Camp elevation: 11,975′

It’s great camping surrounded by incredible landscapes and seeing a unique Andean flora and fauna.

Total distance to be covered on day 3: 10km (5 hours more or less). Once you have uploaded all the energy you need by finishing your breakfast, we will get ready to follow our trail.   A gentle climb will lead us to our first stop at the archaeological site of ‘Phuyupatamarca’ meaning ‘Town in the Clouds’ and reach the third highest point on the trail 3, 680 m. The views of the mountains, canyons, and surrounding areas are spectacular! As we are walking to third pass the Inca site of ‘Phuyupatamarca’. Then we continue walking 3,000 steps through the cloud forest at the impressive agricultural Inca site of ‘Intipata’.  Later on, during our trail, we will arrive at our third campsite Wiñay Wayna at 2,680m/8, 792 ft. We have walked so far between 4 to 5 hours and will arrive at camp by lunchtime.  A short distance from our campsite is located the Inca site of the same name ‘Wiñay Wayna’ or ‘Forever Young’ which is a must to visit and now we are close to complete the Inca Trail hike.

Temperatures during the night are about 12º.

Services Included:

Tour Guide: Spanish/English (+9 Paxs – 1 Assistant Guide).

Porters: They carry cooking and camping equipment.

Overnight: Wiñay Wayña Camp (Tent per 2 people).


DAY 06: Machu Picchu in its Glory! (B/-/-)

Trek length: 6.5 miles; Final elevation: 7,874′

The Inca was the son of ‘Inti’ (The Sun) and only him was allowed to do this trail as it was its path to the glory among the Apus and enjoyment of his royal house, Machu Picchu.  You are now become part of the Royalty too or feel like it as you have mixed with the Apus on this spiritual journey. Thus, after completing the Inca Trail things are not going to be the same any longer. Total distance to be covered on day 4: 5 km (around 2 hours). It is time to wake up, have an early breakfast and get on the road again. On this early start, we have to get to ‘Intipunku’ (‘Sun gate’) (2,730 m / 8,792 ft) before sunrise. You will get your first great view of Machu Picchu (2,400m / 7,873 ft) with the sun rising over it. We will spend some time there taking the impressive tour of the ancient city, including the royal house of the Inca.  After some time there, we will walk down the last part of the trail to a spot where you can take the classic postcard picture of the city, and then you´ll have the guided tour to know everything about the archeological site. Our guide will let you enjoy 2 more hours’ tour on your own to discover the citadel or to make the hike to any of the mountains: Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu Mountain. Once you’ve finished we will meet our guide in Aguas Calientes, you can get there whether by bus or by foot. We will have lunch in Aguas Calientes and our guide will give you the tickets back to Cusco. The first train to Poroy and then bus to Cusco.

Optional Service:

Wayna Picchu – Cost per person $ 72
There is time for those whit enough energy to climb Wayna (Huayna) Picchu (at your own expense). For many people climbing Huayna Picchu is one of the highlights when visiting Machu Picchu. Wayna Picchu is the mountain behind Machu Picchu. The climb itself is interesting as you will see how the Inca did cut out some steps out of the rocks and as you wind around the side of a mountain will see Machu Picchu from different angles.

Services Included:

Tour Guide: Spanish/English.

Entrance Fee: Machu Picchu City.

Bus Tickets Consetur: Machu Picchu – Aguas Caliente (15 minutes approx.).

Train Tickets: Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo (Expedition Train – 2 hours approx.).

Transport: Train Station Ollantaytambo – Hotel in Cusco (2 hours approx.).

Overnight: Jose Antonio Hotel. Accommodation in Standard Room with private bath.

DAY 07: Transfer out, Bye Cusco! (B/-/-)

After breakfast enjoys your last day at leisure before transferring to the airport for your return flight home via Lima.

Services Included:

Regular Transport: Hotel – Cusco Airport (20 minutes) – Assistant SPS/ENG.

END OF SERVICES

FIXED DEPARTURE – 2020
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
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 May and June daily departures.

February – Inca Trail closed for maintenance

Transfers as mentioned.

Accommodation as mentioned.

Meals as mentioned.

All national park fees, entrance fees, taxes, permits and vehicles as applicable to the above itinerary.

Services of professional English-speaking guides at all times.

Safe drinking water during the hike.

24/7 support and emergency line available throughout the itinerary.

International & National flights.

Evacuation: in the event of a serious medical injury, we will coordinate with your travel insurance company to arrange evacuation.

Meals and drinks other than those mentioned in the itinerary.

Tips and gratuities.

Optional excursions.

Items of a personal nature such as souvenirs and telephone calls.

Travel insurance.

Personal equipment such as trekking equipment.

OPTIONAL ITEMS TO TAKE AND CAN BE HIRED FROM US

Sleeping bags – $ 32 per person.

Inflatable mattress – $ 24 per person.

Walking Sticks – $ 23 per person.

PRICE PER PERSON  ½ Twin/double Room

1  (Group Service) $ 1.016 p.p

Single Supplement ( Solo  Traveler ) $ 324 usd

PRICE PER PERSON Based on 2 people

Group Service $ 1,201 p.p NOW $980 p.p minimum of 2 people.

Single supplement $200