7 DAY ALONG THE INCA TRAIL TREK

DAY 01: Arrival in Cusco

Upon your arrival to Cusco, we will take you to the hotel and then join your guide for a briefing about the wonderful tour that awaits you. Today, begin the day with a tour in Cusco and enjoy the sights of Cusco (the capital of the Incas) with the indigenous and colonial heritage. The remaining of the day is free time where you can explore Cusco’s nightlife or try some of its many typical restaurants.

Option for the afternoon: City Tour with a visit to Cathedral

We will pick you up at 14:00 am from your hotel to start the tour and visiting the following places:

– The Koricancha: Temple of the sun.

– Sacsayhuaman: Majestic place with impressive works in stone, some up to 120 tons.

– Q´enqo: (Labyrinth) a religious center dedicated to the adoration of the Earth.

– Puca Pucara: (reddish place) that was used as a military control center.

– Tambomachay: (Temple of the Water) a center of adoration and worship of water.

DAY 02: Full day Sacred Valley tour

After breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel at 8:00 am. This is a full day excursion to the Urubamba Valley. The Valley is (31km)/ (19mi) from Cusco, and at an altitude of 2,970m/9,700 ft. Pisac is located at the entrance of the Sacred Valley where you will be able to appreciate the mixture of color and tradition. You will be able to test your bartending skills, interact with the local craftsmen and purchase their hand-made souvenirs.

Followed by Pisac is Urubamba where we have a delicious buffet lunch at the Tunupa restaurant. Then, we continue to Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously occupied town due to the beautiful ruins on the terraces. The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, along with their canals, have been well-preserved from the time of the Inca Empire. They evoke their ancestral inheritance and give you a taste of what it would have been like living in this time.

The last visit will be the Chinchero market. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Its main attraction is the colorful Sunday market which is less tourist-orientated than the market at Pisac. In the end, we bring you back to the Plaza de Armas in Cusco at 6:30 pm approximately.

DAY 03: The Inca Trail adventure to Machu Picchu begins

The total distance to cover is 12 km (or 7 miles), which takes us approximately 5 to 6 hours. We meet and pick you up at your hotel very early in the morning and travel by bus to Piskacucho where the trail starts. There is a breakfast stop in Ollantaytambo to fuel you up for some energy.

On arrival at Piskacucho, we have the time to prepare ourselves for the trek. It is necessary to show your entrance tickets, passports and (if paying a student rate) the student card at the trails first control point. To start the trail (2720 m/8923 ft), we cross the Vilcanota River and follow its route. The first day is relatively easy (a warm-up for the ‘Inca flat’ terrain) and we have great views of an Inca Fortress (called Huillca Raccay), the vast and incredible Inca site ‘Llactapata’ (officially called ‘Patallacta’), the Urubamba mountain range that divides the jungle and the Andes and, last but not least, the beautiful snow-capped peak of ‘W’akay Willca’ (5860 m/19225 ft) also known as Veronica. Our first campsite (Ayapata) is in one hour and a half up the small village of Wayllabamba (3000 m/ 9842 ft) in the green valley with the same name. The temperature around night is usually around 5ºC (depending on the season).

DAY 04The trail trail! We go over 2 passes…

The total distance to cover this day is 16 km or 9 miles (8 to 9 hours more or less). After waking up very early in the morning, we have some breakfast to start the day off. We start the hike with a steep ascent towards the highest pass (Abra de Warrmihuañusca or also ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’ at 4200 m/ 13779 ft). On this day, we will have a real sense of achievement reaching the top!

After a rest here, we descent to the lunch stop which is located at Pacaymayu (3550 m/ 11646 ft). On the way up to the second pass, we are able to see lots of hummingbirds and other birds. Also, we have time to appreciate an incredible variety of native plants and trees such as the ‘Polylepis’ or Q’ueña trees which grow in the astonishing cloud forest located at 3650 m/ 11972 ft. After lunch begins the second 2 hours of steep climbing to the Runkuragay pass (almost 4000 meters). At the end of the afternoon, you arrive at the campsite where the temperature is around 4ºC during the nights.

DAY 05: Back in the past: a beautiful scenery!

Total distance to cover this day is 10 km or 6 miles (5 hours approximately). This is the most impressive day in our opinion, so keep this in mind as motivation on the ascent of day 2! Again, we wake up early for breakfast 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 of the trail (3680 m). The views from there of the mountains, canyons and surrounding area are spectacular. The Inca site, ‘Phuyupatamarca’, is located a few minutes walking from the third pass and after visiting this, we continue our hike (3000 steps!) through the cloud forest and the impressive agricultural Inca site of ‘Intipata’. After, we arrive at the third campsite called Wiñay Wayna at 2680 m/8792 ft.

Today, we have only walked about 4 to 5 hours so we arrive to the camp by lunch time! Only a short distance from this campsite, is the Inca site of the ‘Wiñay Wayna’ (same name as the camp). Even if you are tired from today’s trek, you don’t want to miss out on visiting one of the most impressive sites on the trail. The temperature at this campsite is around 12º C.


DAY 06: Machu Picchu in its Glory!

Total distance to be covered on the 6th day is 5 km or 3 miles (2 hours more or less). We leave the last campsite early. It is an early start to get to ‘Inti Punku’ (the ‘Sun Gate’ of Macchu Picchu) before sunrise. This is the place from where you have your first and probably most astonishing view of Machu Picchu (2400 m/7873 ft) with the sun rising over the ruins! After some time at the Sun Gate, we walk down the last part of the trail to spot where you can take the classic photo of the ancient city. Finally, we visit Machu Picchu itself!

 

At Machu Picchu, you have a walking tour of approximately 2 hours given by your guide. After this, you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. You meet your guide in Aguas Calientes again (either by bus or on foot) for lunch and you are given your train tickets to go back to Cusco. The train is included in all tours until Ollantaytambo from where you have to take the bus. The bus returns you back to your hotel in Cusco. Allocations of the itinerary are subject to change depending the availability on time of booking.

DAY 07: Transfer out, Bye Cusco!

After breakfast, we take you back to the airport of Cusco according to your flight itinerary.

All ground transportation.

Entrance fee indicated in the program.

Excursions as mentioned in the program.

Accommodations (or similar) and meals as mentioned.

Local English speaking tour guide.

Extra Porter (to carry your personal belongings up to 7 Kgs).

Foam mattress pad

First aid kit.

Beverages and personal expenses.

International & National flights.

National & International taxes.

Tips for guides, restaurants and drivers.

Meals where not otherwise stated.

All mentioned services in option or supplement.

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

Private Service $ 1,201 p.p