CUSCO – INKA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 8DAYS/7NIGHTS
This program was designed for travellers who want to come into close contact with natural environments while enjoying day active adventures and cultural tours.
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu considered as one of the most amazing trekking trips in the world, following the original path that Incas used to arrive to the mythical Machu Picchu llaqta. It will be an unforgettable experience sharing nice time with the porters who will carry the complete camping equipment.
DAY 1: CUSCO IN:
At Cusco´s airport our representative will be waiting for you. Upon arrival, airport reception to be transferred to the hotel, time free to rest and acclimatize to the altitude.
Overnight in Cusco
DAY 2: CITY TOUR:
The guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you on a half day tour of Cusco. You will start visiting the main square surrounded by magnificent colonial buildings, the Cathedral, the Koricancha which was the most important temple of the Inca culture; it was dedicated to worship the sun. Finally we will visit the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman and its impressive rocky constructions, followed by Kenko, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay. Return to the hotel.
Overnight in Cusco
DAY 3: SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS PISAC – OLLANTAYTAMBO:
Today, you will set off for the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Along the way you will stop to visit Awanacancha a llama project where you will see South American camelids such as llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas, also you have the chance to appreciate the traditional Inca weaving and dying techniques which have been kept by the local people for centuries.
Your journey continues to the small village of Pisac, and there you will walk through its lively typical market and have some free time to interact with the townsfolk and artisans and to shop for handicrafts and souvenirs. Continuing the tour you will visit Pisac´s archaeological site located at the top of the mountain which gives us a clear idea of the hard work and amazing ingenuity required to create the Inca’s agricultural terraces, its constructions are just compared with Machu Picchu buildings.
You will enjoy a buffet lunch at the town of Urubamba, and then visit Ollantaytambo which is one of the most beautiful, and significant sites in the entire Cusco region. It is a very interesting, and typical pueblo with extensive, well preserved Inca ruins; crowned by the sacred archaeological site with its impressive temple of the sun.
Transfer to the hotel.
Overnight in the Sacred Valley
DAY 4: CLASSIC INKA TRAIL: PISKACUCHO (KM 82) – WAYLLABAMBA:
The guide will meet you at the hotel, transfer to Piskacucho (km 82) starting point of the Inca trail; here you will meet the trekking crew (our porters) who will carry all our camping equipment.
You will start the trek crossing the Vilcanota River Bridge and follow the trail to the right as it climbs steeply up from the river. The landscape views are magnificent surrounded by snowcapped mountain and the valley below you.
After passing through a small village, the ruins of the Inca hillfort of Huillca Raccay come into view high above the mouth of the river Cusichaca (‘happy bridge’). It is a simple descent down to the Cusichaca river.
We will leave the Urubamba valley and will have an overview of the inca site of Huillca Raccay (hillfort) before setting off up to the Kusichaca River ‘happy bridge’, It is a simple descent down to the Cusichaca river.
Finally you will arrive to Wayllabamba our first campsite.
- Camping altitude: (3000 m.a.s.l – 9842 feet)
- Hiking distance: Km 82 – Wayllabamba: 12km (7.5 miles)
- Hiking time: 6 hours approximately
DAY 5: WAYLLABAMBA – PACAYMAYO:
You will start our day with a good breakfast. This is the most difficult day of the trail.
For about 3 hours through steepening woods and increasingly spectacular terrain you will get to the top of the first pass (Abra Warmiwañuska or “the dead woman pass” at 4215m.a.s.l./13828 Ft). Once there you will have an amazing view of the Vilcanota and Vilcabamba Mountain Chain. The descent from the pass is steep, following through a winding valley till you reach the area where we will have lunch.
Finally, you will ascend again until the Pacaymayo Gorge where you will set up the next campsite.
- Camping altitude: Pacaymayo (3600 mts. – 11181 ft.)
- Hiking distance: Wayllabamba – Pacaymayo: 11km (6.8 miles)
- Hiking time: 7 hours approximately
DAY 6: PACAYMAYO – WIÑAYWAYNA:
Today, it will be one of the longest day trek, but one of the most beautiful and amazing. Along the way you will appreciate many archaeological places which accomplished different functions in the Inca time.
You will start ascending through a steep trail until get the second Pass where the impressive archeological rests of Runkuracay at 3800m.a.s.l./12467ft (circular ruins occupy a commanding position overlooking the Pacamayo valley below). Afterwards, you will descend till get to Sayaqmarca (3600m.a.s.l./11811ft) known as “The Dominant Town”.
From Sayacmarca the stone road begins to go into the magnificent cloud forest, full of orchids, hanging mosses, tree ferns and flowers, passing through an impressive Inca tunnel, carved into the rock, on the way; continuing your trek towards the third pass Phuyupatamarca, the pass offers excellent views of several snow-capped peaks including Salkantay (6,271m) and Veronica (5,750m). A few minutes after the pass is Phuyupatamarca ruins at (3650m.a.s.l./ 12045 ft), the name of this archaeological site means “Town above the clouds” without a doubt one of the most original towns on the whole Inca Trail. Afterwards, you will descend using around 2000 stone steps until reach Wiñaywayna Citadel “Forever Young” (2700m.a.s.l./8856ft), the main archaeological site after Machu Picchu in the Inca Trail, here you will spend the last night camping.
- Camping altitude: Wiñayhuayna (2700m.a.s.l./8856ft.)
- Hiking distance: Pacaymayo – Wiñayhuayna: 16km (9.9 miles)
- Hiking time: 8 hours approximately
DAY 7: WIÑAYWAYNA – MACCHU PICCHU – CUSCO:
You will get up very early and have breakfast. Along the route, you will be able to see a great variety of flora and fauna typical of the area (presence of high variety of orchids). To get Inti Punku “Sun Gate” (2740m.a.s.l/9042 ft) you will have to climb 50 which will consume your last forces. Suddenly the whole of Machu Picchu is spread out before you in all its glory. It is an excellent opportunity to take panoramic pictures of the Machu Picchu Citadel (2450 mts – 8085 ft). You will have the rest of the day to visit the entire citadel. Then you will head down to Aguas Calientes town where you will take the train back to Cusco. Arrival to Cusco late at night.
Overnight in Cusco
- Hiking distance: Wiñayhuayna – Machu Picchu: 6km (3.7 miles)
- Hiking time: 3 hours approximately
DAY 8: CUSCO – LIMA – HOME:
Transfer to Cusco`s airport. If your time frame allows you to visit other destinations, contact us.
INCLUDED / NOT INCLUDED
- Professional bilingual guide
- Tourist transportation
- Tours/activities described in the itinerary
- Entrance fees for the tours described in the itinerary
- Meals mentioned
Inka Trail trek + Machu Picchu:
- Briefing at hotel prior to departure
- Private bus to Km. 82 (Piscaycucho – starting point of the Inca trail)
- Transfer from Poroy train station to hotel (Day 7)
- All balanced meals during the trek (3 Breakfast, 3 Lunch, 3 Dinner, including 04 snacks + 03 tea time and + 1 Boxed Lunch on the last day)
- Train service: Machu Picchu to Cusco (Vistadome, first class train)
- Entrance fee to Inca trail + Machu Picchu
- All common camping gear: 3 men mountain tent for 2 people, sleeping mattress, kitchen dishes, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, table and chairs
- Cook & assistant Cook
- Porters for the whole camping equipment including personal luggage. Porters will place campsite before passenger’s arrival to campground.
- First-aid kit with oxygen
- Professional bilingual guide
- Bus ticket Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
- Cusco (3 nights)
- Sacred Valley (1 nigh)
- Camping (3 nights)
- Aircraft tickets
- Meal not described in the program
- Extra services not mentioned in the itinerary
- Tips and extra expenses
- Sleeping bag
- Walking stick
- Travel insurances