There’s only one place in the world that has it all, magic, history, nature and culture composed of the four elements that forges the spirit of the earth, and sun. A land where the gods are hidden in mountains and stones; where the sons and daughters of the sun are dressed with gold and mortals with scissor hands dance all day.
|All pick-ups from the airport to the hotel and vice versa (and other transfers)||Entrance fees|
|All hotel accommodations||Entrance fee to Machu Picchu|
|All breakfasts included in the accommodations||Camping Equipment (Tents)|
|Professional, bilingual tour guide||3 meals a day (during the camping)|
|Dining tent with professional chef||Horses and horsemen to carry the equipment|
|International and local airfare||Tips for the guide|
|Optional: walking sticks, sleeping bags / inflatable matress / rainponchos||Optional tours|
|Meals where not otherwise stated|
Upon your arrival to Cusco, you will be brought to your hotel where you will spend the first night. Then you will have all the day to relax and enjoy the beauty of Cusco and its surroundings. You have several options:
OPTION 1 – HALF DAY CITY TOUR
(Additional Price: USD 30 per person).
We will pick you up at 1.00 PM from your hotel to start the tour and visiting the following places.
– The Koricancha: Temple of the sun.
– The Cathedral: Marvel of the religious art.
– 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.
– Professional English speaking guide.
– Tourist ticket (extra PEN 105)
OPTION 2: FREE WALKING TOUR AT 3.00 PM
We will be visiting the places below:
– Main square of Cusco
– Wall of 12 angles stone
– San Pedro market
The tour will take about 2 hours
Open day at Leisure
OPTION: FULL DAY SACRED VALLEY TOUR
(Additional Price: USD 45 per person).
After breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel at 8.00 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 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.
– Professional English speaking guide.
– Tourist ticket (extra PEN 70)
P.S: Tonight we will have the Inca trail briefing at 7.00 PM at the hotel lobby.
Inca Trail begins
Total distance to be covered: 12km or 7mi. (5 to 6 hours more or less).
We will meet and pick you up from your Hotel at 4.30 AM (time to be confirmed at the briefing) 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 (6.30-7 AM) to load up on energy (breakfast is not included). On arrival at kilometer 82, we will have some time to organize ourselves (use the restrooms, put on sun cream, mosquito repellant, etc) and then it is necessary to show your entrance tickets and passports 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).
Total distance to be covered: 16km or 9mi. (8 to 9 hours more or less).
After waking up at 5.30 AM and having breakfast, we will start a steep ascent towards the highest pass (Abra de Warrmihuañusca/’Dead Woman’s Pass’ – 4200m/13779ft). 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 humming 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 3652 meters. After lunch begins the second 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.
Total distance to be covered: 10km or 6mi. (5 hours more or less).
Again we wake up for breakfast at 6 AM 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 walking from the third pass and after visiting this, we continue walking 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’).Don’t miss out on visiting the most impressive site on the trail. Temperature during the night is around 12º C.
Total distance to be covered: 5km or 3mi. (2 hours more or less).
We leave the last campsite at about 5.30 AM on the final day. 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 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 get your train tickets back to Cusco. The train goes until Ollantaytambo and from there we take the 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 exact time will be given you by your tour guide), once in Ollantaytambo town you will have a bus waiting for you to return back to your hotel in Cusco. Allocations or Itinerary are subject to change depending the availability on time of booking.
After breakfast, we will take you back to the airport according your flight itinerary.