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Day 1: Arrive to Cusco and Transfer to your Hotel
Day 2: Archaeological City Tour Cusco
Day 3: Sacred Valley, Incariy Museun and Ollantaytambo
Day 4: Inca Trail: Driving to Km82 – Hike to Ayapata campsite
Day 5: Inca Trail: Crossing the dead woman & pacaymayo pass
Day 6: Inca Trail: Hiking to Phuyupatamarca pass, Cloud Forest and Wiñay Wayna Incan site
Day 7: Inca Trail: Hiking to the Sun gate, visit Machu Picchu & back to Cusco
Day 8: Transfer Out to the Airport
At the given time of your arrival, our representatives will be at the airport in Cusco, waiting to transfer you to the hotel and help you to check in and provide you with the necessary information about restaurants, currency exchange, etc. After this, you have the morning free to acclimatize.
In the afternoon at 13:00 hours, we will start the archaeological City Tour of Cusco, in this tour we will visit the Cathedral of Cusco, it houses a large collection of architectural works of Spanish Baroque style.
Then, we will visit the Temple of Coricancha, also known as the Temple of the Sun, where the Spaniards built the Church of Santo Domingo over one of the most important Inca Sacred enclosures.
After this, we’ll leave the city to go to four archaeological sites, such as Sacsayhuaman, where the Inti Raymi (Festival of the Sun) the most popular celebration of Cusco, is recreated every June 24th, then we will visit Qenqo, Tambomachay, and Pukapukara (famous Inca Baths).
The tour ends at approximately 6:30 pm.
At 08:00 h in the morning, is the departure from Cusco to Ollantaytambo, we´ll go along the famous Vilcanota River, better known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas. On the way, we will stop to have explanations from our guide about the Inca sites and to observe the landscape.
The first archaeological site to visit is Pisac, with its huge Inca terraces for agriculture, the extensive constructions over the valley such as temples, houses, altars, etc., and then we go ahead to the traditional market (only on market days), there you will have some free time to interact with local artisans, or to buy handmade souvenirs and handycraft in general.
Then we continue to the Inkary Museum, where you will learn about the amazing history of the most important cultures of Peru, here you can appreciate life-size models and mannequins of pre-Inca cultures such as: Caral, Chavin, Paracas, Nazca, Mochica, Lambayeque and Chimu. Then we visit this Inkary museun just with private gropus, but in shared service we go directly to Urubamba for lunch.
After lunch, we head to Ollantaytambo, well known as the Museum town , the Inca city with remarkable canals, stone streets, where the Inca architecture is still preserved. We visit the incredible temples with huge blocks.
Finally, we will transfer to your hotel in Ollantaytambo, and enjoy a delicious dinner at a tourist restaurant (not included), and then prepare for the visit next day Hike.
Our team will pick you up from where you are hosted either in Cusco, Urubamba or Ollantaytambo. In Cusco, we pick you up at 4:30 am, In Urubamba at 5:30 am and if you are in Ollantaytambo at 6:30 am. The schedule will be confirmed in your briefing as it may fluctuate according to the place where you are staying.
In Ollantaytambo you have time for any last-minute shopping or to have breakfast, Then, we go to the km 82 by car, arriving at approximately 7:30 am.
To start our hike, we will pass by the first checkpoint of the Inca Trail. The first 2 hours of the Inca trail are relatively easy until Patallacta Inca site, which is an old checkpoint of the Incas. From Patallacta we have a 2-hour hiking to our lunch stop in Hatunchaca.
After lunch, we will hike 2½ hours to reach the first campsite at Ayapata (3300 masl). In this last stretch, we’ll pass through 2 small communities. If you want to buy energy drinks or snacks, you may do so here, you can also buy any essential items such as batteries that you may have forgotten.
Our staff will wake you up early in the morning with a hot coca tea to start the day, today is the longest day and we should start early. We’ll hike for about 4 hours up to the highest point (Abra Warmi Wañuska 4215m).
When reaching the pass, we will stop to take a short break and enjoy the views before starting again to descend to Pacaymayu (Hidden River) for another 1h30 for lunch and to refill our water bottles.
After lunch, we will start to climb again to the second pass of the Inca Trail. It is a 2-hour hike to the pass; on the way we will stop at a small Inca site called Runcu Raccay (round construction) where our guide in going to explain about this place. and we’ll enjoy the two beautiful waterfalls located on the opposite side of the valley.
After the second pass, there’s another down trek in order to reach the magnificent Inca site of Sayacmarca, here we stop to rest and get a quick tour of the site and enjoy the sunset over the Vilcabamba Mountain Range.
Then we will continue for another 20 more minutes approximately to the second campsite at Chaquicocha (Dried lake, 3600 meters above sea level). After dinner, if you’re not tired, we can appreciate the fascinating Inca constellations in the magnificent sky of the Southern Hemisphere, far from any artificial lighting.
We start early again, waking up at 5:30 am. to begin what is commonly considered the most beautiful day of the whole Inca Trail. Here we start hiking for 2 hours along what we call “Plano Inca” (graded slopes) until Phuyupatamarka. As we hike, we will have the opportunity to see the majesty of the Salkantay, the second highest mountain of Cusco, and the fantastic panoramic view of the Vilcabamba Mountain Range.
From Phuyupatamarka, we start walking down for about 3 hours along a path of stairs towards our last campsite at Wiñay Wayna the most spectacular Inca site on the trail after Machu Picchu. While descending, we will visit 2 more Inca sites, Phuyupatamarka (Town in the Clouds) and Intipata (Terraces of the Sun).
We are arriving to our camp at around 2:00 PM for lunch, and then there is some time for relaxing a while to be ready for the last day in Machu Picchu. Around 4:00 pm, your guide will give you brief information about this Inca site of Wiñay Wayna, spending approximately an hour and a half visiting there.
In the evening we have a goodbye celebration. It is a tradition on the Inca Trail to organize a celebration to introduce the team to the tourists once again and to thank them for the great job done. It is recommended to go to bed at a reasonable hour to get up early and arrive to Machu Picchu at sunrise expecting the weather to gives us a beautiful sunrise over Machu Picchu.
This day, we have to wake up at 3:30 am, have breakfast at 4: 00a.m, and approach to the checkpoint to be one of the first to begin the hike when they open the doors at 5:30. m. We will hike to the Puerta del Sol (Sun Gate) for about two hours, from here we have spectacular views of the mountains and Machu Picchu in all its glory. Then, it is only one hour walking down to get to the Lost City of the Incas. As we get closer, the views of the city will become more impressive.
At approximately 7:40 AM, we arrive at the final control point and enter Machu Picchu to begin our guided tour of 2 hours. After the tour, you will receive the bus tickets to go down to Aguas Calientes and you will have plenty of free time to explore on your own the rest of Machupicchu or climb one of the nearby mountains of Machu Pichu or Huaynapicchu if you booked.
Your guide will offer you the option to meet with you in the village of Aguas Calientes to enjoy the last lunch in a local restaurant. This is optional and not included. During lunch, he will hand out the train tickets.
Be sure to be at the train station with at least 30 minutes in advance of the departure time. This journey by train is about 2 hours to Ollantaytambo, where a driver will meet you to take you back to the city on our bus, then we will leave you at your hotel. This is the end of your marvelous Inca Trail Tour.
The team will be at the hotel two hours before the departure of the flight to take you from the hotel to the airport, to go back to Lima.
Here, our service and your visit to the marvelous City of Cusco finishes!
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