Peru

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Level

Moderate/Challenging

Duration

9 days

Route

Lima- Cusco- Ayapata- Warmiwañusca Pass – Chaquicocha- Wiñaywayna – Sun gate – Machu Picchu- Aguas Calientes- Cusco- Lima

Time to travel

The months from May to October are considered best for this trip

Historic Machu Picchu is a 15th-century Incan site that sits at 7,970 feet (2,430 meters) above sea level on the eastern slope of the Andes. Machu Picchu was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and in 2007, it was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. You can see why with it’s excellent architecture and breathtaking mountain views. The site has been carefully preserved and maintains it’s popularity as one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites in the world- a must see for every avid traveller and history buff.

Our adventure will take you on a once in a lifetime experience of hiking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, surrounded by mysterious mountains and magical scenery.

Facts:

  • Peru is located on South America’s central Pacific coast. The world’s twentieth-largest nation, Peru is bordered on the north by Ecuador and Colombia, on the east by Brazil, on the southeast by Bolivia, on the south by Chile, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean.
  • Lima is the capital and largest city of Peru. It was founded by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro on January 18, 1535 as la Ciudad de los Reyes, or “the City of Kings.
  • Cusco sits over 11,000 feet above sea level in the heart of the Andes. This Peruvian city is widely considered the archaeological capital of the Americas thanks to its incredible mix of colonial and ancient Incan architecture. Once the center of the Inca Empire, Cuzco remains a mecca of sorts for adventure-minded travelers touring South America. Cuzco’s stunning mountain setting, traditional handicrafts and vibrant festivals make it an absolutely essential destination for tourists visiting Peru.
  • Machu Picchu is a 15th-century Incan site located on a ridge between the Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountains in Peru. It sits 7,970 feet (2,430 meters) above sea level on the eastern slope of the Andes and overlooks the Urubamba River hundreds of feet below. The site’s excellent preservation, the quality of its architecture, and the breathtaking mountain vista it occupies has made Machu Picchu one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world today. The site covers 80,000 acres (32,500 hectares). Terraced fields on the edge of the site were once used for growing crops, likely maize and potatoes.

ITINERARY

Day 01: Lima

Upon arrival at Lima airport, you will be welcomed by a local Rahhalah guide and driven to your hotel in Miraflores.

Overnight in Lima at Casa Andina Classic Miraflores Centro – Traditional Room or similar.

*Lima city is located at an altitude of 80 meters (262 ft) above sea level.

Day 02: Lima Private city Tour/ Fly to Cusco (B)

We will start our morning with a drive to the city of the Kings, home to beautiful monuments such as the Colonial Palaces, Colonial houses adorned with Moorish-style balconies, Plaza San Martin, Plaza de Armas, the baroque cathedral, Palacio de Gobierno (Governors Palace), the Archbishop’s Palace with its big carved wooden balconies, and the convent of San Francisco which houses the largest collection of religious art in the Americas. Underneath the convent lie extensive catacombs that served as the cemetery during the colonial period.

Flight Lima – Cusco

After the city tour, we will head to Lima airport to for a flight to Cusco

Upon arrival at Cusco airport, your guide will drop you to your hotel located in the centre of Cusco.

Enjoy a free afternoon to acclimatise and adjust to the altitude.

In the evening, we will have our pre-trek departure briefing with our Inca trail guide.

Overnight in Cusco at Casa Andina Classic Koricancha – Traditional Room

Meals included: Breakfast

*Cusco city is located at an altitude of 3400 meters (11,155 ft) above sea level.

Day 03: Cusco private City Tour (B)

This morning, we will enjoy some free time to explore Cusco at your leisure.

In the afternoon, your private driver and guide will pick you up from your hotel to show you around the beautiful Inca city of Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy historical sites such as the most beautiful pre-Columbian buildings around the city and the wonderful Inca Ruins on the outskirts.

Tour highlights: Koricancha temple, Cusco Cathedral, Sacsayhuaman, Q’enko, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara.

Overnight in Cusco at Casa Andina Classic Koricancha – Traditional Room or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 04: Cusco - Km 82 – Ayapata (Average hiking time: eight hours) (B, L, D)

After an early breakfast, we will drive through Sacred Valley to the trailhead at Km 82, the starting point of the Inca Trail where our crew of Quechua Porters will be waiting for us to set off on our exciting adventure!

Our first day starts with crossing the Urubamba River, we pass through eucalyptus groves and giant corn fields while enjoying amazing views of the Vilcanota mountain range and the snow-capped peak of Veronica. After hiking for some time, we will reach a huge Inca site called Llaqtapata, a complex of agricultural terraces. We will continue to make our way to the small valley of Hatunchaca where a delicious lunch will be waiting for us. After lunch, we continue hiking to Ayapata, our campsite for the night, passing by the community of Huayllabamba.

Overnight in Four-season Tents

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 05: Ayapata - Warmiwañusca Pass – Chaquicocha (Average hiking time: ten hours) (B, L, D)

Our second day starts with a consistent breakfast and a beautiful Andean dawn! Today we must reach the highest point of our trek, Warmiwañusca pass situated at 4,200 meters (13,780 feet) above sea level.

As soon as we start hiking through dense forest the trail starts to climb slowly, we stop at Llulluchapampa, the guide tells us the story of this place. The trail climbs steeply, after some hours of hard work, we reach the highest point of the Inca trail, Warmiwañusca Pass (The dead Woman Pass) situated at an altitude of 4,200 meters (13,776 feet) above sea level. Despite the strong cold winds, you will enjoy having a short break at the summit and the stunning views of peaks and valleys. We start descending gradually through a rock trail to reach the valley of Pacaymayo, where our cook has our lunch ready.

After lunch we head to Runkurakay ruins, a construction to rest during Inca times used by Incan Couriers. The trail continues to climb toward Runkurakay pass situated at 3,850 meters (12,630 feet) above sea level, from the summit, we have spectacular views of the snow peaks of Pumasillo range; on the way to our next campsite we pass by the Inca Complex of Sayaqmarka, Inca houses with terraces and aqueducts, finally we reach our camp site in Chaquicocha, we will have our tents already set up by our Quechua Porters.

Overnight in Four-season Tents

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 06: Chaquicocha - Wiñaywayna (Average hiking time: six hours) (B, L, D)

After breakfast, we head to Wiñaywayna, the most spectacular archaeological complex of the entire Inca Trail. On the way we pass through a green tunnel formed by the forest and enjoy the beautiful orchids; definitely, it is so impressive how the Incas built these roads along the mountains and rainforest. After some hike, we visit one of the most impressive Incas’ sites, the archaeological center of Phuyupatamarka situated at 3,572 meters (11,722 feet) above the sea level. Finally, we camp near Wiñaywayna situated at 2,691 meters above the sea level (8,829 feet).

Overnight in Four-season Tents

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 07: Wiñaywayna - Sun gate - Machu Picchu(B, L)

We’re going to have an early start on this day to make our way to Inti Punku (The Sun Gate) but it will be worth it because we will be rewarded with the most beautiful view of Machu Picchu. Trust us, this is going to be one of those moments and views that you will remember for the rest of your life! Reaching the top of Machu Picchu if definitely an experience of a life time.

Average hiking time: three hours

When we reach Machu Picchu, we will have a guided tour and learn about the history of this site, who lived here, how it was discovered in modern times and why the Spaniards never found it. You will also have some free time to really explore this site on your own, creating your own memories and stories to take back home with you.

12:30 p.m. Buffet lunch at Tinkuy Restaurant located at the Sanctuary Lodge.

P.m. Bus journey to Aguas Calientes

Overnight in Aguas Calientes at Killa Inn – Standard Room or similar

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

*Machu Picchu is located at an altitude of 2400 meters (7,874 ft) above sea level

Day 08: Aguas Calientes-Cusco (B, L)

07:00 am: climb Huayana Picchu Mountain.

13:00 Lunch in Aguas Calientes.

Afternoon train journey on board the Vista dome train from Machu Picchu to Cusco.

Upon arrival at Cusco train station, you will be driven to your hotel.

Overnight in Cusco at Casa Andina Classic Koricancha – Traditional Room

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

*Machu Picchu is located at an altitude of 2400 meters (7,874 ft) above sea level.

Day 09: Flight Cusco – Lima (B)

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the airport to board your morning flight to Lima.

You will arrive at Lima airport early for check-in your international flight.

Meals included: Breakfast

2,740 USD

per person in a group of min 6.

Trip Dates

23rd July 2016

NOTES

  • This cost is based on Double Occupancy. Single Supplement Applies. Single supplement cost is 370 USD per person.
  • This cost is valid till 15th December, 2016.
  • Options with deluxe hotels available.
  • Full payment should be made 30 days prior to departure date.
  • All services stipulated above are subject to availability at the time of booking / reservation. All prices are subject to change.
  • The itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, road condition and operating conditions.

THIS INCLUDES

  • English-speaking tour guides
  • Five nights of accommodation at selected hotels with breakfasts and three nights in four season Tents (The North Face VE25).
  • Four day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu including: Professional English speaking guide, pre-departure information meeting, four-season tents, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, duffel bag, first aid kit, oxygen tank, cooking equipment, transfers, bus ticket Machu Picchu-Aguas Calientes, Vista dome train ticket Aguas Calientes-Cusco, cook, full porter support (1 Personal Porter for every 2 hikers), Inca trail and Machu Picchu entrance fees.
  • Wayna Picchu entrance fee and bus tickets
  • Private half day guided tour of Cusco and the four nearby Inca ruins (Guide, entrance fee and transport).
  • Private half day guided tour of Lima city (Guide, entrance fee, and transport).
  • Plane tickets Lima – Cusco – Lima
  • All airport/train station-Hotel transfers in Lima and Cusco.

THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • International airfare
  • Airport taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Single Supplement cost
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses

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Published: December 13, 2015