CUSCO / INCA TRAIL 8 DAYS / 7 NIGTHS

Code: TCIT
Duration: 8 Days and 7 Nights
Departures: Every day, all year round

ITINERARY

DAY 01: Flight to Cusco / Awanacancha / Pisaq market & ruins

Check in assistance at Lima^s airport for you fly to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco, your personal guide and private driver will greet you at the airport to head straight to the Urubamba Valley – also known as the ‘Sacred Valley’. We will make a quick stop along the way at Awanacancha,where you will have the opportunity to see the different camelids that live in the Andes such as llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and guanacos. In Pisac experience the sights and sounds of the town’s famous market, with its variety of handcrafts and fresh produce. Continue on to the Pisac ruins. With Inca masonry of superlative quality, the stunning terracing following the contours of the mountain. After lunch check in to your hotel. (L.)

DAY 02: Chinchero / Maras & Moray

Early departure by vehicle from the Sacred Valley to the Cusco High Plateau. In 1 hour aproximatly We will arrive to Chinchero, where the stone is the main protagonist, and is strategically located at the intersection of three roads that connected Cusco, Yucay and Ollantaytambo. At the time of Tahuantinsuyo, it was located on the road that led directly to Machu Picchu. We will have a chance to visit the Inca Ruins, the colonial Church and some weaving centers to witness the making of traditional weaving with natural dyes. we will continue our route to Maras the most enigmatic Inca terraces at the site of Moray, a very unique arqueological site in the region, probably used for agricultural experimentation, consists of several enormous terraced circular depressions. In these natural formations, nature has created environmental conditions or microclimates that in modern time people need create in greenhouses or hothouses to get the same results.Salineras located in the heart of the Sacred Valley. This site consists of a huge number of watered terraces that collect salt by evaporation from the saline waters that gush from an underground stream. Built in a similar way to agricultural terraces seen throughout the Andes, the Salinas have been in use since pre-Columbian times. Visually, the shining, salt-encrusted terraces are extraordinary.From here we will do a small walk for 40 minutes going down and connecting with Urubamba town in the sacred valley, where we will have our lunch. Finally transfer to hotel and breafing to do the inca trail. (B.L.)

DAY 03: Sacred valley / Piscacucho Km. 82 / Wayllabamba

Pick-up from your hotel to Km 82 (Piscacuchol) start of the trek. There we will meet our camp crew, porters who will carry our belongings during our 35-mile hike (45 Km).We will cross a suspension footbridge across the Urubamba River, and begin our trek with a gentle climb, following the course of the river, ascending gradually to Willkaraccay high above the mouth of the Cusichaka stream and across from the Inca town of Llactapata, which was built as a fort because it commands the entrance to the Cusichaka Valley. The terracing system was used during Inca times for growing potatoes,maize and cereals crops that needed irrigation in the dry highlands. After that we will continue to our camp site Wayllabamba. Along the way we will see views of Mount Veronica (5,750 m),giant cactus,native bushes, flowers, bromelias and beautifull landscape. (B.L.D.)

DAY 04: Wayllabamba / Pacaymayu

After good breakfast, we re-start our walk climbing to Ayapata followed by a soft uphill climb through woods and along . Today is our challenge day the biggest climb of our hike but with plenty of time to enjoy with breaks to rest, but it is rewarded with spectacular views up the mountain, partly it is an old Inca Stone steps, surrounding with impressive snow-covered peaks as (Apu Huayanay mountaint in our back at the South). You will take 2-3 hour hike with several stops to catch your breath to reach the lunch place at Llulluchapampa Valley with expectacular views around, along the trail you can see some species of birds, with luck we will see tinny hummingbirds, falcons and black-chested buzzard eagles or perhaps we see the king of the Andean heights the Condor, respected and venerated at Andean towns. We will soon enter into a beautiful cloud forest, or polylepis woodland (Qeuñas and Chachacomos small andean bushes) and the treeless grasslands of the Puna región, habitad of tarucas (deers) and pumas. From here, you can see the highest mountain ahead called Warmiwañusca (Dead woman´s pass 4,200 m.),after lunch we ascent up to the top of the mountain, Warmiwañusca mountain, Dead Woman’s Pass, great group picture before beginning a steep descent into the Pacaymayo Valley,camping area. (B.L.D.)

DAY 05: Pacaymayu / Wiñaywayna

After breakfast. The path climbs very steeply from Pacaymayo camp to reach Runcuracay, a circular structure ruins with a rectangular outbuildings perched on the edge of the valley, an old Inca -tambo where chaskis rested, guard post, lookout point or a ritual building, the site is best viewed from higher up the path. The second pass Runcuracay is another broad saddle, boasting exceptional views, in clear weather, you can look back to Warmiwañuska pass. From here, most of the trail is downhill crossing a short inca. Sayacmarca Inca town is another inca site that we explore. After lunch the hike is exceptionally beautiful because the stone paved highway, we will pass the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, then we descend to Wiñaywayna and Intipata, and enjoy dramatic vistas of the Aobamba Valley.Wiñaywayna the camp site. (B.L.D.)

DAY 06: Wiñaywayna / Machupicchu / Cusco

We will get up very early to get to Inti Punku (the Sun Gate), overlooking Machu Picchu .From Inti Punku (the Sun Gate), a final easy 50-minutes walk downhill steps will bring us first to the upper south sector of Machupicchu (The Guardian houses) The trail ends at a series of terraces, which present classic views of the overall city, after enjoying a panoramic view we must walk straight down to the entrance of Machu Picchu. Few minutes later we will continue on to explore the site, with explanations provided by the trek guide(s). The formal tour visiting the most remarkable temples and neighborhoods. Machupicchu, the lost city of the Incas, where the last emperors, priests and priestesses took refuge and where the empire survived for 40 years after the arrival of the Spaniards. Secret and mysterious citadel from the time of Pachacutec Inca Yupanqui (IX-Inca`s Dinasty) emperor, his presumed constructor.After tour you will have free time to explore by yourself, bus to Aguas Calientes and lunch in the town . Afternoon you will board the train( approx. 1.5hrs) back to Ollantaytambo station ,where a private vehicle will be waiting to transfer you by road to Cusco(approx.2 hrs)to check in to your hotel.B.
Optional: Climb up to waynapicchu mountain or machupicchu mountain. special permits are required and they are issued in limited quantities.

DAY 07: Cusco city tour and nearby ruins

Morning free. In the afternoon will go by car to Saqsayhuaman, a vas fortress built on three platforms, overlooking the city of Cusco. From here we continue to Kenko, a site or worship with a high rock carved into the shape of a Puma, which dominates a series of canals, passageways painted with animals. The road continues uphill to reach Puka-Pucara and Tambomachay, a site with Inca baths. Return to Cusco, and visit the main sites around the Plaza de Armas – the Cathedral, the Inca walls with its 12 angled stone and the Sun Temple of Koricancha inside the Santo Domingo Church. At the end we can leave you in the restaurant or in your hotel. B.

DAY 08: Cusco / Lima / Out

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima – or any other connecting destination. (B.)

Private service: Combined

IncludedNot IncludedWhat to Take
  • Hotels with breakfast
  • Tours mentioned
  • Entrance fees to cathedral, qoricancha, and archaeological
    sites
  • Transfers on arrival and departure
  • Meals detailed on the itinerary
  • Official guides
  • Standard class hotels in Cusco,Sacred Valley
  • Train ticket round trip from ollantaytambo to
    Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer sacred valley hotel / Ollantaytambo station/
    Cusco Hotel
  • Tourist transportation for all the services
  • Personalized assistance
  • Meals in the main cities
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Extras
  • Taxes
  • Tips
  • Laundry services
  • Additional tours
  • Insurance
  • Airline tickets
  • Good Walking Shoes
  • Standard clothing used for travelling outdoor worldwide
  • Light Outdoors Gear
  • Rain protection gear, sun protection and insect repellent
  • Warmer clothes especially in the Months of May – July when temperature can vary
    from hot days to freezing nights. In the altitude, layered clothing systems are best
    for Peru’s diversity