Summary of The Day: Upon your arrival to the airport in Cusco, you guide will be there to greet you and take you to our partner lodge, located in the charming historic district of San Blas. The lodge is centrally located and only a few minutes' walk from the Plaza de Armas, the beautiful and bustling town center. This day will be reserved for resting to adapt to the altitude, approximately 3400 meters (11,000 feet).
Meet your expedition group at 5:00pm.
Summary of The Day: Chinchero, the rainbow village, is a picturesque community situated on a high plateau overlooking the snowcapped peaks of the Andes. It is also home of the ruins of the royal palace of Topa Inca Yupanqui.
We'll also visit the beautiful colonial church, unique for its interior artwork and imagery. Next stop is the Textile Museum for an introduction to the art of Andean textiles. Traditional food will be prepared for lunch.
After lunch we'll make our way to the "living" Inca town of Ollantaytambo.
Summary of The Day: After breakfast we'll make our way to the trailhead, commonly referred to as Kilometer 82. The first day is relatively smooth and easygoing. We'll visit the ruins in Patallacta, once a very important administrative, economic, and religious center. We'll also visit Willkarakay, a military post located above the site of Patallacta.
After visiting these two sites we'll enter the valley of Wayllabamba and walk along the banks of the Cusichaca River. Continuing our upward climb, we'll arrive at our first campsite in Wayllabamba.
Summary of The Day: We'll break camp early so that we can reach the highest point on the Inca trail - the mountain pass of Warmihuanusca - by the end of the day.
The trek in the morning is rather intense, more so for those who are not accustomed to hikes at this altitude. On the first leg we'll walk approximately 1.5 hours through densely-vegetated Andean forest, stopping for a short rest at the campsite of Three Stones.
As we climb higher, the climate and ecosystem will begin to change. Two hours later we'll arrive at Llulluchapampa, where we'll take an extended break with snacks and hot drinks. From here we'll begin the final ascent to the pass of Warmihuanusca at 13,829 feet, the highest point on our trek with fantastic panoramas of the surrounding valley below, then descend to our next campsite in Pacaymayo.
Summary of The Day: We'll climb for about 45 minutes to the archaeological site of Runkurakay, which was a tambo, or resting place, in ancient times. Another 45-minute ascent will bring us to the second highest pass of the Inca trail: Runkurakay (12,959 feet). From here we'll begin our descent to the beautiful archaeological site of Sayacmarca.
From here onward to Phuyupatamarca we will be in the high Andean cloud forest. Here the trail continues up a narrow ridge to the pass of Phuyupatamarca, a natural viewing area where it is possible to see the Sacred Valley and numerous mountain peaks, as well as our final destination: Machu Picchu. From here we will descend to our last campsite, passing a very important archaeological site and temple devoted to the sacred mountain spirits.
Summary of The Day: We'll break camp at the crack of dawn to complete the final stretch of the Inca Trail, which will bring us to Inti Punku, or the Sun Gate, the principal entrance to the crystal city of Machu Picchu. The trail here is fairly easy-going and after about an hour we will arrive at Inti Punku, an awesome location to observe the citadel and, weather permitting, the sunrise over the Andes.
Another 45-minute descent will take us to the lookout where all the classic snapshots of Machu Picchu have been taken. Then we'll head down to the main entrance to register as a group before returning to the site to learn more about this magical place of beauty and culture left by our ancestors. The tour will last approximately two hours, after which you will have time to explore the citadel and Huayna Picchu (own expense). In the afternoon we'll take a bus to the town of Aguas Calientes for lunch, then return to Cusco by train.
Summary of The Day: Day 7 is yours to explore the many wonders of the old capital of the Incan Empire, the legendary navel of the world, populated by colonial churches, parks and squares, and colonial mansions built atop perfectly constructed Incan walls.
Summary of The Day: On the optional walking tour we'll visit the following places:
- Plaza de Armas
- Plaza Nazarenas
- San Blas
- Twelve Angle Stone
- San Pedro Market
|USD $912.98||USD $1,212.98|
* Adult: 16 and older|
* Child: 6-15 years of age
* Price for double occupancy applies when two people stay in one standard hotel room.
* Maximum room capacity: 2
* Minimum number of travelers per group: 2
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