AKS 700 INCA TRAIL + CUSCO

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: You will be taken to the airport for your flight to Cusco City after breakfast in your hotel.

At the airport in Cusco, you will be picked up and escorted to your hotel in Cusco. This night, you will be allowed to relax and enjoy the nightlife and restaurants in Cusco City.

Day 2: After breakfast at your hotel in Cusco, you will have the whole morning in your own leisure. Then you will be taken in the early afternoon for a tour to visit some of the amazing archeological sites in and around wonderful city of Cusco. Do not forget to bring your camera on this tour because you would want to bring home shots of the inspiring Cathedral, Q’enko, Tambomachay, Sacsayhuaman and Puka Pukara.

In the late afternoon, you will return to your hotel so you can relax before setting out to eat in one of the restaurants in Cusco. There are many markets and high end stores selling alpaca wool sweaters all around the city if you are not prepared for cooler weather. Enjoy the rest of the evening as you spend it with the hospitality of Cusco local and their cuisine.

Day 3: Start the day with Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

An escort will pick you up from the hotel and take you to a two-hour drive through the beautiful Sacred Valley going to Ollantaytambo where a complimentary breakfast can be enjoyed.

When you arrive at Ollantaytambo, you will get food and equipment and meet with the rest of the trek team as well. And then right after, you will head on to Piscacucho (82km) by bus where the journey begins.

Upon crossing the Piscacucho over the Urubamba River, you will begin the hiking. You would have to walk on flat landscape along the river’s shore up to a small municipality of Miskay where you will take a break. Going on a higher path unto a high plateau, you will forget your back pains and sweats upon seeing the amazing sceneries of the Inca ruins of Patallacta.

Patallacta is known as the Village in the Heights. This archaeological complex is located at the mountain foot on river Cusicancha’s left bank. Many terraced field can be seen here and might have stood to feed other tambos (traveler’s rest stations) and other settlements along the Inca Path. The Inca Altar called Pulpituyoc can be found in numerous places in the urban sector.

After your lunch you will continue the trek for another two hours, until you reach the first campsite of Wayllabamba. This highlight of the day includes the breathtaking view of the Vilcanota ridge on the other side of the Urumbamba River and the snow-covered Mount Veronica.

You will continue trekking for another two hours right after your lunch until you get to the first campsite of Wayllabamba. On the other end of the snow-capped Mount Veronica and Urumbamba River is a breathtaking scene of the Vilcanota ridge.

* Hike Distance: 12km (7.5 miles)

* Minimum altitude: 2700 meters

* Maximum altitude: 3000 meters

* Approximate time: five to six hours

* Gradient: Moderate

Day 4: Inca Trail: Wayllabamba to Pacaymayo

Your second day of tour is for the most laborious and highest part of the Inca Journey. Walking is difficult because of the steep path to the Dead Woman’s Pass or Abra de Warmiwañusca at 4,200 meters (16,000 feet approx)

On the trail, you would appreciate the sudden change in the surrounding as you walk through the moderate temperatures of the valleys to the dry and cold high plains. You can consider this as the most challenging portion of your journey. So it is advisable that you do not rush.

There is a campsite called Llulluchapampa before the pass in a plain. It was bordered by two streams of clear water. A public bathroom is also available there. You can find great resting area as well before the last stretch over the pass of Warmiwañusca. The pass can sometimes be extremely windy and cold. A natural valley then leads us to our campsite.

There are lots of birds along the way, such as hummingbirds and sparrows, and Andean Bears as well. Andean bears are often called the Spectacled Bear due to its gold circular fur on it eyes. This creature considers the Andea cloud as its forest home.

Your day ends at the campsite in Pacaymayo Valley. You will find a wide variety of dinner to choose from after a hard and challenging day on the trail.

* Hike Distance: 9 km (5.6 miles)

* Minimum altitude: 3000 meters

* Maximum altitude: 4200 meters

* Approximate time: 6 to 7 hours

* Gradient: Challenging

Day 5: Inca Trail: Pacaymayo to Wiñayhuayna

Your day begins with a trek along a magnificent and archeologically-rich trail after breakfast. A steep climb will lead you the Runkurakay Pass. You will pass the ruins of Runkurakay which is an Inca tambo, or locally known as a lodge of semi-circular design that gives you the scene of Pacaymayo Valley or the Hidden River below.

Another steep climb up Incan steps leads to the next pass, which offers spectacular views of the mountain ranges of Vilcabamba and Pumasillo. You will continue on to the lakes of Yanacocha and Sayacmarca.

After the next pass, spectacular Vilcabamba and Pumasillo mountain range will greet you. You will then head on to Yanacocha and Sayacmarca lakes.

Sayacmarca, often being said to be an Inaccessible Town, is an magnificent complex of ruins on a cliff that offers a panoramic view of the snow-capped Pumasillo and the valley of Aobamba. The ruins are made up of labyrinth of narrow corridors, most with exits and others without. You can only get in to the ruins by a steep yet solid stone staircase engraved into the mountainside. A carpet of exotic plants like lichens and orchids can be found on an abyss on one side.

You will pass a just recently discovered archaeological place known as Conchamarca. The path then climbs up and you will find yourself before a 20-meter tunnel with steps made out of rock.

As we continue our journey, we would get to the third and final mountain pass at Abra de Phuyupatamarca. The path then rolls download that leads to the Towns in the Cloud which is an archaeological site as well. This place is considered to be one of the most unique towns on your Inca journey .

Before sundown, you head on to Wiñaywayna ruins or Forever Young where you will camp for your last night. The ruins are made up of Incan agricultural terraces and are believed to have been a center where water was worshipped. There are lovely pink orchids as well.

The last night’s campsite has a plain restaurant and hot bath. It is also expected that cold beers will be served during night parties as these gatherings give you time to say goodbye to your team who will leave first thing in the morning on the train for Cusco. For you to see the wonderful sunrise, do not party too hard as sun shines as early as 4am. Keep in mind that it is a custom to create a tip pool. This will be distributed to the team, the cook, tourist guide, porters. A tip from $10 to $40 per individual is acceptable although tips are voluntary. Do not hesitate to give according to the service you received.

* Hike Distance: 15 km (9.3 miles)

* Minimum altitude: 2700 meters

* Maximum altitude: 3950 meters

* Approximate time: 8 to 9 hours

* Gradient: Moderate

Day 6: Arrival at the Sun Gate and Machu Picchu

After your early breakfast at 4:30am, you will set off for the last leg of your trail by five in the morning for you to get to the Sun Gate entrance to Machu Picchu or Inti Punko by 6am..

A short march will take you through a slender trail. As you approach the Sun Gate before the sun rises, the fog will clear out and sunlight will shine through Machu Picchu. The view itself inspired people and you would have probably imagined how the Incas felt after their expedition to this huge temple.

A two-hour guided tour will be conducted downhill. You would appreciate the sophisticated stonework carved onto the amazing Andean scenery.  Huge mortarless stones were dragged manually by hands to the mountaintop many decades ago yet their foundations remain intact. Three zones of this city can be explored: the agricultural, adjacent, and urban zones. Some of the marvelous sights you will see are Principal Bath, the Intihuatana, and the Temple of the Sun.

After the tour, you can choose to go around and take some pictures. While many use the Machu Picchu’s spiritual ambience to meditate and say their prayers to Pachamama for the wonderful trek experience of the Inca Trail, others take this opportunities to capture photos for remembrance.

An extra hike to the Temple of the Moon or Huayna Picchu is included in your Machu Picchu entrance ticket and it is for four hours. The additional trek is said to be for the tough hikers and this must be done carefully. Yet the chance to witness Machu Picchu from a different angle excites the more adventurous and experienced visitors. Numbers are limited to 400 visitors per day. See our FAQs below for information.

At noon, you will take the train back to Cusco. Though you still have the chance to stay for an additional night in Aguas Calientes, the town at Machu Picchu’s foot.

Day 7: Transfer to Airport / Bus Station

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Lima after breakfast at your Cusco Hotel.


Prices per PERSON in US DOLLARS
   
AKS 700 INCA TRAIL + CUSCO $ 1009

Includes:
» All hotel nights Hotels based on US standards
» All tours stated in the itinerary with English-speaking guides
» Ground transportation and entrance fees
» Breakfast at all hotels
» Trains: Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Not Included
» Airfare
» Lunches or dinner (unless otherwise specified)
» Airport taxes


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