8 Day Journey to Machu Picchu through the Inca Trail
- Unleash your adventurous side with a journey to Machu Picchu.
- Journey along original paved Inca pathways, a variety of fascinating Inca sites and the beautiful scenery of the
- Machu Picchu national park.
- Spend four nights in 03 stars hotels and spend a further three nights getting back to nature camping out on the trail.
- Explore the Inca landscape with an experienced, bilingual guide and see Machu Picchu at sunrise (entry included).
- Includes breakfast every day, plus lunch and dinner while camping.
- Personalized services with not more than 12 people per group.
This eight-day guided trek serves as an opportunity to discover Peru’s most famous gem – the iconic Machu Picchu. During the trek, participants will walk along original paved Inca pathways and learn more about the culture and traditions of this ancient civilisation. The variety of fascinating Inca sites and the breathtaking sceneries of Machu Picchu will make this trip an unforgettable experience.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO CUSCO.
Upon your arrival to the airport in Cusco, a Inkayni Peru Tours staff member will be there to greet you and take you to our partner hotel, 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.
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DAY 2: CHINCHERO – MARAS SALT MINES & MORAY
We will pick you up from your hotel around 8 AM and head to Moray. The drive is about 1 hour and 20 minutes and is absolutely beautiful. You will drive through the snow-capped peaks of the Andes, through lush yellow fields of wheat, past some villages.
Finally you will arrive to the fascinating display of terraces in Moray. Moray boasts three amphitheater-like terraces made by the Incas. These terraces, which are carved deep into the earth in a bowl shape, were thought to be used to determine the optimal conditions for growing crops.
When you are done exploring Moray you will head to the salt mines of Maras, which is about 2 miles away. This village is known as a former salt-producing center that is thought to date back all the way to pre-Inca times. There are over 3000 salt pools all carved into the mountain side, being filled daily by a little stream of water.
The last place to visit will be Chinchero. Here we can admire the well-preserved Inka walls of the main square as well as the many altars. We will also visit the beautiful colonial church, unique for its interior artwork and imagery. Moving on we will participate in a wonderful introduction and learning experience of the art of Andean textiles; throughout the afternoon we will become acquainted with the wisdom of Andean weavings as maintained since long before Inka times.
If you want to see something really different from ruins, this is your tour! The area is amazing and spectacularly beautiful. Once you are done with the visit, you will head back to the city in time to enjoy some lunch on your own.
- Places that are visited:
- Textile center in Chinchero.
- Salt Mines in Maras.
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DAYS 3 TO 6: 4 DAY INKA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU
The Inka trail to Machu Picchu, the last dwelling of the Incas, is undoubtedly the most fascinating and spectacular route in the Peruvian Andes, especially in Cusco, the navel of the world in Inca times. This ancestral roadway is not only filled with unique archaelogical sites, but also combines an extensed sacred geography to a beautifully biodiversity flora and fauna. In Inca times this sacred road was reserved only for select and well-prepared individuals on their way to the citadel of Machu Picchu. The 4 Days, 3 Nights 43Km Trail itinerary is as follows:
FIRST DAY: PISCACUCHO TO WAYLLABAMBA (12 KM)
After breakfast we will travel to the starting location of the trail, known as kilometer 82. This first day is relatively easy going and smooth as we move along visiting ruins such as the city of Patallacta. This ruin, constructed at the foot of a mountain, was a very important center that had administrative, economic, and religious functions. We will also visit Willkarakay, a military post located above the site of Patallacta.
After visiting these two sites we will enter the valley of Wayllabamba, walking along the banks of the Cusichaca (“happy bridge”) River, also observing the Inca terraces that belong to the previous archaelogical sites. Continuing our gradual walk upward we will arrive to our first campsite in Wayllabamba.
SECOND DAY: WAYLLABAMBA TO PACAYMAYU (11 KM)
We will begin our day very early to reach at the end of the day the highest point on the Inca trail, the mountain pass of Warmihuañusca (dead woman’s pass).
The trek in the morning is rather physically intense, more so for those who are not accostumed to hikes in this altitude, yet it is alsoone of the most spectacular. The first part of the trail we will walk approximately 1 hour and a half through the cover of a densely vegetated Andean forest until arriving to the campsite of Three Stones, where we will take a short rest.
Continuing on our ascent, the habitat will begin to change as we enter the inter-andean forest full of Unca trees, unique to this area. Two hours later we will arrive to another campsite, Llulluchapampa, where we will take an extended rest with snacks and hot drinks. From here begins the final ascent to the pass of Warmihuañusca at 4,215 meters (13,829 ft), the highest point of the trek, a great opportunity for fantastic panoramic views of the surrounding valleys below, before descending a few hours to our next campsite in Pacaymayu for the night.
THIRD DAY: PACAYMAYU TO WIÑAYHUAYNA (15 KM)
We will begin ascending about 45 minutes to the archaelogical site of Runkurakay, located mid-mountain, that was in ancient times a tambo, or resting place. Another 45 minute ascent will take us to the second highest pass of the Inca trail, Runkurakay (3950 m, 12,959 ft), after which we will descend to the beautiful archaeological site of Sayacmarca, constructed in a strategic location. After a thorough visit we will continue down the beautifully paved road to our lunch site at Chaquicocha.
From here onward to Phuyupatamarca we will enter the high Andean cloud forest, a maravillous display of Nature’s beauty. Here the trail continues a narrow ridge until arriving to the pass of Phuyupatamarka, a natural viewing area where it is possible to see the Sacred Valley and numerous mountain peaks, as well as our final destination of Machu Picchu. From here we will descend to our last campsite, passing a very important archaeological site and temple designated for offerings to the sacred mountain spirits of the area, as well as a large terraced area for agriculture. Slightly beyond is our campsite for the night, Wiñayhuayna.
FOURTH DAY: WIÑAYHUAYNA TO MACHU PICCHU (5 KM)
We will rise very early to complete the final stretch of the Inca Trail, which brings us to Inti Punku or the Sun Gate, the principal entrance of the crystal city of Machu Picchu. The trail here is fairly easy going and after about an hour we will arrive to Inti Punku, an awesome location to observe the citadel of Machu Picchu and, weather permitting, sunrise in the Andes.
Afterwards, a 45 minute descent will take us into the higher area of Machu Picchu, a natural lookout point for the “famous” classic picture and an opportunity for a group picture. Here we will enter as a group to the main entrance for registration before returning to the site for the main tour to learn more about this magical place of beauty and culture left by our ancestors. The tour will last approximately 2 hours, then you will have time to explore the citadel with your tour guide and you can also climb the Huayna Picchu moutain (at an extra cost and have to be booked in advance). In the Afternoon we will descend by bus to the town of Aguas Calientes for lunch, then return to Cusco by train.
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DAY 7: FREE DAY
Free day to explore the old capital of the Inca Empire, the legendary navel of the world. Colonial churches, mutiple parks, squares, and colonial mansions built atop perfectly constructed original Inca walls. Craft shops full of souvenirs of all kinds, weavings, jewelry, stonework and more! And of course, local restaurants with the best of Andean cuisine!.
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DAY 8: CUSCO WALKING TOUR – FLY TO LIMA
Free morning to relax or do Cusco walking tour. The walking tour will visit the following places:
- Plaza de Armas / Main Plaza, which is home to the main cathedral and colonial houses
- Plaza Nazarenas
- San Blas neighborhood
- The twelve angle stone
- San Pedro local market
In the afternoon there will be a transfer to the airport for your departure to Lima.
Includes & Not Includes
INCLUDES BEFORE AND AFTER THE INCA TRAIL
- 04 night’s accommodations in 3 stars hotels.
- All transfers.
- All breakfast included in the accommodations
- All transportation.
- Professional English Speaking Tour Guide.
- All entraces fees.
INCLUDES FOR THE INCA TRAIL:
- Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
- Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+
- Porters to carry cooking and camping equipment
- Pick-up from your hotel
- Transportation by bus to Km82
- Return transportation by train and bus to Cusco
- Water (excluding the first Day of the trek when you need to bring your own)
- 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Afternoon Snacks (happy hour) and 3 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
- Dining tent with tables and chairs
- 4 man tent for every 2 trekkers
- Inflatable sleeping mattress -(you need to carry this unless you hire a personal porter)
- Oxygen bottle
- First aid kit
- Entrance to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
- Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
- International and intra flights.
- Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us).
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain.
- Extra Personal porter to carrying your personal items for 05kg / 11,0231 lb ($ 80)
- Single Supplement (US $250 for accommodation and tent).
- Meals where are not stated
- Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.
- Price is based on two sharing so you’ll need to buy two.
- Valid for travel on selected dates between 03rd Nov 2017 – 28th Dec 2018.
- International and domestic flights are not included.
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu are not included.
- US $250 fee to travel solo (Single suplement)
- No cancellations or changes once your booking is confirmed.
- Subject to availability; please book early to secure your preferred dates.
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:
- Original Passport
- ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
- Walking boots
- Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
- Warm jacket
- Hat and gloves
- Comfortable Trousers
- Sun hat
- Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
- Insect repellant
- Toiletries and hand sanitiser
- Personal medication
- Camera and film
- Torch with spare batteries