07 DAY CULTURAL TOUR WITH SHORT INCA TRAIL

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Easy

These activities are a walk in the park! You will be able to enjoy the scenery, history, and time with loved ones without exhausting yourself. You do not need any special training, gear, or acclimatization for an “Easy” trek or tour. Terrain will be generally flat and comfortable, highly traveled.

Mild

A step up from “Easy,” these tours require a little more physical effort but are still 100% manageable to anyone with or without adventure experience. Again, you do not need special training, gear, or acclimatization for a “Mild” trek or tour. Terrain is generally flat but with possible gentle up- and downhills.

Moderate

Before embarking on a “Moderate” trek or tour, you should be at least partly acclimatized to the high altitude of the Andes as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. These tours are still very manageable without special training as long as you have spent a day or two at high altitude. Terrain often includes moderate up- and downhill walking with possible rough patches or infrequently-traveled sections.

Challenging

“Challenging” treks or tours require that you are acclimated to the Andes’ high altitude before leaving as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. Spending 2-3 days or more at high altitude will help you on the trek. You will need hiking shoes and possibly trekking poles for these treks. You will need to be in good physical shape, and it’s recommended that you train at least some beforehand, possibly with running, biking, or strenuous workout videos. Terrain is often rough, sometimes with steep up- and downhills and often not highly traveled. Generally, these last several hours.

Formidable

These “Formidable” treks are our most difficult treks and require serious effort but are also the most rewarding. It is necessary to be in pristine physical condition. Again, you must be acclimated to the Andes’ high altitude before leaving as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. Spending 4-5 days or more if possible at high altitude will help you on the trek. You will need hiking shoes and possibly trekking poles for these treks. It is important to train physically before these treks so that your body is prepared for the strenuous nature of the trip. Generally, these last at least an entire day in infrequently-traveled areas with rough paths.

Highlights

07 DAY CULTURAL TOUR WITH SHORT INCA TRAIL

07 day Cultural with Short Inca Trail is ideal for combining culture, nature and living traditions. One of our most popular trips of the region. A unique experience Peru’s number one trek and one of the most well-known and popular treks in the world. Offering 2 days of trekking along original paved Inca pathways,also the Raibown Mountain that is a new atraction in Cusco. Be you young or old, in good shape or bad, the Inca Trail is for everyone and is a must do if you plan to visit Machu Picchu.

Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO CUSCO

Shuttle from the airport to hotel. The rest of the day will be reserved for resting to adapt to the altitude, approximately 3400 meters (11,000 feet).

Alojamiento: Tandapata Boutique *** o similares

 

DAY 2: CHINCHERO MARAS – MORAY

To start the Maras Moray & Chinchero Tour 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.

Lodging: Cusco Tandapata Boutique Hotel*** or similar.

 

DAY 3 y 4: 2 DAY INKA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU

The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the perfect option for those who are short on time or not up to the challenge of the full length Inca Trail. Combining beautiful scenery, diverse flora and fauna, and a visit to the Inca Trail’s most beautiful site Wiñay Wayna, this trek offers you the best sections of the Inca Trail condensed into a single day. With a total distance of  10 km / 6.3 mi, this 2-Day Inca Trail is less challenging and a great choice for families with children.

We offer daily departures on the Inca Trail (except February when the trail is closed for maintenance)

DAY 3: CUSCO – KM 104 – AGUAS CALIENTES

Departing your hotel in Cusco we will travel by bus to the town of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley. From here, a train will take us roughly an hour down the valley to our starting point. Our journey begins at the banks of the Urubamba River and slowly ascends to meet up with the original Inca Trail at the site of Winay Wayna, before continuing on to the the Sun Gate and on to Machu Picchu.

Along the way we will pass through dense cloud forest with its rich variety of plants, flowers, birds, and if we are lucky, some of the local mammals such as Viscachas (rabbit-like Chinchillas) or the rare Spectacled Bear.

After a full day of trekking, we will arrive to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) in the late afternoon for our first views of Machu Picchu stretched over the mountain ridge below. The lighting at this hour of the day makes for amazing pictures. Descending from the Sun Gate, we continue along the beautiful paved stone path to Machu Picchu, but only to the famous “look-out point” above the main part of the citadel. From here we will descend to the town of Aguas Calientes in the valley below for hotel check-in and dinner.

Lodging: Golden Sunrise Machu Picchu Hotel *** or similar.

 

DAY 4: MACHU PICCHU

Today we will rise very early to catch the first bus back up to Machu Picchu and enter the site as it opens. There will be a 2-3 hour guided tour of the site to show you some of the most important locations, altars and constructions, Here you will learn what we know about the history of this amazing place and the people who once lived here. After this, if you have the additional permit to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, this will be the time. In the afternoon, your train will depart Aguas Calientes back to Ollantaytambo where you will carry on by bus to Cusco.

Lodging: Cusco Tandapata Boutique Hotel*** or similar.

 

DAY 5: OLLANTAYTAMBO – PISAQ

Return to “living” Inka town of Ollantaytambo by train and continue by car to Moray, an ancient construction designed for agricultural investigations and studies of different crops in a range of altitudes

As we continue towards the town of Pisaq, we may also observe the construction design of the archaeological site of Pisaq, which many say portrays the profile of a condor. Pisaq is known mainly for two reasons – for its famous craft market and for its archaeological site. Here we will have free time to wander the market and to interact with the many local artisans. The ruins of Pisaq, high above the modern town on the mountain, is one of the most important of the Sacred Valley.

Places that are visited:

  • Ollantaytambo
  • Pisaq
  • Pisaq Market

Lodging: Cusco Tandapata Boutique Hotel *** or similar.

 

DAY 6: FULL DAY RAINBOW MOUNTAIN 

You will need to wake up early to enjoy this natural marvel at its best. Between 3:45 am and 4:15 am, we’ll pick you up directly from your hotel to start our ride to  the south of Cusco through beautiful landscapes of valleys and agricultural communities. First we will drive for around 2 hours to to the town of Cusipata (3,329m / 12,772 ft.).

After breakfast in Chillihuani we will continue our trip by van, following a beautiful way between the mountains, accompanied by our first views of Ausangate, highest peak of Cusco. Along the way we will pass through herds of hundreds of alpacas and llamas and the occasional shepherd or local people moving about their daily activities.

Our ascent will begin in Phuluwasipata and last about 2 hours, bringing us to our final destination and highest point on our Rainbow Mountain trek (or Vinicunca trek), at 5,020 mts / 16,470 ft. Here we will stop to admire and appreciate the outstanding views in all directions and the rare geological formations that appear to be painted with exotic colors by Gods hand. Far below and into the distance are infinite valleys and glaciers as far as one can see. We will stop for about 30 minutes – the perfect amount of time to rest, to have a snack, and immerse yourself in this wild environment before we must begin our descent, roughly an hour and a half hours towards the point where we started the day’s hike in Phuluwasipata, there our transport will be waiting to take us to restaurant in Chillihuani where we enjoy an energizing lunch. We will have time after lunch to visit some of the local households and observe the lifestyle and customs that are still being practiced today since Inca times. Here the native language of Quechua is spoken very well and agriculture is essential for life.

At the end of the day our tour will conclude with an opportunity to meet with local people from the community before making our journey back to Cusco in our private van. We will leave you back at your hotel around 4:30 p.m to 5:30 p.m.

  • Meals: Continental Breakfast / snacks / fresh lunch
  • Lowest Altitude: 3,890 m / 14,189 ft
  • Highest Altitude: 5,020 m / 16,466 ft
  • Distance: 3 km / 1 mile.
  • Travel time: 2 hours ascent; 1,5 hours descent
  • Level of Difficulty: Challenging

Lodging: Cusco Tandapata Boutique Hotel *** or similar.

 

DAY 7: DEPARTURE

Free morning to relax or do any activity, and according your flight details you will be transferred by our staff to the airport for your departure to Lima.

 

What's Included

INCLUDES BEFORE THE INCA TRAIL:

  • 06 night’s accommodations 3 stars hotels.
  • All transportation.
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide.
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+
  • Pick-up from your hotel
  • Train to Km 104
  • Return transportation by train to Ollantaytambo
  • Return transportation by bus to Cusco
  • 6 Breakfasts, 2 Lunch, 1 Dinner. If you have a dietary request (vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free, allergies, etc) please let us know
  • 3 Star Hotel
  • Oxygen bottle
  • First-aid kit
  • Entrance to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • Round-trip Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu

NOT INCLUDED:

  • International and intra flights.
  • Water
  • Meals where are not stated
  • Tips.
  • Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:

  • Original Passport
  • Current University Card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • 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

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