Start: Lima, Peru Finish: Cuzco, Peru
Tour code: 55851
Group size: 1 - 18
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A spectacularly rich experience in the Andean Mountains awaits you! Travel from Lima to Cuzco and prepare to immerse yourself in the Inca culture as you hike 43 kilometres through the heart of the beautiful Andes, to the Inca Capital of Machu Picchu
Meals: No Meals
Lima Airport PickupWelcome to Lima, the City of Kings. Upon arrival to the airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. Please look for your driver at the airport, he will be holding a sign with your name on it. Once you have checked into the hotel, the remainder of your first day will be free. While Peru’s capital officially began life in 1535, when Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro founded the city on the Day of the Three Kings, settlements had been scattered through the valley since before the Incas. The city was built on top of an existing palace and temples that belonged to the local chief who had little choice but to move on. Lima was in its prime during the Spanish colonial days and much of the city’s attraction now lies in its well-preserved historical center.
Location: Lima, Cusco
Free morning and transfer to Cusco (B)Enjoy the morning free to explore the city on your own. In the afternoon, our driver will pick you up from your hotel’s foyer and will transfer you to the airport to take your flight towards the imperial city of Cusco - the historic heartland and former capital of the Incan Empire. Our driver will welcome you at the airport and will transfer you to your hotel. Cusco is a favorite destination of many visitors to Peru. As you wander the streets and side alleys of the city you will witness the perfect tapering Inca stonework that provided the foundations for many of Cusco’s colonial and modern buildings. The city itself is the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city and was the home of the Inca Empire for two centuries before the Spanish built their first capital here. Today, Cusco is a fascinating combination of both cultures. Take the time to acclimatize to the city’s 3450-metre high (11,150 ft) altitude and explore the many Baroque churches and ancient temples that dot the city.
Free Day in Cusco (B)Enjoy a free day in Cusco to explore the city on your own. We recommend visiting some of Cusco’s main attractions, as well as its lesser-known sights such as the Qoricancha temple, San Pedro market, the main square, the 12 Angled Stone, Regocijo Square and San Blas Square. In the afternoon, you will have a mandatory briefing on your trek. At this meeting, you will receive detailed information on the route, a list of what to bring, confirm your pick-up service and be able to ask questions.
Location: Cusco, Wayllabamba Camp
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Ollantaytambo and trek to Wayllabamba Camp (L/D)Accommodation pick-up is between 05:00-06:00hrs. Please make all of the necessary preparations one day prior to the trek. You will be taken by bus to the town of Ollantaytambo, where you will have an hour to eat breakfast on your own and purchase last-minute snacks, water and walking sticks. Then you will hop back on the bus to Piscacucho (KM 82) where the famous Inca Trail journey will begin. Bring your original passport, student card (if applicable) for the first Inca Trail checkpoint. Your guide will have your tickets for you. Hike along rolling hills in the Vilcanota River Valley passing by several small archaeological sites along the way. Lunch will be prepared half-way and you will have time to relax before reaching Wayllabamba camp (2,980m).Trekking: 10 kilometers / 6 hoursDifficulty: Moderate trek along a rolling path gradually ascending from Piscacucho KM 82 (2,570m) through the Urubamba river valley for 10 KM to reach Wayllabamba Camp (2,980m). NOTE: You will have a guide during the trek and on the Machu Picchu tour. However, during your bus and train transfers you will not be accompanied by a guide.
Location: Wayllabamba Camp, Pacaymayo Valley Campsite
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Trek via Dead Woman's Pass (B/L/D)After an early breakfast around 6:00hrs you will start off on the most challenging day along the trail, with a vertical hike of 6 km (approx. 5 hours) to reach Dead Woman's Pass at 4,215m followed by a 3 km hike down stone steps to reach Pacaymayo camp at 3,600m (approx. 2 hours). Take your time and rest as much as you need, as you will ascend more than 1,200 meters over the course of the morning. Just after you cross Dead Woman's Pass you will be rewarded with spectacular views of nearby snow-capped mountain peaks and roaring waterfalls. Stroll slowly down to Pacaymayo Camp (3,600m) to enjoy the scenery. Arrive in time for lunch and a well-deserved nap. Then you will have the rest of the afternoon to enjoy the camp before dinner and an early bedtime.Trekking: 10 kilometers / 7 hours.Difficulty: Difficult trekking day starting at Wayllabamba Camp (2,980m) with a constant and demanding ascent of 6.4 KM to Dead Woman’s Pass (4,215m), an elevation gain of 1,200 vertical meters. Descend another 2.4 KM along a stone staircase to reach Pacaymayo Camp (3,600m), a decrease in elevation of 800 vertical meters.
Location: Pacaymayo Valley Campsite, Winay Wayna
Trek via Runquracay Pass (3,950m) (B/L/D)Start with a one-hour hike uphill to visit the Pacaymayo archaeological site. Continue one hour to Runquracay Pass (3,950m) where you can summit the mountain for incredible views of surrounding peaks. Visit 2 more archaeological sites called Sayacmarca & Phuyupatamarca with your guide and have lunch along the way. By late afternoon you will reach Wiñayhuayna High Jungle camp (2,650m) set above a river valley in a high jungle climate. After dinner, say a big THANK YOU to your porters and guides.Trekking: 15 kilometers / 9 hoursDifficulty: Moderate ups and downs along ancient Inca stairways for 15 KM from Pacaymayo Camp (3,600m) crossing over Runquracay Pass (3,950m) ending at Wiñayhuayna High Jungle Camp (2,650m) with breaks at scenic archaeological sites along the way
Location: Winay Wayna, Cusco
Trek to Sun Gate and Explore Machu Picchu (B)Wake up between 3:30 and 4:30hrs and have breakfast. Get on the trail early and head to the Wiñaywayna checkpoint, joining the lineup to wait for the gate to open at 5:30 am. Once the gate opens, hike about an hour to reach the Sun Gate. We'll keep our fingers crossed for a clear day! Catch the first glimpses of light over the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu, a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. Then continue down the final length of the trail for 40 minutes to reach the Machu Picchu archaeological complex.Trekking: 7 kilometers / 2 hoursDifficulty: Follow an easy, flat and narrow 7 KM path from Wiñayhuayna High Jungle Camp (2,650m) to the Sun Gate (2,720m) and finally descend into the archaeological site of Machu Picchu (2,400m)Visit this magical site on a 2-hour guided tour and learn about the history of this incredible Inca citadel. Afterwards, you will have free time to explore on your own and take pictures at your leisure. If you're feeling adventurous, take an optional trek to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (must be booked in advance). Return to Aguas Calientes from where you will catch a train to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo, you will take a bus back to Cusco, arriving back by 8:30pm. You will be dropped off late in the day at the Plaza San Francisco. Please make your own way back to the accommodation of your choice. Optional Activities: Choose to take an optional hike up the steep Huayna Picchu peak or Machu Picchu Mountain. Tickets must be purchased at least 2 weeks in advance and are subject to availability. Please send us an email if you are interested.
Drop-off at Cuzco Airport (B)At the appropriate time, our driver will pick you up at the hotel’s foyer and will transfer you to the airport. Safe travels onwards!
-Transport as per itinerary
-Domestic flight from Lima to Cuzco
-Accommodation pick-up in Cuzco to start the trek
-Regular bus service Cusco - KM 82
-Regular bus ticket Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes
-Regular train ticket Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo
-Regular bus ticket Ollantaytambo - Cusco
-7N in budget accommodation and camps
-1N in Lima
-3N in Cuzco
-3N in shared tent for 2 people
-Entrance fees and support during trek
-Inca Trail and Machu Picchu entrance fees
-Porters and cook to carry all shared camping equipment
-Emergency oxygen bottle
-First aid kit
6 Breakfast(s), 3 Lunch(es), 3 Dinner(s),
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