Machu picchu is well preserved ruins and probably the most popular tours in all of south america. inca path peru fixed a program to visit cusco region in 3 days and 2 nights. this classic tour combines a complete guided tour of sacred valley of the incas , machu picchu ruins and finally a tour to historic cusco city. lima cusco machu picchuguided tour offer you the best way to discover a real experience traveling by vistadome train, with private tour guide and van along amazing andean landscape. however asmachu picchubecomes more and more of a popular destination it is important to try and make your arrangements as far in advance as you can.
At 5am pick up from hotel in lima and private transfer to airport and flight to the heart of the incas empire, the flight takes one hour. welcoming reception in the airport of cusco by our official tour guide and then transfer to selected hotel in cusco (included).
free morning to rest and acclimatize to the altitude of cusco (3400m).
around 2pm pick up from the hotel and begin of walking and bus guided tour to the historical center and surrounding ruins of cusco.
the private transport will drop to the main square, the cathedral, the koricancha as known the sun temple, and then to the inca ruin of tambomachay, qenqo, pucapucara and finally to the famous fortress of saqsayhuaman, located on the head of cusco and from where you can get nice view of entire city.
stay at comfortable hotel in cusco.
Today you will feel better with altitude sickness.
at 8am the tour guide will pick up you from hotel and then begin the guided tour to the most popular and richest valley of the incas, this is known as valle sagrado de los incas (sacred valley of the incas).
firstly we drive from cusco to pisac ruin, this located on the slope of huge mountain, completely guided and explanation about the terraces, and fortress and short walk around. at mentioned time descend in out private transport to town of pisac to visit the andean market (every day), good place to get some handicraft from local people.
continue the guide tour we move along the sacred valley to calca and then to urubamba, where we will stop to have lunch at country restaurant.
the next place to visit is ollantaytambo, one of the most important towns in the sacred valley of the inca. this town still preserves the inca houses and lot fortresses are still used by locals.
from the town will be nice climbing to reach the impressive fortresses located almost in the top of the mountain next of the today town.
around 4pm return to our bus and aboard to continue visit the last part of the inca valley. the final place to visit will be the andean market and ruin of chincheros, located on the highlands between the sacred valley and cusco.
around 6pm arrival to the hotel in cusco and end of the service (b – l).
Today is the climax day hiking through the most popular ancient past through highlands tomachu picchu citadel of the incas.
around 5:30am the travelers will be collected for their hotels in downtown – cusco. the travelers will be transferred by private van with enough room for the backpacks, foods and the other personal items. this journey goes through andean village of chinchero,ollantaytambo, urubamba and finally chilca. the tour guide will recommend stopping at ollantaytambo to have country breakfast (no included in the trek price).
after 3 hours of drive the journey ends at kilometer 82, this point is the trail head of the famous inca trail to machu picchu. before to start the hike the hiker will make the check in at the control point, this is the place to check everything before to start the hiking.
the trail takes us to the first inca ruins as huillca raccay, this offer spectacular view of urubamba valley and the cusi chacca river. the trekking includes break stop for pictures and relaxing according your felling.
continue hiking on the left bank of urubamba river the hiker will be awarded with spectacular views of veronica snow capped mountain, this is considerate one of the highest mountain with 5870 meters above sea level on the cordillera urubamba (urubamba mountain range).
after 3 hours of hike you will enjoy the lunch near of llaqtapata ruins (upper town in quechua ancient language) and surrounded by pure nature and amazing views and of course guided visit of the ruins.
3 hours more of uphill and following the ancient path by the left bank of the river (around 7 kilometers) the hikers will arrived to the little village of wayllabamba. this place will be to set up the tents and spend the first night at 3000 meter above the sea level.
lunch, tea time and dinner.
available cold shower in the camp site.
After country breakfast the hikers will be ready to leave the first campsite and start the hike following the ancient path along the left bank of the lluyuchayoc river. today we recommend to hike very slow and take your time because is the hardest day to climb up the pass. after 1 or 2 hours arrival to tres piedras (three stones), there is small bridge to be crossed named wayruro (seed of good fortune) and there the hiker will stop for break and use the toilets facilities before to continue going up through cloud forest.
uphill hike for around 3 or 4 hours depending your physical condition and seeing spectacular views of lluyucha pampa (3680m). continuing going up and following the amazing landscape you will get to the first and highest pass of the inca trail, called in quechua ancient language “abra huarmy wañusca” or ingles means "dead woman's pass" (4200m). the final part of the uphill trail will be the hardest because the altitude start to make effect to the hiker don’t got good acclimatization before to this trek. peru adventure tours recommend expending few nights at 3400 meters above sea level (cusco) before to do this trek and reach this pass.
at the abra huarmy wañusca normally many people reach this altitude and this is the best award for celebrate. some hikers bring some special drink to share with the others taking resting, making pictures and if weather permit seeing spectacular scenes of uphill trail where some people still are making the effort to reach top.
after plenty time on the top we start a nice downhill path to the second campsite at paqaymayo valley (3600 meters above sea level). this valley offer nice views of the mountain range.
breakfast, lunch, tea time and dinner.
available cold shower in the campsite.
Today the hiker will have breakfast at 7am and the start another 15km of hiking passing through archaeological site as runkuracay (pile of ruins). this circular complex is located on the top of a mountain and between the border of the andean climate and the cloud forest. to reach these ruins the trail climbs steeply up the opposite side of the valley towards the second pass. the investigation says this was a place to storage food and contains sleeping areas for the inca army.
after the guide tour of runkuracay we follow the trail leads us to the second larger inca ruins as known sayaqmarca (dominant town or inaccessible town). on the way to the ruins the hikers passing through two small beautiful lagoons next of the trail. after sayaqmarca the trail winds through jungle with orchids and bromeliads, through a tunnel, and along ridge above urubamba river to puyupatamarca (town in the clouds). with stunning views of salkantay, veronika, and pumasillo. puyupatamarca, spreads out on either side of the trail with many agricultural terraces, a long series of baths (one and than a run of five going down the slope), and at the top of the site a large bedrock platform. some archaeologists interpret the site as primarily a place to worship the mountains, but also see important water source association with the springs feeding the baths. puyupatamarca offer spectacular place to have lunch seeing the surrounded mountains.
from puyupatamarca descends via steep staircase to wiñay wayna (forever young) is an inca complex neighbor to machu picchu, on an elevated perch overlooking the urubamba river. the site consists of upper and lower house complexes connected by a staircase and fountain structures, beside the houses lies and area of agricultural terraces. this place was discovered in 1941 by paul fejos.
after exploring the ruins we go to the campsite, there is a little hostel and restaurant where you can purchase some drinks available.
wiñay wayna is the last campsite before to enter to machu picchu.
breakfast, lunch, tea time and dinner.
available hot shower in wiñay wayna old lodge for additional cost ($2.50 usd).
Today hikers will wake up early, plenty breakfast will be served in the campsite and the follow clearly market path to inti punku (sun gate). after one hour the hikers will be awarded with more than 50 steps before to reach the pass of inti punku.
inti punku or sun gate is entering to machu picchu citadel, the complex can be seeing from inti punku. the hikers can arrive here before sunrise and enjoy the first rays of the sun reaching machu puchu.
after cross the stony door the hikers will see the magnificent and beauty of machu picchu, from where hikers will be able to have an impressive panoramic view of the inca citadel. upon arrival to machu picchu, you will have a guided tour of the ruins and monuments, such as the main square, the circular tower, the sacred solar clock, the royal quarters, the temple of the three windows and the cemeteries. free time to stroll around the citadel and then meet the rest of the group to be transferred by bus to aguas calientes for lunch (not included). around 4pm the hiker will aboard the train from aguas calientes town to ollantaytambo (sacred valley) and from there one more of transfer via private van to your selected hotel in cusco.
a day before the tour, you and your fellow trekkers are given a "briefing" session where you receive information and recommendations about the trek schedule, locations of the campsites, park ecological regulations (ugm the government authorities that control access to the inca trail - machu picchu is a natural reserve protected by the peruvian state), equipment and essential materials, clothing, food, security aspects, first aid, transportation and a customer suggestion sheet.
Free morning for personal activities as shopping or optional guide tour around cusco.
at 1pm pick up from hotel and transfer to airport and then flight to lima and end of service (b).
b = american breakfast / l = buffet lunch / d = tourist dinner / s = snack
note: that the trail is closed every february for cleaning.
concern about overuse leading to erosion has led the peruvian government to place a limit on the number of people who may hike this trail per season, and to sharply limit the companies that can provide guides. as a result, advance booking is mandatory.
a maximum of 500 people per day, including guides and porters, are permitted to begin the trail every day. as a result, the high season books out very quickly.
the peruvian government has not announced the increase for inca trail permit price 2009; same is happen with the train company from cusco to machu picchu (www.perurail.com). if any of costs listed above change to increase the cost of the trek permit and the train tickets we will update the new price on our website. we will notify by email all our clients affected by the price increase who will be liable for paying the increased cost of the inca trail trek upon arrival in cusco.
after you fill the booking form and you provide us the copy of your passport we will buy your inca trail trek permit using the same passport number that you send us with your booking form. you must bring this same passport with you to the inca trail (departure date). if your passport number is different from the number on the inca trail trek permit the government authorities don't will accept you to start the trek and also you will not be entitled to a refund.
if you like to stay an extra night in aguas calientes we can arrange any hotels. if you spend an extra night in aguas calientes we will book your train tickets to return to cusco on the following day.
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