Photo: Silvio Pereira Costa, Brazil
Photo: Alex, United Kingdom
Photo: Alexander Yates, USA
Photo: Rob Culp, USA
DAY 1: SACRED VALLEY AND “CAMP KM. 82”
At 7:30 a.m. in the morning we’ll pick you by private vehicle from your hotel for a comprehensive Sacred Valley tour the day before you enter the Inca Trail. This is the natural and most efficient way to get close to the trail head while getting acclimatized and familiar with Inca trails. We will drive over the “Ccorao” pass above Cusco to descend on a winding road to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Here we will hike on Inca trails trough the magnificent Inca citadel of PISAC considered as one of the outstanding Inca remains because of the quality of the stone work and breathtaking location on a mountain saddle overlooking the Sacred Valley. After a 1 1/2hour visit and hike we will drive down the mountain for a short visit to the colonial town of the same name with a quick stop at their famous Indian handicraft market. Afterwards we will drive following the Urubamba River downstream to Urubamba city; here we will visit the local food market and have lunch at a local restaurant nearby. Afterwards we’ll visit Ollantaytambo, considered the most authentic living Inca town. This town has been continuously inhabited since Inca times until the present, conserving its original urban layout and stone walled homes. A guided walking tour through the extensive ruins and cobblestone paved narrow streets will make you feel like you are travelling back in time. Our visit will end at our hotel located in town. a cozy wonderful place to relax and prepare for the challenge ahead. L, Diner on your own.
Day 2: OLLANTAYTAMBO TO SILQUE AND TREK TO ANCASHCOCHA
We pick you up early from your hotel in Ollantaytambo and transfer you to Chillca where we meet our crew and begin our hike up towards the Silque Canyon. We pack our animals and begin to ascend by way of narrow canyon following a stream that will gradually get smaller; we can observe tall granite walls on the sides of the canyon populated by a large variety of orchids and bromeliads, filling the environment with magnificent colours when in bloom. We continue by crossing the stream several times until we reach higher lands and find our camp set up near the village and lake of “Ancashcocha” , a warm cup of tea is waiting for us at the dinning tent and later a delicious dinner before we settle for the night. Beautiful views of the “Veronica” mountain are seen behind us most of the way. B, L, D.
Total distance: 10 km (6,30 miles)
Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,800 m (9,840 ft)
Campsite altitude: 3,800 m (9,840 ft)
Day 3: TREK ANCASHCOCHA TO PAUCARCANCHA
After a hearty breakfast we are ready for this challenging day. Webeginascending towards the high Huayllanay Pass (4,550 meters). At first we take a steep zigzag trail up to where we find an original cobblestone paved Inca trail that will take us smoothly towards the high pass. Not far we can spot the beautiful waterfall that feeds into the Ancashcocha glacier lake. The wild “Huallata” or Andean Geese and Black Ibis are often spotted in this high area. We will enjoy a picnic lunch in the midst of this high mountain scenery; later as we begin descending from the pass we will enjoy beautiful views of high mountains, we will pass by the ruins of Incarajay and further down we find small settlements scarcely populated by native peasants that mark our way to the village of Q’esqa. Further along we follow a long descending trail into greener vegetation while views of the classic Inca trail to Machu Picchuappear in the distance. Later in the afternoon, we’ll reach our campsite next to the beautiful Inca remains of Paucarcancha: A unique Inca settlement restored to original condition that probably served as a “Tambo” or rest point and also a control point between two canyons that lead the way to the main trail to Machu Picchu. Views of the nearby Glacier, snow peaks and well preserved Inca remains are the highlight of this day during our. B, L, D.
Total distance: 12 km (6,84 miles)
Estimated walking time: 6-8 hours
Maximum altitude point: 4,400 m (13,776 ft)
Campsite altitude: 3,400 m (11,480 ft)
Day 4:TREK PAUCARCANCHA TO APU VERONICA CAMP KM. 82
After breakfast we begin to descend on a well-defined trail down a narrow canyon until we reach the Hatunchaca bridge near the village of Huayllabamba where we meet the Classic Inca Trail and the numerous hikers that will be going the opposite direction from us. We continue to hike down a wide trail until we reach a lookout point to observe the Llactapata archaeological complex: this large Inca remain was restored a few years ago. Further along as we continue descending we’ll find scattered peasant’s homes along the trail until we reach the Valley floor next to the Urubamba River. When we reach the valley we continue upriver to our private campsite at Km. 82. Located right in front of the spectacular Veronica Glacier a warm cup of tea and cookies will be waiting for us at the dining room. Here we camp the night in the comfort of roomy tents, indoor plumbing toilets, hot showers and a firewood sauna for your enjoyment. B, L, D.
Total distance: 12 km (6,84 miles)
Estimated walking time: 6 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,400 m (13,776 ft)
Campsite altitude: 2,700 m (12,033 ft)
Day 5: HIKE KM 104 TO MACHU PICCHU
Note: This day you only take a daypack with you on the train and hike. The rest of your luggage will be taken to Ollantaytambo and will be picked up when you go by on your way to Cusco.
After a very early breakfast, a short hike will take us to the local Train Station to take an early train and travel to Km. 104. Here we leave the train, cross the Urubamba River at the hanging bridge built on the foundations of an old Inca bridge. On the other side of the river, we register at the checkpoint and then visit the “Chachabamba” Inca remains: A well-preserved Inca site next to the river. Afterwards, we begin our ascent following a steep original Inca trail to the beautiful Inca ruins of "Wiñay Wayna" or Forever Young. Masterful Inca engineering is today’s highlight along the trail, we will visit this spectacular Inca remains that houses a series of Inca baths that also helps pressurize water for an efficient irrigation of the numerous agricultural terraces that produced food for its inhabitants and for nearby Machu Picchu. A several miles long stone channel also brought water from Wiñay Wayna to Machu Picchu. We will have a picnic lunch nearby and later continue on the Inca trail until we reach "Inti Punku" or Gate to the sun. At this point, we are overwhelmed with the first view of the spectacular city of Machu Picchu below us. We take a little time for photos and to catch our breath to later begin a quick descent along the wide royal Inca road and we enter the mysterious citadel for an in depth tour of the site and to spend some time wandering and wondering in the midst of its eternal beauty. In the evening, you will take the bus down to the town of Aguas Calientes, have time for an early dinner on your own and board the train that will take you back to Ollantaytambo and/or Cusco.
Total distance: 8 km (5 miles)
Estimated walking time: 5 hours
Maximum altitude point: 2,700 m (11,772 ft)
Machupicchu altitude: 2,400 m (7,872 ft)
• Sacred Valley tour with lunch.
• Transfer from Cusco/Ollantaytambo to trailhead.
• RT Train, Permits/entrance fee to the Inca trail and Machu Picchu.
• Accommodations in Tourist class hotel in Ollantaytambo. Top quality tents, 2 people in each 4 man tent. Both based on double occupancy.
• 4 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 3 Dinners (mentioned as B, L, D at the end of each day in the itinerary.)
• Service of local official bilinguals guides.
• Service of camp staff: Cook, assistants, porters. Horses will carry your personal belongings in a duffle bag or pack up to 10 Kg. each person.
• All group camping and cooking equipment.
• Dining tent: With tables and tablecloth, chairs plus all silverware.
• Toilet tent with biodegradable chemical toilet.
Price Does Not Include:
• Entrance tickets to sites in the Sacred Valley.
• Optional tipping to staff.
• Trip member must provide sleeping bag.
INCA TRAIL DISCOUNTS: All documents needed to obtain discounts must be scanned (clean enlarged copy please) and emailed to us before we purchase permits (at the time of booking) otherwise you will not be able to obtain the discount.
• Student under 25 years old: 50% of entrance to the Inca trail. Students require a valid International Student Identity “ISIC” card and must be under 25 years old (Please note that Youth Travel Cards are not valid).
• Youth and minor’s discount from 8 to 15 years old: 50% of entrance to the Inca trail. Scanned valid Passport copy required.
• Children up to 7 years old: Enter the Inca trail for FREE. Passport copy required.
*RETURN TRAIN FROM MACHU PICCHU TO CUSCO.
At present there are a variety of train departure times and prices. We will reserve what we consider to be the best available time option.
OPTIONS TO VISIT MACHU PICCHU ON DAY 6:
Please Note: Either of these options must be requested before the trip begins in order to make the previous necessary arrangements.
THE INDEPENDENT VISIT TO MACHU PICCHU OPTION
Designed for people who want to spend some time on their own and enjoy the solitude/silence at this mystical site.
We buy your bus ticket to go up and down to the ruins and the entrance to Machu Picchu. You travel on your own.
To hike up Wayna Picchu you need to reserve ahead of time and add US$11.00 for the entrance ticket. Only 400 people allowed each day in 2 turns at 7 a.m. and at 10 a.m.
• Buses up and down from train station to Machu Picchu –
• Entrance fee to Machu Picchu –
• Service charge US$10.00
Price does not include:
|Price per person USD$||Each one|
|Independent visit to Machu Picchu Option||80|
THE GUIDED VISIT TO MACHU PICCHU OPTION
Your trek guide will accompany you to Machu Picchu and provide a further in-depth guided tour of the site.
Your Guide will stay one more day with you to again visit Machu Picchu for further explanations on the site and to visit other areas of Machu Picchu, with the option to hike Wayna Picchu or the Temple of the Moon. In the afternoon return by train to Cusco.
• Buses up and down from train station to Machu Picchu
• 2nd day entrance fee to Machu Picchu-
Price does not include:
|PASSENGERS Price per person USD$||2||3|| 4/5||6/9||10/15|
|The Guided Visit to Machu Picchu Option **||143||126||115||110||106|
|Lunch at Sanctuary Lodge (optional)||40||40||40||40||40|
Machu Picchu regulations allow a maximum of 400 people to enter Wayna Picchu each day. Entrance fee is an additional US$11 per person.