Photo: Ian Wilson, Canada
Photo: Renate Eder, Germany
Photo: Frank Slack, USA
Photo: Alex, United Kingdom
Day 1: Sacred Valley Active Visit
On the day before you will hike the Inca Trail at 7:30 a.m. in the morning, we’ll pick you by private vehicle from your hotel for a great Sacred Valley tour. This is the natural and most efficient way to get close to the trail head while acclimatizing and getting familiarized 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 through the magnificent Inca citadel of PISAC considered as one of the outstanding Inca remains because of the quality of the stone work and breath-taking 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. Stay at Hotel in Ollantaytambo for the night.L, Dinner on your own.
Day 2: Km. 104 to Machu Picchu
We take an early train from the station in Ollantaytambo and ride the train 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. Afterwards, we begin our ascent on an 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 stone channel also brought water from Wiñay Wayna to Machu Picchu. We have a picnic lunch nearby and later continue on the Inca trail until we reach "Inti Punku" or Gate to the sun. Here is where we are overwhelmed with the first view of the spectacular city of Machu Picchu below us. 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 can stay at the nearby Sanctuary Lodge hotel or you can choose to take the bus down to the town of Aguas Calientes and take the return train to Cusco or stay at a small local hotel. Box Lunch. (Dinner is on your own.)
Total distance : 7 Km aprox.
Maximum altitude point : 2680m (8792 ft)
Minimum altitude point : 2100m (6888ft ft)
Approximate Walking Time : 6 - 7 Hours
Day 3: Machu Picchu
We have a full day to savour and appreciate Machu Picchu on your own and in the afternoon you board the train to return to Cusco. Arrive in Cusco and transfer to your hotel. B (Lunch and Dinner on your own).
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