7 Days tour with Inca trail to Machu Picchu: City tour Cusco, Sacred Valley of the Incas and 4 days Inca trail to Machu Picchu.
The Inca Trail to Machupicchu is listed as one of the best in the world due to the beauty of archaeological wealth, flora and fauna that exists throughout the route to Machu Picchu. The Inca Trail is one of the most well-known and popular treks in the world, 4 days walking around the original paved Inca pathways.
Walk through typical andean valleys, grasslands and cloud forests visiting the ancient Inca ruins along the way. Finally, we will arrive to the lost city of the Incas Machu Picchu, our experienced guides will guide you through safe areas.
Note: (All our tour packages can be modified according to your requirements)
Day 1: Welcome at the Airport and City tour in Cusco.
- Breakfast included.
- Transfer from your hotel to the airport
- Early morning flight from Lima to Cusco.
- Welcome and transfer from the airport in Cusco to your hotel.
- Cusco City Tour: Cathedral, Qoricancha, Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pukapukara and Tambomachay (from 1:35 pm to 6:45 pm approximately.)
- Hotel stay in Cusco.
This day begins with the pick up in your hotel for your flight from Lima to Cusco that you will take at the "Jorge Chávez" airport in the city of Lima with 2 hours in advance of your flight to the "Archaeological Capital of America" Cusco (Altitude 3350 m.a.s.l.), where our staff will be waiting for you at the airport with a sign with your name to transfer you to the selected hotel, where you will be offered a coca leaves tea which is good for the acclimatization of Cusco.
After your lunch, we will pick you up from your hotel at the time indicated by your travel agent, to start and enjoy a guided tour at 1:35 pm where you will be able to know the following tourist attractions of the city of Cusco:
- The Temple of the Sun or Qoricancha: The convent of Santo Domingo in Cusco is the oldest religious building in South America, known as the "Temple of the Sun". Currently you can see the wonderful Inca architecture linked to Spanish architecture which is a sample of our mestizo culture.
- The Cathedral: The Cathedral Basilica of the city of Cusco was built by native Cusco workers and led by the Spaniards. It also has the finest expressions of colonial goldsmithing as well as wood carving and a valuable collection of canvases of the "Escuela Cusqueña" (School of Cusco).
- Saqsayhuaman: It is one of the Inca constructions that most astonishes tourists who, according to new hypotheses, point out that it would have been an important Inca ceremonial center and not a fortress as previously believed. Its construction took more than seven decades and required the strength of about 20,000 men.
- Qenqo: Ceremonial and ritual center, it was an amphitheater where sacrifices were made, it is said that it was an Inca shrine. Its construction is made of stones. There are passages, canals and staircases with engravings that represent the cougar, a very sacred animal for the Incas.
- Puca Pucara: Former tambo guard place along the Inca roads, this archaeological site has: enclosures, interior plazas, baths, aqueducts, watchtowers and an easily recognizable Inca trail in synthesis the urban layout is highly adequate and functional.
- Tambomachay: Through its stairways you can see crystalline waterfalls and, according to what is affirmed here, the liquid element for the Incas, "the water", was worshiped.
Returning to Cusco at 6:45pm.
Day 2: Tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas
- Breakfast Included in the Hotel.
- Tour in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting: the traditional handicraft market of pisaq, the archaeological site of Pisac and Ollantaytambo (from 8:35 am to 7:00pm)
- Buffet Lunch included in the best restaurant in Urubamba "Tunupa".
- Hotel stay in Cusco.
We will pick you up from your hotel at approximately 8:30 in the morning. starting the tour at 9:00 am. Going through a paved road to the town of Pisaq located 32 km from the city of Cusco, Pisaq is a typical Andean artisan and archaeological town where the famous Handicraft Fairs are held where you can make purchases and visit the craft fairs, typical markets and enjoy a guided tour in the archaeological sites of the place, continuing with our journey of approximately 50 minutes we will pass through different towns such as: Coya, Lamay, the province of Calca, Yucay appreciating the scenic beauty of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and we will pass to the populated place of Urubamba where we will have lunch in a cozy restaurant.
Later we will go to the town of Ollantaytambo (It is the only city of the Incas in Peru that is still inhabited) to visit the archaeological complex of the same name; Returning to the city of Cusco, we will visit the archeological site of Chinchero and its chapel.
Finally, we will be returning to the city of Cusco at approximately 7:00 pm.
Day 3: Cusco, Km 82. (Piscacucho), Huayllabamba:
Walking time from 6 to 7 hours.
We will pick you up from your hotel between 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., leaving the city of Cusco at 7:30 a.m. in our way to Ollantaytambo district where we will stop for 45 minutes to have breakfast, in this place you can also make some purchases such as: batteries for flashlights, rain ponchos, coca leaves, etc. Then we will continue our journey to Km. 82 (Piscacucho), this place will be the beginning of the walk, after two hours we will reach the archaeological group of Llactapata, here the guide will explain the history of this place. Later we will continue with the trek through the valley of Cusichacay, finally arriving at Huayllabamba (3,000 m.a.s.l.) where we will spend the first night Camping.
- Walking distance: 8.7 miles /14 km (6-7 hours)
- Campsite altitude: 3300 meters m.a.s.l.
- Considered: Moderate day (getting used to the Inca Trail)
- Weather: Warm and windy
Day 4: Huayllabamba, Warmiwañusca and Pacaymayo:
Walking time from 6 to 7 hours.
Early, after breakfast, we will begin the most difficult and demanding part of the route, with an exhausting climb of three to four hours, to reach the first place called Warmiwañusca ("dead woman"), with an altitude of 4,200 m.a.s.l. At this point we will be able to see a breathtaking view of the entire valley of Huayllabamba and Pacaymayo where you will feel on top of the world, in this place the guide will perform a small "pago" or ritual ceremony to the Veronica and Wayanay snow peaks, after this ritual ceremony with coca leaves we will be descending the mountain for about an hour and a half to reach Pacaymayo (3,600 m.a.s.l.) where we will spend the second night camping
- Walking distance: 8.7 miles / 14 km (6 - 7 hours)
- Campsite altitude: 3600 m.a.s.l. (cold weather)
- Considered: Top day (you will have survived the two highest areas)
- Area: Andes and Cloud Forest
- Weather: Cold and rainy
Day 5: Pacaymayo, Phuyupatamarca and Wiñaywayna.
Walking time from 7 to 8 hours.
After breakfast, we will begin to ascend to the second step of the Inca trail, after an hour's walk we will reach the archaeological group of Runcuracay, place that was discovered in 1915 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham, then we will continue climbing the mountain and we will reach the second step, from this place we will be able to appreciate the valley of Pacaymayo, Aobamba and the snow-covered mountains of Pumasillo (6,000 m.a.s.l), Verónica (5700 masl) and some small lagoons, because of the location this place leads to the meditation, then we will descend the mountain to reach the third archaeological group of the Sayacmarca road (3540 m.a.s.l.), which will be visited to continue with the walk and after 30 minutes we will arrive at the camping area of Chaquicocha where we will have lunch. After a break we will continue towards the pass of Phuyu Patamarca (3650 m.a.s.l.), from this place we will see the impressive mountain of Machu Picchu where we will be taking a short break and we will be able to take some pictures. After 10 minutes of descent we will arrive at the archaeological group of Phuyu Patamarca, Intipatay and Wiñayhuayna, from this place we will descend the mountain approximately 1,000 meters, in the course of the tour we will be enjoying the best example of the Inca stone path as well as the diversity of flora and fauna to finally arrive at the Wiñayhuayna camping area, place where we will be spending the third night.
- Walking distance: 9.94 miles / 16 km (7 to 8 hours)
- Campsite altitude: 2.600 meters above sea level (cold weather)
- Considered: Easy day – all downhill!
- Area: High Cloud Forest.
- Weather: Warm and very humid.
Day 6: Wiñaywayna, Machu Picchu and Cusco.
Walking time from 5 to 6 hours approx.
Very early at 4:00 a.m. we will have breakfast to start the trek to Machu Picchu at 5:00 a.m., on the way we can see a diversity of flowers, begonias, orchids, ferns, etc., likewise a biodiversity of birds, after an hour and a half we will arrive at the Sun Gate (INTIPUNKU), which is the first point of view of the archaeological site of Machu Picchu, from here we will take photographs and appreciate the sunrise. We will descend the mountain to later arrive at the admission control of Machu Picchu, where we will have a little free time so that you can use the restrooms and you can store your suitcases or backpacks in the cloakroom, later with the Professional guide you will visit the archaeological citadel of Machu Picchu for about 2 hours with 30 minutes, after that you will have free time to explore the place and take the bus back to the town of Aguas Calientes where you will be boarding the train back to Cusco.
- Considered: The most exciting and magical day (early wake up 4:00AM)
- Area: High Cloud and Subtropical Forest
- Weather: Hot and very humid.
Day 07: Transfer from your Hotel to the aiport in Cusco.
- Breakfast included in the Hotel.
- Transfer from the Hotel to the airport.
After having breakfast in your hotel, we will pick you up from your hotel to transfer you to the airport 2 hours before your flight.
End of the Services.
COST OF THE TOUR:
The cost of the tour package is expressed in U.S. dollars and is per person, the cost will depend on the category of hotels you choose, we have the best service in hotels from 2 ** to 5 *****, also depends on the type of room you require.
|Hotels 2**||US$ 789||US$776||US$ 919|
|Hotels 3***||US$ 844||US$ 824||US$ 1048|
|Hotels 4****||US$ 975||US$ 962||US$ 1334|
|Hotels 5*****||US$ 1641||US$ 1384||US$ 2666|
- Our groups from 3 people have a special discount for our tour packages.
The tour package Includes:
- Transfers Airport – Hotel – Airport.
- Entry tickets to all attractions to visit in the City tour and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
- Guided City tour in Cusco.
- Guided tour in the Sacred Valley of the Incas
- Transportation for all tours.
- Professional bilingual guide in the language you prefer: English/Spanish, for all tourist attractions.
- 3 Nights Hotel stay in Cusco.
- 3 Breakfast included in the Hotel.
- Assistance and daily guidance by our professional staff.
Inclusions in the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu:
- Tourist transportation from Cusco to KM 82.
- Train tickets Aguas Calientes – Cusco.
- Bus tickets from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
- Entry tickets to the Inca trail to Machu Picchu.
- Porters (Responsible to carry the camping equipment during the trip)
- Professional bilingual guide (English/Spanish)
- Meals: 3 breakfast, 3 lunches and 3 dinners.
- Camping equipment (Tents, mats)
- First aid kit.
- First breakfast.
- Last lunch.
- Extra porter.
- Sleeping Bag: $20 for rent.
- Inflatable Air Mattress: $15 for rent.
- Walking Sticks (Pair): $15 for rent.
WHAT IS RECOMMENDED TO TAKE TO THE INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU
- Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
- Good backpack.
- Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelbaks are encouraged - but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
- Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles, never new)
FOR YOUR DUFFEL BAG/ BACK PACK
We recommend a Backpack for walks.(approx 50 to 70 liters)
- 2-3 wicking long sleeve t-shirts
- 2-3 hiking pants
- 4 sets of undergarments.
- 4 sets of hiking socks
- 1 Fleece
- 1 Warm, down jacket: gets very cold at night
- 1 Rain jacket and pants
- 1 sun hat
- 1 wool hat
- Headlamp: essential
- Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
- Walking boots. inca trail Machu Picchu
- Waterproof jacket/rain poncho.
- Quick dry towel.
- Small soap.
- Battery Charger since there is no place to plug in while trekking.
- Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep clean from dirty.
- Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10 C at least.
- Water: we supply clean water at each meal. You are responsible for your first morning of water only as we won't have time to filter water until your first lunch.
- Pills to filter water.
- Rain gear.
- Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips.
- Gloves, scarf, wool stockings.
- Flashlights, batteries and spare bulbs.
- Sweaters and a jacket.
- Warm clothes in case of cold weather (sweater and jacket).
- Some local money (Peruvian Soles) for the hot shower in the last camp.
- Sunscreen and repellent.
- Face moisturizer.
- Bug spray.
- Hand sanitizer.
- Wet wipes.
- Toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Toilet paper.
- Personal medication.
- First aid kit: band aids, painkillers, pills to prevent altitude sickness, bandages, moleskin, etc.
Availability for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu:
The availability of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is limited, with only 400 spaces per day, these spaces are distributed among guides, tourists, porters and cooks, it is recommended to make the reservation for the Inca Trail with a minimum of 3 months in advance in high season (from April to November) and with 2 or 1 month in advance in low season, it is important to always check the availability with our travel agency.
Only Travel agencies can make reservations for the spaces to access the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, in case you can’t get spaces for the Inca Trail there are other alternate routes to Machu Picchu as the Road to Machu Picchu through the Jungle in 4 days and 3 nights and the Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu in 5 days and 4 nights, these routes have full availability of spaces and are held all year round.
The recommended time to make the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu or alternative routes to Machu Picchu is in high season (April to November) as there is no rain so the route will be safer and easier to go through.
Level of difficulty of the Inca Trail Trek:
The Inca Trail certainly requires a little physical effort. Considered as "moderate" grade, this will depend more than anything on your physical condition. The height and the constant ascents and descents constitute the biggest difficulty in the walk. To reach the first step, the walk ascends from 2000m to 4000m. Followed by a descent of approximately 1500m. After crossing the second step located at 3500m, the degree of difficulty of the walk will be reduced. Age does not play a fundamental role, but your willpower and the desire to live an unforgettable experience.
- We do not recommend it to people suffering from respiratory or cardiac problems.
- It is mandatory to inform us if you suffer from any disease or ailment such as diabetes, asthma, problems or surgeries in the back or legs, noticeable decrease in vision, etc.
- Although the expedition travels with a complete medical kit, we recommend you to bring a personal kit, which has sunscreen, hydration salts, analgesics, anti-inflammatory, anti-diarrheic, sanitary bands, painkillers, sterilized cloths and medicines for personal use.