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INCA TRAIL CUSCO
INCA TRAIL CUSCO INRODUCTION:
The Inca Trail Cusco Package is a package designed for you to visit the most important attractions of Cusco especially for those who want to know the navel of the world the most important city in South America and cultural heritage of Humanity enjoy many adventures. We include the classic Inca Trail to the new world wonder of Machupicchu.
The Inca Trail Cusco Package
Cusco, Sacred Valley tour,Classic Inca Trail hike with 8 Kg porterage service & Aguas Calientes. 7 Day / 6 Night tour.
What you need to bring/carry on INCA TRAIL CUSCO
-University valid student card. (You must send a copy at the time of booking.)
-Backpack to carry your personal items. 20,30 Lt comfy backpack.
-Warm down sleeping bag Minus 5ºC You can hire from us if you do not have one.
-Lighter style trekking boots with good ankle support
-Trekking poles: metal tips are not allowed on the trail
-Warm clothes,layers for variable temperature especially at night
-Thermal underwear can be worn in the sleeping bag or in cold conditions
-Gloves or mittens, scarf , wool socks, woolen hat for cold nights
-T-shirts and trekking pants that zipoff to short pants for comfort
-Flash light, head torch and extra batteries
-Camera and extra batteries
-Wear a hat with a broad visor to keep the sun off your face
-Sunscreen, and sunglasses
-Personal medical kit, insect repellent
-Rain Gear a good rain jacket, rain poncho
-Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel
-2 litre water bottle, (disposable plastic bottles are forbidden in Machupicchu site)
-Snacks for the hike as energy bars, snickers,dried fruits.
-We provide boiled water from 2nd Day, buy water enroute on Day 1,2.
-Bathing clothes for the hot springs for hikers with an extra night in Aguas Calientes
-Extra money for drinks & tips, souvenirs etc in soles
-Emergency money at least 200-300 extra soles.
Cusco International Airport
The schedules vary according to the flights those of the tours are established according to their itineraries
The schedules vary according to the flights those of the tours are established according to their itineraries
INCA TRAIL CUSCO Included
Transfers in and out from and to the airports in Cusco.
Sacred Valley guided Tour with Lunch.
3 Nights in Hotel Marqueses Cusco with breakfast.
3 Nights camping on Inca trail (2 person tent)
4 Day Inca Trail Trek with 8 Kg for porter service.
Guided tour en route of Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
Bus down to Aguas Calientes.
Expedition Train Tickets return to Cusco.
Transfer to your Hotel in Cusco.
INCA TRAIL CUSCO Not Included
Entry for Sacred Valley Tour 70 Soles.
Sleeping bag (-Minus 8ºC) to hire US$25
Single tent US$ 70 Upon your request. -Optional.
Trekking poles US$20 a pair
Ticket for Huaynapicchu US$ 85 pp ($ 40 w University student card) -Optional
Snacks for the hike as energy bars, snickers,dried fruits.
Tips for the trekking crew porters,cooks and guides.
Flight Tickets Lima-Cusco.
Travel Insurance. Check: Nomade Insurance
Hot Springs pools in Aguas Calientes -Optional (15 soles)
Reception in Cusco airport and Transfer to Hotel where they will welcome you with cups of coca leaf tea a traditional drink to minimize the efects of altitude, Relax, rest and acclimatise. We advise you to get an early flight so you can just spend your first 2 hours in Cusco seriously doing nothing but trying to breathe !! Optional: At 13:45 pm A Guided Cusco City Tour, Excursion, visiting Koricancha "The Sun Temple" the golden Inca`s temple that impressed so much to the first Spanish conquistadores when they arrived in 1534, Cusco main Cathedral with their exquisite canvas from the Cuzqueña Painting School, chapels, Virgins and Saints, Saqsayhuaman Inca Complex, where every year in June in the winter solstice in this hemisphere the young Cuzqueños perform the old and traditional Feast of the Sun "Inti Raymi" in honor to the Sun, then we visit Tambo Machay, Qenqo and Puca-Pucara. Or free afternoon and maybe go to Cusco Folk Dances and Music at Cusco Art Center in the main Avenue El Sol (A block before the Post Office) which are included on your tourist ticket, the show start at 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm located at 10 minutes walk from Hotel
Day 2 Cusco, Sacred Valley Tour (Pisac, Pisac Market, Urubamba, Yucay, Ollantaytambo, Chincheros, Cusco.
At 8.20am meet at AEP. Travel office or transfer from your hotel at earlier time if coordinated. In a tourist bus, we travel from Cusco past Saqsaywaman & Tambomachay, over the mountains towards the Sacred Valley. We descend 1500 feet to the valley floor of the sacred Urubamba river and the village of Pisac where we will visit a traditional market and you can buy some local souveniers. We then drive up to explore the extensive ruins of Pisac with stunning views over the valley. On the guided walk into the Citadel of Pisac you can observe temples, residences, altars, channels, carvings, tunnels / caves and the famous Intihuatana “The hitching post of the Sun", For those who would prefer to spend more time in the market instead of visiting the ruins, advise your guide so he can organize a time and place to pick you up when returning through the market. We continue on to Urubamba where we stop for you to buy lunch. A further 30 mins drive takes us to Ollantaytambo surrounded by the sacred mountains, where we will again discover the magnificence of the Incan constructions, the amazing temple of the Sun, enormous blocks of rock perfectly carved and polished, stone water fountains, stairs, terraces and the beauty of the local people in their traditional dress, all surrounded by the sacred mountains and Valley of Patacancha and Willoq. On our return, we quickly visit the famous church and archeological site in Chincheros, arriving to Cusco at about 6.30-7: 00pm. Marqueses Hotel. Brefing at 7:00 pm for your Inca trail trek at AEP Travel office.
Day 3 Inca trail Piskacucho Km 82, Patallaqta Cusichaka Canyon, Wayllabamba, Ayapata 3 stones.
Early pick-up from your hotel will begin around 5:30 am to board our private transportation. Make sure you carry your original passport or ISIC card. Our journey from Cusco to Piskacucho takes approximately 3 hours, with many beautiful views of the Sacred Valley, the Urubamba River, Andean towns, and the Inca town of Ollantaytambo. Along the way, we will stop to stretch our legs, use the bathroom, and enjoy breakfast, before continuing on to Piscacucho (2,680 m / 8,790 ft). There we will meet our camp crew and the porters who will carry our belongings during our 35-mile hike. Passports in hand, we clear the official Inca Trail check point, cross a suspension footbridge across the Urubamba River, and begin our trek with a gentle climb. We have three hours on relatively level terrain as we follow the course of the river, rewarded with superb views of Mount Veronica (5,750 m). The easy walk passes through a forest of giant cactus and native bushes. At Miskay we take the trail to the left, ascending gradually to Willkaraccay high above the mouth of the Cusichaca River and across from the Inca town of Llactapata (Terrace Town). Our vantage point is from a flat bluff above the extensive site, which was built as a fort because it commands the entrance to the Cusichaca Valley. The terracing system was used during Inca times for growing maize, a prestige crop that needed irrigation in the dry highlands. After a short rest, we continue another 15 minutes down to our lunch site at Tayaroc. Our path is adorned with native flowers and bromeliads growing in the boulders along the left side, and by majestic views of the mountains in both valleys. Walking times are always approximate, depending on weather conditions, group ability and other factors. After lunch, another 3-4 hours will bring us to the village of Wayllabamba (3,000 m /10,824 feet). You will be rewarded with Te Macho and a buffet dinner. Goodnight
Day 4 Ayapata 3 stones, Llulluchayoq, Dead woman`s pass, Pacaymayo, Runkuracay, Sayacmarka, Chakicocha
After breakfast, we depart from the Ayapata camp around 7:00 am. This is our longest day, but one rewarded with spectacular views down several valleys and up to the surrounding snow-covered peaks. We will put in a 5-hour hike to reach our lunch camp in the Pacaymayo Valley, then another 3-4 hours to our night camp at Chakicocha. We begin with a 900-m ascent up to the Warmiwanusca (Dead Woman’s) Pass at 4,200 m/13,776 ft. Along the way, we ascend steeply uphill through the Corralpunku Valley to the Llulluchayoc Zone, where you can see several species of birds. With luck we’ll see hummingbirds, falcons and black-chested buzzard eagles. We’ll soon enter a beautiful cloud forest, or polylepis woodland, and the treeless grasslands of the puna. From this point, you can see the highest pass ahead. The path climbs for two more hours along a large number of steps, some of them newly laid to protect the mountain from erosion. You can walk at your own pace, stopping to catch your breath whenever you like. This last hard climb brings us to Dead Woman’s Pass, the first of two that we will cross today. Once the full group reaches this pass, we take a rest break before beginning a steep descent into the Pacaymayo Valley on the other side. You’ll find that your energy returns as we proceed along this downhill segment toward a generous lunch and rest. In the afternoon we begin a second ascent, this time to the ruins at Runcuracay, located a bit below the Runcuracay Pass (3,950 m / 12,956 ft). From the pass, in clear weather, you can look back to the Dead Woman’s Pass and forward to a breath-taking sweep of snow-capped peaks. These include the 6,000-m Pumasillo (Puma’s Claw) massif. From here, most of the trail is downhill or gently undulating until we reach the impressive ruins at Sayacmarca. After some exploration, another 20 minutes bring us to Chakicocha (3,400 m / 11,000 ft). This will be our coldest night on the trail, at around +3 degrees C in December and -4 C in June. Tea time and Buffet Dinner.
Day 5 Chakicocha, Aobamba Valley, Phuyupatamarka, Intipata, Winaywayna
At sunrise, you will catch sight of Sayacmarca back along the trail, perched on the side of one of the many mountains that surround our campsite. Today’s hike is exceptionally beautiful because we will pass the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, Winaywayna and Intipata, and enjoy dramatic vistas of the Aobamba Valley. This stretch of the trail is of well-kept paved stone, still in great condition after many centuries. Your lungs will appreciate the fact that today’s hike is much more down than up, and significantly shorter than yesterday’s. In getting to Phuyupatamarca (the Town of the Clouds), we will pass through the first of two short, natural tunnels in the mountains. After visiting this site, we will descend about 2,000 stone steps to Winaywayna. If you have not had any knee problems up to this point, you may after this descent. If you have had prior knee injuries, we recommend the use of trekking poles, and perhaps an extra porter, to relieve some of the stress on your joints. Around mid-day, we will arrive at the site of Winaywayna, which we will explore before completing a short additional hike to our camp site for the night (2,700 m / 8,856 ft). After lunch, we will visit the adjacent site of Intipata with its dramatic terrances. A number of creature comforts will be available at this camp site. There is a bar and a small gift shop, and best of all, hot showers for a small fee. There will also be many more trekkers gathering here, ready for the final hike into Machu Picchu tomorrow. We therefore recommend taking extra care of your personal belongings here. Keep an eye on your daypacks and don’t leave anything outside your tent at night. Tea time and Buffet Dinner.
Day 6 Winaywayna, Intipunku Machu Picchu Aguas Calientes.Train retunr to Cusco.
We will get up very early - around 4:00 am - to get to Inti Punku (the Sun Gate), overlooking Machu Picchu for the first rays of the sunrise. This will be a hike of 1-2 hours, with significant upward stretches in the last half. You will be hiking in darkness, so a headlamp is strongly recommended. From Inti Punku, a final easy 40-minute hike will bring us to the entrance to Machu Picchu itself. The trail ends at a series of terraces, which present classic views of the overall city. We will continue on to explore the site, with explanations provided by the trek guide who will show the most remarkable temples, plazas and sectors at MachuPicchu. The formal tour will end in the late morning, after which there will be a couple of hours for more exploring on your own, or to just collapse under a tree in the central plaza area. If you are exhausted just come day to Aguas Calientes and relax in the hot springs or rest at Hostel Viajeros where the participants of the group will gather for our last calebration lunch around 1.45 -2.00 pm. Free Time At 16:00 the group will walk few minutes to the train station a board a Expedition train return to Cusco. Our bus will wait for the group at Poroy train Station (25 minutes near Cusco). The bus terminal will be at Plaza San Francisco (near Hotel Marqueses) a block from Plaza de Armas in Cusco. Night at Hotel Meals:Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Day 7 Last Day in Cusco, Time to relax. Transfer to the Airport.
We recommend to book a mid day flight to Lima Transfer to the Airport for your flight to Lima or next destination.