Day 1: Lima
At your arrival in Lima, you will be welcomed at the airport and transferred to the hotel of your choice. At the hotel, you will find an envelope with all the information about the activities of the next days.
Day 2: Lima Shared City Tour (3 hours)
Our morning tour begins with a panoramic view to the Huaca Puccllana pre-Inca remains where we learn about the cultural past of Lima, and the ancient civilization that inhabited this place. Later, we head towards the colonial part of town visiting the Plaza de Armas, and to enjoy a panoramic view of the Cathedral, San Francisco Church and its impressive ''Catacomb''. Afterwards we will head towards modern Lima, to visit the districts of San Isidro and Miraflores, finally ending our tour at Larco Mar, a modern entertaining center with a splendid view of the Pacific Ocean. You will be transferred back to the hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Breakfast included.
Day 3: Lima - Cusco. Shared City Tour
We will have an early transfer to the airport in Lima to head to Cusco. After your arrival in Cusco, you will be welcomed and transferred to the hotel. After your check in, we will have some time to settle in, and adapt to the high altitude of the city. In the afternoon, we will head to visit (shared tour) the city of Cusco. The tour starts with a walk to visit the Plaza de Armas with its beautiful colonial buildings and churches including the Cathedral. Then we walk to Santo Domingo Church where we find the impressive Korikancha Temple with exquisite stone work and carvings, to finally visit the nearby ruins of Cusco: the impressive Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, Qenko, and the Inca bath of Tambomachay. Our transport will drop us off at the hotel in the late afternoon. Breakfast included.
Day 4: Cusco – Incas Sacred Valley – Ollantaytambo. Shared tour
In the morning, we will pick up you from the hotel in Cusco to begin our ride down to the valley of Urubamba, known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Here we start our first visit to the beautiful Pisac Inca Ruins, where during our 2 hours walk we can admire the fine architectural work of the Inca culture. Then we continue our tour to visit the colorful market of Pisac. Our transport will then take us towards the Inca town of Ollantaytambo where we visit the impressive Inca fortress and walk on this ancient typical Inca town. We will overnight in a small hotel in Ollantaytambo, where the majestic fortress will overlook us. Breakfast included.
Day 5: Ollantaytambo – Pisca q´uchu (Km 82) – Wuayllabamba (prairie–green place) Camp
From Urubamba, a 1-hour drive will take us to the point known as Kilometer 82 (2600m / 8528ft). This point is where the first passenger control booth is located and all tourists must register to be able to start the trek. From this place, 42km of mountains, Andean valleys, rivers and tropical forests separate us from Machu Picchu. On our way to our first camp at Wuayllabamba village, we begin the trek, where the first part is mainly flat with slight ascent, taking us approximately 2 ½ hours until we reach Llactapata’s (town in the heights), and an interesting archaeological complex “in the clouds”. Then we will continue into the valley of the Kusichaca River, from where our route follows a slight ascent up to Wuayllabamba camp located at 3100 meters (10168 feet). Breakfast, Lunch box and Dinner included.
Day 6: Wuayllabamba Camp – Pacaymayo Camp
After breakfast, we begin our second day of our adventure. This is considered as the most difficult day in the trek, since it is necessary to do an ascent of 1100m to the highest point of the whole circuit known as Warmihuañusca (“dead woman”) high pass, located at 4200m of altitude (13776ft). The slow ascent will take about 4 ½ to 5 hours approximately. From the pass, we can enjoy an astonishing view of the surroundings and the magnificent landscape. This is a windy area so it is important to wear warm clothing. After we overcome the pass, we continue our way down to the Pacaymayo Camp located at 3500m (11480ft). Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 7: Pacaymayo – Runkuracay – Phuyupatamarca - Wiñayhuayna
Our third day is the most interesting albeit also the longest. We begin with an hour and a half ascent to the Runku Raccay Pass located at a height of 3950m (12916ft). On the way, we will visit the interesting ruins known as Runkuracay (oval building) at 3800m (12464ft). Once overcoming the pass, the rest of the way descends towards the interesting ruins of Sayacmarca located at 3600m of altitude. In the Inca times this was used as a control post for the travelers using the roads connecting to Machu Picchu. Along a beautiful cloud forest, we will continue up to the pass of Phuyupatamarca, (“town above the clouds”) at 3670m (12038ft). continuing out descend, we face an impressive array of endless rock steps until we arrive near the Inti Pata's remains located at 2850m (9348ft), an incredible complex of terraces and platforms built in the middle of the hillside of a mountain covered by thick vegetation. The trail finally leads to Wiñayhuayna's camp (“Forever Young”) located at 2700m (8856ft). Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Day 8: Wiñayhuayna Camp – Machu Picchu – Cusco
The day begins earlier than usually, at about 04:30 hrs. to make our final trek towards the city of Machu Picchu. After one and a half hours we arrive at the Inti Punku (''Sun Gate'') at 2700m (8856ft) from where we will have the first impressive views of the majestic Inca City of Machu Picchu. From here it is only 1km more to arrive to the city and enjoy a guided visit to the most important archeological discoveries of recent times. After the tour of Machu Picchu, Passengers who still feel strong enough might like to climb Huayna Picchu for an unparalleled view of the lost city of the Incas. In the afternoon, transport down to Aguas Calientes and from here by train back to Poroy train station of Cusco from where we arrange a transfer to the hotel.
Day 09. Cusco – Lima out
Transfer to the airport (or bus or train station). Breakfast included.
All Transfers, transport from Cusco to trek start point, professional English/Spanish speaking guide, noted meals, complete camping equipment (tents for 2 persons, dining tent, kitchen tent), complete food services while on the trek, cook, helpers, porters, first aid kit, 3-star hotel accommodations in Cusco and Lima.
International and domestic flights; Inca Trail entrance fee (approx. us$ 100 per person; student under 21: us$ 50.-); one-way train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco Poroy Station (estimated price: Expedition Class train: us$ 125.-), extra personal porters (us$ 200. - per porter), tips, personal trekking gear, extras, personal travel insurance.
Our fix departures are guaranteed with minimum 4 participants however we are subjected to spaces availability according with the Government regulations (please check our remarks on this matter).
During the trek, the passenger baggage weight allowance is 5 kgs (this to be carried by our porters).