Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Peru, 5 Days From $ 813 per person Themes
Leaving from Cusco by vehicle to Piscaycucho (Km 82 of the railroad) we start trekking through a little visited section of the trail crossing the Urubamba River to then reach Llaqtapata. We will continue on the classic Inca Trail, through the Machu Picchu Sanctuary, surrounded by incredible landscapes and mountain scenery, entering Machu Picchu the way the Incas did, through Inti Punku (the Sun Gate), with a guided tour of the citadel, returning to Cusco in the afternoon on the last day.
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Day 1 CUSCO / LLAQTAPATA
We transfer you from your hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley to Piscaycucho. Start hiking for about 5 hours through a little visited section of the trail. We will stop at Q'oriwayrachina for lunch and then cross the Urubamba River at Q'ente, with an option to visit Wayna Q'ente and Llaqtapata archaeological sites, in whose vicinity we will camp amidst Inca terracing. (Time: 5-6 hours, Distance: 11km).
Day 2 LLAQTAPATA / LLULLUCHAPAMPA
Continue up the Cusichaca Valley passing houses of settlers to finally reach the Andean community of Huayllabamba. From here the trail ascends steeply to a large Pampa below the first pass, where we camp. Here we have a breathtaking view of Mt. Huayanay. Along the trail up this narrow hanging valley we begin to see a cloud forest that harbors the Queñua tree (polilepis), a rare forest to be found in the Andes. Camp will be set up at Llulluchapampa. (Time: 6 hours. Distance: 9Kms).
Day 3 LLULLUCHAPAMPA / PHUYUPATAMARCA
A steady ascent on an Inca Trail up to the Warmiwañusqa pass at 4,200m (13,692ft) affords a magnificent view of our ascent and the trail ahead of us. We descend on a restored Inca Trail down to the Pacaymayo River to then ascend again to the ruins of Runkuraqay and the second pass at 4,050m (13,200ft). From here we walk down to the site at Sayacmarca at 3,850m (12,551ft) on the original Inca Trail, passing a dry lake and the first signs of the cloud forest. A beautiful location overlooking the Aobamba Valley, it affords a respite for a leisurely walk through its imposing structures. Continue along the ridge through amazing landscapes, viewing Mt. Salkantay from the western side and Mt. Pumasillo, a silhouette to the north on the horizon. Walking through a rolling flag stoned trail we arrive at Phuyupatamarca (the village on the edge of the clouds) in whose vicinity we camp. (Trekking: 7-8 hours, Distance 14kms)
Day 4 PHUYUPATAMARCA / MACHU PICCHU
An early departure today will have us trekking along a buttress and passing Phuyupatamarca ruins, the flag stoned trail winds sharply down into the cloud forest to the ruins of Wiñay Wayna located below the ridge on the same water course as the previous site, it has well restored Inca Ruins. After a two hour walk through a cloud forest covered Inca Trail we arrive to Machu Picchu the way the Incas used to come, watching the magnificent citadel at our feet from Intipunku, the door of the sun. Bus ride to the Village of Machu Picchu for an overnight at a local hotel, dinner on your own.
Day 5 MACHU PICCHU / CUSCO
The whole day can be dedicated to explore these extraordinary Inca remains. Lunch included. The mid-afternoon train takes you back to Cusco, transfer to your hotel (Not included).
Hotel and dinner in Aguas Calientes on day 4, alcoholic beverages, extras, tips, taxes, laundry service, additional tours, insurance and airline tickets (where applicable), sleeping bags, hiking boots and other personal gear. Inca Trail entrance fee ($96 per person). Train Tickets Machu Picchu/Cusco, as there are many carriers and schedules to choose from.
Transportation by vehicle from hotel to the start of the trek, two-man tents including sleeping pads, porters, kitchen crew and commissary gear with all meals included during trek, bilingual guide on the trek who will handle the first aid kit, full day guided visit to Machu Picchu and lunch on Day 5.
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