Day 1: THE ROYAL INCA TRAIL
After an early morning breakfast, you will be transferred to Ollantaytambo
by bus, where we will meet the Quechua porters and have an opportunity
to eat breakfast and buy a walking stick for your trek. Crossing
over the turbulent Vilcanota River, with magnificent views of
Nevada Veronica (5,900m/19,000ft) we will continue the trek admiring
the Llactapata archaeological site, and stopping at the Huayllabamba
River for lunch. We will visit the archaeological sites of Patallacta,
Qente, and the valley of Cusichaca. Today the hike will last about
Today is the most demanding days of the trip as we gain a lot
of altitude. We will see outstanding views east to the Huayanay
peaks and west into the Vilcabamba Range. After breakfast, we
will climb up through the first pass at 4,200 m/13,750 feet at
Warmiwanusqa (dead woman’s pass). We will pass 3 ecological
areas such as the Yunga, Quechua and Puna. We will climb 1000
meters in 5 hours. Arriving at our camp, we will have lunch and
dinner near Pacaymayu.
After breakfast, we will trek down through the valley of Pacaymayu
to the famous archaeological sites of Runquraqay and continue
to the second pass and the site of Sayaqmarka ("Town in a
Steep Place") and explore the Sayaqmarka ruins. The Inca
Trail in this section is a white granite roadway, traversing a
thickly forested mountainside. We will then descend to the magnificent
archaeological site of Phuyupatamarka ("Cloud Level Town")
and have lunch. We will then begin the decent to Winaywayna where
a visit of the ruins, have dinner, and camp nears the ruins.
Early morning wake up at 4:30 a.m. for breakfast and to begin
the trek to be the first at the archaeological site of Machu Picchu
for the sunrise. We will descend rapidly from cloud forest into
high jungle habitat. Orchids and hummingbirds are commonly seen
along this spectacular section of the trail high above the river.
We will arrive at Intipunko "Gate of the Sun" to observe
the sunrise over Machu Picchu from an elevated vantage point.
We continue down to the royal road and at last the "Lost
City of the Incas". Upon arrival in Machu Picchu, we will
walk down to the entrance gate to drop off our packs. We will
then begin a guided tour of the timeless citadel, visiting the
Main Plaza, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of Three Windows, the
Circular Tower and the Sacred Sun Dial and Burial Grounds. After
the guided tour, we can enjoy an afternoon of self-exploration
and discovery. In the afternoon, we will take the train back to
Cuzco and your hotel.
NOTE: Prices are subject to change
based on current Hotel and airfare rates. Please ask your sale
ejecutive for details.
OUR PRICE INCLUDES:
- Transfers, tours and excursions as per itinerary
- Tourist Guide
- Ground transport to the Start of the Inca Trail
- Train: Aguas Calientes-Ollantaytambo
- Ground transport:Ollantaytambo-Cusco
- Porter for Inca Trail
- All entrance fees.
OUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- International air tickets to South America and associated
- Meals not specified on the itinerary.
- All domestic flights require a US$5.00 charge (airport tax),
payable at the airport.
- Personal expenses such as telephone bills, laundry expenses,
alcoholic and bottled beverages, etc.
- Insurance against theft, loss, illness and/or accident.
- Sleeping Bag