Day by Day Itinerary
* Price based in sharing one tent 2 people and double room in the Hotel
Type Service: Privately Guided
Destinations: Cuzco, Machu Picchu
Activities: Trekking and Walking,Cultural and History,Famil
Day 1 – Cusco – KM 82 – Llactapata
Our Inca Trail guides pick us up this morning at 7:00am at the Hotel for a drive past the impressive Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo and a chance to buy any last minute supplies. After an interesting drive to the end of the road at Chilca we meet our support team of traditional porters before embarking on the famous Inca trail to Machu Picchu. The trek undulates along the banks of the Urubamba River and we camp the night at Llactapata (2650m/8692ft) beside some spectacular ruins which, if you have the energy, we have time to explore. This is camping and trekking in style. Whilst walking all you need to carry is a daypack, all camping equipment is carried by the porters. All camp chores are done for us and delicious food is served by a cook and his helpers.
Meals Included: Box-lunch, Dinner
Day 2 – Llactapata – Lluluchupampa
We trek up the Cusichaca valley to the small hamlet of Huallyabamba, the last inhabited place on the trail. The path continues on up past humming birds and stunted cloud forest. Our camp is the beautiful grassy area at Llulluchupampa (3600m/11808ft), this has out-standing views down the valley.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 – Lluluchupampa – Phuyopatamarca
Possibly the hardest day of the trek, we rise early and head to the highest point of the trail – the impressive Warmiwanusca (Dead woman’s pass 4200m/13776ft). We then descend into the Pacasmayo valley and then climb again passing the Inca ruins Rucuracay. Our second pass of the day (3970m/13022ft) gives us spectacular views of the Vilcabamba range. Walking on incredibly well-preserved Inca pathway we pass Sayacmarca ruins with plenty of time for an in depth tour and explanation. We continue along the ridge, passing through tunnels and fantastic views and a slight ascent brings us to Phuyupatamarca ruins (the place above the clouds), where we camp (3700m/12136ft).
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 – Phuyopatamarca – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
After an early morning chance to catch the sunrise on the surrounding snow capped mountains of Salcantay (6200m/20336ft) and Veronica (5800m/19024ft), we say a farewell to our porters with a traditional song and dance. Our final day hiking brings us down into the cloud forest on a series of Inca stairway to Wiñay Wayna, another interesting ruin full of swallows and orchids. Finally we contour through cloud-forest to Inti Punku, the gateway of the Sun and our first glimpse of Machu Picchu. We pass through the ruins and catch a bus down to our hostel in the colorful town of Aguas Calientes and celebrate our return to civilization. (2000m/6560ft) Overnight at Aguas Calientes Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 – Visit Machu Picchu full day / Back to Cusco
Breakfast at the hotel; full day Excursion to Machu Picchu, early transfer to the Bus Stop for the short ride (25 minutes) up to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, you will participate in a guided tour of the Citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial (the most important preserved Intihuatana), the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, houses, warehouses, a large central square; and all connected by narrow roads and steps that are surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side. After the tour you’ll have time to stroll around the Archaeological Site at your leisure.
Opportunity to climb to the top of Wayna Picchu, with a magnificent view of the whole Sanctuary, returns in the afternoon by train to Poroy Train Station and transfer to your Cusco hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast
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