Arrive in Lima and transfer to your hotel.
The Inca trail is considered one of the best treks in the world, and it’s no wonder why. Hiking through the Sacred Valley, lush jungle, picturesque hilltops, and by historic landmarks to explore the mysterious Lost City of Machu Picchu is an awe-inspiring experience, which is in the must-do of even the most seasoned travellers. The challenges of the 45 km trek will be compensated with unforgettable views, rich culture and exceptional atmosphere of the mystical Inca heritage.
Arrive in Lima and transfer to your hotel.
Our morning tour begins with a drive 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 "Catacombs". 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.
Morning transfer to the airport in Lima to head to Cusco and check in to your hotel. You will have some time to settle in and adapt to the high altitude (3400 m / 11152 ft) of the city. In the afternoon, half-day city tour will show you the amazing colonial city built on the foundations of the Inca palaces. You will visit the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun, where you can appreciate the incredible masonry of the Incas, the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral with its carved woodworks, altars and paintings. Then we take you to the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, to the underground cave and temple of Quenko, have a panoramic view of Puka Pukara and then you will enter to Tambomachay, known as the Baths of the Inca.
In the morning, transfer to Urubamba, known as the Incas Sacred Valley. Here we will first make a walk observing the beautiful Pisac Inca Ruins, a great introduction to the marvelous Inca architecture. Then we will go to wander on the colorful Pisac Indian Market (main days Sunday and Thursday) where you can acquire beautiful tapestry, handicrafts, and other excellent articles. Later on, we will have lunch in one of the nice haciendas of Urubamba. Later on, our transport will take us to the Inca town of Ollantaytambo; a great example of an Inca town which used to be a military, religious and agricultural center.
From Urubamba, a 1-hour drive will take us to the point known as Pisca q´uchu at 2,600 m. At this point, where the first control point is located, all tourists have to register to be able to start the trek. From here, 42 kilometers of mountains, Andean valleys, rivers and tropical forests separate us from Machu Picchu. On our way to our first camp at Wuayllabamba village, the first part of the trek is mainly flat, with slight ascents and it will take approximately 2.5 hours till we reach the Llactapata’s (town in the heights) archaeological group. Then we will continue to enter the valley of the Kusichaca River from where the route follows a slight ascent up to Wuayllabamba camp located at 3,100m.
After breakfast, we start our second day considered by many as the most difficult since it is necessary to do an ascent of 1,100 meters up to the highest point of the whole circuit, the Warmihuañusca pass at 4,200 m. The slow ascent will take approximately 4.5 to 5 hours. 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 clothes. Overcoming the pass, we continue our way down to the Pacaymayo Camp located at 3,500 meters.
The third day begins with a 1.5-hour long ascent to Runkuracay’s Pass located at a height of 3,950m. On the way, we will visit the interesting ruins known as Runkuracay at 3,800m. Once overcoming the pass, the rest of the way is a descent towards the ruins of Sayacmarca located at 3,600m. In the Inca times, they used it as control post for the roads connecting to Machu Picchu. Then through a beautiful cloud forest, we will continue up to the pass of Phuyupatamarca at 3,670m. From here, we will descend down a number of stone steps that at the end are very tiring. The trail leads finally to Wiñayhuayna camp located at 2,700 meters.
The day begins earlier than usual, at about 04:30 am in order to make our final trek towards the city of Machu Picchu. After one and a half hours, we arrive at the Inti Punku at 2,700m, from where we will have the first impressive views of the majestic Inca City of Machu Picchu. From here, it is only one hour more to arrive at the city and enjoy a guided visit of the most important places. 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 from where we take train back to Ollantaytambo and from here by car we transfer you to your hotel in Cusco.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport (or train or bus station) and flight to Lima airport where you arrive in time for your international flight connection.
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