Day by Day Itinerary
* Price based in sharing one tent 2 people and double room in the
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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