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Machu Picchu... is probably the most awe- inspiring sight in South America, an absolute must on any trip to the southern continent. A mountain- top sanctuary used by the Inca rulers in times of distress, it was so well hidden that its existence was hardly dreamed of until its discovery in 1911 by Hiram Bingham. There are magnificent ruins with temples, houses, fountains, water channels, and a cementery. A strangely cut stone altar, where the priests "tied the sun" at the times of the equinoxes, overlooks the fantastically beautiful Sacred Valley. Lost city of the Incas hidden high in the Andean mountains.
MachuPicchu...There are ruins- and there are ruins MachuPicchu is definitely the latter- a place so stunning it´s almost difficult to belive it exists. There´s the setting: soaring peaks clad in layers of steamy cloud forest.Then there are the ruins themselves: engineering marvels that have withstood half a dozen centuries worth of earthquakes and inclement weather, and of course, there´s the history: the Inca citadel that remained shrounded in forest until its rediscovery in the early 20th century. All around... and awesome sight.
We offer a multiples ways to see this modern marvel. Machu Picchu...The magnificent mountaintop citadel.
INCA TRAIL TREK TO MACHUPICCHU.- The continent´s most famous pedestrian roadway is a tourist attraction in its own right. Snaking through the cloud forest for 43 winding kilometers. Its destiantion is the famous Intipunku -or Sun Gate- the point at which weary trekkers can catch their first extravagant glimpse of the ruins at MachuPicchu. While there are countless ancient roads all over Peru. The Inca Trail with its mix of majestic views, staggering mountain passes and cluster of ruins- remains the traveler favorite.
Probably the best way to visit this fantastic and magycal place. The famous "Inca Trail" which connects the city of Cusco to Machupicchu's sacred citadel, is only a small part and tangential huge network of Inca roads. There were many trails built by Incas in Peru and South America, but there is only one Inca Trail, the one that is connecting to Machupicchu the Inca`s "Royal Sacred Highway" The Capac Ñan (in Quechua 'the road of the Inca king') or Inca Trail is the name given to the extensive trail system of 25 to 30 thousand kilometers linked and connected to the main axis of the road network Tahuantinsuyo (the Inca Empire.) All roads of the empire were linked to Cusco, the imperial capital, from which emerge a series of roads connecting the various peoples of the Inca Empire. During the Inca Empire was a means of integration for the Inca imperial expansion in the political-administrative, socio-economic, social, cultural and environmental.
Hiram Bingham, discoverer of Machupicchu in 1911, found the trail in 1915. The highway was traced and explored in more details in 1942 by the Viking Expedition with Paul Fejos 1941.
There is nothing like the feeling of discovery you get when, after 4 days of hiking stone-paved Inca pathways, you finally ascend the last trail, walk to the arch of Intipunku ("Gate of the Sun"), and see spread before you Machupicchu, the beautiful, enigmatic, "lost city" of the Incas. To arrive on foot, as the Incas did, is to step back in time and feel a real link with Inca history. The Inca Trail to Machupicchu is a classic hike. There are few short hikes anywhere in the world that can offer such a mix of jungle and sierra, so many secluded ruins to explore en route, and such stunning mountain views- plus the thrill of culminating at the most famous archaeological site on the continent... MachuPicchu.
Walking the Inca Trail with SAS Travel, Fully portered trek where your comfort is our prime responsibility, we make sure that you get the best experience of your holiday while you interact with the locals, explore and rediscover remote ancient Inca buildings, learning some Quechua words and history, take in the stunning landscape surrounding you and simply feel one with mother nature, while we carry your gear, prepare your meals, set up your tents avoiding crowded campsites and take care of all your requirements. At SAS Travel we want you to worry about nothing but getting the maximum out of your trip... just exceeding your expectations !! Tours designed with passion by experts and great value for money !
NEED TO KNOW
Six Months Before.- Make a reservation for trekking the Inca Trail.
Three Months.- Buy domestic airplane tickets within Peru.
One Month.- Make hotel reservation
Inca Trail Closes for maintenance for the entire month of February.
SALKANTAY & MACHUPICCHU 4 DAY / 3 NIGHT Trek -Private Service:
This trek takes you around Mount Salkantay, the second largest mountain in the Cusco region (6271m/20,568ft), On the first night, you'll camp within clear sight of the snow capped peak of Salkantay mountain. The second day will be the longest day of the tour, and while you work a bit harder to get there, the views at the top are even more rewarding. The walk to reach the famous Apacheta Pass at 4,600m/15,088ft) (the Inca Trail's 'Dead Woman’s Pass' is only 4,200m/13,776ft)) is not strenuous neither very steep, afterward it is mainly descent into a more tropical area passing Andenes and Chaullay on the far side of the mountain.
We`ll take the forty five minute train ride from the famous Hydro Electric Dam and then spend the rest of the 3th evening relaxing in the town and hotsprings of Aguas Calientes. Early in the morning you take the bus (or walk if desired) up to Machu Picchu for your guided tour, a well deserved reward but many say the trek is a prize in itself!
Discover Cuzco the ancient capital city of the great Incas Empire where only nobles and privileged people had their residence. Enchanting Cusco, discover their ancient treasures as Koricancha the temple of the sun once decorated with gold and silver before the arriving of spanish conquest in 1534. Explore the typical Ruins & Market of Pisaq, the legendary Sacred Valley of the Incas with Yucay, Urubamba, the Inca living town of Ollantaytambo, Chincheros with its Colonial XVII century church and Inca residence.
Visit Machu Picchu in classic style by train and overnight below the Lost City of the Incas.
Travel to Puno and visit the highest navigable lake in the world.. Uros Taquile and Amantani Islands in the Titicaca Lake and finally see condors flying at Colca Canyon in Chivay near Arequipa.
4 Day/ 4 Night Inca Trail trek (with an extra night in Aguas Calientes town after your trek)
Adventages of this Tour: Allows you to spend more extra time in Machupicchu after your guided tour and you can explore in your own other amazing areas at this unique sanctuary and return again to the temples or sectors for pictures or rituals.
Gives you an opportunity to climb Huaynapicchu mountain on Day 4th or the next day (Organize a Ticket in advance directly with the Park Office US$ 70.00 fee per person or let us know to purchase your ticket) or walk to the Inca Bridge trail still without any restrictions. Walk downhill for an hour to Aguas Calientes town.
Visit the renewed Julio C Tello- Museum and the Botanical & Orchids Garden near Puente Ruinas (old Machupicchu Train Station).
Relax in the Hot Springs open pools at late afternoon at town (10 soles) if you like or get to bed early after a big day. Dinner at Hostal Viajeros and accommodation in private rooms
Please Note: Hostel Viajeros is not a 3 star hotel but it is clean, safe and comfortable palce with a friendly and very helpfull staff. They have private Twin, Double and Triple rooms, with small private bathrooms and hot gas water system. We try to include an economcal accommodation option for this tour package to make it affordable and accessible for everyone but we recommend that if you are wanting better accomodation in Aguas Calientes to celebrate your accomplishment of the Inca trail or any other special event then please see optional up-grade hotels in Aguas Calientes and we can reserve for you.
In truth the first 4 days are the exact same Inca trail experience of the traditional trek but what makes this package amazing is the Inkaterra experience that you truly deserve after trekking 4 days.
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US$20 Discount for ISIC International student card holders. Please send us a scanned copy at the time of your booking and bring with you your card to validate your permit for the tour.
If you are a group of 6 person already you can open a new departure date according to your itinerary, price of the tour will be as a group rate.
If you request a new group service date (and there are more than 200 permits and not within 3 days of another date for group service ) then if we are unable to get others to join you and confirm the group price then we can provide a free night in Hotel Marqueses, for the night before the tour for free, to compensate for the higher cost of the tour as private.. This offer is not for those requesting a private tour, only for those requesting group tour if we cannot get 6 people for their requested date.