Inca Trail 2018 Join us for the Experience of a Lifetime... !!!
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US$ 1,390.00 p/person
(Based on Double / Triple accommodation)
USD$ 40.00 Discount with ISIC international student card or childs under 16 y/o
Single Supplement for solo traveler USD$ 175.00 extra (Single room).
Cusco, Sacred Valley Pisac, Ollantaytambo, SHORT INCA TRAIL, Colca Canyon to see condors, Floating Islands at Titikaca Lake 10 Day/ 9 Night.
Day 1: Arrival to Cusco. Transfer to Hotel Marqueses. Afternoon City Tour: Temple of the Sun, Tambo Machay. Night Hotel Marqueses
Day 2: Sacred Valley of the Inkas. Pisac, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, Chincheros. (Lunch included) Traditional Dances & Music in Cusco. Hotel Marqueses
Day 3: Early train to Km 104 (Start of Inca Trail) 6 Hrs walk to Machupicchu (pack lunch) arrive for the sunset. Time for great views. Bus to Aguas Calientes . Hostal & Dinner. Time to Hot springs.
Day 4: Bus to Machupicchu, guided tour, extra time for walks, Pack lunch Train return to Cusco. Hotel Marqueses
Day 5: Transfer to Bus Station. Inka Express Vip bus to Puno (Lunch included). Transfer to Hotel Qalasaya
Day 6: Floating Island tour to Uros and Amantani Lake Titicaca. Night with the Islanders with Dinner included.
Day 7: Taquile Islands lunch -return to Puno by 5pm Qalasaya Hotel
Day 8: Bus from Puno to Chivay to see the Condors at Colca Canyon Hotel in Chivay
Day 9: Colca Canyon Tour and continue to Arequipa. Castillo Hotel
Day 10: Afternoon Transfer to the airport. Flight to Lima.
BOUTIQUE MARQUESES HOTEL: Free up-grade to our DELUXE ROOM or Suite room in this tour / Package for early bookings (6-4 months in advance)
Reception in Cusco airport and Transfer to Hotel Marqueses.
At 13:45 pm Guided Cusco Excursion; City Tour, Koricancha " Sun Temple" ,Cusco Cathedral, Saqsayhuaman Inca Complex, Tambo Machay, Qenqo and Puca-Pucara. Overnight in Hotel Marqueses.
At 8.20 am meet at SAS Travel office. In a tourist bus, we travel from Cusco past Saqsaywaman & Tambomachay, over the mountains toward the Sacred Valley. We descend 1500 feet to the valley floor of the sacred Urubamba river and the village of Pisac where we will visit a traditional market and you can buy some local souveniers. We then drive up to explore the extensive ruins of Pisac with stunning views over the valley. On the guided walk into the Citadel of Pisac you can observe temples, residences, altars, channels, carvings, tunnels/caves and the famous Intihuatana “The hitching post of the Sun",
For those who would prefer to spend more time in the market instead of visiting the ruins, advise your guide so he can organise a time and place to pick you up when returning through the market.
We continue on to Urubamba where we stop for a lunch at Inkalicius. A further 30 mins drive takes us to Ollantaytambo surrounded by the sacred mountains, where we will again discover the magnificence of the Incan constructions, the amazing temple of the Sun, enormous blocks of rock perfectly carved and polished, stone water fountains, stairs, terraces and the beauty of the local people in their traditional dress, all surrounded by the sacred mountains and Valley of Patacancha and Willoq. Hotel Apu Lodge Dinner not included.
For the next day you will need only a small day pack and your passport (the rest of your luggage will be returned by our driver to Hotel Marqueses in Cusco or coordinate this in Cusco.
At 05:45 am your guide will come to your Hotel. Train from Ollantaytambo to Km 104. One hour and 45 minutes train ride to the kilometer 104 (start of the hike). As soon as we arrive to this point we will cross a bridge to the check out point and show your passports then we will start a soft walk into the other side of the Vilcanota river the trail heads off to the right towards the ruins of Chachabamba. After a visit in Chachabamba, we`ll continue the trail heads south and begin climbing the mountain, before entering the cloud forest. Then the trail leaves the forest and goes west while continuing the uphill hike in open grassland. After hiking in the sun for about three hours, the trail descends into a shaded forest. This is where trekkers can enjoy a beautiful waterfall. After leaving the waterfall and forest, trekkers will arrive at the lower part of the incredible ruins of Wiñaywayna. It is recommended that you start the trek with at least 2 litres of water.
After lunch in Wiñaywayna we continue through a cloud forest full of bromelias, orchids and fern trees. You will walk the last part of the original trail with amazing features stone steps and tambos “resting places” and climb the 60 steps before arriving to the Inti Punku or "Sun`s Gate". From this point you will be able to contemplate and observe this marvelous place, last 45 minutes to be on front of this wonder, where you can feel an inner peace. Spend a short time for pictures and views then we prepare our mind for the next early morning, time to take a bus for 30 minutes to Aguas Calientes town. Hot springs pools are optional or just free time to chill out at this small village.
Accommodation in private rooms, Hotel Viajeros or similar level accommodation.
This is all considered a low altitude hike, but you would want to be fit. Dinner included.
Early breakfast re-live the history and the mysterious world of the Incas, we take the first bus up at approx 05.30 am and arrive at the ruins at 06.00 am. This time is still not so crowded so we take advantage of the tranquility of this sacred site ; Guided Tour of Machupicchu. This enigmatic city is explored for Approx 2 hrs and their mysteries and archaeological information will be explained by your expert guide, ( you generally have approx 4 hrs extra free time but depends on train timetables in high season.) Option to climb to the Huayna Picchu mountain check availability and pay an extra fee, Sometimes guided tour is after Huaynapicchu.) Around 3:00 pm bus down to Aguas Calientes for your Train return. The train departs Aguas Calientes late in the afternoon. (16:30 pm to Cusco ) transport to Cusco arriving at 9:00 pm approx) Hotel Marqueses
At 06:20 am Transfer from your hotel in Cusco to the bus Station to travel by the Inka Express VIP Tourist Bus to Puno. Accompanied by an English speaking guide for tours of 3 sites along the way; Andahuaylillas, Racchi and Puca Pukara with spectacular views. (entrance to 3 sites not included = total US$15, not mandatory) Buffet Lunch near Sicuani town. Arrival around 5pm Transfer to Hotel in Puno. Accommodation on double basis, private bathroom and breakfast. Hotel Qalasaya. Short evening briefing for any last minute queries. Dinner not included. Ask rec to reception.
Meals:Lunch Accommodation:Hotel Puno Qalasaya
Between 7.35- 8.00am Transfer from the hotel to the port and by motor boat we take you to one of the legendary Uros Islands where you can observe the lives of the Uros people who live on floating reed islands, some only 20 metres in length. After a beautiful 3hr boat ride we reach Amantani island where we will break into smaller groups to stay with the local families. You have the opportunity to trek to the top of the mountain (4150 mtrs) to see the Temples of the Pachamama and Pachatata and enjoy the traditional customs of the island people. Food and authentic music prepared and performed by your designated family. BLD
Meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Accommodation:Rustic accomodation on Island
Maximum Altitude:4150 masl
Distance Travelled:around 3 hours in boat so bring some water and snacks
Night with the Islanders
After breakfast we take a short boat ride to the neighboring Taquile island, where we will tour around the ruins and visit these beautiful people, world famous for their intricate and fascinating weavings, After lunch we take the return trip to Puno. Arrival in the afternoon and transfer back to hotel approx 5-6 pm. Meals:Breakfast Lunch Accommodation:Hotel Puno Qalasaya***
At 6:00 am transfer for bus transport to Chivay depart Puno 6.30 beautiful journey through to Chivay where you can truly appreciate the Pre-Inca farming Terraces / platforms know as "andenerias". Approx 12.45pm you will join the part of group that starts from Arequipa and continue tour from here together for lunch and then to see the beautiful landscapes, local people.
At 15:00 our private transport will transfer to us towards the colorful town "pueblito" of Coporaque, from where we will initiate an walk of approximately 2 hours, to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and nature of this side of the valley; as well as a pre-Inca cemetery located in the skirts of a mountain. You will notice that this region was intensively populated by andean people communities.
At 17:00 on return from the walk you have the opportunity to enjoy the thermal baths in the limekiln whose thermo-medicinals waters oscillate between 35º to 38º degrees Celsius of temperature in the swimming pools. (US$ 3 entry).
At 20:00 Hrs Dinner (not included) accompanied of a show folkloric; be ready for the Peru andean dances.
Accommodation in Chivay: Hotel Pozo del Cielo.
Hotel Pozo del Cielo. Chivay.
Early breakfast, we continue 06:30 in our private transport to the view-point called " Cruz del Cóndor " about 1.5 hour drive into this National Park where you have a very beautiful view of the Colca Canyon. This is also the place where you should be able to observe several flying condors, sometimes passing very close to you (up to a few meters). Just near this area your tour guide will show you the Pre-inca tombs hanging in the mountains. Plenty of time to spend in this natural region for pictures and gentle walking around the San Pedro cactus area. On the return we will stop in the towns of Pinchollo, Maca and Yanque, with their beautiful colonial churches, as well as in the viewpoints of Choquetico and Antahuilque, from where we will observe impressive andenería farming platforms of the valley, and tombs in pre-Incas scale models.
Lunch at 13:00 then transport to the City of Arequipa 17:00 to 18:00 Hrs.
Accommodation:Posada del Castillo Hotel.
Castillo Hotel Arequipa.
Bound to have some washing to do!!! Leave it with the hotel while you relax and enjoy Arequipa. It's just such a lovely place to wander around so perhaps you might like to explore the colonial centre, with its churches and museums? For some hustle and bustle you could check out the local markets or, to get that perfect photo, maybe take a walk up to the Yanahuara mirador for a stunning view of the El Misti volcano? Meals:Breakfast