Inca Trail 2018 Join us for the Experience of a Lifetime... !!!
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US$ 1,040.00 p/person
(Based on Double / Triple accommodation)
USD$ 50.00 Discount with ISIC student card or childs under 16.
Single supplement US$160.00
It is important to be in good physical condition to make this moderate rated but truly rewarding trek. If you want to visit a number of stunning Inca sites linked by a beautiful stone pathway built in the midst of the most incredible scenery in rising altitudes. A good mix of culture, nature, archaeology and scenic beauty. ..then this is for you! Book early, Get in shape, Get good boots and have fun... !
Grade of difficulty: Moderate.
Bus and Train
Program.- Cusco, Sacred Valley guided tour, Maras, Moras & Salt mines guided tour, Classic Inca Trail hike with 6 Kg porterage service. 8 Day / 7 Nights Tour.
Day 1.- Reception at Cusco´s airport and transfer to Hotel Marqueses.
(Afternoon guided Tour to Koricancha, Cathedral, Saqsawaman & Inca sites)
Day 2.- Sacred Valley Tour with Lunch (from 8am to 6pm), Hotel Marqueses.
Day 3.- Maras Moray and Salt mines tour (9am to 4pm).Hotel Marqueses.
Day 4,5,6,7 -4D/3N Inca Trail hike return to Cusco. Hotel Marqueses.
Day 8.- Transfer to the airport or bus terminal. (End of our services).
BOUTIQUE MARQUESES HOTEL Special.-: Free up-grade to our DELUXE ROOM or Suite room in this tour / Package for early bookings (6 months in advance) **
Admire the magical Cusco, The Rome of South America, Saqsaywaman and Qoricancha the golden Inca temple, explore the Sacred Valley with the famous Pisac town and walk to Machupicchu through the Classic Inca Trail trek and reach this secret and beautiful place like the Incas did through the top of the mountains... is a perfect combination for outdoor travelers and adventure seekers, with a lot of flexibility in each tour if you have personal challenges and interests or privacy, you don`t tour with the same people the whole trip. You are very welcome to join us in our trek tour which we consider is a modern age pilgrimage for soul and body which nobody can miss it !!!
Day 1: Reception at Cusco airport and transfer to your Hotel Marqueses. Reception in Cusco airport and Transfer to your Hotel in Cusco , Rest and acclimatize as you are now at 3,400 mts above sea level. If you are feeling up to it.. Optional Afternoon: At 13:45 pm Guided Cusco City Tour : Koricancha " Sun Temple" , Cusco Principal Cathedral, Saqsayhuaman Inca Complex,Tambo Machay,Qenqo and Puca-Pucara. Accommodation:Hotel Marqueses
Day 2: Cusco, Sacred Valley Tour (Pisac, Pisac Market, Urubamba, Yucay, Ollantaytambo, Chincheros, Cusco. At 8.20am meet at SAS Travel office or transfer from your hotel at earlier time if coordinated. 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 you to buy lunch. 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. On our return, we quickly visit the famous church and archeological site in Chincheros, arriving to Cusco at about 6.30-7:00pm. Hotel Marqueses.
Minimum Altitude:3,400 masl
Distance Travelled:160 Km.
Approximate Walking Time:Full Day.
Day 3: Maras, Moray and Salt Mines guided tour from 09:00 to 15:00 Hrs. Hotel Marqueses. 7.00 pm Pre-departure briefing for Inca Trail trek. MORAY a further breathtaking 20 kms drive with the beautiful snowcapped Chicon and Veronica mountains in the Cordillera Vilcanota as a backdrop we continue through to Moray. In Moray we visit “ the Inca agricultural greenhouse or laboratory”, consisting of four platforms amphitheater style or. Has a depth of 150 meters, the overlapping concentric circular stone rings widen as they rise. It was an experimental place to study the adaptation of plants to new ecosystems. MARAS/ SALINERAS (Salt mines) located 7 miles from Moray at altitude of 3, 380 m is a small village, as a model of a miniature city. Famous for its salt mines, made up of about 3000 small wells with an area average size of about 5 ms ². These were already exploited since Inca times as a means of economic exchange and securities. Very interesting to see how the salt is recovered from these mines and the lives of those who work here. Night at Hotel Marqueses.
Day 4: Inca trail Piskacucho Km 82, Patallaqta Cusichaka, Wayllabamba, Ayapata 3 stones. Early pick-up from your hotel will begin around 5:30 am to board our private transportation. Make sure you carry your original passport or ISIC card. Our journey from Cusco to Piskacucho takes approximately 3 hours, with many beautiful views of the Sacred Valley, the Urubamba River, Andean towns, and the Inca town of Ollantaytambo. Along the way, we will stop to stretch our legs, use the bathroom, and enjoy breakfast, before continuing on to Piscacucho (2,680 m / 8,790 ft). There we will meet our camp crew and the porters who will carry our belongings during our 35-mile hike. Passports in hand, we clear the official Inca Trail check point, cross a suspension footbridge across the Urubamba River, and begin our trek with a gentle climb. We have three hours on relatively level terrain as we follow the course of the river, rewarded with superb views of Mount Veronica (5,750 m). The easy walk passes through a forest of giant cactus and native bushes. At Miskay we take the trail to the left, ascending gradually to Willkaraccay high above the mouth of the Cusichaca River and across from the Inca town of Llactapata (Terrace Town). Our vantage point is from a flat bluff above the extensive site, which was built as a fort because it commands the entrance to the Cusichaca Valley. The terracing system was used during Inca times for growing maize, a prestige crop that needed irrigation in the dry highlands. After a short rest, we continue another 15 minutes down to our lunch site at Tayaroc. Our path is adorned with native flowers and bromeliads growing in the boulders along the left side, and by majestic views of the mountains in both valleys. Walking times are always approximate, depending on weather conditions, group ability and other factors. After lunch, another 3-4 hours will bring us to the village of Wayllabamba (3,000 m / 9,840 ft), followed by an uphill climb through woods and along a stream to our first camp at Ayapata (3,300 m / 10,824 ft). You will be rewarded with Te Macho and a buffet dinner. Buenas Noches!!!
Maximum Altitude:3,300 m/10,824 ft
Minimum Altitude:2,680 m/8,790 ft
Distance Travelled:12 Km approx.
Approximate Walking Time:Approximate Walking Time:Approximate Walking Time: 6-7 hours / Ascent up: 620 m
Day 5: Ayapata 3 stones, Llulluchayoq, Dead woman`s pass, Pacaymayo, Runkuracay, Sayacmarka, Chakicocha After breakfast, we depart from the Ayapata camp around 7:00 am. This is our longest day, but one rewarded with spectacular views down several valleys and up to the surrounding snow-covered peaks. We will put in a 5-hour hike to reach our lunch camp in the Pacaymayo Valley, then another 3-4 hours to our night camp at Chakicocha. We begin with a 900-m ascent up to the Warmiwanusca (Dead Woman’s) Pass at 4,200 m/13,776 ft. Along the way, we ascend steeply uphill through the Corralpunku Valley to the Llulluchayoc Zone, where you can see several species of birds. With luck we’ll see hummingbirds, falcons and black-chested buzzard eagles. We’ll soon enter a beautiful cloud forest, or polylepis woodland, and the treeless grasslands of the puna. From this point, you can see the highest pass ahead. The path climbs for two more hours along a large number of steps, some of them newly laid to protect the mountain from erosion. You can walk at your own pace, stopping to catch your breath whenever you like. This last hard climb brings us to Dead Woman’s Pass, the first of two that we will cross today. Once the full group reaches this pass, we take a rest break before beginning a steep descent into the Pacaymayo Valley on the other side. You’ll find that your energy returns as we proceed along this downhill segment toward a generous lunch and rest. In the afternoon we begin a second ascent, this time to the ruins at Runcuracay, located a bit below the Runcuracay Pass (3,950 m / 12,956 ft). From the pass, in clear weather, you can look back to the Dead Woman’s Pass and forward to a breath-taking sweep of snow-capped peaks. These include the 6,000-m Pumasillo (Puma’s Claw) massif. From here, most of the trail is downhill or gently undulating until we reach the impressive ruins at Sayacmarca. After some exploration, another 20 minutes bring us to Chakicocha (3,400 m / 11,000 ft). This will be our coldest night on the trail, at around +3 degrees C in December and -4 C in June. Tea time and Buffet Dinner.
Maximum Altitude:4,200 m / 13,776 ft
Minimum Altitude:3,000 m/9,840 ft
Distance Travelled:10 Km approx.
Approximate Walking Time:Approximate Walking Time: 5-6 hours / Ascent up: 900 m
Day 6: Chakicocha, Aobamba Valley, Phuyupatamarka, Intipata, Winaywayna
Chakicocha, Aobamba Valley, Phuyupatamarka, Intipata, Winaywayna. At sunrise, you will catch sight of Sayacmarca back along the trail, perched on the side of one of the many mountains that surround our campsite. Today’s hike is exceptionally beautiful because we will pass the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, Winaywayna and Intipata, and enjoy dramatic vistas of the Aobamba Valley. This stretch of the trail is of well-kept paved stone, still in great condition after many centuries. Your lungs will appreciate the fact that today’s hike is much more down than up, and significantly shorter than yesterday’s. In getting to Phuyupatamarca (the Town of the Clouds), we will pass through the first of two short, natural tunnels in the mountains. After visiting this site, we will descend about 2,000 stone steps to Winaywayna. If you have not had any knee problems up to this point, you may after this descent. If you have had prior knee injuries, we recommend the use of trekking poles, and perhaps an extra porter, to relieve some of the stress on your joints. Around mid-day, we will arrive at the site of Winaywayna, which we will explore before completing a short additional hike to our camp site for the night (2,700 m / 8,856 ft). After lunch, we will visit the adjacent site of Intipata with its dramatic terrances. A number of creature comforts will be available at this camp site. There is a bar and a small gift shop, and best of all, hot showers for a small fee. There will also be many more trekkers gathering here, ready for the final hike into Machu Picchu tomorrow. We therefore recommend taking extra care of your personal belongings here. Keep an eye on your daypacks and don’t leave anything outside your tent at night. Tea time and Buffet Dinner.
Maximum Altitude:3,750 m / 12,300 ft
Minimum Altitude:2,700 m / 8,856 ft
Distance Travelled:10 Km approx.
Approximate Walking Time:Approximate Walking Time: 5-6 hours / Descent : 700 m
Day 7: Winaywayna, Machu Picchu. Aguas Calientes. Train return to Cusco. Hotel Marqueses. We will get up very early - around 4:00 am - to get to Inti Punku (the Sun Gate), overlooking Machu Picchu for the first rays of the sunrise. This will be a hike of 1-2 hours, with significant upward stretches in the last half. You will be hiking in darkness, so a headlamp is strongly recommended. From Inti Punku, a final easy 40-minute hike will bring us to the entrance to Machu Picchu itself. The trail ends at a series of terraces, which present classic views of the overall city. We will continue on to explore the site, with explanations provided by the trek guide(s). The formal tour will end in the late morning, after which there will be a couple of hours for more exploring on your own, or to just collapse under a tree in the central plaza area. If you are exhausted just come day to Aguas Calientes and relax in the hot springs. Around 13.45 pm Bus down to Aguas Calientes and the participants of the group will gather at Hostel Viajeros to have our celebration lunch. At 16:00 Hrs we walk few minutes to the train station to board Expedition train return to Cusco. From Poroy train station a bus to Plaza San Francisco (Tour bus terminal) near Hotel Marqueses.
Minimum Altitude:2,400 m / 7,872 ft (Machupicchu) 2000 Aguas Calientes
Distance Travelled:8 Km approx plus exploration of Machu Picchu
Approximate Walking Time:Approximate Walking Time: 6-7 hours / Descent : 300 m
Day 8. Last Day in Cusco, Time to relax. Transfer to the Airport. We recommend to book a mid day flight to Lima. Transfer to the Airport for your flight to Lima or next destination.