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US$ 985.00 p/person
(Based on Double / Triple accommodation)
From Jan 1st 2016 USD$ 995 pp
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" 4 Day Inca Trail Trek, Pisac, Ollanta & Magic Cusco " DAILY DEPARTURES upon availability.
Availability : Daily Departures
Shared Service with English speaking tour guides
Minimum: 2 participants.
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... !
Shared Service with English speaking tour guides
Minimum: 2 participants.
Grade of difficulty: Moderate to Challenging.
The Inca Trail: There are many trails built by Incas in Peru and South America, but there is one Inca Trail-the one that was the Incas "Royal highway" to Machupicchu. 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 camps 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 !!
Cusco, Sacred Valley Tour with a night in Ollantaytambo, Classic INCA TRAIL hike with 6 Kg porterage and Aguas Calientes town 8 Day / 7 Night tour.
Day 1.- Arrive to Cusco. Transfer to Hotel Marqueses. Cusco Tour.
Day 2.- Sacred Valley tour. Apu Lodge or SolPeru Hotel in Ollantaytambo.
Day 3 to 7.- Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu. Extra 6 Kg personal porter service
Day 7.- Arrive to Machu Picchu. Night in Aguas Calientes with Dinner.
Day 8.- Train return at 08:45am to Ollantaytambo van to Cusco. Arrive at 13.00 Hrs
MARQUESES Boutique Hotel.- FREE Upgrade to Deluxe room booking (8-4 months before). (Oxygen assistance, Free Internet & WIFI, free bags storage and coca leaf tea.)
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. Afternoon: At 13:45 pm Guided Cusco City Tour : Koricancha " Sun Temple" , Cusco Principal Cathedral, Saqsayhuaman Inca Complex,Tambo Machay,Qenqo and Puca-Pucara.
Please note if you are organising any pre or post tour accomodation you can organise the city tour for any day not necesarily the day of you arrival.
Transfer from Hotel Marqueses at approximately 8.30am and travel from Cusco past Saqsaywaman and 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 delicious buffet 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.
At approximately 4pm the sacred valley tour group return to Cusco but the people who are doing the Sacred Valley Combo tour will be taken to the Hotel in Ollantaytambo ( Apu lodge or Ollantaytambo lodge or similar Hotel) with private bathroom.
Settle in and then enjoy sunset in the valley, have a dinner in the plaza. (we highly recommend Panaka Grill and Hearts Cafe) and relax before the start of your trek the next day.
Hotel in Ollantaytambo. Apu lodge or similar
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Day Trek At 06:00 am a spectacular early morning drive through the Sacred Valley takes us to our trailhead at Km. 82 Piskacucho After meeting our staff and porters you will set out, crossing a footbridge to hike a gentle two hours down the Urubamba canyon, and then visit imposing sculpted Inca farming terraces and the settlement of Llaqtapata on the banks of the Cusichaca side river. We then climb a short way up the Cusichaca valley to Huayllabamba, where we camp.
12 km approx
The Inca Trail trek adventure We climb the steep-sided Llullucha valley past a rushing stream and through enchanting subtropical woodland. Crossing the rim of a small plateau, we find ourselves in the puna, the treeless grasslands of the high Andes. The trail traverses an open slope opposite mighty mountain crags as we ascend to the first and highest pass, Warmiwañusca (4,200m). Here we encounter spectacular views of the trail ahead to the second pass, and look back to the sweeping snowpeaks Huayanay and valleys We then follow the trail to the floor of the Pacaymayo valley, where we camp for the night.
16 km approx
The Inca Trail trek adventure This morning, we pick up an Inca stairway and ascend again past the small Inca site of Runkuracay. As we reach the second pass, the landscape opens onto spectacular new views to the snowpeaks of the Pumasillo range. We descend to the ruins of Sayacmarca ( Inaccessible Town), an intricate labyrinth of houses, plazas and water channels, perched precariously on a rocky spur overlooking the Aobamba valley. The Inca trail, now a massive buttressed structure of granite paving stones, continues along the steep upper fringes of the cloud forest through a colorful riot of orchids, bromeliads, mosses and ferns. At the third pass pinnacles topped with Inca viewing platforms overlook the archaeological complex of Phuyupatamarca (Cloud-level Town).Pausing to explore the maze of Inca stone towers, fountains and stairways that spills down the mountainside here, we begin a long descent through ever-changing layers of cloud forest. An Inca stairway partly cut from living granite leads us finally to our camp by the ruins of Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young), the largest and most exquisite of the Inca Trail sites.
Maximum Altitude: 3750m/12,337ft
Minimum Altitude: 2700m/8883ft
Distance Travelled: 10 Km approx.
Approximate Walking Time: 5-6 hours
10 Km approx.
Early wake up at 04:30 am for a fast breakfast, pack our belongings and be ready first at the line,( campsite`s door will open at 05:30 am) The hike takes us an hour toward a gentle up walk through lush, humid cloud-forest of giant ferns and broad-leaf vegetation, well preserved stone road and stair with a wonderful views of the Valley of Torontoy. Suddenly after an hour we cross and arrive to the stone threshold of Intipunku (Sun`s Gate) first great view of the whole city and forested peaks framing the magical city of Machu Picchu.
We complete the final leg down the royal Inca road past outlying shrines and buildings and into the heart of Machu Picchu, where we spend the rest of the morning with a guided tour of the highlights and some individual exploring among Machu Picchu's multitude of hidden rocks and corners; after your guided visit in this sanctuary later on you will have a free time for picture or exploration in your own. (Machupicchu, the lost city of the Incas, where the last emperors, priests and priestesses took refuge and where the empire survived for 40 years after the arrival of the Spaniards. Secret and mysterious citadel from the time of Pachacutec Inca Yupanqui (IX-Inca`s Dinasty) emperor, his presumed constructor. Then apparently its existence was even well-known only by the authorities and the priests of the Tawantinsuyo “The four lands of the empire”. Machupicchu prodigy of architecture of aesthetic recklessness and by the magestic and harmony of its forms, by the impeccable organization of its terraces, stairs, buildings, patios, passages that are set up in this nest of condors, surrounded by mountains, between the mountain range and the forest like but the extraordinary constructive feat of the pre-Hispanic man)
You can spend few more hours in this unique place and take the last bus to Aguas Calientes at 5:00 pm , and relax at the hot springs, 10 minutes near Hoste Viajeros.
If you want to climb Huayna Picchu you must book and pay for this in advance as permits are limited. (Extra cost of $70 per person). See other option in section called Recommendations re Huayna Picchu: Otherwise a walk to Inca Bridge it is a great option without any payment. OR
In the early afternoon (13:00 / 14:00 hrs) a bus takes us down to the foot of the mountain to the small town of Aguas Calientes where we will have our last meal together in the Hostel Viajeros. If you want to reward yourself though for surviving the trek we recommend to upgrade this night to a nice hotel! See Recommendations:
Hostel Viajeros or choose from one of the upgraded Hotel options in Recomendations
At 9:00 am train return to Ollantaytambo village and van to Cusco arriving at approx 13:00 pm
Adios Cusco Magìco,
Free morning then transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima, Arequipa, Puno ( Juliaca ) or Puerto Maldonado.