Inca Trail 2018 Join us for the Experience of a Lifetime... !!!
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US$ 2,280.00 p/person
(Based on Double / Triple accommodation)
US$ 50.00 Discount with ISIC card
Single supplemmnet extra USD$ 290.00
Marca PERU 15 Days. Daily Departures !!!
Magic Cusco, Sacred Valley of the Inkas, Inca Trail hike to Machupicchu, Aguas Calientes, Floating Islands at Titikaca Lake, Colca Canyon in Arequipa, Nazca Lines Flight & Ballestas Islands,Lima.
Day 1: Arrive to Cusco. Reception and transfer to Hotel
Day 2: Cusco Free Morning. Afternoon Cusco City Tour Hotel
Day 3: Sacred Valley tour breafing for IncaTrail trek at 7 pm
Day 4: Classic 4 Day Inca Trail trek with shared porter 8 Kg per person.
Day 5: Classic 4 Day Inca Trail trek Woman`s Pass Camp in Chaqui.
Day 6: Classic 4 Day Inca Trail trek Sayaqmarca and Wiñaywayna.
Day 7: 4 Day Inca Trail trek Machupicchu, Night in A.Calientes
Day 8: Train at 9:00am return to Cusco, Hotel Marqueses.
Day 9: VIP class Cusco to Puno bus (Titikaca Lake) Hotel in Puno.
Day 10: Boat to Uros + Amantani islands, meals B,L,D
Day 11: Taquile island, return to Puno by boat Hotel in Puno.
Day 12: Puno to Chivay bus, condors and Canyon. Hotel Pozo del.
Day 13: Chivay to Arequipa bus, bus to Nazca arrive at 6.00 am
Day 14: Flight Nazca Lines, tour 2 hrs. Bus to Paracas Hotel.
Day 15: 8 am Boat to Ballestas, Paracas Park. At 13.30 Bus to Lima.
(Bus Terminal at Javier Prado -Miraflores, end of our service). Official Taxis inside the terminal available).
HOTEL MARQUESES SPECIAL: Free up-grade to our DELUXE room or Suite room in this Package for early bookings (5-6 months in advance.) Free storage while you are touring in Cusco.
Check in for your flight 2 hours before departure using the E tickets we send you.
Reception in Cusco airport and Transfer to Marqueses Boutique Hotel where they will welcome you with cups of coca leaf tea a traditional drink to minimize the efects of altitude, Relax,rest and acclimatise. We advise you to get an early flight so you can just spend your first 2 hours in Cusco seriously doing nothing but trying to breathe!!
If you are feeling fine this afternoon you can go to the Cusco Folk Dances and Music at Cusco Art Center in the main Ave el Sol. which are included on your tourist ticket 6.30pm 10 min slow walk from Hotel Marqueses.
At 13:45 pm A Guided Cusco City Tour, Excursion, visiting Koricancha "The Sun Temple" the golden Inca`s temple that impressed so much to the first spanish conquistadores when they arrived in 1534 ,Cusco main Cathedral with their exquisite canvas from the Cuzqueña Painting School, chapels, Virgins and Saints , Saqsayhuaman Inca Complex, where every year in June in the winter solstice in this hemisphere the young Cuzqueños perform the old and traditional Feast of the Sun "IntiRaymi" in honor to the Sun, then we visit Tambo Machay, Qenqo and Puca-Pucara.
Guided tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas Pisaq Ruins and Market ,Yucay The Valley of Urubamba, Ollantaytambo.
Morning at 08:30 am: Departure from Cusco in direction of the Sacred Valley. This Tour includes a Visit to the Pisaccolourful Handcraft Market, Pisac archaeological Park, Ollantaytambo Inca Fortress and Return to Cusco via Chinchero site and Market.
briefing for IncaTrail trek at 7 pm
Early pick-up from your hotel will begin around 5:00 am. We will meet at our departure point, Plaza Regocijo, by 5:30 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.
Snack Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Camping 2 people tents
3,300 m/10,824 ft
2,680 m/8,790 ft
12 km approx
6-7 hours / Ascent up: 620 m
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.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Camping 2 people tents
4,200 m / 13,776 ft
3,000 m/9,840 ft
10 Km approx.
6-7 hours / Ascent up: 900 m
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.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Camping 2 people tents
3,750 m / 12,300 ft
2,700 m / 8,856 ft
10 Km approx.
5-6 hours / Descent : 700 m
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.
Additional options: If your legs, lungs and energy still hold up after our four days of hiking, it may be possible to climb the peak of Huayna Picchu, behind the main site. However, special permits are required and they are issued in limited quantities and cost inca trail trekkers $70 and ISIC card holders $35 have to be purchased in advance.. If you want a permit for Huayna Picchu you need to purchase this off the INC site directly. The directions for this are given in Additional Options section below. For ISIC card holders ... if you want this permit, you must email us indicating this in writing and ensuring we have a clear scan of your ISIC card as you cannot purchase a student price entrance off the INC website so we will do this for you..and you must indicate in writing that that you will pay the extra $35 for us to buy the student permit in advance. If permits are not available, you may instead hike to the Inca Bridge or climb Machu Picchu mountain, both located near the site.
In the early afternoon, lunch will be provided at “Los Viajeros” hostel down in the town of Aguas Calientes and this is the accomodation for people doing this tour unless full and then similar accomdation is provided nearby. Machupicchu is officially open from 06:00 am to 17:30 pm
You may like to soak in the hotsprings in the afternoon before dinner provided in Viajeros in the evening.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hostal Viajeros or upgrade options to choose from
2,700 m / 8,856 ft
2,400 m / 7,872 ft (Machupicchu)
8 Km approx plus exploration of Machu Picchu
2 hours trekking +5-6 hours inside Machu Picchu
After Breakfast you are assisted to board the train that departs Aguas Calientes at 08.53 am and arrives at Ollantaytambo at 10.30 am. The tour ends at Ollantaytambo. If you have time to explore this charming town try and spend a few hours here. It is a lovely place to walk around, visit the Incan sites and even to spend the night;
There are many public buses and collectivos at the Ollantaytambo Train Station that provide a cheap transfer to Cusco via Urubamba for around 10 soles or $3- $3.50, departing regularly throughout the day; there are also many tourist buses now who provide transoprt for around $6 directly from the train station area. This transport usually takes about 2 hours so don`t expect to be back in Cusco before 1.30pm
If you choose this overnight option, we will automatically register you for the morning train at 08:53 am;
If you would like another option you must indicate this very clearly and receive a clear confirmation. Please note if you request an afternoon train which has transport through to Cusco then the additional cost on the package witll be $15 extra but includes transport back to the main plaza in Cusco.
Approx 6.45- 7am Transfer from your hotel in Cusco to the bus Station to travel by the Inka Express VIP / First Class service Tourist Bus to Puno. Accompanied by an English speaking guide for tours of 3 sites along the way; Andahaylillas, Rhachi and Puka Pukara with spectacular views. (entrance to 3 sites not included = total approx $8)
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.
Qalasaya Hotel *** or similar
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.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Rustic accomodation on Island with local families
around 3 hours in boat so bring some water and snacks
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.
Qalasaya Hotel *** or similar
6am transfer to transport 4M express 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.
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.
Free time for meal in Plaza !
Transfer from Colonial tours office at approx 8:45 pm.to the Bus Terminal.
From Arequipa you`ll take the overnight Bus at 9:30 pm (Cruz de Sur Bus company) to Nazca arriving at approx 06:00 am
over night bus
Before your Nazca lines flight you will have a free time to enjoy at this beautiful town. There are a couple of local restaurants nearby where you can buy breakfast if you like but many prefer to eat something after the flight instead! Between 8:00 am and 8.30am you are transferred to the Nazca Aerodromo for your Flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines. Approximately 35 Minutes flying over this enigmatic zone,
Afterwards, we will visit the pre-Inca cementry of Chauchilla. For many years this pre Inca place was looted by treasure hunters, who ransacked the place completely, taking away all the treasures the mummies kept in their tombs for centuries. These grave robbers just left behind the corpses, which can be seen today all over the ground. In addition to skulls and bones, you also can see several tombs centuries old, as well as long human hairs, ceramic fragments and others remains scattered on the desert surface. After touring around we go back to Nazca to visit a ceramic studio, where a craftsman will give us a better insight about the Nazca civilization and the colorful vessels they made hundreds of years ago. Free time for lunch.
Nazca Paracas Bus ; Transfer from to pick up your luggage then at 13:00 Hrs pm transfer to bus terminal for the 14.30pm Cruzero Royal Class Bus or Peru-Bus to Paracas arriving Paracas at approx 18.00 pm. Transfer to Hotel El Condor in Paracas with breakfast included, meals are not included. Optional with Up-grade with the lovely Hotel Libertador Paracas ( US$ 150.00 per person) in a Double accommodation. .
Hotel Mirador or El Condor or similar
Excursion to Ballestas Islands : 07.45am after your breakfast we will transfer you to the mole of Paracas where you will take a motorboat excursion to the Ballestas island. These Islands are spectacular, eroded into numerous arches and caves, which provide shelter for thousands of seas lions and seabirds, some of which are very rare. The Islands are known as "The Galapagos of Peru".. A boat tour to the Ballestas Islands will be the perfect deal for those in search of marine life. Touring around these small Islands visitors may easy spot hundreds of birds, Humboldt penguins and dozens of sea lions, resting on the shores of the Islands. In addition, visitors will also see a huge figure etched on the slope of a hill known by the locals as "El Candelabro".
Free time for a relaxing Lunch before a 1pm transfer to the 13.30pm Ormeño Royal Class Bus or Cruzero Bus to Lima arriving to Lima approximately 7pm
End of our services . We highly recommend you to take anofficial Taxi for 15-20 soles from inside the Lima Bus Terminal to your final destination. Do not take a taxi from outside of the bus terminal.