CUSCO & INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS
  •  SHORT DESCRIPTION

    INTRODUCTION

    The Lost City of Machu Picchu is without doubt the most recognizable symbol of Inca Civilization for us as well as for the international visitor. \"The Inca Trail\", as it is known now, was the Royal Highway that led pilgrims and officials of the Empire to the Sacred City of the Incas. Hiking the Inca Trail is a highly rewarding holiday choice! It is the best of its kind in the world, due to its exquisite natural beauty and unforgettable views offering a wide variety of ecological areas, from deserts to tropical Andean cloud forest; home to exotic plants and animal life. On the Inca Trail, there are over 250 known species of orchids , and in the different ecosystems, numerous rare birds, animals, and reptiles including several species considered to be in danger of extinction. Walking the ancient Inca Trail gives you the opportunity to visit overgrown Inca buildings undiscovered by the Spanish Empire, giving you the feeling that you are the first to come across them.

     

    ITINERARY

    Day 1:- International Arrival in Lima

    Day 2:- Lima: City Tour

    Day 3:- Lima / Cusco: City Tour and Visit to Nearby Ruins

    Day 4:- Cusco: Sacred Valley of the Incas

    Day 5:- Cusco / Machu Picchu - Inca Trail  (Cusco - Piscacucho Km. 82 - Wayllabamba

    Day 6:- Wayllabamba - Warmiwañusca - Pacaymayo

    Day 7:- Pacaymayo - Phuyupatamarca - Wiñayhuayna

    Day 8:- Wiñayhuayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco

    Day 9:- Cusco / Lima / International Departure

  • ﷯ LONG DESCRIPTION

    The Lost City of Machu Picchu is without doubt the most recognizable symbol of Inca Civilization for us as well as for the international visitor. "The Inca Trail", as it is known now, was the Royal Highway that led pilgrims and officials of the Empire to the Sacred City of the Incas.

     

    Hiking the Inca Trail is a highly rewarding holiday choice! It is the best of its kind in the world, due to its exquisite natural beauty and unforgettable views offering a wide variety of ecological areas, from deserts to tropical Andean cloud forest; home to exotic plants and animal life. On the Inca Trail, there are over 250 known species of orchids , and in the different ecosystems, numerous rare birds, animals, and reptiles including several species considered to be in danger of extinction.

     

    Walking the ancient Inca Trail gives you the opportunity to visit overgrown Inca buildings undiscovered by the Spanish Empire, giving you the feeling that you are the first to come across them.

     

     

    ITINERARY:

     

    Day 01:- International Arrival in Lima

     

    Assistance at your arrival to Lima International Airport and transfer to your hotel. There you will receive a briefing on your tour; receive vouchers covering all the services included in your tour and additional information on the organization of your Peru trip.

     

    Day 02:- Lima: City Tour

     

    Morning free to rest after your International travel. We recommend you to sleep long enough to be ready to start this unforgettable journey through this wonderful country. Free time for lunch.

    Guided sightseeing tour to the most attractive and important sites in Lima, the "City of Kings". The tour includes Lima's Historical Centre, passing by Plaza San Martin, Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, the City Hall, the Cathedral and its Religious Art Museum, the Church of Santo Domingo, with the tombs of Santa Rosa and San Martin de Porras, and Lima's Colonial Balconies.

    We will visit the Convent and Church of San Francisco, the greatest monumental complex of Colonial Art in America and Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The tour includes a visit to the Basilica of 21 altars, Convent of Cloisters, Capitulary and Clementine Rooms, Chorus and Library of the priests, a Museum showing 11 paintings of the Rubens School, the Sacristy with paintings of Surbaran and Ribera, its great patio decorated with Seville tiles of the XVIth Century, Moorish arches and underground catacombs. We then drive through the residential Districts of San Isidro and Miraflores, passing by the Huaca Pucllana, a ceremonial and administrative centre of the Lima Culture built in the II Century A.C. that the Incas considered as "Ñaupallaqta" or Sacred Town. We will also visit El Olivar Park with olive trees brought from Spain in the XVth Century, the Central Park of Miraflores and Larcomar, a symbol of modern Lima and a tourist and entertainment centre as well as a privileged site to enjoy an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean. Late afternoon transfer to your hotel.

     

    Day 03:- Lima / Cusco: City Tour and Visit to Nearby Ruins

     

    Breakfast. Transfer to the airport in Lima to take a flight bound for the City of Cusco. At your arrival reception and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the morning off to acclimatized.  We recommend you to have lunch at your hotel, since in the afternoon we will know the City of Cusco on a guided tour, visiting the Plaza Mayor, the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha. The excursion continues out of the city to visit the Inca complexes of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the impressive Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, strategically built on a hill overlooking Cusco. Famous for its huge carved stones assembled with astonishing precision, which conform the external walls of the complex. Some of these stones are more than 9 meters high and weigh over 350 tons. Return to the hotel.

    Optional: Dinner in a typical restaurant with a folklore show where the musicians play their melodies with Andean instruments of beautiful sounds while typically dressed dancers will show you different ancient Peruvian dances.

     

    Day 04:- Cusco: Sacred Valley of the Incas

     

    Breakfast. Guided excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, on the way we will visit the Awana Kancha Museum, which means Palace of Weaving. It can be considered the first Living Museum of the Peruvian Andes. Here you will have the chance to contemplate the majestic techniques of traditional weaving with wool of South American camelids such as the llama, alpaca and vicuña, among others. We will watch the dyeing, yarning, warping and weaving processes live, made by the local people. You will be able to purchase high-quality traditional and industrial textiles. Besides, you can take your picture standing by these camelids, so important for our Andean – Ecological world. Then we will visit the archaeological site of Pisac and its famous market, where you can buy a great variety of Andean handicraft. We will have lunch at the nice and comfortable a restaurant in the Sacred Valley of the Inkas. In this hacienda you will be able to appreciate an exquisite collection of colonial art, exhibitions of textile art from Cusco, besides enjoying cocktails in the garden and take pleasure in a delicious lunch. This hacienda is located on top of a small hill and has a beautiful view of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

    In the afternoon we will continue our tour toward the archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo going through the Towns of Calca and Urubamba.

    Return to the hotel in Cusco. In the night we sugg est you stroll by the Plaza de Armas.

     

    Day 05:- Cusco / Machu Picchu - Inca Trail (Cusco – Piscacucho (km 82) -Wayllabamba)

     

    At approximately 6:30 am, our guide will pick you up from your hotel to transfer you by bus to the km 82 where you will arrive at approx. 10:30 am. Here you will meet the team that will join you during the trek, such as the porters, camp assistants and cooks. You will begin the walk, the first day is quite easy and during the first kilometres you will have a beautiful view of the snow peaked Veronica Mountain, walking alongside the Vilcanota River until you arrive at the Archaeological Complex of Patallacta, where you will have lunch and gain energy to reach Huayllabamba, where the first camp is set up.

     

    Day 06:- Inca Trail (Wayllabamba - Warmiwañusca - Pacaymayo)

     

    After breakfast, the hardest part of the trail begins, with a steep ascent, followed by 3 hours walking until reaching the first step, Warmiwañusca called (Dead Woman), up to 4200 m.a.s.l. approximately. You will not only enjoy incredible panoramic views from here but you will also have the satisfaction to have reached the top. After lunch in Vizcachayoc we will descend towards Pacaymayo (3500 m.a.s.l.) for dinner and camp.

     

    Day 07:- Inca Trail (Pacaymayo - Phuyopatamarka – Wiñayhuayna)

     

    After breakfast the ascent will begin until the second more important step of the route, up to 3900 m.a.s.l., where you will enjoy a guided visit to the Archaeological Complex Runkurakay and the Inca Citadel of Sayacmarca (3600 m.a.s.l.). Lunch in Chaquicocha. Then, you will continue walking towards Phuyopatamarka (Town in the Clouds), another important Archaeological Monument. After a brief rest , we will continue walking until arriving at Wiñay Huayna (Always Young), for a guided visit to this spectacularly located Archaeological Complex . Dinner and overnight in the camp. Note: The above are the regular camp sites according to the circuit operated by Enjoy Peru, however, these can vary according to disposition levied by the Machu Picchu Management Unit without previous warning, but which will not affect the itinerary.

     

    Day 08:- Wiñay Huayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco

     

    After breakfast (05:00 approx.), start walking for one hour by the forest until the Inti Punku (Door of the Sun), known like the front door to Machu Picchu, from where we will be able to have an impressive panoramic view of the Inca citadel. Upon arrival to Machu Picchu, you will have a guided tour of the ruins and monuments, such as the Main Square, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Solar Clock, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and the cemeteries. Free time to stroll around the Citadel and then meet the rest of the group to be transferred by bus to Aguas Calientes. In the afternoon return to Cusco by train. Upon arrival in Cusco, transfer to your selected hotel. Evening free. We recommend you to dinner out at any of the restaurants in downtown Cusco and stroll around the Main Square.

     

    Day 09:- Cusco / Lima / International Departure

     

    Breakfast at your hotel in Cusco. Transfer to the Airport for your flight to Lima, where you can make your flight conecction to return your country.

     

    End of our services.

     

     

    INCLUDED:

     

    In Lima: Transfers, City Tour. Lodging and breakfast

    In Cusco: City Tour, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Inka Trail, lodging and breakfast

    In Machu Picchu: Guided visit of the Inca Citadel.

    • 08 Nights accommodation

    • All breakfasts and meals as specified in the programme

    • All entrance tickets for the excursions mentioned above

    • All the transfers indicated in the itinerary.

    • Train ticket Cusco - Aguas Calientes - Cusco

    • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes- Machu Picchu- Aguas Calientes

    • All applicable taxes

    • All bilingual guided tours (english/spanish) as described in the itinerary

     

     

    NOT INCLUDED:

     

    • International and domestic flights

    • Airport taxes

    • Baggage excess

    • Alcoholic drink, soda or bottled mineral water

    • Personal expenses

    • Tips

    • International or National personal telephone calls

    • Meals not mentioned

     

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