DAY 1: ARRIVAL
Meet Peru Cusco Guide in the Airport of Cusco, please look for your Machu Picchu trails guide holding a sign with your name on it. Our guide will transfer you to your hotel. We will help you to check-in. Today you will take it easy acclimatization day. We know Cusco is 3400m. we will have plenty of recommendations for places to explore on your own.
DAY 2: SACRED VALLEY TOUR VISIT SAQSAYHUAMAN, PISAQ, OLLANTAYTAMBO
Your private guide will collect you from your hotel. drive to the archeological site of Saqsayhuaman considered one of the most important temples in the Inca times after your visit you continue driving to Llama and Alpaca farm Awanacancha. Along this drive, you will stop in the beautiful viewpoints to see the amazing farming communities and the sacred valley, a large valley surrounded by Snowy peaks mountains, In the middle of the valley flows the Vilcanota or Urubamba River, which was very important during the Inca period for agricultural production until today. We use irrigation systems for the production of corn, potatoes, quinoa, and vegetables in this valley, and is one of the sources of the Amazon River. Eventually, you will get to Pisaq archeological site where you will explore with your private guide. after you finish you will come down to the colonial town of Pisaq. Where you will explore the biggest local and handcraft make in the área. as well their specialty in this town is to make Empanadas. Type of bread. if you like you can try it after you will drive along this beautiful valley looking at the towns located on both side as well as traditional Guinea pig restaurants if you want to see and try it, let your Guide know to stop. As well you have a choice of recommendation to stop for lunch. After lunch, you will visit Ollantaytambo archeological site. considered the last Inca living town beautiful small hospitable town. Where you pass the night in the Hotel. 2800m.
DAY 3: OLLANTAYTAMBO, PISCACUCHU TO WAYLLABAMBA CAMP
Today your guide will pick you up from your Hotel in Ollantaytambo after you will drive for 45 minutes to the starting point Pisccacuchu or km 82. Where you will meet our field staff loading the gear, your guide in hand will introduce you to all team, including cooks, porters. And guest to. After you will pass the true checkpoint with park rangers, we will start our adventure hiking up and down through a gentle path along the Urubamba River with outstanding views of snow-capped mountains Apu Huacayhuillca. (Veronika mountain) plus the Urubamba mountain range. Until we arrive at LLactapata Inca remains, where you will stop to enjoy the views and our guide will explain you. After you will continue hiking in Kusichaca river valley, until to our first campsite Huayllabamba. Local village.
Distance: 12 km
Time: 6 to 7 hrs.
Altitude: from 2600m. to 3000m.
DAY 4: HUAYLLABAMBA, WARMIHUAÑUSCA PASS TO PACAYMAYO ALTO
Today after a healthy breakfast. We will pass the second checkpoint. During our ascent, we will find different ecosystems such as a primary Andean forest and Andean grassland. This ascent will take us, for 5 hours approximately until we reach the highest pass. Warmihuañusca or death woman pass 4200m. 14.000 ft. Here you will enjoy the view of 360 degrees. Of Huayllabamba valleys and Huayanay snowed capped mountain. After enjoying your free time and taking plenty of photos. In Addition, an overview of the other side of the way, down to Pacaymayo Valley, You will descend for two hours until to the basecamp Pacaymayo located at the bottom.
Distance: 11 km.
Altitude: from 300m. 4200m. to 3600m.
Time: 6 to 7 hrs.
DAY 5: PACAYMAYO ALTO TO PHUYUPATAMARCA
After breakfast, we will depart from Pacaymayo a while later from other trekkers. We will start our ascent by the original ancient pathway that takes us to the Runkurakay circular Inca remains, it is beginning of mixt Andean and amazon reach vegetation where our guide will explain about the place. We will continue our ascent to the second pass Runkurakay 3900m. Having enough time to absorb the pure nature and taking our photos we start our way down, to Sayacmarka Archeological site. Where you will explore with our guide, from here the path goes up and down clearly notice that the Inca Trail is well preserved from this point with an amazing construction using the natural landscape and geography. The trail crosses the Chaquiccocha a dry lagoon and will cross the (túnel) adapted by the Incas this part of the Inca trail will see Outstanding views of Salkantay and Pumasillo snowed capped located in Vilcabamba mountain range. Until we reach our camp located above the clouds forest. Phuyupatamarka. Considered one of the most important ceremonial centers in the Incan time.
Distance: 09 km.
Altitude: 3600m. to 3700m.
Time. 6 to 7 hours.
DAY 6: PHUYUPATAMARCA TO AGUAS CALIENTES TOWN
Phuyupatamarca campsite located in the Inca trail is considered one of the most beautiful and unique places where you can observe the sunrise and sunset around you, with a 360° degree view of the Urubamba mountain range and Villacabamba you will also be able to observe the Machu Picchu and Huaynapicchu mountains above it, highly recommended for those people or families who love photography. After enjoying the sunrise and Breackfast we will start going down to explore the Inca site Phuyupatamarca after we will descend for 3 hours to Wiñayhuayna at 2600m. This part of the Inca Trail shows us in all the way, the high engineering skills of the builders Inca. We will keep going down to Intipata the farming terraces with a magnificent view of Urubamba River, then we will get to the Wiñayhuayna Archeological site. After our free time on the site, we will go to have our last lunch, after lunch, we will have a thankful meeting with our trekking crew. From here we will continue our hike towards Inti Punku 2700mtrs. or the sun gate from where we will have the first spectacular view of Machu Picchu, we will continue our hike to the citadel of the new Seven Wonder of the world where we will have enough time to enjoy and take photos. Then we will head down to Aguas Calientes town where you will spend the night. In the hotel.
Altitude: 3700m. to 2400m.
Aguas Calientes town 2000m.
Time: 6 to 7 hrs.
DAY 7: EXPLORE MACHU PICCHU AFTERNON BACK TO CUSCO
After Breakfast, your guide will pick you from your hotel for a short bus journey to the entrance of Machu Picchu, today you will explore this magical Inca city and enjoy learning about it was built and discovered. for 3 hours. You will then have free time to wander around and if you got a Ticket for Waynapicchu you can climb. Note. There are just 400 visitors allowed per day. You have to book in advance the entrance with us to ensure your permit In the afternoon we meet in the town of Aguas Calientes. From here we take the train back to Ollantaytambo or Poroy depending on the space and private transportation back to your Hotel Cusco.
PROFESIONAL TOUR GUIDE
All of our guide, Machu Picchu trails Peru, has a degree in tourism they studied at Cusco National University. They are passionate about sharing our Peruvian History, culture, gastronomy, and others, they are fluent in English speaking and many of them speak our local language (Quechua) they will make sure your safety and lifelong memories.
In this tour, we will include a one-night Hotel in Aguas Calientes. We can easily add extra nights before or after the tour if needed, let know our travel specialist, Upgrade Hotels are always possible. We can also book the tour without any Hotels if you prefer to book them on your own.
We provide private transportation through the sacred valley to the train station and back to your hotel. also is included around trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
The entrance fees are included to visit the sacred valley tour and Machu Picchu.
Train tickets are in expeditions tourist class around trip from Ollantaytambo if you would like to upgrade to Vistadome train the is $75 one way and $100 round trip from Ollantaytambo.
Beautiful mountains stand behind the citadel of Machu Picchu is an extra 45 minute hike until to the top when you book your tour ask for availability to make sure to added $75 to book your Huayna Picchu ticket. Nota. Not enjoyable for the people who are afraid of heights or vertigo.
We don’t include flights however we suggest booking LAN PERU. is the most reliable of the Airlines, especially with our weather conditions. There are other companies like AVIANCA, PERUVIAN, STAR PERU.
Tipping is always appreciated and should be based completely on your satisfaction. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your tours
This is strongly recommended for traveling anywhere. Especially for those of you who live at sea level. Cusco region is located over 3000m. 10,000 ft. Highly recommended to arrive at the list one day early of your tour starts to adjust to the altitude. As well it is suggested to have protection for missed tours.
Food is not included but we have listed very good restaurants that you can enjoy your meals, as well our tour guides can recommend you great places.
WHAT WE RECOMEND TO BRING
* Backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek.
* Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended.
* Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp.
* Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
* Cámara and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
* Sun block or sun cream.
* Hydrating cream for face and body.
* Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% deet – no malaria risk has been reported
* Toilet paper and tissues
* Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, dried fruits, etc. Please note that we do provide a snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it’s not included in our selection.
* Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into the Inca trail. Plastic water containers or comelback or metal ones are recommended.
* Optionally water sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far.
* Small towel
* Swimsuit (if you a extra day in Aguas Calientes town you can go to the hot springs)
* Cash in soles or in Dollars.
* Original Passport, travel insurance, any important health document you may have to follow any restrictions.
* Original international student identity card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
* Optional, walking sticks or hiking poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage inca trail) if not we have here for rent.
OPTIONAL SERVICES TO BE HIRED
An extra hotel night in Aguas Calientes can be booked for you at an additional cost depending on the Hotel you choose. Please note that if you wish to visit Machu Picchu again the following day, the additional cost of the entrance fee is not included.
Massage sessions: us$50 per 1-hour session our massage therapists have the highest recognition in Cusco.
RECOMENDED PACKING LIST FOR TREKS
Valid student card in case if you booked as a student
25lts or 30 lts daypack
Water battle or comeback at list with 2 lts of storage.
Footwear waterproof hiking boots.
4 or 5 hiking t-shirts, three hiking pants considering one nice outfit for Machu Picchu, 5 sets of undergarments, 4 pers of socks, one fleece and down jacket for cold nights, set for rain gears jacket and pants, sun hat, wool hat, headlamp, warm waterproof gloves, shoes for camp, quickdry small towel.
Battery charger. There is no place to plug in while trekking.
Sunscreen, face moisturizer, insect repellent, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, toothbrush and paste, toilet paper, personal medication, band aids, moleskin, and others.
Camara, pone, music player.