Day 1: Cusco. This morning, we pick you up from the airport (or your hotel) and transfer you to your accommodation. During the afternoon we have a guided bus tour of the city, in order to appreciate fully the magnificent blend of Colonial and Inca influence on the city. We visit the Cathedral, the Rock of the 12 Angles, and Inca ruins such as Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo and Koricancha. The evening is free to sample some of Cusco’s famous nightlife first hand!
Day 2: Cusco, Sacred Valley Tour. Today, we explore the "Sacred Valley of the Incas". This fertile river valley was home to many important sites for the Incas, both strategic and religious. Our first stop is the village of Pisac, with its famous market. You have free time to wander the market stalls before we visit the ruins above the town, which were an important Inca religious center.
After Pisac we continue our journey along the river to Urubamba, to the giant Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo which was the scene of one of the most famous battles between the Incas and the invading Spanish conquistadors, with the Incas being victorious. After the day’s activities we recommend having an early night and preparing for the challenge of the Inca Trail.
Day 3: Cusco - Km 82 - Huayllabamba. Early this morning, our guide will pick you up from your hotel to transfer you by bus to Km 82 where you will arrive mid-morning and meet the team that will join you during the trek - porters, camp assistants and cooks. The first day’s walk is quite easy and during the first part you will have a beautiful view of the snow-peaked Veronica Mountain above you and the Vilcanota River below you. Lunch will be waiting for you when you arrive at the Archaeological Complex of Patallacta. After re-energising, we begin the steady climb to Huayllabamba, where the first camp is set up. Includes: (L), (D).
Day 4: Huayllabamba - Pacaymayu. After breakfast, the hardest part of the trail begins, with a steep, three-hour ascent to the highest point of the trek, Warmiwañusca (Dead Woman’s Pass), at some 4200m (13,800ft) above sea level. Here you will not only enjoy incredible, panoramic views, but you will have a great sense of achievement at reaching this milestone. After lunch in Vizcachayoc, we will descend towards Pacaymayu (3500 m, 11480 feat) for dinner and camp. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Pacaymayu - Wiñayhuayna. After breakfast, the ascent will begin to the second highest pass on the Trail, at more than 3900 m (12800 feat) above sea level. On the way up, you can enjoy a guided visit to the Archaeological Complex of Runkurukay and, on the way down, the Inca Citadel of Sayacmarca (3600 m, 11800 feat). Lunch will be ready for you in Chaqquicocha. Then, you continue walking towards Phuya Patamarka (Town in Clouds), another important archaeological monument. After a brief rest, you will continue walking to the spectacularly-located Archaeological Complex of Wiñay Huayna. You have a guided visit of the complex. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Wiñay Huayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco. After an early breakfast, you will make the one-hour hike high in the rain forest to Inti Punku (Gateway of the Sun), the well-known entrance to Machu Picchu, with its unparalleled panoramic view of the Inca Citadel. Upon arrival in Machu Picchu, you will have a guided tour of the ruins and monuments, such as the Main Square, the Circular Tower, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows. This is followed by free time to stroll around the Citadel, before meeting the rest of the group to be transferred by bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch. In the afternoon, you take the train back to Cusco, where you will be transferred to the hotel. Includes: (B).
Day 7: Cusco - Puerto Maldonado – Ecoamazonia Lodge. This morning we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado. Upon arrival at Puerto Maldonado airport, we take you on a brief city tour in an ecological bus, transfer to river port on the Madre de Dios River. Boat journey down river to Ecoamazonia Lodge. Brief orientation and lunch. In the afternoon we take a guided visit to “Monkey Island”, 5 minutes from lodge. Observe several kinds of monkeys like: the “black spider monkey”, “capuchin monkey”, “tamarind”, “squirrel monkey” and many others. Return to the lodge and enjoy sunset and dinner. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: Ecoamazonia Lodge. After breakfast, take a guided walk along the trails until you reach the “Cocha Perdida” (Lost Lake), a virgin rainforest with swamps and marshes, which protects a great diversity of animals such as giant otters, caimans, turtles, Brazilian tapirs “sachavacas”, birds, jaguars and fish. Afterwords we visit the Amazon Watch Tower for a panoramic view of the rainforest, from the top of an immense tree. We take a canoe ride around the lake and return to lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, we take another canoe trip down the river to visit a local family. Return to lodge for dinner and overnight. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: Ecoamazonia Lodge - Lake Apu Victor. We’ll wake up to the delightful song of birds in the surrounding canopy. After breakfast, we’ll start our excursion with a walk deep into the jungle, making our way along specially-prepared paths and canyon bridges.
During our walk, we’ll see a Caimans’ Cave, and as we continue along, we’ll arrive at majestic Lake Apu Victor with its crystal clear waters, surrounding jungle marshes and giant tree species. Further along we’ll ascend to an observation point that opens up a spectacular panorama over the lake. If we’re lucky, we may even glimpse the giant otter, the jungle’s most impressive animal. After several hours, we’ll return to the lodge to enjoy lunch, free time in the afternoon before dinner. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 10: Amazon – Cusco/Lima. This morning we transfer you to Puerto Maldonado airport for your flight to Cusco or Lima.
Note: The above are our regular camp sites. However, these can be changed with a previous warning. It will not affect the itinerary.
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