Day 1: Cusco. After your arrival transfer from the airport, bus or train station, you have time to relax in your hotel and acclimatise to the altitude of over 3000 m (10000 feat) in the legendary capital of the Inca Empire. This evening, you are free to explore the maze of markets and wander the cobblestone streets.
Day 2: Cusco. Today, we take you on a guided bus tour of the city, in order to appreciate fully the magnificent blend of Colonial and Inca influence on the city. Your visit will include the Cathedral, the Rock of the 12 Angles, and monumental Inca ruins such as Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo and Koricancha.
Day 3: Cusco. Today, we explore the "Sacred Valley of the Incas". This fertile river valley was home to many important sites for the Incas. Our first stop is the village of Pisac, with its famous market, where you can pick up a bargain! 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 lunch in Pisac, we continue our journey along the River 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. Includes: (L).
Day 4: 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-energizing, we begin the steady climb to Huayllabamba, where the first camp is set up. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: 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 4200 m (13800 feat) 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 6: 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. Lunch will be ready for you in Chaqquicocha. Then, you continue walking towards Phuya Patamarka (Town in Clouds). After a brief rest, you will continue walking to the spectacularly-located Archaeological Complex of Wiñay Huayna (Always Young). You have a guided visit of the complex before having dinner and overnighting in the nearby campsite. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Wiñay Huayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco. After an early breakfast, you will make the one-hour hike through high rainforest 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 Sacred Solar Clock, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and the Cemeteries.
You will then have free time to stroll around the Citadel, and maybe hike up Huayna Picchu, before descending by bus to Aguas Calientes, which has a range of restaurants and shops … even some hot springs, after which the town is named. In the afternoon, you take the train back to Cusco, where you will be transferred to the hotel. Includes: (B).
Day 8: Cusco - End of services. This morning, we transfer you to Cusco airport, bus or train station for your onward travel.
Note: The above are our regular camp sites. However, these can be changed with previous warning. It will not affect the itinerary.
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