Day 1, July 4th: Upon your arrival in Lima, we will provide assistance at the airport and transfer you to hotel.
Day 2, July 5th: Panoramic tour of the "City of the kings". Visit the historic Plaza Mayor, where you will have a view of the Government Palace, the city Hall, the Cathedral and the Archbishop´s Palace. You will also see the San Francisco Monastery, a beautiful work of Colonial architecture. And finish the tour with a drive through the residential districts of Miraflores and San Isidro, where you will enjoy a magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean. Includes: (B).
Day 3, July 6th: Upon arrival in Cusco, we will provide assistance and transport your hotel. Panoramic tour of the city of Cuzco which remains today a city that blends colonial Spanish charm with older, more ancient remains of pre-Colombian glory. One can still see the foundations of precolonial construction on many of its city streets today. Cusco also boasts the finest examples of Inca history and architecture. We will visit the city's most historic monuments during a guided sightseeing tour that encompasses the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Korikancha Temple of the Sun. Includes: (B).
Day 4, July 7th: A pleasant walk through the quaint district of San Blas. We visit its beautiful colonial church, which houses an impressive pulpit, a filigree woodcarving bearing the fruits of the region and which is dedicated to the Virgin of the Blessed Event. Stroll through the many handicraft and native art galleries in the little square. Roam the ancient quarters dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries. Includes: (B).
Day 5, July 8th: We pick you up at your hotel in a private bus and you'll be driven to Piskacuchu, a community located at kilometre 82 of the Cusco-Machu Picchu Railway. Starting at this point, you'll cross the bridge and hike along the left bank of the Urubamba River as it flows north-west through the Sacred Valley. Following the trail along a flat terrain, you will arrive in Miskay (2800 masl.), to then ascend and finally see, from the top of a lookout point, the Inca city of Patallacta set out below.
You'll continue trekking along the valley created by the Kusichaca River, gradually climbing for about five hours until you reach your first campsite at Wayllabamba village (3,000 masl). All along the route you'll have a spectacular view of the Vilcanota ridge on the opposite side of the Urubamba River, where the impressive Veronica Peak towers 5,832 metres above sea level. All this in addition to a plethora of wild flora and fauna that can be found through the length of the valley. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6, July 9th: You'll wake up at around 6:00 am, and after breakfast you'll leave Wayllabamba behind to begin the most difficult part of the trek. This consists of an abrupt and steep ascent of 9km. Along this climb, the landscape changes from sierra to puna (a dry and high area with little vegetation). On the way to the first mountain pass, the Abra Warmihuanusca (Dead Woman's Pass), you will see domesticated llamas and alpacas grazing ichu, one of the few plants that grow at this altitude. You will also cross an area of the so-called cloud forest.
This is the habitat of many different species of birds such as hummingbirds and sparrows. You may also sight the Andean bear, also called the spectacled bear (Thermarctus orantus). We strongly suggest that your day pack is well stocked with candies, chocolates and coca leaves, on this particular day, to keep your blood sugar high and thus combat altitude sickness. Immediately after the pass, you'll descend into the Pacaymayo Valley where you'll pitch camp after a hike of around 6 hours. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7, July 10th: Today's the longest, but also the most exciting and interesting day, due the number of archaeological sites that you'll visit and learn about from your guide. From Pacaymayo you'll proceed to the second pass, the Abra de Runkurakay. Halfway up,you will visit the archaeological complex with the same name. This site, located at 3,800 masl, consists of a small oval structure that is believed to have served as a watchtower. After going over the pass you will descend towards Yanacocha (Black Lagoon) and enter the cloud forest to finally arrive at Sayamarca.
This beautiful complex consists of a semicircular construction with enclosures at different levels, narrow streets, liturgical fountains, patios and irrigation canals. Continuing up an easy climb, you will arrive at the third pass, the Abra de Phuyupatamarca. Along this climb you can admire the magnitude of the Incas' ancient skills by walking along paths semi-detached from the mountain and seeing perfectly formed stonework that bridge ravines, so protecting the trail from dangers associated with the multileveled Andean geography. You'll go through an Incan tunnel, and after arriving at the previously mentioned pass you'll descend to the complex of the same name.
This is one of the most complete and best preserved archaeological complexes along the Inca Trail, and is located on the highest point of a mountain. Not surprisingly, Phyupatamarca means "town over the clouds". From above one can observe a sophisticated sacred complex made up of water fountains with solid foundations and there's an stunning view of the Urubamba River. You'll find a lodge with a restaurant, bar and bathrooms with hot showers at this campsite, which bears the same name as the complex located only five minutes away from the lodge, Winaywayna. This is an impressive complex made up of an agricultural centre, with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban area. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8, July 11th: On this fourth and last day you'll get up at 4:00 am to leave Winaywayna an hour later and climb to Intipunku, or the Sun Gate. This will take an hour of hiking along a trail of stones on the edge of cliffs in highland jungle. From this unique vantage point, you'll see the sunrise over the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu. From Intipunku you'll descend into Machu Picchu, and 40 minutes later enter the citadel from its highest point, the "House of the Guardians". You'll then descend to the control point to register and leave your backpacks. You then take a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel lasting roughly two hours.
You'll then have time to walk around, climb Huayna Picchu, where one has a superb view of the entire citadel, the valleys and the surrounding mountains. Alternatively, you can visit the Temple of the Moon and the famous Inca bridge. In the afternoon, we meet back in the town of Aguas Calientes where, if you so wish, you can relax with a dip in the thermal baths. From here you'll take the train to Cusco, where you'll arrive after nightfall. Includes: (B).
Day 9, July 12th: Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will be taken to the Cusco Airport for your flight to Lima. Once in Lima this tour is finished. Includes: (B).
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