Peru Inca Trail Trek

Day 1 Cusco

On arrival from your spectacular flight along the Andes to Cusco, you will be transferred to your hotel and where you start acclimatising to the rarefied air of this beautiful city (3326m). In the afternoon, take a short walking tour of the centre of Cusco to familiarise you with the main sights, restaurants and a chance to stretch your legs and experience hiking at 3300m. At a convenient time you guide will arrange a full briefing for the days ahead.

Day 2 Start Inca Trail (B,L,D)

You will be collected by your Inca Trail guides this morning for the drive past the impressive Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo and a chance to buy any last minute supplies. After an interesting drive to the end of the road at Chilca we meet our support team of traditional porters before embarking on the famous Inca trail to Machu Picchu. The trek undulates along the banks of the Urubamba river and you camp the night at Llactapata (2,788m) beside some spectacular ruins which, if you have the energy, you have time to explore. This is camping and trekking in style. Whilst walking all you need to carry is a daypack, all camping equipment is carried by the porters. All camp chores are done for us and delicious food is served by a cook and his helpers.

Day 3 Llactapata - Llulluchupampa (B.L,D)

Today trek up the Cusichaca valley to the small hamlet of Huallyabamba, the last inhabited place on the trail. The path continues on up beautiful Inca path, past humming birds and stunted cloud forest. Our camp is at Llulluchupampa (3680m) - a beautiful grassy area with outstanding views down the valley.

Day 4 Llulluchupampa - Phuyopatamarca (B,LD)

Possibly the hardest day of the trek, we rise early and head to the top of Warmiwanusca (Dead woman’s pass 4200m). This is the highest point of the trail before we descend into the Pacasmayo valley and then climb again passing the first of many Inca ruins Runkuracay. Our second pass of the day (3998m) gives us spectacular views of the Vilcabamba range. Walking on well preserved Inca pathway we pass Sayacmarca ruins with plenty of time for an in depth tour and explanation before passing through a tunnel and a gentle climb which brings us to Phuyupatamarca ruins (the place above the clouds) where we camp (3650m). 

Day 5 Arrive Machu Picchu - Cusco (B)

After an early morning chance to catch the sunrise on the surrounding snow capped mountains of Salcantay (6,200m) and Veronica (5,800m) say a farewell to our porters with a traditional song and dance.  Your final day hiking brings you down into the cloud forest on a series of Inca stairway to Winay Wayna, another interesting ruin full of swallows and orchids. Finally contour through cloud-forest to Inti Punku, the gateway of the Sun and our first glimpse of Machu Picchu.  Enjoy a tour of the ruins and catch a bus down to our hotel in the colourful town of Machu Picchu Pueblo (formally known as Aguas Calientes) and celebrate your return to civilisation.  Return by train to Cuzco.

Day 6 Cusco (B)

Today you will be transferred to Cusco airport in time for your outbound flight.  Alternatively if you wish you can delay your departure by one day and have a free day to discover the delights of Cusco.

Departures:  Daily     

2014

Prices Per Person US$

Double/Twin                       $770

Singe Supplement            $90    (Cusco only)

Inclusions:    All airport transfers, an orientation walk of Cusco, transport to the Inca Trail in private vehicle. All camping and cooking equipment: this includes Therm-a-rests, spacious two-person tents, dining tent and toilet tent. An emergency first-aid kit and oxygen. A registered, English-speaking Inca Trail guide, all porters, cook team, guided tour in Machu Picchu. Entrance to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. Bus transfers between the ruins and Aguas Calientes. Transport from Machu Picchu to Cusco by train and bus transfer. Accommodation will be 3* quality hotel in Cusco.  Meals are provided as indicated in the itinerary.

 Exclusions: National or International flights, personal belongings, sleeping bag (available for hire at $10 , airport taxes (if applicable), travel insurance, personal expenses and tips.

 Equipment List: We will provide  a suggested list of what to bring when you book