Hiking on the Inca Trail is the most original way to get to Machu Picchu. You will make a real journey through time on this road that the Incas traveled from Cusco, their capital, to the high perched citadel. You will pass at the foot of the snowy peaks, in a barren landscape, before descending to the rainforest and its luxuriant vegetation. In 4 days of walking, you will thus join two very different natural environments. Your effort will be rewarded by a completely original approach to the site of Machu Picchu, which you will discover in the mists and the silence of the early morning from the Porte du Soleil. Warning ! Access to the Inca Trail is limited to 500 people per day, including guides and porters. It is therefore imperative to reserve your entries with several months of anticipation..
Departure to Ollantaytambo, then until kilometer 82, starting point of your trek to Huayllabamba passing by Llaqtapata (in the Quechua language city of the top) and the narrow valley of Kusicacha. Night in camp. 5 hours walk
Second day of trek on the Inca Trail which takes you to Pacaymayo. Along the way, you cross a beautiful forest before finding a peeled landscape where the climate is rough and cold. Then pass Warmi Huañusca pass (4200 m), the highest point of the trekking. Descent to Pacaymayo. Night in camp. 6 hours of walking
Third day of trekking on the Inca Trail which leads you to Winaywayna, first passing by the Runkuracay Pass; visit of the site Inca of the same name, then of the site of Sayacmarca. Continuation on a stony path up to Phuyupatamarka (3680 m), the city above the clouds. Then descend by a path of 2500 steps towards Winaywayna. Night in camp.
Arrival at the Inti Punku, the Door of the Sun, offering one of the most beautiful views of the lost city of the Incas. Visit the Machu Picchu. In the afternoon, descend to Aguas Calientes from where you take the train to Cusco.
You will be accompanied by a local private English speaking guide at every stage of the journey. This means you will have a different guide for each region you will visit, depending on their specialization. The level of English of the guides varies from one region to another. A few exceptions: - The trips in public transports (buses, shuttles, trains and internal flights) are not escorted.
In Peru, the hotel standards are different to what you may be accustomed to. Here are a few useful details on every type of accommodation: - Camp: thanks to the perfect organization of our cook(s) and muleteer(s), you could really rest after a good day of walking. We have a tent for the kitchen, another one for to take the meals, another one for the bathrooms. For two persons, you will have a tent with 3 places for more comfort. We also supply you a comfortable mattress and a basin of hot water at the beginning and at the end of the day for your toilet; and of course we prepare you warm and complete meals. - Homestay accommodation: Basic comfort, communal toilets, no hot water and sometimes no running water, simple but clean rooms, sometimes no electricity and the doors do not lock (however, there are no security problems). - 2** and 3*** hotels (local standards): comfortable rooms, simple and clean, private bathroom with hot water; some hotels offer rooms equipped with a safe, heating system, mini bar, … As far as our possibilities, we choose hotels whose geographical location will allow you to fully enjoy the town and its attractions.
In order to allow you more freedom during your trip, only a few meals are included in our programs: these are the meals during the treks (cold at noon and hot in the evening) and during certain excursions when the conditions make it necessary (on the Puno-Cusco road, in the Sacred Valley, etc). For the non-included meals, expect 5 to 10 USD per person. This allows you to choose the time, place and menu according to your desires!
Most of the time of your trip, your travels will take place in private vehicles: you will have at your service a private vehicle with a Spanish speaking driver who will adapt to your rhythm (photo stop, shopping, etc. …). Exceptions: - For the touristic buses Chivay-Puno and Puno-Cusco - Lima trips, you will travel in a comfortable and secure bus line with an English / Spanish speaking colelctive guide.
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