INCA TRAIL TO MACHUPICCHU

Camino inca a Machu Picchu

4D/3N

Cusco, at 3,400 masl gave birth to the Empire of the Incas, navel of the world, Cosmopolitan city of Peru and America. Tourist destination that every visitor would like to know once in their life, induced by the famous “Machu Picchu” wonder of the world; and doing it so simply you find more reasons to stay. A point that starts the journey of the famous and no less impressive Inca Trail, which requires three days of exhausting physical effort but also recomfortable walk of 48 kilometers in approximately 25 hours, which makes it a unique experience and unmatched; with the presence of sacred landscapes that show the best of their flora and fauna; a scenario that deepens the mystery of its Inca ghosts crowning place with powerful charms that surround their mega constructions.

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Start Time: 4:30 hrs. the first day ( we pick you up from your hotel)

End Time: 22:00 hrs. the fourth day ( could change if you choose for another train time)

Duration: 4 days

Price: $559.00


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Itinerary

  • OVERVIEW
    • DAY 1:
    • Visit CUSCO – PISCACUCHO – LLAQTAPATA –  WAILLABAMBA
    • NIGHT CAMP
    • DAY2 :
    • Visit  WAILLABAMBA  -LLUYUCHAPAMPA – WARMIWAÑUSKA – PACAYMAYU
    • NIGHT CAMP
    • DAY 3
    • Visit PACAYMAYU – RUNCURACAY – PUYUPATAMARCA – WIÑAYWAYNA
    • NIGHT CAMP
    • DAY4 :
    •  Visita   WIÑAYWAYNA – INTIPUNKU – MACCHU PICCHU- CUSCO
    • You come back to CUSCO city.
  • FIRST DAY: CUSCO - PISCACUCHO - LLAQTAPATA - WAYLLABAMBA

    Early in the morning our transport accompanied by the expert guide on the road will pick you at your respective hotels to begin the tour of the portentous unique work of engineering that today astonishes the world, a wonderful Inca Trail has its starting point in the sector Piskacucho, located at kilometer 82 on the railway line of Cusco – Machu Picchu. Once you start on the way, you’ll cross a pedestrian bridge located on the Vilcanota River to begin the ascent to a plateau on the left bank of the river, for this sector the tour allows to know some small towns that occupy some families engaged in agriculture; after travelling several kilometers, we’ll climb to a high hill where the archaeological site of Runkuraqay  was made of a series of rectangular enclosure built of stones, in the northern part of the monument is located a semicircular space where offerings and rituals were performed to apus and the main Inca deities, Runkuraqay location is privileged because from here the whole chain of mountains that makes up the sanctuary of Machu Picchu is appreciated. In Willcaracay, the stone buildings have trapezoidal niches, windows, double framed accesses and other architectural elements that indicate its ceremonial use. After learning about this monument, the Inca trail will lead us to the bottom through which the Salkantay river rises in the heights of the Inca trail; after knowing this monument, the visitor finds the archaeological site of Patallaqta which consists of an ascending sequence of terraces adapted to the topography of the area, these platforms that were dedicated to the cultivation of agricultural products to the Inca and his royal Ayllu. At the bottom of Patallaqta, there is Pulpituyoc ceremonial place of stunning beauty, andwhich is a top of rocky outcrop at few meters from the river. Pulpituyoc has a circular shape complemented by rectangular houses; can be accessed within a narrow entrance which reaches a circular space where finely carved walls have large niches also carved in stone and is associated with Salkantay and traditional Inca Trail serving as a ceremonial center of major importance in the path of purification Machu Picchu directed towards both Willcaracay, Patallaqta Pulpituyoc and complementary services are intended for use by our visitors and after knowing these archaeological sites, we’ll return to the road to climb the winding path towards Wayllabamba; First off, after the walk in the way we’ll reach the archaeological site of Tunasmoco where there are some small platforms and stands a building with high walls like a Kallanca complemented by two rectangular enclosures and a long channel of stones leading to a source ceremonial rituals of semicircular shape where ceremonies were performed; before having some rest in Wayllabamba, we’ll ascend along the way that slides through the gorge of the river Salkantay and take a detour to the west side to reach the archaeological site of Paucarcancha, a formidable construction crescent built on a system of platforms that raises further the strategic location of this monument which consists of several enclosures sizes medium on the back and shows ceremonial spaces with a main enclosure of high walls on the front, some meters below 5 sources of water carved in stone, we might enjoy the vital liquid from one to another source sequentially, which is complemented by two semicircular spaces on the sides and a wall with three windows from where you’ll have a wide visual domain of the gorge, besides being a ceremonial place Paucarcancha was also an administrative control center because of its strategic location no one could pass by without being seen. Settling at the fork in the road, you can see that on the right side of Paucarcancha, we’ll continue to the way of Salkantay to leave by current Soraypampa district of Mollepata in the province of Anta, on the left path we’ll continue to the archaeological sites of Incaracay, Inca Samana, Collpa, and to leave for Watha gulch Pachar in Ollantaytambo; the first day, the trek ends in Wayllabamba where we’ll spend the night at the checkpoint in order to resume the journey on the next day.

  • SECOND DAY: WAYLLABAMBA - LLUYUCHAPAMPA - WARMIWAÑUSKA - PACAYMAYU

    The next morning, we’ll start the ascent to the high peaks and “Abra Warmiwañuska” in this section and you’ll begin to appreciate the wide road with cobblestones at the outer edge and risk areas embankments are seen to control the slope of the road , the climb becomes heavier until the Ayapata sector a conditioned area for camps; climbing the gorge of the river Salkantay becomes heavier, the road gets steeper and legs and pass made by the efforts amid the fog and constant drizzle that hangs over the landscape, a last effort allows us to reach to 4,332 masl where is located the “Abra Warmiwañuska”, a gap that yawns between the chain of mountains surrounding Machu Picchu, from here, there is a wonderful natural landscape that makes the visitor feeling as if you were face to face with the tutelary Apus, Taita Inti, the Mama Killa, the Olympus of the Andean within walking distance of Hanaq Pacha Gods. The natural landscape has changed notoriously, the lush vegetation of the valleys we’ll pass by the icy mountains where abundant wild straw in the silence is cut by the discrete winds quietly combing the mountain.

    A network of paths expedited for all visitors allows us to take a lunch break and replenish our energies.

    The way down bound to Paqaymayu high is fully integrated and dates from the time of the Incas, is wide and slips amid shallow and noisy creeks streams that mountains are giving birth, on the way, we’ll find gleaming roads and spaces camp suitable for visitors where we could have dinner and camp there.

  • THIRD DAY: PACAYMAYU - RUNCURACAY - PUYUPATAMARCA - WIÑAYWAYNA

    We’ll begin the third hiking day of undertaking the ascent to the archaeological site of Runkurakay, the stretch starts with a lying path that soon starts to become a steep stone staircase that rises sinuously into the “Abra Runkurakay” in the short break half rise, we’ll turn our eyes to see the checkpoint of Paqaymayu that highlights areas where high camp and clear waters coming down from the snowy Soqtacochayoc. The path of ascent has an original stone path dating back to Inca times and it is incredible that despite of the passage of centuries of pressure by visitors and inclement weather this pre-Hispanic construction remains under the same conditions. After climbing all the way, we’ll reach the archaeological site of Runkurakay located in the middle of a mountain with a semicircular shape formed by two enclosures that complement and a central space similarly windows of medium size, a religious enclosure whose windows are oriented to Warmiwañuska to the mountain and the semicircular shape, considered to be devoted to the Killa breast.

    Continuing the climb, we’ll reach a small “Lagunilla” which is a few meters from the pit, a source where deers, foxes and other animals from the area are drinking water, the breathtaking scenery that surrounds it generate spectacular images that embellish further context, the climb will end in the Abra Runkurakay where we’ll find rest points since after overcoming a steep slope which is appropriate for good rest. After enjoying the landscape, we’ll start the descent to Sayaqmarka by the same paved road that passed the Incas in this pilgrimage to Machu Picchu purification. The road has emotional moments, like when a small tunnel carved into a huge rock that sawed the path traced it through. Along the way, it is common to see large spaces that work as lookouts, in this case the viewpoint allows us to appreciate the way down and another small “Lagunilla” of dark waters while the distance and the archaeological site of Sayaqmarka can be seen where the traveller will find a grandstand that is almost vertical position with approximately 97 stone steps; surprising perfection of this construction by the size of the lithic and its adaptation to the topography of the area. In Sayaqmarka, visitors might see water sources of domestic ceremonial enclosures for housing, narrow streets bordered by sturdy stone walls remaining intact over times, covering double fronted accesses and a sacred Huaca which recognizes the carved profile a human figure with outstretched arms on a black background. Like all archaeological monuments that are located along the Inca Trail, Andean religious rituals were also intended

    The stone buildings of the Inca trail and the road itself trigger a series of questions about its construction. How long did take the Incas to build all this monumental complex? Which tools did they use? How many people did work on this wonderful work? How did they feed themselves? Where did they sleep? Which method of work did they use? Which rituals and ceremony did they perform? Why so many holy sites? So deep was their faith in their deities to justify such colossal works? The questions are endless to try to understand the extraordinary human effort made by the Incas to build this road network through the intricate geography of the Peruvian Andes.

    We’ll continue in the way towards the control point to “Chaquicocha” and just undertake the march, we’ll visualize the archaeological site of Conchamarca located at the bottom of Sayaqmarka on the banks of a stream coming down from the heights which comprises 3 campuses located above a platform with five platforms and intended for religious activities in pre-Hispanic times, the path down is made by wooden bridges crossing the abundant streams. The landscape is changing gradually as we’ll meet the lush vegetation of the gorges in the journey to reach Chaquicocha campsite where we’ll have some rest and the lunch. Resuming the journey, our steps will lead us to the archaeological site of Phuyupatamarka that is far behind the hills with a dense blanket of fog, the Inca trail in this section is impressive as the ancient Inca engineers adequate the stroke to the existing geography and we’ll cross this stretch where there is a curve built on a rocky outcrop that could not prevent the genius of the builders, advancing amid ravines and curves which got a formidable passage as a tunnel dug in the bedrock both the roof and the stones with floor and despite the indoor humidity it still remains in use. Some meters below five sources of floodwaters carved in stone conducting the vital liquid from one to another source sequentially flowing all year consists of five circular towers in ascending connected by cobbled climb that fits in all constructions which are appreciated by religious use and residence of Andean priests.

    Immediately, we’ll get back to the Inca trail and the road does not stop surprising since in some sections amazing works like this sequence of 35 steps carved in live rock followed by exquisite cobblestones that characterizes the entire roadway. The walk will also lead us to a smaller tunnel than previous ones, but the same admirable bill surprises visitors, some meters down a templete on the way to appreciate the distance in the bottom of the archaeological site of Inti leg one systems platforms for agricultural use, the exquisiteness of the validity of the Inca engineering allowed these terraces to be adapted to the morphology of the terrain work perfectly with its waterways for more than 500 years ago; continuing the descent down the paved road to get to Wiñaywayna a ceremonial assembly having terraces on the top and bottom constructions Inca ceremonial enclosures divided into two parts. Surrounded by a wall of seven large windows arranged symmetrically with Inca expression of duality.

    Here there is a camping area with toilets for public use where we’ll have dinner and spend the night.

  • FOURTH DAY: WIÑAYWAYNA - INTIPUNKU - MACHU PICCHU

    We’ll continue our tour at the end of the Inca Trail and move almost straight north bound to Intipunku, the road is surrounded by lush vegetation that provides the necessary shade to cover solar radiation increasing with the passing hours in the road, there are attractive sections showing roads with stones, wooden doors, and some viewpoints that allow us to appreciate the valley with the Vilcanota river, few meters before reaching Intipunku where stone buildings are half-built probably abandoned by the Incas after Spanish invasion.

    You could enjoy a whim on the way to reach Intipunku where a small but steep forces us to spend the last energies coming… The visitor is glimpsed with the breathtaking view of the wonderful Inca Llaqta Machu Picchu of the wagon and part of Hiram Bingham that communicates with the district capital of Machu Picchu.

    Intipunku is a small set of stone forms that evidently served as control and management of people and goods that move through this route, here we could enjoy Machu Picchu, from another angle with the wide panorama that opens mountains, valleys and streams that are displayed from this point.

    Then, we”ll to get to Machu Picchu World Wonder, synthesis and summary of the colossal architecture of our ancestors, summit of Andean civilization, pride of Peruvians and sign of cultural identity of all Cusquenians, it teaches us how high the degree of development reached civilization Andean hand of the Incas, always accompanied by our experienced guide who will take us through this religious site of Excellence; “Machu Picchu Wonder of the World” with an altitude of 2,437 masl / 7,995 ft., we understand your superior knowledge achieved in astronomy and astrology putting on our knowledge of hydrological cycles of rainy and dry seasons through the solstices for the development of agricultural activity, having some free time to take pictures and walking on your own; at the end of the route, we will board the bus down to “Aguas Calientes” to enjoy a restful tourist menu considering the  return time of the train to Ollantaytambo where our transport will be waiting for us to return to the city of Cusco and its transfer to your hotel (point of reference).


Includes

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  • Transfer from the Airport to the Hotel
  • Informative talk prior to departure
  • Medical examination before your departure
  • ORIGINAL INCA TRAIL – MACHU PICCHU
  • Pick-up from the hotel
  • Tourist transport from Cusco to km 82 Piskacucho
  • Entrance to the Inca Trail
  • Bus down from Machu Picchu to “Aguas Calientes”
  • Professional English-Spanish Speaking Guide Service
  • Guide Assistant
  • Porters for loading the camping equipment
  • Camping equipment and basic logistics for carriers.
  • Chef and assistant
  • Kitchen equipment
  • Equipment and household items including tables and chairs
  • First-aid equipment
  • Oxygen bottle
  • First-aid kit
  • Kitchen tent, dining room
  • Two-person tents and simple as well
  • Inflatable cushions
  • Sleeping bag / sleeping pad -15 -10 °
  • Portable ecological bathroom
  • Food at the camp 3B / 3L / 3D / 3 Snacks
  • An extra tourist menu in “Aguas Calientes” on the fourth day.
  • Vegeterian menu, no additional cost.
  • Daily tea and Snacks
  • Tourist train from “Aguas Calientes” to Ollantaytambo (from 04:12 to 07:00 p.m)
  • Tourist Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Shuttle service
  • Permanent assistance of the company.


Does not Include

  • Extras or tips
  • Cold drinks such as beers or fizzy drinks
  • Muleteer with a greater capacity to 5 kg
  • Sticks
  • Entrance to the hot springs of Machu Picchu.
  • Hotel in Cusco
  • Flight ticket to Cusco
  • Travel Insurance (check that your insurance covers you for hiking and consider joining a local emergency organisation., for ex. :. Nomade World Insurance)


You Should Bring

  • Original Passport (International Student Identity Card (ISIC), if you are a student, you will be faxed to our office)
  • Trekking boots.
  • Rainwear / Rain poncho
  • A Polo-Shirt (at least one for each day)
  • Pants and/or trusses.
  • Sun hat.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Metal or Plastic Bottle or Plastic or as defect
  • Mosquito repellent.
  • Toiletries.
  • Personal First Aid Kit.
  • Camera or camcorder.
  • Flashlight.
  • Extra Money (emergency) -NO ATMs until we reach the village of Machu Picchu.
  • Swimwear (For use in the hot springs).


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