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Inca Trail, 4 days
|| $ 699 AUD|
||no flights included |
||daily (except February)|
|| Cusco to Machu Picchu|
The 4 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is definitely the most famous hike in Peru. The classical 43km trek leading to the Sacred Inca City of Machu Picchu combines the visit of mysterious archaeological sites, amazing mountain scenery and lush cloud forest rich in Andean biodiversity. This hiking tour is a great way to meet new people as well as seeing new places!
Day 1 - Cusco - Km 82 (L, D)
Early morning we set out by bus to our trailhead at Km 82. You will get acquainted with the rest of the crew and the porters who will be carrying the camping equipment. This point is where our hiking trail begins. Don´t be afraid, the first part of the trek is quite easy with a lot of flat parts and gentle climbs. When we reach the archaeological site Ptallacta we´ll have a break for lunch. Then we climb a short way up the Cusichaca valley to Huayllabamba, the last inhabited village on the trail, where we camp.
Day 2 - Huayllabamba – Pacaymayu (B, L, D)
We climb the steep-sided valley through steepening woods to Warmiwanusca (Dead Woman's Pass), at 4200m – the highest point of the trek. Here we encounter spectacular views. Lunch will be prepared and served at Vizcachayoc and then we will descend to the campsite at Pacaymayu (3500m). Dinner and lodging waiting for you.
Day 3 - Pacaymayu – Wiňayhuayna (B, L, D)
Start with a steady ascent to the second highest pass at Runkuracay reaching 3780m. We will pass Runkurukay (small circular ruins) and Sayacmarca (inaccessible town - an intricate labyrinth of houses, plazas and water channels, perched precariously on a rocky spur overlooking the Aobamba valley). Take a pause and have lunch at Chaqquicocha. Then continue to Phuya Patamarka, another notable archaeological site. The day is rich in sights. The last stop of the day is Wiňay Huayna (the name in Quechua means “forever young”). Not far from here is located our last campsite.
Day 4 - Wiňay Huayna - Machu Picchu – Cusco (B)
Today begins earlier than normal. This last part of the trail from Wiñayhuayna to Machu Picchu takes about an hour across a humid rain forest to Inti Punku (Sun Gate). Suddenly the whole of Machu Picchu is spread out before you in all its glory - a fantastic sight for all. We complete the final leg down the royal flagstone walkway into the heart of Machu Picchu, where we spend the rest of the morning with a guided tour of the highlights and some individual exploring among Machu Picchu’s multitude of hidden nooks and corners. Lunch will be served in the town of Aguas Calientes, where we board our return train to Cusco.
4 days Inca Trail; All meals on the way; English speaking professional guide; 3 Nights in tent; Camping equipment and porter; Transfer to the rail station in Cusco and back; Return train ticket Cusco-Machu Picchu; Inca Trail Permit, Machu Picchu entrance fee
(B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner)
Airfare; Airport tax; Meals and services not detailed on the program; Tips; Personal expenses; sleeping bag
Sleeping bag hire - 25 AUD
Hotel in Cusco - on request
Personal porter can be arranged on request.
Average fitness required.
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