AAPT04    Lima – Cusco – Inca Trail     11D/10N

Lima--Cusco--Inca-Trail-600

Day 1: Arrival in Lima.

Airport welcome reception and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2: Lima

In the morning, we arrange a ½ day city tour to visit the most important touristic and interesting areas of Lima: its three historical periods: the pre-Hispanic period with the interesting Huaca Pucllana archaeological centre, colonial Lima with the Plaza San Martin, the Plaza Mayor, San Francisco Convent and its impressive catacombs. Finally, we make a tour to Lima contemporary areas where we visit to the most traditional residential areas in the capital: The Olive Grove of San Isidro, Miraflores and Larco Mar a new distinctive tourist centre of the modern Lima. Free afternoon.Hotel. (B).

Day 3: Lima - Cusco.

Transfer to the airport in Lima. Flight to the city of Cusco and upon arrival transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, we make a ½-day city tour, which will show you the amazing colonial city built on the foundations of the Inca palaces. You will visit the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun, where you can appreciate the incredible masonry of the Incas, the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral with its carved woodworks, altars and paintings. Then we take you to the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, to the underground cave and temple of Quenko, have a panoramic view of Puca Pukara and then you will enter to Tambomachay, known as the Baths of the Inca. Finally, we stop at the living art the workshop "Inca's Expression". The visit will allow passengers to admire how the local artisans create wonderful silver pieces, paintings and woodcarvings. Hotel in Cusco. B.

Day 4: Cusco – Urubamba - Ollantaytambo:

In the morning, transfer to Urubamba, known as the Incas Sacred Valley. Here we will make first a walk to observe the beautiful Pisac Inca Ruins, a great introduction to the marvelous Inca architecture. Then we will go to wander on the colorful Pisac Indian Market (main days Sunday and Thursday) and where you can acquire beautiful tapestry, handicrafts and other excellent articles. Later on, we will have lunch in one of the nice haciendas of Urubamba. Later on, our transport will take us to the Inca town of Ollantaytambo; a great example of an Inca town in a place that possible was a military, religious and agricultural center. Here we find the fortress located in the highest part of the mountain, protected the valley from the invaders. In the town narrow streets, water channels and Inca houses, which are still in use by the locals. Overnight in a local hotel. B, L.

Day 5: Ollantaytambo – Pisca q´uchu (Km 82) – Wuayllabamba (prairie–green place) Camp.

From Urubamba, a 1-hour drive will take us to the point known as Pisca q´uchu (Km 82) (2600m / 8528ft). At this point, where the first control is located, all tourists have to register to be able to start the trek. From this place, 42 kilometers of mountains, Andean valleys, rivers and tropical forests separate us from Machu Picchu. In our way to our first camp at Wuayllabamba village, the first part of the trek is mainly flat, with slight ascents and it will take approximately 2 ½ hours till we reach the Llactapata's (town in the heights) archaeological group. Then we will continue to enter to the valley of the Kusichaca River from where the route follows a slight ascent up to Wuayllabamba camp located at 3100m (10168ft). (B, LB, D).

Day 6: Wuayllabamba Camp – Pacasmayu Camp.

After breakfast, we start our second day considered by many people the most difficult since it is necessary to do an ascent of 1100 meters up to the highest point of the whole circuit, the Warmihuañusca ("dead women") pass at 4200m (13776feet). The slow ascent will take approximately 4 ½ and 5 hours. From the pass, we can enjoy an astonishing view of the surroundings and the magnificent landscape. This is a windy area so is important to wear warm cloths. Overcoming the pass, we continue our way down to the Pacasmayu Camp located at 3500 meters (11480feet). (B, LB, D)

Day 7: Pacasmayu – Runkuracay – Phuyupatamarca - Wiñayhuayna:

The third day begins with an hour and a half long ascent to Runkuracay' s Pass located at a height of 3950m (12916ft). On the way, we will visit the interesting ruins known as Runkuracay (oval building) at 3800m (12464ft). Once overcoming the pass, the rest of the way is a descent towards the ruins of Sayacmarca located at 3600m. In the Inca times, they used it as control post for the roads connecting to Machu Picchu. Then through a beautiful cloud forest, we will continue up to the pass of Phuyupatamarca, ("town above the clouds") at 3670m (12038ft). From here, we will descend through a number of stone steps that at the end are very tiring. The trail leads finally to Wiñayhuayna camp located at 2700m (8856ft). (B, LB, D)

Day 8: Wiñayhuayna Camp – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes.

The day begins earlier than usual, at about 04:30 a.m. in order to make our final trek towards the city of Machu Picchu. After one and a half hours, we arrive at the Inti Punku ("Sun Gate") at 2700m (8856ft), from where we will have the first impressive views of the majestic Inca City of Machu Picchu. From here, it is only one hour more to arrive at the city and enjoy a guided visit of the most important places. Passengers who still feel strong enough might like to climb Huayna Picchu for an unparalleled view of the lost city of the Incas. In the afternoon, transport down to Aguas Calientes. Hotel in Aguas Calientes. (B, LB).

Day 9: Aguas Calientes – Cusco:

Free morning in Aguas Calientes to enjoy the green, beautiful, lush surroundings of this area. You can perhaps do another visit to Machu Picchu. In the afternoon train ride back to Ollantaytambo and from here by bus transfer to Cusco. Hotel. (B).

Day 10: Cusco: Free day in Cusco. Enjoy by yourself this magnificent city, once the capital of the Inca Empire. You can perhaps visit some of the many Indian markets or just relax and enjoy the city. Hotel. (B).

Day 11. Cusco – Lima out: Transfer to the airport and flight to Lima airport where you arrive in time for your international flight connection back home. (B).

 Gross Rates per Person in US$:

  Pax Number

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3

4

5

6

7/8

 9/10 

 11/12 

 13/14 

 15/16 

 SS 

 Gross US$ pp 

 1723 

 1372 

 1223 

 1146 

 1085 

 1046 

986

964

910

876

195

 

Included: All transfers, hotels (double room with private facilities), private transport to trek start point, all entrance fees, (except Inca Trail), English speaking guide, noted meals, complete camping equipment (tents for 2 persons, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent), complete food services while on the trek, cook, helpers, porters, first aid kit.

Not included: one-way train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Vista Dome: $130. - pp; Tourist Class train: $115.-pp), Inca Trail entrance fee (us$110.-pp), international and domestic flights, airport taxes, extra personal porters (us$ 150. - per porter), tips, personal trekking gear, extras, and personal travel insurance.

Grading: Easy – moderate

Inca trail weight allowance: 10 kgs per person (this will be carried by our porters)

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