Inca Trail & Peru Tours 12 Days / 11 Nights
Lima – Cusco – Inca Trail – Lima
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN LIMA
When in Lima, a representative will greet you at the airport and transfer to the hotel. He will give a brief description of your itinerary and answer any questions you have and make sure you are comfortable in your hotel for the night.
DAY 2: LIMA CITY TOUR
It was presented to Peru with a total distance of the city of Lima, Peru’s capital and most populous city. This city known as the city of kings, contains elements contrasts modern, colonial and old, that pretty much sums Peru. Declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1991. An English speaking guide will show you the rich history of the city and its meaning. You will be immersed in the colonial history of Lima and Spanish roots visiting the Cathedral, Plaza de Armas, and the Catacombs of San Francisco. This contrasts sites residential areas and fashionable San Isidro and Miraflores, where you will see the modern Lima at its best. After the visit, you can enjoy your free afternoon to explore the city.
DAY 3: LIMA – CUSCO
After enjoying a delicious breakfast at your hotel in Lima, we will pick it up for transfer to the airport where you will board the flight to the city of Cusco. At the airport in Cusco a representative will welcome you and then attend to your hotel. Will the rest of the day to relax or explore Cusco at your leisure. It is recommended to take the necessary precautions in this city due to its high altitude (3400m).
DAY 4: CUSCO CITY TOUR
You enjoy every morning of our magnificent city of Cusco. In the afternoon, you enjoy a visit to the colonial city built on Inca foundations, starting with the cathedral, with its delicate carved woodwork and impressive altars ,. Then it is directed to Qorikancha or Temple of the Sun, where you can appreciate the fine work that the Incas performed in stone; Continuing the tour will head to the great fortress of Sacsayhuaman, which offers a breathtaking view of the city. also visit other archaeological complexes like Kenko, with its Inca amphitheater and its underground galleries, Tambomachay * with its system of aqueducts and waterways and will have a panoramic view of Puca Pucara. After your tour you will be taken to your hotel for the explanation of his trip to the Inca Trail.
DAY 5: CUSCO – WAYLLABAMBA
Sagrado of the Incas, After skirting the Urubamba River, located in the valley of the same name, will gradually ascending to the valley of Piscacucho (km 82), where we will begin officially the Inca Trail. There we will find our group of porters, after checking in at the registration office, we will begin the legendary Inca Trail to the village of Wayllabamba (3,100 meters) where we camp, from here we can take stunning photos of snowy Veronica’s will pick you up very early at the hotel to heading to the Valley
- Meals: Lunch and Dinner.
- Total distance: 12 km (7.47 miles).
- Maximum Height: 2,954 m.s.n.m.
- Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours.
- Difficulty Level: Low
DAY 06: WAYLLABAMBA – PACAYMAYU
He will leave for the second step, the free-hike-day (ie they can walk at your own pace), passing through several paths, the first path will take us to the valley of Llulluchapampa (3,850 m). The first three kilometers are steep for 2-3 hours of walking we reach the highest point of the second day. El Abra Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman’s Pass) at 4,200 meters above sea level, known as the hardest part of the Inca Trail. After our rest, our walk back for a long, steep descent to the river Pacaymayu (Sunrise River), to the Runturakay step until we reach our camp. Where we will have a break after a hard journey, while enjoying magnificent views.
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
- Total distance: 11 km (6.84 miles).
- Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours.
- Maximum altitude: 4,200 m. (13,776 feet).
DAY 07: PACAYMAYU – WIÑAYWAYNA
The third day is the most interesting, besides being the longest also is regarded as the most beautiful way, witnessed a change in the ecosystem. We will pass by an ancient place Sayacmarca it was in the time of the Incas a checkpoint of the roads leading to Machu Picchu as well as a lagoon where it is possible to see some deer drinking water. After visiting the site, it usually continues until lunch Chaquicocha where most groups, continue to Phuyupatamarca ( “City Above the Clouds”) at 3,600 meters. A well-preserved site with an ancient system of impressive hydraulic engineering and its chain of Inca Baths. Then we pass the Inca tunnel to visit (always young) to 2,650 m here overnight archaeological complex of Wiñaywayna there is also a place of warm waters, where one can enjoy the baths, and can also purchase bottled drinks.
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
- Total distance: 16 km (9.94 miles).
- Estimated walking time: 8 hours.
- Maximum altitude: 3,950 meters.
DAY 08: MACHU PICCHU WIÑAYWAYNA A / RETURN TO CUSCO
(Optional – WAYNAPICCHU)
The day begins earlier than normal and after our breakfast at 4:30 am, because at 5:30 am we will start our walk towards Machu Picchu. It is important to bring a flashlight because it is still dark at that time and the road is narrow. After an hour and a half walk you reach Inti Punku or “Puerta del Sol”, from where you can see for the first time the majestic Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and WAYNAPICCHU few minutes later we descent to the Inca city of Machu Picchu for begin our guided tour (about 2 hours) to help him understand the meaning and use of different ancient buildings and Inca terraces. Then you will have enough time to explore the various archaeological sites such as time: go to Puente del Inca or mountain climb Waynapicchu (2700msnm) for a panoramic view of 360 °. Then take the bus to Aguas Calientes where you can visit the hot springs to relax, and then be at the train station half an hour before your departure time. In Ollantaytambo you will be disappointed and transferred to your hotel in the city of Cusco.
Meals included: Breakfast.
DAY 9: SACRED VALLEY
Discover the best of the Sacred Valley through this route will travel parallel to the Vilcanota River A 4 KM. The village is located the archaeological park of Pisaq with perfect and interesting lithic constructions. After a walk through this area to visit a typical Indian market of Pisac, where we will have the opportunity to learn about the customs and traditions of its people and enjoy the products that we offer. Then we continue through the valley and annexes of Calca, Lamay is traversed; up to Urubamba, where you have buffet lunch in a typical tourist restaurant with the best appetizers; Following the route will enter Ollantaytambo, one of the most important archaeological complex of the ancient Empire, known for its “platforms” (terraces built on the mountain slopes for agricultural purposes). This beautiful village still retains the image of the Inca urban planning, housing, roads, and waterways that are guarded by an imposing fortress.
DAY 10: VISIT TO MARAS – MORAY
You will be picked up from your hotel to start our visit to Maras, salt mines and Moray, is a distance of 20 kms by bus where appreciate the beautiful snow-capped Chicon and Veronica mountains in the Cordillera Vilcanota background continue through Moray. And “Inca agricultural greenhouse or laboratory,” consisting of four platforms amphitheater style and with a depth of 150 meters being in Moray visit. It was an experimental place to study plant adaptation to new ecosystems; Continuing with the tour we head towards Maras and the salt mines (Salinas), located 7 miles of Moray in the height of 3, 380 m.s.n.m is a small town. Famous for its salt mines, consisting of about 3000 small wells with an area of about 5 m². These have already been exploited since Inca times as an economic exchange. This place is very interesting to see how these mines salt recovers and as is the life of the people working here. After our tour, we will return to your hotel in the city of Cusco.
DAY 11: CUSCO FREE DAY (B)
Today you can enjoy a free day in Cusco.
DAY 12: CUSCO – LIMA
After breakfast at your hotel, you will be taken to the airport for your flight back to Lima, So you can take your flight back home.