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• Trek starting time: 09:30 am
• Arrival to campsite: 16:30 pm
• Minimum altitude: Km 82 – 2675 masl/ 8776.3 ft.
• Maximum altitude: Wayllabamba campsite – 2970 masl/9744.1 ft.
• Distance covered: 11 kms/6.8 mls (6 hours walking approx.)
• Difficulty: Moderate.
• Meals included: Snacks, lunch, tea time and dinner.
An early arise awaits today, as you will be greeted into the enticing 5-day trek, as we pick you up from your hotel in Cusco.
We recommend you to ask for a box breakfast (so you can enjoy it on the way). We will escort you until we reach Km 82, where the trek start point is located. Although we would be stopping in Ollantaytambo town (2792 mts/ 9160.1 ft) to purchase some last minute supplies and perhaps use the restroom facilities. Then, we will restart our journey for about 40 min on in order to reach Piscacucho (2675 mts/ 8776.3 ft) or well known as Km 82. Once there we will reunite with the rest of the team and porters who will be arrange all the necessary equipment for us to enjoy of a once in a lifetime experience. Let’s start the adventure and follow the same steps that once the Incas did. We will walk by amazing archeological ruins and sites, appreciating the Andean flora and fauna.
After 4 hours of hiking, we will reach Tarayoc (2675 mts/8776.3 ft) where we will be welcome with lunch accompanied by an amazing sight of the beautiful surroundings. Once you finished with lunch, we will keep our walk for 2 more hours towards Wayllabamba (2970 mts/ 9744.1 ft). And you will be amazed by your luxury campsite all set up. Before dinner time, you will indulge in a soothing massage session given by our professional therapist, you will feel relax and renew while enjoying the smell of organic essential oils. After this magical session, it is finally time to enjoy of a delightful dinner, to then visit your comfortable bedroom tent and enjoy of a good night of sleep.
To commence the day with energy, enjoy a delicious breakfast before we keep on our journey of 1.5-hour hike, as we approach the Ravine of Ayapata (3328 mts/ 10918.7 ft), where we while encounter by an ethereal forest. After capturing this precious moment and views with your camera, the journey keeps going for about 3 hours more, of course we will make some pauses along the way. As we approach Llulluchapampa (3760 mts/ 12335.9 ft) our delicious lunch will be awaiting us, with the gorgeous site of the Warmiwañusca Pass, well known as the Death Woman’s Pass due to its shape.
After you have finished lunch, we will then move to continue with the next part of our walk while reaching Warmiwañusca Pass (4215 mts/ 13828.7 ft), we will be walking for about 2.5 hours surely this portion will be very demanding but also rewarding once we have reach the peak, once there to celebrate your guide will take as many amazing photos as you wish. After spending a good amount of time in Warmiwañusca, you will begin your walk down towards Pacaymayo Ravine (3500 mts/ 11482.9 ft) where you will arrive at your campsite at Pacaymayo (3500 mts/ 11482.9 ft). You will already be accustomed to tradition, so enjoy your hot shower as well as your massage before you savor your delightful dinner and settle it for the evening in your bedroom tent.
• Wake-up time: 05:30 am
• Trek starting time: 07:00 am
• Arrival to campsite: 17:00 pm
• Minimum altitude: Ayapata site – 3328 masl/ 10918.7 ft.
• Maximum altitude: Warmiwañusca Pass – 4215 masl/13828.7 ft.
• Distance covered: 9 kms/5.6 mls (9 hours walking approx.)
• Difficulty: Challenging.
• Meals included: Breakfast, snacks, lunch, tea time and dinner.
• Wake-up time: 05:00 am
• Trek starting time: 08:00 am
• Arrival to campsite: 16:30 pm
• Minimum altitude: Chaquicocha site – 3535 masl/ 11597.8 ft.
• Maximum altitude: Runkurakay Pass – 3955 masl/12975.7 ft.
• Distance covered: 9 kms/5.6 mls (5.5 hours walking approx.)
• Difficulty: Moderate.
• Meals included: Breakfast, snacks, lunch, tea time and dinner
An early arise await you as you awake refresh, take a hot shower to relax your muscle before it is time to enjoy a delicious breakfast.
Afterwards, we will be ready to being our journey towards the ruins of Runkurakay where your expert guide will give you further explanation about the complex. We will continue to walk for an hour more in order to encounter our Second Pass of the route Runkurakay (3955 mts/ 12975.7 ft), the incredible track of the Inca Trail can be seen from there, enjoy the sight!
We will start to descend as it come to view a seaweed covered lake, after passing that and keep on the journey we will head towards the ancient Inca town of Sayacmarca (3585 mts/ 11761.8 ft). Once again your knowledgeable guide will be there to answered to any question you may have, as we continue the route down to Chaquicocha (3535 mts/ 11597.8 ft). Upon your arrival you will be greeted by a delicious lunch, after some time to rest we will hike for about 2.5 hours until we take the pathway that leads to Phuyupatamarca Pass (2640 mts/ 11942.3 ft). By passing an Inca tunnel we will head toward our campsite of the night at Phuyupatamarca (3670 mts/ 12040.7 ft). Once there, you will once again be able to soak your muscle in a hot shower followed by your soothing massages, and then you will be ready to be delighted by your dinner. Tonight will be the last night you have to spend with the rest of the staff, so we highly recommend you to make a toast in honor to this wonderful experience they have helped to provide. Cheers!
As we reach but most important portion of the hike, we can only hope for you to have fully enjoyed it. To accomplished todays adventure we must rise at 4:30 am, to have enough time to warm up with a nourishing breakfast. We will walk for about 3 hours, until we reach the beautiful Wiñaywayna (2650 mts/ 8694.2 ft) which means forever young translated from Quechua, it was given this name due the stunning orchids that decorated naturally the site. We will then must continue towards the Sun Gate or Inti Punku (2750 mts/ 9022.3 ft).
Be marvel by the views, as you watch over Machu Picchu citadel from above, then we must walk down to reach Machu Picchu (2430 mts/ 7972.4 ft) you will be in awe as soon as you enter into the majestic citadel. Your expert guide will take you to the most important details and enclosures in a 2-hour visit, you will learn more about the Inca lifestyle, its culture, history, theories and secrets, as well as all the questions you may have answered. Afterwards, you will have enough time to get lost on the citadel and captures these precious moments with many photos. Once the visit has been accomplished you will have a delightful lunch at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Hotel which is included in our program. Once you finish, we will transfer you to your selected accommodation.
After you had settled at your hotel and coordinated with your guide the pick-up time for the following day, it’s time for a restful sleep in your lush room.
• Wake-up time: 04:00 am
• Trek starting time: 05:30 am
• Arrival to Machu Picchu citadel: 11:30 am
• Minimum altitude: Machu Picchu citadel – 2430 masl/ 7972.4 ft.
• Maximum altitude: Intipunku site – 2750 masl/9022.3 ft.
• Distance covered: 8 kms/4.9 mls (5.5 hours walking approx.)
• Difficulty: Moderate.
• Meals included: Breakfast and snacks,
• Pick up time: 07:00 am
• Tour starting time: 08:00 am
• Arrival to Cusco: 21:56 pm
• Minimum altitude: Aguas Calientes Town – 2070 masl/6791.3 ft.
• Maximum altitude: Machu Picchu citadel – 2430 masl/ 7972.4 ft.
• Difficulty: Easy.
• Meals included: Breakfast
Today very early in the morning, your expert guide will pick you up from your after you have finished breakfast in order to take a 30 min bus ride that will take you to the citadel entrance. During high season the queues are longer than expected but please know that the wait is worth it!
On our visit today you will complement what you already learn the day before and also received new information provide by your knowledgeable guide, you may want to clear up any doubt or questions that maybe lingering and then be completely absorb by this impressive place. Afterwards, you will be free to enjoy of the citadel at your leisure, perhaps you decide to take a short hike such as Huayna Picchu to access more panoramic views or Machu Picchu mountain in case you wish to have a more tranquil walk. Please note that theses hikes are unguided, have an additional coast and must be book far in advanced, in case this catches your interest check the availability with your travel specialist.
By the afternoon, you may want to take the bus back to Aguas Calientes, it will be 30 roughly minutes. Feel amazing as you board the exclusive Pullman wagon, which will take you back to Poroy train station. Once you arrive at Poroy train station, a View Latin American representative will be present to make sure that you board your private transportation and promptly arrive back at your hotel in Cusco. The journey will take about 40 minutes of the road.