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Premium: Cusco and Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 8D

Overview

“This trip is well designed for the exclusive and relaxed time along each day, a private tour in each day to allow you enjoy the essence of Peru ancient culture”.

Tour Details:

  • Inca Trail (Luxury Inca trail)
  • Duration 7 days
  • Distance: 32km/ 20 miles
  • Highest Elevation: 4200m (13,200ft)
  • Difficulty: Difficult, fitness required, and at least 3 days acclimatizing in Cusco prior to this trip.
  • Price 2019: $1545 per person, minimum 2 people
  • Price 2019: $1455 3 person
  • Price 2019: $1355 4 person
  • Price 2019: $1315 5 person
  • Price 2019: $1290 6 person
  • Price 2019: $1255 7 person

Itinerary

DAY 1: Pick Up from Cusco Airport

Arrival at Cusco airport, reception by our representative, assistance and transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
Afternoon a walking tour in Cusco from 2 to 5.30pm to visit Koricancha Inca temples, the cathedral, to see Inca palaces along the way, the 12 angle stone,the main square and other important buildings in the city.

Selected hotel in Cusco. Meals : Non

DAY 2: Cusco Sacred Valley

Special Sacred valley that I designed best, you leave Cusco by 7.45am straight to the impressive Pisac ruins. Later a visit to Pisac artesany and handycraft market, lunch also there. After a drive to the Sanctuary “Cochawasi” to appreciate all the tipycal animals form the Andes and from the amazon, after that finally a visit to the majestic fortress Sacsayhuaman. Meals: (B,L)

Selected hotel in Cusco.

DAY 3: Beginning of the Inca Trail – Km 82 of the Trailtrakcs

6am pick up time, morning we will drive from Cusco to the trailhead at Piscacucho (km 82). Here you meet the porters and cooks that will support you on the five days Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Here we will begin the trek along the Urubamba river seeing along the way some archeological sites with spectacular views of the snowcapped mountains till we get to the Inca city Patallacta where we have lunch and in the afternoon a visit to the Inca city.

With the crowds now long gone, you hike an undulating trail above the Urubamba River to camp beside the spectacular ruins of Wallabamba (2,988m/10,000ft).
Your luggage is carried by the porters, your tents are put up for you and your food is prepared for you. All you have to do is shoulder your daypack and enjoy the walking.

DAY 4: Wallabamba to Pacaymayo

After a hearty breakfast, you will hike from 10,000 ft till you reach the highest point of the Inca trail, to the Pass Warmihuañusca (Dead woman pass) 4,180 mts/ 13,840 ft.
This climb is going to be gradual with many switch backs along the way and that usually take around 5 hours to the very top, (including short breaks along the way)
after a good rest at the highest pass, the you will descend 1 hour down to the campsite Pacaymayo (12, 680ft)
Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner,

DAY 5: Pacaymayo to Phuyupatamarca

Early in the morning after a most delicious breakfast, you will start climb up to the 2nd pass called Runkuracay pass (13,000 ft), this climb will take around 2 hours up to the top. Going through some interesting Inca Ruins.

You will continue going down on well preserved Inca trail to Sayacmarca fortress.

Located at the junction of two old Inca roads, historians still argue over its exact purpose.

A few more gentle ups and downs and you arrive at your stunning campsite for the night, Phuyupatamarca, or ‘the place above the clouds’ (3,650m/11,975ft).

DAY 6: Phuyupatamarca to Machu Picchu

This is the day you finally reach Machu Picchu in the afternoon.

As you step out of your tent the views are stunning.

Perhaps you will see the sun rising over the snow-capped mountains of Salkantay (6,200m/20,341ft) and Veronica (5,800m/19,029ft).

Or perhaps you will have an inversion, with clouds filling the valleys beneath you.

You descend beautiful Inca stairway through cloud forest jungle to Wiñayhuayna, a vast set of Inca terraces full of swallows and orchids.

A final contouring walk and you arrive at Inti Punku, the gateway of the Sun. As you step through the old stone gate-way, Machu Picchu appears, laid out before your eyes.

Stop here and enjoy the view before heading to take the twenty five-minute bus ride to Machu Picchu Pueblo and a well-deserved hotel and shower.

Included: breakfast, lunch, bus ticket, hotel.

DAY 7: Exploring Machu Picchu – return to Cusco

Now more relaxed after your hotel night, you will arrive early, allowing you to explore the ruins in the company of your guide, the pinnacle of Inca engineering Machu Picchu!
The guided tour takes around two hours leaving you a few hours free to wander and explore more of the Inca city by yourself.

For those who want to explore more, take a shorter trail to visit the Inca Bridge which once spanned a sheer cliff face.

Later you will take the bus down to Machu Picchu Pueblo and board your train back to Cusco.

Included: breakfast, bus ticket, Machu Picchu entrance, train ticket, transfer.

DAY 8: Exploring Cusco

A free morning to relax and to explore Cusco by yourselves. A chance to see some of the important museums, perhaps a visit to the main food market “San Pedro”, the chocolate museum.

In the afternoon or early evening a transfer to Cusco airport for your domestic flight back to Lima.

Include

Includes

  • 3 nights hotels in Cusco (Htl San Agustin Plaza, or Htl Ruinas)
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transport to km.82 (starting point of the trail
  • Inca Trail and Machupicchu entrance fee (days 1-4) + Machupicchu entrance fee (day 5)
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 3-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field
  • One inflatable sleeping pad Therma-rest per person
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Kitchen tent
  • Toilet tent (only if assigned campsites do not have toilets)
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Porters (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
  • Porters will carry your personal gear up to a maximum of 7kg per person (including sleeping bag and sleeping pad)
  • Accommodation for all our staff
  • 3 nights in tent and 1 night in a 3 stars hotel in Machu Picchu town. (option to upgrade hotel here)
  • Meals (04B, 04L, 04D + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian menu is available at no extra cost
  • Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Bus ticket from Machupicchu ruins down to the village of Aguas Calientes – 4th day
  • Round trip bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes – 5th day
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (Backpacker or Vistadome service, upon request)
  • Transfer train station-hotel in Cusco

Not Included

  • Lunch and dinner on the last day: after the guided tour at Machupicchu, you can enjoy free time to further visit the ruins and choose to have lunch either in Machupicchu or in Aguas Calientes at your own expense. Arrival in Cusco is estimated after nightfall, dinner being at your own expense too
  • Visit to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes: a relaxing way to end-up the trek while you’re awaiting the return train to Cusco, only 10 minutes from the village center, the entrance fee is Peruvian Soles s/10.00 per person. Towels can be hired in Aguas Calientes
  • Tips.
  • Sleeping Bag: $25
  • Inflatable Air Matt: $20
  • Walking Sticks (Pair): $20

Price

Number of People PRICES 2019
One – Two People $1545
Three – Four People $1365
7 + People $1255

Travel Info

  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
  • Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
  • Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning. Optionally: water -sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
  • Small towel
  • Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes Machu Picchu town)
  • Cash in soles and/or US$
  • Original Passport, YOU NEED TO BRING THE SAME PASSPORT THAT YOU USED FOR BOOKING THIS TREK. (plus the new one in case it has expired)
  • Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
  • Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage the Inca Trail)
  • Lip Balm
  • 1 Liter of water (per person)
  • Personal snacks
  • Personal medications
  • Motion sickness tablets (for van ride)
  • Toilet paper
  • Camera/ extra battery
  • Dry change of clothes, shoes
  • Plastic bag to store wet items
  • Torch/ headlamp
  • Cash
  • OPTIONAL Items to bring*:
  • Small presents for kids of villages along the trail such as school supplies, second hand clothes, etc.

Weather in the Andes can be unpredictable ranging from hot and sunny to rain, wind and cold. Hikers should be prepared with proper gear and be ready for variable weather conditions throughout the day.

Small changes in the itinerary are a possibility as well as trip cancellations due to bad weather. We reserve the right to cancel a trip if we feel conditions are unsafe. If this happens you will be refunded your deposit in full (see full Terms & Conditions), however, trips still go out when there is rain, snow or fog.

Temperatures can range from 0 degrees Celsius in the morning to 15 degrees Celsius in the afternoon.

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Why Scenic Peru?

  • We are a local tour operator in Cusco Peru
  • Highly specialized on trekking and expeditions.
  • Small groups.
  • Professional and licensed tour leader, with degree in history, archeology and well trained to handle emergency situations and first aid.
  • We are well committed for all Safety issues.
  • Our cooks are well constantly trained to provide the most delicious meals.
  • 24 hours for customer service.
  • Top notch camping gear.
  • Highly committed to protect the environment.
  • Our porters are the best ever well-treated.
  • We truly support with social projects for the Andean villages where our porters come from, specially supporting their schools.
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