Best cultural experience of Cusco, Maras, Moray, Salineras & the Inca Trail, one of the most famous treks in the world, along the former highway of the Peruvian empire. This trip is full of experiences with the highlight of the unforgettable Machu Picchu. When you see it from the sun gate on the last morning, be prepared to have your heart stolen and a mark left on your soul.
Duration: 07days / 06nights
Itinerary: Day 01°. Cusco City & Surrounding. This tour starts at your hotel or we will pick you up at the airport. Our first stop is the famous Koricancha Sun Temple – a beautiful place that captures the Incas masterful stone masonry. The cathedral is next where you can appreciate the historical Qusquenean art, whilst learning about the links between Incan and Catholic religion. Then it’s time to explore the Incan sites around Cusco city including Sacsayhuaman, Quenqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay.
*Our overnight stay will be at Hotel in Cusco.
Day 02°. Chinchero – Salineras – Maras – Moray – Ollantaytambo. This day is packed with many different Incan sites. We start in Chinchero, a nice town where you can observe the women weaving and even buy a souvenir for you to take home, while enjoying the landscape and farming areas. We will see how local people are growing potatoes, corns and quinoa. We will then visit Maras and its church before continuing to the site of Moray which gives us a true representation of the Incan terraces, then we will visit Sal mines at Salineras a place still being used in the same way before the Incas time, Our final stop Ollantaytambo the Incan place and the small town of Ollantaytambo. (You can combine or choose to do it by car, ATV, Zip Line or horseback riding using our native Paso fino horse).
*Our overnight stay will be at Hotel in Ollantaytambo.
Day 03°. Ollantaytambo – Inca Trail Km 82 – Ayapata Camp. Our day starts early in the morning, we will pick up you from your hotel in Ollantaytambo and driving to Piscacucho (KM82, the starting point of the Inca Trail, 2600mamsl). The ride takes approx. 45 minutes, so enjoy your time resting. We will meet our amazing porters are in Piscacucho, who will carry all of the camping equipment as well as our luggage throughout the trek. Our walk starts with a gentle climb along the river for approx. 3 hours. It’s important to remember to take in everything around you as it’s truly remarkable. We will then start to climb to get a good view of the first Incan building called Llactapata. After a short rest there, we will continue onwards for 2 hours to our lunch place where we will be surrounded by native plants. After resting a bit to digest, we will walk uphill for another 2 hours to our campsite Ayapata (3400 mamsl). The total distance to be covered is 15km which should take approx. 8 hours.
*Our overnight stay will be in Ayapata Camp Site.
Day 04°. Ayapata – Dead Women Pass – Paqaymayu – Chaquicocha Camp. After our breakfast we begin the biggest climb to Dead Woman’s Pass (the highest point on the hike being 4250mamsl). As we walk along the Kusichaca stream, remember to stop and look at the amazing scenery surrounding you. After a well-deserved rest at the top, we begin our 2 hour descent of to Pacaymayu, where we will have our lunch. This place has a spectacular view over the valley. After lunch, we can rest before we start ascending again and walk for another 2 two hours to reach our second highest point called Runkurakay (3950mamsl). It is along this path that we stop at another Incan site. Then the climbing is done for the day, and it’s time to descend 3 hours to our campsite. The 16km distance will take approx. 10 hours to cover.
*Our overnight stay will be in Chaqicocha Camp Site.
Day 05°. Chaquicocha – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñayhuayna Camp. Our hike starts with a gentle climb for thirty minutes, before walking on a nice, even path through the cloud forest, feeling as if you are on top of the world. There, we will visit another Incan site Phuyupatamarca, and you will have some time to explore and relax. From this point we descend for three hours on stone steps, enjoying the view of the Urubamba Valley and river as we go. Finally arriving at the Winaywayna campsite, we will have our lunch and spend an afternoon relaxing and walking around the famous Incan site. The distance is 7km which will take approx. 5 hours.
*Our overnight stay will be in Winaywayna Camp Site.
Day 06°. Wiñayhuayna – Machupicchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco. You’re nearly there! This day starts very early so we can get to the Sun Gate or Intipunku to watch the sun rise over Machu Picchu - a truly remarkable experience. We will walk downhill for 50 min, enjoying the panoramic views of Machu Picchu. All the sweat and tears are worth it when you reach these iconic ruins and take that postcard worthy picture to remember your accomplishment. We will explore the site, learning about the history and you will also have some free time to have a look around. At the end of the day, we will return to Cusco where you can enjoy a hot shower and a nice, warm bed!
*Our overnight stay will be at Hotel in Cusco.
Day 07°. Cusco – Home. Day at your leisure, according the schedule of you flight we’ll transfer you to the airport or get ready for your next adventure.
Included in this tour:
- Day 1°, 2°, 3°, 4°, 5°, 6°& 7° Full day tour
- Peruvian licensed Guide.
- Private transportation
- Entrance fees for the places we will visit
- Boxed lunch at the second day
- Transfer Cusco-KM82
- Inca Trail & Machu Picchu entrance fees
- Breakfast, lunch & dinner during the hike
- Water during the hike
- Peruvian licensed Guide
- Porters to carry our outdoors equipment
- Extra porter for your own luggage - 06 kg for person
- Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Machu Picchu town
- Train ticket from Machu Picchu town to Ollantaytambo
- Transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
- Transfer in & out (the day that you will arrive and leave)
- Lunch and dinner (Optional)
- Comfortable Accommodation, 3 or 5 stars hotel (optional)
- Day 4° lunch and dinner
- Sleeping bag (you can rent it here for USD 20.00 for 04 days)
- Walking stick (you can rent 02 here for USD 15.00 for 04 days)
- Tips and Gratuities