Cusco & Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Cusco & Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Cusco & Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Trip Details:

Operator:   Explorandes
Price From: TBA
Fitness Needs: Moderately Fit
Program duration: 8 days

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About this program

Spend eight incredible days exploring the magic of Cusco and trekking the ancient Inca Trail to discover Machu Picchu. Experience one of the world’s oldest civilizations and indulge in the history, culture, cuisine and natural beauty of Peru.

Witness unparalleled mountain views on the 4-day trek along the same trails the Incas used up to Machu Picchu’s Sun Gate (Intipunku). Take in the vibrancy of the city of Cusco, the colors and artisan crafts of the village of Pisaq and the archaeological site of Ollantayambo.



Day 1: Cusco

On arrival in Cusco there will be a transfer provided to your hotel. In the afternoon a city tour wil be amanged visiting the imperial city of Cusco and it´s charming attractions. An Informative gathering will be held after the tour to brief you on the upcoming days. The nigh will be spent in Cusco. (No meals included)

Day 2: Cusco / Ollantayambo

Pick up to spend in the Sacred Valle of the Incas. Visit local markets. Such as the village of Pisaq, getting to see local colours, artisans and products. After lunch, you will proceed to visit the Archeological site of Ollantaytambo with its living Inca village. The night will be spent in Ollantayambo village. (B/L)

Day 3: Ollantaytambo / Llaqtapata

After a tasty breakfast drive to the redhead at Piscacucho, and start hiking for about 5 hours through a little visited section of the trail. We stop at Q’oriwayrachina for lunch and then cross the Urubamba River at Q’ente, with an option to visit Wayna Q’ente and Llaqtapata archaeological sites, in whose vicinity we will camp amidst Inca terracing at 2,800 m. (B/L/D) Distance: 11km Time: 5-6 hours

Day 4: Lllaqtapata / Llulluchapampa

Continue up the Cusichaca Valley passing houses of settlers to finally reach the Andean community of Huayllabamba. From here the trail ascends steeply to a large Pampa below the first pass, where we camp. Here we have a breathtaking view of Mt. Huayanay. Along the trail up this narrow hanging valley we begin to see a cloud forest that harbors the Queñua tree (polilepis), a rare forest to be found in the Andes. Camp will be set up at Llulluchapampa (3,800 m). (B/L/D) Distance: 9 Km Time: 6 hours

Day 5: Llulluchapampa / Phuyupatamarca

A steady ascent on an Inca Trail up to the Warmiwañusqa pass at 4,200m (13,692ft) affords a magnificent view of our ascent and the trail ahead of us. We descend on a restored Inca Trail down to the Pacaymayo River to then ascend again to the ruins of Runkuraqay and the second pass at 4,050m (13,200ft). From here we walk down to the site at Sayacmarca at 3,850m (12,551ft) on the original Inca Trail, passing a dry lake and the first signs of the cloud forest. A beautiful location overlooking the Aobamba Valley, it affords a respite for a leisurely walk through its imposing structures. Continue along the ridge through amazing landscapes, viewing Mt. Salkantay from the western side and Mt. Pumasillo, a silhouette to the north on the horizon. Walking through a rolling flag stoned trail we arrive at Phuyupatamarca (the village on the edge of the clouds) in whose vicinity we camp at 3,800 m. (B/L/D) Distance: 14kms Time: 7-8 hours

Day 6: Phuyupatamarca / Machu Picchu

An early departure today will have us trekking along a buttress and passing Phuyupatamarca ruins, the flag stoned trail winds sharply down into the cloud forest to the ruins of Wiñay Wayna located below the ridge on the same water course as the previous site, it has well restored Inca Ruins. After a two hour walk through a cloud forest covered Inca Trail we arrive to Machu Picchu the way the Incas used to come, watching the magnificent citadel at our feet from Intipunku, the door of the sun. Bus ride to the Village of Machu Picchu for an overnight at a local hotel, dinner on your own.(B/L) Distance: 11.6 km Time: Approx. 7 hours

Day 7: Machu Picchu / Cusco

A half hour bus ride will bring you back to the citadel for a guided visit which on average takes three hours as your official guide walks you through the different sectors of the hill-top citadel, with astonishing views, learning about the aspects of Andean life, taking you back in time. Afternoon return to the village where the train will take you to back to Ollantaytambo or Cusco. (Hotel overnight and dinner on your own).(B/L)

Day 8: Cusco / Out

Free day and transfer out will be arranged from your hotel

Country Fast Facts


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Continent:South America
Official Language(s)Spanish, Quechua, Aymara
Population31,141,643 (2015 estimate)
Climate(s)Eqautorial, Monsoon, Tropical Savanna, Desert (Warm/Cold), Semi-arid (Warm/Cold), Subtropical oceanic, Temperate oceanic.
Major Airport(s):Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM), Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ), Rodriguez Ballon International Airport (AQP)
Economic Driver(s):Agriculture, Manufacturing, Extraction, Tourism

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Continent:North America
Official Language(s)English, French
Population36,048,521 (2016 estimate)
Climate(s)Arctic, Sub-arctic, Semi-Arid Desert, Temperate Rainforest, Humid Continental
Major Airport(s):Lester B. Peason International Airport (YYZ), Vancouver International Airport (YVR), Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL), Calgary International Airport (YYC)
Economic Driver(s):Fossil Fuels, Mining, Manufacturing, Agriculture

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