INCA TRAIL TO MACHUPICCHU
This hike takes more time to do the traditional Inca Trail to Machupicchu, leaving more time to appreciate the nature and archaeology along the way.
1st Day: Chillca – Llactapata
At 6 in the morning our private bus picks passengers up from their hotels. We drive down through the Sacred Valley to Chilca. Here we meet the porters.Tonight we camp at Llactapata, an important fort along the Urubamba River.
2nd Day: Llactapata – Llullucha
After a healthy breakfast we climb up away for Salkantay, a snow-capped mountain that reaches 20,600 feet high and the most imposing peak in this region. At Huayllabamba the streambed forks. We camp at Llilluchapampa, part way up to the high pass of Warmiwañuscca.
3rd Day: Llullucha – Phuyupatamarca
Today the first part of the trek takes us over the Warmiwañuska pass at the height of 13,500 feet. At its heights, the amazing stone trail is better preserved than when it passes through lower lands. As we descend, we leave the tundra vegetation and enter the elfin forest of bonsai trees covered by a profusion of creepers and orchids. We pass the important ruins of Runkuraqay and Sayacmarca and camp at Phuyupatamarca, the city above the clouds, from which there are spectacular views of snow covered mountain ranges.
4th Day: Phuyupatamarca – Machupicchu
Passing through the Intipuncu (gates of the sun), we arrive in Machupicchu, the lost city of the Incas. We will visit the picturesque town of Aguas Calientes and enjoy a relaxing bath at the local hot springs and later we will camp by the river.
5th Day: Machupicchu – Cusco
We will rise early in the morning. After breakfast we will take a bus up to visit the lost city of Machupicchu. An optional hike for the more dynamic people in the group would be to hike up to Huaynapicchu, the pyramid-shaped peak that overlooks Machupicchu. We will take the late afternoon train back to Cusco.
Note:There is the option of relaxing in the hot springs in Aguas Calientes.
1st Day: Cusco – Cachora
We go by bus to the town of Cachora, which is located in the department of Apurimac, on the south of the Apurimac River. We head east across the plains of Anta and cross the watershed from the high puna to high tropical valleys running into the Apurimac. We cross the river and travel among the fertile valleys of the province of Apurimac, where the river has been bridged directly below Choquequirao. On the way we will visit the complexes of Sawite and Tarawasi is also an optional place to camp.
2nd Day: Waqcha pampas – Wayna Qalli – Playa Rosalina
We descend 7000 feet to the river, cross the suspension bridge over the raging Apurimac River, climb back up to a pass that is 6000 feet above the river, and then navigate to the ruins, 5800 feet above the river. This will take all day. In the evening we encounter a refreshing cataract of glacial water and know we are nearly at the end.
3rd Day: Playa Rosalina – Choquequirao
The guide will give an explanatory lecture about what we see. We will go on excursions to the outlying buildings.
4th Day: Choquequirao – Playa Rosalina
Today we return to Cachora. We may see Condors or high jungle vegetation.
5th Day: Rosalina – Cachora – Cusco
We will take the bus to Cusco
Dia 4: Choquequirao - Playa Rosalina
Hoy regresamos a Cachora. Podemos ver a Condors o vegetación alta de la selva.
Dia 5: Rosalina - Cachora - Cusco
Llevaremos el autobús a Cusco
- Round trip transfers
- Private transportation
- Professional guide (English/Spanish)
- Tickets of entrance to the archeological places
- All meals during the trekking
- Camping equipment
- Tables and chairs
- Comfortable mattresses
- Porters to carry the equipment
- First aid kit
- Sleeping bag *we can to rent
- First breakfast
- Lunch and dinner the last day
- Backpack for personal things
- Raincoat or poncho
- Comfortable clothes
- Hiking shoes or boots
- Original passport
- Water bottles and tablets to purify the water (very important)
- Cap or hat
- Sun block
- Insect repellent