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Discover Inca Trail Machu Picchu 7 days

Discover Inca Trail is an adventure tour in Peru, where you’ll explore the natural scenery, mysterious temples, incredible Inca monuments, and iconic Machu Picchu. The hills and mountains, historical ruins, the different ecological zones and the cloud forest make the trip very interesting. Uncover some of Peru’s wildlife highlights on this journey through Cusco and the national park of Machu Picchu.

There are a lot of tour activities to cover in one week, but still plenty of time to relax.The Discover Inca Trail is ideal for travellers eager to combine the cultural highlights of the Sacred Valley with the challenge of one of the world’s best-known hikes.

Our Discover Inca Trail is one of the best trekking package; so far left untouched by the modern civilization. Comparing to other trekking areas of Peru, Inca Trail in Peru is the only Trekking route so far not disturb by the road construction.

In general Discover Inca Trail required 7 days to complete starting from Cusco, traveling through the sacred valley trekking the 45km or 26mls of the Inca Trail and end at Machu Picchu.

During the Discover Inca Trail we provide hotels of 3-stars and all meals along the Inca Trail; the Inca trail is all portered adventure, you’ll hike loading a small backpack with your jacket and camera.

Overview

FACTS AND FEATURES

TIMING: 7 days and 6 nights.
STARTING AND ENDING POINT: Cusco Airport.
DEPARTURE DATES: Daily Departure group service and private service.
TRANSPORT: Trekking, bus and train.

DIFFICULTY: Does involve some narrow trails amongst archaeological site like: Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Inca Trail and Machu Picchu; so sturdy footwear is required to help you enjoy it fully.
HOTEL OPTIONS: We use 3-star hotels if you would like higher level let us know.
MY OWN ROOM: If you are a single traveler and would prefer to have your own single room throughout this trip, please be sure to advise us during the online booking process (Extra US$ 25 per night).

DESCRIPTION

Seven-day Discover Inca Trail is an adventure tour package that brings you to follow the ancient Inca steps. The Discover Inca Trail starts in the historical city of Cusco and then you’ll visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas. On the Inca Trail you will be welcomed by beautiful landscapes and filled with the energy of the stunning mountain scenery.

Along the way, you will see unique vegetation including begonias, daisies and over 350 varieties of orchids. We’ll end the tour visiting the treasure of the Incas – MACHU PICCHU.

The Inca Trail  is 45 km with three passes one of which arrive to 4,200 masl called dead woman’s pass, this trail runs over the mountains and end in the cloud forest where you can see large quantity of wildlife as well flowers and exotic orchids. The last day, you’ll explore the stunning Machu Picchu.

Very important: 

Book This tour 4 or 5 months in advance. You must check that permits are available for the date so that you could start the Inca Trail  to Machu Picchu.

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

Visit the city of Cusco
Guided tour of the Inca settlement of Pisaq
Tour of the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo
Guided tour through the Sacred Valley of the Incas
Hike through the national park of Machu Picchu
Escorted Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Guided tour of the Inca settlements along the trail (Patallacta, Runkuraqhay, sayacmarka, Phutupatamarka, Intipata and Wiñayhuayna).
Guided tour of Machu Picchu
Free time within Machu Picchu for further exploration

BRIEF ITINERARY

DAY 1: Cusco

Arrival to Cusco at any time.

DAY 2: Sacred Valley of the Incas

Full-day tour; you will visit the market of Pisac and the Inca ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Overnight at the picturesque town of Ollantaytambo.

DAYS 3, 4, 5 and 6: Inca Trail trek

Enjoy a lifetime trip; 45 km hiking through the Inca Trail visiting the Inca temples along the way; the last day, you will explore full-day the stunning Machu Picchu with our expert guide.

DAY 7: Departure

Transfer to the airport.

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Discover Inca Trail Machu Picchu 7 days

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Program

DAY TO DAY TOUR ITINERARY FOR DISCOVER INCA TRAIL

DAY 1: Arrival to Cusco

Discover Inca Trail tour begins once you arrive to Cusco at any time. However, we must know your flight details for your reception and transfer to your hotel and give you briefing about the trip. In the afternoon, you will have free time; you can optionally do our city tour program that starts at 01:30 p.m.

  • Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting: Transfer to the designated Hotel 10 -15 minutes
    The tour begins today. After introductions, Your our staff will review the details of your tour.
  • Accommodation: Hotel Prisma (or similar)

DAY 2: Sacred valley of the Incas

A full day tour. The valley is renowned for its excellent climate, fertile lands and the waters of the sacred river of the Incas. The tour begins at 8:00am; we’ll visit the local market of Pisaq and the Inca in Pisaq.

The Sacred valley of the Incas is embraced between the towns of Písac and Ollantaytambo, and has wonderful landscapes where its inhabitants, native of the Quechua ethnic group, conserve many customs, traditions and ancestral rites. This tour finishes in the picturesque village of Ollantaytambo, site of another large Inca ruin. Here, we’ll catch our breath and prepare for the hike ahead. Ollantaytambo is your first taste of what lies ahead on the Inca Trail.

  • Private Vehicle: Cusco – Ollantaytambo Full Day /95km
    Make stops along the way as you pass through this gorgeous valley – the elevation descends the whole way.

Pisac Ruins Guided Tour: Pisac-1h

Tour the fascinating hilltop citadel of Pisac, an Incan ruin with plunging gorges, a ceremonial center, and winding agriculture terracing that’s still in use today. Be captivated by this truly amazing site sitting amid sweeping green valleys and mountain peaks. Explore the back of the site to see a pocketed cliff across “Chitamayo” Gorge, which once contained hundreds of Inca tombs.

Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour: Ollantaytambo-1h

Tour the town and fortress of Ollantaytambo with a local guide. Take a step back in time at this Inca archaeological site; it still shows signs of its former glory, including agricultural terraces, a Temple Hill, and storehouses. Learn how the area, overlooking the Urubamba River Valley, was an important stronghold during warfare between the Spanish and Incas.

  • Accommodation:
    Hotel Tunupa lodge (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

DAYS 3, 4, 5 y 6: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

After breakfast, we’ll take bus to Pisqhqka’chu (km. 82) the starting point for Inca Trail  to Machu Picchu. The local porters and the guides will organize everything for you. We’ll carry your heavy gear. All you have to do is carry your daypack and enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery and the fascinating Incan sites.

The first two days, we will walk for approximately 8 hours (including breaks). On the third day, we will have a 5-hour hike. You pass several smaller ruin sites, the first of which is Llactapata. The second day, we’re gonna climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, or Dead Woman’s Pass. At 4,200 m (14000 ft) above sea level, this pass is the highest point of the trek. The second pass of the hike is at 4,000 m (13000 ft) where on clear days, we enjoy superb views of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba.

The trail goes through some beautiful cloud forest on the gentle climb to the third pass, where you will walk through a causeway and a tunnel, both original Inca constructions, then you’ll reach the serene ruins of Phuyupatamarca, or the ‘Town above the Clouds’, at about 3,650 meters above sea level.n

NOTE:

The passengers who are not able or nor interested in the hike of the Inca trail for spending 2 days in Cusco, and then travel by train to the picturesque town of “Aguas Calientes” with overnight. Next morning, you will take the bus up to Machu Picchu entrance and meet with the hikers at the ruins. If you decide not to do the hike we need to know prior to your departure in order to obtain train tickets.

Distances of the Inca Trail:

Day 1: Km 82 to Llulluchapampa
Approximate distance: 15 km
Estimated hiking time: 7 – 8 hours.

Day 2: Llulluchapampa -Chaquiccocha
Approximate distance: 15 km
Estimated hiking time: 7 – 8 hours.

Day 3: Chaquiccocha – Wiñaywayna
Approximate distance: 10 km
Estimated hiking time: 5 hours.

Day 4: Wiñaywayna to Intipunku (Sun Gate) – Machu Picchu
Approximate distance: 5 km
Estimated hiking time: 2 hours.

Machu Picchu Guided Tour / Machu Picchu -2h – 3h

Rise and shine – the best time to see the Lost City of the Incas is in the early morning light. Follow the local guide to Machu Picchu to learn about its history at a leisurely pace. Gain local insight into the Inti Mach’ay cave, Inti Watana, the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Water, the Temple of the Condor, and the Room of the Three Windows. Take time to sit and feel the energy of this 15th-century site, now both a UNESCO World Heritage site and voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World (in a worldwide Internet poll).

  • Train:
    Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo/ 1:45 hours 118km
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.
  • Private Vehicle:
    Ollantaytambo – Cusco /2h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.
  • Accommodation:
    Hotel Prisma (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner, during the trail

DAY 7: Departure from Cusco

Farewell and travel from Cusco to Lima. After having a good breakfast,we’ll pick you up from your hotel to drive you to the airport in Cusco, which is 10-15 minutes from downtown.

Inclusions

DISCOVER INCA TRAIL INCLUDES

All necessary things for Discover Inca Trail .

TRANSPORTATION: transfer in/out airport/hotel/airport, private bus for the Sacred Valley Tour, the same bus will transfer you from Ollantaytambo to Km 82 starting point of the trek, bus down from Machu Picchu to “Aguas Calientes”, tourist train from “Aguas Calientes” to Cusco, transfer to your hotel.

ENTRANCE FEE: For the Sacred Valley Tour, Inca Trail and Machu picchu.
MEALS: All breakfasts in the hotels, delicious meals on the Inca Trail prepared by professional chefs. Food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, also hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude, teatime everyday (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn), (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners and 3 afternoon teas), we always offer a vegetarian option upon request, and we provide available boiled water each morning for your water bottles.

GUIDE: Licensed bilingual tour guide (2 guides over 8 people), General Porters: For camping equipment, food and kitchen gears.
EXTRA PORTERS: To carry your personal items (6kls) in duffel bags that we provide. You must carry your daypack.

ACCOMMODATIONS:

CAMPING EQUIPMENT: We provide brand new 4 season four people capacity tents for two people, Therm-a-rest, dinning room tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, seats, tables, tent for the guides, tent for the porters, kitchen gear and backpacks, warm clothes and life insurance for the porters.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Based on double occupancy. 2 nights in Cusco ***Hotel, 1 night in Ollantaytambo ***Hotel, If you would like a private room there is an additional cost of US$20.00 per night, 3 nights in camping tents.
OTHER: Local guide for permanent assistance, first-aid kit, oxygen bottle.

EXCLUDED

Meals: Lunch and dinner on day 1, 2 and 6; you must consider a budget from US$10 to US$20 for each meal. We will assist you at these issues.
A sleeping bag: Can be rented in our office for US $15 for the entire trek. Tip for the staff and Airport taxes.

Price

PRICE OF THE TOUR

Daily departure for Discover Inca Trail in group service and private service

 TYPE OF TRAIN PRICE PER PERSON
 Expedition Class US$ 930
 Vistadome class 
 Hiram Bimgham class 

PRIVATE DEPARTURES

Why not arrange your own departure for Discover Inca Trail? For you and your party, we can offer tailor-made private departures for any of our published tours enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our style of travel at special rates. Tailored itineraries and departure dates can be chosen to suit your needs.

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