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Traditional Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

4 Days

Overview

Cusco is the main tourist destination in Peru and the most important destination of America. Known by the Incas as the "Home of the Gods," Cusco became the capital of one of the pre-Columbian empires greatest: The Tawantinsuyo. Its name in Quechua means "navel of the world. This magnificent empire is famous for its road system (Qapacñan) connecting the capital Cusco with the farthest reaches of the empire. Currently one of the most important attractions of Cusco is just one of these routes the famous Inca Trail.

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DAY 1: Cusco - Km 82 - Huayllabamba

Pick up from your hotel at 7.00 to 7.30 in our private bus and then go to Piskacucho (2700 m) community known as the 82 km route through which the railway train from Cusco to Machu Picchu. Starting our walk from here cross the bridge and walk along the left bank of the Urubamba River flowing northeast of the Sacred Valley. After passing through a ternazas flat Miskay reach (2800 m), and then ascend and finally see the Inca city of Patallacta (2750 meters) then continue our walk along the valley created by the river Kusichaca, rising gradually to reachWayllabamba our first camp (3000 m) where we see the most spectacular views Vilcanota River Ridge, on the opposite side of the Urubamba River you can see the impressive Veronica (5832 m) site where you can not calculate the diversityflora and fauna can be found in the area.

DAY 2 : Huayllabamba - Warmiwañusca - Pacaymayu

We wake up at about 6.00, after enjoying the breakfast we start our hike the hardest of the trek, which consists of a narrow and precipitous rise (9 miles).Along this climb, the landscape changes from sierra to puna (a dry and high area with little vegetation). By the time we reached the first mountain pass known as Abra Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman), we see domesticated llamas and alpacas grazing on ichu, one of the few plants that grow at that altitude. We also cross an area of forest where several kinds of birds like sparrows and the Andean bear Spectacled bear. We advise that on this day take sweets, chocolates and coca leaves that hold so high sugar level to altitude sickness. Immediately after the pass we descend into the valley Pacaymayu (3600 m) where we camp after 6 hours of hiking.

DAY 3 : Pacaymayu - Chaqicocha - Wiñayhuayna

This is the most interesting and impressive days of our trek, given the number of archaeological sites that we visit and receive more information from our guide.Pacaymayo climb to the second pass, the Abra de Runkurakay (3970 m). By mid-morning visit the archaeological complex of the same name, this site is located at 3800 masl, consists of a small oval structure that is believed to have served the purpose of a watchtower. After going over the pass we descend towards Yanacocha (Black Lagoon) and enter the cloud-forest to finally arrive at Sayacmarca (3624 m). This is a beautiful complex made up of a semicircular building at different levels, narrow streets, liturgical fountains, patios and irrigation canals. Continuing up an easy climb, we arrive at the third pass, the Abra de Phuyupatamarca (3700 m). Throughout our hike we can appreciate the magnitude of the ancient art of the Incas and seeing rocks that fill up ravines in perfect order. We will continue our walk and then go through an Inca tunnel and get to the step above. This is one of the archaeological most complete and best preserved found in the peak of the mountain. Phuyupatamarca means "Cloud on the City" where we can observe a sophisticated sacred complex made up of water fountains with solid foundations and with breathtaking views of the Urubamba River valley along which we will continue climbing towards Wiñayhuayna (2700 m). On this site we will find a house with a restaurant, bar and bathrooms with hot showers. Five minutes from the campsite is the archaeological complex of compound Wiñayhuayna an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious and urban areas.

DAY 4 : Wiñayhuayna - Machupicchu - Cusco

We wake up at 4.00 am to leave on time Wiñayhuayna ascend to the Intipunhu or Puerta del Sol The tour will take us an hour and then walk on the flat stones on the brink of the cliffs of the mountain where we can watch the sunrise over Machu Picchu. From Intipunku we descend into Machu Picchu arriving in 40 minutes and then go to the control point where we can store our belongings, we immediately headed for the Inca city where we have a two hour guided. You will then have free time to walk around, climb the mountain of Huayna Picchu from where one can experience spectacular views of valleys and mountains surrounding the citadel of Machu Picchu or visit the Temple of the Moon and the fabulous Inca Bridge . In the afternoon we descend to the village of Aguas Calientes where you can visit the thermal baths and relax after walking for 4 days. Here we take take the train back to Cusco arriving approximate at 8.30 pm.