DAY 1: CUSCO CITY TOUR
Upon arrival to Cusco Airport, reception and transportation to your
accommodation where you will receive an aromatic coca tea to stimulating
for the height, will have the free morning to rest and also we suggest
you have a light lunch in either your hotel or in one of the surrounded;
in the afternoon we will depart on a City tour (entrance to the
archaeological centers and museums including) we will visit the Main
square, Cathedral, the Koricancha (temple of the sun) and in addition we
will make a route bordering archaeological centers like Sacsayhuaman
Fortress, Q'enko, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay, tour finishes 6:30pm
approximately at the main square in order you can take dinner in one of
the exquisite restaurants in the area, then overnight. (No meals
*Optional Buffet Dinner with Folkloric Show: Adding $30
DAY 2: FULL DAY SACRED VALLEY TOUR
Breakfast. you will be picked up at 8:15 am. Full day excursion to the
Urubamba Valley visiting: the colorful Indian market in Pisac where a
mixture of color and tradition will be able appreciated besides will
have a good opportunity to try our bargain skills on the free time to
interact with the local craftsmen to purchase their hand-made souvenirs.
The Valley has a distance of 31 km (19 miles) of Cusco, and an altitude
of 2,970 ms (9,700 p), Pisac is located to the entrance of the Sacred
Valley and followed by Ollantaytambo, the older town continuously
occupied of the American continent. The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo,
along with their channels that have not varied from the time Inca, evoke
their ancestral inheritance, lunch in a typical restaurant and then the
last visit will be to Chinchero market.
Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Its
major claim to tourism is its colorful Sunday market which is much less
tourist-orientated than the market at Pisac. At the end, return to Cusco
main square at 6:30pm approx.
The night is free for you to eat in a restaurant of your choice;
although we always have plenty of suggestions for you should you require
them. (B, L)
Note: Take this tour on market days: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Bilingual Guided tour on different days
DAY 3: RAFTING FULL DAY
We will be meeting at 9:00 of the morning. Our private transportation
will take us to our camping ground at "Cusipata River Camp", were we can
leave our baggage. Here you will enjoy, hot showers, toilets, sauna and
a comfortable dining area.
Our Professional River guides will provide you with all the proper
rafting equipment such as helmet, wet suit, spray jacket, paddle and
self bailing raft.
After a comprehensive safety talk you will drive 10 minutes more to
Chuquicahuana them will running exiting class III rapids. You will spend
about two hours floating time, Afterwards, we drive back to CASA CUSI
were a good warm lunch will be serve and you can enjoy a relaxing SAUNA.
Our return would be in the late afternoon. (B, L)
*OPTIONAL TOUR: You can do ZIP-LINE over 4 cables across the
Urubamba River each cable with 100 to 120 mts. , you will spend 20
Supplement Optional Tour: US$24 per person
- Transportation to the river and back
- All the rafting equipment, such as helmets, life jackets, spray
jackets, wet suits, paddles & Raft.
- Professional River guides
- lunch , we can accommodate to a vegetarian diet upon request
- Photos and video upon request with an additional charge
- Safety Kayaker
YOU SHOULD BRING:
- A complete set of dry clothing
- A pair of sandals or tennis shoes for the river, that will get wet.
- Sun Block
- A small towel
- A bathing suit to wear under the wet suit
- A good positive mental attitude
INCA TRAIL 4DAYS 3 NIGHTS
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is definitely one of the most requested
tours for those who visit Peru looking for adventure. We will offer a
walking adventure with unique style. You will enjoy from the beginning
to the end, of amazing landscapes of the Andes and a great mix of
highlands and jungle. There is no other natural place in our planet
which could show you a constantly changing variety of ecological floors,
surrounded by astonishing mountains and rivers, as well as a great
variety of animals and plants. Architectonical art is perfectly harmonic
with the natural environment and all of these natural wonders are added
to the Inca buildings which worth the effort to visit and enjoy.
Important Note: We will buy your Inca Trail trek permit using the names
& passport numbers that you send us with your trek booking application.
You must bring these same passports with you to Cusco and take them on
the Inca Trail. If the name or number in your passport is different from
the name and number on the trek permit, the government authorities will
not allow you to start the trek and you will not be entitled to a
refund. If you plan to renew your passport between making the trek
booking and actually starting the trek you will must bring the 2
passports (old and new). If you make a trek booking at the student price
you must send us a copy of your ISIC card at the time you pay the trek
deposit. If you fail to bring your ISIC card on the trek the government
authorities will not allow you to start the trek. You will not be given
the opportunity to pay the extra difference in price!
DAY 4: PISCACUCHO (Km.82)–HUAYLLABAMBA (The Easy day)
You will be picked up from your hotel at scheduled time, and transferred
in our private car to KM 82. The route will go through the beautiful
Sacred Valley of the Incas. After approximately one hour and a half, we
will cross the little town of Ollantaytambo, where we will make a little
stop to take some pictures of this fortress and have a little rest. We
will continue our trip following a rural road that goes parallel to the
railroad, which will lead us to the KM 82, where we will unpack and get
prepared to the walking with our excursion team (cookers, assistants and
porters). At this point, the passengers will have to show their
passports to the security personnel of the Sanctuary and once these has
been reviewed they will be able to cross a bridge that will take you to
the other side of the river where they will start climbing in a parallel
line to the Urubamba River, which goes from north to west across the
Sacred Valley. In this first section of the Inca Trail, we will visit
the Community of Miskay (2800 meters), where we will stop for meeting
the natives and try the popular drink known as “chicha”, which is
offered by the ladies of this place. Later we will start climbing
through a little tableland where we will experience an amazing Andean
landscape, and see in the base of the mountains a beautiful Inca
building known as “Patallacta”, located at 2750 meters over sea level.
At this point we will stop and our local guide will provide us
information regarding this interesting Inca legacy. After that, we will
continue walking for two hours along the Cusichaca River, going upwards
until reaching a beautiful spot where we will stop for lunch and take a
Shortly after that, we will continue walking through a zone full of
vegetation, where is highly probable seeing the beautiful giant
hummingbird native from this region. After a two hours walk we will
arrive to our first camping, located in the zone of Wayllabamba at 3000
You will be able to enjoy a marvelous Andean landscape and the majesty
of Veronica Mountain, 5832 meters over sea level.
Camps will be assigned depending on the availability of entrants to the
Inca Trail, seasons. (B, L, D)
NOTE: It is normal if the first day feels hot during the dry season (May
to September). We strongly recommend bringing light and fresh clothing,
as well as a good sunscreen and a hat to protect your face.
Maximum altitude: 3000 M
Minimum Altitude: 2650 M
Distance traveled: 12 km
Approximate time of walk: 5 to 6 hours.
DAY 5: HUAYLLABAMBA – PACAYMAYU (The challenge day)
In this second day of the Inca Trail we will wake up early, around 06:00
am. This will be necessary in order to get ready and have breakfast
before starting the excursion. Later we will start walking through a
narrow road covered by plants, across a little bridge that will take us
towards a cloudy forest of a unique beauty. In this section of the trip
you should climb many stairs, for which we recommend taking all the time
that is needed and stopping for a break when necessary. Following the
route, we will arrive to the Llulluchapampa sector, where we will make a
quick stop just to rest and get prepared to climb to the highest point
of our walk, the famous pass Warmyhuañuska, located at 4200 meters above
the sea level. These sectors include about 2 kilometers of distance and
are a bit steep, for which we will recommend going slowly and stopping
for a break whenever needed. In this part of the trip we will face the
most difficult part of the walk, as we will be over 4200 meter height;
however this part is also known as one of the most beautiful landscapes
of the world. Once we have reached the top of the mountain, we will be
granted with a spectacular view of the Andean mountains. For this
special day, we recommend bringing some chocolates, lemon candy, a lot
of water and even some coca leaves. In the top we will be able to take
the classic pictures of the Inca Trail. After that we will descend by a
winding valley until the point where we will stop and have lunch. During
this last part it is possible to watch diverse type of wild birds.
At last we will arrive to the camp of Pacaymayo (3600 meters above sea
level) where we will spend a comfortable night. Pacaymayo is an official
camp, and that is why it has baths and showers; however, we should be
aware that the water in this part is really cold. (B, L, D)
Maximum altitude: 4200 M
Minimum Altitude: 3000 M
Distance traveled: 13 km
Approximate time of walk: 6 - 7 hours
DAY 6: PACAYMAYU – WIÑAYWAYNA (The unforgettable day)
A lot of visitors feel that this is one of the longest days of the
excursion, but at the same time, one of the most beautiful due to the
presence of marvelous Inca buildings along the road. This day we will
get up at 06:00 hours. After a tasty breakfast we will start our walk
climbing through a steep road. Soon we will arrive to Runkurakay ruins,
a beautiful Inca oval building which is believed to be as a Inca
watchtower. After hearing the historical explanation we will continue
until Runkurakay pass, located at 3900 meters above sea level. During
this trip we will find a little lake where sometimes you can watch
Andean goose and other native bird species. After the pass, we will
descend to a beautiful valley full of plants; here we will visit
Sayacmarka ruins, located 3624 meters height. This is an interesting
Inca construction, built over a steep slope, surrounded by marvelous
mountains. After visiting Sayacmarka, we will continue descending to the
cloudy forest, arriving to the Puyupatamarka ruins, composed of
impressive fountains and water channels that are spectacular works of
hydraulic engineering made by the Incas. At this stop we will have a
good time, after which we will continue down to reach one of the most
beautiful Inca buildings of the place: the ruins of Wiñaywayna. These
are without any doubt one of the most beautiful of all the ruins after
Machu Picchu. Wiñaywayna means "forever young" and it is said that
acquired said name due to the abundance of an orchid that bears the same
name. After exploring every corner of Wiñaywayna we head to our last
camp, which is located a few meters away.
Máximum Altitude: 3900 M
Minimum Altitude: 2700 M
Distance traveled: 16 km
Approximate hiking time: 7 to 8 hours.
DAY 7: WIÑAYWAYNA – MACHUPICCHU (The special day)
On the last day we will wake up very early, at 04:00 hrs. After
breakfast, we will quickly go and pass the control gate to enter the
path that leads directly to Machu Picchu. It is advisable to bring a
good flashlight, because this time it is normally dark here. After
walking for about one hour and a half, we will arrive at Inti Punku or
Sun Gate, a magnificent point from where you can see the city of Machu
Picchu. At this point we can relax for a few minutes, take pictures of
the group, and finally go down to reach the recognized as one of the
seventh wonders of the world: Machu Picchu.
It was long thought that Machu Picchu was only part of a legend, until
in 1911 the American explorer Hiram Bingham discovered it only after
many expeditions in the area. Machu Picchu rises to a height of 2430
meters above sea level, in the middle of a tropical forest with an
extraordinary location. It was without any doubt one of the most amazing
urban creation in Inca times. Its massive walls, terraces and ramps seem
to be continually cut in the rocky cliffs. Our guide will take you on a
tour of the most impressive of this beautiful Inca city. This will take
us about 2 hours, after which we have free time to explore each city on
our own taste and preference. Then return by bus to the town of Aguas
Calientes, to take the train that will take us back to the city. At the
time indicated on the ticket of train our staff will be waiting at the
station, from where we will transfer to your hotel. (B)
Maximum altitude: 2700 M
Minimum Altitude: 2400 M
Distance: 6 km
Approximate walking time: 3 to 4 hours.
DAY 8: TRANSFER OUT
You will be picked up from your accommodation after breakfast to take
the bus service to the airport (B).
INCA TRAIL INFORMATION *
OUR SERVICE INCLUDED
*Transfer by bus to km.82 (trail head)
*Entrance Fee, Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
*A large tent, for each 2 persons.
*Mattress, one per person.
*Enough tables and chairs.
*English speaking professional tour guide (over 8 members, 2 guides).
*An expert cook.
*Porters (to carry tent, food, cooking equipment)
*Train Ticket (Backpacker).
*Full meals during the trek.
*Daily snack bag.
*Daily afternoon tea service.
*Daily wake up tea, and hot water for washing.
*Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
*Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
*Transfer train station / hotel
*Bus Ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
*Breakfast first day (you can order an early breakfast at your hotel)
*Lunch last day
*Hot springs pool visit (on your own).
*Tips to the crew (guides, cooks and porters).
WE SUGGEST YOU TO:
-Use boots during treks and sneakers during long walks.
-Drinking lots of liquids on long excursions, especially during the Inka
-Always taking an umbrella or rainwear.
YOU SHOULD BRING
-Personal sleeping bag
-Warm Jacket or Sweater
-RainGear (from nov to april)
-T-shirt, short, long pants.
-Back pack, trekking shoes, sandals
-Sun Hat, wool hat, sun glasses
-Water bottle, flash light, hat
-Personal clothing for trek
-Insect repellent – Suncream
-Water Purification Tablets.
-Extra US$50 changed in soles for any emergency and for tipping the
use the hot shower on day 3 - 2 soles and for lunch on day 4
Note: To apply to this discount It is necessary to send us your scan
copy ISIC (International Student Identity Card) with your other
Without this copy we will not be able to make the discount.
When booking a trek: The government has strictly limited the number of
people permitted on the Inca Trail during 2009 (permits are issued to
about 200 trekkers per day plus 300 porters). We recommend that you make
a trek booking as early as possible. In 2008 the trek permits for some
dates sold out more than 4 months in advance!! However don't make a
booking until you have all the group details (names, passport numbers,
ages etc) and you are sure about your trek departure date since "these
details cannot be changed after we have bought your trek permit"
* Participants need to be in good physical health and condition it is
good for travelers who are in condition to hike up to ten hours, with
breaks in a single day to enjoy the Inka Trail. The trekking will be
difficult if you have not exercised regularly before your trip. To fully
enjoy an Inka Trail adventure, we advise passengers to get into an
exercise program for their own safety and enjoyment. If a passenger
suffers from any medical condition, we advise him/her to consult a
physician about joining an Inka Trail Expedition.
Take only the necessary items for the 4/3 days trek, You can leave the
rest of your luggage at your hotel in Cusco (most of hotels and hostals
has an storage rooms to keep it until your return)
Park authorities may occasionally designate different campsites than
those indicate The Inca Trail is part of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary, a
protected area of 32,592 hectares. Every visitor must obey park
regulations prohibiting littering, cutting or damaging trees, removing
or damaging stones of ruins and the Trail, removing plants, killing
animals, lighting open fires or camping in the archeological sites (Only
authorized campsites can be used).
1. Personal porters can be hired to help carry your personal items such
as clothes, sleeping bag etc. The services of a third of a porter
(maximum 7kg or 14lb per person) can be hired for US$189.
If you hire the services of a third of a porter (you will need to supply
the small padlock). However, even with this service you will still need
to take a daypack to carry your essential items such as rain poncho,
warm fleece, camera and water bottle.
Please note that due to new government regulations the maximum number of
porters that we can use in each group has now been capped. This is why
we have had to limit the maximum amount of personal equipment that you
can give to a porter to carry for you to 7kg or 14lb per person. (The
maximum amount that each porter can carry on the Inca Trail has also
been limited to 18kg or 40lb per porter). Approximately 30% of our
clients hire the services of an extra third porter.
2. We can also provide vegetarian meals or cater for special diets at no
extra cost but we need to know when you make the trek reservation.
3. You can hire sleeping bags in our office. All sleeping bags are
synthetic (easy to wash). They are washed after every use and are
guaranteed to be clean.
Cost: US$35 per person for the 4 day/3 night trek. Weight 2.5 kg
and are rated to 12 degrees below freezing (nice and warm even during
the coldest of nights experienced on the Inca Trail).
END OF SERVICES
INCLUDED IN THE FEE
All hotel and lodge accommodations based on single, double or triple
occupancy. All scheduled transportation. All transfers. All scheduled
excursions with English-speaking guide services. All entrance fees.
Meals as specified in the itinerary. B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner.
IMPORTANT: For a better service, the company informs you that it
has autonomy to change the Hotels mentioned in the itinerary with
another one of similar category if therefore sees it by advisable taking
into account justifiable availability of spaces or other reasons, if
this it is the case you will be notified ahead of time.
International and domestic airfares, airport departure taxes or visa
fees, excess baggage charges, additional nights during the trip due to
flight cancellations, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages or bottled
water, snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls, radio calls
or messages, reconfirmation of international flights and items of
NOT INCLUDED IN THE FEE