STANDARD TOUR PROGRAM #006
9 Days / 8 Nights (Departures: Sunday and Tuesday)
Lima-Cuzco-Sacred Valley-Inca Trail Classic-Machu Picchu-Cuzco-Lima
Day 01 - Lima
Upon arrival, you will be met at the Lima airport and transferred to your hotel. Overnight at selected hotel.
Day 02 – Lima/Cusco
After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport to take the flight to Cusco. Arrival at Cusco airport, reception and transfer to selected hotel. After lunch on your own, we’ll enjoy a guided tour of the nearby Inca ruins including Kenko, the ceremonial bath of Tambomachay and the amazing Sacsayhuaman, a huge fortress of massive stones. We will also take a tour of the city including the Koricancha, temple of the Sun, a nice example of the Inca architecture, The 12-angled stone, the Main Plaza, the Cathedral and much more. Return to your hotel later in the day. Return to your hotel later in the day. (B)
Day 03 – Cusco/Sacred Valley of the Incas
Full day tour, including visits to the colorful Pisac Indian Market and the Ollantaytambo Fortress. At an elevation of 8,500 feet, the Urubamba Valley, or Sacred Valley of the Incas, is the historic heart of the Inca Empire. It was intensively cultivated with terraces increasing its harvest several fold. Small villages lined the valley floor, while the stone fortresses of Ollantaytambo and Pisac served the dual purpose of providing protection and serving as religious centers. Without the benefit of the wheel, the Incas built massive stone cities and ruled an empire stretching 3,300 miles over some of the harshest terrain on earth. Without the use of mortar, the Inca constructed their cities, suspension bridges, and aqueduct systems, with an engineering expertise that has survived five hundred years of natural disasters, conquest, and modern development. Overnight at selected Sacred Valley hotel. (B,L)
Day 04 – Sacred Valley of the Incas/Piskakucho (Km. 82)/Huayllabamba
A spectacular early morning drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas takes us to our trailhead at Km. 82 of the Machu Picchu railroad. After getting acquainted with our trail crew we set out, crossing a footbridge to hike a gentle two hours down the Urubamba canyon, and then visit imposing sculpted Inca farming terraces and the settlement of Llaqtapata on the banks of the Cusichaca side river. We then climb a short way up the Cusichaca valley to Huayllabamba, the last inhabited village on the trail, where we camp. (B,L,D)
Day 05 – Huayllabamba/Pacaymayo
We climb the steep-sided past a rushing stream and through enchanted native polylepis woodland. Crossing the rim of a small plateau, we abruptly find ourselves in the puna, the treeless grasslands of the high Andes. The trail traverses an open slope opposite mighty mountain crags as we ascend to the first and highest pass, Warmiwañusca (4,200m/13,776ft). Here we encounter spectacular views of the trail ahead to the second pass, and look back to the sweeping snowpeaks and valleys of the Huayanay massif. The trail to the floor of the forested Pacaymayo valley, where we make camp. (B,L,D)
Day 06 – Pacaymayo/Wiñay Wayna
We pick up an Inca stairway and ascend again past the small Inca site of Runkuracay. As we reach the second pass, the landscape opens onto spectacular new views to the snowpeaks of the Pumasillo range. We descend to the ruins of Sayacmarca (Inaccessible Town), an intricate labyrinth of houses, plazas and water channels, perched precariously on a rocky spur overlooking the Aobamba valley. The Inca trail, now a massive buttressed structure of granite paving stones, continues along the steep upper fringes of the cloud forest through a colorful riot of orchids, bromeliads, mosses and ferns. At the third pass pinnacles topped with Inca viewing platforms overlook the archaeological complex of Phuyupatamarca (Cloud-level Town). Pausing to explore the wondrous maze of Inca stone towers, fountains and stairways that spillins down the mountainside here, we begin a long descent through ever-changing layers of cloud forest. An Inca stairway partly cut from living granite leads us finally to our camp by the ruins of Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young), the largest and most exquisite of the Inca Trail sites. (B,L,D)
Day 07 – Winay Wayna/Machu Picchu/Cusco
An early morning hike take us across a steep mountainside through lush, humid cloud-forest of giant ferns and broad-leaf vegetation. Suddenly we cross the stone threshold of Intipunku (Sun Gate) and encounter an unforgettable sweep of natural beauty and human artistry –a backdrop of twisting gorge and forested peaks framing the magical city of Machu Picchu. After lunch, we’ll descend by bus around 3:00 p.m. to catch the train to Cusco and then bus transfer to selected Hotel. (B,L)
Day 08 – Cusco/Lima
Morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima. Upon arrival, you will be met at Lima’s international airport and transferred to your selected hotel. Afternoon tour of the City including the main sites at Colonial and modern areas. (B)
Day 09 - Lima
Morning transfer to the airport for your international flight. (B)
|Inca Odyssey 2016
9 Days / 8 Nights
|Departures: Sunday and Tuesday|
|PRIVATE SERVICE with Shared Service Inca Trail Classic|
- Airport transfers.
- Guided sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary.
- Ground transportation (bus and train).
- Accommodation at selected hotels with breakfast.
- Porters on the Inca Trail.
- Predeparture information meeting and valuable Inca Trail map.
- Overnight in new North Face tents including comfortable sleeping pads.
- A duffle bag to pack your gear for transport by the porters during the trek. (Please return upon your arrival in Cusco.)
- Meals according to the itinerary.
- Bottled water to refill your canteen on the Inca Trail.
- The accompanying staff includes a bilingual guide on the trek and in Machu Picchu equipped with a first-aid kit, an oxygen tank, excellent maps, porters, kitchen crew.
What’s Not Included:
- Meals not noted in itinerary.
- Optional tipping to guides and local staff.
- Airport departure taxes.
- Items of a personal nature (sodas, alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).