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The Route of the Inca Trail

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5 days - 4 nights
Availability : March 18´ - Jan 19´
Cusco
Min Age : 12+
Tour Details

The route of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a highly recommended trek for several reasons: It is a less congested route of tourists, where we will be able to visit archaeological sites and observe the impressive beauty of the Andean landscape, with its impressive glaciers, nature and fauna.

The itinerary also includes sections of the original Inca Trail and the ancient Inca Trail that connected Cusco with Machu Picchu, so that you do not need permits.

A tour that supports responsible tourism and sustainable development. In this way, social projects are promoted in the region and our new trekking route to Machu Picchu is opened.

Departure & Return Location

Cusco

Price Includes

  • Hotel Collection and Transport to Trailhead
  • Professional, Bilingual Tour Guide and Trek Staff
  • Meals (Vegetarian option available), Snacks and Water
  • Overnight stay in Aguas Calientes
  • Round-trip train ticket to and from Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance fees to Machu Picchu
  • Round trip bus tickets - Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu / Aguas Calientes
  • Guided Tour of Machu Picchu
  • Transfer from Train Station in Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Tents and Equipment
  • Luggage and Equipment Carriers
  • First Aid Kit and Oxygen Tank.

Price Excludes

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Breakfast: Day 1 / Dinner: Day 4 and Day 5
  • Tips
  • Chinchero Entrance
Itinerary

Day 1Cusco - Zurite

We will start our route early in the morning departing from Cusco to Chinchero, a small village in the Sacred Pampa, province of Urubamba located at 3754 msln whose inhabitants speak mostly Quechua, the language of the Incas.

The locals will offer us a weaving demonstration, a technique that has not changed for a thousand years. Later we will visit the archaeological site of Chinchero for about an hour and a half.

We will continue the route through an area with magnificent views. We will make a stop on the way for lunch. Later we will head towards the archaeological site of Quillarumiyoc, a sacred site also known as the Temple of the Moon, one of the greatest deities of Inca civilization.

At this point, we will make a tour stopping at the main points of this important archaeological site. At the end of the visit, we start the walk through the Qapac Ñañ trail towards the Inca town of Zurite, better known for its terraces and temples. We will host in a house full of colonial and republican history, where we will enjoy a pleasant dinner and cultural experience.

Distance: 7,4 Km / 4,3 Millas
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Walking Time: 4 hours

Day 2Zurite – Rumi Q’hawarina (AmaruWatana)

After breakfast we will head towards the Amaruwatana campsite. The tour will take us to Qenteqentiyoc (the Temple of the Hummingbirds), where we will make a visit to admire this Inca archaeological site. We will continue along the ancient path until we reach the top of our first pass at 4,450 meters, from where we will have a spectacular view of the two mountain ranges, Vilcabamba and Vilcanota . From this point, we will walk to our first campsite in the Sambor valley where we will spend the night.

Distance: 12 Km / 7,5 Millas
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Walking Time: 8 hours

Day 3Rumi Q’hawarina (AmaruWatana) – Ancascocha

Early in the morning we will walk for 2 hours to reach our second pass at 4700m. From this point we will have fantastic views of the rock formations below us. Sometimes it is possible to see some species such as Andean ibis, herons, torrent ducks, caracaras, eagles and foxes.

Then we will continue our route reaching a spectacular high valley, called Kenqo Mayu, or Zigzag-shaped river where the glacier water flows through the valley.

We will make a stop for lunch, and continue along the ancient path, which leads us to our campsite in a community called Ancascocha. We will arrive at our campsite around 4pm, setting up the camping area near a large glacier and a stream. If we arrive on time, there is an optional hike, a roundtrip trail of approximately one hour’s duration.

Distance: 13km/8 miles
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Walking Time: 6 – 7 hours

Day 4Ancascocha – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

After getting up and having breakfast, we will leave the campsite and begin to go down the Silque Canyon, we will descend through the canyon, following a stream that will increase in volume.

On the sides of the canyon we can see high granite walls, populated by a great variety of flora, orchids and bromeliads, which when blooming embellish the environment by filling it with color.

We will continue along the zigzag path. After crossing small bridges we will reach the community of Camicancha, an area of volcanic rock with magnificent views of Mount Veronica, the snow-capped mountain.

From here we are very close to the Chilca community where our trek finishes. At this point, a vehicle will take us to Ollantaytambo, we will visit the town and the main archaeological sites. Later we will board the train that will take us to Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night.

Distance: 14km/8.7 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Walking Time: 5 hours

Day 5Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

We will get up very early in the morning for breakfast and take the bus (5.30am) that ascends to the sacred city of Machu Picchu. We will make a visit of the main sites inside the citadel accompanied by a guide. After the visit we return to Cusco in the afternoon.

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