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Machu Picchu – Demystifying Incan Citadel in the Andes

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6 Days / 5 Nights
Cusco, Peru
Cusco, Peru
Min Age : 18+
Tour Details

A visit to Machu Picchu is the highlight of most people’s trip to Peru. In fact, this ancient Inca Citadel attracts over a million visitors each year. The Imperial City is surrounded by magnificent scenery that satisfies even the most demanding of adventurers who dare to cross it. When most people think about a hike to Machu Picchu, they immediately think of the famous Inca Trail. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is generally believed to be one of the best hikes the world has to offer. It is also one of the most approachable, as you do not need any particular skill to be able to complete.

Departure & Return Location

Alejandro Velasco Astete Airport, Peru

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Accommodation with breakfast
  • All transportations in destination location
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Sightseeing and excursions as per the itinerary

Price Excludes

  • Airfares
  • Any expenses of personal nature / room service fee / tips
  • Visa
  • GST if applicable
  • Cost of excursions, entrance fees, and guides availed by passengers other than those mentioned under tour inclusions

Things to carry

  • Comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for the destination
  • Sunscreen / sunglasses / umbrella
  • Hats / caps/ comfortable shoes
  • Identity documents and other travel documents (visa, if applicable)
  • Medication and first aid along with the prescription
What to Expect

There’s nothing like the satisfaction of approaching Machu Picchu on one’s own two feet, which is why the classic Inca Trail hike has become so popular in recent years. Admittedly the Inca Trail is the only trek to Machu Picchu that actually arrives directly at the famous Inca ruin, via the impressive Inti Punku (Sun Gate). This trail shows magnificent mountains range, exotic vegetation and extraordinary ecological variety. The trail runs over high mountains. You see beautiful mountain scenery, cloud-forests, subtropical jungle and lots of Inca paving stones, ruins and tunnels.  You will arrive at Machu Picchu, the mysterious “Lost City of the Incas” via the famous Sun Gate.

  • Embark from Ollantaytambo, one of South America's oldest villages
  • Crossover Dead Woman's Pass for breathtaking views of Pumahuanca
  • Descend the Winaywayna terraces and through the Sun Gate
  • Visit the Phuyupatamarca, "the place above the clouds"
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Cusco

Upon your arrival at the Cusco airport, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel. You will check into your hotel and will be briefed on your trek

(Overnight at Cusco)

Day 2Trek to Wayllabamba Camp

Early morning you will be picked up from your accommodation and transferred to the town of Ollantaytambo, where you will be having breakfast. after being done with breakfast, we will further proceed to Piscacucho, where the famous Inca Trail will begin. We will start our trek along the rolling hills in the Vilcanota River Valley passing by several small archaeological sites along the way. We will break for lunch. And after lunch we will trek up to Wayllabamba camp.

Total trekking : 10 km/6hours

(Overnight at Wayllabamba Camp)

Day 3Trek to Pacaymayo Camp via Dead Woman's Pass

After an early breakfast today, we will start with our day’s trek. We will hike 6km (5hours) to reach the Dead Woman’ Pass and then a further 3 km hike (2 hours) down stone steps to reach Pacaymayo camp. As you cross the Dead Woman’s Pass, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of nearby snow-capped mountain peaks and roaring waterfalls. Arrive at Pacaymayo Camp in time for lunch.

Total trek: 10 kilometers/7 hours

(Overnight at Pacaymayo Camp)

Day 4Trek to Winayhuayna Camp via Runquracay Pass

After an early breakfast we will start with an hour hike uphill to visit the Pacymayo archaeological site. We will continue to Runquracay Pass where we can summit the mountain for incredible views of surrounding peaks. We will visit two more archaeological sites called Sayacmarca and Phuyupatamarca, before we stop for lunch. By late afternoon we will reach Winayhuayna High Jungle Camp, which is set above a river valley.

Total trek: 15 km / 9 hours

(Overnight at Winayhuayna Camp)

Day 5Trek to Sun Gate / Explore Machu Picchu/Return to Cusco

We will wake up around 3:30-4 am today and have breakfast. Then we will get on with our trail and reach the Winaywayna checkpoint. Once the gate opens we will hike for an hour to reach the Sun Gate. It is from here that you get to witness the first glimpse of light over the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu. We will then continue down the final length of the trail for 40 minutes to reach Machu Picchu archaeological site, where you get to learn more about the history of this incredible Inca citadel. You can also join an optional trek to Machu Picchu Mountain.
We will then return to Aguas Calientes from where we will catch the train back to Cusco. We will check into our accommodation in Cusco and take some much needed rest.

(Overnight at Cusco)

Day 6 Departure

After breakfast today you will be transferred to the airport, from where you will be able to catch your flight back home.

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