If you are only going to trek to Machu Picchu once in your life, do it in style with this high quality 9-day itinerary including time to acclimatize and enjoy Cusco. Our Inca Trail programs can add one day onto the Trail. On this itinerary, we start the Trail a half day after the largest tourist groups. In this way, our camp sites are always half a day behind the big groups, ensuring quieter, more private nights, and a less crowded Trail during the day. Similarly, we arrive in Machu Picchu after the morning crowds have left the site, allowing for a more relaxed introduction to this legendary place. Rates vary depending on hotel choice and group size, we offer 3 star, 4 star and 5 star hotel options.
Today, you will be picked up at the airport in Cusco and transferred to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)
Cusco is a beautiful city with well preserved colonial architecture, evidence of a rich and complex history. The city itself represents the center of indigenous Quechua culture in the Andes, and by merely walking the streets one sees the layers of history. Spanish colonial buildings erected directly atop Inca walls line the square, while the modern tourist nightlife flourishes in their midst.
The city is surrounded by a number of ruins, the most impressive being Sacsayhuaman, the site of the 1536 battle in which dozens of Pizarro's men charged uphill to battle the forces of the Inca. Nowadays, Cusco is known for its indigenous population--often seen on the streets in traditional clothing--and its substantial tourist-fueled night life.
Today you will enjoy a half day private guided tour of the city of Cusco, as well as some of the nearby Inca ruin sites.
Cusco is filled with well preserved colonial architecture, evidence of a rich and complex history. The city itself represents the center of indigenous Quechua culture in the Andes, and by merely walking the streets one sees the layers of history. Spanish colonial buildings erected directly atop Inca walls line the square, while the modern tourist nightlife flourishes in their midst. Nowadays, Cusco is known for its indigenous population--often seen on the streets in traditional clothing--and its substantial tourist-fueled night life.
We then head out of Cusco to visit the main Inca ruins in the Cusco valley, visiting Tambo Machay, Puca Pucara, Kenko, Sacsayhuaman and some lesser known ruins as well. These impressive sites serve as a great introduction to Inca history, and by walking around them, you will continue to acclimate to the high altitude. (This service is on a private basis.)
Today you will enjoy a half day private tour of Maras & Moray.
Visit the famous circular ruins of Moray where we have time to explore these fascinating ruins. Moray is believed to be an Incan agricultural center used to improve high altitude crops – an essential commodity for the huge Incan armies and road building teams that supported the empire.
We then continue to the ancient town of Maras, with its outstanding Spanish door arches and vast church. Maras is famous for its spies due to its strategic location above the Sacred Valley. We then drop down into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. On the way see some of the most astounding salt-pans covering the whole of the hill-side.
After your tour you will be transferred to your accommodations. (This service is on a private basis.)
This morning you will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco. A spectacular drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas takes us to Chillca, our trailhead. Crossing a footbridge, we take an undulating trek through a dry cactus zone beneath soaring views to the snows of Mt. Verónica, with the turbulent Urubamba river on our right. We pause on a bluff high above the Cusichaca valley for a view of the imposing sculpted terraces of Llaqtapata, a massive Inca farming complex. We then turn south and follow this side valley upstream to the village of Huayllabamba, where we make camp.
Hike: 11km 2670m - 2954m 5 hours
From Huayllabamba we begin a steeper ascent, climbing the Llullucha valley along a stream that rushes through enchanted native unca woodland. Crossing the rim of a small plateau, we abruptly find ourselves in the puna, the treeless grasslands of the high Andes. Here a stretch of open trail climbs beneath mighty crags to our first and highest pass, Warmiwañusca (4,200m/13,776ft). From Warmiwañusca we can look back to the spectacular snowpeaks and valleys of the Huayanay massif, and ahead to a distant view of tomorrow’s trail to the second pass. Descending a stepped stone trail we encounter our campsite in a clearing of the forested Pacamayo valley.
Hike: 7km 2954m - 4226m - 3627m 5-6 hours
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 again 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 we camp by pinnacles topped with Inca viewing platforms, overlooking the archaeological complex of Phuyupatamarca (Cloud-level Town).
Hike: 6km 3627m - 3974m - 3688m 6 hours
We explore the wondrous maze of Inca stone towers, fountains and stairways spilling down the mountainside at Phuyupatamarca then begin a long descent through ever-changing layers of cloud forest. An Inca stairway partly cut from living granite leads us finally to the site of Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young), the largest and most exquisite of the Inca Trail sites. In the afternoon we follow the last stretch of trail across a steep mountainside through a 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 enjoying your first visit of Machu Picchu, spend the night in Machu Picchu Pueblo.
We return to Machu Picchu by shuttle and spend the day in both guided and individual exploration, visiting the most fascinating features of this astounding and mysterious Inca settlement. Some will want to take the optional hike to the summit of Huayna Picchu for an amazing overview of the site, while others may want to investigate Machu Picchu’s multitude of hidden nooks and corners. (Please remember permits are required to climb Huayna Picchu. They are not included at this time but may be added for an additional cost). After a full-on experience of this glorious monument to the Inca achievement, you return to Machu Picchu Pueblo, where you will board the Vistadome train to Cusco. Upon arrival at Poroy station in Cusco, you will be transferred to your accommodations in Cusco.
Sadly this is your last day in Peru. You will be transferred to the airport for your departing flight.. Buen Viaje! (This service is on a private basis.)
If what you're looking for is a conveniently located hotel in Cuzco (Cusco), look no further than Quinta San Blas by Ananay Hotels. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations. The facilities and services provided by Quinta San Blas by Ananay Hotels ensure a pleasant stay for guests. For the comfort and convenience of guests, the hotel offers free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas, room service. In addition, all guestrooms feature a variety of comforts. Many rooms even provide wake-up service, heating, desk, soundproofing, telephone to please the most discerning guest. The hotel offers many unique recreational opportunities such as outdoor pool, massage. Superb facilities and an excellent location make the Quinta San Blas by Ananay Hotels the perfect base from which to enjoy your stay in Cuzco (Cusco).
Hotel Pakaritampu is located in the city of Ollantaytambo, in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, an hour and a half by car from the Cusco. The train station of Ollantaytambo offers easy access to Machu Picchu, an hour and fifteen minute ride away. The 37 guestrooms have spectacular views of the area, picturesque balconies, and private bath with hot water and shower. The hotel is surrounded by lovely gardens featuring a variety of flora typical of the region, and offers extraordinary views of the archaeological center and the nearby mountains.
Camping on the Inca Trail is an experience like no other. Meet and become friends with the porters and cooks that will support your journey to Machu Picchu. While walking all you need to carry is a daypack. Your luggage is carried by the porters, your tents are put up for you and your food is prepared for you. All you have to do is shoulder your daypack and enjoy the walking. Tents are new and sturdy and can fit up to two people each. Nothing beats waking to the smell of breakfast and stepping out of your tent to spectacular panoramic views of the Andes.
Smart and contemporary are the defining elements of this hotel, amidst the commercial village of Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes), from where you can admire and interact with the quaint folksy town and get a different perspective. The hotel is efficient, playful and people friendly; it welcomes a wide range of guests expecting an uncomplicated visit. Turn into an amiable and healthy environment after your enlightening visit to Peru’s most distinguished destination, the Machu Picchu Archaeological site.
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.