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The Inca Trail
Transport - Minibus, in country flight, on foot, bus.
Accommodation - Hotels (3nts), camping (3nts), Guesthousesl (3nt).
Meals - 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 3 dinners.
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Your trip starts in Cusco.
On arrival, there will be a trip briefing with your tour leader in the hotel reception at 14.00. A walking orientation tour this afternoon reveals more of Cusco’s historical and archaeological treasures. The imperial city was laid out in the rough shape of a puma. Today, its orderly streets bear witness to the extraordinary skill of Inca stonemasons; many are still lined with precisely interlocked stonework which serves as the foundation for later buildings from the colonial era, creating an atmospheric pastiche of contrasting architectural styles. With your local guide, you explore the inner city on foot. Hotel - 1 night (B)
The Sacred Valley
You spend this morning exploring the vast fortress of Sacsayhuaman. The skillfully constructed outer walls consist of massive blocks of stone, the largest weighing over 350 tonnes. Close by you also visit some of Cusco’s outlying Inca sites – Q’enqo, Puka Pukara and Tambo Machay. A short drive of about 30 minutes brings you to Pisac where the local Thursday market fills the main plaza with bustle and brightly-coloured costume. Sitting high above the town perch the ruins of Pisac with sweeping terraces and spectacular views. After a 40-minute drive through the heart of the valley you arrive in Yucay your base for the next two nights.
Hotel - 2 nights (B)
The Sacred Valley
The Sacred Valley was the heartland of the Inca Empire; full of farmer’s fields, mountain views and quiet rural charm; you have the whole day to enjoy its delights. There is plenty to do in the valley; you can take to mountain bikes for a stunning ride from Chinchero via the Inca ruins of Moray before descending past the salt pans of Maras; alternatively you can explore on horseback or go white water rafting on the Urubamba River, stretch your legs with some stunning walking or relax and enjoy the peace (all optional). (B)
Minibus to Pachar (Sacred Valley). Follow the Huarocondo Gorge a short way upstream to our trailhead at the village of Raphcca, (2,900m). Visit the little-known Inca ruin of Corimarca, high above the Soccma Valley. Camp here, or at a spacious set of Inca terraces a short distance up valley. Approx. walking 5hrs. Distance 5km.
Camp - 3 nights (BLD)
Ascend through meadows and puna to the pass of Chancachucu (4,400m). In clear weather this section of the journey offers dramatic panoramas of every major peak in the region: Ausangate, the Qoyllur Rit’i range and the Cordillera Urubamba. Cross the pass with views of the glaciers of Verónica to camp at Q’euñacancha. Approx. walking 7hrs. Distance 9km. (BLD)
Continuing along the Chancachucu Valley, follow the broken remains of an Inca water channel. The stream plunges through Punkuyoc, a narrow ravine enclosed by vertical cliffs. The narrow trail zig-zags steeply down open, grassy slopes, offering spectacular views of the Camicancha Valley. Enjoy lunch near the well-preserved Inca complex of Choquetacarpo and camp near Cachicata village. Approx. walking 7hrs. Distance 11km. (BLD)
Machu Picchu (2,400m)
After an early breakfast, walk to Ollantaytambo then on by train to Aguas Calientes, your base for visiting the famous ruins of Machu Picchu, which you will see with the group tomorrow – Overnight at Aguas Calientes. Approx. walking 1.5hrs. Distance 4km. Basic Hotel - 1 night (BL)
Machu Picchu & Cusco
Rising early this morning your group has Machu Picchu ruins largely to itself before the train brings in day-visitors from Cusco.
Today you'll meet up with the rest of the group who have been on the classic Inca Trail.
The magnificent lost city, rediscovered by American archaeologist Hiram Bingham in 1911, stands on a high saddle dominated by the jungle-clad peak of Wayna Picchu. You have time to make the vertiginous climb to its summit for dramatic views of the city spread out below or simply just wander the myriad of steps and stairways of the site, revealing as they do a vast complex of immense structural, historical and archaeological worth. Later in the day you catch the train back to Cusco. Hotel - 1 night (B)
Lima; trip ends
Transfer to the airport for a flight to Lima where the trip ends. (B)
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