INFORMATION OF INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO – PERU

La red de caminos incas – Qhapaq Ñan

La impresionante red de caminos de los incas tuvo una longitud inicial de 60,000 km y unió territorios de las actuales naciones de Colombia, Ecuador, Perú, Bolivia, Chile y Argentina. 39,000 kilómetros sobreviven al día de hoy. El camino inca a Machu Picchu es una de las mejores obras de ingeniería, hecha completamente a mano, sin saber de la existencia de la rueda o el hierro. Irónicamente, es posible que también acelerara el proceso de invasión; los españoles pudieron llegar a todos los rincones del imperio.

Los incas sabían una o dos cosas acerca del agua

Machu Picchu es la asombrosa ciudad inca de Machu Picchu que es visitada por alrededor de 3,000 personas por día, está construida en medio de dos montañas y es uno de los lugares más energéticos del planeta, pero hay algo que la mayoría de personas no sabe; la maravilla no termina con construcciones como el templo del sol o el templo del Cóndor, la maravilla continúa debajo. Machu Picchu fue construida sobre complejos sistemas de canales, drenaje e irrigación subterránea, impidiendo que las intensas lluvias de ceja de selva amazónica dañen sus más de 150 estructuras, sus terrazas agrícolas en las laderas de la montaña, o la red de caminos que llegaban a ella.

INCA TRAIL SHORT 2 DAYS

DAY 01: CUSCO – KM 104 – WIÑAY WAYNA – AGUAS CALIENTES.

Early in the morning at 4 am we will pick up all passengers from their hotels. We will go to Ollantaytambo, where we take the train to 104km (1 hour 20 minutes). When we arrive at 104km we will start the trek, climbing around 3 hours and half to Wiñayhuayna. As we ascend you will be able to take pictures of beautiful landscapes y views into the sacred Wilkanota River. In the archeological site of Wiñaywayna your tour guide will explain about function of this place. After enjoying a delicious box lunch we will continue along the classic Inka Trail to arrive at the Sun Gate(Inti Punku). From this place we will have very beautiful and unforgettable views of Machu Picchu Citadel.
Then after enjoying the views. We go down the Trail around 1 hour to Machu Picchu and enjoy the next part of the tour.
From Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes village we take the bus (30 min.) and you will be taken the Hotel. In the evening you will have a delicious dinner with the tour guide, who will explain you about the second day.

DURING THE TREK:

  • Meals: lunch, dinner.
  • Accommodations: Aguas Calientes Hotel.
  • Maximum Altitude: 2850 metres
  • Minimum Altitude: 2200 metres.
  • Temperature during day: 17ºC – 25ºC
  • Temperature during night: 13ºC – 14ºC

Day 2: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICHU – CUSCO

In the morning after breakfast at the Hotel, we will go up to Machu Picchu by bus. In Machu Picchu you will have 2 hours private introductory tour. In this time you will learn about types of amazing constructions, the engineering and the terraces, the most important places in Machu Picchu Archaeological site and how they were used.

Afterward you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu, take pictures and explore more by yourself. If you booked climb to Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu mountain, you will enjoy a dramatically different view of Machu Picchu Citadel.

When you finish your visit you’ll return to Aguas Calientes by bus. In the village there are a lots to discover. Shops, crafts, Art. Enjoy the hot springs, buy memories, try new foods.

Later we will take the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. (1 ¾ hours.) When you arrive at Ollantaytambo you will meet with our driver to come back by car to your hotel in Cusco (1 ½ hours.)

DURING THE TREK:

  • Meals: Breakfast.
  • Maximum Altitude: 2850 metres.
  • Minimum Altitude: 2200 metres.
  • Temperature during day: 17ºC – 25ºC
  • Temperature during night: 13ºC – 14ºC

INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS 

DAY 01: CUSCO – WAYLLABAMBA

We will start the day by collecting you from your hotel for the 1½ hour drive to Ollantaytambo where we will stop for approximately 30 minutes in a local restaurant. You can use toilets, buy water, snacks, chocolates and get the last things you may have forgotten to buy in Cusco. To reach the trail head we drive one more hour after Ollantaytambo to km 82. Before starting our trek we will organize our backpacks and make sure we have all that we need for the first day trek. After crossing the Urubamba River, we walk 3 hours through farmland along the Urubamba river until our first stop and lunch near the first archeological site called Llactapata. After a delicious meal prepared by our chef and porters, we will continue for another 3 hours to reach our campsite in Wayllabamba where we will have dinner and then relax in preparation for the next day.

DAY 02: WAYLLABAMBA – PACAYMAYOEarly morning we have to wake-up call, 5:00 a.m. or 5:30 a.m. depending of your tour guide. Warm wash water and a high energy breakfast will be waiting for you. Also you will have some time to refill your water bottle and be given some snacks for the day to help you get over the pass. Wayllabamba campsite to Warmiwañusca (Dead Woman Pass) is an uphill climb of approx. 7 km. This is considered the hardest part of the Trail. However the changes in the vegetation and landscape as you climb through different climatic zones will keep you involved with the hike and focussed on discovering more as you climb.

At the top of the pass you will be greeted with panoramic views to distant mountains. Looking back into the valley you have just climbed out of, congratulate yourself for your accomplishment. Looking ahead you will see your way on toward Machu Picchu.
After the Pass we have approximately 3 km going downhill to reach Pacaymayo campsite. Our team will be waiting for you there with food warm wash water and with your tent already set up. For the rest of the afternoon you will be able to rest and enjoy before happy hour and dinner at the end of the day.

DAY 03: PACAYMAYO – WIÑAYWAYNA

We begin this new day with breakfast. Then, after a short climb you will reach a remarkable Inka lookout called Runcurakay. Your tour guide will describe the importance of this place. Then after 1½ hours more to reach the second pass you’ll be able to enjoy the view from the second highest spot on the trail. There are 1½ hours of stairs down to a dramatic Inka site, Sayacmarca perched high on the ridge. Learn what is known of this place take pictures and learn of the historical background from your guide .
Lunch will be near to our next archeological site Puyupatamarca, a spectacular tumble of buildings where you will have a view of all the mountains around Machu Picchu far below. Then we start our descent, going into rainforest with a beautiful cover of vegetation with orchids, bromeliads, ferns and many other native plants. Also if we are lucky we can see and hear some of the hundreds of birds in the area.
Our three hours down hill to Wiñayhuayna will be our last challenge before we finish the day and enjoy tea time, a delicious dinner, take a nap and prepare for the next best day: Machu Picchu.

DAY 04: WIÑAYWAYNA – MACHU PICCHU

Last day, we wake up early and commence the walk to Machu Picchu (2 hours.) We will mark our arrival when we pass through the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) From this spot, if weather is good, you will have an unforgettable panoramic views of Machu Picchu. After just one more hour downhill you will enter the iconic Inka Citadel. Your tour guide will take you inside Machu Picchu with his knowledge, telling you all about this majestic city for around 2 hours. After this tour, you will have free time to take pictures, feel energies and discover more of Machu Picchu by yourself. Also if you registered to hike up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain this is the time you will do that.
Once you feel you are complete in the Citadel, it will be time to go down to Aguas Calientes. You will take the bus for 25 minutes. In Aguas Calientes you can enjoy your last lunch with the group. Then decide to relax in the hot springs (10 soles) or explore the shops and craft stalls in the Village.
Later in the afternoon you will catch the train to Ollantaytambo (1 hour 50 minutes). In Ollantaytambo you need to get out of the train station and transfer to a bus where the driver will be waiting to take you from Ollantaytambo to Cusco (1½ hours.)

 

 

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