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EXPLORER

Trekking
Peru's Royal Inca Highway

10 Days

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Locally Hosted Independent Tour

Suggested Departure Day:
Thursday

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SPECIAL NOTE: Without a doubt the Inca Trail is one of the most spectacular treks in the world. As you follow the original Inca Royal Trail, you will have magnificent vistas of valleys and snow capped mountains, foaming waterfalls, lush green forests and scattered ruins.

But even if you have trekked often and in other challenging situations, bear in mind the sustained altitude of this trek - an average of 8,000 feet with two high passes averaging 15,000 feet. Trails can be rugged, landslides are not unusual and all supplies must be brought with you.

While you can revel in experiencing crisp misty dawns and bright sunny afternoons, these too mean that you must be amply prepared. For crisp misty dawns mean a cold humid night and bright sunny afternoons mean sun. Be prepared to layer your clothes.

All necessary camp and cook gear is included - you need only to bring your own personal gear, your sleeping bag and a day pack. The porters carry your regular back pack and take care of setting up and tearing down the camp as well as preparing all meals. In addition, make sure you bring your rain poncho, sun glasses, good trekking boots, long pants, shorts, insect repellent, flashlight with extra batteries, personal medications, plenty of film and your own supply of toilet paper (which will probably prove to be a luxury).


ITINERARY (Subject to change without notice):

Day 1 - Thursday - Miami - Lima: Afternoon departure on flight south to Lima, arriving in the evening. Upon arrival meeting and assistance with getting to the Wyndham Costa del Sol Airport Hotel  for overnight stay.

Day 2 - Friday - Lima - Cuzco: Morning transfer to the airport for flight over the snow-capped Andes to Cuzco, ancient capital of the Inca empire and considered to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the Western Hemisphere. Transfer to Hotel Monasterio in the heart of the city. Morning to adjust to the altitude. Afternoon visit to the main points of interest in Cuzco, including the Korikancha, once the center of the royal Incas, and visit the nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Kenkko, Tambo Machay and Puca Pucara.

Day 3 - Saturday - Cuzco: Today you will enjoy a special hike to not only limber you up and help you to adjust to the altitude but also to experience two special sites: the Salinas of Maras and the agricultural laboratory of Moray. The Maras –Moray one day trek is a fantastic way of combining breathtaking Andean scenery, local farming techniques, Inca Ruins, ancient towns and the interesting Maras salt pans. The trek begins across the fertile plain of Chinchero, rich with grain, potatoes & beans, and gives a fascinating insight into traditional Andean agriculture. A picnic lunch is enjoyed at the circular Inca ruins of Moray before exploring these fascinating ruins. Moray is believed to be an Incan agricultural center used to improve high altitude crops – an essential food source for the Incan armies and road building teams throughout the vast Inca Empire. The trek continues along mule trails before passing through 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. The trail then descends down into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. En-route are the incredible salt pans of Maras that were mentioned in the chronicles of the conquering Spanish. A vehicle awaits in the valley for the drive back to Cusco. (B/L)

Day 4 - Sunday - Begin Trekking the Inka Trail: Between 4:00 and 4:30 am, we will pick you up at your hotel in our own private bus. We will then drive to Piskacuchu (2700 masl), a community located on the 82nd kilometer of the Cusco –Machupicchu railroad.  Starting at this point, we will cross the bridge and walk along the left shore of the Urubamba River as it flows north-west along the Sacred Valley.  Following the trail along a flat terrain, we will arrive in Miskay (2800 masl), to then ascend and finally see, from the tallest part of an overlook, the Inca city of Patallacta (2750 masl).  We will continue trekking along the valley created by the Kusichaca River, gradually climbing for about five hours until we reach our first campsite in the Wayllabamba village (3000 masl).  All along the way we will see spectacular views of the Vilcanota ridge on the opposite side of the Urubamba River, where the impressive Veronica peak reigns at 5832 meters above sea level.  Not to mention the diversity of wild flora and fauna that can be found all along the valley.   Meals: B, L, D

Trek quick facts: Total distance: 747 miles; Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours; Maximum altitude point: 9,840 ft; Campsite altitude: 9,840 ft)

Day 5 - Monday - Trekking the Inka Trail - Wayllabamba to Pacaymayo: We will wake up at around 6:00 am, and after breakfast we will leave Wayllabamba behind to begin the most difficult part of the trek, which consists of an abrupt and steep ascent that stretches for 9 km. Along this climb, the landscape changes from sierra to puna (a dry and high area with little vegetation). On the way to the first mountain pass, the Abra Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman´s Pass), we will see domesticated llamas and alpacas grazing on ichu, one of the few plants that grow at that altitude.  We will also cross an area of the so called cloud forest, which is the habitat for many different kinds of birds like hummingbirds and sparrows and the Andean bear, which is also called the Spectacled Bear ( Tremarctus Ornatus). We advise that on this day specially, your day pack is well stocked with candies, chocolates and coca leaves that will keep your sugar level high, and help with altitude sickness.  Immediately after the pass, we will descend into the Pacaymayo valley (3600 masl), where we will camp after approximately 6h of hiking. Meals: B, L, D

Trek quick facts: Total distance: 6.84 miles; Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours; Maximum altitude point: 13,776 ft; Campsite altitude: 11,480 ft

Day 6 - Tuesday - Trekking the Inka Trail - Pacaymayo – Wiñaywayna: This day is the longest but also the most impressive and the most interesting, due the number of archaeological sites that we will visit and learn about from our guide. From Pacaymayo we will climb to the second pass, the Abra de Runkurakay (3970 masl).  Half way up, we will visit the archaeological complex with the same name.  This site, located at 3800 masl, consists of a small oval structure that is believed to have served the purpose of a watchtower.  After going over the pass, we will descend towards Yanacocha (Black Lagoon) and enter the cloud-forest to finally arrive at Sayacmarca (3624 masl).  This is a beautiful complex made up of a semicircular construction, enclosures at different levels, narrow streets, liturgical fountains, patios and irrigation canals. Continuing up an easy climb, we will arrive at the third pass, the Abra de Phuyupatamarca (3700 masl). Along this climb we can appreciate the magnitude of the Incas´ ancient craft, by walking along paths semi-detached from the mountain, and seeing rocks that fill up ravines in perfect order, saving the trail from the multileveled Andean geography. We go through an Inca tunnel to later arrive at the aforementioned pass and down to the complex of the same name. This is one of the most complete and best-preserved archaeological complexes along the Inca Trail to Machupicchu, and is located on the highest point of a mountain. Curiously, Phuyupatamarca means ¨town over the clouds¨.  From above, one can observe a sophisticated sacred complex made up of water fountains with solid foundations, and also impressive views of the Urubamba River valley and the long descending stone steps along which we will continue on to Wiñaywayna (2700 masl).  solid foundations, and also impressive views of the Urubamba River valley and the long descending stone steps along which we will continue on to Wiñaywayna (2700 masl). At this campsite we will find a lodge with a restaurant, bar and bathrooms with hot showers.  The campsite has the same name as the complex located only five minutes away from the lodge.  Wiñaywayna is an impressive complex made up of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector. Meals: B, L, D

Trek quick facts: Total distance: 9.94 miles; Estimated walking time: 8 hours; Maximum altitude point: 12,792 ft; Campsite altitude: 8,692 ft

Day 7 - Wednesday - Ttrekking the Inka Trail - Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu: On this fourth and last day we will get up at 4.00 am to leave Wiñaywayna an hour later and climb to Intipunku, or The Sun Gate. This will take an hour of hiking along a trail of flat stones on the edges of cliffs in highland jungle. From this fabulous spot, we will see the sunrise over the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu. From Intipunku we will descend into Machu Picchu, and 40 minutes later we will enter the citadel from the highest point through the ¨House of the Guardians¨.  We will then descend to the control point where we will register ourselves and leave our backpacks. We will immediately begin a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel that will take approximately two hours. You will then have free time to walk around, climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain, where one can experience spectacular views of all of Machu Picchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it, or visit the Temple of the Moon and the fabulous Inca Bridge.  At the completion of the visit, take the shuttle down to Aguas Calientes and walk to the charming Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel for overnight. (B/L/D)

Trek quick facts: Total distance: 2.49 miles; Estimated walking time: 2 hours; Maximum altitude point: 8,829 ft; Machu Picchu altitude: 7,872 ft

Day 8 - Thursday - Machu Picchu - Cuzco: Day at leisure to re-enter Machu Picchu or explore the area at your own pace. Late afternoon return to Cuzco on the Orient Express Hiram Bingham with cocktails, entertainment and dinner en route. Upon arrival at the Poroy station, meeting and transfer to Cuzco for overnight at the Hotel Monasterio. (B/D)

Day 9 - Friday - Cuzco - Lima: Transfer for morning return flight to Lima. Meeting and transfer to Miraflores Park Hotel for overnight stay. Afternoon visit to Lima, once the seat of the Spanish Vice royalty and often called "The City of Kings", including a stop at the Plaza de Armas to visit the impressive Cathedral, a visit to Santo Domingo Convent and a drive through the modern parts of the city. You'll also have a chance to visit one of the museums of Lima, such as the Mujica Gallo Gold Museum, the Larco Herrea Museum or the Archaeological Museum. (B)

Day 10 - Saturday - Lima - Miami:  Morning transfer to the airport for your return flight to Miami where you clear immigrations and customs and make connections to your home city.

RATES and DETAILS:

SAMPLE LAND RATE PER PERSON: (All rates subject to change without notice)
YEAR Single Occupancy Twin Occupancy - P/P Triple Occupancy - P/P
2017 Request $6,900 to $8,550 Request
2018 estimate + 10%
Plus Air fares and USA Departure Taxes
PAYMENTS: By credit card; special form required & must carry Card Holder's signature
Deposit - Per Person 2nd deposit - Per Person Full Payment Due
$1000 in order to confirm To complete 30% deposit
upon confirmation of all space
65 days prior departure
CHANGES:
After reservations confirmed If new documents are required
$100 per change $100 per change + $100 re-issue documents
CANCELLATIONS:
Cancelled Between Up to 91 days 89 to 61  days 60 to 31 days 30 to 00 days
Fees Per Person $1000 30% 50% 100%
TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE: Highly recommended.
RATE INCLUDES:
  • Hotel accommodations with hotel taxes and service charges
  • Meals as indicated, table d'hôte basis
  • Transfers as indicated, with English speaking guide
  • Luggage handling at airports
  • Sightseeing as indicated, with English speaking guide
  • Surface and overland travel as indicated
  • 4-day/3-night private Inca Trail Trek with services of porters, camp staff and English speaking guide; all meals and camping gear (not personal gear)
RATE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
  • Air fares
  • USA and Foreign airport departure taxes
  • Items of a personal nature, including personal camping gear
  • Tips to drivers, guides, hotel bellboys, Inca Trail porters and camp staff
  • Meals not specifically indicated as included
NOTE: Information was last updated January 2, 2017. Information & rates subject to change.
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