Family & Friends Adventure trip
Cusco city, Sacred valley, Inca trail to Machu Picchu
Upon you arrival in Cusco airport (3,400 m/11,152 ft. You will be met by our local representative and then transferred to the hotel.
On the afternoon at leisure to acclimatize for our great adventure (Inca trail) to Machu Picchu city
Day 1: City tour
1.30pm guided visit to the city of Cusco; the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun, continue to the four ruins nearby; the Sacsayhuaman Fortress overlooking the city of Cuzco, an Inca architectural masterpiece; Qenqo, a rock sanctuary whose main attraction is the monolithic altar representing a puma, the red fortress of Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay, a beautiful fountain fed by a spring forming a series of basins. Return to your hotel.
Day 2: Maras - Moray:
Day 3: Sacred valley:
8:20am Today, our Tour guide takes us into the Sacred Valley of the Incas that was an important source of food for the Incas. The Sacred Valley is a lush agricultural region that keeps supplying the Cusco City with lots of its production. We visit the majestic ruins of Pisaq as well as its current famous handicraft market. Then, we stop in Urubamba, considered to be the capital of the valley, to have a buffet lunch offering Andean cuisine (not included in the tour). Afterwards, we continue to the picturesque town of Ollantaytambo with its Incan fortress the last Inca town that still keeps its original architecture, back to Cusco visit the village of Chinchero famous for a massive Inca wall located in its town square.
Accomodation in Cusco
Note: You stay over nigth at Ollantaytambo town
Day 4: Cusco - Hatunchaka
We will be picking you up from your hotel at 4:00am, from there we will travel by private transportation to Piscacucho or Km 82 (2,800 m/9,184 ft), a community located on the 82nd kilometer of the Cusco –Machu Picchu railroad. Starting at this point, we cross the bridge and walk along the left shore of the Urubamba River (quechua language: Wilkamayu wich means Sacred River) as it flows north-west along the Sacred Valley. On the way to the first camp site we can see one of the most beautiful glacier mountains, local people called Wakay Willka (5,835 m/11,139 ft) wich means Sacred Tears. Following the trail along a flat terrain, walking for around 2 hours, we arrive in Miskay (2900 m/9,512 ft) a tiny local comunity where you can share with local people the Local Beer (Corn Beer or Chicha Beer), to then ascend and finally see, from the tallest part of an overlook, the Inca City of Llaqtapata which means Town on a Hillside in Quechua (2800 m/ 9,184 ft), this city served as the local center for agricultural administration, it has more than 100 buildings organized in Inca kanchas, streets and squares. A few meters down is a hermitage called Pulpituyoq. We continue trekking along the valley created by the Kusichaca River, gradually climbing for about 3 hours, on the way we can watch inkas farming terraces, local people are still using some of them until we reach our first campsite in the Hatun Chaka community (3,000 m/9,676 ft). From this camp site we will see spectacular views of the Alto Urubamba Mountain Range on the opposite side of the Urubamba River, where the impressive La Veronica glacier reigns at 5,835 m/19,139 ft . Not to mention the diversity of wild flora and fauna that can be found all along the valley.
Hiking time: 6 hours
Day 5: Hatunchaka - Pacasmayo
We wake up at around 5:30 am, and after a big breakfast we leave Hatun Chaka, 25 minutes hiking we get Wayllabamba Village 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) 4,200 m/13,780 ft , we see domesticated llamas and alpacas grazing on ichu, one of the few plants that grow at that altitude. We also cross an area of the so called mountain 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). Also we can see local trees such as Queuñas, Pisonay, Chachacomo, Unka , they are much strongest than the eucalyptus tree (from Australia) 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 descend into the Pacaymayo Valley (3,600 m/11,808 ft), Camp Site. On the way down we can see nice mountains, big water falls and quite places to meditate.All the afternoon to relax and explore some places.
Hiking time: 8 hours
Day 6: Pacasmayo - Wiñaywayna
This day is very exciting but also the most impressive and the most interesting, due the number of archaeological sites that we visit and learn about Archaeology, History, Religion, Flora and Fauna from our Tour Guide. From Pacaymayo we climb to the second pass, the Abra de Runkurakay (3,950 m/12,956 ft). Half way up, we visit the first archaeological site Runkuraqay , at 3,750 m/12,300 ft (it consists of a small oval structure that is believed to have served the purpose of a watchtower . It was discovered by explorer Hiram Bingham in 1915, have only a single north-facing entrance and exit.This site was a Look out Station on the way to the sacred city of Machu Picchu, from this place we can see the first pass Abra Warmiwañuska, Water Falls located and the second camp site , . After going over the Second Pass (Runkuraqay Pass), we descend towardsYanacocha (Black Lagoon) and enter the cloud-forest to finally arrive at Sayacmarca (3,624 m/11,874 ft). It means Innaccessible Town This is a beautiful complex made up of a semicircular construction, enclosures at different levels, narrow streets, liturgical fountains, patios and irrigation canals. Hiram Bingham named the site Cedrobamba in 1915 after discovering a cedar wood forest nearby. it was renamed in 1941 by antrhoplogist Paul Fejos to reflect the site more accurately. Continuing up an easy climb, enjoyind spectacular olaces , jungle, mountains, glaciars, beautiful flora and fauna mixing with a quite landscape, we arrive to Phuyupatamarca (3,600 m/11,808 ft). From this place , we have spectacular views to watch La Veronica glacier ( in quechua Language: Wakay Willka which means Sacred Tears - 5,875 m/19,270 ft), for local people a Sacred Mountain in all the Sacred Valley , Salkantay glacier (in Quechua language: Wild Mountain – 6,285 m/628520,615 ft , and the famous Machu Picchu Mountain – Huayna Picchu Mountain.
From Phuyupatamarca , we are descending to the campsite Wiñaywayna for 3 hours, visiting Phuyupatamarca Inca Site (ceremonial Place) and Inti Pata (Farming Place).
Hiking time: 10 o 11 hours
Day 7: Wiñaywayna - Machu Picchu
This day we wake up very early at 3.30am, Machu Pichu, we hike for 1hour 20 minutes to the Sun gate to have a nice view, after hat we are going down to Machu Picchu city. Before going down to the last check pont we have the chance to take the classic picture(Machu Picchu city in the background Huayna Picchu Mountain.
We explore Machu Picchu then if you want you have the chance to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain (the second Challenge in this trail) , where one can experience spectacular views of all of Machu Picchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it, or the Temple of the Moon and the spectacular Inca Bridge (restored).
After Exploring the Machu Picchu City (Pilgrimage City), we meet in the town of Aguas Calientes where, if you like, you can visit and relax in the thermal baths. From here we take the train to the city of Cusco, where we will arrive after nightfall.
Transport: bus and train