In the foot-steps of the Incas
Departures every Sunday and Wednesday 5 days
One of the main attractions along the route of this 5 day tour is the web of ancient settlements built in granite rock by the Incas like Wiñay Wayna and Phuyupatamarca immersed in an overpowering natural scenery. Hundreds of species of orchids, multicolored birds and dreamlike landscapes provide the ideal backstage for a route that everyone should see at least once in a lifetime.
Day 1 – Sunday
Cuzco – Inca Trail Treck – Q’ente
We transfer you from the hotel to Cusco train station (or from your hotel in the Sacred Valley to Ollanta train station) in order to take the train that brings us to Km 88. From here, a small bridge brings you over to Q’ente where you will camp. Visit the surrounding archaeological remains of Q’ente and Machu Q’ente, located amidst Inca terracing. (Time: 4-6 hours, Distance: 11kms). LD
Day 2 – Monday
Q’Ente – Lluchuchapampa
The trail winds slowly uphill through a small forest to reach the site of Patallacta. After a short visit we continue up the Cusichaca Valley passing houses of settlers to finally reach the Andean community of Huayllabamba. From here the trail ascends steeply to a large pampa below the first pass, where we camp. Here we have a breathtaking view of Mt. Huayanay. Along the trail up this narrow hanging valley, we begin to see a cloud forest that harbours the Queñua tree (polilepis), a rare forest to be found in the Andes. Camp overnight at Llulluchapampa. ( Time: 6 hours. Distance: 9Kms). BLD
Day 3 – Tuesday
Llulluchapampa – Phuyupatamarca
A steady ascent on an Inca Trail up to the Warmiwañusqa pass at 4,200m (13,692 ft) affords a magnificent view of our ascent and the trail ahead of us. We descend on a reconstructed Inca Trail down to the Pacaymayo river to then ascend again to the ruins of Runkuraqay and the second pass at 4,050m (13,200 ft). From here we walk down to the site at Sayacmarca at 3,850m (12,551 ft) on the original Inca Trail, passing a dry lake and the first signs of the cloud forest. A beautiful location overlooking the Aobamba Valley, it affords a respite for a leisurely walk through its imposing structures. Continue along the ridge through amazing landscapes, viewing Mt. Salkantay from the western side and Mt. Pumasillo, a silhouette to the north on the horizon. Walking through a rolling flagstoned trail we arrive at Phuyupatamarca (the village on the edge of the clouds) in whose vicinity we camp. (Trekking: 7-8 hours, Distance 14kms) BLD
Day 4 – Wednesday
Phuyupatamarca – Machu Picchu
An early departure today will have us trekking along a buttress and passing Phuyupatamarca ruins, the flagstoned trail winds sharply down into the cloud forest to the ruins of Wiñay Wayna located below the ridge on the same water course as the previous site, it has well restored Inca Ruins. After a two hour walk through a cloud forest covered Inca Trail we arrive at Machu Picchu in the same way the Incas used to, watching the magnificent citadel at our feet from Intipunku, the door of the sun. Overnight at a hostel in the town of Aguas Calientes, situated in the nearby valley. (Optional overnight at el Pueblo or Sanctuary luxury hotel available). BLD
Day 5 – Thursday
Machu Picchu – Cuzco
The whole day can be dedicated to explore these extraordinary Inca remains, including a visit to Wayna Picchu, the hill overlooking the site. The mid-afternoon train takes you back to Cusco, transfer to your hotel, lunch and dinner on your own. B
Dates and cost
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Minimum 2 passengers. Fixed Departures: Every Sunday and Wednesday. In case passengers are picked up from the Sacred Valley on Day 1, extra costs for transfer will apply and guide will meet passengers at the train station in Ollantaytambo. Longer programmes are also available.
- Transportation by vehicle to start and from the end of trek to Cusco.
- two-man tents including sleeping pads, porters, kitchen crew and commissary gear with all meals included.
- Bilingual guide on the trek, who will handle the first aid kit.
- Last night hotel at Aguas Calientes.
- Entrance fee to the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Inca Trail (USD$70.00 per passenger)
What’s not included
Hotels in Cusco. Airport or air ticket taxes or levies, port taxes (except where shown as included); passport or visa fees; excess baggage charges; any insurance; any meals, air fares or sightseeing not specified in the itinerary; optional gratuities to guides, drivers etc; beverages; laundry or other items of a personal nature and any items not specifically mentioned as being included.
How to Book
The completion and return of the booking form is mandatory to the acceptance of reservation. We advise that you book as far ahead as possible. To initiate your reservation, please complete the Booking Form which must be signed and returned to Adventure Associates along with the applicable Deposit. Reservations are established only when you receive written confirmation and acceptance of the Booking Form and deposit payment. Ticketing and joining instructions are normally issued two weeks prior to departure.
|Deposit required:||$250 per person|
|Balance due:||60 days prior to departure|
|If booking within
60 days of departure:
|full payment must be made|
Should a booking be amended once reservations are processed, a $55 amendment fee per booking for each amendment made, plus any communication expenses incurred, will be added to the cost of the tour.
Written instructions only will be accepted by Adventure Associates to cancel a reservation. Cancellation charges are subject to regulations or airlines, cruise companies, coach and tour operators, hotels and any other Principals involved. If it is necessary to cancel your arrangements, the following non-refundable provisions will apply.
|More than 60 days prior to departure||$300 per person|
|Between 59 and 35 days prior to departure||50% of tour cost per person|
|Between 34 and 14 days prior to departure||75% of tour cost per person|
|On or within 13 days prior to departure||No Refund|
- All the above amounts are in addition to any fees levied by the airlines, hotels or cruise companies. Communication charges incurred may also be added to the above.
- All cancellation provisions will be strictly applied. If the non-refundable amount is more than your advance payment, you remain liable for the difference. For these and other reasons mentioned in these Terms and Conditions you are strongly urged to take out travel insurance at the time of your reservation. Adventure Associates or your Travel Agent will be pleased to advise you on the best policy which may protect you.
All cancellation provisions will be strictly applied. If the cancellation charge is more than your advance payment you remain liable for the difference. For these and other reasons mentioned above you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance. Once the tour has departed there will be no refund for any unused portions of the trip.