AAPT02 Lima – Cusco – Inca Trail 11D/10N

AAPT02 Lima – Cusco – Inca Trail 11D/10N

Day 1: Arrival in Lima. Transfer to your hotel.

Day 2: Lima – Cusco: Transfer to the airport. Morning flight to Cusco. Arrival and transfer to Urubamba, the Incas Sacred valley. On the way down to Urubamba we will visit Cusco nearby ruins: Sacsayhuaman, Quenqo and Tambo Machay. Then in the valley we will visit the colourful market of Pisac. Hotel in Urubamba. (B)

Day 3: The Inca's Sacred Valley: full day tour to visit Urubamba and its famous Ruins: Pisac and Ollaytantambo fortress and the town. Hotel in Urubamba. (B).

Day 4: Urubamba – Pisca q´uchu (Km 82) – Wuayllabamba (prairie–green place) Camp.

From Urubamba, a 1 hour drive will take us to the point known as Pisca q´uchu (Km 82) (2,600m / 8,528ft). At this point where the first control is located, all tourists have to register to be able to start the trek. From this place, 42 kilometers of mountains, Andean valleys, rivers and tropical forests separate us from Machu Picchu.

In our way to our first camp at Huayllabamba village, the first part of the trek is mainly flat, with slight ascents and it will take approximately 2 ½ hours till we reach the Llactapata's (town in the heights) archaeological group. Then we will continue to enter to the valley of the Kusichaca River from where the route follows a slight ascent up to Huayllabamba's camp located at 3,100 meters (10,168feet). (B, BL, D).

Day 5: Huayllabamba Camp – Pacaymayo Camp.

After breakfast, we start our second day considered by many people the most difficult since it is necessary to do an ascent of 1,100 meters up to the highest point of the whole circuit, the Warmihuañusca ("dead women") high pass at 4200m (13,776feet). The slow ascent will take about 4 ½ and 5 hours approximately. From the pass we can enjoy an astonishing view of the surroundings and the magnificent landscape. This is a windy area so is important to wear warm cloths. Overcoming the pass we continue our way down to the Pacaymayo Camp located at 3,500 meters (11,480feet). (B, BL, D)

Day 06: Pacaymayo – Runkuracay – Phuyupatamarca - Wiñayhuayna:

The third day besides being the longest also is the most interesting. It begins with one hour and a half ascent to Runku Raccay's Pass located at a height of 3,950 meters, (12,916 feet). In the way we will visit to the interesting ruins known as Runkuracay (oval building) at 3800m (12,464ft).

Once overcoming the pass, the rest of the way basically we will descend towards the interesting ruins of Sayacmarca located at 3,600 meters. On the Inca times this was used as a place of control post of the roads connecting to Machu Picchu. Then along a beautiful cloud forest, we will continue up to the pass of Phuyupatamarca, ("town above the clouds") at 3,670m (12,038ft). From here we will descend and it will be straightened enough besides tired for being a majority of steps. Finally, we arrive near the Inti Pata's remains located at 2850m (9,348ft), a complex of terraces and platforms built in the middle of the hillside of a mountain covered by thick vegetation. The trail leads finally to Wiñayhuayña's camp ("Forever Young") located at 2,700 meters (8,856 ft). (B, BL, D)

Day 7: Wiñay Wayna Camp – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes.

The day begins earlier than usually at about 04:30 hrs in order to make our final trek towards the city of Machu Picchu. After one hour and a half we arrive to the Inti Punku ("Sun Gate") at 2,700m (8,856ft) from where we will have the first impressive views of the majestic Inca City of Machu Picchu. From here it is only a half hour more to arrive to the city and enjoy a guided visit to the most important places. Those not yet tired of heights might like to climb Huayna Picchu for an unparalleled view of the lost city of the Incas. Late afternoon transport down to Aguas Calientes. Hotel in Aguas Calientes village. (B, BL).

Day 8: Aguas Calientes – Cusco: Free morning to enjoy the green, beautiful lush surroundings. In the afternoon travel back by train to Cusco. (B).

Day 9: Cusco: Free day in Cusco. Enjoy visiting this magnificent city, once the capital of the Inca Empire. Hotel. (B).

Day 10. Cusco - Lima: Transfer to the airport. Flight to Lima. Arrival and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon city tour through the colonial town visiting The Cathedral, Santo Domingo Church, San Francisco and the impressive "Catacombs". Later on we will head towards the modern Lima, San Isidro and Miraflores followed by a visit to the "Gold Museum", which contains some of the world's most famous gold pieces from Inca and pre-Inca civilizations. Hotel. (B).

Day 11. Lima out: Transfer out (or program extension). (B).