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8 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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The 8 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is perfect for those looking to experience the region’s archaeological and cultural treasures in a short amount of time.  This world renowned hike combines rich history with stunning landscapes, cloud forests, jungles, salt mines and ancient ruins. Our skilled porters and guides will exceed your expectations on this Inca adventure as you trek, back-in-time and discover the hidden treasures of Peru and Machu Picchu.

The trip begins and ends in vibrant Cusco, Peru where you can enjoy the intriguing bled of Spanish and Inca culture.  The first stop on the tour is Maras, where we explore the bizarre beauty of the salt mines and ancient ruins of Moray.  Machu Picchu is sure to captivate you; the 15th-century citadel sits high, stacked on a hillside in terraces amongst rising Andean peaks with the highest point of the trail being “Dead Woman’s Pass,” situated at 13,769 feet above sea level.  This tour is physically demanding, yet rewarding.  Accommodations along the way will be at campsites, unless otherwise noted.

Our hand-picked guides are certified multilingual and offer expertise of Machu Picchu’s highlights and will ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable hike. In addition, Peru is home to some of the happiest people, the most dramatic landscape on the planet and a variety of cultural traditions that are rich in ancient history. Ready. Set. Escape! The world famous 8 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu hike awaits you.

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ITINERARY

DAY 1
Arrive Cusco

Arrive Cusco with a transfer to your hotel; a welcome meeting will be organized by your guide for a quick briefing of the tour. The rest of the day can be spent exploring Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, set in the Andes Mountains. Discover Spanish churches and mansions that sit alongside Inca remains and enjoy the vibrant nightlife or sampling Peruvian restaurants.

DAY 2
Cusco - Maras - Cusco

An early departure by bus to Maras will lead us to the bizarre and beautiful salt mines. The salt park is located on an open hillside above the Urubamba Valley a natural salt water stream that runs underground. A considerable volume of solid salt is obtained, which is then granulated, packed in sacks and sent to the region's markets. The day's tour continues a short distance to Moray which is a unique archaeological site where massive natural depressions or hollows in the ground surface were used for constructing irrigated farming terraces around them. The main depression is roughly 100 feet deep and the temperature difference between the top and bottom can be as much as 27 degrees (F). In the afternoon, we return to our hotel in Cusco. (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 3
Cusco – Trailhead at Km 82 – Camp at Ayapata

Travel by bus from your hotel in Cusco to Ollantaytambo for breakfast and then onto Piskacucho or kilometer 82, where the Inca Trail starts. The hike begins by crossing the Vilcanota River and following its route to the right. The Urubamba mountain range divides the jungle and the Andes. On the way we’ll see the Inca sites of, Huillca Raccay and Llactapata, as well as incredible views of the snow-capped Veronica Peak. The 7 mike hike to our first campsite is relatively easy and takes approximately 5 to 6 hours. In the evening, we will unwind at the Ayapata campsite. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 4
Ayapata Camp – Dead Woman’s Pass – Runkuraqua Pass

Today will be the most challenging day of the trek as you ascend a long steep path to reach the highest point of the trail, known as Dead Woman's Pass or Warmiwanusqa, the site sits at 13,780 feet above sea level. We continue for another 2 hours to reach the Runkuraqay Pass, which is 12,467 feet above sea level. On the way we will encounter hummingbirds and other birdlife and discover a variety of native plants and trees in the cloud forest. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 5
Runkuraqua Pass – Camp at Wiñay Wayna

The trail begins with a gentle climb towards the archaeological site of Phuyupatamarca, which means “Town in the Clouds.” This site is located at the third highest point on the trail at 11,811 feet and the views of the mountainscape, canyons and surrounding area are spectacular. A further walk brings us to 3,000 steps, through the cloud forest and the impressive agricultural Inca site of ‘Intipata’ until we arrive at our campsite Wiñay Wayna. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 6
Machu Picchu

An early morning start of 4am will get us into Inti Punku or Sun Gate before sunrise and as the sun begins to rise, the dramatic views of Machu Picchu are revealed. We will spend some time here taking photos and upon completing the final steps of the Inca Trail we will visit Machu Picchu itself with a guided tour (approximately 2 hours). After the tour you are free to explore the mysterious city by yourselves.

In the afternoon we will take the bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included) and will spend the rest of the day exploring the town.  As an option you can visit the hot springs for an additional fee. Overnight at: Casa Andina Classic Machupicchu or Similar (Breakfast)

DAY 7
Second Visit of Machu Picchu

After breakfast, you will take the bus up to Machu Picchu for your last visit.  You will be given your your train tickets that will take you to Ollantaytambo and a  final bus transfer will take you to Cusco. It is important to be at the train station 30 minutes before departure train times will be given to you by your guide. (Breakfast)

DAY 8
Depart

After breakfast you are transferred to Cusco Airport for departures. (Breakfast)

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PRICES

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INCLUDED

  • Airport transfers
  • Ground transportation
  • Accommodations
  • Entrance fee to Maras-Moray and Salt mines
  • Entrance fee to the Inca trail
  • Entrance fee to Machupicchu
  • Water (boiled)
  • Meals 3 each breakfasts, lunch, dinner and snack
  • 4 person tent, double occupancy
  • Foam sleeping pad
  • Oxygen bottle and first aid kit
  • Expert guides, assistant guides, cook and porters

EXCLUDED

  • Sleeping bags
  • Inflatable mattress
  • Trekking/hiking poles
  • Inca trail last Lunch & Dinner not included
  • Meals not described in the itinerary
  • Waynapicchu Mountain hike
  • Hot Springs
  • Tips

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