Inca Trail to Machu Picchu begin with your pick up from your hotel at 5 am. We will have our breakfast in Marqocasa, this place is where we also meet our horseman and mules and begin our hike. We will walk for around 3 hours until we reach our lunch point which is called Challacancha. From here we will have views of the magnificent snow-capped mountain, Rayuska, which is more than 5350M/17552ft above sea level. We will spend the night in Salkantaypampa campsite.
The first day of the Inca Trail Exclusive is easy going to help you settle in to the trek. Covering 14km of the trail climbing gently up the Cusichaca Valley, you pass by the Inca site of Llactapata, enjoy great views of the snow-capped peak Veronica (5900m / 19000ft) and get to see a variety of native plant life and birds throughout the day. Our campsite for the night is at Ayapata (3300m / 10829ft) which is a little further along the trail than most groups go; as we’re camping further up the trail the next day’s trek up to the pass is a little easier for us and with fewer tourists at the campsite we can enjoy the peace and tranquility of this beautiful place.
We have breakfast and then begin a walk of about four and a half hours towards Salkantaypampa. This point has impressive views of the snow-capped mountains of Humantay (5917 m / 19412 ft) Tucarway (5910 m / 19389 ft) Rayuska (5350 m / 17552 ft) and Salkantay (6271 m / 20573 ft). Our lunch spot will be Pampa Japonesa. We will then climb in an easterly direction for about an hour until we arrive at Inca Chiriasca Pass, and then to our campsite Ichupata
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu on its 3th day begin with your breakfast and then begin our trek towards the Ichupata, from here we have a magnificent view of Salkantay or the ‘savage’ mountain (6271m/20573ft) as well as of remarkably-coloured small lagoons which are located on the sides of this imposing snow-capped mountain.
Arriving to small town of Lluscamayu where we will have the lunch, we will descend to the Paucarcancha archeological site where we will camp.
A steep ascent towards the Huarmihuañusca pass (often called ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’ due to its image from afar) which is at 4200m/13750ft. From here we will have an amazing view of the impressive Inca Trail. We then descend to Pacamayu where we will have lunch. After a rest, we climb again to visit the archaeological site of ‘Runcuracay’ and to reach the Runkurakay pass (4000m/13080ft). Views of the mountains and surrounding area, from these points, are spectacular.
Then begins a steep descent from the pass leading to the Inca site ‘Sayacmarca’ .We will have a short rest here before continuing on towards Chaquicocha (3660m/12007ft) where we will spend the night.
Having made it over the 2 passes yesterday we’re now treated to a relaxing day through some of the most beautiful scenery the Inca Trail Exclusive has to offer. With a relatively short distance to cover along what is known as Inca Flat (gentle ascents and descents) we get to enjoy the lush and verdant cloud forest around us and the spectacular views of the Andes in the distance.
With visits to 2 Inca sites (Phuyupatamarca and Winay Wayna) this is by far one of the most impressive days of the trek. Our campsite for tonight is at Wiñay Wayna (2680m / 8792ft) which we will arrive to be early afternoon and get to have an extended guided tour of once we have settled in.
Today is the highlight of the trek Inca Trail Exclusive. Waking up early you head straight to the checkpoint to enter Machu Picchu and once the site opens can carry on to the Sun Gate where you’ll get your first fantastic views of Machu Picchu.
On arrival to Machu Picchu you’ll have a 2 hour guided tour of the site during which you’ll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel. After your tour you’ll have free time to explore the site by yourself and if you have permits to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain.
In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco.
Most of the cities are navigable by walking or taxi. Taxis are the easiest and most direct way of getting around. Rides can be arranged by your hotel reception desk.
Spanish is the most widely-spoken language in Peru. Whether you’ve never spoken, Spanish before, or need to brush up your skills, it is best to know some phrases as you’ll find fewer English speakers outside of the tourist areas. Some things to know, or have handy:
Citizens of the United States of America, Canada, and Mexico do not require a visa for visiting Peru (only a passport is required). Please check if you have a different citizenship as there may be additional visa requirements here: http://www.rree.gob.pe/servicioalciudadano/Documents/VisasXExtranEnero2012.pdf
Peru’s national currency is the Peruvian Sole. There are plenty of ATM in Peru, from which you can withdrawal Peruvian soles or US dollars, there are also ATM in many supermarkets. You can also change your US dollars at the “casa de cambio” (money exchanges houses), which always give better rates than a local bank. Most stores will accept Peruvian Sole, or Visa credit card. Some smaller stores may accept Peruvian Sole only. Be aware, any bills with a rip or tear in them are not accepted due to problems with counterfeiting.
Peru has three main climatic zones: The tropical Amazon Jungle to the east, The Arid Costal Desert to the west; and the Andean Mountains and Highlands in the middle of the country. Peru’s climate varies depending on where you visit. On the coast it is usually quite hot although during the winter (April-August) it can get chilly early in the morning and at night. In the Andes there are two main seasons – wet and dry. The wet season runs from November to April and is wet but usually warmer overall. The dry season runs from May to October and has hot clear days but cold nights. The only one thing you can say about the weather in Peru is that it is difficult to accurately predict. You can beautifully clear hot days in the middle of the wet season and hail storms in the dry season – it’s one of the beauties of Peru.
In each city (Lima, Arequipa, Puno, Cusco, Aguas Calientes), there are places where you can do the laundry or if you want you can do it at the Hotel.
Yellow fever vaccination is recommended for all travelers older than 9-months of age going to areas above 2,300 meters in elevation, in the following: the entire regions of Amazonas, Loreto, Madre de Dios, San Martin, and Ucayali.
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