DAY 1: ARRIVAL DAY
Meet Peru Cusco Guide at the Airport of Cusco, please look for your Private Machu Picchu Guide holding a sign with your name on it. Our Guide will transfer you to your Hotel. We will help you to check in. Today you will take it easy acclimatization day because Cusco is at 3400 m. We will have plenty of recommendations for places to explore on your own.
DAY 2: SACRED VALLEY TOUR VISIT SAQSAYHUAMAN, PISAQ, OLLANTAYTAMBO
Your private guide will collect you from your hotel. Drive to the archeological site of Saqsayhuaman considered one of the most important temples in the Inca times. After your visit, you continue driving to Llama and Alpaca farm Awanacancha. Along this drive, you will stop at beautiful viewpoints to see the remarkable farming communities and the sacred valley, a large valley surrounded by Snowy peaks of mountains. In the middle of the valley flows the Vilcanota or Urubamba River, which was very important during the Inca period for agricultural production until today. We use irrigation systems for the production of corn, potatoes, quinoa, and vegetables in this valley, and is one of the sources of the Amazon River. Eventually, you will get to Pisaq archeological site, where you will explore with your private guide. After you finish, you will come down to the colonial town of Pisaq. Where you will explore the biggest local and handcraft make in the area. As well their specialty in this town is making Empanadas, a type of bread. If you like, you can try it after you drive along this beautiful valley, looking at the towns located on both sides and traditional Guinea pig restaurants. If you want to see and try it, let your Guide know to stop. As well, you have a choice of recommendation to stop for lunch. After lunch, you will visit the Ollantaytambo archeological site, considered the last Inca living town, a beautiful small hospitable town. Where you spend the night in the hotel at 2800 m.
DAY 3: CUSCO PISCACUCHO TO AYAPATA BASE CAMP
Our staff, led by our professional guide, will collect you from your hotel. You will drive for two and a half to the starting point, Km82 or Piscacucho, a community in the lower part of the sacred valley. This is the start of the Inca Trail, where you will have a checkpoint pass. We will start our hike by crossing the bridge over the Urubamba River and hiking along its left shore as it flows northwest along the sacred valley, following the trail in flat terrain until we arrive at Miskay. From here, you will start to ascend to the beautiful viewpoint to see the impressive Inca site of Llaptapata. We continue hiking along Kusichaca Valley. Near the Kusichaca River until we arrive for our lunch in Hatunchaca. The morning hike before lunch will be about four hours. After lunch, we continue our ascend for 2 hours and a half until we arrive at our base camp, Ayapata. On the first day, you will be able to enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba mountain range and Huayanay snowed-capped mountain 5800 m. Not to mention the diversity of wild flora and fauna that can be found throughout today’s hike.
Duration: 8.7 miles, 14 Km.
Time: 6 to 7 hours.
Altitude: 3300 m.
DAY 4: AYAPATA WARMIHUAÑUSCA PASS TO CHAQUICCOCHA CAMP
We wake up early in the morning to have breakfast. Today we begin the most challenging part of our trek. We will start to ascend into the tropical forest by native trees, Unka. Along this climb, the landscape changes from the subtropical valley to Sierra Puna. On the way to the first mountain pass, WARMIHUAÑUSCA (dead woman pass – 4200 m/ 13776ft), you may see domesticated llamas and alpacas grazing on Ichu, one of the few plants that grow at high altitude. This will be the biggest point that we reach in this journey. After spending time taking your photos. We will descend for two hours to have lunch in Pacaymayo Alto. After lunch, we will continue our ascend to Runkurakay pass, 3900 m./ 12,402 ft. After, we will descend until we get to our camp, Chaquiccocha. You will also be able to visit this beautiful Inca remains as a Runkurakay and Sayacmarca. We also cross an area of the so cloud forest, which is the habitat for many different birds like Hummingbirds and sparrows.
Duration: 9.95 miles 16. Km
Time: 8 to 9 hours.
Altitude: 13.776 ft. 4200 m.
DAY 5: CHAQUICCOCHA TO WIÑAYHUAYNA CAMP
We wake up at around 6.00 a.m. We continue our hike in the lush cloud forest we are across so rich in Andean flora and fauna from Chaquiccocha to the third pass Phuyupatamarca means temple above the clouds. From above, you can observe a sophisticated sacred complex made up of water fountains with solid foundations and also overlooking spectacular views of the Urubamba River, Salkantay, and Pumacillo mountains. From this point, you will be able to see Machu Picchu mountain. We continue our trek down the long descending stone steps that lead us to Wiñaywayna 8692ft./2650 m, an impressive Inca complex made up of an agricultural center with numerous religious sectors and an urban sector, close to which our camp is located. After visiting the archeological site to enjoy our last Dinner.
Duration: 9.95 miles /16 km
Time: 4 to 5 hours
Altitude: 11.766ft. 3700 m.
DAY 6: EXPLORE MACHU PICCHU AFTERNOON BACK TO CUSCO
We will wake up early 3:30 a.m to leave our camp Wiñayhuayna and to get to the first checkpoint. Located very close to the camp. This checkpoint opens at 5:30 a.m. After we are starting an early morning hike to Intipunku or the sun gate. This will take us one hour. Hiking along a trail up and down on the edges of some cliffs in a highlands jungle. From this point, we may see the sacred City of Machu Picchu. From Intipunku, we will descend into Machu Picchu, and 40 minutes later, we enter the citadel from the highest point through the house of the Guardians. We then descend to the control point, where we register ourselves and leave our backpacks. We immediately begin a complete guided tour of the citadel, which will take around 2 hours. You will then have free time to walk around.
Note: (If you got your extra ticket to climb to Huaynapicchu, and they sell just 400 permits per day) where you can experience spectacular views of all of Machu Picchu, the valleys, and the mountains that surround it. In the afternoon, we will meet in the town of Aguas Calientes. From here, you take the train back to Ollantaytambo and private transportation back to Cusco to your hotel. Please let us know of any changes, or we will make arrangements for any extra activities you would like.
Duration: 3 miles / 7 km
Time: 2 hours
High point: 8,586 ft/2700 m
DAY 7: DEPARTURE FROM CUSCO
Today, we will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the airport. After having a wonderful lifelong experience with us. Unless you keep traveling with us. In extension tours, we will get you to the destination. Please let us know of any changes, or we will make arrangements for any extra activities that you would like to do it.