9 Day Inca Trail To Machu Picchu And Titicaca Lake Tour

Location: Cusco, Peru
Tour code: VTCus-12

Duration

8

days

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1000.00

Extra options
Full day Sacred Valley tour € 40.00
Half day city tour Cusco € 28.00

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Behold- the very definition of the term " once in a lifetime adventure"! No, take full advantage of the possibility and enjoy. This is when and where you see the land where gods once hid, where mountains and stones hold secrets of the universe, where the offspring of sun and gold has taken over their part of the land.Ancient and full of wonders Peru takes you to the Lake Titicaca and its floating islands, along the Inca Trail and to see the one and only Machu Picchu. 9 days of South America's jewel...who could say no?

The Tour Highlights:

  • Guided tour of the Inca Empire
  • All the famous stops and attractiong
  • Nature and outdoor activities
  • Transportation and meals
  • Splendid landscapes and views
  • Optional hiking and trekking adventure tours

Day 1 Arrive to Cusco

After your arrival in Cusco, a representative will be waiting at the airport for you and pick you up in our private transport and take you to your hotel where you will spend the night. Then you will have all the day to relax and enjoy the beauty of Cusco and its surroundings.

OPTION 1: Half day city tour
(Additional Price: Euro 28 per person).
We will pick you up at 1:00 pm from your hotel to start the tour and visiting the following places.

  • The Koricancha: Temple of the sun.
  • The Cathedral: Marvel of the religious art.
  • Sacsayhuaman: the Majestic place with impressive works in stone, some up to 120 tons.
  • Q´enqo: (Labyrinth) a religious center dedicated to the adoration of the Earth.
  • Puca Pucara: (reddish place) that was used as a military control center.
  • Tambomachay: (Temple of the Water) a center of adoration and worship of water.


Day 2 Open leisure and extra activities 

OPTION 3: Full day Sacred Valley Tour (Additional Price: 40 Euro per person).

After breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel at 8:00 am. This is a full day excursion to the Urubamba Valley visiting the colorful Indian market in Pisac where you will be able to appreciate the mixture of color and tradition and have an opportunity to test your bartering skills, interact with the local craftsmen and purchase their hand-made souvenirs. Pisac is located at the entrance of the Sacred Valley. The Valley is (31km)/ (19mi) from Cusco and at an altitude of (2,970m)/ (9,700 ft.). Followed by Pisac is Urubamba where we have a delicious buffet lunch at Tunupa restaurant then we continue through to Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously occupied town on the American continent. The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, along with their canals, have not changed much from the time of the Inca Empire. They evoke their ancestral inheritance and give you a feeling of what it would be like to live during this time. The last visit will be the Chinchero market. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Its major claim to tourism is its colorful Sunday market which is much less tourist-orientated than the market at Pisac. In the end, we will return you to the Plaza de Armas in Cusco at approximately 6:30 pm.
P.S: Tonight we will have the Inca trail briefing at 7:00 pm at the hotel lobby.


Day 3 The Inca Trail Adventure to Machu Picchu begins

Total distance to be covered: 12km or 7mi. (5 to 6 hours more or less).
We will meet and pick you up from your Hotel (less than 5 minutes from any hotel in Cusco!) at 4:30 am (time to be confirmed at the briefing time) and travel by bus to Piskacucho (you will hear this be called kilometer 82) where the trail starts. There will be a breakfast stop in Ollantaytambo (06:30-7am) to load up on energy (breakfast – not included). On arrival at kilometer 82 (08:30 am more or less), we will have some time to organize ourselves (use the restrooms, put on sun cream, mosquitoes repellant, etc) and then it is necessary to show your entrance tickets, passports and (if paying a student rate) the student card at the trails 1st control point. To start the trail (2720m/8923ft), we cross the Vilcanota River and follow its route to the right. The first day is relatively easy (a warm-up on the 'Inca flat' terrain) and we will have great views of the site of an Inca Fortress (‘Huillca Raccay'), the vast and incredible Inca site ‘Llactapata' (officially called ‘Patallacta'), the Urubamba mountain range that divides the jungle and the Andes and the beautiful snow-capped peak of 'W'akay Willca' (5860m/19225ft), known in books as Veronica. Our first campsite (Ayapata) will be one hour and a half up the small village of Wayllabamba (3000m/9842ft) in the temperate green valley of the same name. The temperature at night is usually around 5ºC (depending on the month).


Day 4 The Trail Trial! We go over 2 passes...

Total distance to be covered: 16km or 9mi. (8 to 9 hours more or less).
After waking up at 5:30 am (maybe at 05:00-depending on your Guide) and having breakfast, we will start a steep ascent towards the highest pass (Abra de Warrmihuañusca/'Dead Woman's Pass’ – 4200m/13779ft). On this day a real sense of achievement is felt on reaching the top! After a rest here, we begin the descent to the lunch stop which is located at Pacaymayu (3550m/11646ft). On the way up to the pass, we will be able to see lots of hummingbirds and other birds. Also, we will have the time to appreciate an incredible variety of native plants and trees such as the ´Polylepis´ or Q'ueuña trees which grow in the astonishing cloud forest located at 3650/11972m!! After lunch begins the second 2 hours steep climbing to Runkuraqay pass (almost 4000 meters), we arrive at our campsite by 5 pm. The temperature at this campsite around 4ºC during the nights.


Day 5 Back in the past! Beautiful scenery!

Total distance to be covered: 10km or 6mi. (5 hours more or less).
This is the most impressive day (in our opinion!!!) so just keep thinking of that on the ascent on day 2! Again we wake up for breakfast at 6 am, and start the day with a gentle climb to visit the archaeological site of ‘Phuyupatamarca’(meaning ‘Town in the Clouds’) and to reach the third highest point on the trail (3680m)). The views from here of the mountains, canyons, and surrounding area are spectacular. The Inca site, ‘Phuyupatamarca’, is located a few minutes walking from the third pass and after visiting this, we continue walking (3000 steps!) through the cloud forest and the impressive agricultural Inca site of ‘Intipata’ until we arrive at our third campsite Wiñay Wayna (2680m/8792ft). Today we have only walked about 4 to 5 hours and have arrived at camp by lunchtime! A short distance from this campsite is located the Inca site of the same name ‘Wiñay Wayna’ (‘Forever Young’).


Day 6 Machu Picchu in Its Glory!

Total distance to be covered: 5km or 3mi. (2 hours more or less).
We leave the last campsite at about 5:30 am on the final day (breakfast 3:30-4:00 am). It is an early start in order to get to ‘Inti Punku’ (‘Sun gate’) (2730m/8792ft) before sunrise. This is the place from where you will have your first dramatic view of Machu Picchu (2400m/7873ft) with the sun rising over it! After some time there, we will walk down the last part of the trail to the spot where you can take the classic photo (picture postcard shot) of this ancient city. Finally, we visit Machu Picchu itself!
Walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your guide and after this, you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves.  You will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (it can be reached by bus or on foot) for lunch and to be given your train tickets back to Cusco. The train included in all tours is until Ollantaytambo and then bus to Cusco. Your train will leave Aguas Calientes town in the afternoon and you need to be at the train station 30 min before it leaves. (The exact time will be given you by your tour guide), once in Ollantaytambo town, you will have a bus waiting for you to return back to your hotel in Cusco. Allocations or Itinerary are subject to change depending on the availability of time of booking.


Day 7 On the way to Puno & Titicaca lake

This morning we will pick you up from your hotel and drop off you at the Bus station.
This is a great bus trip, this is more like a tour - it stops at four interesting sites along the way where you have guided tour aboard.

  • Andahuyalillas: Sistine Chapel of South America: this church is one of the most beautiful examples of Andean popular religious art. (It leaves at 7.30am and arrives at about 5 pm.)
  • Raqchi (Wiracocha God Temple): This was an Inca church of monumental dimensions; 100 meters long, 26 meters wide and 14 meters high. The temple is divided into two naves and each nave shows 11 giant columns - huge!.
  • La Raya: This is the half-way point between Cusco and Puno and also the highest point (4335 meters above sea level). The landscapes here are stunning and typical Andean animals like the llama, alpaca and vicuña are common. It is also the geographic border between the two cultures - Quechua and Aymara.
  • Pukara: This is the most important and oldest ceremonial center of the altiplano. There are interesting lite-sculptures and tombs.


Day 8 Floating Uros and Taquile Islands

Between 7.40am and 8 am we will Transfer you from the hotel to the port and by motor boat, we take you to one of the legendary Uros Islands where you can observe the lives of the Uros people who live on floating reed islands, some only 20 meters in length. After a beautiful 3hr boat ride we reach Taquile Island where we will break into smaller groups to stay with the local families. You have the opportunity to trek to the top of the mountain (4150 m.a.s.l) to see the Temples of the Pachamama and Pachatata and enjoy the traditional customs of the island people. Food and authentic music prepared and performed by your designated family. Then we return to Puno and transfer back to your hotel.


Day 9 Depart from Puno

After breakfast, depending your flight itinerary we will take you to Juliaca (JUL) airport to take your plane back to Lima and take your connecting flight to the USA.

 


Inclusions

  • All pickups from the airport to the hotel and vice versa
  • All hotel accommodations (Casa Andina Cusco classic *** OR similar standard)
  • All breakfast included in the accommodations
  • 2 Lunches ( Day 7 and Day 8)
  • Guided tour by bus from Puno to Cusco + entrance fees
  • Uros and Taquile islands tour + entrance fee
  • Inca trail 4 days includes the following:
  • Entrance fee to the Inca trail
  • Entrance fee to Machupicchu
  • The professional bilingual tour guide
  • Assistant guide (for groups of 9 people or more)
  • Transportation – bus to km 82 and train back (Expedition train to Ollantaytambo)
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
  • Collection from Ollantaytambo train station (on day 4th)
  • Water (You will only need water for the first morning then we will provide you hot or cold boiled water)
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3-afternoon snacks, 3 dinners and various snacks to be eaten throughout the day.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Professional chef
  • 3 man tent size for 2 people only
  • Foam mattress pad
  • Porters: They carry cooking and camping equipment (foam mattress pad and camping tent only).
  • Oxygen bottle
  • First aid kit

Exclusions

  1. Single supplement fee: 340 Euro (for the solo travelers or the odd numbered in your travel group).
  2. Extra night room with extra cost
  3. Local Airfares with extra cost (Lima – Cusco / Juliaca - Lima)
  4. Sleeping bags
  5. Inflatable mattress
  6. Walking sticks
  7. For the Inca trail – first breakfast and last lunch are not included
  8. Extra Personal porter
  9. Gratuity, (tip)
  10. Meals where not stated
  11. Optional tours: (City tour and sacred valley).
  12. Entrance fees for the optional tours

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Departure description

After your arrival in Cusco a representative of Valencia travel Cusco will be waiting at the airport for you and pick you up in our private transport and take you to your hotel where you will spend the night. Then you will have all the day to relax and enjoy the beauty of Cusco and its surroundings.

Return details: Depart from Puno. After breakfast, depending your flight itinerary we will take you to Juliaca (JUL) airport to take your plane back to Lima and take your connecting flight to the USA.


Departure point
Airline arrival pick-up, As agreed.
Directions to departure

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Return details
Juliaca airport-Lima(-USA)
Tour language
  • English
  • Spanish
Time From To
Monday, January 1, 2018 Monday, December 31, 2018

Cancelation 15 days or fewer will result in a 100% charge.

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