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Cusco City Tour - Sacred Valley - Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Cusco City Tour + Sacred Valley + Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Briefing

This Inka’s Destination tour shows the best of Peru, from its chilly Andean heights down into its lush and humid jungles. On this 12-day journey, you will visit the city of Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas to explore the Inca ruins at Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Next you’ll take the splendid 4-day Inca Trail to visit Machu Picchu , one of the modern Wonders of the World. Lastly, we will descend deep into the Amazonian jungles of Tambopata, where we will explore areas protected and conserved by some of the best institutions in the world. Here you will encounter flora and fauna found nowhere else, endemic to the largest swathe of Peruvian territory. Come travel with us and get the best of all the worlds within Peru!

🤝🏻 Meeting and briefing

Some days before the tour, our team will contact you via E-mail or whatsapp and will coordinate the meeting time at your hotel to provide you the all tour details and answer all your questions.

🏁 Starts pick up frim the airport (time to confirm)

🔚 Ends in the Airport (time to confirm)

Day 1: Airport - Cusco - City Tour

🚐 Pick up from the airport: 20 minutes.

🕗 Tour duration: 5 hours

📈 Maximum altitude: 3700m. - 12136ft.

📉 Minimum altitude: 3350m. - 10988ft.

🏠 Lodging: Cusco

Arriving to Cusco and Pick up from the airport and transfer to the hotel.  in the afternoon at 1:00 pm. We will have the Cusco city tour  “Navel of the World”  that will include visits to the Inca fortresses and religious sites of SacsayhuamanTambomachayQ’enqo and the Qoricancha (Santo Domingo Church).  Overnight accommodations at a hotel of your choice.

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Day 02: Cusco – Sacred Valley – Ollantaytambo

🚐 Van Transportation: Sacred Valley

🕗 Tour duration: 6 hours

📈 Maximum altitude: 3000m. - 12464ft.

📉 Maximum altitude: 2700m. - 8856ft.

🏠 Lodging: Machu Picchu

We will pick up you at 7:30am and begin our tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas by visiting the market at Pisac and the ruins perched high above the city. Then we will have lunch at the town of Urubamba and continue our journey to the living Inca city of Ollantaytambo. Overnight accommodation here.

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Day 03: Ollantaytambo - Inca Trail – Wayllabamba

🚶‍♂️ Walking distance: 9 km – 5.5mi.

🕗 Duration: 6 hours

📈 Maximum elevation: 3000m. – 9840ft.

📉 Minimum elevation: 2600m. – 8530ft.

⛺ Lodging: Wayllabamba

Early morning pick up from your hotel. We will take a van to the trail head at Km 82, Piscacucho (2800m. – 9184 ft.) where we meet with whole Quechua team  porters, cook they will accompany for the entire exciting adventure, along with your guide. you will register in the check point then we will cross the turbulent Urubamba River while checking out the snow capped mountain Veronica (Wacay Willca) (5,900m. – 19,356ft.), the first 2 hours of the hiking are relative easy, we will stop off in from of the archaeological site Canabamba, the guide will explain and you about the place and the Inca history.

After our lunch, we will continue walking along the Urubamba River through flat terrain until we reach Miskay. There, we will ascend to a viewpoint on the highest part of the mountain to see the impressive Inca city of Llactapata (2600m. – 8530ft.), then will continue walking through magical Polylepsis foreststo  the small village of  Wayllabamba (3000m. – 9841ft.), camping site, dinner, overnight.

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Day 04: Wayllabamba – Pacaymayu

🚶‍♂️ Walking distance: 12 km – 7.4mi.

🕗 Duration: 7 hours

📈 Maximum elevation: 4200m. – 13779ft.

📉Minimum elevation: 3750m. – 12300ft.

⛺ Lodging: Pacaymayu

After breakfast, we begin the hardest day of the trail. Awaiting us is a steep, lengthy ascent to the highest point of the trail: Warmiwañuska, the strangely named “Dead Woman’s Pass” (4,200m / 13,779ft). This exhausting ascent crosses three ecological zones: Yunga, Quechua and Puna. Yet there is pleasure in the pain: the view from the top reveals snowcapped mountains in all directions, including the towering crags of Salkantay, the icy claw of Pumasillo, and Huayanay of the Vilcabamba mountain range. We will stop for lunch, and afterwards descend 1000m to our campsite. Dinner and overnight camping near Pacaymayu.

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Day 05: Pacaymayu – Runcuraqay – Sayacmarka – Wiñayhuayna

🚶‍♂️ Walking distance: 16km. – 10mi.

🕗 Duration: 9 hours

📈 Maximum elevation: 2700m. – 8856ft.

🚶‍♂️ Walking distance: 16km. – 10ml.

⛺ Lodging: Wiñayhuayna

After breakfast, we will walk through the Pacaymayu Valley until we reach the famous ruins of Runquraqay. Later, we will continue to Sayacmarka and stop to explore the restored Inca city here. Along today’s route, formations of white granite, mountain views and the dense Inca Trail vegetation roll by to satisfy our eyes and souls. Later, we will descend to Phuyupatamarca, where we will have lunch and relax, later continuing along the Inca Trail. To end the day, we will descend to Wiñaywayna and tour the ruins here. Dinner and overnight camping.

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Day 06: Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco

🚶‍♂️ Walking distance: 5 km – 3.1 mi.

🕗 Duration: 4 hours

📈 Maximum elevation: 2700m. – 8856ft.

📉 Minimum elevation: 1950m. – 6396ft.

🚉 Train back: 1 hour 45 minutes

We will have our breakfast at 4:30am and begin the last part of the Inca Trail. This day will be a special one because we will see from the Inti Punku lookout how the sun slowly lights up Machu Picchu at sunrise. After, we will descend through cloud forest into jungle, home to the orchids and hummingbirds common along this part of the Inca Trail. At Machu Picchu we will have a guided visit, with free time afterwards to explore the ruins at your leisure. In the afternoon we will take the return train to Ollantaytambo and then a bus back to Cusco.

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Day 07: Cusco – Airport

Transfer to the Cusco airport for your return flight

What’s included

   ✔  Pick up from the airport 
   ✔  Informative briefing the day before we coordinate with you the time
   ✔  Cusco city tour: transportation, entrances, guide
   ✔  Sacred Valley tour: Transportation, entrance , guide
   ✔  2 nights Cusco hotel
   ✔  1 night Ollantaytambo Hotel
   ✔  3 nights camping
   ✔  Van transportation from Ollantaytambo to Km. 82 Piscacucho
   ✔  Professional chef and cooking equipment
   ✔  Camping equipment and cook
   ✔  5 breakfasts / 3 lunches / 3 dinners
   ✔  Porter for camp equipment
   ✔  Entrance ticket to Inca Trail
   ✔  Machu Picchu Ticket
   ✔  Train tickets from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
   ✔  Professional guide (English & Spanish-speaking)
   ✔  First aid kit and oxygen bottle
   ✔  Return bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
   ✔  Drop off to the Airport

Not included

  ❌ Domestic flights and associated taxes (we can quote and book).
  ❌ Meals not specified in the itinerary.
  ❌ Personal expenses such as phone bills, laundry expenses, beverages, etc.​
  ❌ Porter to carry your personal stuff
  ❌ Snacks, water
  ❌ Sleeping bag
  ❌ Walking poles

Group size

👁 From 2021 onwards the government introduced new circuits and schedules for this reason in case of unavailability of Llaqta Machu Picchu tickets compatible with the tour schedule, the booking will be processed with an alternative route subject to availability.

💡 Important to know

– Over the last years specially after Covid-19, the rules have been changing due to the increase in visitors to this route and these are some of the new regulations that must be taken into account:
After entering the Inca trail, the visitors will not able to extend their stay, the time is indicated in the entrance ticket within the established route.
– Only máximum 500 people per day will be able to access the Inca Trail, an amount that includes autorizad guides, cooks, and porters, in other words the total number of visitors is limited to approx. 200 tourists, for this reason we recommend making the reservation months in advance specially in high season April, May, Jun, July, August, September.
– Due to conservation and restoration reasons, the Inca Trail is close one month a year ( February), if the trail is close for any other event or circumstance client will be informed 30 days in advance, except in the event unforeseen event of force majeure, in this case, its applies without prior notice, but we will informed as soon we know of the event.
– All people to enter the Inca trail must identify themselves with their original documents at the check points of the Ministry of Culture.

Good to know in case that you want to spend 1 more day in Machu Picchu
From 2021, the Ministerio de Cultura (Peruvian Ministry of Culture) has created 4 types of official entrances to visit Machu Picchu those circuits were created in order to better organize the traffic of travelers inside Machu Picchu, reduce the risk of infection by COVID-19, preserve and protect the constructions of the archaeological site for the future.

Machu Picchu Solo (Circuits 1, 2, 3 or 4)
This ticket includes the entrance Llaqta of Machu Picchu (all citadel) (Circuits 1, 2, 3 or 4) this ticket sellout fast.

Machu Picchu Circuit 3 + Machu Picchu Mountain (U$D. 20.00 extra)
This ticket is the only one that has re-entry and first the guiding tour to Machu Picchu from the bottom part and after the guiding tour you go up the Mountain.

Machu Picchu Circuit 4 + Huayna Picchu Mountain (U$D. 20.00 extra)
Machu Picchu Circuit 4 + Huchuy Picchu Mountain
With these tickets you will receive the guided through the lower part of Machu Picchu about 1hour 1/2 until the check point of Huayna Picchu or Huchuy Picchu where you walk up the mountain on your free time.

The availability of entrance tickets to Machu Picchu is very limited and it is recommended to book as far in advance as possible. Especially if you are traveling in high season.

🚫 Cancellation policy

If you cancel more than 15 days before the start of the tour you will receive back 40% of the amount pre-paid in advance, After this time, or in case of no-show for the tour, you will not be entitled to a refund, this is because the Inca Trail has another type of organization unlike the other treks.

What to bring for the Tour

   ➖  Sleeping bag (-15°C)
   ➖  Passport.
   ➖  Hiking shoes or boots
   ➖  Walking sticks
   ➖  Thermal clothes
   ➖  Light clothes
   ➖  Mosquito repellent
   ➖  Water bottle
   ➖  Waterproof jacket
   ➖  Cap or hat
   ➖  Small backpack
   ➖  Sunblock
   ➖  Sunglasses
   ➖  Flashlight
   ➖  Personal medication and personal higiene product 
   ➖  Chocolates, candies or another snacks
   ➖  Camera (optional).
   ➖  Extra money but in Nuevos Soles (Peruvian national currency)

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