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CUSCO + INCA TRAIL + TITICACA 10 DAYS

DAY 1: CUSCO CITY TOUR

Upon your arrival in Cusco, you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your hotel. There you will receive a short briefing with the rest of the morning being at your leisure to rest and acclimatize. We will pick you up from your hotel in the afternoon and start to visit the Imperial Cusco City, a living example of the mix of Andean and Spanish cultures. Continuing our journey visiting the Santo Domingo Convent built over the Koricancha, as well as the ancient Inca Palace and the main worship centre of the Sun God. You will have time to enjoy these beautiful sights; proceeding to visit the archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman with its military Inca architecture which dominates the city.

Finally we go to the north east of the city to the archaeological sites of Qenqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay. Afterwards we take you back to your hotel in early evening for a rest then you will experience Cusco by night in one of the many terrific restaurants surrounding the main square or Plaza de Armas de Cusco.

Hotel: Maytaq Wasi, Best Western, or Casa Andina 3***

DAY 2: CUSCO – PISAC – MORAY – SALT MINES – OLLANTAYTAMBO

We will pick you up at your hotel at 7am, with our private van and head towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas, taking the direct route to Pisac. We stop at Ccochawasi Animal Sanctuary to see the native animals like the Condor, Llama, Alpaca and Puma. After this, we drive for 10 minutes up to the mirador of Taray to have a classic view of the Urubamba valley with crops dressing the mountains like a carpet. Onward, we drive to the archaeological site of Pisac, where you can see the biggest Inca cemetery with more than 2000 tombs. There we can admire the incredible farming terraces carved into the mountain, explore the Inca tunnel and  the religious area of this important citadel. Here we will spend more than 2 hours, exploring the Inca city.

Then we head back to the colourful market of Pisac, spend some time visiting it and then drive to Urumbamba for lunch and on to the Pre-Inca Salt Mines and then to the archeological site of Moray.  After a time to visit the Salt Mines and Moray, we finish our tour in Ollantaytambo.  We explore the archeological site for 1.5 hours  and admire the water fountains, the Sun Temple, the Incahuatana and the impressive store houses.  Finally you stay in Ollantaytambo for the night.

Hotel: Isky Hotel, Tunupa Lodge Hotel

Meals:  Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 3: OLLANTAYTAMBO – PISKACUCHO – HUAYLLABAMBA

After the breakfast in your Hotel, we will take our transport to the  Km 82 to meet with our porters and cook, we cross the bridge to initiate our trek along the left bank of the Urubamba river, that follows to the North-east of the Urubamba valley. After three hours walking we visit the first stunning Inca site of Llactapata (2,650m/8,747ft).. Afterwards we continue with our hike for 30 minutes to Tarayoc for lunch. We follow for two hours the Kusichaca valley to reach our first camp at Ayapata in the temperate green valley and small village of Wayllabamba (3,000m/9,900ft) where we will have a high tea, dinner and spend the night. During the day we will be able to enjoy the spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains such as Veronica (5,860m/19,337ft), lush green valley and myriad of flora and fauna.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea time – Dinner

Accommodation: Camping facilities.

Distance: 12kms

Difficulty:Easy/Moderate.

DAY 4: HUAYLLABAMBA – WARMIWAÑUSCA – PAQAYMAYU

Today is the toughest day of the trek .After a healthy breakfast, we start walking up a moderate hill for five hours through the cloud forest to reach the highest point of our trek, the Warmiwañusca pass (Dead Woman pass) located at 4,215m/13,907ft. From here we may enjoy the spectacular views of different micro climates, magnificent mountains, beautiful green valley and myriad of flora and fauna. After time to enjoy this beautiful sight, we descend for two hours to our second camp at Paqaymayu (3,600m/11,877ft), where we have our lunch, high tea, dinner and spend the night.

Meals: Breakfast – Water – Lunch – Afternoon Tea time & Dinner

Accommodation: Camping facilities.

Distance: 11kms

Difficulty: Moderate/challenge.

DAY 5: PAQAYMAYU – CHAQ’ICOCHA – PHUYUPATAMARCA  – WIÑAYWAYNA

Today is the longest day of our trek but interesting and the most beautiful as well. After a delicious breakfast we walk uphill for one hour to the archaeological site of Runqurakay (3,800m/12,540ft) to explore it. Then we ascend to the Runqurakay pass (3,977m/13,127ft); from here we can enjoy the breathtaking surrounding mountains and stunning lakes. After time to enjoy all the beautiful sights we descend for one hour to next archaeological site of Sayacmarca (3,600m/11,877ft), then we walk 30 minutes to Chaquicocha for lunch. Afterwards we continue through an easy path to the pass of Phuyupatamarca (3,650m/12,047ft); from here we enjoy the spectacular views of Machu pichu mountain, stunning Inca site, the Urubamba canyon and the surrounding snow-capped mountains. Then we descend through the cloud forest for three hours, all downstairs to the third camp at Wiñay Wayna (2,650m/8,747ft) where we spend the night

Meals: Breakfast – Water – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time & Dinner

Accommodation: Camping facilities.

Distance: 15kms

Difficulty: Moderate.

DAY 6: WIÑAYWAYNA – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

This day is the most expected of our trek. Waking up very early for breakfast and walking for one hour towards the  Sun Gate (2,720m/8,977ft) where we can enjoy the first spectacular view of Machu Picchu in all its brilliance and majestic monumentality. Descending for an hour towards the wonder of the world: MachuPicchu (2400m/7,920ft). Afterwards we start a 3 hour guided tour visiting the temples, sundials, sun temple, cemeteries, enclosure, urban and agricultural sector and much more, with plenty of time for further exploring, taking photos and eventually climbing Huayna Picchu and Machu Pichu Mountains. After exploring the “lost city of the Incas” we head back to Aguas Calientes and take our return Vistadome train at 14:30 pm or 16:15 pm from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, then by  van connection to Cusco, arriving at your hotel in the evening.

Hotel: Maytaq Wasi, Best Western, or Casa Andina 3***

Meals: Breakfast and water

Distance: 6kms

Difficulty:Easy

DAY 7: CUSCO – ANDAHUAYLILLAS – RACCHI – LA RAYA – PUNO

We pick you up at your hotel at 6.00 am to take you to the bus station ( Inca Express or First Class ). Both companies provide royal class service with an english speaking tour guide and a waiter who is ready to assist you with hot and cold drinks on board. During the trip you will stop to visit some Inca ruins, museums and the Andahuaylillas church which is considered to be the Sixtine Chapel of South America because of its amazing frescos. Then we stop at the Raqchi Inca ruins which used to be a religious  and resting place for Inca travellers. The next visit is at La Raya, the border between Cusco and Puno, where the most traditional animals of Peru can be seen, llamas and alpacas. In Pucara we will visit a museum where it is possible to see some pre-inca remains. Finally by 5.30 pm we arrive in Puno city where our representative will pick you up to take you to your hotel.

Meal: Breakfast –  Lunch

Hotel: Casa Andina Puno 3***

DAY 8:  PUNO – UROS ISLANDS – AMANTANI ISLAND

After having breakfast in your hotel, the tour leader will pick you up to take you to the port of Puno. There you will embark on a 30minute boat ride until arriving at the floating islands. You will be welcomed by the locals who will  show you the island and the products they weave. Then we will have a 3 hour boat ride to get to the Amantani island. At 2.30pm we arrive at our destination where our guide will introduce us to the local families who are going to share their homes with us. After lunch we will hike for one hour up to the mountain called Pachatata ( Father god) which is located at 4400m above sea level. There, you will enjoy an amazing view of the sunset over the lake and a chance to relax and enjoy the fresh air. Afterwards we will come back to your local home for dinner and then you will have the opportunity to dress in traditional clothes provided by the locals and go to the local school where a party with them will take place.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Bed and Breakfast

DAY 9: AMANTANI ISLAND – TAQUILE ISLAND – PUNO

You will have an early breakfast with your local family and then take a two hour boat ride to arrive at Taquile Island. The inhabitants still live according to their ancestral traditions and dress with gorgeous coloured traditional ropes. They are also famous for the magnificent weavings that the men do not the women. You will have some time to learn about ancestral farming techniques and try to use a few Inca tools. We will have lunch in a typical restaurant  and take the boat back to Puno and your hotel for the end of the Tour.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

Hotel: Casa Andina Puno 3***

DAY 10: DEPARTURE FROM PUNO

After having breakfast at the hotel, enjoy your remaining time in Puno City,  then in the late morning or afternoon we will drop off at the airport in Juliaca to take your plane back to Lima or bus station in Puno.

Meal: Breakfast

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Welcome at the airport and transfer to your hotel
  • Pick up at your hotel for the tours and for the trek departure
  • Private transportion
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • 2 person Igloo tents (large and comfortable)
  • Thick foam mattress
  • English speaking professional guide experienced in mountains
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food with prior request)
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Porter to carry tents, food, cooking equipment
  • Extra porter for your things, it means you will need only a day backpack to carry the things that you will be using along the day!
  • Hot water for washing purposes
  • Boiled water to fill in your bottles
  • Vistadome Train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy station (Cusco) and private transport to Cusco
  • Admission Ticket to the Inca trail and Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex
  • Private guided tour and entrances to the archeological sites
  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Dining and cooking tents with tables and chairs
  • Chef, cooking equipment and kitchen tent
  • Pillow
  • Rain Ponchos
  • Tea time
  • Day pack rain covers
  • Transfer to Airport in Juliaca

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  • Sleeping bag (minus 8 ºC) – US$20
  • Air Mattress – US$20
  • Walking Poles – US$15
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain – US$ 80
  • Energy snacks – chocolate bars, dried fruits (recommended)
  • Lunch and Dinner on the last day

OPTIONAL UPGRADES for hotels to 4**** or more!

  • Tips for the crew, guide, cook and porters
  • Single Supplement – $50 per night for solo travelers
  • This unique trekking package can leave on any date, as long as we have a minimum of 2 participants.

YOU SHOULD BRING:

  • A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek – prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about $1 in Cusco.
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended. Extra socks are a must.
  • Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings if you wish to carry them.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie/touk. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
  • Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you)
  • Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries
  • Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – although no malaria risk has been reported
  • Toilet paper, pack in & pack out
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
  • Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters etc.
  • Small towel or sarong
  • Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs )
  • Cash – sufficient for snacks, tips and souvenirs.
  • Original passport & ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if you have one.
  • Walking sticks or poles (we can hire these to you. Please note poles with metal tips cannot be carried into Machu Picchu and should be left at your hotel on the final day)
  • Binoculars (if you have them)

CANCELLATION:

  1. Because of the strict regulations of the Machupicchu Park, once you have made your reservation, you cannot cancel the space that you have reserved. You also may not alter the name or date of the reservation. If you are unable to come on the date you have reserved, we cannot reimburse you.
  2. The deposit is non-refundable. We cannot reimburse the entrance fee to the Inca Trail because the permits are non-refundable and ECO PATH TREK purchases the tickets from Machupicchu Park when you reserve your spot.
  3. If you cancel between 30 and 10 days before your trek, you must pay 50% of the total cost.
  4. If you cancel between 10 and 3 days before your trek, you must pay 80% of the total cost.
  5. If you cancel one or two days before your trek, you must pay 100% of the total cost.
  6. In the exceptional case that you decide to head back once you have started the trail, you must pay extra expenses such as food and transportation. You may join the group in Machupicchu for the walking tour and use all of the services onward.

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