Peru Special Deals: Specialized Trekking program
Peru Special Deals: Specialized Trekking program (8 days / 7 nights trekking experience to Lima /Cusco / Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu)Overview
An special journey for trekkers who would like to re trace the steps of the Incas and share their sense of adventure. Enjoy outstanding sightseeing and landscaping through the different trail roads built for communication and trade during the Inca Empire, many of which are still in use today…
6 Day Itinerary
Upon arrival to Cusco's airport, Capital of the Inca Empire, you will be met by a staff member who will assist and drive you to the required hotel. Hotel check-in and a program briefing will be provided at this time. After a short rest, and a delightful lunch, an afternoon tour of the city and nearby ruins. Take a visit to the Cathedral, one of the city’s greatest repertories of colonial art; the Koricancha (once the Inca empire richest temple), and the Pre – Columbian Art Museum which has a showcase of 450 archaeological pieces. Visit Sacsayhuamán, the most impressive ruin next to Cusco city meaning in Quechua “satisfied falcon” has a religious and military significance. Thought to be a hunting lodge, Puca Pucará is a rock structure which looks pink in some lights and the name means “red fort”. It is composed of several lower residential chambers, storerooms and an upper esplanade with great views. Finally visit Quenko; this shire means “zigzag” and consists of a large limestone riddled with niches, steps and carving, including zigzagging channels which gave the site its name. Try a light dinner for climatizing and an early overnight. (B)
Total distance: 10 km (6,27 miles)
Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3, 028 m ( 9,934ft)
Degree: Moderate to challenging
Buffet Breakfast served at the hotel. A transfer at 7:00 am from the hotel to take a full day tour to Moray and Maras, the Salinas Salt pans. The Maras–Moray one day trek is a fantastic way of combining breathtaking Andean scenery, local farming techniques, Inca Ruins, ancient towns and the interesting Maras Salt pans. The trek begins across the fertile plain of Chinchero, rich with grain, potatoes & beans, and gives a fascinating insight into traditional Andean agriculture. A picnic lunch is enjoyed at the circular Inca ruins of Moray before exploring these fascinating ruins. Moray is believed to be an Incan agricultural center used to improve high altitude crops – an essential food source for the Incan armies and road building teams throughout the vast Inca Empire. The trek continues along mule trails before passing through the ancient town of Maras with its outstanding Spanish door arches and vast church. Maras is famous for its spies due to its strategic location above the Sacred Valley. The trail then descends down into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. En-route are the incredible salt pans of Maras that were mentioned in the chronicles of the conquering Spanish. A vehicle waits in the valley for the drive to Cusco for an overnight. (B, L)
Total distance – Day 01: 25 kms
Estimated walking time – Day 01: 9 hours
Maximum altitude point – Day 01: 4,230 m (13,874 ft)
Degree: Moderate to chanllenging
Early morning pick up from hotel at 7.30 am and drive to Tambomachay (3,800 m/12,464 feet), an archaeological complex situated in the Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park. Tambomachay is comprised of a series of ceremonial water fountains, which are thought to have been dedicated to a water cult. The day’s hike will start at this point, and will continue through puna landscapes and over the Sicllaccasa pass at 4,020m/13,186ft. Down the other side, we hike along a path that leads to the Ccauca ravine, where we encounter archaeological remains and wild crops, such as tarwi, and a large quantity of cacti. We continue on to the Queullococha pass at 4,185m/13,727ft, where we may enjoy views of the lake with the same name. Surrounding the area in spectacular views stand the Veronica, Pitusiray, Chicon and San Juan snow peaks. Continuing the path, we walk past the Queullococha Lake, where we may see huallatas, ducks and small fish, to then climb towards the Challu Challu pass at 4,220m/13,842ft. From this point, we observe the Chinchero planes and the Piuray and Qoricocha lagoons. We then ascend towards the fourth pass at Rumicruz at 4,230m/13,874ft and enjoy a panoramic view of the Qoricocha and the Vilcanota snow capped range. Here we rest and eat lunch. We then make our way to the Inca rock quarry at 4,220m/13,842ft, which was the place from where the rocks were extracted to build Huchuy Qosqo. Finally, we descend towards the Pucamarca community at 4,010m/13,153ft, where we arrive in the late afternoon. Here we dine and camp through the night. (B, L, D)
Estimated walking time – Day 02 (approximate): 3 hours
Maximum altitude point – Day 02 (approximate): 3,600 m (11,808 ft)
We leave camp at around 8.00 am, and walk downhill towards the Leon Punku ravine, where we find remains of an Inca bridge and trail. This canyon boasts geological formations surrounded by majestic rocks and boulders that direct the river to Huchuy Qosqo at 3,600m/11,808ft, where we arrive by mid morning. Huchuy Qosqo is an Inca archaeological complex with imposing architecture that includes a large open ceremonial center, from which we enjoy a panoramic view of the Sacred Valley, the Vilcanota River, and the snow capped mountain range of the same name. While in the complex, we will receive a guided tour until lunchtime, after which we continue our way to Lamay at 3,000m/9,840ft. Lamay is a town dedicated to agriculture and cattle raising. Later in the afternoon, our private transportation drives back to Cusco. Estimated arrival time in the late evening. (B, L)
Total distance (approximate): 13 km (8,08 miles)
Transfers from all hotels to starting points for treks.
Train ticket from Cusco to km.104 (starting point of the trail.)
Inca Trail and Machu Picchu entrance fees.
Meals: As indicated in the itinerary.
First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
Bus ticket from Machu Picchu ruins down to the village of Aguas Calientes – 1st day.
Round trip bus tickets Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – 2nd day.
Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (Vistadome Service.)
7 nights hotel accommodations.
Tour Doesn’t Include
International and domestic airfares.
Meals or any other item not described in the itinerary.
Tips to guides and hotels’ staff .
International airport tax from Lima: US$ 30.25 – subject to change
Domestic airport taxes Lim/Cus/Lim : US$ 11.09 – subject to change.
Local taxes (19% V.A.T. is applicable only to Peruvian and foreign residents of Peru; in order to be exempted you will need to show your passport.)
Cusco’s climate is divided into two differentiated seasons: the rainy season, from November to April (the heaviest rainfalls occurring usually between January – March); and the dry season, from May to October. The dry season is colder, so temperatures can drop to below 0 degrees at night.
Along this hike, temperatures range from 10-20ºC during the day, although they could be a little colder when crossing the pass in the dry season in case of bad weather.
Rain jacket or poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco.)
Strong footwear, ideally trekking or sport shoes.
Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions.)
Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain or cold.
- Sun block
- Insect repellent
- Original passport
Appropriate clothing along the trails
Hiking pants and T-shirts are commonly used during the day, complemented by a sweater or fleece and waterproof jackets if cloudy or rainy. It is very convenient to have light raingear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required in Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu, although the temperature is usually warmer than in Cusco due to the lower altitude.