Adventure cusco 9d - 8n

Nine days of seeing all of Peru's most popular places. Starting in Cusco and going through the Sacred Valley to walking the Inca Trail and finally finishing at Machu Picchu.

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Overview

The city of Cusco is located 3400 m/ 11,154 ft above sea level. The history of the city of Cusco goes back to pre-Inca times; when the Incas arrived in the region they found a functioning city, called Akhamama, referring to “chicha de maíz” or corn beer, an ancient drink which has always accompanied Andean man.

The legendary Inka Trail or Qapaq Ñam crossed South America from Quito in Ecuador all the way to La Paz in Bolivia, traversing the Andes mountain range. The section of this trail that we will cover will take us to the magnificent sacred city of Machu Picchu, in a trip where history, geography, local flora and the environment will fill our senses and take our breath away.


This trip combines our most popular tour of the Cultural Cusco tour, with our classic 4 day Inca Trail. Seeing all that Cusco has to offer whilst experiencing one of the worlds most famous hikes. 


Please feel free to ask our sales staff about combining other treks with this service too.



Itinerary


DAY 1: Arrive in cusco - city tour

Upon arrival at the airport we will meet and transfer you to the chosen hotel. The rest of the morning will be free for a better acclimatization. We suggest to take the morning flights to arrive in Cusco early and have enough time to rest.


That afternoon we will meet you at the door of the Cathedral, in the main Plaza, to start the guided city tour. Our representatives will explain to you how to get the Main Plaza from your hotel. You can also take advantage and have lunch there before the tour.


This tour includes the visits to the Main Plaza, where the Cathedral is located. This Cathedral is impressive because of its paintings from the Cusco school. 

Next you will visit the Temple of the Sun, known as the Qorikancha, this enclosure was one of the most important buildings in the time of the Incas, its walls were covered with gold plates and it was built in honor of the Sun God (Inti).



Lastly you will visit the four ruins surrounding the city of Cusco; Q´enqo, Pukapukara, Tambomachay and Sacsayhuaman, the latter being one of the best architectural works of the Tawantinsuyo (Inca empire).


The tour will usually finish at the main plaza, or if you wish you can stop at Centro Qosqo de Arte Nativo, where there is a folk show. Ask your guide about this for more information.


Accommodation: 01 Night in a Cusco hotel included


Meals: ---


DAY 2: CUsCO free day

Breakfast will be included at the hotel. 

Today will be yours to enjoy the city of Cusco and acclimatize efficiently. This is very important before embarking on the 4 day Inka Trail as your body will need time to get used to the altitude so that you will not run into difficulty during the trek.



You will have all of the necessary tickets from the first day at your disposal to use today. Therefore, you can go to any of the sites or ruins with your tickets and walk around on your own. Please ask a member of our team if you would like recommendations on places to go, eat or drink for this day and we will be more than happy to advise.


Accommodation: 01 Night in a Cusco hotel included


Meals: Breakfast


DAY 3: sacred valley of the incas

That morning, we will pick you up from the hotel to begin the tour for the day. 

You will go to the Sacred Valley of the Inkas, visiting the complex of Pisac on the way, located 33 km/ 20 miles from the city of Cusco. Pisac is one of the most important archaeological sites in the Sacred Valley, as it was during Inka times, the city was built in the form of an animal; Pisac means partridge, and it has the same shape. 

There are agricultural terraces built by the Inkas which are still used today. You will also see its famous typical artisans market, which includes crafts made by the local people.


Lunch will then be included at a local authentic restaurant in the Sacred Valley. 



After enjoying a buffet lunch you set off for Ollantaytambo (2792 meters above sea level / 9160ft.).  This archaeological site was used for many things, and the ritual buildings and terraces stand out. Ollantaytambo was an important fortress, due to its great surrounding walls, it was actually used as a storage city, strategically located in the Sacred Valley. It is a living Inca town, and its narrow stone streets make it an attractive and relaxing place. 


Once your tour has concluded you will be dropped off in the Sacred Valley where you will spend the night. 


You will be briefed by your tour guide about the following four days Inca Trail and advised what to bring and wear.


Accommodation: 01 Night in a Sacred Valley hotel included


Meals: breakfast and buffet lunch


DAY 4: Sacred Valley – Pisqaycucho – Huayllabamba 

This morning you will be picked up from your hotel in the Sacred Valley to begin the first day of the Inca Trail.


You would have prepared your luggage in the provided duffel bags, these will be carried by Pachatusantrek porters for the duration of the trek. Remember to bring your day pack with the essentials that you will need whilst on the trail. 


Firstly we begin our trip through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, following the river downstream to the town of Ollantaytambo, where we will stop to stock up on some last minute supplies, before continuing on to Km 82 of the railroad to Machu Picchu. In this area, also known as Piscacucho, we will register with the SHMP authorities, as we will be entering the famous Qapaq Ñam or Great Inca Trail.


We begin our trek following the Wilka Mayu or Rio Sagrado (Sacred River) downstream to get inside the mountains, where we will find archaeological remains, such as Llaqtapata for example, left by the Inkas on their path to the sacred city of Machu Picchu. We will walk through different ecological levels allowing us to observe a variety of local flora and fauna, which were used by the Inkas in different ways. We will stop to enjoy our lunch on the way.

Continuing our trek to Huallabamba we arrive at our campsite, where we will have dinner and spend the night.


Altitude Piscacucho:                              2670 masl / 8761 ft

Distance:                                                 6.83 km / 4.25 ml

Approximate walking time                   2:40 hrs

Altitude Tarayoq (lunch):                      2670 masl / 8761 ft

Vertical variation:                                   284 masl / 933 ft

Distance:                                                 4.06 km / 2.52 ml

Approximate walking time:                  2:20 hrs

Altitude Huallabamba camping site:  2954 masl / 9694 ft


Total per day

Total distance:                                  10.89 km / 6.77 ml

Total time:                                          5 hrs 

Maximum temperature:                  25°C / 77°F

Minimum temperature:                   15°C / 59°F


Accommodation: Inca Trail Campsite


Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks


DAy 5: Huayllabamba – Abra Warmi Wañusqa – Pacaymayo

A full breakfast will be served that morning in the campsite and snacks and water will be distributed to last the day. 


We then leave our campsite, ready to face our first high altitude challenge – the Warmi Wañuska pass. On our way we will appreciate the different ecological levels which dominated the Inka world and led them to build this marvelous path. 



From the pass we will be able to see the magnificent geography of the Southern Andes, and we will stop a moment to rest and appreciate the view. Then following a beautiful path we will make our way down to our campsite at Pacamayo, where we will eat and spend the night.


Altitude Huallabamba:                        2954 masl / 9694 ft

Vertical variation:                                 1272 masl / 4172 ft

Distance:                                               4.65 km / 2.89 ml

Approximate walking time:                3:30 hrs

Altitude Warmi Wañuska Abra:         4226 masl / 13866 ft

Vertical varation:                                 - 599 masl / - 1966 ft

Distance:                                               2.45 km / 1.52 ml

Approximate walking time:               2 hrs 

Altitude Pacaymayo camping site:    3627 masl / 11900 ft


Total per day

Total distance:                                  7.10 km / 4.40 ml

Approximate walking time:            5:30 hrs

Maximum temperature:                 25°C / 77°F

Minimum temperature:                  0°C / 32°F


Accommodation: Inca Trail Campsite


Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner


DAY 6: Paqaymayo – Abra Runkuraqay – Phuyupatamarka

Early in the morning, after breakfast, we begin our walk towards the archaeological site of Runkurakay, nestled among steep peaks.


Continuing our walk uphill we reach the pass of Runkarakay, the last high altitude challenge on our trek to Machu Picchu. We enjoy the ecological level known as Puna along this section of the trail, where the high altitude grass known as Ichu dominates the landscape and surrounds small Andean lakes.

On this trail we also find the archaeological sites of Sayaqmarka and Conchapata.



When we arrive at the campsite of Phuyupatamarka, we will enjoy our lunch, and then have a rest. After resting we can visit the Phuyupatamarka lookout (just 5 minutes from the campsite) and enjoy the sunset amid imposing snow-capped peaks. Dinner and overnight.


Altitude Pacaymayo:                         3627 masl / 11900 ft

Vertical variation:                               347 masl / 1139 ft

Distance:                                            1.46 km / 0.91 ml

Approximate walking time:             1:40 hrs

Altitude Runkurakay Abra:              3974 masl / 13039 ft

Vertical variation:                              - 286 masl / - 939 ft

Distance:                                            4.76 km / 2.95 ml

Approximate walking time:             4:20 hrs

Altitude Phuyupatamarka:              3688 masl / 12100 ft


Total per day

Total distance:                                      6.22 km / 3.87 ml

Approximate walking time:                6 hrs

Maximum temperature:                     25°C / 77°F

Minimum temperature:                      0°C / 32°F


Accommodation: Inca Trail Campsite


Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner


DAY 7: Phuyupatamarca - Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco

We will leave very erarly in the morning, after breakfast to visit the archaeological site of Phuyupatamarka which has a view of the back of the Machu Picchu mountain.


Continuing along this incredible Inka trail, we find ourselves surrounded by native vegetation from the high jungle of the Eastern Andes of Peru. 

Our path takes us the site of Wiñay Wayna, now we are getting close to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu.


A short descent along the trail takes us to the Inti Punku and our magnificent first glimpse of the legendary lost city of the Inkas. 



Once we enter Machu Picchu, we will have a guided tour around the site and there will be time to explore on your own and take photos.


We will cross Machu Picchu to take our transport down to the town of Aguas Calientes, where we will take the train to Poroy Station, where our transport will be waiting to take us back to Cusco.


Altitude Phuyupatamarka:                3688 masl / 12100 ft

Vertical variation:                              - 959 masl / - 3156 ft

Distance:                                             4.71 km / 2.93 ml

Approximate walking time:              3 hrs

Altitude Wiñay Wayna:                     2729 masl / 8954 ft

Vertical variation:                               3 masl / 10 ft 

Distance:                                            2.57 km / 1.60 ml

Approximate walking time:            1:30 hrs     

Altitude Inti Punku:                          2732 masl / 8964 ft

Vertical variation:                             - 332 masl / - 1089 ft

Altitude Machu Picchu:                   2400 masl / 7873 ft

Vertical variation:                             - 312 masl / 1023 ft (bus)

Altitude Aguas Calientes:                 2088 masl / 6850 ft


Total per day

Distance:                                          7.29 km / 4.53 ml (to Inti Punku)

Approximate walking time:                4:30 hrs (to Inti Punku)

Maximum temperature:                     25°C / 77°F

Minimum temperature:                      15°C / 59°F


Accommodation: 01 Night in a Cusco hotel included


Meals: breakfast and lunch


DAY 8: Cusco free day

Today, you will have the full day to recover and relax. You can take advantage of your hotels facilities or explore Cusco more.


The tickets that were issued on the first day will still be valid, therefore you can take advantage of the many sites and places available within the Cusco area. 



Again, please ask our staff for recommendations on places to eat or drink for this free day.


Accommodation: 01 Night in a Cusco hotel included


Meals: breakfast


DAY 9: CUsCO - airport

In the morning you will enjoy breakfast at your hotel. You will have the morning to enjoy Cusco on your own. Take advantage of the tickets issued and your hotels facilities.


 


2 hours before your flight, we will pick you up and take you to the airport.


Accommodation: -


Meals: breakfast 

Price

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DETAILS

What is included

- Transfer in Cusco: From the airport to the hotel – Day 1 

- 04 nights in a Cusco Hotel - breakfast included – Day 1, 2, 6 & 7

- Half day guided city tour in Cusco – group service – Day 1 

- Transportation and guide – group service – Day 1

- Entrance ticket to the Cathedral – Day 1 

- Entrance ticket to the Temple of the Sun – Day 1 

- General tourist ticket – valid for 10 days – starting day – Day 1

- Full day Sacred Valley tour – group service – Day 3

- Buffet lunch at Sacred Valley at Tunupa restaurant – Day 3

- Briefing for the Inca Trail Trek– Day 3

- Pick up from Sacred Valley Hotel – Day 4

- Transfer from the hotel to the airport – Day 8


Services included during the Inca Trail:


  • - Private tourist transportation Cusco - Km 82
  • - English – Spanish speaking guide for 4 days
  • - Sleeping bag per person (- 8 °C. - Summit – Doite - Mommy shape) our bags are cleaned after every use. Weight: 2 kg (4.40 pounds)
  • - Sleeping liner
  • - Self- inflating mattresses (Therm A Rest)
  • - Cook
  • - Cooking equipment
  • -  Snacks 
  • - Daily tea service
  • - Dining equipment including chairs and tables 
  • - Portable environmental toilet (The Pett)
  • - Food service in the campsites (3 breakfast,  3 lunches, 1 boxed lunch, 3 dinners, 3 snacks) – nutritionally balanced menu
  • - Vegetarian menu at no extra cost
  • - Personal trekking food – nutritionally balanced menu
  • - Two person tents (3-people capacity tent used as doubles)
  • - Single tents available for extra cost (USD$ 15.00 per night)
  • - Porter Service. As detailed in the table authorized by the INC. (To carry our camping equipment and up to 6 kg (13.23 pounds) per passenger including sleeping bag (2 kg – 440 pounds) 
  • - Inca Trail entrance fee, valid for 4 days
  • - Inca Trail entrance fee for porters
  • - Visit to Machu Picchu on the 4th day
  • - Camping equipment and basic field equipment for our porters
  • - Down bus ticket for passenger – 4th day
  • - Down bus ticket for guide – 4th day
  • - Expedition train ticket Aguas Calientes – Poroy station
  • - Transportation from the train station to Cusco
  • - A kit with 100% biodegradable products (toiletries)
  • - First-aid kit
  • - Emergency oxygen bottle
  • - The loan of a waterproof bag to carry personal belongings
  • - Pre trek informative briefing
  • - Insurance policy for our porters


  • WHAT IS not INCLUDED

  • -  International airfares
  • - Domestic flights 
  • -  Airport departure taxes or visa fees
  • - Excess baggage charges
  • -  Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations
  • - Alcoholic beverages or bottled water, 
  • - Snacks,
  • -  Insurance of any kind
  • -  Laundry, Phone calls or messages
  • - Meals that are not listed on the itinerary are not included
  • -  Extra expenses
  • -  Tips (optional)

Services not included during the Inca Trail:


  • -  Breakfast – Day 4
  • -  Dinner – Day 7
  • -  Pillows
  • -  Walking sticks
  • - Extra expenses
  • -  Not detailed meals 
  • - Excess baggage, if any passengers wish to take more than the limit of 6 kg (13.23 pounds) per person, they will be required to pay the cost of an extra porter.
  • -  Tips (optional)

WHAT you need to be comfortable 

-  Water-resistant trekking shoes and sandals

-  Warm clothing (thermal underwear, fleece, hat, gloves, socks)

- Waterproof clothing (poncho)

-  Synthetic or cotton clothing (socks, trousers, shorts, t-shirts)

- Sunhat and sunglasses

-  Sun cream and insect repellent

- Water bottles such as Nalgene

- Basic medications

-  Walking sticks

-  Swimsuit and towel

- Flashlight and enough batteries

- Camera and enough batteries

-  Personal items

-  Personal snacks

- DNI / Original Passport (it is necessary to bring your original passport for the control points along the Inca Trail)


PLEASE NOTE

  • Ask for our other combinations of 4 days programs, we have more possible alternatives
  • The mentioned prices are based on hostels, please ask our prices for other kind of lodging and categories of hotels
  • This program can be quoted in private services too
  • Payments by bank deposit or wire transfers. payments with credit cards apply 10% of commission
  • ID / original passport (it is necessary to carry it to Machu Picchu)

USEFUL INFORMATION

Rates for not resident in Peru

Foreigners who are not resident in Peru are exonerated from paying the 18% extra on hotel rates, and must present their Immigration card (given to them upon entrance to Peru) for this. If they do not, the hotel has every right to charge them the aforementioned percentage on top of the published rate. 


Group services

Shared service tours can vary depending on the wishes of the group and organization with the service provider. Please check the differences between our shared and private service tours.


Dry temperature (from April to October)

Average of maximum temperature of 25 ºC and minimum of 5ºC

In the months of June and August the temperature could be 0ºC (32 ºF), this the season known as freeze

The climate conditions are:

Freeze mornings, at noon it could be warmer, cold afternoons and windy and very cold nights


Rainy season (from November to March)

Maximum temperatures average of 20 ºC and minimum of 10ºC

The weather conditions are:

Rain at any moment, the weather changes very often. It could be warm in the mornings and windy in the afternoon.


Currency

It is possible to pay with all the credit cards (the majority of commercial places accept them); you can also use soles, dollars or Euros.

It is easy to Exchange dollars to national currency in a very trustable and safe way through banks or exchange houses or at your same hotel

Please remember that when you are traveling in Peru, you have to carry bills of low denomination for extra expenses, tips, taxis, purchases, etc


Safety

The tourist areas are safe, but it is always recommendable to have some care with your personal effects. We suggest you to leave your value stuff at the safety box at the hotel.

It is recommendable to walk in a safety way inside the city

Once you need a taxi service, please call to an authorized agency, you can ask for this at the hotel front desk.


Altitude sickness

The city of Cusco is located at 3400 meters (11155 feet), this is why it is easy to feel headache, fatigue, short breath. We suggest you to drink coca tea (a millenary plant with medicinal effects. This is a sacred plant in the Andean World.

If you have heart problems please ask to your doctor before your trip to Cusco.

In case of any emergency with this altitude sickness we have a specialized medical stuff.


IMPORTANT ENVIRONMENTAL NOTE

Pachatusantrek is committed to following the principles of ecotourism in our operations, and request the understanding and cooperation of trekkers, especially by not contaminating the waters and in the adequate disposal of non-biodegradable waste.  We must also respect the customs and traditions of the local people.

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"The whole trip was a dream because of the Pachatusantrek team. Every detail was handled with professionalism and kindness .... The Inca Trail was amazing and I was continually amazed by the journey, the sites, the people, our crew, and our amazing guides. The guides you get with Pachatusantrek are supreme"

- Seija