May 7 2011 Ollantaytambo Km 82 - Huayllabamba
Transfer from the hotel to Km. 82, where we will meet our porters and equipment. Stop en route to visit Ollantaytambo town. We start our trek escorted by the porters, going through semi-arid terrain along the Urubamba river with magnificent views of snow-capped mountains, until we arrive to Llactapata. Here we leave the Urubamba valley and set off up the Kusichaca River to our first camp site in Huayllabamba (around 3000 m.a.s.l – 9842 f.a.s.l). (Lunch /Dinner)
• KM 82 – Llactapata: 5 KM / 3 hours approximately.
• Km 82 to Huayllabamba: 11 km / 6 hours approximately.
MAY 8 HUAYLLABAMBA - PACAYMAYO
After a healthy breakfast we begin to walk to the Warmihuañusca pass (4200 mts - 13860 ft. approximately). After a short time, we will reach the top of the pass. From this place, it is possible to see the other side of the way leading to Runkurakay ruins. At the end of a gorge, we will stop at a place called Pacaymayo (3600 mts. – 11181 ft.), our second camp.
(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) Huayllabamba-Pacaymayo: 7km / 7 hours approximately
MAY 9 PACAYMAYO – WIÑAYWAYNA
We depart from Pacaymayo and a while later a zigzagging but short ascent will take us to the Runkurakay circular ruins. There is no sign of human life, only great forests and abrupt hills. After a good rest, we will start our way down and then we can clearly notice that the Inca Trail is well preserved from this point. In a short while we will get the steps which go up to Sayacmarca ruins (3620 mts – 11946 ft approximately). From Sayacmarca the stone road begins to go into the jungle, continuing our trek towards Phuyupatamarca ruins. The trail crosses the "Lago Seco" and for brief moments we will go up and down. We will then cross "The Tunnel", a natural cavity produced by a landslide but adapted by the Incas. The Inca Trail well-traced borders continuous on the hills full of moss and ferns. After crossing a small pass, we will see some steep steps and under these the Ceremonial Center of Phuyupatamarca ruins (3650 mts – 12045 ft approximately). We continue hiking for 3 more hours until we reach Wiñaywayna (2700 mts – 8,856ft approximately), the main archaeological site after Machu Picchu in the Inca Trail, we will visit the site to then descend to our campsite.
• Pacaymayo – Wiñaywayna: 9 km / 7 hours approximately.
• Phuyupatamarca – Wiñaywayna: 4 Km / 3 hours approximately
All meals - (B/L/D)
May 10 WIÑAYWAYNA - MACCHU PICCHU
We start early in the morning going down the trail, from where we can see the Urubamba valley and the river. The path goes down to Wiñay Wayna ruins (2650 mts – 8745 ft approximately), the most important ruins after Machu Picchu, heading then towards Inti Punku (2740 mts - 9042 ft approximately), the Gate of the Sun, our last pass. A boxed lunch will be provided. From this place, Machu Picchu (2450 mts - 8085 ft approximately) looks unreal and beautiful. We have the rest of the day to visit the entire citadel. Then we will head down to the town of Aguas Calientes (Breakfast /Lunch box)
• Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu : 5 km /4 hours approximately
• Phuyupatamarca – Machu Picchu: 9 km / 7 hours approximately
Overnight at El Mapi Hotel
May 11 MACHU PICCHU / CUSCO
On proper time departure by Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo station. Here your transport will be waiting for transfer to your hotel in Cusco. Overnight in Cusco hotel.
No Meals. Transfer to Casa Cathedral Cusco
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is rated among the best trekking trips in the world because of the exquisite beauty of its natural surroundings. These include different ecological areas from high deserts to Andean tropical rain-forest. Following this ancient Inca Trail, we will be walking past mysterious archaeological sites, half covered by the jungle overgrowth that looks like you are discovering them for the first time, and finally arriving to the lost city of the Incas: Machu Picchu. Our journey is conducted by experienced guides that will make your trip pleasant and safe. Our service includes native "Quechua" porters for your luggage and we will provide delicious meals during the trip
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