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Inti Raymi and Inca Trail

Inti Raymi and Inca Trail

A cultural tour which the main attraction are the Inti Raymi and Inca Trail to Machu Picchu throughout month of June, from 22nd to 27th of exploration, hikes, traditional ritulas and the steps of Inca Trek. 

This Inti Raymi and Inca Trail (6days) begins when our representative will wait you to transfer to your accommodation. 

The next day is about exploring the Sacred Valley, Chincheros, Pisac, Ollantaytambo and the ruins of each one. 

June 24th is the magical day because we can see the celebration of the Sun (Inti), the Inti Raymi Ceremony begins in the morning at the front of the Sun Temple in Qoriqancha.

So amazing the reunification of all the "Suyos" (Qollasuyu, Kuntisuyu, Antisuyu y Chinchaysuyu) againly, at the final is make a ceremonial reading for know the destiny of the next year. 

For the last session is necessary go to the archeological and wonder site from Sacsayhuaman while cherish the Inca ruins.

The rest of the days is about the Trail to Machu Picchu that involves the pass among th Inca steps, the beautiful landscapes, many panoramic views from mountains and lakes, a varied weather especially the cloud forest and more wonderful and archaeological sites to visit with museums and monuments. All latest until arrive to Machu Picchu with a guided tour. In the afternoon return to Cusco by train after an amazing expedition on the road.

 

 

Quick Itinerary

 

Day 01 - 22nd June: Arrival to Cusco

Day 02 - 23rd June: Sacred Valley of the Incas

Day 03 - 24th June: Inti Raymi Tour

Day 04 - 25th June: Hiking to the Inca Trail

Day 05- 26th June: Hiking to Machu Picchu

Day 06 - 27th June: Departure

 

Highlights of the Inca Trail and Inti Raymi:

  • Celebrate the famous Inti Raymi festival in Cusco
  • Hike 2 day on the a part of the Classic Inca Trail
  • Explore the Lost City of the Incas - Machu Picchu
  • Learn about the Incan culture
  • Start and end of the tour in the capital of the Incas Cusco 
  • Wander through the Inca´s streets of Cusco
  • Guided tour of Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Guided tour following the Inti Raymi celebration
  • Guided tour of the Inca Trail
  • Discover the Patacancha and Wiñay wayna ruins
  • Experience a guided visit of Machu Picchu - the New Wonder of the World

Crew: A Salkantay Trek Machu representative in Cusco and a professional bilingual Tour Guide on the Sacred Valley, Inca Trail 2 day and Machu Picchu.

Accommodation: 3* hotels (5 nights).

Meals: 6x breakfast, 1 Box lunch on the Inca Trail, 1x Buffet lunch on the Sacred Valley and Box lunch in the Inti Raymi festival .

Transportation: Transportation by private van, a train round trip (Expedition Class).

Day 01: Cusco

From the aiport our representative of the agency will transport you to your accommodation. This day doesn't have some hikes or visits planned but you can walk around the town. Is recommended the museums, galleries, restaurants and house of crafts.

A good day to acclimatize to the climate because the last days are involve the Inca Trail.

Day 02: Sacred Valley of the Incas

The visit to Sacred Valley that abarks many cultural and archaeological sites especially the food agriculturally, it beautiful valley was made by the Urubamba River passing through Ollantaytambo until the sanctuary from Machu Picchu. 

We can observe all the ruins and take pictures like reminds and explore the area, tourists explore the agricultural terracing carved frequently.

Then we continue to Ollantaytambo also an amazing and very important site to visit with panoramic views of the landscapes. Interact with people of the area and observe interesting habits with the land.

Already in the afternoon we have to return to Cusco, be ready because the next day is coming with a nice ritual.

Day 03: Inti Raymi Festival

Being a ceremony organized for the Sun, celebrated in wonderful escenes among the ruins.


  • Qorikancha (Golden Temple), it was the principal temple dedicated to the Sun in the Incan era.
  • Plaza de Armas (called by the Incas "Auqaypata", the Warrior Square), which was a huge square during the Inca times where this ceremony was held on a ceremonial platform (“ushnu” in Quechua). From there, the Inca was carried on a golden throne leading a procession through the ancient city of Cusco up to Sacsaywaman in the hills above city.
  • Saqsaywaman ("saqsay" and "waman" in Quechua mean "satiate hawk"), which is an impressive archaeological centre situated at 3,555 m.a.s.l., just a kilometre far away from the Inca neighbourhood of Qolqanpata.

 Program of the Sacsaywaman´s scene:

  • Ceremonial arrival
  • Announcement of the 4 “Suyus” (or the four cardinal points): Qollasuyu, Kuntisuyu, Antisuyu and Chinchaysuyu
  • Chicha Ritual
  • Sacred Fire Ritual
  • Lama (Andean cameloid) sacrifice and a sign reading (But no worries, there is not any lama killed in fact nowadays!
  • Sankhu (sacred bread) Reading
  • Q'ochurikuy (burst of popular exaltation)

Day 04: Cusco - Inca Trail - Aguas Calientes

Early in the morning you'll be transported to Ollantaytambo's railway station on a driving of 2hours. Continue by train until Km104 where exists a checkpoint to start the Inca Trail. Begins the trekking for 3hours approximately to reach Chachabamba, an important archaeological site where our lunch will waiting us.

Now we have to go until Wiñayhuayna, before do latest we'll see landscapes and varied vegetation especially the cloud forest, also a waterfall to take pictures and a rest.

Arriving to the Sun Gate with a panoramic view from the citalde, being too late for visit the mountain we'll descend to Aguas Calientes which is located the accommodation and be ready because tomorrow will be "the day".

Day 05: Hking to Machu Picchu

Wake up early and take a good breakfast to enjoy the day, during a hike of about 2hours we arrive to the citadel of Machu Picchu with a guided tour we can explore the citadel and purchase some reminds. Then, is an alternative climb the Huayna Picchu mountain because from there you can take the best pictures and cherish the amazing landscapes, really amazing the panoramic views.

Exploring all Machu Picchu on our own and pass among the Inca ruins while take the pictures of each one.

Finally return to Cusco passing by Ollantaytambo to take a van after a fantastic excursion.

Day 06: Departure Day

After your breakfast you'll be transported to the aiport being the end of our tour.

 

Please note: A return flight to Lima can be arranged upon request!

What is included in this tour?

  • Welcome by our representative at arrival;
  • All airport transfers at arrival and departure;
  • Accommodation: 3* hotel (4 nights) and Hotel in Machu Picchu (1 night);
  • Professional bilingual Tour Guide as per the itinerary;
  • All entrance fees (it means to the Inti Raymi festival in Peru including the huge fortress of Sacsayhuaman within the festival, Inca TrailMachu Picchu, Pisaq, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero);
  • Meals: 4x breakfast, 1x buffet lunch (during the Sacred Valley Tour), 1x box lunch on the Inca Trail, 1x dinner;
  • Transport by a private van during the tours and local transfers;
  • A tourist train round trip to Machu Picchu (Expedition Class);

Not Included

  • Pre & post tour accommodation,
  • International and Local flights nor airport departure taxes,
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu (U$85),
  • Meals not mentioned,
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and baggage portage (Please note: It is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory.),

Meals budget: Please allow USD 50 - 100 for meals not included.

Single room: Please note that if you have booked the "Single Room" option for the Inti Raymi tour, you receive your own single room for all overnights.

Local flights: There are two local flights are not included in the cost of the tour. 

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