Part of the 23,000 kilometers (approx.14,000 miles) of roads built by the Incas in South America are on Peru's most famous trekking route, and possibly one of the most spectacular in America. Every year, approximately 25,000 hikers from all over the world travel and hike their extraordinary 43 kilometers along a stone paved road built by the Incas, which leads to the great Inca citadel of Machu Picchu located deep in the high jungle of Cusco. The route consists of an impressive variety of altitudes, climates and ecosystems ranging from the Andean plain to the cloud forest. Travelers cross two high-altitude areas (the highest being Warmiwañuska at 4,200 m.a.s.l) to complete the walk with a magical entrance to Machu Picchu through the Inti Punko or "Sun Gate".One of the major attractions along the route is the network of ancient settlements built on the granite rock by the Incas such as Wiñay Wayna and Phuyupatamarca immersed in an overwhelming scenario. Hundreds of species of orchids, multicolored birds and dream landscapes ideal for a route that every traveler should experiment at least once.You can go to Machu Picchu by other ways, but the excitement of the discovery of that sanctuary, astronomical observatory and landscape of crops in terraces, reaches greater intensity if you walk on the famous Inca Trail. Only the passion of adventure and effort reveal the secrets of those places that the Inca commanded to travel six centuries ago from Cusco, in search of a place to build ceremonial palaces and temples.All the routes to Machu Picchu start today as in the past in Cusco,"navel of the world", according to the legend and capital of an empire whose power testifies to the stones that build buildings of the colonial era. At the Main Square,center of commerce, women from different communities arrive every morning dressed in traditional clothes selling alpaca wool clothes, fruits and fresh coca leaves, whose infusion is the best relief of the walker to overcome the "soroche", the Andean altitude sickness. On one side stands the Cathedral, built on the palace of the Inca Viracocha with stones from the nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman. Another miscegenation has its reflection inside the temple: the natives pray to the saints with rituals closer to Inca mythology than to Christianity worship. Nearby is the convent of Santo Domingo, which, over the Temple of the Sun (Qoricancha), is a good example of architectural fusion.
Day 01: Lima
Day 02: Cusco
Day 03: Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour
Day 04: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Day 05: Inca Trail to Machupicchu
Day 06: Inca Trail to Machupicchu
Day 07: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Day 08: Cusco
Day 09: Departure
The first day you will be picked up by one of our members at the Jorge Chavez International Airport to be transfered to your Hotel.
On this day you can take the city tour that will take you through the three historical periods of the city of the Kings:
This day, you will have a guided tour through the center of the city of Cusco, visit the Main Square, the Cathedral, the Temple of the Sun Qoricancha - Santo Domingo, then go out to visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay , returning to the city between 18:30 hrs. and 19:00 hrs.
Tour in the Sacred Valley: Pisaq, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero
After Inca Trail ,you will arrive in Cusco, better known as the imperial city of the Incas.
This day is free so you can do some activities.
This day you will be taken to Velasco Astete International Airport where you will depart for the city of Lima. Hoping it was an unforgettable experience,we finished the 9 days of adventure and we appreciate your choice.
No matter how many days you are going to walk, the truth is that you will pass from one altitude to another and this implies that time (weather) will change; for this the most convenient thing will be to wear comfortable clothing in small quantities.
As you already know, during the Inca Trail, it passes the 4000 m.a.s.l and if you come from a country which is almost at sea level, then you should take the following precautions.The first days you must acclimate, to be able to adapt to the height. Here some tips:
The most advisable thing is to take a Back-Pack which you do not take off during the walk. Within it there must be few things, in themselves, the most necessary. Here the recommendations: