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Gay Inca Trail tours, you are going to live a once in a lifetime experience that will make you regress in time to the Inca’s empire, walk by the same path they did, discover their lifestyle and traditions, uncover all the archeological sites, tunnels, settlements along the way.
• Trek starting time: 09:30 am
• Arrival to campsite: 16:30 pm
• Minimum altitude: Km 82 – 2675 masl/ 8776.3 ft.
• Maximum altitude: Wayllabamba campsite – 2970 masl/9744.1 ft.
• Distance covered: 11 kms/6.8 mls (6 hours walking approx.)
• Difficulty: Moderate.
• Meals included: Snacks, lunch, tea time and dinner.
For today’s adventure, we must rise early in the morning at your Cusco hotel. After you have enjoyed breakfast, our knowledgeable guide will greet you and escort you to our private transportation and depart toward km 82, our trek starting point. After a 2-hour ride, we will stop at Ollantaytambo town (2792 mts/9160.1 ft) for a last-minute purchase and use the restroom facilities.
As a continuation of our program, we will drive for 40 min to km 81 or Piscacucho (2675 mts/8776.3 ft. Once there our porter and team will set our camping equipment and organize last-minute details. Afterward, we can officially commence our adventure and take the same steps as the ancient Incas once did, with this incredible trek. In case you need walking sticks, a pair of standard ones will be provided, and you are more than welcome to use them if you wish. You will be instructed by your guide with the correct etiquette to use them, in order to make sure that your knees are cared for.
Our adventure commences as we go through many incredible archeological sites, admiring gorgeous flora as well as fauna. After you have hiked an approximation of 4 hours, you’ll approach your located site of Tarayoc (2675 mts/8776.3 ft). Here you will enjoy lunch, with a beautiful backdrop to accompany the delicious food. Once you have enjoyed and digested lunch, you will hike a further 2 hours in order to reach Wayllabamba (2970 mts/ 9744.1 ft). This beautiful village is where your luxury campsite will be located.
Before you enjoy your dinner, take time to appreciate a hot shower, and treat your muscles to a soothing massage by the specialized therapist on site. With the use of organic essential oils, you will feel at peace in no time. Now that you are relaxed, it is time to be delighted by your wonderful dinner, before enjoying a good night’s sleep in your bedroom tent.
Enjoy your specially prepared breakfast as soon as you awaken, so that you can continue with your 1.5-hour hike, approaching your desired location of the Ravine of Ayapata (3328 mts/ 10918.7 ft), where you will be greeted with an ethereal forest.
After enjoying and taking many photos of the Ravine, we will continue walking for another 3 hours, with a few short breaks integrated within the journey so that you don’t exhaust yourself. Soon, we approach Llulluchapampa (3760 mts/ 12335.9 ft). Here, you will be served lunch and appreciate the calmness of the Andean forest. You can appreciate the view of Warmiwañusca Pass, famously known as the Death Woman’s Pass.
After admiring the breathtaking view, begin the next part of the hike, where you approach Warmiwañusca Pass (4215 mts/ 13828.7 ft). This part of the trek will take approximately 2.5 hours. The stretch may be strenuous, but it will most definitely be worth every cobbled step when you finally arrive at your destination. Your guide will commemorate this moment by taking many amazing photos. After spending a good amount of time in Warmiwañusca, you will begin your walk down towards Pacaymayo Ravine (3500 mts/ 11482.9 ft) where you will arrive at your campsite at Pacaymayo (3500 mts/ 11482.9 ft).
You will already be accustomed to tradition, so enjoy your hot shower as well as your massage before you savor your delightful dinner and settle it for the evening in your bedroom tent.
• Wake-up time: 05:30 am
• Trek starting time: 07:00 am
• Arrival at the campsite: 17:00 pm
• Minimum altitude: Ayapata site – 3328 masl/ 10918.7 ft.
• Maximum altitude: Warmiwañusca Pass – 4215 masl/13828.7 ft.
• Distance covered: 9 kms/5.6 mls (9 hours walking approx.)
• Difficulty: Challenging.
• Meals included: Breakfast, snacks, lunch, tea time, and dinner.
• Wake-up time: 05:00 am
• Trek starting time: 08:00 am
• Arrival to campsite: 16:30 pm
• Minimum altitude: Chaquicocha site – 3535 masl/ 11597.8 ft.
• Maximum altitude: Runkurakay Pass – 3955 masl/12975.7 ft.
• Distance covered: 9 kms/5.6 mls (5.5 hours walking approx.)
• Difficulty: Moderate.
• Meals included: Breakfast, snacks, lunch, tea time and dinner.
Wake up feeling refreshed, and embark on a yoga session for 30-40 minutes in order to recharge your body and awaken it in order to continue with today’s walk. Breathe in the fresh air, as you contemplate the sight of the beautiful mountains in the background.
After your yoga session, benefit from a hot shower and later on enjoy a delightful breakfast as you prepare to embark on an hour hike through the ruins of Runkurakay. Your guide will give you fascinating details about this Inca structure once you have arrived. Another hour of walking will be necessary in order to reach the Second Pass of Runkurakay (3955 mts/ 12975.7 ft), from here you will be able to see the Inca Trail from above, most definitely an amazing sight. Take in the view of an impressive long seaweed-covered lake, a wonderful sight, as you descend for an hour. Continuing with the trek, you will reach the wonderful Inca town of Sayacmarca (3585 mts/ 11761.8 ft).
Your expert guide will be there to answer all the questions you have, as you begin your hike down to Chaquicocha (3535 mts/ 11597.8 ft). On arrival, your delightful gourmet lunch will be awaiting you. After enjoying a nourishing lunch, you will hike for a futher 2.5 hours, on a very well looked after pathway as you reach Phuyupatamarca Pass (2640 mts/ 11942.3 ft). Above a small stone tunnel, is where you will call home for the evening as the official campsite is located in Phuyupatamarca (3670 mts/ 12040.7 ft).
As you arrive at your destination, you will be met by the wonderful services of our staff from the last time. Once again, delight yourself with a hot shower, followed by a relaxing and soothing massage and them visit the dining tent as you enjoy your delicious dinner. Your final evening will be spent with the staff, and we recommend that you give them a toast and some kind words regarding all their help throughout your tour, as you treasure this incredible experience from beginning to end. Cheers!
Reaching the final lapse of the hike and hoping you have enjoyed, you will wake up at 4:30am so that you have enough time to have a wholesome breakfast and move on the final portion of the trail. Walking for another 3 hours, as you arrive at Wiñaywayna, which translated from Quechua to English means “Forever young”. (2650 mts/ 8694.2 ft). This name has been given to this archaeological site, due to the beautiful orchids that grow on the site. Continuing for a further 1.5 hours, we will reach the Sun Gate, also known as Intipunku (2750 mts/ 9022.3 ft). Enjoy some marvelous views, as you look outwards onto the Machu Picchu citadel. Commence your walk down for another hour, in order to reach Machu Picchu.
Your dream of finally being in the presence of Machu Picchu (2430 mts/ 7972.4 ft) has come true, as you enter the majestic beauty. Throughout 2 hours, you will be in the hands of your knowledgeable guide who will explain to you the incredible history, secrets and theories of the construction of Machu Picchu, as well as answering all the questions that you have about this Wonder of the World. Afterwards, take the most perfect pictures and uncover the citadel at your own leisure. When you feel like your visit has been accomplished, an exquisite lunch will be awaiting you at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge hotel, of course part of our program. Once you have finished, you will be taken to your hotel according to your selected choice.
After you are comfortably settle at your hotel and have organized the last details with your guide for the next day, you will be delighted by your dinner and then a restful and soundly night sleep.
• Wake-up time: 04:00 am
• Trek starting time: 05:30 am
• Arrival to Machu Picchu citadel: 11:30 am
• Minimum altitude: Machu Picchu citadel – 2430 masl/ 7972.4 ft.
• Maximum altitude: Intipunku site – 2750 masl/9022.3 ft.
• Distance covered: 8 kms/4.9 mls (5.5 hours walking approx.)
• Difficulty: Moderate.
• Meals included: Breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner (only included with your hotel accomodation on luxury and premium categories)
• Pick up time: 07:00 am
• Tour starting time: 08:00 am
• Arrival to Cusco: 21:56 pm
• Minimum altitude: Aguas Calientes Town – 2070 masl/6791.3 ft.
• Maximum altitude: Machu Picchu citadel – 2430 masl/ 7972.4 ft.
• Difficulty: Easy.
• Meals included: Breakfast
This early morning, you will meet our well informed guide for together catch the bus toward the Sanctuary in a 30 min ride. Depending on the weather, you may catch a glimpse of the sun rising above the citadel. During high tourist peak times, April to July, queues may be longer than usual.
Out visit today will be the perfect complement to our previous visit you will be able to resolve your last doubts and be completely caught up by this magnificent place. Once you have finished your guided tour you will have time explore and unwind at your leisure, perhaps you would like to take a short hike to Huayna Picchu to gain more panoramic views of the whole greenish humid forest or Machu Picchu mountain for a more tranquil walk and to check the highest point of the citadel, please consider that theses hikes are unguided and required an additional cost, if this might interest you, then consult with your travel specialist as this need to be booked in advanced. As this incredible experience comes to an end, tt the most oportune time you will take the bus to go down to Aguas Calientes until is time for you to board your comfortable wagon. Your journey to Poroy will be as smooth as possible, as you disembark and meet with your View Perú representative, who will collect you and drive you approximately 40 minutes to your hotel in Cusco.
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|Kind of Meal:||Standard||Gourmet||Gourmet||Gourmet|
|Train Class||Vistadome||Vistadome||Vistadome||Hiram Bingham|
|Camping Cot||10 cm. high||60 cm. high||60 cm. high||60 cm. high|
|Massages||Not Included||Not Included||Included||Included|
|1 Yoga Session||Not Included||Not Included||Not Included||Included|
|Huayna Picchu Extension||Not Included||Not Included||Not Included||Included|
|Luggage Allowance||5KL||7KL||7kl||10 KL|
|Lunch at Sanctuary Lodge Hotel||Buffet||Buffet||Buffet||A la Carte|
|Hotel Category (If Included)||3 Stars Sup.||3 Stars Sup.||4 Stars||5 Stars|
|Grade of Exclusivity:||Based on 2 people||Based on 3 people||Up to 4 people|