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Machu Picchu is perhaps the most famous archeological site in all of South America—and with good reason. The smooth stone walls of this historic Inca citadel remain almost untouched; undestroyed by the Spanish Conquest. The Spanish never found Machu Picchu, though it stands atop a hill a mere 80km away from the Inca capital Cusco. The fact that it was hidden away for so many years gives this ancient Andean city an unparalleled aura of mystery and grandeur. Take the Inca Trail through the Sacred Valley on this 7-day trip curated by Valencia Travel Cusco, and tick South America’s most famous hike off your bucket list. Please note: Because the Archaeological Park of Machu Picchu is one of the destinations most visited by travelers from around the world. The Peruvian government since July 15, 2011, ordered the following measures of access to Machu Picchu: Income is from Monday to Sunday, including holidays. Only a limited daily amount of visitors can access Machu Picchu and its mountains. The schedule of entry to the Inca city depends on the type of ticket that is acquired, you must take into account the schedules of the shifts and groups according to the type of ticket. Check the real-time availability here
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Arrive in Cusco, where a representative of Valencia Travel Cusco will be waiting at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Take the day to relax and enjoy the beauty of Cusco and its surroundings. You could opt for a half-day city tour at an additional price of USD 30 per person. We will pick you up at 1:00pm from your hotel to start the tour and visit the following places: The Koricancha: Temple of the sun, The Cathedral: Marvel of the religious art, Sacsayhuaman: Majestic place with impressive works in stone, some up to 120 tons, Q'enqo: (Labyrinth) a religious center dedicated to the adoration of the Earth, Puca Pucara (reddish place) that was used as a military control center, Tambomachay: (Temple of the Water) a center of adoration and worship of water. We will stay overnight at Casa Andina or someplace similar. (Check in time 12:00 pm/Check out 10:00 am (Early check-in has an extra cost and will depend on hotel availability).
Today is a free day, but you can opt for a full-day Sacred Valley tour at an additional cost of USD 45 per person not including meals and entry tickets. After breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel at 8:00 am. This is a full day excursion to the Urubamba Valley to visit the colorful Indian market in Pisac where you will be able to appreciate the mixture of color and tradition and have an opportunity to test your bartering skills, interact with the local craftsmen and purchase their hand-made souvenirs. Pisac is located at the entrance of the Sacred Valley. The Valley is (31km)/ (19mi) from Cusco and at an altitude of (2,970m)/ (9,700 ft.). Followed by Pisac is Urubamba where you will have lunch. Then we continue through to Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously occupied town on the American continent. The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, along with their canals, have not changed much from the time of the Inca Empire. They evoke their ancestral inheritance and give you a feeling of what it would be like to live during this time. The last visit will be the Chinchero market. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Its major attraction is its colorful Sunday market which is much less tourist-orientated than the market at Pisac. In the end, we will return to the hotel in Cusco by around 6:30 pm. The Inca trail briefing will take place at 7:00 pm at the hotel lobby. We will stay overnight at Casa Andina or someplace similar.
We will pick you up from your hotel at 4:30 am (time to be confirmed by your guide at the briefing) and travel by bus to Piskacucho (called kilometer 82) where the trail starts. There will be a breakfast stop in Ollantaytambo (06:30-7am) to load up on energy. On arrival at kilometer 82 (08:30 am), we will have some time to organize ourselves (use the restrooms, put on sun cream, and mosquito repellant) and then it is necessary to show your entrance tickets, passports and a student card (if paying a student rate) at the trails 1st control point. To start the trail (2720m/8923ft), we cross the Vilcanota River and follow its route to the right. The first day is relatively easy (a warm-up on the Inca flat terrain) and we will have great views of the site of an Inca Fortress (Huillca Raccay), the vast and incredible Inca site Llactapata (officially called Patallacta), the Urubamba mountain range that divides the jungle and the Andes and the beautiful snow-capped peak of W’akay Willca (5860m/19225ft), known in books as Veronica. Our first campsite (Ayapata) will be one hour and a half up the small village of Wayllabamba (3000m/9842ft) in the temperate green valley of the same name. The temperature at night is usually around 5ºC (depending on the month).cTotal distance to be covered: 12km or 7mi (5 to 6 hours).
After waking up at 5:30 am and having breakfast, we will start a steep ascent towards the highest pass (Abra de Warrmihuanusca/Dead Woman's Pass 4200m/13779ft). After a rest here, we will begin the descent to the lunch stop which is located at Pacaymayu (3550m/11646ft). On the way up to the pass, we will be able to see lots of hummingbirds and other birds. We will also have the time to appreciate an incredible variety of native plants and trees such as the 'Polylepis' or Q'ueuna trees which grow in the astonishing cloud forest located at 3650/11972m. After lunch, the second two-hour steep climb to Runkuraqay pass (almost 4000 meters) begins; we will arrive in our campsite by 5 pm. The temperature at this campsite is around 4ºC during the nights. Total distance to be covered: 16km or 9mi (8 to 9 hours).
We wake up for breakfast at 6 am and start the day with a gentle climb to visit the archaeological site of 'Phuyupatamarca' (meaning Town in the Clouds) and to reach the third highest point on the trail (3680m). The views of the mountains, canyons and the surrounding area are spectacular. The Inca site, 'Phuyupatamarca' is located a few minutes from the third pass and after visiting this, we continue walking (3000 steps) through the cloud forest and the impressive agricultural Inca site of 'Intipata' until we arrive at our third campsite Winay Wayna (2680m/8792ft). Today we will have only walked about 4 to 5 hours and have arrived at camp by lunchtime. The Inca site of the same name Winay Wayna (Forever Young) is located a short distance from this campsite. Even if you are tired after your day’s trek, don’t miss out on visiting the most impressive site on the trail. The temperature during the night is around 12º C. Total distance to be covered: 10km or 6mi (5 hours).
We leave the last campsite at about 5:30 am on the final day (breakfast 3:30-4: 00 am). It is an early start in order to get to 'Inti Punku'(Sun gate) (2730m/8792ft) before sunrise. This is the place from where you will have your first dramatic view of Machu Picchu (2400m/7873ft) with the sun rising over it. After some time there, we will walk down the last part of the trail to the spot where you can take the classic photo of this ancient city. Your guide will take you on a walking tour of Machu Picchu (approximately 2 hours), after which you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. You will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (it can be reached by bus or on foot) for lunch and be given your train tickets back to Cusco. Your train will leave Aguas Calientes town in the afternoon and you need to be at the train station 30 min before it leaves. (The exact time will be given to you by your tour guide), once in Ollantaytambo town, you will have a bus waiting for you to return back to your hotel in Cusco. The itinerary is subject to change depending on the availability. Total distance to be covered: 5km or 3mi (2 hours).
After breakfast, we will take you back to the airport according to your flight itinerary.
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