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Our luxury travel package the “Andean Adventure Inca Trail” will allow you to follow in the footsteps of the Incas along the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
First off you will experience Lima’s classic mixed with modern feel, explore this exquisite blend around the down town Cathedral, San Francisco monastery and modern zone Miraflores and San Isidro.
The tour then takes you to the Sacred Valley. As the name suggests this place is surrounded by Inca palaces, productive lands, rich history and ancient culture. You will have the opportunity to appreciate the richness and colorful customs during a Awanacancha textile workshop.
Be amazed by the impressive archeological traces left by our ancestors, including the astonishing Ollantaytambo, surprising Pisaq, the enigmatic Maras and Moray and the most amazing, Machu Picchu.
Be prepared for the most unforgettable experience; every moment will be exciting, informative and awe inspiring. Join us and experience various emotions and sensations along the way. This is a unique and ideal trip with the aim of bringing you closer to the Peruvian culture and spectacular natural environments.
One of our representatives will be at the airport arrivals gate waiting for you. You receive to small briefing to plan your Unique Inca Trail. In the Airport in Cusco another representative of Conde Travel waiting for you.
We will pick you up in your hotel at 1:45pm and will visit the city and nearby archeological sites. The first place to visit is Qoricancha (temple of the sun). This is one of the finest specimens of ancient architecture, an Inca temple. Continuing to the archaeological site of Saqsayhuaman, one of the magnificent buildings of Inca megalithic style of architecture that only the gods could allow construction to achieve such perfection of art. Next, the holy Q'enqo, also full of many sacred carvings that mistify, only to be understood by ancient Andeans. The walls of Puca Pucara, with unique designs show the authority and control this site once possessed. Finally, Tambomach'ay , the temple dedicated to the water, exposes its sources of crystal clear water giving us a majestic farewell to return to the city of Cusco.
We will then start our excursion through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Here we will visit the exceptional project of Awanakancha. Using technique used by our ancestor’s we will transform the fur of the South American camelids into garments. This ancient technique has produced textiles such as multi-coloured belts and exquisitely embroidered blankets for centuries. After the workshop we will continue through the valley to Pisac which boasts a great Incan complex with magnificent terraced fields on the mountains. Once back in town you will visit the typical market which is famous for its beautiful handicrafts made by local people. Finally, you will be escorted to your hotel surrounded by spectacular landscape of the Sacred Valley.
The day will start with a delicious breakfast at your hotel. Our tour guide private transportation will pick you up from your hotel to start our private tour of Ollantaytambo. Home to the last Inca refuges during the Spanish colonization you will truly feel like you are stepping back in time when enjoying the ancient culture and architecture. The tour is followed by a delicious lunch after lunch we will visit the Salt pans located northwest of the town of Maras. Here you will find around 2000 small wells which are still used today. These wells are used to provide the local people with salt. Next we will go directly to the incredible circular terraces of Moray, which were used as an Incan laboratory to acclimatize crops. Last of the day you will be escorted to your hotel surrounded by spectacular landscape of the Sacred Valley.
Very early in the morning, you will start the mighty Inca Trail. Your Tour Guide and private transport will pick you up from your hotel to take you to KM82 – Piscacucho which is 20 minutes away from Ollantaytambo. Here you will meet your chef and support staff who will accompany you for the whole trek. From KM 82 (2700m, 8850ft) you will make your way to the Wayllabamba Campsite. The first two hours of the trek is a lightly paced climb until you reach Miskay, a beautiful area where your chef and porters will have lunch ready and waiting for you. After lunch, you will have 3-4 hours (depending on pace) of steady uphill climbing. Along the way, you will have stunning views of the first Incan ruin of the Inca trail named Llactapata which is a site that has been used primarily for agricultural production. Here, you will have a great opportunity to stop and take some photos and learn about the History. At the end of the day, you will arrive at the village of Wayllabamba where the chef and porters will reward you by having your tent set up and your dinner ready and waiting for you. Then you will have a rest of time to relax and wait until night falls.
Early in the morning, you will be awoken with hot water in front of your tent. Then you will enjoy a tasty breakfast to get you ready for the next challenge ahead. Today, you will start from an altitude of 3000m or 9850ft and climb up for over five hours to reach an altitude of 4200m or 13800ft at Dead Woman’s Pass, the highest point of the Inca trail where you will have a stunning panoramic view of the Andean mountains and its surroundings. After completing the toughest part of the Inca Trail, you have an hour to descent before reaching to the next stop where your chef and porters will have prepared lunch. After lunch, you have another hour descent before reaching to Pacaymayo Campsite where you have the rest of the day to relax. In the evening, you will enjoy an energetic and delicious dinner cooked by your chef. Then you have the rest of time to relax and wait until nightfall.
First you will have breakfast, and then you will continue hiking through the Inca Trail. Our way will be composed of several archaeological sites. First you will reach to the second pass named Runkuracay (3900m or 12800ft) you will enter the beautiful circular walled ruin along the way. This place has been a stable resting place for couriers and their animals during their way on the Inca Trail. From here, you will also have a stunning view of the surrounding mountains such as Salkantay and Veronica snowy peaks. After reaching this pass, the rest of the day is mostly downhill, following the amazing original path constructed during the Incan period and passing through original tunnels. You will be able to visit Sayaqmarca considered as an inaccessible old Incan town that sits on top of a sheer cliff. After Sayaqmarca, you will follow the Inca trail to the next beautiful ruin of Phuyupatamarka which was believed to have been an important religious site that contained sacred baths for ceremonial purposes. You will have a delicious lunch here. Then you will have to go down stairs until arriving to Wiñaywayna where is going to be our next campsite where you will have the rest of the evening to relax. Once there, the chef will prepare an exquisite dinner before you go to bed.
Today, you will have to wake up early in the morning before continuing along the Inca Trail. Today everybody will have to walk upwards for an hour and a half to reach the Sun Gate, ‘Intipunku’, where you will have finally arrived to Machu Picchu. Congratulations, you will have officially completed the Inca Trail and be rewarded with a majestic view of Machu Picchu, the ‘Lost City of the Incas’. Here, you will overlook the entire site of Machu Picchu and the beautiful mountain of Huayna Picchu. Besides, you will have a short downhill walk until Machu Picchu. At this sacred Incan site, you will learn about the history and visit the truly remarkable Temples. You will also see the aqueducts and houses while you are learning some interesting facts about the Incan Sacred Terraces. After your guided tour in Machu Picchu, you will have plenty of time to explore this truly magnificent site on your own. You could even visit the Incan Bridge, a secret entrance used only by the Incan Army. Optionally you may climb up to Huayna Picchu Mountain; there are only 400 spaces daily, so you must book it in advance with us. In case you decided to climb it. In the afternoon, you will return to Aguas Calientes where you will spend a night in a hotel.
Today you have the chance to visit and explore Machu Picchu again on your own. So you will be able to be joined in one of many short trekking options such as the Sun Gate hike to get an impressive view of Machu Picchu Citadel or visit the Incan Bridge. However, there is a program that allows you to climb up to the summit of Huayna Picchu at either 7:00hrs or 10:00hrs. Nevertheless, there are also other alternative trekking options around Aguas Calientes town such as the easy walk to Mandor waterfalls or the most challenging Putucusi Mountain hike to get an impressive view of Machu Picchu citadel from another angle. In the afternoon, you have lunch in a restaurant nearby the train station. After lunch you will have to board the Vistadome train back to Ollantaytambo where our staff will be waiting for you in order to escort you to your Hotel in Cusco city.
Today will be one of the lasts days in Cusco and after breakfast at your hotel our tour guide and private transportation are going to pick you up to start our private city tour of Cusco. Our first place to visit will be the Main Cathedral which is a colonial building located on the main square. Then you will continue your tour visiting the Qoricancha Temple, which is a colonial building, its Inca walls are just amazing. These both places are located in Cusco’s downtown.
Following your tour, you will leave the city to visit the amazing complex of Sacsayhuaman, which continues to be a very important religious and ceremonial site of the Incan culture. You will be amazed by the grand architectural achievements of the Incan civilization and be impressed when imagining how stones were moved and then fitted. Some uniquely shaped stone have a weight of aproximately 70 tons. So perfectly together and without “modern technology”. Then you will be escorted to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
Depends on what time your flight departs from Cusco; our staff will pick up and escort you to the airport in a private transport. Once you arrive at the airport, our Andean Footstep and Inca Trail program concludes.