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Days: 10
Location: Cusco
Activities: Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking & trekking to Machu Picchu by the Inca Trail.
Activity Level: Moderate
Season: All year (except February )

 

Multiactivity :: Tours and Trips in Cusco, Peru

Inca Trail & more

 

Peru is a country of amazing geographical landscapes, vibrant culture and history. On this trip we will take you to meet magical corners of Cusco city and the Sacred Valley. We’ll cross entire fields by the Peruvian traditional “Paso Fino” horses and riding mountain bikes we’ll explore Maras, one of the most beautiful routes in the Andes. We’ll also get the chance to explore 43 km. of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, famous for the natural beauty of its surroundings, the multiple ruins along the route and for being one of the main roads in the Inca Empire.

 

Day 1: Fly from Lima to Cusco

Cusco is one hour flight away from Lima city. At the Cuzco airport we met the guide and are transferred to the hotel. The rest of the morning is free to rest and acclimatize to the 3000 meters over sea level on which lies the city of Cusco. On the afternoon we’ll walk through the ground parade, visit the Cathedral, Koricancha Temple and the neighborhood of San Blas, where the most renowned artisans of the city display their art pieces. Hotel: Cusco / Meals: Not included

 

Day 2: Cusco & Sacred Valley

Today we visit Sacsayhuaman, Inca fortress built with impressive ceremonial stone blocks, considered the most important ruins near Cusco City. We continue our journey to the Sacred Valley to visit the traditional textile center Awanacancha, where we learn more about ancient weaving techniques and about the different types of camelids that live on the Andes. Finally we arrive at Pisac, to visit the impressive ruins and its traditional market, the most famous of the Sacred Valley. Hotel: Sacred Valley / Meals included: B

 

Day 3: Valle Sagrado & Easy Mountain Biking

Today we tour Maras, one of the most beautiful parts of the Cusco Andes, mountain biking. Our adventure begins at the village of Maras all the way to Moray Circular ruins, a ancient agriculture experimental center. On the way we will go through crop fields and have a spectacular view of the snowy Veronica and Chicon. To take full advantage of the beautiful nature that surrounds us, we’ll enjoy a delicious outdoor picnic. Afterwards, following an ancient Inca trail, we continue to the salt mines of Pichingoto, impressive conglomerate of more than three thousand terraces where salt is stored from the time of the Inca Empire until today. Depending on our mood and physical state, we have the alternative to go through a “single track” to Urubamba Sacred Valley of the Incas. Our private transportation will take us back to the hotel. Hotel: Sacred Valley / Meals: B + L

 

Day 4: Valle Sagrado & Horseback riding

A highlight of your trip will be definitely the visit to the privately-owned Hacienda Huayoccari, with history behind spanning over three centuries. The mansion today hosts a vast collection of folk art pieces, some of them dating back to the seventeenth century.From here, we begin our horseback ride tour between fields, before crossing the Urubamba River. During this ride we will enjoy different snack as we pass by some communities known as Huicho, Huayllabamba and Urquillo. We will be able to appreciate the daily life of people from these communities which involves grazing and working on their fields. A blend of Spanish traditions with indigenous customs, inherited since dawn of times. The Huayoccari Hacienda is a perfect spot to sample life in the country, learn about typical and locally harvested products and admire the colorful flora. Finally, we will enjoy a lunch prepared with fresh products of their plantation. Hotel: Sacred Valley / Meals: B + L

Day 5:  Inka Trail to Huallabamba

Today we drive till the 82km of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, to the community of Piscaycucho, the starting point of our trek. Here Terra Explorer Peru porters will be waiting with all the equipment ready. They are an essential part of this path and will accompany us throughout the tour. We begin our journey parallel to the Urubamba River, toward the town of Miskay, surrounded by beautiful views of the imposing Mount Veronica. From here we climb to the viewpoint of Llactapata, where we observe this ancient Inca agricultural center. At this point we say goodbye to the Urubamba Valley to introduce ourselves to the Huayllabamba Valley, where we camp in a village of the same name, built on the foundations of an ancient Inca settlement. Meals: B+L+D

 

Day 6: Huayllabamba to Pacaymayo

We begin our journey ascending into Llulluchapampa, through an Uncas forest, Andean native tree; followed by a dwarf forest (Forest Midget); and finally to the top of the Inca trail: the gap of Warmihuyñuska (4200mt), where the landscape has transformed into an arid Andean highland. We descend nine hundred meters, by stone steps introducing us to a forest of clouds. In this area we have the opportunity to watch several species of endemic birds until we reach Pacaymayo area, where we camp. Meals: B+L+D

 

Day 7: Pacaymayo to Phuyupatamarca

You could definitely say that today is the most beautiful of all the Inca Trail. In the morning, strategically, we wait for the other groups to go ahead, so we enjoy the Inca Trail by ourselves for the rest of the day. We begin our ascent towards the Runkurakay gap, where we can see the step of Warmiñuska and the valleys that descend to the Amazon. Then we enter fully into the cloud forest and continue to the ruins of Sallacmarca, by a wide, paved and well preserved Inca trail surrounded by orchids, ferns and bromelias; ideal habitat for birds such as hummingbirds and the spectacled bear, which hopefully can be seen in this area. Finally we continue to Phuyupatamarca, where we camp with a breathtaking view of the Urubamba and Vilcanota mountain ranges, which dissolve before our eyes to make way for Amazon. Simply amazing!   Meals: B+L+D

 

Día 8: Phuyupatamarca to Machu Picchu

This morning from our camp near the ruins of Phuyupatamarca we have the opportunity to see one of the most spectacular sunrises in the Andes, and a 360 ° view of the surrounding mountain ranges, including solid and impressive Salkantay and Pumasillo. Afterwards we descend, almost 300 meters, to the ruins of Intipata, an ancient agriculture and experimental center, with a spectacular view over the valley of Urubamba. We continue to the most important archaeological site and impressive on the entire route: Winaywayna and then by a road covered with tropical vegetation, to Intipunku (“Gate of the Sun”), where we will have the first fabulous view of Machu Picchu. Here begins the final descent to the Inca citadel where we arrive to a privileged hour, so that is not common to see many tourists. Finally we descend by bus to Aguas Calientes, to rest and sleep in the hotel. Hotel: Aguas Calientes / Meals: B+L+D

 

Day 9: Machu Picchu to Cusco

Today we visit very carefully Machu Picchu citadel. Upon our arrival we will have a complete guided tour of the site and then free time to explore by ourselves. Optionally, you can climb to the top of Huayna Picchu, from where we will see a unique way of the citadel, from a different angle, with a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountain peaks and the great canyon of Urubamba. In the afternoon, we’ll take a bus to the town of Aguas Calientes to board the train that will take us back to Cusco. Hotel: Cusco /  Meals: B+L+D

 

Day 10: Cusco to Lima

Transfer from the hotel to the airport at Cusco.  Meals: D

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“Everything on the trip was perfect: the food, accommodations, guides and service. We avoided big crowds during the trek, which made the experience much more private and enjoyable. I would not hesitate in recommending Terra Explorer Peru to anyone that wants to make the Inca Trail an unforgettable experience!”.

Francisco R.