Sacred Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu 4 Days
The sacred Inca trail to Machu Picchu is a new route that starts from the city of Cusco, we will go in our private transport to the north-west of the city of Cusco, during the first rays of the sun we will visit the typical market of Pisac, and appreciate its fine handicrafts, also the traditional ovens where some small empanadas are made in the Cusco style.
And after having been imbued with a lot of information on history and culture, we will start our sacred inca trail hike through the mountains of Apu Kusanpata, passing through beautiful forests of Queuñas and Chachacomos, to Lake Yanacocha, a sacred inca trail space since time immemorial. Continuing the trip you will go up to the high peaks of the apu Illahuaman, from where you have a fabulous view of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and be part of an offering ceremony to the sacred apus of the Quechua people, with the coca leaves, with our Andean priest of Q’eros.
- Enjoy and share a great Inca experience accompanied by an expert guide.
- Delight yourself with the best cuisine that Peru has through a delicious dish prepared by our expert chef.
- Meet local people with picturesque costumes that keep the culture of the places where they live alive.
- Experience the beauty of beautiful gorges, mountains surrounded by plants and animals of various varieties.
- Share a unique experience with the Andean priests of the Q’ero nation. Who are the last descendants of the true Inca culture, they will teach you all about their rituals and traditions about offerings to mother earth.
Inclusions of this tour
CUSCO - HUAYOCCARI - YANACOCHA LAKE
Our guides will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 5:00 am, then we will go to the Sacred Valley of the Incas with our private transport. The first stop will be at the Taray viewpoint where you can see the beautiful sacred valley, with its corn crops. Very close is the town of Pisac where we will visit a traditional clay oven, where delicious empanadas and breads are prepared in the Cusco style. You can also visit the typical market of Pisac, where you can buy some crafts.
Right there you can take advantage if you want to have your breakfast in one of the restaurants near the square. Continuing with the trip we will make another stop at the archaeological complex of Urco, where we will visit the great terraces of the Inca period, with their water channels, by the way these are still being cultivated by the local inhabitants. We also visit the sacred temple of Water, the astronomical observatory, and the royal houses of the Incas. At noon we will arrive at the Huayoccari sector where our porters are already waiting for us, and lunch is ready.
After a rest, we start the ascent walk to Lake Yanacocha, it will be a 3-hour walk along a path surrounded by forests of Queña, Chachacomos and wild flowers. Today we finish our walk with a view to the bottom of the Sacred Valley. The camp will be next to the Quellococha lagoon surrounded by fabulous mountains, at night you can enjoy a sky full of stars and the milky way.
ILLAHUAMAN PASS - SAN JUAN - YUCAY - OLLANTAYTAMBO
Today we will get up very early, after having a nutritious breakfast, we will start with the walk to the highest part of the circuit, which will be the Apu Illahuaman pass. From here you can appreciate a panoramic view of the Sacred Valley and the snow mountains of Veronica, Salkantay, Ausangate, Pitusiray and Sawasiray. It is here where our Andean priest will develop a sacred offering to the Apus or sacred mountains, and he will strengthen you with a lot of energy, as well as a balance of your chakras, with prayers and sacred songs. Afterwards, you will have to make a descent to the community of San Juan, there will be our lunch, you will also be able to know the local life of the inhabitants, who are dedicated to growing potatoes, and raising alpacas. Then the walk continues to the Yucay Valley, there you will discover the huge cultivation terraces of the Inca period, and also a lunar astronomical center. In the afternoon our transport will pick us up to take us to our lodge in Ollantaytambo.
Hotel in Ollantaytambo
CHACHABAMBA - WIÑAYHUAYNA - AGUAS CALIENTES
We will leave our Lodge early, to take the train to the start of the Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu. After 1h by train we will arrive at the site of Chachabamba. Where we will organize our backpacks, to explore the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. Before we must pass the control in charge of the park rangers, who will check our tickets and passports. The walk begins at 2000 meters, the first site you will visit is the ruins of Chachabamba, where your guide will give you a short introduction on the Inca trail to Machu Picchu.
From here it will be a slow ascent along the path surrounded by orchids and wild flowers, towards the ruins of Wiñaywayna. After 2 hours we arrive at the waterfalls sector, where you can take some photos, very close is the archaeological complex of Wiñayhuayna, which are the most beautiful ruins of the entire Inca Trail, together with your route guide you can visit the temples, granaries , palaces and water fountains. Then we go to the second control of the Machu Picchu national park, there our porter will offer us a lunch. Then we go through the jungle towards the Sun Gate, from where you will have the first impression of Machu Picchu. Today we will just come by and take some photos of the wonder of the world. To end the day, a local bus will take us to the town of Aguas Calientes where we will sleep in a comfortable Hotel. Dinner will be in a tourist restaurant.
Hotel Retama Machu Picchu
TOUR IN MACHU PICCHU - RETURN TO CUSCO
Today is a very important day as we are going to visit the citadel of Machu Picchu. For this, we will go up very early, and be the first visitors to the sacred sanctuary of Machu Picchu, if you have good luck, you will enjoy a sunrise surrounded by some llamas. We will start the tour from the guardian’s house, from where the classic photo of Machu Picchu is taken. You will visit the most important sites such as the house of the sun, sacred square, temple of condor, and the houses of the nobles. The guided tour lasts 2 hours, then you can stay a little longer in the sanctuary, since then you have to return to the town of Aguas Calientes, so you can have lunch, in any restaurant. Do not forget to be at the train station half an hour before the departure of your train, our company usually reserves the train tickets for the 14:30 pm schedule. This train will arrive at the town of Ollantaytambo where our driver awaits you, who will pick you up and drop you off at the door of your hotel in Cusco at approximately 7:00 pm.
Best season to travel
The best time to visit Peru is during the dry season, between May and November, when the weather is dry and bright, with more frequent rainfall occurring between November and April.
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