Machu Picchu Epic Adventure
August 15-22, 2020 Cusco, Peru
4 Days/3 Nights on the Inca Trail
3 Days/3 Nights in Hotels
$1,795.00 per person (double occupancy)
This hike is rated MODERATE to STRENUOUS
Imagine spending 7 days in Peru exploring one of the most iconic, ancient treasures of the world, Machu Picchu! Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, above the Urubamba River valley. Built in the 15th century and later abandoned, it’s renowned for its sophisticated dry-stone walls that fuse huge blocks without the use of mortar, intriguing buildings that play on astronomical alignments and panoramic views. Its exact former use remains a mystery. But it’s a bucket list item for any serious hiker! We’ll spend 2 days exploring Cusco and Ollantaytambo as we acclimate to the high altitudes before our hike. Then on Day 3, we hit the trail for 4 days, reaching Machu Picchu on our final day. After several hours of exploring Machu Picchu, we’ll take a 4 hour bus and train ride back to Cusco.
Day 1 – Cusco, Peru
As Cusco is a high altitude town (11,319′), we’ll arrive a few days early so you can spend some time acclimatizing. Due to the high altitude, the air is thinner and some people can suffer altitude sickness, regardless of age, gender or fitness. We’ll have a 2:00 PM Orientation Meeting with our guides, then walk about Cusco, visit the Chocolate Museum Visit & enjoy famous Hot Chocolate. You will also have a chance to take part in some of the optional activities available at an additional cost.
Accomodations: Awkis Dream Hotel (or similar)
Day 2 – The Sacred Valley
Travel by private bus through the Sacred Valley known as Wilcamayo to the Incas, a source of livelihood to the locals for hundreds of years. You’ll see maize crops covering the terraced valley walls and the sacred river beneath. Stop for lunch in a local community, and if it’s market day, browse the local handicrafts on offer, such as beads and ponchos. Continue your journey to the town of Ollantaytambo, which includes remnants of an Inca city and soaring views over the present-day settlement. Spend the night there.
Accommodations: Tunupa Lodge (or similar)
Day 3 – The Inca Trail
Today travel by minivan to the 82 kilometer marker and meet your crew of local porters, cook and guide. The first day includes uphill trekking to the campsite, which is at 10,170′ above sea level. On the way you’ll see the Inca sites of Ollantaytambo, Huillca Raccay and Llactapata, as well as incredible views of snow-capped Veronica Peak. In the evening, unwind at the campsite with a nourishing meal. Our team of porters will carry your bags for you, together with the food and equipment for the trail. Please note that you won’t have access to these items until the end of each day, as the porters will always be ahead of the group.
Day 4 – The Inca Trail
This is the most challenging day of the trek as you ascend a long steep path (approximately five hours) to reach the highest point of the trail. Colloquially known as ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’, Warmiwanusca sits at a height of 13,780′ above sea level, providing amazing views of the valley below. The group will then descend to the campsite in the Pacaymayo Valley at 11,075′. In the evening, unwind at the campsite with a nourishing meal.
Day 5 – The Inca Trail
Start the day with a climb through the Pacaymayo Valley to Runkuracay pass (13,058′). Enjoy views of the snow-capped mountain of Cordillera Vilcabamba before descending for around two to three hours to the ruins of Sayacmarca. Continue over the trail’s third pass to the ruins of Phuyupatamarca (12,631′), also known as ‘Town Above the Clouds’. Start the two-hour descent down the Inca steps to the final night’s campsite by the Winay Wayna archaeological site. In the evening, unwind at the campsite with a nourishing meal.
Day 6 – Machu Picchu
This is the final and most spectacular leg of the trek to Machu Picchu. The day starts before dawn with breakfast at 4 am. Say farewell to the porters as they descend to the train station and then begin hiking by 4.30 am. One the final checkpoint opens at 5 am, we begin the final leg of the trek. The walk to Intipunku (the Sun Gate) takes around two-and-a-half hours. Weather permitting, enjoy unforgettable views over the ‘Lost City of the Incas’ as you enter Machu Picchu through the Sungate. After taking advantage of the seemingly endless photo opportunities, it’s time to return to Cusco for a well-deserved shower and a Pisco sour. Your evening is then free for the last night of your adventure.
Day 7 – Cusco, Peru
Our adventure comes to an end today and there are no activities planned. After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll take ground transportation to the airport, where we’ll catch our flight back to the States to meet family and friends and tell them all about the most amazing trip ever!
Includes 3 days in Cusco and Ollantaytambo, Peru, 4 days on the Inca Trail with porters to carry your gear, all meals prepared for you while on the trail, mission briefings/spiritual direction each day, and ground transportation for the duration of your trip. Does not include airfare to Cusco, Peru. Does not include mandatory travel insurance.