INCA TRAIL VITCOS TO MACHU PICCHU: 6D5N
INCA TRAIL VITCOS TO MACHU PICCHU: 6D5N
Inca trail is a unique trip that visits several Inka archaelogical sites of historical importance and features abundant observation of wildlife and flora within the multiplicity of Andean ecosystems, as well as a jungle experience. The setting is the Region of the Cordillera Vilcabamba, where enormous glaciated massifs – individually separated from one another by intervals of densely vegetated terrain- suddenly thrust upward from the jungle and cloud forest to loom at altitudes of 20,000 feet. A truly remarkable environment. Nevertheless, this is not an extremely demanding trip. Enjoy a milder type of adventure, rewarding in mind. body and spirit.4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS
We Provide and Include: Itinerary transport roundtrip from Cusco-Licensed, Bilingual, history and naturalist Tour Guides-All Itinerary Meals, including vegetarian & snacks, Safety orientation and Equipment for optional activities-First Aid kit and Oxygen-Tour specific Sleeping bags,air mattresses and Expedition grade tents-Dining tent, Cook & Services-Horses,Mules.Llamas for tour outfitting, wrangler staff, and emergency or back-up horse-Ecological, portable toilets-All Entrance Tickets-Bus up and down for Machu Picchu-Pre-purchased Return Train connections to Cusco.optional hikes in Machu picchu and Huayna picchu mountains and the Intipunku Inca trail.
Difficulty of the trek: easy to moderate, good regular physical conditions.
Day 1: Distance: 9km, Altitude: 3060 to 1950 mts, hours 3, 4, camping 3050mts
Day 2: Distance: 15km, Altitude: 1950 to 3900 mts, hours 7 camping 3000mts
Day 3: Distance: 14km, Altitude: 3000 to 4900mts, hours 8, camping 3000mts
Day 4: Distance: 13km, Altitude: 3000 to 1500mts, hours 8 camping 1500mts
Day 5: Distance: 13km, Altitude: 2780 to 2100mts, hours 6, and camping 2200mts
Day 6: Distance: 4km, Altitude: 2100 to 2450 mts, hours 6, and hotel 2060mts
Ecosystems: Scrub bush vegetation, Andean semi dry forest, cloud forest, inter Andean valleys. Grass land, alpine, glaciers.
Highlights: Some Inca remains. High biodiversity, flora, fauna. Ancient Inca road, sacred mountains, amazing landscape.
Climate: The temperature varies in between below ºC to 2ºC,morning ,night to 20ºC,middle day to 25ºC day.mountain climate sunny to cloudy,windy.
Note: For adjusting to tour altitude, we suggest one day tours like the Sacred Valley, River Rafting and the City Tour of Cusco. As Guides we offer 100% Gauranteed Information, for your sensibilities – about the best specific hotel rooms and services around Peru, like extra windows and other amenities.
We depart from Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire, and drive most of the day. We first pass trough Chinchero, a high plateau over 3700 meters then we go down to the Sacred Valley where we will see the Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo. Later we ascend to the Abra Malaga, at 4315 meters before continuing down trough the other side of the cordillera of Urubamba and passing through different ecosystems until we arrive at the Urubamba River. There we will raft in class I, II, and III rapids for two hours before stopping for lunch in a nice spot with beautiful views. In the afternoon we explore the area of Vitcos and Ñusta Hispana, watching for bird life, for 4 hours and about 7 kilometers round-trip. Camp is near the village of Huancacalle. (B, L, D).
Today we begin with fruit and cereal for breakfast before starting up to the Azutina Pass, altitude of 13,500 feet. Our 3-hour hike is rewarded with incredible views of the valleys and the mountains and a visit of the Inca ruins of Yuracrumi. We will see part of the Andean semidry forest with some native tree species like the Llaulli tree “Bernadesia Horrid” and Tancar trees “Duranta Armata” as well some species of finches and the giant hummingbird “Patagonia Gigas”.
Later we will continue trough the grassland area where we will see some species of grass like the “Ichu Stipa” and several bromeliads and we will again watch for hummingbirds. After lunch we hike for about 4 hours to the town of Pumachaca “bridge of the Pumas”, important because it is where some of the main Inca roads converge. This network system of Inca roads connected all of their cities, religious retreats, administrative centers and the military stations. We camp near the ruins of Inca Wasi. (B, L, D)
We hike on an original Inca road toward the town of Racachaca, at 12000 feet, after which we continue to Hatun Pampa, a grassland area at the highest point of our trip, the pass of Yanacocha, rising almost 15,500 feet. During this expedition we will see the Vilcabamba Mountain Range, a branch of the Andes, the impressive of Salcantay Peak at 6284 meters and the Lazuna Glacier, 5470 meters. In good weather we will also see Machu Picchu Mountain, 10,000 feet. We continue downward to the lagoon of Laccococha. After a break we will continue to our camp near Mutuypata, 10,000 feet, where we will share stories about our day and all the wildlife we saw on the trail. (B, L, D)
After a good breakfast we begin hiking at the edge of the cloud forest. We will be following the Sacsarayoc River into the valley of Mutuypata where we find hot springs and take time to relax in the warm water. After lunch we continue through the Yanatile River valley where we will see the impressive biodiversity of the high jungle, eventually coming to the village of Santa Teresa where we will stay overnight. (B, L, D) (Lodge)
Today we hike the Urubamba River to the hydroelectric dam where we will board the train to the town of Aguas Calientes, enjoying beautiful views of Machu Picchu from the gorge of the Urubamba River. After lunch and a visit to hot springs, there is time to relax and visit the hot springs in town, or visit the botanical gardens, or hike to one of the mountains nearby. Putucusi Mountain is about a 3-hour hike. We spend the night at the Plus hotel, 3 stars. (B, L, D).
After a good breakfast we take the bus to Machu Picchu, about a 25-minute ride. If the weather is nice, we can try to catch sunrise at Machu Picchu Citadel. Following the full tour, we have free time to relax or hike Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu Mountain, or hike a short section of the Inca trail called Intipunku. After lunch we have time to relax, enjoy, take pictures and see the wildlife. In the afternoon we take the train back to Cusco. (B,L) Hotel.
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