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Travel to MachuPicchu
Travel to MachuPicchu
Travel to MachuPicchu
Travel to MachuPicchu
Travel to MachuPicchu

All South 16d

We’ll tour Lima and Cusco as well as visiting the Sacred Valley of the Incas and hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

duration : 16 Days | 15 Nights

WONDERFULL ACTIVE CIRCUIT: LIMA, AREQUIPA, PUNO AND CUSCO 13 DAYS 12 NIGHTS

The Peruvian government has strict limitations on how many people are permitted to use the Inca Trail (permits are issued to about 200 trekkers per day and about 300 porters/guides with a total of 500 permits issued daily). We recommend booking the Inca Trail as early as possible, sometimes even 6 months in advance!.

We also recommend booking the Inca Trail trek before booking your hotels, flights, etc., since Inca Trail permits are limited!.

Daily departures are available throughout the year (March through January-February the Inca Trail is closed), even though the recommended period for this trek is April to October because it is the dry season.

All private service departure dates are adapted to your request any day you choose. Also contact us for group departure date availability.

Day 1: DAY 1: LIMA


  • Flight to Lima.
  • Welcome, reception and transfer to the select hotel.
  • Overnight in Lima.

DAY 1:  LIMA

Flight to Lima.
Welcome, reception and transfer to the select hotel.
Overnight in Lima.


DAY 1:  LIMA

Day 2: DAY 02: LIMA RELAX


  • Breakfast the hotel.
  • Free day for personal activities
  • Overnight in Lima.

DAY 02: LIMA RELAX

Breakfast the hotel.
Free day for personal activities

Overnight in Lima.


DAY 02: LIMA RELAX

Day 3: DAY 03: LIMA – AREQUIPA RELAX


  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • At convenient hour transfer to airport
  • Flight Lima – Arequipa (NOT INCLUDE)
  • Reception in the airport and transfer to the hotel.
  • Overnight in Arequipa.

DAY 03: LIMA – AREQUIPA RELAX

Breakfast at the hotel.

At convenient hour transfer to airport
Flight Lima – Arequipa (NOT INCLUDE)

Reception in the airport and transfer to the hotel.

Overnight in Arequipa.


DAY 03: LIMA – AREQUIPA RELAX

Day 4: DAY 04: AREQUIPA – PUNO


  • Free morning for personals activities.
  • At convenient hour transfer to the bus station
  • 19:30pm Arrival to Puno and transfer the hotel
  • Night accommodation in Puno

DAY 04: AREQUIPA – PUNO

Breakfast at the hotel.
Free morning for personals activities.

At convenient hour transfer to the bus station

19:30pm Arrival to Puno and transfer the hotel

Night accommodation in Puno


DAY 04: AREQUIPA – PUNO

Day 5: DAY 05: PUNO / TITICACA / UROS & TAQUILE ISLANDS


  • Visit to the Uros Floating Island
  • Visit the island of Taquile
  • return to Puno
  • Overnight at Puno

DAY 05: PUNO / TITICACA / UROS & TAQUILE ISLANDS

Am. Breakfast at the hotel.
07:00 After breakfast visit to the Uros Floating Island, where you can appreciate their customs and in particular the construction of the islands and their houses built with totora that is a typical aquatic plant of the island, later the island of Taquile to appreciate their customs, lunch included in the island; return to Puno and transfer to the hotel.

Overnight at Puno.


DAY 05: PUNO / TITICACA / UROS & TAQUILE ISLANDS

Day 6: DAY 06: PUNO – CUSCO


  • Transfer to the bus station
  • Visit the Lithic Museum of the ruins of Pucará
  •  La Raya
  • Raqchi
  • The Church in Andahuaylillas
  • Arrival in Cusco and transfer to the hotel.
  • Overnight at Cusco.

DAY 06: PUNO – CUSCO

Am. Breakfast at the hotel.
06:00 Transfer to the bus station for the connection to the Imperial city of Cusco by Tourist bus in excursion service with 4 stops en route to visit the Lithic Museum of the ruins of Pucará, La Raya, Raqchi and the Church in Andahuaylillas; additionally an additional stop will be made in Sicuani for lunch. Arrival in Cusco and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight at Cusco.


DAY 06: PUNO – CUSCO

Day 7: DAY 07: CITY TOUR CUSCO + 4 NEARBY RUINS


  • City Tour Cusco, visiting the tourist attractions such as the Main Square and Koricancha. 
  • Visit the four nearby ruins of the city: Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay
  • return to the Hotel.
  • Overnight at Cusco.

DAY 07: CITY TOUR CUSCO + 4 NEARBY RUINS

Breakfast at the hotel.
Rest of the morning free for air conditioning.
14:00 For the City Tour, visiting the tourist attractions such as the Main Square, Koricancha, then visit the four nearby ruins of the city located 15 minutes: Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay, return to the Hotel.
Overnight at Cusco.


DAY 07: CITY TOUR CUSCO + 4 NEARBY RUINS

Day 8: DAY 08: SACRED VALLEY TOUR


  • Full day excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas 
  • Visit the pampas of Calca, Lamay
  • The Indian Market of Pisaq
  • Visit the Fortress of Ollantaytambo
  • Overnight at Sacred Valley.

DAY 08: SACRED VALLEY TOUR

Am. Breakfast at the hotel.
Full day excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where you will visit the pampas of Calca, Lamay, the Indian Market of Pisaq, lunch included in one of the tourist restaurants of Urubamba.
In the afternoon we will visit the Fortress of Ollantaytambo, at the end of the visit they separate from Overnight at Sacred Valley.


DAY 08: SACRED VALLEY TOUR

Day 9: DAY 09: TRANSFER BY ITEP VAN FROM CUSCO TO KM 82 “INKA TRAIL ENTRANCE”


  • Transfer to the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Transfer to Piscacucho, which is called kilometer 82.  
  • Views of the Incan Fortress (‘Huillca Raccay’) and Inka site of Llactapata (officially called ‘Patallacta’)
  • The first campsite is in Wayllabamba 

 

 


DAY 09: TRANSFER BY ITEP VAN FROM CUSCO TO KM 82 “INKA TRAIL ENTRANCE”

Today begins your adventure of a lifetime.  We will pick you up from your hotel in our private van very early in the morning at 5:30am.  You will be transferred to the Sacred Valley of the Inkas, where our van going to take us to Piskacucho, which is called kilometer 82, where the Classic Inca Trail begins.  On the way, we stop for breakfast in Ollantaytambo at 6:30-7am to load up on energy for our start of the trail.  (Breakfast is not included). Upon arrival at kilometer 82 at 11:30am, we will have some time to organize ourselves, At the Inka Trail first control point be ready to show your entrance tickets, passports and (if paying a student rate) your student card.

At the start of the trail (2720m/8923ft) we cross the Vilcanota River and follow its route to the right. The first day is relatively easy, a warm-up along the Inka flat terrain.  There are great views of the Incan Fortress (‘Huillca Raccay’), the vast and incredible Inka site of Llactapata, (officially called ‘Patallacta’), and the beautiful snow-capped peak of ‘W’akay Willca’ (5860m/19225ft) known in books as Veronica. Our first campsite is in Wayllabamba (3000m/9842ft) in the temperate green valley with the same name. Temperatures at night are around 5ºC depending on the month.

During the day, we will enjoy spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains Veronica, (5,860m/19,337ft), the lush green valley around us and a myriad of flora and fauna.

 

Meals: Lunch, snacks, afternoon tea and dinner.

Accommodation: Camping facilities.

Distance: 11kms/6.8 miles (6 hours more or less of hiking)

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate.

Walking Time: Approximately 6 hours (including picnic lunch in route)

Walk and Terrain: Walk, canter on open roads, some steep ascending.


DAY 09: TRANSFER BY ITEP VAN FROM CUSCO TO KM 82 “INKA TRAIL ENTRANCE”

Day 10: DAY 10: TREKKING “WAYLLABAMBA TO PACAYMAYUC/ RUNKURAQAY”


  • Ascent towards the Warmihuañusca or ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’ at 4200m/13779ft 
  • Arrive to Pacaymayu (3,550m/11,646ft)
  • Climb to Runkuraqay pass (almost 4,000m/13,123ft). 

DAY 10: TREKKING “WAYLLABAMBA TO PACAYMAYUC/ RUNKURAQAY”

After waking up at 5 to 5:30am and enjoying a hot breakfast, we start a steep ascent towards the highest pass, abra de Warmihuañusca or ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’ at 4200m/13779ft.  On this day, you will feel a real sense of achievement upon reaching the top! After a well-deserved rest, we begin the descent to where we stop for lunch, which is located at Pacaymayu (3,550m/11,646ft).

On our way up to the pass, we will be able to see an arrange of hummingbirds and a combination of other species of bird life. There will be plenty of time to appreciate the incredible variety of native plants and the ´Polylepis´ or Q’ueuña trees which grow in the astonishing cloud forest located at 3650m/11972ft! After lunch, begins the second two-hour steep climb to Runkuraqay pass (almost 4,000m/13,123ft). We arrive at our campsite by 5:00 pm. Temperatures at this campsite are around 4ºC during the night.

  • Meals: Breakfast, water, lunch, snacks, afternoon tea and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities.
  • Distance: 16kms/10mls (9 hours more or less of hiking time)
  • Difficulty: Moderate/challenge.

DAY 10: TREKKING “WAYLLABAMBA TO PACAYMAYUC/ RUNKURAQAY”

Day 11: DAY 11: TREKKING “PACAYMAYUC TO WIÑAYHUAYNA”


  • Climb to visit the archaeological site of ‘Phuyupatamarca’. 
  • Walking down to the Incan site of ‘Intipata.
  • Arrive at our third campsite Wiñay Wayna. (2680m/8792ft). 

DAY 11: TREKKING “PACAYMAYUC TO WIÑAYHUAYNA”

This is the most impressive day so far; keep this in mind as you ascend on day three! We wake up for breakfast at 6am and start the day with a gentle climb to visit the archaeological site of ‘Phuyupatamarca’ (meaning ‘Town in the Clouds’).  Here we reach the third highest point on the Inka trail (3680m/). The views of the mountains, canyons and surrounding areas are spectacular! The Inca site of ‘Phuyupatamarca’, is located a few minutes’ walk from the third pass.  After visiting this site, we continue walking down 3000 stairs through the cloud forest to the impressive agricultural Incan site of ‘Intipata. After taking some time to visit this site, we continue until we arrive at our third campsite Wiñay Wayna. (2680m/8792ft). Today, we will only walk about 4 to 5 hours.  We arrive at camp by lunchtime!  Temperatures during the night are about 12º C. A short walk from our campsite is the famous Incan site of ‘Wiñay Wayna’ (‘Forever Young’). Even if you are feeling tired after your day’s trek, it´s a moment you cannot miss, the most impressive site on the Inca trail.

  • Meals: Breakfast, water, lunch, snacks, afternoon tea and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities and cold showers.
  • Distance: 10kms/6.2mls (5 hours more or less of hiking)
  • Difficulty: Moderate

DAY 11: TREKKING “PACAYMAYUC TO WIÑAYHUAYNA”

Day 12: DAY 12: TREKKING “WIÑAYHUAYNA – INTI PUNKU & MACHUPICCHU GUIDED TOUR”


  • Arriving to Inti Punku or The Sun Gate.
  • The majestic view of Machu Picchu Citadel 
  • Tour to Machu Picchu and free time to explore the site on your own.
  • Back to Cusco
  • transfer to your hotel in Cusco

DAY 12: TREKKING “WIÑAYHUAYNA – INTI PUNKU & MACHUPICCHU  GUIDED TOUR”

At around 4:00am it´s time to wake up, have breakfast and start day 4 on the Inka trail to get to Machu Picchu on time. This is the final part of your journey, arriving by 6:00am to reach Inti Punku or The Sun Gate. At that point, the majestic Machu Picchu Citadel is in front of us with its intense beauty – an incredible sight for all to see. The reality of what the Inca people must have encountered on their taxing journey to this expansive temple of Machu Picchu. At this point, we walk downhill towards the Machu Picchu Citadel. (2400m/7872 ft.) After walking 40 minutes, we enter the citadel from the top through the “House of the Guardians”. From there we proceed to the control point where we register and leave our belongings. Your professional guide will direct you throughout the astounding ruins and its main streets. You can wander around the town squares as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made from stone. Machu Picchu is considered as the world’s spiritual center by esoteric wisdom. Once the guided tour is over, you will have free time to explore the site on your own.

You will also have time to indulge in a few of the following activities on your own if you choose (not included in the price)

  • Climb up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from there.
  • Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the new local museum or   bathe in the hot springs.

Back to Cusco: You will descend to Aguas Calientes and later board the Expedition train to the Ollantaytambo Train Station “Train departure time can vary according train schedule and availability”. In Ollantaytambo Train station you will meet our private van and be transferred to your hotel in Cusco.

Meals: Breakfast
Distance: 8.9kms/5.5mls “By Bus in 25 minutes”
Difficulty: Easy

*** Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountains hike depends on availability; please let us know if you want to add one of these extra hikes at the time of your booking.

*** We only take ITEP EcoTravel clients in our vans / cars – We do not use public transport.


DAY 12: TREKKING “WIÑAYHUAYNA – INTI PUNKU & MACHUPICCHU  GUIDED TOUR”

Day 13: DAY 13: CUSCO – LIMA


  • Transfer hotel - airport.
  • Flight Cusco – Lima. (NOT INCLUDE)
  • Arrival to Lima.

DAY 13: CUSCO – LIMA

Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer hotel - airport.
Flight Cusco – Lima. (NOT INCLUDE)
Arrival to Lima.
Waiting at the airport for international flight.


DAY 13: CUSCO – LIMA

INCLUDES

  • Transfer Airport/Station to hotel to Airport/Station – Lima, Cusco and Puno.
  • Round-trip flight Lima – Cusco – Lima.
  • 2 nights hotel in Lima.
  • 4 nights hotel in Cusco.
  • 2 nights hotel in Puno.
  • City Tour Lima.
  • City Tour Cusco.
  • Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour.
  • Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu (see what is included for trek below).
  • Tourist bus from Cusco to Puno (includes lunch and drinks during trip).
  • Lake Titicaca guided tour (visit Uros Floating Islands and Taquile Island).
  • Lunch on Taquile Island.
  • Tourist motorized boat for Titicaca Lake tour.
  • Transfers from/to hotel and Lake Titicaca harbor.
  • Briefing (usually scheduled one or two days before your trek).
  • Tourist bus to beginning of trek.
  • Inca Trail entrance ticket.
  • Machu Picchu entrance ticket.
  • First Aid basic equipment and oxygen for emergencies.
  • Professional bilingual (Spanish/English) guide (guides who speak other languages upon request).
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners (vegetarian, vegan, etc. dietary requirements available if requested during time of booking at no extra charge).
  • 1 Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Expedition Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (see note about train availability, changes in times, etc.)
  • Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco

NOT INCLUDED

  • Drinks and personal expenses.
  • Tips.
  • National/international phone calls.
  • Other items/activities not included in itinerary.
  • Breakfast Day 1 of trek, Lunch and dinner on the last day of trek.
  • Entrance fees for Thermal Baths in Aguas Calientes ($4)
  • Porter to carry your personal belongings
  • Backpack storage at Machu Picchu (3 soles)
  • Water for your water bottles. You can buy water along the way or bring water purification tablets
  • Activities and items not included in the itinerary

NEED

  • You should bring your original passport (International Student card (ISIC) if applicable)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain jacket
  • Warm jacket, hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or camel bags
  • Water for the first day, but on the way it is possible to buy bottles of water from local families.
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and films

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