MACHU PICHU EXPED

     PERU 2021 – Nordic Walk the Inca Trail

 

   

  ITINERY – (we fly out of UK June 21st from London)

Day 1 / Date: June 22nd Destination: Out / Lima Meals included: None 

Welcome to Lima, the “City of Kings”. Upon arrival to the airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. Your Tour Leader will meet you for a welcome briefing & some tips during your stay in Lima. While Peru’s capital officially began life in 1535, when Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro founded the city on the Day of the Three Kings, settlements had been scattered through the valley since before the Incas. The city was built on top of an existing palace and temples that belonged to the local chief who had little choice but to move on. Lima was in its prime during the Spanish colonial days and much of the city’s attraction now lies in its well-preserved historical centre. 

Accommodation
Señorial Hotel 3* (Standard room) or similar 

Day 2 / Date: June 23rdDestination: Lima / Cusco Meals included: Breakfast 

In the morning, you will be transferred to the airport to take your flight to Cusco. 

Arrive in Cusco, historic heartland and former capital of the Incan Empire. You will be transferred to your hotel. Cusco is a favourite destination of many visitors to Peru. As you wander the streets and side alleys of the city you will witness the perfect tapering Inca stonework that provided the foundations for many of Cusco’s colonial and modern buildings. The city itself is the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city and was the home of the Inca Empire for two centuries before the Spanish built their first capital here. Today Cusco is a fascinating combination of both cultures. Take the time to acclimatize to the city’s 3450-metre high (11,150 ft) altitude. 

This afternoon, your Tour Leader will take you on an orientation walking tour around the centre of the city. On the way you will see the Stone of Twelve Angles at the Inca Roca Palace, on Hatun Rumilloc Street and the façade of the Qoricancha temple, considered the most important temple of the Inca Empire. 

Then, you’ll head to the heart of the city, “the Plaza de Armas”, surrounded by colonial arcades and four churches. In this place you will find the beautiful “Cathedral” of Cusco, built in the XVI. You will visit the Coca Museum and learn about the Inca’s Sacred Leaf. Finally, you will explore the San Pedro Market where you will find vegetables, meats, local cheeses (which you should certainly try), local chocolates, herbal medicines and many local handicrafts. It’s a great place to purchase some souvenirs. The market is also a place where many locals go to eat mystery soups. Some may be just chicken; however, the most popular amongst the locals are usually the more unusual ones like frog soups or soups that contains nose to tail of various animals. 

  • Accommodation
    Warari Hotel 3* (Standard room) or similar
  • Day 3 / Date: June 24th Destination: Cusco
    Meals included: Breakfast and box lunch

    The unique Inti Raymi or Sun Festival is a religious Inca ceremony that takes place every 24th of June in Cusco. It was the most important religious ceremony of the Inca Empire in honour of the Sun God (Inti) and is celebrated in the shortest day of the year in terms of the time between sunrise and sunset (Winter solstice). At Inti Raymi; the Inca, the priests and all the people pay homage to the sun god.
    At around 08:00hrs we will go walking to the Qoricancha (Tempe of the Sun) where the ceremony starts; then at 10:30hrs we will go to the main square of Cusco city where the second scene will be held. After that, at 13:00hrs you will go by our private vehicle to the Sacsayhuaman fortress (3 km from Cusco City) where you will see the special or the main scene. In this place you will enjoy of the representations and the typical dances. We will be sitting in a comfortable tribune. Box lunch is included. The tour ends at about 16:30hrs with the transfer back. You will be arriving at 17:30hrs to your hotel. Accommodation
    Warari Hotel 3* (Standard room) or similar

Day 4 / Date: June 25th
Destination: Cusco / Sacred Valley of the Incas / Ollantaytambo Meals included: Breakfast 

Today, you will visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas. 

On the way to the valley, you will visit the huge “Inca Ceremonial Centre of Sacsayhuaman”. This enormous structure overlooks the city of Cusco. Its constructions are amazing, with huge rocks perfectly fitted. It is said that it took over 10,000 workers 50 years to build it. The origin of the temple of Sacsayhuaman is still today unknown. The archaeologist attributed its construction to the Period of the Inca Pachacutec. 

Later on, you will continue your excursion to the Sacred Valley, stopping on the way at a point known as El Mirador, from where you will be able to see the whole Sacred Valley and receive a good insight of the Inca history. The Sacred Valley was undoubtedly a key area of settlement to the Incas; its combination of agreeable climate and fertile plains bestow an unusual abundance for the high Andes. Here the Incas sculpted the mountain flanks with vast contour terracing and irrigation channels. Our driver and guide will suggest you the best points for pictures. 

You will drive towards the ruins of Pisac to see and learn about different aspects of Inca culture. You can see a great fine art of stone works and impressive agricultural terraces all over the place. Then, we visit the town of Pisac and wander through the local market, known for its multi- coloured textiles, local foods, and indigenous clothing – a great opportunity to pick up some souvenirs as well as take some great photos. 

In the afternoon, you will drive along the Urubamba River towards the town of Ollantaytambo. When you arrive in Ollantaytambo you’ll see it’s a magnificent example of Incan urban planning. It’s one of the few places where the Incas defeated the Spanish. You will stay this night in this beautiful town. 

Accommodation
Tunupa Lodge Hotel 3* (Standard room) or similar 

Day 5 / Date: June 26th Destination: Ollantaytambo Meals included: Breakfast 

In the morning, you will visit the ruins of Ollantaytambo, an important Inca construction built during the Inca’s heydays. This is an extraordinary Inca place where besides the ruins you may also see an amazing rock formation representing the Inca god Wiracocha. Afterwards, you will return to your hotel. 

Rest of the day will be free. Your Tour Leader will organize different optional activities in this town and in the Sacred Valley. 

Accommodation
Tunupa Lodge Hotel 3* (Standard room) or similar 

Day 6 / Date: June 27th
Destination: Ollantaytambo / Inca Trail Trek Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner 

During the next four days you’ll be hiking the Classic Inca Trail. While away from Ollantaytambo, the bulk of your luggage will be stored at your hotel. The evening before you leave Ollantaytambo, you’ll receive a small duffle bag to carry your clothes in during the trek (5 kg maximum). Your team of porters will carry these 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. 

Today is the start of the Inca Trail trek. Transfer by bus to trailhead at Piscacucho, on the Vilcanota River. Hike along the Vilcanota River beneath the impressive snow-capped Nevado Veronica through cactus gardens and fields of corn to the enormous Inca ruins of Llactapata, and then continue up a side valley to camp in the hamlet of Huayllabamba. 

Accommodation
Camping at the Inca Trail Trek (Tents) 

Day 7 / Date: June 28th
Destination: Inca Trail Trek
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner 

Today is the most difficult part of the trek as you climb to Warminwanusca, or Dead Woman’s Pass (4200m). Along the way you will trek through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery to be seen anywhere in the Andes. This is the first and highest of three Andean passes on the Inca Trail, with breath-taking views over the snow- capped Vilcanota and Vilcabama mountain ranges. Ahead of you, you will see the ruins of Runkuracay and in the valley below, Rio Pacamayo (Sunrise River). Here the trail changes from dirt to steps and stone pathways, your route will take you through a landscape dotted with rural hamlets, grazing llamas and well- preserved remnants of the Incan culture. Although it’s not too arduous, you will still need to make a steep descent to the valley below, where you will camp beneath the cliff tops at Pacamayo (3600m), overlooking the cloud forest. 

Accommodation
Camping at the Inca Trail Trek (Tents) 

Day 8 / Date: June 29th
Destination: Inca Trail Trek
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner 

You will climb up to the oval shaped ruin of Runkurakay, which is believed to have once been an Inca tambo or post house. Pushing on up the Inca staircase and beside two tiny and fast diminishing mountain lakes, you will be rewarded at the summit of your second pass (3900m) with spectacular views of Pumasillo (6245m) and the entire snow-capped Vilcabamba range. From here it will be a steep descent and then ascent to your third pass and the ruins of Phullupatamarca, where we embark on a long descent into a beautiful orchid-filled cloud forest. The scenery will blow you away! Butterflies flutter across the trail and the air is pure and clean as you head to breath-taking Winaywayna (2650m). 

Accommodation 

Camping at the Inca Trail Trek (Tents) 

  • Day 10 / Date: July 1st
    Destination: Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu / Cusco Meals included: Breakfast

    Today, you will visit the site of Machu Picchu. You will get into the archaeological zone and the tour guide will show you the most important sectors of this great Inca City, such as the great Intiwatana (solar clock), the Sun Temple, the urban sector, the agricultural sector among others. Machu Picchu was long thought to be legendary. Then in 1911, the explorer Hiram Bingham stumbled upon it remains. Machu Picchu stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height; its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. After the guided tour, you will have a free time to take more photos on your own.
    Then you will take the bus back to the town followed by the afternoon train towards the town of Ollantaytambo. Once in this town, you will take the private transportation to Cusco. On route, you will pick up your baggage left at the hotel in Ollantaytambo.
    Included Activities
  • Day 11 / Date: July 2ndDestination: Cusco / Out Meals included: Breakfast
    At proper time, you’ll be transferred to the airport of Cusco to take the flight back to Lima, followed by your international departure flight. 

Meals/drinks
10 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 1 box lunch and 3 Dinners 

Accommodation Hotel x 7 nights Camping x 3 nights 

Included Activities As per the itinerary 

Transport
Flights – London to Lima – lima to Cusco

Air-conditioned vehicle transfers throughout and train

Exclusions: 

  • Tour guide for free time or days 
  • Optional activities
  • Any visas required
  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Early check in or late check out at hotels
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips for leaders, guide and driver
  • Expenditure of personal nature
  • Personal Insurance 

As always any questions let me know

NR DEPOSIT 250 PP – this will secure your place

FULL PAYMENT( 3725)  BY (March 23rd 2021)

SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT IS 200

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Note: The Inca Trail is within the abilities of most reasonably fit people, but please come prepared, as the trail is 45 kilometres long and often steep. Each day’s journey generally consists of seven hours of walking (uphill and downhill), with stops for snacks and lunch. Trekking usually begins at 7 am (except on the fourth morning) and you reach the campsite around 5 pm. Accommodation on the trek is camping (three nights). Double tents (twin-share) and foam camping mats will be provided. The porters will set up the tents while the cook prepares meals. 

Ben Nevis is UK’s highest point at 4,411 ft

Cusco City 11,150 ft

Pumasillo 20,488 ft

Machu Pichu 8,000 ft

Brown Willy (Bodmin Moor) 1,378 ft

The Shard London 1,017 ft

Doublebois 427 ft

I will be sending out regular e mails with fitness advice so we are all well prepared and always available for advice 

Updated: August 9, 2019 — 9:55 am