Wednesday, August 12, 2015

3 day Inca Trail

Our 3 day Inca Trail trek offers travelers the opportunity to trek the roads built by the Incas . This trek is the perfect length for those looking for a short adventure leading to the amazing world wonder of Machu Picchu!     



We start the day picking you up from Regocijo Plaza and then travel by bus to Piskacucho, also know as kilometer 82, this is where our journey begins. We will have breakfast in Ollantaytambo, this meal is not included!  Upon arrival at kilometer 82, we will have some free time. It will be necessary to show your entrance tickets, passports and student card at the trail's first control point. At the beginning of the trail, we will cross the Vilcanota River and follow it along its right side. The first day is relatively easy and we will have incredible views of the Incan fortress of Huillca Raccay, the vast Incan site of Llactapata, also known as Patallacta. We will get to see how the Urubamba mountain range divides the jungle, the Andes and the beautiful snow capped peak of W'akay Willca, known in books as Veronica. Our first campsite will be in Llulluchapampa located two hours and a half up towards the small village of Wayllabamba. 

After having breakfast, we will continue our journey with a steep ascent towards the highest pass. (Abra de Warrmihuañusca or Dead Woman's Pass) On this day, a real sense of achievement is felt upon reaching the top. After resting, we descent for an hour and a half until reaching Pacaymayu. Then, we continue on for two hours climbing steep terrain towards Runkuraqay Pass. Finally, we descent to reach our lunch stop, located at Chaquicocha. After reaching the third pass, we will get the opportunity to visit the Incan site of Phuyupatamarca. Then, we continue walking through the cloud forest until reaching the Incan site of Intipata. Afterwards, we will reach our second campsite called Wiñay Wayna. A short distance from our campsite is the Incan site called Wiñay Wayna (meaning Forever Young). Along the way up the pass, we will get to see a variety of birds including hummingbirds. We will also have time to admire the variety of native plants and trees along the way, including the Polylepis or Q'ueuña trees.

 On our final day, we will leave the campsite in the early morning.  We will journey towards the Sun gate or Inti Punku in order to catch the sunrise. This will be the place where you will have your first dramatic view of Machu Picchu with the sun above it. Afterwards, we will walk down the trail to a spot where you'll be able to take the classic picture postcard shot. Finally, we will visit Machu Picchu itself. Your guide will give a 2 hour walking tour of the citadel and then you will have time to explore the citadel by yourselves.There is the option to hike up Wayna Picchu. Based on new regulations, tickets to hike up this mountain need to be booked in advanced. There are two time slots: 7 - 8 am and 10 - 11 am. If you choose the 7 am slot, you will miss the Machu Picchu tour. Your guide will meet you in Aguas Calientes for lunch and give your return train tickets back to Cusco. Train included in all tours are to Ollantaytambo and then by bus to Cusco. You can always arrange an extra night in Aguas Calientes. This option is popular as it gives travelers more time to explore the area including Machu Picchu.   

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