Views : Salkantay
The Mountain Range of Vilcabamba was chosen by the Incas to build the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This system was the most extensive and highly advanced transportation in pre-Columbian South America. These roads were used by the Incas to carry messages to and from Machu Picchu. During this tour, you will enjoy the real adventures of the Andes, with its breathtaking views of mountain glacier Salkantay (6200 meters high) spectacular rocky mountains, valleys, magnificent rivers, cloud forests and amazing flora and fauna, including llamas, alpacas, condors and orchids. We also have the opportunity to enjoy various Inca ruins along the way.
We'll pick you up from your hotel and travel by bus to the village of Mollepata. Along the way, we're gonna pass through the picturesque towns of the Pampas of Anta (Izcuchaca, Zurite, Ancahuasi). We'll stop in the valley of Limatambo where we'll see the ruins of Tarawasi and then continue to Mollepata where we will begin our adventure. In Mollepata, we will finish the arrangements for our trek and then begin the tour to our first camp in Markokasa.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
We'll start the Day 2 with a walk to Choquekiclla where we will see the majestic Salkantay and Humantay, a sacred mountain with snow-covered peak where we will camp on the slopes of this mountain (4,000 masl), in the afternoon, we will have the option to make a trek to the Lagoon Humantay (3 hours round trip).
After tea and breakfast, it is time to undertake the most challenging and rewarding trek yet so far. Your guide will take you to the INCA CHIRIASSCA (5,000 meters high) pass in a slow and steady pace always with the breathtaking views of mountain glaciers. Once you have reached the top, you will be treated with hot coca tea and great views of the beautiful valleys, lakes and possibly some spectacular birds such as condors and hawks. Then, you will begin to decline when an optional glacier walk, it only takes 30 minutes. After that, we'll continue down to the lunch spot where porters will be waiting with the traditional hot tea and a delicious lunch. The rest of the day, down walk downhill through green valleys and meandering streams with odd times stopping along the way to take spectacular photos, before arriving at their camp in the tiny village of 10 families.
We'll begin the walk through the Inca canal which leads to Paucarcancha where we'll enter the valley to reach Llulluchapampa Cusichaca (Incaracay) which would be as the traditional Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
On the fifth day, we'll ascend the first pass of Warmiwañuska at 4,200 masl. This is the highest point of the Inca Trail, and then we'll descend into the valley of Pakaymayu and continue our journey forward where we will visit archaeological sites and Sayacmarka Runquracay and then reach our camp at Chaquicocha 3,500 masl.
On day 6 of our trek, we'll provide a noticeable change in the climate, flora, and fauna, as we will be interning the cloud forest. Along the way, we will visit several archaeological sites during the course of the day.
This day, we'll get up early at 04:00 p.m. We'll have breakfast and start walking at 05:00 p.m. We'll say good bye to the porters because they'll return to Cusco with all the camping equipment.
We will make our walk through a typical dense rainforest vegetation towards "Puerta del Sol/Sungate" or Inti Punku where we will have a tremendous panoramic view of the Inca Citadel. In Machu Picchu, we'll be getting there at about 07:00 a.m, Once here, we will have a guided tour of 2 hours to visit the most important places of Machu Picchu. Then, we'll have free time to visit Machu Picchu on our own.In the afternoon, we will go to "Aguas Calientes/Hot Waters" where we'll take the train to return to Cusco.
Departure dates: We have groups for the Inca Trail every day of the year. Less in February when the Inca Trail is closed during the month. In February, you can visit Machu Picchu by train. More is not possible to do the Inca Trail.
Availability: Are allowed only 500 people per day are allowed to the Inca Trail. This figure includes tourists, guides, porters and chefs. Space is for all people who want to do the Inca Trail. So to make the Inca Trail, it is essential to book months in advance. The availability of quotas for the Inca Trail is the same for all agencies. Therefore, if there are no spaces available, no agency can get a room for the Inca Trail.
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