Views : Pacaymayu, Sayacmarka, Machu Picchu,Cusco
The Inca Empire, called "Tahuantinsuyo" stretched from the present-day Ecuador to Chile today, then its capital was Cusco, which means Navel of the World. The Incas were, according to the Spaniards of the sixteenth century, the best organized society in the world. This empire of a huge but perfectly organized infrastructure. The media were also well organized, thanks to the access roads and messengers (Chasquis) who roamed the territory, as well as to transmit information or orders to deliver goods.
Anecdotally, we will mention for example that the Inca in Cusco (in the middle of the Andes) could eat fresh fish every day, 3 hours after you have fished in the sea; while the Spaniards took them two weeks to go riding on the coast to the imperial capital, Cusco. The "Descendant of the Sun" deserved at least that.
The existence of Machu Picchu is still subject to controversy. It must have been a place of residence of the Inca, a place of refuge or fortress and why not the "Lost City - El Dorado". But the truth is that its access from the Capital was also well implemented, it is the famous Inca Trail.
Pick-up from hotel early in the morning at 06:00 a.m, transfer by bus to Km. 82 starting point of our walk, we'll pass through the villages of Chinchero, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo. The first section of this circuit will be held along the Urubamba River with an excellent view of the snow-capped mountain Veronica (5,900 masl), we'll continue to the archaeological site of Llactapata by Cusi Chaca River Valley, we'll arrive near the village of Wayllabamba (3,000 masl) where we'll camp.
This day, we'll walk around 5 to 6 hours.
After breakfast, we'll start our walk, slowly we'll ascend to Warmiwañusca Pass (4,200 masl) through a beautiful forest of Queñua. We will have great views of the Andean landscape, we will reach Llulluchapampa (3,750 masl) typical Pampas at the foot of the Abra. After arriving at Warmiwañusca pass, we'll descend to Pacaymayo Valley (3,620 masl) where we're gonna camp. Here, we could enjoy the extraordinary construction of the Inca Trail.
This day, we'll walk around 7 to 8 hours.
After breakfast, we'll start our trek, this is one of the most beautiful days of the Inca trail. We'll visit the archaeological site of Runkurakay from which a spectacular view of the area, remount the passage of the same name (3,800 masl), then continue towards the archaeological sites of Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca and Wiñaywayna which are linked by a wonderful path of original Inca white granite, among the lush vegetation of the forest. We'll observe the remarkable balance achieved by the Incas and their environment. Our camp is located near the archaeological site of Wiñaywayna (2,700 masl).
This day, we'll walk around 8 hours.
This day, we'll get up early at 04:00 p.m. We'll take the breakfast and start walking at 05:00 p.m. We'll saiy good bye to the porters because they return to Cusco with all the camping equipment.
We will make our walk through a typical dense rainforest vegetation towards the "Puerta del Sol/Sungate" or Inti Punku where we will have a tremendous panoramic view of the Inca Citadel. In Machu Picchu, we're getting at approximately 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" where we're gonna 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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