The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with Colca Canyon (11 days)

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For those of you who want to explore the great outdoors and retrace steps of the Incas, this adventure trip is for you! See the temples and art of this ancient civilization in Cusco. Visit the Sacred Valley where your campsite becomes “home”. Walk through the Door of the Sun for your first glimpse of the Lost City of Machu Picchu. Take the train back to Cusco. Hike in Colca Canyon. Here you will see the endangered condors. Bath in healing hot springs. The Inca Trail with Colca Canyon gives you a new found zest for life!

Day 1 – Arrive Lima/Cusco
Arrive in Lima and transfer for your internal flight to Cusco. You will be met and driven to your accommodations. You have the rest of the day free to get used to the high altitude.
SAN AGUSTIN (2 nights)

Day 2 – Cusco
Sightseeing: After breakfast your city tour will show you this amazing colonial city built on the foundations of Inca palaces. You will visit the Koricancha, or Temple of the Sun, where you can appreciate the incredible masonry of the Incas, the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral with its carved woodworks, altars and paintings. Continue to the Inca fortress of Sacsahuamán, the underground cave and temple of Kenko and to Tambomachay, known as the Baths of the Inca.(B)

Day 3 – Cusco/Ollantaytambo/Inca
Depart from your hotel at 4:30 a.m. and transfer to the Sacred Valley and into Ollantaytambo, where you will stop to collect porters and equipment. You will have time to visit the surrounding area of Ollantaytambo before traveling on to kilometer 82, where you will begin your trek. To start the pace will be slow to allow for acclimatization and soon you will stop at your first archaeological complex, Llactapata, at kilometer 88 (2,550 m above sea level). After a brief visit to the archaeological complex continue your walk to Wayllabama for the first night’s camp. (B,L,D)

Day 4 – Inca Trail
Today’s hike may be the most difficult with the steepest incline. After breakfast begin your walk through the valley of Wallabamba. On your journey you will be able to observe the nature and ecological change of the area as you ascend to Yuncachimpa, where you will climb to Llulluchapampa at 3750 m. From this point you will be able to appreciate the valley of Huayanay and the first stop Warmiwañusca, located at 4,200 m. Tonight camp in the sector of Pacaymayo.(B,L,D)

Day 5 – Inca Trail
After breakfast begin the ascent to Runkurakay at 3860 m. Today’s walk will be about two hours longer than the previous day and you will be able to visit another small complex, Sayamarca, and appreciate the amazing vistas of valleys and snow capped mountains. Continuing on you will stop to visit the complex of Phuyupatamarca, and then descend 3 kilometers until you arrive at Wiñaywayna. Here you will visit the complex of Phuyupatamarca before camping for the night nearby. (B,L,D)

Day 6 – Inca Trail/Machu Picchu
After an early breakfast walk to Intipunco, known as the Door of Sun where you will catch your first glimpse of the impressive Lost City of Machu Picchu. Complete your Inca Trail trek with a hike down to the sanctuary for a guided tour of the well preserved ruins. Afterwards check in to your hotel and enjoy some well-deserved relaxation. HOTEL EL MAPI (B,L,D)

Day 7 – Machu Picchu/Cusco
This morning you are free to relax or explore the ruins at leisure. In the afternoon take the train journey back to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire. Arrive and transfer to your hotel. In the evening, relax and enjoy Cuzco’s nightlife. HOTEL SAN AGUSTIN (B)

Day 8 – Cusco/Lima/Arequipa
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Arequipa via Lima On arrival you are met and transferred to Spend the rest of the day free at leisure. HOTEL CASA ANDINA

Day 9 – Arequipa/Colca Canyon
Depart your hotel early in the morning for a scenic bus ride to the Colca Canyon. Drive through the Aguada Blanca National Reserve where you can see herds of llamas and alpacas grazing on the Catahuasi plains. After 4 hours you will reach the beginning of the Colca Canyon with its green valleys and Andean terraces. After lunch visit La Calera to enjoy a bath in its hot springs. Your journey will end at the town of Chivay where you will check in to your lodge. HOTEL CASA ANDINA (B,L,D)

Day 10 – Colca Canyon/Arequipa
After breakfast depart early in the morning for the drive to the “Condor Cross“, the best point for a breathtaking view of the Colca Canyon with the Colca River flowing 1,200 meters below and the majestic condors in flight above. Visit the Hanging Tombs at Choquetico before continuing on to the towns of Maca, Achoma and Yanque with its lovely white church. Return to Chivay for lunch before driving back to your hotel in Arequipa. HOTEL CASA ANDINA (B,L)

Day 11 – Depart Arequipa/Lima
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight to Lima and international connection (B)

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