|Location:||Circuit Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Cusco region||See also: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Availability »|
|Destinations:||Cusco, Machu Picchu|
|Lenght:||4 Days / 3 Nights|
* From 9 to 16 participants each
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is rated among the ten best trekking trails in the world because of the exquisite beauty of it s natural surroundings. These include different ecological areas from the high Andean plains, to the cloud forest an impressive variety of altitudes, climates and ecosystems .You will cross two high altitude passes(The highest being WarmiwaNuska or Death Women pass at 4200m).
Following this ancient Inca Trail to Machu Picchu you will be walking past mysterious archaeological sites, half covered by jungle overgrowth, that looks like you are discovering them for the first time, you will visit these ancient settlements built in granite rock by the inkas all through the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and finally going through the Intu PunKu (Gates of the Sun) where a magnificent view of the lost city of the Incas Machupicchu will be printed in your mind for ever.
NOTE: With our PREMIUM system you trek at a leisure pace, camping at more secluded camps , away from the crowds, we run an ecological minded trip by taking out all the garbage including all the human waste.
You will not carry anything , except a small day pack , with your bottle water and camera.
Also , it is our policy the fair treatment of our staff and porters, providing them with good food , shelter and decent salary.
The difference between our service and that of other companies , is that the first day we camp near Llactapata a more secluded camp, other Agencies camp at Huayabamba, a small town on the trail , full of people. On the second day those agencies trek up hill all day and in the late afternoon with the last bit of energy, they go over Warmiwanusta pass 4,100 meters ( Dead women pass) , then go down to camp at Pacasmayo, again a crowded camp. With ourselves on the other hand on the second day we trek toward Huayabamba and hike up hill, camping closed to the high pass at a more secluded place , giving you more time to acclimatize . On the third day , fresh after a good night sleep, we hike up for one hour to the high pass and continue the trek all the way to Phuyupatamarca (City Above the Clouds) , the best camp on all inca trail.
On the early morning you will enjoy a magnificent Sun Rise , since you are on top of the mountain with the clouds below you. On the other hand most companies camp at Winay Wayna, much lower and most of the time that early in the morning is foggy , since they are already in the cloud forest.
We are proud to say that we run Ecological safe trips and that we try to recycle everything possible. For instance all the organic left overs from the trips are collected and taken back to Cusco were it gets mixed with the manure of our egg producing chickens and rabbit manure , so we make compost. After some time we mixed it california worms and produce Humus. Later on this is used as a natural fertilizer in our green houses to produce vegetables , irrigated with clean water , so they are organically grown . Such as our lettuces , cucumbers, onions,potatoes, cilantro , basil, spinach, beats , green beans , red peppers , carrots ,etc.
All the inorganic and human waste is collected in different containers and taken back to Cusco , to be disposed of at the local dump.
NOTICE: If you take this trip with us, we will give you a ONE DAY RAFTING TRIP FOR FREE , also a T-Shirt.
Day 01: KM 82
We start our trek escorted by native "quechua¨ porters going through semi-arid terrain along the Urubamba River valley, with magnificent views of the snow capped mountain, Veronica (20,200’). An easy introductory day of no more than a 4 hours walk. Arriving at camp with in view of Llactapata, an ancient Inca citadel that protected the entry to two valleys, one of them leading to the Inca Trail to MachuPicchu. You will enjoy this less visited camp away from the crowds. (L+D).
Day 02: LLACTAPATA / LLULLUCHA
After a healthy breakfast, we walk past the Inca Hamlet of Huayabamba, where most of the other trekkers camp. In the afternoon you will be going through a unique Andean cloud forest, afterwards arriving at our camp, at Llulluchapampa 3,600 meters altitude (B+L+D).
Day 03: LLULLUCHA / PHUYUPATAMARCA
Today, the first part of the trek takes us to the Warmiwañuska Pass at 4,200 meters. Walking on a remarkably preserved Inca trail, we pass ancient archaeological sites half covered by dense jungle overgrowth. A most rewarding day, with dream like landscapes of the Inca Trail to Machu Pichu, orchids, ferns multi colored birds and humming birds provide the ideal backstage. We make our camp at Phuyupatamarca (¨City Above the Clouds¨), a set of ancient ritual baths, where ancient travelers on the Inca trail to Machu Picchu will stop to bathe and purify themselves before arriving to the sacred Sanctuary .You can do the same and transport yourself to the past. In the camp you will enjoy spectacular views of snow- covered Andean ranges, such as the Salcantay 6,200 meters and Veronica 6100 meters. (B+L+D).
Day 04: PHUYUPATAMARCA / MACHU PICCHU
After about three and a half-hours walking, you will arrive to the Inti punku, (Gates of the Sun), where a magnificent view will be printed in you mind; the Sanctuary of Machupicchu, the ¨Lost City of the Incas¨. Late afternoon train back to Cusco. (B+L).
*****WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND AN ADDITIONAL FULL DAY AT MACHUPICCHU (5TH DAY)
• Clients do not carry anything but a day pack.
• Sleeping bag rental US $ 5.00 per day.
• We provide you with an insulite mattress, if you want to Up-Grade, for a therma-rest mattress, the cost is US $ 5.00 per day.
• Advise if vegetarian diet is required.
• Single tent supplement US $ 15.00
According to government regulations only 500 people can enter the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu each day, this includes porters, cooks, guides and tourists there are 180 auhorized tour operators, as ourselves and permits are sold out on a first pay basis.
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