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Hiking The Land Of The Incas – 8 Days

  • Service type: Private
  • Physical rating: Strenuous
  • Group size: Max: 16
  • Min age: 2+
  • Departure: Contact us
  • Duration: 8 Days
Overview:

Private Services: These services are arranged just for you and your party, and offer the possibility to choose the departure date, the group size and the duration of the trek. This not only has the advantage of adapting the pace to your physical condition, but also usually means enjoying quieter campsites and meeting less travelers along the route. All private groups include additional services, such as extra porters/wranglers to carry your personal gear, among other benefits.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 01: Flight Lima to Cusco. Take it easy! - Private service.

Reception at the Cusco’s airport with transfer in to your selected hotel in Cusco. Free time to relax and acclimatize for the altitude also we have 2 – 3 hours walking tour around city, visiting Koricancha “ the Inca temples in the city” and Cuscos main square.

  • Meals: not included
  • Entrance fees: not included
  • Accommodation in Cusco not included
  • Flight information: flight tickets from Lima to Cusco are NOT included, please do not forget to give us your flight information.

Day 02:Half day hike of Sacsayhuaman archaeological complex. (Private service)

In order to have good performance in our trek, we have 5 hrs. a soft hike walk out of the city with a good introduction to the Andean terrains and acclimate for the altitude. We drive for 20 minutes out of the city to the Sacsayhuaman archeological park and hike for about 5 hours back to the city to have a good afternoon rest and have good time to pack all your belongings for your adventure in Salcantay mountain. In this tour we have briefing for your trek while you visit the following places; TAMBOMACHAY; Located 8 km from the city of the Cusco, this temple of the water demonstrates a high quality of Inca stonework. PUCA PUCARA; This tambo is built in a more rustic style and would have been used to rest by “chasquis” the famous Inca runners. QENQO;Located near Sacsayhuaman, is thought to have been a ceremonial center of great importance in Inca religion and had a very important role at that time and finally we visit SACSAYHUAMAN, a masterpiece of engineering and the site of the first rebellion against the Spanish. We finish our hike at the main square where there are many options for good lunch. 7 am to 1pm (make sure to have good snacks and water).

  • Meals: not included.
  • Accommodation: local House in Cusco (private room).
  • Entrances fees: not Included.

Day 03:Sacred valley tour- Pisaq - ollanta (private service small group)

We will pick you up from your hotel around 8.00 am and drive from Cusco towards the sacred valley of the incas visiting the following places PISAQ: We visit the Inca remains perched above the town walking one and a half hours before descending in the bus and exploring the town’s famous market where we have lunch at one of restaurants in the town. OLLANTAYTAMBO: We visit this traditional town known as “the living Inca city”. People live today in the houses and narrow streets built by the Incas with many still taking their water from the water channels that run through the town. We will take a guided tour of the Inca fortress which dominates the town, keeping watch over the sacred valley and hear about one of the greatest love stories of Inca times which took place here, this is a very beautiful traditional town known as “one of last incan living towns”. CHINCHEROS: We stop to explore the colonial church and visit the Inca palace of Tupac Yupanqui. We have a chance to buy handicrafts and textiles directly from weavers who explain about all the process of it.

  • Meals (lunch): not included.
  • Accommodation: local House in Cusco (private room).
  • Entrances fees: not included.

Day 04:Cusco - Km104 - Machu Picchu: SHORT INCA TRAIL 2 DAYS (private service).

After an early transfer from your hotel a spectacular train ride takes us to KM104 and the start of our trail. We start by visiting the Chachabamba archaeological complex before three hours walk uphill to Wiñay Wayna another beautiful archaeological complex. We will have box lunch here before walking a further hour to the Sun Gate where we will have our first spectacular view of Machu Picchu. From here it is just 30 mins more until we are among the ruins of Machu Picchu and we then take a 30 mins bus ride down to the town aguas calientes.

  • Walking Distance: 15 km / 9.3 miles.
  • Starting Elevation: 2100 meters / 6900 feet.
  • Maximum Altitude: 2720 meters / 8920 feet.
  • Difficulty: Moderate.

Day 05:Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

After an early breakfast, we take the bus up to Machu Picchu, arriving well before the majority of tourists. You will have a guided tour of the site for two hours, visiting this impressive archaeological site and leads you through all the most important areas, miradors, temples, residences, best spots and all archaeological sites with the insights of your private guide before having a bit of free time and making your way back on the bus to Aguas Calientes in time for some lunch before boarding the afternoon train back to sacred valley then a private transportstion back to Cusco to your selected hotel.

  • TICKET FOR HUAYNAPICCHU or MACHUPICCHU MOUNTAIN. – For hikers who want to add a climb to Huaynapicchu mountain once you finished the tour at Machu Picchu tour, please let us know far in advance to secure spots… the cost of the ticket is US$ 80.00 pp extra.

Day 06:MACHUPICCHU – HUAYNAPICCHU - OLLANTAYTAMBO – CUSCO (private service)

After an early breakfast, we take the bus up to Machu Picchu. You will have a private guided tour of the site for 2 hours before having a bit of free time then you and your private guide climb Huayna Picchu making your way back on the bus to Aguas Calientes in time for some lunch before boarding the afternoon train back to to Ollantaytambo with private transportation back to Cusco city.

  • Meals: not included.
  • Accommodation: local House in Cusco (private room).
  • Entrances fees: Included.

Day 07:Rainbow mountain + Red valley (private service small group)

04:00 am departure time to be ahead of the crowds! We drive for about 2 hours on a private transport to Cusipata then we drive on a dusty and bumpy road for 1.5 hrs. to our trailhead the Community of Wasi Pata located at 4,630 m / 15,190 ft. We start our hike from this to RAINBOW MOUNTAIN (Cerro Colorado, Montaña de Colores or “Vinicunca”) with your private professional guide, here we can see the stunning colors that are natural formations of minerals since ages that give colors to the mountain. Beautiful views of red and colors mountains, streams and herds of alpacas and llamas and the south side of Ausangate ranges of mountains. We will hike through small traditional Andean villages a see the local people with their colorful dresses and a unique andean landscape south of Cusco near the Apu Ausangate mountain 6,384 m 20,945 ft. – the 5th highest mountain in Peru. After a total hike of approximately 2.5 hours, we finally will reach to this mirador spot to have an impressive views of Rainbow Mountains located at 5,100 m / 16,732 ft. A good rest and great photos of this beautiful mountain, we descent but instead of hiking the same route as all the crowds do, we do prefer to hike to another lookout point and see the spectacular Red Valley and continue with our hike through this valley that many hikers say that it is outstanding experience even nicer than Rainbow Mountain (because the crowds)! It is about 3-4 hours mostly downhill to the end of the trail, which is near where we started the hike. A good rest to enjoy your box lunch. afterwards, it will be another 3 hours’ drive back to Cusco to your selected hotel around 5:30 – 6:00 pm.

  • Maximum Altitude: 5,100 m / 16,732 ft.
  • Trailhead altitude: 4,630 m / 15,190 ft.
  • Distance hiked:15 km / approx.
  • Meals: box lunch included.
  • Accommodation: local House in Cusco (private room).
  • Entrances fees: included.

* Please note the driving and walking times, time at each site, and departure/arrival time are
approximate and depend upon many factors such as road conditions, weather, van size, group
pace, etc.

Day 08:FLIGHT, CUSCO – LIMA. BYE BYE CUSCO…! (Private Service)

It depends your flight, we pick you up 2 hours earlier than your flight’s departure from your hotel and take you to the airport in Cusco.

What is Included:
  • Collection from airport to your hotel and back to airport last day.
  • Private service; walking tour of cusco
  • Private service; Sacsayhuaman tour. (briefing for trek)
  • Sacred valley tour
  • Private service; Short inca trail 2 days (there are other alternative trek: Uchuyqosqo, Amaru to Pisaq or any other treks of your preference)
  • Private Transportation
  • English-speaking experienced professional mountain guide. (2 professional guides)
  • Box lunch for short trek.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Hostel accommodation in Aguas Calientes for the night before Machupicchu.
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Admission Ticket to Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex.
  • Private guide for Machu Picchu tour.
  • Train tickets from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and private transport back to Cusco.
  • Private rainbow mt hike
What is not Included:
  • Hotel accommodation in Cusco
  • Admission ticket to Huaynapicchu mountain after Machupicchu tour.
  • Entrances fees for walking tour – sacred valley – sacsayhuaman. We must pay it to local government so make sure to have cash in local currency for big ticket of 130 soles or $ 35.
  • Meals that are not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Water to drink during tours tours before Salcantay trek
  • Tips for your guide, cook and staff, your personal appreciation.
Options:
  •  Special dietary requirements: We are happy to cater for any special dietary needs. Please let us know at time of booking.

Recommendations:

  1. We suggest you arrive in Cusco at least two days before your trek to allow yourself time to acclimatize. The more acclimatized you are the more you will enjoy the trek.
  2. Please let us know the name and telephone number of your hotel in Cusco so we can locate you if needed.
Adventure Travel FAQs:

Do I need to be in good physical condition to hike in the Andes?

Our treks; Inca Trail, Salkantay trek, Ausangate, Lares trek, Choquequirao trek, etc. are moderately difficult, lengthy and traverse rough mountain terrain. We kindly recommend that if you want to immerse and hike the Andes to be in relatively good physical condition and acclimatization.
We suggest a regular and moderate exercise routine to improve endurance and stamina. Also, we suggest you arrive in Cusco at least two/ three days before your trek to allow yourself time to acclimatize. The more acclimatized you are the more you will enjoy the trek.

What is altitude sickness “Soroche”?

Altitude sickness is caused by ascending too rapidly, which doesn’t allow the body enough time to adjust to reduced oxygen and changes in air pressure. Symptoms include headache, vomiting, insomnia and reduced performance and coordination.

How can I reduce the risk of altitude sickness?

Arrive in Cusco at least 3 days prior your trek to have time to acclimatize, avoid rapid ascents specially on your first day and get enough sleep/rest. Drink plenty of fluids / water and stay hydrated is vital (coca tea, a local remedy). Eating light/ small meals will help your body digest food more efficiently at high altitudes. If you feel symptoms of altitude sickness, descend to a lower altitude immediately and rest until you feel better. Please consult your doctor if you have concerns about being at altitude. There are many medications that they can be provided.

Weather in Cusco and treks to Machupicchu

Cusco’s climate is divided into two seasons: the rainy season, from November to March (the heaviest rains generally occur between January and March); and the dry season, from May to September.
Along the Inca Trail (May to September, high tourist season), temperatures range from 15° – 20ºC (59°F-68°F) during the day if it is sunny, and from 05-10ºC (41°F-50°F) during the day if it is not sunny and from 0-05ºC(32°F-41°F) during the night in between the first and second campsites. In Wiñaywayna and Machu Picchu, which is a subtropical zone, at a lower altitude, temperatures are usually warmer, although warm clothing is still recommended at night.

What is the weather like in Machu Picchu year-round?

Temperature: Machu Picchu is located in a tropical cloud forest and rain is present throughout the year, even in the dry season months. The average temperature ranges between 54ºF and 75ºF (12ºC and 24ºC). On the hottest days, it is possible to reach 79ºF (26°C).

Inca Trail Important Notice

According to the Resolution #002-2004-UGM-CD, published on Nov 12, 2004, the Inca Trail Regulation that refers to Inca Trail space bookings, bookings will only be guaranteed by the governmental institutions when providing full names, nationalities and passport numbers of passengers, and when having paid the full amount for passengers and staff (cook and team of porters) entrance fees.

Inca trail availability

Due to the popularity of the Inca Trail, we highly recommend that you book as far in advance as possible in order to secure a place. There are only a limited number of permits issued per day. We do of course have many other exciting treks to should you be too late to secure a permit.

Ticket for huaynapicchu or machupicchu mountain. –

For hikers who want to add a climb to Huaynapicchu mountain once you finished the tour at Machu Picchu tour, please let us know far in advance to secure spots. There is a limit number of permits issued per day!

Is the water safe and included in my tours?

We water at our private transportation for all of our tours and boiled water along our treks. We insist on a “Leave no trace” tourism by implementing plastic-free tours. Everyone should carry their canteens to reduce the use disposable bottles. (Eco friendly Attitude, we provide the water and you bring the bottle!)

What equipment will be provided by Andes Immersion on the treks?

We always make sure to have the best equipment on our treks. On the basic trek, you will always find sleeping tents (double occupancy), dining tents (with tables, stools, and dining tools) and cooking tents (where our staff will prepare delicious meals).

Appropriate clothing along the treks

Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, complemented by sweaters, fleeces and waterproof jackets. It is very convenient to have light rain gear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required in the first two campsites, down jackets can be useful, otherwise a fleece and a jacket. During the third day (if sunny) and in Machupicchu, convertible hiking pants are useful, as can be switched into shorts if necessary. Machupicchu has a warm climate, getting only cold at night. The rest of necessary implements are included in the Pack List.

Extra Gear and Clothing

We genuinely believe that when our staff is treated well and everyone is equipped with quality hiking equipment, clothing, and anything else they may need to do their job the very best they can, everyone wins. If you have equipment or clothing you may not use again, you can donate it to a porter! Headlamps, sleeping bags, trekking poles, clothing are all greatly appreciated.

Where can I store my baggage that I don't need for the trail?

Certainly, any baggage that is not necessary for your trek may be stored in your hotel in Cusco (most hotels offer this service free of charge). However, In the case that your hotel may not provide this service, we will store your baggage safely in our office free of charge.

Environmental responsibility “Leave no trace tourism”.

Nowadays, we are all concerned about the environment and care of Mother Nature (Pachamama), we understand the potential harm that can come from taking groups through many of the delicate environments, we are licensed operators and we do insist in a policy of …” “Leave no trace tourism”. our tours are plastic-free; everyone should carry their canteens to stop using disposable bottles.

Insurance

Please ensure you have adequate travel insurance to cope with any medical emergencies, any costs incurred due to delayed or cancelled flights and for loss or delay of baggage.
People visiting Peru can buy travel health plans to protect themselves and their traveling companions from large out-of-pocket expenses due to unforeseen injury or illness. Although health concerns are the primary reason people purchase trip insurance for Peru. we recommend World Nomads™ – Travel Insurance Peru