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Colca Canyon

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Inca Trail Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF SOUTH AMERICA 127

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Day 1: Cuzco

Welcome to Peru and the start of your holiday! Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore the city's sights. Overnight: Costa de Sol Picoaga

Day 2: Cuzco

Your adventure begins with a full day of touring around the Sacred Valley of the Incas. First on the itinerary are the Pisac ruins. Marvel at the incredible views of the snow-capped mountains with its hilltop location. We stop for lunch before continuing along the valley to the temple fortress of Ollantaytambo. Here, enormous Inca terracing sweeps down the side of a steep mountain and makes for a challenging climb. We end the day with a briefing to prepare for the next few days. Overnight: Costa de Sol Picoaga

Day 3: Cuzco - Inca Trail

With an early start to the morning (around 4am) you will be driven to Piskacuchu, a community located on the 82nd kilometer of the Cusco –Machupicchu railroad and the starting point of the Inca Trail. Begin your hike by crossing the bridge over the Urubamba River and walking along its left shore as it flows northwest along the Sacred Valley. Arrive into Miskay before ascending to view the impressive Inca city of Llactapata. Continue trekking along the valley, gradually climbing for about five hours until reaching the community of Wayllabamba, where you will camp for the night. Total distance 12 km. Estimated walking time 5-6 hours.

Day 4: Inca Trail

Begin the most difficult part of the trek which consists of a steep ascent that stretches for 9 km. Along the climb, the landscape changes from sierra to puna (a high and dry area with little vegetation). On the way to the first mountain pass, the Abra Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman´s Pass) you may see llamas and alpacas grazing. We also cross an area of the 'cloud forest', which is the habitat for many different kinds of birds like hummingbirds and sparrows, and the Andean bear. Immediately after the pass, descend into the Pacaymayo valley where we set up camp. Total distance 11 km. Estimated time 6-7 hours

Day 5: Inca Trail

Today climb to the second pass, the Abra Runkurakay and descend towards Yanacocha (Black Lagoon) to enter the cloud forest to finally arrive at Sayacmarca. Along this climb to the third pass you can appreciate the magnitude of the Incas´ ancient craft, by walking along paths semi-detached from the mountain, and seeing rocks that fill up ravines in perfect order, saving the trail from the multileveled Andean geography. From above, observe a sophisticated sacred complex made up of water fountains with solid foundations, and also impressive views of the Urubamba River valley. We continue to Wiñaywayna where we will stay for the night. Total distance 16 km. Estimated time 8 hours

Day 6: Inca Trail - Cuzco

Early this morning walk the final leg to the Lost City of Machu Picchu and greet daybreak over the famous ‘Sun Gate’. Once a completely self-contained city, Machu Picchu was surrounded by agricultural terraces with enough crops to feed the entire population and natural springs provided the city’s water. Enjoy a guided tour of the site, after which you will have free time to explore perhaps visit the Temple of the Moon or the impressive Inca Bridge. Later in the day you will have the chance to soak your tired muscles in the hot springs at Aguas Calientes (not included) before returning to Cuzco by train. Total distance 4 km. Estimated time 2 hours Overnight: Costa de Sol Picoaga

Day 7: Cuzco

Sadly your tour comes to an end today with a transfer to the airport for your departure flight.