Macchu Picchu and the Inca Trail
November 14-22nd, 2014
February 13-21st, 2015
April 3-11th, 2015
The Bottom Line
The history of the Inca people and the wonder of the Andes Mountains mix together for one of the most awesome journeys you’ll ever make: the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru.
Our journey to Machu Picchu has it all- lessons in history, culture, and spirituality. Step into the world of an intelligent and resourceful ancient culture on the Inca Trail.
Ok, let’s get serious
Difficulty: very difficult
Our journey along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu takes a significant amount of training and mental preparation. You should be ready for:
• long days,
• heavy packs,
• technical land crossings,
• lower than normal oxygen levels,
• an altered diet,
• limited lodging luxuries,
• last but not least, the trek requires excellent physical and mental health.
Our guide is an Irish mountaineer who has extensive experience in leading expeditions to Machu Picchu. He is a believer in being well prepared and will train you on the proper equipment to bring and how to use it, as well as training tips before the trek. He has an amazing 96% success rate to date.
Safety is our top priority, and our professional, seasoned guide is committed to making your trek an enjoyable one.
Interested in experiencing the awesome history of Peru? Let’s talk!
On day one, you’ll fly into Lima, the bustling capital of Peru. Take today to explore this awesome and diverse city.
On our second day, we’ll take a morning flight to Cusco (11,200ft). After arriving, we’ll receive important itinerary information and sightseeing suggestions. We encourage you to take it easy today- stay hydrated and rest well to acclimatize to the higher altitudes effectively.
Day three consists of our own private tour of the Sacred Valley. We will have the opportunity to see ancient Pisaq remains and a couple local markets, as well as Ollantaytambo remains. This is a haunting day that you’ll never forget. It will also give us the chance to acclimatize even more for our return to Cusco.
On day four we hit the big trail! We will take a private bus to the Inca Trail control/checkpoint area; there will be plenty of photo opportunities along the way. The beginning of the trail is gentle with awesome views of the landscape and local villages. We will also pass by an Incan archaeological site before having lunch along a river. Post-lunch, we’ll head up the valley into a semi-tropical zone until we set up camp at Huayllabamba (9,843ft).
Day five will bring us the highest point of the Inca Trail- a whopping 13,780 feet above sea level at Warmiwañusca Pass. On our way, we’ll pass through several different ecosystems, including one of the world’s highest forests (12,467ft). From here, the vegetation dwindles and snow dominates. This six-hour trek will bring us to the summit, where a much needed celebration will be had. Take plenty of photos here- you’ll have spectacular views of the valleys and distant peaks. After the summit, we’ll trek over rocky and dusty terrain to our camp at Pacaymayu.
Day six begins with an early start. We will trek across the valley to the other side towards a second pass. Halfway up, we will be treated to another archaeological site- a roofless, round building known as Runkuracay and thought to be an Incan astronomical site. This is truly awesome stuff! We will continue up the pass, known as the “Abra de Runkuracay,” and camp at Winayhuayna (12,795ft).
It’s day seven and guess what- we immerse ourselves in stunning Machu Picchu! The trekking will be a lot easier than yesterday, as we follow a wide path through forests and grasslands before ascending a steep set of stairs to a stone structure named Intipunku, or the “Gateway of the Sun.” This is the ‘entrance’ to Machu Picchu, as we’ll head down the hill towards the ancient city. When we arrive, you can take a two-hour tour and even climb the hill overlooking the valley, which will give amazing views of Machu Picchu. Exploring this ancient wonder will give you a clear perspective of how intuitive this culture was- right down to the precision of the cut stone that make up the city’s walls.
You will have plenty of time for yourself, so be sure to explore the area and bask in the presence of one of the Ancient Wonders of the World. Later today, we board a bus down to Aguas Calientes. From there, we’ll board a train back to Cusco to clean up and celebrate!
Days eight and nine will consist of a flight from Cusco to Lima (we’ll drive you to the airport), and the next day you can head home. Congrats! You did it.