Touching Peru - 14 Days (with 2 Day Inca Trail) or 16 Days (with 4 Day Inca Trail)

 

Visits: Puno and floating islands, Cusco, Machu Picchu

 

Day 1: Cusco
Our journey of the mystical land of Peru begins tonight with a tour briefing in the lobby of our hotel at 7pm. The hotel where you should stay when arriving to Cusco and to begin this tour is Casa Andina Classic (Cusco Plaza). Addess: Portal Espinar 142, Cusco

 

Day 2: Cusco
To fully appreciate this astounding city you will do a half-day city tour that includes some of the most important sites in and around Cusco, including several famous Inca sites. The rest of today is free time to acclimatize and explore. (B)

 

Day 3: Sacred Valley
After an early breakfast we begin the Sacred Valley of the Inca tour, where life has remained almost unchanged for 500 years. Today we will visit the ruins of Ollantaytambo, Pisac, and Chinceros. Later on, you will also have the opportunity of visiting the lively local market in Pisac to enjoy the beautiful handicrafts on sale. Tonight we spend the night in Cusco. (B,L)

 

OPTION1: WITH 2 DAY INCA TRAIL

 

Day 4: Inca Trail (Day 1)
We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at approximately 7.00am and transfer you to Poroy train station for your 4-hour journey to KM 104, where you will begin the trail. After registering with the Chachabamba park at the checkpoint, we will take the trail that leads to the Chachabamba ruins, then walking for another 2 1/2 hours where the path descends into a forest and also soon to pass a waterfall where you can refresh yourself. After leaving the forest we will arrive at the foot of Wiñay Wayna ruins (2700m). Finally after what almost seems like vertical steps, it is our last pass - Intipunku (Sun Gate). From here its now not long until you will be astonished with the city of Machu Picchu. We will enter from the top at around 4.00pm then the trail descends down into the ruins. You will have a short amount of free time then tomorrow we will have much more! (B,L,D)

 

Day 5: Inca Trail (Day 2)
5am breakfast then at 5.30am we get the bus to Machu Picchu. We need to depart early so those who wish to climb Huayna Picchu will need to sign up before the 2 hour guided tour. During your visit to these ancient ruins you will see clouds fly past and Machu Picchu will disappear with in them, so make sure you take pictures whilst the ruins are visible. After the tour you will have free time to explore the mountain of Huayna Picchu overlooking all of Machu Picchu - by far the best view! Huayna Picchu will take approximately 2 hours return trip. It is now your choice to enjoy lunch just outside the ruins or take the bus back to AguasCalientes to explore this small and quaint village. The train back to Cusco departs late afternoon so your estimated time of arrival is approximately 9pm. Your tour ends here. (B,L)

 

OPTION 2: WITH 4 DAY INCA TRAIL

 

Day 4: Cusco / Huallabamba
Starts with a nice and early pick-up at 6am from your hotel and a 3 1/2 hour bus journey to kilometer 82, where we will begin the trail. On the way we will stop at the town of Urubamba where you can buy walking sticks and perhaps anything you have forgotten. Once we arrive to KM82 we will prepare for you a hot breakfast. To begin the trail we first cross the river Vilcanota and follow the trail along, passing through a little village then to the ruins of the Inca hill fort of HuillcaRaccay. After 7 hours (13km) of hiking, tonight we spend the night in Huallabamba. (B, L, D)

 

Day 5: Huallabamba / Pacamayo
What is going to be a physically tough day of accent, we hike 11km. Climbing up from Wayllabamba for a few hours through the beautiful forest, until we reach the meadow of Llulluchapampa (3680m). A quick tea break and we are heading up again to Abra de Huarmihuañusca (meaning 'Dead Woman's Pass'), our highest (not to mention the hardest) point of the trail at 4200m. After celebration of having completed this section, the decent from the pass is steep but not difficult, so be careful! Once we reach the valley floor we set up our second night's camp in Pacamayo. (B, L, D)

 

Day 6: Pacamayo / Wiñay Wayna
Today is an easier but longer hike of 16km. From Pacamayo it takes 1 1/2 hours to climb to the ruins of Runkuracay. From the ruins the view of Pacamayo valley is all worth it once the hard part is over. From here we continue our trek to the second pass of Abra de Runkuracay (4000m). Now walking along a cobbled path we again begin a deep decent until we reach Sayacmarca (meaning Inaccessible Town). Before reaching the 3rd pass we walk through astonishing cloud forest full of orchids, hanging mosses, tree ferns, flowers and not to mention the Inca tunnel. The 3rd pass is at 3700m, then soon to be at the most spectacular ruin so far; Phuyupatamarca (meaning Town in the Clouds). Following this its time to descend thousands of stairs - again be careful, especially of your knees! After this long day we camp the night in Wiñay Wayna, here you will have the pleasure of a hot shower and a restaurant/ bar. (B, L, D)

 

Day 7: Wiñay Wayna / Machu Picchu/ Cusco
4.00am Breakfast on our last day then we are hiking while its' still dark so don't forget your flashlight. The trail today contours a mountainside and into the cloud forest. We stop for a short time hopefully to see the sun rise at our final pass -Intipunku (meaning 'Sun Gate'). Afterwards get ready for the unforgettable experience observing Machu Picchu. We will enjoy a guided tour of the ruins, then it's your choice to climb HuaynaPicchu which will take about 2 hours to the top and back down again. Please note that there is a limit of 400 people per day to climb Huayna Picchu and quite often Inca Trail hikers will arrive too late to the ruins to sign up. Finally, you will prepare for your train journey back to Cusco where you will spend the night. (B, L)

 

Day 8: Cusco / Puno
In the morning we take a bus for Puno. Take the rest of this day for some leisure time to explore the busy market, cathedral, quaint museum, and visit one of Puno's oldest houses, Casa del Corregidor, now a cultural centre. Accommodation in a hotel in Puno. (B,L,D)


Day 9: Floating Islands
Take a morning boat ride on the world's highest navigable lake, Lake Titcaca. You will visit the floating reed islands of the Uros people. The residents of the Uros use the cattail, a type of bush, which grows in the lake, to create the conditions that ensure the islands stay afloat. Tonight we will have dinner and have a show prepared by the residents who lodge us. These home stays do not have the same facilities as a house in the city. (Shared bathrooms, no hot water). Overnight. (L,D)

 

Day 10: Llachon Peninsula/ Taquile Island/ Cusco
After breakfast we transfer from Llachon Peninsula to Taquile Island (1 hour). Here we will visit Taquile Island and take a 50 minute walk from Chuño port, along a footpath that goes directly to the main square, located in the top of the island. The resident's have continued
living here according to their old traditions. Return to Puno for the bus to Juliaca where you can take the plane back to Lima or choose to stay on here. (B,L)