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7 DAYS INCA TRAIL EXPRESS

  • Picture taken along the trail showing the mountain and the Inca Path
  • Picture of the second peak and showing the snow capped mountain of Pumacillo
  • The main Plaza de Armas of Cusco and it unique beauty
  • The amazing zigzagging Inca wall of Sacsayhuamam
  • Picture taken from the classic view point of Rainbow Mountain
  • Picture of the Herd of Llamas taken on the way to Machu Picchu
  • Picture taken of the Sun Gate of Ollantaytambo and its unique beauty
  • The Amazing Incan Terraces of Inti Pata on the way to Machu Picchu
  • Machu Picchu, Picture taken from the classic point

Peru is land of the sun and home to magnificent lost city of Machu Picchu and world famous Incan Trail, the mysterious ruins of the Incan empire a country rich in culture, tradition and flavor. On a trip to Peru – Cusco you’ll be richly rewarded with world-class trekking, mysterious settlements, vast natural wonders and a pure history expressed on this side of the world. Peru is a country which still inhabited by the descendants of the Indian people who have lived here for Millennia, the hardy people eke out a very tough existence at high altitudes of the Andes. The Inca Trail Express offers you an endless trekking and walking holiday opportunities through some of the most breathtaking scenery of the Andes Peru – Cusco. On an Inca Trail Express trip with Rolo’s Travel Peru, leave the best lifetime experience of pure soul of the Incan culture.

7 D / 6 N
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USD $ 987.00

DAY 01: CUSCO

Welcome to Cusco, Peru. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 2pm Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform us or to the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

Cusco is the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city and here, the colonial buildings are upon foundations remaining from Incan times. Spend a little time to relax at (3,400 m) which is Cusco’s altitude and then head out on an orientation walk with your tour leader. You’ll visit the facade of Qoricancha Inca sun temple, the local San Pedro market, the main square, past the 12 Angled Stone, Regocijo Square and San Blas Square. Finally you’ll visit the Coca museum where there you will have an opportunity to learn about, wide variety of properties that this ancestral leaves has, this might be a good opportunity to purchase some gifts or souvenirs derivative from Coca, and then walk back to the hotel for the trek briefing with your experienced tour guide 7: pm, tonight is free, perhaps head out for dinner your fellow travelers. Your leader will be able to recommend some good eater and drinking places while you’re on the tour.

What’s Included

  • Accommodation (1 night) Hotel Inkarry or Similar
  • Cusco – Orientation Walk
  • Cusco – Coca Museum visit
  • RTP, Moment street food

Optional Activities

  • Cusco, Full Boleto Toristico pass, which gives you access to 16 Archaeological sites in around Cusco
  • Cusco, Half tourist ticket pass, which gives you access to selected archeological sites
  • Q’orikancha
  • Main Cathedral

DAY 02: SACRED VALLEY

Today your tour will beings with a visit of long-awaited sacred valley of the Incas which takes you a little closer to one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Unwind on a private bus for around two hours through the Sacred Valley, which is on the fringes of Cusco. Known as Wilkamayo to the Incas, the lush, fertile valley has long been the main source of food for the high Andes. Head to a local community in the valley to learn about the local lifestyle and activities, and hopefully your visit will coincide with market day (Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday). You can browse the stalls in search of hand-painted beads or warm ponchos, and master the local Quechuan language (a few words will be deemed a success). Continuing on, drive one-and-half hour to Ollantaytambo. Later in the afternoon, perhaps head out to visit to Ollantaytambo’s awesome Incan ruins. You’ll spend the night in a hotel in Ollantaytambo, ready for your early morning to start for the Inca Trail and Inca Quarry Trail

What’s Included

  • Accommodation (1 night) hotel Tika Wasy Valley or Similar
  • Breakfast
  • lunch
  • Local Community visit
  • Private transfer

Optional Activities

  • Ollantaytambo Archaeological site

DAY 03: INCA TRAIL – QUARRY TRAIL and TRAIN OPTION

Depending on the travel arrangements you made before the trip, during the next four days you’ll be doing one of the following: hiking the Classic Inca Trail, Inca Quarry Trail or staying in Cusco for another two days before taking the train to Aguas Calientes. While away from Cusco, the bulk of your luggage will be stored at your hotel. If you’re hiking the Inca Trail or the Inca Quarry Trail, the day evening before you leave Cusco you'll receive a small duffle bag to carry your belongings in, for the next four days (6 kg maximum).

Your team of Inca Trail angel’s (porters) will carry these bags for you, together with the food and equipment for the trail. Please note that you won't have access to these items until the end of each day, as the porters will always be ahead of the group. If you’re travelling to Aguas Calientes by train, you'll be able to leave most of your luggage at the hotel in Cusco and only travel with the necessary items during the excursion by train.

Route 1 Classic Inca Trail:

Today travel early morning by bus to 82 km (Piscacucho) very beginning of the Inca Trail and meet your crew of local porters and the chef. The first day of your trek starts at 2750 m. and includes uphill trekking to wayllabamba campsite, which is at 3,100 meters above sea level, the trek length will be 10 km. On the way you’ll see the Inca sites of Ccanabamba, Huillca Raccay and Llactapata, as well as incredible views of snow-capped Veronica Peak. In the evening, unwind at the campsite with a nourishing meal.

Notes: The Inca Trail is within the abilities of most reasonably fit people, but please come prepared, as the trail is 42 km long and often steep. Each day's journey generally consists of seven hours of walking (uphill and downhill), with stops for snacks and lunch. Trekking usually begins at 7 am (except on the fourth morning) and you reach the campsite around 5 pm. Accommodation on the trek is camping (three nights). Double tents (twin-share) and inflatable camping mats will be provided. The porters will set up the tents while the cook prepares meals.

Route 2 Inca Quarry Trail:

Make an early start today and drive to Choq’equilla, a small ceremonial place where Incas worshipped the moon. Drive to the starting point of the trek, Rafq'a at 3,000 meters about sea level) and meet the horse wranglers who join you on the hike. After an hour walk reach to a small community of Socma, Carry on to the magnificent waterfall of Perolniyoc, an opportunity to stop for photos and a food break. Continue to the campsite Rayanpata, which is at 3,700 meters above sea level. You should reach the campsite around lunchtime. After lunch, set off to explore the Q'orimarca archaeological site, which once served as a control point of socma valley and the surrounding mountains in the Incas time.

Notes: The Inca Quarry Trail is within the abilities of most reasonably fit people. The hike is 26 km long in total and its highest pass is at 4,450 meters above sea level. Throughout the trek, horses will carry your gear and camping equipment. The first two nights are spent camping and the third night you will stay in a hotel. Double tents (twin-share) and inflatable camping mats will be provided. The horse wrangles will set up the tents while the cook prepares meals.

Route 3 Train Option

For those travelers disinterested in hiking the trail or who are unable to, you will take an transport back to Cusco along the magnificent sacred valley of the Incas visiting Pisac colonial marked and take an advantage to purchase some souvenirs, then visit a sanctuary of Cochawasy (zoo) to see animals that were rescued from the black market, spend the afternoon exploring the city or visit some museums, temples, markets or simple wonder around the plaza de Armas and stop in one of the balconies.

Please note: Included lunch and dinner on this day is for people trekking the Inca or Inca Quarry Trail only.

What’s Included

  • Accommodation (Camping with basic facilities) 1 night
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Personal Support
  • Entrance fees

DAY 04: INCA TRAIL, QUARRY TREK and TRAIN OPTION

Route 1 Classic Inca Trail:

This is the most challenging day of the trek as you ascend 1,100 meters along steep path (approximately five hours) to reach the highest point of entire trail. Locally known as 'Dead Woman's Pass', Warmiwanusca sits at a height of 4,215 meters above sea level, providing amazing views of the valley below. The group will then descend to the campsite in the Pacaymayo Valley at 3,600 meters total trail distance 10 km.

Route 2 Inca Quarry Trail:

This is the most challenging and rewarding day of the hike. Three hours walk takes you to the top of the first pass of Pukaccasa 4,365 meters about sea level. After enjoying the picturesque views of the valley and snow caped mountain of veronica, then walk in a soft and relaxing path, along the way you will stop for lunch. Afterwards make some more extra hike to the second pass of Kuychiccsa, the highest pass of entire trek at 4,450 meters. From here, descend to the sacred site of Incan doorway called Intipunku (Sun Gate), with views of Veronica snow caped mountain. Head to the campsite of canteras (Quarry)

Route 3 Train Option

You will be transfer out of the city to explore fourth archaeological sites located beyond of Cusco valley such as Tambomachay, Pukapukara, Q’enco and Sacsayhuaman and be able to sample the real reach history of ancient Cusco’s people (Incas), you will have an afternoon free to relax and be prepared to link the new seven wonders.

Please note: Included lunch and dinner on this day is for people trekking the Inca or Inca Quarry Trail only.

What’s Included

  • Accommodation (Camping with basic facilities) 1 night
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 05: INCA TRAIL, QUARRY TREK and TRAIN OPTION

Route 1 Classic Inca Trail:

Start the day with a climb through the Runkuracay pass (3,960 meters) on the way stop at Runkuracay Inca site, Reach to the top and enjoy the views of the Vilcabamba mountain range before descending for around one hour to the ruins of Sayacmarca. Continue over the trail’s third pass to the ruins of Phuyupatamarca (3,700 metres), also known as (Town above the Clouds) Start the tree-hour descent down the Inca steps to the final night's campsite Wiñaywayna located near of the archeological site of Wiñaywayna.

Route 2 Quarry Trail:

Today you will explore the magnificent Inca Quarry of Ollantaytambo, then hike all downhill to the first stop were you will see some funeral towers of the Inca civilization and overviewing Ollantaytambo where the Incas were intercepted by the Spanish, around midday come to an end of the trek. Explore the cobbled streets of Ollantaytambo before taking the short train journey to Aguas Calientes. This is where you’ll meet up with the travellers in your group who didn't hike. Visiting the natural hot springs in town is a soothing way to spend the late afternoon. Spend the night in a comfortable hotel before tomorrow’s visit to Machu Picchu.

Route 3 Train Option:

Travel by private mini bus to Ollantaytambo train station, afterwards train through the winding Urubamba Valley to Aguas Calientes (approx one-and-a-half hours).
Sitting at the base of Machu Picchu in a picturesque valley, of Aguas Calientes takes its name from the numerous hot springs that are dotted throughout the area. Spend the night in a comfortable hotel before tomorrow’s visit of the new seven wonders (Machupicchu).

Notes: Included lunch on this day is for people trekking the Inca or Quarry Trail only.

What’s Included

  • Accommodation (Camping with basic facilities) 1 night
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Optional Activities

  • Machu Picchu site Museum
  • Hot Springs

DAY 06: INCA TRAIL, QUARRY TREK and TRAIN OPTION(MACHU PICCHU) - CUSCO

Route 1 Inca Trail:

This is the final and most spectacular length of the trek to the new seven wonders (Machu Picchu). The day starts before dawn with breakfast at 4.30 am. Say farewell to the porters as they descend to the train station and begin hiking by 5.30 am. The walk to Intipunku (the Sun Gate) takes around one-and-a-half hours and then 45 minutes to the site of Machupicchu. Weather permitting, enjoy unforgettable views over Machu Picchu’s ‘Lost City of the Incas’ as the sun rises (and before it’s crawling with tourists) and then willing to the magnificent complex for the guided tour for around 1.30 to 2 hours then you’ll have an extra free time to keep enjoying amazing city of the Incas surrounding by majestic mountains.

Route 2 Quarry Trail:

Begin with early breakfast then take a bus at 5:30 am this morning along the winding road to Machu Picchu. The journey takes around 30 minutes. At Machu Picchu, join up with the travelers in your group who hiked the Classic Inca Trail, enjoy spectacular views over the ancient city from the Incan guard house, and then willing to the magnificent complex for the guided tour for around 1.30 to 2 hours, you’ll have an extra free time to keep exploring or do some little walk to the Sun Gate were you will get a breathtaking views, then take the bus down.

Route 3 Train Option

Take an early bus up to Machu Picchu at 5.30 am. The city was built around 1440 AD as a country retreat for Incan nobility, but there’s evidence that the land had been a sacred Incan site for much longer. Take a guided tour around the ruins of temples, palaces and living quarters, and enjoy free time afterwards to wander around on your own before the group returns to Cusco

For all options - After taking advantage of the seemingly endless photo opportunities, it's time to return to Cusco for a well-deserved shower and a Pisco sour. Your evening is then free for the last night of your adventure

Sunrise at Machu Picchu:

Inca Trail trekkers: Due to safety reasons the final checkpoint for all trekkers does not open until 5am therefore the estimated arrival time to Machu Picchu Sun gate is approximately 7.30am. Quarry trekkers and Train travelers: The first bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu Inca site departs at 5.30am. The estimated arrival time is between 6- 6.30am the sun rises at Machu Picchu at approximately 5.30am, therefore it's not possible to be there in time for sunrise.

What’s Included

  • Accommodation (1 night) Hotel Inkarry or Similar
  • Breakfast
  • T-shirt from Rolo’s Travel Peru (souvenir)
  • Machu Picchu Guided Tour
  • Train Ticket

DAY 07: CUSCO END

Your tour comes to an end today and there are no activities planned. As there was little time spent in Cusco at the start of the trip, you may like to stay on for a few extra days to make the most of your visit here. We’ll be happy to assist in booking accommodation (subject to availability). If you decide to stay on, visit some of the sites you didn’t cover during your orientation tour at the beginning of the trip. These may include the Inca ruins of Coricancha, Saqsaywaman, Q'enqo, Puca Pakara, Tambo machay, or if you have an adventurous spirit, try the Rainbow mountain (5.150 m) hike in the southern valley of Cusco surrounded by Ausangate (6.385 m) snow caped mountain (see the rainbow mountain program),

Notes: You may want to consider purchasing a Boleto Turistico (tourism ticket) It gains access to the many fascinating museums here such as the Contemporary Art Museum, Regional History Museum and Qosqo Native Art Museum (transport & guides not included).
Please speak with your tour leader about this for more details.

What’s Included

  • Breakfast

Optional Activities

  • Cusco – 4th Archaeological sites
  • Cusco – City Tour
  • Cusco – South Valley
  • Cusco – Rainbow Mountain
  • Cusco – Humantay Lagoon
  • Cusco – Chonta Condor Lookout

Get more information for all of this optional activities in Rolo’s Travel Peru day tours.

Meals
6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport
Taxi, Public bus, Private Vehicle, Train

Accommodation
Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), Hotel (3nights)

Included Activities

  • Cusco - Orientation Walk
  • Cusco – Coca Museum visit
  • Sacred Valley Tour
  • Local Community Visit
  • Machu Picchu Guided Tour

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