Day 1 - Flight to Cusco. Free Day & Acclimatisation
Welcome to the Sierra!
After a spectacular flight from Lima across the Andes to Cusco set a 11,200 ft. We will be waiting for you at the exit to the building with a sign at the barrier outside the arrivals gate of the Airport.
Today is all about relaxing and gettting ready for your next adventure in Cusco!
Discover the city and its many and varied barrios, café bars and bustling markets, this day is your day to indulge yourselves in your own exploration. Whether it is off to sample the fresh juices and take in the sights, sounds and smells of the many markets, begin your adventure into selecting souvenirs or simply find a quite plazoleta, take a seat and watch the world go by at 3400m.
Overnight: Cusco Hotel.
Day 2 - Pisaq Hike
We leave early from Cusco, and arrive at the village of Pisac, known for its traditional market and archaeological complex built into the mountainside. The views, balconies, tunnels, crop terraces and irrigation canals are some of the finest. After exploring and trekking around the ancient Pisaq we will spend some time walking around its unique artisanal market, where we can simply appreciate or make a purchase of the beautiful hand made crafts the town's community has to offer. Afterwards, we make the drive to Ollantaytambo town to spend the night.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.
Overnight: Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley.
Day 3 - Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
We will take the train from Ollantaytambo train station to Km 104, where the short Inca Trail starts.
The valley turns into a canyon and the scenery begins to alter as the cloud forests appear on our approach to the Machu Picchu Sanctuary. We will disembark the train at Km 104 and start the hike along a quite challenging uphill path. This ancient Inca Trail takes us uphill all the way to the magnificent archeological complex of Wiñay Wayna, from where there are many steep steps to climb to reach the upper part of the Archaeological Site. Here we find a fabulous sense of peace far from the crowds. with superb views of the imposing verdant mountains and native orchids.
The trail now becomes gentler, continuing all the way to the Sun Gate, where we arrive to Machu Picchu through its real original Inca entrance. It is from here that we will have our first glimpse of the Machu Picchu citadel. We then cross the site to take the bus down to Aguas Calientes town and check in to our lodge to rest and relax, in anticipation of our full tour tomorrow.
Maximum Altitude: 2732 m / 8964 ft
Minimum Altitude: 2088 m / 6850 ft
Distance Travelled: 10.79 km / 6.67 ml (to Inti Punku)
Approximate Walking Time: 7-8 hours
Melas: B, L, D.
Overnight: Aguas Calientes Hotel.
Day 4 - Machu Picchu Guided Tour and back to Ollantaytambo
Good Morning! Rested and enthusiastic for our ultimate day we have the option to relax this the morning or have a wander round the town.
Today we will lunch early in one of Aguas Calientes’ excellent restaurants in order to arrive to the Citadel in good time for our full afternoon tour. Accompanied by our guide, we take a 25 minute bus ride to the sanctuary of Machupicchu (2400m / 7874ft). Our guide will lead us in a tour of exploration and discovery of the many curious corners within this enigmatic Citadel. Our guided tour will have an average duration of 2 hours.
Machu Picchu with Huayna Picchu
If you feel like you could take on another uphill challenge, you have the option to climb the famous mountain of Huayna Picchu this morning, pre afternoon tour. It is important to mention that to climb this mountain, you need to buy a separate ticket in advance. Please confirm that you want to make this climb at the time of making your booking with us. The trail consists of many steep narrow steps (not recommended for people who suffer vertigo), the height of the mountain is 2700m / 8858ft (the climb is 300 m.) We will climb Huayna Picchu at 10am. The route is around 3 hours round trip. We will then exit Machu Picchu citadel and have our lunch at Sanctuary Lodge just outside the entrance to the Citadel. After lunch we re-enter the citadel at 2pm for our guided tour of the citadel itself.
As the site closes for the day at 5:30pm we bus back down to Aguas Calientes. We then have a charming train journey back to Ollantaytambo and time to reflect on, quite possibly, one of the most amazing experiences of your life. Our private transport will be waiting to take us back to your hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.
Overnight: Ollantaytambo Hotel.
Day 7 - Back to Cusco, transfer to the airport.
We will transport you to Cusco’s airport for your return flight to Lima to make your connection for your onward or homeward journey.
Until the next time, we`ll say goodbye!
Day 5 - Rock Climbing - South Cusco (Pitumarca Valley)
Rock climbing here, in one of Cusco's southernmost valleys, is a great experience, due to the uniquely beautiful surrounding landscape. It´s extra special because we are in the Andes at 4,000m altitude it´s very challenging but there are no limits to the heights you can scale!
This is a sport for every age, it is designed to be fun and we hope that after the experience you have with us you will feel encouraged to continue this activity and improve your level and ability. Rock climbing provides a great sense of personal achievement!
Includes: Pre-experience briefing, all climbing equipment (Helmet, Harnesses, Ropes, Billets, and more)
We have a couple of options here for accommodation. We can camp in the small community of Chacco Huayllasca, located at the bottom of the rocks we climb. Chacco Huayllasca is very picturesque but can also be quite cold, however, we have the best equipment to combat the elements.
Our second option is an overnight stay in a small dairy farm where you can experience a nice warm bed, dinner and farm life. www.tamboquequenorte.com
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Pitumarca Valley
Day 6 - Palcoyo and The Rock Forest
Leaving early from either Cusco or the Sacred Valley, we start today's adventure with a 3 hour journey driving south to the Vilcanota Mountain range and our alternative trek to the Rainbow Mountains. It is important to note that the weather in this mountain range can be changeable and is usually very cold due to the altitude, please refer to our packing list for appropriate clothing.
Our drive will accommodate ‘leg stretch stops’ and photo opportunities as we travel through some beautiful scenery and picturesque colonial towns. A deliciously healthy boxed breakfast is provided for the journey. We will begin our ascent at 4787masl, walking for around 2 hours adjusting to the altitude as we climb. Once at the top of the valley we are rewarded with stunning views of Apu Ausangate, Cusco’s highest snow-capped mountain (6375m/20915ft), revered by the local population as the Guardian of Cusco, this is a powerful Mountain Deity. There’s no rush as we savour the views, photographing this amazing landscape and marvelling at the peaceful vastness and spectacular range of geological colours. Off the beaten track, our experience will not be shared with many other people.
A scrumptious boxed lunch and a hot drink is provided while we explore. We then ascend to the Rock Forest, eerie and isolated rocky outcrops well worth the extra climb for another great perspective of this breath-taking, unforgettable location. In the afternoon we'll begin our descent back down to our private transport returning to our accommodation in Cusco with a fabulous sense of achievement and having witnessed some of nature’s best art forms.
Start point: 4787masl
Highest point: 4945masl
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: Cusco city