Leave for 4 days of discovery and trekking in the surroundings of Cusco, the “belly button of the world”. A program during which you will pass on the mythical Inca Trail, once used by the emperor of the civilization of the same name to get to Machu Picchu. A site today known as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World that you will visit at the end of your journey, after several long days of effort.
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Cusco - Huayllabamba
We will begin our adventure with a transfer to Kilometer 82, a point located on the railway line connecting Ollantaytambo to the village of Aguas Calientes (last village before Machu Picchu). This is where our walking route begins. We will leave in the direction of Llactapa, the first Inca site of our journey before continuing uphill to the site of Huayllabamba where we will spend the night.
Night in Huayllabamba.
Huayllabamba - Pacaymayo
Today we are leaving for a long day’s walk. After breakfast we start an ascent that will take us to the Warmiwanusca pass at 4215m altitude. Once this difficulty is over we will descend to our camp site located at 3600m.
A day that will also be marked by our crossing of the majestic “Bosque de Qeuna”.
Night in Pacaymayo.
Pacaymayo - Winayhuayna
This morning we leave for an 8 hour walk, interspersed with several visits. A day between trekking and traveling through history. On the way we will pass by the Inca sites of Runcuracay, Sayamarca, Phuyupatamarca and finally Winayhuayna.
Night in Winayhuayna
Winayhuayna - Machu Picchu
Early in the morning, we start our walk towards Intipunku, Inca term meaning “Gateway to the Sun” designating this place with a unique view that was the imperial entrance to the site of Machu Picchu during the Inca period.
We will then enjoy a guided tour of the Inca citadel, considered a masterpiece of Inca architecture, classified as a World Heritage Site and known as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
For the more courageous, ascent of the Machu Picchu mountain or the Huayna Picchu, two viewpoints overlooking the site, offering at their summits a magnificent and significant view of why this Inca city was so long forgotten (Additional option to be requested in advance and upon payment of an additional entrance fee).
You will also have some time to isolate yourself and contemplate this site with the necessary calm. We will then go back down towards the station to take the train back to Ollantaytambo. Return to Cusco by bus.
End of our services on your arrival in Cusco.
The climate varies greatly according to the regions travelled through. From April to November, the sky is clear, although light rains are always possible. In altitude, it is pleasant during the day and cold at night. So bring warm clothes, even if you can walk around in a T-shirt during the day. Beware of the sun, which is strong at high altitudes, and bring a hat, sun cream and sunglasses.
No visa is required for stays of less than 90 days. You must travel with a passport that is still valid for 6 months after your stay.
When visiting high altitude areas, adverse effects such as headaches, nausea, insomnia and fatigue affect some people. However, the trip is designed to allow our body to adapt gradually (increase in red blood cells).
All major cities have modern private clinics with care comparable to what we have in Europe. However, you have to pay on the spot and then ask for reimbursement from your health insurance company.
We advise you to check whether your insurance covers medical costs in the countries you visit and if not, to seek reimbursement. Repatriation insurance is compulsory.
Currency / Credit Cards
Dollars and euros are accepted in the shops of the big cities. There are exchange houses everywhere. However, it is better not to carry large sums of money with you.
Credit cards are accepted in all ATMs (visa, mastercard, diners, american express). The commission of the bancomat is between 5 and 10USD.
In the service sector, it is normal to leave a tip when you are happy with the service. Between 5 and 10% of the value of the service is usual.
Whenever you travel, remember to keep fit. Even for “Discovery” trips, by preparing yourself physically you will adapt more easily to the altitude and enjoy your discoveries.
For trekking trips, develop your endurance by running or practicing your endurance several times a week.
Material to take with you
|Passport and 2 copies||Visa (if necessary)||Travel Insurance (mandatory) and copy|
|Air tickets and copy||Certification Vaccination Yellow fever (if visiting the Amazon)||Currency in USD., Euros or local|
|1 large bag and 1 small bag (preferably backpack or duffel)||Camera||Binoculars|
|Reading/writing materials||Flashlight||2 comfortable trousers (trekking type)|
|1 pair of shorts, 3 T-shirts, 1 big sweater||Warm underwear||Cap|
|Waterproof and warm jacket||Good shoes||Small towel and bath business|
|Toilet kit||Protection against sun and insects||Medications you usually take|
Basic first aid kit (bandages, disinfectant, tape, 1 pain reliever, 1 disinflammatory, immodium, broad spectrum antibiotic, mosquito repellent, lip stick)
You must be up to date with Tetanus, Hepatitis and Typhoid (Yellow Fever when visiting the Amazon).