CUSCO- MACHUPICCHU –INCA TRAIL AND MANU  TRIP

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Departure: Every Day

Trip Style: Standard camping

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Day 01

Arrive to Lima and transfer to the hotel.

Day 02

Breakfast, transfer to the airport with connexion to Cusco

Cusco

OPTIONAL CITY TOUR:

Meet upon arrival and transfer to your hotel. Remaining morning free to rest in your hotel in order to avoid altitude sickness. Cusco is at 3,400 meters above sea level (11,000 feets).In the afternoon, we will visit the City of Cusco on a guided sightseeing tour visiting the Main Square and the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha.Then, we drive out of the City to visit the Inca sites of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the impressive Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, strategically built on a hill overlooking Cusco, famous for its enormous carved stones, some of them standing over 9 m / 30 ft high and weighing over 350 tons. (Optional tour)

Day 03

Cusco: The Sacred Valley of the Incas

Breakfast. Full-day excursion to the "Sacred Valley of the Incas", along the Vilcanota River. We will have the opportunity to share closely the peasants' customs and bargain with vendors at the typical Indian market of Pisac, Lunch in a local countryside restaurant.(This is a normal tour,but according you require lunch in Lamay in a restaurant supported by Planeterra and women’s weaving project at same Community of Huchuy Qosqo) In the afternoon, passing through the Towns of Calca and Urubamba, we visit the Inca Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo, built to guard the entrance to this part of the Valley, and protect it from possible invasion from the tribes in the Lower jungle. You can walk through the quaint streets of the nearby Town, and get a good idea of what this strategic military, religious, and agricultural centre was like during the era of the Inca Empire. Back to Cusco, transfer to your hotel for overnight.Evening at leisure. We suggest going around the Main Square and enjoy the night atmosphere tasting a delicious Pisco Sour in some of the many pubs around the Main Square.

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

Huchuy Qosqo comes from the Quechua word Huchuy (small) Qosqo (Cusco) is situated on the heights of Lamay Sacred Valley, is a spiritual retreat center that for the Inca era years started every 21th June occurred the winter solstice, the Spaniards moved to June 24 and celebrated the famous Inti Raymi because on that day had a major celebration in Spain and thus wanted to evangelize the Andean Community, the 1st to August 12 has certain phenomena of wind, this it was very important because in the Inca era the main activity was agriculture, so they had to know how would be the following stations for this and make sure that serious abundant water for their upcoming harvests, Curacas would Huchuy Qosqo to make payments to land, because of the Andean Worldview acuerod they made offerings of gratitude to Mother Earth. It is important to read the coca leaves, it is important to mention the top of the mountain because the top is closer to the heavens (closer to God).

Accessibility:

From cusco (you walk about 8 hours)

From ccorao - sacred valley (about 4 hours walking)

From chinchero. This is the most accessible tourist route seniors because it is not so steep (walking for 21/2 to 31/2 hours walking) by car, you can only go up from calca with 4x4 vehicles-wheel drive because we have had the experience of one of our units are overturned by not having traction, killing tourists, the xbox guide and the driver then are now up to 3 passengers per car plus the guide and driver

Day 04

Cusco - km 82 – huayllabamba (4b, 3l, 3d)

Pick up from your hotel, by bus cusco-ollantaytambo - chilca - piskacucho – route.

At km. 82 of the railway line (piskacucho), the group will prepare their rucksacks and, with the guide and porters, start the trek by crossing the bridge over the urubamba river to where the inca trail to machu picchu truly beginspatallacta, "village in the heights"an archaeological complex situated at the foot of a mountain on the left bank of the river cusicancha, tributary of the river urubamba. There are many terraced fields here that probably served to feed other settlements and 'tambos' (travellers' rest stations) along the inca trail. The urban sector has more than a hundred structures, as well as an inca altar, the "pulpituyoc."huayllabamba, "green meadow"a small, indigenous village located at the foot of a mountain and surrounded by crops of maize and potatoes.on sunny days, you see the snow-covered peaks of the urubamba cordillera (mt. Veronica). Many groups camp in this village the first night. The village offers campers a public bathroom. Nearby, at patawasi, you will find inca-step buildings.

Day 05

Second day wayllabamba - pacaymayu runkuraccay:

Arid and cold high plains. Abra de warmiwañusca, "dead woman's pass"this is the highest point of the inca trail. The walk is arduous, with a long steep climb to the high pass at 4,200 meters (16,000 feet approximately). On the trail you will be able to appreciate the change in the surroundings as you pass from the moderate temperatures of the valleys to theright before the pass in a small plain there is a campsite called "llulluchapampa," bordered by two streams of crystal clear water. There is a public bathroom here- also a place where many travellers rest before the last stretch over the pass at warmiwañusca. The pass is cold and very windy. Beyond the pass we descend to our next campsite. Runkuracay, "oval building"this is an inca "tambo," or lodge, of semi-circular design with a view of the valley of pacaymayu (" hidden river ") below. On the way to the ruins you pass the campsite at pacaymayu at the bottom of the valley where there is abundant water, a public bathroom, and a small waterfall. This is a good place to rest and have lunch after runkuracay, the trail ascends, passing the twin lakes of yanacocha ("black lake "). This is also a popular campsite.

Day 06

Third day runkuraccay - phuyupatamarca - wiñayhuayna:

Sayaqmarka, "dominant town"

This is an interesting set of ruins located on a cliff with a panoramic view of the aobamba valley and the snow-covered peak of pumasillo. This construction comprises a labyrinth of very narrow corridors, some with exits and others without. The only access to the ruins is by a steep, but solid, stone staircase carved into the side of the mountain. The abyss on one side is carpeted with exotic plants such as orchids and lichens. The whole atmosphere is unforgettable. During the walk we pass conchamarca, a small, recently discovered archaeological complex, and the campsite at chakicocha, a flat, spacious area with public bathrooms and water. Then the trail ascends again and we come to the first tunnel on the trail - 20 meters long and with steps carved out of the living rock. Continuing our ascent we reach the third and final pass of the trail at phuyupatamarca. Phuyupatamarca, "town above the clouds" this is undoubtedly one of the most unique towns on the inca trail. It is almost always covered in the mist rising from the cloud forest and is located on the side of a ravine looking down into the urubamba valley; the site is surrounded by terraced fields and ceremonial sources of fresh water. In the upper section there is a plaza from which, on sunny days, the beautiful landscape of the urubamba valley can be seen, as well as the adjacent snow peaks. In the lower section stand circular constructions that seem to imitate the forms of the surrounding landscape.near the phuyupatamarka pass the trail descends down solid, spiralling steps, passing through a second tunnel. Then, winding down the mountain, the trail flattens out, following the course of the urubamba, before arriving at wiñay huayna.

Wiñay huayna, "eternal youth"

This archaeological complex owes its name to the typical orchids that decorate the site with their vibrant red, yellow, and violet flowers all year round. This is perhaps the most beautiful place on the inca trail and the last urban center before machu picchu. It was built on the side of a mountain on the left bank of the urubamba river.wiñay huayna consists of four principal sectors: the urban sector, located in the lower part and containing more than 20 buildings; the ritual sector; the terraced sector for crops; and the tower sector, which boasts the site's finest architecture and is therefore assumed to have been a place of religious or social importance. You will leave wiñay huayna very early in the morning - 4:15 am - in order to reach intipunku, the "sun gate," to see the dawn over the city of machu picchu. At this point travellers receive their first glimpse of the majesty and grandeur of machu picchu, the sacred city of the incas, under the first rays of the dawning sun.

Day 07

Fourth day wiñaywayna - machupicchu - cusco:

Machu picchu is the most beautiful and best-preserved inca city - some claim fortress - and one of the world's most famous archaeological sites. It was discovered by the american historian hiram bingham on the 24th of july, 1911. The city was lost for centuries, and when it was found, it was covered by the thick vegetation typical of the southern peruvian andes.the city can be divided into three areas: the urban, agricultural, and adjacent zones. In the urban sector you can find the temple of the sun, the royal tomb, the ceremonial fountains, the royal palace, the temple of the three windows, the main temple, the intiwatana, the main square, the sacred rock, the industrial room, and the prisons.

The agricultural sector includes the cemetery and the funeral rock. Finally, the adjacent zones are: intipunku, the temple of the moon, wayna picchu and the drawbridge. Machu picchu and the other towns along the inca trail were conceived as religious centres. The incas worshipped the sun, the moon, the stars, the mountains, and mother earth, making a journey today along this sacred trail an inca pilgrimage.machupicchu it self in the late afternoon. After the tour you will have free time to wander around, and then you will meet with the rest of the group to drive by bus down to aguas calientes. (aguas calientes) train back to ollantaytanbo bus to cusco. Optional visit to the inca bridge before returning to cusco.

This included:

 transportation from cusco to km 82, starting point of the trail

 entrance to the inca trail and to machu picchu

 services of a english tour guide

 service of cooks and porters

 camping equipment: double occupancy tents and sleeping pads, dinner tent, toilet tent, - kitchen tent, tables, seats, and utensils for your meals.

 first aids kit

 all meals during the hike 4b,3l,3d and tea time

 train ticket from aguas calientes to ollantaytanbo

 biodegradable soap during inca trail

 bus to cusco

 

Not included :

 sleeping bag do you can to rent ($4 dolar for day) hire

 bottled drinks except water or where provided with meals

 optional tips to staff

 excess baggage changes

 personal porters ($ 130 dollars)

 

Day 08

Breakfast at hotel.

To get to cusco manu and must be at least one day before and one day after the tour since the first day they start around approx. 7:00 to 7:30 a.m. And the last day are returning between 08 and 09: 00 pm to approx. Cusco, the path is complicated manu, the road is not paved. Regarding our hostel are rustic, we have a board room to the other.

Regarding the light that it depends according to jungle as darkness sets in, our generator lasts 03 hours, so it is important to bring flashlights that you'll find in the program at the suggestion of suggested equipment, flashlights are recommended.

Manu also contains 10% of the world’s vascular plant species, including several species of figs and palms, as well as countless species of medicinal plants that scientists are currently cataloguing. A single hectare of forest in manu can have up to 220 species of trees, while a hectare of temperate forest in europe or north america may only have 20 tree species. Manu national park may be the most biologically diverse and protected park on the planet.

Manu amazon program:

Day 08: we leave cusco early in the morning in one of our vehicles. Approximately mid-morning we visit the interesting tombs of ninamarca, commonly known as “chullpas”. We continue to paucartambo, a picturesque spanish colonial town, and then to the acjanacu pass, which marks the beginning of the cultural zone of manu biosphere reserve. Here, a thick cloak of clouds provides perpetual humidity and makes an ideal habitat for epiphytic plants such as bromeliads. This varied and fascinating world is home of the cock of the rock, spectacled bear, orchids, tree ferns (one of the oldest living plants), mosses and lichens. This cloud forest exists between 2,000 and 3,500 m.a.s.l. And at least 50% of the plant species found here are endemic to this region. We have lunch on the way with a spectacular view, then we continue overnight in our “orquídeas de san pedro lodge”.

Day 09: today we wake up very early to observe the cock of the rock (rupicola peruviana), peru’s national bird from a platform. The male birds are a vibrant reddish orange, and as many as several dozen come together for an exhibition of a mating ritual dance in a place called lek. The males display their crest, showing off and posturing for the females. The females, fewer in number, watch to select the most suitable males. After breakfast we continue in our vehicle down the narrow road between waterfalls and canyons toward the town of pilcopata (*1) and then to atalaya port where we have lunch, here we board our covered, outboard motor boat and head down the alto madre de dios river for approximately 50 minutes toward our private reserve of “erika” a comfortable / rustic lodge owned also by manu adventures where we will hike through the interesting trail system that this transitional area between high and low jungle offers. Overnight at the lodge.

*1 free option: here in pilcopata town we will make the final settings for a 1½ hour river rafting (class i and ii) trip down the koshñipata river where we will have the opportunity for a dip and of course enjoy the spectacular view of the koñeq canyon.

Day 10: our lodge is located in a transition zone between high and low jungle (500 m.a.s.l. To 1,150 m.a.s.l), after the breakfast you guide explains the different habitats, altitude range and the high diversity of wildlife found around this lodge, so immediately after breakfast, we will start walking near the riverbanks, during the hike our guide will talk about insects, medicinal plants, trees, reptiles, mammals, etc. We have lunch then we board our boat, and after five minutes, we will walk for another 30 minutes approximately though a very nice trail to observe and talk about the interesting flora fond such as sensitive plants, heliconias, fruit plantations, etc. Until we arrive to machuwasi lake where with the help of a telescope we can observe great egrets, tucanets, carpenters, keskadees, cardinals, etc. Short night walk to observe american bullfrogs, horned frogs, tree frogs and an incredible variety of insects.

*2 free option: canopy zip down: at our lodge, our guests traverse from tree to tree and platform to platform using pulleys on horizontal traverse cables zip lines), as they sail through the treetops of the tropical rainforest canopy, and over the trails far below. Expert guides assist you in this exciting journey through the different layers of the rain forests and explain what’s going on around you from the time you leave the ground, until you rappel back down to the forest floor.

Day 11: this day we will get up very early to board our boat again for only five minutes down river to our parrot clay lick called “collpa” on the riverbanks, where many species of parrots such as the blue headed parrot, white-eyed parakeet, feed for mineral and salt supplements to their diet of seeds and fruits. We return to erika lodge have breakfast immediately we board our boat to atalaya port where the bus will drive us back to cusco city; we have lunch on the way, arriving late in the evening, where the trips ends on arrival.

Important

Manu national park is not endemic area about malaria neither yellow fever you can bring a good insect repellent but if you decide to put the yellow fever vaccination for prevention you can do it 10 days before start your trip to the jungle.

Include:

transfers in lima

01 hotel night in lima

transfers in cusco

02 hotel night in cusco

04days /03 nights inca trail (what include and not is detailed above).

04 days / 03 nights in manu (what include and not is detailed above)

 

No include:

domestic and international flights

baggage excess

alcoholic drinks ,soda or bottled mineral water

personal expenses

tips

international or national telephone calls

meals no mentioned

 

Price per person in a double room USD 1,978

Optional tours cost (per person)

 city tour in lima (bus, guide and entrance fee) $ 55

 city tour in cusco (bus ,guide and entrance fee ) $ 75

 river rafting(what includes and not is detailed above) $ 125

 horse on a tour $ 100

 mountain biking $ 90

 pachacamac tour (bus, guide and entrance fee) $ 90

 

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CUSCO- MACHUPICCHU –INCA TRAIL AND MANU  TRIP

CUSCO- MACHUPICCHU –INCA TRAIL AND MANU  TRIP

Departure: Every Day

Trip Style: Standard camping

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