Imperial Active Circuit: Lima - Cusco - Puno in 10 days


The expedition that we designed next, it was made for those people who look for to know the wonders of the Peruvian south, the archaeological and cultural inheritance and centers of much concentration of energy power that our ancestors left. The adventures that will be able to enjoy in this circuit, the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu that were of great importance for the inhabitants of the ande will be part.

The wonders of Peru that we designed, is the best alternative of excursion that are very known and required by the whole world, for which it is satisfactory and comforting for those who want to break schemes of the traditional thing, putting a little more of determination and effort to know this enigmatic culture surrounded by landscapes and sacred mountains.


Program:


Day

City

Program

01

Lima

Transfer in Lima airport to the hotel

Lima colonial afternoon city tour
02:00pm – 06:00pm

02

Lima and Cusco

Transfer out hotel Lima to the airport
Flight Lima - Cusco
Transfer in airport Cusco to the hotel

03

Cusco

Sacred Valley full day tour
08:00am – 07:00pm

04

Cusco and Inca Trial

Trekking km 82 “Piscacucho to Wayllabamba

05

Cusco and Inca Trial

Trekking “from Wayllabamba to Pacaymayu / Runkuraqay

06

Cusco and Inca Trial

Trekking “from Pacaymayu to Wiñayhuayna

07

Cusco and Inca Trial

Trekking “Wiñayhuayna - Guided tour of Inti Punkuand Machupicchu

08

Puno

Transfer out hotel to the bus station
Tour of the route of the sun
06:00am – 05:00pm

09

Puno

Titicaca lake full day tour
07:00am – 04:00pm

10

Puno

Transfer out hotel Cusco to the airport

 Note:

  • The Itinerary may change according to availability, weather and health condition of the hikers.
  • The train schedule may change according to the availability of the train company.

ITINERARY


Day 1: LIMA

Pick up at the airport and transfer to your hotel.

Colonial City Tour in Lima (afternoon)

We will start by picking up all our participants from their different hotels in Lima, and then start with a small visit to the Intihuatana Park, established on the Malecón of Miraflores, where will appreciate the magnificent Pacific Ocean. We will continue our tour of the residential districts in the modern areas of Miraflores and San Isidro. We will have the opportunity to observe the Huaca Pucllana, pre-Inca ceremonial temple in the shape of a pyramid that despite the urban expansion of Lima has endured.

We will continue the tour to continue to the Parque del Olivar and the Financial Center of Lima, and then visit the Historic Center of Lima, named by UNESCO in 1991 as a World Heritage Site.

Cultural of the Humanity, where the Spanish crown, founded the center of the colony in the sixteenth century, where the first colonial buildings were built. We will be dazzled by the magnificent Plaza de San Martin: old balconies and old mansions; the Plaza Mayor and its most prominent buildings such as the Palace the Cathedral of Lima, the Archbishop's and Municipal Palace, the Desamparados Station and a lot more. In between the tour, we will have the opportunity to visit one of the most highlights of the 17th century. Place where in spite of the time the relics of the three Peruvian saints most prominent: Santa Rosa de Lima, San Martin de Porres and San Juan Macias.

Then we will return to Miraflores, where we will finish the tour, the option to stay in the Indian market, Larcomar or return to your hotel, it will be at your discretion.

Overnight at selected hotel in Lima.

Day 2: LIMA - CUSCO (FREE DAY)

Breakfast at the hotel

At the appropriate time transfer to the airport in Lima.

Flight Lima - Cusco (On the passenger's account.)

Reception at the airport in Cusco and transfer to your hotel.

Afternoon free to acclimatize to the altitude or do activities on your own.

Overnight in Cusco

Day 3: SACRED VALLEY

Breakfast at the hotel.

8: 00am. Pick up from your hotel to begin our tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Leaving the city of Cusco to cross the archaeological park of Sacsahuaman and arrive at the viewpoint of Taray, a place from which we can see the imposing and beautiful Inca terraces and the current crop fields, which surround the sacred river of the Incas, called "Willcamayuc".

Later we will visit the archaeological park of Pisaq, and the indigenous market, which is very colorful because you can appreciate all kinds of products from crafts, textiles, jewelry to products grown by the same locals and the incredible thing about them is that they still practice the "barter" thus keeping the culture alive. This is why Pisaq's indigenous market is the best place to shop for handicrafts and souvenirs. After some free time we will continue our trip towards Ollantaytambo, known as the last living Inca city.

Ollantaytambo is one of the Inca cities in Peru that is still inhabited today and the architectural type employed, as well as the quality of each stone, worked individually make it one of the most peculiar and surprising works of art that the ancient Peruvians made, especially the temple of the sun and its gigantic monoliths. In addition, ollantaytambo reminds us to a mythical history of Love, drama that makes prevail the love before all obstacle, it is believed that this city was constructed by the General Inca Ollantay in a moment of rebellion against the real army of the Inca when preventing him its union before the beautiful princess Cusi Qoyllor "beautiful star".

Continuing with our guided tour, we arrive at Chinchero, where it is colonial and Inca temple reflects the current syncretism of these two great cultures. Chinchero is also known for its textile art, which is very characteristic for its colors obtained from the roots of plants and its great weavers who create beautiful works with Inca techniques.
Lunch on this tour is included in the village of Urubamba.

We finish our tour by returning to Cusco, and on the way, we will observe abundant agricultural lands.

Arrival to Cusco at 19:00 pm approximately, where you will be at the door of your hotel or place you indicate.

Overnight in Cusco

Day 4: TREKKING KM 82 “PISCACUCHO TO WAYLLABAMBA”
  • Meals: Lunch, snacks and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities.
  • Distance: 11kms / 6.8 mls (6 hours more or less of walking)
  • Difficulty: Easy / moderate.
  • Walking time: Approximately 6 hours (including picnic lunch on the route)
  • Hiking and terrain: Hiking on open and steep trails.
Map of Day 4: TREKKING KM 82 “PISCACUCHO TO WAYLLABAMBA”

Breakfast at the hotel, at a coordinated time you will be picked up from the hotel to be transferred by ITEP transport from Cusco through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, finally we will arrive at Km 82 "Entrance to the Inca Trail".

Trekking Km 82 "Piscacucho to Wayllabamba”

Today begins the adventure of a lifetime: our classic Inka Trail. We will pick you up from your hotel in our private transportation very early at 05:30 a.m. We will take you through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where our transportation will take us to Piscacucho or kilometer 82, where the Classic Inca Trail begins. On the way, we stop for breakfast in Ollantaytambo around 6:30am to recharge our energy, it should be noted that breakfast is not included, and then we will start our trail. Around 09:30 a.m. we will arrive at kilometer 82, which is the first checkpoint of the Inca Trail, at this point you will need to be ready to show your entrance tickets, passports and (if paying a student fee) your student card.

At the beginning of the trail (2720 m / 8923 ft), we will cross the Vilcanota River and follow the trail to the right. The first day is relatively easy; it is a warm up along the Inca flat land. There are excellent views of the Inca Fortress ('Huillca Raccay'), and the vast and incredible Inca site of Llactapata, (officially called 'Patallacta'), and the beautiful snow-capped peak of 'W'akay Willca' (5860m / 19225ft) known as Veronica. Our first camp is located in Wayllabamba (3000m / 9842ft) a temperate green valley with the same name. Night temperatures vary between 5°C depending on the month.

During the day, we will enjoy the impressive views of the mountains and snow-capped mountains, the lush green valley that surrounds us and a varied presence of flora and fauna.

Day 5: TREKKING “WAYLLABAMBA TO PACAYMAYUC / RUNKURAQAY”
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities.
  • Distance: 16kms / 10mls (9 hours or so of walking time)
  • Difficulty: Moderate.
Map of Day 5: TREKKING “WAYLLABAMBA TO PACAYMAYUC / RUNKURAQAY”

After waking up around 5:30 a.m. and enjoying a delicious breakfast, we will begin a steep ascent to the highest pass, the Warmihuañusca Pass or 'Dead Woman's Pass' at 4200 m / 13779 ft. On this day, you will feel a real sense of accomplishment as you reach the top! After a well deserved rest, we will start the descent to Pacaymayu where we will have a short break for lunch (3550m / 11646ft).

On our way to the pass, we will be able to see a variety of hummingbirds and a combination of other bird species. You will have plenty of time to appreciate the incredible variety of native plants and the 'Polylepis' or Q'ueuña trees that grow in the amazing cloud forest located at 3650m. After lunch, the second steep two-hour climb to the Runkuraqay pass begins (almost 4000m / 13,123ft). We arrive at our campsite at 5:00pm. Temperatures in this camp are 4°C during the night.

Day 6: TREKKING “PACAYMAYUC TO WIÑAYHUAYNA”
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities and cold-water showers.
  • Distance: 10kms / 6.2mls (5 hours or so of walking)
  • Difficulty: Moderate
Map of Day 6: TREKKING “PACAYMAYUC TO WIÑAYHUAYNA”

This is the most impressive day; keep this in mind as you ascend on day three! We will get up for breakfast at 6:00 am and start the day with a gentle walk uphill to visit the archaeological site of "Phuyupatamarca" (which means "City in the Clouds"). Here we arrive at the third highest point of the Inca Trail (3680m /) the views of the mountains, canyons and surroundings are breathtaking and impressive! The Inca site of "Phuyupatamarca" is only a few minutes walk from the third pass.

After visiting this site, we will descend 3000 steps through the cloud forest to the impressive Inca agricultural site of Intipata. After giving you some time to visit this site, we will continue with the hike until we reach our third Wiñay Wayna campsite. (2680 m / 8792 ft). This day we will only walk around 4 to 5 hours, arriving at the campsite at lunchtime! The temperatures during the night are approximately 12º C. A few steps from our camp is the famous Inca site of "Wiñay Wayna" ("Young forever"). Even if you feel tired after the walk, you cannot miss this place, as it is one of the most impressive sites on the Inca Trail.

Day 7: TREKKING “WIÑAYHUAYNA – INTI PUNKU & MACHUPICCHU  GUIDED TOUR”
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Distance: 8.9kms / 5.5mls "By bus in 25 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
Map of Day 7: TREKKING “WIÑAYHUAYNA – INTI PUNKU & MACHUPICCHU  GUIDED TOUR”

Around 4:00 am, it is time to get up, have breakfast and start day 4 on the Inca Trail to get to Machu Picchu in time. This is the final leg of your trek, arriving at 6:00 a.m. to reach Inti Punku or the gateway to the sun. At that point, the majestic Citadel of Machu Picchu is in front of us with its immense and imposing beauty, an incredible view for everyone. The reality of what the Inca people must have encountered on their grueling journey to this expansive temple of Machu Picchu.

At this point, we walk downhill towards the citadel of Machu Picchu. (2400m / 7872 ft.) After walking for 40 minutes, we enter the citadel from the top through the "Casa de los Guardianes". From there we continue to the checkpoint where we check in and leave our belongings. Your professional guide will lead you through the amazing archaeological complex and its main streets. You can walk around the citadel's squares and climb the intricately carved stone stairs. Machu Picchu is considered the spiritual center of the world for esoteric wisdom. After the guided tour, you will have free time to explore the complex on your own.

You will also have time to enjoy some of the following activities on your own if you wish (not included in the price and optional)

  • Climb the Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from there.
  • Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the new local museum or bathing in the hot springs.

Return to Cusco: You will descend to Aguas Calientes or Machupicchu town and then board the Expedition train to Ollantaytambo train station. "The train departure time may vary depending on the schedule and availability of the train". At the Ollantaytambo train station, you will meet our transport and be transferred to your hotel in Cusco.

Day 8: CUSCO - PUNO

Breakfast at the hotel

Transfer from the hotel to the bus station

Start of the tour with pick up from your hotel at 06:30 a.m. to go to the city of Puno.

First, we will make a trip to the beautiful town of Andahuaylillas to visit the church of San Pedro de Andahuaylillas, where inside there are walls and ceilings with frescoes and paintings bathed in GOLD.

Then we will visit the Inca archaeological complex of Raqchi, a ceremonial center dedicated to the great Creator God Wiracocha.

Continuing we will arrive to Sicuani - where you can enjoy the delicious culinary art of the region - Buffet Lunch - Country Restaurant (3552 masl).

From there we will continue our trip to La Raya (4335 masl), the highest point of this trip.

Finally, we will visit the Kalasaya Temple in Pukara, an ancient Pre-Inca civilization. It is the most important Ceremonial Center of the Altiplano. In the museum, you can discover the origin of the Pucara culture through sculptures and litho ceramics.

We arrive in the city of Puno at 18:00 hrs approx.

Arrival in the city of Puno and transfer to the selected hotel

*If the hotel category is 4 or 5 stars the trip will be by train Perurail Titicaca, these departures will be only on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, if it does not coincide. The trip from Cusco to Puno will be by Tourist Bus.

Reception in Puno.

Night of accommodation.

Day 9: PUNO: TITICACA LAKE

Breakfast at the hotel.

Around 6:30 am, our staff will pick you up from the hotel and take you to the port of Lake Titicaca; our local guide will be waiting for us with the boat to start our great adventure on Lake Titicaca. We will leave in the direction of Uros, on the way our guide will explain important points of this majestic lake, soon after we will arrive at the famous floating islands of the Uros.

We will make the excursion in the island of Uros, visiting its inhabitants and learning about customs of these communities that have lived for years in the highlands.

After visiting these, we will return to the boat and continue our trip towards the Island of Taquile.

We will sail for approximately 3 hours on the Titicaca in the direction of Taquile, a huge island that is characterized by its magnificent and beautiful fabrics.

Here you will have the opportunity to observe how people of the island produces splendid textiles such as ponchos, belts, gloves and other typical high after appreciating these beautiful handmade works, we will continue with the until we reach the top of the island, where we will walk along a beautiful path, somewhat inclined offers spectacular landscapes of the lake.

The most advisable is to walk slowly, take it easy and enjoy as much as possible, since they are walking over 3800 meters high in a world.

Approximately 45 minutes later, we will arrive at the center of Taquile, where we will finally we will rest and visit a small site museum, which through photos shows aspects important part of the lives of the people of Taquile.

We will have lunch in a typical restaurant around the after lunch, visitors will have free time to visit the workshops of the knitting and taking pictures with the friendly locals. In the afternoon, we will go down to the pier and we will undertake our return trip to Puno, arriving in the city at approximately 05:00pm.

Overnight at hotel in Puno.

Breakfast at the hotel

At the appropriate time, transfer to the airport.


MORE INFORMATION


LIMA

  • Transfer in/out airport - hotel - airport
  • 01 night accommodation in Lima with breakfast
  • Colonial City Tour with revenue

CUSCO

  • Transfer in/out airport - hotel - airport
  • 03 nights accommodation in Cusco with breakfast
  • Full Day Sacred Valley + Buffet Lunch
  • Excursion of the Route of the Sun: Cusco - Puno + Lunch buffet
  • Pre-Departure Information: You will meet your guide and royalty group of the Inca Trail at our office for an orientation before your hike. At this time, we will provide you with the canvas bags that will be carried by our Porters. The meeting will be at 6:00 PM the afternoon before the trek begins. In case you cannot come at this time, please "let us know" to arrange another time.
  • Tourist Transportation: We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco in the morning and you will travel by private transportation to Piscacucho, the starting point of the Royal Inca Trail to Machupicchu.
  • Experienced Tourist Guide on the Royal Inca Trail: Professionally educated and official English-speaking tourist guide with tourist certification. All grew up in this region and have a true passion for teaching others about their heritage. Your guide will explain the culture and surroundings along the entire route, including leading your group in ancient ceremonies! He or she will keep you safe, healthy and comfortable on your hike so you can enjoy your time along the Inca Trail and make sure you are safe and happy.
  • Experienced Machupicchu cultural tour guide: Speaks English, professional, with tourist certification. To visit the sacred city of Machupicchu.
  • Private campsites: Each camp is carefully chosen to have a very personalized experience
  • Night 1: Enjoy the first night in Wayllabamba and sleep in our 4 season Pro Aconcagua Doite tents. All our tents are for four people, but ONLY 2 sleep, leaving plenty of room to spread out comfortably and store your canvas bags. They also include a small lobby at the front, which gives you extra space outdoors to leave your boots and poles so you do not have to bring in dirt.
  • Night 2: Enjoy the second night in Pacaymayu on the Royal Inca Trail and sleep in our 4 season Pro Aconcagua Doite tents. All our tents are for four people, but ONLY 2 sleep, leaving plenty of room to spread out comfortably and store your canvas bags. They also include a small lobby at the front, which gives you extra space outdoors to leave your boots and poles so you do not have to bring in dirt.
  • Night 3: Enjoy the third night in Wiñay Huayna on the Royal Inca Trail and sleep in our 4 season Pro Aconcagua Doite tents. All our tents are for four people, but ONLY 2 sleep, leaving plenty of room to spread out comfortably and store your canvas bags. They also include a small lobby at the front, which gives you extra space outdoors to leave your boots and poles so you do not have to bring in dirt.
  • Note: It is not usual for accommodations or hotels to change after confirmation; however, it may vary according to government regulations and authorizations due to bad weather conditions and perhaps the physical condition of our visitors: Any changes and ITEP will be informing you in advance and as soon as possible.
  • Camping equipment: Dining and kitchen tents, tables, chairs and cooking equipment (all carried by our porters and horses).
  • Entrance ticket to the Inca Trail
  • Entrance ticket to the Inca site of Machu Picchu
  • One canvas bag: You can keep your personal luggage; this bag will be carried by the passengers themselves. The porters can take your equipment but it will be an additional cost.
  • Professional trekking chef: A professional chef specialized in cooking on the way, with an assistant, will prepare all your delicious meals along our trip on the way to replenish your energy every day. You will never go hungry!
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners (vegetarian, vegan or special menus available at no extra cost) Please note (first breakfast and last lunch not included)
  • Boiled water: from your first lunch to your last breakfast, Inka Trail Expeditions will supply all the necessary water. This water will be boiled, filtered and then cooled, before being distributed. You must supply your own water bottles. We recommend that you bring about 3L.
  • Waking up with tea: Every morning at the camp, you will wake up with a cup of coca tea! Our staff will bring the tea to your tent to warm it up before the start of the day.
  • Teatime every day during the hike: Every afternoon before dinner, the cooks will serve you popcorn, cookies, coffee, hot chocolate, tea, hot water, etc. After a long day of walking, you will not have to wait until dinner to relax, and enjoy a bite to eat!
  • Hygiene products: You will be provided with a small towel before each meal to wash your hands and every morning there will be a bucket with warm water to wash up.
  • Medical kit and oxygen bottle: Our team will bring a first aid kit, which includes an emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Bus Consettur to Machupicchu - Aguas Calientes
  • Train tickets: From Machupicchu village station to Ollantaytambo train station (departure time is confirmed on the day of the meeting and is subject to availability) and Vistadome train on return for 4 and 5 star category.
  • Transfer back to Cusco: Private tourist transport from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco (Day 4)
  • 24-hour guest service: We have a 24-hour telephone service available to facilitate communication and preparation with the agency leading to your trip.

PUNO

  • Transfer in/out bus station - hotel - airport
  • 02 nights accommodation in Puno with breakfast
  • Full Day Titicaca Lake Excursion + Local Tourist Lunch
  • International and national air tickets
  • Food not mentioned in Lima and Cusco
  • Sleeping bags: You can rent one from our company if you do not have your own. Our sleeping bags are effective and durable to protect from temperatures as low as -18°C (0°F). They are shaped like mummies and include a sleeping pad. The bags are cleaned after each use.
  • Walking sticks: You can rent a set from our company if you wish.
  • Day 1: Breakfast on the Inca Trail: Approximately USD 5.00 to USD 10.00, the price may vary according to your selection.
  • Last day on the Inca Trail: Lunch and dinner in Aguas Calientes. Approximately USD 20.00 to 25.00, the price may vary according to your selection.
  • Personal clothing and equipment
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for assistance staff: Please note that our agency staff is well paid, so please feel free to tip or not as you wish "Recommendation USD 6 to USD 8 per day per traveler for all trekking staff"- Again this is optional and may vary according to your satisfaction.
  • Additional costs or delays out of management control (landscape, bad weather conditions, modification of the itinerary for security reasons, illness, change of government policy, political instability/strike, etc.).
  • Extras
  • Canes (USD 15 for a pair of canes).
  • Extra porter for personal items (USD 80 for 7 Kilos - max. 7 Kilos).
  • Upgrade to the Vistadome train (USD 50).
  • Entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu or Sacred Mountain of Machupicchu (USD 75) - There is a limited space in Huayna Picchu (400 people per day), so it is a good idea to book in advance.
  • Original passport
  • Sleeping bag (not included, but can be rented at our offices)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Wool warm-up jacket, hat and gloves
  • T-shirts or polo shirts
  • Comfortable pants
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
  • Reusable plastic bottle or metal water container or camel bags.
  • Water (only for the first 4 hours of walking, then we will give you the previously boiled water
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and films
  • Flashlight with spare batteries (headlights are useful)

Something else:

  • Shorts
  • Cane (with rubber tip)
  • Bandages
  • Sandals
  • Extra money
  • Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)

For availability of spaces for this service, please contact us info@salcantay.org and we`ll send you detailed information, prices, terms and conditions.

Please keep in mind that significant price reductions are available for groups. All our tours are fully guaranteed, departure every day. Contact us for more information for the tour that you are choosing, or to begin customizing your own itinerary. recommendations:

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RESERVATIONS

If you want to make a reservation, please fill out our Passenger Details Form.

*** Each reservation requires a USD $ 200.00 deposit as a down payment per person + 10% transfer tax (Total USD $ 220.00). The final balance can be paid at our Local office in cash during your briefing a day or two before your trip.

Once the deposit will be confirmed we will send you your contract voucher.


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