IMPERIAL ACTIVE CIRCUIT 10 days


When Peruvians talk about the turquoise of Lake Titicaca, they proudly observe that the lake is so big that it has waves. The most sacred body of water in the Andean world separates and connects Peru and Bolivia, the two countries you will visit in this personalized tour package.

You will start in Cusco and the Sacred Valley, the heart of the Inca Empire, which at its height, dominated the entire length of the Andes. You will visit Machu Picchu, built in the mid-1400s as the royal hacienda of the powerful Inca king Pachacutec and later abandoned after the Spanish conquest.

Lake Titicaca marks the midpoint of this tour. You will sail across the vast blue lake, stopping at Uros and Taquile to witness the ancient traditions of the oldest living cultures of the Andes.


ITINERARY



Day 1: Lima

Accommodation: Hotel in Lima.

Places to visit: Plaza Mayor, Plaza San Martin

Elevation Highest: 161 m / 528 ft AS

Airport pickup and transfer to your hotel.

The tour begins with the gathering of our passengers from their hotels in Lima, then we stop at the Intihuatana Park, located on the Malecon of Miraflores, where we will observe the Pacific Ocean. We start our tour by modern residential districts of Miraflores and San Isidro. We observe outside the Huaca Pucllana, ceremonial pre-Inca temple pyramid shaped that has survived the urban sprawl of Lima.

We will continue our journey to the park El Olivar and the Financial Center then we drive to the Historic Center of Lima, declared by UNESCO in 1991 Cultural Heritage of Humanity, where the center of the Spanish colony was established in the sixteenth century and erected the first buildings. Know the Plaza San Martin, balconies and old houses, the Plaza Mayor and its most important buildings like the Government Palace, the Cathedral of Lima, the Archbishop's Palace and Municipal, Desamparados Station, among others

We enter one of the most important monasteries of the seventeenth century. Where the relics of the three Peruvian saints Santa Rosa de Lima, San Martin de Porres and San Juan Macías are preserved. then return to Miraflores and ending our tour will have the option to stay in the Indian market in Larcomar or return to your hotel.


Day 2: LIMA - CUSCO

Feeding :Breakfast.

Highest elevation: 3,999 meters / 11,151 feet ASL

Places to visit: Lima and Cusco

Accommodation: Hotel in Cusco.

Breakfast at hotel

At the scheduled time transfer to Lima airport.

Flight Lima Cusco (on behalf of the Paxs)

Reception at Cusco airport and transfer to your hotel.

Free afternoon to acclimatize to the altitude or activities on their own.


Day 3: SACRED VALLEY

Feeding: Breakfast lunch.

Accommodation: Hotel in Cusco.

Places to visit:Cusco, Sacred Valley, Pisac, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero.

The highest elevation (Chincheros) -3,754 meters / 12,316 feet ASL

Breakfast at the hotel.

The tour begins with the gathering of our passengers from their hotels, visit, on the Vilcanota River and the Sacred Valley overlooking the Inca citadel of Pisac formed by group of platforms and architectural structures scattered on the slopes and at the top mountain, then visit the Indian market of Pisac where we will have the opportunity to learn about the customs of its inhabitants. Lunch at a local restaurant in the Sacred Valley. In the afternoon we visit the 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 of the jungle.

Night accommodation in Sacred Valley.


Day 4: TREKKING KM 82 “PISCACUCHO TO WAYLLABAMBA”

Distance: 11kms / 6.8 mls (6 hours or so walk)

Difficulty: Easy / moderate.

Hiking time: Approximately 6 hours (including picnic lunch en route)

Walk and ground: Walk on open roads and steep.

Feeding: Lunch, snacks and dinner.

Accommodation: Camping facilities.

Today begins your adventure of a lifetime.  We will pick you up from your hotel in our private van very early in the morning at 5:30am.  You will be transferred to the Sacred Valley of the Inkas, where our van going to take us to Piskacucho, which is called kilometer 82, where the Classic Inca Trail begins.  On the way, we stop for breakfast in Ollantaytambo at 6:30-7am to load up on energy for our start of the trail.  (Breakfast is not included). Upon arrival at kilometer 82 at 11:30am, we will have some time to organize ourselves, At the Inka Trail first control point be ready to show your entrance tickets, passports and (if paying a student rate) your student card.
At the start of the trail (2720m/8923ft) we cross the Vilcanota River and follow its route to the right. The first day is relatively easy, a warm-up along the Inka flat terrain.  There are great views of the Incan Fortress (‘Huillca Raccay’), the vast and incredible Inka site of Llactapata, (officially called ‘Patallacta’), and the beautiful snow-capped peak of ‘W’akay Willca’ (5860m/19225ft) known in books as Veronica. Our first campsite is in Wayllabamba (3000m/9842ft) in the temperate green valley with the same name. Temperatures at night are around 5ºC depending on the month.
During the day, we will enjoy spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains Veronica, (5,860m/19,337ft), the lush green valley around us and a myriad of flora and fauna.


Map - Day 4: TREKKING KM 82 “PISCACUCHO TO WAYLLABAMBA”

Day 5: TREKKING “WAYLLABAMBA TO PACAYMAYUC/ RUNKURAQAY”

Feeding: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Accommodation: Camping facilities.

Distance: 16kms / 10mls (9 hours or so walking time)

Difficulty: Moderate.

After waking up at 5 to 5:30am and enjoying a hot breakfast, we start a steep ascent towards the highest pass, abra de Warmihuañusca or ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’ at 4200m/13779ft.  On this day, you will feel a real sense of achievement upon reaching the top! After a well-deserved rest, we begin the descent to where we stop for lunch, which is located at Pacaymayu (3,550m/11,646ft).
On our way up to the pass, we will be able to see an arrange of hummingbirds and a combination of other species of bird life. There will be plenty of time to appreciate the incredible variety of native plants and the ´Polylepis´ or Q’ueuña trees which grow in the astonishing cloud forest located at 3650m/11972ft! After lunch, begins the second two-hour steep climb to Runkuraqay pass (almost 4,000m/13,123ft). We arrive at our campsite by 5:00 pm. Temperatures at this campsite are around 4ºC during the night.


Map - Day 5: TREKKING “WAYLLABAMBA TO PACAYMAYUC/ RUNKURAQAY”

Day 6: TREKKING “PACAYMAYUC TO WIÑAYHUAYNA”

Feeding: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Accommodation: Camping facilities and cold showers.

Distance: 10kms / 6.2mls (5 hours or so walk)

Difficulty: moderate

This day we wake up for breakfast at 6am and start the day with a gentle climb to visit the archaeological site of ‘Phuyupatamarca’ (meaning ‘Town in the Clouds’).  Here we reach the third highest point on the Inka trail (3680m/). The views of the mountains, canyons and surrounding areas are spectacular! The Inca site of ‘Phuyupatamarca’, is located a few minutes’ walk from the third pass.  After visiting this site, we continue walking down 3000 stairs through the cloud forest to the impressive agricultural Incan site of ‘Intipata. After taking some time to visit this site, we continue until we arrive at our third campsite Wiñay Wayna. (2680m/8792ft). Today, we will only walk about 4 to 5 hours.  We arrive at camp by lunchtime!  Temperatures during the night are about 12º C. A short walk from our campsite is the famous Incan site of ‘Wiñay Wayna’ (‘Forever Young’). Even if you are feeling tired after your day’s trek, it´s a moment you cannot miss, the most impressive site on the Inca trail.


Map - Day 6: TREKKING “PACAYMAYUC TO WIÑAYHUAYNA”

Day 7: TREKKING “WIÑAYHUAYNA – INTI PUNKU & MACHUPICCHU  GUIDED TOUR”

Feeding: Breakfast

Distance: 8.9kms / 5.5mls "By bus in 25 minutes"

Difficulty: Easy

At around 4:00am it´s time to wake up, have breakfast and start day 4 on the Inka trail to get to Machu Picchu on time. This is the final part of your journey, arriving by 6:00am to reach Inti Punku or The Sun Gate. At that point, the majestic Machu Picchu Citadel is in front of us with its intense beauty – an incredible sight for all to see. The reality of what the Inca people must have encountered on their taxing journey to this expansive temple of Machu Picchu. At this point, we walk downhill towards the Machu Picchu Citadel. (2400m/7872 ft.) After walking 40 minutes, we enter the citadel from the top through the “House of the Guardians”. From there we proceed to the control point where we register and leave our belongings. Your professional guide will direct you throughout the astounding ruins and its main streets. You can wander around the town squares as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made from stone. Machu Picchu is considered as the world’s spiritual center by esoteric wisdom. Once the guided tour is over, you will have free time to explore the site on your own.

You will also have time to indulge in a few of the following activities on your own if you choose (not included in the price)
•    Climb up 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   bathe in the hot springs.
Back to Cusco: You will descend to Aguas Calientes and later board the Expedition train to the Ollantaytambo Train Station “Train departure time can vary according train schedule and availability”. In Ollantaytambo Train station you will meet our private van and be transferred to your hotel in Cusco.
*** Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountains hike depends on availability; please let us know if you want to add one of these extra hikes at the time of your booking.
*** We only take ITEP EcoTravel clients in our vans / cars – We do not use public transport.

 


Map - Day 7: TREKKING “WIÑAYHUAYNA – INTI PUNKU & MACHUPICCHU  GUIDED TOUR”

Day 8: CUSCO PUNO

Feeding: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Cusco.

Places to visit: Puno, Pucara, La Raya, Raqchi, Andahuaylillas, Sicuani, Cusco.

Highest elevation (Puno) - 3827 meters ASL / 12,555 feet ASL

Breakfast at hotel
At the appropriate time, transfer to the bus station to Puno. If the hotel category is 4 or 5 star the trip will be by train Perurail Titicaca, these outputs are only on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, if different. The trip from Cusco to Puno will be in tourist bus.
Reception in Puno.
Night stay in Puno.


Day 9: PUNO: TITICACA LAKE

Feeding: Breakfast lunch.

Accommodation: Hotel in Puno.

Places to visit:Puno, Lake Titicaca, floating islands of Uros, Taquile, Puno.

The highest elevation (Taquile) - 4,050 meters / 13,287 feet ASL

Breakfast at hotel
At the proper time, we will take to make this circuit, where we will offer to meet 2 of the islands most visited Titicaca, an ancient village "The floating islands of the Uros" currently living in the middle of the cattail (aquatic plant of the Altiplano), and has more than 90 islands. Then we go to the island of Taquile where we will make a walk of approximately 35min there will know its history, customs and taste a delicious lunch. The trip will be less heavy and we'll get in a short time and will return in 1 hour and 30 minutes from Taquile to Puno and we will have more time to visit both islands.
Return to Puno and night accommodation.

Breakfast at hotel
At fixed time, transfer to the airport.


MORE INFORMATION


LIMA

  • Transfer of entrance and exit airport - hotel - airport
  • 01 nights accommodation in Lima with breakfast
  • City Tour Colonial Excursion and entrances fees.

CUSCO

  • Transfer of entrance and exit airport - hotel - airport
  • 03 nights accommodation in Cusco with breakfast
  • Full Day Sacred Valley + Buffet lunch
  • Excursion Route of the Sun Cusco - Puno + Buffet lunch
  • pre-departure information: Meet with your guide and the group of royal Inca Trail in our office for guidance before your hike. At this time, we will provide the duffel bags that will carry our porters. The meeting will be at 6:00 PM the evening before the trip begins. If he can not come right now, "let us know" to arrange another time.
  • Tourist transport: Pick up from your hotel in Cusco in the morning and travel by private transport Piscacucho. The starting point for the Royal Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
  • Experienced tour guide at the Royal Inca Trail: Tour guide English speaking, professionally educated and tourism certification officer. All grew up in this region and have a real passion for teaching others about their heritage. Your guide will explain the culture and surroundings along the entire route, including the leadership of his group in ancient ceremonies! He or she will keep it safe, healthy and comfortable on your walk so you can enjoy your time along the Inca trail and make sure you are safe and happy.
  • Cultural tour guide with experience in Machu PicchuSpeak English, professional, tourism certification. To visit the sacred city of Machu Picchu.
  • private campgroundsEach camp is carefully chosen to have a very personalized experience
    • Night 1: Enjoy the first night in Wayllabamba and sleep in our tents Pro Aconcagua Doite 4 seasons. All our stores are for 4 people, but only sleeps 2, leaving plenty of room to spread out comfortably and keep their canvas bags. They also include a small lobby at the front, that gives you extra space to the outdoors to leave their boots and sticks do not have to bring land.
    • Night 2: Enjoy the second night in Pacaymayu at the Royal Inca Trail and sleep in our tents Pro Aconcagua Doite 4 seasons. All our stores are for 4 people, but only sleeps 2, leaving plenty of room to spread out comfortably and keep their canvas bags. They also include a small lobby at the front, that gives you extra space to the outdoors to leave their boots and sticks do not have to bring land.
    • Night 3: Enjoy the third night in Wiñay Huayna at the Royal Inca Trail and sleep in our tents Pro Aconcagua Doite 4 seasons. All our stores are for 4 people, but only sleeps 2, leaving plenty of room to spread out comfortably and keep their canvas bags. They also include a small lobby at the front, that gives you extra space to the outdoors to leave their boots and sticks do not have to bring land.
    • Note: It is unusual accommodation or hotels change after confirmation, however, may vary depending on government regulations and approvals, also by bad weather and perhaps the physical condition of our visitors: Changes and ITEP will be informing previously and as soon as possible.
  • Camping equipment: Dining room and kitchen tents, tables, chairs and kitchen equipment (all carried by our porters and horses).
  • Entrance ticket to the Inca trail
  • Entrance ticket to the Inca site of Machu Picchu
  • 1 duffel: You can save your personal baggage; This bag will be carried by the passengers themselves.Until the last day will carry your luggage. The porters can carry their equipment but will be an additional cost.
  • Chef professional trekking: A specialized professional chef cooking on the road, with an assistant, prepare delicious meals all along our journey along the way to replenish your energy every day. You never go hungry!
  • Feeding: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners (Vegetarian menus, vegan or special available at no extra cost) Note (the first breakfast and the last lunch is not included "
  • Boiled waterSince its first lunch until his last breakfast, we will supply all the necessary water. This water is boiled, filtered and then cooled, before distribution. You must supply their own water bottles. We 3L recommend carrying around.
  • Wake up with tea: Every morning at camp, you'll wake up with a cup of coca tea! Our staff take tea to your tent to warm it before starting the day.
  • Tea time every day during the walk: Every evening before dinner, chefs will serve popcorn, cookies, coffee, hot chocolate, tea, hot water, etc. After a long day of walking and not have to wait. to dinner to relax and enjoy a bite!
  • Hygiene: It will provide a small towel before each meal to wash their hands and every morning there will be a bucket of warm water to wash.
  • Medical kit and oxygen bottleOur team will bring a first aid kit, which includes an emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Bus Consettur down Machupicchu - Aguas Calientes
  • Train tickets: From the station of the town of Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo Train Station (departure time confirmed the day of the meeting and subject to availability) and Vistadome train to return to category 4 and 5 stars.
  • Transfer back to Cusco: Private tourist transportation from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco (Day 4)
  • The host service 24 hours: We have 24 hours of the day an available telephone service to facilitate communication and preparation with the agency that leads to your trip.

PUNO

  • Transfer of entrance and exit bus station - airport - hotel
  • 02 nights accommodation in Puno with breakfast
  • Lake Titicaca Full Day Tour + Lunch Local tourist
  • Air tickets international and domestic
  • Food not mentioned in Lima and Cusco
  • Sleeping bags:You can rent one of our company if you do not own one. Our sleeping bags are effective and durable to protect from temperatures as low as -18 ° C (0 ° F). Mummies are shaped and include a sleeping liner. The bags are cleaned after each use.
  • Walking sticks:You can rent a game of our company if desired.
  • Day 1Breakfast at the Inca Trail: Approximately USD5 at 10.00 usd, price may vary according to your selection.
  • Last Day on the Inca Trail:Lunch and dinner in Aguas Calientes. Approximately $ 20 to 25.00, the price may vary according to your selection.
  • Clothing and personal equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities for service personnel: 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 is optional and may vary according to their satisfaction.
  • Additional costs or delays beyond the control of management (landscape, bad weather conditions, changes in the itinerary for security reasons, illness, change of government policy, political unrest / strike, etc.).

Additional features

  • Canes ($ 15 for a pair of poles).
  • Extra porter for personal items ($ 80 7 Kilos -. Max 7 Kilos).
  • Improve the Vistadome category ($ 50).
  • Entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Sacred Mountain ($ 75) - There is limited space on Huayna Picchu (400 people per day), so it's a good idea to book in advance.
  • Original passport
  • International Student Identity Card (ISIC) if you have a student discount
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented as well)
  • Walking boots/shoes
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket, hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or camel bags
  • Water, money to buy water along the way or water purification tablets
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medication
  • Camera
  • Torch with batteries

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TRIP DETAILS

Duration:

5 Days & 4 Night

Departures Dates:

Every day (Please check availability in our groups)

Activities:

Visit Pisac and Ollantaytambo, trek the Lares route, visit Machu Picchu

Type of Tour:

Archaeological Cultural Landscape Ecological

Meals provided:


Vegetarian option at no extra cost. Check our regular menú

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