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18 day Tour of Inca Trail – Tambopata – Puno – Colca Canyon

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Trip Overview

This extensive tour of Peru combines the world famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with a trip to the Amazon jungle and the breathtaking Colca Canyon outside of Arequipa. You will also visit the unique and fascinating Floating Islands on Lake Titicaca which date back centuries and are made entirely of reeds. This tour gives you a chance to see the most interesting historical and natural attractions in Southern Peru, beginning with the ancient capital of the Incas, Cusco.

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Summary

Day 1: Arrival to Lima

We will greet you at the airport in Lima and take you to your hotel in Lima. Depending on the arrival time of your flight, you may choose to visit some tourist attractions in the city, such as the Gold Museum.

Day 2: Arrival to Cusco and afternoon city tour

We will greet you at the airport and settle you into your hotel in Cusco. In the afternoon, you will have a city tour of the historical sites in Cusco.

Day 3: Sacred Valley Tour with an overnight stay in Ollantaytambo

We will pick you up from your hotel in the morning for a tour of the Sacred Valley. We will stop in Pisac to visit the market and the nearby ruins and continue to the scenic town of Ollantaytambo where you will spend the night.

Day 4: The beginning of the Inca Trail! Ollantaytambo – Km82 – Ayapata

In the morning we will travel to Km82, the offical start of the Inca Trail. We will walk along relatively flat terrain for the first day, making a stop at the Incan site of Llactapata to admire the mountain views from this place.

Day 5: Ayapata- Dead Woman´s Pass – Chachicocha

This is the most difficult day of the Inca Trail. We will start early and hike over two high mountain passes, taking plenty of breaks along the way to catch our breath and admire the views. We will camp in Chachicocha, located in a sub-tropical cloud forest.

Day 6: Chacicocha – Wiñay Wayna

Many consider this to be the most beautiful day of the Inca Trail. We will visit 3 Incan sites as we make our way to the spectacular site of Wiñay Wayna, meaning: “Forever Young”, where we will spend the night.

Day 7: Machu Picchu Tour

We will wake up eary to make our way to Inti Punku, meaning: “Sun Gate”, in time to witness the sunrise over one of the modern wonders of the world. From here we will decend to Machu Picchu and spend many hours exploring the site. In the afternoon we will travel back to Cusco by train and bus.

Day 8: Flight from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado

In the morning you will board a plane to Puerto Maldoado in the Amazon jungle. After a motorboat tour on the Tambopata river and a brief walk through the jungle, you will settle in for the night in a comfortable jungle lodge.

Day 9: Macaw Salt Lick

You will be taken by boat very early in the morning to witness the amazing spectacle of hundreds of Macaws and Parrots enjoying their daily dose of minerals from the clay wall along the river. In the afternoon, you will have a walking tour of the jungle near the lodge.

Day 10: Lake Sandoval

We will take a short hike to the beautiful Lake Sandoval where we will spend the day enjoying the amazing wildlife before witnessing the sunset over the lake.

Day 11: Puerto Maldonado – Cusco

In the morning you will board a plane to Cusco where you can spend the rest of the day exploring the city’s markets or relax after your trip to the jungle.

Day 12: Cusco – Andahuaylillas – Raqchi – La Raya Pass – Puno

Today you will have a bus tour of the countryside while on your way to Puno, a city situated on the banks of Lake Titicaca. We will make stops at Andahuaylillas, considered the Sistine Chapel of the Andes and the Incan temple of Raqchi. As we near Puno, we will also stop at La Raya Pass to take in the spectacular view of the Andes before we arrive in Puno and stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 13: Puno – Uros And Taquile Island

In the morning, we will board a boat and take a tour of the fascinating Uros Floating Islands and Taquile Island. You will see how the people have constructed these islands entirely of reeds. You will then continue to Taquile Island, where the locals are known for their fine handwoven textiles and clothing, which are regarded as among the highest-quality handicrafts in Peru.

Day 14: Puno – Arequipa

In the morning we will board a flight to Arequipa. After you have checked into your hotel, you will have an afternoon city tour of the main attractions in Arequipa.

Day 15: Arequipa – Chivay – Colca Canyon

After breakfast we will start our journey to Colca Canyon, on the way stopping at Pampas Cañahuas, the Mirador of the Andes, the crater of Chucura, and the mirador of Chivay. We will arrive in the town of Chivay in the afternoon where you can enjoy the hot springs and enjoy a nice dinner.

Day 16: Chivay – Condor’s Cross – Arequipa

From Chivay, we will drive to Condor’s Cross, a spectacular viewpoint where you will take in the breathtaking Canyon. We will then make our way back to Arequipa, first stopping at the cliffside Tombs and the Hanging Bridge of Sifón.

Day 17: Arequipa – Lima

After breakfast, we will take you to the airport for your flight to Lima. After you arrive in Lima you can relax in your hotel or explore some of the many tourists attractions in Peru’s capital city.

Day 18: Lima – Return flight home

On the final day of our tour, we will take you to the airport for your fight home, or wherever your travels take you!

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Lima

We will meet you in the Lima airport and take you to Hotel Santa Cruz, located in Miraflores, Lima. Depending on the arrival time of your international flight, you will have the possibility of an optional visit to the gold museum. Entrace to the museum is S/33 per person, not included in the price of this tour.

Day 2: Arrival to Cusco and afternoon city tour

In the morning we will take you to the Lima airport for your flight to Cusco. Upon your arrival in Cusco, we will transfer you to the hotel of your choice within the city. After you arrive, you will have free time to take a short rest and adjust to the high altitude of the city. In the afternoon, you will have a sightseeing tour of Cusco with stops at the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun, or “Korikancha”. We will continue the tour by driving out of the City to visit the Inca sites of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the impressive Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, built strategically on a hill overlooking Cusco. This site is famous for its enormous carved stones laid with amazing precision to form the outer walls. Some of these stones stand over 9m / 30ft tall, and weight over 350 tons.

Day 3: Sacred Valley Tour with an overnight stay in Ollantaytambo

Our tour guide will pick you up from your hotel at 8:30 a.m. and you will travel by bus to the beautiful village of Pisac in the Sacred Valley. In Pisac, you can visit the lively artisan market to shop for handicrafts and later the Pisac ruins high above the Sacred Valley. We will continue our scenic journey to Urubamba, the heart of the Sacred Valley, where we will stop for lunch. Here you can try some of the famous Peruvian cuisine. Some of our favorites are: lomo saltado, alpaca steak, aji de gallina, or quinua soup. After lunch you will continue the tour to the amazing town of Ollantaytambo. Ollantaytambo is a classic Incan city which still features the traditional urban construction of narrow streets adjacent to flowing streams. After your tour in Ollantaytambo is complete, our guide will show you your hostel in Ollantaytambo. In the evening, you will have more time for your own exploration of this town. We can also upgrade your hostel to a hotel if you prefer.

Day 4: The beginning of the Inca Trail! Ollantaytambo – Km82 – Ayapata

We will start the first day of the Inca Trail with an early breakfast in Ollantaytambo before travelling by bus to Piskacucho, also known as kilometre 82, where we will begin our trek. Upon arrival at kilometre 82, you will need to present your entrance tickets, passports, and (if paying the student rate) student cards.

The start of the Inca Trail is at an elevation of (2,720 m/8,923 ft). From here, we will cross the Vilcanota River and follow its route to the right. The first day is relatively easy, a warm-up on the flat Inca terrain. We will have great views of the Incan fortress Huillca Raccay, the vast and incredible Inca site of Llactapata (officially called “Patallacta”), the Urubamba mountain range that divides the jungle, the Andes, and the beautiful snow-capped peak of W’akay Willca (5,860m/19,225ft), also known as Veronica. Our first campsite at Ayapata will be a 90 minute hike up to the small village of Wayllabamba, at an elevation of (3,000m/9,842ft) in the temperate green valley. The temperature at night here is usually around 10°C / 50°F.

Walking distance: 8.7 miles / 14 km (6-7 hours)
Campsite altitude: 3,000 meters / 9,842 feet above sea level.
Difficulty: Moderate (warm up to the Inca trail)
Weather: Warm and windy

Day 5: Ayapata- The two pass – Chachicocha

This is perhaps the most challenging day of the trek since we will go over two high passes and walk 4 hours uphill. In the morning, we will pass by Llullucha Pampa, the last place along the trail that you can buy snacks and drinks. We will continue hiking uphill for two hours until we arrive to the top of Dead Woman’s Pass, located at (4200m/13,779ft). This is the highest point of the Inca Trail. Once at the top, our hikers can celebrate having completed the most difficult section of the trail while taking some beautiful pictures of the scenery. We will then start to walk down for one and a half hours until we reach Pacaymayo, at (3600m/11880ft), where we will have lunch. Here there are bathroom facilities. After our lunch, we will continue hiking uphill for 2 hours until we reach the Runcuracay pass, at (3900m/12900ft), which is the second highest point of the Inca Trail. On the way we will also pass the small Inca site of Runcuracay. We will then continue walking down for 2 hours until we will reach our second campsite, Chaquichocha. However, before we arrive at the campsite, we will pass by Sacyacmarca, an inca site along the way. The name Sayacmarca means “Inaccessible Town” and describes the position of the ruins perfectly. They are protected on three sides by sheer cliffs. From this point, the path descends into a magnificent cloud-forest full of orchids, hanging mosses, ferns, and flowers. We will walk through the cloud-forest until we reach Chacicocha, our campsite for the night.
Walking distance: 9.94 miles/16 km (7-8 hours)
Campsite altitude: 3600 meters / 11,811 feet above sea level (chilled weather)
Difficulty: Challenging (we will summit two passes)
Area : Andes and the cloud forest
Weather : Cold and rainy

Day 6: Chacicocha – Wiñaywayna

On this day we will walk for only 5 hours and see 3 Inca sites along the way. Many of our hikers say that this is the easiest and most unforgettable day of the Inca Trail. From Chaquicocha, we will walk for about an hour and a half to get to Phuyupatamarca, the third pass, at an elevation of (3550m/11550ft). On the way, we will pass through an impressive Inca tunnel carved into the rock. From here, there are spectacular views of several snow-capped peaks, including Machu Picchu Mountain and the town of Aguas Calientes. The Inca site Phuyupatamarca is located a short walk from the third pass. After visiting the site, we will continue our way down along a path featuring over 2,000 steps all the way to our final campsite, Wiñay Wayna, located at (2750m/8910ft). Wiñay Wayna is carved deep into the hillside above the Urubamba River and means “forever young” in Quechua. At Wiñay Wayna, we will have the final opportunity to thank our porters for their tremendous efforts at the tipping ceremony, as in the morning they will descend downhill while we continue on to our final goal.
Walking distance: 6.2 miles/10km (5 hours)
Campsite altitude: 2,600 meters / 8,530 feet above sea level. (Chilled weather)
Difficulty: Easy (Down hill walking)
Area : High cloud forest
Weather : Warm and very humid

Day 7: The Glory of Machu Picchu!

On our final day, we will wake up before dawn and prepare for one of the most awe-inspiring experiences of our lives, arriving at Machu Picchu. We will leave the last campsite at about 5:30 a.m., and after an hour of walking, we will arrive at Inti Punku, meaning: “Sun Gate”, at an elevation of (2730m/8792ft). From Inti Punku, you will be amazed by your first dramatic view of the sun rising over Machu Picchu.
After soaking in the view, we will walk down the final part of the trail and approach the ancient city, where we will be able to celebrate our accomplishment and take unforgettable pictures together in this amazing place.

We will descend to the main entrance, where we can leave our backpacks, use the restroom, and enjoy a quick coffee. After our break, we will re-enter Machu Picchu for a walking tour of the mysterious city, followed by four hours of free time for your own exploration of the Incan site.

After enjoying our final hours at Machu Picchu, you will take the bus down to the town of Aguas Calientes, where we will meet for lunch. You will then be given your train tickets for the return trip to Cusco.

Day 8: Flight from Cusco TO Puerto Maldonado

Fresh off your visit to Machu Picchu, we will pick you up from your hotel and bring you to the airport where you will take a flight to Puerto Maldonado, the airfare is included in this tour. upon arrival in Puerto Maldonado, you will be greeted at the airport and taken to the WASAI Maldonado Lodge, where you will receive a welcoming tropical fruit beverage. You will embark for a 3 1/2 to 4 hour motorboat trip up the Tambopata river to WASAI Tambopata Lodge & Research Center. During the trip we will be able to observe the local farms, while groups of birds pass over the boat. With any luck, you will see families of Ronsocos, the largest rodents in the world. When we reach the lodge, we will have lunch and you will settle in to your accomodations for the night. After a short rest we will have a brief introductory walk through the nearby jungle to learn the basic principles of ecology and some history of the natrual wildlife in the area. After our walk, we will return to the lodge for dinner, after which we will return to the jungle to observe the nocturnal life of insects, frogs, and the occasional encounter with nocturnal mammals. We will enjoy the diverse sounds of the jungle which will lull us to sleep on our first night in the lodge.

Day 9: Macaw Salt Lick

We will wake up very early (4:00 a.m.) and have a light breakfast before departing for the “Collpa”. We will travel up the Tambopata river, or “Bahuaja” in the local dialect, for an hour and a half, to arrive and observe from a safe distance one of the greatest spectacles of wildlife: hundreds of parrots and macaws of various species enjoying their diet of mineral salts on the clay wall. It is an experience that never will be forgotten. We will make a stop on the river bank to have a fruit snack and we will return to the lodge to have breakfast and rest. After lunch we will enter the vibrant jungle on a special trail to observe wild life. We will then enter the territory of peccaries, deer, and others. We will have the possibility of spotting the tracks of these animals on the jungle floor, and we might even come across a troop of monkeys travelling through the forest in search of food. Time permitting, we will be able to return to enjoy a relaxing swim in the cascade of the cat. After dinner we can make another trip through the jungle, this time in search for caimans. You will also have the option to relax in our lodge surrounded by the exotic nocturnal sounds.

Day 10: Lake Sandoval

After breakfast, we will embark on a boat trip to the WASAI Maldonado Lodge, in Puerto Maldonado. Here we will relax in our bungalows and enjoy a tasty lunch. After lunch, we will leave and travel for twenty minutes on the Madre de Dios River to the access trail to Lake Sandoval, a beautiful rainforest lake. After a 5 km hike to the lake we will board a canoe to paddle around the lake while enjoying the beauty of the landscape and observing the wildlife, such as kingfishers, herons, hoatzins (unique pre historic looking birds) , monkeys, and other animals. If we are lucky we might see the family of giant otters which live at the lake. We will have the opportunity to fish for piranhas and to swim in the lake. Prepare yourself for a spectacular sunset over Lake Sandoval in the evening. After the sunset, we will start our return trip to Puerto Maldonado. We will stay overnight in a modern and comfortable bungalow in the WASAI Maldonado Lodge. After dinner, we will be able to rest or explore the city on foot or on bicycle. You will have the rest of the night free to enjoy the night life of this welcoming city.

Day 11: Puerto Maldonado – Cusco

After an early breakfast, you will board a plane for your return trip to Cusco. After you arrive, you will have the rest of the day to explore the city or relax after your trip to the jungle.

Day 12: Cusco – Andahuaylillas – Raqchi – La Raya Pass – Puno

We will pick you up from your hotel at 6:30 p.m. and drive you to our first stop, Andahuaylillas, the sistine chapel of the Andes. We will then drive to the Inca temple of Raqchi, and have a delicious buffet lunch in the town of Sicuani. You will also observe the wonderful views of the Andes from the high La Raya Pass and learn about the pre-Inca Pukara culture in the Museum of Pukara. This tour will open your eyes to a part of Peru missed by many tourists while you continue your journey through Peru from Cusco to the gateway of Lake Titicaca, Puno.

Day 13: Puno – Uros And Taquile Islands

At 7:00 a.m. we will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to Puno harbor. We will start our tour from here by taking a motorized boat over Lake Titicaca to the Uros Floating Islands. On the islands, our local guide will teach us about the life style and customs of the Uru culture, which dates back to Pre-Incan times. After strolling around the amazing floating Islands, we will continue our journey towards Taquile Island, a traditional Quechua speaking community, full of ancient agricultural terraces. When we reach the shores of Taquile Island, we will have to walk up along a narrow path, enjoying on the way impressive views of Lake Titicaca and the gorgeous little houses inhabited by the direct decedents of the Inca Culture. Here you will have the option of trying the local cuisine for lunch. After lunch, we will descent to the harbor to take our boat back to Puno. We will arrive back in Puno at approximately 5:00 p.m.

Day 14: Puno – Arequipa

In the mornig, we will board a bus to Arequipa. After we have arrived we will start a three hour sightseeing tour in the afternoon. The tour includes the Santa Catalina Convent, the Plaza de Armas, the Jesuit Church of La Compañía and its beautifully-painted Chapel, the Church of San Francisco, the San Lazaro District, Selva Alegre and the districts of Cayma and Yanahuara. From here will will have a magnificent view of the Misti Volcano. In the evening we will return to the hotel to have a delicious dinner.

Day 15: Arequipa – Chivay – Colca Canyon

After breakfast we will start our journey to Colca Canyon, on the way stopping at Pampas Cañahuas, the Mirador of the Andes, the crater of Chucura, and the mirador of Chivay. We will arrive in the town of Chivay at approximately 1 p.m. where we will check you into the hotel of your choice. In the afternoon you will have some free time in which you may visit the town’s hot springs and medicinal baths.

Day 16: Chivay – Condor’s Cross – Arequipa

We will start our day early in the morning by driving to Condor’s pass, a natural observation point where you can take in the majestic views of Colca canyon and observe the famous Andean Condors in flight. On the way back to Chivay, we will visit to the Mirador of Chinina, where we will find the famous cliffside Tombs and the Hanging Bridge of Sifón which joins the Town of Yanque with Coporaque. After we visit these places, we will drive to a few more passes which also offer spectacular views of the canyon. We will return to Arequipa at approximately 6:00 p.m.

Day 17: Arequipa – Lima

After breakfast, we will take you to the airport for your flight to Lima. After you arrive in Lima you can relax in your hotel or explore some of the many tourists attractions in Peru’s capital city.

Day 18: Lima – End of tour

On the final day of our tour, we will take you to the airport for your fight home, or wherever your travels take you!

Price

Price:

Our prices include the tours, transportation and accommodation. But they change according to the type of accommodations you prefer. We divide them in three categories:

Economic: Perfect for those who want to do an economical trip, but still comfortable. The accommodation is in basic hotels, with private bathrooms, breakfast and Wifi.
Price: US$ 2080 per person
Confort: Perfect for who want to travel with mor comfort, staying in 3 stars hotels, with hot water, private bathrooms, breakfast and Wifi.
Price: US$ 2730 per person

Luxury: Perfect for those who want to travel by Peru, staying in the best hotels of the country (4 or 5 stars)-
Price: US$ 3890 per person
PLEASE NOTE: Regardless of the type of accommodation you choose, tours and transport are included. Also, the prices above are for group tours (except for the trails, that are in private tours), if you want to change all of them to private tours, let us know and we will pass you the new prices.

HOTELS WE BOOK:

Choose your Hotel from the list below, and let us know your preference in the moment of the booking.

LIMA:

  • Economic: Hostal The Place –  El Ducado – Pirwa
  • Confort:  Carmel – Embajadores – Mariel
  • Luxury:  Casa Andina – Terra Viva – Jose Antonio

CUSCO:

  • Economic: Hatun Quilla – Mama Simona – Pirwa
  • Confort:  Gracilaso – Pension Alemana – Amaru
  • Luxury: Casa Andina – Terra Viva – Jose Antonio

AGUAS CALIENTES:

  • Economic: La Payacha – Continental – El Tambo
  • Confort: Waman – Imperio
  • Luxury: Casa Andina – La Cabaña

PUNO:

  • Economic:  Pirwa – Colon Inn
  • Confort: Sol Plaza Hotel
  • Luxury: Casa Andina – Terra Viva – Eco Inn

AREQUIPA:

  • Economic:  Pirwa – Marlon´s House – Torres de Uguarte
  • Confort: Los Tambos
  • Luxury: Casa Andina – Terra Viva – Corregidor

COLCA:

  • Economic:  Colca Inn
  • Confort:  La casa de Mama Yachi – Eco Inn – Pozo del Cielo
  • Luxury: Casa Andina  – Eco Inn – Pozo del Cielo

PUERTO MALDONADO / RESERVA TAMBOPATA:

  • Econômico: Chunco Lodge
  • Conforto: Inka Terra Hacienda Concepcion
  • Luxo: Inka Terra Reserva Amazonica

Included / Not Included

What is Included:

-All Accommodation:
2 Nights in Lima
4 Nights  in Cusco
2 Nights  in Puno
1 Night Homestay on Amantani Island
2 Nights Arequipa
3 Nights in a Lodge in Puerto Maldonado
1 Night  in Chivay

-All Transportation
Airport pick up and drop off
Tourist Bus
Train to Machu Picchu
Boat on Puerto Maldonado
Boat on Lake Titicaca

  • Lima City Tour
  • Cusco City Tour. Please read Itinerary and Inclusions here: www.intisuntrek.com/cusco-city-tour.html
  • Sacred Valley Tour. Please read Itinerary and Inclusions here: www.intisuntrek.com/the-sacred-valley-tour.html
  • 5 Day Salkantay Trek. Please read Itinerary and Inclusions here: tinyurl.com/Salkantay-Trek
  • Bus Tour to Puno. Please read Itinerary and Inclusions here: tinyurl.com/Puno-Bus-Tour
  • 2 Day Lake Titicaca with Homestay. Please read Itinerary and Inclusions here: tinyurl.com/Lake-Titicaca-Tour
  • Colca Canyon Tour
  • Tours in Puerto Maldonado
  • Entrace Fee for Machu Picchu
  • Experienced Tour Guide

Not Included:

  • -Entrance Fees:
  • Tourist attractions in Lima (museums ect.)
  • Partical Tourist Ticket (Boleto Turistico)
  • Thermal springs in Aguas Calientes
  • Qoricancha or “Sun Temple” (Cusco)
  • Cusco’s Cathedral

What you need to Bring:

Original passport
For students: ISIC card
Insurance card/certificate
Hiking boots
Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
Warm jacket
Hat and gloves
2-4 t-shirts
2 pairs of pants (1 for hiking, 1 for camp)
Long underwear for sleeping/thermal underwear
Hand sanitizer
Comfortable trousers
Sun hat or cap
Sunscreen
Insect repellent
Water and/or water purification tablets
Toiletries
Personal medication
Camera
Flashlight or headlamp
Cash (We recommend that you bring approximately 400 Peruvian nuevo soles to
cover extra expenses such as snacks, tips, and drinks)
Long sleeved cotton shirts (preferably green coloured)
Long cotton trousers
Cotton long socks (to be put into your trousers)
Sandals or light shoes
Sweater (for the beginning of the tour in Andes and the cloud forest only)
Swimsuits
Binoculars

Important Information:

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