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Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail

Machu Picchu

  • Duration: 9 days
  • All Trips
  • Challenging
  • April - September

About this Adventure

Machu Picchu - the city in the clouds. Hidden by mists and mountains, this is the place that even the Spanish conquistadors couldn't reach - and they would go anywhere for the gold of El Dorado. Now you can go there, with Maximum Adventure. What you will see is a whole city left behind by the legendary Inca civilisation, which built up a whole empire in and around the mountains of Peru. It's all in a truly spectacular setting

Quick Facts

  • Nine day trip
  • Four days trekking the trail itself
  • Four nights hotel accommodation
  • Three nights' tented accommodation on the trip
  • High altitude trekking in the Andes mountains: between 2800m and 4200m
  • Rediscover the lost city of the Inca
Machu Picchu is a truly special place. Unique, in fact. People have visited in increasing numbers in recent years. Over the last quarter century, it has been recognized that visitor numbers have a significant stress on ancient sites such as Machu Picchu. As a result, a permit system has been introduced. Only 500 people per day, including all guides and support staff, are allowed on the trails. Only licenced operators are allowed to go there, and every visitor has to buy a permit well in advance. Your name has to appear on the permit list when the permits are released. Once you've given your deposit, we will take care of this process for you. What this means for you is that the deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. You cannot change your mind and get your money back.

Itinerary

Day 1 Fly out from London to Lima, Peru. Stay in Lima

Day 2 Fly from Lima to Cusco. Settle in and relax at accommodation in Cusco

Day 3 Acclimatisation day in Cusco (3300m a.s.l.). Optional tour of Cusco. Warming-up up trek in Inca Trail area

Day 4 Transfer through the Sacred Valley to trailhead. Trek begins in earnest along Inca Trail (4-5 hrs trekking). Rest for night at village of Huayllabamba (3000m)

Day 5 A strenuous day. Trek through cloud forest and up to Dead Woman’s Pass (4200m). Descend into the Pacaymayo Valley (3600m) for the night (7-8 hours trekking)

Day 6 Ancient steps lead up to a pass at 3850m, and a great view of the surrounding mountains; descend into the Aobamba valley and pass by the two sets of ruins: Sayacmarca and Winay Huayna. The trail then climbs up to the Runcuracay pass (4000m), where we stop for the night, surrounded by the Vilcabamba Mountains. (8-10 hours trekking)

Day 7 An early start for a dawn experience of the Sun Gate, a short way down from the pass where we spent the night. Trek into the city of Machu Picchu (2500m). Guided tour of the city and some time to explore. (3 hours). From Machu Picchu. take a bus down to the town of Aguas Calientes, and then a train to Cusco.

Day 8 Morning in Cusco. Transfer to airport. Fly back from Cusco via Lima to London

Day 9 Arrive in London

Inclusions

Included:
  • All relevant ground transfers
  • Four nights hotel accommodation
  • Three nights camping accommodation on the trail
  • Group kit, including mess tent, toilet tent, and first aid kit
  • Porters for group kit
  • Cook for meals on the trail.
  • English Speaking guide
  • Maximum Adventure dedicated representative
  • Guided tour of the site of Machu Picchu

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