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Peruvian Watercolor Itinerary: Days 1 to 5 of 10

Tour Length:
10 days / 09 nights.
Activities: Trecking, Outdoor, Archaeological, Ecological.
Spots to visit: Lima / Cusco / Inca Trail to Machu Picchu / Tambopata Reserve.
Best day Departures:
Every Saturday of 2011 / 2012
Domestic or Int'l flights: Not included.
Min. Paxs:
02 pax, max. 14 pax.


Arrival, meeting and immediate connection flight to Cusco, arrival and transfer to selected hotel. P. M Half day tour visiting Sacsayhuaman- an impressive Inca fortress-and Quenko then on to the Temple of the Water -Tambo Machay- finally a visit to the Cathedral with its unique paintings of the Cusqueña School.

After a delicious breakfast departure to Huambutio; a brief lesson on padding from our crew and then set off on a wet and wild morning for rafting on the Urubamba river. After a picnic lunch, hike to the Pisaq ruins where will visit the best architectonical work of the Incas, late afternoon arrival and overnight at a cozy Inn in Ollantaytambo.

Breakfast. Between 8:00-08:30 am we will pick you up from your hotel and transfer to Piskacuchu (2700m) which is a small community located 82 along the railroad from Cusco to Machu Picchu (also known simply as km82). Hikers cross the VilcanotaRiver and follow the trail to the right as it climbs steeply up from the river. After passing through the small village of Miskay, the ruins of the Inca hill fort of Huillca Raccay come into view high above the mouth of the river Cusichaca (´happy bridge´). It is a simple descent down to the Cusichaca River. From parts of this trail there are great views of the Cordillera Urubamba and the snow capped peak of Veronica 5860m.  You´ll also get a great view over the extensive Inca ruins of Llactapata also known as Patallactaon some maps). Llactapata 2750m means ´upper town´ in Quechua and was first discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911 and was primarily an agricultural station used to supply Machu Picchu with maize, the staple crop of the Incas. The settlement comprised over one hundred buildings, houses for the workers and soldiers, including five baths. For a further 7 km the path follows the left bank of the river up to the small village of Wayllabamba (3,000m). The name in Quechua means 'grassy plain'. This is the last place along the trek that you can buy snacks and drinks.

We will wake up at about 6:00 am and after breakfast we will leave Wayllabamba behind and begin the most difficult part of the trek. Following the left bank of the LlulluchayocRiver for about 1 hour brings you to 'Tres Piedras' three stones) and a small bridge over the Huayruro river The stream is named after the Huayruro which is an ornamental tree. It's seeds are red and black. Many of the porters from the Ollantaytambo district are also known as Huayruro because of their traditional red and black ponchos!  A little further on you'll enter a beautiful cloud forest passing a waterfall.  A further three hours trek through steepening woods and increasingly spectacular terrain brings you to the tree line and a meadow known as Llulluchapampa (3,680m). It is another 1½ hours climb to the first and highest pass of the trail (Abra de Huarmihuañusca or 'Dead Woman's Pass) at 4,200m. Once in the top hikers can celebrate having completed the most difficult section of the trail. The decent from the pass is steep although not difficult, following the trail on the left side of the valley to the valley floor and to the 2nd night's campsite at Pacamayo (3,600m). There are toilet facilities here.

This day is the longest but also the most impressive and most interesting due to the many Inca ruins that we will visit along the way. From the campsite at Pacamayo it takes about an hour to climb up to the ruins of Runkuracay (3800m). These small circular ruins occupy a commanding position overlooking the Pacamayo valley below. Another 45 minute hike will bring you to the top of the second pass: Abra de Runkuracay (4,000m). At last you'll feel that you are walking along the trail of the Incas with paving, for the most part, being original. The descent down the steps from the pass is steep so take care. This section of the trail, up till the 3rd pass, is particularly beautiful as the path crosses high stone embankments and skirts deep precipices. After about 1 hour from the 2nd pass you'll arrive at Sayacmarca (3624m) by way of a superbly designed stone staircase. The name Sayacmarca means 'InaccessibleTown' and describes the position of the ruins perfectly, protected on three sides by sheer cliffs. No one knows the exact purpose of these ruins. From here on the path descends into magnificent cloudforest full of orchids, hanging mosses, tree ferns and flowers, passing through an impressive Inca tunnel, carved into the rock, on the way. The trail then climbs up to the 3rd pass (3,700m). The view from the pass offers excellent views of several snow-capped peaks including Salkantay (6,180m) and Veronica (5,750m). A few minutes after the pass is Phuyupatamarca, the most impressive Inca ruin so far. The name means 'Town in the Clouds'. Access to the ruins is down a steep flight of stairs passing six 'Inca Baths' probably used for the ritual worship of water. Leaving the site via an impressive Inca staircase you descend a thousand or so steps. Be careful with your knees which will feel the strain by the end of the day. After about an hour of walking through cloudforest you may just be able to see the tin roof of the trekkers Hostel at Winay Huayna, although it probably won't be for another 2 hours until you arrive. Winay Huayna is the last official campsite before Machu Picchu;
there is a restaurant where you can purchase drinks and even a well deserved cold beer, as well as hot showers ($1.5) and toilet facilities. A short trail leaves from the southern end of the hostel to the ruins of Winay Huayna. The name in Quechua means 'forever young' and is named after a variety of pink orchid which grows here. The ruins comprise magnificent agricultural terraces set in an impressive location. There are also many buildings of good quality stonework and a sequence of 10 baths, suggesting thin the site was probably a religious center associated with the worship of water. Ritual cleansing may have taken place here for pilgrims on the final leg of the trail to Machu Picchu.
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Peruvian Watercoler Itinerary: Days 6 to 10 of 10

We'll wake early at 4.15am, have breakfast and set off on the trail again by 5.15am to get to Machu Picchu before sunrise. The sky starts getting light by 5:30am and the first rays of the sun reach Machu Picchu at about 7:00am. The trail contours a mountainside and drops into cloudforest before coming to an almost vertical flight of 50 steps leading up to the final pass at Inti Punku (Sun Gate). From this point you will be able to see sunrise over Machu Picchu which is spread out before, an unforgettable experience. From Inti Punku we will descend for about 40 minutes to Machu Picchu. When you arrive in the ruins you'll have plenty of time to take photos of Machu Picchu from the classic view point. Most groups wait at this point for a while so most of your photos should be 'tourist free'. When the group is return together again we descend to the main entrance where we will have to register and where you can safely leave your large backpacks. You can also go to the toilet and have a quick coffee in the restaurant just outside the entrance. With just your daypack on the group will re-enter the ruins with the same guide for a complete tour of the major sectors. The tour takes about 2 hours so by about 10:30 you'll have free time to explore the ruins alone. The train return to Cusco departs from Aguas Calientes which is the nearest village to the ruins of Machu Picchu. The train departs at approximately 16:30 (time can vary) and you'll arrive return in Cusco for about 21:00. Included in our standard service are the tourist bus from Machu Picchu down to Aguas Calientes, the train return to Cusco and a transfer from the station to you hotel. Sometimes, however, we buy train tickets just return as far as Ollantaytambo and then bring you return to your hotel in Cusco by private bus. The later method usually works out about 30 minutes quicker. We suggest that after visiting Machu Picchu that you take the bus down to Aguas Calientes by 15:30. Buses depart every 15 minutes; check with the guide for actual times. This leaves you plenty of time in the ruins to climb Wayna Picchu (the mountain that you see in the background). It takes about 1 hour to climb and 40 minutes to descend. Most people, however, leave the ruins at about 13:30 and return to Aguas Calientes for lunch (in the ruins there is only one restaurant and it's very expensive). There are several small restaurants in Aguas Calientes to satisfy all budgets.  You may also wish to visit to the town's famous thermal springs which feel great after finishing the trail. Entrance to the springs costs US$ 2, allow 2 hours to really enjoy them. Overnight in Aguas Calientes.

Breakfast, return to Machu Picchu for a full day of exploration at your own ( free day), return to Cusco by train. Arrival and transfer to selected hotel. Lunch.

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport, flight to Puerto Maldonado. Arrival and transfer to Corto Maltes Lodge. Welcome drink. Short walk to a small Lagoon and return in time to enjoy a jungle sunset at a sunset point from where you will return to the lodge to board our dugout canoes for a short night ride to spot caimans on the river banks with flashlights, lunch and dinner.

Breakfast. Excursion to the Cocococha Lagoon. On the way, you will observe exotic plants and insects, colorful butterflies and birds, monkeys and with some of luck perhaps the largest mammals . Return to the lodge. Lunch. Afternoon free for leisure, lunch and dinner.

Breakfast. Early wake up. Transfer to Puerto Maldonado, departure to Lima. Arrival, meeting and transfer to Miraflores, rest of the day at leisure; at proper time meeting and transfer to the airport , international departure.

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- In Cusco: City Tour and nearby ruins.
- Rafting and trek to Pisac ruins, Ollantaytambo.
- Overnight at Ollantaytambo.
- Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 days 3 nights.
- 3 days 2 nights Jungle trip in Puerto Maldonado.
- 04 nights accommodation at the selected hotels.
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
- All bilingual guided tours as described in the itinerary.
- All entrance fees.
- All transfers and land transportation.



We reserve the right to make changes in the itinerary in order to assure the success of the trip, without prior notice due changes in climate conditions, river water levels, flight or bus arrival and departure times or any other reason relevant to the best development of the trip.
All our programs may be tailored accordingly your requirements, whatever the length of your staying, or any special interests, or specific activities, flight reservations, optional destinations or tours.

Not Included

- Domestic flight.
- Airport Taxes
- Alcoholic drinks, soda or bottled mineral water.
- Other Items stocked in the Hotel mini-bars.
- Personal expenses.
- Tips.
- International or National personal telephone calls.
- Laundry.

Rates are per Person in USD 10% Discount applicable Jan to Jun 2011

First Class ***** 1804 1750 1700
Standard **** 1573 1520 1470
Economy *** 1443 1399 1350

We do have the lowest prices according the level of services. We will meet or beat any internet published rates from companies outside Inca Xpress Peru for all package tours. All HOTELS and TOURS are based on US standards.
Cusco Plaza I Las Balsas Inn Puno Hotel Alegria Nazca Hotel Libertador Cusco Cusco Novotel Hotel Cusco Plaza I Hotel Pakaritampu Ollantaytambo Aguas Calientes Hotel Presidente Reserva Amazonica Lodge I Reserva Amazonica Lodge II