Cusco The Inca’s Capital 11 Days / 10 Nights

Trip introduction

Be welcome. The next 11 days, we will explore Cusco the archaeological capital of America and the cradle of the Inca civilization, we will have the opportunity to begin the journey knowing the places closest to the capital Cusco taking a stroll through the city and then a visit to the sacred valley As a form of acclimatization for our next 5 days of trekking through APU AUSANGATE and the mountains of colors called VINICUNCA. This is an impressive five-day trek in the Vilcabamba mountain range, on a route called "Camino del Apu Ausangate", located in the immediate vicinity of the highest sacred mountains in Cusco. The "Apu" is the bearer of Life and guardian of one of the most varied ecosystems of untouched mountains in the world. And to close with our golden key in Cusco we will visit one of the 7 wonders of the world (Machu Picchu) and have the opportunity to make the climb up to the mountain Huayna Picchu, where we will enjoy a panoramic view of the most important ancient citadel Of Peru.

Highlights

  • Walking tour in Cusco (visit main streets, squares, markets)
  • Visit the Inca people of Sacsayhuaman, Quenqo, Pucapucara, Tambomachay (city tour)
  • Visit the Sacred Valley (Pisac, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero)
  • Trekking of Apu Ausangate 5D / 4N
  • Visit Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu
Responsible travel.
By booking this trip, you will be helping provide a special Christmas breakfast for low income children in Cusco.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Lima-Cusco

In the morning the iTerra Peru team will wait for you at the airport to direct our transportation to the hotel later, after lunch we will do a reconnaissance walk along the main streets and squares of Cusco city , it is a quiet walk around 3 hours, where we will know a little of the history of this important city full of magic and culture this is the perfect way of acclimatization for our next days in the Andes.

Day 2 - Cusco - Sacred Valley - Cusco

At 8:30 am we will board a bus bound for the city of Pisac, after 40 minutes by car, we arrive at the city, which is the gateway to what is known as the Sacred Valley, continue for 15 minutes by bus to Get to the archaeological complex of the Incas where our guide will show us the most important places in the area which include the religious area of Pisac and its cemetery which was the largest in the pre-colonial era. We will return to Pisac to have a brief stop in their typical colonial market where you can do some of your shopping for your reminders.
Then we will continue by bus always on the side of the river Wilkamayu or sacred river to reach the capital of the Sacred Valley "Urubamba" where we will have a lunch buffet with all the traditional food of the area and international cuisine. Our next stop is the village of Ollantaytambo or also known as the Inca city that still maintains its original architectural trajectory from pre-colonial times, visit the archaeological complex to understand a little more about this magnificent place and learn about the techniques that were used in construction. And then return to Cusco, will pass through the village of Chinchero to learn and know more of its handmade textile products and natural plant dyes.

Day 3 Cusco - City tour - Cusco

After breakfast at 8:00 am, we will go to Qoricancha, which was once the most important temple for the Andean culture, where you can clearly see the perfect architecture that still lasts after more than 500 years after the arrival of the time of the conquistadors, Then we will go to the outskirts of the city in our transportation to visit places like Sacsayhuaman, Quenqo, Pucara, Tambomachay we finally returned in the city in the afternoon, approximately 2pm. To have all afternoon and rest before starting our expedition to Apu Ausangate.

Day 4 - Hike to APU Ausangate

Located 100 kilometers southeast of Cusco is the impressive mountain range of Vilcanota. The mountain range has several peaks over 6,000 meters, including the sacred Ausangate (6372m) - the highest mountain in the Cusco region.
Unlike the Inca Trail, no permission is required for the Ausangate walk. The hike is one of the quietest in the area and you probably will not see another hiker.
The hike offers a variety of wildlife including flying condors, vicuñas, bobcats and pumas. The campsites are often next to beautiful blue lakes. You will also have the opportunity to see the Rainbow Mountain! The colorful sandstone mountains in the Vinicunca area is probably the best thing you will see in Peru!
Own mountain Ausangate is considered a sacred mountain by the local Peruvians and is the divinity of Cusco. Since pre-Inca times the mountain has been a place of worship and offers and this tradition continues to this day.
How hard is the hike to Apu Ausangate?
With several viaducts more than 5,000 meters, the trail to Apu Ausangate is considered quite difficult. The hike is graded as grade C means that the ride is quite long and many sections are elevated. You need a good level of physical conditioning and stamina as you will be traveling to many steep sections where the altitude changes significantly over a short time. The trail itself is very good and well laid out.
This hike is probably not suitable for hikers without first training. If you are a strong hiker and have completed a few moderate hikes before then, then you should be fine. Often times can become very difficult in the higher regions and storms are certainly not uncommon.

Cusco 4 - Urcos - Tinqui - Upis - Pasar Arapa - Yanacocha.

We left Cusco early in the morning by bus. Headed to the top of the Tinqui community (4050m / 13,287 feet), passing small farms.
After a brief stop, while we pack and organize your belongings, we begin to walk towards the community of Upis (4400m / 14,436 feet).
The goal here is to take the lunch break for a moment and discover a beautiful landscape of hills and the front of the Ausangate. After lunch, we continue the walk to Arapa step (4800m / 15748f). From there, the descent to Yana Cocha (4500m / 14,763 feet), where we will go to the camp area.
Shipping time: 03 hours.
Walking time: 6 hours.
Highest point: 4800m

Day 5 - Yanacocha - Pucacocha Pass - Anantapata.

After breakfast we discovered incredible lakes and different types of colors, from the ascent to Pucacocha pass (4900m / 16,076 feet). From there, we will continue the descent to Anantapata (4500m / 14,763 feet) where our camp will be. Our day will be full of snow-capped landscapes and mountains.
Cold weather
Walking Time: 7 hours
Highest point: 4900m

Day 6 - Anantapata - Montaña de Colores (Vinicunca) - Lake cocha Ausangate.

After breakfast, we took the trail to another part of the mountain. Descending, we will hike through Kayrawiri Lake surrounded by steep high mountains and Andean valleys. Then we pass Cerro Grande, and we will see the most striking colors in the sediments and Vinicunca Yauricunca. Our lunch will be here in this unique landscape. We see hundreds of Andean geese nesting on the cliffs and then back to Ananta an finally Lake Ausangate (4650m / 15256f) where will be our camp.
Walking Time: 7 hours
Highest point: 5200m

Day 7 - Ausangate lake cocha - Palomani pass - Jampa

We set off from our highest mountain camp (5100 / 16,732 feet) With its panoramic views of Ausangate, we descend along the glaciers, we hike up to the pampa finaya, where we see the king of camelids as alpacas, llamas and wild vicuñas and Sometimes Condors. After a day of hiking we will arrive at Jampa (4700m / 15420f), where our camp will be.

Day 8 - Jampa - Paso Campa - Pacchanta - Cusco

The highlight of this day is undoubtedly the spectacular climb to the Campa (5050m / 16,568 feet). On the other hand, we will pass several beautiful lakes on the way to Pacchanta (4350m / 14,270 feet). Here, we will visit the hot springs and have a typical lunch. After having a relaxing swim in the hot springs, we will return by bus to Cusco.
Hiking time approx :. 6 hours.
Shipping time: 4 hours.
Highest point: 5050m

Day 9 - Cusco - Free day

Rest or if you still having energy, you can go visit some local markets to buy souvenirs from Cusco. You will have all day free.

Day 10 - Cusco - Machu Picchu - Cuzco

Early in the morning we will go by bus to Ollantaytambo station, which is located at 1 hour and 30 minutes from Cusco, once on the train that goes to Aguas Calientes and then take the bus to the citadel of Machu Picchu, where We will have the option to walk through its streets and squares and houses then we will climb the mountain of Huayna Picchu to enjoy a panoramic view of the place, finally back to Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Cusco.

Day 11 - Cusco - Lima

Depending on the departure time of your flight, we will take you to the airport to make your transactions on migrations and wish you a safe journey back to your country.

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Included

  • 6 nights hotel in Cusco
  • 4 nights camping Ausangate
  • Local professional guides
  • Professional assistance throughout your trip
  • horseman in Ausangate
  • Cooks
  • Transportation in all excursions
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 1 buffet lunch in the Sacred Valley
  • All meals during the hike to Apu Ausangate (5D / 4N)
  • Visit Machu Picchu by train
  • Visit Huayna Picchu
  • All inclusive hotels
  • Explore Machu Picchu
  • Aguas Calientes Bus Tickets - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes
  • Train to Machu Picchu
  • Explore the Sacred Valley
  • Visit the market of Pisac
  • Visit San Pedro Market
  • Visit the main squares and streets of Cusco
  • Visit Sacasayuaman, Quenqo, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay
  • Visit Ollantaytambo
  • Explore chinchero
  • Walk the mountain of colors
  • Walk Apu Ausangate
  • All income included

Not Included

  • international and local flights
  • drinks
  • tips for staff
  • meals not specified in the package (lunch and dinner in the city)

Recommendations

  • Backpack waterproof layer
  • Loose pants and better long
  • Feather coat and waterproof jacket.
  • Gloves and skullcap.
  • Trekking shoes with thick orm.
  • Micro fiber or wool socks.
  • Walking sticks.
  • Sunscream and glasses.
  • Mosquito repellent.
  • Original passport.
  • Purifiying pills.
  • Personal higiene items.
  • Torch with replacement battery.
  • Camera.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Extra Money to tipping guides, cookers and porters.