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5-Day Sacred Valley Trek and Inca Trail Express to Machu Picchu

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Day 1 : Private car to trailhead, hike to Chilipahua, camp overnight

Visiting: Cusco, Parpishu, Chilipahua

Leaving Cusco by private car, we go through Huarocondo and head down the narrow Pachar valley towards the Urubamba river valley. At 3,100 m we will arrive at a footbridge of Parpishu, starting point of our trek. From here the trail starts ascending slowly, leaving the valley behind us. The trail continues to the pass of Watuq'asa (3,900 m.) where we have lunch and then continue on. We will see an Inca wall and Tambo known as Qosqoq'awarina (the place where we can see Cusco) that surrounds the pass. Magnificent views of Mountain Pumahuanca, Chicon and Veronica. From here, the trail descends to the left ending at a small valley with a stream running through it called Anapahua, we continue over to Chilipahua - a small community where we camp. (Approximately 10 km hiking)

  • Meals: LD
  • Budget Lodging: Campsite

Day 2 : Hike to Ancascocha, camp overnight

Visiting: Chilipahua, Ancascocha

We leave our campsite and head northwest, slowly ascending past some small houses at Incaraqay - a community of sheep herders on the high puna. From here a one hour hike will bring us over another Pass at Pampaq'asa (4,200 m.) down into the gulley of the Silque River to then reach a little village called Ancascocha (3,900 m.). Here we are in full view of Mt. Huayanay and the Silque Valley. We camp near a lake. (Approximately 13 km hiking).

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Campsite

Day 3 : Hike to Camicancha, camp overnight

Visiting: Ancascocha, Camicancha

After breakfast start trekking downhill on a narrow valley full of lustrous Huakanki, the famous large and red Masdevalia orchid. The trail descends in zigzags, beside a small but torrent stream. After crossing many little bridges, we`ll reach the community of Camicancha, where we will camp in a nice volcanic rock area, with a view of Mt. Veronica snow capped mountain. (Approximately 7 km hiking).

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Campsite

Day 4 : Hike the Inca Trail, starting at km 104, overnight.

Visiting: Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu

After breakfast, we transfer by private car to Ollantaytambo and to the train station for the Expedition train to km 104 (Chachabamba). We start a three hour ascent to the ruins of Wi´┐Żay Wayna, an important spiritual site. The Inca Trail cuts across the ridge above Machu Picchu to finally reach Intipunku or The Door of the Sun, from where the trail winds downhill. The classic vista into the lost citadel located right above the Urubamba River will be a unique experience; it is the most exquisite way to see Machu Picchu for the first time. Shuttle to Aguas Calientes and overnight at a hotel in Aguas Calientes.

  • Meals: BL
  • Standard Lodging: Hatun Samay Hotel or simiilar in Aguas Calientes

Day 5 : Guided tour of Machu Picchu, climb Huayna Picchu, return to Cusco

Visiting: Machu Picchu, Cusco

The day is spent at Machu PIcchu: shuttle, entrance and guided tour and an option to climb of Huayna Picchu in the morning. Take the shuttle back to Aguas Calientes for the late afternoon return by Expedition train to Cusco and transfer to your hotel. End trek services.

  • Meals: BL

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