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INCA TRAIL AND AMAZON

Machu Picchu to the Jungle

Amazon Jungle and the Inca Trail

As the name suggests, this tour takes you into the heart of the Amazon, the largest rainforest on Earth. It also takes in the Inca Trail follows the ancient Inca Paths and roadways through to the complex of Macchu Picchu. If you are a reasonably fit person then you should be able to trek the route. The second day of the trek is quite challenging as you head up to an altitude of 4200m to the top of Dead Woman's Pass. There are many places to best see the jungle and the two we recommend are either Iquitos or Puerto Maldonado, or both! For a comparison of the two, read our blog - It's a Jungle Out There


INCA TRAIL AND AMAZON OVERVIEW

Day-1: Lima

Day-2: Lima- Cuzco (B)

Day-3. Cuzco

Day-4: Sacred Valley - Ollyantaytambo (BL)

INCA TRAIL TO MACHU Picchu STARTS

Day-5: Chilca - Wayllabamba

Day-6: Wayllabamba - Pacamayu

Day-7: Pacamayu - Winayhuayna

Day-8: Winayhuayna - Machu Picchu - Cuzco (B)

Day-9. Cuzco to Puerto Maldonado (BLD)

Day-10.Posada Amazonas (BLD)

Day-11. Posada Amazonas - Lima (B)

Day-12: Depart Lima (B)

INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU ITINERARY

Day-1: Lima

Arrival in Lima, reception and transfer to your hotel.


Day-2: Lima - Cuzco (B)

Departure by plane to Cuzco. Arrival to Cuzco and transfer to your hotel for overnight accommodation.


Day-3. Cuzco  (B)

Afternoon visit to the main ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay, followed by a city tour of Cuzco.


Day-4: Sacred Valley - Ollyantaytambo (BL)

Full-day trip to the Sacred Valley of the Inca and then a visit to Ollantaytambo.

INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU STARTS

(Breakfast, lunch & dinner included - only breakfast on the final day)

Day-5: Chilca - Wayllabamba

After an early morning breakfast, you will be transferred to Chilca by bus, where you will meet the Quechua porters and have breakfast. Crossing over the turbulent Vilcanota River, with magnificent views of Nevado Veronica (5,900m/19,000ft) we will continue the expedition admiring the Llactapata archaeological site, and stopping at the Huayllabamba river for lunch. We will visit the archeological sites of Patallacta, Qente, and the valley of Cusichaca and the magical Polylepsis forest. Today the hike will last approximately 7 hours, arriving in camp around 17h00. Camp and dinner at 3,800 meters. Overnight on the trail.


Day-6: Wayllabamba - Pacamayu

Today is one of the most demanding days of the trip as we gain a lot of altitude. We will see outstanding views east to the Huayanay peaks and west into the rugged Vilcabamba Range. After breakfast, we will continuously climb up through the first pass at 4,200 m/13,750 feet at Warmiwanusqa. Passing 3 ecological areas such as the Yunga, Quechua and Puna. we will climb 1000 metres in 5 hours. On the descent to the lunch spot, we will encounter a large number of stairs. After lunch, we will again climb about 500m in altitude before dropping again, about a further 400.Today camp and dinner near Pacamayu. Overnight on the trail.


Day-7: Pacamayu - Winayhuayna

Today is a much easier and shorter day. After breakfast, we will trek down through the valley of Pacamayu to the famous archaeological sites of Runquraqay. We will continue to the second pass and the restored town site of Sayaqmarka ("Town in a Steep Place") and explore the Sayaqmarka Ruins. The Inca Trail in this section is a white granite roadway, traversing a thickly forested mountainside. We will then descend to the magnificent archeological Phuyupatamarka ("cloud Level Town") and have lunch. We will then begin the decent to Winaywayna where a visit of the ruins and have dinner will conclude the day.


Day-8: Winayhuayna - Machu Picchu - Cuzco (B)

Early morning wake up at 4:30 a.m. for breakfast and to begin the trek to be the first at the archaeological site of Macchu Picchu for the sunrise. We will descend rapidly from cloud forest into high jungle habitat. Orchids and hummingbirds are commonly seen along this spectacular section of the trail high above the river. We will arrive at Intipunko "Gate of the Sun" to observe the sunrise over Macchu Picchu from an elevated vantage point. We continue down to the royal road and at last the "Lost City of the Incas". A guided tour of the marvelous citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of Three Windows, the Circular Tower and the Sacred Sun Dial and Burial Grounds. After the guided tour, transfer to Aguas Calientes onto the train station for your return train to Cuzco. Arrival and transfer to your hotel.


Day-9. Cuzco to Puerto Maldonado (BLD)

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Puerto Maldonado situated at the confluence of the and Rivers. Depart on a 1 hour ride via Infierno road, followed by a 30 minute boat journey by motorized canoe to Posada Amazonas. During your voyage you may see bird such as: Black Skimmer, Pied Lapwing, Capped Heron, Jabiru Stork, Roadside Hawk, and several species of kingfishers. A short orientation and a complete briefing on the lodge and the Ecotourism Project before your afternoon activity, the canopy tower. Here, you will visit a 35 metre scaffolding tower that is only15 minutes walk from the lodge. Return to the lodge. A video about the forest of will be displayed after dinner.


Day-10.Posada Amazonas (BLD)

Early wake at dawn for a visit to the Tres Chimbadas oxbow lake. From here you will take a long, easy canoe ride around the lake looking for giant river otters, turtles, hoatzin, and wading birds. The giant river otters that are seen in Tres Chimbadas belong to a resident family of nine. Afternoon visit to the community's ethnobotanical center. Return to Posada Amazonas for dinner and overnight.


Day-11. Posada Amazonas - Lima (B)

Depart by boat back to the airport for your return flight back to Lima. Transfer to your hotel

Day-12: Depart Lima (B)


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Jungle and Inca Trail Variations

Salkantay 15 days Lares Trek 13 days

Day-1: Lima

Day-2: Lima- Iquitos - Heliconia Lodge

Day-3: Bird watching and Yanamono Island

Day-4: Villages and Dolphins

Day-5: Iquitos - Lima

Day-6: Lima - Cuzco

Day-7:. Cuzco

Day-8: Sacred Valley - Ollyantaytambo (BL)

SALKANTAY TRAIL STARTS

Day-9: Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypampa - Ichupata

Day-10: Ichupata - Incachiriasca Pass - Sisaypampa

Day-11: Sisaypampa - Ayapata

Day-12: Ayapata - Chaquicocha

Day-13: Chaquicocha - WiNaywayna

Day-14: WiNaywayna - Machu Picchu - Cuso

Day-15: Cusco - Lima

 

Day-1: Lima

Day-2: Lima- Iquitos - Heliconia Lodge

Day-3: Bird watching and Yanamono Island

Day-4: Villages and Dolphins

Day-5: Iquitos - Lima

Day-6: Lima - Cuzco

Day-7. Cuzco

Day-8: Sacred Valley - Ollyantaytambo (BL)

LARES TRAIL STARTS

Day-9: Cusco - Pumahuanca - Puyoc

Day-10: Puyoc - Yanacocha - Cuncani

Day-11: Cuncani - Lares

Day-12: Machu Picchu - Cuzco

Day-13: Cusco - Lima

 

Your Questions Answered

It is 4200m or 13,780 ft above sea level which is the highest point on the trail at Dead Woman's pass
The Inca Trail covers a distance of 54km when done over 4 days.
The thing that makes the Inca Trail difficult is the altitude so it is strongly recommended to spend the extra time in Cuzco before starting hiking. The toughest day involves day two where you climb 1000m in one day. There are several steep sections all the way after that. If you are worried, then start training.
The Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu can be hiked throughout the year, although the drier months are May till October. High season on the trail is from June through August and so the paths are very busy, are the camp sites. However, as it is a mountain, one can encounter rain at any time of the year and thus a rain poncho is essential. The trail is closed every year from the month of February.
Yes you do. Permits become available for sale on the 1st March every year. They tend to book up quite quickly and can sell out three months in advance so it is advisable to book with plenty of time in hand. Permits are also passport specific, and cannot be transferred to another person, refunded, or moved to another date once purchased. The cost of the permit is included in the tour price. If you want to look at current permit availability, please go to https://www.nomadicadventures.co.za/South-America/Peru/Inca-Trail-permit-availability.html.
Many people like to hike with trekking poles so it is a matter of choice. However, if you bring them they must have a spike cover on them, i.e. protected by rubber tips. We also recommend that you bring some bringing some spare rubber tips with you.
Yes they can but we dont recommend children under 12 do the trail. The Amazon is ideal for kids and a great learning centre
There are other treks you can hike that are no less spectacular, including the alternate Salcantay base camp trek which is longer with higher altitudes. This joins the classic Inca Trail. You could also do the the Inca Rivers Trek from Choquequirao to Machu Picchu which is a more remote trek, but offers a more varied trail away from the crowds
During summer (December to February) which is also the wet season, they range from 10C/50F to 27C/80F In Winter (June to August) they range from -8C/45F to 12C/54F
All of the Amazon lodges are constructed of traditional materials designed to minimize the impact on the local environment and maintain the ambiance of the rainforest. They vary from your more comfortable to your rustic lodges. All of the lodges offer running water, showers and flush toilets. Some of the more remote lodges such Tambopata have shared bathrooms and do not have electricity. Others include private baths, hot water, electricity, and fans in the room.
During the wet season, the rivers are very high and usually flood the low areas. Water levels can increase by up to 7metres. For this reason it is easier to enter deep zones in the jungle by boat or canoe. At the beginning of the rainy season (from November to January) you can also expect more mosquitoes. During the drier periods when water levels are low it is possible to take long walks. Due to the unpredictability of the seasons and climate, the programs and activities could be adapted to the conditions imposed by nature. Either way - the Amazon still offers a great variety regardless of when you visit.
Iquitos is in the North and Puerto Maldonado is in the South. Iquitos is a perfect addition to a Lima trip, while Puerto Maldonado is convenient if you will be exploring the area around Cusco. Within the vicinity of Iquitos are several protected natural areas with lodges where you can experience the jungle. The most well-known of these, by far, is the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve located upriver of the city. There are others such as the The Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve. Pink river dolphins can be spotted here, unlike further upriver. Of the jungle regions, Puerto Maldonado has some of the most pristine and unspoiled primary rainforest in the world. Tambopata National Reserve is the closest and includes attractions like Lake Sandoval, a majestic oxbow lake known for its giant river otters, and Collpa Colorado, the largest known parrot clay lick in the world. For a detailed blog click here