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We fly direct from the UK to Lima airport. On arrival in Lima we will meet our Peruvian guide and transfer to the hotel in the Miraflores district of the city. The transfer might take 45 mins depending on city traffic. Dinner is not included tonight but there are many options for those who would like to eat.
We will have some time in the morning exploring the local area on foot before returning to Lima airport for our flight to Cuzco. On arrival at Cuzco we will transfer to the hotel. Cuzco is at 3300m (11,000ft) so it is important to take things easy to acclimatise. You will be offered a cup of coca tea on arrival in the hotel. It is said to help reduce the effects of altitude. If you find you don’t care for the taste think of it as medicine and drink it anyway. Our local guide will offer further advice about altitude.
Today will be an easy day in and around Cuzco to continue our acclimatisation. There is plenty to see and do in Cuzco to keep us entertained.
Cusco-Capuliyoc (On Bus) -Capuliyoc - Chiquisca (Hike)
After an early breakfast we will be collected from our hotel for the drive of approx 4 hours to the trail head. On the way we stop at Sayhuite, a pre Colombian archaeological site. for a short visit. We should arrive at Capuliyoc (2,910m) for a late lunch. We start our trek from here and walk down to Chiquisca camp (1900m).
Walking Time: 4hrs
After breaking camp, we descend into the spectacular Apurimac river canyon. At first the descent is quite gentle, then it gets steeper and hotter as we go deeper into the canyon to arrive at Playa Rosalina (1500 mts). This takes about an hour. From here we have a long climb out of the canyon to Marampata (2930m) where we have lunch. After lunch we continue to Choquequirao (2860m) and visit the site with our guide. If we are lucky, we might see condors and spectacle bears during the day. We camp at Choquequirao.
Distance walked: 14km/9miles
Walking Time: 8hrs
This morning after an early breakfast we explore Choquequirao with our expert local guide. The site is larger than Machu Picchu but there are similarities. Choquequirao is an enigmatic, monumental site, built during the mid to late 15th century, it became lost for several centuries as the high jungle in this area covered the ruins. It was re-discovered in 1710 by Europeans but little importance was attached to it. Hiram Bingham brought into the public eye in the early 20th century. After a detailed tour of the site, we continue up to the Choquequirao pass (3340m) for a picnic lunch. After lunch, we continue down to the Rio Blanco valley, to the Inca terraces at Pincha Unuyuc (2100m). Our camp will be close to the terraces.
Distance walked: 8km/4miles
Walking Time: 4-5hrs
Leaving Pincha Unuyuc, we go down into deep valley of the Rio Blanco crossing the river on a regular bridge in the rocky bottom of the canyon. On the way we will enjoy the beautiful cloud forest. We camp at Maizal (3000mts).
Distance walked: 8km/4miles
Walking Time: 6hrs
Maizal-San Juan Pass (4150m)-Yanama
For some today's walk will be the highlight of the holiday. We climb up to the San Juan pass (4150mts), for lunch. In the afternoon we drop down into the Yanama Valley (3500m) with great views of Panta and Pumasillo's snow-capped peaks, another excellent opportunity to see condors. We camp at Yanama. Walking time approx 7-8 hours.
Distance walked: 11km/7 miles
Walking Time: 7-8hrs
Yanama - Totora Pass - Mariano Llamuoca (4665m) - Totora
Today we climb from our campsite to the top of Totora Pass-Mariano Llamuocca (4665mts) which is the highest point we reach on the trek. From here we have amazing views of Salcantay and Humantay peaks to the south. Then we drop down to Totora (3400mts) where we camp. Walking time approx 9 to 10 hours.
Distance walked: 19km/9miles
Walking Time: 9-10hrs
Totora - Lucmabamba
Today we continue our descent through lush cloud forest, full of begonias, orchids and crops like coffee and passion fruit, to Granadichayoc. From here we will take transportation for 30 minutes to our camp site Lucmabamba (2100m), where we will have our lunch. Walking time approx 5-6 hours.
Distance walked: 18km/11miles
Walking Time: 5-6hrs
Lucmabamba - Llactapata - Hidroelectrica (Hike), Train Aguas Calientes.
After breakfast, we start the last day of our trek. We head uphill for 2-3 hours towards Llactapata Pass (2710m), where we come upon a distant but spectacular view of Machu Picchu Sanctuary from the southeast. This is a view few travellers get the chance to admire. We will take a short break to explore the Llactapata Ruins. Lunch is served at a scenic viewpoint, looking out to Machu Picchu. This afternoon, we begin the final descent to the Aobamba River through lush bamboo forests, orchards and coffee plantations. Finally, we will get to Machu Picchu Hydroelectric Power Station, to board the train to Aguas Calientes. Here we stay in a hotel with a few comforts we might have missed during the trek.
Distance walked: 13km/8miles
Walking Time: 6hrs
Machu Picchu - Train to Ollantaytambo - Bus to Cuzco
After an early breakfast, we make our way to the bus station for the ride up to Machu Picchu. It takes about 25mins to drive to the entrance of the site. Our local guide will give an introductory two-hour guided tour of the sanctuary. After this we have some free time to explore. We will return by bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch and board the train to Ollantaytambo. From here our private vehicle will drive us back to Cuzco and our hotel. Arrival in Cuzco will be approximately at 7 or 8 pm.
After breakfast we transfer back to Cuzco Airport for our flight back to Lima. Here we connect with the international flight back to the UK.
We arrive back in the UK