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Inca Trail and Inti Raymi Festival

The Inca Trail and Inti Raymi festival tour is starting and finishing in Cusco on June. This package tour involves 6 day tour and hike in Cusco city, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Inti Raymi festival and 2 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
This Peru package was created for the adventurous, who would like to do the hike to the famous Inca Trail and discover the Inca´s culture and tradition. On the first day our representative will wait on the airport and transfer your hotel. The second day the Sacred Valley, exploring ruins and bargaining at busy Andean markets, visit Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero ruins. The day third it is best day, we enjoy the celebration of the sun. The Inti Raymi Festival start in the morning on the large open cancha at the front of the Inca Temple of the Sun – Coricancha. With the arrival of representatives from the four suyos of the Inca Empire (Qollasuyu, Kuntisuyu, Antisuyu y Chinchaysuyu), the Sapa Inca opens the festivities with invoking praise to the sun god – Inti. From Coricancha the royal entourage continues the short distance to Cusco’s Plaza de Armas. A ceremonial reading of the sacred coca leaf then takes place to foresee the fate of the Inca Empire for the up-coming year. The ancient Inca archaeological site of Saqsayhuman is where the final part of the re-enactment is played out Walk in the footsteps of the Inca on one of the world's oldest pilgrimage. The fourth and fifth day. 2 day Inca Trail. This trek is an exciting, mountain experience where we climb up to 2400 meters to Wiñaywayna and descending into lush, green cloud forest Machu Picchu, we walk down to Aguas Calientes town and spend a night in the hotel, the next day wake up early to continue the hiking to Machu Picchu and view the sunrise of the lost city of the Incas. Guided tour of Machu Picchu, in the afternoon train return to Cusco. This is the perfect tour and hike for you memories of a lifetime!

Quick Itinerary

 

Day 01 - 22nd June: Arrival to Cusco

Day 02 - 23rd June: Sacred Valley of the Incas

Day 03 - 24th June: Inti Raymi Tour

Day 04 - 25th June: Hiking to the Inca Trail

Day 05- 26th June: Hiking to Machu Picchu

Day 06 - 27th June: Departure

 

Highlights of the Inca Trail and Inti Raymi:

  • Celebrate the famous Inti Raymi festival in Cusco
  • Hike 2 day on the a part of the Classic Inca Trail
  • Explore the Lost City of the Incas - Machu Picchu
  • Learn about the Incan culture
  • Start and end of the tour in the capital of the Incas Cusco 
  • Wander through the Inca´s streets of Cusco
  • Guided tour of Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Guided tour following the Inti Raymi celebration
  • Guided tour of the Inca Trail
  • Discover the Patacancha and Wiñay wayna ruins
  • Experience a guided visit of Machu Picchu - the New Wonder of the World

Crew: A Tierras Vivas Representatives in Cusco and a professional bilingual Tour Guide on the Sacred Valley, Inca Trail 2 day and Machu Picchu.

Accommodation: 3* hotels (5 nights).

Meals: 6x breakfast, 1 Box lunch on the Inca Trail, 1x Buffet lunch on the Sacred Valey and Box lunch in the Inti Raymi festival .

Transportation: Transportation by private van, a train round trip (Expedition Class).

 

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Resposinble Travel

 

San Martin de Porres School

If you reserve this trip, you will be making a donation to the school for special needs children, click here please

 

Tierras Vivas Porters

Tierras Vivas DOES NOT permit this exploitation!! We guarantee that our porters carry only an amount given by the Peruvian law!! There is still a long way to go when it comes to a reserve of adequate meals, backpacks and warm dry sleeping accommodation. click here

 

Each Year Tierras Vivas hots a Christmas party in Patacancha. Family porters,

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Day 01: Cusco

You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. There are no activities planned, so that you can arrive at any time. You are free to unwind at the hotel or amble around the town of Cusco, the part of Cusco where the hotel is situated. Some of Cusco's finest galleries, museums, shops and restaurants are around here. If you have time we recommend the Museo Inca.

Day 02: Sacred Valley of the Incas

You will be driven to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The Sacred Valley provided the Inca culture with large amounts of food agriculturally and includes various Inca remnants. The valley has been formed by the Urubamba River also known as the Vilcanota River and it goes through Pisac and Ollanaytambo up to the ancient natural sanctuary of Machu Picchu. The Sacred Valley is a lush agricultural region that keeps supplying the Cusco City with lots of its production. We are taken to the impressive Inca site of Pisac, an archaeological complex situated on the hillside high above the town, with amazing vistas of frost-topped mountains. This place has fascinating agricultural terracing carved into the mountainside. Uphill are well-kept temples, including a Solar Clock or Intiwatana which are magnificent designs.

 

Afterwards we continue to Ollantaytambo, a little town brimming with native atmosphere and occupied since Inca times, we stop at the principle templethat was used as an Incan fortress during the Incas resistance. Beautiful views for some awesome photos.

 

In the afternoon we return to Cusco, but before we stop in Chinchero, we view the beautiful landscapes and the small colonial church. We will be taken to the hotel. Overnight stay in Cusco.

Day 03: Inti Raymi Festival

The festivity in honor of the Sun god is celebrated in 3 historical scenes.

 

  • Qorikancha (Golden Temple), it was the principal temple dedicated to the Sun in the Incan era.
  • Plaza de Armas (called by the Incas "Auqaypata", the Warrior Square), which was a huge square during the Inca times where this ceremony was held on a ceremonial platform (“ushnu” in Quechua). From there, the Inca was carried on a golden throne leading a procession through the ancient city of Cusco up to Sacsaywaman in the hills above city.
  • Saqsaywaman ("saqsay" and "waman" in Quechua mean "satiate hawk"), which is an impressive archaeological centre situated at 3,555 m.a.s.l., just a kilometre far away from the Inca neighbourhood of Qolqanpata.

 Program of the Sacsaywaman´s scene:

  • Ceremonial arrival
  • Announcement of the 4 “Suyus” (or the four cardinal points): Qollasuyu, Kuntisuyu, Antisuyu and Chinchaysuyu
  • Chicha Ritual
  • Sacred Fire Ritual
  • Lama (Andean cameloid) sacrifice and a sign reading (But no worries, there is not any lama killed in fact nowadays!
  • Sankhu (sacred bread) Reading
  • Q'ochurikuy (burst of popular exaltation)

Day 04: Cusco - Inca Trail - Aguas Calientes

We pick you up from your hotel in Cusco to transfer you during a 2 hour ride to the Ollantaytambo´s railway station. There, you get on a train and continue until Km 104, where a checking point of the Inca Trail is located. You pass through the point and start the Inca Trail Trekking! After about 2-3 hours, you reach the archaeological site of Chachabamba where you have lunch and a rest. Then a guided tour of the site follows. Afterwards, you continue through a mixture of cacti vegetation and a cloud forest towards another Incan significant site - Wiñay Wayna. But before we reach it, we enjoy a refresh in a local waterfall! Later on, you can admire the sunset above Machu Picchu when we get to the Sun´s Gate (Inti Punku) before entering the Inka citadel. However, today is too late to have a guided tour of this overwhelming Incan city so we descend slowly to Aguas Calientes Town enjoying beautiful surrounding scenery on the way! We spend the night in a comfortable hotel in Aguas Calientes. 

Day 05: Hking to Machu Picchu

After an early morning breakfast, we continue hiking the Inca Trail for about 2 hours up to the mysterious city of Machu Picchu that we enter for the early morning best photos opportunities. Then our Tour Guide shows us around the Incan city and explains us about its history and purposes. After the guided tour, we are given the opportunity to climb up for about 45 minutes to Huayna Picchu or to Machu Picchu Mountain (peaks above Machu Picchu serving to take some panoramic pictures of the Inka city). Then, we are given time off to spend and explore Machu Picchu on our own.

The 2 day Inca Trail ends up with a train ride to Ollantaytambo (alternatively to Poroy), from where we are taken by van back to Cusco.
Machu Picchu
 is both, the best and the least known site of the Incas as it is not mentioned in any Spanish conquistador´s chronicle so that contemporary archaeologists can not do anything more than just speculate on its functions. Local Quechuan farmers had known about Machu Picchu for centuries before an 11-year-old boy showed the American historian Hiram Bingham (who was in a search of Vilcabamba) this site on the 24th of July 1911. At that time, all the rest of the world became aware of its existence. However, the site was covered with thick vegetation so Hiram Bingham along with his team returned and within the years of 1912 and 1915 cleared its surface. Over the years, plenty of work has been done on excavating and studying the site. Despite these efforts, many unanswered questions remain.

Day 06: Departure Day

Transfer to Cusco airport after breakfast. End of the tour or alternatively, a good time to extend your trip!

Please note:
 A return flight to Lima can be arranged upon request!

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What is included in this tour?

  • Welcome by our Representative at arrival;
  • All airport transfers at arrival and departure;
  • Accommodation: 3* hotel (4 nights) and Hotel in Machu Picchu (1 night);
  • Professional bilingual Tour Guide as per the itinerary;
  • All entrance fees (it means to the Inti Raymi festival in Peru including the huge fortress of Sacsayhuaman within the festival, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Pisaq, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero);
  • Meals: 4x breakfast, 1x buffet lunch (during the Sacred Valley Tour), 1x box lunch on the Inca Trail, 1x dinner;
  • Transport by a private van during the tours and local transfers;
  • A tourist train round trip to Machu Picchu (Expedition Class);

Not Included

  • Pre & post tour accommodation,
  • International and Local flights nor airport departure taxes,
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu (U$85),
  • Meals not mentioned,
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and baggage portage (Please note: It is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory.),

Meals budget: Please allow USD 50 - 100 for meals not included.

Single room: Please note that if you have booked the "Single Room" option for the Inti Raymi tour, you receive your own single room for all overnights.

Local flights: There are two local flights are not included in the cost of the tour. 

Suggest Items

  • Passport Original and copies
  • Travel insurance(+ copies for a case of lost),
  • Flight tickets,
  • Cash in USD or credit cards,
  • Our service voucher (sent by us to you),
  • Entry visa and a proof of vaccination (if applicable),
  • Day pack (to carry your personal items during daily travels),
  • Rain gear (a rain-jacket and a waterproof trousers or a rain poncho - this can be purchased in Cusco),
  • Resistible footwear, waterproof trekking shoes are recommended,
  • Sandals (for a higher comfort while at a campsite),
  • Warm clothes such as a jacket, a fleece (thermal clothing is also recommended for cold nights during camping),
  • Hat or a cap (to protect you against the Sun, rain as well as cold),
  • Sun cream or sun block,
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body,
  • Insect repellent– recommended minimum is 20% DEET (please note that no malaria has been reported during this trip!),
  • Camera and its charger/batteries (please note that batteries are consumed quickly under cold conditions),
  • Flashlight/headlamp + batteries,
  • Handkerchiefs and toilet paper,
  • Small towel and toiletries,
  • Sufficient reserve of underwear,
  • Swimsuit (to visit the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes),
  • Snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.)
    Please note: we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. The recommendation of taken own snack applies only for customers who like a specific snack that might not be in our menu.
  • Bottled water for the first morning and a water bottle.
    Important: plastic bottles are not allowed on the Classic Inca Trail! Please bring a metallic (alternatively Nalgene) bottles!
  • Optional: walking sticks (please note: rubber covers are required for the Inca Trail!!); you can also rent it from us,
  • Please note: we provide with filtered boiled water during entire Inca Trail, but if you like to use water from streams along the trail, you need to take some water-purifying tablets with you.
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Inti Raymi 2018

The Inti Raymi, the most lavish feast of the Inca Empire, was held at the end of June, that is, when the winter solstice begins and the sun is farthest from the earth. It is then when the harvests begin. On the eve of the celebration, the most important figures of the empire were concentrated in the main square of Cusco, there were the generals, princes, governors and the same Inca Emperor, all finely dressed, holding their shields and their scepters. Inti Raymi 2018

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The Responsible People Foundation is registered under Peruís not-for- Profit Organization Act. With an annual contribution from Tierras Vivas to support our operating costs as well as a significant portion of project development costs. If you would like to help us. You can bring clothes for the cold or school supplies and you can win a Rainbow Mountain free or other tour in Cusco. Do not worry if your gift is not new. Only help us to help the children and families.
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