PHOTOGRAPHY INCA TRAIL - CUSCO PACKAGE 8D
Our unique blend of photography masterclass and exciting trek enables you to improve your skills in the perfect environment. You will have the opportunity to explore various styles of photography, such as macro, flora, fauna, astro, light painting and Milky Way, with the careful guidance of our expert guide, Flavio. We, at Photo Tours Peru, want to help you discover new techniques and different perspectives to enrich your photography. We want to send you home with photos that will last a lifetime, along with the amazing memories that go with them.
Most hikers come to enjoy the sights and sounds of high-altitude living in Cusco before they start their hikes. We meet you at the airport and transport you to your 3* hotel (upgrades available) and begin the process of acclimatization with as little or as much activity as you like. You set the pace for first day as we ease you into a level of activity that will make your trek on the Inca Trail more enjoyable. We are pleased to share our Incan heritage by showing you around our city and surrounding area.
Day 1:- Arriving and City Tour Cusco and the 4 Archaeological sites
The city tour of Cusco will give you the opportunity to discover the enigma of this marvelous city and the surrounding archaeological sites. We pick you up from your hotel at 1:15 pm and bring you to the main Plaza de Armas at 1:30 pm, where you will meet you travel mates (in case of shared service). We start by visiting the main cathedral of Cusco where you can observe the colonial architecture and amazing paintings of the Cusqueña school (well known for its religious iconography painted by Cuscqueños) Afterwards we take you to Koricancha (golden place) and Santo Domingo convent. Here is a perfect example of the fusion of Inca and Christian culture. After your tour in the city, we will take the bus and drive to the impresive Inca fortress of Saqsaywoman, where you will be amazed by the rocks used for construction, some of them weigh more than 300 tons. The tour continues with the discovery of the underground temple of Quenqo, (labyrinth) with impressive rock carvings and tunnels carved into the solid rock. This religious temple is dedicated to the worship of mother earth. After a few minutes ride we will see a small fortress of Puka Pucara (red fortress) used as military control entrance gate to Cusco. Walking for few minutes we will arrive at Tambomachay (water temple), temple dedicated to worship the water, fertility and longevity. We return to Cusco at the end of the day around 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, if you want, you can ask your tour guide to stop at one of the souvenir shops on way back. (B,)
Day 2:_ Cusco – Cusco.Urubamba
We tour the small towns of the Sacred Valley, including Chinchero to Ollantaytambo. Each town offers its unique interpretation of ancient customs and traditional life. Chinchero is known for hand-dying and weaving fabric; Ollantaytambo is the oldest occupied Incan town. Overnight in Cusco.- (B,L,)
Day 3.-Cusco Maras Moray Tour.-
We will start at 9:00 am with pick up from your hotel; we will go to the Quechua village of Chinchero where we will make a stop. This town is located 28 km outside of Cusco and is surrounded by patchwork style fields with exquisite natural colours. Chinchero is a charming town, with colonial style buildings and was a major agricultural center during the Tawantinsuyo. Here you can appreciate the stone walls with trapezoidal niches and a traditional market where locals still practice bartering. The women of Chinchero are easily recognized for their very distinguishing clothing and braided hair.
We will go on to the picturesque town of Maras, 52 km from Cusco. It is located at an altitude of 3,380 meters above sea level. This is a small village famous for its salt mines which consist of about 3000 small wells with an average area of about 5m² from which salt is extracted after a drying process. The Salt mines, better known as “Salineras de Maras”, have been exploited since Inca times as a means of economic exchange.
7 km from Maras, we will visit the archaeological site of Moray. Here we will see the greatness of the circular terraces of Inca agriculture. Moray is a group of circular terraces which was used as an agricultural experimental center. The Incas used it to study the adaptation of plants to new ecosystems. The overlapping circular stone rings widen as they rise and it has a total depth of 150 m.
After a guided tour, we will go back to Cusco. The tour lasts about 5 hours and ends at Regocijo Square (a half away block from the main square) at around 2:30 pm. Transfer to your hotel.
Day 1: Cusco - Wayllabamba -Ayapata
After an early morning breakfast, you will be transferred to km 82 by bus where you will meet with your Quechua porters and prepare for the Inca Trail with a session of yoga from your personal instructor. After some relaxing, breathing and stretching techniques, you will be ready to embark on the four day trek that awaits you. You will cross over the turbulent Vilcanota river, with magnificent views of Nevado Veronica (5,900m/19,000ft) and continue along the trek admiring the Llactapata archaeological site, and stopping at the Wayllabamba river for lunch. All meals are in very large dining tents with outstanding three course meals freshly prepared by your chef. After lunch, we will visit the archeological sites of Patallacta, Qente and the valley of Cusichaca along with the magical Polylepsis forest before continuing the hike. To help us focus on the true nature of our trek, our destination and our very location, our personal porters will be playing the Quena, or ancient Andean flute. We also encourage to talk with our porters to learn a little about their ancient customs and ways or life. Our hiking today will last approximately 7 hours. Upon arriving to our campsite, we shall enjoy . Dinner before listening to the intriguing stories and legends from our Quechua porters. Overnight camping on the trail. (L / D)
Day 2:Ayapata - Paqaymayu- Chakiqocha
An early start today as this is the most demanding day of the entire trek and we shall gain considerable altitude. We will see outstanding views to the east of the Huayanay peaks and to the west of the rugged Vilcabamba Range. After breakfast, we shall begin the climb up through the first pass at 4200 m/13,750 feet at Warmiwanusqa. Passing 3 ecological zones: the Yunga, Quechua and Puna, we shall ascend 1000 metres in 5 hours. Our porter's enticing music will help us to marvel at the views rather than focus on the difficult ascent. Upon reaching the summit of Dead Woman's Pass, we shall celebrate our achievement by paying homage to the Apus, or mountain gods, before descending into camp. After Lunch You will then hike for another hour and a half downhill through Inca steps, until you arrive at your lunch spot. After lunch, you will have another four hours, including breaks, you will reach your campsite at Chaquicocha, You will get to visit two Inca sites, Runku Raccay and Sayacmarka. The day will be finished with dinner at the campsite.welcoming dinner at Chakiqocha Camp. More secret myths will unfold tonight as the porters explain the significance of the Apus, or mountain gods. Overnight camping on the trail.
(B / L / D)
Day 3: Chakiqocha Phuyupatamarca - Wiñay-wayna
After breakfast, we shall begin the ascent of the third pass, this is easier than the previous day's ascent.Admiring at the same time the fabulous cloud forest which is now all around us. The third pass of the Inca Trail in this section is a long white granite roadway, with some ascents and descents, traversing a thickly forested mountainside. We will finally descend to the magnificent archeological site of Phuyupatamarka ("Cloud Level Town") where a fine lunch will await us. After lunch, we will then Visit to Wiñay-wayna, an outstanding Inca complex built into the mountainside. A visit of the ruins before our last massage and trail shower. After relaxing, we shall enjoy dinner carefully prepared by our chef. We shall also meet with our porters for the very last time and exchange thanks and talk about the ancient paths upon which we have trekked for the last few days. Overnight camping on the trail. (B / L / D)
Day 4: Wiñay-wayna – Machu Picchu - Cusco.
Early morning wake up at 4:30am for breakfast and to begin the final trek to Intipunku (the Sun Gate), and the first site of the archaeological complex of Machu Picchu. 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 Intipunku to observe the sunrise over Machu Picchu from an elevated vantage point. We will then continue down to the royal road and at last arrive at the "Lost City of the Incas" to begin our tour of Machu Picchu. Built by the Inca Pachacutec, and comprising stone blocks fitted with masterful precision, Machu Picchu harmoniously blends into the mountain landscape. There are many theories as to the origins behind Machu Picchu but three of the most popular ideas include a temple to the sun, a fortress against the jungle inhabitants and a sanctuary for the Incas. This fabulous city holds houses, temples, warehouses and a large central square, all connected by narrow roads and steps, which are surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side which were used for agriculture. We shall visit 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, you can enjoy an afternoon of self-exploration and discovery, or hike up Huayna Picchu. Then return to Cusco.
(B / L)
Day 8:_ Cusco - Lima
Free morning in Cusco, then we’ll drive to the airport, where our service concludes. You’ll board your flight to Lima and your next destination.
Choose your dates, then contact us for availability. Please include name of trip, number of people in your group and time of year you plan to travel. We try to reply the same day.
Does not include: Lima Transfer (available on request), Domestic or International flights ,Travel Insurance, Meals in Cusco, Tips, Travel Insurance.-
Price.-Price.- Private tour city tour sacred valley Inca trail 3 nights hotel
1 People 2750 USD PER PERSON PRIVATE TOUR,
2 People 2100
4 People 2000
6 people 1900
Price :- city tour,sacred valley,inca trail 3 nights in hostel
1 People 2550 USD PER PERSON GROUP TOUR ,
2 People 1900
4 People 1800
6 people 1700