The Peru Inca Trail is a classic trip that begins in the ancient capital Cusco, visiting Inca sites, before trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The nearby Cordillera Vilcanota is Peru’s second largest Andean range and the circuit of its highest mountain, Nevado Ausangate (6384m), completes a challenging visit to the Inca heart of Peru. The Peru Inca Trail leaves the main Urubamba Valley and over 3/4 days climbs from lush sub-tropical vegetation through cloud forests and over three passes at around 4000m
We fly into Cusco (3350m) with time to acclimatise walking to the nearby Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman and other sites. Leaving Cusco now we visit traditional markets and climb the great Inca terraces at Ollantaytambo in the ‘Sacred Valley’ on our way to the start of the Inca Trail.
In just four days we journey from cacti to cloud forest using a ‘road’ built 500 years ago until a final high pass reveals the mystery of Machu Picchu. Don’t underestimate the ‘Inca Trail’ though. With its highest pass at 4198m, good acclimatisation and a gradual build-up is essential.
The Circuit of Ausangate trek is in the more remote Cordillera Vilcanota range, which lies south-east of Cusco nearer to the Bolivian border and Lake Titicaca (approx a 3-4 hour drive from Cusco). Ausangate (6384m) is the principal mountain in the range. The circuit is a sustained 5-6 day trek crossing three high passes, the highest being an energetic 5050m. The scenery is outstanding, passing through a landscape of glaciers, turquoise lakes and alpine peaks. We should see herds of llamas, alpacas and numerous birds as we pass through remote settlements where traditionally dressed Indians many of Inca descent, still live a life little changed over the centuries.
What is included in the price?
- Accommodation (Hotels in Cusco, Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes. Camping on trek)
- Meals (All meals included during the trekking days)
- Guide (English speaking local High Places leader)
- Transfers (All transfers as per the itinerary)
What is not included in the price?
- Personal Expenses