The Sanctuary at Machu Picchu is nestled in an ecosystem known as a Cloud Forest, characterized by exuberant vegetation, high mountains with sheer drops and a great deal of rain; it is located in the transition zone between the cordillera and the jungle, with altitudes ranging from 6250 to 1800 m.
This ecosystem is rich in biodiversity: Spectacled Bears (declared as the Sanctuary’s symbol), Rupicola Peruviana, or Cock-of-the-rock, Peru’s emblematic bird, Quetzal, mountain toucans, velvet-fronted grackles, tarukas (Andean deer) and a profusion of hummingbirds. It is also the habitat of rare orchids, giant ferns, mountain palms and bromeliads.
According to the latest theories, Machu Picchu was a place of retreat for the Incas due to its climate, seclusion, natural resources and the quality of its water. The Sacred Valley of Machu Picchu was strategically placed in a transition zone, between the mountains and the jungle. In 1993 it was declared as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.
We will take care of everything: two way train admission fees in the rail service of your choosing (Hiram Bingham, Vistadome, Backpacker), guided 2-hour tour, bus up and down from the ruins. We can suggest good places for lunch or we can include lunch if you prefer.
|Service time span||All day|
|Total time of visit||Depends on the train taken|
|Time span of guided tour||1.5 - 2.5 hours|
|Altitude range||2,600 - 2,900 masl|
|Includes||Admission fees, guide, transportation, buses and trains|
Peru’s most famous trek, visited by thousands of touristseach year and for some the sole purpose of their visit to this country. It is considered among one of the most spectacular treks in the world due to its beautiful surroundings that include different ecological environments, from highland desert to the cloud forests. Trekking this impressive Inca trail will lead us through various mysterious archaeological sites, partly covered by dense forests until we reach Machu Picchu citadel. This is the classic Inca Trail, which includes a visit to Inca archaeological centers, mountain range views, the observation of flora and fauna and the arrival to the cloud forest. What more could you ask for?
|day 1||day 2||day 3||day 4|
|Trek duration||8 hours||7 hours||7 hours||2 hours|
|Maximum altitude||3,000 masl / 9,843 ft||4,200 masl / 13,780 ft||3,900 masl / 12,795 ft||2,700 masl / 8,858 ft|
|Camping altitude||3,000 masl / 9,843 ft||3,500 masl / 11,483 ft||2,650 masl / 8,694 ft||2,400 masl / 7,874 ft|
Difficulty level: Medium- High. We do recommend you to be in good shape, and to acclimatize yourself by staying in Cusco for at least 2 days prior to the trek.
This trek takes you along the impressive Salcantay snow peak and descends into the cloud forest until we reach Machu Picchu. It combines beautiful landscapes, exuberant vegetation, great variety of flora and fauna and hot springs
|day 1||day 2||day 3||day 4||day 5|
|Trek duration||3 hours||3 hours||7 hours||3 hours||-|
|Maximum altitude||4,200 masl / 13,780 ft||4,650 masl / 15,256 ft||3,400 masl / 11,152 ft||1,500 masl / 4,920 ft||2,800 masl / 9,184 ft|
|Camping altitude||4,000 masl / 13,123 ft||3,400 masl / 11,152 ft||1,500 masl / 4,920 ft||-|