Trekking to Machu Picchu 

This trip offers you the best of both worlds. You'll get to avoid the crowds while hiking along the Inca Quarry Trail which offers breathtaking Andean scenery and lesser-known archaeological sites, and finishing off with a one-day hike along the infamous Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu. The overall distance hiked on this trek is 22 miles (36km), the maximum altitude reached is 14,599 ft. (4,450 meters) above sea level. Never fear! GFit is here to help train and condition you for your journey! 

 

Training details 

Location Mountain View and Sunnyvale, California Training packages available

* Pre-trip in-person conditioning series,

 led by a dedicated GFit performance coach

* Free self-guided training materials upon registration

Duration 8 weeks   Pricing

$300 per person for the in-person fitness coaching series

(family and friends permitted in gym facility for this series!)

Start Date

August 27 - October 12

Point of contact for training David Delgado (ddelgado@)

 

A once in a lifetime hiking experience

There are a few really important things to consider when preparing for your experience. Proper training ahead of time will help you maximize your experience; no matter what your fitness level or hiking ability. A foundational base of strength and cardiovascular fitness is critical first to your safety and second to your enjoyment of the experience. Train with a Gfit performance coach in-person for eight weeks ahead of departure, or make use of curated GFit training packages to help you prepare for the hike in your own time. Free training materials will be provided at time of booking. Your Intrepid Travel local leaders and porters will be out there to support you on your journey to reach Machu Picchu! 

Note: *must be registered for GFit (go/gfitregistration) - must have @google.com email to access. Additional training plans and content available at go/journey

 

Trip details

Start Cusco, Peru Physical rating 4 out of 5
Finish Cusco, Peru Ages Min 15 years
Price $2, 215 USD Twin Share Group size 1-12 people
Departing Saturday, October 13, 2018 Style Original

 

Note: Please contact your Travel Specialist grantz@google.com to register. Full payment required at time of booking. Bookings close 23 August 2018. All further spaces will be 'On Request' basis beyond this date. 

Why we love this trip

  • Lima’s grand colonial facades, Spanish houses and endless culture make it one of the prettiest cities to explore in Latin America. Adjust to the altitude with a pisco sour and some ceviche

  • The Quarry Trail will take you away from the crowds, on a remote and scenic trek through the Andes. You may even have the trail to yourselves

  • Machu Picchu may just be the greatest icon of ancient South America. There's a reason this site is so famous, and it has something to do with how truly amazing it is

  • Explore Cusco, South America's oldest continuously inhabited city. The city has ancient foundations, an interesting blend of Inca and colonial influences and endless things to do and see

 

 

Itinerary

Bienvenidos! Welcome to Lima, Peru’s capital and one of South America’s most beautiful cities. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 2 pm, where you’ll get the chance reconnect with your training buddies and meet your tour leader. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. After the meeting, stroll the streets of downtown Lima and check out some of its main attractions on a leader-led walking tour. Enjoy free time before an optional group dinner this evening. The unofficial food capital of South America, there’s no better place to sample Peru’s national dish, ceviche, than at one of Lima’s excellent restaurants. As there's little time spent in Lima, you may like to arrive a few days early to see the sights, including the chic suburb of Miraflores, Central Park, Lovers' Park and the National Museum.

 

Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel 

Fly to Cusco, where you will be met at the airport by your new local leader. Spend a little time acclimatising to the high altitude (3,450 metres/11,320 feet) and then get acquainted with this charming town on an orientation walk with your tour leader. Check out Cusco’s vibrant main square (Plaza de Armas). Witness the flurry of activity that characterises San Pedro market. Stroll past the slew of quaint restaurants and artisans found in San Blas Square. See Qoricancha (an Inca Sun Temple) and the famous 12-Angle Stone, then end your tour at the chocolate museum, where you’ll get a chance to learn about the health benefits of cacao beans and sample hot chocolate made from local beans. This might be a good opportunity to purchase some gifts or souvenirs. There’s a small store where you’ll find various handicrafts and a variety of artisanal chocolate products.

 

Included Activities

  • Cusco - Orientation Walk
  • Cusco - Chocolate Museum Visit & Hot Chocolate

 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel

During the next three days you will hike the Inca Quarry Trail with your training buddies. While you're away from Cusco, the bulk of your luggage will be stored at your hotel. The evening before you leave Cusco you'll receive a small duffle bag to carry your clothes in for the next four days (6 kg maximum). Your team of porters will carry these bags for you, together with the food and equipment for the trail. Keep in mind that you won't have access to these items until the end of each day, as the porters will always be ahead of the group.

Make an early start today and drive to Choquequilla, a small ceremonial place where Incas worshipped the moon. Drive to the starting point of the trek, Rafq'a, and meet the horsemen who join us on the hike. After an hour’s walk, reach the small community of Socma. Carry on to the Perolniyoc cascade lookout, an opportunity to stop for photos and a food break. Continue to the campsite, which is 3,700 meters above sea level. You should reach the campsite around lunchtime. After lunch, set off to explore the Q'orimarca archaeological site, which once served as a checkpoint to the Incas.

Notes: The Inca Quarry Trail is within the abilities of most reasonably fit people. The hike is 26 kilometres long in total and its highest pass is at 4,450 meters above sea level. Throughout the trek, horses will carry your gear and camping equipment. The first two nights are spent camping and the third night you will stay at a simple hotel. Double tents (twin-share) and foam camping mats will be provided. The porters will set up the tents while the cook prepares meals.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)

This is the most challenging and rewarding day of the hike. A three-hour walk takes us to the top of the first pass of Puccaqasa (approximately 4,370 meters high). After enjoying picturesque views of the valley, it’s a short walk before stopping for lunch. Afterwards, make the two-hour hike to Kuychicassa, the highest pass of the trek at 4,450 meters. From here, descend to the sacred site the Incas called Intipunku (Sun Gate), with views of the Nevado Veronica mountain. Head to the campsite, only a stone’s throw away at Choquetacarpo.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
 

Today’s hike is all downhill. The first stop is the incomplete Kachiqata quarry, where the Incas were intercepted by the Spanish. Around midday, your trek comes to an end. Explore the cobbled streets of Ollantaytambo before taking the short train journey to Aguas Calientes. Visiting the natural hot springs in town is a recommended way to spend the late afternoon. Spend the night in a comfortable hotel before tomorrow’s 1 day hike to Machu Picchu.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Today, your 1 day trek starts from the train station known as “Km 104” and after a steep ascent, it follows the last portion of the Classic Inca Trail. Trekkers enter Machu Picchu at the sungate in the afternoon. .

We begin our walk by crossing the Vilcanota / Urubamba River where we enter the Inca Trail at approximately 9am. Soon after we visit Inca ruins of Chachabamba.
While this is one of the easiest treks around the Cusco region, you still need to have a reasonable level of fitness to complete it. After our upwards climb, we arrive at the Inca site Wiñay Wayna ('Forever Young') (2680m/8792ft) This is an impressive complex made up of an agricultural centre with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector. Many consider this the most impressive site on the whole Inca Trail.

We will then continue for about one hour further onto 'Inti Punku' (The 'Sun gate') (2730m/8792ft) from where you will have your views of Machu Picchu (2400m/7873ft). As you are arriving late in the day you may be lucky enough to enjoy the view by yourself!

Built around 1450, the city was deserted less than a century later following the Spanish invasion and ‘lost’ for hundreds of years before it was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. The architecture of Machu Picchu is quite extraordinary, with the mortar-free design particularly earthquake resistant and the stones so precisely cut that to this day not even a knife fits between them.
Depending on what time you arrive to Machu Picchu you'll have some time to take a few pictures and look around, however your guided tour will be tomorrow morning when you return to Machu Picchu.
We take a short bus down to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town) where you'll spend the night in a hotel.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night) 

Today you will explore the incredible Machu Picchu ruins with a local guide. Your tour lasts for around 1.5–2 hours, and there will be plenty of free time afterwards to explore on your own. When it's all over, return to Cusco for a well earned rest and perhaps a Pisco sour.

Depending on weather conditions, take a bus at 5.30 am along the winding road to Machu Picchu (approximately 30 minutes). If the skies are clear, take in spectacular views over the ancient city from the Sun Gate, before going on a guided walk around the ruins.

Notes: Due to Intrepid's internal safety policy, our leaders are prohibited from recommending or assisting with booking trips to the mountaintop ruins of Wayna Picchu.

 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night) 

Bid farewell your fellow newly accomplished Googlers as your adventure comes to an end after breakfast this morning. Check-out time is 9 am. Luggage storage can be arranged at the hotel if you're departing later.

 

Meals: Breakfast

Inclusions

Meals

7 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners

Transport

Plane (Lima to Cuzco), Private minibus, Train. Please note: International flights not included. 

Accommodation

Camping with basic facilities (2 nights), Hotel (5 nights)

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Important notes

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A single supplement is available on trip. This includes the Inca Trail where a single tent will be provided.

INCA TRAIL PERMITS
Inca Trail permits are sold on request basis only. Once deposit is paid and passport details provided, Intrepid will endeavour to secure a permit for you.

If Inca Trail permits are unavailable by the time you book, you can opt to hike the Inca Quarry Trail instead.
https://www.intrepidtravel.com/en/inca-quarry-trail

The Inca Trail closes in February to allow cleaning and restoration works. If the trek portion of your trip starts in February you will be automatically booked to hike the Inca Quarry Trail.

Should you choose not to hike at all, please let us know in writing at the time of booking so alternative arrangements can be made. Without this prior warning, local fees may apply.

PASSPORT DETAILS REQUIRED
Full passport details are required at the time of booking in order to purchase Entrance fees to certain sites. Additionally, on certain trips it's needed to book bus, train or flight tickets. Delays to provide this information may result in booking fees or changes to your itinerary.

INCA TRAIL OR INCA QUARRY TRAIL
While hiking the 1 Day Inca Trail or the 3 Day Inca Quarry trail portion of this trip you may be joined by other Intrepid and/or non-Intrepid travellers.

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