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Backpacking Peru's Inca Trail

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Inca Trail/Machu Picchu, near Cusco, Peru
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jun 4 2011  12:00 pm
Registration Opens: Sun, Mar 13 2011 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Mar 27 2011 12:59 pm
Event Duration:Full Week
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Event Organizer(s):
Richard Zalik
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Member Cost:$620.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:1
Number Registered So Far: 1 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Don't miss this opportunity to have an adventure of a lifetime in beautiful Peru with your Maryland Outdoor Club friends and make new friends from the Atlanta Outdoor Club (AOC) too. So, cross the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu off your Bucket List with this fun, 26- mile moderate to strenuous backpacking trip in Peru, that will create memories to last a lifetime!

The Inca Trail is a classic trek originating from Cusco, taking in an Andean culture and archaeology set in dramatic mountain scenery. It is a mix of mysterious ancient ruins and the excitement of high Andean landscapes. The trail was a royal Inca highway linking Cusco with the religious citadel of Machu Picchu. The city became lost to the jungle to be rediscovered by Hiram Bingham on 24 July 1911. Some of the trail has only been rediscovered in the last two decades. Now you can retrace the steps of the ancient Inca to encounter the splendor of Machu Picchu.


Day One: Your local airport to Lima, Peru.

Day Two: Lima to Cusco: we spend the day here to adjust to the high altitude (about 11,000 ft).

Day Three: CUSCO - HUAYLLABAMBA: An early start takes us by chartered bus to Km 82 (8,480 ft) where we collect the porters to commence trekking via Urubamba Valley. From Km 82, we cross the raging Vilcanota River. Walking in the shadow of snow- capped Mount Veronica, we continue the hike stopping for lunch near the Cusichaca River and admiring the Inca ruins at Llactapata. We complete 5 to 6 hours of gentle hiking by reaching the first campsite at Huayllabamba (9,300 ft).

Day Four: HUAYLLABAMBA - PACAYMAYO: This second day is the most arduous of our journey. After breakfast, we ascend to Warmihua or Dead Woman's Pass which, at 13,962 ft. marks the highest point of our journey. This change of altitude means that we will pass through three separate ecological zones during the day: Quechua, Yunga and Puna (from valleys with trees, through high pasture, to arid grassless ). The ascent of over 4,500 ft to the pass earns magnificent views. Descending from this superb vantage point we pass waterfalls before making camp at Pacaymayu (11,900 ft). We complete 7 hours hiking.

Day Five: PACAYMAYU - WIÑAYWAYNA: The day starts with the pass of Runkuracay (12,480 ft) where we see an Inca watchtower. Then we continue to the Inca ruins at Sayacmarca (a small maze-like ruin built above a sheer cliff) and, passing through a rock tunnel, we reach Phuyupatamarca (City Above The Clouds) (11,520 ft). From this area, we should have views of Mt. Salkantay, one of two most sacred peaks to the Incas. The descent down from the third pass (11,840 ft) is by a continuous set of steps (over 2,300 of them), into cloud forest, to our last campsite. From here, a short walk takes us to the impressive ruins of Wiñaywayna (8,320 ft), curving around a steep valley with walled terraces hugging the contours. The extra relaxation time provided here allows us to recoup our strength to make an early start the next day and maximize the experience of Machu Picchu. We complete 7 hours.

Day Six: WIÑAYWAYNA- MACHUPICCHU : A pre- dawn breakfast allows us to ascend to Intipunku (the Sun Gate), where we may observe the sunrise over Machu Picchu, shrouded in the morning mists (7,840 ft). After taking in this memorable view we descend to the ruins for a guided tour, starting well before the crowds arrive by train from Cusco. There should be 6 to 7 hours available to spend in this unique archaeological site, allowing ample opportunities to explore on your own. Those not interested in the archeological sights may like to climb Huaynapicchu (about 1,000 ft)for an unparalleled view of the lost city of the Incas. However, those trying to climb this mountain make encounter scheduling problems.

Once we finish at Machu Picchu, we board a bus down to the village of Aguas Calientes. Here we have lunch and take a train to Cusco in the afternoon. This narrow gauge railway gives a scenic ride through the Urubamba valley.

Day Seven: Cusco to Lima.

Day Eight: Lima to your local airport.

Required Items to Bring:
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Personal Equipment List for Inca Trail:
- Duffel Bag (provided)
- Hiking boots
- Sleeping Bag
- Sandals
- Sun hat
- Spare set of clothes
- Rain gear
- Gloves
- Extra socks
- Toiletries
- Sunglasses
- Sunscreen and insect repellent
- Lip balm
- Personal First-aid kit
- Head lamp and Batteries
- 1.5 liter Nalgene bottle (disposable plastic bottles are not allowed on the trail)
- Camera
- Plastic bags for clothing and garbage (provided)
- Extra snacks
- Trekking poles (park regulations require you to cover the ending metal tip with rubber tap).
Recommended Items to Bring:
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Payment Schedule:
1. A deposit of $370.00, by cash or check, must be received by the organizer by the cut off date. Please make the check out to Richard Zalik. Of this payment, $5.00 will be used to pay wire transfer fees and telepho
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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$620.00/Person
Non-Member Cost:$620.00/Person
Cost Includes:- Chartered bus from Cusco to Km 82 (initial point)-pick up from hotel.
- Entrance fee to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
- Professional English speaking guide and assistants.
- Cook and assistant.
- Meals while in the tour (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 snacks -tea time, 3 dinners, and wake up tea every morning, snacks).
- Treated water while on the hike, and warm water every morning to wash.
- Equipment: two person tent.
- Kitchen tent, dining tent, mattresses, camp stools, camp tables and cooking gear, oxygen, first- aid kit.
- Porters to carry food and equipment.
- Porters to carry our personal belongings (up to 8 kg or 17 lbs per participant). We only carry a day pack.
- Bus from Machu Picchu down to Aguas Calientes.
- Upgrade tourist train return from Aguas Calientes – Vistadome (subject to availability).
- Transfer from train station to hotel.
- Tips for support personnel.
- Bank processing fees and cost of the organizer's telephone calls to Peru (5.00 USD).

Price does NOT include:
- Airfare: Atlanta/Lima/Atlanta ($500-$1200) or Lima/Cusco/Lima ($200)..
- Hotel expenses.
- Personal Expenses.
- Meals not mentioned in program.
- Airport taxes in Peru ( around $50).
Make a Payment:Although there is a cost for this event, you do not pay through the MOC. Please review the event details carefully for information about how/where to make your payment.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
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