The excitement and anticipation of knowing that you are hiking towards Machu Picchu, one of the world’s finest archeological gems will far outweigh any concerns you have about the moderate trekking challenge ahead of you. Following some 39 miles (64 km’s) of original Inca Trail you’ll venture deep into remote parts of the Andes, where few other visitors to Peru have ever ventured. Step by step you navigate your way through scenic mountain passes, slowly descending to the semi-tropical Peruvian jungle and onto the citadel of Machu Picchu. You’ll pass by untouched Inca ruins like Runcuracay, Llactapata and Wiñaywayna (a beautiful small Inca citadel). Don’t forget to look around you as you trek, as the Inca Trail is also rich in flora and fauna. Falcons, small hummingbirds, eagles and sometimes even Peru’s giant condor can be spotted. The Inca Trail is simply unforgettable, and one of the best trekking experiences available in Peru.
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Day 1: International flight arrival, overnight in Lima.
Day 2: Morning flight to Cusco, light orientation walk.
Day 3: Tour of the Sacred Valley (Ollantaytambo & Pisac).
Day 4: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Day 5: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Day 6: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Day 7: Inca Trail, guided tour of Machu Picchu.
Day 8: Re-visit Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu Trek.
Day 9: Free morning in Cusco, afternoon flight to Lima.
Day 10: Morning tour of Lima, transfer to Lima Airport.
Day 1: International flight arrival, overnight in Lima
Today you will arrive in Lima from your international flight. Our local English speaking ground representatives will be on hand to collect you and transfer you to the hotel district of Miraflores. Miraflores is a vibrant up-scale area where many of the city’s best hotels are located, along with a wide range of superb eateries.
Should your flight arrive in the evening (as many do) we recommend taking advantage of the Lima Airport hotel, which is conveniently located within 100 meters of the international arrivals terminal.
Day 2: Morning flight to Cusco, light orientation walk of Cusco
In the morning you will return to the airport to take a short flight deep into the Andes, and onto the ancient city of Cusco. After settling in at your hotel, our expert guide will pass by your hotel to take you on a short orientation walk of Cusco. Today is designed to be an acclimatization day in preparation for the Inca Trail, so we purposely keep this day light. Your guide will take you on foot around the colonial center of Cusco, offering suggestions on things to do and see, and pointing out the best places to eat and drink. Using this time to acclimatize is essential for good preparation for the Inca Trail, so we simply leave you the late afternoon and evening free to relax and enjoy Cusco City.
Day 3: Tour of the Sacred Valley (Ollantaytambo & Pisac)
After a relaxing breakfast, we will collect you from your hotel lobby for a full day tour of the Sacred Valley. In a private modern vehicle you will head out of Cusco heading in the direction of Pisac. After a 45 minute drive, you will stop at Awanakancha, a camelid farm where you will get to meet animals typical to the Andean Region. Alpaca, llama and Vicuña are among some of the animals in the park. Your guide will briefly explain the traditional process how the Andean artisans process, dye and weave the animal’s wool to produce the colorful garments and intricate textiles that they are so famous for.
Continuing on for a further 30 minutes, you will arrive at Pisac in the eastern end of the Sacred Valley. Following a winding access road, you will ascend to the mountain top ruins of Pisac. Here your guide will take you on a 1 hour tour of the ruins, taking in vistas of the impressive sweeping agricultural terraces, mountainside burial chambers, and a beautiful ritual area with functioning baths. Time permitting you can take a 20 minute hike to the Royal Sector, which houses Pisac’s Sun Temple. After the tour, you will journey to the village of Pisac where you will be given free time to wander around the famous artisanal market. The market at Pisac is a great place to buy gifts and souvenirs, whilst also learning the art of bartering with vibrant local vendors.
After a buffet lunch (included) you will drive to the village of Ollantaytambo in the western end of the valley. The ruins at Ollantaytambo are breath-taking, not only for the impressive size of the ruins, but also for the beautiful temple complex found at the top of the site. Your guide will take you on a guided tour of Ollantaytambo, recounting the story of the famous battle that took place there between the Spanish Conquistadores and the leader of the Inca resistance – Inca Manco Yupanqui.
In the evening you will return to Cusco, where your Inca Trail guide will be waiting to meet you. Your guide will run through the plan for the trek day by day, and you’ll also have the chance to ask any questions that you may have about the up-coming trek.
Day 4: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Today you will have an early start, leaving Cusco around 5.30 am for a 3 hour drive to the start of the Inca Trail. On route you will pass through the Sacred Valley and onto the town of Ollantaytambo. From here you will drive on another 1 hour to Piscacucho (also known as KM82), the start of the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (2,680 m / 8,793 ft). Here you will take a moment to meet with your team of porters that will accompany you on the trail. You will pass through the check-point and cross a wooden suspension bridge which marks the start of this epic 35 miles (43 km) trek to Machu Picchu. For the next 3 hours or so, you’ll walk along fairly flat grassy terrain, following the natural course of the Urubamba River. From Miskay (2,660 m / 8,727 ft) the trail starts a gentle ascent to Willkaraccay, where you will stop to observe the sprawling Inca Ruins of Llactapata (terrace town). After another 10 – 15 minutes of trekking you will arrive at the lunch site, where your porters and chef will have prepared a nutritious lunch. In the afternoon you’ll continue on for another 3-4 hours of moderately challenging trekking (exact times depend on the pace of the group). Around 5 pm you will arrive at the campsite for the evening at Wayllabamba (2,999 m / 9,840 ft), where the porters will have already set up campsite (including your tent). A hot dinner is served in the dining tent.
Distance: 12 kms / 7.5 miles
Hiking time: 6-7 hours
Difficulty level: easy / moderate
NOTE: On this controlled route, campsites and routes may vary slightly in accordance with regulations set out by Peru’s Ministry of Culture (this applies to all 4 days of the trek).
Day 5: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
After a specially designed hi-carb breakfast (around 8 am), you will leave camp and start a 1 hour gentle ascent to the Ayapata Valley (3,300 m / 10,827 ft). Along the way you’ll pass through beautiful woods following a path which criss-crosses a small stream. Today is generally considered one of the toughest days of the Inca Trail, as you will ascend some 1,200 m / 3,937 ft to Warmiwañusca Mountain Pass, famously known as Dead Woman’s Pass. The ascent is completed in 2 sections, broken up by lunch about half way. The first section through the Llulluchapampa Valley takes approximately 2-3 hours. With spectacular views all around, you ascend through cloud forest and polylepis woodland famous for the small Andean Qeuñas and Chachacomos trees. Keep your eyes open as black-chested buzzard eagles, tiny hummingbirds or even the Peruvian Condor are frequently spotted. After a relaxing lunch at Llulluchapampa, you will continue the challenging ascent for another 2-3 hours to Dead Woman’s Pass (4,200 m / 13,778 meters). After taking some time to relax at the top and take in the incredible vistas, you will now start of 2 hour descent to Pacaymayo Valley and onto the campsite for the evening for a well-deserved rest and dinner.
Distance: 12 kms / 7.5 miles
Hiking time: 7-8 hours
Difficulty level: moderate / strenuous
Day 6: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
After breakfast (7am), you will depart the campsite with a steep 1 hour ascent along well preserved Inca trail to the ruin of Runcuracay. Built on a vantage point looking out over the valley, Runcuracay was a tambo used by chaskis (or Inca messengers) to rest whilst en-route to Machu Picchu. It was also most likely used as a military checkpoint and a look out post. Continuing on the steep ascent for a further 1 hour, you will arrive at the second main pass of the Inca Trail – Abra de Runcuracay (3,950 m / 12,959 ft). Beyond the pass the trail descends in altitude quickly passing through a short tunnel and following a series of tight switch backs. At the small Inca town of Sayacmarca you will stop for a short break and an explanation of the ruin and area from your guide. The trail meanders down further to the Chakicocha campsite (3,400 meters / 11,156), where we stop for lunch. After a well-deserved rest you will continue on to the beautiful ruin of Phuyupatamarca (town in the clouds) and finally to ruin of Wiñaywayna, a small but breath-taking Inca citadel. Just 5 minutes from Wiñaywayna you will arrive at the camp site of the same name. Dinner will be served around 6pm.
Distance: 16 kms / 10 miles
Hiking time: 7-8 hours
Difficulty level: moderate
Day 7: Inca Trail, guided tour of Machu Picchu
Today you will hike the last stretch of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. With an early start around 4-5 am, you will pass the final check point of the Inca Trail and onto Inti Punku (the Sun Gate). From this high vantage point and Inca ruin you will get your first glimpse of Machu Picchu as the rays of sun break through the early morning mist. The trail down to Machu Picchu itself takes another 45 – 60 minutes, where you will arrive at the Caretaker’s Hut. After storing your luggage near the entrance, your guide will take you for a guided tour of Machu Picchu lasting about 2 hours). You’ll have a couple of hours to explore this magnificent Inca ruin on your own, before heading down to your hotel in Aguas Calientes for a well-deserved rest.
Day 8: Re-visit Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu Trek
Today we include re-entrance tickets to Machu Picchu, so you can go back and visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site at your leisure. We also include entrance tickets to the Huayna Picchu Mountain Trek, so you can get an aerial view of Machu Picchu from another perspective. In the afternoon you will travel onto Cusco by train and road, arriving in the early evening.
Day 9: Free morning in Cusco, afternoon flight to Lima
After completing the Inca Trail, we think that you probably deserve a rest. So this morning we leave as free time. Do some last minute shopping, head out for a spot of lunch, or perhaps sign up for a relaxing massage at a local spa. Consult our luxury Peru travel team for ideas on great things to do in the city.
In the afternoon we will collect you for a mid-afternoon flight to Lima. On arrival in Lima, we will collect you and transfer you to your hotel in Miraflores for the evening. This evening is a good opportunity to head out for a well earned meal and discover why Lima is considered to be the gastronomic heart of South America.
Day 10: Morning tour of Lima, transfer to Lima Airport
Lima City is integral part of the history of Peru and showcases more than 4,000 years of South American history. It was official founded in 1535 pre-dating most other well-known South America cities, and was once one of the most important trading, political and administrative settlements of the Spanish Viceroyalty. Today we will take you on a half day tour of the city to give you insight to its complex and colorful past. The tour combines visits to the Plaza de Armas, the Church and Convent of Santo Domingo, the pre-Columbian Temple of Huallamarca in the business district of San Isidro, and the modern day El Parque del Amor.
Due to our fixed departures on the Inca Trail, this tour can start any Monday, Wednesday or Saturday from May – October. For other times of the year please request availability. The Inca Trail is closed during the entire month of February.
Cusco, the Sacred Valley, classic 4 days Inca Trail, Machu Picchu & Lima.
The Inca Trail is a moderately challenging trek, which most people of all ages and fitness levels can complete. It is recommended that you have a certain level of general fitness before starting the Inca Trail. The Inca Trail is completed at a slow pace, so you can walk at your own speed.
On this controlled Inca Trail route, campsites and routes may vary slightly in accordance with regulations set out by Peru’s Ministry of Culture (this applies to all 4 days of the trek). We cannot guarantee any campsite or ruin detailed in the description of this tour (this would apply to all operators of the Inca Trail).
Minimum Age Restrictions:
Due to the nature of this adventure activity we recommend a minimum age of 10 years for this package.
When to Travel:
This package is available all year with the exception of February when the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance. May – October is considered the dry season so ideal for hiking. The months of April – July are winter months in the southern hemisphere so nighttime can be cold (often going a couple of degrees below freezing). September through until January is generally milder, making camping at nighttime more comfortable. January, March and April you can expect daily rain.
Type of Tour:
Sightseeing, Inca Ruins, adventure, hiking, history, Peruvian culture.
US$ 290 – 350+ per person per day (based on 5 star hotels)
US$ 240 – 280 per person per day (based on 4 star hotels)
US$ 180 – 230 per person per day (based on 3 star hotels)
Included in the Price:
- Guided excursions as described in itinerary. Based on private service, with private modern vehicle and dedicated separate driver.
- Entrance tickets, shuttle bus tickets and train tickets.
- Hotel nights as described, including breakfasts.
- Airport collections and drop-offs with check-in and baggage assistance.
- 24 Hour emergency contact number and assistance (in-country).
- 1 x Lunch in the Sacred Valley.
- Sleeping bag & roll mat for Inca Trail.
- Additional porter to carry 6kg of your personal equipment on the Inca Trail.
Not Included in the Price:
- International flights.
- Domestic flight package. Flights needed Lima – Cusco – Lima. Approximate cost US$ 350 – 420. We only use LAN or Avianca Airlines. We can purchase these flights on your behalf.
- Tips or gratuities.
- Other meals not stated in the itinerary.
- Travel insurance.
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