Dramatic granite mountains, fast flowing cascading rivers and challenging hikes make Peru the number one destination for adventure travelers in South America. Combine all of that with breath-taking vistas, awe-inspiring Inca ruins and an abundance of cultural fusions and you have the recipe for one epic adventure. In this 10 days intrepid vacation package, you will raft the glorious rushing rivers of the South Sacred Valley, mountain bike awesome single tracks surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Andes and have the opportunity to hike the classic 4 days Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. If you are looking for an unforgettable fun filled adventure, then this package is just the one for you!
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Day 1: Collection from Lima airport, overnight in Lima.
Day 2: Mid-morning flight to Cusco, light orientation walk of Cusco.
Day 3, Rafting Chuquicahuana, South Sacred Valley.
Day 4: Mountain biking, Moray Ruins and pre-Inca Salt Pans.
Day 5: Inca Trail.
Day 6: Inca Trail.
Day 7: Inca Trail.
Day 8: Inca Trail, guided tour of Machu Picchu.
Day 9: Re-visit Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu trek.
Day 10: Fly to Lima, international flight departure.
Day 1: Collection from Lima airport, overnight in Lima
On arrival in Lima, our English speaking guide will collect you and transfer you to your hotel in the district of Miraflores. If your flight arrives in the evening, we recommend using the Lima Airport hotel, which is just a one minute walk from the international arrivals terminal.
Day 2: Mid-morning flight to Cusco, light orientation walk of Cusco
Today you will return to Lima Airport for a short 75 minute flight to Cusco. Today is designed to be kept light and easy and used as an acclimatization day in preparation for the Inca Trail hike in a few days’ time. On arrival in Cusco you will be met by our representatives, and transferred by private vehicle to your hotel.
In the afternoon, our expert guide will collect you for a light orientation walk around Cusco. You’ll start with a short walk to Cusco’s main square – Plaza de Armas, a beautiful colonial plaza home to the imposing Cusco Cathedral. Should you wish from here you can walk up Calle Triunfo, an original Inca road heading to the Antisuyo or the north-east quarter of the empire. Along the way you will pass by Palacio Inca Roca before arriving at the famous Twelve Angled Stone. Further up the hill is the art district of San Blas. If you are looking for more of a cultural experience then ask the guide to take you to Cusco’s San Pedro Market. From strange Amazon Jungle fruits, to tasty cows head soup to spiritual materials used by Keros, the market has everything!
Day 3, Rafting Chuquicahuana, South Sacred Valley
Today you will get off the beaten track, heading deep into the Andes for a day of rafting. After a 2 hour scenic drive you will arrive at the small town of Chuquicahuana. This upper section of the Urubamba River is more pristine than other parts of the river closer to Cusco. The river offers class III – IV rapids depending on the time of year you raft. Your guide, a professionally certified Peruvian rafting guide, will help you with your equipment, including a wetsuit, wet boots, a helmet and a splash jacket. Once you are outfitted for the river, you will have a short safety briefing from both your guide and also the support kayaker. After some practice maneuvers on a calm section of the river, you will set off for a 2 hours action packed journey downriver. During the wet season months the river can rise by 2 meters, and the river is faster with stronger rapids. In the dry season months the river is lower, exposing more rocks, making it a more technical (yet still fun) experience.
At the end of the raft you will arrive at your pre-prepared campsite for lunch. Enjoy a hearty hot and cold picnic lunch (prepared by your own dedicated chef), before heading back to Cusco, arriving mid-afternoon.
Day 4: Mountain biking, Moray Ruins and pre-Inca Salt Pans
Your adventure continues today with a thrilling mountain bike ride from Chinchero to the Sacred Valley. You will set off from Cusco around 8am, with high-end Kona bikes (or similar) loaded on the top of your private transport. About one hour outside of Cusco your guides will unload and prepare the bikes. Before heading off, you’ll receive safety equipment including a helmet and gloves, and also have a safety briefing.
You’ll start by follow dirt tracks of mixed terrain, taking you through colorful fields of quinoa, potatoes and corn. After about 2 hours of fairly relaxing cycling you’ll arrive at the Inca ruin of Moray. Plunging deep into the natural curvature of the land, these circular terraces were once used by the Incas for agricultural testing of different crops. After taking some time to explore the ruin, you’ll continue on to the traditional village of Maras. After a moment to rest in the colonial plaza, you will head out of the village taking a gradual decent to your lunch spot. Here, overlooking the snowcapped mountain peaks of the Sacred Valley, you’ll have a hearty picnic style lunch complete with camping tables and chairs. From the camp site a thrilling single track drops quickly in altitude all the way to the village of Yuanahuara in the Sacred Valley. Along the way you’ll stop at the Salt Pans of Maras, where you’ll get the opportunity to see how local campesinos mine the pans, as they have done since Inca times.
On arrival in Yuanahuara, you’ll be met by your transport and transferred back to Cusco for the evening.
Day 5: Inca Trail
Today you will start the classic 4 days Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. In our private transport you will be transferred to the village of Piskacuchu, or more famously known as KM82 of the Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu railroad (2,700 m / 8,858ft). Here you will meet your team of porters that will accompany you on the trek.
The classic 4 days Inca Trail is an ancient Inca highway 43 km (27 miles) in length, it is just a fraction of some 20,000 km’s (12,500 miles) of original trail built during the reign of the Incas. En-route to the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu you’ll experience breath-taking mountain scenery, mystical Inca archaeological sites and lush cloud forest rich in Andean flora and fauna.
From the trail head check-point you will follow mainly flat terrain to Miskay (2,800 m / 9186 ft). Here you will stop for a short break and observe vistas of the Inca settlement of Llactapata. Continuing on for another 5-6 hours following a gradually ascending path, you will arrive at the first campsite Wayllabamba (3000m / 9843ft). Your porters will have already set up your tents for your arrival. In the early evening dinner will be served in the dining tent.
Distance hiked: 12 km (7 miles)
Duration: 5-6 hours
Difficulty: 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 6: Inca Trail
After a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast, you’ll head out for what is generally considered the toughest day of trekking on the Inca Trail. The trail climbs steeply by 1,200 m (3,937 ft) over a distance of 9 km (5 ½ miles) to the first pass Abra Warmihuañusca (4,200 m / 13,780 ft). Today the landscape changes dramatically from sierra to puna to cloud forest. Keep your eyes open as black-chested buzzard eagles, tiny hummingbirds or even the Peruvian Condor are frequently spotted. Half way up to the pass you’ll stop at a campsite for a rest and lunch. Upon finally reaching the pass, you will be rewarded with impressive views of the surrounding mountain landscapes. After taking a well-deserved rest, you’ll descend steeply for another 2 hours to the campsite in the Pacaymayo Valley (3, 600m / 11,808ft). Dinner is served in the evening.
Distance hiked: 11 km (6.8 miles)
Duration: 7-8 hours.
Difficulty: Moderate / Challenging
Day 7: Inca Trail
Today is the longest day of the trek and you’ll cover some 16 km (10 miles) of undulating terrain. You’ll leave the campsite with a steep climb to Abra Runkurakay (3,970 m / 13,025 ft). Half way, you’ll stop to explore the small ruin of Runkurakay, an oval building probably used as a watch post or tambo for Inca chaskas. After reaching the pass you’ll descend into rich cloud forest and onto Yanacocha (Black Lagoon). Continuing on for a short distance you’ll reach the ruin of Sayacmarca meaning ‘dominant town’ in Quechua (3,624 m /11,890 ft). The town has a terraces, patios and ceremonial fountains. Continuing on up an easy climb, you’ll arrive at the pass of Abra Phuyupatamarca (3,700 m / 12,139 ft). Passing a small Inca tunnel, you’ll descend to the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, meaning ‘town in the clouds.’ This archaeological site is one of the most complete ruins on the Inca Trail and contains terraces, a high vantage point, and an intricate series of ceremonial baths connected by water channels. You will descend following a stone stepped pathway to the ruin of Wiñaywayna (2,650 m / 8694 ft) a beautiful and secluded mountain side Inca citadel. Close-by your porters will have set up camp for the evening. Your last dinner on the Inca Trail will be served on your arrival.
Distance hiked: 16 km (10 miles)
Duration: 8-9 hours
Day 8: Inca Trail, guided tour of Machu Picchu
Today you’ll rise bright and early for breakfast. You’ll depart the campsite around 5am to complete the final stretch of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. After 1-2 hours of fairly flat terrain on paths that hug the mountainside, you’ll arrive at Inti Punku (also known as the Sun Gate). From this high vantage point you’ll get your first view of the beautiful Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
From the Sun Gate, it is an easy one hour decent to the Caretakers Hut, where you are afforded a panoramic view over Machu Picchu. After putting your day packs in storage, your guide will take you on a tour of Machu Picchu lasting about 2 hours. Learn about how Machu Picchu was constructed and its principal buildings. Get an idea about the people that lived there, how they farmed the land and what they ate. Understand about the citadels relationship to the cosmos and learn about the spiritual ceremonies that took place there. Don’t forget to look up as you tour Machu Picchu, the sheer scale and beauty of its location is simply awe-inspiring.
After your tour, you’ll have free time to explore. In the afternoon you’ll head to Aguas Calientes below Machu Picchu, and onto your hotel for the evening.
Distance hiked: 4 km (2.5 miles)
Duration: 2-3 hours
Difficulty: Easy / Moderate
Day 9: Re-visit Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu trek
After 4 days of challenging trekking to get to Machu Picchu, we think that taking a second day to explore the citadel at your own pace is a good idea. Today we simply include shuttle bus and re-entry tickets to Machu Picchu. Refreshed from a good night’s sleep and a hot shower, take some time to venture back to Machu Picchu, and take some time to fully absorb the incredible energy of this magical Inca citadel. We include tickets to Huayna Picchu Mountain, the famous view point overlooking Machu Picchu. If you are feeling energetic we recommend hiking the full trail which takes in the hidden Moon Temple. If you want to take it easy then opt for the short trail (40 minutes) which goes straight to the top.
In the afternoon you will return to Cusco (3 ½ hours).
Day 10: Fly to Lima, international flight departure
On the last day of your vacation, we will transfer you to Cusco Airport, where you will fly to Lima. Here you can connect to your international flight home. If you wish to explore Lima, then talk to your luxury Peru travel expert about additional activities and tours.
With our fixed Inca Trail departures, this trip can start any Monday, Wednesday or Saturday (from May – October). For other months of the year, please contact us for availability. The Inca Trail is closed for the entire month of February for maintenance.
Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Inca Trail & Machu Picchu.
This package includes adventure activities that require a moderate to good level of fitness. Due to types of activities included, we request that all clients have a minimum age of 12 years old. For the rafting, rapids can vary from level II – V, but we can tailor your rafting day to suit your level of experience. For the mountain biking, we recommend a medium level of competence as parts of the trail are fast, rocky and challenging to descend. Alternative, less challenging mountain biking options are also available should you wish. For the Inca Trail, we recommend that you have a reasonable level of fitness to do the trek. If you are not used to trekking or feel that your fitness levels aren’t suitable to complete the trek, give us a call and discuss the trek with a luxury Peru vacations expert. Consult a doctor if you suffer from any medical conditions which might affect your health on this trip.
When to Travel:
This vacation package is suitable for any month of the year. Many people will avoid the wet season (December – April) opting to travel during Peru’s dry season (May – November). May through August and Christmas/New Year is considered to be high tourist season in Peru. The Inca Trail is closed during the month of February. Consult one of our luxury Peru vacation advisers for more information.
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.
Type of Tour:
Sightseeing, Inca Ruins, adventure, mountain biking, hiking, rafting, 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).
- 2 x Lunches in the Sacred Valley.
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 (due to the nature of the adventure activities included in this package, we strongly recommend that you take out appropriate travel insurance).
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