Walk in the footsteps of Inca royalty on this unforgettable journey through the Andes and onto the lost sanctuary of Machu Picchu…

INTRODUCTION

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 sanctuary 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.

QUICK OVERVIEW BY DAY:

  • 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 to the Sun Gate, 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
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Day 1 - International Flight Arrival, Overnight in Lima

Today you will arrive to 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.
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Day 2 - Morning Flight to Cusco, Light Orientation Walk

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.
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Day 3 - Tour of the Sacred Valley (Ollantaytambo & Pisac)

Today we will collect you for a full day tour of the Sacred Valley. In a private modern vehicle, we will head out of Cusco 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. After we’ll continue to Pisac. 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. After a buffet lunch (included) we’ll drive to the village of Ollantaytambo. The Inca 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 summit of the site. Your guide will take you on a guided tour, 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.
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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 we’ll 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, we’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 we’ll stop to observe the sprawling Inca Ruins of Llactapata (terrace town). After another 10 – 15 minutes of trekking we’ll arrive at the lunch site, where our porters and chef will have prepared a nutritious lunch. In the afternoon we’ll continue on for another 3-4 hours of moderately challenging. 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).

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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 crisscrosses 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, we’ll 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

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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 (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. Following a steep ascent for a further 1-hour, we’ll 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 we’ll 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 ft), where we stop for lunch. After a well-deserved rest you will continue 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

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Day 7 - Inca Trail to the Sun Gate, Guided Tour of Machu Picchu

Today you will hike the last stretch of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. With an early start around 5 am, you will pass the final check point of the Inca Trail and onto Intipunku (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. We’ll have a couple of hours to explore this magnificent Inca ruin, before heading down to our hotel in Aguas Calientes for a well-deserved rest.
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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 epic 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.
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Day 9 - Free Morning in Cusco, Afternoon Flight to Lima

After completing the Inca Trail, we think that you probably deserve a rest. Therefore, this morning we leave as free time. Take some time for 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.
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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 offering an insight to its complex and colorful past. The tour combines visits to 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.

TOUR INFORMATION

Our trips are tailor-made to suit your requirements. Contact a luxury Argentina Vacation expert for a comprehensive itinerary and pricing:

  • US$ 280+ per person per day (based on 5-star hotels)**
  • US$ 250 – 280 per person per day (based on 4-star hotels)**
  • US$ 225 – 250 per person per day (based on 3-star hotels)**

Included in the Price:

  • Guided excursions as described in itinerary.
  • Hotel nights + breakfasts.
  • Airport collections and drop-offs with check-in and baggage assistance.
  • 24 Hour emergency contact number and assistance (in-country).

Not Included in the Price:

  • International flights.
  • Domestic flight package. Flights required: Lima – Cusco – Lima. Approximate cost US$ 380 – 450 per person. We can purchase these flights on your behalf.
  • Tips or gratuities.
  • Other meals not stated in the itinerary.
  • Travel insurance.

Peru has two seasons, the wet season (November – April) and the dry season (May – October). High-season is from April – November and also Christmas and New Year. February and March are the quietest months and have the heaviest rainfall. The Inca Trail is closed for the month of February.

Departure Dates:
Dates are flexible and customized to meet your needs. Let us know which dates work best for you and we will tailor the itinerary accordingly.

Suitability:
This Peru vacation package is suitable for active adults and children over the age of 10.

Difficulty:
Moderate – challenging: This trip is an active trip that includes 4-days of moderate to challenging trekking. It is recommended to have a medium to high level of fitness for this package. Due to the challenging terrain on the Inca Trail, we recommend this is not suitable for anyone with limited mobility. Talk to a luxury Peru vacation specialist about the suitability of this trip.

Destinations Visited:

  • Cusco
  • The Sacred Valley
  • The 4 Days Classic Inca Trail
  • Machu Picchu
  • Lima

Vacation Package Type:

  • Culture
  • Sightseeing
  • Architecture
  • History
  • Adventure
  • Hiking

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