Cusco, Lima, Peru
Destinations
7 Days
Duration
8/10
Physicality
3 stars, 6 nights, Hotels
Accommodation
4 dinners, 4 lunches, 6 breakfasts
Meals

The Inca Trail is by far the most famous trek in South America and is rated by many to be in the top 5 treks in the world. In just 26 miles (43km) it manages to combine beautiful mountain scenery, lush cloud-forest, subtropical jungle and, of course, a stunning mix of Inca paving stones, ruins and tunnels. The final destination of the trail just cannot be beaten: Machu Picchu, the mysterious “Lost City of the Incas”.

 The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (also known as Camino Inca or Camino Inka) is a hiking trail in Peru that terminates at Machu Picchu. It consists of three overlapping trails: MollepataClassic, and One DayMollepata is the longest of the three routes with the highest mountain pass and intersects with the Classic route before crossing Warmiwañusqa (“dead woman”). Located in the Andes mountain range, the trail passes through several types of Andean environments including cloud forest and alpine tundra. Settlements, tunnels, and many Incan ruins are located along the trail before ending the terminus at the Sun Gate on Machu Picchu mountain. The two longer routes require an ascent to beyond 4,200 metres (13,800 ft) above sea level,

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Day 1:

Lima

Welcome to Lima, the “City of Kings”. Upon arrival to the airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. Your local guide will meet you for a welcome briefing & some tips during your stay in Lima. While Peru’s capital officially began life in 1535, when Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro founded the city on the Day of the Three Kings, settlements had been scattered through the valley since before the Incas. The city was built on top of an existing palace and temples that belonged to the local chief who had little choice but to move on. Lima was in its prime during the Spanish colonial days and much of the city’s attraction now lies in its well-preserved historical center.
Dinner is included in a local restaurant, near the hotel.

Included Activities
Arrival transfer.
Dinner.

Accommodation: Antigua Miraflores Hotel 3* (Standard room) or similar.
Website : www.antiguamiraflores.com

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Day 2:

Lima / Cusco / Sacred Valley

In the morning, you will be transferred to the airport to take your flight to Cusco.
Arrive in Cusco, historic heartland and former capital of the Incan Empire. Your local guide will welcome you at the
airport and will transfer you to your hotel located in the Sacred Valley.
On the way you will stop at a point known as El Mirador, from where you will be able to see the whole Sacred Valley and receive a good insight of the Inca history. The Sacred Valley was undoubtedly a key area of settlement to the Incas; its combination of agreeable climate and fertile plains bestow an unusual abundance for the high Andes. Here the Incas sculpted the mountain flanks with vast contour terracing and irrigation channels. Our driver and guide will suggest you the best points for pictures.
Later on, you will drive towards the ruins of Pisac. At the ruins you will see and learn about different aspects of Inca culture. You can see a great fine art of stone works and impressive agricultural terraces all over the place. Then, we visit the town of Pisac and wander through the local market, known for its multi-coloured textiles, local foods, and indigenous clothing – a great opportunity to pick up some souvenirs as well as take some great photos.
In the afternoon, you will drive along the Urubamba River towards the town of Ollantaytambo. Once you get there you will visit the ruins of Ollantaytambo, an important Inca construction built during the Inca’s heydays. This is an extraordinary Inca place where besides the ruins you may also see an amazing rock formation representing the Inca god Wiracocha. Afterwards, you will be transferred to your hotel located in the Sacred Valley or in Ollantaytambo town.

Included Activities
Departure and arrival transfers.
Full day visit to the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Breakfast.

Accommodation: Samanapaq Hotel 3* (Standard room) or similar.
Website : http://www.samanapaq.com/

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Day 3:

Sacred Valley / Inca Trail Trek

This morning you will set off on a journey on the Inca Trail by travelling from Ollantaytambo heading to Kilometer 82, where your trek begins. Today you will hike past the ancient hilltop fort of Huillca Raccay and the beautiful archaeological site of Llactapata.
It is a fairly leisurely hike and along the way there are stunning views of snow-capped Veronica Peak (5860m). Following the river you will pass a tiny village and continue on to your camp at Wayllabamba, located at 3000 meters. Porters are provided on this trek, so during the day you will only need to carry a daypack with your personal items. This needs to be big enough to carry such items as water, camera and a warm jacket.

Included Activities
Inca Trail trek in shared service.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Overnight : Camping on the Inca Trail.

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Day 4:

– Inca Trail Trek

Today is the most difficult part of the trek as you climb to Warminwanusca, or Dead Woman’s Pass (4200m). Along the way you will trek through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery to be seen anywhere in the Andes. This is the first and highest of three Andean passes on the Inca Trail, with breathtaking views over the snow- capped Vilcanota and Vilcabama mountain ranges.
Ahead of you, you will see the ruins of Runkuracay and in the valley below, Rio Pacamayo (Sunrise River). Here the trail changes from dirt to steps and stone pathways, your route will take you through a landscape dotted with rural hamlets, grazing llamas and well-preserved remnants of the Incan culture.
Although it’s not too arduous, you will still need to make a steep descent to the valley below, where you will camp beneath the cliff tops at Pacamayo (3600m), overlooking the cloud forest.

Included Activities
Inca Trail trek in shared service.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Overnight : Camping on the Inca Trail.

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Day 5:

Inca Trail Trek

You will climb up to the oval shaped ruin of Runkurakay, which is believed to have once been an Inca tambo or post house. Pushing on up the Inca staircase and beside two tiny and fast diminishing mountain lakes, you will be rewarded at the summit of your second pass (3900m) with spectacular views of Pumasillo (6245m) and the entire snow-capped Vilcabamba range.
From here it will be a steep descent and then ascent to your third pass and the ruins of Phullupatamarca, where we embark on a long descent into a beautiful orchid-filled cloud forest. The scenery will blow you away! Butterflies flutter across the trail and the air is pure and clean as you head to breathtaking Winaywayna (2650m).

Included Activities
Inca Trail trek in shared service.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Overnight : Camping on the Inca Trail.

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Day 6:

Inca Trail Trek / Machu Picchu / Cusco

The day starts before dawn with breakfast served nice and early at approximately 4.30 am. The early start serves two purposes, one we farewell our porters as they descend to the train station to catch their 6.30 am train home and two, you are ready to start hiking by 6am by when the gate that leads through to the Inti-Punku (sun gate) opens. The walk to the sun gate takes approximately 2 to 2.5 hours.
Here you will enjoy your first views of the complex of Machu Picchu, often referred to as the Lost City of the Incas. On a clear morning the view from the Sun Gate can be quite stunning and creates a lasting impression that will stay with you long after you return home. 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.
You will have a guided tour to this great archaeological site. You will then have some free time to explore the site by yourself. Finally, you will take tourist bus down to the small town of Aguas Calientes where you will have lunch in a local restaurant. Then, you will take the train back to Cusco.

Included Activities
Visit to Machu Picchu site in shared service.
Train back to Cusco.
Breakfast and lunch.

Accommodation: San Agustin Internacional Hotel 3* (Standard room) or similar
Website : http://www.hotelessanagustin.com.pe/hotels/cusco/internacional/

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Day 7:

– Cusco / Lima

In the morning or afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport to take your flight back to Lima. Arrival to Lima and a local tour guide will assist you with your international connection flight.

Included Activities
Departure transfer.
Assistance in Lima.
Breakfast.

Time to go tell tales few can tell!

Package Inclusions

Private arrival and departure transfer in Lima and Cusco with English speaking tour guide.
Private visit to the Sacred Valley of the Incas with English speaking tour guide.
Inca Trail Trek in shared service with English speaking tour guide.
Visit to Machu Picchu site in shared service (2 hours).
Tourist bus ticket from Machu Picchu site to Aguas Calientes town.
Train tickets from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo on Expedition train.
Meals described on the itinerary (6 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners).
Entrance fees to the tourist placed mentioned on the program.
1 Hotel night in Lima, 1 hotel night in the Sacred Valley, 3 nights at campsites and 1 hotel night in Cusco.
Permanent assistance on the ground from our operation team

Package Exclusions

Domestic flights and departure taxes (Please see the price above).
International flights and departure taxes.
Tips, gratuities and extras.
Optional activities.
Meals not described on the itinerary.
Early Check In or Late Check Out.
Expenditure of a personal nature
Poles for the trek (USD $ 8.00 per pax and per pole)
Sleeping bags for the trek (Optional: USD $ 25.00 per pax)

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