Double Occupancy: $2,920 per person
Single Occupancy: $3,450 per person
Duration: 10 Days
Minimum No. of Travelers: 2
DAY 1: Cusco Airport - Cusco
Upon arrival at the Cusco airport, you meet your guide and transport to take you to the historic centre. During the drive you see examples of Spanish colonial architecture raised upon the foundations of ancient Inca palaces and temples. At 1:30 PM, your afternoon tour starts with the company of your guide who shows you some of the world’s best archaeological sites in and around the city. Your tour includes sites such as the Cusco Cathedral in the Plaza de Armas and the fabulous Temple of the Sun or Qoricancha, the heart of the Inca Empire. You also visit the spectacular ruins of the Sacsayhuaman fortress that overlook the city, as well as the ruins of Q'enko, Puka Pukara, and Tambomachay nearby. In the late afternoon you return to your hotel, and later enjoy a welcome dinner in a fine restaurant downtown.Overnight in hotel, double or single room with private bathroom Meals provided: Dinner
DAY 2: South Cusco Tour to Tipon Pikillacta
Today you meet your guide at your hotel at 8 AM to travel south of Cusco to one of the less visited historical sites in the area, but nevertheless rich in Pre-Incan archaeology. This tour also takes you past beautiful natural landscapes, such as lake Huacarpay. The other Inca sites you visit are the water engineering wonder in Tipon, , pre-Inca Wari architecture in Pikillaccta, and a beautiful chapel known as the "Sistine Chapel of America.” On the way back to Cusco you can enjoy samples of typical Cusqueno meals such as guinea-pig (cuye), chicharron (pork), chicken soup, in the towns of Tipon or Salla.Overnight in hotel, double or single room with private bathroom Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 3: Sacred Valley – Pisac Ollantaytambo Tour
Your guide meets you at 8 AM in the lobby of your hotel to begin your exploration of the beautiful Peruvian countryside. You have a full-day tour of the magical Sacred Valley, home to several royal estates of Incan emperors. First, you visit the town of Pisac, famous for its bustling indigenous market and the impressive Incan ruins on the hillside overlooking the city. In the market you have the opportunity to browse all of the handicrafts and Andean garments displayed for sale as well as local fruits, vegetables, and other natural products. While at the Pisac ruins, you wander through walls and palaces of spectacularly cut stones, while enjoying a stunning view of Pisac and the Sacred Valley below. Following your visit to Pisac, you stop for a lunch buffet at a restaurant offering a variety of Peruvian and international food near the town of Urubamba. After lunch, you visit the remarkable Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. This magnificent archaeological site clings to the hillside and overlooks the small town of Ollantaytambo. The town still has Inca houses at its base, making Ollantaytambo the only Inca city that is still inhabited today. In the late afternoon, you are taken to your hotel in the Sacred Valley.Overnight in hotel, double or single room with private bathroom. Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 4: Start of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Before 7 AM in the morning you meet your guide and transportation at your selected hotel in Cusco for a 2-hour drive through Chinchero towards Ollantaytambo. In this charming town you meet the trek porters before ongoing by bus to Piscacucho (Km. 82 of railway) for start of the hike (8690’).
You walk on even terrain until you reach a small village called Misqay, a small settlement of Quechuan people. Then, you continue hiking on a challenging patch of trail that reaches a plateau that leads you to the Inca ruins of Patallacta. Patallacta is an interesting archaeological site that is near the river Cusicancha, and above the river Urubamba. After lunch, you continue hiking for another two hours until you reach the first campsite of Wayllabamba. (camp 9887’).
DAY 5: Wayllabamba – Warmiwañusca Pass - Pacaymayu
After a good breakfast, you have the challenge of hiking to the highest pass of the Inca Trail. The march is demanding, but the scenery and views are rewarding along the steep climb to the pass called Warmi-wañusca 13615’. You are able to appreciate the scenery variations within the 3-4 km walk. The natural landscape varies from humid rain forest to Puna highlands, colder and parched zones of icchu (puna grass). Today you camp at Pacaymayu (11765’).Overnight in tents Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Trekking distance:6.85 miles. Approximate time: 6 to 7 hours Gradient: Difficult
DAY 6: Pacaymayu – Runkurakay – Winaywayna
After an early breakfast, the trek begins along a paved path leading to several archaeological sites. The first climb of the morning takes you to the Runkurakay Pass. Halfway along the trail you encounter the ruins of Runkurakay, a circular Incan tambo, with views of the Pacaymayo valley and the river below. Another steep climb up to the next pass Runkurakay 12933’ offers astounding views of the Vilcabamba mountain range.
You continue the trek towards the second Inca site, Sayacmarca, located on an overhang with a panoramic view of the Aobamba valley and snow-covered peak of Pumasillo. This construction comprises a labyrinth of very narrow corridors, some with exits and others without. The only access to the ruins is by a steep, but solid, stone staircase carved into the side of the mountain.
Continuing the hike, you pass Conchamarca, a small, flat archaeological complex. Then, the trail ascends again, and you come to a 65 foot (20 meter) long tunnel with steps carved out of the rock. Continuing the ascent, you reach the third and final mountain pass of the trek at Abra de Phuyupatamarca. The trail then heads downhill to the archaeological site of Phuyupatamarca, “The Town in the Clouds.” This is undoubtedly one of the most unique towns on the Inca Trail. It is almost always covered in the mist rising from the cloud forest, and is located on the side of a ravine looking down into the Urubamba Valley. The site is surrounded by terraced fields and offers beautiful views of the Urubamba Valley as well as the adjacent snowy peaks.
As the day ends, you head toward the ruins of Wiñay Wayna or “Forever Young” 9234’, where you camp for your final night. The ruins consist of Incan agricultural terraces and are believed to have been a religious center where water was worshipped. Flower enthusiasts will be pleased to see the area’s fabulous pink orchids.
The campsite on the final night has a simple restaurant and hot showers. The last dinner in the campsite allows you to say goodbye to your cook and porters who walk ahead of you early the next morning to catch a train back to Ollantaytambo.
DAY 7: Trek to Machu Picchu and Guided Tour of the Ancient City
After an early breakfast at 5:00 AM, you start on the final leg of the trail by 6 AM in order to reach Inti Punku, the Sun Gate entrance to Machu Picchu, by sunrise. While weather conditions may vary, the view is always awe-inspiring, and you can only imagine the pilgrimage the Incas had experienced in their time. From here, you descend to the citadel for a 2-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu. You are able to appreciate the intricate stonework carved into the fantastic Andean scenery. The giant stones were hauled by hand to the top of the mountain centuries ago, and yet their foundations remain! You have the chance to explore the old city: the urban, agricultural, and adjacent zones. The Temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana, and the Principal Bath are only a little example of the impressive sights that you get to see. We finish the tour with lunch at a nearby restaurant before going down to Aguas Calientes to check in at our hotel in town.
Later for dinner we enjoy a fantastic meal in one of the best gourmet restaurants to celebrate our Inca Trail Trek. You then have the night for yourself and can soak up in the local hot springs, or just head straight to bed for a good night’s rest after your long trek!
DAY 8: Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo - Cusco
After a good night sleep in your hotel, you take it a bit easier today and catch the train back to Ollantaytambo at 8:30 AM. You arrive to Ollantaytambo around 10 AM so you can make your way back to Cusco in your private minibus. Once in Cusco, you check into your hotel right before lunch time. Then, you have time for yourself to do laundry or any other personal things. Tonight, we do suggest visiting the Centro Cultoral Qosco. Every evening at 6:30 PM there is a rich and colourful display of Cusco dances (the entrance fee is in your Cusco Ticket)!Overnight in hotel, double or single room with private bathroom Meals provided: Breakfast
DAY 9: Cusco
Today we you have the opportunity to enjoy the day at your leisure. With so many restaurants and souvenir shops, Cusco has so much to offer you. You can also enjoy a stroll up to the old San Blas neighbourhood with narrow paved streets that remind us of the old set up of the city.Overnight in hotel, double or single room with private bathroom Meals provided: Breakfast
DAY 10: Cusco - Lima
After breakfast at your hotel, you meet one of our representatives to take you to the airport for your journey home or on to your next destination. If you are headed to Lima (connecting flights are late night to USA), you meet another one of our representatives at the airport to take you on a city tour. You are guided through the colonial town and enjoy a late lunch in a fine restaurant before you are transferred to the airport for your flight home.Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch
The meals we provide while your Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Tour are shown below:
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- Bilingual Tour Leader / Guide (Spanish - English) throughout the trip.
- Entrance fees to all Sites shown in the itinerary
- Permits to Inca Trail
- All excursions as shown in the itinerary
- All transportation as shown in the itinerary combining private buses and trains
- 6 Nights lodging in hotel with double or single room and private bathroom
- 3 Nights camping
- Cook and Porters
- Tents and all camping gear (except sleeping bags)
A porter carries your personal belongings up to a limit of 18 pounds/ 9kg per person. All meals and some snacks are provided for the hike. If you want other snacks during the trail these can be bought in Cusco.
Boiled drinking water is provided after the meals. The meals provided on the Inca Trail are healthy and abundant with 3 courses, and the porters put up a communal tent to eat in for all meals, including lunch.
There are no hot showers along the trail except at the final campsite, but every morning and night you are provided with a bowl of hot water to wash with. There are also many basic toilets along the Inca Trail provided by the National Institute of Culture. The guides carry basic first aid supplies, but as you are in remote mountain areas, more advanced medical facilities are not available.
- Flights to and from Cusco
- Sleeping Bag (can be rented at our offices for $25)
- Other entrances not described on our itinerary
- Any other accommodation before or after the tour
- Alcoholic drinks
- Medical or Life Insurance
- Other expenses
- Any other expense due to delays because of natural causes, landslides, political strikes, etc.
It is customary for trekkers to contribute to a tip pool, which will then be distributed amongst the team (guide, cook, and porters). A good tip amount ranges $20-$50 USD per hiker. These tips are voluntary, so feel free to tip according to the service you received.
- A 60 litre Duffel sac (18 lbs max weight)
- Small daypack
- Walking shoes or boots
- Rain jacket & pants
- Gloves & wool hat
- Long sleeved shirts (cotton/breathable fabric, not too thin)
- Sun hat/Sunglasses/Sunscreen
- Mosquito repellent
- Personal items & medication
- Torch, binoculars
- Personal documents (Passport Mandatory to present at control gates)
Trip Rating: Moderate-Difficult
Price: from $820 (Minimum 4)
THE INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU
Trip Rating: Easy-Moderate
Price: from $895
CHOQUEQUIRAO, HUANCACALLE & MACHU PICCHU
Trip Rating: Easy
Price: from $465 (Minimum 4)
LARES TREK & MACHU PICCHU
Trip Rating: Easy-Moderate
Price: from $895
MACHU PICCHU & RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK
Trip Rating: Moderate-Difficult
Price: from $2,799