Double Occupancy: $2,450 per person

Single Occupancy: $3,110 per person

Duration: Nine Days

Minimum No. of Travelers: 2

Difficulty: Easy

Season: April-November

The INC (Instituto Nacional de Cultura) regulations allow only 500 permits per day for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and are granted on a first-come first-serve basis. Native Paths highly recommends that you make reservations 4-6 months in advance to secure your space.

All Inca Trail departures are subject to permit availability. Native Paths can offer this trip on alternate dates for a minimum of two participants. Please contact us for the latest update on permit status. Generally the trekking permits sell out 5 months in advance.

This trip begins with a short introductory journey to the heart of the Inca Empire, Cusco. Cusco was the capital of the once “Tawantinsuyu” empire that dominated a vast part of today’s Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and as far of Rio Maule in Chile. It covered almost 2 million square km!
The Sacred Valley has many archaeological complexes that show the engineering and architectural skills of the Quechua People. The stone work they performed gives you a sense of amazement and respect!

Machu Picchu is still an enigma, regardless of the many investigations and studies, it still remains a mystery. It is here where you get an overwhelming sense of discovery and exploration.

The journey also takes you to the Lake Titicaca region, a different contrast of Peru offering higher altitudes and colder temperatures. However, the warmth and hospitality of the local people remind you of the importance of sharing and reciprocity - words that rule their everyday lives.

DAY 1: Lima Airport - Lima

When you arrive at the Lima airport, our representative will be waiting for you by the exit of international arrivals with a Native Paths sign.
Lima, the capital of Peru housing 10 million people, is no different than any other big city that lives 24 hours a day. There are lots of people, traffic, noise, lights, casinos and malls. However, as you drive through the city on the way to your hotel, you pass through more affluent and quiet neighbourhoods like San Isidro and Miraflores. It is in Miraflores where your hotel is located.

Overnight in hotel, double or single room with private bathroom No meals provided today

DAY 2: 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 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: Ollantaytambo to KM 104 and Trek to Machu Picchu

Today you have a sunrise breakfast so that you can board the train towards Augas Calientes at 7 AM. Throughout the journey you experience changing views of Andean landscapes as the train descends from the high-lands down through the cloud forest. Your train ride lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes to KM 104 where the check point of the short Inca Trail is placed. The trek is approximately 10 km in length, and can take anywhere between 5 to 6 hours depending on your walking pace. There is a steady, continuous climb for the first 6 km to the impressive site of Huinay Huayna. Shortly after leaving these ruins you join up with the main section of the Inca Trail. After approximately 3 km you finally reach the “Inti Punku” Sun Gate, giving you your first memorable view of “Machu Picchu” gleaming down below. After a short brake enjoying the views, you have another 1 km easy downhill hike to reach the citadel. There is no need to hurry as we visit Machu Picchu tomorrow.
Then, you descend to Aguas Calientes by shuttle bus and check-in at your hotel in town. A packed lunch is provided during the trek and is normally taken around Winay Wayna ruins or a nearby campsite which has a small cafe and seating area.

Overnight in Hotel, double or single room with private bathroom Meals Provided: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner Trekking distance: 6.5 miles Approximate time: 5 to 6 hours Gradient: Easy – Moderate

Day 5: Machu Picchu Tour and Train to Ollantaytambo

An early start is needed to enjoy all that Machu Picchu has to offer. You board the shuttle for a 25 minute ride up to the hidden Inca citadel. After checking-in with your guide (bring your passport as it is needed to pass the control and get a stamp if you would like), you have a two hour tour of the most important sites in Machu Picchu, such as the Intihuatana (Sun Stone), the Sun Temple, The Temple of the Condor, the Inca Bridge and many other buildings. After your guided tour, you can enjoy time on your own for taking pictures or for taking in the mystery and enigma that surrounds the Machu Picchu site. You have a late lunch in Aguas Calientes before taking the 1 hour and 30 minute train back to Ollantaytambo. Then, you take a 2 hour bus ride to Cusco where you are transferred to your hotel for the evening.

Overnight in hotel, double or single room with private bathroom Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Cusco

In the morning, you can stroll through the local artisanal markets, the main squares and streets of the only city in South America that has kept its Incan origins. You have the day at your leisure to rest and get souvenirs before going to Puno. Cusco has several restaurants that are worthy of a visit, and the gastronomy has gained a good reputation among tourists. Most of the restaurants are near the main square or Plaza Mayor. You should also try finding a pub or bar to have a Pisco Sour!
In the evening, we suggest visiting Centro Cultural Qosco to see the local folk dances. The shows are everyday at 6:30 PM, and the fee is included in your Cusco Tourist ticket.

Overnight in hotel, double or single room with private bathroom Meals provided: Breakfast

Day 7: Cusco to Puno

We have an early morning start to get to Puno. You receive a transfer to the bus station at 6:30 AM to take the tourist bus to Puno that departs at 7 AM. The journey takes you to the highlands of the Andes, where along the way you visit some of the most important Inca sites. Raqch’i is a fine example of them!
The most prominent of all the structures within the ruins is the Temple of Wiracocha. It is 300 feet long by 80 feet wide and 60 feet high, with Inca stonework covering the first 13 feet and adobe the rest.
After exploring the ruins, you continue on your trip and stop nearby Sicuani for lunch. Sicuani, a major city, is vital to the local merchants of alpaca wool and a centre of commerce for the region. After lunch, you cross the highest point in Abra La Raya (14750 ft.). Here, the landscape changes dramatically to an arid-cold region. There are an abundance of alpaca and llama herds; domesticated camelids that serve as a source of wool and meat for the locals. You then drive by Juliaca, another big city that is very commercial and crowded, before arriving to Puno and Lake Titicaca at the end of the day.
After checking in at the hotel, you can explore downtown Puno and enjoy dinner in one of the many restaurants around the main square. Dinner is on your own.

Overnight in hotel, double or single room with private bathroom Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Puno - Lake Titicaca and Taquile Island

Lake Titicaca is an inner sea, 110-mile-long by an average of 49-mile wide. At 7:30 AM you take a boat to visit Taquile island, where a small community of around 400 families lives. This community has developed a cooperative way to share in the tourism thanks to the accommodations and restaurants around, as well as their local crafts and traditional costumes.
After lunch, you head back to the pier and embark in your boat for your journey back to Puno. You arrive by late afternoon, and dinner is on your own.

Overnight in hotel, double or single room with private bathroo. Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Puno to Lima

You head back to Lima today after breakfast at your hotel. You are transferred to Juliaca airport, located 45 km north of Puno. Departing from Puno at 7AM, you have time to stop and visit the Sillustani archaeological site, located 40 minutes from Puno. Sillustani is a pre-Incan site that consists of a group of huge cylindrical tombs. The towers of Sillustani are the most impressive of the burial towers constructed by the Colla people. They are distinctive because the Colla used brick-like rectangular edges, in contrast with the Inca who used stones of different shapes.

Meals provided: Breakfast

The meals we provide while your Lima Cusco Machu Picchu Tour are shown below:

DAYS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Breakfast X X X X X X X X
Boxed Lunch / Lunch X X X X X X
Dinner X X
  • Bilingual guide (Spanish - English) throughout the trip
  • Entrance fees to all Sites shown in the itinerary
  • All excursions as shown in the itinerary
  • All transportation as shown in the itinerary including private buses, trains and boat to Taquile
  • 8 Nights lodging in hotel with a double or single room and private bathroom
  • Flights Lima to Cusco – Juliaca to Lima
  • 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.
  • 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)
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