Inca Trail Trek involve 9 days tour in Peru, visit the Lima and Cusco city, explore ruins and local markets in the Sacred Valley, walk the Inca Trail 4 days. You start the tour by a picked up in Lima where you spend the night. So you can see the Peruvian capital and walk around the city. Then you fly to Cusco - the capital of the Incas, do a Sacred Valley of the Incas and hike the 4 days Inca Trail Trek that finishes at the Machu Picchu citadel on the last day of the trail. After trekking to Machu Picchu, you return by train and bus to Cusco at the evening of the same day. Come to Peru to enjoy a unique and life changing experience. There is only one Peru!
Day 01: Lima
Day 02: Cusco City
Day 03: Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour
Day 04-06: Hike the Inca Trail Trek
Day 07: Hiking to Machu Picchu
Day 08: Cusco City
Day 09: Departure
Crew: A Inca Trail Machu Representatives in Lima and Cusco as well as professional bilingual Tour Guides, a Cook and Porters on the Inca Trail trek.
Accomodation: 3* hotels (5 nights), campsites (3 nights).
Meals: 8x breakfast, 4x lunch, 3x dinner, 3x afternoon tea duringt the Inca Trail (Please allow USD 50-100 for meals not included).
Transportation: 1x domestic flight, transportation by private van, 1x train (Expedition Class).
Camping equipment: You can view our camping equipment here!
The tour begins when we collect you from Lima International Airport and taken to your hotel where you check in. You will be met by our representative at the airport who will be hold a board with your name on it.
Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned, so you may arrive at any time.
We can organize guided city tours in Lima, or sightseeing tours in Lima.
In the morning, we take you to the Lima´s airport for your flight to Cusco City. Our Representative awaits you in front of the Cusco´s arrival airport hall holding a sheet with your name. After he/she welcomes you in Cusco, he/she takes you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax and explore around this fascinating city as well as to acclimatize to its high altitude.
The Cusco City is the oldest continuously inhabited city of this continent as well as a hub of the South American travel network! The city attracts people from all around the world, who arrive not only to visit a unique destination, but also to experience an antique culture that differs a lot from the occidental 21st century´s way of life. One could easily spend a week just in and around this site. Inca-built stone walls line most of the central streets and it is not necessary to go far to see other major Inca ruins! This is a city steeped in history, traditions and legends!
Every year, Cusco is visited by thousands of travelers, who come to delve into its noble, but tragic past. It is a perfect base for optional explorations around the city´s surroundings as well as for a range of outdoor activities.
Cusco also has got numerous colonial churches. The most important of them is the Cathedral on the main square. Its construction started in 1559 and it took 100 years to finish!! The Cathedral can pride on the biggest depository of Colonial art of the city! A vault containing remains of the famous Incan historian - Garcilaso de la Vega is just past the entrance. Other churches that are worth seeing are La Compañía, La Merced and San Francisco.
Early in the morning a bus will pick us up to go to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It starts out in Pisac, a picturesque town with colonial and racially mixed features. In the archaeological centre of Pisac one finds a hill called Intihuatana with and an impressive view of the valley. We continue our trip to Ollantaytambo that was at the times of the Tahuantinsuyo a giant centre for agriculture, administration, social, religious and military activities. We spend the night in this small town before heading for the start of this famous Inca Trail trek the next morning!
Hiking Inca Trail on this 4-day trek is physically challenging, but worthwhile!! Its difficulty is within ability of the most reasonably fit. This 44-km (27 mile) Machu Picchu hike is often steep including 3 high passes to be crossed, one of which reaches an elevation of 4,200 m (13,776 ft). Temperature at nights may fall below zero so it is important to get ready for that! It also sometimes rains, even during a dry season!
Day 01: Starting the Inca Trail Trek
The tourist bus takes us to km 82, also called Piscacucho. Here is the control point where you have to show your original passport and your tickets entrance fee to the Inca Trail, and also meet the support team who will be accompanying you on the walk (cook and porter). We set out on the walk until our first break and lunch Miskay. Later, we continue walking until we arrive to the first campsite Llullucha Pampa. Previous, you have a guided visit to the rest of the archeological site of Llactapata.
Day 02: Llulluchapampa - Chaquicocha
The second day of the walk has the most arduous section of the Inca Trail, with adifficult climb until you reach the top of the first pass called Warmiwañusca (dead womans pass) After celebrating at the pass we decend until Pacasmayo where we have lunch and afterwards we visit archeological site of Runkuraqay and Sayacmarca. We camp in Chaquicocha, where we enjoy a well deserved dinner.
Day 03: Chaquicocha - Wiñaywayna
We begin the day with a small assent, later followed by a desent until we reach the town of Puyupatamarka. Another group of archelology where after we have a brief rest stop. Then, continuing until we arrive to the archeological site Wiñay Huayna (forever young), we have lunch and we have a guided visit to the ruins, have dinner and stay overnight.
Day 7: Hiking to Machu Picchu
We begin the climb to the Inti Punku or also called Sun Gate. After taking in a magical sunrise, we decend to the most important archelogical site on route, Machupicchu, where we have a guided tour for the surrounds of the citadel and we can climb por su cuenta Waynapicchu mountain. Afterwards, we decend to the town of Aguas Calientes and take the return train to Cusco.
Inca Trail is closed during Februaries due to general maintenance. Also, closures sometimes may occur as a result of inclement weather or other conditions beyond our control. In this case, we may hike the 4 day Lares Valley Trek.
FREE OPTION: Those, who are not able or interested in to hiking Machu Picchu, can get back to Cusco or just stay at the Sacred Valley of the Incas and spend the following 2 days there. In this case, they reach Aguas Calientes by a tourist train (Expedition Service). They overnight in a hotel and they take a shuttle bus the next morning to Machu Picchu where they reunite with that first group consisting of the Inca Trail hikers. This option is for no additional cost!!
IMPORTANT: If you decide not to do the trek, you must advice us enough time in advance (usually, a couple of weeks ago) in order to secure your train tickets!! Otherwise, we are not able to guarantee you this option for free!!
If you have any query, please do not hesitate contacting us!
Today is a realxing day, free time to explore the fascinating imperial city of the Incas, visit its market, buy souvenirs, take optional activities, and get ready for one last night in the city
Transfer to the Cusco´s airport to take your flight to Lima.
Please note: A return flight to Lima can be arragend upon request! or a good time to extend your trip!
Meal budget: Please allow USD 50-100 for meals not included.
Single room: Please note that if you have booked the "Single Room" option for this tour, you receive your own single room for all overnights and a single tent for the Inca Trail.
Local flights: There is one local flight included in the cost of your tour. It is very important that we have got your passport details at the time of booking in order to process all air tickets! National flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to each flight departure!
All Inca Trail Machu adventurous group tours are accompanied by a Inca Trail Machu Tour Guide, a Representative or an expedition team. The aim of our Tour Guides is to take a hassle out of our customers’ trips and to help them to have the best trip possible. The Tour Guides provide information on places visited, offer suggestions of what to see and to do, recommend a good place to eat and introduce to his/her colleagues. The Guides have a broad general knowledge of each country visited during a tour, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local Tour Guides where we think that more specific knowledge could add more enjoyment to visited places.
If you need emergency assistance, you can contact us locally at the following phone numbers:
Mobile: +51 984 004472
Phone: +51 84 226547
What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage and although you will not be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes) we recommend keeping the weight under 10kg/22lb.
Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for daytrips.
Please, make sure you have access to at least an additional USD200 (or equivalent) as an 'emergency' fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster) need a change to our planned tour. This is a rare occurrence! But you never know…
Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts you at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Inca Trail Machu travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The explotation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader/local operators has the right to expel any member of the group/tour if drugs are found in their possession or they use prostitutes.
Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a trip with us, you will not be permitted to join the tour until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your leader or local operator, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number, if you need more infortaion contanct us firstname.lastname@example.org
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