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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu program invites you to hike the challenging Inca Trail; surrounded by natural beauty. On the way you will visit places ever encountered by the Spanish conquers, several of which are still covered by vegetation. Finish the hike by entering through the Door of the Sun or “Intipunku" to get marvel at the most famous Inca city: Machu Picchu.

Trip Highlights

  • Four day Inca Trail with the best camping equipment, guides and meals.
  • The visit to Machu Picchu includes train ride in superior class.
  • This program will show you our living cultures with which you will share their daily experiences.
  • Reading session of the coca leaf by a local shaman.

Schedule by Day

  • Day 1 Lima
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Lima.
  • Day 2 Lima - City tour
    • This guided visit to Lima allows you to see the Historical Center: Main Square, the Government and Archbishop's Palaces, the City Hall and old streets with colonial mansions and Moorish balconies. You will also visit the historic Santo Domingo Convent, an icon of colonial architecture. The tour goes all the way to modern district of San Isidro and Miraflores, where you’ll appreciate archaeological inca sites such as “Huallamarca” and the sightseeing of “Pucllana”. Also, you will observe the Pacific Ocean coast from the vast seafront.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Lima.
    • Included: Breakfast.
  • Day 3 Lima – Cusco
    • Transfer to Lima airport.
    • Flight to Cusco city.
    • Upon arrival transfer to the selected hotel.
    • This day you will visit the city of Cusco, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco and home to a somewhat particular essence. The tour will start at the temple of Koricancha, an ancient Inca palace and main worship center of the Sun God, where the order of the Dominicans built an incredible church that can still be seen there. Then, you will tour the Main Square, where the Cathedral and the beautiful Church of the Society of Jesus, among other colonial buildings, are located. You will then continue the journey to the colonial church of San Cristóbal to enjoy a spectacular view of the city. Afterwards you will go on to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, an Inca building known for its massive walls of hewn stone, located in a strategic location, on a hill, with a broad view of the city of Cusco. Later, you will visit the important archaeological complexes of Qenko and Puca Pucara.
    • In the evening you will be briefed about the details of inca trail hike by your guide at your hotel's lobby.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Cusco.
    • Included: Breakfast.
  • Day 4 Cusco - Sacred Valley
    • Discover the best of the Sacred Valley of the Incas through this route starting on the Inca's Balcony, a beautiful terrace with an impressive view of Chinchero, where twelve families still preserve their traditional costumes, showing you the ancestral way in which they process the wool, and obtain those vivid colors for their textiles. Afterwards, you will get to Ollantaytambo, one of the most monumental architectural complexes of the ancient Inca Empire, one of the few places where the Spanish conquistadors lost a major battle. Very well known for its “andenes” (terraces dug into the slopes of mountains for agricultural purposes), Ollantaytambo was a highly effective fortress, which also served as a temple. Then, you will visit the town of Ollantaytambo, a unique living Inca town, the best surviving example of Inca city planning, with narrow cobblestone streets that have been continuously inhabited since the 13th century.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Sacred Valley.
    • Included: Breakfast and lunch.
  • Day 5 Inca Trail
    • You will depart at 6:30 am through the Sacred Valley up to Ollantaytambo, where you will stop for approximately 45 min. Then you will go up to kilometer 82, where you will start a not-too-demanding hike to help you with the acclimatization process, up to the first archaeological complex of Llactapata, half an hour from km. 88 (8366 ft. above sea level), where you will stop for about 30 minutes to visit the complex, and then resume the hike up to Hatunchaca, where the camp will be set. Total hike time: 4:30 to 5:00 hours. Total miles: 1 mi. The hike begins at 9022 ft. and ends at 9842 ft. above sea level.
    • Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Day 6 Inca Trail
    • After breakfast, you will start the hike through the Huayllabamba Valley. Through the hike you will observe nature and ecological changes all the way up to the place called Yunca Chimpa. Then the route will ascent from Huayllabamba towards Llulluchapampa (12303 ft.). From there, it can be appreciate Huayanay Valley and the first pass located at 13779 ft., Warmiwañusca, also known as Dead Woman, and the camp will be set in the Pacaymayo sector. Total hike time: 7 hours. Total miles: 8mi. Hike begins at 9842 ft. and ends at 12467 ft above sea level.
    • Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Day 7 Inca Trail
    • On this day, you will ascent up to the second pass known as Runkurakay, at 12664 ft. You will visit the small complex of Sayacmarca and appreciate the valleys and snow peaks, before going on to the Phuyupatamarca complex. Then you will go down one mile to the place called Wiñaywayna, where you will visit a namesake complex and camp. Total hike time 10 hours. Total miles: 9. Hike begins at 12467 ft. and ends at 8694 ft. over sea level.
    • Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Day 8 Inca Trail - Machu Picchu
    • Early this day you will go to the sector of Intipunku also known as Puerta de Sol (Gate of the Sun), where you will observe the impressive lost city of Machu Picchu, as the guide explains about the area for about 30 min. lapse. At a specified time, you will take the bus to return to Machu Picchu town to enjoy a delicious lunch. Total hike time: 2:15 hours. Total miles: 3. Hike begins at 8694 ft and ends at 7874 ft. over sea level.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Machu Picchu.
    • Included: Breakfast and lunch.
  • Day 9 Machu Picchu - Cusco
    • Today you can re-enter for a second time to visit Machu Picchu citadel, and its Moon temple. If you are adventurous, you might enjoy the adrenaline climbing Huayna Picchu peak and the amazing view from the entire valley. You will definitely have awesome photographs from the full sight of the citadel.
    • At the appointed time, transfer to the train station to take your train ride back to Cusco.
    • Upon arrival transfer to the hotel in Cusco.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Cusco.
    • Included: Breakfast.
  • Day 10 Cusco - Free day
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Cusco.
    • Included: Breakfast.
  • Day 11 Cusco – Lima
    • Upon your arrival, transfer to the hotel.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Lima.
    • Included: Breakfast.
  • Day 12 Lima
    • Transfer to Lima´s airport for your international flight back home.

Accommodation

  • 3 nights of accommodation in Lima at selected hotel.
  • 4 nights of accommodation in Cusco at selected hotel.
  • 3 nights at campsite (accommodation in tends).
  • 1 night of accommodation in Machu Picchu at selected hotel.

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Additional Tours In Cusco

  • Full Day South Valley
    • TIPON, PIQUILLACTA & ANDAHUAYLILLAS
    • Southeast of Cusco is the Tipon archeological center. Your excursion today includes a tour of the site to see long stone canals built by the Incans, representing the height of their hydraulic engineering skill. Afterwards, it’s a visit to Pikillacta, one of the most important Pre-Incan archeological centers. Next on the itinerary is Andahuaylillas town and its precious 17th century church that is a spectacular expression of Andean Baroque architecture.
  • The Barroco Route
    • You will be transferred from the city of Cusco to the city of Huaro to visit “La Capilla de la Virgen Purificada de Canincunca”, a chapel located next to Urcos Lagoon. This small church has some incredibly beautiful mural paintings which really makes it stand out. After that, you will continue towards the San Juan Bautista de Huaro Church, where you will be able to partake upon an amazing choir, reminiscent of colonial times. You will then head to Andahuaylillas to visit the San Pedro Apostol Church, emblematic of the location and known as the “American Sistine Chapel”. Although this church is famous for its beautiful murals, it is also one of the most astounding examples of religious popular Andean art. The tour will then head towards Pikillacta, where you will be able to visit on of the most important pre Inca archaeological complexes. Finally, you will head to the archaeological complex of Tipon, where you will have an amazing view of the stone canals that were built by the Incas. These canals represent the incredible abilities they had with regards to hydraulic engineering. A box lunch is included.
  • Zip Line
    • We left early in the morning for the Sacred Valley, this exciting tour will give you the opportunity to fly over this magnificent place in a safe and fun way. The zip-line features 6 lines or cables,from 100 to 500 mt, for a total of 2000 mt. The guide will give you an explanation of security and then start this adventure. The guide will hook to the cables, by means of a pulley fixed to the harness. To reach the first cable, you will do a 30-45 minutes hike, easy and via ferrata equipped in some parts for more safety. The lines have between 100 and 500mt, for a 2000 mt total. Each one is different from the other, largest one, fastest one, perfects.

Our Client´s Experiences

  • Parag Jain - USA

    Hi Diana,

    Our Peru trip was one of the best ones we have done so far. Everything in terms of arrangement / comfort was flawless, and of course exploring especially the Cusco area was very interesting and enriching.
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  • Nikhil Chaplot - AUSTRALIA

    Dear Viviana,

    I'll write to you in more detail later, but for now suffice to say that I had wonderful time in Peru. Everything that you organised for me was very well planned, and was executed to perfection. I was really impressed...
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  • Joel Camche - USA

    Dear Viviana,

    We arrived back home to NY on Tuesday, filled with wonderful memories of our trip to Peru, that you and your colleagues helped to make possible. So a very big and sincere thank you. Read More

  • Nikhil Chaplot - AUSTRALIA

    Dear Viviana,

    I'll write to you in more detail later, but for now suffice to say that I had wonderful time in Peru. Everything that you organised for me was very well planned, and was executed to perfection. I was really impressed...
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