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Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu (10 days/ 9 nights)

Explore the best of Cusco, Lima, and the Sacred Valley on this 10 day unforgettable trip!

USD $1,874.00

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Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu (10 days/ 9 nights)

Highlights

  • Lima and Cusco sightseeing tours
  • Sacred Valley tour
  • Classic 4-day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu

Description

Inca trail hike to Machu Picchu: Explore Cusco’s historic center, speak Quechua with Sacred Valley locals, trek the trail that once linked the Inca Empire, experience awe at a Machu Picchu sunrise, and check out Peru’s greatest colonial and Inca architecture.

Duration

10 Days/9 Nights

Itinerary

Day 1: International Arrival in Lima

You will have transportation assistance from Lima International airport to your hotel. Once you are settled in, you will be briefed on the Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu you are about to embark on as well as all of the vouchers that will cover services during the hike.

Meals Included: None

Day 2: Lima Sightseeing Tour

You’ll spend the morning relaxing and resting up before this unforgettable journey starts. After grabbing lunch on your own, you will be picked you up from the hotel at 1:30 pm for a guided tour to the “City of Kings.”

This excursion offers the best of Lima from all of its three historical periods: pre-Hispanic, colonial and contemporary.

Overnight at Lima Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3: Flight to Cusco / Cusco Sightseeing Tour

You’ll enjoy breakfast in the hotel before heading to Lima airport for your flight to Cusco. You’ll be welcomed upon arrival and transported to your hotel. The morning will be free for you to relax acclimate, and prepare yourself for your Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu.

You will be picked up from the hotel at 1:30 pm to tour the Koricancha Temple of Sun, a very important Inca shrine. Later, you’ll visit the impressive Cathedral in the main square. The tour continues in Sacsayhuaman on a hill that looms over the city. Then, you’ll visit Qenqo, a singular limestone outcrop used for religious purposes. Finally, the tour ends with a visit to Puca Pucara and Tambomachay.

Overnight at Cusco Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4: Cusco / Sacred Valley of the Incas

After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll have a full day visit to the impressive Sacred Valley of the Incas as well as the Pisaq and Ollantaytambo archaeological sites. First, you’ll stop at the village of Qorao to take pictures of the gorgeous landscapes. Then you’ll head to Pisaq, an archaeological site and Indian market.

After lunch in the Sacred Valley, visit the Inca Fortress of Ollantaytambo that once protected the entrance to this part of the Valley from possible invasion from the other tribes. In the afternoon, you’ll head back to Cusco.

Overnight at Cusco Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Cusco / Km 82 / Wayllabamba

After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll hit the road to the Classic Inca Trail. After crossing a bridge over the Urubamba River, you’ll walk along the river along a flat terrain to lookout at Miskay where youi will have an impressive view of the Inca city of Llactapata. Later,  you’ll continue trekking in the Kusichaca River valley, gradually climbing for about five hours until you reach our first campsite in the community of Wayllabamba.

Meals Included: Box-lunch, Dinner

Total distance: 12 km (7, 47 miles)

Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours

Maximum altitude point: 3,000 m (9,840 ft)

Day 6: Wayllabamba / Pacaymayu

After an early morning breakfast, you’ll embark on the most difficult part of the trek: a steep ascent spanning 9 km. On the way to the first mountain pass, the Abra Warmihuañusca (“Dead Woman’s Pass”), you will have the chance to see some llamas and alpacas grazing on a high altitude plant called ichu. You will also pass through the cloud forest which is home to the Andean bear and many different kinds of birds. It is recommended that you carry plenty of candies, chocolates and coca leaves to keep your sugar level high and help with altitude sickness. Later, you’ll head down into the Pacaymayu valley to set up camp.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Total distance: 11 km (6, 84 miles)

Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours

Maximum altitude point: 4,200 m (13,776 ft)

Day 7: Pacaymayu / Wiñay Wayna

After breakfast, you’ll head up to the small Inca site of Runkuracay. As we reach the second pass, the beautiful snowy peaks of the Pumasillo range will greet us. Later, you’ll pass Yanacocha and the cloud forest on our way to Sayacmarca. This beautiful semicircular construction has multi-leveled enclosures, narrow streets, fountains, patios and irrigation canals.

Then, you’ll easily climb to the third pass at Abra Phuyupatamarca. Finally the day’s trek will take you down the long stone steps to Wiñaywayna, an impressive Inca agricultural center with several terraces and both religious and urban sectors.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Total distance: 16 km (9, 94 miles)

Estimated walking time: 8 hours

Maximum altitude point: 3,900 m (12,792 ft)

Day 8: Wiñay Wayna / Machu Picchu

You’ll start the day bright and early at 4:00 am. Then, you’ll go on an hour climb to the top of the Inti Punku (Sun Gate). From this fabulous spot, you will have the chance to see the sunrise over the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu. From here you’ll descend into Machu Picchu, entering through the “House of the Guardians.”

You’ll register and drop your backpack at the control point. Immediately afterwards, you will start a 2 hour guided tour of the Inca citadel. Later, you’ll have free time to walk around and explore the rest of the grounds. In the afternoon, you will meet up with the rest of the group in the nearby town of Aguas Calientes to catch the train back to Cusco.

Overnight at Cusco Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Total distance: 4 km (2, 49 miles)

Estimated walking time: 2 hours

Maximum altitude point: 2,700 m (8,829 ft)

Day 9: Free day in Cusco by yourself

With your Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu successfully completed, you’ll enjoy a free day in Cusco on your own after having breakfast at the hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10: Depart Cusco / Lima International departure

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be taken to the airport to catch your flight back to Lima on your way home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

What’s Included

  • All mentioned transportation
    • Train tickets Expedition Class
    • All transfers
  • Accommodations and Meals
    • Double or single room in the selected hotel with breakfast
    • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
    • All camping equipment
  • Excursions
    • Entrance to parks and cultural sights
    • Guided visits and mentioned excursions
    • Bilingual guide

What’s Not Included

  • International airfares
  • Domestic flights
  • Airport departure (US$ 30 per person for international flights and US$ 6.5 for national flights) taxes or visa fees
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations
  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Laundry
  • Phone calls
  • Radio calls or messages
  • Reconfirmation of flights and items of personal nature
  • Personal equipment
  • Sleeping bag
  • Obligatory personal insurance and meals which are not mentioned
  • Sleeping bag

Important Notes

Upgrade the train to Vistadome Class: add US$ 25

Extra porter for Inca Trail (usually 1 porter between 2 persons is enough): add US$ 130

Sleeping bag during the tour ( -10°C): add US$ 24

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