Inca Trail, 8 Days

There are many ways to get to Machu Picchu, but none like the Inca Trail, one of the most famous hiking trails in the world. Get ready to live the adventure of a lifetime walking for four days through the heart of the Andes. Trek through cloud forests and up beautiful stone steps to lay your eyes upon world-famous archaeological sites and majestic views. This route is an unforgettable experience that will linger in your memory for a long time.

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$2,433

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Duration

8 days

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  • What's included :
    • 7x Breakfast
    • 3x Dinner
    • 4x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 6 nights
    • Operated with a local English- and Spanish-speaking guide
    • Private transfers from/to the airport
    • Transfer from the hotel to the starting point of the Inca Trail in the Sacred Valley
    • Tickets for train from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo
    • Transfer from Ollanta sation to Cusco
    • All the visits mentioned in the above itinerary as included: Inca Trail & Machu Picchu
    • Camping equipment
    • 4 nights’ accommodation and 3 nights at camp
    What's excluded :
    • Expenses of a personal nature. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages during meals.
    • Meals not stated in the programme
    • Tips for driver and guide
    • Additional optional visits
    • International flights to Peru
    • Domestic flights.
    • International and domestic airport departure taxes

  • Day 1: Day 1 : ARRIVAL CUSCO - SACRED VALLEY (75 Km - 2 Hrs)

    Stop At: Alejandro Velasco Astete Cusco Airport (CUZ), Avenida Velasco Astete, Cusco 08006, Peru
    After you land at Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport in Cusco, a tour representative will be waiting to pick you up from the airport at the scheduled time. You’ll be guided to a transportation service that will then transfer you to your hotel in the Sacred Valley. Upon arrival at the hotel, you will be assisted with the check-in. The rest of the day is free for you to start becoming acquainted with your new surroundings. You can either while away the time, making use of the services at the hotel, or heading out to start exploring the Sacred Valley at your own rhythm. Domestic flight from Lima to Cusco must arrive not later than 10:30hrs. Noon arrivals are too late
    Overnight in Sacred Valley.
    Duration: 12 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Standard Hotel Category = Hacienda del Valle or similar 3*

    Day 2: Day 2 : SACRED VALLEY

    Stop At: Hotel Hacienda del Valle - Urubamba, Sector Pucara S/n, Yanahuara, Urubamba 08660, Peru
    After breakfast at the hotel, take advantage of the day to acclimatize to the altitude and prepare for your walk the next day. You can enjoy some time in your hotel or, if you wish, join the Sacred Valley Tour. On this tour, you’ll be picked up from your hotel and taken to visit the town of Chinchero, a traditional Cusco urban centre located at an elevated point with beautiful views of the valley. The inhabitants of this area have preserved the artisan traditions of the Incas over the centuries, and they can be seen today in their clothes and customs. Chinchero also has some archaeological remains and a beautiful 17th-century church, one of the first Catholic buildings in Peru. You are then transferred to the Living Culture Museum in Yucay, a centre dedicated to the preservation of Andean traditions. Here you’ll see demonstrations of how, in ancient times, the Incas elaborated textile work, adobe pottery and silverware. The residents of the museum also include llamas, sheep and alpacas, which you will get a chance to feed! Later, lunch is served in Ollantaytambo, where you’ll discover Andean gastronomy in a restaurant that transmits the true spirit of the Sacred Valley in a cosy atmosphere. Also, visit the town of Ollantaytambo, uninterruptedly inhabited since Inca times, and climb up its iconic mountainside fortress. At the end of the day, return to your hotel where you can rest, imbued with the Inca spirit. (On Sundays, the tour also includes a visit to the local market.)
    Overnight in Sacred Valley.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Standard Hotel Category = Hacienda del Valle or similar 3*

    Day 3: Day 3 : PISACUCHO - OLLANTAYTAMBO - WAYLLABAMBA (13 km – 6 hrs)

    Stop At: Wayllabamba Camp, 08680, Peru
    Wake up early in the morning and charge your batteries with breakfast in the hotel. You will be picked up from the hotel and taken to Piscacucho (Km 82), the starting point of the hike along the Inca Trail. Before arriving, you will make a short stop in the town of Ollantaytambo, where you will have 15 to 20 minutes to enjoy some last-minute shopping before setting out on your adventure. Then begin your walk in Piscacucho and admire the beautiful backdrop of the snowy Veronica mountain as you slowly but surely make your way between small communities and gorgeous views of the valley. Along the route, you will be able to see far off into the distance, where a number of archaeological sites, such as Willkarakay and Patallaqta, sit on the hillsides. After about five or six hours, you will eventually come upon Wayllabamba, the last town you will find on the road. Lunch is served en route, whereas dinner is held at the camp upon arrival. After eating, it is time to lie down and replenish your energy.
    Overnight in Wayllabamba
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Standard Hotel Category = Campsite

    Day 4: Day 4 : WARMI WAÑUSCA - PACAYMAYO (12 km - 7 hours)

    Stop At: Rio Pacaymayo, 08680, Peru
    Wake up to a hearty breakfast, for today you are going to walk the hardest leg of the journey: ascending to the highest point of the route, a staggering 4,200 metres above sea level. It is known as Warmi Wañusca, 'dead woman' in Quechua, because the silhouette of the mountains resembles the figure of a reclining woman. You’ll notice the landscape start to transform as the road slowly penetrates the cloud forest, with large trees and small waterfalls forming on each side of the route. However, beautiful as it may be, do not stop; the view from the top of the trek will leave you breathless. It's like being on top of the world! After snapping the photos de rigueur, it is time to start the much more easy-going descent to the camp in Pacaymayo, where you will be served lunch and dinner. There will be seven exhausting hours of road, full of ups and downs, and a well-deserved rest is necessary.
    Overnight in Pacaymayo
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Standard Hotel Category = Campsite

    Day 5: Day 5 : RUNKURAKAY - CHAQUICOCHA- WIÑAYHUAYNA (16 km - 9 hours)

    Stop At: Winay Wayna, Ca. Wuyñay Wayna, Aguas Calientes 08681, Peru
    If yesterday was the hardest day in terms of height, today will be the hardest in terms of length. However, it is also possibly the most interesting day of the trek given the number of archaeological sites you will find along the way, not to mention the beauty of the road itself. After breakfast in Pacaymayo, start a fresh ascent up to the Runkurakay pass. On the way down, visit the archaeological sites of Sayaqmarka and Qonchamarka. Admire the construction techniques used to build the walls and the beautiful landscapes offered by the Andes surrounding this section. Then have lunch in Chaquicocha, where you will have time to rest and catch your breath before starting the last ascent of the day, this time to the pass of Phuyupatamarca (3,700 metres above sea level), which also boasts an interesting archaeological site. Part of the road passes through some magnificently designed tunnels, a testament to the mastery of the ancient Inca architects. Start the descent through the cloud forest along a curious path with spiral staircases between the trees, until you eventually reach the last camp site in Wiñaywayna (2,679 metres above sea level). There you will be served dinner and spend the last night.
    Overnight in Wiñayhuayna
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Standard Hotel Category = Campsite

    Day 6: Day 6 : WIÑAYHUAYNA –MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO ( 150 Km - 9 hrs)

    Stop At: San Agustin Internacional Hotel, Calle San Agustin, Cusco 08002, Peru
    Today promises to be the most exciting day of the trail, as at long last, all your efforts are paid off when you reach the goal of your journey: the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Wake up very early in the morning and start the trek to the Intipunku or 'door of the sun' in Quechua. When the first rays of morning sun creep over the horizon, be dazzled by the breath-taking view of the entire Historical Sanctuary, a moment that will be marked in your memory for a long time to come. After snapping some wonderful photographs to document the moment, begin the descent to the citadel, where a two-hour guided tour of this Inca wonder awaits. At the end of the tour, you will have free time to walk and explore the site at your leisure. Then board the bus back to Aguas Calientes for lunch. In the afternoon, a train will be waiting for you to take you comfortably back to Ollantaytambo station, where a vehicle will transfer you to your hotel in Cusco.
    Overnight in Cusco
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Standard Hotel Category = San Agustín International or similar 3*

    Day 7: Day 7 : CUSCO

    Stop At: San Agustin Internacional Hotel, Calle San Agustin, Cusco 08002, Peru
    After your spectacular adventure along the route of the Incas, it's time to take a break. Relax and enjoy your free day in Cusco walking through its cobblestoned streets and markets at your own pace. Alternately, you can join the optional Cusco Tour, an afternoon guided tour of this charming city and former capital of the Inca Empire. The tour begins at the Santo Domingo Convent, a building constructed on the site of Coricancha, one of the most important Incan complexes dedicated to sun worship. According to historic records, the original temple walls depicted scenes of nature and were covered in gold leaf. After Coricancha, visit the imposing cathedral in the Plaza de Armas, then head to the Cusco hills, where you’ll find the fortress of Sacsayhuamán and panoramic views of Cusco. Continue on to Qenqo, an archaeological site where it is believes the Incas carried out religious rituals to improve harvests. Your tour ends in Puka Pukara, meaning ‘red fort’ in Quechua. Puka Pukara is believed to be an ancient military site comprising numerous rooms, courtyards, baths, aqueducts and towers. After the visit, you can either return to your hotel or continue exploring the area’s main archaeological sites and museums at your own rhythm with the Touristic Ticket of Cusco (BTC).
    Overnight in Cusco.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 8: Day 8 : DEPARTURE CUSCO

    Stop At: Alejandro Velasco Astete Cusco Airport (CUZ), Avenida Velasco Astete, Cusco 08006, Peru
    After finishing your breakfast at the hotel, your representative will assist you with check-out and accompany you on the transfer to the airport. Although this is the last day of your journey through the Sacred Valley, we hope that your memories of this remarkable trek will last a lifetime.
    Breakfast included
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    A tour representative will be waiting to pick you up from the airport at the scheduled time.Airports
    • Velazco Astete Airport, Cusco Peru
    Departure Time :
    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. Standar Hotel Category 11/1/2020 - 1/14/2021
    Tuesday - Saturday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    3/1/2021 - 12/31/2021
    Tuesday - Saturday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Superior Hotel Category 11/1/2020 - 1/14/2021
    Tuesday - Saturday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    3/1/2021 - 12/31/2021
    Tuesday - Saturday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 9 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Rates do not apply to Peruvians or residents with more than 60 days of stay. If passengers are Peruvians or exceed 60 days of stay, sale taxes (18%) will be collected by our local operator.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Please note that Check In, in most hotels begins at 1:00 p.m. Clients will be subject to the availability of the room if they arrive before, waiting in the hotel lobby
    • If your trip includes the visit to high altitude cities such as Cusco and Puno located at more than 3400 meters (11 200 feet above sea level), do not forget to take precautions in order to avoid altitude sickness. Passengers who have heart problems or high blood pressure should check with their doctor before travelling
    • Upon arrival is recommended to rest for few hours, drink coca tea and eat lightly. As a reference Machu Picchu is located at 2400 meters (8 000 feet above sea level)
    • IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE NEW ENTRANCE REGULATIONS TO MACHU PICCHU The current restrictions on visits to Machu Picchu allow a maximum stay of 4 hours in the citadel accompanied by a guide during the first entry. If the visitor tours an alternate route (Mountain Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu) the passenger will have 3 hours to for this purpose, additional to the 4 hours in the citadel. If the passenger wishes to enter the citadel again during the afternoon shift or the next day, he must acquire previously an additional ticket to enter in the new shift. For a re-entry, a guide is optional. Passengers must bring the previous entrance ticket and the new entrance ticket. There is no ticket sale in the archaeological zone. It is forbidden the follow objects: professional cameras that require lights and tripods, or with telephoto lenses with a weigh higher than 2 kilos (in order to use them, special authorization is needed, as well as the payment of an additional fee), drones, selfie sticks, sprays, high heels, walking sticks without rubber tip, banners and posters, sharp objects and backpacks bigger than 40cm x 35 cm x 20 cm.
    • INSTRUCTIONS Carry the same document that you presented to the agency, given that the train tickets and entrance to Machu Picchu will be issued with the same information In all train services to Machu Picchu, the passenger can carry only hand luggage (backpack, bag or briefcase) weighing no more than 5kg / 11lb on the train to / from Machu Picchu. You will find your luggage at the chosen hotel. Allowed size: 62 linear inches 157cm (height + length + width) Passengers will only be admitted to the Inca Trail with the document they submitted to purchase this tour when they booked it. No other document will be accepted, even if renewed or superseded (The previously informed document must be showed in this case).
    • NEW PLASTIC REGULATION: After the prohibition of the access of single use plastic items to 76 natural areas including Machu Picchu, it is important to use reusable bottles. Lima Tours installs a water refill point in our office in Aguas Calientes.
    • PACKING LIST: - Valid and original Passport - Mid weight fleece wool sweater - Fleece pants or tights - Mid weight thermal underwear tops and bottom - Synthetic or wool hiking pants - Hiking shorts - Polar jacket - Long-sleeve shirts, t-shirts, underwear - Buff or bandana - Casual socks, hiking socks (preferably wool), liner socks - Swim suit * Varies according to itinerary - Clothing accessories: cap, fleece hat, gloves - Footwear: sturdy hiking boots, waterproof, lightweight, broken-in, aggressive tread, camp shoes such as tennis shoes, crocs or other comfortable footwear to use in our campsites - Travel accessories: bottle of water or camelback, flash light, watch with alarm or travel clock, sunglasses and retainer strap, sun block and lip balm, toiletry kit, small washcloth, personal first-aid kit, hand sanitizer gel, insect repellent and several Ziploc plastic bags - Chocolates and candies - Camera - Money (currency: Peruvian sol) for drinks, tips and souvenirs - Daily Backpack for your personal belongings with waterproof cover in case of rain Aside from the clothes for trekking, if your itinerary includes Aguas Calientes you should bring casual clothes for dinner and for visiting Machu Picchu the next day.
    • What do I need to bring? Weather in the region is extremely variable and we suggest you to pack for a variety of conditions. In addition, our trek passes through various bio-zones ranging from high altitude alpine conditions to high jungle. During a sunny day you can expect temperatures of about 18–27°C (65–80°F), however, on the pass the weather is very unpredictable and temperatures can drop to 0°C (30°F) during the day (but you won’t spend a lot of time up there). At nights, temperatures vary from 05 - 10º C to 0°C or below. We provide you a Sleeping bag that can support -28 °C (-18 F), and a bottle of hot water for your convenience. Expect a mixture of terrain from the highlands to the cloud forest. Most of the road is rocky, passing through steep parts and downs, surrounded by stunning natural landscapes. If you are prone to altitude sickness, please see a doctor to get a prescription for altitude pills before you go.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

2

Organised by LimaTours

Activity ID: V-5363P103

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