Live priceless memories with the ones you love in the Incas’ land, surrounded by beautiful mountains and a clear blue sky! You will have a fascinating adventure hiking the short version of the Inca trail and reach Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate, from where you will have the first view of Machu Picchu.

Upon arrival in the Andes, you will be driven down into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the best place to adjust to the altitude; here you will stay in a comfortable hotel surrounded by beautiful mountains and just a couple of hours from Machu Picchu!

Your hotels will be carefully selected to ensure you have a very comfortable stay, and your local English-speaking guides will do their best to ensure all aspects of your trip run smoothly and safely without any hitch.
This tour is suitable for children of 11 years and over

Please have a look at the itinerary below to learn more about this Lifetime Experience in Peru.

Inca Trail Regulations:
Please keep in mind that the access to the Inca trail is controlled by SERNANP (Machu Picchu Authority) which has established a maximum number of people allowed on the trail per day. Inca trail permits are granted on a first come first served basis, so your Inca trail permit will be confirmed only after your passport information and deposit are provided. The Inca trail permits are limited to 500 per day (trek permits are also required for the porters and cooks) so it is very important that we receive your Inca Trail reservations as far ahead as possible.

Additional information

Tour CodeECS-S01
DurationEight days
HighlightsAmazon River and Rainforest
Activity levelDemanding
Max Altitude4,200 meters (13,780 feet)
AccommodationFour-Star Hotels & Tents
SeasonMarch to December
Tour datesDaily Departures
CustomizableYes
1

Day 1: Arrive in Lima

After your flight lands at Lima Jorge Chavez airport, follow the signs for immigration, then walk to the baggage claim area, and then get to customs. After clearing customs, you will be in the International arrivals area, where our staff, who will be holding a sign with your name, will welcome you and drive you to your hotel located in Miraflores, the nicest and safest area of Lima, facing the Pacific Ocean!

Private transfer from Lima airport to your hotel

Estimated driving time from Airport to Hotel: forty-five minutes

Upon arrival at your hotel, our staff will assist you with your hotel check-in and all you may need.

Overnight in Lima at Casa Andina Select Miraflores Hotel – Superior Room

*Lima city is located at an altitude of 80 meters (262 feet) above sea level.

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Day 2: Flight from Lima to Cusco. Sacred Valley

Hotel pickup time: two hours and thirty minutes before flight departure
Estimated Flight time: one hour and ten minutes

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to Lima airport to board your flight to Cusco City. You will be assisted with your flight check-in, baggage drop-off, and then escorted to the entrance to the security check area. Notice that gates and departure times may change, please check the airport monitors.

Upon arrival at Cusco airport, follow the signs for the baggage claim area, after collecting your luggage you will be in the arrivals area, where our staff will welcome you and drive you to the Sacred Valley, the most comfortable area to adjust to the altitude.

On the way to your hotel you will enjoy visiting Awanacancha center and Pisac village and Market.

Cusco – Awanacancha Farm. Feed Llamas and Alpacas!

Estimated driving time: one hour

Our staff will drive you to Awanacancha farm. The fun can’t wait, here you will feed Llamas and Alpacas, take pictures with them and learn about the amazing textiles made by the Quechua weavers in the Peruvian Andes.

Awanacancha – Pisac Market & Empanadas

Estimated driving time: twenty minutes

After visiting Awanacancha you will be driven to the peaceful Quechua village of Pisac, a perfect place to immerse yourself in the Quechua world!  Here you will explore its famous Indian market and interact with Quechua families who sell unique handicraft and amazing souvenirs, some of them wearing their traditional outfit. You will also have the chance to try the delicious Empanadas made in a wood-burning oven!

After visiting Pisac you will be driven to your hotel located in the sacred valley, the most comfortable area to adjust to the altitude.

Free afternoon to rest to adjust to the altitude of the Andes.

Overnight in the sacred valley at Casa Andina Premium Valle Hotel – Superior Room

Meals included: Breakfast
*Cusco city is located at an altitude of 3,400 meters (11,155 feet) above sea level.
**The Sacred Valley is located at an altitude of 2,870 meters (9,416 feet) above sea level.

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Day 3: Ollantaytambo and Qosqo Ayllu

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to Ollantaytambo village located in the Incas’ sacred valley, here you will explore not only the village but also Qosqo Ayllu, the ancient Inca town that keeps its original walls and layout as it was during the Inca times, and still inhabited to the present.

Your visit includes climbing the Inca terraces of Ollantaytambo fortress, you will enjoy not only amazing views but also learn how the Incas made one of their last stands against the Spanish! This afternoon is yours to rest and get ready for your Inca trail to Machu Picchu adventure.

Overnight in the sacred valley at Casa Andina Premium Valle Hotel – Superior Room

Meals included: Breakfast

4

Day 4:Start your Inca trail to Machu Picchu Adventure.

Estimated hiking distance: 7.5 miles/12 kilometers
Estimated hiking time: six hours

Finally, the day to start your lifetime adventure on the Inca trail to Machu Picchu has come, this morning you are picked up by your guide from your hotel, and embark on a smooth ride through the spectacular sacred valley of the Incas, after a one-hour journey we arrive at the trailhead at Km 82, we meet our Inca trail crew of Quechua porters and Cook, these gentlemen of the Andes will do their best for you to have a safe and memorable experience.

Today, we will have a six-hour hike on a well-marked path, enjoying the eucalyptus groves, outstanding views of Urubamba River, the Vilcanota Mountain Range, the snow-capped peak of Veronica (19,102 ft./5,822m.) and the agricultural terraces in the Inca complex of Llaqtapata.

Overnight in Huayllabamba campsite – three-season tents

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

5

Day 5: Reaching the achievable and rewarding Dead Woman’s Pass.

Estimated hiking distance: 7 miles/11 kilometers
Estimated hiking time: eight hours

Today may be the most challenging day of your Inca trail adventure, we will climb steeply almost 4,000 feet (1,220 meters), but no worries your guide and Inca trail crew will ensure you have a safe and unique experience.

Before setting off on our second day on the Inca trail, we will have a nutritious breakfast that will give us sufficient fuel and energy to reach the top of the Dead Woman’s Pass (13,780 feet/4,200 meters). If you need to push yourself, keep an eye on the prize, there are no words to describe the overwhelming sense of accomplishment that you will feel when reaching the top of the Dead Woman’s Pass. You will have breathtaking views of the thick forest, snowcapped peaks and the Inca trail.

After crossing the Dead Woman’s Pass, we start descending along a rock stepped trail to Pacaymayo valley (11,810 feet/3,600 meters), our campsite for tonight.

Overnight in Pacaymayo campsite – three-season tents

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

6

Day 6: : Beautiful Andean scenery while hiking along the Inca trail

Estimated hiking distance: 10 miles/16 kilometers
Estimated hiking time: eight hours

Today is going to be a great day, we will have to reach only two mountain passes, easier than the Dead Woman’s pass, cross the cloud forest and visit amazing Inca sites.

We have a hearty breakfast while enjoying the beautiful views of the clouds over the mountains, then we set off on our third day on the Inca trail.

We start with a one-hour climb to the circular ruins of Runkurakay, it is believed it was a resting place for Incan couriers during Inca times. After visiting this Inca site, we continue climbing for almost one hour towards Runkurakay Pass (12,960 feet/3,950 meters) here we will have breathtaking views of the snowcapped mountains of Vilcabamba range.

We continue our hike down to the “inaccessible town” of Sayacmarca, a well-preserved mysterious Inca complex (11,772 feet/3,588 meters), no-one knows what this Inca site was built for but you will enjoy it much.

Now the trail climbs down to the valley floor, beautiful orchids start appearing while we walk on the Inca road. The trail starts to climb again, we will pass through the Inca tunnel that traverses solid rock; it is so impressive how the Incas built these roads along the mountains and rainforest. After passing the tunnel, the trail leads up to the third pass, we reach Phuyupatamarka (12,140 feet/3,700 meters), now it is a great opportunity to enjoy stunning views of Salkantay and Veronica Snowcapped Mountains.

After crossing our third mountain Pass, we reach the “Cloud-Level Town” of Phuyupatamarka , one of the most impressive archaeological Inca centers.

Finally, we camp near Wiñaywayna (8,829 feet/2,691 meters), the most spectacular archaeological complex of the entire Inca Trail.

Overnight in Wiñaywayna campsite – three-season tents

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

7

Day 7: Finally, in Machu Picchu

Estimated hiking distance: 2.5 miles/4 kilometers
Estimated hiking time: four hours

Today is the most exciting day of your life-changing Adventure on the Inca trail! We will wake up very early, have another hearty breakfast and head to the “Sun Gate” where you will enjoy your first sight of the “lost city” of Machu Picchu.  You may want to spend some time sitting and overlooking Machu Picchu, what a wonderful view!

Then, we hike down for just one hour and arrive in Machu Picchu, one of the most extraordinary archaeological sites on earth!

Machu Picchu Tour

You will enjoy a guided tour of the most amazing Inca city in the Americas and learn about the history of this site. You will have some insight into the various features of this sacred city and have free time to enjoy yourself!

After your Machu Picchu tour, you will board the bus to Aguas Calientes, where you will have lunch and then board the train back to Ollantaytambo village.

Vista dome train journey from Machu Picchu Pueblo to Ollantaytambo

Estimated train journey time: one hour and thirty-five minutes

Upon arrival at Ollantaytambo train station, you are met by our representative, who will be holding a sign with your name, and driven to your hotel in Cusco.

Overnight in Cusco at Casa Andina Premium Hotel – Superior Room

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

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Day 8: Cusco City and Sacsayhuaman Ruins private tour

Hotel pickup time: 08:00 am.
Estimated guided touring time: three hours

This morning, you are picked up from your hotel and embark on a memorable experience visiting the beautiful city of Cusco, another UNESCO World Heritage Site!

You tour starts with a smooth walk to the main attractions of this Inca city, its main square known as Plaza de Armas, then the Cusco Cathedral which construction started in 1559 and has an impressive unique collection of more than 400 paintings from Cusco school made during the 16th and 17th century. Next, you walk through the narrow Inca streets close the Plaza and appreciate the massive Inca walls which are the foundations of Cusco city.

Your tour includes a visit to the most impressive Inca temples, Koricancha, which is known as the temple of the sun. During the Inca time, the walls of this temple were lined in sheets of solid gold and its courtyard was decorated with statues and ornaments of gold! You tour includes a visit to Santo Domingo Church built by the Spanish colonists.

After visiting the city of Cusco, we will head to the Archaeological Park of Sacsayhuaman located on the outskirts of the city. Here you will learn more about the Incas’ secrets while exploring this amazing fortress and enjoying its beautiful perfectly fitted walls, built with massive stones!

After your tour you will be driven to Cusco airport to board your flight to Lim city. You will be assisted with your flight check-in, baggage drop-off, and then escorted to the entrance to the security check area. Notice that gates and departure times may change, please check the airport monitors.

Flight from Cusco to Lima

Estimated Flight time: one hour and ten minutes

Upon arrival at Lima airport, follow the signs for the baggage claim area, after collecting your luggage you will be in the domestic arrivals area, where our staff (who will have a sign with your name) will welcome you, and drive you to Miraflores area, where you can have lunch and then start your Lima private tour.

Lima private tour

Hotel pickup time: 14:30 pm.

This afternoon, you are driven to the Historic Center of Lima, where you will learn about the colonial past of Peru and how it is still reflected in modern times.

The Historic Center of Lima known as “the City of the Kings”, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988 due to its outstanding value not only by its high concentration of historic monuments but also due to Lima played an important role in the history of the New World from the 16th to the 18th century.

Your guide will lead you through the main old streets of Lima Antigua and explore its beautiful monuments, balconies (Lima has more than 1500 balconies) and the Colonial houses adorned with Moorish-style balconies, where the first Spanish families lived during the colonial period.

Walking along the Plaza de Armas, see the baroque cathedral, the Government Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace with its big carved wooden balconies, and a visit inside the convent of San Francisco is a unique way to learn about the history of Peru.

By the way, San Francisco convent is home to the largest collection of religious art in the Americas and underneath the convent, lie extensive catacombs that served as the cemetery during the colonial period.

After your Lima tour you will be driven to Lima airport to board your flight back home.

International Flight

You will be assisted with your flight check-in and baggage drop-off, then escorted to the entrance to the security check area. Notice that gates and departure times may change, please check the airport monitors.

Meals included: Breakfast

Tour Price: US$2,590 per person (Based on double occupancy)
Single Supplement: US$390

  • English-speaking tour guides.
  • 24/7 Assistance during your entire trip in Peru.
  • Four nights of accommodation at selected hotels with breakfasts and three nights in tents.
  • Visit to Awanacancha farm and Pisac Market (Guide and transportation)
  • Visit to Ollantaytambo fortress and Qosqo Ayllu (Guide, entrance fee and transportation)
  • Private four-day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu (Professional English-speaking guide, cook, porter support (to carry camping gear), one personal Porter per hiker, Inca trail and Machu Picchu entrance fees, all meals during the trek, pre-departure information meeting, three-season tents, sleeping pad, duffel bag, first aid kit, oxygen tank, cooking equipment, transfers, bus ticket Machu Picchu-Aguas Calientes, Vista dome train ticket Aguas Calientes-Ollantaytambo,.
  • One lunch in Machu Picchu Pueblo
  • Cusco City and its nearby Inca ruins private tour (Guide, transportation and entrance fee).
  • Lima City private Tour (Guide, transportation and entrance fee).
  • Plane tickets from Lima to Cusco/Cusco to Lima.
  • All airport/train station-Hotel transfers in Lima and Cusco.
  • Confirmation of Domestic and International flights.
  • Meals not noted on itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Gratuities

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