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Inca Trail Expedition

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Highlights

Discover Lima historic district & Larco Museum
Explore Cusco and Sacsayhuaman ruins
Sacred Valley's Pisac market and Ollantaytambo
Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain

Tour Facts

Pricefrom $2,390
Duration10 Days / 9 Nights

Activity Level

Level 3

Starts / EndsLima / Cusco
DepartsMonday, Thursday, Saturday
Location
Peru

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Tour Facts

Pricefrom $2,390
Duration10 Days / 9 Nights

Activity Level

Level 3

Starts / EndsLima / Cusco
DepartsMonday, Thursday, Saturday
Location
Peru

Summary

Day
overnight & activities
1
Lima|Welcome upon arrival and transfer to your hotel
2
Lima|City tour, Larco Museum & Water Circuit
3
Cusco|Travel to Cusco|City tour & Ruins at Pukare and Saqsaywaman
4
Cusco (Sacred Valley)|Visit Pisac's market and Ollantaytambo
5
Inca Trail
6
Inca Trail
7
Inca Trail
8
Machu Picchu
9
Machu Picchu|Hike Huayna Picchu & Return to Cusco
10
Lima|Travel to Lima

Full Itinerary

Day 1
Lima|Welcome upon arrival and transfer to your hotel
Welcome to Lima, the vibrant capital of Peru, and transfer to your hotel nestled in the enchanting neighborhood of Miraflores. Begin your journey of discovery as you traverse through a city that effortlessly blends ancient traditions with modern allure. If time permits, immerse yourself in the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Peru's captivating renowned gastronomy.
activities
:
Walk
Day 2
Lima|City tour, Larco Museum & Water Circuit
Today we will embark on a captivating city tour, immersing ourselves in the rich history and architectural wonders of Lima's iconic sites like the grandeur of Plaza de Armas and historic Cathedral. During the afternoon we will learn about the vibrant Inca culture at the renowned Larco Museum. The evening will unfold with a mesmerizing display of the Water Circuit followed by a glass of Pisco Sour and local petit-bouchées at a traditional Peruvian tavern.
activities
:
Walk
meals
:
Breakfast
Day 3
Cusco|Travel to Cusco|City tour & Ruins at Pukare and Saqsaywaman
During the morning, we will embark on an enriching exploration of the magnificent ruins at Kenko, Tambomachay, Puka Pukara, and Saqsaywaman. These sites will offer us a glimpse into the ancient Inca civilization, showcasing their remarkable architectural prowess and cultural heritage. Later in the afternoon, we will immerse ourselves in the timeless beauty of Cusco, marveling at its awe-inspiring cathedrals and intricately crafted Inca walls.
activities
:
Walk
meals
:
Breakfast
Day 4
Cusco (Sacred Valley)|Visit Pisac's market and Ollantaytambo
Today we will explore the Sacred Valley (9,350 ft) and experience the rich colors of its traditional towns and ruins. Our first stop after a scenic drive will be Pisac's colorful market a great opportunity to practice your bargaining skills! After lunch, we will tour the town of Ollantaytambo and visit the site of the beautiful rose-colored stone ruins where the Incas fought the Spaniards. Return to Cusco in the late afternoon.
activities
:
Walk
meals
:
Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5
Inca Trail
Depart early in the morning from the hotel to rendezvous with our quechua porters. From Km. 82 (9,072 ft.), hike along the bank of the Vilcanota River and enjoy views of the magnificent peaks of the Nevado Veronica (19,000 ft.). The overnight camp is on a terrace at Wayllabamba (9,679 ft.). This is a 7.5-mile hike (4-6 hours). Note: All camp gear is carried by porters. You only have to carry a light backpack with personal essentials.
activities
:
Hike
meals
:
Breakfast, Dinner

Campsite

Day 6
Inca Trail
Climb through the magical Polylepis forest to high camp at Pacaymayu (9,843 ft.). Today is one of the most demanding days of the trip as you climb to higher altitudes. With an elevation of 13,795 ft., Warmiwanusca or "Dead Women's Pass," offers views east to the Huayanay peaks and west into the rugged Vilcabamba range. Camp at Pacaymayu after a 10-mile hike (7-8 hours).
activities
:
Hike
meals
:
Breakfast, Dinner

Campsite

Day 7
Inca Trail
Cross the second pass, Runcuracay (13,100 ft.), and follow an Inca highway to the restored townsite of Sayaqmarka. The Inca Trail in this section is made up of white granite, crossing through a thick mountainside forest. You will visit the ruins of Phuyupatamarka (12,460 ft.), then descend to Winayhuayna (8,695 ft.) where the campsite is located. Today's hike is 10 miles (8-10 hours).
activities
:
Hike, Walk
meals
:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Campsite

Day 8
Machu Picchu
Early in the morning, descend from the mountain forests into the high jungle. Orchids and hummingbirds are common along this spectacular section of the trail, seated high above the river. Arrive at the Gate of the Sun for stunning views of Machu Picchu (7,875 ft.) and a guided tour of the sanctuary. In the mid-afternoon, descend to the town of Aguas Calientes where you can enjoy a relaxing evening.
activities
:
Hike, Walk
meals
:
Breakfast
Day 9
Machu Picchu|Hike Huayna Picchu & Return to Cusco
Indulge in a day of boundless exploration as we grant you the freedom to revisit the awe-inspiring wonders of Machu Picchu. Embark on a personal journey within the sanctuary, uncovering hidden corners and delving deeper into its enigmatic history. For the adventurous souls, ascend the magnificent peaks of Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, conquering new heights and reveling in breathtaking vistas. As the afternoon unfolds, we bid farewell to this sacred place, returning to Cusco by train. Relish the memories forged and carry the spirit of Machu Picchu within you, forever etched in your heart.
activities
:
Train, Walk
meals
:
Breakfast
Day 10
Lima|Travel to Lima
Before your flight to Lima or your next destination, cherish the opportunity to explore Cusco at your own pace. Take in the last glimpses of the city's rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning sights. Reflect on the cherished memories forged during this journey before bidding farewell to this enchanting city.
activities
:
Walk
meals
:
Breakfast
end of the itinerary
Important: Daily activities description subject to change

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Llamas easting grass.

Pricing Details

Rates shown are per person based on standard double room or cabin occupancy.
Prices in US$ and valid through December 31, 2024
Single occupancy subject to single supplement .
Credit card payments subject to 3% processing fee.
View of a patio at Machu Picchu ruins.

What is Included

Hotels as shown or similar
All meals as shown
Airport transfers as shown
Professional bilingual guides
Excursions as part of a group
Gratuities except to guides
Inca Trail permits
Porters

Additional Budget Considerations

International flights

Ship Categories

LUXURY CRUISES

Exquisite cruising experience, featuring top-notch amenities and personalized services. Plush accommodations, gourmet dining, and an excellent staff-to-guest ratio.

first class

High-quality cruising experience with a balance of comfort and luxury. Well-appointed cabins, a variety of dining options, numerous onboard activities, and attentive service.

mid-range class

Comfortable cruising experience with a balance between affordability and quality amenities. Ships offer cozy accommodations, a range of dining options, and a good assortment of activities. 

tourist class

Enjoyable cruising experience with basic amenities and services. They provide clean and comfortable accommodations and standard dining options.

budget class

Most affordable cruising option. While amenities and services are basic, these ships still offer clean accommodations and simple dining options.

About Your Adventure

Activity Levels

level 1 - easier

Activities: scenic drives, canoe rides, walks up to 1 hour. Trail conditions: cobblestones, pavement, gravel, or dirt paths. Some days require extended walking.

LEVEL 2 - MODERATE

Most travelers can join level 2 adventures without prior experience. Being generally fit is important. Activities include short hikes up to 3 hours, sea kayaking in calm waters, and rafting on Class I-II rapids.

LEVEL 3 - ACTIVE

Includes 3-6 hours of daily physical activity, like rafting and wilderness camping. Hikes cover 8-10 miles, including steep ascents or descents. Rafting features Class III rapids.

LEVEL 4 - CHALLENGE

Hikes up to 14 miles. Rugged terrain, exposure risk, altitudes over 10,000 ft. Rafting: Class IV-V rapids. Kayaking: 4-5 hrs daily, open water with waves and tides.

LEVEL 5 - extreme

For experienced adventurers. Trekking without vehicle support in rugged terrain above 10,000 feet. Long hikes, up to 12 hours, with significant altitude changes. Rafting in: Class IV-V rapids. Experience and doctor's certificate required.