Machu Picchu Tours: Hike the Inca Trail

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Priced from $3,995   Days: 10

When you Hike the Inca Trail on our Machu Picchu tours, you will experience the trek made by countless thousands of ancient Incans prior to Spanish contact more than 500 years ago. This is a more active trip with trekkiing and ruins.

The Inca Trail is still largely paved with the original stones and you travel past stunning scenery and many ruins. The trail begins at the edge of the highlands and takes you all the way to the cloud forests and lofty pinnacles surrounding the sacred site of Machu Picchu. It is a challenging walk, but our guides and porters take care of hauling food and camp supplies, leaving you to enjoy the changing, breathtaking scenery.

When you reach Machu Picchu via the Inca Trail, you will have a deeper understanding and appreciation of the ancient Incas and their sacred world.

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  • Itinerary
  • Date - Rates
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Itinerary:

Hike the Inca Trail

Day 1: Arrive Lima

On arrival into Lima, you are met and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight Lima (No meals included)

Day 2:  Lima

After breakfast, we embark on a city tour of Lima with its 500+ years of history.  You'll start in a local roastery, where they hand pick the coffee beans daily. 

We will visit the Surquillo Market, abundant with exotic fruits and vegetables.  As we continue our walking tour, we visit the Palacio Arzobispal (Archbishop's Palace of Lima), then in the afternoon, the romantic Barranco District, the Pedro de Osma museum, and the Mario Testino Fundacion. The day provides ample opportunities for shopping for world-famous Peruvian folk art - weavings, ceramics, paintings, masks, baskets, charms, and amulets - as well as contemporary art.  

Overnight Lima. (B)

Day 3: Lima - Cusco 

After breakfast, we transfer to the Lima Airport for the flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.  In the afternoon, we take a walking tour to  picturesque San Blas with its winding streets, whitewashed houses with balconies filled with potted geraniums, uneven tiled roofs and endless stairways. Our tour includes stops at the San Blas Church and the Santa Domingo Monastery.

Overnight Cusco (B)

Day 4: Cusco - Sacred Valley

In the morning, hikers will be met by their guide in the hotel's lobby. From the hotel head to Maras, a small Andean community where you will have a short visit around town before departing for a 2-3 hour hike. This area was possibility an experimental agricultural station for raising crops with its terraces and the climates of many different ecological zones at the present site.

After a box lunch continue the hike to the Maras Salt works. Transfer by vehicle back to your hotel for the evening. 

Overnight in Cusco (B, BL)

Day 5: Cusco - Inca Trail - Huayllabamba

After breakfast, you will meet up with porters and equipment.  Start your trek escorted by porters, trekking through semi arid terrain along the Urubamba River with magnificent views of snow capped mountains. Depart Urubamba Valley to Kusichaca river to your first camp site.  Hike is about 6 hours. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Inca Trail - Huayllabamba - Pacaymayo

After a hearty breakfast, we begin to walk to Warmihuanusca pass (approximately 13,860 feet). As we reach the top of the pass, it is possible to see the other side leading to Runkurakay Ruins. At the end of the gorge, we will stop for our overnight at Pacaymayo. Trek 7 hours 7 Km (B,L,D)

Day 7: Inca Trail - Pacaymayo - Phuyupatamarca

Breakfast before we depart zigzagging a short ascent to Runkurakay circular ruins where there is only forests and hills. From this point, we notice the trail is more preserved with steps and stone path ways that go up to Sayacmarca Ruins. We continue our trek towards Phuyupatamarca Ruins eventually crossing "The Tunnel", a natural cavity produced by a landslide but adapted by the Incan's. As we trek on, we see the steep steps under the Ceremonial Center of Phuyupatamarca ruins continuing on for 3 more hours until we reach Winaywayna where we descend to our camp site for the night. Trek 6 hours 7 KM (B,L,D)


Day 8: Inca Trail: Pacaymayo - Winaywayna - Aguas Calientes

Start early in the morning going down the trail, from where we will see the Urubamba Valley and the river. The path goes down Wunay Wayna ruins, the most important of Machu Pichhu, heading towards Into Punku--the gate of the sun, the last pass before entering Machu Pichhu for s short visit before heading to Aguas Calientes for an overnight. Trek 9 hours 9 KM (B,L,D)  Overnight Aguas Calientes

Day 9: Machu Picchu - Cusco

Guided tour through the citadel with an afternoon train back to Cusco for an overnight. You will be met by your private guide and transferred to your hotel. Overnight Cusco (B)

Day 10: Cusco - Lima - Home

To airport, fly to Lima and fly home.

 

Date - Rates:

Date Information

Year round departures except Feburary when the trail is closed.  Best time to go is April - June.

2016 Rate Information

Price:

  • Standard hotel package plus camping from $3,995 USD per person based on double occpuancy.  Single supplement: $495
  • Superior hotel package plus camping from $4,395 USD per person based on double occpuancy. Single supplement: $995

Tour price includes:

  • all meals as listed on the itinerary
  • all lodging as indictated
  • 4D/3N Inca trail trek camping in a double tent
  • Porters for camp gear, cooking equipment, 2 man tents, first aid kits with oxygen and a bilingual guide
  • entrance fees
  • tips (except hotel staff)

Not included:

  • personal sleeping bag (can be rented inquire)
  • personal items
  • tips fro hotel staff
  • second trip into the ruins
  • alcholic beverages
  • airline tickets from your home to Lima. 
  • Air Lima to Cusco (about $475 per person) subject to change
  • Meals not listed on the itinerary
  • Walking poles
  • Personal porter (can add for a fee -- inquire) per person

We highly recommend trip cancellation, medical evacuation insurance. A quote will be given to you at time of deposit.

Tour Details

Registration
Deposit: 25% per person non-refundable deposit due at time of booking. 

Cancellation Policy: Non-refundable balance due 90 days prior to travel dates. 

Insurance: Because many advance logistical arrangements have been made prior to the running of this trip, we must adhere to the above policy. In addition, please be aware that many insurance policies do not cover illness and accident expenses outside of the U.S., and Medicare does NOT cover any such expenses at all. In light of this, we strongly recommend trip cancellation and supplemental insurance.

A travel insurance quote will be sent to you upon registration, or you can purchase it from our site by clicking on the "Purchase Travel Insurance" in the left-hand column. Our insurance carrier is Travelex.

Lodging:

Lodging options (for nights not camping)

Click Standard or Superior.

 

Standard

Lima

Wyndham Costa del Sol

 

Agua Calientes

El Mapi

 

 Lima

 Allpa Hotel $ Suites

Superior

Lima

Wyndham Costa del Sol

 

Cusco

El Mercado Tunqui Hotel 

 

Sacred Valley

Inkaterra Machupicchu

  Lima Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores    

 

 

Map:

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