Peru: Inca Trail
8 DAYS | 7 NIGHTS
2 PAX MINIMUM
“Peru, the richest country in the world,” invites us to discover that being rich isn’t about having the most; it’s about experiencing the most unforgettable moments. And these experiences begin on a trip to Peru, a place where the diversity and authenticity of the culture, nature and food hold the essence of life itself.
Meet & greet upon arrival at airport
Arrival and departure transfers
1 night in Lima at Courtyard Marriott Lima Miraflores or similar
3 nights Inca Trail in tents with Expedition train
3 nights in Cusco at Maytaq Wasin Boutique Hotel or similar
14 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners
Optional Half-Day guided city tour of Lima on day of arrival(Modern & Colonial)
Full Day guided tour to Sacred Valley
Transfers throughout the itinerary
English speaking guides & representatives
All entrance fees
Duration: 8 days & 7 nights
Travel Style: Shared /Adventure
Minimum Passengers: 2
Based on double occupancy
Type of Service: Shared
Small group experience | All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
VISA Requirements: No
A visa is not required for travelers with a valid US passport.
Physical Rating: 3 – DEMANDING
Some tours may include light hiking, stairs, and rough off-road adventures.
Service Level: STANDARD
Tourists class accommodations and mix of public and private transports and tours, select meals included
Domestic flights from Lima/Cusco/Lima (approximately $250 roundtrip)
Soft drinks and Alcoholic Beverages
Ingala transit card – $20 USD
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. On Day 1 of the tour, you will be advised of any amendments.
DAY 1 | (ARRIVAL)Lima (Optional and if time permits)
Upon arrival, you will attend a welcoming reception. If you arrive in the morning, enjoy the afternoon and have a tour through Lima’s streets and plazas. The tour starts at the Amor Park in Miraflores, with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. After the park, you will head to the Huaca Pucllana, a ceremonial center of the Lima culture. You will go to San Isidro, a financial center of the city to visit the Huaca Huallamarca, an ancient pre-Incan shrine. The tour continues onto the Main Square where the government palace and the town hall are located. You will visit the cathedral and explore the San Francisco Convent, built in the 17thcentury, to discover the mystery of its catacombs.
| Overnight in Lima
DAY 2 | Lima - Cusco
After breakfast, you will transfer to the airport and take your flight to Cusco (flight not included, to be booked by agent). On arrival, you will attend a welcoming reception and then be transferred to hotel. In the afternoon, you will take an Imperial Cusco city tour that will start at the Main Square to visit the cathedral and its valuable and beautiful colonial masterpieces such as The Cross which arrived along with the first conquistadores. Your tour continues to visit the Korikancha Temple, Inti God shrine, on which the Santo Domingo Church was built. According to the chronicles, this temple was completely covered in gold in Inca times. Following the temple, you will visit the Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park to explore Q’enqo, the Puma shrine, and see the sacrificial altar embedded inside a rock cave. You will be able to see Tambomachay and its sacred fountains of life. You will also be able to experience Puca Pucará’s viewpoint and watchtower, which guarded the city entrance, and Sacsayhuaman, an impressive fortress of colossal dimensions with rocks that are up to 4 meters tall and surrounded by beautiful views blending together perfectly.
| Overnight in Cusco
DAY 3 | Cusco - Sacred Valley - Cusco
The Sacred Valley of the Incas is waiting for you. You will stop at Awanacancha to admire Andean camelids such as alpacas and llamas and learn from local inhabitants about traditional dyeing and knitting techniques. Your excursion continues with exploring the Pisac Market with enough free time to go around and buy handcrafts and if you feel like tasting something traditional, stop by the wood ovens for a delicious empanada or a piece of bread. You will have lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, your tour continues to Ollantaytambo, a small town full of local color and inhabited since Inca times in which you will visit the main temple used as a fortress during the Inca resistance. This part of the tour is absolutely breathtaking, take the chance with incredible pictures.
| Overnight in Cusco
| Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 4 | Cusco - Wayllabamba
After breakfast, you will be transferred from your hotel to the train station. The train leaves on course to the area called Kilometer 82, where you will meet up with our porters and gear. You will begin the trek, escorted by the porters, through a semi-arid region of crop fields and terraced hillsides, where archeological sites are scattered along the course of the Urubamba River. You will arrive at Llactapata, an Incan archeological site that always provides magnificent views of the mountains. After a quick visit, you will say goodbye to the Urubamba Valley and continue onwards through the Kusichaca River Valley until reaching the first campsite: Huayllabamba. Initial altitude: 2,750 M.T. Final altitude: 3,000 M.T.
| Overnight in Wayllabamba (camping)
| Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5 | Wayllabamba - Pacaymayo
After a delicious breakfast, you will begin your trip to the Warmiwayñusca Pass. A small flight of stone stairs will take you to the top of the pass that is dominated by the cold winds of the puna and the majestic view of the surrounding mountains. From here, it is possible to see the path that you will descend to the Runkurakay Ruins. At the end of a gorge, you will stop at a place called Pacaymayo, the second camp. Initial altitude: 3,000 M.T. Final altitude: 3,800 M.T
| Overnight in Pacaymayo (Camping)
| Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6 | Pacaymayo - Winaywayna
You will depart from Pacaymayo along a short, zigzagging, ascending path that will take you to the circular ruins of Runkurakay. There is almost no sign of human life in this region where cloud forests and rugged mountains rule. After a break to catch your breath, you will start downward through a section of the Inka Trail in an excellent state of preservation. After passing through several segments, where the pathway is perfectly paved with flagstones, you will reach the steps leading to the Sayacmarca Ruins. From here, the trail definitely moves off into the jungle, and so will you, continuing through bamboo and unca tree forests towards the ruins of Phuyupatamarca. The trail passes by Lake Seco, after some ascents and descents, you will arrive at El Tunel, a natural cavity produced by a landslide but developed by the Incas. The Inca Trail, with its well-defined borders, continues through moss covered hills. After crossing a small pass, you will see a steep flight of stairs that lead you to the Phuyupatamarca Ceremonial Center. As you walk down the trail, you will see the Urubamba Valley and River. The trail will take us to the lovely ruins of Wiñay Wayna, the most important after Machu Picchu and our last campsite. Initial altitude: 3,800 M.T. Final altitude: 2,650 M.T.
| Overnight in Winaywayna (camping)
| Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7 | Winaywayna - Cusco
You will leave early in the morning and head off towards the Inti Punku, or Gateway of the Sun, the last pass on the trail. From this point, Machu Picchu is a surreal and marvelous site. The rest of the day is set aside for visiting the city. Afterwards, you will board the train at the Aguas Calientes Station to return to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco, you will be transferred to your hotel.
| Overnight in Cusco
DAY 8 | Departure - Cusco / Lima
Enjoy breakfast before being transferred to the airport to take a flight (not included, to be booked by agent) to your Lima and your connecting international flight.
Courtyard Marriott Lima Miraflores
Located in Miraflores, the trendiest district of Lima, Courtyard by Marriott Lima Miraflores provides accommodation with free WiFi access throughout the entire property. Kennedy Park is only 1,300 feet away from this property.
Rooms at Courtyard by Marriott Lima Miraflores feature private bathroom facilities with free toiletries, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a desk, a minibar, a safety-deposit box and air-conditioning.
Courtyard by Marriott Lima Miraflores has a restaurant, where guests can enjoy local and international cuisine. Room service is available.
Maytaq Wasin Boutique Hotel
Tastefully decorated rooms can be enjoyed just 350 feet from Cusco’s main square. There is a shaded terrace with views of the hill and chic common areas with modern décor. Wi-Fi is free.
Maytaq Wasin Boutique Hotel is 500 feet from the Inca Museum and offers a helpful tour desk, ready to assist with tips for getting around Cusco.
Rooms have cable TV and are styled with dark wood furnishings. They have modern private bathrooms with showers and some of them include spa baths.
An American breakfast with tropical fruits can be enjoyed daily in the bright common area fitted with glass tables and light wood furnishings.
Inca Trail Tents
On the trail, you’ll only need to carry what you need for that day on your back. Our porters will carry everything else for you, up to a limit of 7kg! They’ll pack up camp after you leave in the morning, and have it all set up and ready for you when you arrive in the evening, so you don’t have to worry about putting up tents and the like.
Some useful info about our tours (land packages).
UPGRADED HOTELS AVAILABLE (for an additional fee)
All tours and entrance fees are included
All taxes are included and NO HIDDEN FEES
International Airfare is not included, but we can book it for you at very competitive rates
A transfer fee may be assessed for alterations to packages, itineraries/tours and suggested arrival/departure dates
Price are based on double occupancy
Prices are per person and based on double occupancy. All prices are expressed in US dollars. Prices for vacation packages are subject to change without notice.
All travel documents are the responsibility of the passenger.
Travel insurance is highly recommended.