Highlights

Map Come and experience this eight-day escorted tour, it will allow you to see several of the Inca sites and their region of origin. You will have a day in Lima to appreciate the massive capital of Peru, visit Cusco and the Sacred Valley, before taking a train to Machu Picchu. From here, you will continue to the highest navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca, with its dark blue color and beautiful islands.

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Itinerary

  • Duration: 8 days & 7 nights
  • Countries: Peru
  • Category: Guaranteed Departures
  • Minimum Passengers: 2
  • Starting Point: Lima
  • Ending Point: Lima
Introduction

Our Itineraries are provided as a preview of what to expect on our tours. Please, note, that itineraries are subject to change.

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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
  • None

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
  • Breakfast

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

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

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

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

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
  • Breakfast

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch

Tour Accommodation

What's included

•    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

Not Included

• Domestic flights from Lima/Cusco/Lima (approximately $250 roundtrip)

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Useful info about our trips

  • 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

  • Alterations

    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.

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