Peru: Inca Trail
Our Itineraries are provided as a preview of what to expect on our tours. Please, note, that itineraries are subject to change.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
• 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
• Domestic flights from Lima/Cusco/Lima (approximately $250 roundtrip)
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