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  • 8 Days/ 7 Nights
  • Group Size: From 1 person
  • Physical Raiting: Easy to challenging
  • Accommodation: Our handpicked hotels
  • Deposit: 45%
  • Starts In: Cusco - Ends In: Cusco

A short journey through the spectacular Andes of Peru, discovering culture, history, and adventure.
Explore the ancient Inca city of Cusco, with its surrounding picturesque landscapes, admiring the Inca and Spanish architecture. Travel to the Sacred Valley of the Incas touring the Inca archeological sites of Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and Chinchero.  Hike the famous Inca Trail to the majestic Machu Picchu exploring and discovering the world of the Incas. 

OUR PRICE INCLUDES

  • Transfer IN/OUT in Peru
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide 
  • Briefing before Tour and Inca Trail
  • Inca Trail in Comfort (upgrade to Luxury, Premium, Superior or Select)
  • 4 nights of comfortable hotels in Peru
  • 3 nights camping on the Inca Trail
  • Tours as per itinerary (upgrade to private tours)
  • All transportation needed for tours and trek
  • Permit for the Inca Trail includes Machu Picchu
  • Professional cook and meals included during the Trek
  • Porters to carry all equipment and your personal backpack 
  • Toilet Tent
  • First-aid kit and Oxygen tank 
  • All meals mentioned on the itinerary (vegetarian, vegan, etc. )
  • One way shuttle bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Tourist train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy (upgrade to Vistadome or Hiram Bingham)
  • All admissions as per itineary

OUR PRICE EXCLUDES

  • International flights and taxes
  • Domestic flights (we can book for you in Peru)
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Montaña
  • Walking poles
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance (highly recommend it)
  • Gratuties

Photos Of Our Inca Trail & Machu Picchu Tour

DAY 1WELCOME TO THE INCA CITY CUSCO! - CITY TOUR

Upon your arrival to Cusco, Peru, you will be warmly welcomed by our friendly View Peru Representative and transferred to your comfortable hotel in the heart of the city.  
In the afternoon, our professional guide will meet you in your hotel to start the city tour of the ancient city of Cusco. Feel the ambiance in the air as you stroll on the cobblestone streets of this historical city of Peru. Marvel at the ancient city of Cusco with Incan and Colonial architecture as you walk to the Plaza de Armas (main square), for a tour of the Renaissance-style Cathedral built by the Spaniards on an Inca temple with the stones from Sacsayhuaman. Inside the lovely Cathedral, observe the colonial art, altars, and wood carvings. Continue to Qoricancha Sun Temple (The Golden Temple), built by the Incas dedicated to Inti (Sun god), which once had gold-plated walls but the Spanish conquistadors looted all of its gold and built their church and monuments on top of and around the structure creating the magnificent combination of Inca and Spanish architecture, seen today in Cusco. Next, we will take a short drive above Cusco for an eye-opening experience touring the monumental Sacsayhuaman with its immense boulders which reflect the ingenuity and power of the Incas. From here, visit the megalith temple of Qenko, which is believed to have been used for blood sacrifices offered to the gods, death rituals, and possibly to embalm Inca bodies in the underground tunnels. After an interesting experience we move on to Puka Puka the red fortress, and finally a visit to Tambomachay, the Inca baths. Thereafter, return to your hotel.

DAY 2SACRED VALLEY TOUR - PISAC RUINS + MARKET - OLLANTAYTAMBO - CHINCHERO (B, L)

In the morning depart your hotel in Cusco with your guide and group or in private en route to the Sacred Valley of the Incas.  Enjoy the beautiful vistas of the precious Sacred Valley of Peru, surrounded by the impressive Andes Mountains.  Continue to the Inca Pisac archeological site surrounded by many terraces built on the side of the hilltop, for a stroll on the top trail of the ruins to catch impressive views of the Sacred Valley, Sun Temple, and water channels below. Then continue to the colorful Pisac handicraft market to wander about the many stalls, where you can pick up some lovely souvenirs for your family and friends. Our next stop will be in Urubamba to relax and have a delicious Peruvian lunch.  After lunch, we will drive to the Inca town of Ollantaytambo for a tour of the spectacular archeological site of many terraces, and temples, facing the town. Following a fantastic time, we proceed to Chinchero for a visit to the ruins and to appreciate the surreal vistas of the fabulous landscapes.  Return to Cusco around 7:00 pm.

DAY 3 CUSCO - ADVENTURE INCA TRAIL TREK 4 DAYS (B, L, D)

In the very early morning, our professional guide will meet you in your hotel in Cusco to set off in our transport to Km 82.  En route, we will stop in Ollantaytambo for a break and to pick up last-minute items for the trek. We continue driving for about 40 minutes until we reach Km82, Piscacucho (2675 mt..) to go through the Inca Trail checkpoint. Here we will meet our porters and support staff who will make sure everyone has an amazing experience during the Inca Trail hike in Peru. Start hiking for approximately 4  hours until reaching Tarayoc (2675 mt..) to have a delicious lunch. After lunch, we continue walking for about 2 hours to our first campsite, Wayllabamba (2970 mt..), a lovely village with lovely surroundings. Following an easy day of hiking, unwind and relax before having a savory dinner prepared by our cook. Then relax in nature and sleep soundly.

  • Trek starting time: 09:30 am
  • Arrival at the campsite: 16:30 pm
  • Minimum altitude: Km 82 (2675 masl )
  • Maximum altitude: Wayllabamba campsite (2970 masl)
  • Distance covered: 11 km. / 6.8 mi. (6 hours walking approx.)
  • Difficulty: Moderate to easy
  • Meals included: Snacks, lunch, tea time, and dinner.
  • Campsite altitude: 2970 masl.

DAY 4WAYLLABAMBA - LLULLUCHAPAMPA - DEAD WOMAN`S PASS --PACAYMAYO (B, L, D)

Enjoy a wholesome breakfast, before resuming our hike, which is the most challenging day on the Inca Trail in Peru. Start hiking for about 1.5 hours to the Ravine of Ayapata (3328 mt..) taking in wonderful views of the surrounding landscape. Continue for another 3 hours, with some rest time in between. Finally, we approach Llulluchapampa (3760 mt..), where we will relax and have a hearty lunch to boost our energy. Take pleasure in this humid Andean forest and glimpse at Warmiwañusca Pass, known as the Dead Woman’s Pass, which is waiting to meet you. After lunch, the challenge begins with a climb up for about 2.5 hours, catching your breath as you ascend to Warmiwañusca Pass (4215 mt..). Following a difficult ascent congratulate yourself on a great achievement and reward yourself with refreshing views of the splendor laid out in front of you. Then it’s time to hike down, so get your knees ready for this steep descent, for approximately 2 hours until we reach our lunch spot at Pacaymayo Ravine (3500 mt.), which is also our campsite. The rest of the day is to relax and later on have a well-deserved dinner. Then hit the sack and sleep like a baby after a very long and challenging day on the fabulous Inca Trail.

  • Wake-up time: 05:30 am
  • Trek starting time: 07:00 am
  • Arrival at the campsite: 17:00 pm
  • Minimum altitude: Ayapata site (3328 masl)
  • Maximum altitude: Warmiwañusca Pass (4215 masl)
  • Distance covered: 9 kms/5.6 MLS (9 hours walking approx.)
  • Difficulty:  Very Challenging and long
  • Meals included: Breakfast, snacks, lunch, tea time, and dinner

DAY 5PACAYMAYO – CHAQUICOCHA – PHUYUPATAMARCA - WIÑAYWAYNA (B, L, D)

After breakfast, we start a beautiful day hiking for about 1-hour climbing an Inca stairway to Runkurakay and another push to Runkurakay Pass (3800 mt..) and gazing at the splendid sight of the cloud forest. From here we descend down to the valley and continue to the archeological site of Sayacmarca (3600 mt.), located on a rocky cliff with spectacular views. We continue descending for an hour to Chaquicocha (3535 mt.) to relax and have lunch. After lunch, hike for another 2.5 hours to reach  Phuyupatamarca Pass (3640 mt.). Then the Inca trail zigzags down steps through thick vegetation in the cloud forest until reaching Wiñaywayna (2,650mt. t), the incredible Inca ruins. Our campsite is located not too far from the ruins. Enjoy your last night, with your porters and staff having dinner and reminiscing the fantastic experience during the Inca Trail in Peru.

IMPORTANT: The campsites are assigned by the Ministry of Culture so Wiñaywayna is not guaranteed and could be Phuyupatamarca.

• Wake-up time: 05:00 am
• Trek starting time: 08:00 am
• Arrival at the campsite: 16:30 pm
• Minimum altitude: Chaquicocha site (3535 masl / 11597.8 ft.)
• Maximum altitude: Runkurakay Pass (3955 masl / 12975.7 ft).
• Distance covered: 9 km. /5.6 mi. (5.5 hours walking approx.)
• Difficulty: Moderate
• Meals included: Breakfast, snacks, lunch, tea time, and dinner.

DAY 6EXPLORE MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO (B)

Today is a very early start, to have a delicious breakfast before trekking the last leg of the Inca Trail to the almighty Machu Picchu. Bid farewell and thank your wonderful porters and staff for their excellence throughout the Inca Trail. Start the 1-hour ascent from Wiñaywayna (2650 mt.) to Sun Gate (Inti Punku) (2750 mt.) taking in the refreshing scenery. Finally, on top of the world, gaze at the magnificent Machu Picchu and the valley below. Snap away many pictures before descending down to Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Wow, now a dream come, face to face with the iconic vision of the awe-inspiring  Machu Picchu. Delve into its mysterious history bestowed by the presence of this grandiose Inca citadel. Our professional guide will tell his story and the theories behind this majestic Inca citadel in Peru that has withstood time. Get excited as you walk through the many temples, and corridors, and wonder how the Incas cut these stones and affixed them perfectly together. After a once in a lifetime experience it’s time to exit the park and take the shuttle bus down to Aguas Calientes for a 30-minute ride. Have lunch on your own, before boarding the train to the Ollantaytambo or Poroy train station where our View Peru Representative will be waiting to take you back to your hotel in Cusco.

Optional extra cost:
Upgrade to Luxury, Premium, Superior, Select Glamping the Inca trail
Add an extra night in Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu Town
Huayna Picchu or Montaña Hike

• Wake-up time: 04:00 or 5:00 am depending on the assigned campsite.
• Arrival to Machu Picchu:  around 7:00 am
• Arrival at Cusco:  20:00pm depending on assigned train
• Minimum altitude: Machu Picchu (2430 masl / 7972.4 ft.)
• Maximum altitude: Intipunku site (2750 masl / 9022.3 ft.)
• Distance covered: 8 km. / 4.9 mi. (5.5 hours walking approx.)
• Difficulty: Moderate 
• Meals included: Breakfast, snacks

DAY 7HIKE HUMANTAY LAKE (B, BL)

Today, you will depart early in the morning from Cusco, with your guide in the direction of Soraypampa (3850 mt.) to start the thrilling hike to Humantay Lake (4300 mt.). We will pass many towns and lovely landscapes until reaching Mollepata Village (2900 mt.), where we will have a hot breakfast.  After breakfast, continue in our vehicle to Sorayapampa, the starting point of our exhilarating hike. Hike for about 1.5 hours climbing gradually, catching striking vistas of the glacial mountains, vegetation, and adorable birds. Then behold the dramatic turquoise-colored Humantay Lake sparkling in front of us, nestled comfortably between the tremendous snow-covered mountains of Humantay and Salkantay looming over it. The panoramic views are unbelievable, to say the least. You will have time to wander around Humantay Lake and take many pictures.  Later after a stellar experience, it’s time to retrace our trail descending down to Soraypampa.  Our waiting transport will take us to Mollepata to have lunch.  After lunch, it’s time to return to Cusco arriving around 6:00 pm.

ALTERNATIVE TOURS:
Cooking Class of Peruvian Dishes
Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain
Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain

 

 

DAY 8FAREWELL PERU! (B)

Enjoy a free day in Cusco, shopping, or just relaxing, before your scheduled transfer to the Cusco airport for your flight to Lima or another destination.

ADD EXTENSIONS:
Sun Route From Cusco to Puno + Lake Titicaca Tour (2 days or 3 days)
Amazon Tour 3 or 4 Days (Puerto Maldonado, Iquitos or Manu)
Lima excursion 2 Days
Arequipa and Colca Tour 3 Days

 

 

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