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Inca Trail Explorer

Cusco - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Cusco

from $1,520
6 days

Trip Type

Land

Private Journey

When To Go

Year-Round

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Truly a trip of a lifetime, and Lori's expertise made it all possible... at the last minute, she quickly organized a great Peru trip with all the highlights, plus some special outdoor activities. What a pleasure to work with!

Lynda Rudolph
Glen Ellyn, IL

Trip Summary

Hike gently along little known Inca Trails on this private day-hiking tour of the Inca Trail. Relax each night in comfortable local lodgings and by day explore the best of Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. You will discover the people, traditions and culture of Peru with one of the best reputed trail operators in Peru. Carefully designed to ease the effects of altitude, and to visit sites during their quieter less crowded periods, this trip has been thoughtfully curated by seasoned Peru specialists to provide you with unforgettable experiences. Unique lodgings are custom tailored to you at two accommodation and price levels, Classic and Deluxe.

This tour can be further customized or extended to include additional services, accommodations, adventure activities, excursions and itinerary days in Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley and beyond. 

Activities
Hiking
History
Culture
Photography

Itinerary Day By Day

Day 1

Cusco

On arrival at the airport, you will be met and escorted to your hotel. After some time to check in we introduce you to our city with the "Locals' guide to Cusco". This short walking tour is a great way to get your bearings and also helps you get used to the altitude. The beautiful historic centre was declared a World Heritage Site in 1983 with Inca and colonial architecture evident all around. This evening your guide will give you a full briefing for the adventure ahead. Lunch today is at the Museo del Cafe, situated in a beautifully converted colonial building just off the main square complete with an in house factory and museum dedicated to Peruvian Coffee production. [B/L]

Accommodation Details

Casa San Blas [Classic]

Inkaterra La Casona [Superior or Deluxe]

Day 2

Cusco

Today you stretch your legs with a delightful hike in the hills above Cusco. First you visit the impressive site of Sacsayhuaman. Huge stone ramparts surround a beautiful grass amphitheatre. Once the scene of fierce battles it now hosts the annual re-enactment of traditional Inca ceremonies such as Inti Raymi and Warachikuy. Sundays also see families from Cusco head up here to play, fly kites and dig the traditional huatias, a method of cooking potatoes in the ground.

Next is the Inca water temple of Tambo Machay lying at 3700m (12,000 feet) followed by a special picnic lunch. A trail through the fields leads you to the intricately carved Inca Temple of the Moon. From here a beautifully preserved section of royal Inca Trail leads you down into the old San Blas district, home to the city's artists and finally into the Plaza de Armas. [B/L]

Accommodation Details

Casa San Blas [Classic]

Inkaterra La Casona [Superior or Deluxe]

Day 3

Sacred Valley

Leaving Cusco behind you start your journey to Machu Picchu. You drive to the fascinating circular ruins of Moray about one hour outside Cusco. While some think it was a landing pad for alien spaceships, most agree the Incas built this as an experimental agricultural centre. Concentric circular terraces allowed them to simulate different facing slopes and different growing temperatures to see which crops would grow where. They then used this knowledge to cultivate the varied terrain of their vast empire providing abundant amounts of food to feed the people. After exploring Moray you take a mainly downhill trail through the fields. Depending on the time of year, you may have a chance to stop and chat with local farmers digging their fields of corn or planting potatoes. Along the way you stop for a homemade picnic with marvelous views across to the snow-capped Vilcanota mountains before carrying on down to the spectacular salt pans of Maras. Here you can stop and watch as local families extract the salt by hand, much as they have done for centuries. You could even buy some of the famous Maras Pink Salt as a souvenir. Finally you take the old track down to the Sacred Valley, where once llamas, then horses carried out the salt to be sent across the empire. [B/L]

Accommodation Details

Hacidenda Del Valle [Classic]

Hacienda Urubamba [Superior or Deluxe]

Day 4

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

You start the day with an early transfer to catch the train towards Machu Picchu. Jumping off at km104 you pass through the control point and begin your Inca Trail trek to your first site, the restored ruins of Chachabamba. You then gradually ascend through tropical cloud forest up towards the the base of WiƱay Wayna. Here you climb more steeply on old Inca stairways through these beautiful terraces, stopping to explore the various buildings and water features and enjoying the packed lunch, with a great view. You then continue on perhaps the loveliest part of the whole Inca Trail where lush vegetation flanks you on either side, the scent of wild orchids fills the air, and all around you brightly colored tropical songbirds fill your ears with song. Soon you will reach a final set of stairs to arrive at Inti Punku, the gateway of the Sun. As you step through the old stone gate-way, Machu Picchu appears laid out before your eyes. After plenty of photos you carry on past this wonder of the world to catch the bus down to your hotel where you can enjoy a well-deserved shower and included dinner at your hotel. [B/L/D]
Total hiking distance: 11 km

Accommodation Details

El Mapi [Classic]

Inkaterra Pueblo Resort [Superior or Deluxe]

Day 5

Machu Picchu

For years it was lost to the jungle. Rediscovered in 1911 by the Yale professor Hiram Bingham, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, Machu Picchu exceeds all expectations. This astounding site lies in an even more astonishing location. Perched high on an inaccessible hilltop it is protected by huge cliffs and the raging Urubamba River. Things are slightly easier now than in the time of the Incas and so you start your day with a twenty minute bus ride up to the site.

You will discuss with your guide exactly what time you wish to arrive at Machu Picchu. The guided tour takes around two hours leaving you a few hours free to wander amongst the old Inca walls and just sit and take in the scale of the place on your own. For those who want to walk a bit more, you could take the hour long trail up to the Sun Gate, or a shorter trail to visit the Inca Bridge which once spanned a sheer cliff face. Eventually the time comes to catch the bus down the mountain and board your Vistadome train back along the Urubamba River. The scenery is beautiful and the train jolts softly along, allowing you to sit, stare out the window and reflect on all you have seen. [B]

Accommodation Details

Casa San Blas [Classic]

Inkaterra La Casona [Superior or Deluxe]

Day 6

Cusco

You are transferred to the Cusco airport in time for your onward flight.

Dates & Rates

TOUR LEVEL2 GUESTS3 guests4 guests5 guests6 guestsSINGLE
2017 CLASSIC$2175 PP$1845 PP$1675 PP$1580 PP$1520 PPOn Request
2017 DELUXE$2945 PP$2645 PP$2490 PP$2400 PP$2350 PPOn Request

View Rate Notes

The above rates are per person, based on double or triple occupancy and in US dollars unless indicated otherwise. Single rate, sole occupancy supplements and small group rates (8+ guests) are on request.

Rate is based on one of two accommodation / tour levels: Classic or Deluxe.

Deposit: 25% of trip cost. Deposits may be paid by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express).

Final Payment: Due 90 days prior to departure.  Final payment is payable by check or wire only.

Additional Costs:

  • Airfare to/from Cusco
  • If hotels as stated are not available or another room type or hotel is requested, rates may vary
  • Sole room occupancy requires an additional single supplement, rate on request
  • Extra hotel nights and transfers during tour or before and/or after in Lima or beyond
  • Add-on tours or activities such as guided hikes, adventure sports or cultural excursions
  • Additional surcharge may apply for travel during select holidays including Easter, Inti Raymi, Christmas and New Year.

Included: Private excursions with local English speaking guide, except where otherwise indicated, All entrance fees to sites indicated in itinerary, Accommodations as noted, Meals as indicated [B/L/D] in itinerary B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, Transfers or transfer assitance to/from Cusco airport, roundtrip Vistadome train ticket to Machu Picchu, Entrance and shuttle bus tickets to Machu Picchu 

Not Included: Airfare (international and domestic), Meals not as described in itinerary, Personal expenses, Alcoholic beverages,Hotel extras, Extra activities, Early check-in or check-out, Tips & Gratuities 

Cancellation Policy:  

  • Time of booking to 45 Days prior: Loss of deposit & all purchased airfares
  • 44 - 15 days prior to departure: 50% of trip price
  • 14 days or less prior to departure: Full payment will be applied as a cancellation penalty.

Cancellations must be received in writing. All deposits are non-refundable.
Reservations cancelled after final payment due date are subject to loss of full cruise fare. Failure to secure a valid passport, visa or air arrangements does not waive this policy.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised.

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

ExploringCircle Terms and Conditions

Accommodations

Trip Policy

Included: Private excursions with local English speaking guide, except where otherwise indicated, All entrance fees to sites indicated in itinerary, Accommodations as noted, Meals as indicated [B/L/D] in itinerary B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, Transfers or transfer assitance to/from Cusco airport, roundtrip Vistadome train ticket to Machu Picchu, Entrance and shuttle bus tickets to Machu Picchu  

Not Included: Airfare (international and domestic), Meals not as described in itinerary, Personal expenses, Alcoholic beverages,Hotel extras, Extra activities, Early check-in or check-out, Tips & Gratuities 

Cancellation Policy:  

  • Time of booking to 45 Days prior: Loss of deposit & all purchased airfares
  • 44 - 15 days prior to departure: 50% of trip price
  • 14 days or less prior to departure: Full payment will be applied as a cancellation penalty.

Cancellations must be received in writing. All deposits are non-refundable.
Reservations cancelled after final payment due date are subject to loss of full cruise fare. Failure to secure a valid passport, visa or air arrangements does not waive this policy.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised.

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

ExploringCircle Terms and Conditions

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