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Ulitmate Inca Trail Trek & Tour

Cusco - Sacred Valley - Inca Trail - Machu Picchu - Cusco

from $2,145
9 days

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Private Journey

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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

This 9 day private tour features a classic 4 day trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and is for travelers who are in condition to hike up to 8 hours, with breaks, in a single day. The pace may be daunting for some, but the beauty and history of the area surround the hiker every step of the way. The tour is designed to allow for altitude acclimatization. After trekking you arrive at Machu Picchu with plenty of time to explore the ruins with your guide before returning to Cusco by train.  Enjoy the beauty (and adjust to the altitude before your trek) of the Sacred Valley with tours of the ancient Incan sites of Maras and Moray as well as ruins outside of Cusco.  Pre and post-hike arrangements in Cusco complete this once-in-a-lifetime experience. You will have the services of excellent English-speaking guides, trek porters and included and provided high standard camping gear, as well as thoughtfully curated lodging throughout your journey when not camping.

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
Culture
Camping
Photography

Itinerary Day By Day

Day 1

Cusco

After arrival in Cusco you will have an expert guide at your disposal to show you some of the highlights of this beautiful city. Tell your guide what you like and they can advise as to the best route for your tour. You may choose to start with the Plaza de Armas and a visit to its impressive cathedral. Qoricancha temple, once home to life sized statues in solid gold is another very popular option. If time permits, you could visit one of the bustling markets, full of tropical fruits fresh from the Amazon or even head up through the San Blas artisan district to San Cristobal church for a spectacular view over the red tiled rooftops of Cusco. At a convenient time your guide will arrange a full briefing for the days ahead. Lunch today is 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]

Accommodation Details

Casa San Blas [Classic]

Day 2

Cusco Ruins

This lovely walking (or vehicle) tour is a superb introduction into the Inca heritage of Peru. First we visit the impressive site of Sacsayhuaman. Huge stone ramparts surround a beautiful grass amphitheatre. Once the scene of fierce battles it now hosts the recreation of traditional Inca ceremonies such as Inti Raymi and Warachikuy. Next is the Inca water temple of Tambo Machay lying at 3700m (12,000 feet) and the Red fort of Puca Pucara followed by a picnic lunch nearby. From here, an optional hike following an ancient Inca trail takes us downhill to Cusco (or vehicle transfer) , stopping at the Temple of the Moon and other historical sites along the way. [B/L]

Accommodation Details

Casa San Blas [Classic]

Day 3

Sacred Valley

We head towards Chinchero plain before taking a dirt road to the incredible ruins of Moray. These rarely visited circular ruins are thought to have been agricultural experimental stations in the times of the Incas. After visiting the ruins we follow an ancient mule trail with spectacular views of the snow capped Cordillera Vilcanota. We will also see examples of the finest Andean farming on our way. We head back across the plains to the interesting town of Maras for lunch. In the afternoon we descend from Maras to the amazing Salinas, a series of salt pans that have been worked since Inca times. We explore this amazing site then descend to the Urubamba river and our awaiting vehicle, which returns us to your hotel for the night. [B/L]

Accommodation Details

Hotel Pakaritampu [Classic]

Day 4

Ollyantaytambo & Inca Trail: Piscacucho to Llactapata

This morning you visit the old Inca town of Ollantaytambo. After a look around we have a short drive to the trail-head at Piscacucho (km 82). Here you meet the porters and cooks that will support your journey to Machu Picchu. We enjoy a light lunch whilst the porter prepare their cargo.  Whilst walking all you need to carry is a day-pack. Your luggage is carried by the porters, your tents are put up for you and your food is prepared for you. All you have to do is shoulder your day-pack and enjoy the walking. With the crowds now long gone, we head to the Inca Trail control post.

The afternoon's hiking is an undulating trail above the fascinating Urubamba river. Finally we arrive at the spectacular Inca site of Llactapata (2,788m / 9,146ft) and our camp for the night.  [B/L/D]

Day 5

Inca Trail: Llactapata to Llulluchapampa

After a hearty breakfast you climb gently up the Cusichaca valley to the small hamlet of Huayllabamba. This is the last inhabited place on the trail.

A little steeper now, you head up the beautiful Inca path, past hummingbirds and stunted cloud forest to your camp at Llulluchapampa (3,680m / 12,073ft). This beautiful grassy area has outstanding views and you may be even see the Andean deer that come to feed here. [B/L/D]

Day 6

Inca Trail: Llulluchapampa to Phuyupatamarca

Today is the most challenging day but also the most exhilarating. You climb to Dead Woman’s Pass (4,212m / 13,819ft) the high point of the trail before dropping into the Pacaymayu valley. Climbing once more you pass the Inca control post of Runkuracay to the second pass of the day (3,998m/13,117ft). On a clear day there are spectacular views towards Pumahuanca mountain in the Vilcabamba range.

You continue on well preserved Inca trail to Sayacmarca. Located at the junction of two old Inca roads, historians still argue over its exact purpose. A few more gentle ups and downs and you arrive to your stunning campsite for the night, Phuyupatamarca, or ‘the place above the clouds’ (3,650m / 11,975ft). [B/L/D]

Day 7

Inca Trail: Phuyupatamarca to Machu Picchu

This is the day you finally reach Machu Picchu. In the morning, as you step out of your tent the views are stunning. Perhaps you will see the sun rising over the snow-capped mountains of Salkantay (6,200m/20,341ft) and Veronica (5,800m / 19,029ft). Or perhaps you will have a cloud inversion, with the clouds filling the valleys beneath your feet. After saying a fond farewell to your porters it is time to put on your boots and head to Machu Picchu.

You descend through the cloud forest on beautiful Inca stairways, to Wiñay Wayna, another interesting ruin full of swallows and orchids. Finally you contour the hillside 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 the lively town of Machu Picchu Pueblo and a well-deserved hotel and shower.[B/L/D]

Accommodation Details

El Mapi [Classic]

Day 8

Machu Picchu

Today you explore the pinnacle of Inca engineering - 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. 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 to Machu Picchu Pueblo and board your 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/L]

Accommodation Details

Casa San Blas [Classic]

Day 9

Cusco

After breakfast in your hotel this morning, you are transferred to the Cusco airport in time for your onward flight.

Dates & Rates

year2 GUESTS3 guests4 guests5 guests6 guestsSINGLE
2017$3615PP$2995PP$2615 PP$2310 PP$2145 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.

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. Upgrade hotels include either Monasterio or La Casona in Cusco and Inkterra Pueblo or Sanctuary Lodge at Machu Picchu.
  • 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 (camping when hotel not listed), Meals as indicated [B/L/D] in itinerary B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, Transfers or transfer assitance to/from Cusco airport, Vistadome train ticket, Entrance and shuttle bus tickets to Machu Picchu, Trekking equipment: Sleeping bag & liner, sleeping pad, tent, all meals, snacks and water provided 

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.

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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 (camping when hotel not listed), Meals as indicated [B/L/D] in itinerary B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, Transfers or transfer assitance to/from Cusco airport, Vistadome train ticket, Entrance and shuttle bus tickets to Machu Picchu, Trekking equipment: Sleeping bag & liner, sleeping pad, tent, all meals, snacks and water provided 

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

Cancellation Policy:  

  • 70 days or more before departure: Deposit refunded, less a USD$200 service charge per person.
  • 30 - 69 days prior to departure: All deposits are non-refundable.
  • 0 - 29 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

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