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Classic Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

10 Days | From $2,790 per person


Highlights

  • Acclimatize in the Sacred Valley
  • Trek on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Enjoy Andean Discovery Tent Camps
  • Explore Machu Picchu & Cusco
  • Privately guided tour

Machu Picchu. It is the reason many of us journey to Peru. Visitors from across the globe travel thousands of miles just to catch a glimpse of the Lost City of the Inca. And while the citadel alone is a sight to behold, there’s no question that Machu Picchu is a part of something larger. It is a place with intrinsic ties to the natural world, its very architecture inspired by the landscape that surrounds it. One simply cannot appreciate the ruins and all that they represent without also experiencing the world they belong to. The Inca Trail, a challenging 26-mile trek through the mountains, allows travelers to do just that—to walk in the footsteps of the Inca and earn the privilege to visit this sacred monument. There’s simply nothing quite like hiking for four days through Andean plateaus, mysterious archaeological ruins, and verdant cloud forest, to ultimately stumble upon this hidden treasure in the clouds. The feeling is worth every step.

See below to check availability and the itinerary of this unforgettable tour of Peru: The Inca Trail Trek To Machu Picchu

Pricing

  • TRIP LENGTH10 days
  • GROUP SIZEPrivate tour
  • STANDARD PACKAGEFrom $2,790
*Prices based on 4 travelers

Included
  • Private tour with professional Andean Discovery guide(s)
  • Accommodations based on double occupancy
  • All activities, transfers, and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Most meals
Not Included
  • International round-trip airfare to Lima
  • Fees for passport and travel insurance
  • Gratuities

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Upon evening arrival in Lima, you will be met by Andean Discovery staff and transferred to your hotel, conveniently located just steps from the Lima airport.

Overnight: Lima Airport Costa del Sol Hotel

Note: Superior lodging is listed. Please contact us for information about Standard lodging.

This morning Andean Discovery staff will assist you with your check-in for your 70-minute spectacular flight over the Andes Mountains to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco, you will be met by your Andean Discovery guide and driver. Today you will be introduced to the illustrious history of the Inca civilization. Travel to the Sacred Valley of the Inca to facilitate your acclimatization. The route from Cusco follows a winding mountain road with awe-inspiring views of the stunning canyon below, which was formed by the Urubamba river. Feel the temperature rise as you descend into the warm valley. The first stop is the indigenous market in Pisac, a centuries-old market that sells a variety of foods and colorful indigenous handicrafts. Explore the ancient Inca ruins above, the largest fortress-city complex of the Incas and one of the largest of ancient America. Hike to the ruins from the Pisac market. Your guide will lead you on a walking tour through the ruins and the hillside terraces, part of the Incas’ sophisticated agricultural system. After lunch in Urubamba, relax at the lodge.

Overnight: Villa Urubamba (B, L, D)

This morning continue acclimatizing as you journey to the highlands of the Sacred Valley. Visit Chinchero, known for its colorful weaving traditions. Visit with a family that has been practicing traditional weaving techniques for generations and learn about the importance of weaving in Andean cultures. Enjoy a short day hike around the agricultural terraces of Moray, the most sophisticated biological laboratory of the Incas. A series of circular terraces, resembling sunken amphitheaters, create a variety of climatic conditions. The lowest level of each agricultural complex is the warmest and you’ll actually feel the temperature rise as you descend. This ingenious technology allowed the Incas to conduct crop experiments and adapt plants to a variety of climates. Return to your lodge and enjoy a hearty dinner and briefing about the upcoming trek.

Overnight: Villa Urubamba (B, L, D)

Get an early start this morning transfer by private vehicle to Piscacuchu at 8,856 feet, the starting point to the Inca Trail. Begin today’s hike by crossing the hanging bridge of Cusicacha, “the bridge of happiness.” Enjoy spectacular views of the Vilcanota Ridge along the way, with the snow-capped summit of Veronica Peak looming large in the distance. Follow the trail along the river’s shore and arrive in Miskay (9,184 feet), an overlook with sweeping views of the agricultural terraces of Llactapata. Ascend the slopes along the Cusicacha River valley with a five hour climb to the rustic hamlet of Wayllabamba (9,840 feet), your campsite for the night. Refuel with a hearty meal prepared by Andean Discovery staff and rest up for tomorrow’s trek.

Overnight: Andean Discovery Mountain Campsite (B, L, D)

Treat yourself to a nutrient-rich breakfast before setting out on what is arguably the most difficult part of the trek, a steep ascent stretching over 5.6 miles to the Dead Woman’s Pass. Watch how the scenery changes as you climb, with temperate forests giving way to “puna” grasslands, expansive dry plains with little vegetation. Keep your body fueled with candies and coca leaves as you make your way up to the pass, looking for wild llamas and alpacas along the way. The luckiest of hikers may even spot an elusive Spectacled Bear, the only surviving species of bear native to South America. Reach the pass at 13,776 feet and enjoy the respite of a quick descent into the Pacamayo Valley (11,808 feet), where your camp will be set for the night. Enjoy a replenishing dinner and settle in for a well-earned night of rest.

Overnight: Andean Discovery Mountain Campsite (B, L, D)

Wake up to stunning views of the majestic Cordillera Vilcabamba and take in a filling breakfast before hitting the trail. Depart Pacaymayo and head for the Abra Runkurakay Pass (13,022 feet), stopping at an ancient archaeological complex. With broad views out over the winding valley below, this small oval structure is believed to have been an essential Incan watchtower. Descend into the greenery of the cloud forest and discover the ruins of Sayacmarca, a cliffside refuge exhibiting remarkable Inca stonework, with winding pathways, terraced enclosures, ceremonial baths, and sophisticated irrigation canals. Continue on your way to the third pass of the day, the Abra Phuyupatamarca (12,136 feet), and admire the construction of the trail itself, as it seamlessly curves along the rugged mountain terrain, and supports itself through the always-changing Andean geography. Explore the “town in the clouds,” known as Phuyupatamarca, before following the stone steps down to Wiñaywayna (8,692 feet), your campsite for the evening. Surrounded by misty mountains, cascading falls, and dizzying rows of terraces, Wiñaywayna is a sight like no other. The complex also has a trekking lodge, hot showers, working toilets, and a bar. Relax, enjoy, and fall asleep dreaming of Machu Picchu.

Overnight: Andean Discovery Mountain Campsite (B, L, D)

Today is the day! Wake up before the sun to hike to Untipunko, the gate of the sun. With a little luck, catch breathtaking panoramic views of Machu Picchu as it’s hit by the first light of day. Reflect back on your journey as you walk the final stretch to the citadel, following in the footsteps of the Inca who built it. Watch as white mists swirl through the green slopes that surround you, and allow yourself to relish in the beauty of the moment you’ve worked so hard for. Explore these extraordinary  ruins with your guide and marvel at the intricate and sophisticated stonework of its dwellings, sculptures, terraces and waterways, all of which make Machu Picchu one of the greatest architectural achievements of all time. Journey back in time as you walk through the complex and learn about the mysterious origins of this other-worldly citadel, which once served as a private retreat for Inca royals and their families. Visit the Temple of the Three Windows, the Sacred Plaza, and the famous Intihuatana stone, a sacred stone carved by the Inca to mark the solstice and determine the beginning and end of each agricultural year. Descend by bus to Aguas Calientes and enjoy a much welcomed hot shower. Lunch and dinner on your own.

Overnight: Terrazas del Inca (B)

If you would like to continue exploring Machu Picchu and hike the iconic Wayna Picchu mountain, you may include another visit this morning (additional cost $100 per person aprox.) Take a short bus ride through tropical mountain forests to reach Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas. Flanked by steep Andean peaks on all sides  and the mighty Urubamba River gorge below, it’s no wonder the Spanish were never able to find this secret Incan hideaway. Marvel at the intricate and sophisticated stonework of its dwellings, sculptures, terraces and waterways, all of which make Machu   Picchu one of the greatest architectural achievements of all time. After exploring Machu Picchu, relax and watch the clouds of mist roll in over the mountains or opt for an exhilarating hike up to the summit of Wayna Picchu for an unparalleled aerial view of the ruins. This afternoon, experience one of the world’s great train rides as you embark on the journey back to Cusco. Enjoy the colorful artisan shops of the San Blas neighborhood and search for the famed twelve sided stone. Choose from many fine restaurants for dinner and take a stroll around the Plaza de Armas to enjoy views of the Cathedral lit up at night. Lunch and dinner on your own.

Overnight: Los Portales de Cusco (B)

This morning continue exploring the illustrious history of the Inca civilization in Cusco. Quechua-speaking descendants of the Incas fill the streets, proof that this ancient culture is still vibrant today.  Meet your guide and wander down cobbled streets   admiring the local architecture, a unique blend of Inca and Spanish influence. Visit the Coricancha, a temple dedicated to the sun that was once covered in sheets of gold and filled with golden figures and statues. For a look at some of the most impressive Inca stonework in all of Peru, head to the massive stronghold of Sacsayhuaman, stopping at the ceremony pools of Tambo Machay along the way. This afternoon transfer to the airport in time for your flight to Lima. In Lima, check in on your own for your overnight flight to North America. Lunch and dinner on your own. (B)



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