9 days departing CUSCO from

Style: Walking
Destination: Peru
Tour Code: TIL

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Trip Overview

Explore the vibrant city of Cusco before heading out on one of the world's finest and most famous hikes - the Inca Trail. Lost to the jungle and rediscovered by Hiram Bingham, Machu Picchu has an incredible story to tell with magnificent backdrops and intricate stone craftsmanship. With a wonderful mix of fantastic mountain views and diverse ecosystems, this four day Inca Trail hike climbs numerous passes as high as 4,200 metres en route to the lost city of Machu Picchu. The hike ends at the Sun Gate, where you cast your eyes upon the site of Machu Picchu.

Included Highlights
  • Hike the Inca Trail to the lost city of Machu Picchu
  • Full service camping on the Inca Trail
  • Morning tour of Machu Picchu
  • Visit the town of Aguas Calientes
  • Free time to explore the old city of Cusco
  • Inca Trail Permit
  • Accompanied by local guide and Inca porters
Guaranteed departures

All departures of this tour are guaranteed, so once you've booked you can be sure you're going! This guarantee gives you the confidence to book all of your travel arrangements and simply look forward to your holiday.

Tour Facts and Features
Accommodation: 5 hotel nights in twin share accommodation + 3 full service camping nights. For your own room & tent request our optional Solo Sleeper (see Dates & Prices tab).
Transport: All transportation by private vehicle plus public bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (return)
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 3 dinners
Guided: Services of a professional bilingual tour leader + porters
Group size: Maximum 16
Age range: 16+

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Trip Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.

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Optional Activities (paid locally)

Our optional activities offer the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. Below are the main optional activities for this trip which can be arranged once you are on tour via your tour leader and paid for locally. Please note that not all optional activities may available on every tour and prices are subject to change.

  • Cusco city tour US$30-$55
  • Hike to local ruins above Cusco US$25-$40
  • Visit local museums - Cusco US$5-10
  • Mountain biking - Sacred Valley US$85+ (depends on group size)
  • Pisac market & Sacred Valley tour US$35-$65
  • Sacred Valley site entrances US$25
  • Paddle boarding - Sacred Valley US$70-$80

Day 1: Arrival day in Cusco

You're free to arrive at any time today and transfer to the hotel. Please note, check in time is approximately 15.00 hrs. This charming South American city is the undisputed gateway to the Inca Trail and an excellent introduction to the colonial and pre-Columbian sites of the past. You're your time to acclimatise to the 3,400 metre altitude. If you want to stretch your hiking legs, the nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman and Qenco present an ideal opportunity to get in some practice. Cusco is formed around a beautiful main square and is small enough to explore the main sites in a day. It's also listed as one of the most attractive cities in South America, with much of the centre comprising of colonial-era buildings with Inca foundations. It's also full of interesting museums, churches and pre-Columbian sites. A welcome note will be left in the hotel reception explaining whether you meet the guide and group on the evening of day 1 or the following morning, please check this upon arrival to the hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 2: Cusco

Today has been left free for you to explore the city in more detail. You may wish to take an optional visit to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the incredible ruins at Pisac. We recommend visiting the Hatunrumiyoc, a 12 Angled Stone near the centre of Cusco which helps explain why the city has remained so brilliantly intact, surviving many earthquakes over the centuries.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast included

Day 3: The Inca Trail

Leave Cusco early this morning and drive to the start of the Inca Trail at Piscacucho, commonly known as Km 82. The trail runs alongside the Vilcanota River beneath the impressive snow-capped Nevado Veronica, passing through cactus gardens and fields of corn towards the enormous Inca ruins of Llactapata, where you'll camp near the hamlet of Huayllabamba. Today is mostly flat except for the last few hours, the perfect introduction to the Inca Trail and good practice for the following day.
Accommodation: Full service camping included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner included

Day 4: The Inca Trail - Dead Woman's Pass

This is the longest and most strenuous day of your hike where you follow the Inca steps uphill most of the day. A long climb takes you through an area of cloud forest to the meadows of Llulluchapampa, then over the Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman's) Pass, the highest point on the trail at 4,234 metres. After a steep descent, camp in the scenic valley of the Pacamayo river (3,600 metres). It's peaceful and beautiful, with time to reflect on the ingenuity and spirit of the Incas.
Accommodation: Full service camping included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner included

Day 5: The Inca Trail - Runquracay Pass / Phuyupatamarca

It's time to tackle a more sedate gradient as you walk to the Runquracay Pass via the ruins of Runquracay. At almost 4,000 metres, it's a beautiful pathway past the Sayajmarca ruins, into a rainforest and through an Inca tunnel. This evening's sunset, from your overnight camp above the site of Phuyupatamarca, should be unforgettable and early risers will be treated to an equally impressive sunrise.
Accommodation: Full service camping included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner included

Day 6: The Inca Trail - Machu Picchu

Today's the day that you've dreamed about and as you descend the world-famous Inca stone stairway past the ruins of Winay Wayna and Inti Punku (The Gate of the Sun) you'll get your first glimpse of the fabled ruined citadel of Machu Picchu. Arrive at The Sun Gate later in the day to enjoy unobstructed views of the magnificent ruins, before returning for a dawn tour tomorrow. This is indeed a sight to savour. If you can't wait until tomorrow morning's dawn tour then additional entry tickets can be purchased on arrival for approx. US$50 - your tour leader will assist with this. A nice way to spend your evening is to relax in the warm waters of Aguas Calientes.
Accommodation: Hotel included I Meals: Breakfast and lunch included

Day 7: Machu Picchu

Return to Machu Picchu early for a tour of the ruins at their quietest and most evocative just as the sun begins to cast its first shadows. An included tour by bus from Aguas Calientes will bring you face-to-face with the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu just as the sun begins to cast its first shadows. Machu Picchu is spectacular location and is the best known archaeological site on the continent. After exploring at your leisure, you take the bus back to Aguas Calientes and catch the afternoon train to Ollantaytambo. From here you take a private bus all the way to Cusco.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast and lunch included

Day 8-9: Cusco

Day eight is completely free to enjoy the many optional activities on offer in Cusco. Relax after completing your epic journey, do some last minute shopping, or further discover the city of Cusco. You may want to grab yourself a Pisco Sour, kick back or watch the Peruvians go about their daily business. Your tour ends on day nine after breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel included on day 8 | Meals: Breakfast (x2) included

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Solo Sleepers   Optional Solo Sleeper

There are no forced supplements for single travellers. Accommodation is based on twin-share, so if you're travelling on your own, you'll share with a fellow passenger of the same sex. However, if you would prefer your own space our Solo Sleeper Option can be requested from per person. This will guarantee you your own room & tent for every night of the tour. The number of single rooms & tents we can offer is limited, so it's best to book early. Simply select the "Solo Sleepers" check box on the booking form or request over the phone.

Important Notes

If you want to hike the Inca Trail, we advise you to book early. In order to preserve the Inca Trail Trek and its surrounds, the Peruvian authorities currently limit the number of Inca Trail trekking permits to 500 per day. These permits are often sold out 4-5 months in advance, especially for the popular summer months, and we cannot reserve permits. As soon as you book we will request a permit for you.

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