About this adventure
Peru is a land of diversity, spirituality and culture which continues to intrigue even the most curious traveller. This classic Peru journey will take you back to ancient civilizations. From bustling Lima to the the Inca capital of Cusco in all its glory. Climb the Inca Trail to the once hidden world of Machu Picchu. A trip of a lifetime that covers all the highlights this wonderful South American country has to offer.
Length: 11 Days - 10 Nights
Start: Lima, Peru
End: Lima, Peru
- Full Time Private Adventure Host/Guide Cusco
- Accommodation (10 nights) including 10% hotel service charges
- 2 Domestic flights Lima- -Cusco-Lima including domestic departure taxes
- Private Airport/Bus/Train Terminal Transfers
- All Ground Transportation as per the Itinerary
- Guided ½ Day Cusco Highlights Excursion (Private)
- Guided Tour of Machu Picchu Excursion
- 1 Full 10-Day Entrance Ticket for Sites Around Cusco & the Sacred Valley of the Incas
- Entrance Fees for All Other Included Excursions, Reserves & National Park
Included on Inca Trail
- Professional English/Spanish speaking guide
- Inca Trail hike briefing at base hotel in Cusco
- Private transportation to head of trail (82 Km.)
- Adult entrance ticket to the Inca Trail & Machu Picchu
- Professional Chef; meals as mentioned in itinerary (3B, 3L, 3D)
- Camping Gear: double waterproof tents + dining tent with tables/chairs
- Personal Porter to carry max 7 kg per Person of Personal Items
- Guided visit sites along the Trail
- Bus ticket down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
- Train Ticket Aguas Calientes / Ollantaytambo
- Transfer from the Train Station in Ollantaytambo to Cusco
Lima - Today is arrival day of your trip, Welcome to the ‘City of Kings’. You will be accompanied to a waiting vehicle for a private transfer to your hotel for the day. Your local Lima host will contact you today for a complete orientation briefing. Elevation: 50 m
Cusco - This morning you’ll be collected from your Miraflores hotel for a private transfer to the Lima airport and a short flight to Cusco. Once in Cusco, you will be greeted at the airport, and transferred to your hotel. Here, enjoy a hot coca tea and receive a detailed briefing about your stay in the region. Elevation: 3350 m
Sacred Valley of the Incas / Ollantaytambo - Today one of the most spectacular days of the tour takes you through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to your final destination, Aguas Calientes village. Our travels will bring us through the major archaeological sites of Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Elevation: 2800 m
Ollantaytambo Archeological Park / Chincheros / Moray / Salineras de Maras - Begin the day with a tour of Ollantaytambo, one of the most noteworthy destinations in Peru. The village, named after the Inca General Ollanta, is loaded with history and has been continuously inhabited since the 13th century. After, avoid the crowds and enjoy some lesser known Inca sites and a short hike to begin preparation for the Trail ahead. Among the peaks and gorgeous panoramas, head back to Ollantaytambo where you’ll be free to catch your breath and prepare for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Village tomorrow. Elevation: 2800 m
Inca Trail Day 1 -This is considered ‘the easy day’. You’ll be collected early from your hotel in Ollantaytambo and transferred 60 minutes to Piscacocha at km 82 where we begin our walk in the footsteps of the Inca. Take in the scenic views of the Urubamba River and Vilcanota mountain range as we hike 7 km northeast along the Urubamba River Valley. We will then detour and make our way up the Huallabamba Valley in route to our waiting lunch. After a short siesta, continue hiking 1.5 more hours to our first campsite at Allapata. Elevation: 3300 m; Walking Distance: Approximately 12 km
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Inca Trail Day 2 - This is considered the hardest day. The Trail takes us along a steep path through cloud forest to “Warmiwañusca,” or Dead Woman’s Pass. At 4198m (13769 ft) above sea level. Continue on a steep decent takes us to the valley of Pacaymayo for lunch. After some down time, we will summit the second pass of the hike, which is at 3998m (13113 ft). Enjoy superb views of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. After a visit to the serene ruins of Sayacmarca, we will continue hiking on route to Chaquicocha or ‘dry lake’ where you camp for the night. Elevation: 3550 m; Walking Distance: Approximately 13 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Inca Trail Day 3 - Wake up to crystal clear views of the Salkantay range. After breakfast the trail goes through some beautiful cloud forest on the gentle climb to the third pass at 3700m (12136 ft). On clear days, we will beautiful views of the Urubamba Valley below. Soon after, you reach the quiet ruins of Puyupatamarca, or the 'Town above the Clouds', at about 3650m (11972 ft). Trek downhill to ‘Wiñay Huayna’ (Forever Young) ruins, a grandiose terraced hillside site, with panoramic views of the valley below and your nearby last campsite of the trek. Elevation: 2600 m; Walking Distance: Approximately 11 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Inca Trail Day 4 - Cusco - Wake up before dawn and eat breakfast as you prepare for the walk to Inti Punku, the Sun Gate. Arrive at sunrise to see the sun creep above the Andes and cast its light over the incredible ancient city of Machu Picchu, nestled on a mountain ridge below! After descending to the main entrance, you will enter the sanctuary and embark on a 2 hour tour with your guide through the city. After some free time to explore the ruins, you will board the bus to the small, but bustling town of Aguas Callientes. You will travel back to Cusco for the evening. Elevation: 3350; Walking Distance: Approximately 8 km
Cusco - Have a much deserved lie in and enjoy a free day in the Inca Imperial capital. Wander the endless system of narrow Inca alleyways lined with shops, cafes and restaurants. Check out the bohemian neighbourhood of San Blas, full of artists, craftsmen and street vendors and the colourful local market at San Pedro. Eat well and have a true night out "Peruvian style" in the many pubs, discos and bars. Elevation: 3350
Fly Cusco - Lima - This morning spend as in leisure finishing up some last minute shopping or having a "cafecito" in the local plaza. Transfer to Cusco airport and fly back to Lima in the afternoon, Be greeted at the airport and transferred to your Lima hotel. Tonight, take advantage of the superb regional cuisine and celebrate an incredible trip!
Lima - Today is time to say 'adios' to magical Peru. You will have a late flight home, so enjoy the day visiting the historic district of Lima, wander the artsy district of Barranco or head down to the beach and take in the sun. Lima has so much to offer. Later be picked up and taken to the airport for your flight back home. "Hasta la proxima!"
Tour Price $2545 USD per person *3 star accommodation (based on a group of 4)
$3645 USD per person **5 star accommodation (based on a group of 4)
*3 star hotels include: Hotel Tierra Viva Larco; Hotel Tierra Viva Saphi, Hotel Rumi Punku or similar (all subject to availability upon booking)
**5 star hotels include: Hotel Libertador Palacio del Inca, JW Marriott Cusco, Hotel Miraflores Hilton or similar (all subject to availability upon booking)
Smaller group? No problem, we can accommodate, inquire below.
See another side of Peru with an add-on jungle lodge stay. Too much hiking? See Macchu Picchu by train. Add on a trip to the mysterious Nazca Lines or experience the world's highest navigable lake, Titicaca and visit a floating island.
Let us know your interests and time-frame we will hand-craft your adventure with you!
"It could have easily been just another cookie-cutter, group tour but it was so much more, and way beyond what I had expected. Original Trails gave us the opportunity to really immerse ourselves in the local culture and history of Cusco. We explored the Sacred Valley and learned the traditions and customs of the people who live there. We journeyed down ancient Inca paths and took in the awesome, expansive Andean panoramas along the way. We didn't just visit Peru, the Inca trail and Macchu Picchu. We truly got to experience it all. Thanks Aparna and Aaron and I'll be seeing you soon on yet another adventure."
- Sebastian Kowalczyk, Toronto, Canada
"Hi Aaron and Aparna, we are home safely and just wanted to drop you a quick note to say - THANK YOU! Everything was so well-organized and absolutely top notch. We had never used a tour company before and so were a little wary, but you came through with flying colours and made traveling with three children a breeze. The Inca Trail was of course mind-blowing and challenging beyond belief for the grown ups but the kids did amazing - they are little mountain goats. We also loved the jungle, and our Nazca jaunt went well. Thank you to Sean, Julio, Frank and Cesar for being wonderful guides, informative and just excellent with the boys. Wishing you much success with your excellent business."
- Shannon P, Toronto, Canada