This well planned trip combines the highlights of Cuzco,
Sacred Valley and the Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu. Visting the colonial and a archaeological
sites in the Inca Capital of Cuzco. The following day takes you to the Indian Market of Pisac
where local textiles can be purchased. Travel deeper into the Sacred Valley of the Inca to the
fortress in Ollantaytambo to stay the night before the hike. Then early the next day we set off
for the spectacular PRIVATE INCA TRAIL TREK into the Andean mountains where your guide, porters and
cook will manage the trip while you enjoy the beauty of the fauna and the seldom viewed archaeological
ruins of the Inca. The hike is not complete until you arrive into Machu Picchu where your guide will explain the history and myths that surround this
archaeological wonder. To top the experience of a lifetime off, you will
overnight at or near Machu Picchu.
Day 1 - arrive Lima
Depart from your home city arrive into Lima where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for your overnight.
Day 2 - Lima - Cuzco - Cuzco City & Archaeological tour of Sacsayhauman
Our staff will transfer you to the airport for your short flight to Cuzco where you will be met
and escorted to your hotel. Relax the remainder of the morning with a cup of the local tea to
help acclimate to the 11,400 ft. altitude of Cuzco. In the afternoon our guide will meet you at
your hotel and take you to the historical and archaeological sites inside the City of Cuzco and
to the most important archaeological ruins of Kenko, Tambo Machay, Pucapucara and Sacsayhauman.
Return to your hotel in the early evening. (BB)
Day 3 - Cuzco - Pisac Market - Ollantaytambo
Our staff will meet and transfer you in the morning ( 8:45 -9:00 a.m.) into the Sacred Valley of
the Inca. This fertile region includes many Inca terraces and farm land. Travel to the town of
Pisac and the Ancient Pisac Market for the annual show where many of the local Indians sell and
barter their hand made textiles, fresh fruits, and vegetables. After an hour or so of mingling
with the locals, you will proceed to eat lunch at a local hacienda restaurant in the Sacred Valley.
Afterwards, continue to Ollantaytambo which is the oldest continuously habituated town of the
Inca that contains several important Inca structures. At the top of the sixteen massive terraces
are the ever impressive ruins of Ollantaytambo Fortress. This is where the Inca fought some of
their fiercest and strongest battles. It is unknown how the huge precisely carved stones were
transported down one mountain range to the Ollantaytambo location, or how they were fitted
perfectly to support a strategic fortress that has bared the test of time. Also found here are
“silos” or grain mills that are directly adjacent to the fortress that could have maintained
thousands of pounds of grain for the Inca and its people. Some of the grain was most likely
produced in the surrounding agricultural terracing by the variety of crops that were grown.
Afterwards, remain in the Sacred Valley. (3:45 p.m) Overnight at the Hotel. (BB/L)
Day 4 - Ollantaytambo - Inca Trail (PRIVATE)
You will be met at your hotel in Cuzco and transfer by bus to the town of Chilca and the starting
point of your trek. All the camping gear is carried by our staff giving you the time to enjoy the
beautiful scenic views of the Andean mountains. After a short hike you will be registered into the
National Park at Llactapata. You will then continue your hike along the Cusichaca river and on into
the Amazon basin of your first camp site near Huayllabamba. (B/L/D)
Day 5 - Inca Trail
The preparation for the day will begin after breakfast for the most difficult and steepest part of
your trek. Today you will climb through part of the mountain forest and then up to the point of
Llullupampa. After your climb to the Warmihuanunca Pass (13,490 ft.) You will get your first
glimpse of the snow-capped Vilcabamba range. After a brief time to absorb the incredible
surroundings you will descend into the orchid zone where a waterfall can viewed nearby.
The second night of camp will be set near the Inca outpost of Pacasmayo, where the ruins can be
Day 6 - Inca Trail
The day starts by climbing to the 13,000 ft pass and the ruins of Runcuracay. As you descend into
the rainforest you will notice a change in the vegetation. The hike then leads into the ruins of
Sayajmarca and into an Inca tunnel opening at the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, where your camp will be set.
Here you will have time to explore the area and prepare for the final day of your hike. (B/L/D)
Day 7 - Inca Trail - Machu Picchu
The final day of your journey takes you on a rapid decent through the cloud forest and to the
ruins of Winay Wayna. As your anticipation of reaching the celestial site grows greater and greater
with every step, your tired body is rejuvenated knowing that only a few more steps and turns on
the Inca highway will etch a significant memorable day in our life. The trail continues onward
leading you to Inti Punku,"The Gate of The Sun." Here you will get your first magnificent view of
the forgotten city of Machu Picchu. You will have time to admire the incredible view before making
decent into the huge coliseum like stadium of the Inca. Here our staff will explain the history
and the myths of this archaeological site. Afterwards, you will be transferred by bus to the base of Machu Picchu and
the town of Aguas Calientes for the remainder of the day on your own. Ovenight at the hotel. (B)
( Note: Overnight at Sanctuary Lodge incl. BB/L/D, the Pueblo Hotel incl. BB & D )
Day 8 - Free day - Machu Picchu - Cuzco
Today you will have the full day on your own. You may choose to re-enter Machu Picchu or take the day relaxing.
In the afternoon you will depart from Aguas Calientes by Expedition or Vistadome train (Hiram Bingham train available on request.)with many memories
that pictures will never tell. After your return to Cuzco you will be transferred to your hotel.
( BB ) Note: 2nd day re-entry into Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu not incl.
Day 9 - Cuzco - Lima
Our staff will meet and transfer you to the Cuzco airport for your flight to Lima where you will transfer
on your own to your departing flight out of Peru. (BB)
NOTE : INCA TRAIL IS IN PRIVATE SILVER CLASS/FIRST CLASS SERVICE.
NOTE : INCA TRAIL $100.00 PERMIT IS NOT INCLUDED IN RATES SHOWN.
NOTE : All hotels include Continental or Buffet breakfast.
Room type available vary from hotel to hotel and are as follows...
ST=Standard;CR=Colonial;SP=Standard Patio;DL=Deluxe;DLT=Deluxe Terrace; JS=Jr.Suite; S=Suite.
NOT INCLUDED :
International air to Peru, local air inside Peru. Local air inside Peru available directly from airline or via the Peru office representatives.
Also not included local visas, departure taxes and any add on incidentals not included in program.
Availability on the Inca Trail is regulated by the Peru government. CHECK THE 2017 INCA TRAIL AVAILABILITY on the PERU Government web site or contact us.)