The four day Inca Trail, Sacred Valley and Cusco

8 days - 7 nights
Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, the Classic Inca Trail
Overview
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This tour has been especially designed for people interested in hiking whose physical condition is good. In order to give time to acclimatize, first we will visit all the important areas of Cusco and the Sacred Valley before taking the challenging  four day Inca trail.

We will start taking you to Cusco, a unique city with its mixture of Inca and Colonial architecture, then we will continue to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, which holds beautiful Inca temples and palaces.

The next part of our trip will be the Inca trail, here our experienced crew will help to make the camping experience more like a hotel stay. This amazing trail is an unforgettable journey that will take you to the lost city of Machu Picchu. 

Tour highlights: 

  • Visit the local traditional market in Cusco where you will have the chance to see the lifestyle of local people.
  • Walk around the old streets of Cusco accompanied by our professional guide.
  • Marvel at the Inca fortress of Sacsaywaman with its huge stones, chiselled to perfection.
  • Taste some fantastic meals on the Inca trail prepared by our well trained cooks.
  • Learn about the rituals and customs of the Incas.
  • Take the scenic train journey from Machu Picchu to Cusco.
  • Haggle with the locals in the traditional markets of Cusco and Pisac.
  • Hike the royal Inca trail to the lost city of Machu Picchu.
  • Climb Huayna Picchu mountain and enjoy spectacular views of Machupicchu.

 

  1. Arrival in Lima. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight Lima
  2. Flight Lima/Cusco. Afternoon private tour of Cusco. Overnight Cusco
  3. Excursion to the Sacred Valley, visit to Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero. Overnight Sacred Valley
  4. First day of the Inca Trail. Overnight at campsite
  5. Second day of the Inca Trail. Overnight at campsite
  6. Third day of the Inca Trail. Overnight at campsite
  7. Last day of the Inca Trail. Guided excursion of Machupicchu. Afternoon return to Cusco. Overnight Cusco
  8. Morning flight to Lima. afternoon Lima city tour. Evening international flight
Departures:
Daily departures from April to December
Destinations:
Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, the Classic Inca Trail
Reservation code:
IT4D-1
Day by day

Day 1 Arrival in Lima

On your arrival to Lima you will either be met by our representative and taken to your hotel or make your way over to the Costa del Sol Hotel and check in. You will find that the Costa del Sol hotel is just a short walk from the airport arrival lounge. Please pick up your Chaska Tours holiday vouchers that will be waiting for you at the reception desk of your hotel.
Overnight in Lima
No meals included

Day 2  City Tour of Cusco

This morning you will return to the airport for your flight to Cusco. On your arrival to Cusco our representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel. After your check in you will have a briefing about the activities of the next coming days, the rest of the morning will be free to relax and adjust to the altitude. In the afternoon your guide will come to pick you up from your hotel for your city  that will include visiting the highlights in the central part of the city and two archaeological sites. We will visit the impressive Qoricancha temple and then we will take a short walk through the beautiful old streets of Cusco to visit the Cathedral in the main square. From this point our car will take us to the megalithic site of Sacsayhuaman and after we will visit Qenko, We will finish our tour taking you back to your hotel.In the evening you will have a meeting with your guide to get detailed information about the Inca trail.
Overnight in Cusco
Breakfast included.
NOTE: We strongly suggest the meeting for the Inca trail the first day in Cusco to have plenty of time to get everything necessary for the hike.

Day 3 Sacred Valley Tour.

This morning, we will have our day excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will visit the colorful handicraft market of Pisac and in the afternoon the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo. At Pisac we can enjoy a handicraft market with good opportunities to buy local souvenirs. We will continue to Urubamba to a restaurant where a buffet lunch is served. After lunch we continue to Ollantaytambo where we will visit the archaeological site. Ollantaytambo is an attractive little town located at the western end of the Sacred Valley. The town has been built on top of original Inca foundations and is the best surviving example of Inca town planning. The town is located at the bottom of an impressive Inca construction, which protected the strategic entrance to the lower Urubamba Valley. The religious area is at the top of steep terracing which helped to provide excellent defenses against the attacks of some tribes. At the end of the tour we will take you to your hotel in the Sacred Valley.
Overnight in the Sacred Valley
Breakfast and lunch included

Day 4 Inca Trail: Sacred Valley - Km. 82 - Wayllabamba

This morning we will have an early start for our hiking adventure. We will pick you up from your hotel in the Sacred Valley for your transfer to the starting point of the Inca trail at Km 82, we will begin our trek by hiking along the left bank of the Vilcanota river, with a splendid view of  the Veronica Mountain  (5,900mts / 19,356.95 ft). We will camp on a terrace near the small village of Wayllabamba (3,000m / 9,842.51 ft).
15.8 km –9.8 mi / approximately six hours walking.
Lunch and dinner included.
Overnight at camp-site.

Day 5 Inca Trail: Wayllabamba - Pacaymayu.

We will trek upward through native forest to Pacaymayu - the highest campsite of the Inca Trail. Today will be one of the most demanding days of the trail in terms of physical effort as we ascend to the first mountain pass of Warmiwañuska (Dead Woman´s Pass at 4,200 mts /13,779.53 ft). At this point we will be rewarded with spectacular views of the peaks of Huayanay to the east, and the rugged Vilcabamba range to the west. Afterward, we will descend to our campsite at Pacaymayu (3,600m / 11,811 ft).
8.6 km – 5.3 mi /  approximately six and a half hours walking
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Overnight at camp-site.

Day 6 Inca Trail: Pacaymayu - Winay Wayna (15 km)

This day, we will cross a second mountain pass located at 4,000 mts / 13,123.35 ft and follow a finely paved and well-preserved Inca trail to the restored archaeological site of Sayacmarka. This section of the Inca Trail is paved with white granite and traverses a thickly forested slope. We will camp at Wiñaywayna (2650m / 8694.22 ft) after a spectacular descent from the cloud forest and high jungle. Wiñaywayna is a beautiful ceremonial site divided into two sectors and fashioned from finely-carved stones fit together with great precision.
15 km – 9.3 mi / approximately seven hours walking
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Overnight at camp-site.

Day 7 Inca Trail:  WinayWayna - Machu Picchu (5 km)

Orchids and hummingbirds will be a common sight along this stretch of the Inca Trail and the Urubamba River is a constant presence far below us. From Wiñaywayna we will continue to Intipunku or The Sun Gate, here we will see Machu Picchu for the first time stretched out below on a rocky outcropping. right in front of the site you will find the peak known as Huayna Picchu. From this point, we need to walk down the final stretch of the royal trail and enter to the enigmatic citadel, which laid hidden for centuries before being revealed to the world by chance discovery.
(5 km – 3.1 mi / approximately two and a half hours walking)
Guided excursion of Machu Picchu and in the afternoon, we will return to Cusco by train, arriving in the late evening.
Breakfast included
Overnight in Cusco

Note: Campsites may change depending on the government asignment for each group.

Day 8 Transfer to Cusco airport

This morning at a convenient time you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Lima.

Breakfast included

Optional: Lima extension

On arrival to Lima airport we will pick you up from the exit gate and help you to store your luggage at the airport storage office. Then we will take you to the centre of Lima, to the drop-off / pick-up point - The Marriott Hotel. Depending on your flight times you will have free time for lunch. At 2 pm you will need to be in front of the Marriott hotel to start the City Tour of Lima. (Please consult us for variations of the Lima City Tour). In the evening we will meet you at the same drop-off / pick-up point and take you to the airport for your international flight back home.

Included

Included

Hotels included:
One night in Lima, two nights in Cusco , one night in the Sacred Valley and three nights in campsites on the Inca Trail.
Entrance tickets:
All entrance tickets for the places to visit mentioned in the program.
Excursions:
All excursions mentioned in the program.
Guide:
Official guides during excursions.
Machupicchu:
Roundtrip bus tickets and entrance tickets to the Sanctuary on day
Meals:
Meals as mentioned in program.
Train:
Train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy (Vistadome Train with comfort and luxury hotels / Expedition Train with Economic and Tourist hotels)
Train Andean Explorer:
Orient Express Cusco - Puno

Not included:

  • International flights.
  • Two Domestic flights Lima/ Cusco/Lima 
  • Flight taxes: National and international departure airport taxes
  • Tips: Tips at airports, hotels and tips for guides, drivers or other personal.
  • Insurance: Travel insurance
Transport Cusco - Puno or vv:
Orient Express Cusco - Puno
Hotels

Hotels

Cusco

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    Category: Economic

    Andenes Al Cielo

    Hotel Andenes al Cielo is the perfect combination of a guesthouse and a modern hotel. It has all the facilities and services of a modern hotel, but offers you the personal service of a small guesthouse. 

    Andenes al Cielo is located on Choquecheka Street, at the beginning of the San Blas district,  The hotel offers its guests many advantages. Only two blocks from the main square, the hotel is close to restaurants, bars, pubs and shops in the San Blas area.
     
    The hotel itself maintains the ancient colonial style for which Cusco is very famous. Arches, handcrafted furniture and stones combined with the andenes (terraces) and the wooden balconies give Andenes al Cielo this colonial "look".
     
    All the rooms have a flat screen television and a private bathroom. The Deluxe rooms are even more comfortable with a fireplace, sitting area and balconies.
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    Category: Economic

    Casa Andina Cathedral Cusco

    The Hotel Casa Andina Classic Cathedral is situated as close as possible to the main square, though it is devoid of the busy traffic and street noise, which creates an ideal accommodation in Cusco. Its location, not even 50 metres from Cusco's Cathedral, gives it many advantages and with double thick windows in the rooms on the street side you won't be bothered by the traffic below.

    Several of the brightly coloured rooms have perfect views over the Plaza de Armas, the Santa Catalina Convent or the Compania de Jesus Church.

    The hotel was built in a colonial building and still has the beautiful green balconies which makes it fit perfectly in the Cusco centre city style.

  • 3
    Category: Economic

    Casa Andina Classic Koricancha Cusco

    Casa Andina is a famous hotel chain in Peru and has 5 hotels in Cusco. Their hotels are divided in two categories, the Casa Andina "Classic" Hotels and the Casa Andina "Private Collection" Hotels. Their slogan is "Casa Andina, inspired by a sense of place" and all the hotels are known for their superior value and top-notch locations.

    Casa Andina Classic Koricancha is the largest of the Casa Andina chain in Cusco with 54 rooms. With the two interior patios it can offer its clients a peaceful and comfortable stay in the busy city of Cusco.

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    Category: Economic

    Casa Andina Classic Plaza Cusco

    asa Andina is a famous hotel chain in Peru and has 5 hotels in Cusco. Their hotels are divided in two categories, the Casa Andina "Classic" Hotels and the Casa Andina "Private Collection" Hotels. Their slogan is "Casa Andina, inspired by a sense of place" and all the hotels are known for their superior value and top-notch locations. 

    The special feature you'll notice in Casa Andina Classis Cusco Plaza hotel is the elevator which will make it a bit easier to get to the 4th floor.

  • 3
    Category: Economic

    Casa Andina Classic San Blas Cusco

    The Casa Andina Classic San Blas Hotel is a hotel made for visitors looking for a relaxed, stress-free place to stay individually or with a family. With its restaurant, interior courtyard, fountain, 3 wood burning chimneys and, above all, the helpful staff; this hotel can compete with the best hotels in town.

  • 3
    Category: Economic

    Casa San Blas

    Casa San Blas Boutique is small attractive hotel in the middle of the historic artisan San Blas district and located at a quiet spot. It houses in an finely restored colonial mansion and the rooms are decorated with beautiful handmade weavings.

    The entire staff has been carefully selected and trained about exactly how to please a customer. Flexibility is a key word in their customer service style. Casa San Blas Boutique lodge offers you free Internet, spacious rooms, clean and roomy bathrooms, cable TV in every room and extra long beds. Besides these amenities it also offers visitors Tika, a small cosy restaurant where you can have your breakfast, lunch or dinner in a romantic setting.

  • 3
    Category: Economic

    Eco Inn Cusco

    Hotel Eco Inn in Cusco is operating since October 2007 in a big white prominent building at the end of Sol Avenue and in front of the Artesanal Market and waterfall. The entry and lobby are enormous and are flooded with natural light coming in from the impressive roof. Next to this lobby you'll find a stylish restaurant with the tables set up next to the river which was beautifully constructed through the restaurant. The suites and traditional rooms are divided among 4 floors and 3 elevators can be used to avoid climbing stairs.

    In the basement of the Hotel Eco Inn you can discover the greatness of their Inca Spa. A completely different world with a unique atmosphere will make you feel fresh, clean and above all full of vitality and energy. They combine ancient Inca methods, elements and techniques during their rituals, massages and facial or body treatments.

    Hotel Eco Inn is a great option for a comfortable and new hotel at an accesable price.

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    Category: Economic

    Encantada

    Hotel Encantada is far from the noisy streets, but still located in the centre and close to the Sacsayhuaman ruins. The Encantada Boutique Hotel is a marvellous place located in the higher part of Cusco's city centre.

    All 15 rooms are divided among three floors in this modern styled hotel; on the upper floor there is a rooftop terracce and a spa. From both places you'll have an excellent view over the city, the surrounding mountains and the rooftops of San Blas while listening to the sound of the birds in the trees close by. The services of the Spa are exclusive guests of the hotel and must be reserved in advance. 

    The lobby is decorated in a very modern way with leather furniture, dark brown colours and offers a tranquil atmosphere, especially with the fire burning. The Internet, fruits and hot water for drinks are free to use and can be found in the hotel's lobby.

    Plenty of natural light enters the spacious rooms because of the large windows.

Machu Picchu Pueblo

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    Category: Economic

    Andina Luxury

    Rooms at the Hotel Andina are spacious and the riverside rooms have spectacular views of the mountains and river. All rooms have a bathtub and the six luxury rooms of the hotel include a Jacuzzi. All rooms have flat screen 32'' plasma TVs with cable. Hotel Andina Luxury has a sauna, a hot whirlpool, a massage centre and a restaurant in the basement; these new facilities are available to enjoy since a few monts.

    Hotel Andina is the perfect choice when looking for a modern, new hotel at a reasonable price.

    The hotel also has a conference room, which can be used by groups for free.

Sacred Valley

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    Category: Economic

    Inkallpa Sacred Valley

    Hotel Inkallpa in the Sacred Valley is a wonderful new hotel located in a small community called Yanahuara, about 20 minutes from the train station in Ollantaytambo. It took the Peruvian family, the Mayos, two years to construct this little paradise and they have operated this hotel from the beginning.

    While at Hotel Inkallpa, surrounded by mountains and silence, it will certainly feel like you're very far away from the civilization, but no....with a simple 20 minute drive you're at the Ollantaytambo train station, from where your train leaves to Machupicchu.

    Many people stay one night in the Sacred Valley and then start their journey onto Machupicchu. Hotel Inkallpa, however, is a place where you can spend more than a day relaxing, reading or meditating without feeling bored. At the end of July, their spa will also be ready and so you will have the opportunity to order a massage or to take a bath in their Jacuzzi.

    A small river, complete with fountains and waterfalls, runs through the green fields and makes sure the flowers are showing their finest colors throughout the year. When lucky, the fruit trees are in bloom upon your check in and you can pick your own peaches, raspberries are any other fruit growing on the property.

    Because of its lovely climate and beautiful scenery, the Sacred Valley is an excellent place to practice outdoor sports like horse riding, white water rafting, mountain biking, and paragliding or rock climbing. All these activities can be done in just one day with the start and end from Hotel Inkallpa. After a day full of activities and upon your return to the hotel, one suggestion would be to get a massage before going to your room to enjoy the sunset falling down over the Sacred Valley of the Inca's from your balcony with a glass of wine.
     

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    Category: Economic

    Pakaritampu Sacred Valley

    Hotel Pakaritampu´s impressive gardens and professional staff, this hotel offers you everything you need during your stay in the Sacred Valley of the Incas'.

    The hotel has a total of 37 rooms, which are divided among 4 blocks. The newest block was finished last year and only has superior rooms. In between all the separate blocks you will find beautiful gardens with fruit trees, colourful flowers and, when lucky, even some hummingbirds.

    In the garden, the hotel also has a telescope which you can use to have a closer look at the ruins; these are also visible from here.

    The restaurant inside offers a great variety of meals and some days they offer a buffet lunch as well. It opens at 5:00 AM in the morning and closes at 9:30 PM. Room-service, luggage storage, internet on site, TV room, library, and a bar with fire place or some of the features this hotel has to offer for which you'll not be bored while staying at Hotel Pakaritampu.

Lima

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    Category: Tourist, Economic

    Manhattan airport hotel

    Manhattan airport hotel is convenientely located near the airport of Lima in a quiet neighbourhood. It is a 10 minute ride to the hotel.

    Hotel Manhattan is a good economic option when your arrival is late in the evening and if you have a morning flight the next day. 

     

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    Category: Economic

    Runcu

    Hotel Runcu is a modern hotel set on a relatively quiet street in a safe area of Miraflores.

    The hotel is only 2 blocks away from the Pacific Ocean and the beautiful waterfront parks of Miraflores and it is  10 minute walk to the busy area of Parque Kennedy, where you find many restaurants and shops.

    Rooms are clean and comfortable, the staff is helpful and friendly. Hotel Runcu received a certicate of excellence from Tripadvisor in 2011.
     
    The hotel serves a personalized breakfast on the 8th floor of the hotel from where you have a nice view of the surroundings. 
     

Prices

  Occupancy Economic 3* Comfort 4* Luxury 5* Luxury Superior 5*+
Prices in US$. Double room US $ 1445 US $ 1510 US $ 2090 Please consult us
  Single room suppement US $ 220 US $ 275 US $ 850
           

* Prices for 2017