Four day Inca Trail, Cusco and the Sacred Valley - Nine days
This tour is designed for people looking for a well prepared experience of the ancient four day Inca trail to Maccu Picchu. We also give you the chance to stay at some beautiful hotels. We start our adventure by immersing in the history and legends of Cusco. We visit the charming colonial neighborhoods of Cusco and the colourful Andean villages of the Sacred Valley. We visit awe-inspiring megalithic Inca buildings before starting the famous four day trail through the lush and tropical mountains to the hidden Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
- Visit the local traditional food market in Cusco and experience the local lifestyle
- Walk around the ancient streets of Cusco with our private guide
- Spend three nights camping on the four day Inca trail to Machu Picchu
- Marvel at the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman with its huge stones chiselled to perfection.
- Hear some of the Inca myths and legends past down over the centuries.
- Taste some great meals on the Inca trail with our top chefs.
- Learn about the rituals and customs of the Incas with our local guides
- Take the Vistadome train through the fertile Sacred Valley of the Incas.
- Experience the vibrant city of Lima with some of the best seafood in the world.
Departures:Daily departures year round, except in FebruaryDestinations:Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Inca trail to MachupicchuReservation code:IE9
- Arrival in Lima and connecting flight to Cusco. Afternoon City tour of Cusco
- Day excursion to the Sacred Valley, visiting Pisac market, the archaeological site of Pisac, Ollantaytambo and its fortress. Overnight in the Sacred Valley
- First day of the Inca trail from Km. 82 to Wayllabamba (approximately 6 hrs hike)
- Second day of Inca trail, hike from Wayllabamba to Pacaymayu (Approximately 6 hrs and a half hike)
- Third day of Inca trail, hike from Pacaymayu to Winay Wayna (approximately 7 hrs hike)
- Fourth day of Inca trail, from WinayWayna to Machu Picchu and guided tour of Machu Picchu Sanctuary (Approximately two and a half hrs hike and three hrs excursion)
- Free day in Aguas Calientes. Afternoon return to Cusco by train and car
- Fly to Lima, afternoon city tour of colonial and modern Lima.
- Transfer to Lima airport for your flight home
Day 1 Lima to Cusco
Arrival in Lima. Connecting flight to Cusco. On arrival to Cusco airport we will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel, the rest of the morning will be at leisure to acclimatize to the altitude . In the afternoon your guide will pick you up from your hotel for a Half Day city tour. First we will visit the Cathedral of Cusco on the Plaza de Armas and continuously the temple of Qoricancha, also known as the temple of the Sun. After these visits, we will continue to the upper part of Cusco to visit several archaeological sites. The first stop will be at Sacsayhuaman, a ceremonial complex of the Incas. We will also visit Qenqo, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay. At the end, we will return to Cusco and drop you off at your hotel. In the evening at a scheduled time our guide will meet you in your hotel for your briefing of the Inca Trail (approximately 45 minutes meeting)
Overnight in Cusco
Day 2 Sacred Valley of the Incas
Today we start from your hotel for our day excursion to the Sacred Valley Of the Incas. We visit the colorful indigenous market of Pisac and in the afternoon the archeological site of Ollantaytambo. At Pisac we will first visits its archaeological site, before we go down and enjoy a small typical Andean market . We continue to Urubamba where a buffet lunch is served. After lunch we continue on to Ollantaytambo where we visit the Archeological 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 foot of some spectacular Inca ruins, which protected the strategic entrance to the lower Urubamba Valley. The temple area is at the top of steep terracing which helped to provide excellent defenses. After the tour we will take you to your hotel.
Overnight in the Sacred Valley.
Breakfast and lunch included.
Day 3 Inca Trail: Cusco - Km. 82 - Wayllabamba
This day we will have an early start with a pick up from your hotel in the Sacred Valley for an approximately half hour transfer to the starting point of the trail, which is located at Km 82 we will begin our trek by hiking along the left bank of the Vilcanota river, with the Veronica mountain overlooking the trailt 5,900m / 19,356.95 ft. We will camp tonight on a terrace near the small village of Wayllabamba (3,000 mts / 9,842.51 ft).
15.8km –9.8mi / approximately 6 hours walking
Lunch and dinner included
Overnight at camp-site
Day 4 Inca Trail: Wayllabamba - Pacaymayu
We will trek upward through the native forest to Pacaymayu - the highest campsite of the Inca Trail. This will be one of the most demanding days of the trail as we ascend to the mountain pass of Warmiwanuska (Dead Woman´s Pass at 4,200 mts /13,779.52 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 (3,600 mts / 11,811.02 ft).
8.6 km – 5.3 mi / approximately 6 and half hours walking.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Overnight at campsite
Day 5 Inca Trail: Pacaymayu - Winay Wayna
Today, we will cross a second mountain pass at 4,000m / 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 ( 2650 mts / 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 withgreat precision.
15 km – 9.3 mi / approximately 7 hours walking
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Overnight at camp-site
Day 6 Inca Trail: WinayWayna - Machu Picchu
Orchids and hummingbirds are 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, from where we will see Machupicchu for the first time stretched out below on a rocky outcropping. Overlooking the site we will see the peak known as Huayna Picchu. From this point, we need only to walkl down the final stretch of the royal trail and enter finally to the enigmatic citadel, which laid hidden for centuries before being revealed to the world by chance discovery.
(5 km – 3.1 mi / approximately 2.5 hours walking)
We will have a guided excursion of Machupicchu and afterwards you will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes, where you will be able to find many restaurant options for lunch. Free evenign to relax.
Overnight in Aguas Calientes
Day 7 Machu PicchuFree day in Aguas Calientes. Enjoy many of the extra activities available in the area including Mandor Waterfall, Huayna Picchu Mountain, or if you are staying at the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel you can enjoy the included nature excursions. (Please note none of the extra tickets are included for this day - please consult your travel consultant). Morning or afternoon return by train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy stations and transfer to your hotel in Cusco.Overnight in CuscoBreakfast included.
Day 8 Cusco to Lima
Today you will depart by plane from Cusco to Lima. On arrival to Lima airport we will be waiting to take you to your hotel. Afternoon pick up from your hotel for the City tour of colonial Lima. At the end of your tour we will take you back to your hotel.
Overnight in Lima
Day 9: International Flight
Transfer to the airport in Lima for your international flight.
End of our program.
IncludedEntrance tickets:All entrance tickets for the places to visit mentioned in the programExcursions:All excursions mentioned in the programGuide:Official guides during excursionsMachupicchu:Roundtrip bus tickets and entrance tickets to the Sanctuary on the day of excursionMeals:Meals as mentioned in programTrain:Train from Aguas Calientes - Poroy (Vistadome Train with comfort and luxury hotels / Expedition Train Economic and Tourist hotels)
- 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
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.
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.
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.
Occupancy Economic 2* Economic 3* Comfort 4* Luxury 5* Prices in US$ Double room US $ 1760 US $ 1835 US $ 1930 US $ 2605 Single room supplement US $ 175 US $ 260 US $ 365 US $ 1015