Inca Explorer

9 days - 8 nights
Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Inca trail to Machupicchu
Overview

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 Machu 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 colorful 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.

Tour highlights:

  • Visit the local traditional food market in Cusco and experience the local lifestyle
  • Walk around the ancient streets of Cusco with our Official tour 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 chiseled 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 to Machu Picchu passing through the fertile Sacred Valley of the Incas.
  • Experience the vibrant city of Lima with some of the best seafood in the world.
 
  1. Arrival in Lima and connecting flight to Cusco. Afternoon City tour of Cusco
  2. Day excursion to the Sacred Valley, visiting Pisac market, the archaeological site of Pisac, Ollantaytambo and its fortress. Overnight in the Sacred Valley
  3. First day of the Inca trail from Km. 82 to Wayllabamba (approximately 6 hrs hike)
  4. Second day of Inca trail, hike from Wayllabamba to Pacaymayu (Approximately 6 hrs and a half hike)
  5. Third day of Inca trail, hike from Pacaymayu to Winay Wayna (approximately 7 hrs hike)
  6. 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)
  7. Free day in Aguas Calientes. Afternoon return to Cusco by train and car
  8. Fly to Lima, afternoon city tour of colonial and modern Lima.
  9. Transfer to Lima airport for your flight home
Departures:
Daily departures year round, except in February
Destinations:
Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Inca trail to Machupicchu
Reservation code:
IE9
Day by day

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 we will pick you up for your 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.
 

Note: In private service you will first have a tour by foot through the city, visiting Qoricancha the Inca Sun Temple, the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral, enjoying the atmosphere of the city by observing the well-preserved colonial architecture that conserves Incas original stone walls, evidence of a rich and complex history. We will continue our way until we get to San Pedro Central Market where the locals shop for Andean grains, fruits, natural medicine plants and more. Afterwards, drive up above Cusco for a visit of the spectacular Sacsayhuaman Inca complex with stupendous stonework, Qenko a place of rituals and then we will visit the house of Sulca to see the lovely textiles made by hand.Return to your hotel. Rest of the day at your leisure.

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

This will be a full day tour where you will enjoy the varied landscapes of the beautiful Río Urubamba Valley, known as “Valle Sagrado de los Incas”, along the way we can see attractive colonial towns and isolated villages of indigenous communities that continue their tradition for weaving, pottery and agriculture. Main attractions will be the handicraft markets and the lofty Inca citadels of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, it is definitely the perfect match between a cultural experience, the andean sunlight and delicious typical food.

We will visit first the famous Pisac Colorful Indian market to see the handicrafts and taste delicious empanadas baked in huge typical ovens. Afterwards, continue to the Pisac ruins above the town for a visit of the Sun Temple and admire the many surrounding terraces. We will continue to Urubamba to enjoy lunch, then off to one of the original Inca towns of Ollantaytambo to be amazed by the ruins that sit in front of the quaint town.  After a wonderful day you will return to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the night.

Overnight in Sacred Valley
Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 3 Inca Trail: Cusco - Km. 82 - Wayllabamba

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is considered one of the best trails for trekking in the entire world, and the most well-known of all the Inka Trails, it is a scenic road with the Andean indescribable beauty running along the days of this adventure, exploring enigmatic archaeological sites which can only be reached by foot.

Thanks to the researches we can know that Machu Picchu was connected to the Incas Empire through the Qhapaq Ñan, the Inca road network which was a system of roads that linked the most important points of the immense empire. These paths were built with excellent structure, in harmony with its surroundings and having a great aesthetic in its construction.

Today we will have an early start with a pick up from your hotel in The Sacred Valley for your transfer to the trail head at Km 82 (2,600 mts/ 8,530 feet) on the way to Machu Picchu. Along the road you will be able to observe the spectacular flora and fauna including over 250 types of orchids, 450 species of birds and if you are lucky the spectacled bear.

We will begin our trek by hiking along the left bank of the Vilcanota river, overlooked by the summit of the Veronica mountain (5,900 mts / 19,000 ft.). This day our trek will be liugh

We will camp this night on a terrace near the small village of Wayllabamba (3,000 mts / 9,840 ft).

15.8 km –9.8 mi / 6 hours walking.

Lunch and dinner included.
Overnight at campsite

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.

Breakfast included
Overnight in Aguas Calientes

Day 7 Free day in Machu Picchu

Today you will have free time in Machu Picchu.

If you have chosen the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel, you can opt to do one of the various excursions on the hotel grounds which include bird-watching, orchid and nature hikes with specialist guides.

Otherwise, based on your choice you could climb the Huayna Picchu or the Machu Picchu Mountain Peak. This short trek inside the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu will make your day spectacular! You will hike up through Inca’s original paths that will lead you towards magical places within the Cloud Forest. With every step you will get fascinated by the beautiful views of the famous Andean Mountains. You can have a taste of the real Inca Trail doing this trek and appreciate the architectonic magnificence of the Incas.  You have to see it with your own eyes!

Please make sure you check out of your hotel before you leave for the Sanctuary and to pick up your luggage and to be at the train station half an hour before your train’s departure.

Return to Aguas Calientes and enjoy lunch on your own. Then board your train to the Poroy or station. Private transfer to your hotel in Cusco.


Note:  Tickets are subject to availability. There are schedules for the visit to one of the Mountains, with the Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu tickets you can stay inside the Park for 6 hours and with the Machu Picchu + Machu Picchu Mountain Peak ticket for 7 hours maximum.  The visit for one of the mountains has a moderate grading that requires a good physical condition although effort is well worth it. The Huayna Picchu hike is easier and takes less time than Machu Picchu Mountain Peak.

Overnight in Cusco
Breakfast included

Day 8 Cusco to Lima

In the morning it's time to say goodbye to Cusco, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Lima.
After lunch we will meet you in front of the Marriott hotel for your guided Lima city tour in group service.

We first visit Lima’s Historical Center, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988, and a Cultural Patrimony in 1991.

We will visit the colonial sites of the Plaza Mayor, the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral, the Archibishop’s Palace. Right after we visit the San Francisco Monastery and Catacombs. We continue to modern section and visit the suburbs of San Isidro and Miraflores. On our way we will pass by the Huaca Pucllana, a pre-Inca pyramid shaped temple.

We continue to the Parque del Amor (Lovers Park) and enjoy refreshing views of the Pacific Ocean as we drive down to the Miraflores Malecon, a road overlooking the ocean. At the end of your tour we will take you back to your hotel.

Overnight in Lima
Breakfast included.

Day 9: International Flight

Transfer to the airport in Lima for your international flight.

End of our program.

Included

Included

Hotels included:
One night in Lima, two nights in Cusco, one night in Sacred Valley, one night in Machu Picchu town and three nights of Camping
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 the day of excursion
Meals:
Meals as mentioned in program
Train:
Train to Machu Picchu ( roundtrip)

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.
  • Sleeping bags
  • Trek poles
  • Extra mattres
  • Insurance: Travel insurance
Hotels

Hotels

Cusco

  • 3
    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.

Sacred Valley

  • 3
    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

  • 3
    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

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