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Classic Inca Trail

The Inca Trail retraces the ancient footsteps of the Incas, between the Sacred Valley and leading to the breathtaking “Lost City of Machu Picchu”. This road network is unbelievably still used by the locals to connect with the same villages that once flourished during the Inca Empire. A total of 45 kilometers are covered in perhaps the most famous hike in South America. Combine this incredible trek with the marvels to be seen in Cusco, packed with natives dressed in a kaleidoscope of color and tradition.

7 day program

Day 1: Arrive to Cusco

Our guide will greet you at the Cusco airport and transfer you to your hotel for check-in. Your guide will accompany you on a narrated, walking tour of Cuzco to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, and then walk through the ancient Incan streets to Qorikancha Temple. Activities will be adjusted as needed while you adapt to the 3,390 m/11,000 ft altitude. Pre-hike briefing: Guide will brief you for the hike and provide a duffle bag in which you can pack up to 11 lbs/5 kg of personal gear to take on the Inca Trail Hike. You will carry your own day pack. Your remaining luggage will stay in a locked room at the hotel, while your passport and valuables should stay with you at all times, including your original passport to enter the Inca Trail.

Day 2: Sacred Valley
After a hearty Peruvian buffet breakfast in the hotel, you're off in a private van with your guide to the outskirts of Cusco to see the famous Sacsayhuaman fortress. Continue to the ancient terraced salt ponds of Maras and an Incan greenhouse laboratory at Moray where the Incans used their botanical knowledge to domesticate a number of plants to produce higher yields. Arrive in Ollantaytambo for dinner in a local restaurant and overnight at a hotel.

Day 3: Inca Trail: Ollantaytambo / Wayllabamba
Morning departure from Ollantaytambo by private van to Km 82 in Piskacucho, where the porters pack gear, including your duffle. The hike begins on a strolling, flat path along the Urubamba River and then shifts upward until our lunch stop. Along the way, get a close-up view of the archaeological ruins of Llactapata before arriving to your campsite for the night.

(7.8 miles or 12.5 km)

Day 4: Inca Trail: Wayllabamba / Warmiwanusca / Paqaymayu
After an early wholesome breakfast prepared by our chef, hike up to the highest point of the Inca Trail, known as Warmiwañusca or Dead Woman's Pass at 4,200 m/13,780 ft above sea level. Experience a number of ecological zones with characteristic microclimates, while our chef will have a hot lunch ready and waiting at midday prior to reaching this awesome summit. Our descent will eventually take us to the Pacaymayo campsite, where will enjoy dinner and a well-deserved rest.

(5.1 miles or 8.3 km)


Day 5: Inca Trail: Paqaymayu / Chaq'icocha / Winaywayna

As always, our day begins with a nutritious breakfast and then a 45-minute hike up to the second pass on the Inca Trail (3,950 m/12,959 ft). Along the way visit Inca ruins including Runcuracay, Sayacmarca, and Puyupatamarka, along with your guide´s narration on the history and significance of these suites, including the wildlife and botanical uniqueness. After lunch, hike to the Wiñaywayna campsite for your last night on the Trail.

(4.5 miles or 7.3 km)

Day 6: Inca Trail: Wiñaywayna / Machu Picchu / Cusco
Following an early breakfast, begin the final trek to the Lost City of Machu Picchu, mostly downhill on steep stone steps. Cross over the top of the mountain at Inti Punku (Sun Gate) for our first inspiring and panoramic view of Machu Picchu. We then descend to Machu Picchu, arriving by 9 - 9:30 am, registering at the checkpoint before enjoying our private, guided tour of the most famous and impressive ruins in Peru. After the tour you can choose to rest or explore the ruins on your own before taking the bus down to Aguas Calientes to board the train back to Cusco for dinner and overnight.

(6.9 miles or 11 km)

Day 7: Free morning in Cusco
Enjoy your last morning at leisure in Cusco. Transfer to the airport by mid-afternoon at least 2 hours prior to your plane's departure. Our services conclude.
Includes:

− Private airport transfers.
− Transportation throughout trip.
− Accommodations in double occupancy.
− Activities as per itinerary.
− Private English-speaking guides.
− Daily continental breakfasts.
− All meals during the trail.
− Entrance fees to museums and nature reserves.
− Camping gear and porter service.

Does not include:

− International and domestic flights.
− Lunches and dinners.
− Personal camping equipment (sleeping bag, daypack).
− Tips and travel insurance.

Important

− Personal gear is limited to 5 kg/11 lb per person.
− The Inca Trail is closed in February for annual maintenance.
− Hike permits cannot be changed, transferred, modified or cancelled
   at any time for any reason as mandated by the Machu Picchu
   National Park Service. Permits are non-refundable.
− It is advisable to reserve spaces with us 4 to 6 months in advance.

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