Discover the most spectacular of the Incan sites and one of the seven wonders of the world, Machu Picchu.
You will feel on the top of the world!
Explore Cusco, the Capital of the Incan Empire and discover its awe – inspiring streets and Pre-Hispanic buildings.
Watch the Sunset on the Pacific Ocean in Lima and enjoy the city’s stunning architecture.
Savor Peruvian cuisine, with its exquisite and unique flavors. It has been recognized around the world as some of the finest there is.
Be dazzled by the unparalleled beauty of the Sacred Valley and its ancient Incan monuments and villages.

📍 This tour includes sensitive destinations, therefore we request you to be as environmentally friendly as possible.

🍏 All food on this tour is prepared mostly with local ingredients.

🍃 Hotels with this mark are sustainable. We hope you will take them into account when making your reservation.

 

TRIP SUMMARY


Day 1: Lima

Day 2: Lima – Cusco (Altitude acclimatization day)

Day 3: Chinchero – Moray & Maras

Day 4: Cusco – Km. 82 – Wayllabamba (Inca Trail)

Day 5: Wayllabamba – Pacaymayu (Inca Trail)

Day 6: Pacaymayu – Phuyupatamarca (Inca Trail)

Day 7: Wiñayhuayna – Machu Picchu (Inca Trail)

Day 8: Cusco – Lima

Embark on an 8-day journey through Peru, blending the cultural richness of Cusco with the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This concise itinerary guide unveils the day-by-day details, ensuring your exploration is seamless and unforgettable. Welcome to your adventure in the heart of Peru!

Day 1: Lima 

Upon your arrival to the Lima Airport, you will be welcomed by one of our representatives, who will provide a brief introduction to the city and our services while driving you to your hotel in Miraflores. You will have the remainder of the day free to relax and get acquainted with the city at your own pace. Depending on your arrival time, we have plenty of suggestions for you so you can make the most of your first day in Lima.

Meals: None provided
Accommodations: (B) Ducado Hotel, (S) El Tambo Hotel 🍃

Day 2: Lima – Cusco (Altitude acclimatization day)

Today, we pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the airport for you flight to Cusco. Upon arrival to Cusco, a Peruvian Sunrise representative will be there to collect you and take you to your hotel, just 5 minutes away from the Historic Plaza de Armas. After you are settled, we will take a walking tour to help you get your bearings in the pedestrian city of Cusco and start the necessary process of acclimatizing. We will spot points of interest, the best restaurants and shopping for either souvenirs or necessities. The rest of the day is at your leisure to venture out in one of the most stunning cities in the Americas or rest up for the rest of your adventure.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: (B) Inkarri, (S) San Agustin Internacional

Day 3: Chinchero – Moray & Maras

Today you will experience a full-day private guided excursion through the Sacred Valley on our way back to Cusco.
First, you will visit the ruins of the Andean village of Chinchero, located high-up on the windswept plains of Anta (12,342.52 feet). You will find yourself surrounded by gorgeous views overlooking the Sacred Valley and the snow-capped peak of Salkantay dominating the western horizon. This excursion combines Incan ruins with a typical Andean village, a colonial church, some wonderful mountain landscapes, and a colorful traditional market.
We continue to visit the sites of Moray and Maras. En route, you will have one of the best panoramic views of the valley. First, we will see the huge circular agricultural terraces at Moray built by the Incas in natural sinkholes on a limestone plateau overlooking the Urubamba Valley. We will then stop at the ancient salt mines, near the town of Maras. These salt mines have been used since pre-Inca times and don’t show any signs of stopping. After visiting these amazing sites, you have the option to walk down an ancient Inca Trail to the Urubamba River Valley (1.5 hours) and on to our lunch site, or take our private transport to the restaurant. This short downhill trek functions just the same as it did hundreds of years ago and the views and people you meet on the way will provide another unique experience that most people miss as they rush to Machu Picchu.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: (B) Tikawasi Valley 🍃, (S) Hacienda del Valle 🍃

Day 4: Cusco – Km. 82 – Wayllabamba (Inca Trail)

We will pick you up from your hotel to start one one of the most scenic hikes in the world originating in the Sacred valley of the Incas. After a journey of approximately two hours, we arrive at Km. 82, where we meet up with our porters and start hiking along the majestic Vilcanota River, with spectacular views of “La Veronica.” This majestic snowcapped mountain rises to more than 19,000 feet. All camping gear is carried by our porters, leaving us free to walk with only a light back pack with the essentials for the day’s hike. This day we camp on a terrace in the village of Wayllabamba valley.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodations: Camping

Day 5: Wayllabamba – Pacaymayu (Inca Trail)

Today we will start trekking a moderate climb up the mountain through a stunning forest to a high camp at Pacaymayu. This will probably be one of the most demanding days of the trip as we gain a lot of altitude. After reaching Llulluchapamapa, at 13,750 ft, we will be able to enjoy the striking views of the Huayanay peaks and see how the landscape changes into the rugged Vilcabamba range. We will descend to camp in Pacaymayu at 13,100 ft.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodations: Camping

Day 6: Pacaymayu – Phuyupatamarca (Inca Trail)

Our journey today will start by descending via the second pass at 13,100 ft. and follow a splendid Inca highway to the ruins of Sayaqmarka. In this part the Inca trail is white granite roadway, traversing a thickly forest mountainside. We will also be able to observe the magnificent ruins of Phuyupatamarca 12,460 ft.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodations: Camping

Day 7: Wiñayhuayna – Machu Picchu (Inca Trail)

Starting out early, we will continue our trek into the high jungle habitat. Here we will observe beautiful varieties of orchids and hummingbirds, which are very common along this spectacular section of the Inca Trail. After this trail we will fatally arrive to our main destination: Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu, Citadel Excursion
Accompanied by our expert guide, we will explore the enigmatic citadel of Machu Picchu. He will lead us through the site, providing archaeological and historical information on key areas of interest, including Intihuatana (the Sun Dial), the Sacred Plaza and the Temple of the Sun. This UNESCO World Heritage is the most important site of the vast Incan Empire. It is often referred to as “The Lost City of the Incas” and is one of the most famous and spectacular archaeological complexes in the world – a visit to Peru would not be complete without it. Among its many honors, it is recognized as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and recently awarded as the Most Ecological Destination in South America.

After an incredible excursion, you will head to the train station where you will board the train towards Cusco.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodations: (B) Inkarri, (S) San Agustin Internacional

Day 8: Cusco – Lima

At a set time our representative will accompany you to the airport to take our flight back to Lima and connect with your international flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

INCLUDED

  • Hotel accommodations for 4 nights with breakfast, as described in the itinerary.
  • Private transportations hotel / airport in every destination.
  • All admission fees.
  • Private tour to Chinchero – Moray & Maras
     

Original Inca Trail

  • Tent accommodation for 3 days.
  • All meals included during inca trail excursion as indicated in the itinerary: breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks.
  • All ground transportation as described in the itinerary.
  • Baggage handling assistance and porters.
  • Purified and filtered stream running water for drinking.
  • All camping equipment included: tents, sleeping pads, dining tent, private chemical toilet tent, oxygen tank.
  • All cooking gear & emergency first aid kit.
  • Expert English speaking tour guide.
  • Porterage of equipment along the trail.
  • Bus and entrance tickets to & from Machu Picchu.
  • Train Tickets from Machu Picchu To Cusco.

NOT INCLUDED
 

  • International & domestic airfares, unless specifically mentioned.
  • Items of personal nature such as gratuities, internet charges, excess baggage charges, laundry, beverages and meals not described in the itinerary.
     

Inca Trail

  • Sleeping bag and personal equipments.
  • Travel Insurance & Immunizations.
  • Laundry & gratuities for trekking staff.
     

PRICE PER PERSON

  • Upon request

Discounts:

  1. Student Discount:

    All travelers under the age of 17 will have a discount. If you are 25 or younger, you can get a special discount with your student card. Please advise by email to give you a code for the discount.

  2. Comunidad Andina De Naciones:

    Special discounts for residents of the Andean Community of Nations.

    Andean Community: corresponds to residents of Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia.

Changes: You can make changes to your reservation up to 48 hours before your trip at no additional cost.

No show and Cancelations: If you cancel 30 days before the trip before 6:00 pm (Lima time), a 60% administrative charge will be applied. After this time, there is a cancellation or no show charge of 100%.

WHAT TO PACK?

  • Travel Documents: Passport, travel insurance, flight tickets, and any necessary visas.
  • Tickets: Ensure you have you tickets printed or downloaded to your mobile device.
  • Clothing: Fleece jacket or insulated layers for cooler evenings, Waterproof jacket and pants to stay dry in case of rain, Lightweight, moisture-wicking shirts and pants for comfort during the trek.
  • Headwear: Wide-brimmed hat or cap for sun protection, Beanie or hat for colder evenings
  • Accesories: Lightweight gloves for cooler mornings and evenings, UV-protective sunglasses to shield your eyes from the sun, Quick-dry, compact towel for personal hygiene, Headlamp or Flashlight, Portable Charger, Camera
  • Hiking Boots: Sturdy and comfortable hiking boots with good ankle support.
  • Personal Items: Prescription medications and a basic first aid kit, Biodegradable soap and shampoo for use in eco-friendly hotels, Insect repellent, Toiletries (eco-friendly options if possible)
  • Sun protection: Pack sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to protect yourself from the sun’s rays at high altitudes.
  • Backpack and Gear: A small, comfortable daypack for daily essentials during hikes, ightweight and compact sleeping bag suitable for the conditions, Adjustable trekking poles for added stability on uneven terrain.

 

Tips

Layering is Key: The weather can vary, so pack layers that can be easily added or removed.
Pack Light: Keep your backpack as light as possible for ease of hiking.
Leave No Trace: Bring a small trash bag to pack out your waste and follow Leave No Trace principles.

Discovering Cusco's cultural wonders and conquering the Inca Trail is an exciting journey. We've compiled a set of frequently asked questions to guide you through the details, ensuring your experience is seamless and unforgettable. Let's explore the essential insights for your 8-day expedition in Peru!

What makes the Inca Trail an iconic trek?

The Inca Trail is renowned for its breathtaking scenery, ancient ruins, and the ultimate reward of reaching Machu Picchu. It's a unique and historic hiking experience.

How can I prepare for the altitude in Cusco?

Altitude sickness can be a concern. It's advised to spend a day acclimatizing in Cusco, stay hydrated, and avoid strenuous activities during the first day.

Is the Inca Trail challenging for hikers?

Yes, the Inca Trail involves challenging terrains, steep ascents, and descents. Physical fitness and proper preparation are recommended.

 Are permits required for the Inca Trail?

Yes, a permit is required to hike the Inca Trail, and it's advisable to book well in advance due to daily visitor limits.

How long is each day of the Inca Trail trek?

Daily trekking durations vary, ranging from 5 to 9 hours. Day 2 is considered the most challenging due to altitude gain.

 What landmarks can be seen along the Inca Trail?

The Inca Trail passes through ancient ruins like Llulluchapampa, Pacaymayu, Phuyupatamarca, and ends at the Sungate with panoramic views of Machu Picchu.

What are the key landmarks in Machu Picchu?

Key landmarks include Intihuatana (Sun Dial), the Sacred Plaza, and the Temple of the Sun. Each has unique archaeological and historical significance.