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Inca Trail Holiday

Cusco - Cusco

  • The Sungate at Machu Picchu
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8 days / 7 nights from £1,285 per person Based on two people sharing double or twin rooms in standard accommodation. Flights are available separately.
Suggested Itinerary in Peru

Enjoy the best of Cusco, the Sacred Valley and the Spectacular Inca Trail to Machu Picchu on this 8 day Holiday.  Join group tours around the City of Cusco as well as the nearby archeological sites, and spend a full day exploring the Sacred Valley.  Spend the night in the Inca Town of Ollantaytambo before beginning the Classic 4 day / 3 night Inca Trail Trek!

Please note that the Inca Trail is closed in February and is subject to availability of permits

Day

Activity

Overnight

Meals*

Day 1  

Arrive Cusco & Transfer to your Hotel

Cusco (3,300m/10,830ft)

-

Day 2

Morning Cusco Ruins Walk with private guide

Cusco

B

Day 3

Full day Group Sacred Valley Tour

Ollantaytambo (2,792m/9,160ft)

B, L

Day 4

Group Inca Trail (highest point 3,300m/10,830ft)

Campsite (3,300m/10,830ft)

B, L, D

Day 5

Group Inca Trail (highest point 4,200m/13,779ft)

Campsite (3,600m/11,800ft)

B, L, D

Day 6

Group Inca Trail (highest point 3,680m/12,073ft)

Campsite (2,680m/8,792ft)

B, L, D

Day 7

Machu Picchu (2,400m/7873ft) & return to Cusco

Cusco

B

Day 8

Depart Cusco

-

B

* B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner


Upgrades and Extensions
  • Upgrade to 3 or 4* hotels, and/or add extra nights in Cusco – ask us for prices
Combinations
  • Combine this tour with a trip into the Amazon Rainforest, or with our Discover the City of Lima Package

Day 1: Arrive Cusco & Transfer to your Hotel

Upon arrival in Cusco you will have a private transfer to your chosen hotel.   The rest of the day is free to relax after your journey or start to explore the city of Cusco.  You should eat lightly and drink plenty of water and coca tea to help you acclimatise to the altitude.  Spend the night at our standard hotel in Cusco.

Day 2: Morning Cusco Ruins walk with private guide

You will be picked up from your hotel by your private English speaking local guide for a morning walk around the ruins above the City of Cusco. You will travel to Tambo Machay (the Water Temple) in a private vehicle, and from there walk back down to the City of Cusco. The walk takes about 4 hours, stopping to visit the archaeological sites of Puca Pucara (the Red Fort), Q'enko with its underground alter, and the impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman. You will be back in Cusco in time for lunch, where there are plenty of restaurants to choose from. The rest of the afternoon is free. This evening you will have a briefing meeting at our Inca Trail operator's office where you will go over any last minute details for the trek. Spend the night at our standard hotel in Cusco.

Day 3: Full Day Group Sacred Valley Tour ending Ollantaytambo

After breakfast, you will meet your guide for a full day Group Tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Your first stop is the picturesque town of Pisac and its colourful handicraft market. At midday you will stop for a buffet lunch at a traditional restaurant. In the afternoon you continue to the town and Inca Fortress of Ollantaytambo, a huge administrative, agricultural, civil, military and religious complex from the time of the Inca Empire. The rest of the group will continue back to Cusco but you will check into your hotel and have free time in the afternoon and evening to appreciate the town of Ollantaytambo when most other tourists have left. Spend the night at our budget hotel in Ollantaytambo.

Day 4: Group Inca Trail Trek (highest point 3,300m/10,830ft) / Campsite (3,300m/10,830ft)

Your Inca Trail Guide will pick you up from Ollantaytambo at around 7am to drive to the start point of the trek.  You will meet the rest of your trekking group and register at the entrance to the trail.  The first day of the Inca Trail is easy going to help you settle in to the trek. Covering 14km of the trail climbing gently up the Cusichaca Valley you pass by the Inca site of Llactapata, enjoy great views of the snow-capped peak Veronica (5900m / 19000ft) and get to see a variety of native plant life and birds throughout the day. Your campsite for the night is at Ayapata (3300m / 10829ft) which is a little further along the trail than most groups go on day 1. The next day's trek up to the pass should be a little easier for you and with fewer tourists at the campsite you can enjoy the peace and tranquility of this beautiful place.

Day 5: Group Inca Trail Trek (highest point 4,200m/13,779ft) / Campsite (3,600m/11,800ft)

Today is considered by many to be the hardest day of the trek with two high passes to cross (Dead Woman's Pass is the highest at 4200m / 13779ft) and nearly 16km to walk. You will be well supported by your guide and team of porters and enjoy fantastic views of the high mountain ranges. You will also have the chance to visit two Inca sites (Runcuraccay and Sayacmarca). Your campsite tonight is at Chaquicocha (3600m / 11800ft) which like Ayapata is one of the quieter campsites and affords beautiful views of the sun setting over the mountains in the distance.

Day 6: Group Inca Trail Trek (highest point 3,680m/12,073ft) / Campsite (2,680m/8,792ft)

Having made it over the two passes yesterday you can enjoy trekking on an "Inca Flat" part of the trail (gentle ascents and descents) giving you the chance to enjoy the lush and verdant cloud forest around you and the spectacular views of the Andes in the distance. Today you will visit two of the most impressive Inca sites on the trail - Phuyupatamarca and Winay Wayna. After settling in to your campsite at Winay Wayna (2680m / 8792ft) you will have an extensive guided tour of the archaeological site in the afternoon.

Day 7: Machu Picchu (2,400m/7873ft) & Return to Cusco

Waking up very early this morning you will head straight to the checkpoint to enter Machu Picchu and once the site opens can continue trekking to the Sun Gate where you'll get your first fantastic views of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival in Machu Picchu you'll have a two hour guided tour of the site during which you'll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel. After your tour you'll have free time to explore the site by yourself and (if you have requested permits in advance) to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. In the afternoon you will travel to Ollantaytambo by train before having a private transfer back to Cusco. Spend the night at our standard hotel in Cusco.

Day 8: Depart Cusco

At the appropriate time you will have a private transfer from your hotel to Cusco airport.

 


Included:
  • All tours and transport as specified in the Itinerary
  • 4 nights accommodation in double or twin rooms with private bathroom (Cusco 3, Ollantaytambo 1)
  • Entrance tickets to all archeological sites visited, including the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • Meals as specified

Days 4-7: The Inca Trail

  • Professional bilingual trekking guide (and assistant guide for groups over 9 people)
  • Drinking water (from lunchtime on first day)
  • Professional cook
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • 4-man tent as standard for 2 passengers
  • Roll-matt type mattress
  • Porters to carry camping & cooking equipment
  • First aid kit including oxygen
  • Extra porter to carry up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings
Not Included:
  • Sleeping bag
  • Unspecified meals and services
  • Optional tips for guides and porters
  • International or domestic flights (available separately)
  • Airport taxes

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The Sungate at Machu PicchuSacred Valley of the IncasMachu PicchuPlaza de Armas, CuscoKoricancha, Cusco
Packing List
  • Original passport (and valid ISIC card if applicable)
  • Sleeping bag (can be hired locally – see above)
  • Walking boots
  • Sandals (for the campsites)
  • Waterproof clothing and rain poncho
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Thermal and fleece layers
  • Small backpack
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 30+ recommended)
  • Personal toiletries and medication
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Camera, memory card and sufficient batteries (there is nowhere to recharge digital cameras on the trek)
  • Torch and batteries
  • Peruvian Soles in small bills for snacks and optional tips
  • Refillable water bottle
All our tours are fully customisable - please ask us about any changes you would like to make to this itinerary.