The Legendary Inca trail 8 Days

Tour Type

Perú

Location

Perú

Overview

Many are the routes that lead to Machu Picchu but none of them is quite like the Inca trail, the most famous pathway in the Americas. After flying to Cusco, which you explore along with other ancient Inca sites in the Sacred Valley, you begin a four-day odyssey high in the Andes, crossing forests and thick mists, climbing thousand-year-old stone steps and discovering the sites of ruined Inca fortresses and cities, while enjoying majestic views. The reward comes with the first, exciting sighting of Machu Picchu from the Inti Punku, followed by a tour of the citadel itself.

HOTELS

Tourist 3*.
Superior Tourist 4*.
Luxury 5*.

OPERATION DATES

Daily departures until December 2020.

 

ITINERARY

*Subject to change.

Day 1 | Arrival Cusco – Sacred Valley.

 

A transportation service awaits your arrival at the Cusco Airport to transfer you to your Sacred Valley hotel. On the way, stop and visit the Inkariy Museum, bringing pre-Columbian Peruvian cultures to life. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel. Overnight at selected hotel in Sacred Valley. 

Day 2 | Sacred Valley.

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy today at leisure. Optional activity: Sacred Valley tour. Overnight at selected hotel in Sacred Valley. Breakfast included.

 

Day 3 | Sacred Valley – Inca trail: Piskacucho to Wayllabamba (12.5km–6h).

Pick-up from the hotel at a very early hour followed by a transfer to Piskacucho, the starting point the Inca trail, with a stop en route at Ollantaytambo for 15 or 20 minutes. On arrival in Piskacucho, begin the hike to our camp in Wayllabamba. Lunch is served along the way. At about the halfway point is the first archaeological site of the trail, Llaqtapata ('High Town' in Quechua) which was a produce warehouse complex during Inca times. Continue to Wayllabamba at 3,000 metres above sea level, which is located in a beautiful valley surrounded by wooded peaks. Dinner is served in the camp. Overnight in the camp tent on a full-board basis. 

 

Day 4 | Inca Trail: Wayllabamba to Pacaymayo (12km-6.5h).

 

Rise early and enjoy breakfast in the camp before beginning the most demanding section of the hike, with a gradient of 1,200 metres. Reach Llulluchapampa after a couple of hours and rest for a few minutes, before continuing to Warmiwañuska (‘Dead Woman’s Pass’), the highest point along the trail at 4,205 metres. Rest for a few minutes before descending to Pacaymayo, which is at 3,590 metres, to camp for the night. In this area, deers can be found and, with a bit of luck, spectacled bears. Overnight in the camp tent on a full-board basis. 

 

Day 5 | Inca Trail: Pacaymayo to Wiñay Wayna (16km – 8.5hrs).

 

Today is the longest and the most impressive route due to the four archaeological complexes and the cloud forest you encounter along the way. There is an initial ascent of 360 metres but from here on in, it’s all downhill, with the night spent in camp at 2,700 metres. The first stop of note is at Runkurakay (‘Oval Fortress’) which was an Inca checkpoint. Continue the hike in the shadow of snowcapped peaks towards Sayacmarca (‘Inaccessible Town’) stopping to explore the ruins of this mysterious Inca outpost.

Head back on the trail, heading to Chaquikocha, where we stop for a reinvigorating lunch. At about this point, the vegetation becomes more tropical. Stop at the Inca ruins of Phuyupatamarka (‘Town in the clouds’) and then traipse through a ‘cloud forest’ towards the camp at Wiñay Wayna (‘Forever Young’). Overnight in the camp tent on a full-board basis. 

 

Day 6 | Inca Trail: Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco (6km – 2hrs).

A very early start to the day, which marks the culmination of the Inca trail at Machu Picchu. Arrive at Inti Punku (‘Sun Gate‘) in time to witness sunrise over the citadel. A two-hour guided tour explains the origins behind this awe-inspiring citadel and the most prominent landmarks. Return to Aguas Calientes for lunch at the famous Café Inkaterra a beautiful thatched-roof restaurant hemmed in between the railway and a mountain. Return to Cusco by train in the evening. Overnight at selected hotel in Cusco.

  • Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 7 | Cusco.

 

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy the day at leisure. Optional activity: Cusco city tour. Overnight at selected hotel in Cusco. Breakfast included.

Day 8 | Departure Cusco.

Pick up from your hotel at the established time and transfer to the airport. Breakfast included.

 

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Included/Excluded

GUIDE: Operated with a guide in Spanish and English.
Lodging.
Food.
Transport.
Ticket and activities.
Expenses of a personal nature, beverages and meals not stated in the programme.
International plane tickets to Peru.
Domestic plane tickets.
Domestic and international airport rates.

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FAQs

When and where does the tour end?
Your tour will conclude in San Francisco on Day 8 of the trip. There are no activities planned for this day so you're free to depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to give yourself time to fully experience the wonders of this iconic city!
When and where does the tour start?
Day 1 of this tour is an arrivals day, which gives you a chance to settle into your hotel and explore Los Angeles. The only planned activity for this day is an evening welcome meeting at 7pm, where you can get to know your guides and fellow travellers. Please be aware that the meeting point is subject to change until your final documents are released.
Do you arrange airport transfers?
Airport transfers are not included in the price of this tour, however you can book for an arrival transfer in advance. In this case a tour operator representative will be at the airport to greet you. To arrange this please contact our customer service team once you have a confirmed booking.
What is the age range
This tour has an age range of 12-70 years old, this means children under the age of 12 will not be eligible to participate in this tour. However, if you are over 70 years please contact us as you may be eligible to join the tour if you fill out G Adventures self-assessment form.