The Inca Trail in Comfort

The Inca Trail in Comfort

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The Inca Trail in Comfort

8 Days Starting and ending in Cuzco

Visiting: Cuzco, Sacred Valley, Inca Trail , Inca Trail, Machu Picchu

Tour operator:

Exodus

Tour code:

TPQ

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 16

Physical rating:

Moderate

Age range:

16-99

Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour operated in:
English
Interests:

History, Photography

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Tour Overview

This trip follows a similar itinerary to our popular Inca Trail trek but with upgraded hotels throughout, an included Sacred Valley tour and included sleeping bag hire. While on the trek itself, we also offer a more varied range of meals and a higher personal weight limit than on our standard Inca Trail itineraries, allowing you to take more clothes and personal items to give that little extra comfort. This trip is designed to maximise the time spent at Machu Picchu with an early morning tour of the ruins, quieter at that hour before the crowds of day trippers and other trekkers arrive.



Inca Trail Permits: An Inca Trail permit is required to walk the Inca Trail. These are strictly limited and are highly sought after, therefore we strongly recommend booking at least 6-8 months in advance to avoid disappointment. On dates where Inca Trail permits have sold out we can offer either the spectacular remote Moonstone Trek or a One Day Inca Trail Option in its place – please enquire for details.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu to discover the ruins

  • Explore the museums and churches of the ancient Inca capital, Cuzco

  • Visit the Sacred Valley, including Pisac and Ollantaytambo

  • Have two days to acclimatise before the trek

  • Alternative Moonstone Trek or One Day Inca Trail Option available when Inca Trail permits have sold out

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Start Cuzco (3400M); Free Time To Explore The Inca Capital.

Location: Cuzco

Accommodation Name: Hotel San Agustin Plaza (or similar)

Set amidst hills in the altiplano, the Imperial City of the Incas, Cuzco (3,400) was the geographic, cultural and political centre of a vast empire which, at its peak, stretched from present-day Quito in Ecuador to Santiago in Chile. After the Spanish conquistadores invaded the city they started building on top of the Incan structures, resulting in unique architecture, a fusion of the Incan and Spanish colonial styles. The group flights usually arrive in the mid-afternoon, giving time to wander the cobbled streets, visit the museums, churches and pre-Columbian buildings, such as Qorikancha – the Sun Temple, or to sit in a café and enjoy a coca-tea. There will be a briefing in the evening.Hotel San Agustin Plaza / Eco Inn (or similar)

Day 2 : Visit The Sacred Valley; Continue To Ollantaytambo (2800M).

Location: Sacred Valley

Accommodation Name: Hotel Pakaritampu (or similar)

Meals Included: breakfast

Today we visit the magnificent Sacred Valley of the Incas and the incredible ruins at Pisac before continuing on to Ollantaytambo, where we spend the night.
The Sacred Valley, which runs along the Urubamba River near Cuzco, is the true heartland of Incan culture and tradition, which is still strong today. The high-Andean scenery is dotted with old towns and villages dating back to pre-Columbian times. The ruins of the Citadel at Pisac guarded a road from the lowlands and gives way to a picturesque landscape of terraces carved into the solid rock itself. The Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo give you a sense of the scale of what is to come as huge stone terraces scale the valley sides. This was the royal estate of Inca Emperor Pachacuti as well as being of religious and defensive significance.
Hotel Pakaripampu (or similar)

Day 3 : The Classic Inca Trail: Start Inca Trail Trek From Km82; Walk Along Urubamba River, Climb To Huayllabamba.

Location: Inca Trail

Accommodation Name: Huayllabamba Camp (full-service camping)

The Classic Inca Trail is a tangential branch part of a 45,000km road network linking the whole empire to Cuzco. It was built in the 15th Century to reach Machu Picchu but was abandoned soon after the Spanish conquest. American adventurer, Hiram Bingham travelled along the trail when he came across Machu Picchu in 1911. The trail opened to the public in 1970.
This morning we follow a track beside the river (45 minutes) to the start of the Inca Trail at Piscacucho, commonly known as Km82. After greeting our trekking crew, we show our passports at the checkpoint and begin the Inca Trail trek. The trail runs alongside the Vilcanota River beneath the impressive snow-capped Nevado Veronica, passing through cactus gardens and fields of corn until we reach the enormous Inca ruins of Llactapata, where we continue up a side valley to camp near the hamlet of Huayllabamba.
Walk Profile: approx. 11km / 6‐7hrs walking
Full-service Camping - Huayllabamba Camp
Inca Trail - Meals Included: breakfast lunch dinner

Day 4 : The Classic Inca Trail: Cross Dead Woman's Pass (4215M), Then Descend To Pacaymayu.Teps To Pacaymayu.

Location: Inca Trail

Accommodation Name: Pacaymayu Camp (full-service camping)

This is the longest and most strenuous day. A long climb (largely up stone staircases) takes us first through an area of cloud forest to the meadows of Llulluchapampa, then over the Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman's) pass, at 4215m the highest point on the trek. After quite a long, steep descent we camp in the scenic valley of the Pacamayo River (3600m).

Walk Profile: approx. 10km / 6‐7hrs walking
Full-service Camping - Pacamayo Camp
Inca Trail - Meals Included: breakfast lunch dinner

Day 5 : The Classic Inca Trail: Over Runquracay Pass (3800M) To Ruins Of Sayacmarca And Phuyupatamarca.

Location: Inca Trail

Accommodation Name: Phuyupatamarca Camp (full-service camping)

We start the day with an easier climb which takes us past the ruins of Runquracay and over the Runquracay Pass (3930m). From now on the Inca Trail becomes a clearly defined path made of flat boulders. We pass the ruins of Sayacmarca and suddenly enter rainforest; at one point the trail passes through an Inca tunnel. We camp at a spectacular campsite on the ridge above the Inca site of Phuyupatamarca (3680m) to benefit from the views of sunset and sunrise.

Walk Profile: approx. 12km / 5-6hrs walking
Full-service Camping - Phuyupatamarca Camp
Inca Trail - Meals Included: breakfast lunch dinner

Day 6 : The Classic Inca Trail: Walk Down Inca Steps To Wiñay Wayna And Machu Picchu Via The Sun Gate.

Location: Machu Picchu

Accommodation Name: Hotel Casa Andina, Aguas Calientes (or similar)

From the ridge, we embark on the infamous Inca steps: a two-kilometre stone staircase taking us rapidly downhill amid a panorama of overwhelming immensity, with the peaks of the Vilcabamba range above, and the river thousands of metres below. After visiting the attractive ruins of Wiñay Wayna, we have an undulating walk through cloud forest high above the river to Inti Punku, the Sun Gate. From here we get our first full sight of Machu Picchu itself, with Huayna Picchu rising behind.

Traditionally busy with groups of trekkers clamouring for photos, we plan our arrival at Inti Punku later in the day so we can enjoy unobstructed views of the magnificent ruins. Whilst most groups choose to visit Machu Picchu today, we'll pass around the edge of the ruins and exit the site, descending to Aguas Calientes for a well-earned rest, a shower and a comfortable bed for the night. Our trekking permits allow us one entry into the site, which we use for our tour tomorrow when we are refreshed and more able to enjoy it.

There is usually time for an optional visit to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes, however, in recent years they have become over-crowded and the water quality can suffer as a result. We will be reunited with those who have been on the Moonstone Trek at the hotel this afternoon.
Walk Profile: approx. 9km / 6-7hrs walking
Hotel Casa Andina, Aguas Calientes (or similar)

Inca Trail - Meals Included: breakfast lunch

Day 7 : Early Morning Guided Tour Of Machu Picchu; Return To Cuzco By Train And By Road.

Location: Cuzco

Accommodation Name: Hotel San Agustin Plaza (or similar)

Meals Included: breakfast

In order to beat the day-trippers arriving from Cuzco and reach the ruins as early as possible, a very early start is required to queue for Machu Picchu; only government-registered buses can make the 30-minute drive up the winding road to the site entrance and during high season (May-October) queues can be long.
Machu Picchu is one of the architectural and engineering marvels of the ancient world and what makes it all the more dramatic is its mountain backdrop of staggering immensity. The Spaniards never found it, the Incas left no records of it, and so Machu Picchu remained a great enigma, a city lost for centuries in the jungle until it was rediscovered in 1911 by the American historian Hiram Bingham.
New regulations for visiting Machu Picchu are now fully enforced; of the three possible visiting slots, we will purchase the morning slot from 06:00 until 12:00 (unless unavailable), you will be limited to a maximum of four hours within the site and must be accompanied by a guide. There will also be three set routes to follow around Machu Picchu; we select the most comprehensive route.
We catch an afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo (1hr 30 mins) and continue by private bus to Cuzco (2hrs 30 mins).
Hotel San Agustin Plaza / Eco Inn (or similar)

Day 8 : End Cuzco.

Location: Cuzco

Meals Included: breakfast

For land only travellers, the trip ends in Cuzco after breakfast today. Those who are travelling on the group flights will be taken to Cuzco airport this morning for your overnight flight to London.

What's Included

  • Meals
    3 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 0 dinners.


* All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners
* All transport and listed activities
* Sleeping bag hire for trek duration
* Inflatable sleeping mat for trek duration
* Tour leader throughout
* Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
* Arrival and departure transfers
* Full porterage throughout trek
* Exodus kitbag 

What's Not Included

  • Travel insurance

  • Single accommodation (available on request)

  • Visas or vaccinations

Accommodation

The "Inca Trail in Comfort" program takes our quality standard trek and upgrades the accommodations and services both on and off the trail.  In Cuzco, our boutique hotel is centrally located within walking distance of the main plaza and Temple of Sun.  Our Sacred Valley hotel is set amidst sprawling gardens and a short distance from the Incan ruins of Ollantaytambo.  For trek upgrades we have included your sleeping bag, added a thicker sleeping pad and increased the weight limit to 10 kg for your personal items so you can bring those "something extra" items you enjoy while camping.



Cuzco: Hotel San Agustin Plaza (nights 1 and 7)







In the centre of Cuzco, this boutique hotel is ideally placed for our adventures, within walking distance of the Koricancha (Temple of the Sun) and the main plaza. The hotel has a modern feel, while honouring the cultural and historical richness of Cuzco with local art and textiles.



Ollantaytambo: Pakaritampu Hotel (night 2)







Founded by the Peruvian politician and volleyball hall of famer best known as Gaby, Pakaritampu is built in a traditional style, with terracotta walls, a tiled roof, and eucalyptus floors and beams. The name means 'home of the dawn' in the local Quechua language and the hotel certainly provides a homey feel, with spacious rooms, a lovely fireplace lounge, restaurant and bar, plus it's surrounded by beautiful gardens.



Inca Trail: Camping (nights 3-5)







We sleep and dine in good-quality four-season tents. We also have a toilet tent set up both in camp and during lunch stops. On the Inca Trail, we stay in official campsites where additional bathroom facilities are available. For this comfort trip, we have also included your sleeping bag and increased the weight limit to 22lb (10kg) for your personal items, so bring the extra pair of sneakers to lounge around camp and give your feet and boots a rest.



Aguas Calientes: Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu (night 6)







Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu is a clean, modern hotel conveniently located near the train station and a five-minute walk from the bus stop to Machu Picchu. It is the perfect place to refresh and recharge after your four-day Inca Trail hike. The hotel has a restaurant, bar and cafe, and serves a breakfast buffet to start your day touring Machu Picchu.



Worth knowing



Single accommodation (including tents) can be arranged, subject to availability. Please request this at the time of booking.

Camping:  Boiled and filtered drinking water is provided to guests in the mornings, at lunch and dinner times so we can refill our water bottles.  While on the trek, a bowl of warm water for washing is provided each morning and evening.

Food

All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners are included in the price of the tour. (for those doing the Train Option: all breakfasts and 3 lunches are included). Peruvian cuisine has developed a reputation for its flavours and originality and it’s well worth trying out a few of the local delicacies. Amongst these are ceviche (a spicy dish of seafood or fish marinated in lime juice), lomo saltado (a Peruvian take on a beef stir-fry) and various hearty soups such as the delicious quinoa soup. Other dishes include roasted cuy (guinea pig), Alpaca steak, and to drink, the national beverage: Pisco Sour. In the hotels breakfasts are normally buffet-style. While on the trek itself, we also offer a more varied range of meals than on our standard Inca Trail itineraries to give that little extra comfort. For instance, substantial breakfasts including a cooked dish, a cooked lunch including soup or a starter followed by a hot main dish (usually with hot drinks), and a hearty three-course cooked dinner, are typical. Drinking water is provided. The tap water in Peru is not safe to drink; boiled and filtered drinking water is provided on the trek and elsewhere your leader will buy large water containers for you to refill your bottle from.

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  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    We are happy to assist with pre and post tour accommodation. Please enquire for detailed information.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, our local guides are English speaking.

  • Who is Exodus Travels?

    At Exodus Travels, we've been exploring the world for nearly 50 years. From Walking and Trekking, Cultural and Cycling, Responsible Wildlife, to Polar and our new Premium Adventures, we are proud to offer award-winning small group and self-guided tours to 100+ countries worldwide.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    The minimum age for this tour is 16 years old.

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    If you would like to be paired with a tour member of the same gender, there is no additional charge. A single supplement can be requested if you would like your own room.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    International flights are not included with this tour.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

Reviews from travellers on this tour

A fantastic time on the Inca trail!

Fantastic 4 days trekking to Machu Picchu. Our gui

Fantastic 4 days trekking to Machu Picchu. Our guide Wilbert Ramos was truly exceptional - managing our timing so we missed the crowds, fluting us up the mountain and continually impressing us with his encyclopaedic knowledge. Thank you Wilbert!

Amazing Adventure!

A wonderful trip which was superbly organised.

A wonderful trip which was superbly organised.

Inca Warriors

Fabulous trip; very well organised and executed by

Fabulous trip; very well organised and executed by Exodus.

Excellent trip

Our guide, Wilmer, was extremely knowledgeable, in

Our guide, Wilmer, was extremely knowledgeable, interesting and helpful. Chef provided excellent food, hotels were comfortable. There were some magical moments such as watching the stars and moon at night and the sunrise in the morning over the mountains. I would recommend the trip although recommend getting to Cusco a couple of days early to acclimatise.

A trip of a lifetime

What a fantastic trip. The Inca Trail and the visi

What a fantastic trip. The Inca Trail and the visit to Machu Picchu are to be savoured. There is a need to take lots of pictures (decent camera recommended) as there is just too much to take in. Reminiscing by relaxing, going through the photographs on a large screen, glass of wine in hand is a great way to relive this experience of a lifetime

Fantastic, well organised trekking holiday.

Great guide (Mike) who was very knowledgeable, gr

Great guide (Mike) who was very knowledgeable, great fun and very helpful to everyone in the group. Porters and food provided on the trek itself were outstanding. Weather was generally very good which obviously helped our enjoyment and the scenery stunning. We were also fortunate enough to see a spectacled bear on the "run up" to Dead Woman's Pass. An experience you will remember for the rest of your life - no matter how young you are!

Inca Trail in Comfort

Very well organised trip.A lot harder than the im

Very well organised trip.A lot harder than the impression given on the website and very challenging if fitness levels not good. Altitude sickness can be a problem and do come prepared to cope with all weathers.The food provided by the porters carrying the luggage was excellent. If you like learning about history and being active this is the holiday for you.

Worth doing the inca trail in comfort. Hotels are nice and having the extra weight makes a big difference.

Excellent trip, you need to be fit as the trek is

Excellent trip, you need to be fit as the trek is not easy but it is well worth it when you get to Machu Pichu. You learn a lot on the way from the guides and their support is genuine. Food was really good and overall the trip was fantastic and you get to see some amazing places. The tents could do with an update. You need poles but those who didn't have them were able to hire which is great.

Inca Trail incomfort and Amazon extension

Amazing and challenging adventure! We did the Inca

Amazing and challenging adventure! We did the Inca Trail in comfort with the Amazon extension.

The Inca Trail in Comfort 30 May departure & Lake Titicaca Extension

This was a brilliant trip. The Inca Trail in Comfo

This was a brilliant trip. The Inca Trail in Comfort was well organised & a good mix of trekking and sightseeing. Our guide, Mike, was great & the camping porter team were inspiring. The camp chef provided excellent meals. The hotels were comfortable & the camping was as good as camping gets. The group gelled well together. The Lake Titicaca Extension is also well worth doing and good value. We were very happy with all aspects of the trip & would recommend it to anyone with a reasonable level of fitness.

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