Hike the world famous Inca Trail, taking you along a sacred pilgrimage path, followed by many important Incas, to the incredible, mysterious Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Starting and ending in Cusco, this 7 day tour will also give you free time to explore the amazing city of Cusco and acclimatise to the altitude.
Cusco - independently explore the captivating capital of the Incas
Inca Trail Trek - complete one of the most famous treks in the world with spectacular scenery en route
Machu Picchu - explore the spectacular Inca citadel set high in the Andes Mountains
Puno & Lake Titicaca - visit the Uros floating reed islands & Taquile Island on South America's largest lake
Welcome to Cusco! Upon arrival at Cusco airport you'll be met and transferred to your hotel in the heart of this fantastic old city, where you'll have a welcome meeting with a briefing of the tour. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore.
Please note: You may wish to arrive a day or two earlier in order to adjust to the altitude. Pre tour accommodation can be booked upon request.
Day 2: Cusco
Today offers free time to acclimatise to the altitude and further explore the beautiful city of Cusco. You might wish to visit some of the incredible architectural and archaeological highlights of this city such as Sacsayhuaman or Koricancha and the Convent of Santo Domingo. There also some fantastic museums in Cusco, giving a great insight into the incredible history of the Inca people, their traditions and rituals.
Day 3-5: Inca Trail
Location: Inca Trail
We have a very early start on day 3 as we depart from our hotel and make our way to Piscacucho to begin the check in process. After preparing ourselves for the day ahead we set off along the sacred Inca Trail path. Starting at an altitude of 2,720 metres above sea level we make our way across the Vilcanota river and into the cloud forest on the other side. Our route will offer fantastic views of Inca ruins, including the Inca fortress of Huilca Raccay and the vast Inca site of Patallacta. Our final stop for the day will be at our campsite near the small village of Wayllabamba (3,000m).
After a hearty breakfast on day 4 we continue our ascent, along a part of the trail which once served as a sacred pilgrimage route for the Incas, until we reach the highest pass of the trek at Warrmi Wanusqa (4,200m), often referred to as 'Dead Woman's Pass'. This is one of the hardest parts of the Inca Trail and after a well deserved rest we continue to Pacaymayu (3,550m) for our lunch stop. After lunch we will begin a steep ascent to Runkurakay pass (4,000m) where we will stop for the night.
Day 5 you'll awake to incredible scenery and unique landscapes before we set off on a gentle ascent to the archaeological site of Phuyupatamarca (3,680m), which means 'town in the clouds'. We'll continue up through the clouds to the impressive Inca site of Intipata before heading on to our campsite at Winay Wayna. Close to our campsite you'll find the Inca ruins of the same name, a site that is well worth a visit.
Day 6: Machu Picchu
Location: Machu Picchu
It's an early start on day 6 as we aim to get to Intipunku (2,730m), or the 'sun gate', in time to watch the sun rise and give you your first glimpse of the magnificent site of Machu Picchu. After the sun has risen we'll complete the final part of the trek as we make our way into the site of Machu Picchu were we'll begin to explore this incredibly mysterious set of ruins. We'll enjoy a guided tour of the area where we'll learn all about the history of the Inca people, how Machu Picchu came to be and how it evaded discovery for so many years. After some free time to explore the site at your own pace we'll make our way to Aguas Calientes where we'll board our train to Poroy before we complete our journey back to Cusco by road.
Day 7: Cusco
This morning we'll head to bus station to board our bus to Puno. En route we'll make a few stops, the first being at Andahuaylillas, know as the Sistine Chapel of South America. We'll also stop at Raqchi, a fairly substantial Inca church with some of the walls standing 45 feet high. Our next stop is half way between Cusco and Puno at La Raya, high above sea level we'll be able to enjoy the incredible scenery and look out across a landscape dotted with Llamas, Alpacas and Vicunas. Our final stop before reaching Puno will be Pukara, one of the most important ceremonial spots in the Altiplano. This site once consisted of 9 pyramids and some tombs still remain.
Day 8: Lake Titicaca (Peru)
Location: Lake Titicaca (Peru)
This morning we'll make our way to Lake Titicaca and take a boat out in to the water. Our first stop will be the Island of Uros where we'll see how ancient traditions are kept alive, most notably with the weaving of totora reeds. The local people here use totora reeds to not only construct their houses but also floating islands, a very interesting and resourceful way of life.
Later we'll make our way to another island, that of Taquile, where we'll spend some time exploring this fascinating place. During our time on the island we'll see why it has been ranked as the fourth most beautiful island in the world. We'll also enjoy a delicious Andean style lunch, lovingly prepared by the local community.
Day 9: Puno
Today marks the end of your amazing journey through Peru. After breakfast a departure transfer will be provided to take you to Juliaca airport.
7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 3 dinners
5 nights 4 star hotel in Cusco and Puno and 3 nights camping on the Inca Trail
Airport transfers on days 1 and 9
Guided tour of Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca
4 day Inca Trail Trek
Escorted by an English-speaking local tour leader
Transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles
Entrance fees for included sightseeing
Porter - Up to 7kgs carried by a porter during your trek
Camping equipment during Inca Trail Trek (excluding sleeping bag and sleeping mat)
NB - the following are not included:
-International flights to/from our tour start/end points and visas -Items of a personal nature and additional meals -Tipping - refer to the Tipping paragraph in the Trip Notes for further information
Minimum age 12, no maximum. Anyone 70 and over to complete our Tour Suitability Form
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