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Destination Inca Trail (9D/8N)

Overview

The walking trip along the Inca Trail to the beautiful city of Machu Picchu is one of the most wonderful hiking experiences in South America. This trek takes us through charming Andean scenarios to reach at the spectacular Inca jewel Machu Picchu.

Duration 9 days and 8 night
Season From January to December except February for maintenance
Departure Daily
Return Back Packer Train
Importarnt

VERY IMPORTANT BOOK EARLY YOUR INCA TRAIL PERMITS FOR 2019 

More information: Why book in advance?

Itinerary

Day 1: Lima

Welcome to Perú!!!
Upon your arrival in Lima, we will pick you up from the International Jorge Chavez airport of Lima, to then take you to your hotel located in Miraflores - San Isidro.
You will have the remainder of the day to relax or walk around. You will spend the night at the hotel of your choice please ask us for the list.

Day 2: Cusco - City Tour

Welcome to the navel of the World, the capital of Tahuantinsuyo!!
Upon arrival in Cusco city, we will welcome you at the airport and transfer to your selected hotel where you will have spare time for acclimatization and avoid future problems with altitude,remember that coca leaves tea can help at the first day in Cusco. In the afternoon, start the visit of the most important places of the city (city tour) As the first site we’ll visit is Qoricancha, the main temple of the Sun, then we will visit the Main Square and the Cathedral to finally continue by bus to visit the archeological centersof Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay. At night, we’ll return to the hotel, and you’ll have a free evening.

Day 3: Cusco - Sacred Valley

Our best day to acclimatize and explore the heart of Sacred Valley of the Incas!!!
We will start our trip at 8:30 am making a full-day excursion in Urubamba, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the ancient Inca town of Pisac, where you will have the opportunity to buy some souvenirs at its typical market. Then we will have a delicious lunch in Urubamba to finally visit Ollantaytambo, the only Inca town that was not defeated by the Spanish. You will have a chance to explore the Ollantaytambo city over night.

Day 4: Ollantaytambo - Wayllabamba

Lets start the Adventure!!!
Depart early in the morning from the hotel to Piscacucho, our start point and where we will meet with our cook and Quechua porters. From Km. 82 (9,072 ft.), we hike along the bank of the Vilcanota River with views of the magnificent peaks of the Veronica snow mountain (19,000 ft.).To finally arrive at our campsite on a terrace at Wayllabamba (9679 ft.). This is a 9.9-mile hike (6 hours trek).

 

Please Note: All camp gear is carried by our staff of porters. Plus your personal things that must be 8kg. max. per person. You only have to carry a light backpack with your personal things.

Day 5: Wayllabamba - Warmiwañuska (Dead woman pass - 13750 ft) -Pacaymayu

We can do it my friends!!!
We climb through the magical forest to high camp at Pacaymayu (11,967 ft.). Today is one of the most demanding days of the trip as we climb to higher altitudes. The first pass at 13,750 ft. is the imposing Warmiwañusca, offering incredible views at east as Huayanay peaks and west as Vilcabamba range.We will finish our day at Camp of Pacaymayu after the 5.4-mile hike (6.5 hours).

Day 6: Pacaymayu - Runkuraqay - Sayacmarca - Phuyupatamarca - Wiñayhuayna

Let's immerse to the andean life!!!
We will cross the second pass at 13,100 ft., and follow a fine Inca highway to the restored town site of Sayaqmarka. The Inca trail in this section is made up of white granite, crossing through a thick mountainside forest. Remember we will visit on this day the incredible ruins of Phuyupatamarka!! (12,460 ft.), to finally descend to Wiñayhuayna, our campsite. The estimated time is 7 hours.

Day 7: Wiñayhuayna - Machu Picchu

Today is the our big day!!!
We will wake up very early around 4:00 am to get to Inti Punku (the Sun Gate), really this experience will be unique, you will be that lucky who will see Machu Picchu whit the first rays of the sun. This hike will takes from 1-2 hours, with significant upward stretches in the last half. Note that you will be walking in darkness, so a headlight is strongly recommended. The trail is marked and takes about 1½ hours. The trail contours a mountainside and drops into cloud forest before coming to an almost vertical flight of 50 steps leading up to the final pass at Inti Punku (Sun Gate).Incredible, enjoy the view!!!
A final short hike will bring us to the entrance and into the heart of Machu Picchu itself, where we spend the rest of the morning with 2 hours guided tour and some more exploring on your own. The shuttle bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes is included, departs every 15 minutes and will be available for you descend to Aguas Calientes town.

Day 8: Free Day in Cusco

Let’s enjoyed in the capital of the Incas!!!
Cusco is one of the most important cities in the world, and there are lots of things to do, if you are interested in adventure sports we have the option to do biking to Maras Moray or ATV tours, or if you like the traditional tours, we have tours to Maras Moray, Tipón, pikillacta that we go by bus. Or you can walk around this beautiful city that is Cusco. Also if Inca Trail doesn't exhaust all your energies you can visit the colorful Rainbow Mountain Peru.
We have a lot of things to see, one of the high recommended places to visit is San Pedro Market, and if you want, one tour guide of the company please said us to give you some explanation about things that you see, and we recommend you to go to San Pedro at morning and taste a typical breakfast from Cusco. We know that visiting Cusco is important to you, and we want to give the best experience possible.

Day 9: Cusco- Back Home

Time to say goodbye, my friends!!!
Today is our last day is this wonderful city and our farewell, and for this reason, our Manager is going to organize an impressive Peruvian lunch in one of the most beautiful restaurant in the city, by the afternoon we will pick you up to take from your hotel to airport to back home and say good bye my friends.

What is included?

  • Courtesy transfer from the airport to your hotel in Cusco (Please provide us your flight information)
  • 1 night in Lima
  • 3 nights hotel in Cusco.
  • 1 noght in Ollantaytambo
  • Visitor ticket, entrance ticket for the city tour and sacred valley.
  • City tour (transfer, tour guide, and transportation)
  • Sacred Valley (transfer, tour guide, transportation, and lunch)
  • Pre-departure Inca Trail trek briefing, presented by your tour guides at our downtown Cusco office.
  • Collection from your hotel in Cusco and transfer to Inca Trail at Piskacucho(Km. 82) (trek starting point).
  • Entrance ticket to Inca Trail & Machu Picchu.
  • Visit different Inca archaeological sites during the Inca Trail.
  • Bus ticket down Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes.
  • Expedition train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Pick up from the train station and transfer to your hotel.
  • Multilingual guide for Inca Trail.
  • Assistant Guide (for groups of 9 or more people).
  • Professional cooks and cooking equipment.
  • Well treated local porters.
  • Porters service (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
  • 3 Nutritious Breakfasts, 3 High-energy Lunches, 3 Delicious Dinners.
  • 3 Tea times.
  • Vegetarian food is available upon request with no extra charge.
  • Nutritious Snacks.
  • Hot tea kindly brought to your tent first thing in the morning.
  • One liter boiled water every day after breakfast to refill your bottles, from the second day.
  • Clean and spacious 4P-capacity Tents (Marmot Limestone) – only two people per tent.
  • Comfortable Personal foamy pad (double foam), given to you at the beginning of the trek.
  • 24 hours emergency oxygen assistance.
  • First aid equipment.
  • Biodegradable personal hand soaps.
  • Biodegradable detergents to dishwashing used by our kitchen staff
  • Accommodation, food, transport, permits for our porters and cooks.
  • Safe storage of your belongings at our office in Cusco while you are on the trek.
  • Inca Trail survivor certificate.
  • High-quality service and support.

What is not included?

  • Breakfast on the first morning.
  • Sleeping bag (If you don’t have a sleeping bag, you can rent with us).
  • Lunch and dinner on the last day
  • Visit to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes.
  • Tips.

Recommendations

  • Original passport and (ISIC student card if applicable)
  • A small backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek.
  • Sleeping bag Minus 8ºC
  • Lighter style trekking boots with good ankle support
  • Warm clothes, layers for variable temperature especially at night
  • Thermal underwear can be worn in the sleeping bag or cold conditions
  • Gloves or mittens, scarf, wool socks, woolen hat for cold nights
  • T-shirts and trekking pants that zip off to short pants for comfort
  • Flash light, head torch, and extra batteries
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Wear a hat with a broad visor to keep the sun off your face
  • Sunscreen, and sunglasses
  • Personal medical kit, insect repellent
  • Rain Gear: a good rain jacket, rain poncho
  • Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel
  • 2-litre water bottle, disposable plastic bottles are forbidden in Machupicchu site
  • Water purifying tablets optional, since we provide boiled water
  • Swimsuit (if you plan on visiting the hot springs at Aguas Calientes after the trek)
  • Extra money for drinks & tips, souvenirs, etc.
  • Emergency money at least 200-300 extra soles.

Did you know?

The thousand-year-old city of Cusco, has been the site of great events in history, as well as being involved in a debate about the correct writing of its name,discover with us the interesting facts about Cusco:


What does Cusco (Cuzco / Qosqo) mean?

For decades, the elites in Cusco tried to improve the Inca nature of the city, trying to eliminate the Spanish traces of the city; This caused the word "Cuzco" (with Z) to be banned in 1976. However, in 1993 the Quechua word "Qosqo" was introduced to refer to the City, and after a few years the word "Cusco" was returned. It is known that the Quechua word "Qosqo" comes from an indigenous word that means "navel of the world" or "center of the universe". The meaning of navel indicates Cusco as a ritual center, a sacred city where llamas and other offerings were sacrificed, in favor of the most important deities of the Empire.

 

The flag of Cusco

Another thing you should know, is that the flag with the colors of the rainbow you will see in many institutions and residences of the city, is considered the flag of Cusco; however, in many other parts of the world, this same flag is related to the rights of the homosexual community; but remember, in Cusco, it is the beauty flag of Cusco and its colors represent the colors of the Empire Tahuantinsuyo.

 

Festivities in Cusco:

Are you planning your next vacation in Cusco? Here we help you with some of the most important festivities that you can attend if you are in the city of Cusco:


The Cusquenian and in general the Peruvian, is a festive town for excellence that has turned the religious celebrations in true popular celebrations where the ceremonies and the cults are as important as: the dances, the meals, and the drinks. For example, there are typical foods that are prepared only for certain parties and the same thing happens with dances. Holy Week starts with the procession of jury pattern of Cusco Lord of tremors on the Holy Monday and finish with the 12 traditional dishes on Holy thursday. To these parties we must add two that are made in places a little away from Cusco, the Virgin of Carmen in Paucartambo (July) and Qoylloritti (June), near the town of Ocongate. Both equal in originality and beauty to the city parties.

How to get to Cusco?

Most people will start their trip to Machu Picchu - Peru, in Lima; known as the city of kings, it is the place where it will arrive if it is coming from the other side of the world; Once here, there are two ways to get to Cusco.

  • By plane
    Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport - (CUZ) is the airport of Cusco; however, it only receives international flights from Bolivia, the rest of international flights arrive in the city of Lima. There are flights from Lima to Cusco every day and at different times; Latam, Avianca, Star Peru and Peruvian Airlines are the main companies that operate in the Cusco airport. Most hotels are 10 minutes from the airport, a taxi will cost between 10 and 20 soles (depending on your negotiation skills). 
  • By bus
    A huge number of bus companies operate the Lima - Cusco route; However, the rugged geography of Peru, makes the trip by bus quite tedious and takes around 20 hours. The companies we recommend are Cruz del Sur, Tepsa, Oltursa and Ormeño; from Cusco there are other companies that operate the Cusco - Puno route; service intended for people who after Cusco, continue to Lake Titicaca; the land terminal is 10 minutes from the Historic Center of Cusco.

When is the best time to go to Cusco?

When to go to Cusco? It is one of the best questions before the trip. Although temperatures are around 18 degrees throughout the year, the best time to go to Cusco goes from April to September (dry season); the rains are less during this season, but it also coincides with the high season of tourism, so you will have a lot of company from people all over the world, and as you should know at higher demand, prices go up. But if you do not mind getting a little wet and want to get away from all that tumult; besides getting hotels, guides and other tours at low prices, it can come between November and April, it is the rainy season, but there are fewer people and greener landscapes.

Prices per Person 100% inc. Tour + Hotel

Services  Private Service Price per Traveler USD$
Train 2 persons 3 persons 4 persons 5 persons 6 persons 7 persons 8 to more

Group Service

Expedition
1250.00
1210.00
1160.00
1105.00
1065.00
1025.00
995.00

950.00

If the option chosen is sold out, we will book another one of the same category, price, and service previous customer's approval.

Optional services

  • 20 USD Sleeping bag rental(-18°C) for the whole trek
  • 20 USD single tent accommodation
  • 130 USD Personal porter (15 kl or 33 lb)
  • 80 USD Huayna Picchu entrance ticket or Machu Picchu Mountain entrance ticket
  • Extra night in Aguas Calientes (check the details with your account executive)

Note

Camp site allocations are subject to change depending on availability provided by the National Institute of Culture (government OFFICE IN CHARGE OF THE INCA TRAIL).

Why to choose Destination Inca Trail?

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Inca Trail Programs

We organize tours for small groups, including families, friends, students and volunteers. Our tour leaders speak English, Spanish & Quechua (Andean Language) and will dedicate themselves to giving you the best independent tours in Cusco as well as Machu Picchu.

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