Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Cusco & the Sacred Valley, then the classic Inca Trail
Enjoy world class cuisine and museums in Lima, then renew your sense of wonder exploring lost Incan cities and contemporary Peruvian culture. Journey for several days along the classic Inca Trail, hiking and camping, to reach a most magnificent view of Machu Picchu.
10 days from $4,600
- Includes accommodations at first class hotels that reflect the best of local culture
- Includes excursions and tours with superb private guides
Itinerary at a Glance
- Lima - 1 night: renowned cuisine and world class museums
- Sacred Valley - 2 nights: Andean life and ancient ruins in this magnificent river valley
- Machu Picchu - 1 night: time to explore this stunning icon in depth, and at non-peak hours
- Cusco - 2 nights: take in the captivating and bustling former Incan capital
- Amazon - 3 nights: stay in a premier ecotourism lodge
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Day by Day Itinerary
Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores
With a contemporary design and an ideal location, the flagship Hotel Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores offers 148 luxury rooms and suites. Peruvian-owned, the hotel manages to be sophisticated, first class, and modern while also exhibiting local charm. Amenities include a heated pool, modern gym, and an outstanding location in the heart of Lima’s main commercial and cultural area. Several of the city’s top restaurants are within walking distance.Upgrades Available: Hotel B, Miraflores Park Hotel, and others
Arrive to Lima, former capital of the Spanish empire in the Americas, and transfer to your first class hotel in the Miraflores district, Lima’s main cultural and commercial district. This is a great area for strolling around and is home to many of Lima’s best restaurants.
Private tours of Lima or visits to any of Lima’s museums can be arranged; we can also arrange culinary tours focusing on Peru’s increasingly renowned cuisine or art tours for those with special interests.
Fly to Cusco / Sacred Valley of the Incas / Chincheros
Hotel Sol y Luna, 2 nights
The Hotel Sol y Luna is located in Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Incas, not far from the town of Urubamba. Peruvian art adorns each of the first class, comfortable adobe cottages, whose terraces offer spectacular views of the mountains. A place that does things the right way, this hotel has long been among our traveler favorites due to the superb accommodations, location, and service. There are also two outstanding restaurants, and beautiful horses that can be taken out into the surrounding mountains on horseback riding excursions.Includes: Breakfast, Lunch
Fly over the Andes to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incan Empire. When you land in Cusco you will be met at the airport by a local representative who will transport you to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a long fertile river valley surrounded by snow capped peaks that lies between Cusco and Machu Picchu.
Your time here will help you acclimatize to the high altitude of the region before beginning your hike.
Visit the Chincheros archaeological site to explore the ruins and see a brief weaving demonstration at a local cooperative known for their high-quality textiles. Peru is known for its intricate traditional weavings, many of which use symbols to tell stories or depictions of daily life. Afterward you will have lunch at a great small restaurant founded by a renowned local chef. Your private guide will be there to help you make the most of the entire experience.
Sacred Valley (Maras / Moray / Ollantaytambo)
Hotel Sol y LunaIncludes: Breakfast, Lunch
Spend the day exploring more of the Sacred Valley, seeing less-visited sites that will deepen your understanding of the local culture.
Discover the unique Incan site of Moray and the nearby town and ancient salt pans of Maras. After a scenic picnic lunch, visit Ollantaytambo, one of the few towns to survive in its current layout from Incan times.
Begin Inca Trail
Camp at ChamanaIncludes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today you start your hike along the Inca Trail toward Machu Picchu.
Begin with a scenic train ride toward Machu Picchu, getting out at Kilometer 82 to trek for approximately 4 hours along a little-visited section of the trail, following the Urubamba River.
Arrive to Chamana, in the Llactapata area, where you will make camp.
In the afternoon after setting up camp, you will hike to some nearby Inca sites to help you continue to acclimatize.
(Hiking time: 4-5 hours; distance: about 5 miles).
Camp at LlulluchapampaIncludes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hike to Patallacta and continue up the Cusichaca Valley, passing local settlements along the way, and arrive to the small community of Huayllabamba. From here the trail ascends to a large pampa (grass field), where you will camp for the night.
(Hiking time: 6 hours; distance: about 5.5 miles)
Camp at PhuyupatamarcaIncludes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ascend to the highest pass on the trek, Warmiwanusca (13,692 ft.), before descending to the Pacaymayo River and past the Runkuraqay ruins.
This day is filled with breathtaking views as you walk through the Andes, finally reaching Phuyupatamarca (which means “the town at the edge of the clouds” in Quechua), where you will make camp for the night.
(Hiking Time: 8 hours; distance: about 8.5 miles)
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
This hotel sits on its own 12 secluded acres in Aguas Calientes, the town located at the base of Machu Picchu. The Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is ideally located, a short walk to the train station and the shuttles that take visitors to the ruins. Guests follow stone pathways to their rooms, located in comfortable one- or two-story whitewashed casitas. This hotel is a traveler favorite, blending into the natural environment, with outstanding service, great design, and a first-class restaurant with views of the rushing Vilcanota River.Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Start your hike with views out toward the Vilcabamba region and its snowcapped peaks. As the trail winds downward you enter a cloud forest, arriving to the Inca site of Winay Wayna.
After about 2 more hours of hiking you will find yourself at Intipunku, the Gate of the Sun, where you have a magnificent view of Machu Picchu.
After descending to the ruins along the final stretch of the Inca Trail, catch a shuttle down to the town of Aguas Calientes for the night. Your hotel in Aguas Calientes is one of the most highly regarded in South America.
Machu Picchu / Cusco
Inkaterra La Casona Cusco, 2 nights
A Relais & Chateaux property, Inkaterra La Casona Cusco is housed in a restored 16th-century colonial manor house, which was built over an Inca complex and later occupied by the conquistadors of Peru. Its 11 suites surround an elegant courtyard, and the hotel offers a dining room, dining terrace, lounge and sitting area. La Casona graciously preserves its historic details while offering modern comfort and amenities. An exclusive boutique hotel experience, and one of the top options in the city.Includes: Breakfast
Upgrade Available: Palacio Nazarenas
Make a return visit to Machu Picchu in the early morning to observe the ruins. This is a great way to experience the site when there are far fewer people around.
You’ll also have the chance to hike to the top of Huayna Picchu, the mountain that towers above Machu Picchu (about 2 hours round trip).
After visiting the ruins, catch your afternoon train back to Cusco, where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel.
Cusco / Sacsahuaman
Inkaterra La Casona CuscoIncludes: Breakfast
Upgrade Available: Palacio Nazarenas
Get to know Cusco with your knowledgeable private guide, visiting the historical highlights of this fascinating city. Your excursion includes a visit to Sacsahuaman, the massive Incan fortress on the hills above the city, where you’ll enjoy views out over Cusco and the entire surrounding area. You have the afternoon free to explore some more of the city on your own.
Cusco is another of the highlights of a trip to Peru, a fascinating city built on the foundations of the former Incan capital. You can observe massive Incan walls along many of the streets of the city. The city has a vibrant atmosphere and many excellent restaurants.
Depart for Home
In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Lima. Upon arrival to Lima you will have assistance at the airport in making your connecting flight home.
If you have extra time before your international flight, we often arrange a driver for our travelers so they can go out to eat and see some of Lima before their flight.
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Add extra days in Lima or Cusco: Both are worth exploring on your own, and we can arrange a variety of activities, including city tours, culinary excursions, visits to ruins and historical sites, and active options such as hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.
Take part in a Pachamanca, a traditional Andean cooking ceremony on the shores of Peru’s Lake Piuray.
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