Absolute Peru Inca Trail 9 Days 8 Nights

Peru offers so much variety and this itinerary combines it all. From colonial Lima, we fly across the Andes to Cusco and the Sacred Valley. While there, we will wander through ome of South America's best markets and discover a variety of Spanish and Inca heritage. The discovery of Machu Picchu in 1911 revealed an incredible Inca architectural masterpiece, and this startling find provides a grand finale to our trek along the Inca Trail. On the trail, we ascend from the jungle to the snowcapped Andean peaks to complete our spectacular approach to Machu Picchu.

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  • What's included :
    • 8x Breakfast
    • 4x Dinner
    • 4x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 9 nights
    • Accommodation: 5 nights in selected hotels, 3 nights camping.
    • Excursions: Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu.
    • Transfers: All airport transfers, Hotel pickup and drop-off, all transfers are assisted by English- speaking staff.
    • Transport: bus, train, minivan, on foot, walking.
    • Meals: Those mentioned in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food)
    • 4 day Inca Trail hike.
    • Local top quality English-speaking guides to accompany visits and excursions.
    • 24 hour support by our local staff.
    • Pre-departure briefing
    • Sleeping bag.
    • Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent
    • English speaking professional and official tourist guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people)
    • Chef and cooking equipment.
    • 1 Bag or duffle bag with a maximum of 6kg per person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag)
    • Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost
    • One textile snack bag per person to avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment
    • Bio-degradable personal hand soaps
    • Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes
    • Boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night
    • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
    • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (Expedition Service)
    • Transfer train station Ollantaytambo - Cusco
    • Administration and Staff available 24 hours in Spanish and English
    • 1 blanket per Person
    • • 1 Pillow
    • Entry/Admission - Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
    • Entry/Admission - Plaza de Armas
    • Entry/Admission - Sacred Valley of the Incas
    • Entry/Admission - Inca Trail
    What's excluded :
    • Optional climb to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain.
    • International and domestic flights and airport taxes.
    • Personal expenses.
    • Meals not noted.
    • Travel insurance.
    • Tips (optional)

  • Day 1: DAY 1: LIMA ARRIVAL Transfer from airport to your hotel.

    Pass By: Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), Jr. Junin and Jr. Carabaya, Lima Peru
    A member of our staff will be waiting for you at the airport, with a sign with your name on it, to transport you to your hotel, where all is set for your arrival. Lima is a friendly city so relax and get ready for the next morning.

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Accommodation according to selected category.

    Day 2: DAY 2: LIMA CITY TOUR

    Stop At: Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), Jr. Junin and Jr. Carabaya, Lima Peru
    Lima is a beautiful and historic city. During colonial times it was the center of the economy and, on your visit to the Plaza de Armas, the main square, you will see many buildings reminiscent of those in Spain. Particular highlights are the Archbishop’s Palace, the Cathedral (just ashort walk away from the plaza, located in the Santo Domingo Church on the Plaza de la Vera Cruz) and San Francisco Convent. The Convent is one of the most visited religious buildings in the city due to its famous catacombs which hold the remains of around 70,000 people. We will also visit the Huaca Pucllana archaeological complex, another jewel in the cultural mix of the city.
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Accommodation according to selected category.


    Stop At: Plaza de Armas del Cusco, Cusco 08002 Peru
    On arrival in Cusco, you will be met with assistance at the airport and transport to your hotel. The rest of the morning is free to rest and acclimatise to the high altitude. The city tour will start at 13:00 pm. Today we have a guided tour of Cusco and its nearby ruins. The city, once capital of the extensive Inca Empire, has seen many changes since Francisco Pizarro's men took the city with such apparent ease in November 1533. We explore the city by foot to appreciate its superbly constructed Inca walls and architecturally extravagant colonial churches and palaces. This also includes a visit of Koricancha, the ancient Golden Temple of the Sun. After this we take a short drive to visit the monolithic walls of Sacsayhuaman along with Tambomachay, better known as ‘the bath of the Inca’. Both sites are spectacularly set above the city. In the afternoon you may have time to explore some of the central parts of the city and a chance to look at some of the great varieties of local craft work.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Accommodation according to selected category


    Stop At: Sacred Valley of the Incas, 0051 Peru
    Breakfast at hotel – pick up from your hotel at 08:00am. We will then embark on a journey back in time through the Incan´s Sacred Valley, beginning in Pisac, 31 km from Cusco. The ancient Incan archeological site and city is located at the top of a mountain. There you will have the chance to witness the impressive stonemasonry skill of our ancient ancestors. Afterwards, you will go down into the quaint little town and wander through its colorful market where you can buy intricate, beautifully crafted locally hand-made products. After this, lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Then, you will continue to Ollantaytambo, a military, religious, and agricultural center of the Incas located at the top of a mountain. Note: unlike other small towns, this one has maintained its original Incan design including outstanding stone buildings and narrow streets. It was once used as a fortress, administrative and urban center. On our way back to Cusco we will stop in Chinchero, a place where the townspeople are famed for their preservation of traditional Andean spinning and weaving techniques. The locals have set up a market in the town square where you can purchase their beautiful handmade crafts.
    Duration: 11 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Accommodation according to selected category


    Stop At: Inca Trail, Cusco 08000 Peru
    Our trekking crew will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco very early in the morning to take a

    private bus to the town Chilca at Km 82, where we begin your trek along the Inca Trail to Machu

    Picchu. The bus ride is beautiful and you will have the chance to enjoy a spectacular view of the

    Peruvian Andes. We´ll make a stop for about 20 minutes in the well-known Inca town “Ollantaytambo”

    to continue the bus ride to the starting point of your trek, where we will unpack and get prepared to

    start the hike with our trekking guide and team (please have your passport on hand). After

    approximately three hours of walking and passing a lookout point -where you will see a beautiful Inca

    building known as “Llactapata” in the base of the mountains- you will stop for lunch. In the afternoon

    you will continue walking towards your first campsite at 3,000 meters, called Wayllabamba. You will

    have dinner at the camp.

    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Camping

    Day 6: DAY 6 WAYLLABAMBA – PACAYMAYU (Crossing the highest point)

    Stop At: Inca Trail, Cusco 08000 Peru
    It´s going to be an early morning with a nice, hot cup of tea to get ready for this beautiful day. After

    breakfast the toughest and the most amazing part of the trail will begin; the walk towards the highest

    point of the Inca Trail. From here you will have an unbelievable panoramic view of the whole area

    and will observe different types of microclimates (4,250 meters). After a 5 hour walk you will reach the

    first pass, called Warmiwañusca or Dead Woman`s Pass, where you will get a tremendous feeling of

    achievement mixed with relief of having reached the pass. After having reached the top you will

    continue your walk down to Pacaymayo, where you will have lunch and spend the night at the campsite

    (altitude of 3,600 meter above sea level).

    Duration: 14 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Camping

    Day 7: DAY 7 PACAYMAYO – WIÑAYWAYNA (Descending into the Cloud Forest)

    Stop At: Inca Trail, Cusco 08000 Peru
    We consider this the most beautiful and longest day due the different microclimate and the arrival to

    the cloudy forest. After breakfast we´ll start our ascent towards the second most important pass of the

    Inca Trail, at 3,950 meters above sea level. On the way you have a guided tour at the archaeological

    complex of Runkurakay and after the second pass we´ll visit the Inca citadel Sayacmarca. We will

    continue our trek towards Phuyupatamarca (Cloud-level town), another important archaeological

    monument where we stop for lunch. After a short break we will descent down to one of the most

    beautiful Inca sites along the trail, Wiñay Huayna (the translation of which means Forever Young). Our campsite is right next to this complex, we leave our belongings there and you will have a guided tour of this impressive

    archaeological site. Afterwards we´ll have dinner at the camp. That night we will say our goodbyes to

    the porters and cooks, so our local guide will organize a small party to thank everyone for sharing this

    amazing and beautiful experience in the Andes together.

    Duration: 14 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Camping


    Stop At: Inca Trail, Machu Picchu Peru
    After breakfast we´ll have a very, very early start to arrive in time for sunrise at Inti Punku. After one

    hour and a half of walking throughout the cloud forest we´ll reach the Gate of the Sun, where you will

    have the most impressive panoramic view of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival at the citadel, we´ll have a

    three-hours guided tour around the magnificent complex, visiting the main sites and monuments.

    Machu Picchu is located at 2,400 meters above sea level. After touring this extraordinary location

    you will have some free time to wander around on your own and then you will take a bus down to

    Aguas Calientes. From there we will be catching a train back to Cusco or Ollantaytambo (time and

    destination indicated on your train ticket), from where we are going to take you back to the hotel.

    With our arrival in Cusco our adventure will come to the end.

    Duration: 13 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Accommodation according to selected category


    Pass By: Plaza de Armas del Cusco, Cusco 08002 Peru
    We will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport of Cusco so you can take your flight back home. We at Peru Andes Top hope you enjoyed, like we did, this challenging adventure, with the aim of being able to see you again soon and enjoy another remarkable story together. End of service

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Accommodation according to selected category
  • Departure Point :
    Jorge Chavez International Airport, Av. Elmer Faucett s/n, Callao 07031, Peru
    Departure Time :
    (Every day, including holidays).
    Return Detail :
    Alejandro Velasco Astete Cusco Airport (CUZ), Avenida Velasco Astete, Cusco 08006, Peru
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • In order to secure a permit and entrance ticket to Machu Picchu, government regulations require full and current passport information for all trekkers. Permits are non-transferable and can sell out early, months in advance.
    • It is therefore important to arrange depature dates at the earliest opportunity. Climbing Huayna Picchu is an excellent addition to a trip to Machu Picchu. It offers superlative views, but is a steep climb that can take about three hours. Entrance to Huayna Picchu is limited and at scheduled times; visitors must sign up for a spot in advance. If you would like to consider doing the climb, it is important to book it in advance. While not as physically demanding as the full Inca Trail, hikers should be in good physical condition.
    • During the travel, your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, both free of charge.
    • If you are a vegetarian, please advise at time of booking.
    • Original passport.
    • Original ISIC (an international student card if applicable).
    • Travel insurance.
    • Pocket money in Nuevos Soles.
    • A small rucksack.
    • Rain gear (a rain-jacket and waterproof trousers).
    • Resistible footwear, waterproof trekking shoes are recommended.
    • Sandals (for comfort while at a campsite).
    • Warm clothes such as a jacket, a fleece (thermal clothing is also recommended for cold nights during camping).
    • Hat or a cap (to protect you against the sun and rain, as well as the cold).
    • Sun cream or sun block.
    • Insect repellent – recommended minimum is 20% DEET (please note that no malaria cases have been reported during this trip!).
    • Camera and its charger/batteries (please note that batteries are consumed quickly under cold conditions).
    • Flashlight/headlamp + batteries.
    • Small towel and toiletries.
    • Swimsuit (to visit the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes).
    • Snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.)
    • Please note: we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. The recommendation of taken own snack applies only for customers who like a specific snack that might not be in our menu.
    • Bottled water for the first morning and a water bottle to be refilled.
    • Confirm the data of your flight itinerary at the time of reservation.
    • Vistadome Train (One Way) – US$55.00
    • Entry to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (subject to availability) – US$70.00
    • Hiking poles – US$20.00
    • Sleeping bag – US$20.00
    • Sleeping bag Deluxe Package (+ Pillow & Liners) US$30.00
    • Black Diamond Hiking Poles
    • Sleeping bags according to route requirement
    • If you are a lover of nature and landscapes, the Vistadome train is your best choice. Panoramic windows in the walls and roofs of cars make the connection to the outside is experienced in a very vivid way
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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