Inca Trail Trek involves 9 days from Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Your will start the tour in Lima, the capital of Peru. Then you local flight to Cusco city, next day guide tour in the Sacred Valley with this trip you will experience to visit a typical market and archeological of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, walk around the quaint small Inca town where you will stay one night. Trekking 4 days along the Inca Trail, one of the main highlights along the trail is the ancient system of settlements made in granite rock by the Incas, like Wiñay Wayna and Phuyupatamarca, immersed in irresisitible natural surroundings. Scores of orchid species, multicolored birds, and dreamlike countryside provide the perfect scene for a path that all trekking fans should experience and then will arrive to the lost city, you will explore the Machu Picchu citadel, then back to the Cusco, the Inca Trail Trek is waiting for you..
Day 01: Flight to Lima
Day 02: Flight to Cusco; free time to relax and explore town.
Day 03: Tour Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Day 04 - 07: Classic Inca Trail Machu Picchu
Day 08: Cusco.
Day 09: Departure day.
Crew: A Travel Tour Group Inca Trail representative in Lima, Cusco and professional guide
Accomodation: Hotel 3 star (05 nights), Camping (03 nights)
Meals: 04 Lunches, 03 Dinners, 03 afternoon tea, 08 Breakfasts (Allow USD 50-100 for meals not included)
Transportation: Domestic flights, private transportation, van, train
Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned, so you may arrive at any time. when will arrive to the airport, looking your name, a Tierras Vivas representative will waiting for you and will take to the hotel. Enjoy the city
Known as the City of Kings, Peru’s capital city Lima was founded by Francisco Pizarro on the Day of the Three Kings (Epiphany) in 1535. The Plaza de Armas is the heart of old Lima, and it is here you find the Cathedral, Government Palace and Archbishop’s Palace. The Cathedral dates back to the 1700s and houses the remains of the conquistador Pizarro. To get a feel for colonial Lima, take a cab to the Plaza de Armas and watch the changing of the Palace Guard in the afternoon. Walk the streets surrounding the Jirón de la Unión for great examples of Spanish-colonial architecture and to get a taste for life in a large South American city.
There are many fine museums in and around the city, including the Museo Rafael Larco Herrera, which houses an equally impressive collection of pottery, mummies and textiles from the Paracas and Nazca cultures. An optional city tour visits many of the city’s highlights. The more affluent districts of Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidro, which are on the coast, offer good nightlife and cafés all within walking distance. Limeños (Lima’s residents) are friendly, and the city is filled with excellent restaurants; seafood lovers in particular should be sure to try a ceviche, for which Lima is well known.
Fly to Cuzco city, in the airport you meet with your local guide, transfer to the hotel, this day is free to relax and explorer to the fascinating city of Cuzco, and to the acclimatize to the altituve.
Cuzco is considered the capital of the Inca empire, the incas expanded the territories from Cuzco to the other territories, they created the Tawantinsuyo (four country). and when the Spanish arrived, they built the new Colonial city, this gorgeous colonial town offers nearby ruins, cobble-stoned streets, museums, churches and a lively atmosphere.
The city have several good museums, including the Qoricancha and the Archaeological Museum, which also house a small art museum, the Regional History Museum and the Religious Art Museum.
For the most adventurous, will find optional activities such as white water rafting in the Urubamba River; horseback riding around archaeological sites (Sacsayhuaman, Tambo Machay and Puca Pucara) and mountain biking down to the Sacred Valley, Moray-Maras, and perhaps visiting an Inca ruin along the way.
Travel with our local guide through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. An important source of food for the Inca, the Sacred Valley is a lush agricultural region that continues to supply the city of Cuzco with much of its produce. Visit the impressive Pisac ruins and the colourful artisan market (market days only). The day trip finishes in the picturesque village of Ollantaytambo, site of another large Inca ruin. Here we catch our breath and prepare for the hike ahead.
Ollantaytambo is your first taste of what lies ahead on the Inca Trail. The town and fortress of Ollantaytambo are strategically situated overlooking the beautiful Urubamba River Valley. This major ruin site is known as the best surviving example of Inca urban planning and engineering. It is admired for its huge steep terraces guarding the Inca Fortress and for being one of the few places where the Spanish lost a major battle during the conquest. We spend the night in this small town before heading out for the start of the hike the next morning.
The 4-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is physically challenging but worthwhile, and the excursion is within the ability of most reasonably fit. It is a 44-km (27 mile) hike, with 3 high passes to be crossed, one of which reaches an elevation of 4200m (13776 ft). The trail is often steep, and it may rain even during the dry season. The temperatures at night may fall below zero, so it is important to come prepared.
Transfer to the trailhead at km82, (2350 m) with Local Porters, cook and guide. Start to trek through the Inca Trail, in the course of the walk the desert and sub tropical zone, we will see various archaeological sites and scenic beauty that offered by the Inca.
On the last day to get Intipunko, the 'Sun gate" to watch the sunrise over the lost city of the Incas, "Machu Picchu." and the surrounding mountain peaks. Machu Picchu is both the best and the least known of the Inca ruins. It is not mentioned in any of the chronicles of the Spanish conquistadors and archaeologists today can do no more than speculate on its function. The local Quechua farmers in the area knew of Machu Picchu for centuries, but it was not until an 11-year-old boy led the American historian Hiram Bingham (who was in search of Vilcabamba) to the site on July 24, 1911, that the rest of the world became aware of its existence. At that time the site was covered in thick vegetation, and Bingham and his team returned in 1912 and 1915 to clear the growth. Over the years, much work has been done on excavating and studying the site. Despite these efforts, many unanswered questions remain.
Those passengers not able or interested in the hike spend 2 days in Cuzco, then travel by train to Aguas Calientes, where they overnight. Next morning they take the bus to the Machu Picchu entrance and rendezvous with the hikers at the ruins. If you decide not to do the hike we need to know prior to your departure in order to obtain train tickets. There is an additional fee for any changes made once Inca Trail permits are confirmed. This fee may vary depending on the changes that are made to your itinerary. Please advise your agent or Travel Tour Group.
Also note that portions of the Inca Trail will be closed for general maintenance during the month of February each year. Also, closures may occur at various times throughout the year due to inclement weather or other conditions beyond our control. During these periods, any tour affected will hike the Lares Trek.
Today is a relaxing day, free time to explore the fascinating imperial city of the Inkas, visit its market, buy souvenirs, take optional activities and get ready for one last night in the city
Meals budget: Allow USD 50-100 for meals not included
Single room: Please note that if you have booked the "Single Room" option for this tour, you will receive your own single room for all night stops and including to the Inca Trail.
Local flights: All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
Check our policy and booking procedures of the Inca Trail If you prefer not to hike or is fully booked, you can choose one of these optional trips:
If you like to do the Inca Trail Trek, please first check an availability of Inca Trail. choose year and month when you like to do the tour.
Please note: the Inca Trail starts on the fourth day of the Inca Trail Trek Tour! (For example, if you like to start the tour on the 6th of August, you need to check Inca Trail availability of the day 09th of August!)
If there is still availability of the Inca Trail on your date requested in the time of your booking, the booking of the Inca Trail Trek Tour will be confirmed firstly by our Reservation Department via e-mail. Then your full personal details wil be required as well as a deposit in order to purchase your Inca Trail permit. (Please note that an Inca Trail booking is valid only for 1 hour!! If it is not paid within this time, it expires!!!)
Every year, thousands of people do the Inca Trail. They usually complete the 43-km trail in 4 days.
Over the last decades, Peru has become a most popular travel destination. There are many great treks throughout Peru, but the Inca Trail is the most known.