At your arrival to Lima’s airport you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel.
- Day 1: Lima Arrival
- Day 2: Lima – Cusco/ City Tour & Surrounding Archaeological Sites
After an early breakfast you will be transferred to the airport to take you flight to Cusco.
At your arrival to Cusco’s airport you will be transferred to your hotel. You need to rest and acclimatize yourself. In the afternoon at 14:00 pm approx we start to explore the city of Cusco in which your guide will explain the history and significance of the Incan culture and vast changes that took place with the Spanish Conquest. You will visit the main plaza, the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sunor Koricancha. We then visit the ruins on the outskirts of the city stopping at the Inca ritual site of Quenqo, the water temple of Tambomachay, the customs house of Puca Pucara and the impressive temple fortress of Saqsaywaman, built strategically on the hill above the city of Cusco. It’s famous for its enormous stone blocks, assembled with incredible precision to form the imposing external walls of the complex. Some of the stones stand 9 meters tall and weigh more than 350 tons. We then return you to our hotel in Cusco.
- Day 3: Sacred Valley Excursion – Ollantaytambo
In the morning after an early breakfast, we set out with the guide on a tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, along the Urubamba River, to visit the famous Andean market town of Pisac. We stop at the picturesque town of Chinchero, where we will visit the ruins of a royal hacienda built for Tupac Inca Yupanqui. You will be amazed to see the well-preserved Inca wall in the main plaza and visit the beautiful colonial church with intriguing frescos painted on its portico, all built on Inca foundations. This will be followed by lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we pass through the towns of Calca and Urubamba on the way to the Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo. We have the opportunity to walk through the stone alleys of the city and get an idea of what life was like in terms of its military, religious and cultural centers at the height of the Incan Empire. We then transfer you to the hotel in Ollantaytambo.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
- Day 4: Ollantaytambo – Chachabamba (2250M) – Wiñaywayna (2700M) – Machu Picchu (2400M) – Aguas Calientes (2000M)
After an early breakfast we will go to the train station of Ollantaytambo where we will take our train to the town of Chachabamba. It is from here where we start our trek after checking into the checkpoint Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. We will cover a distance of 13 kms in approximately 7 hours.
After that, we reach the archaeological group of Wiñaywayna (name with which the locals call a variety of small orchids around the area and means “Forever Young”). After taking a break and having our packed lunch, we will now be headed to Inti Punku (Puerta del Sol), place from which we will have our first and magnificent view of Machu Picchu. We take a tour of Machu Picchu on this day only and then descend by bus to Aguas Calientes to spend the night in a comfortable hotel after dinner in a typical restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, box lunch & dinner
- Day 5: Aguas Calientes (2000M) – Machu Picchu (2400M) & Huayna Picchu* – Aguas Calientes
After an early breakfast we will try to catch the first bus at 05:30 am from Aguas Calientes to the city of Machu Picchu and will then arrive at 6:00am. At this early morning we will enjoy Machu Picchu ruins while the sun slowly warm up the site and the fog disappears. We will enjoy a guided 2 ½ hour visit of the great Machu Picchu sanctuary-city. After that, hike to the top of Huayna Picchu Mountain, the pyramid-shaped peak that overlooks Machu Picchu Citadel. After our visit, we will have lunch at Sanctuary Lodge restaurant and finally take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
- Day 6: Free Day In Aguas Calientes – Cusco (3350M)
You will have a free day in Aguas Calientes.You can return to the ruins (optional), visit the hot springs or walk around the village. At the appropriate time board the train for Poroy station in Cusco. At your arrival you will be received and transferred to the Hotel in Cusco.
- Day 7: Cusco / Puno Via La Raya
Today we have an early start, with transfer to the bus station for the journey to Puno. On the way we stop at the Pukará archaeological complex, La Raya, midway between Puno and Cusco and the highest point on the route, Raqchi, the temple to the Sun God Wiracocha, and Andahuaylillas, a church that conserves original colonial artworks. Lunch is in a local restaurant enroute. On arrival at Puno, you’ll be met at the bus station and transferred to your. Overnight in Puno.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
- Day 8: Full Day Uros & Taquile Islands Tour
Early in the morning we start an unforgettable boat tour around Lake Titicaca. Our first stop is the Floating Islands of Los Uros, where people have lived since pre-Inca times. These Andean natives have built their own islands out of reeds, stacking new layers to form floating structures dozens of meters deep. The vegetable fiber used is Scirpus Totora, from the papyrus family. They also use this material to build their houses and boats. We continue to Taquile, inhabited by Quechua speakers who have developed, generation after generation, an efficient and original social system, and their own magnificent textile techniques. We walk around it’s hill-sides and archaeological sites. In the evening we return to Puno. Enjoy the evening in Puno.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
- Day 9: Puno – Sillustani / Lima
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Juliaca airport to board your flight to the city of Lima. Enroute to the airport we will visit the famous Chullpas (burial towers) of Sillustani, cylindrical mausoleums built by the Aymara people to entomb their high priests. Umayo Lake, in front of the Chullpas, only adds to the beauty of the site. Here we also have the opportunity to spot distinctive native birds of the region. At your arrival to Lima you will be transferred to the hotel.
- Day 10: Lima Farewell
After breakfast, we transfer you to the airport to board your international flight back home.
- Map of the Inca Trail
- Transportation to and from Hotel – Ollantaytambo Train station / Poroy train station
- Cusco Train
- Service from Ollantaytambo – Km.104(Chachabamba)
- Train service from Aguas Calientes – Poroy Train Station
- Professional guide
- Entrance fee Inca trail, Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu
- Meals mentioned in the program
- Bus ticket: Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes (1st day)
- Bus ticket: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes (2nd day).
- International flight to Lima and back
- Domestic flights (Lima– Cusco/Juliaca (Puno)–Lima) flights. Will advise fares when bookings open
- Visa Fees, Airport taxes, Vaccinations & Porterages
- Tipping and gratuities to staff and guide
- Additional meals (meals not mentioned in plan)
- Visits and activities not indicated in Plan
- Personal expenses like Telephones, Drinks, faxes and e-mail, laundry etc
- Any items not mentioned in the Price Includes
- International travel and medical insurance cover.
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