Do you want to focus on two wonders of South America while keeping time to take on the challenge of one of the most famous trekking in the world?
This trip is made for you, with plenty of time to discover Cusco and the Sacred Valley, a guided adventure on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and an unforgettable stay with locals on an island of Lake Titicaca.
IMPORTANT: BOOK IN ADVANCE!
Permits for Inca Trail Trek are limited, on a first come, first serve basis…
In high season (April to November), you should book and pay a deposit 8-6 months in advance. In low season (December to March), 4-3 months in advance.
Please contact us to check availability! Then we will need your passport details to book your Inca Trail.
|PHYSICALITY||5 or 6 on a scale of 1 to 10 (1= for everyone / 10= only for athletes!)
Most of this tour could be rated 2-3/10, but the 4 days of the Inca Trail Trek is physical consuming activity as 8 to 12 hour-daily trekking with a lot of climbs and steps .
More difficult during raining season (December to March).
|DEPARTURE TIME||Time of collection will be discussed the day before in your briefing.|
DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN LIMA
Welcome to Peru! Sacred Valley & Titicaca + Inca Trail Trek Tour begins in Lima.
Private transfer will be arranged from Lima airport to your hotel. There is not scheduled activity today assuming you will take a good rest for adapting the jet lag or spend the day at your leisure. We recommend you to visit Larco Museum (entrance fee of US$10), where showcases chronological galleries that provide a thorough overview of 4,000 years of Peruvian pre-Columbian history.
Accommodation: 1 night 3 star hotel in Lima
DAY 2 to 3 - CUSCO
You will be taken to the Lima airport where you will take a flight to Cusco. The flight will last an hour, taking you up into the Andes over spectacular scenery. After arriving to Cusco you will have the rest of the day free to acclimatize and explore this charming city, which is one of the most beautiful combinations of Inca and Colonial architectures.
In Day 3, free time in the morning. In the afternoon, private tour guide will pick you up at hotel for taking 4 hours Cusco city tour including: the Cathedral (a marvel of religious art with 300 paintings from the Cusqueña School), the ‘Qorikancha’ temple (the most important one in the Inca Empire and the religious, geographical and political centre of Cusco), the archaeological complex of Sacsayhuamán (a majestic place with a great view over Cusco and impressive works in stone, some up to 120 tons), the Q’enqo Labyrinth (a religious centre dedicated to the adoration of the Earth), Tambomachay (a center of adoration and worship of water), and Puca Pucara (once used as a military centre).
Included Excursions: City Tour of Cusco (private transfer and tour guide, entrance of all sightseeing places)
Accommodation: 1 night 3 star hotel in Cusco
DAY 4 - SACRED VALLEY of the INCAS
The Sacrd Valley tour begins with a visit to the ruins of Pisac. The ruins are located on the top of the hill and the view is incredible. After climbing down from the ruins, on the market days you have a change to visit the famous, traditional market where you can buy souvenirs. We will eat lunch and continue to charming town of Ollantaytambo. We visit the temple fortress and see the impressive Inca terraces which were built on the sides of the steep mountains. When you return to the hostel in Ollantaytambo, you will have the briefing of the Inca Trail Trek.
Included Excursions: Guided Tour of Sacred Valley of the Incas with entrance of Pisac and Ollantaytambo Inca runis
Accommodation: 1 night hostel in Ollantaytambo
DAY 5, 6 AND 7 - INCA TRAIL TREK
Today it is time to start the famous Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu which is also known as the Camino Inca. The Incas were a highly organised civilisation and they made many paths throughout the Andes, they called the network of different paths: Qhapaq Ñan. It is hard to find other similar treks across the world which combines natural beauty, mystical ancient history and ends with such an inspiring destination.
This spectacular trek last over 4 days and the trail is 44 kilometres long ensemble of the Inca paths. You will hike over 3 high passes and explore many ancient archaeological sites along the way, before the stunning citadel of Machu Picchu.
The Inca Trail Trek is a challenge and even for those who live a reasonably active life and maintain a healthy level of fitness. Nevertheless, everyone can walk at its own pace and there is no rush to finish. The group is led by an expert local guide and supported by a team of porters and cooks, leaving you with only your personal backpack. If you have any concerns or medical conditions that may affect your ability to trek, we advise you to consult your doctor beforehand.
NOTE: Inka Trail is in group service. Starting from today till to the end of visiting Machu Picchu, you will join with other trekkers.
Day 5: Picking you up from your accommodation in Ollantaytambo then meet other trekkers. The trek starts at Ollantaytambo. The first day is relatively easy with a 13km walk, which will take approximately 4½ hours.
Day 6: This day is the biggest challenge during the whole Inca Trail Trek as you climb over the highest pass at Warmiwañusca (‘Dead Woman’s Pass’), standing at an impressive 4,200m.a.s. l. You will walk approximately 9 km, which will take 5-7 hours. After the high pass of the trail you will continue downhill, along old Inca stairs to the campsite, where you will spend the night.
Day 7: We will trek approximately 15 km in 7 hours, you will pass the ruins of Runkurakay, Sayacmarca and Phuyupatamarca, you will have an opportunity to stop and admire the ancient structures.
For more details about this itinerary, please take a look at the ‘Inca Trail Trek’ tour.
VERY IMPORTANT: Due to a limited number of people being allowed on the trail per day, permits can sell out far in advance. Please contact us to check availability. Then we need your passport details via email to book your Inca Trail.
Included Excursions: Permits and guided hike on the Inca Trail, camping equipment and all meals are included from Day 5 to Day 7
Accommodation: 3 nights in campsites
DAY 8 - MACHU PICCHU
This is the last morning of the Inca Trail Trek, you will take your final hike to Machu Picchu: early in the morning, we will hike about an hour across a steep mountainside through humid cloud forest of giant ferns and broad-leaf vegetation. A guide will show you the most important places and describe their purposes during the Inca times. It will be a great lecture of the history and culture of Inca Empire connected with the very nice walk in the beautiful scenery. After your guided tour, you will have time for discovering this unique place on your own. If you are good fit in shape, you can consider to have short hike to Huayna Picchu/Machu Picchu Mountain (Optional with US$10 per person). You can spend your own time in Machu Picchu till to 6pm. Then descend to the small city of Aguas Calientes, lying on the foot of the mountain.
Included Excursions: 2 hours guided Tour of Machu Picchu
Accommodation: 1 night 3 star hotel in Aguas Calientes
DAY 9 - AGUAS CALIENTES /OLLANTAYTAMBO
After 4 days Inka Trail trail, you will enjoy rest in the hotel in the morning. In the afternoon, taking train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. Arriving at Ollantaytambo in late afternoon, you can take a rest or explore the small town of Ollantaytambo at your own.
Included Excursions: Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
Accommodation: 1 night hostel in Ollantaytambo
DAY 10 - SACRED VALLEY IN CHINCHERO
Picking up at early morning in Ollantaytambo to start a full day tour. We will first visit the Inca ruins of Chinchero and afterwards we will participate in an interesting lesson about the local textiles of the region. After Chinchero, you will explore the archaeological site of Moray, containing unusual Inca ruins, consisting of several enormous terraced circular depressions. From Moray we continue to next destination – Maras. We will take a short pause in this small town and learn about the production of the popular Andean beverage, chicha de jora (corn beer). After Maras we continue the tour towards the incredible salt ponds, Salineras de Maras, that are still in use and have been since the Inca times. We will go there on foot. It will be around 1 hour long easy and very relaxing trek with the view for the spectacular Cordillera Uubamba. In the salt mines you will have a chance to walk through more than 3000 salt ponds and learn about the production of salt. Finally, we will come back to Cusco around 7pm.
Accommodation: 1 night 3star hotel in Cusco
DAY 11 - PUNO
Pick you up at early morning to start the journey to Puno. We will drive through the beautiful scenery. The drive goes along roads with herds of llamas, alpacas and vicuñas, before reaching the Altiplano (high plain). We will visit some colonial churches and Inca ruins including Andahuaylillas, Raqchi and Pucara. At the highest point, La Raya pass 4,321m, is located a research station for high altitude animals. Puno lies on the shores of Lake Titicaca. The lake is 3,855m.a.s. l and it means it is the highest accessible lake in the world. Arrive at Puno around 5 pm and you can spend the time in Puno at your own leisure.
Accommodation: 1 night 3 star hotel in Puno
DAY 12 to 13 - LAKE TITICACA
The morning starts with departing Puno for an overnight excursion. First we will visit the floating reed islands and see the Uros islanders’ way of the life. There will be an option to ride in the traditional reed boat before it is time to continue the excursion with a 3-hour boat ride to the island of Amantaní. After arriving to the island we will hike to the top of the mountain (4150m) to see the Temples of the Pachamama and Pachatata. Then you will be welcomed by the local Aymara/Quechua families and experience their hospitality by staying with them for the night. You will experience the local life with their traditional manners: food made in a traditional way and authentic music performed by the family.
On the following day we will visit the neighbouring Taquile Island, where you will take a part of the our around the ruins and see another way of islanders’ life. The men are busy knitting distinctive woollen hats and the women are working on the fields. They are also world famous for their complicated and fascinating weavings. There will be an opportunity to buy some of these unique handicrafts.
After the lunch we will return to Puno for the night.
Included Excursions: Overnight Excursion including tour guide, entrance of all islands, meals in the islands and homestay in Amantani Island
Accommodation: 1 night in a rustic island accommodation, 1 night 3 star hotel in Puno
DAY 14 - LIMA
Private pick up from Puno and 2 hours transfer to Juliaca airport. Arrange your own domestic flight from Juliaca airport to Lima in the midday. Upon arrival at Lima, you will be transferred to your hotel by our private bus and start half day Lima city tour, which will take you to the city’s main historical, religious and contemporary sites. We will visit Lima’s historic center, now world heritage site, founded by the Spanish conquistador, Francisco Pizarre and the colonial Plaza Mayor (the central square). You’ll then travel a few blocks to the San Francisco Monastery, famous for its catacombs where over 250,000 human bones are still on display. The tour will be ended at Miraflores, where is modern and upscale areas full of numerous world-class restaurants.
Included Excursions: Entrance of all sightseeing points in Lima & Guided Tour in Lima
Accommodation: 1 night 3 star hotel in Lima
DAY 15 - DEPART LIMA
Thank you for joining us.
If you want to stay longer in Peru and explore more, please contact us.
Our tours are customized for small group starting from minimum 2 persons and maximum 12 persons. The price shown in this itinerary is applied 2-4 persons.
If your group is more than 4 people, please contact us for the price.
We can provide a tour guide in some other languages like French, German, Polish, etc as you requested.
All our tours are aimed at people in good physical and mental condition.
This itinerary requires better physical conditions than others because of Inka Trail: please check the “Physicality” information.
All accommodations are done in double rooms unless you ask for single room (with extra supplement).
Breakfast are generally included in the accommodation.
To allow the freedom of food option, lunch and dinner are not included in the tour. But for this itinerary, lunch and dinner are included in Day 5 to Day 7 during Inka Trail.
Upon your request, we can arrange lunch and dinner with additional cost.
Some details of the tour may change depending on weather conditions, physical condition of the participants and other unpredictable things, like for example strikes.
Our prices are “all inclusive” as far as possible. Nevertheless, some excursions, visits or activities cannot be included in order to give you more freedom and to adapt to each traveler.
Please read carefully the “Included” and “Not included” information in the “DETAILS” tab of the tour, and also the details of the “ITINERARY” tab that provides more information about optional excursions, visits or activities.
The prices of our tours may vary in high season (April to November) when some rates can increase.
For Machu Picchu, there is a discount of USD$20 for students who send us the scan of their ISIC card by email during the booking process and who then bring the original, valid ISIC card with them for the trip (without valid ISIC card, you would not only loose the discount but also the possibility to explore the ruins since you would not get permission to entrance).
There is another discount of USD$20 for Peruvians and another USD$10 for Peruvian University students. Peruvian citizens have to indicate DNI number during booking process and to bring valid DNI for the tour. Peruvian students have to send a scan of their student card during booking process and bring valid document with them for the tour. In both above mentioned situations, if you do not show the valid document(s) at the entrance to Machu Picchu, you will not get permission to entrance and will loose the possibility to explore the ruins.
RESERVATIONS & PAYMENT
To book any tour, first we will confirm its availability for your specific date. Then we need to receive an advance payment (50% or full payment) according to current prices and to have your full details (no errors), which are necessary to book the entrance tickets on your behalf.
Please note that your reservation is not confirmed or safe until we receive these elements.
VACCINATIONS & INSURANCE
Before travelling, you should always check current information about the necessary vaccines.
We recommend you to take the vaccine against yellow fever at least one week before your travel.
We also recommend purchasing travel insurance. Please check the regulations and exclusions of your insurance company, especially if trekking in the high mountains or planning adventure sports.
CHECK SOME IMPORTANT POINTS
Avoid unforeseen situation by being at departure location at least one day before the beginning of the tour.
Check requirements about passports and visas to enter Peru enough time in advance.
WHAT TO BRING
Here are some recommendations to remind you of some items that may be needed on the tour:
A lightweight water&windproof jacket with hood
Small collapsible umbrella
Sandals or thongs/ flip flops
Wide-brimmed hat or cap
Lip balm, sun block with high UV factor
Antibacterial hand cleansing gel
Peg less washing line & travel laundry detergent
Backpack for your personal belongings during Inca Trail Trek
Swiss army type penknife
Head torch or flashlight
Hard drive or USB stick to back up your photos
Travel plug adaptor with a USB port
Pocket size phrasebook
Travel sickness tablets
Insect repellent and bite cream
Travel med kit