Inca Trail Explorer

8 Days

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Inca Trail Explorer

8 Days  |  $1,590

Our itinerary Inca Trail Explorer 8A is best if you arrive in Lima after 1:00 PM. If you flight or cruise in Peru arrives early in the morning, itinerary 8B would be a better choice.

DAY ITINERARY 8A ITINERARY 8B
DEPART Fri Sat Mon Wed Fri Sat Mon Wed
1 Lima Cusco
2 Cusco Sacred Valley*
3 Inca Trail Inca Trail
4 Inca Trail Inca Trail
5 Inca Trail Inca Trail
6 Machu Picchu Machu Picchu
7 Huayna Picchu* Huayna Picchu*
8 Lima Lima
* Overnight in Cusco

Inca Trail Explorer (8A)

DAY 1
LIMA

Flight:  Lima Arrival after 3pm

Welcome to Lima! Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel in the beautiful area of Miraflores. If time permits, venture out and begin to explore Peru’'s amazing culture and cuisine.

Lodging:  Casa Andina Miraflores or similar
DAY 2
LIMA - CUSCO

Flight:  Lima to Cusco - Fly before 10am

Early flight to Cusco (11,152 ft). Welcome upon arrival and transfer to your hotel. During the afternoon we will enjoy a guided tour of Cusco with its ancient cathedrals and amazingly crafted Inca walls. We will also visit the ruins at Kenko, Tambomachay, Puka Pukara and Saqsaywaman.

Meals:  Breakfast

Lodging:  Casa Andina Plaza or similar
DAY 3
CUSCO - INCA TRAIL

Depart early in the morning from the hotel to rendezvous with our quechua porters. From Km. 82 (9,072 ft.), we hike along the bank of the Vilcanota River and views of the magnificent peaks of the Nevado Veronica (19,000 ft.). The overnight camp is on a terrace at Wayllabamba (9,679 ft.). This is a 9.9 mile hike (6 hours trek). Note: All camp gear is carried by the porters. You only have to carry a light backpack with personal essentials.

Meals:   Breakfast  |  Lunch  |  Dinner

Lodging:  Campsite
DAY 4
INCA TRAIL

We climb through the magical Polylepis forest to high camp at Pacaymayu (11,967 ft.). Today is one of the most demanding days of the trip as we climb to higher altitudes. The first pass at 13,750 ft., Warmiwañusca, offers views east to the Huayanay peaks and west into the rugged Vilcabamba range. Camp at Pacaymayu after the 5.4 mile hike (6.5 hours).

Meals:   Breakfast  |  Lunch  |  Dinner

Lodging:  Campsite
DAY 5
INCA TRAIL

We cross the second pass at 13,100 ft., and follow a fine Inca highway to the restored town site of Sayaqmarka. The Inca trail in this section is made up of white granite, crossing through a thick mountainside forest. We will visit the ruins of Phuyupatamarka (12,460 ft.), then descend to Wiñayhuayna (8,695 ft.) to our campsite. Estimated time of 7 hours to cover 6.25 miles.

Meals:   Breakfast  |  Lunch  |  Dinner

Lodging:  Campsite
DAY 6
INCA TRAIL - MACHU PICCHU

Early in the morning, we will descend from mountain forests into the high jungle habitat. Orchids and hummingbirds are common along this spectacular section of the trail high above the river. We arrive at the Gate of the Sun for stunning views of Machu Picchu (7,875 ft.) and a guided tour of the sanctuary. In the mid-afternoon we descend to the town of Aguas Calientes where we can enjoy a relaxing evening.

Meals:  Breakfast

Lodging:  Andina Luxury or similar
DAY 7
MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO

Free day to return to Machu Picchu and continue exploring the sanctuary or hike to the Sun Gate. Your package also includes passes to either hike Huayna Picchu (based on passes availability) or Machu Picchu Mountain. We will return to Cusco by train later in the afternoon.

Meals:  Breakfast

Lodging:  Casa Andina Plaza or similar
DAY 8
CUSCO - LIMA

Flight:  Cusco to Lima - Fly anytime

Enjoy an early morning walk in Cusco before your departure to Lima or continue on one of our extensions.

Meals:  Breakfast

Bon Voyage!!!


Important Notice: Actual day-by-day itineraries may vary from those shown in order to take advantage of local sightseeing options, trains or flight schedules changes, or other unforeseen events.

Train to or from Machu Picchu: From May to December, train from Cusco to Machu Picchu and back will depart from Poroy station (about 20 minutes from downtown Cusco). For the period between January and April, trains will depart from Pachar station, about 1.5 hour from Cusco. Transfers are included for both options and total travel time is about the same.

Inca Trail Explorer (8A)

DAY 1
CUSCO

Flight:  Lima to Cusco - Fly before 10am

Welcome upon arrival in Cusco (11,152 ft) and transfer to your hotel. During the afternoon we will enjoy a guided tour of Cusco with its ancient cathedrals and amazingly crafted Inca walls. We will also visit the ruins at Kenko, Tambomachay, Puka Pukara and Saqsaywaman.

Lodging:  Casa Andina Plaza or similar
DAY 2
CUSCO (SACRED VALLEY)

Today we will explore the Sacred Valley (9,350 ft) and experience the rich colors of its traditional towns and ruins. Our first stop after a scenic drive will be Pisac'’s colorful market – a great opportunity to practice your bargaining skills! After lunch we will tour the town of Ollantaytambo and visit the site of the beautiful rose-colored stone ruins where the Incas fought the Spaniards. The serenity and quaintness of the town will allow you to relax and transition into the Inca’s magical world. Return to Cusco in the early evening.

Meals:   Breakfast  |  Lunch

Lodging:  Casa Andina Plaza or similar
DAY 3
CUSCO - INCA TRAIL

Depart early in the morning from the hotel to rendezvous with our quechua porters. From Km. 82 (9,072 ft.), we hike along the bank of the Vilcanota River and views of the magnificent peaks of the Nevado Veronica (19,000 ft.). The overnight camp is on a terrace at Wayllabamba (9,679 ft.). This is a 9.9 mile hike (6 hours trek). Note: All camp gear is carried by the porters. You only have to carry a light backpack with personal essentials.

Meals:   Breakfast  |  Lunch  |  Dinner

Lodging:  Campsite
DAY 4
INCA TRAIL

We climb through the magical Polylepis forest to high camp at Pacaymayu (11,967 ft.). Today is one of the most demanding days of the trip as we climb to higher altitudes. The first pass at 13,750 ft., Warmiwañusca, offers views east to the Huayanay peaks and west into the rugged Vilcabamba range. Camp at Pacaymayu after the 5.4 mile hike (6.5 hours).

Meals:   Breakfast  |  Lunch  |  Dinner

Lodging:  Campsite
DAY 5
INCA TRAIL

We cross the second pass at 13,100 ft., and follow a fine Inca highway to the restored town site of Sayaqmarka. The Inca trail in this section is made up of white granite, crossing through a thick mountainside forest. We will visit the ruins of Phuyupatamarka (12,460 ft.), then descend to Wiñayhuayna (8,695 ft.) to our campsite. Estimated time of 7 hours to cover 6.25 miles.

Meals:   Breakfast  |  Lunch  |  Dinner

Lodging:  Campsite
DAY 6
INCA TRAIL - MACHU PICCHU

Early in the morning, we will descend from mountain forests into the high jungle habitat. Orchids and hummingbirds are common along this spectacular section of the trail high above the river. We arrive at the Gate of the Sun for stunning views of Machu Picchu (7,875 ft.) and a guided tour of the sanctuary. In the mid-afternoon we descend to the town of Aguas Calientes where we can enjoy a relaxing evening.

Meals:  Breakfast

Lodging:  Andina Luxury or similar
DAY 7
MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO

Free day to return to Machu Picchu and continue exploring the sanctuary or hike to the Sun Gate. Your package also includes passes to either hike Huayna Picchu (based on passes availability) or Machu Picchu Mountain. We will return to Cusco by train later in the afternoon.

Meals:  Breakfast

Lodging:  Casa Andina Plaza or similar
DAY 8
CUSCO - LIMA

Flight:  Cusco to Lima - Fly anytime

Enjoy an early morning walk in Cusco before your departure to Lima or continue on one of our extensions.

Meals:  Breakfast

Bon Voyage!!!


Important Notice: Actual day-by-day itineraries may vary from those shown in order to take advantage of local sightseeing options, trains or flight schedules changes, or other unforeseen events.

Train to or from Machu Picchu: From May to December, train from Cusco to Machu Picchu and back will depart from Poroy station (about 20 minutes from downtown Cusco). For the period between January and April, trains will depart from Pachar station, about 1.5 hour from Cusco. Transfers are included for both options and total travel time is about the same.

Inca Trail Explorer

PRICE

  • $1,590 per person
  • Based on double occupancy
  • Single Supplement: +35%
  • Add 3% if paying via credit card

  • NOT INCLUDED

  • International Flights
  • Domestic Flight: from $300
  • WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Hotels (3 stars)
  • Upgrades available
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals as indicated
  • Excursions as part of a group
  • Bilingual guides
  • Gratuities except to guides
  • Train to & from Machu Picchu
  • Machu Picchu Passes
  • Huayna Picchu Passes
  • Inca Trail Passes


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    HIGHLIGHTS

    • LENGTH: 8 Days
    • PRICE: $1,590
    • EFFORT: Moderate to Challenging

    WHEN TO TRAVEL

    • BEST: May to Sep
    • GOOD: Oct, Nov & Apr
    • JUST OK: Dec, Jan, Feb & Mar

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    Inca Trail Explorer was last modified: January 26th, 2017 by Highland Adventures