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Inca Trail & Cusco Express

Hike the most famous trail in South America

Inca Trail & Cusco Express

$1499

per person

The Classic Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu is one of the most famous trekking routes in the world. It’s just one example of the 40000 kilometres of road built by Inca’s some 500 years ago. The traditional (or classic) Inca Trail tour starts in the Sacred Valley and finishes in the jungle region, passing through a range of vegetation types, making you feel like you’ve passed through a multitude of biospheres to reach your goal. A once in a lifetime opportunity, your experience will be made all that more important as it’s conducted in partnership with Apus Peru, a Classic Inca Trail tour operator famed for treating their porters with respect.

Classic Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu - Couple at Machu PicchuHighlights of the Classic Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu:

Acclimatize in Cusco, adjusting to your surroundings and taking in the once Inca capital of the world
Trek through varieties of flora and fauna as you pass over stones laid down by the ancient keepers of the Sacred Valley
Arrive at Machu Picchu after witnessing the beauty of the Inca Trail. This trip is in private service

Itinerary Overview:

Check the “Tour Plan” tab for the full Classic Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu  itinerary.

Day 1 | Cusco: Arrive in Cusco, and begin your adventure with a Cusco city tour to Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Puca Pucara, Temple of the Sun, and Tambomachay. Spend the day acclimatizing before beginning your Classic Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu.

Day 2 | Cusco: Embark on a Sacred Valley tour beginning in Pisaq where you will explore the Pisaq ruins and colorful Pisaq Market. Venture on to Ollantaytambo to see the ruins before returning back to Cusco.

Day 3 | Inca Trail | Cusco to Wayllabamba: Begin the amazing Classic Inca Trail at the famed trailhead, Kilometer 82. Cross the Urubamba River, and wander through forests of native plants past the ruins of Llactapacta. Spend the night in Wayllabamba campsite.

Inca Trail Hike Difficulty: Moderate ; 12km – 5 hours

Day 4 | Inca Trail | Wayllabamba to Pacaymayo: The second day of your inca trail trek  it will be the longest and hardest day as you will cross Dead Woman’s Pass (4,200ms).After you will descend until you get to Pacaymayo campsite.

Inca Trail Hike Difficulty: Strenuous ; 11 km – 7 hours

Day 5 | Inca Trail | Pacaymayo to Wiñay Wayna:  On the most enjoyable day of your trek, you will visit the Inca sites of Runkurakay and Sayakmarka as you descend towards Wiñay Wayna. You will camp at the Wiñay Wayna campsite where you can take advantage of the hot shower if you so choose.

Inca Trail Hike Difficulty: Moderate ; 12 km – 6 hours

Day 6 | Inca Trail | Wiñay Wayna to Cusco via Machu Picchu: Rise early for the most exciting day of your Classic Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu. Today, you will cross through the Sun Gate and make your entrance into the iconic Incan ruins. Spend the day exploring the park with a guided tour before returning to Ollantaytambo by train, and then travel on to Cusco by private transfer.

Inca Trail Hike Difficulty: Easy ; 3 hours

  • Departure
    Cusco / Cusco
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    Activities described in the itinerary
    Meals
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    Domestic flights
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Day One: Cusco – City tour in private service

City tour in Cusco

Qurikancha in Cusco the most important temple in the Inca Empire

Transfer from the airport in Cusco to accommodation . This morning you will be flying to the city of Cusco, once the capital of Inca civilization. You'll spend the day visiting palaces, traversing a local fruit market and wandering around Cusco's main square, Plaza de Armas. You'll be walking with your tour guide, having lunch in a local restaurant along the way. After lunch, you'll be driven to Cusco’s most important archaeological sites: Kenko, Puka Pukara and Sacsayhuamán. Constructed from giant boulders intricately cut to fit together without the use of mortar, these fascinating ancient ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.       Inclusions:
  • Transfer airport - Hotel in Cusco
  • Private city tour ( private transport , english tour guide)
  • Accommodation in 3 star Hotel in Cusco
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Day Two: Cusco - Sacred Valley in private service

Sacred valley in Cusco In the morning, you'll be picked up from your accomodation to meet with an organised tour group to depart for the Sacred Valley. You’ll drive along the Vilcanota River, one of the best known and beautiful archeological sites in the country. Be enchanted by the village of Pisac, where you’ll stop to visit the nearby archeological ruins, as well as experiencing the vivid colours of traditional art available in the local artesenal market. As you wind through the valley, you’ll pass through scenic towns, Incan platforms, and many extensive prairies where Incan white corn fields sway in the wind. After stopping briefly in Urubamba to have a traditional buffet lunch, you will contine to Ollantaytambo where you may visit another well known archeological site. A final stop will be made at Chinchero market,where locals will barter over produce and where you can try your hand at bargaining too. Return to Cusco for a good night’s rest, as your Inca Trail starts next day.     Inclusions:
  • Private sacred valley tour ( private transport , english tour guide)
  • Accommodation in 3 star Hotel in Cusco
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Day Three: Cusco - Ollantaytambo - KM 82 - Llactapata – Wayllabamba

You will be picked up from your hotel early in the morning in a private transport. You should have breakfast in your hotel, perhaps bringing some snacks for the day ahead. We’ll be stopping in Ollantaytambo for last minute purchases, plus an opportunity for more food, if you wish. Our journey will continue to Pisacucho (also known as Kilometre 82) where the trail starts. You'll need to show entrance tickets, passports and (if paying a student rate) a student card. Crossing the Urubamba river, our trek begins through a dry forest where cacti grows; marvel at these plants growing amongst prickly pears and the native Tara tree. We’ll continue on, walking for 3 hours (6kms) to Llactapata, once the home of an Inca cheftain and the first archaeological site on our journey. 4 kilometres of gentle uphill through farmland will take us to the grassy plain of Wayllabamba, our campsite for the night.   Walking – 12kms or 8 miles Minimum Altitude – 2,700ms, 8990 feet. / Maximum Altitude – 3,100ms, 10000feet Altitude of camp – 3,100ms , 10000 feet./ Approx night temperature: Around 10oC.     Inclusions:
  • Tourist bus and transportation to Start of the Inca Trail: Km 82
  • Entrance ticket to the Inca Trail (Inca Trail Permit)
  • Meals ( 1L, 1D) Campsite equipment
    • Eureka & Doite high mountain tent, that are waterproof and thermal, for up to 4 people, but for convenience we use it only for 2 people.
    • Dining Tent
    • Kitchen Tent
    • Reinforced foam
    • Restroom Tent and Portable Toilet
    • Camping tables and chairs
    • Tableware
    • First Aid Kit: includes alcohol, bandages, pills for the altitude, oxygenated water, bandages, cotton ball, oxygen, rescue ropes, etc.
    • Radio communication: They are configured with radios used by workers in the Inca Trail and Machupicchu. We maintain constant communication in case of emergencies.
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Day Four: Inca Trail - Wayllabamba - Llulluchapampa - Dead Woman's Pass – Pacaymayo

Death woman´s pass on inca trail Generally considered the most challenging day of the trek, we will wake early in order to get a good start, leaving small villages and farmland behind as we enter a sub tropical forest, taking lunch around Llulluchapampa. From here we will start a steep ascent towards the highest pass (Abra de Huarmihuañusca/'Dead Woman's Pass’ – 4200m/13779ft), so named because it resembles the body of a woman lying down. Feel an amazing sense of achievement upon reaching the top, taking in the rarified atmosphere before continuing downwards for over 3 kms (1.8 miles) through humid forest, down to your evening campsite of Pacaymayo. Walking – 11kms or 6.8 miles Minimum Altitude – 3,100ms, 10000 feet. / Maximum Altitude – 4,200ms, 13780feet Altitude of Camp – 3,600ms, 11810 feet/ Approx night temperature: Around 6 degrees C     Inclusions:
  • Meals (1B, 1L, 1D) Campsite equipment
    • Eureka & Doite high mountain tent, that are waterproof and thermal, for up to 4 people, but for convenience we use it only for 2 people.
    • Dining Tent
    • Kitchen Tent
    • Reinforced foam
    • Restroom Tent and Portable Toilet
    • Camping tables and chairs
    • Tableware
    • First Aid Kit: includes alcohol, bandages, pills for the altitude, oxygenated water, bandages, cotton ball, oxygen, rescue ropes, etc.
    • Radio communication: They are configured with radios used by workers in the Inca Trail and Machupicchu. We maintain constant communication in case of emergencies.
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Day Five: Inca Trail -Pacaymayo - Sayakmarka - Phuyupatamarca - Wiñay Wayna

wiñaywana inca trail After another early breakfast, we'll walk to the beautiful Inka site of Runkurakay, one of the check points and the beginnings of the original royal Inca trail to Machu Picchu. We'll continue on to Sayakmarka, one of the most beautiful Inka remains on the classic trail. After lunch we'll trek through some incredible scenery, as the entrance to the cloud forest opens up and you’ll find yourself surrounded by orchids and hummingbirds, nature that will bring this experience to life. We'll walk for another hour to Phuyupatamarca (meaning ‘Town in the Clouds’), reaching the third highest point on the trail at 3680m. There are also wonderful views of the Salkantay Mountain, one of the most majestic of the surrounding mountains. From here we have a 3 hour downhill descent into the forest and Wiñay Wayna, our camp for the evening. This is the most popular campsite with access to hot showers and a cold beer. A short distance from this campsite is located the Inca site of the same name ‘Wiñay Wayna’, meaning ‘Forever Young’. Even if you are tired after your day’s trek, don’t miss out on visiting the most impressive site on the trail. Your guide will make sure you are able to see the site, before a night’s camping. Walking – 12kms, 10.5 miles Minimum Altitude – 2,670ms, 8760 feet. / Maximum Altitude – 3,900ms, 12800feet Altitude of Camp – 2,670ms, 8760 feet/ Approx night temperature: Around 12 degrees C     Inclusions:
  • Meals (1B, 1L, 1D) Campsite equipment
    • Eureka & Doite high mountain tent, that are waterproof and thermal, for up to 4 people, but for convenience we use it only for 2 people.
    • Dining Tent
    • Kitchen Tent
    • Reinforced foam
    • Restroom Tent and Portable Toilet
    • Camping tables and chairs
    • Tableware
    • First Aid Kit: includes alcohol, bandages, pills for the altitude, oxygenated water, bandages, cotton ball, oxygen, rescue ropes, etc.
    • Radio communication: They are configured with radios used by workers in the Inca Trail and Machupicchu. We maintain constant communication in case of emergencies.
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Day Six:WiñayWayna - IntiPunku - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes – Cusco

Machu Picchu from sungate

Tourist walking to Inca Bridge at Machu Picchu, Peru

We will rise very early in order to arrive at the ‘Sungate’ (2730m/8792ft) before sunrise. This early morning hike will be the final part of the Inca Trail, as from the Sun Gate you’ll have your first view of the mysterious and enigmatic Machu Picchu. After taking it all in, we’ll walk down the last part of the trail to the spot where you can take that classic photo of this ancient city, letting dreams become a reality. Upon arriving at Machu Picchu feel an overwhelming sensation of completion- you’ve earned the right to be overwhelmed by your surroundings. A walking tour (approximately 2.5 hours) will be given by your guide, and after you’ll be able to explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2720m/8923ft), an extra Challenger that will take 45 minutes, allowing new, unparalled view of the ancient site. Once you’ve had your fill of the site, you’ll meet your guide in Aguas Calientes- reachable by bus or foot- for lunch to be given your train tickets back to Cusco. Note: The train included in all tours is the Expedition/Tourist Class service (to Ollantaytambo) and then bus to Cusco. Minimum Altitude – 2,400ms, 7870 feet. / Maximum Altitude – 2,720ms, 8920 feet       Inclusions:
  • Meals (1B, 1L)
  • Entrances to Machu Picchu
  • Bus up & down to Machu Picchu
  • Train service Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo (Train Expedition)
  • Transfer Ollantaytambo - Cusco
  • Accommodation in Cusco- 3 star Hotel
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Day Seven:Day Seven –Cusco

According to your flight back to Lima we will offer a transfer out to the airport. End of services       Inclusions:
  • Transfer Hotel - Airport in Cusco

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