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Start and end in Cusco, the Inca Trail Trek tour is a guided adventure trip that takes 7 days. You will travel through Cusco in Peru. Inca Trail Trek is a group tour which includes accommodation in hotels, transport, meals and others.

Approach the awe-inspiring ruins that are Machu Picchu in the most authentic way possible trekking through the land of the Incas. The Inca Trail Trek will take you over high Andean passes and across original Inca stone pathways before you arrive at the Lost City of the Incas.This tour includes the Inca Trail Trek
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“Tour itself was very good and well organised; the Trek was hard at altitude and with steps but the porters were amazing and our guide sympathetic and helpful.”
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“This was an excellent trip which we thoroughly enjoyed. Great views from the walk. The guide was excellent. We were well looked after by the team of porters. We strongly recommend the walk. ”
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“Our tour guide, Ruben was great. Informative , helpful and humorous. The porters were hardworking and courteous.”
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“I recently travelled to Peru, specifically to see Machu Picchu. I encountered so much more... Based in Cusco we explored the surrounding areas and still had ample free time to roam this beautiful city. All the Peruvian nationals I met were welcoming and accommodating, they are special. I elected to take the train trip, which I really enjoyed, through to Aguila Calientes which is the jumping off point for Machu Picchu. We grouped together early to catch the bus to Machu Picchu the next morning and my long held dream became reality. The accommodation and vehicles were always clean and the guides were superb. I highly recommend Tucan Travel”
Welcome to Peru! Your adventure starts in Cusco, a city of beautiful Spanish colonial architecture and the once capital of the Inca Empire. While the city is usually seen as the gateway to the iconic Machu Picchu, Cusco is well worth exploring in itself.

Discover the Plaza de Armas, the cultural centre of the city and where you can find many bars, restaurants and local coffee shops. Visit the Cathedral, which was built with blocks from the nearby Inca site of Sacsayhuaman and took almost a century to complete.

We highly recommend arriving to Cusco a few days prior to the start of your tour to help with acclimatisation. If you would like to book pre-tour accommodation please contact your Adventure Specialist.

Tonight you will have a briefing on what to expect over the next few days and your journey to Machu Picchu.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Anden Inca or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Boleto Completo, valid for 10 days and includes entrance to most Inca ruin sites in Sacred Valley and Cusco.– US$40 or 130 soles
  • Boleto Partial, includes just sites around Cusco – 70 soles
  • Massages – US$25/hr
  • City tour – US$30 + 70 soles entry if Completo has not been purchased
  • Chocolate making course – US$22
A full day is spent visiting the Sacred Valley of the Incas. At an altitude of 3800m we take slow walks that take up to an hour, around each of the ruins in order to manage any effects the high altitude may have. Firstly we visit the Pisac ruins, perched on a hilltop with incredible views of the surrounding mountains. We then go down to the famous traditional market of the same name, which is full of colour and atmosphere. A great place for souvenirs! After lunch, we continue along the valley to the temple/fortress of Ollantaytambo with its enormous Inca terracing constructed on the side of a steep mountain.

Tonight you will stay in Ollantaytambo.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels At Tika Wasi or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast(s)
Having stayed overnight in Ollantaytambo, it means we have a short bus ride to the starting point of the trek. The first day is a relatively easy 4½ hour and 13 kilometre walk. With mostly flat and light climbs, you start to witness the lush scenery of Peru. Walking slowly, you will have plenty of short breaks to ensure the group are acclimatising to the altitude.

The Inca Trail Trek can be demanding but can be completed by anyone who leads a reasonably active life - you certainly don’t need to be an athlete. Everyone is able to walk at their own pace and there is no rush to finish. The trekking group is led by an expert local guide and supported by a team of porters and cooks, leaving you with only a small day pack to carry. If you are in any doubt or if you have any condition that may affect your ability to trek, we advise that you consult your doctor.

Please Note: Due to a limited number of people being allowed on the trail a day, permits are limited and can sell out far in advance. If you wish to book the Inca Trail, please provide your Reservations Agent with your passport details by email as soon as possible so that we can secure your permit. Without your passport details, we are unable to arrange your Inca Trail Trek. Alternatively you can opt to participate in an 1 day Inca trek. Please speak to one of our travel consultants for more information. If you are not participating in either trek then you will visit Machu Picchu by train and then have plenty of free time to enjoy the activities available in and around Cusco. Meals are included for those doing the Inca Trail Trek. If you are choosing not to do the Inca Trail Trek, you will have 2-3 days to spend exploring Cusco.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in campsites on the Inca Trek . No single room upgrade available.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast(s), 1 Lunch(es), 1 Dinner(s)
Today is the biggest challenge on the trek as you reach the highest pass at Warmiwañusca, also known as Dead Woman’s Pass! Sitting at 4,200 metres, it is nearly 1,800 metres higher than Machu Picchu itself. The terrain here is slightly more rockier and due to open area, trekkers are more exposed to the elements, whether it’s the rain lashing down or the sun blazing down! However it can be said that traversing this part of the trail is the second most rewarding part, just after seeing Machu Picchu itself.

You will cover approximately nine kilometres in about 5-7 hours and after the high pass it's all downhill as the trail winds its way along old Inca stairs to our campsite.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in campsites on the Inca Trek . No single room upgrade available.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast(s), 1 Lunch(es), 1 Dinner(s)
Today you will cover the most distance, at 15 kilometres you will walk for around 7 hours. While being the longest day, it is also the most interesting as you pass more ruins and unique sites. After roughly one hour of trekking you will come to the ruins of Runkurakay, a small circular shaped archaeological site. It has been said this site was most likely used as resting point for the Inca messengers, who maintained communication across the Inca Empire.

From this point, it is mostly downhill, and we have four more ruin sites to be discovered, with the next being Sayacmarca. Also known to historians as the “inaccessible town” due to it being barricaded on three sides with steep mountain drop offs, archaeologists remain baffled as to what the site was used for. Some say it was a viewing and control point for those headed to Machu Picchu.

We continue onto Phuyupatamarca where you can enjoy some amazing views from the top. The Quechua translation being “town in the clouds” it offers some great photo opportunities and is often used as a lunch spot for groups.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in campsites on the Inca Trek . No single room upgrade available.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast(s), 1 Lunch(es), 1 Dinner(s)
On the last morning of the Inca Trail Trek, after an overnight stop at Wiñay-Wayna, you will rise early for the final walk to Machu Picchu and greet daybreak over the famous “Sun Gate”. There will then be time to explore on your own or simply take in the magnificence of the place after your guided tour.

The Lost City of Machu Picchu was originally completely self-contained, surrounded by agricultural terraces sufficient to feed the population, and watered by natural springs. Located high above the fast flowing Urubamba River, the cloud shrouded ruins have palaces, baths, temples, storage rooms and some 150 houses, all in a remarkable state of preservation that will simply take your breath away.

The ruins were only discovered by the outside world in 1911, when American explorer Hiram Bingham found them while looking for another “lost city” called Vilcabamba. Due to their isolation many of the buildings are still quite intact and you can't help but admire Huayna Picchu (“Young Mountain”), which towers above the ruins.

After spending most of the day at Machu Picchu you have the chance to meander through the markets of Aguas Calientes before enjoying a scenic train ride back to the Sacred Valley where our transfer to Cusco will be waiting.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Anden Inca or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast(s)
Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast(s)
what’s included
Accommodation
  • 3 night(s) in hotels, 3 night(s) in campsites on the Inca Trek
Meals
  • 6 Breakfast(s), 3 Lunch(es), 3 Dinner(s)
Transport
  • Private Vehicle, Foot, Tourist Bus, Train
Excursions
  • Guided tour of Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Inca Trail Trek
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
Staff & Experts
  • Trip Leader throughout the tour
what’s excluded
  • Visas and travel insurance
  • Spending money ampndash budget for meals snacks drinks limited souvenirs laundry tips and any extras
  • International flights tofrom the startend of your tour and departure taxes
  • Tips on excursions visas travel insurance personal items and single rooms.
  • Optional excursions - On each trip you may find there are some excursions that are not included. This might be because they are not to everyones taste or there may be various options of differing value to choose from. More information on the excursions we recommend is listed under each day of your itinerary though prices may vary. If you are after something in particular dont hesitate to ask your tour leader.
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A deposit of 500 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 60 days before departure. For any departures within 17 October 2019 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Inca Trail Trek tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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For this Inca Trail Trek tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Inca Trail Trek tour. You can cancel the tour up to 61 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 60 days of departure.
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