Amazon Jungle & Classic Inca Trail

12 days | $2,600+ | 5 tours | One 26 hike | 3 nights in tents
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Why this package?

  • Tour three unique areas of Peru

  • Full day at Machu Picchu

  • Three days in the Amazon Jungle

  • 4 days on the Inca Trail

  • Multiple historic culture tours

  • Balance of hiking and cultural tours


What is included?

Three domestic flights

Five nights in hotels

Three nights of camping

Three nights in Amazon EcoLodge

Guided tour of Machu Picchu

All transportation for tours and hike

All meals during tours and hike

All professional guides and staff

All permits, tickets, taxes, and fees

Get a 12-day international adventure to explore world wonder for under $3,000

You get to Lima and we will handle the rest!

Schedule Overview

Day 1

Arrive in Lima

Pick up from LIM Airport

Check-in to your hotel

Free time in Lima

Flight to Cusco

Pick up from Lima hotel in the morning

Flight to Cusco

Free afternoon in Cusco

Day 3

Tour of the Sacred Valley

Pick up from hotel in the morning 

Tour of Pisac and lunch 

Tour of Ollantaytambo in afternoon

Inca Trail Hike, Day 1

Pick up from hotel in the morning 

2 hour drive to trail head

6-7 hours of hiking to campsite

Inca Trail Hike, Day 2

Most challenging day of the trek

Hike to the top of the Dead Woman's Pass 

Campsite in the stunning Pacaymayo Valley

Day 6

Inca Trail Hike, Day 3

Beautiful day of hiking

Tours of Runkuraqay and Wiñay Wayna ruins

Last night of camping

Day 7

Inca Trail & Machu Picchu

4 mile hike to the Sun Gate

Tour of Machu Picchu

Train ride back to Cusco

Tour of Cusco

Free morning in Cusco

Tour of Cusco starting around 1pm

Return to your hotel between 6-7pm

Day 9

Flight to the Amazon

Pick up from Cusco hotel in the morning

Flight to Puerto Maldonado

Journey down the river on a boat to EcoLodge

Tour of the Amazon

Forest trail to Lake Conenado

Free afternoon to explore on your own

Overnight in EcoLodge

Tour of the Amazon

Wildlife tour, deep in jungle

You will see birds, caiman and giant river otters

Overnight in EcoLodge

Day 12

Flight to Lima

River journey to Puerto Maldonado

Flight to Lima for your flight home

End of services


Popular Questions

Short answer: "shoulder seasons", the Spring and Fall of North America. These months provide the best combo of good weather and lower crowds.

High elevation effects everyone differently. Two general pieces of advice: take it easy on your first day in Cusco and hydrate

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Schedule Details

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Day 1

Welcome To Peru! 

  • Meals Included: None

  • Accommodations: Casa Andina Hotel (or similar) in the Miraflores district of Lima


Your international flight arrives to the Lima Airport (LIM). ​

A Kusa Treks representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel, located in the in Miraflores district..

Free afternoon/evening in Lima.

NOTE: Please provide your customer service representative with your flight details prior to your arrival.

Day 2

Flight to Cusco

  • Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel. 

  • Accommodations: Hotel Rumi Punku (or similar) in Cusco


In the morning, we will transfer you to the Lima airport for your flight to Cusco. A Kusa Treks van will be waiting for you at the airport in Cusco and will drive you to your hotel. You will have a free afternoon to explore Cusco.


Enjoy some free time to explore Cusco on your own. Check the many shops and incredible restaurants that this historic city has to offer. Or relax at your hotel, by booking a massage at the spa. 

Day 3

Tour of the Sacred Valley

  • Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

  • Entrance Tickets: Included. Boleto Touristo

  • Accommodations: Samanapaq Hotel (or similar) in Ollantaytambo


A Kusa Treks van will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 8AM to begin today’s tour of the Sacred Valley. The drive will take a road that winds around the mountains north of Cusco. Roughly 20 minutes into the drive you will stop at a famous point known as El Mirador (lookout point). From here you will be able to see the Sacred Valley stretching out below you, while your guide explains a bit of Inca history.

The Sacred Valley was a key area of settlement for the Incas. It has an amazing combination of agreeable climate and fertile plains that allowed for an abundance of crops for the usually unforgiving climate of the high Andes. Here the Incas sculpted vast mountain valleys with their world famous contour terracing and irrigation channels. Your guide will point out the best vantage points to get the best pictures.


After re-boarding the van, you will drive to the ruins of Písac. At these ruins you will see and learn about different aspects of Inca culture. You will see amazing works of art carved into stone as well as impressive agricultural terraces.


After exploring the upper plains, you will drive back to the lower part of Písac, where there is a bustling handicraft market where the locals buy, sell and trade goods.

At the market you will have free time to walk around and do some bargaining of your own for souvenirs and clothing made of alpaca or llama wool. Afterwards we will meet for lunch in a nice local restaurant where you will enjoy delicious Andean food.


After lunch you will continue the tour, with a drive along the Urubamba River towards the town of Ollantaytambo. In Ollantaytambo, you will tour a set of important ruins that were constructed during the Inca’s heydays called Ollantaytambo Fortress. This extraordinary Inca site also contains an amazing rock formation representing the Inca god Wiracocha.

After touring this site your guide will take you to your hotel in Ollantaytambo (Samanapaq Hotel, or similar). Ollantaytambo is a charming and welcoming town built by the Incas. Dinner will be on your own this evening, but we are happy to make recommendations of a wonderful place to eat in the town.

Day 4

Inca Trail, Day 1 (The Trek Begins)

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Max Altitude: 9,843 ft. (3,000m)

  • Min Altitude: 8,438ft. (2,572m)

  • Distance Traveled: ~7.5 miles (12 km)

  • Ascent: +1,405ft (+428m)

  • Walking Time: 6-7 hours

NOTE: Our trekking times are approximate and will vary depending on: weather conditions, group ability and other factors.


Your adventure begins early with a 5:00AM pick-up at your hotel! Make sure to have your original passport (and Student ID card if applicable). The drive from Cusco to Piscacucho takes ~3 hours and includes beautiful views of the Sacred Valley, the Urubamba River, and Andean towns, including the Inca town of Ollantaytambo.

Half-way to the destination, you will stop to stretch your legs, use the bathroom, and enjoy a small breakfast before continuing on to Piscacucho8,438ft. (2,572m) where you will start a life-changing journey. Here you will meet your camp crew and porters who will be carrying your belongings during the 26 mile (43 km) trek along the Inca Trail. Passports in hand, you will clear the official Inca Trail check point, cross a suspension footbridge across the Urubamba River, and begin the trek with a gentle climb.

Today’s hike starts with three hours of relatively level terrain (what we call “Inca Flat”) as the trail follows the course of the river. You can enjoy marvelous views of Mount Veronica (18,865ft / 5,750m) in the distance. Your “leisurely walk” will pass through a forest of giant cacti and native bushes. At Miskay you will take the trail left and gradually ascend to Willkaraccay high above the mouth of the Kusichaka River and across from the Inca town of Llactapata (Terrace Town).


You will take a break on a flat bluff high above this extensive site, which was built as a fort, as it commands the entrance to the Kusichaka Valley.


This will be your first encounter to the unique terracing system that the Incas used to irrigate maize (corn) in the high mountain climate. You will spend 15-20 minutes to rest and take pictures of these incredible ruins before heading down to today’s lunch site at Tayaroc. This lunch will be your first time eating the amazing the food prepared by your incredible chef!

After lunch, you will have another 3-4 hours of hiking to reach a Kusa Treks’ private campsite in the village of Wayllabamba (9,843ft / 3,000m).


At the end of each day, you will share a “family tea time” while you wait for dinner to be prepared. During tea time, you will enjoy hot chocolate, a variety of teas (including the traditional Matcha Tea), delicious finger foods and pleasant conversation. An exquisite dinner will be prepared by our professional chef and served buffet style.

After dinner your Tour Guides will go over the plans for the next great day. Buenas Noches!

Day 5

Inca Trail, Day 2 (Challenging Day)

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Max Altitude: 13,780ft (4,200m)

  • Min Altitude: 9,840ft (3,000m)

  • Distance Traveled: ~7.4 miles (12 km)

  • Ascent: +3,953ft (+1,205m)

  • Walking Time: 7-8 hours

NOTE: Our trekking times are approximate and will vary depending on: weather conditions, group ability and other factors.


Your day will start early. A Porter will wake you up with a fresh cup of hot tea at 5:30AM. The Kusa Treks crew will then pack up camp as you gather your belongings and eat a nutritious, warm breakfast. After breakfast you will hike for about an hour to the Ayapata valley. After arriving to the valley, there will be a soft, uphill climb through the forest and along a scenic stream. At this point, you will be walking at an elevation of 10,824ft (3,300m).

Today will be the most challenging day of hiking, but you will be able to take your time and enjoy breathtaking scenery along the way. After a short break in Ayapata Valley, you will start the most strenuous climb of the trek, with an ascent of 3,937ft (1,200m) planned in 2 stages. You will be trekking on 400 year-old Inca stone steps, with large gaps between each step, which can make walking a challenge.


Your efforts will be rewarded with spectacular views, as this stretch of the trail is surrounded by majestic snow-capped mountain peaks (Apu Huayanay Mountains). It will take 2-3 hours to hike the first stage, which includes several breaks to catch your breath and enjoy the views.


Your lunch stop will be in Llulluchapampa Valley, which has absolutely stunning views. To reach it, you will ascend steeply uphill through the Corralpunku Valley to the Llulluchayoc Zone.

If you’re lucky, you may see some of the hundreds of species of birds that inhabit this area; including: hummingbirds, falcons, and the Condor, also known as the king of the Andean Mountains. Your group will then enter a beautiful cloud forest, also known as the Polylepis woodlands, or the treeless grasslands of the Puna Región, home to the tarucas (Peruvian deer) and pumas. From here, you can see the highest pass of our trek: Dead Woman’s Pass.

Upon reaching Llulluchapampa, the camp crew will be waiting for you with a delicious Peruvian lunch, set against a stunning visual backdrop. After lunch you will have time to rest and recoup before continuing onto the second stage of the climb for another 2-3 hours. The trail continues with large, stone steps, some of them newly laid to protect the mountain from erosion.

You will walk at your own pace and stop to catch your breath, all while enjoying the truly marvelous vistas. You will gain another 1,968ft (600m) in elevation to reach the top of Warmiwañusca Mountain (Dead Woman’s Pass), which marks the highest elevation of our journey at 13,780ft (4,200m). Here you will experience an unforgettable moment, as the top of this mountain is a sacred place for the ancient Inca’s, or maybe the lack of oxygen is finally catching up with your brain! Either way you’ve made it through the hardest part of your journey!

Once your entire group reaches the top of Dead Woman’s Pass, you will take a short break to capture a family picture.


After everyone summits Dead Woman’s Pass, there will be a 2-3 hour descent [yay!] into the Pacaymayo Valley to reach camp for tonight. This campsite is home to one of the most incredible vistas of the entire trek, as it stretches over a valley, with views of nearby waterfalls and snow-covered peaks.

Once you arrive, you will enjoy a “Family Tea Time” and another incredible and rejuvenating buffet dinner. After dinner your tour guide will show you the amazing Inca constellations that stretch out overhead (weather dependent).

Day 6

Inca Trail, Day 3 (Stunning Views)

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Max Altitude: 12,300ft (3,750m)

  • Min Altitude: 8,856ft (2,700 m)

  • Distance Traveled: ~9.9 miles (16 km)

  • Descent: -2,930ft (-890m)

  • Walking Time: 7-8 hours

NOTE: Our trekking times are approximate and will vary depending on: weather conditions, group ability and other factors.


Another early morning with hot tea and a smile arriving to your tent around 5:30AM. You will have breakfast and prepare for the most visually stunning day of the hike. After breakfast concludes (around 7:00AM), you will pick back up on the Inca Trail, which starts with a steep, but short climb (~1-hour), to the Runkuraqay Ruins.

These ruins have a circular center with rectangular outbuildings. It’s perched on the edge of a valley, which commands a strategic vantage point. It served as an Inca-Tambo, which is where chaskis (or runners) would rest, guard the post, or serve as lookout. After a short tour of the ruins, you will continue uphill for another hour to reach our second pass: Abra de Runcuracay (12,956ft / 3,950m).

The hike continues as the path winds between two mountains where Andean gulls will sometimes gather. You will approach a third pass, boasting exceptional views. In clear weather, you can look back to the Dead Woman’s Pass and look forward to a breath-taking sweep of snow-capped peaks, which includes the Pumasillo Mountain (Puma’s Claw) (19,685ft / 6,000m).


From here, most of the trail is downhill and will lead you through a short tunnel. You will then encounter a series of tight switchbacks, dropping elevation quickly until you reach a small viewpoint atop a promontory.


After reaching the promontory, the descent becomes more gradual, as the path begins to curl across the slopes. To the right of the trail lies a large, algae-covered lake, and up ahead you will see Sayaqmarka, an ancient Inca town. The group will stop here to explore and listen to your guide who will provide interesting historic facts as well as local legends passed down through the ages. Once rested, your trek will continue its descent until reaching Chaquicocha (11,000ft / 3,400m), where you will eat another expertly prepared lunch.

After lunch the hike becomes exceptionally beautiful. You will pass the Phuyupatamarca ruins and descend to Wiñay Wayna and Intipata, all while enjoying dramatic vistas of the Aobamba Valley. This stretch of the trail is made of well-preserved paved stone and is still in great condition considering the many decades of trekkers that have crossed its path. Your lungs will appreciate that today’s hike is steadily lowering in elevation and significantly shorter than yesterday’s.

The trail will eventually lead to Phuyupatamarca (the Town of the Clouds), but first, you will pass through a short, natural tunnel in the mountain. After visiting this site, you will descend ~2,000 stone steps to Wiñay Wayna, known as Baby Machu Picchu. This site is almost as impressive in its majesty as Machu Picchu and infinitely less crowded.

Wiñay Wayna is another important Inca site, located just north of our camp. It is one of the best preserved and largest Inca sites along the Inca Trail and has one of the most breathtaking views of the entire trek.


After taking a family photo and enjoying the incredible vistas, you will hike a short distance to tonight’s campsite. Tea time and another delicious buffet dinner will serve as a fitting end for the last full day on the trail.

Day 7

Inca Trail and Machu Picchu

  • Meals: Breakfast and a snack

  • Max Altitude: 8,856ft (2,700m)

  • Min Altitude: 7,972ft (2,400m) (Machu Picchu)

  • Distance Traveled: ~5 miles (8 km), plus exploration of Machu Picchu

  • Walking Time: 6-7 hours


This is the day you’ve been waiting for! It will be the earliest day of your hike, starting with a wake up call at 4:00AM in order to get to the Inti Punku (the Sun Gate) ahead of the crowds. This ancient entry-way overlooks Machu Picchu, and you will reach it as the first rays of the sun strike one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

The hike from camp to the Sun Gate will take 1-2 hours, with significant uphill stretches in the last half. You will be hiking in the dark for about an hour, so bring a head lamp and listen to your guides.

From the Sun Gate, we will have a leisurely 50-minute walk downhill to the south sector of Machu Picchu (The Guardian houses). The trail ends at a series of terraces, which provide the classic vantage point of the entire city. After enjoying a panoramic view and taking a family picture, you will need to walk straight down to the entrance of Machu Picchu Park to enter the city.

After a few minutes in a security line, you will finally arrive to the heart of Machu Picchu where you will enjoy a professional, unique guided tour from your Lead Guide. The formal tour will end in the late morning.

If your legs and lungs still have energy after four days of hiking, you have the option to climb to the peak of Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, which offer incredibly unique perspectives of Machu Picchu. Please note: Special permits are required to do this “hike”, and they are issued in limited quantities, so if you are interested you will need book and pay in advance for this permit.

NOTE: Due to new regulations (effective Jan 1. 2019), the paths that lead through Machu Picchu are all “one-way”, meaning you are not able to backtrack during your visit to Machu Picchu. Each visitor without a permit to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain will have ~4 hours to spend inside the park and those with permits to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain will have 6 total hours to spend inside the park (including the 2 hour climb).


After touring Machu Picchu, your guide will take you to the bus stop just outside the gates of Machu Picchu Park. You will take this bus to Aguas Calientes. Depending on your train departure time (see below), you will either need to head straight to the train station, or you can go to one of the many fantastic restaurants in Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included).

There are several train class options for the ride back to Cusco. The main two trains are the “Expedition Train” (included in the price) and the “Vista Dome Train” (additional $70 USD per ticket). We usually try to get tickets for a train leaving in the 15:00 (3PM) hour, which will have you back to your hotel in Cusco around 19:00 (7PM).

Train Information:

If you have a preference for departure/arrival time, and provide us with 4+ months notice, we are able to book tickets for the following departures:

Expedition Train

The Expedition Train is the “normal” train, with plenty of leg room and good sized windows, these train tickets  are included in price. All Expedition train tickets end at the Ollantaytambo train station, which is a 2 hour drive back to Cusco. When you arrive to the station, we will have private transportation arranged to take you back to your hotel in Cusco.


The following are departure times for the Expedition train:

  • Leave Aguas Calientes: 14:55 –> Arrive to Ollantaytambo station: 16:31 –> Arrive to hotel in Cusco: 18:30

  • Leave Aguas Calientes: 15:20 –> Arrive to Ollantaytambo station: 17:08 –> Arrive to hotel in Cusco: 19:10

  • Leave Aguas Calientes: 16:22 –> Arrive to Ollantaytambo station: 18:10 –> Arrive to hotel in Cusco: 20:10

  • Leave Aguas Calientes: 18:20 –> Arrive to Ollantaytambo station: 20:05 –> Arrive to hotel in Cusco: 22:00

Vista Dome Train

The Vista Dome Train is an upgraded train, which provides entertainment and a meal. It also has a glass domed ceiling which provides better views of the Sacred Valley on your way from Aguas Calientes to Cusco. The Vista Dome train will end at either the Ollantaytambo station (2 hour drive to Cusco) or the Poroy station (30 minute drive to Cusco). The arrival station is based on the time the train leaves Aguas Calientes. These tickets are an additional $70 USD to upgrade.

The following are departure times for the Vista Dome to the Ollantaytambo Station:

  • Leave Aguas Calientes: 13:37 –> Arrive to Ollantaytambo station: 15:00 –> Arrive to hotel in Cusco: 17:30 only available for those who do not do the Huyana Picchu hike

  • Leave Aguas Calientes: 15:48 –> Arrive to Ollantaytambo station: 17:29 –> Arrive to hotel in Cusco: 19:29

  • Leave Aguas Calientes: 16:22 –> Arrive to Ollantaytambo station: 18:10 –> Arrive to hotel in Cusco: 20:10

  • Leave Aguas Calientes: 17:23 –> Arrive to Ollantaytambo station: 19:02 –> Arrive to hotel in Cusco: 21:00

  • Leave Aguas Calientes: 18:10 –> Arrive to Ollantaytambo station: 19:51 –> Arrive to hotel in Cusco: 21:51


The following are departure times for the Vista Dome to the Poroy Station:

  • Leave Aguas Calientes: 16:43 –> Arrive to Ollantaytambo station: 20:23 –> Arrive to hotel in Cusco: 21:00

  • Leave Aguas Calientes: 17:23 –> Arrive to Ollantaytambo station: 20:52 –> Arrive to hotel in Cusco: 21:30

NOTE: Train times depend on: the number of people in your group, the time of year of your trip and the class of train you prefer.

Day 8

Tour of Cusco

  • Meals Included: Breakfast at the hotel 

  • Entrance Tickets: Included

  • Accommodations: Rumi Punku Hotel in Cusco (or similar)​


Free morning at your hotel to relax, perhaps schedule a massage at the hotel as a well earned reward after 4 days of hiking.


A Kusa Treks van will pick you up at 1PM from your hotel lobby. The tour starts with a quick drive to the Plaza de Armas, which is located right in the heart of the historic city! After being dropped off, you will take a 2 minute walk to the Catholic Cathedral, where you will enjoy a guided tour.

After visiting the cathedral, you will walk down the Avenida El Sol to the very center of the Inca Empire: Coricancha (Q’oricancha), known as the Temple of the Sun. At this incredible site you will witness a stark contrast between the Inca and Spanish methods of construction. This temple was the spiritual center of the Incas and the point from which their entire empire spread.

After touring Coricancha, you will take a 20-25 minute van ride to the outskirts of Cusco, where you will use your Tourist Ticket to visit 4 Inca archaeological sites. The first site you will visit is  Sacsayhuaman, which is covered in, 200 ton monoliths. This incredible site will challenge your imagination as you ponder how it was possible for the Incas to build such a city over 500 years ago. Your guide will provide several explanations and interesting facts, after which you will have time to explore this vast site on your own.

From Sacsayhuaman you will take a five minute van ride to the Q’enqo Inca site, which is famous for being home to several Inca Alters. You will not spend as much time here as you did at Sacsayhuaman but enough time to receive a guided tour.

Your next site is another five minute drive to Puca Pucara, a small, circular Inca post built as a lookout.

The final stop on this tour is Tambomachay, which was built by the Incas as a Water Temple. It has several impressive water fountains, which are thought to have been used by the Incas for bathing.

The tour ends with a drive back down to your hotel in Cusco.

Day 9

Flight to the Amazon

  • Accommodations: EcoLodge in the Amazon Jungle

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Amazon park fee: Included


You will be picked up early in the morning from your hotel in Cusco and transferred via private van to the airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado. You will start your adventure into the rain forest in the jungle town of Puerto Maldonado. Our staff will meet you at the airport and escort you for the 45-mile (72km) river journey. During your boat ride, you will spot an abundance of jungle wildlife!


It takes approximately 3 hours to reach the Eco Lodge. This river journey will serve as your first introduction to the rain forest. Upon arriving to the Eco Lodge, you will have an hour or so to relax in hammocks and eat a light lunch. In the late afternoon, you will be invited to enter the forest you saw from the river accompanied by a naturalist guide.


Your naturalist guide will point out local plants indigenous to this area of the world. You will discover and learn about the animals who make this jungle their home.


Following this amazing tour, you will head back to the lodge and enjoy a freshly prepared dinner. After dinner you can relax outside and listen to the chorus of sounds as the nocturnal insects and animals of the jungle begin their day.

Day 10

Tour of the Amazon

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Walking Time: 4-5 hours

  • Accommodations: Eco Lodge


You will begin the day with a light walk through the jungle to Lake Condenado. Once you reach the lake, you will board wooden canoes and explore the system of rivers and lakes that stretch out before you. From here you will discover the abundance of wildlife, flora and fauna that make up this incredible place on earth.


Forest lake systems are the best places to spot birds and other wildlife. After you’ve had your fill of the water systems, you will make your way back to the lodge for dinner.

Day 11

Tour of the Amazon

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Walking Time: 3-4 hours

  • Accommodations: Eco Lodge


After enjoying a delicious breakfast at the lodge, you will begin another day exploring the jungle. Today you will go deeper into the forest in order to visit the wetland system around Lake Sachavacayoc.

The forests around this beautiful lake teem with bird life, and the waters are home to black caiman and giant river otters. Your guide will take you to the best spots to view as much wildlife as possible!


Once you’ve thoroughly explored this part of the jungle, you will make your way back to the lodge. Once at the Eco Lodge in the afternoon, you will have time to relax in a hammock or explore the clearly marked trail system on your own.

Day 12

Flight to Lima

  • Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel​


You will depart from the Eco Lodge in the morning and travel back to the port in Puerto Maldonado. At the port, a private van will transport you to the airport for your return flight to Lima, where you will be able to connect to your international flight back home. Farewell friends!