JOURNEY OF THE INCAS PACKAGE

8 Days
TRIP DURATION

4 miles / day
DAILY DISTANCE

DIFFICULTY

Experience History, Culture & More! All-inclusive trip with every detail planned out. 

Tours of Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley & Maras/Moray and Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

  • All-inclusive trip! Click on "What's Included" to learn more
  • Professionally guided tours of several Inca Archeological Sites (including Machu Picchu)
  • Our guides are local to the Cusco Region, fluent in English and have several years of experience leading tours
  • Incredible cultural experiences, including visits to several local markets
  • Donate supplies, toys & sports equipment to local children
  • Multiple micro-climates, including cloud forests, rain forests and mountain scenery
  • Hike on the exact path built by the Incas over 600 years ago

Prices are per person and in U.S. Dollars ($)

PRICE PER PERSON - Without International Flights: $1,455



NOTES:
  • Pricing does not include International Flights. We do have a Travel Team that can arrange flights. The price will vary depend on time of booking and depature city, please contact us to learn more.
  • A $200 deposit is required for each person. We use your deposit to secure your domestic flights and entrance tickets for Machu Picchu in advance. The $200 will be deducted from your total price.
  • A 5% Transaction Fee will be added to the total cost if you pay via credit/debit card. We are charged to convert and transfer money. We do our best to keep this rate as low as possible.
  • We HIGHLY recommended that reservations are made 4+ months in advance. We cannot guarantee permit availability for trips requested less than 4 months in advance.

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

  • Domestic Flights (From Lima to Cusco and from Cusco back to Lima)
  • All in-country transportation (private van, train, bus)
  • Meals
  • Water
  • Professional Guides
  • Entrance Tickets
  • Hotels & Accommodations

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:

  • International flight (we are happy to arrange this, but will include a $20 booking fee)
  • Huayna Picchu
  • Vista Dome Train


SEE BELOW FOR MORE DETAIL:

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

TRANSPORTATION: All in-country transportation is included, including domestic flights. However, if you would like to take the Vistadome train back to Cusco after the trek, rather than the "normal" train, tickets are an additional $70.

FOOD: All food is provided. Please notify our staff of any food allergies or restrictions and we will ensure that the food is prepared properly.

WATER: Your guides will supply all of the water you'll need on the trip.

PROFESSIONAL GUIDES: Kusa Treks strives for greatness and this starts and ends with our people. All of our trek leaders are locals to this region and studied Tourism and/or Archaeology in University. They are all fluent in English and are passionate about their work. Trust me when I say, there is no better person to be on a trip with than a Kusa Treks guide, you will be in incredible hands.

PERMITS & TICKETS: Once you pay the trip deposit, we will purchase your touring permits as well as your entrance tickets for Machu Picchu. The government issues permits in your name, under your passport number, and for a specific time-frame; they cannot be changed once confirmed, which is why the initial deposit is non-refundable. We will also secure your flights and train ticket back to Cusco at this time.

MEDICAL EMERGENCY: Alright, emergency sounds a bit dramatic. However, you can be confident in your Trek Leader. All of Kusa Trek's guides receive extensive First Aid training from a qualified and licensed physician, and we conduct mandatory review/training sessions twice a year. Your Trek Leader will carry a Hiking First Aid kit (including oxygen), and should the need arise we will get you to a medical facility as quickly and comfortably as possible.
Note: This has never happened!

Hotels: The price includes 3-star hotel accomodations for all 8 nights. We vet all of our hotels to ensure cleanliness, safety & comfort. Sleep well chicos!

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:

HUAYNA PICCHU (Wayna Picchu): Huayna Picchu is the pointy, tall mountain in the background of all the pictures of Machu Picchu. Tickets to climb it are available for travelers who wish to hike up an ancient staircase to the top of Machu Picchu's sister mountain. Hiking to the top of it provides adventurers with incredible, unique views of Machu Picchu. This secondary hike will have a 1-hour ascent, 15 minutes to take selfies and high-five at the top of the mountain, and then a 45-minute descent. FYI, the ascent and descent are pretty steep, but totally worth it! Price: $75/person

NOTE: tickets to ascend Huayna Picchu are limited, and are sold on a first-come-first-serve basis.

VISTA DOME TRAIN: On the way back from Machu Picchu to Cusco, we will book tickets on a "regular" train. However, there is a company that offers a train ride in a "Vista Dome Train" through the Sacred Valley. This train has glass walls and a glass ceiling, which provide panoramic views of the surrounding beautiful Andes mountain-side. Tickets include in-trip meals and entertainment. Price: $70/ticket.

The Best of Cusco & the Sun Route Tour

Day 1: Welcome to Peru!

We will meet you at the Lima airport and transfer you to your hotel, located in the in Miraflores district.

Day 2: Tour of Lima

Professionally guided tour of the "City of Kings".

Day 3: Fly to Cusco

In the morning, we will transfer you to the Lima airport for your flight to Cusco. We 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. *Flight to Cusco included in price*.

Day 4: Tour of Cusco

You will have a free morning in Cusco. In the afternoon we will take you on a historic tour of the city of Cusco, which served as the Captial of the Inca Emprire. We will visit the most important sites of the city, including the ruins above Cusco.

Day 5: Sacred Valley Tour

Today we will venture outside of Cusco by private van through the Sacred Valley. We'll tour many Inca archaeological sites and visit local communities scattered throughout this fertile valley. Our tour will end with a train ride to Aguas Calientes, where you will stay for the evening.

Day 6: Full Day on the Inca Trail

Trek begins with a 5:30am pickup from the hotel. 7-8 mile hike along the Inca Trail to the world famous Sun Gate. Visit several Inca Ruins along the way. Dinner and hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Day 7: Machu Picchu

Today is a special day! You will discover the Lost of City of the Incas. We will wake up early and take a 15-minute bus from Aguas Calientes to the gates of Machu Picchu. Enjoy a 2 hour professionally guided tour of the ruins, followed by free to explore on your own. After our incredible visit we will take a train back to Cusco.

Day 8: Maras & Moray

Tour a local village, including one of the most popular markets. Learn the history of the Incas in Moray followed by a tour of some of the world's oldest Salt Maines in Maras.

Day 9: Goodbye!

Private transfer to the Cusco Airport for your flight back to Lima.






SEE BELOW FOR MORE DETAIL:

DAY 1: Welcome to Peru!

  • Accomodations: Casa Andina in Miraflores District of Lima
  • Meals Included: None

Afteroon/Evening

*If you booked your own International Flights, please provide us your flight details prior to your arrival*

We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel, located in the in Miraflores district.

DAY 2: Tour of Lima

  • Accomodations: Casa Andina in Miraflores District of Lima
  • Meals Included: Breakfast
  • Entrance Tickets: Included

Morning

You will enjoy breakfast at your hotel, followed by a free morning in the city.

You will have a free afternoon to explore Cusco. *Flight to Cusco included in price*

Afternoon

At 2 p.m. we will begin your city tour in Lima, known as "The City of Kings". This excursion offers a great combination of the attractions in Lima and its three historical periods: pre-hispanic, colonial and contemporary. Lima was part of the Inca Empire until it was founded by the Spaniard, Francisco Pizarro on January 18, 1535. During our guided tour we will travel along Lima's millinery history.

*This tour can start at 9 a.m., if preferred. You will then have the afternoon free. Please let us know your preference*


DAY 3: Fly to Cusco

  • Accomodations: Hotel Rumi Punku
  • Meals Included: Breakfast
  • Entrance Tickets: N/A

Morning

In the morning, we will trasnfer you to the Lima airport for your flight to Cusco. We 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.

*Flight to Cusco is included in the price*


DAY 4: Tour of Cusco

  • Accomodations: Hotel Rumi Punku
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Entrance Tickets: Included
  • Morning

    You have some free time this morning to sleep in, relax or explore a little bit of Cusco on your own.

    Afternoon

    At 1PM we will meet you in your hotel lobby to begin the Tour of Cusco. We'll start the tour Q'oricancha, the Temple of the Sun. At Q'oricancha you will see the differences between the Inca and Spanish building methods. This was the Spiritual Center of the entire Inca Empire and as such the construction here is amazing. Dozens of roads lead from Q'oricancha to the four quarters of the entire Inca Empire.

    After Q'oricancha the group will walk down the Avenida El Sol, where we'll catch a bus, which will take us just outside of the city. The 25 minute drive will take you to the majestic Inca site of Sacsayhuaman, which has enigmatic monoliths weighing as much as 200 tons! Your guide will offer an explanation of this phenomenal site and you will have extra time to do a bit of exploring on your own.

    From Sacsayhuaman it is a 5 minute bus ride to the Q'enqo Inca site. These ruins include fascinating Inca altars. Next is another 5 minute drive to Puca Pucara, which is a small, circular Inca site. The final stop on our tour is Tambomachay, the Inca water temple thought to be used by the ancient civilization for bathing, with its impressive water fountains.

    After touring all of these sites we'll drive back down to Cusco where the tour ends at your hotel.


    DAY 5: Tour of the Sacred Valley

    • Accomodations: Hotel Pakaritumpu
    • Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch
    • Entrance Tickets: Included

    Morning

    We will leave the hotel at 8AM and take a road that winds around the mountains north of Cusco. On the way we will stop at a famous point known as El Mirador (Lookout Point). From here we will be able to see the Sacred Valley in its entirety, 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.

    Afternoon

    Later on, we will drive towards the ruins of Pisac. At these ruins you will see and learn about different aspects of Inca culture. We'll see amazing works of art carved into stone as well as impressive agricultural terraces. After exploring the upper plains, we will drive back to the lower part of Pisac, where there is a bustling handicraft market that shouldn´t be missed.

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

    Evening

    After lunch we will continue our tour. We will drive along the Urubamba River towards the town of Ollantaytambo. Here, we will tour a set of important ruins that were constructed during the Inca's heydays. This extraordinary Inca site also contains an amazing rock formation representing the Inca god Wiracocha.

    After touring this site, you will board your train for the two hour ride to Aguas Calientes. During this breathtaking train ride, you will see glaciers, snow-capped peaks, lush, green valleys and Inca farming terraces and ruins. Before your arrive in Aguas Clients (2,000m/6,000ft above sea level), you will enter the subtropical areas with bromiliads and ferns. Our representative will meet you just outside the train station and take you to your hotel.


    DAY 6: Full Day on the Inca Trail

    • Accomodations: La Cabaña Hotel (option for camping)
    • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    • Entrance Tickets: Included

    Morning

    You trekking guide will meet you at 5.30 am at your hotel lobby and you will take the 6:10 a.m. train from Ollantaytambo to KM104, which will take approximately an hour and twenty minutes. After the train ride we will reach the beginning of the trek, which begins with a gradual uphill hike for three hours

    Afternoon

    After hiking in the morning, you will enjoy a delicious packed lunch. You will have the opportunity to visit the incredible Wiñay Wayna ruins, which are one of the most amazing sites on the Inca Trail. We will enjoy a guided tour of these ruins along with pictures and high fives!

    Once you are finished, you will continue your hike for one more hour to reach the world famous Sun Gate, the entry-way into Machu Picchu. After another hour you will arrive to the Machu Picchu ruins, where you will have some time to enjoy amazing views, take photos without the crowds and if the weather allows, see the sunset.

    Evening

    After this amazing experience, you will walk down to the Park Entrance, where a bus will be waiting to take you down to Aguas Calientes to your hotel, La Cabana. Dinner will be in the town of Aguas Calientes.


    DAY 7: Machu Picchu

    • Accomodations: Rumi Punku
    • Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch
    • Entrance Tickets: Included

    Morning

    Today starts with an early morning! We'll eat breakfast at 04:30am, so that we can board the first bus to Machu Picchu, which departs at 05:20am, Machu Picchu park opens at 6:00am. We will be one of the first groups inside the gates and we'll start the day with a professionally guided tour of Machu Picchu. We'll walk around this enigmatic and mysterious city for 2-3 hours.

    You will visit the most amazing places, such as the Royal Mausoleum, the Temple of the three windows, the main temple, the Sacred Plaza, the famous Intihuatana where wise Incas determined the exact date and time that the sun would pass through the Sun Gate during the winter solstice. You will tour stairways, temples, plazas, fountains, etc. You will then have about 3-4 hours of personal time to explore on your own, or climb Huyana Picchu (1.5 hour roundtrip).

    NOTE: If you would like to climb Huayna Picchu, we need to know at the time of booking as tickets need to be booked in advance. Tickets are an additional $35USD.

    Afternoon/Evening

    After finishing our visit to Machu Picchu, you can either take an hour-long walk down to Aguas Calientes, or wait for the 15-minute bus ride ($12 extra). You will enjoy lunch in Aguas Calientes, then we will have some free time to explore this quaint village before boarding our train back to Cusco.


    DAY 8: Maras, Moray & Chincheros

    • Accomodations: Rumi Punku
    • Meals Included: Breakfast
    • Entrance Tickets: Included

    Morning

    You will be picked up at 8:30am by our private van at the Rumi Punku. From Cusco, we have a 45 minute drive through beautiful mountains and farmlands to the town of Chinchero. Our visit to Chinchero will consist of 3 parts. First we will visit the Rainbow Temple, one of the biggest Inca temples, in order to learn why they worshipped the rainbow.

    Next we will visit a church with beautiful murals depicting the Cusqueñan style of painting. This style of art combines traditional Inca imagery with Christian motifs. We will then walk through the beautiful village in Chinchero, ending in the Women's Weaving Cooperative where we will watch a demonstration of local weavers who are still using traditional Inca patterns and techniques for dyeing fabric. Here you will have time to browse the shop which sells Inca style purses, tablecloths, wall hangings, and many other colorful and exquisitely patterned artisanal goods.

    Afternoon

    This will be followed by a cooking lesson, where the ladies will teach us how to make quinoa soup, a staple of their diet. After sharing lunch with them, we can dress up in the traditional clothing and the hats of Chinchero and take some photos with the local women.

    We then continue on through beautiful farmlands to Moray where we will look down below to contemplate the concentric circles that made up an Incan agricultural laboratory. We'll hike down into the archaeological site with a private guided tour of the ruins that served as one of the main amphitheaters for the Incas where they performed rituals and ceremonies.

    We will then drive through more stunning countryside to our last visit, Maras, a collection of salt mines that have been used since pre-Inca times to evaporate salt from an underground stream. It is truly a breathtaking site. These are among the oldest salt mines on earth, and have been in operation for over 1,000 years!

    After our tour of Maras, we will have a private van ride back to the Rumi Punku hotel in Cusco. We'll arrive in Cusco around 3pm.


    DAY 9: Goodbye!

    Morning/Afternoon

    Private transfer to the Cusco Airport for your flight back to Lima.

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