Luxury Tour – Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

 

First-class service each step of the journey...from booking your trip to your flight home, we will take care of every single detail. Experience Machu Picchu in luxury. 

The Incas built a series of roads throughout the Andes, now called the "Inca Trail"; you'll follow in their footsteps on this world famous adventure to the Lost City. 

DURATION: 10 Days, 9 Nights

DIFFICULTY (1 - 5): 3, Moderate. Multiple days of hiking. Includes inclines and declines. Trek preparation is recommended.

MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Professionally guided tour of several Inca Archeological Sites (including Machu Picchu)
  • Hike on the exact same path built and used by the Incas in the 13th century 
  • Wildlife present throughout the trek 
  • Multiple micro-climates, including cloud forests, rain forests and mountain scenery
  • The most popular route to Machu Picchu     

Day 1: LIMA

Arrival in Lima

An English-speaking Kusa Treks representative will be expecting you at the airport. We will greet you with a customized welcome pack that contains a booklet of your trip itinerary, a pre-loaded international cell phone and other useful information. From the airport you'll be taken directly to your hotel where all of the check-in procedures will be handled for you. 

Hotel Options:

1.     Hotel B

2.     Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel 

 

Day 2: LIMA – CUSCO – URUBAMBA VALLEY

Our Kusa Treks representative will pick you up from the hotel for your private transfer to Lima airport. We'll assist you with check-in procedures for your domestic flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco, your personal guide and private driver will greet you at the airport. We’ll head straight for a guided tour of the Urubamba Valley - also known as the 'Sacred Valley'. Your guide will accompany you throughout the Urubamba Valley, Cusco and Machu Picchu.

En route, stop for a short visit of Awanacancha where you will have the opportunity to see the different camelids that live in the Andes such as llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and guanacos. You’ll visit a local marketplace in Pisac, where you’ll experience the sights and sounds of the town’s famous market, with a variety of handcrafts and fresh produce. In the afternoon we’ll continue on to the Pisac ruins. These ruins feature high quality Inca masonry, stunning terraces that follow the contours of the mountain and an amazing view of the valley. You'll enjoy a late afternoon meal and spend the rest of the evening relaxing at your hotel, which has an excellent spa!

Hotel Options:

1.     Sol y Luna

2.     Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado

 

Day 3: URUBAMBA VALLEY

This morning, you will head to the town of Chinchero (3,800m/12,500ft), which was once home to the great conquering Inca emperor Topa Yupanqui. The town boasts a terraced hillside studded with rock-outcrop shrines, a charming village and views to the snow-capped mountains of the Cordillera Vilcabamba range.

We’ll stop for lunch at Parador de Moray for a delicious traditional a meal with a view – expect quinoa, local trout, lechón, native potaoes and salt from the Maras salt pans you will visit in the afternoon. Maras consists of a huge number of watered terraces that collect salt by evaporation from the saline waters that gush from an underground stream. Built in a similar way to agricultural terraces seen throughout the Andes, the Salinas have been in use for over 1,000 years. These shining, salt-encrusted terraces are visually extraordinary.

From Maras we'll travel a short distance to Moray, which is home to the largest Inca Agriculture Terraces. This unique site, which was used for agricultural experiments by the Incas, consists of several enormous terraced circular depressions. Following your visit, we will transfer you back to your hotel in our private van.

Hotel Options:

1.     Sol y Luna

2.    Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado

 

Day 4: First day on THE INCA TRAIL

Llactapata

Today you begin your trek to Machu Picchu, in the same manner an Inca Emperor would have hundreds of years ago. We will trek on the exact same path that the Incas created to reach their beloved city. The Inca Trail has it all: gorgeous mountain scenery, lush sub-tropical vegetation, numerous species of local plants (flora), three sets of remarkable Inca ruins which can only be accessed on foot and stunning vistas at the final destination – Machu Picchu.

We will supply high-quality camping equipment including tents, sleeping bags and raised camping beds (this is a luxury tour after all!). You will have at your disposal:

  • English-speaking guides
  • Porters
  • A professional chef and his assistant
  • A professional masseuse for daily massages  
  • Purified drinking water
  • Incredible multi-course meals for breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Personal instructor for stretching and yoga excercises
  • Tables & chairs, and much more!

Porters will carry the majority of your gear. Throughout the hike we have access to private, carefully selected, campsites to avoid the larger groups of campers and backpackers as much as possible.

On the first morning we will collect you from your hotel and travel to Km. 82, which is now the famous the trailhead for the Inca Trail. After 2 hours of gentle hiking, you will visit the first set of Inca ruins, called Llactapata (2,600m/8,531ft).

The trail will continue on and will divert away from the Urubamba River and follow the Cusichaca River towards the village and small agricultural settlement of Huayllabamba, where you will have a delicious picnic lunch and set up camp for the night. Enjoy a professional massage after a day of hiking before your first of three incredible dinners prepared by our chef. 

  • Total Distance Hiked Today: 7.5 miles (12km)
  • 5 - 7 hours of hiking
  • Camping altitude: 3,200m/10,498ft

 

Day 5: Second day on THE INCA TRAIL

Dead Woman’s Pass

After morning yoga and an energizing breakfast, we will commence the hardest day on the Inca Trail, with a tough ascending trail. Your porters and guides will aid you in the ascent and we will go at whatever pace you feel comfortable. If you would like to take it easy and take several breaks, just relax and enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery this world has to offer. On the other hand, if you are ready for a challenge and want to race your guide to the top, more power to you!

As you make your ascent your efforts will be rewarded with increasingly fantastic views and a discernible change of vegetation as you gain altitude.

The trail will pass through a protected cloud forest of native trees before reaching our lunch spot at Llullucchapampa. After an incredible lunch prepared by our professional chef, we will continue the tough ascent towards the highest pass of the trail, called Warmiwañusta or Dead Woman’s Pass (4,200m/13,780ft).

Enjoy spectacular views and another massage in the afternoon as you descend to your campsite at Pacaymayo. After another fabulous meal we will take advantage of being in the Andes and star gaze tonight! Your guide will point out several Inca constellations and how to navigate using the night sky. 

  • Total Distance Hiked Today: 6.2 miles (10km)
  • 5 - 6 hours of hiking
  • Camping altitude: 3,600m/11,812ft

 

Day 6: Third Day on THE INCA TRAIL

Pacamayo to Phuyupatamarca

After another fabulous breakfast you will soon encounter the original cobblestone paved trail left by the Incas. We'll take time to appreciate the sudden changes in vegetation and geology as you pass through different ecological zones.

Today is not as physically challenging as yesterday, but is a long day of hiking. However, it is also the most visually stunning day of the trek. We will see both original Inca cobblestone trails as well as magnificent archaeological sites along the way.

You will climb up and over the second pass, the Abra de Runkuracay, (3,800m/12,467ft). On a clear day this pass has unparalleled views of the snow-covered peaks of the Cordillera Vilcabamba and the lush valley below.

Masterful Inca engineering is apparent at Inca remains of Sayacmarca (3,640m/11,943ft), one of the highlights of the trek. Explore the site during a picnic lunch after which we'll continue to our next Inca site, called Phuyupatamarca, (“the place above the clouds”). This will be our 3rd and final campsite that has incredible views of the valley below.

  • Total Distance Hiked Today: 6.8 miles (11km)
  • 5 - 7 hours of hiking
  • Camping altitude: 3,680m/12,074ft

 

Day 7: Final day on THE INCA TRAIL – MACHU PICCHU

Sun Gate & Machu Picchu

The sunrise in Phuyupatamarca will be one of the highlights of your trek. This will be your final day on the Inca Trail, which culminates at Machu Picchu. After an early breakfast, you will trek for several hours down a clear stone paved trail with several ancient stairways, a small tunnel and several viewing terraces.

After continuing along a buttress and passing the Phuyupatamarca ruins, the flag-stoned trail winds sharply down into the cloud forest to the ruins of Wiñay Wayna (2,644m/8,675ft). After lunch, you will continue on to the world famous Inti Punku - Sun Gate.

It is through the Sun Gate that you will get your first glimpse of the spectacular city of Machu Picchu below. After a quick descent along the wide Royal Inca Road you will be outside the city gate. Enjoy a short evening visit after the majority of the day trippers have left. We will check you into a 5-star hotel in Aguas Calientes and prepare you for a full day of exploring Machu Picchu tomorrow.

  • Total Distance Hiked Today: 6.2 miles (10km)
  • 5-6 hours of hiking

Hotel Options:

1.     Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel 

2.    Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel 

 

Day 8: MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO

Second Day at Machu Picchu

This morning you’ll return to Machu Picchu with your guide. “Magnificent” is the only word to describe today, as you explore one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Machu Picchu is a man-made marvel that has become a symbol of the ingenuity and prosperity of one of the most expansive empires in Latin American history. These incredible ruins uncovered merely a century ago...a two year-excavation, led by Yale archaeologist Hiram Bingham and the National Geographic Society of Washington DC, enabled Machu Picchu to gain the prominence that it deserves.

World-wide fascination with these ruins is due, in part, to its position, high on a mountain ridge and 2,430m/7,972ft above sea level. Believed to be an Inca settlement built to control the economies of neighboring communities, it is associated with the royal estate of Pachacuti, the great Inca who sparked the expansion of the empire.

Following your visit, we’ll take a 10-minute bus back to the town of Aguas Calientes to catch the Vistadome train (approx. 1.5hrs) back to Ollantaytambo, where a private vehicle will be waiting to transfer you by road to Cusco (approx. 2hrs) to check in to your hotel.

Hotel Options:

1.     Inkaterra La Casona

2.     Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

 

Day 9: CUSCO

Cusco walking tour

Today will be a very relaxing exploration of Cusco, the capital city of the Incas. Cusco's narrow alleyways were originally designed by the Incas as a city for walking, to that end, you'll commence your tour of Cusco on foot. Begin at the Plaza de Armas, the Main Square, which is marked by the exquisite Spanish Colonial architecture and ornamentation imposed by Spanish colonists to exert religious and political influence. Underneath it all, however, you can clearly see remnants of Inca Cusco in the solid stonework.

We’ll visit Koricancha, known as the “Sun Temple” in the Inca Empire, and the breathtaking Cathedral, a repository for Cusco’s colonial art, as well as many other important archaeological relics and artifacts.

You will also stop by the colorful San Pedro market and pass through the charming neighborhood of San Blas. Next, visit Sacsayhuaman, an Inca citadel atop a hill, on the outskirts of the city. Not only are the imposing terraces of masterful stonework a sight to behold, but the vistas overlooking the sienna rooftops of Cusco provide a whole new perspective to the city you just explored. Afterwards, return to your hotel.

 

Day 10: CUSCO - LIMA

Fly to Lima. Lima City Tour. International Departure.

In the morning, we will transfer you by private vehicle from your hotel to the airport in Cusco for your domestic flight to Lima. Upon arrival you will be met by your guide for a half-day Lima city tour.

One of the main fascinations of Lima is the concentration of ancient history in the area; not only do the origins of the city pre-date the Spanish foundation of the city by several millennia, its museums are full of the artistic treasures of magnificent pre-Columbian civilizations that flourished throughout the coastal deserts of Peru.

Visit the colonial area of Lima, featuring the Cathedral, the Convent of Santo Domingo, and the Main Square with its beautiful baroque style buildings. You will also have a chance to visit Casa Aliaga, reportedly the oldest home on the Continent and still family-owned after 17 generations.

After visiting the city, we will transfer you to the Lima airport for international departure flight.

 

Pricing:

Itinerary pricing as of 2018

PRICING INFO – USD $5,408/person

This is an example itinerary and can be entirely customized to suit you. Just get in touch and we’ll design your own tailor-made itinerary according to your interests, travel style and budget.

  • Based on two people travelling together in double occupancy
  • Based on Hotel Selection 1: Hotel B, Sol y Luna, Luxury Exploration Camping, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo, La Casona

PRICING ALTERNATIVES – USD $6,036/person

The alternative pricing is based on the same itinerary with upgraded accommodations showcasing the best luxury hotels that Peru has to offer.

  • Based on two people travelling together in double or twin occupancy
  • Based on Hotel Selection 2: Belmond Miraflores Park, Belmond Rio Sagrado, Luxury Exploration Camping, Sumaq, Belmond Palacio Nazarenas
  • Optional upgrade to Luxury VIP Camping - supplement price applies. Please contact us for details.

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

This itinerary is based on two people travelling together in double occupancy, excluding flights (international and domestic).

  • Includes all specified services in the itinerary description
  • All transfers and entrance fees
  • A welcome packet on arrival including: a pre-loaded cell phone to contact your travel consultant at any time, a printed booklet packed with insider tips alongside your detailed itinerary and up-to-date recommendations on dining and shopping
  • Hand-selected English-speaking guides
  • Specialist guides (where noted)
  • 24-hour support from our locally based team
  • 9 nights in hand-picked and personally tested selection of Peru’s finest hotels, as well as luxury camping