Trips 2014

Classic Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu – Itinerary
Culture, History and Moderate Trekking

Trip Dates:
April 25 - May 04, 2014

Land Cost:
7-9 Trekkers: $2570/person* (does not include airfare)
 4-6 Trekkers: $2795/person* (does not include airfare)
*To ensure that your Inca Trail Permit can be purchased, all Trip Applications and Trip Deposits must be sent in by December 20, 2013.

Single supplement:
• $363.00 for a private room or tent

10-Day trip beginning and ending in USA
5 Nights lodging for full trip,  3 Nights full service camping
All meals included except: 2 lunches and 2 dinners

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Day-by-day Itinerary

A 10-day adventure exploring Inca ruins around Cuzco with hiking the Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu.

Day 1
Fly to Lima: Arrive in Lima, you are met at the airport and transferred to a nice hotel in Lima for the night.

Day 2
Lima-Cusco: Continental breakfast is provided before your early morning flight to Cuzco. Arriving in Cuzco you are met by your guide and driven to a quiet and comfortable hotel, in the heart of Cuzco. Here you are welcomed with a drink of coca tea, drinking coca tea is a local custom to aid in your acclimatization. After checking into your rooms you will be on your own to eat lunch in one of the many diverse restaurants found around the main plaza.  Following lunch, the afternoon will be spent making a 3-4 hour hike in the foothills above Cuzco visiting the spectacular Inca ruins of Tambomachay, Pucapucara, Quenco and Sacsayhuaman. Later you will go out for a welcome dinner. Breakfast and dinner are provided.

Click for larger viewCity of Cuzco
City of Cuzco
© Brad Johnson


Click for larger viewThe Inca Salt Terraces of Maras
The Inca Salt Terraces of Maras
© Brad Johnson
Day 3
Sacred Valley Of The Incas: Leaving around 7:30am in the morning you will be driven to the village of Chinchero where you will be treated to a private weaving demonstration and then visit the local Indian market, which provides a true insight into century old customs of this village.

Following a picnic lunch, you will drive from Chincheros to the Inca Salt mines of Maras and walk from there down into the Urubamba valley (Sacred Valley of the Incas). Here you will be met by your private vehicle and driven to the village of Ollantaytambo, an original Inca village still being lived it as it has been for the past 600 years. The last part of the afternoon will be spent visiting the ruins of Ollantaytambo. You will stay overnight in Ollantaytambo. Breakfast and lunch provided, dinner on your own.

Day 4
Inka Trail Trek, Starting At Km 82 - Paucarcancha:
After and early breakfast you will be transferred to the departure point at Km 82 in the Urubamba valley, where you will meet your camp staff and begin your trek along the Urubamba River until you reach the first archeological site called "Llaqtapata" (8,695 ft). After lunch and a rest you will continue deeper into the Valley, until reaching the last populated village that is called "Huayllabamba" (9,843 ft). From here another 1/2 hour of easy hiking brings you to the archaeological site Paucarcancha and camp. All meals provided.
Click for larger viewCity of Cuzco
Approaching the top of
"Warmiwanusca" pass
© Brad Johnson
Click for larger viewCity of Cuzco
Looking down on Runcuracay with the first pass in the distance
© Brad Johnson
Day 5
Paucarcancha – Pacasmayo:
Before departing on your trek of the Inca trail, you will explore this recently restored Inca ruin of “Paucarcancha” and then continue your hike towards the first pass on the Inca trail called "Warmiwanusca". Today’s hike is mostly uphill and with a big height difference (nearly 3,937 ft). Hiking slow and enjoy the astonishing views, you should arrive mid afternoon at the next camp at Llulluchapampa just before the pass.  All meals provided.

Day 6
Llulluchapampa – Phuyupatamarca: This will be the most varied day. A one-hour hike brings you up to the first pass called “Warmiwanusca” (13,780 ft) from where you descend to the valley of “Pacasmayo”. After a short rest at the ruins of "Runcuracay" you hike up to the second pass (12,800 ft), and then descend for two hours towards the archeological site of "Sayacmarca". After exploring the fascinating site of “Sayacmarca”, you continue on the original Inca path through the semi tropical cloud forest until reaching the third pass (11,750 ft) and the spectacular ruins of "Phuyupatamarca." With good weather you will enjoy breathtaking views of Mt. Salcantay and other snow peaks and the valley below. This is by far the most scenic camp of the entire trek.  All meals provided.

Click for larger viewThe ruins of Sayacmaraca
The ruins of Sayacmaraca
© Brad Johnson

Click for larger viewThe Inca Salt Terraces of Maras
Looking down on Wiñaywayna from the Inca Trail
© Brad Johnson
Day 7
Phuyupatamarca – Machu Picchu: The first part of today is all downhill until you reach "Wiñaywayna", one of the most impressive Archeological sites in the area due to its constructions and location.  From here, a 1-1/2 hour walk through the cloud forest brings you to the famous “Sun Gate” or "Intipunku" from where you have your first panoramic views of the famous and mysterious "Machu Picchu" (7,875 ft). A short down hill walk on a wide stone trail brings you to your final destination. You will have the afternoon to explore Machu Picchu before taking the bus down to Aguas Caliente. Here you check into a nice hotel, have a well deserved shower or enjoy the thermal baths that Aguas Caliente is named after, followed by a nice dinner.  All meals provided.

Day 8
Machu Picchu – Cusco:
We recommend that you take the first bus up to "the lost city of the Incas" to enjoy the sunrise in this magical place. After your extensive guided tour, you still have ample time to explore the site by yourselves before returning to Aguas Caliente for lunch. In the afternoon you return by train to Cuzco where arriving just in time for a shower and dinner.  Breakfast, Lunch and a Farewell Dinner is provided.
Click for larger viewThe Inca Salt Terraces of Maras
Morning light on Machu Picchu
© Brad Johnson
Day 9
Cuzco-Lima And Flight Home Arriving On Day 10: The morning will be free to explore the city of Cuzco, with time for a quick lunch. You will have afternoon flight from Cuzco to Lima. Depending on your flight arrival in Lima you might have enough time to go into Lima for dinner before checking in for your flight home and then relax around the airport. Breakfast provided, Lunch and dinner on your own.Back to trip pageDay 10
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