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This Inca Path is equipped with these amazing places in Peru: Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu. You start the tour in Lima where you spend the night so you can see the Peruvian capital and walk around the city. Then you fly to Cusco – the capital of the Incas, do a Sacred Valley of the Incas, visit the local market and explore the ruins. The next day you trek the 4 days Inca Trail that finishes at the astonishing “Lost City of the Incas” – Machu Picchu on the last day of the trail. After hiking to Machu Picchu, you return by train and bus to Cusco on the evening of the same day. The following day you can enjoy Lima, the Capital of Peru. Incan capital Cusco + Inca Trail is waiting only for you. Come to Peru to enjoy a unique and life changing experience. There is only one Peru! If you like to travel from Lima to Inca Trail, this tour is made exactly for you! You will see the most significant monuments of “Tawantinsuyo” the Incan empire and you will get to know the capital of the empire – Cusco City, explore awesome and huge monuments of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and enjoy trekking the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. Join and enjoy the 9 day Inca Path.
Sustainable Tourism: At Tierras Vivas, we are happy to promote and practice sustainable tourism by being eco-friendly and supporting local communities. We are again supporting Sernamp this Inca Trail 2023 with picking up trash and clearing the trail
Service Level: Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character, personal porters for your persona belonging and private transport.
Crew: Tierras Vivas Representatives in Lima and Cusco as well as professional bilingual Tour Guides, a trekking chef and super porters on the Inca Trail.
Physical Rating: 3 – Demanding – Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers
Age requirement: 12+ / All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Inca Trail Tour Operator: Tierras Vivas Travel
Group Available: Small Group – Min: 2 – Max: 8
Accomodation: 3* hotels (5 nights), campsites (3 nights).
Meals: 8x breakfast, 4x lunch, 3x dinner, 3x afternoon tea during the Inca Trail.
Transportation: 1x domestic flight, transportation by private van, 1x train (Expedition Class).
Camping equipment: You can view our Inca Trail camping equipment!
Day 01: Lima
Day 02: Cusco
Day 03: Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour
Day 04-07: Inca Trail to Machu Piccu
Day 08: Cusco City
Day 09: Departure
Starting Altitude: 2100m / 6900ft.
Highest Altitude: 2730m / 8,792ft.
Walking Distance – 42 km / 26.27 miles
The tour takes you from Lima to Inca Trail starting by a pick-up at the Lima’s airport by our Representative. Then you are transfered to your hotel.
Please note: The first day is an arrival day and no activities are planned, so that you can arrive at any time!
The capital of Lima is also known as the City of the Kings as it was founded by Francisco Pizarro on the Day of the Three Kings (Epiphany) in 1535! The Plaza de Armas (main square) is a heart of old Lima. There can be found the Cathedral, Governmental Palace and Archbishop’s Palace.
In the morning, we take you to the Lima´s airport for your flight to Cusco City. Our Representative awaits you in front of the Cusco´s arrival airport hall holding a sheet with your name. After he/she welcomes you in Cusco, he/she takes you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax and explore around this fascinating city as well as to acclimatize to its high altitude.
The Cusco City is the oldest continuously inhabited city of this continent as well as a hub of the South American travel network! The city attracts people from all around the world, who arrive not only to visit a unique destination, but also to experience an antique culture that differs a lot from the occidental 21st century´s way of life. One could easily spend a week just in and around this site. Inca-built stone walls line most of the central streets and it is not necessary to go far to see other major Inca ruins! This is a city steeped in history, traditions and legends!
Every year, Cusco is visited by thousands of travelers, who come to delve into its noble, but tragic past. It is a perfect base for optional explorations around the city´s surroundings as well as for a range of outdoor activities.
Cusco also has got numerous colonial churches. The most important of them is the Cathedral on the main square. Its construction started in 1559 and it took 100 years to finish!! The Cathedral can pride on the biggest depository of Colonial art in the city! A vault containing remains of the famous Incan historian – Garcilaso de la Vega is just past the entrance. Other churches that are worth seeing are La Compañía, La Merced and San Francisco.
Today, our Tour Guide takes us into the Sacred Valley of the Incas that was an important source of food for the Incas. The Sacred Valley is a lush agricultural region that keeps supplying the Cusco City with lots of its production. We visit the majestic ruins of Pisaq as well as its current famous handicraft market. Then, we stop in Urubamba, considered to be the capital of the valley, to have a buffet lunch offering Andean cuisine (not included in the tour). Afterwards, we continue to the picturesque town of Ollantaytambo with its Incan fortress before getting ready for our following hike, one of the highlights of the tour!
Ollantaytambo is your first taste of what lies ahead on the Inca Trail. The town and fortress of Ollantaytambo are strategically situated overlooking the beautiful Urubamba River Valley. We spend the night in this small town before heading for the start of this famous Machu Picchu hike the next morning!
Hiking Inca Trail on this 4-day trek is physically challenging, but worthwhile!! Its difficulty is within ability of the most reasonably fit. This 44-km (27 mile) Machu Picchu hike is often steep including 3 high passes to be crossed, one of which reaches an elevation of 4,200 m (13,776 ft). Temperature at nights may fall below zero so it is important to get ready for that! It also sometimes rains, even during a dry season!
Today, we start this Inca Trail and Machu Picchu Tour by a morning trip to Km 82 – the initial hiking point. It is very important to not forget your passport with you because it is checked at the entrance as well as you get a stamp of the Inca Trail on it!! Our Porters and Tour Guide are a guarantee that the Machu Picchu hiking Package is without any worries, so you enjoy its awesome Incan ruins (Llactapata, Runkuraqay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarka, Wiñay Wayna) and spectacular mountain scenery every day as much as you can!! The Inca Trail hiking finishes with a climb of antique Inka steps to Inti Punku (Sun Gate) to watch the Sunrise above the long-expected citadel of Machu Picchu!! Then, you enjoy a 2 and half an hour guided visit of the so called “Lost City of the Incas”!! Afterwards, you have an opportunity to climb either the peak of Huayna Picchu (45 minutes up and the same time back) or the Machu Picchu Mountain (1 and half an hour hike) on your own to take some panoramic pictures of Machu Picchu!! In the afternoon, you descend to the town of Aguas Calientes. The Inca Trail and Machu Picchu Tour ends up by taking a return train to the Cusco City. Arrival in the evening.
Inca Trail is closed during Februaries due to general maintenance. Also, closures sometimes may occur as a result of inclement weather or other conditions beyond our control. In this case, we may hike the 4 day Lares Valley Trek.
FREE OPTION: Those, who are not able or interested in to hiking Machu Picchu, can get back to Cusco or just stay at the Sacred Valley of the Incas and spend the following 2 days there. In this case, they reach Aguas Calientes by a tourist train (Expedition Service). They overnight in a hotel and they take a shuttle bus the next morning to Machu Picchu where they reunite with that first group consisting of the Inca Trail hikers. This option is for no additional cost!!
IMPORTANT: If you decide not to do the trek, you must advice us enough time in advance (usually, a couple of weeks ago) in order to secure your train tickets!! Otherwise, we are not able to guarantee you this option for free!!
If you have any query, please do not hesitate contacting us!
Today is a relaxing day so you can explore the fascinating capital of the Incas, visit its markets, buy some souvenirs, do some optional activities as well as get ready for the last night in the city!
Transfer to the Cusco´s airport to take your flight to Lima.
Please note: A return flight to Lima can be arragend upon request!
Alternatively, a good time to extend your trip!
Meal budget: Please allow USD 50-100 for meals not included.
Solo Traveler: Please note that if you have booked the “Solo Traveler” option for this tour, you receive your own single room for all overnights and a single tent for the Inca Trail.
Local flights: There is one local flight included in the cost of your tour. It is very important that we have got your passport details at the time of booking in order to process all air tickets! National flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to each flight departure!
Check our policy and booking procedures of the Inca Trail. If you prefer not to hike or is fully booked, you can choose one of these optional trips:
It is very important to book this trek a good time in advance!!! As there are only 500 permits (Tour Guides, Porters and Cooks including) issued per day for the Inca Trail!!
A general recommendation on how long time in advance to book is:
If you like to do the Inca Path Tour, please first check an availability of Inca Trail. Choose year and month when you like to do the tour.
Please note: the Inca Trail starts on the fourth day of the Inca Path Tour! (For example, if you like to start the tour on the 6th of August, you need to check Inca Trail availability of the day 09th of August!)
If there is still availability of the Inca Trail on your date requested in the time of your booking, the booking of the Inca Path Tour will be confirmed firstly by our Reservation Department via e-mail. Then your full personal details wil be required as well as a deposit in order to purchase your Inca Trail permit. (Please note that an Inca Trail booking is valid only for 1 hour!! If it is not paid within this time, it expires!!!)
Every year, thousands of people do the Inca Trail. They usually complete the 43-km trail in 4 days.
Over the last decades, Peru has become a most popular travel destination. There are many great treks throughout Peru, but the Inca Trail is the most known.
All Tierras Vivas adventurous group tours are accompanied by a Tierras Vivas Tour Guide, a Representative or an expedition team. The aim of our Tour Guides is to take a hassle out of our customers’ trips and to help them to have the best trip possible. The Tour Guides provide information on places visited, offer suggestions of what to see and to do, recommend a good place to eat and introduce to his/her colleagues. The Guides have a broad general knowledge of each country visited during a tour, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local Tour Guides where we think that more specific knowledge could add more enjoyment to visited places.
During the Inca Trail we spend three nights full-service camping, meaning that our camp staff will erect and dismantle the tents, cook, and do all camp chores for you: you need only carry your day pack. There will also be dining and toilet tents and bowls of warm water are provided both morning and evening for washing with
These following hotels are used to accommodate you during your tour:
Accommodation in Lima:
Address: Calle Bellavista N 320
Tel: (+51) 1 4446033
Accommodation in Cusco:
Address: Calle Matara N 394, Cusco
Tel: (+51) 84 224466
Accommodation in Ollantaytambo:
Hostal Las Orquidea Real
Address: Av Ferrocarril , Ollantaytambo
Tel: (+51) 84 204032
During the tour, we request our hotels to get ready your rooms for time of your arrival, especially, if you arrive prior to standard check-in time. Nevertheless, this is not always possible. In this case, you just store your luggage in that hotel storage room and you can explore around your new destination in between.
Please note! If you have purchased pre or post trip accommodation, you might be asked to change your room during your trip.
Surely you are wondering where is Piscacucho? The Piscacucho community, also known as Km 82 in Perú, is located in the Ollantaytambo district, Urubamba province in the City of Cusco, at a height of 2709 meters above sea level, on the edge of the Machu Picchu National Park, and Where visitors start the Inca Trail, it can be reached by bus in approximately 3 hours from the city of Cusco.
Piscacucho in Cusco has an ecosystem that corresponds to alpine or mountainous mountainous areas, its climate is temperate, oscillating between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius in the morning and 6 to 10 degrees Celsius at night.
The rainy season covers the period from November to March, while the rest of the year is relatively dry.
The Km 82 of the Inca Trail has wonderful Andean landscapes, the snow-capped mountains and the Urubamba river that adorn the landscape of this community.
In Km 82 of the Inca Trail you can see Inca archaeological sites and bridleways, being at the beginning of the Inca trail.
In 2011, the “Regional Directorate of Culture” made important findings in this area, they were skulls, long bones, and it was not ruled out that they could be mummified since they were in good condition.
It is a space that seeks to make known to its visitors the majesty of the place, it was inaugurated in June 2013, and it is located in the community of Piscacucho, it was built with the intention of generating an information space on the Protected Natural Area, at the point initial of the traditional Inca trail. The tour of the Center begins with an induction video that aims to transport the visitor through the most fascinating places of the Sanctuary, and you can also discover the vast biodiversity that this Historic Sanctuary is located in the Andean-Amazon area.
The only way to get to Piscacucho in Cusco is through the Inca Trail 4 days / 3 nights.
To start the Inca Trail begins in the community of Piscacucho (Km 82), which is the official entrance to the Inca Trail, from here the legendary trail begins around 6 to 7 hours, 11 kilometers long, passing through an impressive landscape and through from the Inca archaeological complex of Qorihuayrachina with a wonderful view of Llactapata. Then we ascend to the Wayllabamba community to finally rest in the Yuncachimpa camp. On the second day, the walk is more at the pace of the walker along the Lulluchampa path at 3,850 meters, until reaching many stairs, passing through beautiful landscapes to reach Warmihuañusca at 4,200 meters above sea level, after which point it descends, passing Runkurakay until reaching to the Chaquicocha Camp. The third day of hiking is the most impressive when entering the tropical forests, combined with beautiful Inca archaeological monuments such as Sayacmarca, Conchamarca and Phuyupatamarca. Finally, descend a few steps to the Inca archaeological site of Wiñayhuayna to the last camp. For the 4th day, we walked a 7 kilometer trail of approximately 2 to 3 hours, to finally arrive at the entrance to the magnificent Inca citadel of Machu Picchu called Inti Punku or Puerta del Sol.
Entrance tickets for any of the routes are not sold at the access control. In the case of Huayna Picchu Mountain, you cannot enter this area without the corresponding ticket. The maximum entrance capacity is 400 visitors per day, divided into two groups of 200 people according to the indicated schedule.
Adult: 292 Nuevos Soles Route Duration Rates for the Right of Visit
Student: 147 Nuevos Soles
Would you like to travel the fascinating Inca road to Machu Picchu? This is the opportunity, take advantage and travel to Machu Picchu.
This tour involves 13 days in the South of Peru. You can hike Machu Picchu via Inca Trail, visit the majestic ruins of Pisac as well as its current famous handicraft market, explore Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley and finally observe the beautiful Titicaca Lake. Peru Highlights
This tour involves the Lares Route and Machu Picchu. In the Lares trek you will see the high mountain scenery, alpine lakes, waterfalls and you will get the chance to meet the inhabitants who still preserve their customs. The tour continues by taking the train to Aguas Calientes and then visit the famous Inca fortress of Machu Picchu. Lares Trek to Machu Picchu
Simply fantastic. If you are thinking of hiking the Inca Trail (it is not for the faint of heart) then find a way to hike with Jennifer (Guide) and Gustavo (Chef). Simply a first class experience from start to finish. The 3D/2N tour is the exact same as the traditional 4D/3N tour but just covered much faster. If you choose this path, prepare to move. I will never be able to forget how hard Jennifer, Gustavo and our porters worked to ensure that my friend and I had the best time despite our break-neck speed.
A truly unforgettable experience. We did the 9 day Inca trail to machupichu with Niko. He was hands down the best tour guide I have ever met. If I could give him 6 out of 5 stars I would. His passion for sharing the history and culture of his people really shines. He is a wealth knowledge about everything along the hike from every peak you see to each plant along the way. Most importantly of all, he is dependable team leader, problem solved and decent human being. And also just really fun to be around. On our first day Niko said on this trek, we will become a family. I learned how deeply and sincerely he meant that. We were cavalier enough to think we could carry our 4 year old along the Inca trail. When we were struggling on a difficult part of the hike. Niko without hesitation picked up our daughter and carried her down a difficult descent himself . It was as if he was my real brother.
The rest of our experience with Tierras Vivas was also exceptional. Chef Mario whipped up delicious multi course meals that I didn’t think possible in his “kitchen”. The porters in our family were the sweetest kindest hardest working group. And attention to detail of the trip planning was seamless from the supplies tents, hiking poles to the schedule for pickups train rides etc.