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Inca Path

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.

Quick Itinerary:

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

 

Highlights of Inca Path:

  • The tour starts in Lima so that you can comfortably enjoy the visits of Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Inca Trail!
  • Local fly Lima-Cusco included!
  • Get to know the Cusco City
  • Guided tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • 4 days Inca Trail trek Package with a professional Tour Guide, a Cook and Porters
  • Hiking to Machu Picchu
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Rest in Cusco after the hike

Crew: Tierras Vivas Representatives in Lima and Cusco as well as professional bilingual Tour Guides, a Cook and Porters on the Inca Trail.
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!

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Day 01: Arrival to Lima

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.

Day 02: Flight to Cusco City

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 of 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.

Day 03: Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour

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!

Day 04-07: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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.

Please note!

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!

Day 08: Cusco

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!

Day 09: Departure to Lima

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!

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Included

  • Welcome by our Representative at arrival to Lima.
  • 1x domestic flight: Lima - Cusco.
  • All transfers from/to all airports.
  • Accommodation: 3* hotels (5 nights), camping (3 nights).
  • All entrance fees according to the itinerary, an Inca Trail permit including.
  • Bilingual local Tour Guides as per the itinerary.
  • A professional Cook for the Inca Trail.
  • Porters to carry food, camping and cooking equipment and 7 kg of each passenger's stuff during the Inca Trail.
  • Meals: 8x breakfast, 4x lunch, 3x dinner and 3x afternoon hot beverages during the Inka Trail.
  • Camping equipment of the Inca Trail: personal double tents, Inflatable mattress (Term-a-Rest Mattress);
  • A blanket and a pillow
  • A sleeping bag (for up to -5°C) for the Inca Trail;
  • Duffel bag (for your personal belongings for the Inca Trail);
  • Day Pack Rain Covers for the Inca Trail ;
  • Rain ponchos;
  • Tables and chairs, a cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents.
  • Food for the Inca Trail.
  • Tourist land transportation in accordance with the itinerary.
  • Tourist train (Expedition) from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo.
  • A shuttle bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes Town.

Not Included

  • Pre & post tour accommodation,
  • Last flight Cusco - Lima,
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain (U$ 80)
  • International flights and airport departure taxes.
  • Meals not mentioned.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and baggage portage to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory),
  • Other extras not specified.

Meal budget: Please allow USD 50-100 for meals not included.
Single room: Please note that if you have booked the "Single Room" 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!

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Inca Path Advisor

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:

 

Inca Trail Alternative treks

  • Day 01: Lima
  • Day 02: Cusco City (Cooking classes in Cusco)
  • Day 03: Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour
  • Day 04-06: Salkantay Trek or Lares Trek
  • Day 07: Hiking to Machu Picchu
  • Day 08: Cusco City
  • Day 09: Departure

Sacred Valley + Machu Picchu Tour

  • Day 01: Lima
  • Day 02: Cusco City (Cooking classes in Cusco)
  • Day 03: Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour
  • Day 04: Maras, Moray and Salineras
  • Day 05: Cusco South Valley Tour
  • Day 06: Train to Machu Picchu
  • Day 07: Machu Picchu
  • Day 08: Cusco City
  • Day 09: Departure

Inca Trail Available

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 in December, January or March: 4 - 6 weeks in advance
  • If you like to do in April, October or November: 2 - 3 months in advance
  • If you like to do in May, September: 3 - 4 months in advance
  • If you like to do in June, July or August: 4 - 5 months in advance

How to Book the Inca Path?

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!!!)

 

Porter Working Conditions

Every year, thousands of people do the Inca Trail. They usually complete the 43-km trail in 4 days.

 

Inca Trail Regulations

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.

 

Tierras Vivas representative

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.

Hotels and Camping

Hotels and Camping

Camping

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

 

Hotels

These following hotels are used to accommodate you during your tour:

 

 

Accommodation in Lima:

Hotel Las Palmas

Address: Calle Bellavista N 320

Tel: (+51) 1 4446033

 

Accommodation in Cusco:

Hotel Prisma

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.

 

What to bring on this Trek

  • Passport Original and copies
  • Travel insurance(+ copies for a case of lost),
  • Flight tickets,
  • Cash in USD or credit cards,
  • Our service voucher (sent by us to you),
  • Entry visa and a proof of vaccination (if applicable),
  • Day pack (to carry your personal items during daily travels),
  • Rain gear (a rain-jacket and a waterproof trousers or a rain poncho - this can be purchased in Cusco),
  • Resistible footwear, waterproof trekking shoes are recommended,
  • Sandals (for a higher comfort while at a campsite),
  • Warm clothes such as a jacket, a fleece (thermal clothing is also recommended for cold nights during camping),
  • Hat or a cap (to protect you against the Sun, rain as well as cold),
  • Sun cream or sun block,
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body,
  • Insect repellent– recommended minimum is 20% DEET (please note that no malaria has been reported during this trip!),
  • Camera and its charger/batteries (please note that batteries are consumed quickly under cold conditions),
  • Flashlight/headlamp + batteries,
  • Handkerchiefs and toilet paper,
  • Small towel and toiletries,
  • Sufficient reserve of underwear,
  • Swimsuit (to visit the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes),
  • Snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.)
    Please note: we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. The recommendation of taken own snack applies only for customers who like a specific snack that might not be in our menu.
  • Bottled water for the first morning and a water bottle.
    Important: plastic bottles are not allowed on the Classic Inca Trail! Please bring a metallic (alternatively Nalgene) bottles!
  • Optional: walking sticks (please note: rubber covers are required for the Inca Trail!!); you can also rent it from us,
  • Please note: we provide with filtered boiled water during entire Inca Trail, but if you like to use water from streams along the trail, you need to take some water-purifying tablets with you.
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Peru Discover

Peru Discover

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

Lares Highlights

Lares 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

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