7 Day Inca Trail, Cuzco to Machu Picchu Walking Tour & Lima

1 Lima, 2 Sacred Valley, 1 Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) & 2 Cuzco
Flights Miami-Lima, Cuzco-Miami, 6 nights accommodations, all transfers, most meals and sightseeing
Price Includes
  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Flights Miami-Lima, Cuzco-Miami
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  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flight: Lima-Cuzco
  • 6 nights accommodations
    • 1 night Lima
    • 2 nights Sacred Valley
    • 1 night Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu)
    • 2 nights Cuzco
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 13 meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern vehicles
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Additional English-speaking assistant with 11+ travelers
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features
  • Inca Trail Permit
 

Walking Activity Level

  • 1 Easy Day | up to 4 hours of walking a day, easy walking on mostly flat terrain, accessible to all guests in good health
  • 3 Moderate Days | 4-6 hours of walking a day, hilly with some steep or uneven terrain, clients should be physically fit and prepared for several hours of activity
  • 1 Challenging Day | 6+ hours (more than 6 miles) of walking a day, rugged uneven mountain terrain, with some sustained ascents and descents, suitable for experienced active clients in good physical condition
 

Special Features

  • Tour the fascinating agricultural terraces of Moray and the Saltpans of Maras
  • In Pisac, visit the ruins and the traditional Andean market in the rustic Andean village
  • Hike along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, a once-in-a-lifetime experience
  • Explore the mystical ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, one of "New Seven Wonders of the World"
  • Hike Machu Picchu Mountain for stunning vistas
  • Tour Sacsayhuaman fortress, a superb example of Inca construction
  • In Cuzco, take a walking tour to the bohemian district of San Blas alive with galleries and studios

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Day By Day Itinerary

This itinerary requires a high level of physical fitness with up to 7 hours of walking per day. The route and activities are subject to change based on weather conditions. Please see the "Is This Trip Right for You?" section and the Trip Preparation tab for more information.

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Peru
Depart for Peru. Upon arrival in Lima, transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Lima

DAY 2, Saturday - Lima City Tour, Flight to Cuzco, Drive to Sacred Valley
This morning, tour Lima and its 2000 years of history. Begin at the colonial center of the city, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its historic buildings surrounding the splendid Plaza Mayor. View the impressive Palace of the Archbishop with its fine carved balcony, the opulent Government Palace, the official residence of the President, and the 16th-century Cathedral of Lima whose first stone was laid by Pizarro. Return to beautiful Miraflores district to see modern Lima and vistas of Pacific Ocean. Afterward attend a cooking demonstration, followed by lunch. Later, board your connecting flight to Cuzco. Upon arrival, drive through the rugged mountainous region to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager, followed by dinner
Overnight: Sacred Valley
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Activity Level: Easy, ½ mile, 30 mins

DAY 3, Sunday - Sacred Valley: Pisac Ruins & Village, Moray & Maras Salt Mines
The exploration of Sacred Valley begins with a scenic drive to Pisac. Visit the ruins and hike down to Pisac village. Explore the town and bargain with vendors on the cobblestone streets of the Pisac handicraft market. Following a box lunch, visit Moray, a remarkable agricultural center that demonstrates the ancient Incan's mastery of high-altitude crop growing. Next, travel to the colonial town of Maras, known for its nearby salt evaporation ponds. Begin the hike down to Urubamba riverside. Tonight, enjoy a home-cooked dinner with a Peruvian family, along with a warm and friendly cultural exchange
Overnight: Sacred Valley
Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner
Activity Level: Moderate, 6 miles, 5 hours

DAY 4, Monday - Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu
Early this morning, transfer to the Sacred Valley's Ollanta Station and board The Expedition Train to Km 104. Begin your uphill trek along the Inca Trail, to Machu Picchu, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. During your hike, soak up the magic of the Inca Trail. Surrounded by stunning scenery, view ancient Inca ruins and witness the endemic flora and fauna. Stop to visit the Inca ruins of Wiñaywayna. Enjoy a box lunch. Resume your hike towards Intipunku (Sun Gate). Arrive by mid-afternoon and catch your first glimpse of the forgotten city of Machu Picchu, an unforgettable sight. Trek to the entrance of Machu Picchu and board a bus to Aguas Calientes. This evening, savor a Peruvian dinner at your hotel
Overnight: Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu)
Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner
Activity Level: Challenging, 11 miles, 7 hours

DAY 5, Tuesday - Machu Picchu Mountain and Discover Machu Picchu Citadel
Rise early this morning for an optional hike to Huayna Picchu, meaning "young mountain", for panoramic views of the citadel and surrounding area. After breakfast we board the bus and after clearing our entrance to Machu Picchu we follow an original Inca stone trail that will ascend to the summit of Machu Picchu Mountain (Montaña). Later, we descend to discover the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also known as "The Lost City of the Incas", Machu Picchu was built in the 15th century at the height of the Inca Empire and abandoned about 100 years later. Explore the ancient citadel and marvel at the imposing Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the intricately carved rock likely used as a sundial by the ancient Incas. The images of this significant archaeological site will be a long-lasting memory. Afterward, travel to your hotel in Cuzco for overnight
Optional: Huayna Picchu Hike up to 3 hours (Challenging)
Overnight: Cuzco ▲
Meals: Breakfast
Activity Level: Moderate, 5 miles, 6 hours

DAY 6, Wednesday - Saqsaywaman Inca Fortress, Explore San Blas
Drive to Wayllarcocha for a shaman ceremony. Meet with a local "shaman" (holy man) and learn about Andean culture and traditions. Afterward, hike to the impressive fortress of Saqsaywaman, an enormous Inca site that overlooks Cuzco. During your tour, observe the precision masonry of the massive stones that fit together without mortar. Hike down to Cuzco. In the afternoon, visit the artistic colonial San Blas neighborhood of Cuzco. Walk along the narrow and winding streets filled with quaint galleries, before returning to the hotel. Bid farewell to your Tour Manager at dinner tonight
Overnight: Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Activity Level: Moderate, 4 miles, 5 hours

DAY 7, Thursday - Morning at Leisure in Cuzco
Spend the morning at leisure. In the afternoon, transfer to Cusco airport for your flight to Lima, where you will connect to your departure flight. Passengers with late evening flights will have a day-use hotel room and be transferred to the airport later in the evening
Day Use: Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast

▲ Due to the high elevation, travel in the Peruvian highlands may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.

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Notes :
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flight Lima-Cuzco.
  • Permits on the Inca Trail are on a first come, first served basis and we urge you to book as early as possible.
  • Passport numbers for all passengers must be submitted before documents can be issued.
  • Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates.
  • All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary.
Not Included
  • Optional tours and gratuities
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers

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