Inca Trail Trek - Peru

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Ballpark Cost:  $2,999 Per Person (Double Occupancy)

 

Minimum # Guests:  12

 

Trip Available: April - May 2017

 

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Embark on an adventure through an ancient trail called the Salkantay Route, passing over magnificent mountain passes, viewing enormous and mystical snowcapped peaks, appreciating nature in its purest form, and exploring more than 15 different ecosystems from beginning to end. Experience Peru at its best and like never before: uncrowded trekking and reaching Machu Picchu (the crown jewel) as a final destination.

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy in-depth city tours of Cusco and Lima.

  • Trek up to and through Salkantay Pass and take in views of the Vilcabamba mountain range.

  • Enjoy a memorable train ride top the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu.

 

This Journey is Great For: Group Fitness

Itinerary - 9 Days

DAY 1: Lima/Cusco

Upon arrival in Lima, a representative will assist you at the airport to board your flight to Cusco. Once you arrive in Cusco, a vehicle will be waiting to transfer you to the hotel. You will be accompanied by a guide who will give you an introduction to the city.

Casa Andina Private Collection

DAY 2: Cusco

You will start your tour with a visit to the Coricancha, also known as the "Temple of the Sun" (or "Premises of the Gilded One"), the construction of which was ordered by Inca Pachacútec (1438–1471) and was used as base for the construction of the Santo Domingo Convent upon the arrival of the Spaniards. This is when the Sun (Inti, in Quechua) was worshipped during the Inca Empire, and at the time of the Incas its walls were fully covered with gold sheets, and its courtyards were planted with golden corn and life-size llamas. You will then go to the Cathedral, the most important building on the Main Square and one of the most splendid Spanish colonial churches in America, which is shaped as a Latin Cross and houses about 400 colonial paintings from the Cusco art school, and impressive goldsmith, silversmith and precious stones works. Its construction lasted almost a century; it started in 1560 and ended in 1654. The Ecclesiastical Chapter ordered to extract and transport hundreds of stones from the Sacsayhuamán fortress for this purpose. You will then visit said fortress, en emblematic work of the Incas, which protected the Holy City. Conceived and built by Inca Pachacútec in the 15th century, The Sacsayhuamán complex was built with megalithic blocks, the transportation and construction of which continue to be a mystery.

The Inti Raymi Festival, which worships the Sun, is reenacted on June 24 of each year, during the winter solstice. You will then go to Qenqo, located four kilometers away from Cusco City, an archaeological complex mainly used for religious purposes. It is believed that agricultural rituals took place there. You will finally visit the vestiges of Puka Pukara, located seven kilometers away from Cusco. Puka Pukara, which means "red fortress," was an architectural complex presumably used for military purposes. It has many rooms, squares, bathrooms, aqueducts, walls and towers, and it is believed that the Inca’s entourage used it while he rested at Tambomachay.

Casa Andina Private Collection. (B)

 

DAY 3: Inca Trail

After an early breakfast, we pick you up from your hotel and leave the city of Cusco in the morning. On the route, we take a short break in Mollepata before ascending a winding mountain road to a place called Soraypampa (12,690 ft.) Here, we meet our emergency horse and begin the trek toward Salkantay Pass 4,638 m (15,213 ft.). At the pass, we stop to enjoy the views of snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Mountain Range in every direction, with the glaciated south face of Salkantay towering above us where Andean condors can be seen. From the pass, we descend towards Wayracmachay to enjoy our lunch and then continue descending along the left bank of the Salkantay River. Observe the landscape become increasingly green, changing from highland to jungle or cloud forest. Feel the warm air rising from the jungle, accompanied by colorful butterflies and striking orchids, while arriving at the second camp at Andenes (9,481 ft.), a beautiful spot surrounded with vegetation.

Overnight at campsite – double tent (B,L,D)

 

DAY 4: Inca Trail

Today we hike along the Santa Teresa River Valley through more populated rural areas. We pass through banana, granadilla, avocado and coffee. A hot picnic lunch is served along the way. After lunch, we hike for about two hours before a private vehicle meets us for a short drive to the beginning of the Llactapata Inca Trail (about 30 minutes). From the head of the newly restored Inca trail, we easily make our way to the last campsite at Lucmabamba. In the evening we will have a coffee tasting with our host, a local family. Dinner will be served, and then we spend the night in camp.

Overnight at campsite – double tent (B,L,D)

DAY 5: Inca Trail

After breakfast, we will head uphill for two to three hours towards Llactapata Pass (8,974 ft.) and descend to the archaeological complex of the same name. We will enjoy a distant but spectacular view of Machu Picchu Sanctuary from the southeast, a view few travelers get the chance to admire.

Lunch is served in a scenic viewpoint, looking out to Machu Picchu. After that, begin the final descent to the Aobamba River through lush bamboo forests, orchards and coffee plantations. The trek ends at the Hydroelectric Power Station, where we will board the train to Aguas Calientes and spend the night.

El Mapi by Inkaterra (B,L,D)

 

DAY 6: Machu Picchu/Cusco

After an early breakfast, we make our way to the bus station for the ride up to Machu Picchu. The guided tour of the sanctuary lasts two hours and at the end, you shall have free time to explore the place at your leisure, or simply relax and meditate. We will return by bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch and board the train to Ollantaytambo. From this point, a private vehicle will drive us back to Cusco and you will be transferred to your hotel. Your arrival to Cusco will be at approximately 7 or 8 pm.

Casa Andina Private Collection (B,L)

 

DAY 7: Cusco/Lima

After breakfast, your guide will pick you up from the hotel and take you to the airport for your flight to Lima.  A transportation service with a guide will pick you up from the airport at the established time and will transfer you to your hotel. Lima is a modern metropolis full of history which has approximately 10 million inhabitants, and it is going through an exciting process of cultural and economic changes.

Casa Andina Private Collection (B)

 

DAY 8: Lima

Your tour will start in downtown Lima, where you will visit the Main Square, where Lima was first founded as "The City of Kings" in 1535.  There you may see the Presidential Palace, the Archbishop's Palace and the Lima Cathedral. You will then visit the Aliaga House, a viceregal construction delivered by Francisco Pizarro to one of his captains, Jerónimo de Aliaga, when he founded the city. You will then go to Saint Francis' Church, which has an enviable collection of old books and an authentic network of catacombs open to the public. Next, you will go to Pueblo Libre district to visit the Larco Museum, founded by Rafael Larco Hoyle en 1926. The museum, located inside a mansion built on a pre-Columbian pyramid of the 7th century, houses the most complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver artifacts.

Casa Andina Private Collection (B)

DAY 9: Lima/U.S.
Depart for home. (B)

 

Price

Pricing starts at $2,999 per person, double occupancy. 

 

Inclusions

  • Private transfers to/from the airport with an English-speaking representative

  • Six nights of hotel accommodations

  • Two nights of campsite accommodations

  • Daily breakfast and other meals as indicated in the itinerary

  • Private tours with English-speaking guides

  • Round-trip Expedition train

  • Entrance fees (based on current values, subject to change)

 

Solo Travelers

Accommodations are based on double occupancy. If you prefer single accommodations, and if such are available, you can pay a single supplement fee. If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we can assign a roommate of the same gender. If there is no one with whom you can share, a single supplement fee will apply.