Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

7 Days from $2,290 per person


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Trip Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Lima, Peru

Upon arrival to Lima, you will be greeted and driven to your selected hotel. If staying at the Lima airport Costa del Sol Ramada, you will only need to walk out the airport exit and across the street to your evening accommodations.

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Day 2 -- Lima to the Sacred Valley

In the morning, you will just need to walk back across the street to check in for your flight to Cuzco. Your guide will meet you when you arrive to bring you through spectacular scenery to your hotel in the Sacred Valley. On the way, you will visit the town of Pisac and the Inca ruins in perched on the hillside above the valley. Relax in the peaceful surroundings of your country hotel and enjoy the property’s gardens and facilities as you settle in and acclimatize to the altitude.

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Day 3 Private Sacred Valley Tour

The Sacred Valley is a land lost in time. This agricultural region once fed the Inca Empire, and today families farm using ancient techniques. In private transport your guide will take you into this mountain-ringed valley to visit Moray, a circular terraced agricultural site, and the Salinas salt pans. In the afternoon, you'll explore Ollantaytambo with its massive ruins and charming town before returning to your hotel in the Sacred Valley.

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Day 4 - Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

In the morning, you’ll set off on a train to KM104, where you’ll begin hiking along the rail line. You will first approach Chachabamba at 7,380 feet (2,250 meters) and then will gradually ascend for approximately three hours, towards the fascinating archaeological Winay Wayna at 8,690 feet (2,650m). Following lunch, you will continue through the semi-tropical forest towards Intipunku (the Sun Gate), where we will enter and enjoy the first panoramic view of Machu Picchu. Spend the evening relaxing in your hotel, ready to more extensive explorations tomorrow.

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Day 5 - Private Machu Picchu Tour

Uncover the secrets of Machu Picchu during a guided tour of this Incan citadel. You’ll visit the most important parts of the ruins to learn how and why they were constructed. After the tour, you’ll have time to further explore the ruins or sit back and enjoy the magic of Machu Picchu. You can also hike to the top of Huayna Picchu for a bird’s eye view of the ruins. The steep path takes about an hour and a half to ascend. Departing from Machu Picchu town, enjoy a train ride to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival at the train station you will be met and transferred to your Cuzco hotel.

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Day 6 - Private Half Day Cuzco City Tour

During your tour of Cuzco, the capital of the Incan Empire, you’ll visit Sacsayhuaman, an immense Incan complex with impressive stonework; Koricancha, one of the most important Incan temples (the walls were once actually coated in gold!); and Cuzco’s Cathedral where you’ll learn about the Cuzco School of Art.

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Day 7 - International Departure

Enjoy a final morning waking to the Andean sun before meeting your transfer to the Cuzco airport. You’ll fly back to Lima, where you will connect to your international flight home. (Optional recommended excursion) - Depending on the time of your international flight out a private tour of Lima's key sites can be arranged. You will visit the Larco Archaeological Museum, the San Francisco Monastery and its catacombs, Lima's historic colonial squares, and the picturesque waterfront district Miraflores.

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