The Great Inca Trail & Machu Picchu Expedition

12 Day Tour from $4,990 per person


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Trip Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Lima, Peru

Welcome to Peru! Upon arrival at the Lima airport you will be greeted by a SA representative before walking across the street to your Lima hotel, Costa del Sol.

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Day 2 - Lima to Huaraz

In the morning, you will just need to walk back across the street to check in for your flight to Huaraz, the gateway to the Qhapaq Ñan. Upon arrival in Huaraz, you’ll be met at the airport by your guide and driver and escorted to your Huaraz hotel. After settling in, enjoy an afternoon tour of Huaraz.

Day 3 - The Great Inca Trail – Castillo to Soledad de Tambo

Heading out early from your Huaraz hotel, you will be driven to the small town of Castillo, where you will begin the trek. You will climb three hours along the Inca Trail towards Soledad de Tambo, where you will arrive in time for lunch. This Inca “Tambo” will also be your camp for the evening, allowing you to explore the Inca ruins and speak with the archeologists on site about their exciting new discoveries.

Day 4 - The Great Inca Trail –Soledad de Tambo - Quenuajirca

Departing one Inca Tambo, you will follow a section of the Qhapaq Ñan that reaches fifty feet in width, with stunning views of high Andean peaks. After climbing to the 15,000-foot pass at Wagapunta for most of the morning, you will arrive to camp at Quenuajirca by the afternoon. You will visit the master weaver, Juan Araujo to learn about his work and life on The Great Inca Trail.

Day 5 - The Great Inca Trail – Quenuajirca to Tambo Grande

After descending to the small town of Ayash, you will start your climb to the high Andean puna at Huamanin. The Great Inca Trail then goes along the Taparaco river basin to Tambo Grande. You will camp under a sky that will illuminate the Milky Way and surrounding stars, allowing you to understand how the Inca’s Cosmic vision defined their society and religion.

Day 6 - The Great Inca Trail – Tambo Grande to Isco

Continuing down the Great Inca Trail that runs along the Taparaco river, you will experience one of the most impressive sections of Inca road anywhere in the Empire. It’s a day where nature and Inca engineering turn your walk into a mystical experience that immerses you in an Andean world that very few people ever experience. You will arrive to San Lorenzo de Isco by early afternoon, in time for lunch and afternoon tea.

Day 7 - The Great Inca Trail – Isco to Huanuco Pampa

After arriving at Colpa, where the Taparaco and Vizcarra collide, in the late morning you will climb to Huánuco Pampa. This important Inca administrative center boasts thousands of constructions, an impressive Ushnu and is an excellent example of imperial Inca architecture. After a two-hour tour of the site, you will go by private vehicle back to Huaraz to relax before your departure the following day.

Day 8 - Huaraz to Cuzco

You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the Huaraz airport for your flight to Cuzco (via Lima), the capital city of the former Inca Empire. Upon arrival in Cuzco, you’ll be met at the airport by your guide and driver and escorted to your Cuzco hotel. Cuzco is one of the most charming towns in all of South America, and extremely pedestrian and visitor friendly.

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Day 9 - 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 10 - Private Sacred Valley Tour

Your Sacred Valley tour will include visits to the ancient circular agricultural terraces of Moray, the salt mines at Maras, and the ruins and village of Ollantaytambo. Departing from Ollantaytambo, enjoy a scenic train ride through the Sacred Valley to the town of Machu Picchu where you will stay in your hotel at Aguas Calientes.

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Day 11 - 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 12 - Cuzco to Lima

You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the Cuzco airport for your flight to Lima.

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