8 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Tour
Tackle the legendary Inca Trail for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to approach Machu Picchu through breathtaking mountain scenery, as the Incas themselves did many centuries ago. The classic four-day Inca Trail trek involves visits to all the trail’s famous sites, including the ruins at Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca and Wiñay Wayna. Your equipment will be carried by experienced porters and you will sleep in tented luxury as you make your way to your ultimate destination of Machu Picchu, which you will view at sunrise through the Sun Gate.
This fully customizable, private tour can be crafted by a Destination Expert to match the vacation of your dreams. From the moment you contact us, until the day you return home, we cater to your every whim.
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- A free day in Cuzco to acclimatize to the altitude (and explore this fascinating city) before the start of the trail.
- A guided tour of Cuzco, with visits to Koricancha, one of the most important Incan temples, and Cuzco's Cathedral where you'll learn about the Cuzco School of Art.
- Camp in ultimate comfort and warmth, with quality sleeping bags and Therm-a-Rest sleeping mats in your spacious two-man tent. Porters will carry your kit, and you'll even have the use of a private tented bathroom in the campsite.
- Trekking to the fascinating ruins of Llactapata and to the campsite of Wayllabamba.
- A feeling of tremendous accomplishment as you make it through the most challenging portion of the trail, Dead Woman’s Pass, before camping at Pacamayo.
- Ascending the Runkurakay Pass to see the ruins of Runkurakay and Sayacmarca.
- Lunch at the important archaeological site of Phuyupatamarca.
- A guided tour of the Wiñay Wayna ruins, where you will camp for the night.
- The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enjoy sunrise over Machu Picchu, from the Sun Gate.
- A two-hour guided tour of the Machu Picchu ruins, with free time to explore at your leisure.
- A scenic train ride through the Sacred Valley, back to Cuzco.
- International departure time allowing, a tour of Lima’s key sites – the San Francisco Monastery and catacombs, the city’s historical colonial squares and the picturesque waterfront district of Miraflores.
Trip At A Glance
- Day 1 – Arrival in Lima, and a night spent in a luxury hotel over the road from the airport to minimize transit times.
- Day 2 – A day to acclimatize to the altitude in Cuzco – with the opportunity to explore, eat and shop to your heart’s content.
- Day 3 – A guided tour of Cuzco, with stops at the Incan sites of Sacsayhuaman and Koricancha, and Cuzco’s Cathedral.
- Day 4 – Depart early for Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, then trek to the Llactapata ruins, and camp at Wayllabamba.
- Day 5 – Ascend the challenging but rewarding Dead Woman’s Pass, take in breathtaking views, then camp at Pacamayo.
- Day 6 – Descend to the Runkurakay Pass, enjoy a guided tour of the Runkurakay and Sayacmarca Ruins, then camp at Wiñay Wayna.
- Day 7 – Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime sunrise over Machu Picchu, take a tour of the ruins, then catch a scenic train ride back to Cuzco.
- Day 8 – Head back to Lima, and, time allowing, take a guided tour of the capital city’s key sites.
Day 1 - Arrival in Lima, Peru
Upon arrival in Lima, you will be greeted and driven to your selected hotel. If you are 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’s accommodations.
Day 2 - Lima to Cuzco
Travelling from Lima to Cuzco, you will have ascended from sea level to 11,500 feet, so the first day you will be free to relax and acclimatize to the altitude. If you're feeling up to it, the city center is pedestrian-friendly and makes for a great stroll. We’d love to recommend the city's best options for dining and shopping, depending on your preferences and interests.
Day 3 - 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 mind-bogglingly precise 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.
Day 4 - Cuzco to Wayllabamba
Today you will head out early from your Cuzco hotel, to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, and continue another hour to the start of the trail at Km 82. Your Inca Trail adventure begins here. After trekking for about three hours, you will arrive at the terraced Llactapata ruins. Then, you’ll continue through a lush valley before arriving at the evening campsite of Wayllabamba.
Day 5 - Wayllabamba to Pacaymayo
Today is the most challenging portion of the trail, as you climb three hours to Warmiwañusca, known as Dead Woman's Pass, at 13,780 feet. From the top you'll be able to take in breakthaking views of the surrounding valleys and enjoy a tremendous sense of accomplishment. Descending, you’ll arrive at the campsite of Pacaymayo.
Day 6 - Pacaymayo to Wiñay Wayna
After ascending to the Runkurakay pass at 13,123 feet, you will receive a guided tour of the fascinating ruins at Runkurakay and Sayacmarca. Lunch will be served at Phuyupatamarca, another important archaeological site, and the trek will continue to Wiñay Wayna, where you will receive a guided tour of the ruins and make camp for the evening.
Day 7 - Machu Picchu to Cuzco
Rising early to make it for sunrise over Machu Picchu, you will hike for about an hour to reach the "Sun Gate", where you will get your first view of Machu Picchu. After descending into the ruins, you will enjoy a two-hour guided tour of the Lost City of the Incas. You’ll have the afternoon free to continue to explore the ruins at your leisure before heading back by scenic train ride to Cuzco.
Day 8 - International Departure
You will be collected from your hotel and driven to the Cuzco airport for your flight to Lima. (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.
Pricing includes everything from your international arrival to your departure, with the exception of flights and a few lunches and dinners. Our specialty is private, customizable travel experiences.
8 Day Tour from $2,990 (Private Trek) / from $1,990 per person (Small Group Trek)
- 4 nights in our preferred properties hand selected for comfort, convenience and quality
- Privately guided tours with your own personal guide and driver (outside Inca Trail)
- All private airport transfers with English speaking assistance (outside Inca Trail)
- 3 nights on guided small-group Inca Trail Trek
- All camping gear and nutritious meals, snacks and water
- Upgraded thermarest sleeping mats & sleeping bags
- Private portable bathroom to supplement camp-site restrooms
- Porter assistance to carry up your personal belongings
- Return Vistadome train to Machu Picchu Pueblo
- All required entrance fees
- All breakfasts
- 24hr support
- All taxes
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