Mountain Excursion

Cusco and Classic Inca Trail

Cusco, Peru

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Spend two days exploring Cusco at your leisure before you embark on your 4 day journey to the lost city of Machu Picchu. This is the classic private four day trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This magnificent hike for travelers who are in condition to hike up to ten hours, with breaks, in a single day. The pace may be daunting for some, but the beauty and history of the area surround the hiker every step of the way. On the last morning you will arrive at Machu Picchu with plenty of time to explore the ruins before returning to Cusco by train. The hike is accompanied by the finest Inca Trail guides (English-speaking), well-paid porters and staff, and includes all meals, transportation and camping equipment.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Cusco Arrival

Upon arrival to Cusco, you will be met at the airport by one of our representatives and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the day at your leisure!

Overnight: Midori Hotel

Day 2 - Cusco

Enjoy the day at your leisure, exploring Cusco. Cusco is a beautiful city with well preserved colonial architecture, evidence of a rich and complex history. The city itself represents the center of indigenous Quechua culture in the Andes, and by merely walking the streets one sees the layers of history. Spanish colonial buildings erected directly atop Inca walls line the square, while the modern tourist nightlife flourishes in their midst. The city is surrounded by a number of ruins, the most impressive being Sacsayhuaman, the site of the 1536 battle in which dozens of Pizarro's men charged uphill to battle the forces of the Inca. Nowadays, Cusco is known for its indigenous population--often seen on the streets in traditional clothing--and its substantial tourist-fueled night life.

Overnight: Midori Hotel (Breakfast Included)

Day 3 - Cusco

Enjoy the day at your leisure, exploring the Inca Ruins in the area. One of our representatives will meet you at your hotel for a pre-trek briefing, ensuring that you are prepared for the Inca Trail!

Overnight: Midori Hotel (Breakfast Included)

Day 4 - Cusco - Inca Trail

A spectacular early morning drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas takes us to our trail-head at Km. 82 of the Machu Picchu railroad. After getting acquainted with our trail crew we set out, crossing a footbridge to hike a gentle two hours down the Urubamba canyon, and then visit imposing sculpted Inca farming terraces and the settlement of Llaqtapata on the banks of the Cusichaca side river. We then climb a short way up the Cusichaca valley to Huayllabamba, the last inhabited village on the trail, where we camp.

Overnight: North Face Tent (All Meals Included)

Day 5 - Inca Trail

We climb the steep-sided Llullucha valley past a rushing stream and through enchanted native polylepis woodland. Crossing the rim of a small plateau, we abruptly find ourselves in the puna, the treeless grasslands of the high Andes. The trail traverses an open slope opposite mighty mountain crags as we ascend to the first and highest pass, Warmiwañusca (4,200m/13,776ft). Here we encounter spectacular views of the trail ahead to the second pass, and look back to the sweeping snow peaks and valleys of the Huayanay massif. The trail to the floor of the forested Pacaymayo valley, where we make camp.

Overnight: North Face Tent (All Meals Included)

Day 6 - Inca Trail

We pick up an Inca stairway and ascend again past the small Inca site of Runkuracay. As we reach the second pass, the landscape opens onto spectacular new views to the snow peaks of the Pumasillo range. We descend to the ruins of Sayacmarca (Inaccessible Town), an intricate labyrinth of houses, plazas and water channels, perched precariously on a rocky spur overlooking the Aobamba valley. The Inca trail, now a massive buttressed structure of granite paving stones, continues along the steep upper fringes of the cloud forest through a colorful riot of orchids, bromeliads, mosses and ferns. At the third pass pinnacles topped with Inca viewing platforms overlook the archaeological complex of Phuyupatamarca. Pausing to explore the wondrous maze of Inca stone towers, fountains and stairways that spill down the mountainside here, we begin a long descent through ever-changing layers of cloud forest. An Inca stairway partly cut from living granite leads us finally to our camp by the ruins of Wiñay Wayna, the largest and most exquisite of the Inca Trail sites.

Overnight: North Face Tent (All Meals Included)

Day 7 - Machu Picchu - Cusco

An early morning hike takes us across a steep mountainside through lush, humid cloud-forest of giant ferns and broad-leaf vegetation. Suddenly we cross the stone threshold of Intipunku (Sun Gate) and encounter an unforgettable sweep of natural beauty and human artistry –a backdrop of twisting gorge and forested peaks framing the magical city of Machu Picchu. We complete the final leg down the royal flagstone walkway, past outlying shrines and buildings and into the heart of Machu Picchu, where we spend the rest of the morning with a guided tour of the highlights and some individual exploring among Machu Picchu’s multitude of hidden nooks and corners. In the early afternoon a bus takes us to the small town of Aguas Calientes, where we board our return train to Cusco.

Overnight: Midori Hotel (Breakfast and Lunch Included)

Day 8 - Machu Picchu - Cusco

In the morning you will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight home.

(Breakfast Included)

Accommodation Information

Midori Hotel

Midori Hotel is strategically located in historic center of Cusco, a few steps from the Incan Museum and one block off the main plaza of the Imperial City. The hotel operates in a large and beautiful colonial house, which has been restored preserving its architectural characteristics and providing a warm and inviting atmosphere for guests. Midori is complete with 24 comfortable and fully equipped rooms, as well as a dining room, lobby, Jacuzzi, and a well-trained and friendly staff.

Location

Region: South America

Address:
Cusco
Peru

Amenities/Activities

Breakfast Breakfast

Day Tours Day Tours

Ecologically Responsible Ecologically Responsible

Hiking Trekking Hiking Trekking

Archeology Indigenous Archeology Indigenous

GBC Staffpick GBC Staffpick

General Information

The price includes:

  • All meals as indicated in itinerary
  • All accommodations as indicated in itinerary
  • Experienced Bilingual Naturalist Guide
  • All tours and transfers as indicated in itinerary
  • For the Inca Trail: Transportation to and from the city of departure, a pre-departure information meeting and valuable Inca Trail map, overnight in new The North Face tents including comfortable sleeping pads, a duffle bag to store your luggage during the trek (please return upon your arrival in Cusco). Inca Trail and Machu Picchu entrance fee and train ticket back to Cusco (Vistadome), meals according to the itinerary and a final lunch in a restaurant before returning to Cusco, bottled water to refill your canteen.

The price excludes:

  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not indicated
  • For the Inca Trail: Meals in the cities, alcoholic beverages, extras, tips, taxes, laundry service, additional tours, insurance and airline tickets (where applicable), hiking boots, sleeping bags, sticks and other personal gear or items.
  • Items of a personal nature, including insurances
  • Visas, passports, vaccinations, medicines
  • Gifts & souvenirs
  • Any optional extra activities
  • Tips
  • Taxes and Fees