Inca Trail Trek

Overview

A perfect combination of an authetic cultural journey and an exhilerting trek along the Inka Trail.

Savor the ambiance of the Sacred Valley, find yourself surrounded by breathtaking scenery, and begin your exploration of the Inca legacy through their Quechua descendants. Immerse yourself in the spirit of this Inca land. Discover the profoundly elegant simplicity of Andean people and celebrate their customs, cuisine, music and dance. Admire their arts. Delve into their philosophy; understand their history and way of life. Walk their ancient pathways. Enrich your perspective. Confirm human quintessence.

Recommended for a profound unforgettable vacation that enhances the spirit.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Engage in this rare opportunity for authentic social interaction, personal comfort and cultural participation while visiting rural Peru.
  • Experience the Sacred Valley of the Incas stepping back in time, visiting its finest archeological sites, picturesque villages and colorful markets.
  • Savor exquisite Peruvian cuisine.
  • Stay at charming Pisac Inn, situated on the main plaza of Pisac ~ settle into your room in the quaint little town in the Sacred Valley for the duration of your stay. No packing and unpacking.
  • Absorb small town life in the Sacred Valley.
  • Enjoy daily excursions with in depth, educational explanations.
  • Visit a traditional community and participate in their communal workday ~ a cultural exchange that deepens the appreciation of Quechua history and social life.
  • Hike the famous Inka Trail, and marvel at Machu Picchu, one of the 7 wonders of the world.
  • Explore Cusco, capital of the vast Inca State, navel of the ancestral world.
  • Join in our commitment in the diffusion, protection and celebration of the endangered Andean traditions and cultural heritage. Traveling with PCJ directly supports this cultural work.
  • Enrich your life. Expand your horizons.

The Sacred Valley of the Incas surrounded by magnificent mountain Apus, extended fields replete with crops and the stunning Wilkamayu river running through this fertile valley’s heart. Where sacred corn grows and iridescent hummingbirds emanate their joy. Pisac offers a pleasant climate and the enchantment of a colorful small town with cobblestone streets and friendly faces. The Andes… snow peaks soaring in the distance over charming communities, Inca sites, and quaint village markets. Delve into this journey full of pre-Columbian reflections. Pristine nature. Blossoming fuchsia and kantu flowers that entice. A profound heritage wrapped in layers of colorfully elegant wisdom and contemporary sophistication. The inspiration of authentic Peruvian hospitality.

Itinerary

Day one

Morning flight to Cusco – the navel of the world – and land in the heart of the Andes. You will be greeted at the Cusco airport by your personal guide to begin your eclusive journey. Enjoy a spectaular 45 minute scenic drive to the Sacred Valley. Arrive to Pisac with lower altitue and small town charm. Settle into your lovely room at Pisac Inn, meet the lovely staff and enjoy a cup of coca tea to help you acclimate. After your first in a series of delicious meals spun into a select set menu so you may explore the diversity and richness of Peruvian Cuisine, take the afternoon to rest, acclimate and explore the cobblestone streets of Pisac on your own. Gather for an early evening orientation with a welcoming Pisco Sour followed by a fireside dinner.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: L, D

Day Two

In preparation for the Inka Trail, hike up to Pisac archeological site where the staggering agricultural terrace work is among the most extensive in the area, following the shape of the mountainsides in entrancing concave and convex forms. The central astronomic and ceremonial area is widely acclaimed as some of the finest stonework, comparable to that of Machu Picchu. You will be captivated by the introduction to Andean astronomy and sacred geometry, the foundation of Andean culture that will be expanded on each day of your journey. This expansive site provides an ideal setting for a picnic lunch with magnificent vistas up and down the valley. Embark upon a breathtaking walk down to Pisac and enjoy an afternoon at leisure at Pisac’s colorful Traditional Indian Market. Admire the beautiful faces and calm excitement that transforms Pisac, and don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to buy woven goods, sweaters and jewelry. Dinner followed by festive traditional music and dance with Wiñay Taki Ayllu, a local group of musicians, artists and visionaries who have dedicated their lives to preserving their Andean culture.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: B, L, D

Day Three

Delight in a 45-minute drive into the majestic high Andes and walk through the patchwork fields replete with potatoes, fava beans and corn to the traditional highland community of Amaru, where a genuinely authentic way of life is still practiced to this day. You will be welcomed with an endearing sweetness rarely felt in this day and age by this community that is consciously preserving and practicing their ancestral heritage. Through participation in a communal workday a beautiful cultural exchange unravels as you experience this incredible opportunity to step back in time and appreciate a quality of life with an admirable simplicity that is strikingly moving and profound. Enjoy a traditional lunch prepared with their prized agrarian products as the women begin to spin their naturally dyed wool. Others meditatively set up their back strap looms to share their ancestral weaving skills with us. This wonderful opportunity to purchase textiles directly from the weavers is not to be missed. Upon return to Pisac Inn enjoy a few free hours to rest and contemplate, or indulge in an herbal bath and massage at Unucha Spa before dinner.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: B, L, D

Day Four Inca Trail

Begin your day with a nutritious breakfast of rainforest fruits and Andean grains to start a breathtaking one-hour drive through the heart of the Sacred Valley to the Inca town Ollantaytambo. Begin Inca Trail.

Day Five Inca Trail

Day Six Inca Trail

Day Seven Inca Trail

Upon arrival to Machu Picchu, participate in a guided tour of the most important sectors followed by a picnic lunch surrounded by natural beauty and ancient ruins. Spend a few hours to sit and reflect on your own. Take bus down to Aguas Calientes where you will spend the night.

Hotel: Hotel: La Cabana Boutique Hotel Meals: B, L (dinner not included)

Day Eight

Take the morning train to Ollanaytambo, and visit Ollantaytambo’s magnificent archeological site, learn about the Llama constellation and explore the town that was built in the shape of a corncob. After a special lunch out in Urubamba, return to Pisac.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals included: B, D (lunch not included)

Day Nine

After breakfast enjoy a leisurely 30-minute scenic drive to explore pre-Columbian sites outside of Cusco including the sacred spring of Tambomachay, the lunar and solar observatories of Kenko, and megalithic Sacsayhuaman. Enjoy lunch at one of Cusco’s fine restaurants, or a local spot recommended by your guide. Spend a relaxing afternoon strolling through the streets of Cusco, admirimng the Inca walls, visit the Plaza de Armas and the main pre-Colombian Inca Temple, Coricancha. Enjoy a dinner out in Cusco.

Hotel: Cusco

Day ten

Early breakfast before leaving for the Cusco airport. Meals: B

*The order of your itinerary will change depending on the day you arrive.