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Inka Trail Trek ~ 9 days / 8 nights

The Sacred Valley, Cusco, Inca Trail & Machu Picchu

This beautifully woven combination of an authentic cultural journey with classic destinations, cuisine, special events and an exhilarating trek along the Inca Trail offers the opportunity to experience and authentically engage in a cultured Indigenous point-of-view.

Walk the ancient Incan pathway to Machu Picchu along the Inca Trail and experience varied altitudes and weather, with beautifully contrasting landscapes full of diverse flora and fauna amidst remarkable archeological sites. This is the only path that goes through the Sun Gate to see Machu Picchu for the first time.

Savor the ambiance of the Sacred Valley, find yourself surrounded by breathtaking scenery and begin your exploration of the Inca legacy through our Quechua descendants. Visit ancient sites, colorful markets, and partake in an ancient living culture rooted in agriculture. Immerse yourself in the spirit of this Inca land. Discover the profoundly elegant simplicity of Andean people and celebrate our customs, cuisine, music and dance. Admire our arts. Delve into our philosophy; understand our history and way of life.

Walk our ancient pathways. Enrich your perspective. Confirm human quintessence.

Recommended for a profound unforgettable cultural immersion that enhances the spirit.

Sacred Valley Highlights

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 rooted in ancient agriculture.
  • 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 stories and explanations by local native guides with our indigenous voice.
  • Visit a traditional community and participate in their communal workday for a cultural exchange that deepens the appreciation of Quechua history and social life.
  • Walk the ancient pathways hiking the famous Inca 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 preservation, protection and celebration of endangered Andean traditions and cultural heritage. Traveling with us directly supports sustainable tourism.
  • 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.

Inka Trail Trek Sample Itinerary

Day one / Saturday

Arrival Sacred Valley

This beautifully woven combination of an authentic cultural journey with classic destinations, cuisine, special events and an exhilarating trek along the Inca Trail offers the opportunity to experience and authentically engage in a cultured Indigenous point-of-view.

Walk the ancient Incan pathway to Machu Picchu along the Inca Trail. Experience varied altitudes and weather, with beautifully contrasting landscapes full of diverse flora and fauna amidst remarkable archeological sites. This is the only path that goes through the Sun Gate to see Machu Picchu for the first time.

Take a spectacular morning flight to Cusco, “the navel of the world”, land in the heart of the Andes and be greeted at the Cusco airport to begin your exclusive journey. Enjoy a stunning 45-minute scenic drive to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Revel in the striking beauty of the snow topped peaks, mountainsides delineated by Inca terraces, and fields that cover the valley floor. Arrive to Pisac with lower altitude and small town charm. Settle into your room at Pisac Inn and enjoy a cup of coca tea to help you acclimate. Savor your first in a series of delicious meals spun into a select set menu prepared by the Inn’s Restaurant, Cuchara de Palo so you may explore the diversity and richness of our Peruvian Cuisine, rooted in our ancient agrarian heritage. Take the afternoon to rest or explore the cobblestone streets of Pisac on your own.

Gather for an orientation reception with a welcoming Pisco Sour followed by a fireside dinner.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: L, D

Sacred Valley Highlights


Day Two / Sunday

Pisac Archeological Site & Market

In preparation for the Inca Trail, hike to the 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. 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. The central astronomic and ceremonial area is widely acclaimed as some of the finest stonework, comparable to that of Machu Picchu. 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 the afternoon exploring Pisac’s colorful Traditional Indian Market. Visit the traditional food section where locals buy and trade their produce and admire the beautiful faces and calm excitement that transforms Pisac. This is a wonderful opportunity to buy gifts to take home with you.

Dinner followed by festive traditional music and dance with Wiñay Taki Ayllu, a local group of musicians, artists and visionaries dedicating their lives to preserving their Andean culture. This remarkable presentation follows the Andean Agrarian Ritual calendar.  Enjoy this evening full of music, dance, in depth explanations, the sharing of stories; and connect to the natural cosmic cycles of the Andes.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: B, Picnic, D

Pisac Archeological Site & Wiñay Taki Highlights


Day three / Monday

Community of Amaru

Delight in a 45-minute drive into the majestic high Andes and hike 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. Hike back to the car to return to Pisac and enjoy a quite evening with dinner.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: B, L, D

Amaru Community Highlights


Day four / Tuesday

Inca Trail Km 82

Early morning drive through the Sacred Valley to Km. 82 where the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu begins. Meet the outfitters who will accompany you, including your guide, porters and cooks. After going through the control of entrance fees, the porters and cook will be controlled with all their licenses and permits, and you begin your trek! This is the lowest altitude of the trek. This day you will walk to Huayllabamba close an ancient Inca citadel.

Camping Meals: B, L, D


Day five / Wednesday

Inca Trail Pacamayo

After breakfast, begin to climb the first pass, Warmiwausca (4,200 m. alt.) where there is a spectacular view of the valley below. At this pass we move from the dry puna ecology to elf forest, the highest of the tropical forest types where gnarled trees grow to two meters amid frog and low clouds; this is the habitat of orchids, Polilepis Incana (National Peruvian tree) and mammals like the Puma and Andean Bear. You will camp along the river Pacamayo at the bottom of the pass.

Camping Meals: B, L, D


Day six / Thursday

Inca Trail Wiñayhuayna

After breakfast hike up towards Runku Rakay and traverse the second Higg pass of the same name at 3,800 msnm. Then descend to Sayamarca, which is an important archaeological complex, and have lunch there. Walk down hundreds of steps, and spend the third and final night near the ruins of Wiñayhuayna, which means the City above the Clouds.

Camping Meals: B, L, D


Day seven / Friday

Inca Trail & Machu Picchu

Rise very early to watch the sunrise from Inti Punku (Sun Gate) for the first breathtaking view of magnificent Machu Picchu, renown as a wonder of the world. Isolated among mountain peaks, this awe-inspiring site carries sacred mathematical and scientific wisdom yet to be fully discovered. Explore the important sectors full of astronomic explanations, and revel in the beautiful natural setting and ancient ruins. Take the bus down to Aguas Calientes, train to Ollantaytambo and drive back to Pisac.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: B (lunch and dinner not included)

Machu Picchu Highlights


Day eight / Saturday

Cusco Archeological Sites & City

After breakfast enjoy a 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. Hike through these sites, before enjoying lunch at one of Cusco’s fine restaurant recommended by your guide. Visit the main pre-Colombian Inca Temple, Coricancha. Spend the afternoon strolling through the streets of Cusco on your own, admire the Inca walls, and visit the Plaza de Armas. Enjoy your last dinner our in Cusco on your own.

Hotel: Cusco Plaza Meals: B (lunch and dinner not included)

Cusco City and Archaeological Highlights


Day nine / Sunday

Departure
Transfer to airport after breakfast.

Meals: B

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

Useful Information

Useful Information

Destinations: The Sacred Valley, Cusco, Inca Trail & Machu Picchu

Description: High altitude, mountainous terrain with hiking & trekking

Altitudes: Cusco 11,200 ft, Pisac 10,000 ft, Machu Picchu 7,500 ft, Amaru 10,500 ft

Length: 9 days / 8 nights

Difficulty: Intermediate

Category: Boutique (3 star level)

Journey Series: Trekking Series

Available: Small group or private

Season: All year (Trekking is not recommended in rainy season, January & February)

Pace: Moderate, with time for relaxation

Interests: Hiking & trekking, Cultural & Culinary, Andean heritage & worldview, Sacred geometry, astronomy & agronomy

Dates: We specialize in weaving dream journeys with our guests; therefore we do not have set dates unless it is an organized Special Interest small group. Please contact us directly to check availability and coordinate dates.

Accommodations: This trip is based out of Pisac Inn on the historic plaza of the small town of Pisac in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Small and comfortable, our boutique hotel is charming, full of artistic details that celebrate our local Andean heritage. Settle into your room for the duration of your stay, no packing and unpacking allows you to create a personal relationship to the land and the people.

A hotel upgrade is possible for part of the trip.

Meals: This trip includes meals with exclusive daily set menus that are creatively designed and prepared by our chef at the hotel’s restaurant, Cuchara de Palo, The Wooden Spoon. We use the finest local products with the clear intention of exploring the richness of Peruvian cuisine, while celebrating the diversity of legendary and nutritious ingredients that are fresh, organic and native of Peru.

Sitting down for a lovely meal, including a soup or salad, main course, dessert and beverage, is one of our trip highlights, with no dish repeated. We love food, and invite you to savor Peru’s culinary explosion.

Vegetarian and special diet menu’s are available.
Beer, wine and cocktails are available, but are not included in price.
The few meals not included in your program will be eaten out at restaurants recommended by your guide.

Unucha Spa Treatments: Upon return to Pisac Inn after your daily excursions, you can spend the afternoon relaxing, exploring the market, or enjoy a treatment at our Spa before dinner. The treatments are inspired by the ancestral legacy of our pre-Columbian healing tradition. We recommend the herbal bath and massage combo. Reservations are required; space is limited and treatments are not included. Please make appointments ahead of time for any afternoon.

Peru Cultural Journeys: Please see our Sustainability Section to learn more about our vision, our commitment to socially and environmentally responsible tourism, our cultural projects, and our recent international certifications with TourCert and AENOR.

Extensions: Add on extensions if you want to explore more areas of Peru.

Travel Information: Click here for information on flights, passport, visa, & immunizations.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): Please see our FAQ section for more information.

Once you book the trip and make a down payment, we will send you a complete Travel Pack with detailed information, including reading and packing lists.

Prices

  • Starting from $2,150 US dollars per person for a minimum of 6 passengers
  • Pricing according to number of travelers and time of year
  • Private and customized prices upon request

INCLUDED:

  • Airport transfers and all ground transportation upon arrival to Cusco airport in a private tourist level vehicle
  • Private, specialized, professional, English speaking native guides on excursions and during special events
  • Entrance fees to all historical sites on daily excursions
  • Cultural events with local Andean specialists
  • Fresh, organic meals celebrating Peruvian cuisine in special set menus as on program
  • Charming accommodations at Pisac Inn 4 nights, standard double occupancy
  • Optional visit to our social projects; the Kusi Kawsay Andean School & Kusi Ñan Organic Farm, exceptional educational projects that honor Andean tradition with elements of Waldorf pedagogy; day of visit to be determined depending on final itinerary.
  • Visit the Apu Runawana in the traditional community of Amaru
  • Inca Trail Trek 4D/3N with local, licensed outfitter and guide (see details below)
  • Camping 3 nights, standard double occupancy
  • Overnight in Cusco 1 night, standard double occupancy

Not Included: Airfare, travel insurance, personal expenses, special events not included in program, spa treatments, any tips or donations, meals eaten out as indicated on program, and any snacks or beverages not included at mealtime.

INCA TRAIL TREK
INCLUDED:

  • Professional English/Spanish speaking guide
  • Entrance fees for the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu, return bus & train to Ollantaytambo
  • Double Occupancy tents
  • Camping Equipment: Bathroom tent, kitchen tent, dining tent, chairs, tables and comfortable mattresses
  • Cook
  • Porters to carry food, tents, and cooking gear, our porters not carry the personal belongings of the clients, if you want a personal porter, the additional cost is US$ 125 per porter (each porter can carry 12 kilos)
  • Coffee breaks in the afternoons
  • All meals
  • First aid kit / Oxygen

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Porters to carry the personal belongings of the passengers
  • Entrance to hot springs

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:

  • Personal Sleeping Bag
  • Backpack and Daypack
  • Hiking shoes or boots
  • Raincoat or poncho
  • Trekking poles if required
  • Water bottle (that can hold hot & cold water) , flashlight, hat, sun block, sunglasses
  • Warm clothes, light clothes, 4 pairs of socks
  • Snacks; energy bars, chocolate, dried fruit, nuts, trail mix
  • Insect repellent, tissue, hand wipes
  • Personal medications
  • Camera + Film/Video camera
  • The cost of our tour is in U.S. dollars per person.
  • Our small group sizes are minimum 6 & maximum 12 passengers, and private groups can be any size, and will be priced accordingly.
  • Prices per person are based on double occupancy – a single room has an additional cost, upon availability.
  • You can customize your trip with hotel upgrades; add on special events, and extensions.
  • Taxes may apply.
  • Programs and prices are subject to change and availability, and may not be applicable on some dates and holiday seasons.