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10-Day Peru with the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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Day 1 : Arrive Lima, transfer to your hotel, overnight

Visiting: Lima

Arrive Lima, welcome and assistance to check into your Lima airport hotel. If you arrive in the morning, you may transfer to the city and stay overnight there, or may continue with a flight to Cusco. For early arrivals, optional tours are available to visit modern and colonial Lima. There are also many museums and private collections. Overnight in Lima.

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  • Budget Lodging: Wyndham Lima Airport Hotel at the Lima airport
  • Standard Lodging: Wyndham Lima Airport Hotel at the Lima airport

Day 2 : Fly to Cusco, city tour and nearby ruins, overnight

Visiting: Lima, Cusco

Transfer to the airport (or walk to the terminal) to board your flight to Cusco, center of the Inca world. Meet and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the morning free to acclimatize to the altitude (3,400 meters/11,400 ft.). An afternoon group tour of the city and nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Qenko and Pucapucara will educate you on the history of this astonishing center of the Inca Empire. Overnight Cusco. (The Cusco tour may be the next day, if you would like this day to simply rest and acclimatize.)

  • Meals: B
  • Budget Lodging: Amaru I Hotel or similar in Cusco
  • Standard Lodging: Casa Andina Cusco Plaza Hotel or similar in Cusco

Day 3 : Free day, optional tours

Visiting: Cusco

Free Day in Cusco, with optional tours. The tourist ticket provides several additional sites to visit. Evening meeting with the guide for your trek. Overnight Cusco.

Popular options: river rafting on the Urubamba River, rock climbing and zip lines, mountain biking, hiking to Huchuy Qosqo, or a tour to Maras and Moray.

  • Meals: B
  • Budget Lodging: Amaru I Hotel or similar in Cusco
  • Standard Lodging: Casa Andina Cusco Plaza Hotel or similar in Cusco

Day 4 : Sacred Valley tour (Pisac and Ollantaytambo), overnight

Visiting: Sacred Valley (Pisac and Ollantaytambo)

Departing from Cusco, we will drive through the Sacred Valley where we will spend a full day visiting Pisac market and, in the afternoon, Ollantaytambo village and ruins. Tour is in a group. Lunch at an Andean buffet. Overnight in the Sacred Valley.

  • Meals: BL
  • Budget Lodging: Tunupa Lodge or similar in Ollantaytambo
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel Pakaritampu or similar in Ollantaytambo

Day 5 : Car to km 82, hike to Llaqtapata, camp

Visiting: Inca Trail - set departure

With your guide, you will take a private car to Km 82 on the railway to Machu Picchu. From here, you hike along the Urubamba River stopping at Q'oriwayrakina for lunch. At Km 88, cross the small bridge at Q'ente and hike to the Llaqtapata campsite. If there is time you may take a side trip to visit the archaeological remains of Qente and Machu Qente and the Llaqtapata ruins, the camp is located amidst sublime Inca terracing. (Hiking time: 5-6 hours; Distance: 11 kms).

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Camping

Day 6 : Hike to Llulluchapampa, camp

Visiting: Inca Trail

The Inca Trail winds slowly up the Cusicacha Valley passing houses of settlers to finally reach the Andean community of Huayllabamba. From here the Trail ascends steeply to a large pampa (meadow) below the first pass. At this campsite there is a breathtaking view of Mt. Huayanay. Along the Trail up this narrow hanging valley is a rare Andean cloud forest that harbors the Que'ua tree. (Hiking time: 6 hours; Distance: 9 kms)

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Camping

Day 7 : Hike to Phuyupatamarca, camp

Visiting: Inca Trail

The Trail ascends at 30 degrees as it leaves Llulluchapampa campsite and beyond the treeline arrives at Warmiwanusca Pass (4,200m/13,280ft). The Inca Trail descends to the Pacaymayo River and then climbs slowly past Runkuraqay ruins. Over a low pass to Sayacmarca ("the waiting village") the Inca Trail crosses a causeway on a now-dry lake past a cave and continues along a ridge to Phuyupatamarca ("village on the edge of the clouds"). (Hiking time: 7-8 hrs; Distance: 14 kms)

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Camping

Day 8 : Hike to Machu Picchu, overnight

Visiting: Inca Trail

After continuing along a buttress and passing the Phuyupatamarca ruins, the flagstone trail winds sharply down into the cloud forest to the ruins of Winay Wayna. The recently restored Inca ruins are located below the ridge on the same water course as the previous site. After a two hour walk through a cloud forest the Inca Trail arrives at Machu Picchu and the magnificent citadel, Intipunku ("door of the sun"). Descend to the ruins, walk through them and catch the shuttle bus to Aguas Calientes; walk a short distance to your hotel. Overnight.

  • Meals: BL
  • Budget Lodging: El Presidente Hotel or similar in Aguas Calientes
  • Standard Lodging: Inkaterra's El MaPi Hotel or similar in Aguas Calientes

Day 9 : Tour of Machu Picchu, return to Cusco, overnight

Visiting: Machu Picchu, Cusco

The day is dedicated to exploring Machu Picchu's extraordinary Inca remains with your guide, including an optional climb up Huayna Picchu, the hill overlooking the site. (Tickets for this climb are not included in the pricing and must be purchased prior to your travel to Peru. The time for the climb is 10 a.m.; your tour is before the climb). Lunch included. At mid-afternoon return to Cusco by Expedition train; transfer to your hotel. Overnight Cusco.

  • Meals: BL
  • Budget Lodging: Amaru I Hotel or similar in Cusco
  • Standard Lodging: Casa Andina Cusco Plaza Hotel or similar in Cusco

Day 10 : Transfer to airport for flight to Lima, depart

Visiting: Cusco, Lima

Depending on your departure time, you may have the morning free; then, in time for your flight to Cusco or elsewhere, we provide you with a transfer to the airport. End of services.

  • Meals: B

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