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The Inca Trail

Combine the cultural highlights of Cuzco and the Sacred Valley with the challenge of one of the world’s best-known hiking trails. The four-day hike rewards with a stunning combination of the region’s ruins, mountainscapes and cloud forests. Porters run on ahead to set up camp each night, leaving you to carry only your daypack and free to enjoy the beauty all around. At the end of the Inca Trail, climb the steps to the Sun Gate, to catch the first glimpse of Machu Picchu through the rising morning mist. Finally head back to Cuzco where you can push your adrenaline to the max with optional biking, rafting or horse riding trips.

Latin America

Duration: 7 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Hiking, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Trekking Physical rating: 4 - Demanding
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 126630
Starts: Cusco, Peru Finishes: Cusco, Peru
You will visit
  • Cusco
  • Cusco

Itinerary

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Day 1: Cusco

Arrive at any time.

Additional Notes:
Please note: hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Peru (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Cusco/Ollantaytambo (1B, 1L)

Travel through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op. Meet the women and learn about traditional weaving and dyeing. Opt to pick up some handmade souvenirs and textiles directly from the women who made them.

Take a guided tour of the impressive Pisac ruins, the colourful artisan market (on market days only), and the small indigenous village of Huchuy Qosco. Have lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant. Learn about the G Adventures for Good project and eat a delicious buffet-style lunch. Proceeds of this meal go directly back to the remote community.

Continue on to the town of Ollantaytambo. Take a guided tour of the large ruin site adjacent to the town. Ollantaytambo is the first taste of what lies ahead in Machu Picchu.

Included Activities:
Ccaccaccollo Community and Planeterra-Sponsored Women's Weaving Co-op visit
Pisac Ruins Guided Tour
Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley
Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour

Transport:
Make stops along the way as you pass through this gorgeous valley – the elevation descends the whole way.
Private Vehicle (95km)

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Day 3: Ollantaytambo/Wayllabamba Camp (1B, 1L, 1D)

Trek through beautiful scenery, with a variety of flora that changes with the seasons, passing several smaller ruin sites like Llactapata.

Additional Notes:
A crew of local porters, cooks, and guides will take care of all the details for the duration of the hike. Porters carry the majority of the gear so you'll only need to carry a small daypack with water, rain gear, snacks, a camera, etc.

Included Activities:
Hike Inca Trail

Transport:
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))

04

Day 4: Wayllabamba Camp/Paqaymayo Camp (1B, 1L, 1D)

Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman's Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax.

Included Activities:
Hike Inca Trail

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Day 5: Paqaymayo Camp/Wiñaywayna (1B, 1L, 1D)

Cross two more passes and ruins along the way. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through cloud forest on the gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m (12,136 ft). On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley.

At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "town above the clouds." Camp here or go another 1.5 hrs to the Wiñay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).

Included Activities:
Hike Inca Trail

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Day 6: Wiñaywayna/Cusco (1B)

The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Wake up around 03:30 and walk to the checkpoint. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the site and free time to explore. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows.

Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet the CEO and any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.

Included Activities:
Hike Inca Trail
Machu Picchu Guided Tour

Transport:
Train (1.50 hour(s), 118km)
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))

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Day 7: Cusco (1B)

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins guided tour with visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving project and lunch at the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village (full-day)
    • Inca Trail guided hike with cooks and porters (4-day)
    • G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Inca Trail
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (3 nts), camping (3 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Train, van, hiking
    Group Leader
    • G Representative in Cusco, specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore ruins in the Sacred Valley
  • Learn about traditional ways of life and visit local markets
  • Conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.