Arrive in Lima, welcome and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Lima.
Wake up and enjoy breakfast, then take a private city tour of Lima. After lunch, transfer to the airport for your afternoon flight to Cusco. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Cusco.
Day 3 - Tour Sacsayhuaman, Kenko and Pucapukara Ruins
We will enjoy a private tour of Cusco city and nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Kenko and Pucapukara to learn about the culture and history of this astonishing town. This evening, join your trekking guide for a briefing on the upcoming hike. Dinner at a nice restaurant in Cusco.
Day 4 - Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo Ruins
With our local guide, depart from Cusco driving through Sacred Valley to spend a day visiting the Pisac market and ruins and in the afternoon visit the Ollantaytambo ruins and village. Overnight in Ollantaytambo.
Day 5-9 - Trek to Machu Picchu
Enjoy a private trek: the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Day 5 - Urubambu River Hike
Pick up at hotel and travel by private vehicle to kilometer 82. From here, you hike along the Urubambu River Stopping at Q’oriwayrakina for lunch. At Km 88, cross the small bridge at Q’ente and hike to the Uagtapata campsite. If there is time you make take a side trip to visit the archaeological remains of Qente and Machu Qente and the Llagtapata ruins, the camp is located amidst Inca terracing. (Hiking time: 5-6 hours; Distance 11 Kms). Overnight at Llaqtapata campsite.
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 Quenua tree. (Hiking time: 6 hours; Distance: 9 kms). Overnight at Llulluchapampa campsite.
Day 7 - Llulluchapampa to Phuyupatamarca
The Trail ascends at 30 degrees as it leaves Llulluchapampa campsite and beyond the tree line 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). Overnight at Phuyupatamarca campsite.
Day 8 - Winay Wayna and Machu Picchu
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”). Shuttle to Aquas Calientes, celebration dinner; overnight in Aguas Calientes.
The whole morning is dedicated to exploring these extraordinary Inca remains with your local guide, including the 07:00 a.m. climb up Huayna Picchu, the hill overlooking the site. The tour is after the climb. A mid-afternoon return to Cusco by train; transportation to your hotel; overnight in Cusco.
Free morning. Transfer to airport for your afternoon flight to Lima, depart Lima for home – evening flight