Theme Style: Original Walking
Conquer ancient pathways on the historic Inca Trail hike
Travel to Peru and retrace the steps of the Inca, Peru’s fascinating ancient civilisation. Follow Inca traditions from Lima to Cuzco, journey through the fertile heartland of the Sacred Valley, see the magnificent Ollantaytambo ruins before embarking on the ultimate adventure – trekking to Machu Picchu. This action-filled Peruvian tour gets you closer to the secrets of this elusive civilisation on a breathtaking adventure along the Inca Trail.
- Learn about local culture on a Sacred Valley tour
- Explore Peru’s mixture of colonial and Inca architecture
- Explore Lima’s historical centre
- Trek the challenging Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Day 1 Lima
The Plaza Mayor, in the heart of Lima’s historic centre, is an excellent base to explore this pulsating capital. Visit the Museo de la Inquisicion for an insight into the Spanish Inquisition, or head to the fascinating catacombs and interesting artworks of monasterio de San Francisco. When the sun goes down, why not search out some of Peru’s intriguing culinary specialities in the eclectic suburb of Miraflores before mixing it with the locals in one of the many buzzing bars.
ACCOM: Hotel – 1
Day 2 Cuzco
Discover the historical sights of Cuzco on a guided walking tour. Learn about the country’s famed coca tea in the city’s fascinating Coca Museum and go for a wander around the colourful stalls of the central market
ACCOM: Hotel – 1
Day 3 Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo
Drive on through the ever-changing landscapes and Quechua-speaking villages of the Sacred Valley to the small town of Ollantaytambo. Perhaps sign up for a guided tour of this ancient Inca stronghold’s cliff-hewn fortresses or scout the street stalls for warm woollens.
ACCOM: Hotel – 1
Days 4-7 Inca Trail/Machu Picchu/Cuzco
Set out on the mighty Inca Trail, which was once a trade highway of the ancient Peruvian empire. Climb over challenging mountain peaks – including the 4,198-m high Warmiwanusca (Dead Woman’s Pass) – and camp out in the evening amid stunning mountain vistas. Ascend the steps to the Sun Gate and watch Machu Picchu appear through the brisk morning mist. Take some time to take it all in and catch your breath before spending the rest of the day uncovering the myths and mysteries of these amazing ruins.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) – 3, Hotel – 1
Day 8 Cuzco
There is still so much to see in this colourful city that it’s worth spending a few more days here. Perhaps divide time between checking out the city’s markets and resting weary legs in one of the many excellent cafes in town.
- Start: Lima, Peru
- Finish: Cuzco, Peru
- Group size: Min 1 , Max 16
- Ages: Min 15
- Meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
- Accommodation: Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nts), Hotel (4 nts)
- Transport: Plane, Private minibus, Train
- Included activities: 4 or 3 days trek and Machu Picchu guided tour, Coca Museum
Notes: A single supplement is available on this trip. On the following nights the single supplement is not available: Days 4-6 Inca Trail Inca Trail permits are sold on request basis only. Once deposit is paid and passport details provided, our company will endeavor to secure a permit for you. If Inca Trail permits are unavailable by the time you book, you can opt to hike the Inca Quarry Trail instead. The Inca Trail closes in February to allow cleaning and restoration works. If the trek portion of your trip starts in February you will be automatically booked to hike the Inca Quarry Trail. Should you choose not to hike at all, please let us know in writing at the time of booking so alternative arrangements can be made. Without this prior warning, local fees may apply. Important information regarding new regulations and booking procedures for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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