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Inca Trail Peru 12 Days

Inca Trail Peru is a magical combination of history, culture, adventure and ancient architecture; that blends all the sightseeing tour in the three most picturesque regions of Peru: Cusco, Puno and Arequipa. The Inca Trail Peru contains the best itinerary that includes the major attractions of Peru; like the the city of Cusco itself; the Sacred Valley of the Incas; Machu Picchu; the islands of the Lake Titicaca; and the  Colca canyon considered the deepest of the word. This Inca Trail Peru also includes drive through the south of Peru to admire the beauty that lies in the rocky peaks of the towering mountains.

Our Inca Trail Peru begins in the city of Cusco where you can arrive at any time; on the first day, there is not planet activities; then we’ll travel buy tourist bus through the Sacred Valley of the Incas; where we’ll visit the Inca ruins and traditional market  of the town of Pisac. The Sacred Valley tour will end at the picturesque town of Ollantaytambo.

The next day, we’ll start to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu all included, the porters will carry the majority of the things; you’ll carry only your daypack with camera, snacks and enjoy the mountain scenery. After we explore Machu Picchu  the tour continues toward the Lake Titicac; where we’ll visit the Island of Uros, Takile and Amantani; here you’ll observe unique tradition and customs; then, we’ll head to see the deepest canyon of the word: the Colca Canyon in the region of Arequipa.

Inca Trail Peru

Inca Trail Peru trip begins in the city of Cusco, then continues to the islands of the Lake Titicaca and ends exploring the deepest canyon: The Colca canyon.

Overview

12-day Inca Trail Peru is a great trip that shows you the most attractive parts of South America. You will travel through the high Andes of Peru visiting the enchanting sites of Cusco; the Sacred Valley of the Incas; hike the ancient trail to Machu Picchu; then, you will visit the local families in the Lake Titicaca before you go to see the Colca Canyon.

This wonderful tour of Inca Trail Peru is not just about mountains and Inca Temples; the beauty that lies in the Lake Titicaca is fascinating. The tranquility and serenity that it possesses is beyond any words of description. Peru is a land of heavenly beauty. The snow-capped mountains, lush hills, forests, rivers, valleys and its long treasured architecture are the assets that make Peru so special. As you walk by the streets of the Incas, you will find the influence of unique and unadulterated Inca culture.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES:

  • Cusco city
  • Guided sacred Valley Tour (Pisaq, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo) – Cusco.
  • Escorted Inca trail to Machu Picchu – Cusco.
  • Guided Machu Picchu tour – Cusco
  • Free time within Machu Picchu
  • Lake Titicaca Tour (Uros, Takile and Amantani) – Puno.
  • Colca Canyon Tour (Chivay and “Cruz del condor”) – Arequipa.

TOUR FACTS AND FEATURES

TOUR TIMING12 days and 11 nights.
STARTING POINTCusco Airport.
ENDING POINTArequipa Hotel.
TYPE OF TOURTrekking and Cultural.
TRANSPORTBus, train, trekking and motor boat
DIFFICULTY:Does involve some narrow trails, so sturdy footwear is required to help you enjoy it fully.
TRAIN OPTIONS: Expedition Option: This is the cheapest, but still a very comfortable way of getting to Machu Picchu.
VISTADOME OPTIONVistadome train is faster, has snack-service, bigger windows and is generally a more comfortable experience; if you prefer this service, please the let us know at the booking time (Extra US$30pp).
HOTEL OPTIONSWe use 3-star hotels if you would like higher level, please let us know.
MY OWN ROOM:If you are a single traveler and would prefer to have your own single room throughout this trip, please be sure to advise us during the online booking process (Extra US$ 25 per person and per night).
ALTITUDE ON THE INCA TRAILFrom 2,750 m to 4,200 m
TEMPERATURES:From minus 4ºC to 28ºC

BRIEF ITINERARY

Day 1: Cusco

  • Arrival to Cusco at any time; today, there is a not planet activity.
  • Our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the designated hotel.
  • Enjoy the city; optionally you can do the guided city tour from 01:30 p.m to 06:30 p.m.

DAY 2: Sacred Valley Tour

  • The tour begins at 08:30 a.m.
  • After breakfast, we’ll travel in our tourist bus to the town of Pisac where the Sacred Valley starts.
  •  Visit the Inca ruins of Pisac and the Inca Fortress of Ollantaytambo.
  • Visit the traditional market of Pisac.
  • Overnight in the picturesque town of Ollantaytambo.

DAY 3-4-5-6: Inca Trail

  • Breakfast in the hotel.
  • One-hour travel by bus to Pisqhakucho known as the km 82.
  • Hike 45km through the Andes and the cloud forest.
  • Visit the Inca ruins along the trail.
  • The last day of the Inca trail we’ll begin very early to arrive in time for the sunrise over Machu Picchu.

NOTE: The passengers who are not able or interested in the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu for spending 2 days in Cusco, and then you’ll travel by train to the town of “Aguas Calientes”, and the next morning, you take the bus to Machu Picchu entrance and join the group for Machu Picchu tour. If you decide to do not make the trek, we need to know prior to your departure in order to obtain train tickets.

Day 7: Puno

  • Breakfast in the hotel.
  • At 07:30 a.m, we’ll take the tourist bus to Puno.
  • Along the route, we’ll visit important places like: Andahuaylillas, Raqchi, la raya, pucara, etc.
  • Arrival to Puno at 04:30 p.m approx.  and transfer to the designated hotel.

Day 8 – 9: Arequipa

  • Breakfast in the hotel.
  • At 07:30 a.m. We’ll head to the port.
  • Travel by motorized canoe through the Titicaca Lake.
  • Visit Uros, takile and Amantani Island.
  • Overnight at Amantani Island where the local families have conditioned lodges.
  • In the evening, we’ll take a bus to Arequipa.
  • Transfer to the designated hotel.

Days 10 – 11: Colca Canyon

  • The tour begins at 09:00 a.m
  • We’ll take our tourist bus and travel to Chivay; a small village located at the beginning of the “Valle de Volcanes”.
  • Enjoy the Natural hot springs.
  • Visit the deepest part of the Canyon.
  • See the Condors overflying the canyon.
  • Return to Arequipa.

Day 12: Departure from Arequipa

  • We’ll leave Arequipa at any time.

Detailed Itenerary

DAY TO DAY ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival to Cusco

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The city of Cusco – Inca Trail Peru

“Inca Trail Peru” starts once you arrive to Cusco; arrive here at any time; however, we must know your fly details for the reception; we will meet you at the airport and transfer to the designated hotel where you will a briefing about Cusco and complete review of your tour itinerary. Enjoy the city (optional city tour in the afternoon from 01:30 p.m to 06:30 p.m).

The City of Cusco is located at 3,400 m above sea level, in a fertile alluvial valley fed by several rivers in the heart of the Central Peruvian Andes of South America. Under the rule of Inca Pachacutek (Tito Cusi Inca Yupanqui), in the 15th century, the city was redesigned and remodeled after a pre-Inca occupation process of over 3,000 years, and became the capital of the Tahuantinsuyo Inca Empire, which covered much of the South American Andes between the 15th and 16th centuries AD.

The Imperial city of the Incas was developed as a complex urban centre with distinct religious and administrative functions which were perfectly defined, distributed and organized. The religious and government buildings were accompanied by the exclusive abodes for royal families, forming an unprecedented symbolic urban compound, which shows a stone construction technology with exceptional aesthetic and structural properties, such as the Temple of the Sun or Qoricancha, the Aqllahuasi, the Sunturcancha, the Kusicancha and a series of very finely finished buildings that shape the Inca compound as an indivisible unity of Inca urbanism.

DAY 2: Sacred Valley of the Incas

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The Sacred valley of the Incas – Inca Trail Peru

Today the tour begins at 08:30 a.m once we’ll pick you up from the hotel and travel toward through the Andes toward the Sacred Valley of the Incas which was an important cradle of food for the Incas, the Sacred Valley is a lush of agricultural region that continues to supply the city of Cusco with much of its production especially with corn and vegetables. We’ll visit the extraordinary Pisac Inca ruins and the traditional and colourful artisan market where you can purchase some handicrafts directly from the producers.

The day trip finishes in the picturesque village of Ollantaytambo, we will also visit the Ollantaytambo Inca fortress that is known as the best surviving example of Inca urban planning and engineering; Ollantaytambo is admired for its huge steep terraces guarding the Inca Fortress and for being one of the few places where the Spaniards lost a major battle during the conquest. We’ll spend the night in this small town before heading out for Inca Trail trek the next morning.

Explore Pisaq

Pisac is a Peruvian village located at the beginning of the Sacred Valley, in the bank of the Willkanuta River. The village is well known for its local and picturesque daily market.

Pisaq is perhaps best known for its Incan ruins, known as Inca Písac, which lie atop a hill at the entrance to the valley. The ruins are separated along the ridge into four groups: P’isaqa, Inti Watana, Qalla Q’asa, and Kinchiraqay. Inti Watana group includes the Temple of the Sun, baths, altars, water fountains, a ceremonial platform, and an inti watana, a volcanic outcrop carved into a “hitching post for the Sun” (or Inti). The angles of its base suggest that it served to define the changes of the seasons. Qalla Q’asa, which is built onto a natural spur and overlooks the valley, is known as the citadel.

The Inca constructed agricultural terraces on the steep hillside, which are still in use today. They created the terraces by hauling richer topsoil by hand from the lower lands. The terraces enabled the production of surplus food, more than would normally be possible at altitudes as high as 11,000 feet.

Explore Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo is a town and an Inca archaeological site located in the heart of the sacred Valley in Peru ; some 60 kilometers northwest of the city of Cusco. During the Inca Empire, Ollantaytambo was the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti who conquered the region, built the town and a ceremonial center. At the time of the Spanish conquest of Peru it served as a stronghold for Manco Inca Yupanqui, leader of the Inca resistance. Nowadays it is an important tourist attraction on account of its Inca buildings and as one of the most common starting points for the four-day, three-night hike known as the Inca Trail.

DAYS 3-4-5-6: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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Inca Trail Peru

Enjoy your breakfast in the hotel, then we’ll take our tourist bus for one hour to Pisqhak’ucho known as the Km 82 where we’ll start the 4-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu that is physically challenging but worthy; The Inca Trail is a 45 kms of distance, with 2 high passes to be crossed, one of which reaches an elevation of 4,200 masl (Dead woman pass) and  the other of 4,000m (Runku pass).

Inca trail is often steep, and it may rain even during the dry season. Temperatures change constantly: during the day is dry hot (18°C to 26°C) and at night may fall below zero, so it is important to come prepared. We’ll make the trek at the zone named Pisqhakucho known as the km 82 located at 2,750 masl; the Porters will carry the majority of the gear for the trek in duffel bags that we provide, so those passengers doing the trek only carry a small daypack with water, rain gear, snacks, a camera, etc. We will pass several Inca ruins, the first of which is Llactapata (up city); pata wasi (up house), Runkuraqhay (round balcony); Sayacmarka (inaccessible town); Phuyupatamarka (town over the cloud) and Wiñayhuayna  (young forever).

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu goes through beautiful scenery like: cloud forest, over the mountains, through high Andean Valleys, etc. On the final day of the trek, we’ll climb the steps to the Sun Gate overlooking the peaks that surround Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu was discovered by Mr. Hiram Bingham at 1911 and he assured that he found the famous Vilcabamba.

NOTE:

The passengers who are not able or nor interested in the Inca trail to Machu Picchu for spending 2 days in Cusco, and then you travel by train to the town of “Aguas Calientes”, and the next morning, you’ll take the bus to Machu Picchu entrance and join the group for Machu Picchu tour. If you decide not to do the trek, we’ll need to know prior to your departure in order to obtain train tickets.

INCA TRAIL DETAILS

Day 1 of the Inca Trail
  • Departure from Ollantaytambo by tourist bus to km 82 where the hike will begin.
  • Trek from the starting point Km 82 to Wayllambamba
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,750 masl (beginning point)
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,000 masl (Campsite)
  • Approximate distance: 11km
  • Estimated hiking time: 5-6 hrs
Day 2 of the Inca Trail
  • Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca pass, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass.
  • Trek from Wayllabamba to Paqaymayo
  • Minimum Altitude: 3,000 masl (beginning point)
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,200 masl (Dead Woman’s Pass)
  • Approximate distance: 11km
  • Estimated hiking time: 7-8 hrs
Day 3 of the Inca Trail:
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    The lost city of the Incas – Machu Picchu – Inca Trail Peru

    Today, we’ll cross two more passes and more ruins along the way.

  • Trek from Paqaymayo to Wiñaywayna
  • Minimum Altitude: 3,600 masl (beginning point)
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,600 masl (campsite)
  • Approximate distance: 18km
  • Estimated hiking time: 8 – 9 hrs
Day 4 of the Inca Trail:
  • The final day of the hike starts at the pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before the sun rises.
  • Trek from Wiñaywayna to Intipunku (Sun Gate)
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,400 masl (Machu Picchu)
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,200 masl (Inti Punku or Sun gate)
  • Approximate distance: 5km
  • Estimated hiking time: 2 hrs.

The campsite can change due to the availability.

Day 7: Cusco to Puno

Today will be a fantastic journey through the high “altiplano”. We’ll visit interesting places and stop along volcanic hot springs. We will arrive in the afternoon at Puno, a small city located at the banks of the highest navigable lake of the world.

Days 8 – 9: Tour to Lake Titicaca & Bus to Arequipa

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The Uros island in Puno – Inca Trail Peru

After breakfast in the hotel, we’ll head to the port of the lake and board our comfortable and fully equipped, speed boat to explore the floating Island of Uros which is built with Totora that grows in the shallows of the lake; The Uros began their unusual floating existence centuries ago in an effort to isolate themselves from the Qollas and Inca tribes. Sadly, the Uros language has died out, and today the islanders speak Aymara due to intermarriage with Aymara-speaking clans. Then, we’ll visit Taquile Island with unique culture style of dress and lifestyle make for a memorable visit.

The men of the community do all the knitting, as this is strictly a male domain, while the women do the spinning. High quality, locally knitted goods are available for purchase at various cooperatives on the island; we share their conditioned house one night and the next day, we’ll return to Puno arriving there in the afternoon and in evening we’ll take a 6-hour bus to Arequipa and have accommodation in the hotel.

Explore the Lake Titicaca

The Lake Titicaca is a large, deep lake in the Andes on the border of Peru and Bolivia. By volume of water, it is the largest lake in South America. It is often called the highest navigable lake in the world, with a surface elevation of 3,812 metres (12,507 ft).

The lake is located at the northern end of the endorheic Altiplano basin high in the Andes on the border of Peru and Bolivia. The western part of the lake lies within the Puno Region of Peru, and the eastern side is located in the Bolivian La Paz Department.
Five major river systems feed into Lake Titicaca. In order of their relative flow volumes these are Ramis, Coata, Ilave, Huancané, and Suchez. More than twenty other smaller streams empty into Titicaca, and the lake has 41 islands, some of which are densely populated.

Days 10 – 11: Colca Canyon tour

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The Colca canyon – Inca Trail Peru

Breakfast in the hotel. The Tour to Colca Canyon begins at 08:30 a.m once we pick you up from the hotel and then travel through the high Andes toward the small and picturesque village of Chivay where there is a magnificent natural hot spring Chivay is located at the entrance of the Canyon. The next day, early in the morning, we’ll continue the tour toward LA CRUZ DEL CONDOR, considered as the best place to enjoy the world’s deepest canyon and view the majestic condors over flying the canyon; then, we’ll return to Arequipa arriving there in the afternoon.

Arequipa city maintains a traditional colonial style and more laid back pace in comparison with the capital – Lima. Arequipa is located at 2,350 m above sea level and surrounded by the Andes Mountains several of them are volcanic like: Misti, Chachani, Ampato, etc. The city was built from a very light colored volcanic rock called sillar.

Explore the Colca Canyon

The Colca Canyon is the deepest canyon of the Peru, located about 100 miles (160 kilometers) northwest of Arequipa. It is Peru’s third most-visited tourist destination with about 120,000 visitors annually. With a depth of 10,725 ft (3,270 m), it is one of the deepest in the world, second in Peru after the Cotahuasi Canyon and more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the United States. The Colca canyon is a colorful Andean valley with pre-Inca roots, and towns founded in Spanish colonial times, still inhabited by people of the Collagua and the Cabana cultures. The local people maintain their ancestral traditions and continue to cultivate the pre-Inca stepped terraces.

Day 12: Departure from Arequipa

Departure from Arequipa at any time.

Featured Hotels

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Hotel for Inca Trail Peru

Cusco – Hotel Prisma

Hotel Prisma is a Gaudiany styled building, constructed by the famous architect Fernando de la Jara. It is located very near from the main square (Plaza de Armas), churches and the most important Inka monuments. Hotel Prisma is considered one of the best hotel in Cusco.

Puno -Conde de Lemos

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Hotel for Inca Trail Peru

Conde de Lemos Hotel is a pleasure for us to present a space of a great tranquility, hospitality and a comfortable hotel structure specially created for you to make your staying an unforgettable one. Conde de Lemos Hotel is one of the comfortable and cheapest hotel in Puno.

Arequipa –

Hotel for Inca Trail Peru
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La Casa de mi Abuela Hostel

“La Casa de mi Abuela” is located in Arequipa, “the White city”,  just six blocks from the Main square and is in  an area greater than 3,500 m2, one of the most traditional and recommended hostels in our city. For several decades our hotel has been harboring our tourist friends in environments surrounded by gardens, enjoying the songs of local birds, and the peace and quiet that our guests deserve.

Price Info

PRICE INFORMATION:

TYPR OF TRAIN PRICE PER PERSON
Expedition classUS$ 1,390
Vistadome classUS$ 1,420
Hiram Bimgham class

INCA TRAIL PERU INCLUDES

All necessary things for Inca Trail Peru:

  • TRANSPORTATION: All scheduled transportation; all transfers. We’ll travel by bus, train and motorized canoe
  • ENTRANCE FEES: For all the visited tourist places (Entrance to the hot spring are not included US$ 3 pp).
  • MEALS: All Breakfasts in the hotels and en route: on the Inca Trail 3 breakfasts, 3 hot lunches, 3 hot dinners prepared by our professional chef. Meals include pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruits, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking; hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for adjusting to the altitude. Teatime everyday (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn). We offer a vegetarian menu option if you request.
  • GUIDE & PORTERS: Licensed bilingual official Tour Guide; 2 guides over 8 people. Porters will carry both your personal items (6kg) in duffel bags (provided by Sunrise) and the camping equipment for the Inca trail. You must carry your day-to-day packing such as your camera, snacks and some drinkable water.
  • CAMPING EQUIPMENT: We provide brand new 4 season four people capacity tents for two people, Thermal-a-rest, dinning room tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, seats, tables, tent for the guides, tent for the porters, kitchen gear and backpacks, warm clothes and life insurance for the porters.
  • ACCOMMODATIONS: 7 nights ***hotel, 1 night with a local family and 3 nights in camping tents.
  • OTHERS ITEMS: Local guide available for permanent assistance, first-aid kit, oxygen bottle.

EXCLUDED

MEALS: All Lunchs and dinners except on the Inca trail. You should consider a budget from US$15 to US$35 for each meal in an average restaurant. We will assist you with all local matters.
SLEEPING BAG: You can rent it from us for US$20 for the entire Inca Trail Trek.
ENTRANCE to the thermal baths: US$ 3
AIRPORT Taxes and tips for the staff.

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