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Complete Cusco & Inca Trail

Inca Trail, Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu
8 days / from $ 1,799
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Walk in the footsteps of history by hiking the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Permits sell out fast, making it one of the most sought after treks in the world. Inca Expert is here to help reserve your place.
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From high Andean peaks to misty cloud forest, the Inca Trail traverses the kinds of landscapes that feed your sense of wanderlust. Beginning in the Sacred Valley outside of Cusco, a 500 year old stone path built for exclusive use by the Inca king and his entourage today takes a limited number of trekkers on a 4-day, 28-mi (45-km) journey past ruins with names like “town in the clouds.” Waiting at the end of this challenging trek is an unforgettable first look at Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate entrance.
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Upon arrival at the Lima airport, you will be greeted by our Inca Expert Travel representative. After a transfer to your confirmed Lima hotel and assistance with the check in, you’ll be provided with everything needed in preparation for your upcoming journey.

Use this arrival day to rejuvenate yourself by resting or enjoying hotel spa services. If arriving early to Lima, take a scenic walk to Parque del Amor (Love Park) in Miraflores for views of Lima’s gorgeous coastline or dine in at one of the many gourmet restaurants throughout the city.



Fly from Lima to Cusco. Upon arrival at the Cusco airport, be met by an Inca Expert Travel representative. The short drive to your hotel in the historic center will provide you with stunning examples of Cusco’s hybrid Spanish-Inca architecture.

Enjoy your day with some light exploration of Cusco’s main plaza and a cup of coca tea - the local remedy for altitude sickness - while you acclimate on your first day at altitude.



Immerse yourself into the story of Cusco’s past with a private guided tour of its foremost historic sites. Start with a visit to the impressive Cusco Cathedral and Coricancha temple. Then ascend above the sea of terracotta roofs as you visit the monumental Sacsayhuaman citadel.

The afternoon is yours to spend at your leisure. Explore new flavors and pick up souvenirs at the San Pedro Market or wander the cobblestone streets of bohemian San Blas.



The Inca Trail is the same path once walked by the royal Inca over 500 years ago. Today you’ll begin this 28 mile (45 km) hike with a drive from your Cusco hotel through the Sacred Valley and arrive at Km 82 - the trailhead of the Inca Trail.

Take in the landscapes around you, from the terraces in the mountains, to the Inca ruins, to the streams and orchids lining your path. After 3 hours you’ll arrive to Llactapata ruins. Continue onwards through the lush valley before arriving at the campsite of Wayllabamba for a well deserved rest.



Today is the most challenging portion of the trail, as you climb 3 hours to Warmiwañusca, known as Dead Woman's Pass, at 13,780 feet. From the top you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys. The hike ends at the Pacaymayo campsite with views of snow-capped Mount Veronica and a deliciously prepared meal from your camp chef.



Today you'll trek through truly gorgeous valleys into the mountain cloud forest. Highlights include Runkurakay Pass, Sayacmarca ruins, and the stunning Phuyupatamarca, “The Town in the Clouds.” The day ends at the impressive Wiñay Wayna ruins, giving you a taste of what’s to come tomorrow. Here you can enjoy beer, a shower, and a good night’s rest.



The sun’s rays rising over the mountainscape around the Machu Picchu citadel is what many travelers dream of experiencing, and today you’ll rise early to hike the remainder of the Inca Trail to the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu to witness this spectacular natural moment.

Enjoy a two-hour tour of this majestic Inca citadel and take some time to savor your accomplishment as you soak in the views. Your tour guide will discuss the mystery and skill of its construction as you absorb the magical landscape that surrounds this important ruin. Return to Aguas Calientes for the train journey back to Cusco where your driver will be waiting at the station to take you to your hotel for some much deserved rest.

Upgrade options:
Climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for views over the ruins or add an extra day in Machu Picchu.



Enjoy a final breakfast at your Cusco hotel. Our Inca Expert representative will meet you in time to transfer you to the airport to begin your journey back home.

You can also customize this itinerary to continue your exploration of Peru’s world wonders!

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Double $ 2,249 $ 1,969 $ 1,799
Single $ 3,359 $ 2,759 $ 2,489
  • 4 nights of accommodation in stated hotels
  • 3 nights camping on the Inca Trail
  • Breakfast at all hotels
  • All meals on Inca Trail
  • Tours stated in the itinerary with English speaking guides
  • Transfers and entrance fees
  • Airfare
  • Lunches and dinners (unless otherwise specified)
  • Airport taxes
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance

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