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The Royal Inca Trail (9 days/8 nights)

The Inca Empire, also known as the Incan Empire and the Inka Empire, was the largest empire in pre-Columbian America, and possibly the largest empire in the world in the early 16th century. The administrative, political and military center of the empire was located in Cusco in modern-day Peru. The Inca civilization arose from the highlands of Peru sometime in the early 13th century. Its last stronghold was conquered by the Spanish in 1572.

ITINERARY

1st day | Arrival in Lima
Arrival at Lima’s international airport in the afternoon or night. Meeting with our personnel, transfer and lodging in hotel (private service, English-speaking assistant). Overnight.

2nd day | Lima / Cusco
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the airport and flight to Cusco. At the arrival, meeting with our personnel and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, an excursion to the historical center (fee entrance to the Cathedral and Santo Domingo/Coricancha are included) and the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay (private service, English-speaking guide). Overnight.

3rd day | Cusco / Sacred Valley / Cusco
Breakfast in the hotel. We will be headed south to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. These areas had been little explored by tourists. Clear water of Urubamba river, the nature that surrounds it and good rapids, makes this section of the river our favorite for those adventure lovers. If you are looking for a safe experience combining adventure and nature in one amazing trip – then this is for you or for the whole family. On the banks of the river, our guides will be waiting for you with the raft equipment ready. After a brief and important technical and safety talk, we will be ready to enter the river. At the end of the river sections, our chef will be waiting with a delicious picnic outdoors. Then we return to the city of Cusco or Sacred Valley of the Incas.

4th day | Cusco / Huallabamba
Transfer from the hotel to Km 82, where you will have breakfast. Start of the walk (2h) to the archaeological site of Llactapata (2.590mt/8.500ft), where you can see breathtaking scenery of flora, fauna, indigenous Inca traditions and archaeological sites that show the importance of this valley. After lunch, ascend slightly (2h) through a semi-tropical valley, to the camp in Huayllabamba (2.866mt/9.400ft) where you will have dinner and overnight.

5th day | Huallabamba / Pacaymayo
This day is considered the most exhausting, as it reaches the highest point of the journey, known as the Huarmi Huañusca pass (4.200mt/13.780ft). After breakfast, climb for approx. two hours between lush vegetation with trees of wild origin (for this reason it is known as the world’s highest forest at 3.800mt/12.470ft). From there to the highest point is a typical Andean mountain covered with ichu or straw. After an arduous trek of approx. 5 hours, you will reach the highest point, where you will be able to see the majesty of the Andes, deep valleys and if weather conditions are favorable, the flight of the Condors. After the break, descend to the second camp: Pacaymayo. Overnight.

6th day | Pacaymayo / Phuyupatamarca
After the breakfast, you will be walking for an hour and a half to reach the archaeological site of Runcuracay (3.780mt/12.400ft), interesting for its construction. After another 30-minute walk, you’ll descend to the archeological center of Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca and Huiñay Huayna. Most of the today’s route is an original Inca Trail, which is perfectly preserved. Pass through Inca tunnels, viewpoints, and jungle with abundant wildlife (especially with a variety of orchids and hummingbirds). Finally, reach the third camp on Phuyupatamarca (3,200mt/10.500ft). Overnight.

7th day | Phuyupatamarca / Machu Picchu / Cusco
This morning from our camp near the ruins of Phuyupatamarca we have the opportunity to see one of the most spectacular sunrises in the Andes, and a 360° view of the surrounding mountain ranges, including solid and impressive Salkantay and Pumasillo. Afterwards we’ll descend, almost 300 meters, to the ruins of Intipata, an ancient agriculture and experimental center, with a spectacular view over the valley of Urubamba. We’ll continue to the most important and impresive archaeological site on the entire route: Huiñay Huayna. Road covered with tropical vegetation will take us to Intipunku (Sun Gate), where we will have the first fabulous view of Machu Picchu. Here begins the final descent to the Inca citadel where we arrive at a privileged hour, that is not common to many tourists. Finally, we will take a bus to the town of Aguas Calientes to board the train that will take us back to Cusco. After arrival, transfer to the hotel. Overnight.

8th day | Cusco / Lima
Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Lima. After arrival, meeting with our personnel and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, a visit to the historical center (fee entrance to the Cathedral and San Francisco Convent are included) and the Larco Museum (private service, Englishspeaking guide). In the evening, farewell dinner at Huaca Pucllana Restaurant. Overnight.

9th day | Departure from Lima
Transfer to the airport at the proper time for departure (passengers are requested to be at the airport 3 hours before international flight).

 

The price includes :
– All transfers on arrival and departure of each locality, assisted by expert personnel.
– All the excursions indicated. Private services with English-speaking local guides.
– All entrance fees to the sites mentioned.
– Transportation in comfortable tourist vehicles.
– Overnights in suggested hotels (subject to confirmation), breakfast included.
– Meals as indicated.

Trekking:

Premium service
– Private in-out transfers
– Train fare from Aguas Calientes to Cusco
– Inca Trail and Machu Picchu admission fee
– English-Speaking Mountain Guide (additional guide for groups exceeding 08 participants)
– Camping gear
– Therma rest 2 inches
– Pillow and blankets
– Sleeping bags
– Porters for transport of all camping and commissary equipment and personal gear up to 8 kg per pack
– Separate accommodations and tents for guides, cooking staff and muleteers
– Premium Menu – All meals and commissary as stipulated (03B,04L,03D) + daily snack and tea service except on last day) +Champagne at the Sun Gate + Stainless cutlery & crockery
– Others: Wake-up tea + Hot washing water every morning and every evening, water boiled to purification point for filling flasks   and water bottles every morning and evening
– First aid support and oxygen
– Machu Picchu tour
– Bus ticket from Machu Picchu ruins down to the town of Aguas Calientes

Deluxe service
– Premium service
– One masseuse (one masseuse each 5 guests)
– Therma rest 5 inches/ Big pillow & blankets
– Deluxe menu + Alcohol beverages – wine (others, upon request) + Champagne at the Sun Gate + Stainless cutlery & China crockery
– Rafting:
– Transfers from Cusco
– English-speaking rafting guide (1 guide each 6 participants)
– Safety kayak guide
– Exclusive transportation for the equipment
– Snacks
-Box lunch

The price does not include:

– Early check-in in case the international flight arrives in the morning.
– Internal flights (approx. USD 220 per person, per flight).
– Drinks during meals.
– Meals not expressly stated.
– Extras at the bar, in laundry, in phone, etc.
– Our guide escort from Lima to Lima.
– Tips for guides, hotels, restaurants and airports.
– Personal insurance.
– Trekking: Huayna Picchu admission fee

 

All offers will be considered tailor-made. Contact us for our best prices for this property and information on availability.