Machu Picchu

This 8-day trip along the Inca Trail in Peru is one of our most popular trips, and rightly so! There are few words that can do justice to this part of the world, including time spent in Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Words cannot describe what it feels like to view The Lost City of the Incas (and one of the New 7 Wonders of The Ancient World) in person. Machu Picchu (meaning “Old Mountain”) is set high in the Andes Mountains above the Urubamba River Valley. Built in the 15th century and later abandoned, it’s renowned for its sophisticated dry-stone walls and fact that its exact former use remains a mystery. Additional add-on trips to Lake Titicaca, the floating islands and the Amazon Jungle are also available!

Skill Level

This is a fairly intense 4-day trek that sees us ascend 1400 metres and descend 800 metres on Day 2. We adopt a deliberately slow pace to conserve energy, allow you to acclimatize fully and also take in the magnificent scenery en route – let’s just say that the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy it. Factor in plenty of stair climbing prior to the trip to prepare you for Day 2!

Itinerary Overview

After our arrival in Peru, we spend our very first night in the heart of old town Cusco after exploring the many cathedrals, museums and other historic sights. On Day 3, we visit the Koricancha temple (the most important temple in the Inca Empire), Sacayhuaman (the remains of an Inca fortress) and Archeology museum, if time permits. Day 4 includes travelling through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Pisac Ruins and artisan Indian market before heading to the Inca ruin, Ollantaytambo.

Day 5 sees us begin our hike – an 11km walk to Wayllambama where we overnight in tents. We then trek the 12km to Paqaymayo on Day 6 and 16km to Wiñaywayna on Day 7. Day 8 includes magnificent views en route to Intipunku (Sun Gate) before arriving at Machu Picchu. We catch the bus Aguas Calientes where we spend the night, before catching the to Cusco on Day 10 and our international flights on Day 11.

Visas and Vaccinations

Visas

Our experience is that no visas are required for up to 90 days travel in Peru. However, please contact our offices or your local tourism authority to confirm.)

Vaccinations

  • A yellow fever vaccination is not required for entry into Peru. Travelers who are limiting their itineraries to Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail do not need to have a yellow fever vaccination.
  • Hepatitis A, typhoid and tetanus are optional – chat to your local Travel Clinic for details.
  • Malaria tablets are not needed, however insect repellant is recommended.
Duration:
10 days door-to-door
Difficulty:
7
Price:
From USD$2295 to USD$3295
Includes
  • Four nights’ accommodation in Cusco in a boutique hotel close to the main town square
  • All meals
  • All admission tickets
  • City tours
  • Day trips
  • Hiking permits and all Government taxes
  • Transportation to and from the trailhead
  • Western leader/facilitator who is fluent in Spanish
  • Local guides and porters
  • General first aid kit
  • Satellite phone
  • Tents and mattresses while on the trail
  • Welcome Dinner and Celebration Dinner
excludes
  • International airfares and departure taxes
  • Transportation to and from Cusco
  • Items of a personal nature ie personal gear, telephone calls, internet usage, laundry etc.
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Staff gratuities
  • Alcohol, soft drinks and mineral water
  • Personal medical expenses, medical and evacuation insurance
  • Any costs arising from flight cancellation/ delays, political disturbance or natural disasters.

I always wanted to walk the Inca Trail, and finally my dream came true. What a majestic experience it was! From the scenic beauty and the ancient archaeological sites, to the wonderful people and organizers who pulled it all together – it was everything that I hoped for and more.

Even the challenging steps could not overshadow the thrill of watching the sunrise over Machu Picchu! Thank you Adventures Global for organizing a trip of a life time, it was amazing!

Jane

Cape Town, South Africa

Doing the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu was an amazing experience and I’m so glad I did it on my honeymoon. It’s been a bucket list item of mine for several years and it didn’t disappoint! Not only was Machu Picchu a beautiful place, but when I arrived at the Sun Gate on the fourth morning and realized that I’d made it, that I’d hiked the long-awaited Inca Trail, that’s when I felt the satisfaction of completing the hike. I survived all those steps, Dead Woman’s Pass, the long trek on Day 3, early wake ups and even more steps. That moment was an unforgettable and rewarding part of the hike for me

Patty

Italy

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