In Peru there are many routes that lead to Machu Picchu, but none of them is quite like the Inca Trail. The most famous pathway in the Americas.

After flying from the capital of Peru, Lima, to Cusco, which you explore along with other ancient Inca sites in the Sacred Valley, you begin a four-day odyssey high in the Andes. Crossing forests and thick mists, climbing thousand-year-old stone steps and discovering the sites of ruined Inca fortresses and cities, while enjoying majestic views.

The reward comes with the first, exciting sighting of Machu Picchu from the Inti Punku. This is followed by a tour of the citadel itself. This guided route is a unique experience, which you will treasure forever. Groups vary in size, but are typically made up of about 6-10 travelers.

  • Cusco: Discover the former capital of the Inca Empire, where the ruins of the former civilization and the Spanish colonial legacy provide attractions such as the baroque Cathedral, and the Sacsayhuaman and Puka Pukara archaeological sites
  • Llaqtapata: Historic Inca town in the Kusichaca Valley at the beginning of the trail. The sitefeatures three clear sections: religious, residential and agricultural
  • Warmiwaouska:The highest point on the trail offers views that are as impressive as the emotions you experience when you reach this ravine
  • Runkurakay: See the ruin of a small Inca checkpoint, which boasts magnificent views
  • Sayacmarca: Visit these enigmatic Inca ruins, whose former function remains a mystery.
  • Phuyupatamarka:This fascinating town in the clouds has a still-functioning irrigation and fountain system
  • Wiסay Wayna: these vertiginous Inca sites show houses over farming terraces.
  • Machu Picchu: The lost city of the Incas is hidden on top of an Andean peak, offering views not only of the mountains, but also of the Inca past.

DON’T MISS!
* Huaca Pucllana: Visit this pre-Inca pyramid located in Lima’s Miraflores district and explore the exhibition room
* Bewitched: Find out about Andean phytotherapy at the Museum of Sacred, Magical and Medicinal Plants in Cusco
* Inca heart: Anticucho is an Inca dish made with the hearts of cattle or llamas with a touch of Spanish and African cuisine.

For more tours to Peru see our tours below:

Magical Cusco – 3 nights / 4 Days
Lights of the Inca Empire – 7 Nights / 8 Days
Cosmopolitan Lima – 2 Nights / 3 Days
Reserva Amazonica – 3 Nights / 4 Days

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1

Day 1

Lima – Arrival:
* On arrival in Lima; you receive assistance at the airport and are transferred to your selected hotel.
* Rest of the day is free at leisure to get to know the city.
* Optional activity: City tour: Cathedral; Casa Aliaga and Larco Museum
* Overnight at your hotel in Lima
2

Day 2

Lima – Cusco (by flight) / City tour and archeological sites (90 mins flight time)
* Pick-up after breakfast and transfer from your hotel to Lima Airport to catch a flight to Cusco.
* A meet and greet service on arrival is followed by transfer to your selected hotel.
* In the afternoon; enjoy a guided tour of this charming city; which was the capital of the Inca Empire.
* The tour starts with a visit to Santo Domingo Convent; a large Renaissance-baroque complex; which was built over the Inca Qoricancha temple. It was one of the most important temples dedicated to the worship of the sun and its foundations are still prominent at the base of the convent. Ancient chronicles say the temple was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature.
* Continue to the Plaza de Armas to visit the cathedral. It features an elaborate Renaissance faחade and; like other important monuments in the city; was built over a demolished Inca temple.
* Head to the hills above Cusco to visit the remains of the fortress of Sacsayhuaman; whose imposing ramparts offer a stunning panoramic view of Cusco; the ruins of temple and amphitheater of Qenqo; where it is believed the Incas practiced agricultural rituals.
* Finally; visit Puka Pukara (Red fortress in Quechua) an Inca military complex located on a prominent hill. Its dwellings squares; bathrooms; aqueducts; walls and towers can still be appreciated.
* Return to and drop off at your hotel.
* Overnight at your hotel in Cusco
3

Day 3

Cusco – Awanakancha – Pisac – Ollantaytambo – Sacred Valley (109 Km):
* Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing for the Urubamba River valley; which is popularly known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
* The first stop is at Awana Kancha (weaving palace in Quechua) a farm-cum-zoo where endemic Andean camelids are bred.
* Learn about llamas; alpacas and vicunas; which are friendly and domesticated; and which have wool with very strong fibers; which are used to weave ponchos; chullos; and other garments.
* Continue to Pisac; a historic town on the valley floor; to wander through its market.
* Break for lunch is a local diner before continuing to late Inca period Ollantaytambo fortress; which controlled access to the Sacred Valley.
* The site is a huge archaeological complex which; although it is known as a fortress; was actually a tambo; a leisure city used to accommodate delegations that traveled long distances.
* Drop off at your selected hotel.
* Overnight at your hotel in Sacred Valley
4

Day 4

Sacred Valley – Inca Trail: Piskacucho – Wayllabamba (12km – 4hrs):
* You will be picked up from your hotel in the Sacred Valley at a very early hour and will head for Piscacucho (km. 82); the starting point of the hike to the Inca Trail.
* On the way; you will stop in the town of Ollantaytambo for 15 or 20 minutes.
* Once you arrive in Piscacucho; you will start to hike until you reach our camp in Wayllabamba.
* Lunch will be served on the way.
* Today you will walk between 5 and 6 hours (7.7 miles).
* Dinner will be served and the camp; where you will overnight.
5

Day 5

Inca Trail: Wayllabamba – Pacaymayo (13km – 7; 5 hrs):
* After breakfast; you will start the hardest part of the hike; which consists of climbing to the highest point on the road; the Warmi Wanusca pass (4;200m/13;776ft).
* Then you will descend to our second camp in Pacaymayo; where you will enjoy lunch and dinner and will overnight at the camp.
* You will walk between 6 and 7 hours today (7.2 miles).
6

Day 6

Inca Trail: Pacaymayo – Winayhuayna (15km – 7 hrs):
* This is the longest and the most impressive and interesting day due to the quantity of archaeological complexes and the cloud forest you will find on the way.
* You will ascend to the Runquracay pass from Pacaymayo; and then you will descend to Chaquicocha; to enjoy a delicious and refreshing lunch.
* At the end; you will continue to ascend to the Phuyupatamarca pass (3;700m/12;073ft).
* You will walk through a cloud forest to reach the last camp; Wiסayhuayna (2;679m/8;792ft).
* You will walk between 8 and 9 hours today (10 miles).
* Dinner will be served at the camp; where you will overnight.
7

Day 7

Inca Trail – Winayhuayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco (6km – 2 hrs):
* You will resume hiking in the early morning after having breakfast; to reach the Intipunku (Gateway of the Sun); the entrance to Machu Picchu.
* You will see the historic sanctuary in full splendor at daybreak; to then descend to the citadel.
* The guide will explain this Inca wonder for two hours; and then you will have free time to walk around and enjoy Machu Picchu on your own.
* At the end of the tour; you will return to Aguas Calientes by bus.
* You will have lunch at Cafe Inkaterra in Machu Picchu Pueblo.
* In the afternoon; you will board the train for Ollantaytambo and then you will be transferred to the selected hotel in the city of Cusco.
* Overnight at your hotel in Cusco.
8

Day 8

Cusco – Lima – International Departure (90 mins of flight time):
* After breakfast at the hotel you will be trasferred to Cusco Airport for your flight to Lima.
* Assistance will be provided at airport.
* Services end at Cusco Airport.
* Thank you for choosing Azure Travel for your Peru experience. We thank you for your patronage & look forward to serving you again in the near future.

* Tour guide: Operated with bilingual English and Spanish-speaking guide
* Accommodation: One nights accommodation and breakfast in Lima, three nights in a double tent and two nights accommodation and breakfast in Cusco.
* Meals: Daily breakfast, lunch on Day 3, lunch and dinner on Days 4, 5 and 6 during the Inca Trail, and lunch on Day 7 at Cafe Inkaterra in Aguas Calientes
* Transport: Transfer from / to the hotel, and on the train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco
* Entrance fees and activities: All visits mentioned in the program: Qoricancha Temple and Monastery of Santo Domingo, Cusco Cathedral, Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambomachay and Puka Pukara archaeological sites in Cusco; Awanakancha, Pisac and Ollantaytambo in Sacred Valley; Inca Trail and Machu Picchu on Day 7.
* Other: Porter at the airports, stations, hotels and during the transfers.

* The above rate is LAND ONLY, and EXCLUDES ALL INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
* Seasonal Supplements MAY apply
* Rates valid at time of quoting, and all subject to any exchange rate fluctuations, airlines and supplier rate changes and fuel levies.
* Expenses of a personal nature. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages during meals.
* Meals not stated in the program.
* International and domestic airport departure taxes
* All rates are per person.
Minimum 2 guests to operate departure.
Last notice: 30 days before the departure
Bookings shall include the passenger’s full name, nationality, passport number, age and birthdate. Without these requirements, it is not possible to purchase an admission ticket for the Inca Trail (The Inca Trail cannot be booked, only direct purchases are allowed).
If cancelled, every confirmed booking implies making a 50% payment for the Inca Trail tour.
Passengers will only be admitted to the Inca Trail with the document they submitted to purchase this tour when they booked it. No other document will be accepted, even if renewed or superseded (The previously informed document must be shown in this case).

* Rates are LAND ONLY, and Exclude International flights; departure & Fuel taxes
* Seasonal Supplements MAY apply
* Rates valid at time of quoting, and all subject to any exchange rate fluctuations, supplier rate changes and fuel levies.

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