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10 days  |  Starts/Ends: Lima  |  from USD $2,549  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Uncover the highlights of the Inca Empire with this tour of Peru’s ancient cities. Trek through stunning mountain scenery and watch daybreak over Machu Picchu on this unforgettable journey.

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Day 1

Welcome to Peru! Upon arrival at Lima Airport you'll be met and transferred to our joining hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. To get a feel for colonial Lima, take a cab to the Plaza de Armas and watch the changing of the Palace Guard at noon. Walk the streets surrounding the Jiron de la Union for great examples of Spanish-colonial architecture and to get a taste for life in a large South American city. Later this evening our group welcome meeting takes place.
Overnight: Lima

Days 2-4

A short flight high into the Andes over spectacular mountain scenery brings us to the former Inca capital of Cuzco, which means ‘navel of the earth’ in the language of Quechua. Enjoy an orientation walking tour of this enchanting city. With a mostly indigenous population, Cuzco is a fantastic place to see Inca architecture with massive walls and building foundations. Wander around the Plaza de Armas, dominated by the Cathedral and La Compañia de Jesus Church, and through the cloistered arcades housing fine restaurants, bars and shops. Explore the city’s amazing churches, colonial buildings, picturesque streets and the ceremonial fortress of Sacsayhuaman that overlooks the city on top a hill. For the adventurous, try our hand at white water rafting, horse riding, mountain biking or canoeing.

We later spend a full day visiting the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The Pisac ruins are perched on a hilltop with incredible views of the snow-capped mountains whilst the traditional Indian market of the same name is famous for its colourful atmosphere. Practise your bartering skills and pick yourself up some wonderful souvenirs. Continuing along the valley we reach the temple fortress of Ollantaytambo. Here, enormous Inca terracing is constructed on the side of a steep mountain.
Overnight: Cuzco

Days 5-6
Inca Trail

Today we start the trek of a lifetime along the ancient Inca Trail. After a briefing with your tour leader, we depart early the following morning. Day 1 of the trek is a relatively easy walk of 13km and will prepare you for the trail’s highest pass, Warmiwanusca, at a height of 4,200m! The name translates as ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’ and we’ll reach it by lunch time on the second day of our trek. After the high pass we follow the trail downhill as it winds its way along old Inca stairs. Trekking on the third day we visit the ruins of Runkurakay, Sayacmarca and Phuyupatamarca with an overnight stop at Winay-Wayna. We rise early the next morning for the final walk to Machu Picchu where we greet sunrise over the famous ‘Sun Gate’. Explore this fabled lost Inca city on your own or simply take in the magnificence of the place. Discover the cloud-shrouded ruins of palaces, baths, temples, storage rooms and some 150 houses, all in a remarkable state of preservation.
Overnight: Inca Trail (2)  |  Breakfast x 1, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Days 7-8

Today, we visit the ruins of Runkurakay, Sayacmarca and Phuyupatamarca with an overnight stop at Winay-Wayna. We rise early the next morning for the final walk to Machu Picchu where we greet sunrise over the famous ‘Sun Gate’. Explore this fabled lost Inca city on your own or simply take in the magnificence of the place. Discover the cloud-shrouded ruins of palaces, baths, temples, storage rooms and some 150 houses, all in a remarkable state of preservation.

Towards the end of the day you’ll have the chance to relieve those tired muscles with a trip to the hot springs of Aguas Calientes. You’ll also have time to meander through the markets before returning to Cuzco by train. If you are not participating in the trek you will spend your time in Cuzco enjoying the many activities on offer and travel to Machu Picchu by train.
Overnight: Inca Trail (1), Cuzco (1)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1, Dinner x 1

Day 9
Cuzco - Lima

Cuzco - Lima. This morning you will be transferred to Cuzco airport for your flight to Lima, also known as the "City of the Kings". Here you will be met and transferred to our hotel for one more night. You then have a free afternoon for last minute sightseeing and shopping.
Overnight: Lima

Day 10

Today our exciting adventure comes to an end. If your flight doesn't leave till later in the day consider some final sightseeing our souvenir shopping. Happy Travels!

Inca Trail , Lares Trek or Machu Picchu by Train

If you have always dreamed of trekking the Inca Trail you will need to book your trip in advance (4 months is ideal) as the number of Inca Trail permits is limited to 500 per day. Booking early gives us the best opportunity for securing one of these permits.

When booking your tour with us we'll need your full name as it appears in your passport, date of birth, nationality and passport number. With this information we can then apply for a permit.

If the Inca Trail is unavailable, you can opt to hike the Lares Trek. With its breathtaking passes, glacial lakes and hot springs, this less crowded option, which also ends with a full day’s visit to Machu Picchu, is thought to be equally if not more spectacular than the Inca Trail. Alternatively you could also choose to spend your time in Cuzco and take a day trip to Machu Pichhu by train.

Trip Highlights

Lima - free time to explore the capital's vibrant markets and spanish colonial museums
Guided tour of The Sacred Valley
Inca Trail trek
Machu Picchu ruins - ancient and awe inspiring
Cuzco - UNESCO listed and historical capital of the Inca Empire
Guided tour of Inca ruins of Ollantaytambo
Sun Gate - entrance to Machu Picchu

Included

Airport arrival transfer on day 1.
6 nights simple hotels and guesthouses, 3 nights camping
Guided tour of Machu Picchu
Escorted by a tour leader (days 3 - 10) and specialist local guides whilst hiking the Inca Trail.
Relevant transport by public bus, train and boat
3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Guided tour of Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo
4 day Inca Trail hike
Economy class return flights between Lima and Cuzco
Entrance fees to Sacred Valley, Inca Trail and Machu Picchu

Not Included

International flights and visas
Items of a personal nature, additional meals and drinks

HI ON THE GO!

It was another once in a lifetime holiday, thank you.

Macchu Pichu was magical, hotels, tour guide was well aranged. We have opted for the train and very happy about it. But the best part was the Amazon. The Lodge, the river and the forest was beyond imagination. The rooms had all the luxury but had no windows; gave the traveller the feeling of belonging to the forest like a parrot or a puma.

Thank you again for the ultimate experience.

Hope to join you again soon.

Ashley Johnston

The Inca Trail was amazing, and it is refreshing to meet 2 guides who are so passionate about their culture and history. Have already recommended this tour and guides to my friends :)

Kate Clark

Excellent combination of activities, interesting and challenging,

giving a sense of real accomplishment as well as a good understanding of Peru, its history and culture.

John Crow

I had a wonderful experience. It was so well organised which meant we got to enjoy the trip without the worry of what was happening next.

Excellent and would highly recommend.

Rebecca Cleary

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When booking a trip that includes the Inca Trail, this section of the holiday can not be confirmed until an Inca Trail Permit is obtained. It is essential at time of booking that you provide us with your full name as it appears in your passport, date of birth, nationality and passport number. Once the permits go on sale for your Inca trek date, we will confirm within 72 hours. After your permit has been obtained we cannot make any changes to it what so ever. If amendments are required you would need to pay for the cost of a new permit.

Booking your holiday more than 3 months in advance greatly increases your chances of obtaining one on the 500 Inca Travel permits allocated per day.

If the Inca Trail is not available you will then be given options of hiking the Lares trek or visiting Machu Picchu by train.

DEPOSIT: Please note that you will need to pay our standard tour deposit plus a non-refundable Machu Picchu deposit. This is not an extra payment and will be deducted from your final tour payment. Please refer to our Booking Conditions for details.

Tour Details
Starts
Lima
Ends
Lima
Departs
Year round
Hotel Rating
Simple accommodation
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader
Meals
Breakfast: 3, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 3
Tour Bolt-ons
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Nazca, Oases & Ballestas
USD $589 / 3 days
Extra Tour Info
The Inca Trail
Information on obtaining your Inca Trail permit
Style of Group Travel
More about our group tours to South America

HI ON THE GO!

It was another once in a lifetime holiday, thank you.

Macchu Pichu was magical, hotels, tour guide was well aranged. We have opted for the train and very happy about it. But the best part was the Amazon. The Lodge, the river and the forest was beyond imagination. The rooms had all the luxury but had no windows; gave the traveller the feeling of belonging to the forest like a parrot or a puma.

Thank you again for the ultimate experience.

Hope to join you again soon.

Ashley Johnston
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