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Lima, Cusco & the Inca Trail

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,066

FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Embark on a hike along the world-famous Inca Trail. After touring the historical highlights of Lima and Cusco, you’ll head into the Sacred Valley of the Incas to hike from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu over several days. Cap off the journey with a guided tour of the Lost Citadel of the Incas.


This 8-day Peru vacation takes you on one of the world’s greatest hiking treks, the Inca Trail, as well as to Lima and Cusco. It features first-class accommodations and a mix of private and shared tours.

Your trip to Peru begins in Lima, the Peruvian capital, and its political and culinary centre. Delve into the city’s history with a private city tour. Start in and around the Plaza de Armas, the administrative centre of the city, where you'll find the presidential palace as well as main cathedral before you head to the nearby religious landmark of the Convent of Santo Domingo. Cap off the tour at the Larco Musuem, home to a world-famous collection of pre-Columbian art.

From Lima, fly to Cusco, once the capital of the Inca Empire. A private city tour will introduce you to its historical landmarks, including the churches of the Plaza de Armas, the former Inca temple of Qorikancha, and the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, a fortress overlooking the city from the nearby hillside. End the tour with some sundowner snacks and a glass of sparkling wine at the fortress, enjoying the best views of Cusco at sunset.

Begin your trek along the Inca Trail by driving to the living Inca town of Ollantaytambo. Head to the end of the road and meet your porters to begin your hike up the hillside, following the flow of the Urubamba River. You’ll hike for several days along the Urubamba River, sleeping alongside Inca ruins and traversing through a stunning environment surrounded by mist-draped mountains and lush forest. Sleep alongside the ruins of Llactapata, spot hummingbirds as you hike through cloud forest, summit the difficult Warmiwanusca (Dead Woman’s Pass) and descend into the Pacasmayo Valley before reaching Vilcabamba Range, with some stunning views of the surrounding area.

On your final day of hiking, you’ll pass through cloud forest to Winay Winay and the Sun Gate, Inti Punku, where you’ll enjoy your first views of the ruins of Machu Picchu. Descend to Aguas Calientes for the night and return before dawn the following morning for a full tour of the Lost Citadel of the Incas. Explore the magnificent ruins, learn about the mysterious history of its construction and abandonment, and take in the views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks.

At the end of your Machu Picchu tour, you’ll descend back to Aguas Calientes and catch the train back to Cusco.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,066

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Day 1

Lima Airport to Hotel with Transfer Representative Day

Duration2 Hours

Casa Andina Premium Collection Miraflores

With its stylish contemporary design, cutting-edge technology and ideal location, the flagship Casa Andina Premium Collection Miraflores hotel is the top of its class in every aspect. Once called the Miraflores Cesar's, this modern hotel icon was dramatically transformed into a luxury hotel. Its quintessential Limeno flavour reverberates in the exquisite art collection of contemporary local artists and prized colonial era antiques, in both public spaces and accommodations.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Casa Andina Premium Collection Miraflores

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    Casa Andina Premium Collection Miraflores



    With its stylish contemporary design, cutting-edge technology and ideal location, the flagship Casa Andina Premium Collection Miraflores hotel is the top of its class in every aspect. Once called the Miraflores Cesar's, this modern hotel icon was dramatically transformed into a luxury hotel. Its quintessential …

    With its stylish contemporary design, cutting-edge technology and ideal location, the flagship Casa Andina Premium Collection Miraflores hotel is the top of its class in every aspect. Once called the Miraflores Cesar's, this modern hotel icon was dramatically transformed into a luxury hotel. Its quintessential Limeno flavour reverberates in the exquisite art collection of contemporary local artists and prized colonial era antiques, in both public spaces and accommodations.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Massage Treatments
    • Medical Services
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 2

Half Day Lima City Tour and Larco Museum

You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning. The city tour begins with a visit to the Plaza des Armas, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Plaza is lined along two sides with shops: Portal de Escribanos and Portal de Botoneros. In the centre of the Plaza is a bronze fountain dating from 1560. The plaza is also home to the Cathedral, with its splendidly carved stalls, silver-covered altars surrounded by fine woodwork, and mosaic walls bearing the coats of arms of Lima and Pizarro. Continue to the San Domingo Convent. You will also see the old colonial streets in the centre of the city. Conclude your tour with the visit to the Larco Herra Museum, famous for its collection of Pre-Columbian art.

Duration3 Hours
Day 3

Lima Hotel to Airport with Transfer Representative Day

Duration2 Hours

Cusco Airport to Cusco Hotel

Duration20 Minutes

Casa Andina Premium Collection Cusco

Casa Andina Premium Collection Cusco is a beautifully renovated 18th-century manor house, just 3 blocks from Cusco's Plaza de Armas, replete with authentic colonial character. It offers the intimacy of a boutique hotel but the comforts and services of a much larger property. Several rooms in the original structure of the hotel feature surviving colonial frescoes unearthed during renovation.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Casa Andina Premium Collection Cusco

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    Casa Andina Premium Collection Cusco



    Casa Andina Premium Collection Cusco is a beautifully renovated 18th-century manor house, just 3 blocks from Cusco's Plaza de Armas, replete with authentic colonial character. It offers the intimacy of a boutique hotel but the comforts and services of a much larger property. Several rooms …

    Casa Andina Premium Collection Cusco is a beautifully renovated 18th-century manor house, just 3 blocks from Cusco's Plaza de Armas, replete with authentic colonial character. It offers the intimacy of a boutique hotel but the comforts and services of a much larger property. Several rooms in the original structure of the hotel feature surviving colonial frescoes unearthed during renovation.

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    • Massage Treatments
    • Restaurant

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Cusco City Tour and Sundowner - VIP

Enjoy a guided tour through the "imperial city's" Incan and Colonial past. The tour starts at Koricancha, an old Incan palace, then continues to the Main Square - Plaza de Armas - on which sits the exquisite Church of the La Compania de Jesus, and other colonial buildings. The tour continues to Sacsayhuaman Fortress, an impressive example of Incan military architecture that overlooks the city of Cusco.

It is from here that your tour ends with a unique experience - that of a sundowner overlooking what was once the heart and capital of the might Incan Empire. With the mighty stones of Sacsayhuaman at your back and the sun setting over this UNESCO world heritage city enjoy sparkling wine and some small snacks to savor your day and your view.

Duration2 Hours
Day 4

Cusco to Inca Trail

From Cusco, you will drive into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, stopping to explore the impressive ruins at Ollantaytambo. At the end of the road (approximately 88 kilometres in length), you will meet the support team of porters for lunch, and then begin the Inca Trail.

The first section is ideal for acclimatization purposes as you hike along the sacred Urubamba River. You will camp the night at Llactapata, beside some spectacular ruins. The tour believes in camping and trekking in style, whilst walking, all you will need to carry is your daypack. Your support team of traditional porters carries all camping equipment and performs all camp chores and all food is prepared by the cook.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 5

Inca Trail

You will trek up the Cusichaca Valley to the small hamlet of Huallyabamba, the last inhabited place on the trail. The path continues on up past humming birds and stunted cloud forest. Your camp is the beautiful grassy area at Llulluchupampa and has outstanding views down the valley.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 6

Inca Trail

Possibly the hardest day of the trek, you will rise early and head to the highest point of the trail - the impressive Warmiwanusca (Dead Woman's Pass, 4200 metres). You will then descend into the Pacasmayo Valley and then climb again, passing the Inca ruins at Rucuracay.

Your second pass of the day (3998 metres) will give you spectacular views of the Vilcabamba Range. Walking on an incredibly well-preserved Incan pathway, you will pass Sayacmarca ruins with plenty of time for an in-depth tour and explanation. You will continue along the ridge, passing through tunnels and fantastic views and a slight ascent brings you to the Phuyupatamarca ruins, where you will camp.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 7

Inca Trail to Aguas Calientes

Your final day of hiking brings you down into the Cloud Forest on a seemingly endless Inca Stairway to Winay-Winay (2600 metres), another impressive ruin full of orchids and swallows. Then, it is on to Inti Punku, the Gateway of the Sun, for your first glimpse of Machu Picchu. After treasuring the moment, you pass through the ruins and catch a bus down to your hostel in the nearby town of Aguas Calientes.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
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Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

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    Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel



    At the foot of the imposing mountains surrounding Machu Picchu, by the banks of the Vilcanota River, stands Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel. The only five-star hotel in Aguas Calientes is architecturally inspired by the enigmatic lost city of the Incas. The exquisite culinary creations of …

    At the foot of the imposing mountains surrounding Machu Picchu, by the banks of the Vilcanota River, stands Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel. The only five-star hotel in Aguas Calientes is architecturally inspired by the enigmatic lost city of the Incas. The exquisite culinary creations of the hotel's restaurant are prepared with regional ingredients and its luxury suites await you for an enchanting trip to the historical past of the Andean culture.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Boutique(s)
    • Currency Exchange
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Massage Treatments
    • Medical Services
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 8

Inca Trail to Cusco

Returning first thing in the morning, you will have Machu Picchu virtually to yourself for a full guided tour, with time afterwards to wander through the ruins, soaking up the amazing atmosphere. After a late lunch in Aguas Calientes, you will catch the afternoon train back to Poroy and a bus from here back to Cusco.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

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DEPARTURES:

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival airport transfer
  • 2 nights in first-class accommodations in Lima
  • 1 night in first-class accommodations in Cusco
  • 3 nights on trail-side campsites
  • 1 night in deluxe accommodations in Aguas Calientes
  • Private-guided tour of Lima with visit to Larco Museum
  • Private airport transfer in Cusco
  • Private-guided tour of Cusco with sundowner beverage
  • Shared 5-day guided Inca Trail hike (private-guided available at additional cost)
  • Breakfast daily (excluding Day 1), 5 lunches, 4 dinners

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

OTHER INFORMATION:

Trekking groups operate with a minimum of 2 walkers. Actual group size may vary but is based on 1 lead guide for every 8 trekkers. Please enquire about private trekking options. Guided tours in Machu Picchu are regulated to 1 guide for every 16 visitors. If your Inca Trail trekking group is over 16, you will be broken into two separate groups each not exceeding 16 people.
A copy of your passport and an additional, non-refundable deposit, is required at the time of booking to secure your Inca Trail permits and the passport on which you book your trek must be presented when entering the trail on day 1.  

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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