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Inti Raymi + Inca Trail

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Walk in the footsteps of the Inca on one of the world's oldest pilgrimages, the Inca Trail. The 4-day Inca Trail trek is an exciting, high mountain experience where we climb up to 4200 meters, passing glacier covered peaks and descending into lush, green cloudforest. To acclimatize for our trek, we spend a few days in Cusco and the Sacred Valley, exploring ruins and bargaining at busy Andean markets. Combined in June with the famed Inti Raymi Festival in Cusco, this is the perfect adventure trip, giving you memories of a lifetime!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Lima
Day 2 : Fly Cusco
Day 3 : Explore Cusco
Day 4 : Sacred Valley of the Incas
Days 5-7 : Pilgrimage on the Inca Trail
Day 8 : Machu Picchu
Day 9 : Free Day at Machu Picchu. Return to Cusco
Day 10 : Inti Raymi Festival
Day 11 : Fly to Lima and Return Home

Places Visited

  • Peru
  • South America
  • Cusco
  • Inca Trail
  • Inca Trail Day 1: Huayllabamba
  • Inca Trail Day 2: Pacaymayo
  • Inca Trail Day 3: Phuyupatamarca
  • Lima
  • Machu Picchu
  • Sacred Valley

Activities

Trip Type

  • Adventure Life Exclusive

Activity Level

Challenging

Trip Snapshots

Pose with stunning Machu Picchu as your backdrop during your travels to Peru Theres Machupicchu Inti Raymi Pisac Market - the place to be if you need colors for dye Hiking the Pisac Ruins Children of Pisac Locals at the market One of the largest stones at the fortress at Sacsayhuaman.

Day 1 Arrive Lima

Overnight.

Day 2 Fly Cusco

Andean history comes alive in Cusco. Quechua speaking descendents of the Incas fill the streets and markets, colonial churches sit atop bases of smooth stonework laid centuries before the Conquistadors, and campesinos (Peru's rural farmers) in colorful dress move busily back and forth across the plazas. In the afternoon, you'll tour Cusco's largest open market and the adjacent witches' market. After tasting a few unique local foods, you will visit the Center for Traditional Textiles in Cusco, a local organization committed to preserving the region's weaving traditions. (If visiting the Sacred Valley on Sunday, you will visit their center in Chinchero instead). Watch weavers demonstrate their craft and learn about the history and processes of Peru's most well-known art form. Enjoy local exhibitions and dancing as people converge on Cusco for the weeklong celebration of the Inca sun god. The Inti Raymi Festival begins a week leading up to June 24th!

Day 3 Explore Cusco

Today is free to relax and explore with your guide or on your own. Travelers can go on a city tour of the churches and surrounding ruins, such as the enormous Sacsayhuamán ruins that overlook Cusco (these ruins showcase building blocks the size of SUVs). You can also wander through the bustling Plaza de Armas in the heart of Cusco, shop for love potions in the local markets, or people watch from the cafes and restaurants that line these lovely streets. For those bursting with energy, horseback riding, mountain biking, or even whitewater rafting (Class III-IV) can be arranged. The evening is yours to take in some of Cusco's varied and exciting nightlife.

During the days leading up to the Inti Raymi Celebration, Cusco is full of life and activity. Every day has its events, from daytime expositions, street faire and people dancing in the streets. In the evenings, live music can be heart from the best Peruvian groups at Plaza de Armas, drawing crowds for the free concerts. In addition, actors participate in free outdoor plays, depicting historical events and important Incan figures.

Day 4 Sacred Valley of the Incas

The Sacred Valley is an area full of major Inca ruins and ancient villages. You'll wind your way past snow-capped mountains, Inca ruins and ancient villages. You'll test your bargaining skills with the locals while visiting one of the great textile markets in the area. You may hike to the inspiring ruins of Pisac, or take a short walk through the countryside to the seldom-visited town of Maras and its pre-Columbian salt mines (still in use today with salt being collected in traditional fashion) as well as the Inca agricultural terraces of Moray, thought to have been a nursery to experiment with and modify different varieties of crops. Eventually, you will make your way to the living Inca city of Ollantaytambo where you can relax for the night. Tonight, relax and sip wine in front of a fire beneath the ruins of Ollantaytambo as you prepare for your trek on the Inca Trail.

Day 5-7 Pilgrimage on the Inca Trail

  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Walk in the footsteps of the great Inca civilization as you journey along their ancient trail to the sacred city of 'Machu Picchu'. Andean history comes to life along this ancient route as each day you pass ever larger ruins. Scenery changes from snowcapped mountains to lush green cloudforest. The trek is made with pilgrims from all over the world, and your friendly crew of guides and porters will take great care of you along the way.

Trek Details

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Day 5 - KM 82 TO HUAYLLABAMBA -- Trek length: 7.8 miles (5-7 hrs) Camp elevation: 9,691 ft
Day 6 - HUAYLLABAMBA TO PACAYMAYO -- Trek length: 5.1 miles (5-7 hrs) Camp elevation: 11,833 ft. Warmiwanusca pass (13,776 ft)
Day 7 - PACAYMAYO TO PHUYUPATAMARCA --Trek length: 4.5 miles (4-6 hrs); Camp elevation: 12,067 ft
Day 8 - PHUYUPATAMARCA TO MACHU PICCHU -- Trek length: 6.9 miles (5-7 hrs); Machu Picchu elevation: 7,875 ft

Some itineraries will hike farther on day three and camp at a closer location to Machu Picchu, making the hike on day four shorter. This will be up to the discretion of your Tour Leader and the Peruvian National Park Service. Your Tour Leader will notify you locally of your camping itinerary.

Day 8 Machu Picchu

Tthe group descends 3,000 feet from their campsite at Phuyapatamarca to reach spectacular Machu Picchu in the afternoon. Explore the ruins and continue to the village of Machu Picchu Pueblo (formerly called Aguas Calientes) below the ruins.

Day 9 Free Day at Machu Picchu. Return to Cusco

Today is your chance to watch the sunrise at Machu Picchu and to listen to the spirits of the city's past inhabitants before the hikers from the Inca Trail arrive. You can choose to book a permit to climb the sacred peak of Huayna Picchu, hike to the Sun Gate which overlooks the ruins or take a walk through the lush cloudforest to the Temple of the Moon. In the afternoon, you'll return by train to Cusco with your guide. (Let us know if you would like help arranging entrance fees or hiking permits for today – these are not included and sell out in advance!)

Day 10 Inti Raymi Festival

Today join the crowds for the main day topping off the week long Inti Raymi festival. The Festival of the Sun begins in front of Santo Domingo church, and then continues in a procession to the ancient fortress of Sacsayhuamán. The streets are covered in flowers and people preparing the way for the procession. Here crowds gather to watch the 5-6 hour performance during which time you will see many brightly dressed actors and dancers reenact this ancient Inca ceremony, including speeches and a sacrifical llama!

As a part of our tour, you will receive a VIP pass to sit front and center at the festival, enjoying the best views to be had. Your guide with accompany you to the festival, explaining all of the meanings behind the proceedings. Click here for amore detailed account of the festival.

Day 11 Fly to Lima and Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast

Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo) - Hotels

Cusco - Hotels

Lima - Hotels

Sacred Valley - Hotels

Per person starting at
$3,495

Included

  • 10 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 10 Nights Accommodations
    • 7 Nights Hotel
    • 3 Nights Camping
  • 9 Days Private Guide Service
  • Gear Rental
    • Camping gear included EXCEPT for sleeping bags.

Excluded

  • Internal Flights
    • $425 Lima-Cusco-Lima
    • Flight cost is subject to change
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights

Recommended Budgeting

  • $190 Meals not Included
  • $43 Airport Departure Tax
  • $95 Optional Excursions
    • $60 for return visit to Machu Picchu on second day + $20 local bus to ruins
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