Hike the classic Inca Trail while camping in style. This 4-day Inca Trail trek is combined with an upscale camping experience offering cots, hot water showers, and incredible views. Climb up to 13,800 feet, pass glacier covered peaks and descend into lush, green cloudforests. Enjoy fine cuisine under a portable dining tent and excellent service this hiking adventure. Visits to Cusco and the Sacred Valley allow you to bargain in busy Andean markets, explore other ruin sites, and stay in the finest accommodations on your luxury Peru tour.

Arrive Lima

Arrive to Lima on the flight of your choice today.  After picking up your luggage and clearing customs, walk across the street to the comfortable and conveniently located, Ramada Costa del Sol Hotel.  Settle into your junior suite and rest up for your Peru tour.  Tonight's hotel is selected for its location as most international flights arrive to Lima late at night.  If you have a flight arriving earlier in the day, upgrade to a luxury hotel in downtown Lima.  

You have an exciting week ahead, filled with ancient ruins, local markets and the incomparable Inca Trail hike!

Day 2

Fly to 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.  Overnight at the Hotel Monasterio in a Deluxe Room.

Day 3

Explore Cusco - Acclimatization Day

Today is free to relax and explore with your guide or on your own.  You can visit the churches and surrounding ruins, such as the enormous Sacsayhuamán ruins that overlook Cusco (these ruins showcase building blocks the size of pickup trucks). 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 where live folk music and excellent food abound!

Day 4

Sacred Valley of the Incas

This morning, journey into one of the most beautiful areas of Peru.  The Sacred Valley often becomes one of the highlights of your trip and you will soon see why!  You'll test your bargaining skills with the locals while visiting one of the great textile markets in the area. You may also hike to the inspiring ruins of Pisac or take a short walk through the countryside to the seldom-visited town of Maras, where pre-Columbian salt mines still operate today.  Visit the Inca agricultural terraces of Moray, thought to have been a nursery experiment for modification of different varieties of crops.  Eventually, you will make your way to the living Inca city of Urubamba where you can relax for the night at the Casa Andina Private Collection in a Senior Suite.

Day 5

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kilometer 82 to Huayllabamba

After breakfast this morning, depart from your hotel by private vehicle and drive to Kilometer 82, the beginning point of the Inca Trail hike. Here meet with your friendly chefs, porters and assistants.  Hike the first 3 miles along the south bank of the Urubamba River to your lunch site.  As part of the luxury Inca Trail service, you partake in gourmet meals prepared by Andean chefs specialized in providing the highest quality food preparation and presentation possible in backcountry settings.  Meals are plated on fine glassware, featuring steel cutlery and complementary alcoholic beverages such as wine, beer, champagne and pisco.  Meals are served in a deluxe kitchen tent on a table with linens. 

After your first meal on the trail, explore the ruins of Llactapata and hike onwards, climbing gently to your camp site at Huayllabamba.  Today's hike is 7.8 miles of relatively easy walking, taking a total of 6 hours, depending on fitness level. Your campsite is ready upon your arrival, equipped with spacious tents, comfortable cots, sleeping bags, towels, and a separate toilet tent.  Toast to your first day on the trail with champagne and enjoy a relaxing evening.

Day 6

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Huayllabamba to Pacaymayo

Today's breakfast is substantial as this is the most difficult part of the Inca Trail trek.  After breakfast, begin your hike to Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman's) Pass.  After ascending nearly 4,000 feet through forests and plains, you will stand atop the pass at 13,776 feet - the tallest point on the Inca Trail.  Lunch is served shortly after the pass.  After Dead Woman's Pass, the rest of the trek is relatively easy.  After lunch, you'll continue on for another 1½ hours of easy walking to the camp site at Pacaymayo.  Today's trek is 5.1 miles in length, with an estimated time of 7 hours.

One lovely addition to the quality of your trip is the use of a portable hot water shower available at your convenience.  A shower tent will be set up so that you can bathe during your luxury Inca Trail tour, an amenity that few are allowed! 

Day 7

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Pacaymayo to Phuyupatamarca

Enjoy a gentle hike today up two mountain passes.  Hike about an hour to the circular ruins of Runkuracay, where you will have the chance to explore with your guide.  Continue up the second pass and down the other side to the ruins of Sayacmarca. These ruins offer spectacular views in nearly every direction.  From here, you descend gently up the third and final pass through lush cloudforest to the ruins of Phuyupatamarca ("Cloud-Level Town").  Find your camp set up here with dinner and porters awaiting you.  Today's hike covers 4.5 miles over an estimated 6 hours.

Inquire in advance to arrange for a masseuse accompany your group for the four days of your luxury Inca Trail hike. Additional costs apply.

Day 8

Phuyupatamarca to Machu Picchu

Today's hike is mostly downhill, along steep, stone steps which lead you to the famous ruins of Machu Picchu.  Have an early breakfast today and hike the remaining 6.9 miles of the trail, taking around 6 hours.  Avoid the crowds of hikers that camp at Winay Wayna and arrive at Machu Picchu at later in the day when most of the crowds have dissipated.  Pass through the Sun Gate in the early afternoon, the part of the day with the highest probability of a clear view of the ruins from far above.  Hike the remaining stretch down and start to explore with your guide.  

Afterwards the Machu Picchu tour, take a short bus trip down to Aguas Calientes and relax in your superior deluxe room at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel.  This exquisite hotel provides a quiet oasis from the hustle and bustle of the village.  Their spa is one of the finest in the country - book a service after your long hike.  You deserve it!

Machu Picchu

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. Later, you can climb the sacred peak of Huayna Picchu, Wayna Picchu, or take a walk through the lush cloudforest to the Temple of the Moon. In the late afternoon you'll return by train to Ollantaytambo, and drive to Cusco with your guide.  Return to the Monasterio for the night.

Day 10

  • Breakfast

Fly Lima and Return Home

Or with more time, extend your trip with a visit to the Amazon or to Lake Titicaca.

$5350
Tour Cost
$425
Internal Flights (Lima-Cusco-Lima)
Flight cost is subject to change
$5775
Total Cost

Notes

$1750 single supplement

Included

  • 8 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 9 Nights Accommodations
    • 6 Nights Hotel
    • 3 Nights Camping
  • 8 Days Private Guide Service
  • Gear Rental

Excluded

  • International Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights

Recommended Budgeting

  • $200 Meals not Included
  • $43 Airport Departure Tax
  • $80 Optional Excursions
    • $60 for return visit to Machu Picchu on second day