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7 Day tour of Peru's famous Inca Trail, including a 4 Day Inca Trail trek and guided tour of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu
3 Nights tourist-class accommodation, in venues that have local character
3 Nights camping accommodation along the Inca Trail
Meals provided: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit
Parwa Community Restaurant, the Sacred Valley, Lamay
Handmade biodegradable soap products
Mix of transport: private van, train and hiking
Porters and cooks during the hiking portion of your adventure
What to Expect
Combine the cultural highlights of the Sacred Valley with the challenge of one of the world's best-known hikes on this 7 Day exploration of Peru's Inca Trail.
The 4 Day Inca Trail trek passes through a stunning combination of the region's ruins, mountainscapes, and cloud forests. Once you catch your first glimpse of Machu Picchu in the early morning light, you'll know it was all worthwhile!
Best of all, since the supplier runs their own treks, they can ensure the fair treatment of the porters and the quality of food and equipment, so you can relax and enjoy the beauty of the region.
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Departs from the meeting point at Hotel Prisma, Matara 394, Cusco (meeting location may change, please check your final documents for the confirmed location).
Where we visit:
Day 1 – Cusco
Day 1 is always low-key, so you can arrive into Cusco at any time. If you arrive early in the morning, spend some time exploring the city. Meet the group at the welcome meeting, check for the start time on the welcome note at the hotel.
Optional activities you can do if you have time include a Cusco City Tour, visiting the Inka Museum, or taking an adventurous Whitewater Rafting trip to Urubamba.
Day 2 – Cusco to Ollantaytambo
Today's journey takes you via private vehicle from Cusco to Ollantaytambo. Make stops along the way as you pass through this gorgeous valley – the elevation descends the whole way.
Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Stop at a women's weaving co-op that helps local women to sell traditional textiles to travellers. See local weaving and dyeing techniques used to create garments and souvenirs, and learn how the Planeterra weaving co-operative has impacted the community and those who visit it. This includes the purchase of alpacas to provide a steady supply of wool, looms, and sewing machines, as well as several training courses on production, sales, and small business management.
Then, visit a local pottery-making community. In the rural village of Cuyo Chico in the Sacred Valley, a group of families joined together to create a small business based on their traditional adobe ceramic crafts. Using clay from their surroundings, they mould bowls, plates, and all manner of decorations. Learn about the ceramics process and the traditional adobe brick-making that forms the basis of houses throughout the valley, all while taking in a spectacular view of the Pisac Ruins. After the demonstration, peruse the items for sale directly from the artisans in their shop.
Break for lunch and contribute to sustainable tourism in Huchuy Qosqo, a small village of 65 families in the Sacred Valley by eating at the Parwa Community Restaurant. Learn how the resident-run restaurant was started and became a successful farm-to-table program that boosts the local economy and several spin-off microenterprises.
After lunch, head out on an optional hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses and look out over the ruins. Alternatively, wander around the cobblestone streets and visit a local Chicheria (corn beer bar).
Day 3 – Inca Trail
Depart Ollantaytambo by van to where the Inca Trail begins. Ease into the adventure with a straightforward day of hiking the meandering streams, stunning Andean scenery, and ancient Incan ruins.
Trek through beautiful scenery, with various flora that changes with the seasons, passing several smaller ruin sites like Llactapata.
Enjoy handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the trek. This project empowered local Cusqueña women to start their own business in order to reduce the environmental impact of hikes in the region. "Esencia Andina" is now a successful business that produces biodegradable soaps, detergents, and natural products for travellers, guides, porters, and cooks on the treks.
Day 4 – Inca Trail
Start early to trek over progressively spectacular and steeper terrain on your way to Warmiwañusca (aka Dead Woman's Pass), the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769ft). Be prepared to face intense Andean weather (blazing sun or cold winds) around the pass. Take the hike slow, and drink lots of water along the way – amazing views are waiting as a reward. Enjoy some ample time to rest and relax after reaching the camp; most campers arrive around early afternoon.
Day 5 – Inca Trail
Cross two more passes and ruins on today's trek. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft), where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba.
Hike through the cloud forest on a gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m (12,136 ft). On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley. At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "town above the clouds."
Camp here or go another 1.5 hrs to the Wiñay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).
Day 6 – Inca Trail, Machu Picchu & Cusco
The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down to Machu Picchu (about 45 min) for a 1.5 hour guided tour of the site and free time to explore. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge (a 15-min walk one way) for no additional charge, if time allows.
Gain local insight into the Inti Mach'ay cave, Inti Watana, the Temple of the Water, the Temple of the Condor, and the Room of the Three Windows. Take time to sit and feel the energy of this 15th-century site, now both a UNESCO World Heritage site and voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World (in a worldwide internet poll).
Climb on board the train for the ride from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, followed by the journey from Ollantaytambo to Cusco for your final night.
Day 7 – Cusco
With well-used legs and a head full of once-in-a-lifetime memories, you're free to depart from Cusco at any time today.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- Long-sleeved shirts or sweater
- Warm gloves
- Warm hat
- Warm layers
- Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
- Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
- Passport (required) (With photocopies)
- Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
- Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)
- Binoculars (optional)
- Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
- Cash, credit and debit cards
- Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
- Ear plugs
- First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
- Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
- Fleece top/sweater
- Locks for bags
- Long pants/jeans
- Outlet adapter
- Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
- Reusable water bottle
- Small travel towel
- Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
- Watch and alarm clock
- Waterproof backpack cover
- Windproof rain jacket
Health & Safety:
- Face masks (required)
- Hand sanitizer (required)
- Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.)
- Rubber gloves
- Hiking pants (Convertible/Zip-off and quick dry recommended)
- Pack liners to waterproof bags
- Rain gear
- Sleeping bag (Also available for rent)
- Thermal base layer
- Travel pillow
- Walking poles, rubber-tipped (Also available for rent)
- Waterproof hiking boots
- Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended)
- Sun hat/bandana
The best clothing for trekking is either wool or synthetic materials in layers, as this is quick-drying and can keep heat in better. We suggest a base-layer, then a mid-layer such as a light fleece jacket or similar, then a windproof and waterproof layer. Please note for trekking rentals credit cards are the preferred method of payment.
Most people automatically assume that the weather is hot in South America, but because of the higher altitude in the Andes, the temperature can feel quite cold, especially at night.
We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.
We keep our group sizes low so you have the freedom to move around and get involved with your surroundings, as well as more personal attention from our local guides. This intimate size ensures that your group will not crowd your experience. You can expect up to 15 travellers on a trip but the average is 10. Check individual trip pages for maximum group sizes.
Tips are not included in the tour price and tipping is entirely at your discretion.
It is customary in Latin America to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is an expected - though not compulsory - component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is an opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from $5-10 USD per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture.
If at the end of your trek you felt your trekking guide and support team did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however, as a guideline, we suggest each hiker contributes the following to a collective pool.
- Head guide: 10-25 USD
- Assistant guide: 5-12 USD
- Your trekking crew: 40 USD
- Head guide: 10-25 USD
- Assistant guide: 4-10 USD
- Your trekking crew: 35 USD
Also at the end of each trip, if you felt your CEO did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline $20-25 USD per person, per week can be used.
- Some meals – allow $115-$150 USD for meals not included.
- Optional activities
- Available for rent: Camping mattress/sleep mat; Sleeping bag; Walking poles
The minimum age is 12 years, & an adult over the age of 18 years must accompany each child under the age of 18 years
While it is the supplier's intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary, and on occasion, it may be necessary or desirable to make alterations
Porters are allowed to carry no more than 6kg of personal belongings per hiker, which means that including your sleeping bag, toiletries, clothing, etc., you are allowed a total weight of 6kg for the hike, which will be carried in a duffle bag provided by the local office. Any additional weight must then be carried by you in your day pack
Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate in this trip. You will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your CEO, who will take note of your insurance details
All guests must complete & sign a waiver of liability
You may cancel your booking by notifying the supplier. Cancellation fees, if any, will be determined with reference to the date on which notice of cancellation is received by the supplier and are expressed as a percentage of the total price paid for the cancelled tour, product or service (excluding any insurance products).
Cancellation of a Tour:
Cancellation received 60 days or more before departure of first product or service in relevant booking: Lifetime deposit will be held by the supplier in accordance with these terms, the remainder of the payments made to the supplier in respect of the cancelled product will be refunded
Cancellation received 30-59 days before departure of first product or service in relevant booking: Lifetime deposit will be held by the supplier in accordance with these terms, an amount equal to 50% of the remainder of the payments made to the supplier in respect of the cancelled tour will be refunded
Cancellation less than 30 days before departure of first product or service in relevant booking: Lifetime deposit will be held by the supplier in accordance with these terms, and no further refund will be payable
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