Luxury Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
This 10-day luxury Inca Trail to Machu Picchu experience takes care of you from the moment you touch down in Peru, ensuring that you see all the incredible sites that this world-renowned trek and destination has to offer without compromising on luxury and comfort. You’ll explore Cuzco, the capital of the Incan empire, before starting on the Inca Trail through breathtaking mountain scenery that ultimately carries you to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu. Service, hotel accommodation, camping equipment and dining are all of the very best on this tour.
Starting from $6,990 per person
Pricing includes everything from your international arrival to your departure, with the exception of flights and a few lunches and dinners.
HOW IT WORKS
- A day exploring the fascinating streets, fine dining and shopping destinations of Cuzco, the one-time capital of the Incan Empire.
- A tour of historical Cuzco, with visits to Sacsayhuaman, Koricancha, and Cuzco’s Cathedral.
- Accommodation in high-end luxury hotels and use of their outstanding facilities on the days you aren’t on the trail.
- High-end camping equipment and porter services, including a portable hot shower, gourmet meals and luxurious bedding along the trail.
- Being transported through Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley to start your Inca Trail trek at Km 82, passing the Llactapata ruins en route to the campsite of Wayllabamba.
- Continuing along the Inca trail over the mountain pass of Warmiwañusca, known as Dead Woman's Pass to the campsite of Pacaymayo.
- Ascending to the ruins at Runkurakay and Savacmarca, where you will enjoy a guided tour, with lunch at the archaeological site of Phuyupatamarca.
- Visiting the ruins of Wiñaywayna with a lookout over the Urubamba valley and the river, then descending through IntiPunku, the Sun Gate, to Machu Picchu for a tour of the ancient citadel.
- Free time to explore the Machu Picchu ruins at your leisure.
- Free time to enjoy the archaeological and natural wonders of the Sacred Valley, and a one-hour massage at your hotel to soothe your muscles after five days of hiking.
Travelling from Lima to Cuzco, you will have ascended from sea level to 11,500 feet, so the first day you will be free to relax and acclimatize to the altitude. If you're feeling up to it, the city center is pedestrian-friendly and makes for a great stroll. We’d love to recommend the city's best options for dining and shopping, depending on your preferences and interests.
During your tour of Cuzco, the capital of the Incan Empire, you'll visit Sacsayhuaman, an immense Incan complex with mind-bogglingly precise stonework, Koricancha, one of the most important Incan temples (the walls were once actually coated in gold!), and Cuzco's Cathedral where you'll learn about the Cuzco School of Art.
Today you will head out early from your Cuzco hotel to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, and continue another hour to the start of the trail at Km 82. Your Inca Trail adventure begins here. You will be escorted by experienced guides and porters who will carry your high-end camping equipment and gourmet meals for you so that you can enjoy the trek unencumbered. After trekking for about three hours, you will arrive at the terraced Llactapata ruins. Then, you’ll continue through a lush valley before arriving at the evening campsite of Wayllabamba.
Today is the most challenging portion of the trail, as you climb three hours to Warmiwañusca, known as Dead Woman's Pass, at 13,780 feet. From the top, you'll be able to take in breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys and enjoy a tremendous sense of accomplishment. Descending, you'll arrive at the campsite of Pacaymayo. You’ll be grateful for the portable hot shower and the comfortable bedding included in this luxury package at the end of this portion of the trail.
After ascending to the Runkurakay pass at 13,123 feet, you will receive a guided tour of the fascinating ruins at Runkurakay and Sayacmarca. Lunch will be served at Phuyupatamarca, another important archaeological site and the scene of tonight’s camp.
Today, you will get an early start, as you descend the trail for 3 hours until reaching Wiñaywayna at 8,856 feet, the main archaeological site (after Machu Picchu) on the Inca Trail. After visiting the site and enjoying its views of the Urubamba valley and the river, you will head towards IntiPunku at 9042 feet, the Gate of the Sun, our last pass. A delicious boxed lunch will be provided. From this lookout, Machu Picchu looks mystical and beautiful. You will visit the citadel. Then you will head down Aguas Calientes town, where you will spend the night.
Rising early to make it for sunrise over Machu Picchu, you will hike for about an hour to reach the "Sun Gate," where you will get your first closeup view of Machu Picchu. After descending into the ruins, you will enjoy a two-hour guided tour of the Lost City of the Incas. You’ll be treated to a delicious lunch at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, which is adjacent to the citadel, and then you’ll have the afternoon free to continue to explore the ruins at your leisure before heading back by scenic train ride to Sacred Valley.
After 5 days of trekking, you will have this day to relax and explore the Sacred Valley. You will be staying in the stylish rooms of the luxurious Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, a state-of-the-art ecological wonder that celebrates the Incas’ proud agricultural past. You can make use of the hotel’s leading facilities, explore its sustainable kitchen gardens and enjoy a 1-hour massage at the spa, a soothing experience amid the Sacred Valley’s evergreen mountains and harvest fields.
You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the Cuzco airport for your flight to Lima. Depending on the time of your international flight out a private tour of Lima's key sites can be arranged.
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