Cusco, Sacred Valley & Inca Trail in a Nutshell – 7 Days

This program includes the best of Cusco city, the Sacred Valley and the classic 4 Day Inca Trail.  This is a wonderful program taking you amazing Inca ruins, spectacular views and the New World Wonder of Machupicchu!

Duration – 7 Days
Difficulty – Medium

Description

  • Visit Cusco, the Sacred Valley and add on the Inca Trail to Machupicchu!
  • Spectacular Inca ruins, Andes mountains, fauna and flora
  • Private transportation, meals, trains and entrance fees all included
  • We recommended you reserve the Inca Trail 6+ months in advance

Short Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Cusco – Cusco City Tour
Day 2 Cusco – Sacred Valley Tour
Day 3 Ollantaytambo – Km82 – Wayllabamba
Day 4 Wayllabamba – Warmiwañusca – Pacaymayo
Day 5 Pacaymayu – Phuya Patamarka – Wiñay Wayna
Day 6 Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco
Day 7 Cusco – Lima – Home

Tour Itinerary

This program includes the best of Cusco, the Sacred Valley and the spectacular 4 Day Inca Trail offering travellers a wonderful combination of scenery including magnificent mountains, fauna and flora, subtropical vegetation and amazing Inca ruins.

DAY 1

Arrive Cusco

Upon arrival you will be met by our Team and transferred to your hotel. Kindly arrive by 11am to allow for any flight delays and to get to your hotel prior to the start of the tour services.

This afternoon we collect you from your hotel and taken on a Group City Tour of Cusco.  You will visit the most important sites: The Cathedral, Koricancha “Temple of the Sun”, Tambomachay “Temple of the Water”, Qenqo and Sacsayhuaman.  The tour lasts around 4 hours and ends in the Plaza de Armas.  Overnight in Cusco (we include a 3-star hotel).

DAY 2

Cusco – Sacred Valley

We will collect you from your hotel this morning and take you on the Group Tour of the Sacred Valley.  We visit the town of Pisac where we visit the market for a little while and then travel by car up to the ruins above the town.  We will walk in the area of the ruins for around 1 hour.  From here we make our way back to Urubamba where we take lunch in a touristic restaurant (not included in the cost). Our final place to visit is the pretty Andean town of Ollantaytambo.  We will hear all about the amazing history of this village and explore some of its pretty lanes.

Tonight you overnight in Ollantaytambo in a comfortable hotel.

DAY 3

Ollantaytambo – Km82 (2,800m) – Wayllabamba (3,000m)

This morning our guide will pick you up from your hotel and drive to the start of the trail which takes around 45minutes from Ollantaytambo.

We arrive at Km82, the start of the trail. We have breakfast whilst enjoying the view of Veronica Snow Mountain (5,720m). We then commence walking for about 3 hours, whereafter we take lunch close to Llactapata Ruins and then continue our trek through lush farmland and woodlands to our first camp at Wayllabamba. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

CAMPSITES ON THE INCA TRAIL
Please note that we are not in control of the campsites we are issued with from the Institute of National Culture.  Your campsite allocation is dependent on how early you book and how many spaces are left in each campsite.  The first 250 spaces are generally given to Winay Wayna (Day 3) and thereafter you will have a longer walk to Machupicchu on the last day and it could mean you do not make it for sunrise.  Do not let this disappoint you as Machupicchu is a beautiful site no matter what time you arrive.  Winay Wayna ruins are also some of the most beautiful ruins on the Inca Trail and you will enjoy these crowd free if having to camp in Phuyupatamarka.

DAY 4

Wayllabamba – Warmiwañusca (4,200m) – Pacaymayo (3,600m)

Inca Trail Trek Dead Woman’s PassAfter breakfast, we begin to walk the toughest part of the trail.

After 3 hours walking we finally reach the highest point in the Inca Trail, Warmiwañusca, or more commonly known as Dead Woman’s Pass (4,200m), where you have a beautiful panoramic view of the area.

After lunch we continue walking down to Pacaymayo where we set up camp and have a nutritious dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 5

Pacaymayo – Phuya Patamarka (3,600m) – Wiñay Huayna (2,700m)

After breakfast we start the ascent towards the second most important pass on the trail which lies at 4,000m. There will be a guided tour at the Inca Ruins of Runkurakay and the Inca citadel of Sayacmarca. We continue trekking towards Puya Patamarka (Cloud-level town), another important archaeological monument, where lunch will be served.

After a short break we continue walking to Wiñay Huayna (Forever Young), a beautiful Inca construction, and receive a guided tour. We camp near to the ruins and have a well deserved nutritious dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)   Please note that campsites can change – the Authorities are in charge of allocations. 

DAY 6

Wiñay Huayna – Machu Picchu (2,500m) – Aguas Calientes (2,000m)

A very early start after breakfast in order that we can arrive in time for sunrise at Machu Picchu. We walk for about an hour through the forest before arriving at the Inti Punku (the Sun Gate), where we will have our first inspiring view of Machu Picchu.

We admire the view before setting off for the short walk into the ruins. There will be a 2 hour fully guided tour around the ruins, visiting the main sites and monuments. After the tour you will have free time to wander around and explore by yourself. We drive by bus down to the town of Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included in cost).  Later in the afternoon we take the train back to Ollantaytambo where your driver is waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel in Cusco.

DAY 7

Cusco – Lima – Home

This morning we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Lima and onward connections.  As an Add-on and if time permits, we can include a Lima city tour with roundtrip airport transfers for you (please enquire).

 

Tour Photographs

Tour Prices

Group Service

  • US$ 1,400 per person based on sharing double rooms (single supplements apply)

Discounts

  • Children – 1 to 17yrs of age : US$ 40 (copy of passport front page required for discount to apply)

Included

  • All Transfers in Private Vehicle
  • Group Cusco City Tour and Group Sacred Valley Tour with all entrances included
  • Group Inca Trail with Personal Porters (7kg weight allowance)
  • 2 Nights accommodation in Cusco (3-star hotel)
  • 1 Nights accommodation in Ollantaytambo (3-star hotel)
  • Pre-departure briefing for the Inca Trail in our office
  • Collection from your hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley and return in Private Transportation
  • Professional English Speaking Mountain Guide (two guides for groups over 8 persons)
  • Duffles to put your luggage into including plastic bag to keep your gear dry during rainy season (only if hiring a personal porter)
  • Experienced Cook preparing delicious meals 3x a day
  • Meals: 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners (we provide generous amounts of nutritious meals and beverages and have vegetarian, gluten, wheat free options available)
  • Snacks enroute and tea time daily
  • Boiled water to replenish your supply from Day 1 – Lunch time onwards
  • Entrance fee onto Inca Trail and into Machupicchu Sanctuary (x2)
  • Bus from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes (x2)
  • Porters to carry the camping equipment, ie tents, tables, chairs, etc.
  • Duffel bags to put your luggage into when hiring Personal Porters
  • Spacious good quality 4 man tents (for your comfort we put only 2 persons per tent). Single tents are available at additional cost if you do not want to share.
  • Comfortable sleeping mats (can request delux mat at extra charge)
  • First Aid Kit carried by the Guide
  • Hot water for washing in your tent every day
  • Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel
  • Emergency Oxygen bottle and first aid kit
  • IncaRail or Expedition train ticket for group services

Excluded

  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes
  • Climb up Huaynapicchu / Machupicchu Mountain – $80 payable in advance for permit
  • Single supplement for hotel in Aguas Calientes – $45 per single
  • Single Tents (for persons not happy to share) – $60 per tent
  • Flights (Lima-Cusco-Lima)
  • Gratuities

Extras (Below items included in Private Service)

  • Sleeping bag – $28 (2017) / $30
  • Inflatable Thermarests – $20 (2017) / $25 (2018)
  • Inflatable pillow – $6
  • Trekking poles – $10 per pole (2017) / $12 per pole (2018)
  • Single Tent (for persons not happy to share) – $60 per tent

 

Interested in climbing Huaynapicchu / Machupicchu Mountain?

Permits are required for either of these hikes and are limited – you must book in advance!

Huaynapicchu: Currently the more popular hike as it’s a little shorter.  This hike is around 1hr steep ascent – there are sheer drops on the side, so if you are afraid of heights, this is not for you!  Coming down will also be around 1hr approx. There are 400 permits available per day and split into the following departure times:

  • 7am-8am slot (you will need to forfeit your guided tour of Machupicchu with this option)
  • 10-11am slot (this is our preferred time slot for our passengers as it means you can have your tour of Machupicchu first followed by the hike)

Machupicchu Mountain:  Less known than Huaynapicchu but certainly not to be ignored.  This hike is slightly longer taking around 1.5hrs up and same down.  From the top you will also get a birds eye view of Machupicchu. Many of our guides prefer this hike as its less crowded.  There are 400 permits available and there is one entrance time slot:

  • 7-8am (you will need to forfeit your guided tour of Machupicchu with this option)
  • 9-10am (this is our preferred time slot for our passengers as it means you can have your tour of Machupicchu first followed by the hike)

The cost to add on either excursion is US$ 80 per person payable in advance.  Please note your permits are with your name and passport details and are non- transferable and non-refundable.

Note About Our Porters

Our Porters carry a maximum load of 18kg, but we kindly ask you to not exceed your 7kg stated allowance as we need to adhere to the INC regulations and more importantly not damage the health and welfare of our Porters!

Please note that if you want to hire a personal porter you need to tell us this at the time of making your reservation as our Porters also require permits to enter the trail and we cannot add on more porters after we have obtained your permits.

Do you have any questions?

Our approach to travel is defined by our motto “Constantly in Pursuit of Excellence”, as we strive to provide top quality tour or trek options.

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Inca Trail Availability

Inca Trail Permits

 

Choose Month of Trek
December 2017 – please check with us on available dates

January 2018 – to be advised
February – TRAIL CLOSED
March 2018 – to be advised
April 2018 – to be advised
May 2018 – to be advised
June 2018 – to be advised
Juy 2018 – to be advised
August 2018 – to be advised
September 2018 – to be advised
October 2018 – to be advised
November 2018 -to be advised
December 2018 -to be advised