Day 1: Arrival to Lima – Welcome to Peru!
Just cross the street when leaving the exit hall of the Airport. Your hotel is located only a few meters away on the Airport’s premises. Relax and get some rest for the next day.
Day 2: Flight to Cusco & Sacsayhuaman Ruins
Enter the Airport for your flight to Cusco (approx. 1:30 hour). Visit Sacsayhuaman, the majestic Inca Fortress overlooking Cusco. After a first introduction to the Inca’s history and a guided visit, you will have time to explore the vast site on your own.
After lunch, visit Cusco’s Main Square, get familiar with the streets of Cusco and admire its beautiful architecture.
Day 3: Hiking Pisac Ruins
Drive by private car to the village of Pisac (approx. 45 minutes’ total driving duration), experiencing the fantastic Andean landscape as you gradually descend to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Stop by a view point and enjoy the stunning view over snowcapped mountains.
Drive up the mountain for a great view over the Valley and today’s highlight, a guided visit of Pisac Ruins on the Mountain’s top. Leave the crowds at the top and hike down to the village with more ruins on the way (approx. 3 hours’ hiking).
Enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards you’ll have time to explore Pisac’s famous handicraft market before driving back to Cusco.
Day 4: Mountain biking to Moray & stunning Inca Salt Flats
Mountain bike (optional) to the archeological site of Moray with its perfectly round Inca terraces, also known as the “Inca Lab”. Continue to the Inca Salt Flats and marvel at over 4,000 salt ponds built by the pre-Inca over 800 years ago, where the locals still harvest salt in exactly the same way as their ancestors did.
After lunch, drive to your nearby located hotel in the Valley and replenish your energy for the Inca Trail the next day.
Day 5: On the Inca Trail: From Piskacucho to Patallacta and Ayapata (Day 1)
Get picked up in the morning at your Hotel in the Sacred Valley to drive to the starting point of your trekking adventure on the Inca Trail and meet your trekking team.
Enter the first checkpoint and hike for approx. 2 hours to the first Inca site “Patallacta”. From there, continue hiking for another 2 hours to the lunch spot. Replenish your energy for the last part of today’s hike to the campsite at Ayapata at 10,826 ft above sea level (approx. 2.5 hours’ hike).
Relax at the campsite, enjoy your dinner prepared by your cook and the team and get a well merited rest.
Walking distance: 8.7 miles (6-7 hours)
Day 6: Dead Woman’s Pass & Runcu Raccay Pass (Day 2)
After an early wake-up and breakfast, get ready for this challenging day. Begin hiking uphill (approx. 4 hours) to the highest point of the trek, the “Dead Woman’s Pass” at 13,829 ft altitude. Have a break and enjoy the stunning view from the top before descending to the Pacaymayu Valley (“Hidden River”) and further down to the lunch spot. .
After lunch, hike up again to the second pass of the trek (approx. 2 hours), passing the small Inca site of “Runcu Raccay”. On the way, admire two huge waterfalls cascading down the opposite side of the valley. After the second pass, hike down for another hour until reaching the magnificent Inca site “Sayacmarca”.
Explore the site with your guide and enjoy the sunset over the Vilcabamba mountain range. Continue your way for approx. 20 minutes to the campsite of Chaquicocha (“Dry Lake”, at 11,811 ft).
After dinner, relax under the fantastic starry sky of the Southern Hemisphere.
Walking distance: 9.94 miles (7-8 hours)
Day 7: From Chaquicocha to amazing Wiñaywayna Ruins (Day 3)
After an early wake-up and breakfast, hike for approx. 2 hours, entering gradually the Cloud Forest. On the way, enjoy panoramic views on snowcapped Sakantay Peak and on Vilcabamba mountain range. Continue hiking uphill to the last peak of the trek at the ruins of Phuyupatamarka (“Town in the Clouds”, at 11,811 ft) from where you’ll have great views on the Urubamba River. From Phuyupatamarka, continue your hike for approx. 3 hours down to the campsite of Wiñay Wayna (“Forever Young”, at 8,530 ft), the most spectacular Inca site on the trail. In the afternoon, relax at the campsite and replenish your energy for your visit of Machu Picchu the next day. Later, explore the ruins of Wiñay Wayna with your guide.
Enjoy your dinner with the team and have an early night to be well rested for the next day and the highlight Machu Picchu.
Walking distance: 6.2 miles (5 hours)
Day 8: Entering Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate & Huayna Picchu (Day 4)
Wake up very early (around 3:00 AM) and start your hike to the Sun Gate with breathtaking views on Machu Picchu as you approach the site in the light of the rising sun.
Enter the site through the Sun Gate and hike down (approx. 1 hour) to the center of Machu Picchu and explore the vast and impressive Inca city with your guide. Climb challenging Huayna Picchu (or Machu Picchu Mountain) for a panoramic view over the whole site.
Take the bus down to Aguas Calientes. After lunch, travel by VISTADOME-Train to Ollantaytambo where your driver is waiting to get back to your hotel in Cusco.
Day 9: Flight to Lima & Farewell
Enjoy some free time in Cusco to further explore. Then get picked up at your hotel and drive to Cusco Airport for your flight to Lima & Outbound flight.
Safe journey home & come back soon!