10 Days – Unique Trek off the beaten track & short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Cusco, Sacred Valley, 3 day trek & short Inca Trail to MachuPicchu

Explore Cusco, the Sacred Valley and go on a unique trek (2x nights camping), passing Cusco’s highest waterfall and pre-Inca ruins, leading you to the Sun Gate used to by the Incas to bring offerings to sacred Mt. Veronica and a pre-Inca cemetery, still containing mummies. Continue on the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, reaching the site on foot in the afternoon, when most have left for the day. The perfect combination for nature lovers and allowing for a private first impression of the Sanctuary Machu Picchu away from the crowds.

The whole trip including the trek is completely private (i.e. private guide, horsemen, horses & team and all equipment included).

Customize this trip according to your preferences and travel style.

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.

There are no domestic night flights in Peru. If your international flight arrives in the evening, you’ll need to spend the first night in Lima. The Wyndham Costa del Sol Airport Hotel is located inside the premises of the airport, only a few meters away from the arrival hall. If you’re arriving to Lima in the morning, you can directly continue to Cusco, allowing for an additional day.
You may arrive any time to Lima. The itinerary will be adapted to your actual arrival time.

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.

The bike ride is optional, although ideal for travelers enjoying the outdoors. No former experience is required and the trail will be adapted to your preferences (easy to challenging). The car will follow the bikes the whole time, so you don’t need to carry anything.
If preferred, you can also choose to skip the bike ride and add in a hike instead or rather take it relaxed.

Day 5: Trekking Day 1 – Shaman’s Temple & Cusco’s Highest Waterfall

Get ready to be picked up and drive to the starting point of the trek to meet our staff, who will care for the meals, set up the camp for the night and lead the mules carrying your luggage. On the way, stop by the impressive “Temple of the Shamans”, an isolated and magical place only few visitors get to see.

Hike up the mountains overlooking the Sacred Valley (approx. 3 hours), passing by native communities and local farmers. Admire the highest waterfall of Cusco Department and various archaeological remains.

Enjoy a hot lunch prepared by your chef in the middle of nature and ascend further to the campsite (approx. 2 hours hike uphill), near a pre-Inca archaeological site with a fantastic view over the whole Valley.

After dinner, relax under starry sky and rest for the next day.

Day 6: Trekking Day 2 – Condor Viewpoint and Snowcapped Mountains

After a typical “mountain wake-up” and a hearty breakfast, get yourself ready to hike further up during 2 hours to the highest point of your trekking adventure (14,599 ft), rewarded by spectacular views on snowcapped mountains.

Hike down surrounded by the highest peaks of the Sacred Valley of the Incas to the picnic spot for lunch and replenish your energy (1.5 hours hike, flat and downhill). You might be lucky enough to spot condors flying at the distance.

Follow your way downhill until reaching the campsite (approx. 3 hours) near the Sun Gate to Veronica Mountain, an isolated mystical place formerly used for rituals and part of the original Inca trail.

Day 7: Trekking Day 3 – Following the Mummies Trail & back to the Valley

After breakfast at the campsite, hike down following the holy trail of the mummies, adjacent to a vast Inca cemetery and admire original Inca tombs, some of them still containing mummies (approx. 4 hours hike downhill). Say goodbye to your team and continue to your nearby located hotel for a well merited shower and rest.

Day 8: Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Early in the morning, met your specialized guide and drive to the train station to take the train to the starting point of your trekking adventure.
Start hiking up the mountain for about 2.5 – 3 hours to reach the Inca Trail and amazing site of “Wiñay Wayna” at 8,530 ft of altitude. Enjoy your box lunch and replenish your energy. From here, continue your way on original Inca Trail to the Sun Gate and entry point to Machu Picchu. If the weather is clear, you’ll be able to enjoy tremendous vies of Machu Picchu, the Urubamba River and other surrounding Inca Ruins.
Marvel at the World Wonder and enjoy your first undisturbed impression of Machu Picchu, when most visitors have already left for the day.
Take the shuttle bus down to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Village – approx. 25 minutes). Enjoy a hot shower at your hotel and relax after dinner to replenish your energy for your guided visit of Machu Picchu the next day.

Day 9: The Sanctuary: Machu Picchu & Huayna Picchu (or Machu Picchu Mountain)

In early morning, meet your guide and drive up to the vast archaeological site of Machu Picchu for a guided visit. Climb challenging Huayna Picchu (or Machu Picchu Mountain) for a breathtaking view over the whole site.

Hop on the bus back to Aguas Calientes for lunch in a local restaurant. Then take the train to Ollantaytambo where your driver is waiting to get back to Cusco.

Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain?

For those who wish to add in an additional hike to the cultural visit of Machu Picchu should consider climbing one of the two additional mountains located on the site of Machu Picchu.
Tickets are limited per day and need to be purchased well in advance. The challenging hike uphill takes about 1 hour, rewarded with breathtaking views from the top. However, in case of Huayna Picchu, it’s important that you are not afraid of heights (narrow steps next to an abyss). In case heights are an issue, Machu Picchu Mountain would be the better choice.

Day 10: 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!

There are domestic flights from Cusco to Lima all day. However, your international flight should not leave before 10 AM to make it in time to Lima. Your domestic flight will be booked in accordance with departure time of your international return flight.

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10 Day Peru Adventure

Cusco, Sacred Valley, 3 days trekking off the beating track & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
as of USD 4,130per person
3 Star accommodation for 2 travelers, based on double room occupancy (outside public holidays)

as of 4,420 USD per person
4 Star accommodation for 2 travelers, based on double room occupancy (outside public holidays)

as of 5,200 USD per person
5 Star accommodation for 2 travelers, based on double room occupancy (outside public holidays)

Includes:

  • 2x domestic flights: Lima – Cusco (roundtrip)
  • All accommodation: 6x nights in the Hotel category of your choice
  • Meals: 6x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner
  • All Transportation: all transportation by private car, including airport transfers
  • All entry fees: all entry fees to sites visit during the trip, including Inca Trail Permits, Machu Picchu & Huayna Picchu (or Machu Picchu Mountain), train tickets (Vistadome) and bus tickets up to the site
  • Private Trekking Team: Cook, assistant, horsemen and horses & private English-speaking specialized guide
  • Private English-speaking guiding service on excursions
  • All tours and excursions

Excludes:

  • Your international flight
  • Trip insurance
  • Tips for the guides and staff

Activities

  • Visits of the main archeological sites of Cusco & the Sacred Valley
  • Hiking Pisac Ruins (2.5 – 3 hours)
  • Mountain biking (optional – no former experience required)
  • Sacred Valley Trek (3 days / 2x nights camping)
  • Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Train to Aguas Calientes
  • Guided visit of Machu Picchu + climbing Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain

Difficulty

Moderate – Challenging – you need to be in good health and physically fit.

Time Sensitivity

Not time sensitive, except for tickets to Huayna Picchu (or Machu Picchu Mountain) which need to be arranged for well in advance, ideally 3 months prior to travel in high season.