Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Manu Jungle, Cusco to Titicaca Lake 15 Days

MAR 2022 - DEC 2022 Price from $ 5400 USD pp
Trip Type foodCulture & Adventure
Difficulty Level Leisurely/Moderate
Group Size 2-8 people
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Welcome to Peru, where colourful cities rub shoulders with wild rainforests and ancient monuments. Join a local leader to discover the Incan, indigenous and modern sides of Peru on an immersive two weeks Premium journey. From the colonial charm of Lima to the incredible biodiversity of the Amazon Rainforest, the historically rich city of Cusco and the spectacular Incan ruins of Machu Picchu – this adventure takes you straight to the heart of it all. Take time to soak up quiet moments of local life and get beneath the surface of a remarkable country that’s anything but ordinary.Sublime landscapes, wildlife, history, culture – Peru has more than its fair share. Its famed snow-capped Andean peaks shelter the temples and fortresses of the Inca and other pre-Columbian cultures, linked by a network of paved trails.

Much of Peru’s territory lies in the Amazon basin, swathed in tropical forest, surviving virtually untouched; but its diversity of exotic wildlife and vegetation is surprisingly accessible. Peru’s arid coastline is dotted with the haunting remnants of ancient cultures -easy to visit, a bit harder to decipher, always fascinating. Above and beside of all of this, the Spanish colonial heritage has survived to provide a living record of the richness of its art and architecture, from humble village to imperial city, the visitor is spoilt for choice. The markets, music and fiestas of contemporary Peru just add to the colour.

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Domestic flights: Lima – Cusco / Juliaca – Lima
  • Private transfers between hotels/stations/airports/excursions according to the itinerary
  • Train tickets Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
  • Accommodation in 3-4 star hotels for  10 nights in their specified destinations. Buffet breakfast is included.
  • In Llachon overnight stay with host families in simple accommodations without running water or electricity. 1 night
  • Rustic Amazon Lodges in double rooms (with shower / toilet) 3 nights
  • All activities provided in the program with equipment, unless they are marked as additional costs in the itinerary.
  • Tickets to the tours provided in the program.
  • Professional Tour Guide who speaks English at all times
  • First aid kit, oxygen bottles are used only in an emergency.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Evacuation: in the event of a serious medical injury, we will coordinate with your travel insurance company to arrange evacuation.
  • Meals and drinks other than those not mentioned in the itinerary. Expect USD260-340 for meals not included
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Optional excursions.
  • Items of a personal nature such as souvenirs and telephone
  • Travel insurance.
  • Marvel at the evergreen splendour of the untouched Amazon. Explore rainforest trails with a local guide, looking out for wildlife and medicinal plants, and stay in a tranquil jungle lodge overnight.
  • Head on a guided stroll through charming Cusco with your local leader, where Inca temples and Spanish cathedrals line the cobblestone streets – Peru’s true cultural and historic centre.
  • Sleep in a mud-brick hut on the shore of vast, ancient Lake Titicaca during a homestay in a traditional Andean community, and visit the floating reed islands of Uros with your small group.
  • Choose you own adventure on your way to the mother of all Inca cities – magical Machu Picchu. Hike the Short Inca trail to Machu Picchu at leisurely experience.
  • Visit one of the most beautiful Andean landscapes in Peru, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, it offers a pleasant climate, and different Inca ruins, with an exquisite architectural design.
  • This trip visits places that are at high altitude, which can cause altitude sickness, regardless of age or physical health.
  • The Amazon Jungle can be very hot and humid, so it’s important to drink plenty of water and wear light cotton clothing. Be sure to bring tropical-strength insect repellent.
  • For this great trip in Peru, it is recommended that you be in good physical condition, since there are days in which you will do some treks that are of moderate level. Also bring good hiking shoes, which are not heavy, but very resistant to rain.
  • The accommodation of Lake Titicaca, are rustic mud houses, with their basic services, which are administered by local people, very friendly and respectful, who will give them a warm welcome.

 

  • Overnight stays in double rooms (with shower / toilet) in a balanced mix 3-4*** hotels, very cozy. ( 10 nights)
  • In Llachon overnight stay with host families in simple accommodations without running water or electricity. 1 night
  • Rustic Amazon Lodges in double rooms (with shower / toilet) 3 nights

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 20 m

Welcome to Lima, Peru’s capital and one of South America’s most beautiful cities. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 2 pm, where you’ll meet your fellow travellers and tour leader. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. After the meeting, stroll the streets of downtown Lima and check out some of its main attractions on a leader-led walking tour. Enjoy free time before an optional group dinner this evening. The unofficial food capital of South America, there’s no better place to sample Peru’s national dish, ceviche, than at one of Lima’s excellent restaurants. As there’s little time spent in Lima, you may like to arrive a few days early to see the sights, including the chic suburb of Miraflores, Central Park, Lovers’ Park and the National Museum.

  • Accomodation: Hotel Tierra Viva Miraflores Larco (Komfort)
  • Meals Included: There are no meals included on this day.

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 3400 m
Hiking Distance 5 km
Approximate walking time 2 hrs

Today you will say goodbye to the capital of Peru for a few days, since in the morning you will have to take a flight to Cusco. This flight will be without an escort, however, your local guide will meet you at the Cusco airport.

This city is at a very high altitude (3,400m), so you may want to take a little time to acclimatize, whether it’s to go out to see the city or relax with a bite of street food. After arriving at your hotel, in the afternoon you and your local guide can enjoy an orientation walk to see the colonial wonders and indigenous foundations of this fascinating city. It is the oldest inhabited city in South America, so there is so much to do and see. You’ll visit the facade of Qoricancha temple, the local San Pedro market, the main square, past the 12 Angled Stone, Regocijo Square and San Blas Square.

  • Accommodation: Atiq Boutique Hotel
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 2800 m
Hiking Distance 5 km
Approximate walking time 2 hrs

In the morning we gonna pick up you at 7:00 , from your hotel, then we will go by bus to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where the Inca once built important cities such as Chinchero, Ollantaytambo, Maras, Urubamba. This spectacular cities amidst the breathtaking Andean landscape were designed in harmony with nature and are a dream for anyone who likes to visit archaeological sites and ruins. For the tour, we will use the tourist ticket “Boleto Turistico Parcial” . This lush valley was known as Wilcamayo to the Incas and has long been the main source of food for the high Andes. Maize crops can be seen surrounding the river and covering the terraces carved high into the valley walls. Our first place to visit is Chincheros where you can see the andean terraces, temples, also you can enjoy  the typical market of Chincheros, then we will visist Moray, and Salineras at midday we go to Urubamba city where is the lunch stop, then we will go to the inca city of Ollantaytambo, where our tour guide will show you the most important places of this inca remain. The day will end at your hotel located in the Sacred Valley.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Hacienda del Valle Urubamba
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 2700 m
Hiking Distance 11 km
Approximate walking time 6 hrs

We pick you up from your hotel in Sacred Valley at 5:00am, in our private transport, then we descend to the Ollantaytambo station, this first stretch lasts 1 hour. Then we will travel by train, our train leaves at 6:40 in the morning. We will travel to the side of the Vilcanota River until km 104 to begin our short inca trail. At 8:00 am we will start the trek the first archeological site to visit is Chachabamba (2270 meters). We continue our ascent to Wiñayhuayna, during the journey you will have beautiful views of the Urubamba River. We can observe different species of orchids. After 2 hours, you will reach the ruins of Wiñaywayna (2,650 meters), this fabulous archaeological site is located on a rocky promontory that dominates the Urubamba Valley and is dominated by a large set of terraces, this place was built by Pachaquteq, the emperor most powerful of the Incas empire. After eating our box lunch, we continue with the walk to Sun gate, where it will arrive at 2:00 pm. From this place we have the first view of Machu Picchu, also you can enjoy an exceptional sunset. Then we descend to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu (2400 meters), where we can only take some panoramic views, in the afternoon we will go down by bus to the town of Aguas Calientes, so we will end the first day of the short inca trail in a confortable Hotel.

  • Accommodation: Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 2400 m
Hiking Distance 5 km
Approximate walking time 2 hrs

You’ll have time for breakfast first, and then your guide will pick you up from the hotel at around 05h40. We’ll then walk to the bus departure point for the short but zigzagging ascent up the road to Machu Picchu.

We’ll then pass through the gates into the Machu Picchu archaeological site. Here you’ll begin your guided walking tour with an experienced and highly knowledgeable guide. Our tour of Machu Picchu will last about two hours, and will take you to all the most famous and most spectacular parts of the extensive archaeological complex.

These include the House of the Guardian, Intihuatana, Temple of the Sun, Sacred Plaza and other key locations. And as we walk around, we’ll have spectacular views across the agriculture terraces of Machu Picchu and across to the surrounding mountains and plunging gorges.

Once we’ve finished our tour of Machu Picchu, we’ll take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes where you can relax and have lunch (not included) before we board the train back to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival at the station, we’ll be waiting to take you back to your hotel in the sacred valley of the incas, where you can think back to your incredible tour of one of the world’s most famous and most impressive attractions

Visiting Machu Picchu:

According to Machu Picchu visiting regulations, all visitors must follow a pre-determined route within the site. This route must be followed in one direction only and once the guided visit commences exiting and re-entering the site is not permitted. Once the guided visit concludes, visitors must exit the site and personal exploration of Machu Picchu is not permitted.

Special Information

Sunrise at Machu Picchu: The first bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu departs at 5.30am. The estimated arrival time is between 6- 6.30am The sun rises at Machu Picchu at approximately 5.30am, therefore it’s not possible to be there in time for sunrise.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Hacienda del Valle Urubamba
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 3400 m
Hiking Distance 6 km
Approximate walking time 3 hrs

After a very nutritious breakfast, we get ready for a day full of adventure. Today we will leave in our own mobility to the famous town of Pisac, which is well known for its skilled artisans, where you can visit some silver workshops. You can also taste the delicious bread from the Sacred Valley, which is made with natural ingredients, in artisan ovens that date back to the colony. Then we go to the archaeological complex of Pisac, there you will visit the agricultural terraces, also the houses and temples exquisitely built on the mountain from, where you have spectacular views of the sacred valley, at noon we will have a stop for lunch. Then we will visit the ruins of Pikillaqta, which in pre-Inca times was a very busy city, there you will walk through its streets and squares. Very close is the other Inca attraction, which very few people manage to visit, but which is a true jewel of ancestral architecture, since it is still possible to see the water aqueducts in operation, as they were left by the Incas, from here we return with a beautiful sunset to the city of Cusco, where we will spend our last night.

  • Accommodation: Atiq Boutique Hotel
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 5200 m
Hiking Distance 4 km
Approximate walking time 3 hrs

Pick up will be at 4:45 am, from your hotel  in Cusco. Then we go towards the south valley route. After two hours we will arrive at the site of Cusipata, where we will have our breakfast. Then we continue by our private transportation to the start of the hike to the rainbow mountains with our guides who will accompany us to the summit of the Vinicunca or rainbow mountains. The first section will be walked on a grassy plain, where thousands of Alpacas graze, llamas. We will also meet with shepherds and settlers who still wear their native costumes. After 1 hour we will arrive at the the top (5,200 meters), from where they will be able to appreciate the majesty of the mountains of colors, and the Ausangate Snow Mountain. After to take the best pictures you will return to Cusipata in order to have the buffet lunch. Ending the day in your hotel at 16:00 pm.

  • Accommodation: Anahuarque Hotel Boutique
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 1500 m
Hiking Distance 4 km
Approximate walking time 2 hrs

This day the pickup will be from your hotel or lodging in the city of Cusco, at 6:00 am, and then we will head towards Paucartambo, the first stretch lasts 3 hours, this day you can buy your first breakfast in the town of Huancarani. Then we will visit the chullpas of Ninamarca, which was a pre-Inca funerary complex of great importance. From here it is another hour to the colonial town of Paucartambo, a beautiful colonial city. Continue to the cloud forest, an area rich in endemic species such as the spectacled bear, the cock of the rocks, you can also see the woolly monkey, the capuchin monkey. In this part we will make several stops to observe birds and mammals. Our lunch will be in the middle of the jungle enjoying the beautiful landscape with varieties of orchids, bromeliads and ferns, etc. This day we finish the tour at 5 pm, arriving at our lodge in the town of Pilcopata.

  • Accommodation: El Paraiso Eco Lodge
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 500 m
Hiking Distance 4 km
Approximate walking time 2 hrs

After breakfast we will continue on private transportation to the Atalaya Port, which is located on the banks of the Madre de Dios River (700 m). Here we will take a boat that will take us to the second lodge in the middle of the jungle, the trip takes 30 minutes, along the river you will see an enormous diversity of bird species, such as herons, vultures and cormorants, kingfishers, if You can also see Capibara one of the largest rodents in the world, leopard, etc. Upon arrival at the lodge you can enjoy the warm climate of the jungle. At 10 am, we will start the walk in the forest where the guide will point out and explain the interesting diversity of wildlife that surrounds you. In the afternoon there is a visit to Machuwasi Lake, here you can take a ride on a handmade raft, on the site you can see several endemic birds, it is also possible to see the alligator, monkeys, etc. This day we finish the adventure at 5:00 p.m.

  • Accommodation: Amazon Lodge
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 500 m
Hiking Distance 6 km
Approximate walking time 3 hrs

Today we will get up very early (5:15 a.m.) to go to the lick of the parrots, by boat it is 15 minutes. If we are very lucky we will have a very beautiful show of the macaws, which have  reds, yellows, blues feathers, as well green parrots with turquoise, likewise many parakeets, who descend to the clay cliffs in search of minerals and sulfates very important for their diet of the birds. On our return we will have a delicious breakfast with lots of energy for a 3-hour walk in the forest, to learn about medicinal plants, fruits, if you are lucky you can also see the lazy bear, this day you will meet the largest tree “the ceiba ” In the afternoon after lunch you participate in a therapy activity with mud, you can also swim in the Madre de Dios river. To end the day we visit a small lake near our lodge, to know the family of capybaras and also nocturnal monkeys. Today we will have our special farewell dinner with all the work staff.

  • Accommodation: Amazon Lodge
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 3400 m

Our awake at the lodge is at 5:00 am, to have breakfast and pack all our stuff. Those who wish can also do the shooting activity of the bow and arrow. At 6.45 am we left our boat to the town of Atalaya, where we pick up the private transport to Cusco, this trip will last 7 hours. During the trip you can still see some observation of monkeys and birds if they did not have much luck the first day. Today we will have lunch at the Ajanacu pass at 12.00 pm. After descending to the valley of Challabamba, we pass Huancarani, and finally we reach the City of Cusco at between 4:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The final point will be the Kusipata square, which is very close to the city center.

  • Accommodation: San Agustin Internacional
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 3400 m
Hiking Distance 4 km
Approximate walking time 2 hrs

Probably the most interesting city in Peru has many sights to offer. Today’s half-day city tour takes you to the Iglesia Santo Domingo, where the remains of the former magnificent sun shrine Qoricancha were uncovered after an earthquake. You will also visit the mighty cathedral of Cusco, which rises like a bulwark against the sun cult of the Incas on the historic Huacaypata square. The square, now called “Plaza de Armas”, is located in the heart of the city and is surrounded by many colonial churches that tower above the foundations of Inca temples. Later you will visit the extensive fortress Saqsaywamán, which is located above the city and offers a wonderful view over the former capital of the Inca Empire. A few kilometers further to the west, explore the natural sanctuary of Q’enko, located between the jagged rocks, where the altars and the sacrificial trough of former ritual ceremonies are still preserved today. After the small mountain fortress Pukapukara, you will also visit the water sanctuary Tambomachay. In this mystical place, let yourself be drawn under the spell of the former Inca empire and listen to the sounds of the water that rises from an old Inca water pipe and gushes over terraced walls. The afternoon is at your leisure, so that you have enough time for a walk or a shopping spree and soak up the extraordinary atmosphere of the city.

  • Accommodation: San Agustin Internacional
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 4200 m
Hiking Distance 2 km
Approximate walking time 1 hrs

Today we take our bus to Lake Titicaca. The first half of the trip is dominated by the magnificent snow-capped peaks of the Andes, which stretch majestically over the deep valleys of the Huatanay River. Later we reach the slightly gentler hilly landscape of the “Altiplano”, here you can often see alpacas and vicuñas. On the way we will stop at various attractions, ruins and sights in addition to spectacular Andean backdrops along the way. In the late afternoon we reach Juliaca and continue to the idyllic and original village of Llachón, located on a small peninsula. Here we integrate ourselves into the village community and get to know the life of the Peruvian farmers better.

  • Accommodation: Comunidad de Llachón (Standard)
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 4000 m

In the morning we hike over the peaceful landscape of the Peninsula Capachica to the Carus viewpoint, where a magnificent panorama over the lake is offered. We will return to the village of Llachón for lunch. After a traditional lunch we take an interesting boat trip on Lake Titicaca. We visit the floating reed islands of the Uros. Around 30 to 50 Uros descendants still live on the around 40 floating islands today, and they now live almost exclusively from tourism. There you also have the opportunity to go on one of the postcard-famous “Totora boats”. In the evening we fly from Juliaca back to Lima, where we spend the last night of our trip.

  • Accomodation: Hotel Tierra Viva Miraflores Larco (Komfort)
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 50 m

After breakfast enjoy your last day at leisure before transferring to the airport for your flight at home.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast
warm jackets
Hydration bladder
wool socks
camera
scarf
first aid kit
hiking shoes
Dry bags
Trekking Poles
sun cream
Snack
sun hat
bathing suite
rain coat
Sandals
insect repellent
Passport
Down Jackets
toilet paper
daypack
Wool cap
head lamp
gloves
sun glasses
cap
extra cash
Trekking pants

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The best time to visit Peru is during the dry season, between May and November, when the weather is dry and bright, with more frequent rainfall occurring between November and April.

JANUARY Warm - Heavy Rain
FEBUARY Warm - Heavy Rain
MARCH Warm - Heavy Rain
APRIL Warm - Light Rain
MAY Hot
JUNE Hot
JULY Hot
AUGUST Hot
SEPTEMBER Hot - Warm
OCTOBER Hot - Warm
NOVEMBER Warm - Light Rain
DECEMBER Warm - Heavy Rain

PRICE & AVAILABILITY

MAR 2022 - DEC 2022 Price from $ 5400 USD Per Person
Tour for 2 - 4 person $ 5400USD Per Person
Tour for 5 person $ 5250USD Per Person
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Why travel with Andean Great Treks

LOCALLY INSPIRED, DELICIOUS FLAVOURS
There is something magical about artisanal farming in the Andes. The rich soils and unique climate give products an otherwise unattainable flavor. Our chefs serve local and international food. With unparalleled views of the fabulous Andean Mountains, amid the highland forests from your table, you’ll enjoy delicious gourmet food and new spins on classic Peruvian favorites. We use only local produce and fresh ingredients.
OUR PASSIONATE TOUR GUIDES
Unlock the secrets of Peru’s most iconic adventure destination. Our team is passionate about making sure your experiences are unique —some thrilling, some relaxing, all awe-inspiring. Our private guides will let you explore the Andes and rainforest at your own pace, stopping for a snack if you’re hungry, or racing to the top of a hill if you’re up to it.
YOUR SAFETY OUR PRIORITY
We work with certified guides, the latest high-tech equipment and satellite communication, to guarantee your safety every step on the trail. Each year we do the course of rescue and first aid with all our hiking team (guides, cooks, horsemen, drivers). The course is comprehensive and practical, including all of the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments.
ENVIRONMENTAL SENSITIVITY
We have deep love and respect for our Mother Earth or Pachamama since we are a 100% Cusco company. We know the importance of our Andean culture, and like good children of the earth, we do everything possible to avoid contamination.
CAMPING EQUIPMENT
It’s essential to have the best equipment when you’re walking in the mountains. Due to the constant climate changes in the region, we use tents suitable for all four seasons.
SMALL GROUPS & BIG ADVENTURES
With a maximum group size is 8 on most tours, it feels more like traveling with friends than being on an organized tour. You'll meet like-minded people where everyone is guaranteed to share a passion for travel.

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