Inca Trail Express from Lima 8 Days

NOV 2021 - DEC 2022 Price from $ 1420 USD pp
Trip Type foodCulture & Adventure
Difficulty Level Challenging/Tough
Group Size 2-8 people
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Conquer ancient pathways on the historic Inca Trail, Travel to Peru and retrace the steps of the Inca, Peru’s fascinating ancient civilization. Beginning in Lima, journey through the fertile heartland of the Sacred Valley, see the magnificent Ollantaytambo ruins before the ultimate destination – reaching Machu Picchu. This action-filled Peruvian tour gets you closer to the secrets of this elusive civilization on a breathtaking adventure along the Inca Trail.

INCLUSIONS

Meals

  • 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

  • Plane from Lima to Cusco
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer from the airports – hotels
  • Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Private transfers between hotels / stations / airports / excursions according to the itinerary

Accommodation

  • Camping with basic facilities (3 nights), Hotel (4 nights).

Included activities

  • Professional English speaker tour guide
  • Lima – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Cusco – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Sacred Valley  visit & lunch
  • Cusco – 4 Day Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu
  • 7kg free during the inca trail hike
  • Machu Picchu – Guided tour

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Travel Insurance
  • Slepping bag (optional to be rented)
  • Trekking poles (optional to be rented)
  • Meals not mencionated
  • Tips for the travel staff (guides, cook, porters)
  • Extra cost not mencionated
  • Lima’s grand colonial facades, Spanish houses and endless culture make it one of the prettiest cities to explore in Latin America.
  • Explore Cusco, South America’s oldest continuously inhabited city. The city has ancient foundations, an interesting blend of Incan and colonial influences, and seemingly endless things to do and see.
  • Adjust to the altitude with a pisco sour and some ceviche to get to know Peruvian cuisine.
  • Travel through the Sacred Valley – known for its steep and soaring scenery, its mystical significance for the Inca and the indigenous cultures that still reside here.
  • Explore the greatest icon of ancient South America, Machu Picchu, on a guided tour.
  • You’ll be camping with very basic, shared facilities along the Inca Trail (where there are drop toilets and no showers). This is all part of the adventure of being among nature.
  • While hiking the 4 Day Inca Trail  you may be joined by some travelers.
  • We’ll be experiencing a mix of hot and cold climates, so pack accordingly and bring layers.
  • It’s important to wear sunscreen and other sun protection, and always drink plenty of water.
  • This trip involves a lot of hiking and walking, so requires a moderate level of fitness. There are a few different trail options to suit your interests and physical capabilities. Please bring durable footwear suitable to hiking.
  • Due to the high altitude of many of places we visit some people can suffer altitude sickness. Some people aren’t affected at all, but if you are, be sure to drink plenty of water and don’t push yourself too hard.

Camping with basic facilities (3 nights), Hotel 3*** (4 nights).

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 10 m
Hiking Distance 2 km
Approximate walking time 1 hrs

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.

  • Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
  • Meals Included: There are no meals included on this day.

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 3350 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.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 3700 m
Hiking Distance 8 km
Approximate walking time 5 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, Pisac. 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, In the afternoon we will continue our adventure to the ruins of Pisac. The day will end at your hotel located in the Sacred Valley.

  • Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 3200 m
Hiking Distance 11 km
Approximate walking time 7 hrs

We will pick up you from your  hotel in Cusco at 5:00 am, then we go in private minivan to Km 82, Piscacucho, start of the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu; vía Chinchero, Ollantaytambo, at the checkpoint you  will meet your crew of local porters,cook. Before to start the inca trail to machu picchu we will weigh the equipments and control the passports and your tickets, for the classic  Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, then we will start our trek at 9:00 am, along the Urubamba River.The first day includes uphill trekking to the campsite until we reach Llactapata an important archaeological site at 12:00 pm, where we will learn a bit about the history and culture of the Incas, then at 13:00 pm we will have lunch at the site of Tarayoc, then we continue 2 hours of walking to our first camp of Huayllabamba (3,100 meters) this site is the last town that we will see on the route, it is inhabited by farmers who still plant their plots of corn and potatoes. This day you can take advantage to charge your devices with electricity. In the afternoon it will be our presentation with our porters, and a very nutritious dinner to rest.

Notes: The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is recommended for people who love challenges, and have some trekking preparation, as the path is 45 km long and often steep. Each day’s commute generally consists of seven hours of walking (uphill and downhill), with stops for snacks and lunch. The trekking usually begins at 7 am (except the fourth morning) each day we arrive at the camp around 4 pm. Accommodation on the trek is camping (three nights). Twin-share tents and foam camping mats will be provided. The porters will set up the tents while the cook prepares the meals.

  • Accommodation: Camping Tent
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 4200 m
Hiking Distance 12 km
Approximate walking time 8 hrs

This is the most challenging day of the trek, as we ascend a long steep path (approximately five hours) to reach the highest point of the trail. Colloquially known as ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’, Warmiwañusca sits at a height of 4,200 meters above sea level, providing amazing views of the valley below. Your porters will wake up you, at 5:00 am  with a hot cup of coca tea to get you ready for the day. Today we will start at 6:30 am. We’ll hike for roughly 5 hours to the highest pass of the classic inca trail to machu picchu, Dead Woman’s Pass (4200 meters/13,829 feet). The first 2 hours , you will walk into highland forest, the way is steps and uphill. Then you will get the place of Llullucha, where we will stop a long time, from this point until the dead woman pass is one hour and a half , the landscape  gonna change , is a new microclimate, because the altitude it gonna be very hard, but not impossible to reach the pass at 12:00 pm, we’ll stop a  short break to enjoy the views before setting off again to descend to the next valley (Pacaymayo Valley ). It’s another hour and a half down the side of the valley to our lunch spot,  we will end the hike at 2:00 pm . In the afternoon is a free time, to relaxing , in case you like a cold shower there is , if not just enjoy the beauty of the landscape, this day we have also tea time and the dinner.

  • Accommodation: Camping Tent
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 3900 m
Hiking Distance 14 km
Approximate walking time 8 hrs

We begin early again, wake up at 5:30am to begin what is commonly felt to be the most beautiful day of the whole classic  Inca Trail. We begin ascending again to the second pass of the trek. It’s 2 hours to the pass and along the way we’ll stop at a small Inca site (Runcu Raccay) and see two huge waterfalls cascading down the opposite side of the valley. After the second pass, it’s another hour downhill hike to reach the magnificent Inca site, Sayacmarca (an otherwise inaccessible village). We’ll stop here for a rest and have a quick tour of the site and then watch the Vilcabamba mountain range. It’s then just another 20 minutes until we stop for the lunch place, in Chaquicocha at 11:00 am (Dry Lake, 3600 meters). After lunch, we hike for 2 hours along what we like to call “Inca flat” (gradual inclines) and begin to enter the jungle, known as the Cloud Forest. As we walk we will have the opportunity to see the majesty of Salkantay, the second highest snow-capped mountain in Cusco. Towards the end of the Inca flats we begin to make our way up to the last peak at Phuyupatamarca (3600 meters) from where we’ll have great views overlooking the Urubamba River. Down the valley we get our first views of Machu Picchu Mountain but the site itself is still hidden from view. From Phuyupatamarca it’s a 3 hour walk down a flight of steps,  to our last campsite, arrival time  is at 16:00 pm. Wiñay Wayna is the most spectacular Inca site on the trail after Machu Picchu and the most popular campsite because of its proximity to Machu Picchu.

  • Accommodation: Camping Tent
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 2700 m
Hiking Distance 8 km
Approximate walking time 6 hrs

Wake up time is at 4:00 AM. Then we will do a line in order to wait at the checkpoint to be opened. At 5:30 am once the park rangers do the last checking we start the walk to the Sun Gate, along the way we have spectacular views of the mountains and Urubamba river. We will reach the Sun Gate at 6:30am, over there you can take the first picture of Machu Picchu with amazing views, after to enjoy the sunrise, we will go down to the sacred citadel. At 8:00 am we will arrive to the gate of Machu Picchu , overe there we have to leave all our backpacks, because into the archeological site is not possible to do with rucksacks. As well you can use the toilets and buy some coffes or sodas. At 9:00 am we start the tour guiding into the complex with your tour guide for 2 hours , then you can explore a little bit more by yourself. At midday you have to go down to Aguas Calientes town, and look a restaurant for your lunch. So the return to Ollantaytambo by train is at 14:55 pm. After 1h 45m the train arrives to Ollantaytambo train station where gonna pick up you our staff, after to have amazing days you will arrive to your hotel in Cusco at 18:30 pm.

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.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 3350 m
Hiking Distance 2 km
Approximate walking time 1 hrs

Your tour comes to an end today and there are no activities planned. You may like to stay on for a few extra days to make the most of your visit here. We’ll be happy to assist in booking accommodation (subject to availability).

  • Meals Included: Breakfast

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING FOR THE INCA TRAIL EXPRESS FROM LIMA 8 DAYS

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

NOV 2021 - DEC 2022 Price from $ 1420 USD Per Person
Tour for 2 - 4 person $ 1420USD Per Person
Tour for 5 person $ 1370USD 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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