• 10 days/9 nights
  • Next Departure: May 15, 2016
  • From $4,498 / person
  • ($880 single supplement)

Experience Glamping on the Inca Trail!

Travel from Lima to Cusco, from ruin to ruin across the Sacred Valley. Trek the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu while passing extraordinary archeological sites. The trail eventually culminates at the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu. Explore Cusco and surrounding ruins in-depth and tour the Sacred Valley while glamping with hot showers, cocktails, a personal chef and even a massage therapist.

  • Adult Vacations
  • Cultural
  • Hiking
  • Wine / Gourmet

Activity Level: Difficult

This Tour

Crowned by the towering Andes and tucked between the Amazon and the Pacific, Peru offers a captivating mix of adventure, nature, and history. Discover its mystique for yourself as you trek the iconic Inca Trail.

  • Explore the town of Pisac's famous market, where you will find unique and authentic local souvenirs
  • Visit Ollantaytambo, one of the last surviving Inca cities, and discover a ceremonial center built in the height of the Inca Empire
  • Hike to the top of Warmihuañusca Pass and soak up fantastic views of the surrounding valley
  • Descend into the Andean cloud forest and keep your eyes peeled for orchids and epiphyte plants in the dense undergrowth
  • End your trek at the "Sun Gate," where you will get your first stunning views of Machu Picchu
  • Sip on South American wine and enjoy gourmet cuisine as you relax at your "glamp" site after a great day of trekking
Hiker overlooking Peru
Photo: Hiker overlooking Peru
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Tour Itinerary

10 days/9 nights

Lima, Peru

Day 1: Lima
Meals Included:  No meals

On Day 1, arrive in Lima, the “City of Kings,” and the cultural hub of Peru.

From there, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your first night’s hotel (just across the street!).

Dinner tonight will be on your own.

About Costa del Sol Ramada
Located just steps from the Lima International Airport, the convenience of this hotel will be welcomed on your first night’s stay before your following day’s flight from Lima to Cusco.

Enjoy a delicious meal or Pisco Sour in the 24-hour restaurant or opt for a massage, Jacuzzi, steam room or sauna in the 24-hour spa. Cool off and go for a swim in the indoor pool. The caring staff is happy to take care of your every need.

Day 2: Lima / Cusco
Lima / Cusco
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Picoaga Hotel

On Day 2, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cusco, the Inca Empire's capital and oldest continuously inhabited city in the Western Hemisphere.

  • Take time upon your arrival to explore Cusco on your own:
  • Walk the main square
  • Buy a few trinkets at the local markets
  • Rest as you acclimate to this city with an elevation above 11,000 feet
  • Be sure to sample a Pisco Sour, Peru’s national drink!

About Picoaga Hotel
Hotel Picoaga is located in a colonial-era mansion that is considered part of the cultural heritage of the city of Cusco. The building dates back to the 17th century, when the Marquis de Picoaga arrived in the city and built himself a new home, using stonework and murals.

The hotel is divided between a colonial wing and a contemporary wing, combining stone archways, a beautiful patio, a fountain and original murals dating from the architecture of the 17th century with all the comforts of a modern, contemporary hotel. The rooms have been designed for the comfort of guests and are spacious, peaceful and fully equipped.

Day 3: Cusco
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: Picoaga Hotel

Get ready for a morning pickup from your hotel for a Cusco city tour!

  • We’ll start with a viewing of the Cathedral, built over 450 years ago, and its fine collection of paintings of the Cusqueño School
  • After this, you can’t miss a visit to the Koricancha, the most sumptuous temple of the Inca culture, which was dedicated to worship the sun
  • The remainder of the morning we’ll spend taking in the magnificent ruins of Sacsayhuaman and its impressive rocky constructions, followed by Kenko, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay

Early afternoon brings us back to Cusco city, where the rest of the day is yours to spend acclimating to and exploring the area.

This evening, we’ll meet for a briefing on the Inca Trail.

Day 4: Cusco / Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo
Cusco / Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Sol y Luna

This morning, grab an early transfer to the Sacred Valley.

First, we’ll visit Awanacancha, the llama project where you can see the South American camelids:

  • Llamas
  • Alpacas
  • Vicuñas
  • Have the chance to see the traditional weaving and dying techniques practiced by the local people for centuries

Continuing on, we’ll arrive in Pisac, a town where we’ll spend time walking the market, a great place to buy unique and authentic souvenirs. Visiting the ancient and mysterious ruins of Pisac will leave you wondering at the exact purpose of this ancient site and marveling over the intricate remains of a civilization long gone.

With the Amazon Rainforest to the east of the mountains, it is generally understood that Pisac provided a connecting point of sorts between the highlands and the jungle.

After lunch at a local restaurant, transfer to Ollantaytambo, one of the last Inca cities that remains where we’ll enjoy a guided visit to the Inca site that crowns the town.

Continue on to your hotel that lies in the Sacred Valley for an evening of relaxation.

About Sol y Luna
Sol y Luna was born in 1996, when Franz and Petit - its founders - arrived in the Sacred Valley with the aim of settling there and sharing, with visitors and neighbors, what this land has to offer: beauty, culture and history, together with work and the joy of progress.

Sol y Luna boasts over 100 collaborators, who share a common philosophy of respecting the natural environment and living in harmony with the local culture. The hotel is located in the province and district of Urubamba, in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, at an altitude of 8,850 feet, one hour’s drive from Cusco city.

Minutes away from the hotel, you can find important archaeological sites like Moray, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero and Machu Picchu.

Day 5: Sacred Valley / Huayllabamba
Sacred Valley / Huayllabamba
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Inca Trail Camp at Huayllabamba

At the start of Day 5, transfer from the hotel to km 82, where our porters and equipment await.

After checking in with the park rangers, we begin our trek escorted by the porters, hiking through semi-arid terrain along the Urubamba River with magnificent views of snow-capped mountains.

Passing the last remaining local villas, we’ll leave the Urubamba valley behind as we set off up the Kusichaca River to our first camp site in Huayllabamba where you’ll experience your introduction to “glamping” (glamorous camping).

Our campsite will be near the village but separate from crowds and noise which allow us to enjoy the peace of the surrounding mountains and birdlife!

* Km 82 – Huayllabamba: 6.8 mile trek (~ 6 hours)

About the Inca Trail Camp
Three evenings of your adventure will be spent “glamping” (glamorous camping) in your Inca Trail Tent Camp. Safari size tents with inflatable beds and warm duvets are provided as well as hot shower facilities along the trek.

Your chef will prepare gourmet camp cuisine, while you enjoy spirited cocktails like the famous Pisco Sour. Dinners are served using silverware, table linens, and a selection of wine (served in actual wine glasses).

Native “Quechua” porters are employed to assist along the way with all the necessary gear, so that you only need to carry your essentials (camera, water bottle, rain jacket, etc.) There’s even a massage therapist available on your evenings in camp!

Day 6: Huayllabamba / Pacaymayo
Huayllabamba / Pacaymayo
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Inca Trail Camp at Phuyupatamarca

After a short zigzagging ascent, we’ll arrive at the Runkurakay circular ruins. With no sign of human life, only extensive woods and abrupt hills, we’ll continue our way up the second pass.

Upon reaching the top and resting our legs, we snake our way down the other side, clearly observing that the Inca Trail becomes more and more well preserved as we continue. Taking the steps up to Sayacmarca, we’ll break as we listen to an explanation about the Inca Empire and its connection with the Amazon jungle.

Continue towards Phuyupatamarca Ruins, crossing the "Lago Seco" or Chakikocha where we’ll eat a tasty lunch. Carrying on, we hike up and down hills passing through "The Tunnel", a natural cavity produced by a landslide, adapted by the Incas.

After crossing a small pass, we spot steep steps and under these the Ceremonial Center of Phuyupatamarca Ruins, our campsite tonight with the best views of the surrounding jagged Andean peaks

* Pacaymayo – Phuyupatamarca: 5 mile trek (~ 5 hours)

Day 8: Phuyupatamarca / Machu Picchu
Phuyupatamarca / Machu Picchu
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

On Day 8, we’re up early as we begin our descent into the Andean cloud forest where orchids and epiphyte plants hide in the dense undergrowth, awaiting detection by keen eyes.

The Urubamba valley and river will be within our sights as we continue on our path towards the Wiñay Wayna ruins built up on a steep hillside.

After exploration of these famous ruins, we continue up the last pass to the renowned Inti Punku or “Sun Gate.” From here, you’ll be looking down upon the extensive and beautiful site of Machu Picchu.

For now, your guide will provide you with a brief orientation of the site and its history as we continue our journey onwards to our lodging for the evening

* Phuyupatamarca – Machu Picchu: 8 mile trek (~ 6 hours)

About the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
The Pueblo Hotel's private 12-acre cloud forest inside the Machu Picchu Sanctuary offers a scattering of cottages, streams, gushing waterfalls, gardens and wild forest.

Discover a working tea plantation, and the world’s largest private collection of indigenous orchids, open to the public. What could be more enchanting than the vibrant Waqnaki, and the legend of a lovesick Inca princess whose sadness was transformed into colorful teardrop petals?

Day 9: Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Picoaga Hotel

Once again, we rise early to take full advantage of our day in one of the most famous Inca sites in the world.

After a short public bus ride up to the main entrance of Machu Picchu, we’ll begin our guided tour of this intricate city of an ancient civilization.

  • You will visit the Intihuatana
  • The Temple of the Sun
  • The residential areas
  • The terraced fields
  • The ceremonial fountains
  • Other sectors of the impressive citadel

You will have the option to climb the stairs up Huayna Picchu to get a better view of the site as a whole.

This afternoon we take the bus down to Aguas Calientes, return by train to Ollantaytambo, and transfer by car back to Cusco.

We’ll gather for a farewell dinner at Map Café to share memories of our trip over Pisco Sours, followed by some lively music.

Day 10: Cusco / Lima
Cusco / Lima
Meals Included:  B

On our final day, take a return flight to Lima.

With guide assistance, connect with your international flight home.

We hope you'll join us again soon!

** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures and Apumayo Expediciones.

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  • 10 days/9 nights
  • Next Departure: May 15, 2016
  • From $4,498 / person
  • ($880 single supplement)

Confirmed Departures

  • May 15, 2016
  • Jul 10, 2016
  • Sep 18, 2016

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Additional Trip Information

  • An Austin Adventures/Apumayo representative will meet you upon arrival at the Lima airport.
  • Upon clearing customs, you’ll be transported one hour to the Miraflores Park Hotel, your home for the night.
  • On Day 10 you will be transferred from the Hotel Monasterio in Cusco to the airport according to your morning or afternoon flight schedule.
  • You will be met upon your arrival in Lima and assistance will be provided to the international departures terminal of the Lima airport.
  • Please confirm with your airline provider if the Peruvian airport departure and tourist tax is included in your ticket. If not, this departure tax must be paid in U.S. dollars or Peruvian Nuevos Soles, as credit cards are not accepted.

Hiking – Some hiking experience is recommended on this adventure.

  • 1 to 2 mile city walks and ruins tours.
  • Inca Trail: 4 to 8 mile hikes, moderate to strenuous uneven, rocky terrain. Elevation range: 7,800 – 14,000 feet. Your gear is carried by porters so you are only required to pack your essentials while hiking (rain jacket, water bottle, camera, etc.)

The hallmark of an Austin Adventure vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions are included as indicated by itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths & deluxe tent camping accommodations with necessary gear (two-person tent, inflatable beds, sheets, pillows, duvets, toilet tent, towels, portable shower, etc).
  • Meals as listed in detailed daily itinerary.
  • Fully trained, bilingual, professional guide(s) and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Land transportation (vehicles, buses, and trains) during the trip.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt & luggage tags.
  • Duffle bags for personal luggage on Inca Trail (20 pounds per person).
  • Porters throughout the Inca Trail trek.
  • Some alcoholic beverages like local wine, Pisco, champagne, beer, and sodas (on Inca Trail portion).
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, & local partner and expert gratuities.
  • Entrance fees to attractions in Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, & Huaynapicchu.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Flights from Lima-Cusco-Lima (approximately $480 per person, depending on availability).
  • Guide gratuities.
  • Meals not indicated in detailed daily itinerary.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.

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A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

  • 1. Glamping is the coolest thing since sliced bread! Experience the excitement of camping, with the comfort of a four-star hotel!
  • 2. Machu Picchu is incredible. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981, this ancient city on top of a mountain is simply breath-taking.
  • 3. At the time of the Spanish conquest, the Inca Empire was the largest empire in the world. You will have the chance to see several Inca sites on your Peru Inca Trail glamping trip!

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