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

Experience Glamping on the Inca Trail!

Experience the wonder of one of the world’s greatest mysteries on this action-packed, small group adventure to Machu Picchu. Our expert guides handle each and every detail of your trek throughout these awe-inspiring days while Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service adds the extra Wow to every step. Custom, all-inclusive accommodations travel with you as you journey along the Classic Inca Trail from Cusco to Machu Picchu through the Sacred Valley of the Inca. Your hard work is rewarded with hot showers, cocktails, a personal chef and even a massage therapist before you retire to your cozy tent and enjoy the divine comfort of a feather duvet and fluffy pillow. Enchanting ruins, captivating history and of course the grand mystique of the majestic Andes serve as the perfect backdrop to this ultimate Peru vacation package and best-in-class opportunity to discover Machu Picchu.

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  • Adult Vacations
  • Cultural
  • Hiking
  • Wine / Gourmet

Activity Level: Difficult

About
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 that culminates at the Inca civilization's ancient citadel and world wonder of Machu Picchu. Unwrap the mysteries of the Inca on this 10-day, exclusive journey to Machu Picchu along the iconic Inca Trail. Our expert guides can't wait to introduce you to the sights, flavors and endless moments of beauty found in the Sacred Valley of the Inca.

  • Explore the town of Pisac's famous market and its colorful offerings of 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

After a beautiful day hiking up and down the Inca Trail, I couldn’t believe the luxuriousness of our camp each evening! Blow-up mattresses, full-size pillows, feather duvets, first-class dining, hot showers, massages… paradise in the middle of Peru.

Kasey A Billings, MT

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

10 days/9 nights

Lima, Peru

Day 1: Lima
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Meals Included:  No meals
Overnight: Costa del Sol Lima

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.

Costa del Sol Lima

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 / Sacred Valley
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Meals Included:  B, L, D

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.

Transfer to the Sacred Valley of the Incas (at a lower elevation than Cusco), on the way visiting Pisac town where a stop at the Indian market promises unique and authentic souvenirs

Lunch at Cuchara de Palo Restaurant and continue the shuttle to your hotel along a beautiful road bordered by the Urubamba River, agricultural fields and snow-capped mountains.

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 3: Maras / Moray / Sacred Valley
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Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Sol y Luna

Morning pickup from your hotel for a visit to Mara’s ancient salt mines. Here you’ll find an array of picturesque pools where the Incas built terraces in the hillside to capture the downward flow of salty springs emerging from the hillside.

Continue on to Moray, where you’ll find huge circular agricultural terraces built by the Incas used to plant various crops. The area was used in the past as an agricultural laboratory to determine optimum conditions for different species of crops growing at varying altitudes

Lunch at Wayra Restaurant and then enjoy a guided visit to the Inca site that crowns the town. Transfer back to Sol y Luna and enjoy dinner in the hotel restaurant

Day 4: Sacred Valley / Huayllabamba
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Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Inca Trail Camp at Huayllabamba

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.

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 5: Huayllabamba / Pacaymayo
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Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Overnight Inca Trail Camp at Pacaymayo

After a hearty breakfast, we begin our trek to the top of Warmihuañusca Pass (13,860 ft)

We’ll reach the turning point after a short time from where it is possible to see the other side of the valley leading to Runkurakay ruins. Once we snap pictures and take in the fantastic view, we’ll make our way down into a native gorge towards our next campsite at Pacaymayo.

Day 6: Pacaymayo / Phuyupatamarca
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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 7: Phuyupatamarca / Machu Picchu
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Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

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 8: Machu Picchu / Cusco
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Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Costa del Sol Ramada Cusco

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.

About the Costa del Sol Ramada Cusco

The Costa del Sol Ramada 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 9: Cusco
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Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Costa del Sol Ramada Cusco

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 at 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.

Tonight 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
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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

Departure
  • An Austin Adventures/Apumayo representative will meet you upon arrival at the Lima airport.
  • Upon clearing customs, your guide will walk you across the street to your hotel, Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport.
  • On Day 10, you will be transferred from Costa del Sol Ramada 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.
Activities

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.)
Meals

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: This fancy way to experience the great outdoors is clearly the coolest thing since sliced bread! Experience the excitement of camping, with the comfort of a four-star hotel!
  • 2. To see a world wonder: An UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981, this ancient city on top of a mountain is a must on every traveler's bucket list.
  • 3. The mighty Inca: Marvel at the remains of one of history's greatest civilizations. At the time of the Spanish conquest, the Inca Empire was the largest empire in the world!
  • 4. Perfect blend of adventure and luxury: Trekking along the Inca Trail by day and falling asleep in a cozy feather duvet under the Southern Cross? Not bad.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: From spinning fascinating regional interpretation to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home.
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