Peru
  • 5 days/4 nights
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Experience Camping on the Inca Trail!

From the Inca Trail to the mystical mountains of Machu Picchu, the Land of the Inca begs to be explored. Walk along the paths that the Inca built centuries ago. With jaw dropping surroundings of the Amazon, the Inca Trail is one of the best trekking trips in the world. You’ll dive deep into ecological areas from high Andean passes to deep valleys with tropical rainforests. Following this ancient Inca Trail, you’ll trek through mysterious archaeological sites arriving at the lost city of the Incas: Machu Picchu. Half covered by the forest overgrowth, you’ll feel like you are discovering these Inca treasures for the first time.

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  • Latin America Vacations
  • Adult only
  • Hiking
  • Cultural/History

Activity Level: Difficult (5)

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 5-day, exclusive journey to from the Inca Trail to 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.
  • Catch a glimpse of the Andean Condor, a vulture with the largest wingspan of any land bird – 10.5 feet!
  • Discover the colorful street markets, friendly people, and strong local culture of Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca empire
  • Delight in traditional Peruvian dishes prepared by your expert cooking team in the kitchen tent each evening
  • 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
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
Day 1: Cusco / Huayllabamba
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Meals Included:  L, D
Overnight: Inca Trail Camp
Pick-up by your guides at your hotel in the morning and transfer to Km. 82 for introductions and check in. Meet the team: cooks and porters working to load the equipment before we start our trek going through semi-arid terrain along the Urubamba River. Enjoy magnificent views of snow-capped mountains topped off with an impressive view of Llactapata Inca remains. We leave the Urubamba valley and set off up the Kusichaca River to reach our first camp site near.  
Day 2: Huayllabamba / Pacaymayo
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Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Inca Trail Camp
After a healthy breakfast, we begin our journey uphill towards the first challenge of Warmihuañusca or “Dead Woman’s Pass.” The trail crosses the last village called Huayllabamba and the second park rangers’ checkpoint. As we ascend higher into the wilderness we will see an array of ecosystems in the Andean Forest and Andean Grassland. Enjoy jaw dropping, panoramic views of the Urubamba and the Huayllabamba Valleys at the top of the pass. After descending hundreds of stairs, we set up camp at the bottom of the gorge at a place called Pacaymayo.
Day 3: Pacaymayo / Phuyupatamarca
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Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Inca Trail Camp
After breakfast we say goodbye to Pacaymayo and zigzag our way up ancient pathway that take us to the Runkurakay, a circular Inca site. Here there is no sign of human life, only vast forests and abrupt hills of the Andean and Amazon. Keep an eye out for exotic birds and other wildlife. After a short rest, we reach the second pass and start our way down. Look down and take in the view of the impressive natural landscape and geography of the Inca Trail. From here the trail is well preserved. We reach the steps which go up to Sayacmarca site. From Sayacmarca, we follow the stone path that keeps going down, suspended on the mountainside and surrounded by tropical forest and patches of grassland. As we trek towards Phuyupatamarca site, the trail crosses the Chakiocha, a dry lake, and will cross "The Tunnel," a natural cavity produced by a landslide but adapted by the Incas. After crossing a small pass, we will come to some steep steps and under them the Ceremonial Center of Phuyupatamarca (above the clouds), where we set up our third campsite.
Day 4: Phuyupatamarca / Wiñaywayna / Macchu Picchu
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Meals Included:  B, L
Overnight: Hotel in Aguas Calientes not included
Wake up early in Phuyupatamarca and snap some pictures in this spectacular sightseeing point before we walk down to explore this Inca site. As we travel more into the Amazon vegetation, we reach Wiñaywayna, the main archaeological site before reach the lost city of Machu Picchu. Explore the site and look down into the Urubamba valley and the river far below. The path continues towards IntiPunku, or the Gate of the Sun, our last pass from where we will have the first sight of the unique and impressive site of Machu Picchu. Learn all about the citadel and the high engineering skills of the people who built them—the Incas. Enjoy lunch while gazing into the unreal and beautiful scenery. Head back to Aguas Calientes town, where we stay overnight.
Day 5: Machu Picchu / Cusco
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Meals Included:  No meals
Overnight: No Overnight
After a savory early breakfast, meet your guides at the hotel’s lobby to start our visit to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. After this awesome visit, passengers will return to Machu Picchu town (also known as Aguas Calientes). After lunch, take the train back to Cusco. Upon arrival to Ollantaytanbo train station, passengers will be transferred in a private vehicle back to their hotel in Cusco. *Please call your Adventure Travel Consultant for further details on adding pre- or post-trip hotels and activities to this program. Your Consultant can also recommend hotels based on your budget for Night 4 lodging.  **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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Additional Trip Information

Arrival & Departure

Arrive to Cusco at least one to two days prior to Day 1 of your trek, and transfer to your pre-trip hotel on your own (we recommend arriving several days in advance to adjust to the high elevation). Your briefing for your Inca Trail trek will take place at 7:00 PM in the lobby of your hotel the night before you depart for the Inca Trail. On Day 5 of your adventure, you will visit Machu Picchu, enjoy lunch on your own and transfer by train back to Ollantaytambo. Guests will then be transferred by private vehicle back to your hotel in Cusco. We recommend you book your flight out of Cusco for the day after your visit to Machu Picchu.

Activities

Hiking
  • Day 1: Km 82 to Huayllabamba: 6.8 miles / 6 hours approximately
  • Day 2:  Huayllabamba to Pacaymayo: 4.3 miles / 7 hours approximately
  • Day 3:  Pacaymayo to Phuyupatamarca: 3.1 miles / 5 hours approximately
  • Day 4:  Phuyupatarmarca to Machu Picchu: 5.5 miles / 7 hours approximately
Discovery: Crowned by the towering Andes and tucked between the Amazon and the Pacific, Peru offers a captivating mix of adventure, nature and history. Embedded in every active traveler’s Top Ten List is the great city of the clouds, Machu Picchu. Our route takes us there from bustling Lima, to the cobblestone streets of Cusco, from ruin to ruin across the Sacred Valley, and by train and breathtaking footpath over the Inca Trail. Catch a glimpse of the Andean Condor, a vulture with the largest wingspan of any land bird – 10.5 feet! Discover the colorful street markets, friendly people, and strong local culture of Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca empire. Photograph the myriad of mysterious archaeological sites along the Inca Trail, half covered by forest overgrowth just awaiting your discovery. Delight in traditional Peruvian dishes prepared by your expert cooking team in the kitchen tent each evening. Did you know that Machu Picchu is called “The Lost City” because when it was “rediscovered” by Yale explorer Hiram Bingham III in 1911, the jungle had literally swallowed the complex ruins? Even a knife blade can’t be inserted between the precise mortarless joints of the stones used in the building of Machu Picchu, and many of these stones weighed more than 50 tons! Come explore Peru with the experts in adventure travel! Your guides will take the time to explain the details of each activity, answer any questions and demonstrate the use of all equipment. Each activity has been carefully planned to include options for all levels. Most importantly, your guides will help you select the distance that’s right for you.

Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. Meals are included as indicated by the itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). One glass of Peruvian wine per night is included in the trip price. 

Our Partner – Apumayo Expediciones

Austin Adventures is proudly offering this trip in conjunction with Apumayo Expediciones. Apumayo, a local Peruvian company based in the City of Cusco, was established in 1995. Specializing in adventure travel and non-conventional tourism, the company combines tourism with cultural, educational and natural history. Apumayo Expediciones describes itself as a commercial venture with a strong environmental and social agenda, developing and supporting many projects such as river clean ups and supporting Andean community projects. Apumayo looks to host many of their adventure trips with help from the local communities of Peru and relates them with Inca culture and the daily life of the Andean people. Austin Adventures and Apumayo look forward to providing you with top notch customer service in some of Peru’s most beautiful and inspiring places
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 $500 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.
Pre-departure Information After receiving your reservation and deposit, we’ll send you a pre-trip planner with general information about the area you’ll be visiting, a packing list, exercise guidelines, a guest information questionnaire and a liability release agreement for you to sign and return within 10 days.
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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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