213 – 10 Day Cusco & Lima Package with 4 Day Inka Trail Itinerary
Cost Per-Person – $1,029.00
Child Discount – $65.00
Single Supplement – $259.00
Est. Additional Costs – $155.00*
Day 1 – Arrival in Lima at any time, pick up at the airport and transfer to your accommodation for check in, then you will have the remainder of the day to explore the city.
Day 2 – Transfer back to the Lima airport for your flight from Lima to Cusco (flight not included), arrival in Cusco at any time, you will then be picked up and transported to your accommodation for check in, after checking into your accommodation you will need to visit the agency office for a short briefing regarding your tour and trek, you will then have the remainder of the day to relax or explore Cusco on your own.
Day 3 – Today you will be able to sleep in a bit if you want, or you can explore the city of Cusco, making sure to return to your accommodation by 12:30 pm. You will then be picked up between 12:30 pm and 1:15 pm (time and location set at briefing) for the start of your ½ day city tour. During this tour you will visit the main Cathedral and then Qorikancha before taking a bus up to the sites overlooking the City, Saqsaywaman which contains some of the largest stones used in any Inka construction, Q’enqo a funerary center, Pucapucara which was a fort, and Tambomachay which is known as the Inca baths. After your tour you will be dropped off back in Cusco at approximately 6:30 pm
Day 4 – Between 06:00-06:30 am you will be pick up (time and location set at briefing) and transported to Piskacuchu, a community located on the 82nd kilometer of the Cusco – Machu Picchu railroad which is the starting point of the Inca Trail. We’ll begin our hike by crossing the bridge over the Urubamba River and walking along its left shore as it flows northwest through the Sacred Valley. Following the trail along a flat terrain, we’ll arrive in Miskay where we then start to ascend and finally see from the tallest part of an overlook, the impressive Inca city of Llactapata. We’ll continue trekking along the valley created by the Kusichaca River, gradually climbing for about five hours until we reach the community of Wayllabamba, where we will set our first camp. All along the way we’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Vilcanota ridge on the opposite side of the Urubamba River, where the impressive Veronica peak reigns at 5,832 meters above sea level. Not to mention the diversity of wild flora and fauna that can be found all along the valley.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 5 – We’ll wake up at around 06:00 am and after breakfast, we’ll begin the most difficult part of the trek which consists of an abrupt and steep ascent that stretches for 9 km. Along this climb, the landscape changes from the mountain range to Puna (a dry and high area with little vegetation). On the way to the first mountain pass, the “Abra Warmihuañusca” (Dead Woman’s Pass – 4,200 masl / 13,776 ft.), we may see domesticated llamas and alpacas grazing on ichu, one of the few plants that grow at high altitude. We’ll also cross an area of the cloud forest which is the habitat for many different kinds of birds like hummingbirds and sparrows, and the Andean bear which is also called the Spectacled Bear. Immediately after the pass, we’ll descend into the Pacaymayo valley, here we will camp for the second night after approximately 7 hours of hiking.
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 6 – This day is the longest but also the most impressive and the most interesting, due to the number of archaeological sites and the lush of cloud forest area that we’ll cross. From Pacaymayo, we’ll climb the second pass, the “Abra Runkurakay” (3,970 masl / 13,022 ft.), and halfway up, we’ll stop to visit the archaeological complex with the same name. This site, located at 3,800 masl/12,464 ft. consists of a small oval structure that is believed to have served as a watchtower. After going over the pass, we’ll descend towards Yanacocha (Black Lagoon) and enter the cloud forest to finally arrive at Sayacmarca (3,624 masl /11,887 ft.). This is a beautiful complex made up of a semicircular constructions, enclosures at different levels, narrow streets, ceremonial fountains, patios and irrigation canals. Continuing up an easy climb, we’ll arrive at the third pass, the “Abra Phuyupatamarca” (3,700 masl / 12,136 ft.), before passing through an Inca tunnel and arriving later at the complex of Phuyupatamarca “Town over the Clouds “. This is one of the most complete and best-preserved archaeological complexes along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and is located on the highest point of a mountain. From above, one can observe a sophisticated sacred complex made up of water fountains with solid foundations, and also impressive views of the Urubamba River Valley. We’ll continue our trek down the long descending stone steps that lead us to Wiñaywayna (2,650 masl/8,692 ft.), an impressive Inca complex made up of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector close to which our camp is located. This last campsite hosts a trekker lodge, a bar and bathrooms with hot shower facilities. After visiting the impressive archaeological site, we’ll enjoy our farewell dinner at our camp.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 7 – On this last day of the trek we will get up at 04:00 am to leave Wiñaywayna an hour later and climb to the Intipunku or Sun Gate. This will take an hour of hiking along a trail of flat stones on the edges of cliffs in highland jungle. From this fabulous spot, we may see the sunrise over the Sacred Citadel of Machu Picchu. From the Intipunku, we’ll descend into Machu Picchu, and 40 minutes later we’ll enter the citadel from the highest point through the “House of the Guardians”. Then, we’ll descend to the control point where we’ll register ourselves and leave our backpacks. We will immediately begin a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel that we will take approximately two hours. You will then have free time to walk around, or visit the fabulous Inca Bridge. In the afternoon, we’ll meet in the town of “Aguas Calientes” where, if you like, you could visit and relax in its hot springs. You need to return to “Aguas Calientes” at least 30 minutes prior to your train departure at 6:20 pm and when you arrive in Ollantaytambo there will be a transport waiting to bring you back to Cusco, where you should arrive by 10:45 pm.
Day 8 – Morning breakfast followed by transfer to the airport for your flight back to Lima (flight not included), upon arrival in Lima you will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your accommodation for check in, then you will have the remainder of the day to explore the city.
Day 9 – Today after breakfast you will be picked up to start your full day Lima tour, your first stop will be Huaca Pucllana, a large mud brick pyramid built in the 4th century. Next you will visit the museum in the Central Reserve Bank (This Museum is closed on Sundays and Mondays) where you will see a fine selection of artifacts, ceramics and gold objects from a variety of pre-colonial cultures, as well as the Cohen gold collection. The next stop will be the main square where you will see the Cathedral as well as the Government and Municipal Palaces, after the main square you will visit the San Francisco church where you will not only tour the church itself, but also the catacombs beneath the church with their rooms full of intricately stacked bones.
After the church you will enjoy lunch before setting off for Pachacamac, an archaeological site constructed around 200 AD and located approximately 40km South of Lima, here you will tour the site, visiting the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of Pachacamac, and the Temple of Acllahuasi or “Palace of the Virgins of the Sun”. After the tour of Pachacamac you will return to Lima, stopping to visit the bohemian district of Barranco before being dropped off in Miraflores.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Day 10 – After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight out of Lima.
* Estimated Additional costs are based on required items and do not include package options.
- Lima – Hostel Buena Vista or Similar
- Cusco – Amanecer an el Sol Hotel or Similar
- Inka Trail – Camping
- All Ground transfers and transportation indicated
- 3 nights lodging in Lima, 3 nights lodging in Cusco & 3 night Camping
- Entrance to Machu Picchu
- Meals indicated
- Tour guide at the sites and on the Trek
- International or Domestic Flights
- Meals not indicated
- Entry to the Main Cathedral
- Entry to Qorikancha
- Tourist Ticket for entry to sites in Cusco (other than Machu Picchu)
- Entrance to the hot springs in Santa Teresa & Aguas Calientes
- Alcoholic or carbonated drinks
- Tips (optional)
- Huayna Picchu
- Machu Picchu Mountain
- Shuttle bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
- Sleeping Bag
- Trekking Poles
- Full Porter, carries 16 kg.
- ½ Porter, carries 7 kg.