inca empire | cusco, inca trail
This package is tailor-made for those who want to experience the incredible strength of the ancient Inca culture and an unforgettable adventure through some of Peru's most iconic sites. It's also a bit quicker than some of our other packages - we will welcome you in Cusco, show you around the region, and then get right to business with the coveted Inca Trail trek.
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Day 1: Arrive in Cusco
Bienvenidos! Welcome to Peru. You will be transferred from Cusco airport to the hostel of your choice after a brief welcoming session. Cusco is not just a simple town; it is a place of man-made beauty. Some consider it a time machine of sorts because it is the oldest inhabited city in the western Hemisphere, now called the Archeological Capital of America, and it is one of the new Wonders of the World.
In the afternoon, the Imperial Cusco City tour starts. You will visit four archaeological sites: Sacsayhuaman, where the Incas showed to the conquistadors the power of their Empire by building an incredible place using huge stones; Q’enqo, a ceremonial center; Pucapucara, a control point that served as a kind of customs office; and ambomachay, a sacred place where Incas worshiped the water.
Day 2: Sacred Valley Tour
Today we will see the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Along the way, we will stop to take in the iconic view of the Urubamba River that snakes its way through the valley. Your journey continues to the small village of Pisac, with a colorful handicraft market, and the archeological complex of Pisac, where your guide will explain the history and Inca architecture of this wonderful site.
Next stop: Urubamba. Here, we will have lunch at a restaurant that specializes in the regional cuisine. Then we will head to Ollantaytambo, known as the living Inca city because it has kept the originality of the Inca style. An impressive archeological site can be seen here, made up of an enormous sculpture of the main Incan God called Wiracocha, carved into the mountainside. After that you will travel for one more hour to see the ancient town of Chinchero known as the land of the textiles, where you’ll learn about the process of weaving with alpaca hair.
Lastly, you will visit the colonial church to learn about its importance within archaeological history. You will return to Cusco and be transferred back to your hotel.
Included: Sacred Valley tour, entry to all sites, breakfast and lunch
Day 3: Traditional Inca Trail 4 Days & 3 Nights
The beginning of a new adventure! Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the start of the trail, which takes roughly 2 hours. You will meet your crew of local porters and get your gear before beginning the trek. You will walk 5 hours, covering the first 12 km of the trail.
Included: Transportation, porters, gear, all meals
Day 4: Inca Trail
Today is an unforgettable day. After a hearty breakfast, we’ll begin our hike on what will be our most challenging day. We will climb 900 metres (3000 feet) up to Warmiwañusqa, or ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’ at 4400 metres (14,435 feet). The trail winds its way up through a beautiful mountain pass with stunning panoramic views of the alpine wonderland. It’s a challenging hike to the pass, but the 360º views make every step worthwhile. After celebrating our ascent, we’ll walk down cobbled steps paved by the Incas over 500 years ago, to Pacaymayo Valley, our camp for the evening. We’ll already have tents set up so all you need to do is relax and enjoy the evening. We will walk 7 to 8 hours, covering 13 kilometers.
Included: Guided trekking, porters, gear, all meals
Day 5: Inca Trail
This is a day of impressive archeological sites. After breakfast, we start the ascent towards the second most important pass on the trail which lies at 13,123 ft. We will walk 6 hours, 15 kilometers.
Included: Guided trekking, porters, gear, all meals
Day 6: Inca Trail – Machu Picchu – Cusco
This is the final and most spectacular leg of the trail to Machu Picchu. You will break camp early in the morning and head off towards the Gateway of the Sun, the last pass on the trail. From this point, Machu Picchu is a surreal and marvelous site.
Once you arrive at the lost city of Machu Picchu, there will be a 2-hour, fully guided tour around the ruins, visiting the main sites and monuments. After the tour, you will have free time to wander around and explore by yourself or you can choose to take a hike to Huayna Picchu, which is very steep and rugged, but rewarding. Once you reach the overlook atop the pass, you will get to witness an overhead view of the city that only a handful of people in history have ever seen – past or present. Alternatively, you can choose to spend the rest of your morning exploring the town and village in and around Machu Picchu. At the arranged time, we will take the train back to Cusco to be transferred to your hostel.
Included: Transportation, guided tour, breakfast
Day 7: Cusco – Lima
Conquer Peru offers the adventurous traveler who wishes to see Machu Picchu in all its glory, alongside experienced guides who help visitors make the most of their time.
What do you get?
I went on a group trip with Conquer Peru and it was the most incredible experience! I've never been on a trip that packed SO MANY activities and experiences into two weeks, but I truly feel like I got to see the best of the best. Not only did we travel across the entire country, seeing Machu Picchu and the Amazon, Lima and Lake Titicaca, but we knew every restaurant, hotel, and site we visited was an authentic, high quality experience because of Matilde's expertise and knowledge about Peru. It's so fun to travel with a local who can be both a guide and a friend as you take in all the sights. My favorite part was the unique hotels Matilde found for us, like the bungalows along the Amazon river. And of course, Machu Picchu exceeded all my expectations. It really was the trip of a lifetime, thanks to Conquer Peru's organizing!