explore the path of the incas Cusco | Inca Trail | Puno
Available year round, except February
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 Tambomachay, a sacred place where Incas worshiped the water.
Included: Imperial Cusco City tour
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 4d/3n
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.
We will then take you to Aguas Calientes, where you can grab lunch or treat yourself to a relaxing hydromassage at the hot springs, which cost $3.50. Finally we take the train back to Ollantaytambo, where you will be transferred back to your hostel in Cusco.
Included: Transportation, guided tour, breakfast
Day 7: Puno
We'll depart via bus for the Route of the Sun tour, where you'll see Andahuaylillas and visit its beautiful chapel, and Racchi, the Temple of the Wiracocha god where the walls and narrow streets stand out. Then it’s time for lunch and a view at La Raya. Before our final destination we will visit the in site Pucara Museum and a chance to get one of the local classic bull shaped ceramics. We will arrive in Puno at the end of the afternoon. Overnight stay in Puno.
Included: Route of the Sun tour, transportation, breakfast and lunch
Day 8: Lake Titicaca
We will pick you up from your hotel and take a boat for our first adventure, The Uros floating islands. We will have the opportunity to walk on the reed islands and interact with the natives. After that we will have a wonderful 3 hour boat ride to get to Amantani Island, where we will spend the rest of the day and night. Upon arrival, a group of native families will meet us at the pier, and take us to their homes for lodging and lunch.
In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to hike to the top of the mountain (4,150 meters) to see the Temples of the Pachamama and Pachatata and enjoy the traditional customs of the island people. There are stunning views of the Lake from this lookout point and an amazing sunset. Soon after nightfall, we'll meet our local families, and go home for dinner. Food and authentic music prepared and performed by your designated family.
Included: Uros & Amantani Island tours, all meals
Accommodations: Home stay
Day 9: Taquile Island - Puno
After breakfast, we'll walk down to the harbor to take the boat towards Taquile Island, where we'll enjoy the impressive views of Lake Titicaca. Taquile is a traditional Quechua speaking community, and full of ancient agricultural terraces. The weaving tradition is part of the culture and goes back to early civilizations; all weaving is done by hand. At the village, you will have free time to explore around on your own, and you can have lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch we will take the return trip to Puno. You will have time to walk around Puno’s main plaza and have dinner.
Included: Taquile Island tour, breakfast
Today you will be seen off like royalty after an incredibly rewarding trip. We will take care of all the transportation arrangements to get you back to Lima. We will deliver you in style to the airport, where yourflight awaits. We’ll help with whatever you need: Check-ins, tickets, luggage, etc.
Included: Transportation, breakfast
Just remember to come back and vacation with us again. You can never see too much of Perú.