7 Days Trek Along The Inca Trail To Machu Picchu
On the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with an air flight included, start from your international flight to Lima. Upon your arrival to Cusco, you will have the chance to engage in additional city activities or relax by yourself before challenging on the Inca Trail.
The Inca trail as used only the Emperor Inca and is royal crown as a difference of other paths. This journey was a pilgrim trail to the Apus or sacred mountains before arriving to his royal house, Machu Picchu. You will be tracing back the Inca steps and appreciate the beauty scenery which very well know by a well recognised adventurers travellers.
On this Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with an air flight, there is an option to visit the extraordinary Sacred valley and visit its villages. In other words, this tour has a lot to offer you meanwhile you are staying in the land of the Incas.
Price per person
Itinerary at a Glance
Arrive in Lima and Fly to Cuzco
Open day at leisure
The Inca trail adventure to Machu Picchu begins.
The Trail Trial! We go over 2 passes.
Back in the past! Beautiful scenery and a short walk to camp.
Machu Picchu in its Glory!
Open morning and Fly back to Lima!
For most flight itineraries on the Miami to Lima, it will departure at 2:00am arriving at 6:40am in Lima-Peru. Upon your arrival to Lima-Peru, you need to get your connection flight to Cusco. Domestic flights are departing within the same airport premises, thus, it will not be difficult to find the domestic desk to check your flight. Your connection flight is schedule for 09:35 am arriving in Cusco at 10:55am so you will be welcome to your Long Tour Machu Picchu at the airport.
At this stage, either you can enjoy the Inca city and colonial heritage on your own and provide you some tips to eat at some local restaurants. Or you might want to rest and wait until later on in the evening, when Cusco city shows off its night live. At night time, there is several places to have a delightful night and eat too.
You other option for this first part of your Long Tour Machu Picchu, is to get onto a half day tour at an additional price of USD 30 per person. The half day city tour starting at 13:00 hrs and cover the following places:
- The Koricancha: Temple of the sun.
- The Cathedral: Marvel of the religious art.
- Sacsayhuaman: Majestic place with impressive works in stone, some up to 120 tons.
- Q´enqo: (Labyrinth) a religious center dedicated to the adoration of the Earth.
- Puca Pucara: (reddish place) that was used as a military control center.
- Tambomachay: (Temple of the Water) a center of adoration and worship of water.
- Professional English speaking guide.
- Tourist ticket for entrance to attractions (extra USD 33)
Today out of your Long Tour Machu Picchu, you have the choice in staying in Cusco city and get the most from your leisure time or to get onto an optional tour to the Sacred Valley. As you know The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most famous routes worldwide and begins at some point within this Sacred Valley. The Sacred Valley is one of the most representative and beautiful landscapes of Cusco.
We need to leave Cusco during the morning time at around 08:00 am and head towards Pisac village. We have choose this location as part of our Long Tour Machu Picchu, because Pisac offers you a fantastic artisans market and a well preserved Inca architecture of the same name as the village. The artisans market is worthy to visit as all the hand made products are using organic materials, very well made and designed too.
After been in Pisac market, the Inca ruins in this valley of Pisac is awaiting our visit. We will head up on a private transport and to have also a panoramic view of this impressive and beautiful Sacred valley.
If visiting Pisac did charm you, then Ollantaytambo will not be less. We are leaving Pisac in direccion to Urubamba towards Ollantaytambo but before getting to our final destination, we will have a lunch break (not included) on the way.
Our Long Tour Machu Picchu, to Ollantaytambo Inca site, shows you the magnificent temple of the sun. This Inca tour shows you also the enormous blocks of rock perfectly carved and polished, stone water fountains, stairs and terraces similar in a way to Machu Picchu.
Looking at the people of Ollantaytambo, you will notice, their pride in keeping their traditions reflected in their beautifully wearing of typical dresses. This village is surrounded by their local sacred mountains and Valleys.
Finished our journey to Ollantaytambo, we will be visiting Chinchero market and then return to Cusco at about 18:30-19:00 hours.
Optional: Full day sacred valley tour
- Professional English speaking guide.
- Tourist ticket (extra USD 25 aprox - consult)
P.S: Tonight we will have a briefing on next day tour at 7:00pm at the hotel lobby.
This is an amazing experience for you to embark on an Long Tour Machu Picchu and your efforts in doing this it will be rewarded. The total distance to be covered on today 12 km (5 to 6 hours approx.)
The meeting point will be at Regocijo Plaza in city centre between 4:00 and 4:30 am unless stated otherwise in the briefing, we will be there to leave on time Cusco city.
We will be heading to ‘Piskacucho’ but before that our first stop will be at Ollantaytambo on the way to the Sacred Valley and get there our breakfast. Finished our first stop, we will continue until we get to ‘Piskacucho’ and get our check in. We will need to show our passport, student ID, tickets, etc to a control point. Remember there is a limited access to the Inca Trail.
Before embarking into our Long Tour Machu Picchu will do some check up and getting organized (use of the restrooms, applying sunscreen, insect repellent, etc) . We have ahead a marvellous Inca Valley, and the Inca itself and its royal crown, used this Long Tour Machu Picchu as pilgrimage route to get to Machu Picchu. Now, you are so lucky in tracing the Inca steps all the way of what it was for them a meaningful sacred journey.
The Long Tour Machu Picchu begins at 2,720m / 8,923 ft and we will be heading across the Vilcanota River on the right side and meanwhile walking, listening the crumble of its waters. Like a dramatic opening of a concert, the music will decide the right moment to star our 'overture' as the wind, and nature will be there to delight us to the most. But the path soon begins to climb steeply through cloud forest, on the flat stones of the original Inca track
In time will spot the great views of an Inca Fortress called 'Huillca Raccay', as well as the vast and incredible Incan site of 'Patallacta'. Also we will see the Urubamba mountain range that divides the jungle, the Andes and the beautiful snow-capped peak of 'W'akay Willca' at 5, 860m /19,225 ft, known as Veronica.
There was so much beauty to admire on this first day out of the Long Tour Machu Picchu, an incredible encounter with the Andean nature. Now we will set up our first campsite near the small village of Wayllabamba 3, 000m / 9, 842ft in the temperate green valley of the same name. Temperatures at night are around 5ºC (depending on the month).
Breakfast: is not included on this day.
What next? Of course you have read some information before starting your trek and you know more less what it will departure on the second day of your Long Tour Machu Picchu. The point here is not what you have read or even heard, it is all about what you are experience because you are using all your sense to do so. You now know is a huge difference between living this experience than anything else. This is a time for you in all senses.
Total distance to be covered on day 2: 16 km (8 to 9 hours more or less)
After you have finished your breakfast which it was nicely cooked for you we will get ready for the day ahead of us. It is 5:30 am but we will need most of the daylight and strength for what it come next on our Inca Trail.
We will climb a steep ascent which it will take us some hours to achieve like you are trying to get to heaven. For the Inca and its royal crown this was part of pilgrimage route a sacred one to mix within the Apus (mountain) or the gods protecting the Andes.
Our physical effort, will take us to the highest pass at Abra de Warrmihuañusca or 'Dead Woman's Pass' at 4,200 m / 13,779 ft. This was not an easy task, and you should be proud of yourself because is not easy to get to this point. We will need to rest, and meanwhile enjoying the view from the top, you should be aware you are doing one of the most famous treks worldwide and still there is some days left to finish the Inca Trail 4 day.
After a rest, we begin the descent to our lunch stop which is located at Pacaymayu at 3, 550m /11,646 ft. As we are passing, we will be able to see lots of hummingbirds as well as other birds species. Also we will appreciate an incredible variety of native plants, trees such as the ´Polylepis´ which grow in the cloud forest located at 3,650m /11,972ft.
After lunch, we will encounter another begins two hour steep climb to Runkurakay pass at almost 4,000m and set up our campsite by 5 pm.
Temperatures at this campsite are around 4ºC during the night.
What marvellous days, camping surrounded by incredible landscapes and seeing a unique Andean flora, fauna. Today is going to be another time to remember of your Long Tour Machu Picchu. Total distance to be covered on day 3: 10km (5 hours more or less).
Once you have uploaded all the energy you need by finishing your daily breakfast, we will get ready and follow our trail. A gentle climb will lead us to our first stop at the archaeological site of 'Phuyupatamarca' meaning 'Town in the Clouds' and reach the third highest point on the trail 3, 680 m.
The views of the mountains, canyons and surrounding areas are spectacular!
As we are walking to our third pass The Inca site of 'Phuyupatamarca' will show up to please our curiosity and after visiting this site, we continue walking 3,000 steps through the cloud forest at the impressive agricultural Inca site of 'Intipata'. Later on during our trail we will arrive at our third campsite Wiñay Wayna at 2, 680m/8, 792 ft.
We have walked so far between 4 to 5 hours and will arrive to camp by lunch time. A short distance from our campsite is located the Inca site of the same name 'Wiñay Wayna' or 'Forever Young' which is a must to visit now we are close to the ruins and no far to complete your Long Tour Machu Picchu.
Temperatures during the night are about 12º.
The Inca was the son of 'Inti' (The Sun) and only him was allow to do this trail as it was its path to the glory among the Apus and enjoyment of his royal house, Machu Picchu. You are now become a Royal too or feel like it as you have mixed with the Apus on this spiritual journey. Thus, after completing the Long Tour Machu Picchu things are not going to be same any longer.
Total distance to be covered on day 4: 5km (2 hours more or less)
It is time to wake up, have an early breakfast and get on the route. Is 5:30 am all ready and we have to leave the campsite. On this early start, to get done the Long Tour Machu Picchu, we have to get to 'Intipunku' ('Sun gate') (2,730 m / 8,792 ft) before sunrise. You will get your first dramatic view of Machu Picchu (2,400m / 7,873 ft with the sun rising over it. We will spend some time here to take in the impressive views of the ancient city. After some time there, we will walk down the last part of the trail to a spot where you can take the classic picture postcard shot of this ancient city. Finally, we visit the royal house of the Inca, Machu Picchu.
Our guide will provide you with a 2 hours tour and introduce you the most important parts of this Royal Inca citadele. Afterwards, you will have some time to explore this mystic city by yourselves.
Once you finished discovering the Long Tour Machu Picchu, our guide will meet us in Aguas Calientes, either this town can be reached by bus or on foot. We will have a lunch in Aguas Calientes and be given your train tickets back to Cusco. Train included in all tours are until Ollantaytambo and then by bus to Cusco.
Please note: allocations or Itineraries are subject to change depending on time of bookings and campsites provided by INC (National Culture Institute that runs the Inca Trail).
We want to thank you for choosing our services on this Long Tour Machu Picchu. Today, is a leisure time until we get you transfer at the local airport during the afternoon time.
Your flight back to Lima has been schedule at 19:15 hours and getting to Lima by 20:40 hours. At Lima airport you will have to wait for your early flight connection back to Miami.
Inca Trail Price Includes:
- All pick-ups from the airport to the hotel and vice versa
- All hotel accommodations (Casa Andina Cusco classic or similar standard hotels)
- All breakfasts are included with the accommodations Inca trail 4 days includes the following:
- Entrances to the Inca trail trek
- Entrances to Machu Picchu
- Professional bilingual tour guide.
- Assistant tour guide (for groups of 9 people or more)
- Bus to KM 82.
- Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
- Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
- Bus from Ollantaytambo train station to Cusco (on day 6)
- Water (You will only need water for the first morning then we will provide you hot or cold boiled water).
- 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 afternoon snacks, 3 dinners and various snacks to be eaten throughout the day.
- Dining tent with tables and chairs.
- Professional chef.
- 4-man tent (per 2 people).
- Foam sleeping mattresses.
- Porters: They carry cooking and camping equipment (INCLUDING FOAM MATTRESSES AND CAMPING TENTS).
- Oxygen bottles.
- First aid kit.
Price Not Includes
- Sleeping bags
- Inflatable mattresses
- Walking sticks for the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu Hike
- First breakfast and last lunch along the Inca Trail trek are not included.
- Extra personal porter for the Inca Trail
- Meals that are not otherwise stated.
- Single Supplement ($400 USD for accommodation and tent).