Peru's Inca Trail
Peru's Inca Trail
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Discover Machu Picchu and explore one of the most advanced and incredible civilizations on Earth
If there is an international trek that best exemplifies an inspiring cultural experience and the spiritual power of an ancient people, Machu Picchu is it. The legendary site of early Incan creativity and structural design is our destination, highlighted by elaborate stone chambers, terraced hillsides, brilliant temples and the Intihuatana stone which served as the center of a primitive yet extremely efficient astronomical observatory. Experience “The Lost City of the Incas“ perched on a plateau at 8,000 feet in the Andes. Forgotten by outsiders for centuries, the ancient city of Machu Picchu was rediscovered by Yale archaeologist Hiram Bingham in 1911. Discover for yourself the legends and myths of one of the world’s most fascinating locales.
Participants are encouraged to prepare for the altitude and approximately 4-6 hours a day on the trail. This unforgettable adventure begins in Cuzco, Peru and is one of the jewels of our Spring calendar. Our 9-day trek follows the classic “Inca Trail“ into the lush emerald forests of the Peruvian Andes. Or combine this trek with our nine-day Andes Discovery trek for an exciting back to back journey and discover two of Peru’s extraordinary regions.
Machu Picchu and Classic Inca Trail
After arriving in Lima we begin our journey in the bustling colonial city of Cusco where we tour the colorful markets and visit nearby ruins. Then visit the Sacred Valley. From here, our fully supported trek follows an ancient path through the Urubamba Valley to what is referred to by the Quechua people as the “Cloud Forest“. At last, we descend 1,500 cut-stone steps and enter the Gateway of the Sun, beyond which lies the glories of Machu Picchu. Built in the 14th century and unspoiled by the Spanish conquistadors, this historic site also known in Quechua as “Old Peak“ will enchant the explorer within you.
Machu Picchu and Salkantay Trail
The Salkantay trek follows an ancient path to a high mountain pass between two great peaks known as Salkantay (6271m) and Huamantay (5850m). During the trek we also have the option of staying at nice lodges instead of tent camping. Following the pass, the trail drops to what is referred to by the Quechua people as the “Cloud Forest“. At last, we arrive and enter the Gateway of the Sun, beyond which lies the glories of Machu Picchu.
- Park fees
- All scheduled land transportation once in Cusco
- Machu Picchu/ Cusco return train ticket
- 4 nights hotel accommodations in Cusco and Machu Picchu
- 3 nights tented accommodations
- Cusco and Sacred Valley Tour
- Scheduled meals in Cusco and during the trek
- Professional guide
- Porter service (10kg)
- All group equipment for the trek (including tents, stoves, group gear)
Services not included
- International airfare – USA to Lima
- Domestic airfare – Lima to Cusco
- Hotels while in Lima
- Non-scheduled meals
- Snack food during the trek
- Personal gear
- Single Room Supplement
- Trip cancellation insurance
- Medical and evacuation coverage
- Staff gratuities