Inca Discovery: Lima to Cusco

8 days

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Perfect for those looking to experience the region’s archaeological and cultural treasures in a short amount of time, this adventure includes a four-day trek along the Inca Trail. This is one of the world’s best-known hikes and will reward those willing to break a sweat with a stunning combination of mountainscapes, cloud forests, and jungles. We run our own treks, which ensures the fair treatment of our porters and quality equipment.

 

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: Active

Hiking, trekking, biking, rafting, and kayaking adventures all over the world, made for outdoor types.

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

Physical Rating: 4 - Demanding

Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

What's Included:

  • G Adventures for Good: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo
  • G Adventures for Good: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay
  • Sacred Valley guided tour
  • Pottery making demonstration
  • Ollantaytambo storehouse ruins and hike
  • Inca Trail guided hike with cooks and porters (4 days)
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (4 nts), camping (3 nts).

Meals

7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
Allow USD140-185 for meals not included.

Transportation

Plane, train, private van, hiking.

Staff & experts

G Representatives in Lima and Cusco, specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike.

 

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Dates Available: Multiple departures available every month January through December 2018. Travellers should book early as passes for the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu are limited. You will need a valid passport upon booking so the pass for the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu can be secured.

Costs - $1,499 to $1,599 per person based on double occupancy (rate range based on departure date)

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Itinerary

 

Day 1 - Lima

Arrive at any time.

 

Day 2 - Lima/Cusco

Hop on a flight to Cusco. Enjoy a free day of shopping and exploring the city. Opt for a city tour.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Carte Blanche

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 3 - Cusco/Ollantaytambo

Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Stop at the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op before visiting a local pottery making community. Break for lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. After lunch, head out on a hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses and lookout over the ruins.

Exclusive Inclusions:

G Adventures for Good Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit| G Adventures for Good Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

 

Day 4 - Inca Trail

Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the Inca Trail begins. Ease into things with a straight forward day of hiking, the meandering streams, stunning Andean scenery, and ancient Incan ruins will give you plenty to look at.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

 

Day 5 - Inca Trail

Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

 

Day 6 - Inca Trail

Cross two more passes and ruins along the way. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through cloud forest on the gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m (12,136 ft). On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley.

At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "town above the clouds." Camp here or go another 1.5 hrs to the Wiñay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

 

Day 7 - Machu Picchu/Cusco

The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the site and free time to explore until noon as permitted by the tourist ticket. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows.

Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 8 - Cusco

Depart at any time.

Meals included: Breakfast