MACHU PICCHU TOUR 9 DAYS

PERU TRAVEL DESTINATIONS

Best Machu Picchu Travel Destinations

Embark on a journey to discover the captivating allure and enigma of the greatest civilization in South America. Our tour package takes you on an epic trek from the imperial capital of Cusco, through the revered pilgrimage route of the Incas, and all the way to the breathtaking wonder of the world, Machu Picchu.

Explore the prominent sights of Cusco and the Sacred Valley, including the Plaza de Armas, the Cusco Cathedral, Sacsayhuaman, Pisac, and Ollantaytambo, to get accustomed to the trek.

Then brace yourself for the adventure of a lifetime as you embark on a 4-day Hike along the Inca Trail, passing remarkable Inca ruins, crossing the famed Dead Woman’s Pass, and venturing into the cloud forest. Finally, you’ll reach the Sun Gate entrance to Machu Picchu.

Kindly inform us promptly if you are interested in booking the Inca Trail. The Inca Trail allows only 500 individuals per day, including guides and porters, as regulated by the local authorities. For optimal availability, during the peak season of June/July/August, we suggest securing your Inca Trail permit at least six months in advance. During the remaining months, we recommend securing your Inca Trail permit at least three months ahead.

Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

Price $ 1.740 USD Per Person

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Itinerary highlights

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Exploring the colonial city of Cusco, Discover Hidden Places with our experts tour Leaders in Peru

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Get ready to hike in the mesmerizing Sacred Valley of the Incas and level up your hiking skills!

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Embark on an epic adventure, tracing the sacred path of the Incas along the legendary Inca Trail!

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Rediscovering the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu

What’s included

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Private guide, leading you to the awe-inspiring wonder of Machu Picchu.

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Luxury Hotel accommodations in Lima, Cusco & Sacred Valley, for every budget.  

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Full support from your Travel Designer and Concierge
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Meet and greet airport service

Example Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Lima & Overnight in Lima
Lima City #lima
Fig.1 – Lima Capital of Peru.

Upon arrival at Lima airport, you will be warmly greeted by our representative who will assist you with your transfer to the hotel in Lima. Rest assured, we have taken care of all the necessary arrangements to ensure a comfortable and convenient experience during your stay in Lima – Peru.

Day 2: Arrival in Cusco - Acclimatization
Cusco City #cusco

Fig.2 – Cusco City Inca Capital, Peru.

Once you’re at your hotel in the historic center of Cusco, you’ll be able to see beautiful examples of Spanish colonial architecture. As you explore the city, keep an eye out for Inca stonework – these are the remains of palaces and temples that were once part of the Inca imperial capital.

After checking into your Cusco hotel, you’ll have the remainder of the day to explore the city at your own pace. Just keep in mind that since Cusco is situated 11,300 feet above sea level, it’s advisable to take things easy this first afternoon. Most travelers acclimate within a day or two and have no trouble with slow-paced activities like exploring the main square, visiting museums, or popping into one of the many shops or cafes. And be sure not to miss out on an opportunity to sample some delicious Peruvian cuisine in one of Cusco’s casual and/or fine dining restaurants!

Day 3: Cusco City Tour
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Fig.2 – Cusco City Inca Capital, Peru.

Spend the morning finding new things and History. This is a good time to explore some of Cusco’s less-visited attractions including the famous Potatoes Tour in San Pedro Market, the handicraft neighborhood of San Blas, or one of Cusco’s many fine museums (Inka Museum).

Get a glimpse of Peru’s long artistic heritage at the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, hone your knowledge of the Inca Empire at the Casa Concha (“Machu Picchu Museum”), or make your own chocolate from scratch at the Choco Museum.

In the afternoon, meet our expert Cusco guide to tour the city’s must-see attractions. Stops include the Cusco Cathedral in the Plaza de Armas, the fabulous Temple of the Sun or Qoricancha, the cyclops Inca ruins of Sacsayhuaman fortress/temple overlooking the city, as well as the ruins of Q’enko, Puka Pukara, and Tambomachay nearby.

In the late afternoon, return to your Cusco hotel and spend the evening at your leisure. Enjoy the local cuisine and the splendor of Cusco at night, the surrounding hills twinkling with lights, and the sky overhead littered with stars.

Day 4: Sacred Valley Full-Day Tour
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Fig.4 – Sacred Valley Cusco, Peru.

A full-day tour of the Peruvian Sacred Valley awaits, home to numerous ancient Incan royal estates. Stop in Pisac, known for its charming indigenous market and hillside Inca ruins overlooking the town.

On the outskirts of town, there is a handicraft bazaar with magnificent crafts and hand-woven clothing. Village women in traditional dress congregate in the market center to purchase and sell local fruits, vegetables, and other natural items.

Pisac Inca Ruins

As you walk through the Pisac ruins above, take little pathways with walls formed of incredibly carved stones for stunning views of the city and Sacred Valley below.

After Pisac, stop for lunch at a buffet restaurant to try both Peruvian and international cuisine near the town of Urubamba. The city is named after the sacred river (whose upper stretch is called the Vilcanota) that flows through the valley, on its way to Machu Picchu and eventually the Amazon jungle.

Ollantaytambo Inca Ruins Tour

Next, visit the spectacular fortress of Ollantaytambo. These magnificent Inca ruins that cling to the hillside were part of the royal estate of the Incan emperor Pachacuti. Later, during the Incas’ heroic resistance against the Spaniards, a great battle was fought, during which the Spaniards were repelled by the guerrilla emperor Manco Inca. The small town of Ollantaytambo at its base still has Inca houses, making Ollantaytambo the only Inca city that is still inhabited today.

The tour ends at your comfortable hotel in the Sacred Valley. If you’ve selected a hotel in Ollantaytambo, you can explore the former Incan town at your leisure, which still boasts mountain water coursing through Inca-built gutters in the center of its streets and where many of the inhabitants still speak the Incan language, Quechua.

Day 5: Begins The Inca Trail Tour for 4 Days

Start your day early with a pick-up from your hotel and a scenic 2-hour drive through the Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo. Here you will collect your trekking equipment and meet the rest of your team before continuing by bus to Piscacucho (Km. 82), where the Inca Trail starts. Once you cross the Piscacucho Bridge over the Urubamba River, the trek begins. You will walk along the valley until continuing on a steeper path toward a high plateau. Your efforts will be rewarded with a spectacular view of the Inca ruins of Patallacta.

Patallacta, “Village in the Heights,” is an archeological complex situated at the foot of a mountain on the left bank of the river Cusicancha, a tributary of the river Urubamba. After lunch, you will continue the trek for another two hours until you reach the first campsite in Wayllabamba. This is the highlight of the day as it includes breathtaking views of the Vilcanota ridge.

Hike Distance: 7.5 mi (12 km)
Minimum Altitude: 8,230 ft (2,600 m)
Maximum Altitude: 9,840 ft (3,000 m)
Approximate Time: 4 to 6 hrs
Gradient: Moderate

At the meeting point of the Andes and the Upper Amazon rainforest, the vegetation dramatically transforms as the train approaches, providing passengers with a close look at one of the world’s most spectacular changes.

Day 6: Inca Trail - Dead Woman Pass - Highest Point

The second day is the most rigorous when you will reach the highest elevation sections of the Inca Trail, so you are encouraged to take your time. The hike is arduous, with a long steep climb to the Abra de Warmiwañusca known as the “Dead Woman’s Pass,” at over 13,700 feet (4,200 meters). Once you cross the pass, a winding path of steps descends steeply across a natural valley and to the next campsite.

Keep your eyes open for wildlife, in addition to the many avian species that live here, you may spot the Andean bear. Also called the spectacled bear, this solitary creature is native to the Andean cloud forest. Today you will end your hike at the Pacaymayo Valley campsite. Here you will have dinner and take a well-deserved rest after a strenuous day on the trail.

Hike Distance: 10 mi (16 km)
Minimum Altitude: 9,840 ft (3,000 m)
Maximum Altitude: 13,830 feet (4,215 m)
Approximate Time: 7 to 8 hrs
Gradient: Challenging

Day 7: Inca Trail - Balcony Trail - Unforgettable Vistas

After breakfast, the hike continues along a path rich with archaeological treasures. A steep climb will lead you to the Runkurakay Pass. Halfway along the trail, you will encounter the ruins of Runkurakay, an Inca lodge with a view of the valley of Pacaymayo, “Hidden River,” below.

Continue wandering past picture-perfect mountain vistas and lakeside villages, before reaching the ruins of Conchamarca and Phuyupatamarca, “The Town in the Clouds.”
As the day ends, you will head toward the ruins of Wiñay Wayna, or “Forever Young,” where you will camp for your final night. The ruins consist of Incan agricultural terraces and are believed to have been a religious center where water was worshipped. Flower enthusiasts will be pleased to see the area’s fabulous pink orchids. Cold beers and a party the last evening is the norm, allowing you to say goodbye to your cook and porters who will walk ahead of you early the next morning to catch a train back to Cusco.

Hike Distance: 10 mi (16 km)
Minimum Altitude: 8,700 ft (2,650 m)
Maximum Altitude: 12,500 ft (3,900 m)
Approximate Time: 8 to 10 hrs
Gradient: Moderate

Day 8: Inca Trail - Machu Picchu

After an early start with breakfast, you will be on the final leg of the trail by 5 a.m. in order to reach Inti Punku, the Sun Gate entrance to Machu Picchu for sunrise. While weather conditions may vary, the view is always awe-inspiring. From here you will descend to the citadel for a guided tour of Machu Picchu.

You will be able to appreciate the intricate Inca stonework carved into the fantastic Andean scenery. You will have the chance to explore the three zones of this centuries-old city: the urban, agricultural, and adjacent zones. The Temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana, and the Principal Bath are only a few of the impressive sights that you will see.

In the afternoon, you will take a comfortable train back to Cusco and then be transferred to your Cusco hotel for the evening.
Hike Distance to Machu Picchu: 3.7 mi (6 km)
Approximate Time: 4 to 8 hrs
Gradient: Moderate

*Optional: If you would like to spend more time at Machu Picchu, this package can be customized to include an overnight stay in Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu, allowing for a second visit to the ruins — with an optional hike to Huayna Picchu — on the following day. Please let your Travel Advisor know if you’d like to add this to your itinerary.

Day 9: Departure From Cusco

After breakfast at your hotel, one of our representatives will meet you at your hotel and take you to the airport for your journey home or on to your next destination.
Alternatively, choose one of our other exciting Cusco tours or Sacred Valley excursions, or browse our full range of Peru travel destinations to extend your Peru vacation.

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Price Per Person From:

Double/Triple

Single

Budget
$ 1,740

$ 2,169

3 Start

$ 1849

$ 2,400

4 Start

$ 2,209

$ 3,019

5 Start

$ 2,519

$ 3,699

*Kindly take note that the prices indicated above are solely valid for the year 2023. The rates may differ based on the scheduled departure dates. We suggest that you reach out to one of our Travel Advisors for a complimentary quotation and additional details. Best Regards One Travel Destinations.

DEPARTURE FROM

All Machu Picchu Tours depart From Cusco City

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INCA TRAIL DEPARTURE TIME

4: am Pick Up time from Cusco Hotels 

RETURN TIME

Usually, we are going to return to Cusco by 8: 30 PM Approximately 

INCLUDED:

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1 night in Lima airport hotel, 4 nights in Cusco in Peru Hotels based on US standards & 3 nights camping on the Inca Trail.
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All tours are stated in the itinerary with English-speaking guides.
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Ground transportation and entrance fees
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Breakfast at all hotels
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All meals on Inca Trail
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Budget tours are designed to offer the best value and comfort possible, and have some variations compared to our 3, 4, and 5-star packages. Speak with your Travel Advisor to learn more about our Budget tours.
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Train Machu Picchu – Cusco (Vistadome Train for 4-star and 5-star packages / Expedition Train for 3-star packages)

With the Inca Trail package you will Include You:

Transportation:

  • Private transport from your Cusco hotel to the start of the trek
  • Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Train Machu Picchu – Cusco (Vistadome Train for 5-star and 4-star packages / Expedition Train for 3-star packages)
  • Transfer from Cusco train station back to your Cusco hotel

Camping Equipment:

  • We use four-season REI tents with two entrances and a capacity for four people (for comfort, only two people per tent)
  • Foam mattresses, tables, and seats for each tent
  • Food and drink utensils
  • Dinner tent and kitchen tent
  • First aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle

Team:

  • Professional, knowledgeable bilingual guide
  • A cook to prepare your meals
  • Porters to carry provided equipment and food (additional porters are available for rent to carry your personal belongings)

Food:

  • High-quality meals to provide the necessary energy for this challenging trek
  • In addition to three meals daily, you will be given revitalizing snacks
  • Hot drinks such as tea and coffee, as well as enough water for your canteens (collected from local streams and boiled while on the trek)
  • For more information about the trek, please see our Inca Trail FAQs.

NOT INCLUDED:

Airfare
Lunches and dinners (unless otherwise specified)
Airport taxes
Tips

Classic 4 day Inca Trail Map

Inca Trail Frequently Asked Questions

Inca Trail Trek & Tours FAQs: Usually before booking the Inca Trail, you will have questions, such as the best time to go to Machu Picchu and Inca Trail Trek.

How many days do you need for the Inca Trail? 4 days

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu offers various trekking routes. Among them, the Classic Inca Trail stands out as a 4- to 5-day hike, typically taking around 4 days and 3 nights to reach the majestic Machu Picchu.

What is the hardest day of the Inca Trail?

Day two of the Inca Trail hike is widely regarded as the most challenging. It is during this stretch that you ascend Dead Woman’s Pass, standing at an impressive altitude of 4,215 meters, typically reaching around midday. Notably, this elevation surpasses even that of Machu Picchu itself.

How to spend 9 days in Peru?

Day 1: Sacred Valley (Ccochahuasi & Pisac)
Day 2: Sacred Valley (Maras, Moray, & Ollantaytambo)
Day 3: Machu Picchu.
Day 4: Cusco.
Day 5: Cusco Ruins (Sacsayhuaman & Puka Pukara)
Day 6: Lake Titicaca Train.
Day 7: Lake Titicaca.
Day 8: Puno –> Lima. Optional tours

Which is harder Kilimanjaro or Inca Trail?

When preparing to conquer the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, it is crucial to consider training and acclimatization. The trail reaches impressive altitudes of up to 4,215 meters, presenting the challenge of being in very high altitude environments. However, if you think that’s extreme, wait until you set your sights on Kilimanjaro, where the maximum altitude soars to an astounding 5,895 meters. Proper training and acclimatization are paramount to conquer these remarkable heights.