Exploring Peru and Hiking the Inca Trail

Main destination Peru 8 Days Tour

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Welcome to Peru, famously known as the Land of the Incas. They came from the Peruvian highlands in early 1200 and much of their culture still remain in the country to this day. The region is famous for its pisco sour, ceviche and Guinea Pigs, which are a delicacy in the Cusco region. No trip to Peru would be complete without a visit to the Pisac Market or seeing the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu for the first time. Get to meet the local Alpacas and llamas and be sure to embrace this once in a lifetime experience.

Included:

  • Accommodation based on double room including breakfast
  • Transfers, excursions, meals, entrances as mentioned
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Inca Trail deluxe service
  • Private services
  • Vistadome train service from Machu Picchu

Not Included:

  • Excursions and meals not mentioned in the program
  • Travel Insurance
  • Drinks, tips and personal expenses
  • International flights
  • Domestic flights
Day 1

Lima

Welcome to Lima, the Capital of Peru and known as the City of Kings. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean and strategically built between the Rimac and Chillon valleys. Lima was founded in 1535 by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro and is now the largest city in Peru, along with being one the largest cities in South America. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure taking in some of the rich history and local shops near the hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel Dazzler
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Day 2

Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley

After breakfast, we depart for Sacred Valley where we will begin our first full day in Peru by visiting the Pisac Market. The Pisac Market is one of the most famous markets in the Cusco region. A large section of the market offers souvenir stalls where you can find weaving, jewelry, ponchos, hats, Andean instruments, ceramics, alpaca products and a range of other gifts to take home to loved ones. You also have the opportunity to get to know Awanacancha, a place where you can see several species of Andean Camelids such as llamas, alpacas, vicunas and guanacos. Upon return to the hotel, the rest of your day will be at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Aranwa Sacred Valley & Wellness
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Day 3

Sacred Valley - Huayllabamba

We start our day with a 51 mile drive in the Sacred Valley of the Incas to the starting point of our trek in the community of Piscacucho. Upon arrival, Terra Explorer Peru porters will be waiting with of your equipment ready and will accompany us throughout the journey. They are an essential part of this adventure and you will be glad to have them along for the ride. We will begin our journey parallel to the Urubamba River, toward the town of Miskay, surrounded by beautiful views of the imposing Mount Veronica. From here, climb to the viewpoint of Llactapata, where we observe this ancient Inca agricultural center. At this point, we say goodbye to the Urubamba Valley and introduce ourselves to the Huayllabamba Valley where we will camp in a village of the same name built on the foundations of an ancient Inca settlement.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Trekking Tent
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Day 4

Huayllabamba- Pacaymayo

After a hearty breakfast, we will begin our journey hiking up to Llulluchapampa, through the Uncas Forest , followed by the Dwarf Forest, and finally arrive at the top of the Inca Trail. Take in the breathtaking scenery as we reach the gap of Warmihuyñuska at 17,056 feet, where the landscape transforms into an arid Andean highland. We will then descend 2,952 feet by stone steps, bringing us to a cloud forest. In this area, we will have the opportunity to watch several species of native birds until we reach the Pacaymayo area where we will camp for the night. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Trekking Tent
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Day 5

Pacaymayo-Phuyupatamarca

Today, you will be taken back by some of the most beautiful scenery we encounter on the Inca trail. As we begin our ascent towards the Runkurakay Gap, take in the the step of Warmiñuska and the valleys that descend to the Amazon. Continue towards the cloud forest as we make our way into a wide, paved and well-preserved Inca trail surrounded by orchids, ferns and bromeliadsto to the ruins of Sayacmarca. It is an ideal habitat for birds and the Andean bear, which we will hopefully see in this area. Finally, we make our way to Phuyupatamarca, where we camp and enjoy a breathtaking view of the Urubamba and Vilcanota mountain ranges. As we settle in, you will be in awe of the landscape which dissolves before our eyes to make way for the Amazon. Enjoy the rest of the evening at the campsite recapping the highlights of our journey and wildlife that was observed along the way. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Trekking Tent
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Day 6

Phuyupatamarca - Machu Picchu - Cusco

This morning from our camp near the ruins of Phuyupatamarca we will have the opportunity of seeing one of the most spectacular sunrises in the Andes, and a 360° view of the surrounding mountain ranges, including the impressive Salkantay and Pumasillo mountains.
Afterwards, we will descend 978 feet, to the ruins of Intipata, an ancient agricultural and experimental center, with spectacular view of the valley of Urubamba. We will continue to the most important and impressive archaeological site of the entire route: Wiñay Wayna. Then by a road covered with tropical vegetation, we will go to Intipunku ('Gate of the Sun'), where we will have the first fabulous view of Machu Picchu. Here we will begin the final descent to the Inca citadel where we will arrive at a special time that many people never experience. After taking in these awe-inspiring ancient ruins, we will take a bus to the town of Aguas Calientes to board the train back to Cusco.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel Novotel Cusco
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Day 7

Cusco

After a leisurely breakfast, it's time to explore the magic of Cusco! This beautiful city has an interesting history, both from Inca and colonial times. You start this half-day tour at Cusco’s main square, which was called Huacaypata (Warriors Square) by the Incas.
While the guide tells you more about the history of this special place, you can admire the city’s cathedral that was built between 1560 and 1664 with the red granite stones from the Inca Fortress of Sacsayhuaman. The cathedral is one of the most impressive buildings in Cusco, and hosts one of the most significant collections of gold and silver work of the colonial period. Next, we continue to Koricancha temple and the Convent of Santo Domingo. The convent was built on top of the most important Inca temple dedicated to the worship of the sun, with walls covered with gold leaf. Wandering through the streets of what once was the capital of the Inca Empire, you feel like you are traveling through time.
Our farewell dinner tonight is described as elaborate and put on by one of Peru’s most famous chefs, Jorge Luis Ossio. The location of the restaurant alone makes it worth a visit – first you enter the Museo de Arte Precolombino. Once inside the museum, enter a smaller glass and steel box where you will have your dinner to celebrate the end of an unforgettable journey!
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Novotel Cusco
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Day 8

Cusco

After breakfast and check out, receive a private transfer from the hotel to the airport in Cusco as you bid farewell to Peru!
Meals: Breakfast
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