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Inca Trail Expedition
10 Days
Our Inca Trail Expedition itinerary captures the key sites to see in Peru. It gives you time to recover after your arrival in Lima and also time to adjust to the Andes altitude. If you have the time, this is the perfect itinerary. Required arrival days in Lima are Saturday, Monday, Wednesday or Thursdays.

adventure overview

Day 1Welcome to Lima
Day 2Tour of Lima and other famous sites
Day 3Fly to Cusco and explore the Inca city
Day 4Full day tour of the Sacred Valley
Day 5Inca Trail hike to Wayllabamba
Day 6Inca Trail hike to Pacaymayu
Day 7Inca Trail hike to Wanaywayna
Day 8Arrival to Machu Picchu
Day 9Second day at Machu Picchu
Day 10Morning free before flight to Lima

Itinerary details

Day 1 - Lima

   Lima Arrival after 3pm

Welcome to Lima! Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in the beautiful area of Miraflores. If time permits, venture out and begin to explore Peru's amazing culture and cuisine.

   Casa Andina Miraflores or similar

Day 2 - Lima

Rise for breakfast and a morning guided tour of colonial and modern Lima. After lunch, we will experience the Inca’s legacy at the Larco Museum. Lastly, we will visit a classic Peruvian Tavern for a glass of Pisco Sour and traditional Peruvian petite bouchées.

   Casa Andina Miraflores or similar


Day 3 - Lima / Cusco

   Lima to Cusco - Fly before 9am

Early flight to Cusco (11,152 ft). Welcome upon arrival and transfer to your hotel. During the afternoon we will enjoy a guided tour of Cusco with its ancient cathedrals and amazingly crafted Inca walls. We will also visit the ruins at Kenko, Tambomachay, Puka Pukara, and Saqsaywaman.

   Casa Andina Plaza or similar


DAY 4 - Cusco (Sacred Valley)

Today we will explore the Sacred Valley (9,350 ft) and experience the rich colors of its traditional towns and ruins. Our first stop after a scenic drive will be Pisac's colorful market – a great opportunity to practice your bargaining skills! After lunch, we will tour the town of Ollantaytambo and visit the site of the beautiful rose-colored stone ruins where the Incas fought the Spaniards. The serenity and quaintness of the town will allow you to relax and transition into the Incas magical world.

   Casa Andina Plaza or similar

   Breakfast  |  Lunch

Day 3 - Cusco / Inca Trail (Hike 1)

   7.5 miles (5-6 hrs) Elev. Gain: +1,970 ft

Depart early in the morning from the hotel to rendezvous with our quechua porters. From Km. 82 (9,072 ft.), we hike along the bank of the Vilcanota River and views of the magnificent peaks of the Nevado Veronica (19,000 ft.). The overnight camp is on a terrace at Wayllabamba (9,679 ft.). This is a 7.5 mile hike (4-6 hours trek). Note: All camp gear is carried by porters. You only have to carry a light backpack with personal essentials.


   Breakfast  |  Lunch  |  Dinner

Day 4 - Inca Trail (Hike 2)

   10 miles (7-8 hrs) Elev. Gain: +3,950 ft

We climb through the magical Polylepis forest to high camp at Pacaymayu (9,843 ft.). Today is one of the most demanding days of the trip as we climb to higher altitudes. The highest pass at 13,795 ft., Warmiwanusca or "Dead Women's Pass", offers views east to the Huayanay peaks and west into the rugged Vilcabamba range. Camp at Pacaymayu after a 10 miles hike (7-8 hours).


   Breakfast  |  Lunch  |  Dinner

Day 5 - Inca Trail (Hike 3)

   10 miles (8-10 hrs) Elev. Gain: +3,260 ft

We cross the second pass, Runcuracay at 13,100 ft., and follow a fine Inca highway to the restored townsite of Sayaqmarka. The Inca trail in this section is made up of white granite, crossing through a thick mountainside forest. We will visit the ruins of Phuyupatamarka (12,460 ft.), then descend to Winayhuayna (8,695 ft.) to our campsite. Estimated time of 8-10 hours to cover 10 miles.


   Breakfast  |  Lunch  |  Dinner

Day 6 - Inca Trail (Hike 4)

   3.7 miles (3-4 hrs) Mostly downhill

Early in the morning, we will descend from mountain forests into the high jungle habitat. Orchids and hummingbirds are common along this spectacular section of the trail high above the river. We arrive at the Gate of the Sun for stunning views of Machu Picchu (7,875 ft.) and a guided tour of the sanctuary. In the mid-afternoon, we descend to the town of Aguas Calientes where we can enjoy a relaxing evening.

   Andina Luxury or similar


Day 9 - Machu Picchu / Cusco

   Machu Picchu to Cusco Train

Free day to return to Machu Picchu and continue exploring the sanctuary or hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. We will return to Cusco by train later in the afternoon.

   Casa Andina Plaza or similar


Day 10 - Cusco / Lima

   Cusco to Lima - Fly anytime

Enjoy an early morning walk in Cusco before your departure to Lima or continue on one of our extensions.


Bon Voyage!

Important Notice: Actual day-by-day itineraries may vary from those shown in order to take advantage of local sightseeing options, trains or flight schedule changes, or other unforeseen events.

Train to or from Machu Picchu: From May to December, train from Cusco to Machu Picchu and back will depart from Poroy station (about 20 minutes from downtown Cusco). For the period between January and April, trains will depart from Pachar station, about 1.5 hours from Cusco. Transfers are included for both options and total travel time is about the same.

What Is Included

  • Hotels
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals as indicated
  • Excursions as part of a group
  • Bilingual guides
  • Gratuities except to guides
  • Train to and from Machu Picchu
  • Machu Picchu entrance permit
  • Inca Trail permits
  • All camping gear
  • Porters
  • Two-day passes to Machu Picchu
  • Huayna Picchu passes (if available) or Machu Picchu Mountain
  • Pricing Terms

  • Price is per person based on double occupancy
  • Single supplement applies
  • Add 3% if paying via credit card
  • Flights are NOT included
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