An Inca-redible Trail (IT-GGTA)

Country Visited: Peru
Days Grading Style Activities Price from
7
Guided
  • Trekking
  • Local & Cultural
$ 1455 (₹98,213) Value
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Experience

Travel to Peru to retrace the steps of the Inca, Peru's fascinating ancient civilisation. Follow the Inca from Cuzco, through the fertile heartland of the Sacred Valley and the magnificent Ollantaytambo ruins. Then, embark upon the ultimate adventure – trekking to Machu Picchu. This action-filled express Peruvian tour gets you closer to the secrets of this elusive civilisation on a breathtaking adventure along the Inca Trail.
Minimum Age: 15 Years
 
KEY FEATURES:
 
  • Explore Cuzco's historic centre
  • Speak Quechua with the Sacred Valley locals
  • Trek the Inca trail, which once linked this ancient empire
  • See the sunrise over Machu Picchu
  • Peruse Peru’s colonial and Inca architecture
 

Itinerary

Day 1
Cuzco Open or Close

Welcome to Cuzco, Peru. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 12 pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. Spend a little time acclimatising to the high altitude (3,450 m) and then go on a guided tour of the city led by a local expert. You’ll be taken through the Plaza de Armas, the lavish Cathedral, and to the Coca Museum and San Pedro Market.

Notes: As this is a combination trip, your experience can be quite different to the other travellers. Some will have started earlier in Lima and everyone will choose their own route to Machu Picchu, either by train or trekking. Due to the high altitude of many of places we visit, the air is thinner and some people can suffer altitude sickness, regardless of age, gender or fitness. Please see the 'Is This Trip Right For You?' and 'Health' sections in the trip notes for detailed information.

Day 2
Ollantaytambo Open or Close

Travel by private bus through the Sacred Valley for about two hours. Known as Wilcamayo to the Incas, the valley has been a source of livelihood to the locals for hundreds of years. You’ll see maize crops covering the terraced valley walls and the sacred river beneath. For lunch, visit a community that live in the valley and learn about the local lifestyle and language. If it’s market day, you may have the opportunity to browse the local handicrafts such as beads and ponchos. Continue your journey to the town of Ollantaytambo where you’ll spend the night. If there’s time you may like to see the town’s archaeological site, which includes remnants of an Inca city and soaring views over the present-day settlement.

Day 3
Inca Trail Open or Close

Depending on the travel arrangements you made before the trip, during the next four days you’ll be doing one of the following: hiking the Classic Inca Trail, hiking the Inca Quarry Trail or staying in Cuzco for another two days before taking the train to Aguas Calientes.

While away from Cuzco, the bulk of your luggage will be stored at your hotel. If you’re hiking the Inca Trail or the Inca Quarry Trail, the evening before you leave Cuzco you'll receive a small duffle bag to carry your clothes in for the next four days (6 kg maximum). Your team of porters will carry these bags for you, together with the food and equipment for the trail. If you’re travelling to Aguas Calientes by train, you'll be able to leave most of your luggage at the hotel in Cuzco and only travel with the necessary items during the excursion by train.

Route 1 Classic Inca Trail: Today travel by minivan to the 82 kilometre marker and meet your crew of local porters, cook, and guide. The first day includes uphill trekking to the campsite, which is at 3,100 metres above sea level. On the way you’ll see the Inca sites of Ollantaytambo, Huillca Raccay and Llactapata, as well as incredible views of snow-capped Veronica Peak. In the evening, unwind at the campsite with a nourishing meal. Notes: The Inca Trail is within the abilities of most reasonably fit people, but please come prepared, as the trail is 45 kilometres long and often steep. Each day's journey generally consists of seven hours of walking (uphill and downhill), with stops for snacks and lunch. Accommodation on the trek is camping (three nights). Double tents (twin-share) and foam camping mats will be provided. The porters will set up the tents while the cook prepares meals.

Route 2 Quarry Trail: Make an early start today and drive to Choquequilla, a small ceremonial place where Incas worshipped the moon. Drive to the starting point of the trek, Rafq'a, and meet the horsemen who join us on the hike. After an hour’s walk, reach the small community of Socma. Carry on to the Perolniyoc cascade lookout, an opportunity to stop for photos and a food break. Continue to the campsite, which is 3,700 meters above sea level. You should reach the campsite around lunchtime. After lunch, set off to explore the Q'orimarca archaeological site, which once served as a checkpoint to the Incas. Notes: The Quarry Trail is within the abilities of most reasonably fit people. The hike is 26 kilometres long in total and it's highest pass is at 4,450 meters above sea level. Throughout the trek, horses will carry your gear and camping equipment. The first two nights are spent camping and the third night you will stay at a simple hotel. Double tents (twin-share) and foam camping mats will be provided. The porters will set up the tents while the cook prepares meals.

Route 3 Train: After spending the night in the Ollantaytambo, leave around 9.30 am and take a short drive to the town of Pisac. Pisac is well known for its market. Here you’ll have the opportunity to shop for souvenirs and perhaps try some local empanadas. Arrive back into Cusco in the afternoon, where your leader will take you to San Pedro Market in order to buy some things for a picnic tomorrow. In the late afternoon, you’ll have an option to visit the Choco Museum where you can try some artisanal chocolate that is prepared in house from cacao beans into a chocolate bar. Be sure to sample some of the delicious hot chocolate. Notes: Included lunch and dinner on this day is for people trekking the Inca or Quarry Trail only.

Day 4
Inca Trail Open or Close

Route 1 Classic Inca Trail: This is the most challenging day of the trek as you ascend a long steep path (approximately five hours) to reach the highest point of the trail. Colloquially known as 'Dead Woman's Pass', Warmiwanusca sits at a height of 4,200 meters above sea level, providing amazing views of the valley below. The group will then descend to the campsite in the Pacaymayo Valley at 3,650 metres.

Route 2 Quarry Trail: This is the most challenging and rewarding day of the hike. A three-hour walk takes us to the top of the first pass of Puccaqasa (approximately 4,370 meters high). After enjoying picturesque views of the valley, it’s a short walk before stopping for lunch. Afterwards, make the two-hour hike to Kuychicassa, the highest pass of the trek at 4,450 meters. From here, descend to the sacred site the Incas called Intipunku (Sun Gate), with views of the Nevado Veronica mountain. Head to the campsite, only a stone’s throw away at Choquetacarpo.

Route 3 Train: Today, take a taxi to Tambomachay, an archaeological site just outside of Cuzco. From here you’ll take a short downhill walk (between one and three hours) back to Cuzco. On the way, stop to admire some of the archaeological sites, including Puka Pukara, Qinqu Quenqo and Saksaywaman. Arrive back in Cuzco in the afternoon and enjoy some free time to go shopping, or perhaps visit Merida, Mendivil and Olave art galleries and workshops. Your tour leader will be able to give you some suggestions or point you in the right direction. Notes: Included lunch and dinner on this day is for people trekking the Inca or Quarry Trail only.

Day 5
Inca Trail Open or Close

Route 1 Classic Inca Trail: Start the day with a climb through the Pacaymayo Valley to Runkuracay pass (3,980 metres). Enjoy views of the snow-capped mountain of Cordillera Vilcabamba before descending for around two to three hours to the ruins of Sayacmarca. Continue over the trail’s third pass to the ruins of Phuyupatamarca (3,850 metres), also known as 'Town Above the Clouds'. Start the two-hour descent down the Inca steps to the final night's campsite by the Winay Wayna archaeological site.

Route 2 Quarry Trail: Today’s hike will all be downhill. The first stop is the incomplete Kachiqata quarry, where the Incas were intercepted by the Spanish. Around midday, come to the end of the trek. Explore the cobbled streets of Ollantaytambo before taking the short train journey to Aguas Calientes. This is where you’ll meet up with the travellers in your group who didn't hike. Visiting the natural hot springs in town is a soothing way to spend the late afternoon. Spend the night in a comfortable hotel before tomorrow’s visit to Machu Picchu.

Route 3 Train: After a drive to Ollantaytambo (about one and a half hours), catch a train through the winding Urubamba Valley to Aguas Calientes (another one and a half hours). The city is nestled in the cloud forest at the foot of Machu Picchu. For those who want a sneak peak, there is time to visit Machu Picchu independently before a guided tour the following day. Otherwise, you can while away the afternoon in the natural hot springs at Aguas Calientes. Notes: Included lunch and dinner on this day is for people trekking the Inca or Quarry Trail only.

Day 6
Cusco Open or Close

Route 1 Inca Trail: This is the final and most spectacular leg of the trek to Machu Picchu. The day starts before dawn with breakfast at 4.30 am. Say farewell to the porters as they descend to the train station and begin hiking by 5.30 am. The walk to Intipunku (the Sun Gate) takes around two-and-a-half hours. Weather permitting, enjoy unforgettable views over Machu Pichu ‘Lost City of the Incas’ as the sun rises (and before it’s crawling with tourists).

Route 2 Quarry Trail: Depending on weather conditions, take a bus at 5:30 am this morning along the winding road to Machu Picchu. The journey takes around 30 minutes. At Machu Picchu, join up with the travellers in your group who hiked the Classic Inca Trail. If skies are clear, enjoy a spectacular sunrise over the ancient city from the Sun Gate, before going on a guided walk around the ruins.

Route 3 Train: Take an early bus up to Machu Picchu at 5.30 am. The city was built around 1440 AD as a country retreat for Incan nobility, but there’s evidence that the land had been a sacred Incan site for much longer. Take a guided tour around the ruins of temples, palaces and living quarters, and enjoy free time afterwards to wander around on your own before the group returns to Cuzco. For all trails - after taking advantage of the seemingly endless photo opportunities, it's time to return to Cuzco for a well-deserved shower and a pisco sour. Your evening is then free for the last night of your adventure. Notes: Due to Intrepid's internal safety policy, our leaders are specifically prohibited from recommending or assisting with booking trips to the mountaintop ruins of Wayna Picchu.

Day 7
Cuzco Open or Close

Your tour comes to an end today and there are no activities planned. As there was little time spent in Cuzco at the start of the trip, you may like to stay on for a few extra days to make the most of your visit here. We’ll be happy to assist in booking accommodation (subject to availability). If you decide to stay on, visit some of the sites you didn’t cover during your orientation tour at the beginning of the trip. These may include the Inca ruins of Coricancha, Saqsaywaman, Q'enqo, Pica Pakara, Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Notes: Perhaps buy a boleto turistico (tourism ticket) and gain access to the many fascinating museums here such as the Contemporary Art Museum, Regional History Museum and Qosqo Native Art Museum.

Dates & Prices



 Start Date  End Date  Price
11th Dec 2016
17th Dec 2016
USD 1190
18th Dec 2016
24th Dec 2016
USD 1236
25th Dec 2016
31st Dec 2016
USD 1455
05th Jan 2017
11th Jan 2017
USD 1170
17th Jan 2017
23th Jan 2017
USD 1120
22nd Jan 2017
28th Jan 2017
USD 1115
29th Jan 2017
04th Feb 2017
USD 1115
23rd Feb 2017
01st Mar 2017
USD 1115
02nd Mar 2017
08th Mar 2017
USD 1180
07th Mar 2017
13th Mar 2017
USD 1180
12th Mar 2017
18th Mar 2017
USD 1115
16th Mar 2017
22nd Mar 2017
USD 1115
26th Mar 2017
01st Apr 2017
USD 1115
02nd Apr 2017
08th Apr 2017
USD 1135
11th Apr 2017
17th Apr 2017
USD 1125
16th Apr 2017
22nd Apr 2017
USD 1185
20th Apr 2017
26th Apr 2017
USD 1160
27th Apr 2017
03rd May 2017
USD 1160
02nd May 2017
08th May 2017
USD 1220
07th May 2017
13th May 2017
USD 1265
11th May 2017 17th May 2017
USD 1195
16th May 2017
22nd May 2017
USD 1195
18th May 2017
24th May 2017
USD 1255
21th May 2017
27th May 2017
USD 1195
25th May 2017
31th May 2017
USD 1195
30th May 2017
05th Jun 2017
USD 1195
04th Jun 2017
10th Jun 2017
USD 1185
08th Jun 2017
14th Jun 2017
USD 1160
13th Jun 2017
19th Jun 2017
USD 1185
18th Jun 2017
24th Jun 2017
USD 1160
25th Jun 2017
01st Jul 2017
USD 1160
29th Jun 2017
05th Jul 2017
USD 1160
04th Jul 2017
10th Jul 2017
USD 1195
09th Jul 2017
15th Jul 2017
USD 1195
16th Jul 2017
22nd Jul 2017
USD 1195
20th Jul 2017
26th Jul 2017
USD 1195
27th Jul 2017
02th Aug 2017
USD 1195
01st Aug 2017
07th Aug 2017
USD 1160
06th Aug 2017
12th Aug 2017
USD 1160
10th Aug 2017
16th Aug 2017
USD 1160
17th Aug 2017
23rd Aug 2017
USD 1115
22nd Aug 2017
28th Aug 2017
USD 1115
29th Aug 2017
04th Sep 2017
USD 1115
03rd Sep 2017
09th Sep 2017
USD 1160
07th Sep 2017
13th Sep 2017
USD 1160
12th Sep 2017
18th Sep 2017
USD 1160
17th Sep 2017
23rd Sep 2017
USD 1195
21st Sep 2017
27th Sep 2017
USD 1195
26th Sep 2017
02nd Oct 2017
USD 1195
01st Oct 2017
07th Oct 2017 
USD 1195
08th Oct 2017 
14th Oct 2017
USD 1195
15th Oct 2017
21th Oct 2017
USD 1195
26th Oct 2017
01st Nov 2017
USD 1195
 31st Oct 2017 06th Nov 2017  USD 1195 
 05th Nov 2017 11th Nov 2017  USD 1160 
 16th Nov 2017 22nd Nov 2017   USD 1115
 23rd Nov 2017  29th Nov 2017  USD 1115
 30th Nov 2017 06th Dec 2017  USD 1115 
 07th Dec 2017  13th Dec 2017 USD 1115 
 21th Dec 2017    27th Dec 2017 USD 1160 
 26th Dec 2017   01st Jan 2018 USD 1160 
 04th Jan 2018  10th Jan 2018  USD 1360


Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions

  • 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Transport: Private minibus, Train
  • 3 Nights Camping (with basic facilities) and 3 Nights Hotel
  • 3 Night / 4 Day Hiking the Inca Trail (or Quarry Trail)
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Visit to Coca Museum
  • Orientation Walk - Cuzco
  • Private bus to Sacred Valley and local community visit on Day 2
  • Services of an English speaking expert as per Itinerary

Exclusions

  • Service Tax and / or any other taxes.
  • International or domestic flights, unless included
  • Meals other than those mentioned as included (please contact us to know details specific to your trip)
  • Optional arrival and departure transfers or transfer costs to the starting point of the vacation
  • Visa, passport, travel insurance.
  • Optional tours that can be bought on a supplement.
  • Single room supplement
  • Entrance fees to attractions not specified as included (please contact us to know details specific to your trip)

FAQs


Terms & Conditions

This trip is operated by an Active Holiday Company partner and their Terms & Conditions apply. To know the detailed terms and conditions please contact us on info@activeholidaycompany.com. For registration a non-refundable deposit of US$250 per person (and more in some cases including Polar vacations) is required to book the trip. Full payment for this trip must be made 56 days before departure. For receiving your travel documents full payment must be made as per the deadlines stated.

Cancellation and amendment fees apply as follows-

  • 56 days or more prior to departure - the Booking Deposit
  • Between 30 and 55 days prior to departure - Booking Deposit or 50% of the total booking cost; whichever is greater
  • Less than 30 days prior to departure - 100% of the tour price

Group travel is subject to minimum participants. Trip may cancel up to 30 days or more before date of trip with liability limited only up to the cost of the trip. All bookings are subject to availability at the time of booking. The Active Holiday Company and supplier terms and conditions apply.

Accommodation

  • Cuzco                  : Hotel Rimacpampa or similar 
  • Inca Trail            : Camping
  • Ollantaytambo   : Tika Wasi Valley Hotel or similar 

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