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12-Day | All Included| Excursions: Cusco, Amazon & Machu Pichu, Inca Trail

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This amazing Peru Adventure travel package takes you through the Enigmatic Nazca Lines, the rich biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest, the hidden lost city of the Incas, and along the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Your tour explorations begin in Cusco City, while you acclimatize your body for your Inca Trail 4D/3N the Amazon Rainforest Manu National Park where experienced naturalist Tour guides will lead you on exciting jungle treks and canoe trips downriver while teaching you about this fascinating region’s ecological wonders.

Along the Inca Trail, you will marvel at the Inca engineering that attests to the advanced civilization of these ancient people. Then explore the compelling ruins of Machu Picchu. We will end this adventure in the coastal area of the Lima Capital of Peru, visiting the iconic and unknown Nazca Lines tour. This fascinating Peru tour 12 day Package was designed for explorers and adventurers alike who seek the journey of a lifetime.

Classic Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 4-Day Tour, without a doubt, is one of the most famous trails in South America. But, why this Inca trail hike to Machu Picchu is very competitive? and why are only 500 tourists per day on this Peruvian Hike? Because this trek is, without a doubt, the most gorgeous hiking tour in Cusco City and is the main entrance to Machu Picchu through The Sun gate.

NOTE: If our Machu Picchu tour intrigues you and you’re considering booking, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Please be aware that the National Parks authorities regulate visitor numbers to Machu Picchu, with only 2,500 daily permits available, this includes guides.

To ensure availability, especially during peak season (June, July, and August), we recommend securing your Machu Picchu permit at least 3 months in advance. If you plan to visit during off-peak months, we advise booking your Machu Picchu entrance and Huaynapicchu ticket at least three months ahead. Your train ticket should also be booked in advance. We’re excited to help you prepare for an unforgettable adventure in Peru.

Private Service Price

From $2,650 Pp

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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 Explore 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 Inca Trail of the Incas along the legendary pilgraming Path!

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Rediscover the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu and Huaynapicchu

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Visit The Most Colorful Rainbow Mountain in Peru.

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

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

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

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We offer personalized tours to Peru tailored to your schedule! Let us create an unforgettable experience that perfectly matches your desired number of days.

Highlights

HOW TO GET PERU?

How To Get To Cusco City?

Currently, the airport in Cusco serves exclusively domestic flights. As a result, all international travelers arriving by plane must disembark in Lima and proceed through Customs.

Even if your flight to Cusco is scheduled on the same day with the same airline carrier, it is necessary to retrieve your luggage in Lima and check it in again.

The best way to reach Cusco is by air, and luckily there are several options from different airlines. Start Peru or LATAM are highly recommended, although they can be a bit pricey. They offer the most flights and flexibility.

Just keep in mind that delays or cancellations may occur. We Highly Recommend You Travel Insurance. If You do have one we work with Allianz.com we can help you create your package just contact us.

The high altitude of Cusco makes landing a bit challenging, especially in bad weather conditions. If you’re up for an adventure, bus travel is always an option.

Although it can be a long journey, the buses in Peru are well-maintained and quite comfortable. This option is particularly encouraged if you’re coming from a city closer to Cusco, like Arequipa, Puno. If you’re traveling from Lima, be prepared for a 21-hour bus ride. Safe travels!

How To Treat The Elevation In Cusco Peru

Treating elevation (altitude) sickness in a place like Cusco, Peru, which sits at a high elevation of about 3,400 meters (11,150 feet), requires some precautions and strategies to help your body acclimate to the thin air.

Altitude sickness can range from mild discomfort to severe symptoms, so it’s important to take it seriously. Here’s how you can treat elevation sickness:

1. Acclimatization:

Gradual Ascent: If possible, try to gradually ascend to higher altitudes over a few days rather than going directly from sea level to Cusco’s altitude.
– Take Breaks: Plan for rest days or shorter activities upon arrival to allow your body to adjust.

2. Hydration:

– Drink Plenty of Water: Staying well-hydrated helps your body cope with altitude. Avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol consumption, as they can contribute to dehydration.

3. Rest:

– Allow for Rest: Listen to your body and get plenty of sleep during the first few days at high altitude. Avoid overexertion.

4. Diet:

– Eat Lightly: Consume easily digestible foods and avoid heavy, greasy meals that can stress your digestive system.

5. Medications:

Diamox (Acetazolamide): This prescription medication can help prevent and alleviate altitude sickness Please consult a doctor before using it and discuss potential side effects.

6. Supplemental Oxygen:

– In severe cases, supplemental oxygen might be necessary. Some hotels in high-altitude areas offer oxygen tanks for guests.

7. Avoid Alcohol and Smoking:

– Alcohol and smoking can worsen the effects of altitude sickness. It’s best to avoid them while acclimating.

8. Listen to Your Body:

– Pay attention to any symptoms like headache, shortness of breath, nausea, fatigue, or dizziness. If symptoms worsen, it’s crucial to descend to a lower altitude.

9. Natural Remedies:

– Some people find relief from altitude sickness by drinking coca tea, a traditional remedy in the Andes. However, it’s important not to overdo it, as excessive consumption could have negative effects.

10. Consult a Doctor:

– If you have a history of heart or lung problems, or if you’re concerned about altitude sickness, consult a doctor before traveling to high altitudes.

Remember that everyone’s body reacts differently to altitude, and there’s no way to completely avoid altitude sickness. It’s essential to be prepared, give your body time to acclimate, and seek medical attention if symptoms become severe.

How Is The Weather In Cusco Peru?

Cusco, Peru, has a temperate and relatively mild climate due to its elevation in the Andes Mountains. The city’s high altitude of around 3,400 meters (11,150 feet) influences its weather patterns. The climate is characterized by distinct wet and dry seasons. Here’s an overview of the weather in Cusco:

1. Dry Season (May to September):

– This is considered the best time to visit Cusco, as it experiences less rainfall and generally clearer skies.
– Daytime temperatures are mild, ranging from 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F).
– Nights can be chilly, with temperatures dropping to around 5°C to 10°C (41°F to 50°F).
– It’s the peak tourist season, so expect larger crowds, especially around popular attractions like Machu Picchu.

2. Wet Season (October to April):

– The wet season in Cusco coincides with the Southern Hemisphere’s summer and is characterized by more frequent rainfall.
– Daytime temperatures during this period are similar to the dry season, but nights might be slightly warmer.
– Rainfall is heaviest from November to March, with January and February being the rainiest months.
– Rain showers can be intense but are often followed by periods of sunshine.
– This season is considered the low tourist season, so there might be fewer crowds and lower prices on accommodations and tours.

Keep in mind that weather can be unpredictable, even during the dry season, due to the city’s high elevation. It’s a good idea to pack layers, including warm clothing for the nights, as well as waterproof gear for potential rain showers. Additionally, the weather in Cusco can vary based on the specific month and even week, so checking a reliable weather forecast before your trip is recommended.

Bring Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is an absolute must! Whether you’re planning trips for months or embarking on adventurous journeys, unexpected events can strike at any moment. Protect your investment and embrace peace of mind with the right insurance. Need assistance? We’re here to connect you with an expert agent who’ll guide you through the process!

Health Concert Along Cusco Toud

Open communication with your Tour Leader regarding any health conditions or concerns is vital. Although our guides are not medical professionals, they are equipped with first-aid training. Additionally, we collaborate with a clinic in Cusco to provide support to our team when needed.

Please that you assess whether a Tour is suitable for you. Consulting your physician to confirm your fitness for travel and participation in planned activities is recommended. It’s also important to seek your physician’s advice regarding vaccinations and medical precautions. Please note that Tour Leaders Peru does not provide medical advice. It is your responsibility risks and requirements of each aspect of the Tour based on your unique circumstances, limitations, fitness level, and medical needs.

If you experience severe altitude sickness or any other condition that prevents you from Touring, but you still want to visit Machu Picchu, we will gladly assist you in coordinating a train trip. Please note that since this will be a new itinerary, additional fees may apply. However, we will make every effort to utilize as much of the original plan as possible to keep costs to a minimum.

If you encounter difficulties during your Tours and are unable to proceed, a dedicated private Guide will accompany you ( Extra Cost ).

Comparison Between Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu Mountain in terms of time, distance, and location

Machu Picchu Mountain: Price $80.00
– Time: The hike to the summit of Machu Picchu Mountain usually takes about 3 to 4 hours round trip, depending on your pace.
– Distance: The trail is approximately 2.5 kilometers (1.6 miles) one way, making it a total hike of about 5 kilometers (3.1 miles).
– Location: Machu Picchu Mountain is located to the northwest of the Machu Picchu archaeological site itself. It offers panoramic views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding area.

Huayna Picchu Mountain: Price $80.00
– Time: The hike to the top of Huayna Picchu generally takes around 2 to 3 hours round trip.
– Distance: The trail is shorter but steeper, with a distance of about 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) each way, making it a total hike of around 2 kilometers (1.2 miles).
– Location: Huayna Picchu is the iconic mountain that rises directly behind Machu Picchu. It offers breathtaking views of Machu Picchu and the Urubamba River valley.

Both mountains require a separate entrance ticket and have limited daily slots due to conservation efforts and the preservation of the sites. The hikes are considered moderately challenging and involve steep ascents, uneven terrain, and sections with stairs and narrow pathways. It’s important to consider your fitness level and any altitude-related factors before attempting either hike.

Machu Picchu entrance Times and Circuits

As of our last update in September 2023, Machu Picchu has specific entrance time slots to manage the flow of visitors and preserve the site. These times may vary, so it’s important to confirm the current entrance times with our office before your visit. Here’s a general idea of the entrance times:

There are typically two entrance time slots for Machu Picchu:

1. Morning Entrance:

– The morning entrance allows you to enter Machu Picchu early in the day.
– It often starts around 6:00 AM and lasts until around noon.
– This entrance time is popular for visitors who want to experience Machu Picchu in the cooler morning hours and have more time to explore the site.

2. Afternoon Entrance:

– The afternoon entrance is usually from around 12:00 PM to 5:30 PM.
– This time slot is often less crowded than the morning entrance and can be a good option if you prefer a quieter experience.

It’s also important to book your tickets well in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons, to secure your preferred entrance time.

Pre Departure Briefing

We kindly request you to join us at our office o Hotel for the pre-tour briefing, which takes place at 7:00 PM on the evening before your tour. If you are unable to attend at this time, we would be more than happy to arrange an alternative time that suits you. The briefing session typically lasts between 30 to 45 minutes, during which you will also be provided additional information.

Pick-Up Time For The Cusco Tours

Tour Leaders Peru stands out as one of the few companies that offers hotel pick-up services. If your accommodation is located within Cusco City’s central area, your Tour Guide will arrange the pick-up time during the briefing session. Please note that pick-up times may vary by 30 – 45 minutes due to traffic conditions and previous pickups.

Cusco, a city steeped in history, boasts charming cobblestoned streets and narrow passageways. However, it’s important to note that smaller hotels and Airbnb options are often nestled in car-inaccessible streets, sometimes located on hilly terrains. As a result, hauling luggage could pose a challenge. For a more convenient stay, we highly recommend selecting accommodations with improved accessibility. We have curated a list of comfortable hotels that are easily reachable for both pick-up and drop-off purposes.

Certain Tours offer the convenience of pickups in the mesmerizing Sacred Valley, as described in detail below.

Return To Cusco After Your Tour

Returning From Machu Picchu requires a lot of logistics, which are all included in your tour.

From Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes, you will take a 25-minute bus down to the village. Buses are first come first serve and run all day.
You will take a train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or Poroy. Your guide will give you your train tickets with train time. Make sure you get to the platform 30 minutes ahead of time.

* Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo is 2 hours

* Train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy is 3.5 hours

Once you arrive at the train station, look for a gentleman wearing our Logo sign. He will then drive you to San Francisco Square, Cusco

* Van ride from Ollantaytambo to nearby San Francisco Square is 2 hours Aprox.

* Van ride from Poroy to nearby San Francisco Square is 30 minutes

Once you arrive near San Francisco Square, you will separate into separate pre-paid taxis and be driven back to your hotel.

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN CUSCO BEFORE VISIT MACHU PICCHU

Cusco, often referred to as the historic capital of the Inca Empire, is a city brimming with history, culture, and beautiful architecture. Before visiting Machu Picchu, there are several things to see and do in Cusco:

Explore Cusco City:

1. Plaza de Armas: Start your exploration at the heart of Cusco, the main square. Here you’ll find the Cathedral of Santo Domingo and the Church of La Compañía de Jesús.

2. Qoricancha (Temple of the Sun): Visit this ancient Inca temple, which was once covered in gold and dedicated to the Sun God. It was one of the most revered temples during the Inca Empire.

3. San Pedro Market: Immerse yourself in the local culture by wandering through this bustling market. Experience local produce, and handicrafts, and try some traditional Peruvian snacks.

4. Sacsayhuamán: Explore the impressive Inca ruins located just outside of Cusco. The massive stone walls and panoramic views of the city are worth a visit.

5. San Blas Neighborhood: Wander through the narrow streets of this artsy neighborhood filled with galleries, artisan workshops, and charming cafes.

Experience Cultural Activities:

1. Museums: Visit museums like the Museo Inka and the Pre-Columbian Art Museum to learn more about Inca history and ancient Peruvian cultures.

2. Traditional Dance Show: Enjoy a traditional dance performance showcasing the vibrant culture and colorful costumes of Peru.

Taste Peruvian Cuisine:

1. Local Gastronomy: Try local dishes like ceviche, alpaca meat, and traditional Peruvian stews at local restaurants or street food stalls.

2. Pisco Tasting: Visit a bar or distillery to taste Peru’s national spirit, Pisco, and try different variations such as Pisco Sour or Chilcano.

Adventure and Excursions:

1. Cusco City Tour: consider visiting trails like the Cusco circuit to the ruins of Tambomachay, Puca Pucara, and Q’enqo.

2. Sacred Valley: Take a day trip to explore the Sacred Valley, visiting Pisac Market, Ollantaytambo, and other archaeological sites.

Exploring Cusco before visiting Machu Picchu allows you to acclimate to the altitude, immerse yourself in the local culture, and witness the remnants of the impressive Inca civilization.

Take your time to savor the city’s rich history and vibrant atmosphere before embarking on your journey to Machu Picchu.

WHY YOU SHOULD TRAVEL WITH TOUR LEADERS IN PERU?

LOCALLY OWNED COMPANY.

Founded by former Inca Trail Tour Guide Cesar Conde, founder of www.blissfultravelescapes.comTOUR LEADERS PERU is a locally-owned company in Cusco, Peru. It proudly stands as the sole tour operator and agency with deep roots in the region, offering unparalleled expertise and insider knowledge.

OUR CAMPING EQUIPMENT.

With its dedication to utilizing top-of-the-line equipment like HALF DOME REI tents, sleeping pads, and sleeping bags, Tour Leaders Peru has established itself as a trailblazer in the industry, driving impactful change.

FOOD IN EACH TRAIL.

With Tour Leaders Peru, indulging in culinary delights is almost guaranteed. Our talented chefs undergo specialized training annually to craft exquisite meals throughout the journey. Prepared with fresh ingredients, our buffet-style food selection includes delectable options spanning breakfast, snacks, and lunches complete with soup, main courses, and hot Drinks.

To welcome you at each campsite, we’ll treat you to a delightful hot drink during our happy hours.

PORTABLE TOILETS.

At Tour Leaders Peru, we prioritize the comfort and convenience of our valued clients. That’s why we offer exclusive access to portable ecological toilets at all of our campsites. Rest assured, these facilities are available solely for the private use of our esteemed clientele, ensuring a seamless and eco-friendly experience for everyone involved.

PERSONAL PORTER.

Our hiking services encompass porter assistance, allowing travelers to bring along 6 kg (13 pounds) of personal belongings while on the trail. Our dedicated porters will shoulder the responsibility of carrying all your belongings, ensuring your trek is hassle-free and enjoyable.

HOTEL TO HOTEL SERVICE.

Tour Leaders Peru provides convenient hotel-to-hotel service for all our travelers. Our comprehensive services start by offering direct pick-up from your Cusco hotel accommodation and conclude with a seamless drop-off in Cusco. Experience seamless and hassle-free transportation throughout your journey with us.

FREE LUGGAGE STORAGE.

At Tour Leaders Peru, we go the extra mile to provide exceptional service. That’s why we offer complimentary luggage storage for all your extra bags and personal belongings. So, whether you’re exploring the city or catching a flight, you can trust us to keep your belongings safe and secure while you enjoy your journey worry-free. Experience hassle-free travel with Tour Leaders In Peru!

TOP QUALITY SERVICE.

We are the only company that prides itself on consistently receiving excellent reviews on TRIPADVISOR. Our satisfied customers have raved about our exceptional services, describing the unforgettable experiences they’ve had on our tours.

With us, you can expect nothing less than a remarkable journey filled with immersive adventures, knowledgeable guides, and delightful discoveries. Join us for a Private tour along the Inca Trail that will leave you with cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

Itinerary

DAY 1 – Flight Departure Lima Peru, Arrive In Cusco.

Transfer
Here is Our Staff Waiting For Our Customers at The Airport .
Once you all gather at Lima airport you will await your flight to Cusco. There is a Starbucks at Lima airport and a large food court where you can relax while you wait for your flight to Cusco. Check-in your bags at the airline’s counter between 2:30 and 3 am. Once you arrive in Cusco one of our staff members will be waiting for you holding a sign saying Ejm “Bradski Family.” You’ll then be transferred to your hotel. Indulge in the hotel’s amenities and take a moment to unwind. Today is your opportunity to rejuvenate after a long journey and adjust to the high altitude for the remainder of the day.

DAY 2 - Sacred Valley Of The Incas

sacred valley Fig.2 -Sacred Valley – Pisaq Inca Ruins The Sacred Valley Tour begins at 8:00 am. Pick up will be from your hotel in our private transportation. You will visit the 3 main archeological sites within the Sacred Valley of the Incas and observe firsthand how native people to this day continue to dye their textiles like their Inca ancestors. After various pictures and a wealth of new knowledge, you’ll head back to Cusco and be dropped off at your hotel around 6:30 pm. Tonight you’ll have a pre-departure briefing with your Inca trail tour guide so that you can have an idea of what to expect the next day and ask any questions you may have. Your duffel bag will be given to you where you can pack your belongings for the Inca Trail along with any other equipment you have chosen to rent (sleeping bag, inflatable mattress, hiking poles, etc.)
DAY 3 – Inca Trail To Machu Picchu
KM 82

Fig.3 – KM 82 – Piscakucho Day One of the Inca Trail

Training Day: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Piscacucho – Yuncaypata Campsite

Early hotel picks up at 5 am in your private transportation. You will go on a 3-hour drive towards Kilometer 82. A hearty breakfast will be served to you right before the KM 82 checkpoint and any last-minute snacks can be purchased during this stop as well. Here you will have the chance to repack any personal belongings and then head to the checkpoint for the Inca Trail.

You will begin this trail hiking a gentle up-and-down path until you reach the first Inca remain called Llactapata. Your tour leader will give you information about this site and also begin their guiding introduction about the Incas and the many remnants left. You will continue to hike for two hours and stop for your gourmet-style lunch. If there is extra time on our hands we can stop for a short nap, if not, we can continue our 3-hour hike towards the Yuncaypata campsite. After dinner, we recommend you get a good night’s rest because the following day is the most challenging day of all.

  • Meals: B/L/D snacks, hot drinks, boiled water
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,300m/10,826ft
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,700m/8,852ft
  • Distance Travelled: 14 Km/8.5 miles
  • Walking Time: approximately 8 hours
DAY 4 – Dead Woman Pass - Pacaymayu Campsite
INca Trail Pass
Fig.4 – Dead Woman Pass – 4,200m/13,774ft.
Day 4: – Challenging Day: Ayapata – Warmi Wañuska (Dead Woman’s Pass) – Paqaymayu. Wake-up time will be at about 5:00 am followed by an early breakfast. Today will be the most challenging day of this trek, so we make sure to head out early. Your hike begins going slowly and gradually uphill over Dead Woman’s Pass. This path is composed of the original steps used by the Incas. We highly recommend you take walking poles to assist you during this hike (available for rent). This is the highest point in this entire trail and it takes about 4-5 hours to hike this whole pass. When we all reach the top we will have a short break to take pictures and appreciate the view. We will then descend the steps of this pass which takes us about 2-3 hours until we reach our lunch spot at Paqaymayu. After lunch, we head out to the second pass called Runkurakay. This pass is a lot shorter and it will take about 2 hours to trek this entire pass. This pass is also composed of original Inca steps. After finishing the Runkurakay pass you will begin to feel a different type of weather and microclimate. You will appreciate a striking sunset and feel amongst the clouds. Few groups do this second pass on the same day but we believe it is too beautiful of a view to be overlooked. After a much-deserved rest, we continue walking to our campsite in Chaquicocha where we will have our happy hour of hot drinks followed by your gourmet dinner. We will go to sleep early for the next day is an unforgettable day.
  • Meals: B/L/D snacks, hot drinks, and boiled water
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,200m/13,774ft
  • Minimum Altitude: 3,600m/11,811ft
  • Distance Travelled: 16 Km/ 9.94 miles
  • Walking Time: approximately 10 hours
DAY 5 – Pacaymayu - Winayhuayna Campsite
Inca Trail
Fig.5 – Inca Trail 3rd Day – Chaquicocha.
Day 5: Unforgettable Day Chaquicocha – Phuyupatamarca – Intipata – Wiñayhuayna. Today your hike will only be for a half-day walk so you can sleep in till 6 am. Breakfast will be served gourmet style, as are all of your meals. After breakfast, we begin our walk to one of the most beautiful days of this trail. You will walk along the Andes Mountains where you will appreciate stunning views of cloud forests, glaciers, the affluent Urubamba River, and the beginning of tropical valleys. Once you reach the Phuyopatamarca summit you will have a short break and adjust your walking sticks for the descent. A 1000 meter/ 3,280 ft. of steps downhill will follow. Before reaching your last campsite, you will visit Intipata Inca remains. Here you will see massive terraces left by the Incas and have the chance to take photos. You will continue your descent until you reach your last campsite of Wiñayhuayna. Hot drinks will be waiting for you followed by your gourmet dinner. A good night’s rest will follow as Machu Picchu awaits for you the next day. Meals: B/L/D snacks, hot drinks, and boiled water
DAY 6 – Machu Picchu Tour and Back to Cusco
MoMachu Picchu
Fig.6 – Machu Picchu Inca City .
Day 6: MACHU PICCHU: Wiñayhuayna – Intipunku – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes- Upgraded Vistadome Train to Cusco After a very early breakfast, we said farewell to our Chaskis (porters) and set off on the trail leading to Machu Picchu. This last part of the trail from Wiñayhuayna to Machu Picchu takes about 1 ½ hr of hiking. This trail is marked but know ahead of time that you will be walking in darkness before sunrise. It is highly recommended to bring a headlamp, as the path is narrow. Your first stop will be at Intipunku, where the famous Sun Gate to Machu Picchu is located. All efforts up until this point are rewarded with an unforgettable sight. A backdrop of natural beauty, human art, and forested peaks framing the magical city of Machu Picchu will be available for you to see as the sun rises. You will have plenty of time to take photos of Machu Picchu, from the classic postcard view and different angles around. A final short hike will bring us to the entrance and into the heart of Machu Picchu itself, where we spend the rest of the morning with a 2 ½ hour guided tour of the citadel. The shuttle bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes is included in your tour. This departs every 15 minutes and will be available for you to descend whenever you decide it is time to go and have lunch. Make sure to double-check your train schedule and be at the train station 30 minutes before departure. Once you arrive in Cusco you’ll be picked up by one of our staff members and dropped off at your hotel.
  • Meals: Breakfast only
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,700m/8858 ft.
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,100m/6889 ft.
  • Distance Travelled: 8 km Walking Time: 5-6 hrs including Machu Picchu
DAY 7 – Cusco City Tour
Peru Train
Fig.7 – Cusco City From Avobe – Saqsayhuaman – Qenqo – Tambomachay
After you’ve had lunch we will go on a ½ day Cusco City Tour. Your Tour Leader will take you to the Main Plaza of Cusco City. Afterward, you will visit the Qoricancha (Temple of the Sun) museum and then head over to the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman, Qenko, Tambomachay, and Puca Pucara. Your Tour Leader will explain in full detail the meaning of these sites and answer any questions you may have. Afterward, you’ll be dropped off at your hotel and the rest of the night is free for you to enjoy. Don’t forget to pack your bags for your Amazon Tour. Inclusions: Transportation/Transfers, Bilingual Tour Leader, 4-star Hotel Accommodation in Cusco, ALL Entrance fees at Qoricancha Museum and the 4 archaeological sites Meals: Breakfast at your hotel
Day 8: Amazon Jungle Tour 3D/2N
Manu
Fig.8 – Manu National Park
Cusco – Manu Learning Center Lodge After an early breakfast at your hotel, you’ll depart in your private transportation and begin your journey from the high Andes to the Amazon Jungle. On the way, you’ll visit Huacarpay Lake and Paucartambo Town. You will continue your journey to Acjanaco, the entrance to Manu National Park. If weather conditions permit, you will see spectacular views of Peru’s largest National Park. You’ll visit one of the park’s main attractions, the Cock of the Rock, the Peruvian national bird, and see right before you their dance spectacle. You’ll then journey down further into the cloud forest and visit a Coca plantation where you will learn about the uses of coca leaves and their medicinal properties. After a short stop at Pillcopata, you will head on to the port town of Atalaya and board a motorized boat. A one-hour ride to Manu Learning Center Lodge gives you your first impression of the legendary Amazon River. In the afternoon, explore the local trail system with your tour guide, before relaxing to the sounds of the forest. During your stay, guests can learn about the history of Manu Park and the challenges of conserving this beautiful and fragile environment by talking to guides and researchers on-site.
  • Lodging: Manu Learning Center
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Day 9: Manu Learning Center – Macaw Clay Lick
Cusco
Fig.9 – River Boat Amazon river Explolration.
One of the most anticipated activities at Manu Learning Center is the Clay Lick where various birds including the endangered Blue-headed Macaw are observed and studied. Join the scientists and researchers on an early morning boat trip to the hide and observe the activity of macaws, parrots, and parakeets. As day breaks you’ll see the magical colors of the birds as they flock together on the walls of the clay lick. On your way back for breakfast, you’ll head into the forest and visit a bio-garden, part of the center’s sustainable project. You’ll visit multiple forest types, running into squirrel monkeys, hummingbirds, razor-billed curassows, and much more. The afternoon can be spent with one of the specialist guides exploring the 25km rainforest trails or spent at your own leisure. After dinner, that evening enjoy a presentation on conservation, and sustainability, and learn more about the ongoing work the foundation does to help preserve the Amazon region. There is also the option of heading out on a night walk to spot all the nocturnal species.
  • Lodging: Manu Learning Center
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Day 10: Manu Learning Center – Cusco – Dinner
Cusco

Fig.10 – Cusco City

After breakfast at the lodge, you’ll prepare your belongings for departure. You’ll take the boat back to the port town of Atalaya, where you will have your private transportation waiting for you to head back to Cusco City.

You will be dropped off at your hotel bringing your Amazon trip to an end. 

We recommend that you take Diamox today in the morning and the evening, as you will be heading back to a higher altitude

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11: Flight to Lima – Nazca Lines – Regional Museum Ica – Huacachina Oasis
Lima Hotel

Fig.11 – SPIDER – Nazca Lines Peru

Today make sure to have an early breakfast. You’ll be picked up from your hotel at 6 am and dropped off at Cusco Airport where you will board your flight to Lima at 7:20 am. From Lima airport, you’ll have lunch along the way and then head towards Ica, Peru, and board your flight tour over the Nazca Lines – an archeological wonder of lines and drawings in the plains.

INCLUDED ACTIVITY

Experience the thrill of dune buggy and sandboarding – an exhilarating two-hour adventure! Ride the dune buggies up the towering dunes and slide down on your sandboard, amidst the largest dunes in South America. This once-in-a-lifetime escapade awaits you in the natural desert oasis, the only one of its kind in South America.

Noteworthy: Tour Leaders Peru offers an exclusive extended two-hour buggy tour, unlike other companies that provide only a one-hour tour!

Spend the night in Paracas, where you can indulge in delectable food and drinks at the numerous restaurants and bars near your hotel. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and make the most of your stay!

Huacachina

Fig.12 – Huacachina – Buggy Tour
Day 12: Ballestas/Paracas Reserve – Lima Airport
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Fig.11 – La Hacienda Paracas Hotels
Your private transportation will pick you up from your hotel and drop you off for your Ballestas Islands and Paracas Reserve (“the Peruvian Galapagos”) tour. You’ll see a variety of birds and marine mammals such as sea lions, Humboldt penguins, dolphins, flamingoes, and pelicans. , etc. Afterward, you’ll head back to Lima airport where you will await your international flight. You will arrive at Lima airport at 6 pm or earlier. This concludes your Peru tour. Inclusions: All Transportation/Transfers, Bilingual Tour Leader, Speedboat excursion to the Ballestas Islands and Paracas Reserve with the admission fee (Group Service in the speedboat) Meals: Breakfast at your hotel
PACKING LIST

Recomended Inca Trail 5 days to Machu Picchu Packing List

In order to prepare your Machu Picchu packing list, you’ll need to understand some basics about the logistics of the hike, weather seasons by month, and what tour companies provide top-of-the-line equipment. Before you purchase any gear, research carefully and also find out what the tour you’ve booked (or are considering) includes.

Daypack:

You will need a daypack for the 5-day Machu Picchu trek; this must be small, light, and comfortable. For Machu Picchu, backpacks should not be larger than 25 liters; Osprey Day Pack Amazon or DayPacks for Hiking REI.COM however, if yours is bigger is ok; you can make it look smaller or store it on the last day.

Duffle Bags:

The Tour Leaders Peru office will have a special treat for you the day before your tour begins: a handy duffle bag. This bag is super convenient because you can stow all the essential equipment you’ll need during the exciting 5-day adventure. And guess what? The amazing porters will carry these bags for you! Just remember, the weight limit is 6 kilos, which includes your cozy sleeping bags and comfy air mats.

Passports:

On the epic Inca Trail adventure, don’t forget your original passport! Make sure it’s valid for at least 6 months from your visit to the country. And hey, if you’re booking as a student, remember to bring along your student card. Can’t wait to see you on this amazing journey
Recommendation:
Bring a waterproof neck wallet travel pouch and passport holder

Sleeping bags:

Make sure to bring high-quality sleeping bags rated for temperatures as low as -10°C. During winter, mountain temperatures can drop to 0°C below. Don’t worry if you don’t have one; you can rent a sleeping bag from us for just $25 for the entire trip! our recommendation is to buy down sleeping bags 0 degree

Inflatable mattresses:

We provide foam mattresses for the Inca Trail; if you want more comfort, you can bring an inflatable mattress or rent it from the Tour Leaders Office for 20$ for the whole trip or buy your own inflatable mattress pad online

Trekking poles:

REI.COM Trekking poles are incredibly useful when conquering mountainous terrains—helping you tackle both ascents and descents with ease! Don’t worry if you’re unfamiliar with them; our knowledgeable tour leader will provide a thorough explanation of how to use them effectively. You have the option to bring your own trekking poles for hiking Online or rent a pair from us for just $15 for the entire trip. So, gear up and get ready for an exhilarating hiking adventure!

Hiking boots:

waterproof hiking boots are a must-have for this hike. Prioritize their use before embarking on the Inca Trail, as they provide crucial ankle and toe support.

Hiking Socks:

Make sure to pack 4 – 5 pairs of hiking socks for your adventure! Opt for thick wool hiking socks to keep those blisters away and enjoy your hike to the fullest!

Sandals or sneakers:

After an exhausting day of hiking, it’s time to free your feet from the confines of your boots. Instead, slip into some comfortable, lightweight footwear as you wander around the campsite. Remember to bring along camp sandals or light Hiking shoes for both the camping and hotel in Aguas Calientes. Your tired feet will thank you!

Rain gear:

You must always bring rain gear; even during the dry season, rain can occur anytime. We will provide you with rain plastic for your duffle bags during the Inca Trail.
Bring:
1. Waterproof Jackets.
2. Gloves.
3. Rain Hiking Pants. You will need to get some waterproof bags to keep your clothes dry.

Warm clothes:

Please Make Sure to have warm clothes with you at all times in your daypack while hiking!
Don’t forget to bring
1. Down jacket
2. Hats for hiking.
3. Thermal hiking gear
As temperatures might drop below freezing at night. Stay prepared and enjoy the winter season in Peru!

Toilet paper:

Carry toilet paper in your daypack. Additionally, it’s advisable to bring wet wipes antibacterial or tissues for added convenience.

Water container:

Ensure you bring water bottles, bladders (Camelbak water bladder), or any reusable containers with at least a 2-liter capacity. Kindly note that single-use plastic bottles are strictly prohibited on the Inca Trail and at Machu Picchu.

Toiletries:

Toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, dry shampoo, moisturizers, small Travel towel

Personal medication:

Headache pills, pain killers, Pepto, Imodium, Diamox, band-aids, hand sanitizer, and a basic first aid kit travel.

Cameras:

Cellphones, GoPro, and travel cameras must be comfortable and not very heavy. Note that to use tripods need special permission. During The Inca Trail tour, we camp in the mountains, and at some campsites, we don’t have electricity; you need to bring extra batteries or a portable power bank.

Headlamp:

Headlamps are essential for the Inca Trail; you will need them to go to the restrooms at night, during dinner time, and if you are late on the trail walking in the dark is always good to prevent always carry in your daypack.

Sun Protection:

Sun hats, long sleeves for hiking, and sunscreen are always with you.

Insect repellent:

Don’t forget to pack bug spray for people – something with feet works wonders! If you’re hiking the Inca Trail between July and October, we highly recommend the mosquito net for head and face. Stay protected and enjoy your adventure to the fullest!

Snacks:

Pack energy bars, chocolates, candies, crackers, and granola. While we do provide daily snacks, it’s always great to have some extras on hand! Let’s keep the energy high and the snacking game strong!

Extra Money:

Bring extra money in Soles to the Inca Trail; you will need them to buy water, use toilets during the first and last day, buy souvenirs, or tip.

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Price Per Person From:

Double/Triple Occupancy
Single Occupancy

Budget

From: $ 2650
$ 3600
3 Star

$ 2,800

$ 4030

4 Star

$ 3500

$ 5350

5 STAR

$ 3890

$ 6120

*Kindly take note that the prices indicated above are solely valid for the year 2024. The rates may differ based on the scheduled departure dates. We suggest that you reach out to one of our Travel Advisors for a Free quotation and additional details. Best Regards Tour Leaders Peru.

DEPARTURE FROM

All our Tours depart From Cusco City and the Sacred Valley Of Cusco

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DEPARTURE TIME

7: am Pick Up time from Cusco Hotels

RETURN TIME

Usually, we are going to return to Cusco by 8: 30 PM Approximately & drop you up to your respective hotels

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Breakfast at all hotels
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Train Machu Picchu – Cusco (Vistadome Train for 4-star and 5-star packages / Expedition Train for 3-star packages)

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Airfare – In case you need help with your flight ticket to Peru Contact us at (408) 898 – 8724

Lunches and dinners (unless otherwise specified)
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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about Machu Picchu Packages: Before embarking on your journey to Machu Picchu and Peru, you might have some burning questions. Wondering about the best time to visit Machu Picchu? Look no further! Let’s explore and discover the answers together.

Is 8 days enough in Peru?

An eight-day adventure in Peru offers the perfect balance of trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, immersing in the cultural wonders of Cusco, and experiencing thrilling adventures in the Sacred Valley. For those seeking a more ambitious hike, the Salkantay Trek presents an exciting alternative route. Get ready for an unforgettable journey!

How many days do you need in Peru?

Our recommendation: Spend a minimum of 12 days in Peru for an incredible experience! While it’s possible to cover the highlights in just ten days, you’ll be rushing without truly savoring the sights. With 12 days, you’ll have plenty of time to visit four amazing places and fully immerse yourself in the adventure!

How many days can a US citizen stay in Peru?

Great news for US citizens planning a trip to Peru for tourism! You won’t need to go through the hassle of applying for a visa. You can enjoy a maximum stay of 183 days in this beautiful country, exploring its wonders to your heart’s content. However, if you’re heading to Peru for business or any other purpose, make sure to apply for a visa beforehand. Happy travels!

How many days in Machu Picchu is enough?

For most visitors, one day is sufficient to explore the site and its surroundings at a relaxed pace. However, if you want to fully appreciate everything Machu Picchu has to offer and see it all, we highly recommend spending two days! This will give you ample time to immerse yourself in the wonders of this incredible destination.

What is the best month to go to Peru?

The winter season (May – September) in Cusco and Machu Picchu is the ideal time to travel. It’s the driest period, offering pleasant weather for exploration. On the other hand, the summer season (December – March) brings warmth but also frequent heavy showers. Stay prepared and make the most of your trip!

What is the best age to go to Machu Picchu?

While there is no specific age requirement for visiting Machu Picchu, it’s important to consider the walking times within the citadel. Generally, we suggest bringing children who are over 6 years old to fully enjoy the experience.

It’s worth noting that every child is unique, and parents are the best judges of their physical abilities. So, get ready for an exciting adventure and create unforgettable memories at this remarkable destination!

Combine any of these Day Tours

Discover the incredible flexibility of our Machu Picchu 8-day tour package with these exciting add-ons! Enhance your experience and customize your adventure to make it truly unforgettable. Whether you’re seeking outdoor adventure, cultural exploration, or luxury relaxation, Tour Leaders Peru has the perfect day tour for you. Choose from treks through ancient Inca trails, jungle excursions, city tours, and more – all backed by our outstanding customer service and expert local knowledge.

RELATED TOURS

Are you a traveler looking for new adventures? A photographer in search of stunning landscapes? A hiker or camper who loves the outdoors? If so, you’re going to want to check out our new hiking tours of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu post. But hurry – restrictions are now in place due to Covid19 which may limit access in the near future. So don’t miss your chance to experience this unique and amazing journey!

Hiking Trail To Machu Picchu

Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 5 Days

Total distance: 26 miles/23km Elevation: 4,200m/13,779ft Good for Hikers Difficulty: Quite Challenging Inca Trail: Permit Require
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Short Inca Trail 2 Days

Moderate hike. The trek starts at 2100m (KM 104) and climbs to 2700m (Wiñay Wayna) before descending to 2400m (Machu Picchu). Since the trek is carried out at a much lower you do not need to worry about acclimatization.
Salkantay Trekking Tour 5 Days

Inca Trail Salkantay Trek 7D

Total distance: 46.7 miles/75km Elevation: 4,821m/15,817ft Good for Hikers Difficulty: Challenging Inca Trail: Permit Require This is all-inclusive Tour
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Lares Valley – Inca Trail 4D

Total distance: 29,3miles/47km
Elevation: 4,700m/15,419ft
Good for Hikers
Difficulty: Quite Challenging
Inca Trail: Permit Require
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