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Classic Inca Trail 9-days tour

Classic Inca Trail 9-days

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Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
9 days
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Highlights

  • Explore Lima
  • Travel to Cusco, City Tour
  • View Cusco’s ancient Incan ruins and Spanish colonial monuments such as the Main Square
  • Enjoy hike Inca Trail to Huayllabamba
  • Experience hike Inca Trail to Phuyupatamarca

Short Description

Discover the mysterious world of the Incas on a tour that breathes life into ancient history. Join us on a 9-day journey through Peru, venturing from Lima to Machu Picchu, and get a firsthand view into the Incan empire’s lasting legacy. Begin your Peruvian journey traveling from Lima to the Incan capital of Cusco, where you discover the city’s vibrant history and stroll through streets still bordered by the Inca’s skillful rockwork. Go deeper into history as you travel through the fabled Sacred Valley, exploring the colorful market of Pisac and impressive ruins of Ollantaytambo. Then set off on the famous Inca Trail for several days of hiking through towering mountain passes, jungly stretches, and sprawling valleys surrounded by the Andes. As you trek along preserved Incan stone streets and rugged trails, stop to explore Incan ruins set within the mountains and fall asleep under clear Peruvian skies. Your hike eventually takes you into the mysteries of iconic Machu Picchu, after which you return to Cusco for another evening of exploration. End your adventure with a return to Lima, filled with stories of Peru’s resonant history and vibrant present.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
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Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Lima
End City Cusco

Travel Theme

Hiking & Walking

Destinations

Peru

Age Requirement

8

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Trip Includes

  • All Accommodations as outlined on the itinerary
  • All meals as outlined on the itinerary
  • Service of a bilingual guide (Spanish/English
  • All transportation while on tour
  • Full service of our Adventure Consultants

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Lima

Accommodation: Lima Hotel

Your Peruvian adventure begins in the fascinating city of Lima. Upon landing, you’re greeted by a Peru Unbound guide who escorts you to your evening accommodations. If you’re up to it, explore some of Lima’s sites and famous dining options before bed.

Day 2: Travel to Cusco, City Tour

Accommodation: Cusco Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, fly to historic Cusco. After landing, you have time to relax in your hotel and acclimatize to the altitude before this afternoon’s activities.

This afternoon, set off into Cusco on a city walking tour. View Cusco’s ancient Incan ruins and Spanish colonial monuments such as the Main Square—known to the Inca’s as the Warrior’s Square, or Huacaypata—and the El Triunfo Cathedral, known today for its altar engravings but which also has a rich past as a former Incan temple. Our walk also takes you to the Convent of Santo Domingo, a Dominican church constructed over the foundations of the Incan Temple of the Sun whose walls were said to have been coated with sheets of gold. The tour concludes with a visit to Sacsayhuamán, an Incan fortress set upon 3 massive platforms, and the ancient city of Cusco.

Return to your hotel and enjoy an evening of independent exploration before bed.

Day 3: Explore Sacred Valley, Pisac and Ollantaytambo

Enjoy a fresh breakfast in Cusco before traveling to the culturally rich stretches of the Sacred Valley. We stop at the lively Pisac market, where Peruvians travel from across the region to buy and sell their traditional wares. After engaging with the locals and looking for some souvenirs, continue to the Ollantaytambo Fortress. This massive city serves as an excellent example of the Inca’s advanced urban planning, and you can explore an array of ancient military defenses, terraces, temples, quarries and storehouses.

After an afternoon witnessing the remains of the Inca’s impressive empire, continue to the Sacred Valley and your accommodations for the evening. This evening, set out on your own to explore the Sacred Valley and discover delicious Peruvian dining options.

Accommodation: Sacred Valley Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Hike Inca Trail to Huayllabamba

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

Hiking Distance: 11 km/ 6 hours approximately

Wake up to a hearty breakfast before heading to Piscacucho, also known as the Km 82. Meet up with your porters and equipment before setting off on Peru’s iconic trail: the Inca Trail. Trek through semi-arid terrain along the Uruamba River bordered by looming snow-capped mountains and dotted with Incan ruins. It’s a relaxed hiking day with plenty of views to take in before reaching our campsite at Huayllabamba.

Day 5: Hike Inca Trail to Pacaymayo

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping at Pacaymayo

Hiking Distance: 7km / 7 hours approximately

Stunning views and a freshly prepared breakfast greet you this morning. Today’s stretch of the Inca Trail takes you up to the heights of the Warmihuañusca Pass, a difficult stretch that rewards you with views of the Runkurakay ruins and the staggered shadows of the Vilcabamba mountain range. Rest and enjoy the views before continuing the hike down to Pacaymayo, where we make camp for the evening. Enjoy a delicious dinner before falling asleep under the stars.

Day 6: Hike Inca Trail to Phuyupatamarca

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping at Phuyupatamarca

Hiking Distance: 7 km / 5 hours approximately

After a hearty breakfast, we continue on our way down another stretch of the Inca Trail. A short but snaking ascent takes you to the circular Runkurakay ruins. Explore the ruins before heading down a well-preserved Inca stone road to the steps leading to the Sayacmarca ruins. From Sayacmarca, the stone road leads into the jungle, continuing our trek towards the Phuyupatamarca ruins. A highlight of today’s hike is crossing “The Tunnel,” a cavity naturally produced by a landslide but adapted for use by the Incas. The trail then takes you across a small pass, from which you can the Phuyupatamarca ruins’ Ceremonial Center sitting below a set of steep steps. We make today’s camp in this stunning, historically rich area. 

Day 7: Hike Inca Trail to Wiñay Wayna and Machu Picchu

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Aguas Calientes Hotel

Hiking Distance: 9 km / 8 hours approximately

Wake to another morning of fresh Peruvian air and a hot breakfast. Then, begin the trek to Wiñay Wayna, Peru’s main archaeological site after the Machu Picchu citadel. Explore the site and take in the surrounding views of the Urubamba valley and the river snaking through it while you rest from the first stretch. Then, set back on the path toward our last pass of the day: the Inti Punku, or the Sun Gate. From here, views of Machu Picchu, set off into the hills, stretch before you.

After a short descent, meet our transport to Aguas Calientes, where we spend the night. Relax and get refreshed your your hotel before enjoying an evening of independent exploration.

Day 8: Explore Machu Picchu, Travel to Cusco

Meals: Lunch

Accommodation: Cusco Hotel

After an early breakfast, venture out to explore one of Peru’s treasures: the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Wander through the ruins, learn more about the Inca’s enigmatic and evocative history and wonder at their artistic works before returning to Aguas Calientes. Enjoy a fresh lunch before hopping on a train back to Cusco. Upon arrival, travel to the hotel. Spend your final evening in Cusco with whatever adventures—active, historic or culinary—you wish before bed.

Day 9: Depart Cusco for Lima, Travel Home

Meals: Breakfast

After a final Peruvian breakfast, travel to Cusco’s airport to meet your flight to Lima. From there, catch your return flight home.

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Only ground transport

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Small Group - 24 max

Cancellation Policy:

CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS

If you find it necessary to cancel your trip, you should notify Adventure Unbound in writing, by e-mail or fax immediately.  If written cancellation is received (call to verify) before the final balance is due, you will be given a refund less the amount of the deposit.  Deposits are not refundable.  If cancellations are made on or after the final due date, no money will be refunded.  If you are unable to go on the trip, you are welcome to find a replacement for yourself.  Please understand that once you’ve signed up, we lose the right to sell your reserved space to other individuals or groups.  Therefore, we regret that we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies.  For this reason we strongly recommend you consider purchasing the Travel Protection Plan we offer.

For non USA-based trips, Adventure Unbound must make substantial payments to its suppliers (hotels, transportation companies, etc.) far in advance of the trip departure date.  If Adventure Unbound cancels any tour, trip or expedition due to acts of insurrection, force majeure, strikes, popular demonstrations, acts of God, earthquake, flooding, or any cause beyond its control, Adventure Unbound will refund the portion of the trip cost not already advanced to suppliers and use its best efforts to recover and refund the balance as promptly as possible.

If we are not able to provide a substitute trip, river, or altered itinerary and have to cancel the departure completely, you will be refunded in full. Refunds are limited to the amount actually paid to Adventure Unbound.

CANCELLATIONS FOR EXTENSIONS

There is a $100 per person non-refundable cancellation fee for all extensions.  Cancellations must be received no later than 60 days prior to departure to avoid additional penalties.  Cancellations made 59-30 days prior to departure incur a cancellation fee of 50% of the total fare.  Cancellations made 29-0 days prior to departure forfeit all fees paid.  For groups of 10 or more, cancellations must be received no later than 120 days prior to departure.  Cancellations made between 119-60 days incur a cancellation fee of 25% of the total fare.

Age Notes

Min. Age: 8

Additional Information:

When is the best time to visit Peru?

Weather in Peru varies by region, for the coast (Lima, Ica, Nazca, Mancora, Trujillo) the best time to visit are the months of November to March when it is summer on the coast. In February in particular you have events like Carnaval, a very fun time of year on the coast. You can visit coastal cities during the winter (June to August) but Lima will be fairly overcast and cold as well as some other coastal cities.

For Andean cities such as Cusco, Ayacucho, Huaraz, Puno and Cajamarca the best time to visit is during their dry season which runs from May to September. During this time you can expect warm days and chilly nights and very little rain.

The Amazon Jungles of Peru have two season and they both can be equally rewarding. If seeing lots of birds and mammals (and enjoying a slightly cooler temperature) is your thing, then the December to May might be your best choice. (Remember: Despite being the "rainy" season, the Amazon only gets about 10% more rain than falls in the low water season). If jungle hikes, exotic migratory on their way through Amazonia, still having the chance to see monkeys and other mammals, and going on great fishing expeditions top your list, you might be happier choosing the warmer, low water season (June - November).

Do I need a Visa to visit Peru?

U.S citizens do not need a visa to visit Peru as long as it's a tourist visit of less than 90 days. You will be given your visa upon arrival in Lima. It's important that you hold on to this visa as many hotels will ask to see this document in order to exempt you from the IGV or Peruvian Sales Tax.

As Visa and Entry Requirements can change without prior notice, we recommend you check the current regulations before your trip to Peru with the nearest Peruvian Consulate or Embassy.

Do I need any medications or vaccinations to visit Peru?

There are no required vaccinations to visit Peru unless you plan to visit remote areas of the Peruvian Amazon, in which case you will need a yellow fever shot and you may want to take malaria medication as well. The Puerto Maldonado and Iquitos areas have not seen cases of either Malaria or Yellow fever in recent times.

Check with your Travel doctor regarding visiting Peru, we strongly recommend you bring medications for bacterial infections (Ciprofloxacin) that can affect your stomach as well as antidiarrheal medication (Immodium). Dramamine is also great for Altitude and motion sickness. For more Health Information for Travelers in Peru visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.

What is Altitude Sickness and how can I prevent it?

Altitude sickness, also known as Soroche in Peru, occurs when there is not enough oxygen reaching your brain. This typically occurs at elevations over 10,000ft. Shortness of breath and a pounding heart are the first symptoms as the thin air in high altitude can make you feel light headed and dizzy. As your symptoms progress you can get extremely nauseous and suffer from vomiting and intense headaches if not remedied by either medication or descending in altitude.

 

Preventing altitude sickness is easy, always allow for an extra day to acclimate when you visit in a location with high altitude. Relax in your hotel and lie down, drink plenty of fluids and avoid strenuous exercise. It can take up to a week to become full acclimated, many travelers don't have that amount of time so in order to acclimate fastest it is best to take it easy, avoid alcohol, cigarettes and heavy foods. If you begin to feel mild symptoms then we recommend you drink some Coca Tea (legal in Peru), even drinking carbonated drinks like Coca Cola help. It's important to realize that you get altitude sickness by not feeding your brain enough oxygen, so make sure you are breathing well, take decongestants if you have a cold or can't breathe well. Prescription medications such as Diamox can also be a great help.

In the higher elevation locations such as Cusco it is possible to purchase oxygen and buy medications in case you are having a real hard time acclimating.  Most larger hotels in these areas can also offer extra oxygen to be pumped in your room for an additional charge.

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