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Ultimate Inca Trail (Start Cusco, end Cusco) tour
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Ultimate Inca Trail (Start Cusco, end Cusco)

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  • Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
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    Overview

    Highlights

    • City walking tour
    • Visit San Blas, La Catedral & Koricancha
    • Try some local Chicha de Jora
    • Entry into the Sacred Valley & a guided tour of the ancient ruins of Pisac & Ollantaytambo

    Short Description

    Get ready for a mind-blowing experience as you embark on this once in a lifetime trek of the Incas. This is truly a unique chance to see one of the greatest sights the world has to offer.

    Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
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    3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
    Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
    Flights & Transport N/A
    Start City Cuzco
    End City Cuzco

    Travel Theme

    Cultural

    Destinations

    Peru

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    Itinerary

    Day 1: Cusco

    Meet up with your Contiki team this morning & get ready for your adventure to begin!  The modern-day starting point for visits to Machu Picchu, we’ll explore this ancient city on foot, then the afternoon is free for you to explore, your way. From ancient Inca buildings, intricate colonial architecture, artisan shops & boutiques, to delicious cuisine & adrenaline activities, there’s something for everyone! Please note: This is a flexible itinerary. Space to trek the Inca Trail is in high demand with limited spaces each day. As a result, the 4-day hike may be on different days than specified.

    Day 2: Cusco to Sacred Valley

    Today we explore the Sacred Valley. Take a guided tour of the Pisac and Ollantaytambo ruins, one of Peru’s oldest towns before spending the night in the Sacred Valley. Tonight make sure you rest up, as tomorrow the expedition to Machu Picchu will begin!

    Day 3: Inca Trail Trek

    This morning the adventure will really begin! We will drive to Piscacucho village, at kilometre 82 of the Cusco-Machupicchu Railway, we’ll begin the hike up through the Valley of Wayllabamba, at a relatively easy pace to get acclimatised to the altitude. We'll hike until we reach the first archaeological complex of Llactapata. We'll then continue on until we reach the Wayllabamba campsite, our highest point of the day at 3,000m above sea level and will be our base for the night. Km hiking : 11.5 Km Average time hiking: 6 hours Please note: This is a flexible itinerary. Space to trek the Inca Trail is in high demand with limited spaces each day. As a result, the 4-day hike may be on different days than specified.

    Day 4: Inca Trail Trek

    On our second day we begin our ascent, to a place called Yunca Chimpa, on the way we will see the nature and ecological change in the region. From here we will continue up to Llulluchapampa (3,750 metres). From this point we can see the Wayllabamba valley and Warmiwañusca (Located at 4,200 metres) also called Dead Woman Pass. We will then descend to our campsite at Pacaymayo (3,600m) in the afternoon. Km Hiking : 10.5 KM Average time Hiking: 7 hours Please note: This is a flexible itinerary. Space to trek the Inca Trail is in high demand with limited spaces each day. As a result, the 4-day hike may be on different days than specified.

    Day 5: Inca Trail Trek

    The third day will start with an ascent to the Ruins of Runkurakay, an inca resting place and see us climb to Runkurakay pass which is 3,860m. We start the descent to the impressive Archeaological Site of Sayaqmarca (3,600m), a mysterious inca outpost. We'll continue to the Archaeological centres of Phuyupatamarca ”Town Above the Cloud"" (3,600m), then finish the day at our campsite and final site of the day, Wiñay Wayna ruins (Forever Young) located at 2,650m (8,694 ft.) Km Hiking : 14 KM Average time Hiking: 8 hours Please note: This is a flexible itinerary. Space to trek the Inca Trail is in high demand with limited spaces each day. As a result, the 4-day hike may be on different days than specified.

    Day 6: Machu Picchu to Sacred Valley

    It’s our final morning on the trail and today we walk towards the Sun Gate, where you'll have your first glimpse of Machu Picchu and get the feeling that you've conquered an enchanted land! Explore the magical ancient ruins & imagine life as it was in the Inca times. Spend the day uncovering the mystery of these amazing Inca ruins before returning to the Sacred Valley for some much needed R&R. Km hiking : 6 Km Average time hiking: 3.5 hours Please note: This is a flexible itinerary. Space to trek the Inca Trail is in high demand with limited spaces each day. As a result, the 4-day hike may be on different days than specified.

    Day 7: Sacred Valley to Cusco

    Today we make our way back to Cusco via the Sacred Valley.  We will stop at the weaving community of Chinchero, one of the great local causes supported by Contiki, ContikiCares & The TreadRight Foundation, in partnership with the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, launched a grants program in 2015 that seeks to support local artisans. You will visit the Cusco Centre for Textile Traditions, one of the first recipients of the new grants program. The centre employs more than 500 people from the Cusco region in an effort to maintain the more than 10,000 year old Andean weaving traditions. We will then arrive back to Cusco. Enjoy a free afternoon; relax with a book or wander the town before we meet up with the group for our farewell dinner. Please note: This is a flexible itinerary. Space to trek the Inca Trail is in high demand with limited spaces each day. As a result, the 4-day hike may be on different days than specified

    Day 8: Cusco

    It’s time to says Adios to your new friends as your trip ends at 11am this morning. Don't forget to swap email addresses & say bye to your Trip Manager as your South American adventure comes to a close. Please note: This is a flexible itinerary. Space to trek the Inca Trail is in high demand with limited spaces each day. As a result, the 4-day hike may be on different days than specified.

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    Ultimate Inca Trail (Start Cusco, end Cusco)

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    Fantastic organisation, got to see the world with no stress and with awe

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    Sophie was amazing and did her best to give my group all the information she had and made sure everyone had options and ideas of what was happening throughout the whole trip. Making sure everyone felt included and safe. Would definitely recommend this trip for travellers who want a slow pace trip but still with all the contiki fun.
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    This trip is amazing if you want to get a taste for everything NZ has to offer! Perfect for adrenaline junkies. Even on days with poor weather our Tour Manager Bryce and Driver Louis made sure we still had amazing activities planned, our trip never skipped a beat thanks to these two!
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    Its an awesome trip with awe inspiring sights, amazing cities and crazy fun adventures all round. And The activities are well worth doing as they provide an experience you won’t ever forget.
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    European whirl was incredible and the activities were the best.

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    European whirl was incredible and the activities were the best. The bus driver was great and helped keep the bus in great condition. The trip manager was definitely a highlight. He knew somthing about everywhere we went including little things such as where to find ATM's or great places to eat. He also came out at night to make sure we all made it back to our accommodation.
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    The trip was amazing. Ish is the best manager, such a nice guy, and always helped out where he could. The activities were great, including the optional add on ones. The only downside was the hotel In cancun which was a bit average, but that didn’t stop us doing anything or enjoying ourselves!
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    A heartless tour company!!

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    Let me start by saying that I did not even get the chance to go on this trip. A week prior to my trip to Spain, an immediate family member of mine become ill with imminent death. I was unable under the circumstances to travel and wanted to cancel my trip and was willing to reschedule for a later date or get a credit. This was a very expensive trip for both my sister and I, taking us years to save up for it. The response we received from our agent is that Contiki is not willing to postpone the travel, even after we were willing to pay an extra fee. This tells me that this company is GREEDY and HEARTLESS. My family member has since passed away, 3 days before my departure date which was supposed to be on July 2nd. I even went to check the Contiki website and was shocked to see that my trip which was previously full, has now opened up spots to fill our place. Now, not only are they keeping the money of 2 young hardworking people, but also making money off filling our spots!! I've never experienced such injustice and mistreatment from a company in my entire life! This company has no sympathy and ZERO understanding for a situation as devastating as death. My sister and I were so excited to go on this trip and were very upset by the timing of our situation... but how can you control when a loved one will pass??????? SHAME ON YOU CONTIKI. If nothing is done to resolve this unfair policy, I will make sure not to recommend your tours to anyone.
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    • 4 nights in twin share hotels & 3 nights camping on the Inca Trail
    • Sightseeing tours of all major areas
    • Local taxes & services charges
    • An experienced & professional Trip Manager
    • English speaking local guides

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    Meals Included:

    • 14 meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 4 dinners

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