Inca Trail Express to Machu Picchu
“Walking from one beautiful Inca ruin to the next is a mystical and enigmatic experience you will never forget…”BOOK NOW
Starting point : Cusco
Ending point : Cusco
Duration : 5 days
Trip style : Active Hiking Tour – Inca Trail short hike
Activities : Archaeological, Cultural, Camping, Ecological, Hiking
Airfares : Not included, available upon request
Highlights : 1 night in Cusco, 1 night in Ollantaytambo, 1 night in Machu Picchu, complete 2 days Inca Trail Hike, 1 last night in Cusco
Trip Code : IT5D
Price includes all credit card transaction fees and taxes
Machu Picchu is one of the greatest sights in the word, and getting to Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate may be one of the most magical and mystical moments in our lives. Walking along the path the Incas used for thousands of years is an inspiring moment that will transport us to those days of the Great Inca Empire.
This fascinating tour begins in the beautiful city of Cusco which still retains the greatness of being the capital of an empire; this fantastic city embraces the whole legendary history of Peru, from its foundation to the withdrawal of the Spanish conquistadors. The second day of this tour you will visit the Sacred Valley, which unfolds along the Vilcanota River, north of the city of Cusco. The valley retains its mystical spirit that inspires through its summits, history and uniqueness to all travelers coming to visit.
After spending the night in the mystical and tranquil village of Ollantaytambo, we will begin to explore the wonderful Inca Trail, which were used by ancient Peruvians to reach the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, this path offers the possibility of finding innumerable Inca constructions that combined with nature, give a comprehensive view of the grandeur and importance that Machu Picchu had.
You cannot miss the fantastic opportunity to see the spectacular legacy of the Incas and marvel at their magical paths!
Inca Trail Express Itinerary
(B)=Breakfast ; (L)=Lunch ; (D)=Dinner
Day 1 : Cusco
Assistance at your arrival to Velazco Astete Airport (CUZ) and transfer to your Hotel after a quick tour of the beautiful Plaza De Armas. You will be free for the remainder of the day to relax and acclimatize to the altitude (3309masl/10856 ft) . Overnight at your hotel.
Day 2 : Cusco – Sacred Valley (B)
Today you will embark upon a guided excursion through snowcapped mountains to the legendary Sacred Valley of the Incas. Begining in PISAQ, then to URUBAMBA and we continue to the Fortress of OLLANTAYTAMBO. Overnight in Ollantaytambo.
Day 3 : Ollantaytambo – Km 104 – Aguas Calientes (B)(L)(D)
We start with transfer from hotel between 07:10 to 07:25 am, then leave Ollantaytambo about 7:45 am by train to Km 104. Upon arrival we visit the archaeological sites of Chachabamba at 2250 masl. Here agricultural product from other areas where collected to be brought to Machu Picchu. Then we begin our walk towards Wiñay Wayna. On the way we have beautiful views of the Urubamba river and the chances are many to see different kinds of the famous orchid family. We turn around the last corner and have the amazing Wiñay Wayna. We stop to make a visit of this interesting and important inca site. 10 minutes more walking and we are at the “Trekker’s lodge”, where we will take our lunch, if not already eaten. In the afternoon we walk the last hours towards Machu Picchu, and see from distance in the beautiful afternoon sun before continuing down to Aguas Calientes. We spend the night at this beautiful town.
Day 4 : Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco (B)
Very early we leave Aguas Calientes to reach Machu Picchu in the hours before the main group of visitors arrives. Going up by bus we get the first glance of Machu Picchu between the mountains on its saddle high over the Urubamba River. Upon arrival we start the guided tour of about 2 hours taking us to the most important areas of Machu Picchu. We will learn about the importance – religiously and historically – of the place, and we will be able to appreciate the fine architecture of the Incas. After the guided tour you can go to the top of Huayna Picchu, from where one has a good overview of the whole area and the full site of Machu Picchu. Another possibility is to visit the beautiful temple of the moon. In the afternoon you will take the train at 6:20 pm from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo we will pick you up back to downtown Cusco.
Day 5 : Cusco (B)
Morning transfer to the airport for the return flight to Lima. This marks the end of our services. Trip extensions to other regions or extra days in Lima or Cusco can be arranged.
Inca Trail Tour Inclusions
Excluded in tour cost
- Transfers in/out Cusco
- 2 Nights in Cusco (first and last)
- 1 Night in the Sacred Valley | Ollantaytambo
- 1 Night Machu Picchu | Aguas Calientes
- Guided visit to the Sacred Valley
- 2 days Inca Trail short version Package
- Inca Trail Tour Informative presentation
- Transportation to head of trail (104 Km.)
- Services of English/Spanish speaker professional guide
- Entrance ticket to Inca Trail
- Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
- Guided visit to Machu Picchu and the ruins along the trail.
- 01 bus round trip ticket Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes
- Expedition Train ticket Ollantaytambo/KM 104 and Aguas Calientes/Ollantaytambo (Vistadome upgrade available)
- Transfer from the train station to Cusco
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (4B, 1L, 1D)
- Vegetarian food available on request with no extra charge.
- First Aid equipment
- Personal trekking gear
- Domestic air LIM/CUZ/LIM
- Tips and gratuities
Group Service Price : 2023 Inca Trail trekking season
- Tierra Viva Plaza
- Casa Andina Prem
- Palacio del Inka
- Sacred Valley
- Ollanta Lodge
- Sauce Andes
- Casa Andina Prem
- Tambo del Inka
- Aguas Calientes
- Wiracocha Inn
- El Mapi
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- $1735.00 USD
- $945.00 USD
- $1149.00 USD
- $1589.00 USD
- $2635.00 USD
Note: We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes of the same category. We will endeavor to confirm final hotel bookings as soon as possible.
Upgrade to Vistadome or Hiram Bingham trains are available upon request
Student Discount: USD 30.00 off of group service price
To qualify for Student Discount, you have to email us a scanned copy or a digital photo of a valid Student ID card after booking to info (at) incatrailreservations.com
*If any of the third party costs included on this package experiences an increment, we will immediately update the package price.
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The Inca Trail is closed in February for conservation projects.