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Explore the Path of the Inca

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW

There are few Peru Expeditions as exhilarating as hiking the Inca Trail! Get well acquainted with the vibrant culture and rich history of Cusco and the Sacred Valley before embarking on the iconic Inca Trail directly to Machu Picchu. Traverse mountain passes and cloud forests by foot, stargaze into Sacred Valley night skies, and explore countless off-the-beaten-path Inca sites along the way.

ITINERARY

Welcome to the Capital of the New World – the launch pad to our effortlessly delivered encounter with the iconic and unexpected highlights of Cusco. Upon arrival at the Lima airport, a Natventure representative will meet you and show you to your hotel.

Accommodations: Tierra Viva Miraflores Hotel

Arriving mid-day at your hotel, have the rest of the day to relax and explore. Since Cusco is located at 3,350m / 11,300 feet in elevation, during this first day you may want to take it slow to acclimatize. Nevertheless, this is a good chance to wander about the main square, with its many cafes and stores, or even visit a museum. There are also many options for casual and/or fine dining.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodations: Tierra Viva Cusco Hotel

Spend the morning at your leisure. This is a good time to explore some of Cusco’s less-visited attractions including the famous San Pedro Market, the bohemian neighborhood of San Blas, or one of Cusco’s many fine museums. In the afternoon, explore some of the world’s best archeological sites, including the beautiful Cusco Cathedral, the sacred Temple of the Sun or Qoricancha, and the spectacular Sacsayhuaman fortress, with your Local Expert. This evening, head to the Cusco Planetarium to learn about the importance of astronomy to the ancient Inca and, weather permitting, look out at the glittering, starry sky through telescopes.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodations: Tierra Viva Cusco Hotel

Uncover the Sacred Valley with a visit to Parque de la Papa, or Potato Park, a rural Andean community working to preserve hundreds of varieties of native potato. During this exclusive experience, you’ll walk through the park with a local guide to learn about potato cultivation, traditional weaving, and the importance of both these practices to Andean culture. Explore the former Inca stronghold of Ollantaytambo and Pisaq, stepping back in time amid ancient terraces, storehouses, and an enormous temple-fortress.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Tierra Viva Urubamba Hotel

Your adventure starts today. Set out on the iconic Inca Trail, departing Urubamba by van to km 84 in Ollantaytambo, the starting point of the trek. Immerse yourself in the enchanting Andean countryside, hiking along meandering streams and crossing remote mountain villages and ancient sites as we get warmed up for the more challenging days ahead.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Camping
Trek Distance: 12 km (7.5 mi)
Difficulty: Moderate

Today, we ascend the long, steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass—the highest point on the Inca Trail, at 4,198 meters (13,769 feet). Enjoy stunning views of the surronding valleys as you make your way up the rugged terrain full of native vegetation, and aim to reach our camp by early afternoon. Rest and relax at camp the remainder of the day, having an aromatic hot coffee or snacking a homemade popcorn.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Camping
Trek Distance: 16 km (10 mi)
Difficulty: Challenging

Today we’ll cross two spectacular passes. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, one can catch a glimpse of the snowcapped peaks of the Cordillera Vilcabamba. Continue through cloud forest on a gentle climb to the second pass, and arrive at the misty Inca site of Phuyupatamarca at 3,650 meters (11,972 feet), known as «the city above the clouds.” We will either camp here or settle at a further spot, near the beautiful terraces of the Wiñay Wayna site, at 2,650 meters (8,694 feet).

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Camping
Trek Distance: 16 km (10 mi)
Difficulty: Moderate

The final day of our hike begins before dawn. Reach the Sun Gate—the last checkpoint on the Inca Trail—in time to witness daybreak over Machu Picchu. This 15th-century Inca citadel was rediscovered by Agustín Lizárraga in 1902 and excavated by Hiram Bingham in 1911. Hike down for a guided tour through the ceremonial rooms and terraces of this breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage site before catching a bus to the frontier town of Aguas Calientes, where we’ll have free time for lunch. Continue by train to Cusco. Tonight, toast your Peru adventure at a farewell dinner.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Tierra Viva Cusco Hotel
Trek Distance: 6 km (3.7 mi)
Difficulty: Moderate

After breakfast, transfer to the Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport and connect with your flight home or consider extending your holiday.

Meals Included: Breakfast

WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY ABOUT US

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Why Travel with Natventure?

100 % tailor-made

• Your entire Expedition is designed around your requirements • Explore your interests at your own speed • Select your preferred style of accommodation • Create the perfect Expedition with the help of our specialists

The best local Guides

• Make the difference between a good Expedition and an outstanding one • Hand picked by us or our local partners as the best available • Offering more than just dates and names, they strive to offer real insight into the country

Expert Knowledge

• All our specialists have travelled extensively or lived in Peru • The same specialist will handle your Expedition from start to finish • Make the most of your time and budget

Responsible Travel

• Reduce food waste by 50% across all hotels and ships by 2025 • Eliminate as many unnecessary single use plastics from our operations and itineraries by 2022 • Source 50% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2025.