This classic trek along the historic Inca Trail is considered by many to be one of the great short treks of the world, and is a superb introduction to trekking in the Andes. Importantly, we spend ample time in Cusco and the Sacred Valley whilst acclimatising to the altitude before heading out onto the trail. Our Inca Trail itinerary differs from most as we avoid the busier camp sites. We ascend the jungle trails and cloud forest to appreciate the panorama of Andean peaks that would have inspired the Inca people as we make our way to Machu Picchu. Words cannot describe the exhilaration of the first sighting of these enigmatic ruins. Rather than heading back to Cusco we spend a night in Aguas Calientes, and this vitally gives us the opportunity to visit Machu Picchu at its best, early the following morning before the crowds arrive. Both pre and post the trek we have time to explore the Cusco we know so well, delving into a selection of Spanish taverns, cathedrals and colourful Andean markets.
|DAY 1||Join Lima|
|DAY 2||Fly to Cusco|
|DAY 3||Sightseeing in Cusco|
|DAY 4||Drive to Sacred Valley of the Incas|
|DAY 5||Day walks in Sacred Valley|
|DAYS 6/8||Commence trek along Inca Trail|
|DAY 9||Complete trek, arrive Machu Picchu|
|DAY 10||At Machu Picchu, afternoon train to Ollantaytambo, drive to Cusco|
|DAY 11||In Cusco|
|DAY 12||Fly to Lima where trip concludes|
This is a fabulous trip for anyone who likes basic camping (not glamping) and walking at the same time as visiting historic sites. MOST MEMORABLE PART: The actual Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu and camping along the trail. The guides, porters and chefs were fantastic!