Inca Experience

Walk in the footsteps of Incan history


This exploration takes us into the heart of the original center of ancient civilization. Together, we hike the Inca Trail — embedded in the stunning Andes Mountains — to experience the cradle of the Inca legacy and the wonder of Machu Picchu.

11 days, from

$2,999

per person

GROUP SIZE

16 people max

ACTIVITY LEVEL

4
Trip code: 11PERUINCA
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Details

  • Countries Visited: Peru
  • Accommodation: Hotel (7 nights), Camping (3 nights)
  • Single Supplement: Starting at $550
  • Transportation: Air conditioned vehicle, Train, Hiking, Flights
  • Airport Transfers: Arrival and Departure Transfers included
  • Meals: 10 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • Passengers: Maximum 16, Average 12

Itinerary

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Day 1: Lima

Welcome to Lima. Your included transfer brings you to our hotel. Explore the neighborhood or relax before our adventure begins.

Day 2: Lima

Gather with your Local Leader and fellow travelers this morning to explore Lima on foot or by bike. A walking tour of the historical center takes you to the heart of the old colonial city, a World Heritage Site. Those who bike will cycle down from the top of Morro Solar, the historical site of the battle of San Juan — and arguably the best place for scenic views of Lima. (b)

Day 3: Lima > Cusco

A short flight to colonial Cusco brings us to the sacred city and former capital of the Inca Empire. At 11,150 feet, Cusco’s high altitude requires some time to acclimate before exploring the many Baroque churches and ancient temples that dot the city. (b)

Day 4: Cusco

Our Insider Expert leads a fun foray into the buzzing San Pedro market, including a walking tour where you meet native Peruvians in colorful traditional dress. Filled with local foods, it’s also a feast for the senses. This afternoon, it’s your choice: join an interactive cooking class, or explore Inca archaeological heritage on a bike tour. (b)

Day 5: Cusco > Ollantaytambo

Venture through the Sacred Valley to visit a local community and experience their lifestyle, including a delicious lunch prepared by our new friends. After visiting Ollantaytambo, built over an ancient Inca town, we relax before our exciting trek into the Andes Mountains. (b, l)

Day 6 - 8: Inca Trail

Over the next three days, a breathtaking journey unfolds as we move from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu — one of the new Seven Wonders of the World and a stunning symbol of ancient civilization. Traveling across the Inca Trail, the most popular trekking route to Machu Picchu, we walk on stone-paved trails and climb through two highland passes as we encounter an array of altitudes and climates. Discover Inca settlements, awe-inspiring scenery and natural gardens of orchids. Hike past stirring archaeological sites, set amidst soaring Andean mountain peaks and lush river valleys. Challenging ourselves, we climb Warminwanusca — also known as Dead Woman’s Pass — where we will be rewarded with inspiring sights overlooking captivating scenery. (b, l, d, all days)

Day 9: Inca Trail > Cusco

In the early morning we reach Machu Picchu, an extraordinary monument discovered in 1911 by U.S. explorer Hiram Bingham. Machu Picchu means “old mountain” in Quechua, the ancient language of the Incas. Often referred to as the Lost City of the Incas, we tour this intriguing archaeological site, believed by many to be the spiritual vortex of the world. Explore on your own before taking the bus down to the small town of Aguas Calientes. A train and transfer bring us back to Cusco. (b)

Day 10: Cusco

An unscripted morning allows you to compose your last day in Cusco. This afternoon, at the Sacred Valley’s Piuray Lake, we have a sunset stand-up paddleboard and yoga session. A delicious farewell dinner completes our Peruvian experience, as we catch some final stargazing under the Andean night sky. (b, d)

Day 11: Cusco > Lima

Fly back to Lima today for your international flight home. For some of us, our Peruvian adventure ends here; others will head to the Amazon for a jungle extension. (b)

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Inca Experience

11 days

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Unscripted experiences, insider access and authentic local flavors


Our team of travel specialists and local contacts have curated some of the best, most exclusive and authentic experiences, restaurants and accommodations in Peru to truly immerse yourself in a way that wouldn't be possible in larger groups or just on your own.

11 days, from $2,999

to book call 1-844-205-6226

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