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.

Highlights

  • Explore Lima by foot or bike

  • Enjoy lunch with locals in the Sacred Valley

  • Conquer ancient pathways of the Inca Trail

  • Arrive at Machu Picchu's Sun Gate

  • Stand-up paddleboard on the shores of Piuray Lake

Itinerary for Peru

Day 1: Lima

Welcome to Lima. Located on the Pacific coast of Peru, the past and present blend for a unique
cultural experience. Your included transfer will bring you to our hotel. Explore the neighborhood or relax before our adventure begins.

  • Transfers are included on a private basis. At the airport, you’ll be met by a Club Adventures representative after passing through customs and shuttled to our hotel.
  • Our hotel in Lima: Hotel El Tambo II

Day 2: Lima

Our Local Leader and fellow travelers gather today. You can choose how you’d like to explore Lima: by 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 choose biking 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)

  • Breakfast is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Lima: Hotel El Tambo II

Day 3: Lima > Cusco

A short flight to colonial Cusco brings us to the scared 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)

  • Breakfast is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Cusco: Casa Andina Koricancha

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: Will you dive into Peruvian culture with an interactive cooking class, or explore Inca archaeological heritage on a 4-hour bike tour? (b)

  • Breakfast is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Cusco: Casa Andina Koricancha

Day 5: Cusco > Ollantaytambo

Venture through the Sacred Valley to visit a local community where a genuine exchange brings you closer to their lifestyle, including a delicious lunch prepared by our new friends. After visiting Ollantaytambo, built over an ancient Inca town, we relax tonight before our exciting trek into the Andes mountains. (b, l)

  • Breakfast is full buffet
  • Lunch today will be made by locals in the Sacred Valley
  • Our hotel in Ollantaytambo: Tunupa Lodge Hotel

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’ll 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 nights overlooking captivating scenery. (b, l, d all days)

  • All meals will be prepared for us daily during our Trek
  • We will camp nightly
  • Please see the ‘Good To Know’ tab for more information on the Inca Trail and permits

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’ll 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)

  • Breakfast this morning will be a packed meal during our trek
  • Our hotel in Cusco: El Retablo Hotel

Day 10: Cusco

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

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • Dinner will be a barbeque dinner cooked on the shores of Lake Piuray
  • Our hotel in Cusco: El Retablo Hotel

Day 11: Cusco

For some of us, our Peruvian adventure ends today; others will head to the Amazon for a jungle extension. (b)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • This tour includes a return flight to Lima for you to continue your adventure to the Amazon Jungle, or to return home
  • Transfers to the Cusco airport are included

Things to know before traveling to Peru

This trip visits places that are at high altitude, and as a result some people can suffer from altitude sickness, regardless of age or physical health.

This trip involves a lot of walking to see the sites, and if you do the trek option, there will be strenuous hiking. The trip is recommended for those with a moderate level of fitness but there are also a few different trail options to suit your interests and physical capabilities. Please bring durable footwear suitable to hiking.

On Day 2 of the Inca Trail you will be walking uphill from 10,000 – 12,000 feet above sea level before descending steeply through big steps and difficult terrain. While this demanding walk is the main challenge our passengers face on this trip, it’s also one of the highlights and worth every minute of it.

We recommend that you undertake regular aerobic exercise in the months before you travel, particularly if you are not in the habit of regular exercise. Doing mountain walks or climbing long staircases with a pack is good preparation. Walking, jogging, swimming or riding a bike are all good ways to increase your aerobic fitness, which will allow you to enjoy the trekking to its fullest.

 

INCA PERMITS

When considering the Inca Experience, please book as far in advance as possible to ensure the likelihood of securing space on the trail.

The Peruvian government highly regulates the Inca Trail. The rules and regulations change regularly, so it is important that you are aware of the following information:

• The Inca Trail is limited to 500 people per day, all of whom are required to have trail permits. This number includes all trekkers, guides, cooks and porters.

• It’s important to confirm your booking with us as early as possible so we can secure your permits well in advance of your departure.

• Once 500 permits for the date are sold, no further permits will be issued.

• The information stated on your permit application must match your travel documents exactly. It will be used to check you in on the first day of the trek.

• Any changes or corrections to the information provided at time of booking will result in fees and could lead to being denied access to the trail.

Inca Trail permits are sold on request basis only. Once the $500 non-refundable deposit is paid and passport details provided, Club Adventures will endeavor to secure a permit for you.

These rules and regulations are out of the control of Club Adventures. We cannot make any exceptions. Club Adventures is not responsible for any services lost due to inaccurate information provided.

Should you choose not to hike at all, please let us know in writing at the time of booking so alternative arrangements can be made. Without this prior warning, local fees may apply.

PASSPORT DETAILS REQUIRED
Full passport details are required at the time of booking in order to purchase Entrance fees to important sites such as Machu Picchu. Delays to provide this information may result in booking fees or changes to your itinerary.

The Peruvian authorities released a new list of regulations for visiting Machu Picchu, which came into effect from July 1st, 2018.

The main points impacting visits are:

1. Tickets are now only valid for one entry, that means that passengers cannot leave the site and re-enter as allowed in the past.
2. Once the passengers begin on a chosen circuit (there are 3 different ones) they cannot walk backwards and once they finish the circuit they must leave the site. They cannot explore afterwards.
3. The two allotted times to visit are 6am-12pm/ 12-4.30pm
4. It will be mandatory to have a guide (Machu Picchu guide, not our Leaders) to visit the site. However, this rule can’t be applied as there are not enough official guides to cover the large amount of people visiting so authorities are being flexible.

These new regulations are affecting how much time our passengers can spend in Machu Picchu, in the past, after a 1-2.5 hour tour passengers could stay longer to explore the site unguided, this is not possible anymore.

Our only alternative is to make passengers explore the upper part of Machu Picchu (Sun Gate and Inka Bridge) before their guided tour starts (so about 2 hours before meeting the guide). Your Local Leader will provide more information on what the group options are at the Welcome meeting.

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it’s important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarize yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please ask your travel agent or Club Adventures team member for insurance options at time of booking.

Add-ons available before and after your trip to see the most of Peru

Pre-Night Add-ons

LIMA - $110 USD per room, double occupancy or $90 single occupancy


Post-Night Add-ons

CUSCO - $145 USD per room, double occupancy or $145 single occupancy


Optional Tours

We’ve already included everything you need to see on tour! While there are no optional tours on this tour, your Local Leader can always point you in the right direction for you to write your own adventure.

 

Galapagos Pre-Extension on Inca Adventure

  • Length: 6 days/ 5 nights
  • Meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Price: $2,399 per person, double occupancy
  • Single Supplement: $380
  • Passengers: maximum 7, average 4

Day 1: Arrive today in Quito, Ecuador. Settle into our hotel this afternoon and this evening, we’ll gather this evening for a welcome meeting.

Day 2: Transfer this morning for your flight to Baltra Island in the Galapagos. We will then travel to Isabela Island by high speed boat. Isabela Island is the largest island in the Archipelago and more to many species of tortoise, penguin and blue footed boobie. Get acquainted with the Island on a walking tour with your naturalist leader this evening. (B, L)

Day 3: This morning we visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center for a close encounter with these placid giants. We’ll see tortoises in all stages of development and meet with the local conservation team to learn about the efforts of preservation for these creatures. Next, we journey west to Puerto Villamil to see the vast variety of coastal sea birds – this area is home to the largest concentration of flamingos in the Galapagos. After lunch, Las Tintoreras offers excellent viewing of penguins, sharks and marine iguanas. Enjoy a chance to snorkel this afternoon. (B, L)

Day 4: The gorgeous Sierra Negra Volcano awaits us today. With the second largest crater in the world it is one of the most active volcanos in the Galapagos. You may choose to join us on a hike to explore the volcano or relax. (B, L)

Day 5: This morning we venture to the island of Santa Cruz by private high-speed boat. Upon arrival, we’ll meet some locals at the local fish market to get a glimpse of everyday life on the islands. Next, we’ll visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. Learn about the success in repopulating the islands with the once endangered land iguana and several species of giant tortoise. This research station works to preserve the Galápagos’ ecosystem through the conservation efforts of scientists, researchers, and volunteers. It also provides a study location for international scientists and training for naturalist guides. The station is also a great place to observe many species of tortoises and land iguanas in captivity, brought back from the brink of extinction. This evening, gather today with your fellow travelers for a farewell evening. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Say goodbye to the islands this morning – we’ll board a flight back to the mainland where you’ll connect to your international flight to being your Inca Experience tour. (B)

11 days, from $2,999 USD