Inca Trail and Sacred Valley 10 Day Tour
Trip Length: 10 day / 7 night tour.
Activities: Moderate hiking on the Inca
Highlights: Cuzco, Valley of Urubamba, Machu
Accommodations: 3 nights full-service camping,
3 nights in Cuzco, 1 night at Machu Picchu in Aguas Calientes.
Departures: March – December, weekly, every
day of the week.
a journey to an Empire of Gold, an active adventure to the heart of
the exotic Incan Empire. We immerse ourselves in the cultures of Peru,
past and present. We will see all the sights that have drawn centuries
of travelers from Pizarro to Paul Theroux, without sacrificing the
benefits of quality meals and comfortable nights. Our full package
includes flights originating from the USA to Lima, Peru's capital
and continue on an spectacular flight up and over the Andes to Cuzco,
a timeless town dominated by the fine stonework of plazas and palaces,
all created centuries ago by craftsman of ancient empires. A full
day in the old capital of the Incas give us the ground work for succeeding
adventures; starting with a choice of one day river rafting on the
Rio Urubamba as it races through the agricultural oasis of the Sacred
Valley or a horseback riding tour of the surrounding sites and explore
the ruins of Qenko, Puca Pucara and Tambo Machay, culminating in the
imposing fortress of Sacsayhuaman in the outskirts of Cuzco.
The next morning at daybreak, we venture into the remote reaches of
the Andean kingdom of the Incas where you will be joined by an English
speaking guide, a professional chef and porters to transport your
gear as you set out to hike the Inca Trail. You sleep warm and protected
in high quality tents with the most reliable outfitter in the Andes
for a trek you'll never forget. Few hikes of this length in the world
can offer such variety of scenery, so many staggering views, such
diversity of ecological zones.
The route weaves along the transition zone between alpine grassland
and cloud forest. You will witness fantastic vistas of snowy peaks
and river valleys. We will pass through elfin forests and naturally
carved tunnels. This path of antiquity will crest at 14,200 feet at
the Warmiwanuska pass, before leading into the Machu Picchu National
Certainly no other walk known to Man will lead along ancient highways
to one secluded ruin after another, each one almost perfectly preserved,
giving you shelter, solitude and views that no pen or camera can ever
Concluding the four day-three nights trek, we descend into ruins through
the symbolic Gateway of the Sun where the citadel of Machu Picchu
shows its exuberant beauty and mystery. After an overnight in Aguas
Calientes, a frontier like town at the base of the mountain, we will
be at the ruins again at sunrise and catch the first light on the
At last we begin the ride back on the narrow-gauge train into to the
granite gorge of the Urubamba River,where we are blessed once again
with more spectacular views of the Sacred Valley until we reach the
majestic city of Cuzco at dusk.
1 / 2 - USA - Cuzco
USA in the evening in your American Airlines flight to Lima via Miami,
arrive there early in the morning. Check in to your domestic flight
up and over the Andes to the Imperial city of Cuzco.
Once there you will be greeted and transfer by your hotel of choice
by the Nuevo Mundo Tours personnel and will be taken to your comfortable
quarters for the next 2 nights. The seat of Inca civilization, Cuzco
was founded around 1100AD has a wealth of fascinating historical sites.
Pre-Inca, Inca, and colonial architecture and customs juxtaposed in
this colorful and memorable Andean city. Four roads once led from
Cuzco's main square to the four corners of the Inca empire that extended
from what is today Ecuador and part of Colombia to northern Chile
and Argentina including all of Peru and Bolivia. An empire almost
as vast as the Roman Empire, the Inca nation was connected by a road
network stretching over 23,000 km. (14,300 miles). Due to its position
as the capital of the Inca dynasty, contemporary Cuzco, a city 3,200
meters above sea level (10,500 ft.) was more than just a capital city.
It was an administrative, military and holy city, similar to Mecca,
and is now the oldest inhabited city of the Americas. Many kinds of
architecture are found here and one's eyes can feast on their splendid
variety and combinations. Explore the City and the Inca's most sacred
building in Cuzco, the Korikancha (Temple of the Sun) today forms
part of the Spanish church of Santo Domingo. Ruins, temples, churches,
and mansions make this a memorable destination, full of history and
culture. A city with a splendid legacy, Cuzco's winding cobbled streets
transport visitors through its rich and beautiful past. The surrounding
countryside is stunning, much of it sculpted by agricultural terraces
once watered by complex irrigation systems.
Included is an afternoon horsebackriding tour of the nearby ruins
of Qenko, Puca Pucara and Tambo Machay. Start your adventure at
Tambo Machay ruins, the farthest from Cuzco and at 3,700 meters
the highest. From there you can ride back to Cuzco, visiting all
three ruins along the way: First, Tambo Machay a beautiful construction
with a beautifully wrought ceremonial stone bath and it is therefore
popularly called El Bano Inca. Then Quenko, the labyrinth,
a ceremonial site carved out of solid limestone, with winding tunnels
leading to an underground altar and last ruins are Sacsayhuaman,
a vast Inca fortress on the outskirts of the city. The massive stones
of its walls, some weight as much as 300 tons, are intricately shaped
and fitted together in an impressive display of ingenuity and engineering.
Some say it formed the head of a huge puma, with the body of Cuzco
spread out below. Once home to as many as 5000 Inca warriors, it
was most likely an important religious site as well.
3 - Cuzco - Valley of Urubamba - Pisac
pick up by the Nuevo Mundo Tours personnel for your journey back
in time and take this optional shared excursion into the Sacred
Valley of the Incas, the perfect way to relax in the heart of the
country, as you set out into the Andean village of Pisac, and its
dual personality. Six days a week, it is a sleepy little Peruvian
town with about 1,500 residents. But come Sunday, the population
swells and a carnival atmosphere prevail. The reason for the transformation:
a sprawling street market in town square teeming with vendors selling
everything, bustling with activities. You can bargain for weavings,
blankets, sweaters, jewelry and fresh fruit, sample fresh-baked
bread and catch the scents and sounds of and ancient way of life
that attracts locals decked out in traditional Andean clothes who
held it to be the cradle of their civilization, a spot that brought
them closer to their gods. At the end of the paved road rest the
city of Ollanta where you'll take a short hike to the extensive
ridgetops ruins at Ollantaytarnbo, after lunch you'll visit the
Quechua village of Chinchero where skilled weavers introduce You
to the ancient art of backstrap. Later head back and follow a road
that winds up and down, in and out the mountains, with breathtaking
views around every bend. Return transfer to your Hotel of choice.
4 - Inca Trail - Chilca
day of the trek is relatively easy and serves as training for the
days to follow. Travelers are collected early from their hotels (6:30-7am)
and travel by bus, past the picturesque villages of Chinchero, Urubamba
and Ollantaytambo, for the 2½ hour scenic trip to kilometer
82 (the start of the trail). Buses normally stop at the town of Urubamba
in the Sacred Valley for about an hour or so to give people the opportunity
to have breakfast. You trek with an English-speaking tour leader,
and a professional kitchen staff. Porters carry your duffel, so that
you hike carrying only a day-pack. You sleep in spacious, twin-shared,
well-maintained tents. Included are foam sleeping pads, all transportation,
and all meals.
Hikers cross the Vilcanota River and follow the trail to the right
as it climbs steeply up from the river. After passing through a small
village, the ruins of the Inca hillfort of Huillca Raccay come into
view high above the mouth of the river Cusichaca ( 'happy bridge'
). The Incas, when they conquered the area, built a fort here since
the site commanded an excellent view up and down the Urubamba valley
and controlled the entrance to the Cusichaca valley. It is a simple
descent down to the Cusichaca River. From parts of this trail there
are great views of the Cordillera Urubamba (Urubamba mountain range)
and the snow capped peak of Veronica. (5860m)
From here you'll get a great view over the extensive Inca ruins of
Llactapata (also known as Patallacta on some maps). Llactapata means
'upper town' in Quechua and was first discovered by Hiram Bingham
in 1911 and was primarily an agricultural station used to supply Machu
Picchu with maize, the staple crop of the Incas. The settlement comprised
over one hundred buildings, houses for the workers and soldiers, including
five baths. For a further 7 km the path follows the left bank of the
river up to the small village of Wayllabamba (3,000m). The name in
Quechua means 'grassy plain'. We will probably spend the night here
depending on the speed of the group. This is the last place along
the trek that you can buy snacks and drinks. (5.7 miles) Breakfast,
5 - Inca Trail - Pacaymayu
up from Wayllabamba following the left bank of the Llulluchayoc river
for about 1 hour brings you to 'Tres Piedras' (three stones) and a
small bridge over the Huayruro river. There is a small campsite here
which we sometimes use on day one if the group is making good progress.
The stream is named after the Huayruro which is an ornamental tree.
It's seeds are red and black. Many of the porters from the Ollantaytambo
district are also known as Huayruros because of their traditional
red and black ponchos! A little further on you'll enter a beautiful
cloud forest passing a waterfall.
A further three hours trek through steepening woods and increasingly
spectacular terrain brings you to the treeline and a meadow known
as Llulluchapampa (3,680m). It is another 1½ hours climb to
the first and highest pass of the trail (Abra de Huarmihuañusca
or 'Dead Woman's Pass) at 4,200m. During this part of the trail hikers
are exposed to the Andean elements: first scorching sun and then,
closer to the pass, freezing winds. Once at the top hikers can celebrate
having completed the most difficult section of the trail.
We descend to the Pacaymayu River valley then up an Inca stairway
with magnificent views to snow peaks and ruins, following the trail
on the left side of the valley to the valley floor and to the 2nd
night's campsite at Pacaymayu (3,600m). There are toilet facilities
here. (6.8 miles) Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
6 - Inca Trail / Phuyopatamarka
Pacaymayu it takes about an hour to climb up to the ruins of Runkuracay.
These small circular ruins occupy a commanding position overlooking
the Pacaymayu valley below.
Another 45 minute hike will bring you to the top of the second pass:
Abra de Runkuracay (4,000m). At last you'll feel that you are walking
along the trail of the Incas with paving, for the most part, being
section of the trail, up till the 3rd pass, is particularly beautiful
as the path crosses high stone embankments and skirts deep precipices.
The longest trail descends into high jungle transition zone continuing
down the stone laid path to the impressive ridge-top ruins of Sayaqmarka.
After exploring it, we pass through an elfin forest and a natural
carved tunnel by the Incas along a well-engineered trail following
the contour of the Andes.
name Sayaqmarka means ' Inaccessible Town ' and describes the position
of the ruins perfectly, protected on three sides by sheer cliffs.
No one knows the exact purpose of these ruins.
have to backtrack a little to rejoin the trail as it passes Conchamarca,
a small Inca dwelling situated in the shadows of Sayaqmarka, which
was probably a tambo for weary travelers on their way to Machu Picchu.
then on the path descends into magnificent cloudforest full of orchids,
hanging mosses, tree ferns and flowers, passing through an impressive
Inca tunnel, carved into the rock, on the way.
trail then climbs up to the 3rd pass (3,700m). The view from the pass
offers excellent views of several snow-capped peaks including Salkantay
(6,180m) the principal Apu or sacred mountain dominates the landscape
and Veronica (5,750m). A few minutes after the pass and amid luxuriant
vegetation is Phuyupatamarca, the most impressive Inca ruin so far.
The name means 'Town in the Clouds'. Access to the ruins is down a
steep flight of stairs passing six 'Inca Baths' probably used for
the ritual worship of water.
the site via an impressive Inca staircase leading from the west side
of the ruins (the far end from the baths) you descend a thousand or
After about an hour of walking through cloudforest you may just be
able to see the tin roof of the Trekkers Hostal at Wiñay Wayna,
although it probably won't be for another 2 hours until you arrive.
Wiñay Wayna is the last official campsite before Machu Picchu.
There is a restaurant where you can purchase drinks and even a well
deserved beer, as well as hot showers ($1.5) and toilets.
short trail leaves from the southern end of the hostal to the ruins
of Wiñay Wayna. The name in Quechua means 'forever young' and
is named after a variety of pink orchid which grows here. The ruins
comprise magnificent agricultural terraces set in an impressive location.
There are also many buildings of good quality stonework and a sequence
of 10 baths, suggesting that the site was probably a religious center
associated with the worship of water. Ritual cleansing may have taken
place here for pilgrims on the final leg of the trail to Machu Picchu.
(6.7 miles) Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
7 - Inca Trail / Machu Picchu / Cuzco
trail from the hostal to Machu Picchu is clearly marked and takes
about 1½ hours. We'll wake early at 4.30am, have breakfast
and set off on the trail again by 5.30am to get to Machu Picchu before
sunrise. The sky starts getting light by 5:30am and the first rays
of the sun reach Machu Picchu at about 7am, the jungle thickens as
you descend on a single, continuous mountain stairway.
The Royal Road descends 2,300 long stone steps through orchid-rich
cloud forest and emerge at what once was the main entrance, the Intipunku
or Gate of the Sun, and here we get our first view of Machu Picchu
(7,806ft.). Reach there around 7:00AM and be among the first in the
ruins to contemplate this spectacular spiritual moment in the Andes.
Our guide will accompany you on a private tour and explain the citadel
secrets as you have a full day of exploring this magnificent Inca
When you arrive at the ruins you'll have plenty of time to take photos
of Machu Picchu from the classic view point. Most groups wait at this
point for a while so most of your photos should be 'tourist free'.
When the group is back together again we descend to the main entrance
where you can safely leave your large backpacks. You can also go to
the toilet and have a quick coffee in the restaurant just outside
the entrance. With just your daypack on the group will re-enter the
ruins with the same guide for a complete tour of the major sectors.
The tour takes about 2 hours so by about 10:30 you'll have free time
to explore the ruins alone.
We suggest that after visiting Machu Picchu that you take the bus
down to Aguas Calientes at 15:30 at the latest (assuming train departs
at 16:30). Buses depart every 15 minutes. Check with the guide for
actual times. Most people, however, leave the ruins at about 13:30
and return to Aguas Calientes for lunch (at the ruins there is only
one restaurant and it's very expensive). There are several small restaurants
in Aguas Calientes to satisfy all budgets. You may also wish to pay
a visit to the town's famous thermal springs which feel great after
finishing the trail. Entrance to the springs costs $2.00 USD, allow
2 hours to really enjoy them.
Stay for the night in Aguas Calientes, a frontier like town at the
base of Machu Picchu Ruins at your hotel of choice. Breakfast. (2.3
8 - Machu Picchu - Cuzco
a return look at Machu Picchu, climb its sister mountain Huayna
Picchu and later return to Cuzco by train in the late afternoon
all along the raucous Urubamba River and experience the most breathtaking
views of The Sacred Valley of the Incas. The train back to CUZCO
departs from Aguas Calientes. The train departs at approximately
16:30 (time can vary) and you'll arrive back in CUZCO for about
21:00. Included in our standard service is the tourist bus from
Machu Picchu down to Aguas Calientes, the train back to CUZCO and
a transfer from the station to you hotel.
Sometimes, however, we buy train tickets just back as far as Ollantaytambo
and then bring you back to your hotel in CUZCO by private bus. The
later method usually works out about 30 minutes quicker.
Transfer to your hotel of choice by the Nuevo Mundo Tours personnel
in Cuzco. Rest of the evening at leisure.Breakfast.
9 /10 - Cuzco - Lima -USA
breakfast, early transfer to the Cuzco airport for your flight to
Lima. Have a 12 hour stopover in Lima and prepare for your 11:30
pm flight back to the USA. There is a mandatory 3 hour check - in
for the return flight. Breakfast.
1499.00 per person plus taxes. (based on double occupancy).
High Season - June 10 to Sep 10
1299.00 per person plus taxes. (based on double occupancy).
Low Season - Sep 11 to June 9
upgrade to first-class Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge from $274 per
person in shared twin; $455 in single (includes 3 meals at the hotel)
other than US$ is difficult to exchange in Cuzco. Bring travelers'
checks and/or cash. Major credit cards are also accepted in hotels
and larger restaurants. Food and beverages in mainstream restaurants
and hotels are comparable in cost to what you'll pay for at home.
18% government value-added tax plus service charges of up to 10%
are added to your bill.
pay airport departure taxes of US$4 for domestic flights in Peru,
and US$25 for international departures.
your trek staff is optional but customary. Take along between $20-$40
in local currency for this purpose. On the final trek morning, trekkers
distribute pooled funds among guide(s), kitchen crew and porters.
Suggested distribution: Guide $2.50 per day, Asst guide $1.00 per
day, Cook $1.00 per day, Asst cook $.50 per day. You will have two
porters, allocate a total of $5 per each of 2 porters. Porters appreciate
receiving donations of old clothes that are in good condition, including
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¨ All domestic flight within Peru.
¨ All ground transportation in Peru.
¨ All excursions including English-speaking local guides.
¨ All transfers and porterage.
¨ All hostal and hotel, service charge and taxes.
¨ Continental Breakfast in the Hostal stay.
¨ All meals as specified on the itinerary.
trekking gear and sleeping bag.
¨Tips to guide and trek staf.
¨Expenses of personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, beverages
or excess luggage.
¨Pre and Post-departure expenses (Airport taxes of 3.00usd per
domestic flight and 25.00 USD exit tax from the Lima Airport).
¨Trip Interruption and Travel Insurance (Strongly recommended).
¨Any other optional tours.
sleeping bag: $15 (includes sheet liner). Rental sleeping bags should
be requested well in advance of your departure.
If you are traveling alone and are willing to share a tent, we will
pair you with another trekker of the same gender and you pay no supplementary
charge. If you prefer a tent on single occupancy basis, the surcharge
acclimation purposes, we strongly recommend that you arrive in Cuzco
two days or more prior to the trek. This is a 28-mile trek with a
maximum elevation close to 14,000 feet.
18 years and older with a valid student ID such as the International
Student ID card pay a reduced rate for their trail ticket and at the
Trail. In order to qualify for a student trail ticket, we must receive
a legible faxed copy of your student ID no later than 2 weeks prior
to the start of the trek. You must also bring the ID to the trek orientation
meeting. Passengers who cannot produce student ID judged acceptable
to the Machu Picchu Park authority will pay the full adult rate. Students
17 years and younger need no student ID, but must present their passports
to receive the student rate.
Note: We reserve the right to make minor changes where necessary for
the safety and comfort of tour participants. Tour charges may vary
from those quoted above; please reconfirm the current rate when you
make your reservation. Additional expenses caused by circumstances
beyond the control of the operator will be the responsibility of the
Cuzco has well-defined seasons. From June to August, while winter
days are typically sunny and warm, the temperature can drop to below
freezing (27°F/-3°C) at night in our high camps. Rain seldom
falls during winter. From January to March, the summer months offer
daytime temperatures to 85°F/30°C, milder nights (typically
to 45°F/8°C) and plenty of rain. Despite some rain, December
is one of our favorite months for trekking, since the mountains are
lush with summer flowers and you enjoy plenty of sunshine. Departures
during Andean spring and fall offer weather patterns intermediate
between these seasonal extremes.
a wide range of temperature and precipitation on your program. In
high mountain environments, you must be prepared for inclement weather
at any time. Even at mid-day, if clouds obscure the sun the apparent
temperature cools dramatically. By packing a system of thin, independent
layers, you can easily add or remove layers to remain comfortable
as conditions change. Most trekkers leave camp in the morning wearing
a cold-weather layer over T-shirt and shorts. At the first rest stop,
after you have warmed up a bit, remove a layer and continue in hot-weather
clothing until the temperature cools off later in the day. At all
times, carry rain-gear in your day-pack. Basic clothing list: underwear,
socks, light hiking boots, sneakers for around camp, loose-fitting
long pants or wind-pants, shorts, T-shirts, long-sleeved shirt, bunting
jacket, full rain gear, sun hat, bathing suit, gloves and wool hat.
Day pack, sleeping bag, water bottle, iodine-type water purification
pills, flashlight, sunglasses, sunscreen, toilet kit, insect repellent,
pocket knife. Optional: sewing kit, camera and film, binoculars, paperback
book, snacks and/or energy bars. Your outfitter provides: a heavy-duty,
4,100-cubic-inch trail duffel, Thermarest sleeping pad, tents and
communal camping gear. Weight Restriction: Porterage for up to 10
kg (22 lb.) of personal gear is included. If your packed duffel exceeds
10 kg. In weight (including sleeping bag and pad) at trailhead, you
will have to transfer excess items from your duffel to your daypack.
none are mandatory for entering Peru, and no official is likely to
demand to see proof of your vaccination against any disease, some
protection is recommended. Consult your physician or local travelers'
clinic for the latest recommendations. For general travel, vaccinations
or boosters against tetanus, typhoid/diphtheria, Hepatitis A, and
polio are commonly advised. If you're visiting the Amazon before or
after your trek, ask about yellow fever and chloroquine-resistant
malaria. The World Health Organization does not recommend vaccination
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