DELUXE 8-DAY INCA TRAIL AND MACHU PICCHU
Enjoy: Cusco-Sacred Valley-Inca Trail-Machu Picchu
Overview of Machu Picchu Deluxe Package Tour:
Guiding Peru’s Machu Picchu deluxe tour package, leads you through the most iconic landmarks in Peru. The 4 Day Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu will prove to be a once in a lifetime experience, which is enhanced with our exclusive itinerary. Our inclusive Machu Picchu deluxe tour package includes time to enjoy and acclimatize in Cusco, while touring the historic Inca sites and the surrounding Sacred Valley on a fully guided tour. During the tour, you will get an opportunity to enjoy delicious local foods, while touring and staying in the Region’s most memorable locations.
* Multi-day adventure
* Enjoy hike of the famous Inca trail to Machu Picchu
* Cusco Inca Museum tour
* Witness Spanish Colonial Cathedrals
* Explore the festive traditional markets
* Enjoy deluxe camping, gourmet meals, chef-prepared picnic lunches
* Includes deluxe accommodation
* Guiding Peru’s Exclusive- Experience cultural Cusco and the Sacred Valley
* Cusco city tour that includes exploring the ruins of Sacsayhuaman
* Visit a rural mountain village school
* Assurance of private transportation
* Flexible start date
- 25% deposit required at time of booking
- (Supplement of $195.00 for solo traveler)
Machu Picchu Deluxe Package Tour Details:
This inclusive and specially designed, 8-Day Machu Picchu Deluxe Tour package is exclusive to Guiding Peru and includes guided tours of the most important areas of Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu. Our experienced, multilingual guides will lead you through this region of Peru, explaining its unique mixture of Inca and Spanish Colonial buildings with a special focus on the many famous and unexplored archaeological sites. The first 3 days of the guided Machu Picchu Deluxe Package Tour will give your body a chance to acclimatize, which will help in avoiding problems with elevation during the following 4 days on the Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu.
Day 1: Arrival To Cusco Peru:
Accommodation: Hilton Garden Inn, Cusco
Meals: Welcome reception
You will be greeted by a Guiding Peru representative at the Cusco airport and enjoy a private van transfer to the 4* Hilton Hotel in Cusco. While you rest and acclimatize, our team will be finalizing preparations for your upcoming week’s experience. In the late afternoon, your guide will come to your hotel and lead you on a private walking tour of the wonderful Cusco Inca Museum. After returning to the hotel you will enjoy an evening reception in the hotel’s courtyard, where your guide will provide you with the details of your itinerary.
Day 2: Guided City Tour Of Cusco And Sacsayhuaman Park:
Accommodation: Hilton Garden Inn, Cusco
Meals: Breakfast and deluxe picnic lunch buffet
Your 8-Day Machu Picchu Deluxe Package Tour will kick start when our guide will pick you up in the hotel lobby at 8:00 am to begin the tour of Cusco. This morning you will enjoy walking through and discussing the most traditional and important streets of the city. Your tour will begin in Cusco’s Plaza de Armas where your guide will describe the ancient Inca-built buildings and streets of the city and explore Saint Christopher Church that offers one of the best views of the city. You will then continue walking down to San Blas Incan urbanization, where you will visit Cusco’s first church and enjoy one of South America’s finest pulpits carved out of cedar wood. After touring this sacred church, you will continue on foot to the Temple of the Sun, Qoricancha. Upon entering this Temple you will experience an intriguing blend of Inca culture and Catholicism and their variations in building techniques. From Qoricancha you will then walk along some of the side streets of Cusco to the Main Cathedral, where your guide will discuss the history and the Andean art within (including the choir and the Andean last supper). Around noon, you will be driven to Quenko, The Temple of Fertility, where you will enjoy a 30-minute private guided tour. In these amazing highlands, you will have a delicious, chef-prepared buffet picnic lunch with drinks. This location is near a sections of the ancient Inca trail, on the grounds of a newly built mountain village school. After lunch, we will visit with the children in the schoolhouse and then start a 2-hour private tour walking down an ancient Inca trail to the Sacsayhuaman Incan archaeological site, exploring the complete site. Once Day 1 of your Machu Picchu Deluxe Package Tour is over, we will drive you back to your hotel via a private van. This evening will be yours to enjoy on your own. Upon request, our guide can recommend the finest restaurants for dinner, overlooking the Plaza de Armas Square in Cusco.
Day 3: Guided Sacred Valley Tour, Pisac Market, Amaru, Ollantaytambo, Urubamba:
Accommodation: Casa Andina Hotel, Urubamba
Meals: Breakfast, traditional Andean lunch, dinner
On the third day of your Machu Picchu Deluxe Package Tour, you will enjoy the beautiful Sacred Valley, a Guiding Peru exclusive. On this tour, you will explore many of the must-visit sites in Peru. Our guide will arrive at your hotel lobby at 8:00 am and drive to the village of Pisac. During the trip, you can stop along the way in Awanacancha, a cultural social project. Here you will have the first surprise of the day and then continue to drive to the Pisac archaeological site to enjoy a tour of this Inca city. Our guide will lead you through the houses of priests, cemetery and the sector of terraces ending with an amazing view of the whole complex. Our van will take you to the next destination- Amaru community, where you will enjoy a traditional Andean lunch. Before having your meal, the community will greet you with traditional music, played with ancient instruments, and an offering of flowers to our group and to the Pachamama (Mother Earth) to cleanse our spirits. After the offering ceremony, we will join the craftspeople in collecting items, such as flowers, in the surrounding lands that are used to dye the wool textiles. While gathering the necessary materials, you will learn to use ancient techniques of color dying the weaving fibers. After this experience, ladies of the community will serve a traditional lunch of fresh, organic produce from the area. This will give you a unique cultural experience that includes a display of beautiful tapestries, scarves and other textiles. If interested, you may purchase, which will give you the best opportunity to contribute directly to the people that created the fine products. From Amaru you will be driven to Ollantaytambo to enter the ancient historic Inca Fortress and enjoy a 1.5-hour tour. Here you will see the best example of an intact, charming Inca village, with waterways running through the quaint streets of the town. After exploring this archaeological site, you will driven to the neighboring village, Urubamba, which is located deep in the fertile Sacred Valley. Here you will get some free time on your own to shop for last minute hiking items and relax prior to this evening’s fine dinner at your hotel in Urubamba.
Day 4: Inca Trail Trek: Ollantaytambo To Km 82 To Llactapala To Ayapata
Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
Walking Distance: 14km
Campsite elevation 3300m
High Altitude 3300m
Accommodation: Deluxe Camping
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
Level of difficulty: Easy-moderate
After an early breakfast, on the fourth day of your Machu Picchu Deluxe Tour you, along with the guide, will leave the hotel in Urubamba, at 7:00 am and drive to Km 82. Here you will meet our team of dedicated porters and chefs as they prepare our gear for the next 4 days of trekking on the historic Inca Trail. The hiking starts at km 82, Piscacucho, the location of the main checkpoint (please make sure you have your original passport with you to enter the Inca Trail). The first 2 hours of hiking are relatively easy, reaching the first Inca site- Patallacta that was an amazing administrative point of the Sacred Valley. From Patallacta it will be another 2 hours of hiking to our lunch stop around the first camping area of the trail Hatunchaca. After enjoying our chef-prepared lunch, we hike about 2.5 hours to reach our first night’s campground at Ayapata (3300 meters). Guiding Peru chooses this campsite because it is quieter than the others and allows us to continue traveling ahead of the many other groups on the Inca Trail. Prior to dinner, you will enjoy hot drinks and snacks in the comfort of your dining tent, where your guide will recap today’s sites and discuss plans for tomorrow’s itinerary.
Day 5: Inca Trail Trek: Ayapata – Dead Woman’s Pass – Pacaymayu – Runcuraccay Pass – Chaquiccocha
Walking Hours: 8-9 hours
Walking Distance: 16km
Campsite Altitude: 3600m
High Altitude: 4215m
Accommodation: Deluxe Camping
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner and snacks
Level of difficulty: Challenging
The fifth day of your Machu Picchu Deluxe Tour will start early with a hearty breakfast and a hot cup of Peruvian coffee or Coca tea. This can prove to be the most difficult and challenging day of the 4-day Inca Trail trek! The hiking will begin for roughly 4 hours to Warmiwañuska pass (the Dead Woman’s Pass) at 4215 meters, which is the highest pass of the trek. Along this trail there will be some breaks to enjoy a cold beverage at a local village shop prior to reaching the pass. This trek will take us to Pacaymayu Valley (Hidden River). From the summit will hike another 1.5 hours down the side of the valley to our lunch spot (where our porters will have our dining tent set up and our chef will have a spectacular lunch awaiting our arrival). After having lunch we will begin climbing again to the second pass of the day, an additional 2 hours to reach the pass. This will include the time we spend in the beautiful Inca site of Runcu Raccay, located at one of the best viewpoints of the valley. We then start descending to Sayacmarca (known as the inaccessible village) and will stop here for a rest, enjoying the best sunset view of the trip, over the Pumasillo snow-capped mountain. Lastly, we will have 30 more minutes of easy hiking to our second campsite of Chaquiccocha (Dry Lake, 3600 meters). After a wonderful dinner and refreshing drinks, your guide will discuss with you the fascinating Inca constellations in the Southern Hemisphere sky.
Day 6: Inca Trail Trek: Chaquiccocha To Winaywayna
Walking Hours: 4-5 hours
Walking Distance: 10km
Campsite Altitude: 2600m
High Altitude: 3600m
Accommodation: Deluxe Camping
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner with snacks
Level of difficulty: Easy
The sixth day of your Machu Picchu Deluxe Tour starts early morning once again. You need to wake up at 6:00 am to begin what most people consider the most beautiful day of the Inca Trail. On this day, you will get the chance to hike for about 1.25 hours in solitude as the other groups are well behind us. In this section of the Inca trail, there is the most fascinating of Incan pathways, which leads us to the cloud forest or, commonly known as, the high jungle. As we move on, there will be many opportunities to see the sacred and majestic Salcantay mountain, the second highest snow-capped mountain in the region. After seeing this incredible view we will reach Phuyupatamarka (3600 meters) the third pass that offers great views overlooking the Urubamba River, Machu Picchu Mountain, snow-capped mountains of the Urubamba mountain range and the archaeological site of Puyupatamarca. From Phuyupatamarka it will be a 3-hour hike down over 2700 steps to our last campsite of Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young). This is the most spectacular Inca site on the trail, after Machu Picchu, and the closest campground to Machu Picchu City. We will arrive early to our campsite, about 1:00 pm for lunch and then have the whole afternoon to relax and recharge our energy for tomorrow’s entry into Machu Picchu. In the afternoon, we have plenty of time, before the other groups arrive, to explore many Inca sites in addition to the spectacular Wiñayhuayna. Your guide will give you information about the significance of the sites and combine all the information given to you along the trail to prepare you to understand the purpose of the majestic Machu Picchu. The last night of our celebration we practice the Inca Trail tradition of reciprocity, organizing a ceremony of goodbye in the evening to our team of porters and chefs. This evening, our chef will prepare for you with a spectacular dinner presentation. Going to bed early will be necessary, as you have to wake up early, to be first at the Sun Gate to enjoy a few minutes alone in the peace of the scenery of Machu Picchu.
Day 7: Inca Trail Trek: Winaywayna To Machu Picchu To Cusco
Meals: Breakfast, deluxe box lunch
Walking Hours: 2 hours + 2.5 hours Machu Picchu tour + Optional Huayna Picchu Climb
High Elevation: 2650m
Accommodation: Hilton Garden Inn, Cusco
Your seventh day of the Machu Picchu Deluxe Tour will begin with a very early wake up of 4:00 am. According to your wishes and previous day’s discussions with the guides (as we prefer to be first in line for the checkpoint), it will be worth it to wake up early in the morning to start the tour. Your porters will serve a freshly prepared hot cup of coffee or coca tea delivered to your tent as you pack your bags for the last day on the Inca Trail. At 5:30 am we will enter the last checkpoint and hike to the first destination of the day Inti Punku (the Sun Gate) to get the first spectacular view of Machu Picchu. We then descend to the citadel of Machu Picchu while enjoying the surrounding views of this incredible valley. At around 7:30 am we will reach Machu Picchu City to begin our 3-hour private guided tour to explore the most spectacular and important points of the complex. Following the guided tour you will be provided a box lunch and have plenty of free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own or consider the optional Huayna Picchu Mountain climb. Following your visit to Machu Picchu, a bus will be available to transport you back to Aguas Calientes where you will have time to shop, prior to your return train departing for at 4:30 pm. The train goes to Poroy where the Guiding Peru van and driver will be waiting to transport you back to your Cusco hotel, arriving at approximately 8:00 pm.
Day 8: Goodbye Peru- Last Day of Machu Picchu Deluxe Package Tour:
On this eighth day of your Machu Picchu Deluxe Tour, you can simply relax in the morning or finish up some shopping or picture taking before getting a private transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
When to Travel
- High Season (June – August): Dry season in the Andean highlands. Best time for dry conditions for hiking in the Sacred Valley and on Inca Trail.
- Shoulder Season (September-November and March-May): Occasional rainstorms Trails are less crowded, making for ideal visits with more solitude.
- Low Season (December to February): Rainy season. Expect persistent daily rains.
- The Inca Trail is closed in February for trail maintenance and campsite clean up.
Suggested Packing List
- Original passport (should passport change post booking bring both)
- ISIC internatinal student card if applicable.
- Backpack to carry your personal items
- Comfortable trekking boots with good ankle support
- Warm clothes, layers for variable temperatures
- Thermal underwear for cold conditions
- Gloves or mittens, wool socks, beanie for cold conditions
- T-shirts and trekking pants that zip off to short pants for comfort
- Personal medications, insect repellant
- Flash light, head lamp and extra batteries
- Sun hat, Sunscreen, and sunglasses
- Rain jacket/pants or high quality rain poncho
- Personal Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel, moist towelettes
- 2 x1 litre water bottle
- Bathing suit for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes
- Extra money for drinks & tips, souvenirs etc in soles
What’s Included in our Machu Picchu Deluxe Package Tour?
* Guiding Peru’s Welcome Package and first evening reception
* Assistance of English/Spanish speaking guides
* Private transfers to and from the Cusco Airport
* 3 nights at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel Cusco
* I night Casa Andina Hotel, Urubamba
* 3 nights deluxe camping on the Inca trail
* Personal porter for Inca trail trek
* Dining tent and chairs with toilet tent
* Private hot shower tent
* Tents for trail (2 persons shared 4 man tent)
* Sleeping bag, deluxe foam mattress, blanket and pillow
* Trekking poles
* Meals as indicated in the itinerary
* Private van transportation
* 4 Day Inca Trail Trek permits
* Cusco Visitors Ticket
* 21 Entrance tickets for all the Inca and touristic sites
* Cusco Inca Museum entry and guided tour
* Machu Picchu entry ticket and guided tour
* Cusco City guided Tour with chef-prepared picnic lunch – Full day
* Sacred Valley guided tour with chef-prepared picnic lunch – Full day
* Expedition Train tickets
* Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
* Complete assistance and care before, during & after your trip
• Travel insurance
• Huayna Picchu Ticket (US$75)
• Up-Grading to Vistadome Deluxe train from included Expedition tourist train
• Solo supplement charge $195.00 (Hotel and tent included)