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MACHU PICCHU – INCA TRAIL

Moderate Peru

Machu Picchu – Inca Trail

A JOURNEY TO A TIME WHEN THE INCAS RULLED THE ANDES.

Machu Picchu sits alone at the top of our bucket list not only because it is one of the most beautiful, mysterious and captivating places on the planet, but because the trails that lead us to the ancient citadel deep in the Peruvian Andes are so rich in culture, history and biodiversity that no combination of poetically threaded words will even come close to describing just how epic it is. Every day on this experience is a highlight and it’s great for first timers as well as experienced mountain walkers. And yes millennials, there’ll be plenty of avocado on the menu!

Trekking

TRIP TYPE

Trekking

Trip duration

DURATION

9 Days

Trip Destination

DESTINATION

Peru

ACCOMMODATIONS

Tent, Hotel

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The ancient trail to the heart of the Inca Civilization.

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A perfect blend of culture, history and adventure makes this trip super special.

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Unparalleled and diverse scenery every single day.

Itinerary

An ideal experience for anyone with urge to experience adventure. Our trip combines big walks, remote locations, cultural immersion, camping under the stars, and incredible Peruvian food. You’ll find everyone from seasoned expeditioner to first-time adventurer on this experience with us.

DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO LIMA

We’ll be received at the airport and transferred to the hotel in Lima. Early arrivals can benefit from a sight-seeing tour of Peru’s capital. Our first major event will be a team dinner and briefing in the evening. The hotel is located in the upscale Miraflores district and is a walking distance from local restaurants, coffee shops and shopping areas.

DAY 2: EXPLORING CUSCO

We’ll have an early start to our first full day together. We’ll depart from our hotel in Lima to catch a short flight to historical Cusco, sitting at an elevation of 3,400 meters. From the airport we’ll head straight to our hotel to get settled in, then we’ll have lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, we’ll head for a Tour of Cusco, a blend of beautiful colonial architecture and archeological sites dot the  fabled city. Finishing our tour with beautiful sunset views, we’ll end our day with dinner.

DAY 3: THE SACRED VALLEY

The Sacred Valley of the Incas, also called the Urubamba Valley lies to the north of Cusco and has been inhabited since 800 BC. We’ll leave the hotel after an early breakfast and head towards the valley floor. This day is packed with vibrant Peruvian culture, we’ll visit the small town of Pisac, meet the Chincheros and roam the town of Ollantaytambo. We’ll have the chance to stop by local markets and get a feel of the daily life in this part of Peru. This will be a great day to acclimatize and get ready for the Inca Trail the next day!

DAY 4: ON TO THE INCA TRAIL! - AYAPATA CAMP

We start the Inca Trail with an early departure to the check-in terminal at the trail head. The check in process includes bag weight check (not more than 7kg) and permit checks, followed by a quick tour of a small museum about the trail and the discovery of the ancient “lost city”. Our trail then begins at an elevation of 2,720 meters as we ascend uphill along a gentle gradient passing fields and terraces. We’ll be surrounded by the Urubamba Mountain range, and should be able to spot Mt. Veronica, the highest snow capped peak in the range. We’ll have a picnic lunch on the riverside during the day and dinner will be at Ayapata camp upon arrival.

DAY 5: CHAQUICOCHA CAMP

Day 2 on the Inca trail is widely considered the most challenging day of the trek with the largest elevation gain. We’ll be crossing two of the three mountain passes on this trail. The day starts with an early departure from the camp onto a steep uphill trajectory that gradually winds its way through the cloud forest. We’ll be hiking at a comfortable pace until we reach our high point of the trail, Warmiwanusga or “Dead Woman’s Pass” at 4,200 meter. We will then descend to have lunch & rest at Pacaymayu (3,550m). After a bit of rest we’ll begin our second ascent of the day to the second mountain pass, we will trek through incredible vistas, past a small lake, ponds and humming birds, and witness the beauty of the Andean mountains before arriving at Chaquicocha camp for dinner.

DAY 6: WIÑAY WAYÑA CAMP

Our last full day of trekking on the Inca trail is incredibly beautiful both in nature and archeological sites. We’ll have a view of Salkantay Peak to our left in the as we start off our trek for the day. We’ll then make a short gradual ascent to cross the third mountain pass on the trail, followed by a steady descent till we reach Wiñay Wayña camp for dinner and rest. Our hike will include a pit stop at the magical “town above the clouds” and we’ll be visiting massive ancient terraces looking down at the Urabamba river, this section of the trail is truly unforgettable.

DAY 7: MACHU PICCHU

Our day starts at 3am with breakfast. From our campsite we’ll make our way down the trail to the official entrance of the Machu Picchu area. There may be some waiting time at the gate before we get through. The aim is to reach the “Inti Punku” or sun gate before sunrise and catch Machu Picchu with the dawn of the new day as is customary. Once we arrive, we’ll have plenty of opportunities to take pictures as we take a 2 hour tour of the mystical city of Machu Picchu before making our way down to lunch. We’ll then take a short bus ride to the charming town of Aguas Calientes where we’ll have the opportunity to buy souvenirs and explore. We’ll then be jumping on the famous blue Machu Picchu train back to Cusco. Dinner will be at our hotel upon arrival.

DAY 8: CUSCO TO LIMA

After breakfast, we will have some free time to explore Cusco in the day and do some final souvenir shopping. We’ll be having lunch together before catching our afternoon flight back to Lima. After arriving in Lima we’ll go to our hotel to freshen up, then head to our last event together for the farewell dinner at a restaurant near the hotel.

DAY 9: ADIÓS

 After check out, the team will be transferred to the airport depending on their departure time. Please arrange your transfer with your LHO team as soon as you book your flight.

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP

  • LHO Original Photography
  • Pre-Adventure Guide
  • Airport Pick-Up & Drop-Off
  • All Internal Transfers/Flights
  • Fitness & Nutrition Guides
  • Gear Shopping Assistance
  • Meals in the Itinerary
  • Accommodations in the Itinerary
  • Dedicated LHO Team Leader
  • Guides, Porters, Chef & Permits
  • Indicated Team Equipment

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP

  • International Flights
  • Entry Visas
  • Tips & Gratuities for Local Team
  • Personal Gear & Rentals
  • Personal Medical Insurance
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Additional Nights Outside the Itinerary
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Hear From Our Community

Peru was a lifetime dream trip for me, and with LHO it became a reality, a very professional team that made every day worth it! Personally it wasn’t only an adventure that requires a physical effort! It was a trip that fully absorbed me emotionally and mentally as well! Getting to know this beautiful culture and their beautiful people was just on another level!

Lara Hassanieh

It was a lifetime experience! Peru and Machu picchu is a must see. Everything was wonderful and well organized. I have gained a new family there and enjoyed my time to the max. I'm so looking forward to repeat this experience again!

Farah Abdel Malak

If I had to pick one word for my experience with LHO's Peru 2019 trip, it would be transformational. To explain, I am not an outdoors-y person. I was often the slowest one on the trail. I had never really camped before. I didn't follow the suggested guidelines to build up my stamina prior to the trip. I had not realized there would be no hot showers -- in sum, I really didn't know what to expect. However despite my ill-preparedness, Rami, Ghida and Jad were there to support me with my journey. I had a dream of seeing Machu Picchu, and the LHO team helped me reach that dream. Walking step by step up Rainbow Mountain and through the Inca Trail, the group supported one another. I enjoyed connecting with people who had so many beautiful life experiences and we all shared the same awe of beauty in the mountains and tall tree forests. During the 6 day trip, I found my inner warrior, and she was stronger than I would ever know. Even though I faced altitude sickness, exhaustion, and even hail, there was so much inner strength and beauty during the process. This trip was so transformational and healing. Noticing the small details of rich colorful flowers, finding deer and hummingbirds, and savoring the sounds of nature and even walking above the clouds made this trip a deeply spiritual experience. I would highly recommend LHO for adventure trips - they've transformed me from a beach bum to a girl who loves mountains! I can't wait to join a future trip and see what else life (happens) outdoors can teach me.

Dalia Atef

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Top Questions

What's the weather like on the trail?

The weather is usually around 20 degrees celsius. It could get even warmer especially in Machu Picchu. At night, the temperatures can dip to single digits.

The weather is usually around 20 degrees celsius. It could get even warmer especially in Machu Picchu. At night, the temperatures can dip to single digits.

Is it possible to shower on the Inca Trail?

There are common showers at the campsites. They are in private stalls that have running water and are relatively well kept. The water may not always be warm. We only spend 3 nights away from our hotel showers on this trip anyway.

There are common showers at the campsites. They are in private stalls that have running water and are relatively well kept. The water may not always be warm. We only spend 3 nights away from our hotel showers on this trip anyway.

What's the toilet situation?

At the campsite, we have our own private toilet tent in addition to the fixed toilet facilities at the campsite.

At the campsite, we have our own private toilet tent in addition to the fixed toilet facilities at the campsite.

How long do we walk each day and what's the highest altitude we reach?

The average walking time on the Inca Trail is around 6 hours per day. The maximum altitude is 4215 meters at a point called the Dead Woman's Pass.

The average walking time on the Inca Trail is around 6 hours per day. The maximum altitude is 4215 meters at a point called the Dead Woman's Pass.

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  • Gear Shopping Assistance
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