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Inca Trail Trek Experience 8D/7N (Lima to Cuzco)
Start: Lima / Finish: Cuzco
Category: Self-Guided Adventure
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   WHAT'S INCLUDED
Lima & Cuzco Airport Pick-up/Drop-off

Lima to Cuzco Flight

7 Nights in Hostels, 3* or 4* Hotels Depending on Package:
- 1 Night in Lima
- 3 Nights in Cuzco
- 3 Nights Camping during Trek (Including Tent for 2 people & Basic Sleeping Pad)

Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners

Inca Trail Trek Including:
-Pre-departure Briefing
-Accommodation Pick-Up on Day 1
-Bus Cuzco - KM 82 Piscacucho (starting point of trek)
-Tourist Bus Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes
-Tourist Train Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo (2 hours)
-Bus Ollantaytambo to Cuzco (1.5 hours)
-Professional Bilingual Guide on Trek & Machu Picchu tour
-Inca Trail and Machu Picchu Entrance Fees
-Meals: 3B/3L/3D/3 Snacks with Typical Menus (Veggie Option Available)
-Camping Accommodation during Trek (including tent for 2 people & basic sleeping pad)
-Porters and cook to carry all shared camping equipment
-Emergency Oxygen Bottle
-First Aid Kit
-Small Group Experience; Max 15, Avg 6
-Thermal Sleeping Bag
-Porter & Duffel Bag to carry a total of 7kgs of personal gear for each trekker (3kgs for your sleeping bag & mattress plus 4kgs of personal items).
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   WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
Guide for bus and train transfers (these portions are on your own)

Travel Insurance

Personal Expenses

Optional Extras
- Inflatable Sleeping Mattress ($15 USD for the trek)
- Professional Trekking Poles ($15 USD for the trek)
- Huayna Picchu Trek (200 Soles)
- Machu Picchu Mountain Hike (200 Soles)

Tips (Tipping is 100% optional depending on the service you received. Although tipping is customary in Latin America, it is NOT mandatory. If you do wish to give a tip, we recommend $40-50 USD per trekker for the entire team of porters, cooks and guides.)

*Optional extras are subject to availability and prices may change at any time without prior notice. Please confirm pricing and availability at least 2 weeks prior to departure.

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A spectacularly rich experience in the Andean Mountains awaits you! Travel from Lima to Cuzco and prepare to immerse yourself in the Inca culture as you hike 43 kilometers through the heart of the beautiful Andes, to the Inca Capital of Machu Picchu.

Highlights:

  • Fly from Lima to Cuzco with time to acclimatize
  • Enjoy trekking the original Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Experience hidden archaeological sites in the Andes
  • Learn about Inca history in Machu Picchu with a guide 
   GENERAL

*Please note this tour does not depart in February due to unfavorable climatic conditions

Overview:

Your trip begins in Lima on Day 1 with an airport pick-up, free time to explore on your own and overnight in Lima. Then, hop on a flight to the historical city of Cuzco on Day 2. Take a day to acclimatize and make last minute preparations on Day 3 prior to the first day of your trek. Embark on your Inca Trail trek on Day 4 with a bus ride to Ollantaytambo and then on to KM 82. Get geared up and ready for the trek to begin! Walk deep into the Urubamba River Valley along a rolling path to reach Wayllabamba Camp (2,980m). Day 5 is a challenging ascent to Dead Woman’s Pass (4,215m) with scenic views (weather permitting) and back down to Pacaymayo Camp (3,600m). On Day 6, trek along hand-built Inca stairways through ancient archaeological sites, cross Runquracay Pass (3,950m) and reach Wiñayhuayna High Jungle Camp (2,650m). Day 7 is a short and easy 2-hour trek to the Sun Gate, Inti Punku (2,720m), where you will enter Machu Picchu in the early morning light and have time to explore with your guide. Return to Cuzco after an unforgettable adventure! Your trip comes to an end on Day 8 with an airport drop-off. 
 

Day by Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Lima Airport Pick-up

Today you will be picked-up at Lima airport and transferred to your accommodation for check-in. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in Lima.

Inclusions: Lima Airport Pick-Up, 1N Lima Accommodation

 

Day 2: Flight Lima to Cuzco (B)

Pack your bag and get ready to be transferred to the airport to catch a flight to the Inca capital, Cuzco. On arrival there will be someone waiting for you to take you to your new accommodation for check-in. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to start acclimatizing at 3,400 metres above sea level.  Overnight in Cuzco.

Inclusions: Lima Airport Drop-Off, Flight Lima - Cuzco, Cuzco Airport Pick-Up, 1 Night Cuzco Accommodation
Meals: 1 Breakfast

 

Day 3: Free Day to acclimatize & Pre-Departure Briefing (B)

Enjoy one more day acclimatizing and getting to know the historic capital of the Inca Empire that thrived until the Spanish conquest. In 1983 Cuzco was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll around the streets of this beautiful city as you also discover amazing handicrafts and delicious new flavours. Attend your mandatory pre-departure briefing and get a good night’s sleep.

*Note: You will be required to visit the Cuzco office for a mandatory briefing on your trek. At this meeting you will receive detailed information on the route, a list of what to bring, confirm your pick-up for the morning of the trek and ask questions.

*Note: You will have a guide during the trek and on the Machu Picchu tour. However, during your bus and train transfers you will not be accompanied by a guide.

Inclusions: Pre-Departure Briefing, 1 Night Cuzco Accommodation 
Meals: 1 Breakfast 

 

Day 4: Start of Inca Trail Trek: Cuzco - Ollantaytambo - KM 82 (2,570m) - Trek to Wayllabamba Camp (2,980m) (L/D)

Accommodation pick-up is between 5:00-6:00 am. Please make all of the necessary preparations one day prior to the trek. You will be taken by bus to the town of Ollantaytambo, where you will have an hour to eat breakfast on your own and purchase last-minute snacks, water and walking sticks. Then you will hop back on the bus to Piscacucho (KM 82) where the famous Inca Trail journey will begin. Bring your original passport, student card (if applicable) for the first Inca Trail checkpoint. Your guide will have your tickets for you. Hike along rolling hills in the Vilcanota River Valley passing by several small archaeological sites along the way. Lunch will be prepared half-way and you will have time to relax before reaching Wayllabamba camp (2,980m).

Inclusions: Cuzco Accommodation Pick-Up, Bus Cuzco – KM 82 (starting point of trek), 1 Night Camping
Meals: 1 Lunch / 1 Dinner
Trekking: 10 kilometers / 6 hours
Difficulty: Moderate trek along a rolling path gradually ascending from Piscacucho KM 82 (2,570m) through the Urubamba river valley for 10 KM to reach Wayllabamba Camp (2,980m).  

 

Day 5: Trek to Pacaymayo Camp (3,600m) via Dead Woman's Pass (4,215m) (B/L/D)

After an early breakfast around 6:00 am you will start off on the most challenging day along the trail, with a vertical hike of 6 km (approx. 5 hours) to reach Dead Woman's Pass at 4,215m followed by a 3 km hike down stone steps to reach Pacaymayo camp at 3,600m (approx. 2 hours). Take your time and rest as much as you need, as you will ascend more than 1,200 meters over the course of the morning. Just after you cross Dead Woman's Pass you will be rewarded with spectacular views of nearby snow-capped mountain peaks and roaring waterfalls. Stroll slowly down to Pacaymayo Camp (3,600m) to enjoy the scenery. Arrive in time for lunch and a well-deserved nap. Then you will have the rest of the afternoon to enjoy the camp before dinner and an early bedtime.

Inclusions: 1 Night Camping
Meals: 1 Breakfast / 1 Lunch / 1 Dinner
Trekking: 10 kilometers / 7 hours
Difficulty: Difficult trekking day starting at Wayllabamba Camp (2,980m) with a constant and demanding ascent of 6.4 KM to Dead Woman’s Pass (4,215m), an elevation gain of 1,200 vertical meters. Descend another 2.4 KM along a stone staircase to reach Pacaymayo Camp (3,600m), a decrease in elevation of 800 vertical meters.

 

Day 6: Trek to Wiñayhuayna Camp (2,650m) via Runquracay Pass (3,950m)  (B/L/D)

Start with a one-hour hike uphill to visit the Pacaymayo archaeological site. Continue one hour to Runquracay Pass (3,950m) where you can summit the mountain for incredible views of surrounding peaks. Visit 2 more archaeological sites called Sayacmarca & Phuyupatamarca with your guide and have lunch along the way. By late afternoon you will reach Wiñayhuayna High Jungle camp (2,650m) set above a river valley in a high jungle climate. After dinner, say a big THANK YOU to your porters and guides.  

Inclusions: 1 Night Camping
Meals: 1 Breakfast / 1 Lunch / 1 Dinner
Trekking: 15 kilometers / 9 hours
Difficulty: Moderate ups and downs along ancient Inca stairways for 15 KM from Pacaymayo Camp (3,600m) crossing over Runquracay Pass (3,950m) ending at Wiñayhuayna High Jungle Camp (2,650m) with breaks at scenic archaeological sites along the way.  

 

Day 7: Trek to Sun Gate (2,720m) - Explore Machu Picchu (2,400m) - Return to Cuzco (B)

Wake up between 3:30 and 4:30 am and have breakfast. Get on the trail early and head to the Wiñaywayna checkpoint, joining the lineup to wait for the gate to open at 5:30 am. Once the gate opens, hike about an hour to reach the Sun Gate. We'll keep our fingers crossed for a clear day! Catch the first glimpses of light over the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu, a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. Then continue down the final length of the trail for 40 minutes to reach the Machu Picchu archaeological complex.

Visit this magical site on a 2-hour guided tour and learn about the history of this incredible Inca citadel. Afterwards, you will have free time to explore on your own and take pictures at your leisure. If you're feeling adventurous, take an optional trek to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (must be booked in advance). When you're ready to head back down to Aguas Calientes, there are buses departing every 15 minutes from the entrance or you can choose to hike down the 1.5-hour walking trail to Aguas Calientes town, where you’ll catch a train to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo, you will take a bus back to Cuzco, arriving back around 20:00. You will be dropped off at the Plaza San Francisco. Please make your own way back to the accommodation of your choice.

Inclusions: 2-Hour Machu Picchu Guided Visit, Bus Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes, Train Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo, Bus Ollantaytambo - Cuzco
Meals: 1 Breakfast
Trekking: 7 kilometers / 2 hours
Difficulty: Follow an easy, flat and narrow 7 KM path from Wiñayhuayna High Jungle Camp (2,650m) to the Sun Gate (2,720m) and finally descend into the archaeological site of Machu Picchu (2,400m)
Optional Activities: Choose to take an optional hike up the steep Huayna Picchu peak or Machu Picchu Mountain. Tickets must be purchased at least 2 weeks in advance and are subject to availability. Please send us an email if you are interested.   

 

Day 8: Cuzco Airport Drop-off (B)  

It is time to say goodbye to the beautiful Inca capital as your trip will come to an end after being transferred to Cuzco Airport to continue your travels.

Inclusions: Cuzco Airport Drop-Off
Meals: 1 Breakfast

 

Typical Meals on the Trek

On all of our Treks to Machu Picchu we search for great cooks who provide you with the best tasting meals on the mountain, with specialty menus and the freshest local ingredients available. Here is an idea of what you will be eating during your trek.

*Vegetarian Option Available Upon Request (please advise at least 2 days in advance).

BREAKFASTS: Hot porridge, quinoa or oats, fried eggs, omelet or pancakes with fresh bread, fried bananas and boiled water for hot tea, coca tea, coffee, chocolate and milk.

LUNCH & DINNER: First Course: Quinoa, corn, noodle, asparagus, mushroom or vegetable soup, stuffed avocado or potatoes. Second Course: Chicken breast, beef stew, quinoa, fried rice, hamburgers, fried chicken, spaghetti bolognese, typical dishes: aji de gallina (chilli pepper chicken), escabeche de pollo (marinated chicken) or ajiaco de olluco (spicy potato stew). Desserts: Fried plantains, chocolate pudding, chocolate or vanilla cake and boiled water for hot tea, coca tea, coffee, chocolate and milk.

SNACKS: Boiled water for hot tea, coca tea, coffee, chocolate and milk with popcorn, cookies, crackers.

 

Additional Information:

EXTRA ITEMS FOR RENT IN CUZCO: Inflatable Sleeping Mattress, Professional Trekking Poles.

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS: During the trek single travelers will share a tent with another traveler of the same sex & couples will have a tent to themselves.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This hike is demanding, it’s important to be in good physical condition. The Inca Trail elevation changes make the hike strenuous as there are three passes during the hike and you will have 1950 meters of uphill and 2250 meters of descent.

SUGGESTED PACKING LIST: Bring or Rent in Cuzco: hiking poles, rain pants, rain poncho, trekking boots, sandals, warm socks, sweater, thermals, hat, gloves, sun hat, sun block, sun glasses, flashlight/torch, camera, extra batteries and memory card (there is limited to no electricity available during the trek), waterproof bags for your camera, hand sanitizer, personal first aid kit, water bottle.  Bring extra cash for snacks, water, gatorade which doubles or triples in price along the trail.

DON'T FORGET THE ESSENTIALS: Original passport, visa (if applicable), insurance card, personal medications.

 

** Please Note: Travellers who booked their trip using one passport, then renewed or replaced it afterward, must carry their old passport or a photocopy with them on the trip

   DETAILS
Departure Times
Monday Wednesday Friday Sunday


Duration
8 days.

Departure Point
Lima Airport Pick-up

Arrival Point
Cuzco Airport Drop-off

Special Instructions
Please confirm your pick-up address with go@bambaexperience.com at least 1 week prior to departure

PRE-DEPARTURE BRIEFING:
There is a mandatory pre-departure briefing at our Cuzco Headquarters one day prior to departure at 5pm, 6pm or 7pm depending on your trek. You will receive detailed information on your excursion, a list of what to bring and confirm your departure details.

PRE-DEPARTURE CHECK-IN:
Please make sure to check-in with your passport before your pre-departure briefing. We encourage our travellers to check-in at our offices a couple of hours before or any day prior to the briefing , that way we can give everybody personal attention and information regarding booking extras, rental equipment or questions in general.

Time schedule for meetings will be:
- Inca Trail and Lares 6pm
-Salkantay, Inca Quarry, Machu Picchu Jungle, Ausangate, Choquequirao 7pm
- Inca Trail Express, Rainbow Mountain, Machu Picchu by Train, Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu Full Day 5pm

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Calle Matara 242, Second Floor. Cuzco, Peru
Hours of Operation: 10:00-14:00 and 16:00-20:00 hrs Daily
Tel: +51 84 205234 Emergency Tels: Darwin +51 9984 44933 - +51 9842 85801, Anderson +51 9231 25342

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INCA TRAIL TREK EXPERIENCE 8D/7N (LIMA TO CUZCO) - HOSTEL DORM
You will share a dorm room with your fellow travellers in hostels in Cuzco and Lima, and camping accommodation during your trek.
Price per person: $1,199 USD
Minimum number of passengers: 1
INCA TRAIL TREK EXPERIENCE 8D/7N (LIMA TO CUZCO) - HOSTEL DOUBLE
You will share a private double or twin room with your travel partner in hostels in Cuzco and Lima, and camping accommodation during your trek.
Price per person: $1,193 USD
Minimum number of passengers: 2
INCA TRAIL TREK EXPERIENCE 8D/7N (LIMA TO CUZCO) - HOSTEL SINGLE
You will have your own private single room in hostels in Cuzco and Lima, and camping accommodation during your trek.
Price per person: $1,392 USD
Minimum number of passengers: 1
INCA TRAIL TREK EXPERIENCE 8D/7N (LIMA TO CUZCO) - 3* HOTEL DOUBLE
You will share a private double or twin room with your travel partner in 3* hotels in Cuzco and Lima, and camping accommodation during your trek.
Price per person: $1,278 USD
Minimum number of passengers: 2
INCA TRAIL TREK EXPERIENCE 8D/7N (LIMA TO CUZCO) - 3* HOTEL SINGLE
You will have your own private single room in 3* hotels in Cuzco and Lima, and camping accommodation during your trek.
Price per person: $1,438 USD
Minimum number of passengers: 1
INCA TRAIL TREK EXPERIENCE 8D/7N (LIMA TO CUZCO) - 4* HOTEL DOUBLE
You will share a private double or twin room with your travel partner in 4* hotels in Cuzco and Lima, and camping accommodation during your trek.
Price per person: $1,432 USD
Minimum number of passengers: 2
INCA TRAIL TREK EXPERIENCE 8D/7N (LIMA TO CUZCO) - 4* HOTEL SINGLE
You will have your own private single room in 4* hotels in Cuzco and Lima, and camping accommodation during your trek.
Price per person: $1,859 USD
Minimum number of passengers: 1

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