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Discover the Mysteries of the Inca Trail

Discover the Mysteries of the Inca Trail

Cusco, Peru

From: R 14,759.00
 
  • Prices

    From: R 14,759.00
  • Trip Reference

    #8108
  • Flights

    No Flights Included
  • Duration

    7 Days
  • Valid From

    3rd of June 2018 (Sunday)
  • Valid To

    31st of August 2018 (Friday)
  • Need Visa's

    South Africa: No
    British: No
    European Union: No
    American: No
Quick Holiday Overview

Discover Peru's most fascinating ancient civilisation.

One of our most popular trips in the region for those looking to combine the cultural highlights of the Sacred Valley with the challenge of one of the world’s best known hikes. The four-day Inca Trail trek will reward you with a stunning combination of the region’s ruins, mountainscapes, and cloud forests.

About the Holiday

Day 1: Cusco
Arrive at any time.

Day 2: Cusco/Ollantaytambo
Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Stop at a supported women's weaving co-op before visiting a local pottery making community. Break for lunch at the supported Parwa community restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. After lunch, opt to head out on a hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses and look out over the ruins. Or, wander around the cobblestone streets and visit a local Chicheria (corn beer bar).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Ollantaytambo/Wayllabamba Camp

Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the Inca Trail begins. Ease into things with a straight forward day of hiking, the meandering streams, stunning Andean scenery, and ancient Incan ruins will give you plenty to look at.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4: Inca Trail

Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwanusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day 5: Inca Trail

Cross two more passes and ruins along the way. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through cloud forest on the gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m (12,136 ft). On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley.

At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "town above the clouds." Camp here or go another 1.5 hrs to the Wiñay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day 6: Machu Picchu/Cusco

The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the site and free time to explore until noon as permitted by the tourist ticket. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows.

Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 7: Cusco
Depart at any time.

Meals included: Breakfast

Includes & Excludes
Includes
  • Accommodation in hotels (3 night), camping (3 nights)
  • 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Inca Trail guided hike with cooks and porters (4 days)
  • Representative in Cusco, specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike.
  • Sacred Valley Guided tour
  • Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay
  • Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo
  • Pottery making demonstration
Excludes
  • International return flights
  • Allow USD115-150 for meals not included.
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Meals not mentioned
Package Conditions:

Departures are available on selected departures from June-31 August 2018.
The above package is subject to availability at time of reservation. Price is per person sharing. Prices are subject to change in accordance with currency fluctuations and increased airfares. When making a booking enquiry it is important that you are in possession of the correct documentation to travel i.e. visas, inoculation certificates etc. Please check that all names and surnames are spelt exactly as they appear in the relevant passports. Fares, where indicated, are based on low season rates.

Cusco

Cuzco is the sacred capital of the Inca Empire, known to the early Incas as the 'navel of the world'. It's the oldest continuously inhabited city in South America, and the gateway to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu. The city is filled with the Inca legacy, evident in the straight cobbled streets lined with the remains of exquisite stone walls built by the Incas, examples of ancient stonework incorporated into the structure of colonial churches and buildings, and the Quechua-speaking descendants of the Incas that fill the streets with their bright dress and colourful handicrafts.

It is one of South America's biggest tourist destinations with a thriving traditional culture, ancient ruins, archaeological treasures, and magnificent colonial architecture. Chief among its attractions are the Inca Trail (culminating at the magnificent hidden city of Machu Picchu), the villages and archaeological ruins in the nearby Sacred Valley, and the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuamán overlooking the imperial city.

Despite its popularity, Cuzco remains relatively unspoiled and its beautiful setting in the Andean mountains, at an altitude of 11,000ft (3,400m), is guaranteed to leave visitors breathless. Cobbled streets run steeply up the hills and are lined with quaint whitewashed houses; steps are bordered by craft stalls watched over by traditionally dressed indigenous women; and elevated church bell towers offer fantastic views over the red-tiled roofs.

The heart of the city is the stately Plaza de Armas, dominated by the cathedral and framed by colonial arcades and wooden balconies that house souvenir shops, restaurants, bars and tour agencies. Flying over the Spanish colonial structures around the plaza is the Peruvian national flag together with the rainbow-coloured flag of the Inca Empire, emphasizing the unique blend of the ancient, colonial and modern that characterises the spectacular city of Cuzco.

Terms and Conditions

Prices are based on per person sharing.
Due to the volatility in the South African currency and the price of fuel affecting the price of air tickets we cannot ensure the accuracy of the price as mentioned. The price was correct at the time of printing on 22  January 2018.

Terms and Conditions apply.

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