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Book your 2018 Inca Trail tour while permits are still available! As on all Southern Crossings tours, you´re taken care of from beginning to end – airport transfers and domestic flights are included! 

Next date with permits available:
December 24th, 2017

Next open date with full moon:
January 1st, 2018

Other Inca Trail trips:

Active Inca Trail – 8 days
Ruins and Rainforest – 15 days
Peru Explorer – 21 days

 

Classic Inca Trail

8 days, 4 trekking: US$2550 per person
Domestic flights and porters included
Discount for groups

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Choose Southern Crossings for hiking the Inca Trail. Give us eight days and we’ll give you the best Inca Trail Tour to be had today. Our guides are the best in the business, with excellent service, great knowledge of the trail, the Incas, the flora and fauna, and fluent English to go along with it. Our cooks are also top-notch, serving up delicious food the entire way. All you’ve got to do is hike and enjoy the incredible sights and vistas unfolding before you. You’ll also have days for city tours in Lima and Cuzco.

Day 1: Arrive Lima. City tour today or upon your return.

Day 2-3: Flight to Cuzco. City and ruins tour.

Day 4-7: Inca Trail, Machu Picchu.

Day 8: Flight to Lima, departure day.


Trip itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Lima anytime today and private transfer to your hotel. If arriving during the day, your hotel will be in the neighborhood of Miraflores, with good artesan markets and restaurants, and you’ll have an included city tour in the afternoon. The city tour lets you explore the wonders of the colonial capital, you visit the famous Plaza de Armas, as well as the impressive Cathedral in the Plaza and the beautiful San Francisco church. You also get a chance to take in some beautiful views of the coast at Parque de Amor.

Lima City Tour – Option 2: Larco Museum & Huaca Pucllana (upon request). Let us know if you would prefer this tour over the Cathedral Tour (or both for an extra fee). We could also plan a tour of the Huaca Pucllana at night if you have time in Lima. The site is lit up until midnight and looks amazing!

The Larco Museum is housed in an 18th century viceroyalty-era mansion. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, the Larco Museum is a stimulating and inspiring space in which visitors can enjoy and learn more about the fascinating history of ancient Peru. The cultures gallery provides a clear and captivating narrative account of more than 5000 years of pre-Columbian Peruvian history. Visiting the Larco Museum with their more than 45,000 meticulously catalogued archaeological objects, is a unique experience.

The Archaeological Complex “Huaca Pucllana” was an Administrative and Ceremonial Center of the Lima Culture, a society that developed at the Peruvian Central Coast between 200 AD and 700 AD. Located in today’s district of Miraflores the “Huaca Pucllana” was built around 500 AD. “Pucllana” is one of the most important ancient monuments in Lima. Based on the “Huaca Pucllanas” architecture and found objects, it is believed that the complex was the heart of development of the “Lima Culture” and served as a ceremonial and administrative center.

If arriving late at night, you’ll be close to the airport for a bit more sleep before your next day’s flight, and you’ll have your city tour of Lima upon your return.

Day 2

A short flight brings us to the famous Inca city of Cuzco. After checking into your hotel, we set out to explore the incredible capital of the Inca Empire. We head to the picturesque Plaza de Armas to the fascinating cathedral to see the colonial influence in the city, and we can admire the stunning architecture of the church and also the native influences subtly woven in into the artwork. Onwards to Qoricancha church, where the colonial and Incan architectures are on display side-by-side directly contrasted with each other. Afterwards we make our way above the city to the imposing fortress of Sacsaywaman where we can marvel at the incredible stonework and architecture of the Inca civilization. We head back to Cuzco in the late afternoon.

Day 3

A free day in Cuzco to acclimate to the high altitude before hiking the Inca Trail. People watching, strolling and visiting some extra sites on your Cuzco Visitor’s Ticket can easily fill a day, but if you’d like to ride horses, go mountain biking, or visit the Sacred Valley, just let us know and we can arrange it for you! Early to bed as the Inca Trail begins tomorrow! Option to add a Sacred Valley tour to your itinerary and sleep at a lower altitude tonight and closer to the start of the Inca Trail, just ask.

Day 4

Early this morning we start walking the Inca Trail towards Machu Picchu! A morning drive brings us to kilometer 82, start of the world-famous Inca Trail trek. Our first day is an easy one to get acclimated, as we gently climb through Andean valleys to the village of Huallabamba, making our first camp just above it. Along the entire trek we are well taken care of by our team of porters and cooks, freeing us up to fully enjoy the Inca sites and vistas unfolding before us. Parakeets, bromeliads and the major Inca site of Llactapata are some of today’s highlights.

Distance to hike 16km/10m.
Estimated hike time 5-7 hrs.
Min altitude 2,680m/8,790ft
Max altitude 3,000m/10,824ft
Everyone may hike at their own pace.
Tonight we camp under the Andean sky.

Day 5

Up up up to Dead Woman’s Pass (Warmiwañusqa) as we pass through several ecological zones and microclimates to the highest point on the Inca Trail. Near the top of the world at 4200 meters (14,000 ft.) the air is thin, but the view is not to be believed. We then continue on to Runku Rakay, tonight’s campsite and the first Inca ruins along the trail.

Distance to hike 12km/7.5m.
Estimated hike time 6-8 hrs.
Min altitude 3,000m/9,840ft
Max altitude 4,200m/14,000ft
Everyone may hike at their own pace.
Tonight we camp under the Andean sky.

Day 6

Today we continue trekking past three of the most beautiful Inca sites anywhere in Peru: Sayacmarka, Phuyupatamarka, and Winyaywaina. We camp at the Inca terraces of Intipata or nearby.

Distance to hike 16km/7.5m.
Estimated hike time 6-8 hrs.
Min altitude 2,700m/8,856ft
Max altitude 3,750m/12,300ft
Everyone may hike at their own pace.
Tonight we camp under the Andean sky.

Day 7

A pre-dawn departure brings us to the Gate of the Sun to watch the first rays of sunlight strike the sacred city of Machu Picchu. Known as one of the greatest architectural achievements in the world, this historic sanctuary is considered one of the seven man made wonders of the world. After a guided Machu Picchu tour, take your time and enjoy this magnificent place. During peak visiting hours (10-2), try a hike on one of the surrounding Inca trails on Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. In the late afternoon we’ll catch a train back to a hot shower and the other comforts of Cusco. Add an extra night and day at Machu Picchu to your itinerary if you wish.

Distance to hike 8km/5m,
plus the distance you hike at Machu Picchu.
Estimated hike time 5-7 hrs.
Min altitude 2,400m/7,872ft
Max altitude 2,700km/8,856ft
Everyone may hike at their own pace.

Day 8

Morning flight to Lima. International flights may depart any time after 2pm.

Is this trip for me?

Classic Inca Trail is an eight day tour which includes a four-day, moderate trek as well as walking around ruins and during city tours. No trekking experience is required, but one should be in average physical shape and not suffer from any heart or respiratory conditions. As always, a certain patience is required for the inconsistencies and occasional delays of developing-world travel. Hiking the Inca Trail is an amazing experience.

Joining the tour

On all Southern Crossings tours, you are met at the airport by one of our representatives (holding a Southern Crossings placard), who will accompany you to our joining hotel. No bargaining or being ripped off by airport taxis!

What’s included in the trip

  • Private airport pickup – at the beginning of trip and drop off at end of the trip
  • Southern Crossings bilingual guides
  • All other internal transport – (excluding transport to optional restaurants, bars, sights and excursions)
  • Domestic flights – Lima-Cuzco, Cuzco-Lima
  • Four nights of 3 star hotel accommodation, three nights of camping on the Inca Trail
  • Four days hiking the Inca Trail – including bilingual guide, cooks, porters, tent, sleeping bag and mat.
  • All meals while on the Inca Trail
  • Breakfast – with every hotel stay
  • Machu Picchu excursion – including bilingual guide, Vistadome return train fare, transportation to/from ruins/Aguas Calientes, and one-day entrance to the Machu Picchu sanctuary including Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain
  • Private Cuzco city tour
  • Private Lima city tour
  • The Cuzco Visitor’s Ticket – which includes entrance to the ruins in and around Cuzco and the Sacred Valley, and many churches and museums in Cuzco
  • 24 hour customer support line while on tour

What’s not included

International flight to/from Lima, pre- & post- tour accommodation, visas, vaccinations, personal insurance, meals except where specified above, drinks, laundry, souvenirs, or tips. Medical travel insurance is not included through Southern Crossings. Cancellation insurance is advisable.

Extra accommodation

We will gladly arrange additional accommodation for you before or after your trip:
In Lima/Cuzco/Machu Picchu: $150 double/$130 single.

Extra activities

Add extra activities such as a sacred valley tour, river rafting, horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, climbing, zip lining, surfing and free days to your custom itinerary. Ask about these options and we’d be happy to add them to your quote. If you have any special requests or interests like birding, cooking or crafting that you would like to explore please let us know!

Accommodation Upgrades

This tour includes 3 star hotels. We would be happy to give you an upgrade to four or five star.

Single Person Supplement: $650

Please add this to your total payment if you will be travelling alone.

Pre-trip planner

Required documents

All travelers to Peru are required to have a passport valid for at least six months from date of entry. Visas are not required for E.U., U.S., Canadian, Australian or New Zealand passport holders. For other nationalities, please consult the nearest Peruvian embassy or consulate. An onward ticket and proof of funds may also be required at entry and should be available to show to immigration. Traveler’s checks, currency, or a bank statement, from the bank or printed off the internet, are sufficient for proof of funds.

Required immunizations

No immunizations are required of travelers to these areas of Peru. Travelers may wish to receive hepatitis vaccinations and should be current on all other standard vaccinations. There is no yellow fever or malaria in the areas you will be visiting. Please consult your physician or local health department for more information.

Things to bring

During our trek, porters will accompany us to carry most of our things, including all the camping gear. Each passenger is allowed 15 pounds/ 7 kilos of personal items which will be carried by the porters. Such items would include warm clothing for camping, toiletries, etc. During the day you’ll be using a your daypack and will just need to carry water, snacks, rain gear, and a layer for changing weather conditions. Of course most people also carry a camera.

One should come well prepared for outdoor activity.  A list of things to bring would include:

  • Passport and, if necessary, visa
  • ATM card (notify your bank you will be travelling to Peru)
  • Airline ticket and Travel Insurance Policy
  • Photocopies of airline ticket and documents
  • Wearable pouch for documents and money
  • Sturdy backpack or suitcase
  • Smaller, comfortable day pack
  • Hiking boots or sneakers, comfortable and worn-in
  • Sandals or flip-flops
  • Rain poncho or jacket
  • Waterproof pants
  • Sun hat
  • Hat for cold weather
  • Good, warm clothing for cold weather (think layers)
  • T-shirts
  • Socks (thin wool or biking socks are best), undergarments
  • Camelback or Nalgene refillable bottle (optional)
  • Flashlight and/or head lamp
  • Sunscreen (biodegradable & eco-friendly)
  • Insect repellent (biodegradable & eco-friendly)
  • Lip balm
  • Earplugs
  • Alarm clock or watch
  • Sanitizing hand wipes or gel
  • Camera / Camera batteries
  • Toiletries

It is best to bring from home such items as prescription medications, eyewear and care, unusual film and camera batteries. Please bring any used batteries back home to recycle!

Climate

Rain is possible at any time of year, especially in high mountains and cloud forest, and one should always be prepared for temperatures ranging from 35° to 85° Fahrenheit / 2° to 30° Celsius, and for extremes of sun and the possibility of rain. The climate in sites we will visit is as follows:

Cuzco: days are warm if sunny, slightly chilly if cloudy. Nights are cold in Cuzco.
Lima: warm to hot days, cool evenings, almost never any rain.
Inca Trail: variable depending on altitude, from hot to very cold, with rain always a possibility.
Machu Picchu: lower and warmer than Cuzco, with rain possible all year round.

Baggage

For your international flights, please check with your airline. Within Peru, you are allowed 23 kilos (46 lbs) of checked baggage, as well as one carry-on and another small, purse-like item. The carry-on size regulations are the same as international carry-on size regulations.

Money guide

The unit of currency in Peru is the nuevo sol. Automatic cash points are available in Lima and Cuzco. Visa, MasterCard, Plus, and Cirrus are the most common usable types of cards. Traveler’s checks are difficult to cash (American Express is best but you may be charged 5-8% to cash) or a Visa or MasterCard for cash advances are also options. Do not bring Money Grams or International Money Orders, as they are extremely difficult to exchange. Banks and exchange houses are available in Lima and Cuzco. For currency, U.S. dollars are recommended and most easily exchanged. Please note that cash must be untorn. It can be older-looking, but even the slightest tear on an edge will make it un-changeable. Acceptable bills come out of the ATMs in country. Expect to spend about US$3-10 on a meal, US$2 on a beer, water or soft drink in Peru. Artisan market prices are usually lower than people expect. Alpaca sweaters, for example, run between $5 and $30.  Currency Converter

Note: if your passport number changes, it is important to notify us immediately. If you are hiking the Inca Trail, you must bring at least a copy of the passport with which we procured your Inca Trail Permit.