Day 1: Arrival in Lima
Arrival in Lima, the “City of Kings” famous for its Spanish Colonial architecture, extraordinary museums and cuisine. Lima is internationally recognized as the “Gastronomic Capital of the Americas”, and its cuisine is considered among the most diverse and exquisite in the world on par with French cuisine. Upon arrival a host will greet you and transport you to your hotel and assist you in registering.


Day 2: Lima / City Tour & Larco Museum

Explore the modern and colonial city of Lima on a half-day tour of one of the most exciting cities in Latin America. Lima was founded in the 16th-Century by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro and is known as the “City of Kings”. It is a bustling city full of intense life.

The center of the viceroyalty, you will observe all the main attractions of downtown Lima and explore the Larco Museum where you will discover the gold and jewels of old Peru.

Start at the Love Park in Miraflores for a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean, and continue on to the Huaca Pucllana, ceremonial center of Lima culture. Later you will visit San Isidro, the financial center of the city, and take a walk in Olive Grove park.

Visit the main square of Plaza Mayor, where the Government Palace and Town Hall are located. You will also visit the Cathedral to view the handsome colonial façade and beautiful art work inside, if open. Other major attractions include the Convent of San Francisco, built in the 17th-Century and home to the mysterious catacombs.

A highlight will be the Larco Museum, set in an 18th-Century mansion built on top a pre-Colombian pyramid of the 7th-Century. Observe the myriad treasures exhibited at one of the world’s most prestigious museums for gold and silver.

Don’t miss the warehouse and the exclusive collection of pre-Colombian erotic ceramics, one of South America’s most popular attractions.

At the end of the tour you will have a broad knowledge of the capital of Peru setting you up for further exploration, or giving you a comprehensive overview if you are pushed for time.

You will have the remaining day as free time.


Day 3: Fly to Cusco, Afternoon at Leisure

Depart Lima this morning by flight to Cusco in the Peruvian Andes. This ancient capital of the Inca Empire is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the western hemisphere, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival, transport to your hotel in this historic city and spend the rest of the day acclimating to the altitude. Or, attend the optional Half Day tour of Cusco’s most unique Inca  ruins.

Optional: Cuzco City Tour

13:15 See this magical city, capital of the Inca Empire (15th Century) on a tour that includes the Main Square, the cathedral, Santo Domingo monastery, the legendary Korikancha temple and a stop at San Cristobal for a panoramic view of the city. Then, in the outskirts you will see the Inca ruins at Sacsayhuaman, an impressively designed fortress built of huge stone blocks, Qenqo ceremonial and ritual center, the amphitheater where sacrifices were held and Tambomachay a temple dedicated to a water cult. Return to Cusco and a brief stop at Plaza Regocijo and the Main Square to visit the cathedral, the principal church of the Diocese of Cusco. At the end of the visit, transport to your hotel

Overnight: Cusco

Meals: Breakfast


Day 4 – Cusco / Km 82 / Wayllabamba / Yuncachimpa

We will leave Cusco (3350m/10990f) at 5:30 am by a tourist bus heading for the Sacred Valley

of the Incas. Inca Trail Depart point Before we reach our starting point of walk, km 82, we will make a short break in Ollantaytambo for those wishing to eat breakfast. The official beginning of the Inca Trail is called km 82. Here we will meet the rest of the group and take care of the registration facilities. After crossing the Rio Urubamba (2200m) we will start the legendary Inca Trail. The first day the trail is easy to walk and is a good warm up for the following days. In Miskay we’ll have lunch at a small river bank while getting some information about the archeological complex of Llactapata. After that, we will continue our hike to Wayllabamba (3100m/10170f) and ascend to Yuncachimpa (3300m/10826f), the camp site we will spend the night in. From here we have a great view of the mysterious Nevado de Verónica.

Level of difficulty: moderate

Hiking time: 6-7 hours

Total distance: 11km approx.


Day 5: Yuncachimpa / Llulluchapampa / Warmihuañusca Pass / Pacaymayu / Runkurakay Pass / Chaquicocha

The second day is the ‘Free-Hike-Day’; that means that everybody should walk in his/her own pace – of Sayac Marcacourse you will meet during the small breaks or see each other while beating the stairs. Early in the morning the trail first leads through the Valley of Llulluchapampa (3850m/12631f). The first 3km are steep – enjoy the humid woodland and the water sounds. From Llulluchapampa follow the way for 2-3 hours until you reach the highest point of this section, the Warmihuañusca Pass (Dead Woman Pass) (4200m/113780f). This climb is known as the most difficult part of the Inca Trail. After a short break at the summit, you continue your hike down with a long and steep descent to the river Pacaymayo (Sunrise River) towards the Runkurakay pass (3050m/10007f) until you reach our camp site called Chaquicocha at (3650m/11975f). Here you can relax your body from the tough day while enjoying an amazing view from the mountains.

Level of difficulty: challenging

Hiking time: 8-9 hours

Total distance: 15 km approx.


Day 6: Chaquicocha / Phuyupatamarca / Wiñayhuayna

The third day is the most beautiful one. You can notice a change in the eco-system while walking to Wiñaywaynathe tropical forest of Wiñaywayna. We will pass two small lakes at the top of the second pass (3950m). It’s a gentle climb through beautiful cloud forest and a small Inca tunnel before the third pass (3700m) offers a grand view over the Rio Urubamba Valley. The nearest settlement is named Phuyupatamarca/”Town above the clouds” (3600m/11811f). A well preserved site with long chain Inca baths where one can enjoy impressive ancient engineering. We pass another Inca Tunnel before visiting the ruins of Wiñaywayna/”Forever young” (2650m/8694f). The Inca stairs change into a zigzag trail until you reach a red-roofed white building, our last camping site, and also a location with hot water (S5) and bottled drinks.

Level of difficulty: normal, unforgettable (easy)

Hiking time: 5-6 hours

Total distance: 10 km approx.


Day 7: Wiñayhuayna / Machupicchu / Cusco

After our breakfast at 4:30 am, we will head out – equipped with our flashlights – to the Inti Punku (Sun GMachupicchu viewate) to get the first glimpse of Machupicchu and watch the sunrise over Machupicchu and Huayna Picchu. The last triumphal descent will take you almost one hour before we visit the citadel of Machupicchu (2400m//7874f) around 8.00 am. You can enjoy its spiritual charm during a guided tour (about two hours) that will help you to understand the meaning and ancient use of the different buildings. After this tour you will have enough time to explore the archeological site on your own (i.e. go to the Inca Bridge, explore the variety of buildings or climb Wayna Picchu for an amazing panorama picture). A bus takes you down to Aguas Calientes. Here you can soak away your aches and pain in the town’s hot springs (S10). We will leave Aguas Calientes in the afternoon.

Level of difficulty: normal, unique (easy)

Hiking time: 2-3 hours

Total distance: 7 km approx.


Day 8: Sacred Valley of the Incas
Early morning excursion to the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visit to the picturesque Indian Pisac Market held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, the shopping paradise of the Andes where barter is still practiced. Enjoy the unique atmosphere during a typical lunch. In the afternoon, passing through the Towns of Calca and Urubamba, we visit the Inca Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo, built to guard the entrance to this part of the Valley, and protect it from possible invasion from the tribes in the Lower jungle. You can walk through the quaint streets of the nearby Town, and get a good idea of what this Strategic Military, Religious, and Agricultural center were like during the era of the Inca Empire. On our way back to Cusco we stop off at the picturesque Andean village of Chinchero to visit the ruins of the Royal Hacienda of Tupac Inca Yupanqui. We will admire a well-preserved Inca Wall in the Main Square, and visit the beautiful Colonial temple built on Inca foundations, with interesting frescoes in the portico. Late afternoon return to your your Hotel. Evening free. We suggest strolling around the Main Square and enjoy the night atmosphere trying a delicious Pisco Sour in some of the many pubs around the Square. Note: The visit to the Village of Chinchero depends on the time available.


Day 9: Cusco / Lima
Transport to the airport for your departure to Lima. Upon arrival a host will greet and assist you in transporting to the hotel and help you in registering.


Day 10: Lima / Home
Transport to the airport and your connecting international flight. Arrive home full of great memories of the rich tradition of Colonial Lima and the mystical Land of the Incas.


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