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$420 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Cusco to Machu Picchu 4-Day Sacred Valley and Inca Jungle Trek

Day 1: Cusco - Abra Malga - Huaman Marca Santa Maria . (biking, rafting)Adventurers will be picked up from 7am and driven through the most beautiful sacred valley of the Incas, the center of the Inca civilization and dropped off at the 4,316m high Abra Málaga. Here the Adventurers will change in to the kit provided by our company (gloves, elbow pads, knee pads, and helmet) following a 20 minute briefing by the tour guide. Then the fun and adventure starts, after 3 hours of biking, you arrive to the small town Santa Maria where you are going to start new adventure rafting for 2:30 hours then will have a short van ride back to Santa Maria where you are going to spend a night in local family house.Day 2: Santa Maria - Cocal mayo - Santa Teresa (hiking, hot spring) At 6:30am you wake up in order to enjoy our typical breakfast. After you will start hiking along the river bank then climb to start the section of original Inca trail as you walk up and down precipitous cliffs over the stunning valley. Your guide will explain you more about flora, fauna and Inca jungle history revealing some of what little we do know from this ancient and amazing culture. The Inca trail descends to Quellomayo where the group will stop for lunch and have free time to relax in hammocks. Then you continue to the Cocalmayo to enjoy the natural hot spring sink into the warm water and let the aches of the Inca jungle trail melt away. The last part of the hiking will take us to Santa Teresa for dinner. You sleep here in a comfortable local family house.Day 3: Santa Teresa – Hidrolectric  - Aguas Calientes Town (zip line, trekking)This day you have two options: you can either walk from Santa Teresa to Aguas Calientes (11 kilometers total) or do a zip line tour in the morning (with transport to the hydroelectric station) and walk the final 7 kilometers. Whatever option you choose, the group will meet again in the hydroelectric station for lunch and after you will walk 3 hours along the train track to Aguas Calientes town, where you are going to sleep at hostel. After dinner you have a briefing about the guided tour in Machu Picchu for the following day and you have the option to visit the Aguas Calientes hot springs (10 soles entry). Day 4: Machu Picchu At 4am the group has to wake up to be ready to hike up to Machu Picchu. You have the amazing opportunity to see the sun rising after registration in the main entrance of Machu Picchu which is open at 6am. The guide will explain about the Inca history and share everything he knows. After a 2 hours tour, you will have free time to explore the site by yourself or climb Huayna Picchu mountain. By the afternoon you have to come back down to Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Ollantaytambo and then the bus back to Cusco.The tour ends in Cusco's main square.

$724 Private & Custom Tours

5 Day Inca Trail To Machu Picchu - Private Service

Day 1: The Inca trail adventure to Machu Picchu begins: Pick you up from your hotel at 4:00 or 4:30am and travel by bus to Piskacucho There will be a breakfast stop in Ollantaytambo. On arrival at kilometer 82 . The first day is relatively easy we will have great views of the site of an Incan Fortress ('Huillca Raccay'), and incredible Incan site of Llactapata Our first campsite (Ayapata) Day 2: The Trail Trial! We go over 2 passes... After waking up at 5:30 am will take a breakfast, we will start a steep ascent (Abra de Warrmihuañusca or Dead Woman's Pass). also we begin the descent for arrive Pacaymayu for the lunch . After lunch, begins the second two hour steep climb to Runkuraqay , we arrive at our campsite by 5 pm. Day 3 Back in the past! Beautiful scenery! We wake up for breakfast at 6am with a gentle climb to visit the archaeological site of 'Phuyupatamarca . in this place will see the landscape of the heights until we arrive at our third campsite, Wiñay Wayna . Today, we will walk about 4 to 5 hours and have arrive at camp by lunch time. A short distance from this campsite is located the Incan site of the same name, 'Wiñay Wayna' ('Forever Young'). Day 4 Machu Picchu in its Glory + Aguas Calientes We leave the last campsite at about 5:30am on the final day (breakfast is around 3:30-4:00am). It is an early start in order to get to 'Inti Punku' ('Sun gate') . This is the place where you will have your first dramatic view of Machu Picchu. Finally, we visit Machu Picchu itself! Walking tour (2 hours) is given by your guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. You will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town) for lunch and check in at the hotel. After a nap, if there is still some energy, we will enjoy and relax at the hot springs! Day 5Time go return back to Cusco! After lunch, you’ll be given train tickets back to Cusco. Your train will leave in the afternoon and so try to be at the train station 30 minutes before it leaves. The train included is until Ollantaytambo, where a representative of Valencia Travel Cusco will be waiting for you to take you back (private transportation) to your hotel in Cusco.

$1000 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Classic 4-Day Small-Group Hike

Day 1: Start of the Inka Trail: The Inca trail begins in Cusco with a nice breakfast from where you will then head to the start point of the trail (82km). There, you will begin the journey, warming up on a relatively flat part of the trail. After two hours, you will reach the first archaeological center of Patallacta. After lunch, you will continue ascending to a semi-tropical valley for two hours until arriving at our camp, Huayllabamba, where you will spend the night.Day 2: Huayllabamba – PacaymayoAfter an early breakfast, you will start hiking and passing through different climatic and ecological zones. You will ascend to Warmiwañusca. Thereafter, you will arrive at the highest point, known to some as the Dead Woman’s Pass. After resting you will descend towards the second camp at Pacaymayu.Day 3: Pacaymayo – Wiñay Huayna:You will climb steeply up the opposite side of the valley, towards the second pass. About halfway up a small, round, roofless Inca construction is located. This Incan monument is known as Runkuracay, a building known as an astrological site and a sort of checkpoint for couriers following the trail to Machu Picchu. The tour leads you further on the trail which contains the exact same stones which were presented when the Incas walked the trail. The trail after the pass leads to a second, larger Inca site, Sayacmarca (“Town in a Steep Place”). You will also see an aqueduct, which once carried water to the farmlands. After touring Sayacmarca, you  will descend to the bottom of the valley. After lunch, you continue climbing and hiking towards the third pass and enjoy the third Incan site, Phuyupatamarca (“Cloud-level Town”). You will learn about the ritual functions that the Incas used this site for. Here you will see water springs that the Incas used before they reached Machu Picchu. There after you will reach another site, Huiñayhuaina (“Forever Young”). At this site, you will enjoy dinner and settle for the night.Day 4: To Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - CuscoOn the last day of your adventure, you will wake up early and follow a wide, relatively flat path. After about an hour and a half, you will climb a narrow path of stone steps leading to Intipunko, the Sun Gate. After three and a half days of trekking and struggling, you will look through the rectangular doorway of the sun gate and finally take the first views of the lost city of the Incas and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu. From there, you will descend into Machu Picchu. There your guide will give a thorough three-hour tour through the ruins. After the guided tour, you will have time for yourself to explore the city before taking the bus to Aguas Calientes from where you will return to Cusco.

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Southern Cross Eastbound - Lima to Rio

From the Nazca Lines and the heights of Incan archaeology to the beach at Ipanema, this 45-day long tour provides limitless opportunities for adventure. Explore the wetlands of the Pantanal, thundering Iguassu Falls, and the bizarre landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flats. In the thin air of the Andes, trek the challenging Inca Trail to legendary Machu Picchu. With local transportation and authentic accommodation, this one's got it all!

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The Inca Trail in Comfort

Dreamed of hiking the Inca Trail, but wish the experience weren't so rustic? Now it's not! This four-day Inca Trail hike is the perfect answer for those looking for a few additional upgrades along the way. With a slower pace, more comfortable sleeping arrangements throughout, and a hotel stay on the final evening of the trek, there's never been a better, more comfortable way to follow in the steps of the Incas and discover your own personal triumph while doing so. Boot up for this hike and rest easy.

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Inca Empire

From the cosmopolitan flair of Lima to Incan culture high in the Andes, this adventure provides a panoramic view of Peru and a glimpse of Bolivia. Embrace cultures past and present in Cusco and La Paz and interact with locals from the region’s communities for an immersive experience that few rarely get to know. Conquer the Inca Trail, one of the world’s best-known and challenging hikes, and experience the stunning views of majestic Machu Picchu. As the region’s largest operator, we run our own treks, which ensures the fair treatment of our porters, quality food, service, and equipment.

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