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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley

Hiking & Trail Running Adventure: 10 guests per trip

August 2018

Must reserve with deposits due between October - January 1st due to limited availability of Inca Trail permits.

Deposit due upon reservation: $500

All inclusive trip cost: $3,750 (excludes airfare)

Adventure Snapshot: Take this unique opportunity to hike, run and be active on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, as well as other amazing trails in the Sacred Valley. We complete the Inca Trail in three days instead of the typical four to five (doable at an active hiking pace). This means you will experience the trail without the crowds of tourists. This eight day adventure includes guided archaeological visits, an acclimatization hike and/or run, special visits to an elementary school foundation and a women's artisan cooperative in a highland community, and much more.  This is not your typical trekking or walking tour. Our detailed itinerary, created through partnerships and first-hand research, provides a once in a lifetime experience with expert guides and cultural immersion.

Cost includes: All trail and visiting entry fees, camping materials (tent, sleeping bag, pad, pillow, and more), all accommodations, all meals, porters to carry your personal belongings on the Inca Trail (typically an extra cost on other trips),  Inca Trail and historical site guides, all ground transportation, and more. Excludes airfare and any tips (customarily given to porters and your Inca Trail guide.)

Adventure Itinerary

Day 1:     Trip begins in Cusco, Peru

The first day begins with our journey to the "Sacred Valley of the Inca." The Sacred Valley is known for its picturesque Andean towns, agricultural terraces, and many archaeological sites,. At a lower elevation than Cusco, the Valley is the perfect place to start our trip and get acclimatized.

Our first stop is to Pisac for a visit of the ruins situated high on the mountaintop overlooking the picturesque Andean village. There we find some of the finest Inca stonework, besides that seen in Machu Picchu. Enjoy breathtaking views of Pisac and the surrounding valley.  After exploring the ancient complex, walk back to the village of Pisac (or transport in bus) to stroll and shop around the Andean market,  before heading to Hotel Casa Andina Private Collection- Sacred Valley.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner    

                                                                                                                                 

Day 2:     Moray and Maras – Patacancha village and weaving workshop

After breakfast we depart for our visits to Moray and Maras. At Moray, we tour the unique circular agricultural terracing, and begin our acclimatization run. From Moray, our run continues through the spectacular Quechua plains, before arriving at the salt mines of Maras, and finally descending to the Urubamba river. Private transportation will meet us and take us to have lunch at Posada "Las Casitas del Arco Iris." Proceeds from lunch benefit the onsite foundation "Ninos del Arco Iris." Click here to learn more about their great work.

After lunch, we return to the hotel so that runners can shower. In the afternoon, we drive to Ollantaytambo to visit the ruins and a traditional highland community, with the non-profit Awamaki. Click here to read more about Awamaki on our Philanthropy page. From the Awamaki Fair Trade store, in the village of Ollantayambo, we drive, ascending 3,200ft, into the highlands to visit with a women’s artisan cooperative.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Casa Andina Private Collection- Sacred Valley

Hike/Run Distance: 10 km. / 6.2 miles

 

Inca Trail

Day 3:     Sacred Valley to Llulluchapampa (Day 1 Inca Trail)

Today we begin the Inca Trail! The run/hike starts along the shore of the Urubamba river along flat terrain before beginning our ascent to our first night's camp at Llulluchapampa. All along the way, see spectacular views of the Vilcanota mountain range on the opposite side of the Urubamba River, where the impressive Veronica peak reigns at 19,133ft. above sea level.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner                                                              

Overnight: Campsite at Llulluchapampa

Hike/Run distance: 17 km / 10.56 miles

Maximum altitude point: 3,850 m

Campsite altitude: 3,850 m

 

Day 4:     Llulluchapampa to Phuyupatamarca (Day 2 Inca Trail)

After breakfast, we head up to the highest point of the Inca Trail, reaching the mountain pass of Abra Warmiwañusqa (Dead Woman’s Pass – 4200m/13779ft). Immediately after the pass, the trail descends into the Pacaymayo valley (3600m/11808ft). From there you will ascend the Abra Runkurakay (3970m/13022ft), descend towards Yanacocha (Black Lagoon), and finally ascend the third pass, the Abra Phuyupatamarca (3700m/12136ft).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner                                                                

Overnight: Campsite at Phuyupatamarca

Hike/Run distance: 15 km / 9.32 miles

Maximum altitude point: 13,779ft.

Campsite altitude: 11,811ft.

 

Day 5:     Phuyupatamarca to Machu Picchu(Day 3 Inca Trail)

This morning you'll have the chance to appreciate one of the most spectacular sunrises on the Inca Trail, provided the sky is clear, as Phuyupatamarca’s location offers breathtaking views. The day begins down the long descending stone steps that lead us to Wiñaywayna (2650m/8692ft). Wiñaywayna is the biggest archaeological site in the Inca Trail besides Machu Picchu, and consists of an impressive complex made up of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious sector, and urban sector. This site has spectacular views of the Urubamba River valley. After our visit, we leave Wiñaywayna to climb to Intipunku, or The Sun Gate, with views of the sacred citadel of Machupicchu, weather permitting. From Intipunku, a short walk brings us down to the entrance to the citadel. We will have lunch directly outside the entrance to Machu Picchu at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge. After lunch we'll enjoy a guided visit of Machu Picchu, before heading to the serene and beautiful Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. This is the perfect place to enjoy some relaxation and rest.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner                                                                  

Overnight: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Hike/Run distance: 11km / 6.84 miles

Maximum altitude point: 11,811ft.

Machu Picchu altitude:  7,874ft.

 

Day 6:     Return to Cusco

Mid-morning, we depart Machu Picchu Pueblo and return on the vistadome train back to Ollanta station. From the station, private transport will take us to visit Chinchero. After a tour of the Chinchero, clients have the option to return to Cusco, running the trails or return via our private transportation. We will stay overnight in Cusco at El Mercado Tunqui.

Meals: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch

Overnight: El Mercado Tunqui

Run: 15 km / 9.32 miles (This is optional. Return via our private transportation is available. )

 

Day 7: Cusco Run, City Tour, and Celebratory Dinner!

After breakfast we depart for our morning visit to the archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman. Located above Cusco, the incredible site of Sacsayhuaman is the perfect starting place for our final trail run of the X –Zone and the Moon Temple. We traverse across the beautiful hillside through fields and archaeological sites and descend into the town of Cusco.  Afterwards, there’s time to shower and shop some of the local artisan markets before departing for our afternoon guided visit around Cusco.

In the evening, we will have our celebratory dinner. Enjoy a perfect end of our Inca Trail-Machu Picchu adventure with a delicious dinner at possibly the best restaurant in Cusco. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: El Mercado Tunqui

Hike/Run Distance: 10 km / 6.2 miles (This run can be made shorter or longer.) 

                                                                                                                      

Day 8: End of the trip.

Transfer to the airport to take your flight back to Lima. Assistance will be available there for your international flight back home.