The Track to Inca City Trip Notes

At Imaginative Traveller we always aim to provide accurate information for our travellers. Unfortunately information such as the price of optional activities is occasionally subject to change, and this means that we are constantly revising our trip notes. In order to ensure that you have the most up to date information for your trip we suggest that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure.

Trip code : GSIM
Trip length : 6
Trip starts in : Cusco
Trip ends in : Cusco
Maximum group size : maximum 16

highlights

  • Guinea pig - a Peruvian delicacy
  • The 'Lost City of the Incas' - UNESCO World Heritage-listed Machu Picchu
  • Warminwanusca - 'Dead Woman’s Pass' on the Inca Trail
  • Drink like a local in Peru

If you just want to do the Inca Trail/Machu Picchu, then this is your trip. With a local tour guide and enough porters to poke a (walking) stick at, you'll love every minute of it. Well, almost.(Inca Trek & Machu Picchu)

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Day
1

Cusco

Head out to the markets in Pisac, grab yourself a Cusqueno beer and start getting acclimatised (you're 11,500ft above sea level, after all).Arrive in Cusco and check hotel reception for details of orientation meeting

Day
2-5

Inca Trek

There will be a few tough days. Dead Woman's pass on Day 2 will test you, but it's worth all the sweat and tears when you watch the sunrise at Machu Picchu's Gateway of the Sun. Pretty apt name.Day 2Gaze upon massive Inca fortifications in Ollantaytambo Begin the Inca trekHike past the ancient hilltop fort of Huillca Raccay and the archaeological site of LlactapataStunning views of snow-capped Veronica PeakCamp near the village of WayllabambaDay 3The most difficult part of the trek - Dead Woman’s PassPanoramas of the Vilcanota and Vilcabama mountain ranges, and ruins in the valley belowCamp with a view over the cloud forestDay 4Climb up to the ruins of RunkuracayContinue up the Inca staircase Spectacular views of Pumasillo and the entire Vilcabamba rangeEnter the beautiful cloud forestDay 5The final, and most spectacular, leg of the trek to Machu Picchu Arrive at Inti Punku, the Gateway of the SunExperience a panoramic view of Machu Picchu at sunriseExplore Machu Picchu on a guided tourReturn to Cusco by train

Day
6

Cusco

Thank the great God Huiracocha that you don't have to get up at daybreak and hike the hills all day.This Incan adventure comes to an end after breakfast

itin-variation

While the information presented here details our planned itinerary, including routes taken, activities included, accommodation and meeting times, please accept that unforseen changes may occur. We are constantly on the lookout to improve our program and further enhance your experience. Naturally, we will keep you up to date with any last minute amendments to your tour.

trip-grade

RAW

Our Raw tours are best suited for those with a sense of adventure, are willing to step outside their comfort zone and don’t mind being thrown in at the deep end. For independent travellers who want to travel with others. Just the ticket for those aged between 18-35 or anyone young at heart who has an open mind, an eye on the budget and a nose for adventure. Authentic experiences that expand the mind rather than hold the hand.

Style Facts

  • The freedom to explore without breaking the bank
  • Time to do your own thing – or join in optional group activities
  • YOU choose where YOU want to eat
  • Basic accommodation
  • A variety of public transportation
  • Fully trained and experienced leader.

Basic

Our Basic tours offer superb value and are ideal for those who are happy to forgo some creature comforts in favour of an authentic and fun experience. Under the leadership of a fully trained tour leader, you will enjoy all the highlights and freedom of independent travel with the convenience, security and companionship of a small group.

Style Facts

  • Plenty of free time to explore independently
  • Optional activities to suit your budget
  • Freedom to choose your own meals
  • Simple famliy run hotels
  • Mostly public transportation
  • Fully trained and experienced leader.

Active

Explore the world on two feet - or two wheels! Our active trips range from classic treks & trips where walking forms an integral part of the itinerary to cycling tours offering a totally new perspective on a destination.

Some of our active adventure tours include the classic treks such as the Inca Trail, Kilimanjaro or Everest Base Camp as well as shorter one day or overnight hikes. Our cycling tours allow you to access hidden corners of a destination, discover remote villages and meet the locals – either en route or even by cycling alongside them. All our active trips are fully supported – with either porters and mules or by a support vehicle.

This tour is operated by our partners Geckos Adventures

included

  • English-speaking specialist trekking guide and assistant trekking guide.
  • Trek on the ‘Classic’ or 'Quarry’ route to Machu Picchu with full service camping including porters, cook and equipment (tent and inflatable sleeping mat).
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu including entrance and park fees.

For some travellers on this trip it may be common to experience altitude sickness. Find out more here.

not-included

International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.

meals

5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

single-room-sup

Most of our travellers like the thought of travelling with a few like-minded souls. There are NO compulsory single supplements on most tours as we simply arrange twin shared accommodation for you and another tour member of the same sex. But don't worry if that doesn't appeal. We do understand there are times when you just want a bit of privacy and 'me' time so we are more than happy to arrange a private room upon request when you book.

other-important-information

A good level of fitness and pre-trip training is essential for the Inca Trek. You will trek on hilly terrain or mountainous terrain at altitudes of up to 4200 metres, for up to 7 hours per day.

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