*This trek requires an Inca Trail Permit. Click here for availability calendar.
All gourmet meals are hygienically prepared daily by your private chef. Clean water for washing hands is available before every meal. Three meals are served daily (breakfast, lunch and dinner), in addition to snacks. The food is varied and prepared in the field, including meats, vegetables, fruits, pastas, dairy products. Vegetarian or special diets can be arranged in advance. Please advise us of any dietary restrictions.
Our guides are all experienced and possess specialized knowledge in various fields. They have led several exploratory expeditions to lost cities in remote areas of Peru. Degrees in Tourism from Cusco University are required to be registered as Inca Trail guides. The 5-year course includes Peruvian history, languages, geography, geology and ecology.
They are committed to environmentally and culturally responsible tourism. They are trained in emergency and evacuation procedures, first-aid, treatment of hypothermia and altitude sickness and receive periodic training designed to maintain and improve their expertise.
All of your equipment will be transported according to the terrain and type of trip. Porters are used on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. By Peruvian law a porter is an independent worker who offers his services and carries gear, personal equipment and other goods necessary for tourist expeditions. The payment for porters has been established by agreements between local operators and the Porters Union.
In addition, we provide our porters with a communal tent for sleeping and plenty of good food. The porters have their own cooking facilities and prepare meals to suit their own tastes. We provide the porters with return train tickets after the Inca Trail from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. Porters are limited to 17.6 pounds of luggage of each trekker.
We supply all the luxury camping equipment including: spacious heated tents for each 2 trekkers, beds and bedding, kitchen tent, massage tent, shower tent, dining and lounge tent with chairs and tables.
Lost World Adventures itineraries can be tailor-made according to your plans and preferences: budget, hotel selections, travel dates, optional excursions, length of trip, etc.
Upon arrival in Lima, you will be met and transferred to your Lima hotel.
Set in one of Lima's most fashionable areas, the Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel is one of Lima's finest hotels. Renowned for its beautiful garden location beside the Pacific Ocean, it has breathtaking views out to sea. Like all Belmond hotels, the Miraflores Park Hotel combines personalized service, exceptional dining and indulgent facilities to create the perfect base from which to explore. Colonial architecture, superb museums with Inca gold and pre-Columbian antiquities, and glamorous shops, bars and restaurants are all just moments from the hotel.
Overnight Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel, daily breakfast included - 2 nights.
Optional themed city tours and excursions:
You will be met at your hotel and transferred to the Lima Airport for your flight to Cusco.
Upon arrival you will be met and driven to Urubamba, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas where you will be dropped off at your hotel with time to explore the surrounding area.
Overnight Belmond Rio Sagrado Hotel, daily breakfast included - 2 nights.
The Belmond Rio Sagrado Hotel is located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, among verdant fields and towering mountains. Set on the banks of the rushing Urubamba River, this beautiful Orient-Express hotel is built in natural materials to resemble an authentic Andean village. Situated at a lower altitude than nearby Cuzco, its delightful hotel villas provide the perfect environment in which to relax and acclimatize. Savor fresh produce in the restaurant, enjoy a local Sacred Valley massage in the hotel spa and slip into the spirit of Peruvian life.
This morning you will be picked up at hotel and depart with your guide for a full-day excursion to the village and ruins of Pisac located 7 miles from Urubamba.
After exploring the ruins you will visit the colorful Pisac market where you'll be able to trade with locals for a variety of handicrafts, including woolen sweaters and ponchos. The main colorful market days are Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, although there is a smaller market daily. Lunch will be served in Urubamba, followed by a tour of the town and fortress of Ollantaytambo located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Lunch is included.
You will be picked-up this morning from your hotel and greeted by your private English-speaking trekking guide. Your private transportation along with the tour guide will take you to Ollantaytambo town, a picturesque village with narrow cobbled streets that has been inhabited continuously since the 13th-century and is located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
A stop will be made to appreciate the landscape and know its population and surroundings. Last-minute supplies can be purchased here. Continue on the road to Km 82 – the official start of the famous Inca Trail, where the porters and support staff, along with all the camping equipment, will arrive in a different vehicle at the beginning of what will be a memorable experience for you.
Once the Urubamba River is crossed, you will enter the ancient steps of the Incas. You will be provided with a trekking pole/walking stick for the entire trek. If necessary your guide will show you the correct technique on how best to use it for a comfortable hike. You will walk through the town of Miskay and continue to Patallacta, an archaeological site where lunch will be served.
You will continue the walk to the village of Wayllabamba (3,100m), where you will find the luxury campsite set up for the night.
Each night before dinner, in a separate tent, a relaxing massage will be given by a professional therapist using essential organic oils. Afterward, a shower with hot water will prepare you for a fantastic gourmet dinner with regional dishes prepared by some of our best chefs and served by a waiter. Meanwhile, your heated tent will be ready for you to enjoy a comfortable evening surrounded by mountains and nature.
After breakfast, walk around an hour towards the Valley of Ayapata, surrounded by snow. You will be ascending as you walk another 2-to-3 hours through humid Andean forest beside a stream of crystalline waters. You may rest periodically along the way as you wish. You will reach Lluchapampa, your second resting place - a place with spectacular views all around.
From here you can see the top of Warmiwañusca (also known as Death Woman’s Pass). From Lluchapampa you will continue the trek ascending 600 meters (around 2-3 hours) to the Warmiwañusca Pass, located at 4,200 meters / 13,776 ft. You will be ascending a set of cobbled steps, some recently established to protect the mountains from erosion.
You can walk at your own pace, stopping as often as you want. This last stretch will be difficult but you will stop to meet the rest of your trekking group at the famous Warmiwañusca Pass. Then you begin the descent to Pacaymayo Valley and your campsite for the night.
A hot shower will be available when you get up. After breakfast set off on the paved slope and well-maintained trail to the ruins of Runcuracay, an Inca ancestral structure with circular shape located at the edge of the mountain.
About an hour later, you reach the second step, a wide platform with exceptional views. From here, most of the Inca Trail is seen downhill, surely an impressive sight. Once you descend through a small tunnel, the road becomes narrow and zigzag-shaped, going rapidly downhill until you reach a viewpoint. From there, the descent is more gradual. To the right, you will find a long lake covered with seaweed and directly in front of you, the impressive Inca town of Sayacmarca.
Your guide will describe the area before the descent to Camping Chaquicocha. There, your well-organized staff will be waiting with a gourmet lunch, your masseur, optional stretching exercises or a Yoga session. A hot shower will be available if you wish. All of these options will be available to you during the trek.
After lunch and a rest, you will be ready for more and if you think that you have already seen much, wait until you see the stunning beauty of the original and incredibly well preserved Inca Trail with impressive and overwhelming views of the valleys and mountains that lead to Phuyupatamarca, your campsite for the night.
Again, you will have the option of yoga or massage therapy before a fabulous gourmet dinner served in the dining tent. Champagne will be chilled.
Today you will wake up early to witness the amazing sunrise over Machu Picchu. You will have your last breakfast on the trail before the hike to Inti Punku (Sun Gate). Here you can sit and appreciate the beautiful sunrise over the Lost City of the Incas. From there you follow the trail on the final descent to Machu Picchu (2,400m). You will arrive to the ruins and then have your lunch at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge.
Overnight at the Belmond Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge.
The Belmond Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge is the only hotel located adjacent to this ancient Inca citadel. Uniquely, it offers its guests the opportunity to explore this great site late in the evening and early in the day. Sit out on a terrace and savour Peruvian cuisine based on produce grown on the Lodge's own plot: this delightful Orient-Express hideaway is the perfect place to relax and unwind in the shadow of the Lost City.
Breakfast buffet, lunch and dinner included.
This morning your guide will meet you at your hotel then set off for a private tour of this amazing Lost City of the Incas. Your informative guide will tell you all about the theories of Machu Picchu, the history of the buildings, and the culture of the ancient Incas. When the tour is over you will have time to explore the ruins on your own (you can use this time to take the unguided Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain hikes).
After your time at the ruins, you will take the bus back to Aguas Calientes, proceed to the train station and board the luxurious and comfortable Belmond Hiram Bingham train to Cusco. On board you will receive a multi-course dinner, cocktails and entertainment as part of their excellent service. You will be met at the Poroy train station and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight Belmond Monasterio Hotel (or Palacio Nazarenas), daily breakfast included - 2 nights.
Close to the lively Cuzco central square is the Belmond Monasterio Hotel, a former monastery and national monument dating from 1592. This delightful Orient-Express hotel combines its centuries-old charm and ambience with luxury hotel service, inspired restaurants and boutique rooms and suites. The ideal hotel from which to discover the delights of Cuzco, its doors open to a vibrant scene of old and modern architecture, markets, galleries and restaurants serving 'new Andean' cuisine.
Daily breakfast included.
You will be picked up by your guide at your hotel and set off on a half day tour of Cusco and the nearby Inca ruins. Cusco, the oldest continuously inhabited city on the continent, was the capital of the Inca Empire and is considered by many Quechua peoples to be the spiritual center of the world.
Much of colonial Cusco was built on Inca foundations, and your guide will point out Inca stonework along the many streets. Visit the main square, the Cathedral, Santo Domingo Church, as well as a first introduction to Inca stonework at the ruins of Puka-Pukara, Qenqo, Tambo Machay, and the renowned fortress of Sacsayhuaman overlooking Cusco and the surrounding valley.
Cusco Tourist Ticket is included in the tour cost and covers the entrance fees for museums, churches, cathedrals and ruins.
Take the morning to explore Cusco on your own, then in the afternoon you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the Cusco Airport for your flight to Lima, in time for your international departure.
|Price from||$8,495.00 per person, based on double occupancy|
Based on double occupancy for 2 travelers, reduced prices for parties of 3 or more.
I was physically challenged the right amount, learned about the Peruvian and Inca culture and had enough down time to fully explore Cusco at my own pace.
- Sam R, January 2017