Experience the classic inca trail with a twist.

 

 We take the path slightly less well travelled to ensure you can tick this fantastic trip off your bucket list, while preserving the all important feeling of remoteness in this majestic environment. 

Challenge Highlights…….

Trekking on the Inca Trail into Macchu Picchu, arriving after sunrise.

Camping in remote locations, experiencing the beauty of the region round a campfire;

Experiencing the local culture and cuisine in Cusco;

Exploring remote, less well known Inca ruins.

Enjoying a final night celebration to salute the group’s impressive achievement.

Full Itinerary

Day 1 - London to Cusco via Lima or Bogota

After meeting your Tribal Tracks leader at your UK departure airport, set off for Peru!  It is about 15 hours to Lima, depending upon the airline, and then the onward flight to Cusco takes 1 hour 25 minutes, with up to 32 departures per day.

Day 2 – Arrive Cusco

You will meet our local team at the airport and they will transfer you to the hotel, which will be a very comfortable 3 star hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to recover from the flight before having a welcome supper in a local restaurant.

Overnight in twin share 3*hotel, dinner.

Day 3 – Cusco

This is the day to explore the main sites and get used to the altitude.  We suggest that you take it easy, and make sure that you hydrate adequately.  Altitude can cause dehydration very quickly, so drink often!!!

After breakfast in the hotel, explore under your own steam, or join your Tribal Tracks leader for a walk around the main sites.  Cusco has many great restaurants so we have deliberately allowed you to choose where you want to eat lunch and try the local cuisine!

You may want to rest in the afternoon, or continue your exploration of the sites, before joining the rest of the team for another supper in a local restaurant. 

Overnight in twin share 3 *hotel, breakfast, dinner.

Day 4 – Cusco

This is your final day in Cusco before the trek!  We suggest that you continue your exploration of Cusco, getting used to the altitude and getting your legs moving.  Again, your leader will co-ordinate some destinations, or you can simply explore on your own. This evening at supper we will have a pre-trek briefing and you should get an early night! 

Overnight in twin share 3 *hotel, breakfast, dinner.

Day 5 – Trek Day!!! Cusco to Ayapata

We breakfast early before finally starting our trek.  You will meet the local team again, which will include local guides, porters, and chefs.

The first day of the Inca Trail is easy going to help you settle in to the trek. Covering 14km of the trail, climbing gently up the Cusichaca Valley you pass by the Inca site of Llactapata, enjoy great views of the snow-capped peak Veronica (5900m / 19000ft) and get to see a variety of native plant life and birds throughout the day.

Our campsite for the night is at Ayapata (3300m / 10829ft) which is a little further along the trail than most groups go; as we're camping further up the trail the next day's trek up to the pass is a little easier for us and with fewer tourists at the campsite we can enjoy the peace and tranquility of this beautiful place.

Overnight camping, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks.  

Day 6 – Ayapata to Chaquicocha

Today is considered by many to be the hardest day of the trek; with 2 high passes to cross (the not very nicely named Dead Woman's Pass is the highest at 4200m / 13779ft) and nearly 16km to walk.  However, there is no need to worry as your leader and your enthusiastic local guides and porters will be with you every step of the way, ensuring morale is maintained and that you have all the physical support you need to make it.

Today we get fantastic views of the high mountain ranges as we cross the 2 passes and will have the chance to visit two Inca sites (Runcuraccay and Sayacmarca). We will also see a variety of plant and life in the Polylepsis forests that cover this area and hopefully spot White Tailed Deer as we near Dead Woman's Pass. Our campsite tonight is at Chaquicocha (3600m / 11800ft) which like Ayapata is one of the quieter campsites and affords beautiful views of the sun setting over the mountains in the distance.

Overnight camping, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks.  

Day 7: Chaquicocha to Winay Wayna

Having made it over the 2 passes yesterday we're now treated to a relaxing day through some of the most beautiful scenery the Inca Trail has to offer. With a relatively short distance to cover along what is known as Inca Flat (gentle ascents and descents) we get to enjoy the lush and verdant cloud forest around us and the spectacular views of the Andes in the distance.

With visits to 2 Inca sites (Phuyupatamarca and Winay Wayna) this is by far one of the most impressive days of the trek. Our campsite for tonight is at Winay Wayna (2680m / 8792ft) which we will arrive to be early afternoon and get to have an extended guided tour of once we have settled in.

Overnight camping, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks.  

Day 8: Winay Wayna - Machu Picchu

Today is the highlight of the trek. Waking up early you head straight to the checkpoint to enter Machu Picchu and once the site opens, we can carry on to the Sun Gate where you'll get your first fantastic views of Machu Picchu.

On arrival to Machu Picchu you'll have a 2 hour guided tour of the site during which you'll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel. After your tour you'll have free time to explore the site by yourself and if you have permits to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, you can do so.  We can arrange these at an extra cost if you wish to do so.

In the afternoon you can grab a snack on the way for lunch, before taking the Panoramic/Vistadome train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco, to your hotel and dinner.

Overnight in twin share 3 *hotel, breakfast, dinner.

Day 9: Relaxing in Cusco

Relax, recover and reflect on your achievement!  Today is a day for final sightseeing, a bit of shopping, or importantly, a day for you to reflect on what you have achieved together as a group.

This evening there will be a celebration meal in a local restaurant, allowing you to let your hair down after a tremendous effort.

Day 10: Return home

Today we say a fond farewell to Cusco and Peru, as you are transferred to the airport after breakfast, ready for your flight home.

About the Inca Trail

Starting Altitude - 2720m / 8920ft.

Highest Altitude - 4217m / 13,780ft.

Walking Distance - 45km / 26 miles

Longest Day - Day 2, approximately 16km / 9.9 miles

Coldest Night - Day 2 around 0º celsius

Overall Difficulty - Moderately Difficult to Difficult (depends on your level of fitness).

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