Footsteps of the Incas
This is the bout you’ve been waiting for: You vs. the Inca Trail. Limber up in Lima, then fly to Cusco for acclimatization. Spend four days hard slogging it up South America’s most celebrated trek and be rewarded with a Machu Picchu sunrise
Three traits you don’t want to be remembered for on a trek: whinging, laziness and being a sulky-pants. But don’t stress, your support crew will feed you up with lollies, fruit and sugary drinks to help keep the demons at bay.
Day 1 - Lima
Bienvenido al Peru. Meet your group and local tour guide, then get to know each other over a few pisco sours and a plate of Lima's famous ceviche (raw fish marinated in lime juice, chilli, onions and tomato).
- Orientation walk with tour leader.
- Pre-departure meeting is at 2pm.
Day 2-3 - Cusco
Fly to Cusco. Spend the next two days trying to acclimatise (ie. no strenuous activity). Visit the alpaca farms in the sacred valley for knitted things and the market town of Pisac for leather goods.
- Spend time acclimatising in Cusco
- Take a walking tour around the central part of town
- Perhaps explore the great Inca sites of Sacsayhuaman, Quenca and Tambo Machay
- Enough free time to take in all of the local sights
Day 4-7 - Inca Trek
Break out the walking shoes, sunscreen and mozzie repellent because it's time to meet Machu Picchu.
- Gaze upon massive Inca fortifications in Ollantaytambo
- Begin the Inca trek
- Hike past the ancient hilltop fort of Huillca Raccay and the archaeological site of Llactapata
- Stunning views of snow-capped Veronica Peak
- Camp near the village of Ayapata
- The most difficult part of the trek - Dead Woman’s Pass
- Panoramas of the Vilcanota and Vilcabama mountain ranges, and ruins in the valley below
- Camp with a view over the cloud forest
- Climb up to the ruins of Runkuracay
- Continue up the Inca staircase
- Spectacular views of Pumasillo and the entire Vilcabamba range
- Enter the beautiful cloud forest
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
- The final, and most spectacular, leg of the trek to Machu Picchu
- Arrive at Inti Punku, the Gateway of the Sun at approximately 730-8am
- Experience a panoramic view of Machu Picchu
- Explore Machu Picchu on a guided tour
- Return to Cusco by train
Day 8 - Cusco
The trip ends in Cusco today, so make the most of your final hours. After all, it's not every day you find yourself in the ancient capital of the Inca Empire.
- Perhaps spend free time shopping for handicrafts, visiting museums, seeing the sights, sampling local cuisine or relaxing
- Trip ends in Cusco after breakfast, no activities planned so departure flights can be out at any time
What to Know
An experienced Peruvian tour leader and there will be the services of local guides at some sites. All transportation, accommodation, sightseeing and meals as indicated.
- 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.
Trip Dates and Prices
Start Date – End Date Trip Status Price 05 Jul 2015 - 12 Jul 2015 Fully Booked US $1,675 Closed 12 Jul 2015 - 19 Jul 2015 Available US $1,675 Book Now 06 Aug 2015 - 13 Aug 2015 Available US $1,675 Book Now 31 Aug 2015 - 07 Sep 2015 4 places left US $1,680 Book Now 13 Sep 2015 - 20 Sep 2015 Available US $1,615 Book Now 20 Sep 2015 - 27 Sep 2015 Available US $1,555 Book Now 18 Oct 2015 - 25 Oct 2015 Available US $1,555 Book Now 24 Oct 2015 - 31 Oct 2015 Available US $1,555 Book Now 03 Nov 2015 - 10 Nov 2015 Available US $1,615 Book Now 15 Nov 2015 - 22 Nov 2015 Available US $1,680 Book Now 22 Nov 2015 - 29 Nov 2015 Available US $1,615 Book Now 29 Nov 2015 - 06 Dec 2015 Available US $1,675 Book Now 20 Dec 2015 - 27 Dec 2015 Available US $1,675 Book Now 28 Dec 2015 - 04 Jan 2016 Available US $1,675 Book Now 03 Jan 2016 - 10 Jan 2016 Available US $1,725 Book Now 17 Jan 2016 - 24 Jan 2016 Available US $1,725 Book Now 28 Feb 2016 - 06 Mar 2016 Available US $1,725 Book Now 10 Apr 2016 - 17 Apr 2016 Available US $1,600 Book Now 08 May 2016 - 15 May 2016 Available US $1,600 Book Now 22 May 2016 - 29 May 2016 Available US $1,665 Book Now 05 Jun 2016 - 12 Jun 2016 Available US $1,665 Book Now 19 Jun 2016 - 26 Jun 2016 Available US $1,665 Book Now 03 Jul 2016 - 10 Jul 2016 Available US $1,725 Book Now 17 Jul 2016 - 24 Jul 2016 Available US $1,725 Book Now 31 Jul 2016 - 07 Aug 2016 Available US $1,725 Book Now 28 Aug 2016 - 04 Sep 2016 Available US $1,665 Book Now 11 Sep 2016 - 18 Sep 2016 Available US $1,665 Book Now 25 Sep 2016 - 02 Oct 2016 Available US $1,600 Book Now 09 Oct 2016 - 16 Oct 2016 Available US $1,600 Book Now 23 Oct 2016 - 30 Oct 2016 Available US $1,600 Book Now 06 Nov 2016 - 13 Nov 2016 Available US $1,665 Book Now 20 Nov 2016 - 27 Nov 2016 Available US $1,600 Book Now 04 Dec 2016 - 11 Dec 2016 Available US $1,600 Book Now 18 Dec 2016 - 25 Dec 2016 Available US $1,600 Book Now
Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments
At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.
Footsteps of the Incas
Lynda - Australia, 27 May, 2013
Overall trip was fantastic, great tour guides with loads of information and very friendly!!
Footsteps of the Incas
Vickie - Australia, 25 Feb, 2013
We really enjoyed our trip and the experiences offered. We especially liked being able to do our own thing for much of the time and the quality of the dining experiences offered. We would love to see changes to the tipping system that makes sure they are paid by everyone before they arrive as there is a cultural difficulty for Australians to accept the tipping system and we felt that as a group this was a difficult thing to negotiate. We would rather see everyone pay the same amount prior to leaving and then have the tour leader divide the tipping appropriately.
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