Like our "Inca Discovery" tour but with a flight back to Lima, this trip offers a fascinating combination of the region’s archaeological and cultural treasures. Retrace the steps of the Inca on a four-day trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. One of the world’s best-known hikes, it will reward those willing to break a sweat with stunning views of ruins and cloud forests. We run our own treks, which ensures fair treatment of our porters and quality equipment.
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Arrive in Lima at any time. There are no planned activities so check into the hotel and enjoy the city. There is a welcome meeting in the evening.
Hop on a flight to Cusco. Enjoy a free day of shopping and exploring the city. Opt for a city tour.
Take a transfer to the airport for the flight to Cusco. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and exploring this fascinating city, and getting used to the altitude.
Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Stop at the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op before visiting a local pottery making community. Break for lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. After lunch, opt to head out on a hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses and look out over the ruins. Or, wander around the cobblestone streets and visit a local Chicheria (corn beer bar).
Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the Inca Trail begins. Ease into things with a straight forward day of hiking, the meandering streams, stunning Andean scenery, and ancient Incan ruins will give you plenty to look at.
Trek through beautiful scenery, with a variety of flora that changes with the seasons, passing several smaller ruin sites like Llactapata.
Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman's Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax.
Cross two more passes and ruins along the way. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through cloud forest on the gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m (12,136 ft). On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley.
At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "town above the clouds." Camp here or go another 1.5 hrs to the Wiñay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).
The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the site and free time to explore until noon as permitted by the tourist ticket. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows.
Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.
Fly back to Lima and enjoy the last night in the city.
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Trip was great. Met and exceeded my expectations. Hardest thing I ever did, but most rewarding. Arrangements were all well handled. Would recommend this to anyone who is fit and loves an adventure in a beautiful country with nice people.Overall Rating
Overall the trip was very well organized and an amazing experience. The highlights included the amazing porters running by us on the Inca trail and the details explained by our guide Cesar. What an amazing experience!Overall Rating
Fantastic adventure. All possible thanks to Percy Ayala, our guide on the Inca Trail and Jeff Duford who set up the trip from Canada via Internet. All the arrangements worked out perfectly, and Percy provided personal insights and aOverall Rating
Enjoyed the trip. Ideal group size (9), good support team, and an articulate tour guide.Overall Rating
I was really impressed with how organized the trip was. My flight got there 2 hours late and still, someone was at the airport to greet me at 12:30AM! My tour included an internal flight and G Adventures representative was at each airport to let us know the flight details, pay the departure taxes and arrange transfers to the hotels.Overall Rating
The trip was tremendous. The guide was excellent and really helped us bond as a group. I couldn't have had a better experienceOverall Rating
It has been a week since we got back from Peru and my hart is still there. G Adventures took good care of everything from transfer to food on the Inka Trail. We had an excellent, knowledgeable guide, Cesar, with outstanding sence of humour and leadership. Thanks to all the peoples from G Adventures, my Inka dream was a dream come true.Overall Rating
I did a great trip (guide, food, organization, culture and country)Overall Rating
I loved that I could do a great trip in a week. Basically, your guides/porters were the best I can imagine, and I felt like I got a really great experience at a really great deal. (Not for the first time!)Overall Rating
A wonderful experience! The Inca Trail was difficult, but that only made completing it much more rewarding. Would do again in a heartbeat! Thanks to G Adventures for making the whole trip flow smoothly and to our guide for his excellent knowledge and good spirits.Overall Rating
Trip Name: Inca Discovery Plus
Duration: 9 Days
From Price: $1,871
Supplier Tour ID: PIM.D/201795
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