One Week in Peru
From 01/09/2022 to 28/12/2023
Departure dates & prices
Dates Availability Price
Sep Thu 01 2022 to Sep Thu 08 2022AvailableFrom$2,014*
Nov Thu 03 2022 to Nov Thu 10 2022AvailableFrom$1,871*
Dec Thu 08 2022 to Dec Thu 15 2022AvailableFrom$1,871*
Dec Thu 15 2022 to Dec Thu 22 2022AvailableFrom$2,575*
Dec Thu 22 2022 to Dec Thu 29 2022AvailableFrom$2,446*
Mar Thu 02 2023 to Mar Thu 09 2023AvailableFrom$2,590*
Mar Thu 16 2023 to Mar Thu 23 2023AvailableFrom$2,590*
Mar Thu 30 2023 to Apr Thu 06 2023AvailableFrom$2,675*
Apr Thu 27 2023 to May Thu 04 2023AvailableFrom$2,675*
Jun Thu 01 2023 to Jun Thu 08 2023AvailableFrom$2,790*
Jun Thu 15 2023 to Jun Thu 22 2023AvailableFrom$2,790*
Jun Thu 29 2023 to Jul Thu 06 2023AvailableFrom$2,790*
Jul Thu 20 2023 to Jul Thu 27 2023AvailableFrom$2,790*
Aug Thu 10 2023 to Aug Thu 17 2023AvailableFrom$2,790*
Feel like climbing some mountains, fording some streams and following some rainbows? Where better to fulfil your adventurous dreams than along the epic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?.
Whether you trek the classic Inca Trail, the Inca Quarry Trail or take the scenic train route, there's something to suit everyone.
Trust us, this is going to be one of the highlights of your awesome life.
Don't worry, we won't hog all of your time.
You'll have plenty of opportunity to bounce around Cusco, digging deep into the pockets of Incan history.
Intrepid gives you wings! Really big mechanical ones.
We'll fly you from Lima to Cusco so you won't have to think about the logistics of it all.
Breakfasts Included: 6.
Lunches Included: 3.
Dinners Included: 3.
Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nts),Hotel (4 nts).
Age: min 18, max 29.
Group Size: 1 - 16.
Cusco - Orientation Walk.
3 Night / 4 Day Inca Trail (or 2 Night / 3 Day Quarry Trail).
Machu Picchu - Guided tour.
Day 1 - Lima Welcome to Lima, Peru. Your adventure begins with a group meeting this afternoon at around 2 pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. We'll be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so ensure you bring these details to provide to your leader. If you're going to be late, please inform hotel reception. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time for the meeting, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). After the meeting your Lima tour leader will take you on an orientation tour of the city. Once you've seen enough of the sights, stop by one of the bars in the Barranco Quarter and bust a traditional Afro-Peruvian move or two.
Day 2 - Cusco Say farewell to Lima today and fly to Cusco, which takes around one hour and ten minutes. Spend the next two days trying to acclimatise to the high altitude of this location (i.e. no strenuous activity). Visit the alpaca farms in the Sacred Valley for knitted creations and the market town of Pisac for leather goods. After dropping your luggage off and having some lunch, your leader will take you on an orientation walk around downtown Cusco, the local San Pedro market, the main square and past the 12 Angled Stone.
Day 3 - Cusco At 2pm your tour leader will take you on a walk around downtown Cusco. You’ll visit the facade of Qoricancha temple, the local San Pedro market, the main square, past the 12 Angled Stone, Regocijo Square and San Blas Square. The order of visiting these locations, may vary according to hotel location and your tour leader’s preference. This evening why not head out and have some dinner with your new travel buddies! Notes: Due to the high altitude of many of places we visit some people can suffer altitude sickness, regardless of age, gender or fitness. Please see the 'Is This Trip Right For You?' and 'Fitness' sections in the trip notes for detailed information.
Day 4 - Inca Trail (3100m)* or Quarry Trail (3700m) or Cusco Depending on your pre-arranged travel arrangements, during the next four days you may: hike the classic Inca Trail*, hike the Quarry Trail or stay in Cusco for another two days before taking the train to Aguas Calientes. While away from Cusco, the bulk of your luggage will be stored at your hotel. If you’re hiking the Inca Trail* or the Inca Quarry Trail, the evening before you leave Cusco you'll receive a small duffle bag to carry your clothes in for the next four days (5 kg maximum). Your team of porters will carry these bags for you, together with the food and equipment for the trail. Please note that you won't have access to these items until the end of each day, as the porters will always be ahead of the group. If you’re travelling to Aguas Calientes by train, you'll be able to leave most of your luggage at the hotel in Cusco and only travel with the necessary items for the next few days. Route 1 Inca Trail*: Today travel by minivan to the 82 km marker and meet your crew of local porters, cook and guide. The first day includes uphill trekking to the campsite, which is at 3,100 metres above sea level. On the way you’ll see the ruins of Llactapata, which was burnt to the ground by the last Inca emperor to discourage Spanish pursuit down the trail. In the evening, set up camp while the cook makes dinner. Notes: The Inca Trail is within the abilities of most reasonably fit people, but please come prepared, as the trail is 45 km long and often steep. Each day's journey generally consists of seven hours of walking (uphill and downhill), with stops for snacks and lunch. Trekking usually begins at 7 am (except on the fourth morning) and you reach the campsite around 5 pm. Accommodation on the trek is camping (three nights). Double tents (twin-share) and foam camping mats will be provided. The porters will set up the tents while the cook prepares meals. Route 2 Quarry Trail: Make an early start today and drive to Choquequilla, a small ceremonial place where Incas worshipped the moon. Drive to the starting point of the trek, Rafq'a, and meet the horsemen who join us on the hike. After an hour’s walk, reach the small community of Socma. Carry on to the Perolniyoc cascade lookout, an opportunity to stop for photos and a food break. Continue to the campsite, which is 3,700 meters above sea level. You should reach the campsite around lunchtime. After lunch, set off to explore the Q'orimarca archaeological site, which once served as a checkpoint to the Incas. Notes: The Quarry Trail is within the abilities of most reasonably fit people. The hike is 26 km long in total and its highest pass is at 4,450 meters above sea level. Throughout the trek, horses will carry your gear and camping equipment. The first two nights are spent camping and the third night you will stay at a simple hotel. Double tents (twin-share) and foam camping mats will be provided. The porters will set up the tents while the cook prepares meals. Route 3 Cusco: For those travellers disinterested in hiking the trail or who are unable to, spend two extra nights in Cusco before travelling by bus to Ollantaytambo. From here take a train through the winding Urubamba Valley to the town of Aguas Calientes where you’ll spend a third night.
Day 5 - Inca Trail (3650m)* or Quarry Trail (3600m) or Cusco Route 1 Inca Trail*: This is the most challenging day of the trek, as we ascend a long steep path (approximately five hours) to reach the highest point of the trail. Colloquially known as 'Dead Woman's Pass', Warmiwanusca sits at a height of 4,200 meters above sea level, providing amazing views of the valley below. The group will then descend to the campsite in the Pacaymayo Valley at 3,650 metres. Route 2 Quarry Trail: This is the most challenging and rewarding day of the hike. A three-hour walk takes us to the top of the first pass of Puccaqasa (approximately 4,370 meters high). After enjoying picturesque views of the valley, it’s a short walk before stopping for lunch. Afterwards, make the two-hour hike to Kuychicassa, the highest pass of the trek at 4,450 meters. From here, descend to the sacred site the Incas called Intipunku (Sun Gate), with views of the Nevado Veronica mountain. Head to the campsite, only a stone’s throw away at Choquetacarpo. Route 3 Cusco: Today, perhaps your free day indulging your inner foodie in the eateries of Cusco. Head to lunch at the arty Fallen Angel restaurant, and if you still have room for dessert, the ChocoMuseo offers tastings and chocolate-marking workshops. All optional activities are at your own cost.
Day 6 - Inca Trail (2650m)* or Aguas Calientes (2040m) Route 1 Inca Trail*: Start the day with a climb through the Pacaymayo Valley to Runkuracay pass (3,980 metres). Enjoy views of the snow-capped mountain of Cordillera Vilcabamba before descending for around two to three hours to the ruins of Sayacmarca. Continue over the trail’s third pass to the ruins of Phuyupatamarca (3,850 metres), also known as 'Town Above the Clouds'. Start the two-hour descent down the Inca steps to the final night's campsite by the Winay Wayna archaeological site. Route 2 Quarry Trail: Today’s hike will all be downhill. The first stop is the incomplete Kachiqata quarry, where the Incas were intercepted by the Spanish. Around midday, come to the end of the trek. Explore the cobbled streets of Ollantaytambo before taking the short train journey to Aguas Calientes. This is where you’ll meet up with the travellers in your group who didn't hike. Visiting the natural hot springs in town is a soothing way to spend the late afternoon. Spend the night in a comfortable hotel before tomorrow’s visit to Machu Picchu. Route 3 Train: In the morning take a bus and train which is nestled in the hills at the foot of Machu Picchu. For those who want to, there’s time to visit Machu Picchu independently before the guided tour the next day. If you’d like to do this, please advise your group leader at the welcome meeting at the beginning of the trip. Otherwise, you might like to while away the afternoon in the natural hot springs of Aguas Calientes.
Day 7 - Machu Picchu (2430) - Cusco Route 1 Inca Trail*: The day starts before dawn with breakfast at 4.30 am. Say farewell to the porters as they descend to the train station and begin hiking by 5.30 am. The walk to Intipunku (the Sun Gate) takes around two-and-a-half hours. Weather permitting, enjoy unforgettable views over the ‘Lost City of the Incas’ Route 2 Quarry Trail: Depending on weather conditions, take a bus at 5:30 am this morning along the winding road to Machu Picchu. The journey takes around 30 minutes. At Machu Picchu, join up with the travellers in your group who hiked the Classic Inca Trail. If skies are clear, enjoy spectacular views over the ancient city from the Sun Gate, before going on a guided walk around the ruins. Route 3: In the morning at 5.30 am, take a bus up to Machu Picchu. The city was built around 1440 AD as a country retreat for Incan nobility, but there’s evidence that the land had been a sacred Incan site for much longer. Take a guided tour around the ruins of temples, palaces and living quarters, and enjoy free time afterwards to wander around on your own before the group returns to Cusco. Visiting Machu Picchu: According to Machu Picchu visiting regulations, all visitors must follow a pre-determined route within the site. This route must be followed in one direction only and once the guided visit commences exiting and re-entering the site is not permitted. Once the guided visit concludes, visitors must exit the site and personal exploration of Machu Picchu is not permitted. For all trails - after taking advantage of the seemingly endless photo opportunities, it's time to return to Cusco for a well deserved shower and a pisco sour. Your evening is then free for the last night of your adventure.
Day 8 - Cusco Your adventure comes to an end this morning. There are no more activities planned and you're free to leave the accommodation at any time.
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