Days
6
Price from
$2,045AUD

Hike the Inca Trail and discover Cuzco, the Sacred Valley and magnificent Machu Picchu.

Shrouded in mystery and surrounded by incredible natural beauty, Machu Picchu stands among the world's most extraordinary archaeological sites. Explore it in depth on this 6-day journey from Cuzco, where the treasures of Peru's complex heritage shine like diamonds in the Andean mist. Venture into the verdant Sacred Valley to uncover incredible ruins and meet local residents, then hike the short version of the Inca Trail, watching in awe as the great lost Inca city comes into view from Sun Gate.

Independent Experiences

Independent travel, without the stress. Peregrine’s Independent Experiences are a range of short ‘mini tours’ that you can add to other Experiences or as an extension to a longer tour, to craft your perfect holiday itinerary. Independent Experiences are for 1–4 travellers, come accompanied by a local Peregrine guide and depart daily. /experiences


Start
Cuzco, Peru
Finish
Cuzco, Peru
Country
Peru
Style
Peregrine
Code
PSODX
Physical rating
Ages
Min 16
Group size
Min 1, Max 4

Why we love this trip

  • This concise itinerary is an excellent option for those wanting to experience trekking in Peru, but don’t want to do the full four days.

  • Visit Machu Picchu not once but twice, entering the first time through the Sun Gate at the end of the trek, then the following morning for a guided tour.

  • Travelling independently is a dream in destinations like these. Your itinerary is flexible, and you still get the benefit of local guides – as well as a greater chance of having the views from Sun Gate all to yourself.

  • There's so much more to this trip than Inca ruins. Discover Peru's cultural heartland on a walking tour of Cuzco, and travel into the lush Sacred Valley for lunch with a local community.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip visits places that are at high altitude, and as a result some people can suffer from altitude sickness, regardless of age or physical health. Please see the ‘Medical and Health’ section of the trip notes for more important information on this.

  • The trek involves hiking approximately 15 kilometres, the first 10 of which are uphill on sometimes steep terrain. A moderate level of fitness is recommended for this trip.

Itinerary

Arrive in Cusco, the historic heartland and former capital of the Inca Empire. Your trip begins today in Cusco with an airport arrival transfer. Your local guide will welcome you this evening at approximately 6 pm at your hotel and explain the next few days' activities. Cusco is a favourite destination of many visitors to Peru, so if you arrive early, be sure to do some exploring. This is a city steeped in history, tradition and legend and is a perfect base for visiting Inca ruins or to enjoy outdoor activities. Take the time to acclimatise to the altitude (3,450 m) and explore the many Baroque churches and ancient temples that dot the city.
Accommodation
  • San Agustin Plaza Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Enjoy a walking tour of Cuzco today (approximately 4 hours). You'll be picked up from the hotel at around 8 or 9 am (depending on what you decide with your guide the evening before). You'll stop in at the remains Koricancha, a masterpiece of stonework which was once the richest temple in the Inca Empire and was covered heavily in gold. Head to the cathedral to see its silver-coloured neoclassical altar and impressive art collection. Stroll down the plaza to see the Stone of Twelve Angles, a marvel of Inca masonry. Lastly, wander through the San Pedro Market and browse its eclectic array of colourful vegetables, succulent meats, local cheeses and artisan chocolates – as well as local oddities such as frog soup. Your city tour comes to an end just in time for lunch. Later, as night falls, perhaps head to the main square and enjoy beautiful views of the lit-up city. There are no shortage of lunch options in and around the square.

Accommodation
  • San Agustin Plaza Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cuzco - Coricancha Archeological Site, guided tour
  • Cuzco - Cathedral Visit
  • Cuzco - Full Boleto Turistico Pass, which gives you access to 16 archaeological sites in/around Cuzco (Transport & guides are not included)
  • Cuzco - Orientation Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Multiple sites are visited on today's walk, but the schedule and order of sites visited is flexible and also will depend on which hotel you’re staying at.
Head to the Sacred Valley for a full day of sightseeing and an overnight stay. Located between the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, the Sacred Valley was treasured because of its climate, fertile land and the presence of the Urubamba (Sacred) River. Notice the evidence of the Incas' engineering skills in the ruins of ancient aqueducts, irrigation canals, dams on the Urubamba River, imposing sets of terraces and centres of worship dedicated to Pachamama (Mother Earth). Visit the stone fortress of Sacsayhuaman, whose massive stone blocks paint an awesome picture of the Incas' sophistication engineering. You will also visit a local community and sit down to some lunch with the locals. If it happens to be market day, you will be able to wander the stalls and hunt down beautiful hand-painted beads and ponchos. Continue to the town of Ollantaytambo and its archaeological site, east of the Plaza de Armas. The upper terraces of the site offer great photo opportunities of the squared grid town below.
Accommodation
  • Tanupa Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sacred Valley - Local community visit and lunch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
This morning you'll wake up quite early in preparion to take an early train (depending on availability the train may depart between 6 and 8am) You will take the train from Ollantaytambo to KM104 which is the beginning of the trek. Begin the trek by crossing the Vilcanota/Urubamba River, and we'll enter the Inca Trail at approximately 9 am. Shortly after, it's on to the Inca ruins of Chachabamba. While this is one of the easiest treks around the Cuzco region, you still need to have a reasonable level of fitness to complete it. After an upwards climb, we arrive at Wiñay Wayna ('Forever Young') (2,680 m). Many visitors consider this impressive complex to be the best sight on the whole trail. Continue for about an hour further to Inti Punku (The Sun Gate) (2,730 m) from where you will have your views of Machu Picchu (2,400 m). Arriving late in the day, you may be lucky enough to enjoy the view by yourself. Depending on what time you arrive to Machu Picchu, you'll have some time to take a few pictures and look around; however, your guided tour will be tomorrow morning when you return to Machu Picchu. Afterwards, take a bus down to your hotel in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town).
Accommodation
  • Hatun Inti Classic or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Day Trek to Machu Picchu
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Trek Distance: The overall trek distance is approximately 10km and will take anywhere between 5-7 hours depending on fitness and pace.
At 5:30 am, take the bus back up the winding road to Machu Picchu. On this second visit to the ruins you'll have free time to explore and take any photos you may have missed yesterday. Spend time taking in the extraordinary architecture of the many temples, palaces and living quarters. The mortar-free design is particularly earthquake resistant and the stones are so precisely cut that to this day not even a knife fits between them. In the afternoon, you will return by bus and train to Cuzco and spend the night there. In the evening, perhaps head out for a final dinner in the city.
Accommodation
  • San Agustin Plaza or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Second visit of Machu Picchu (unguided)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your Independent Experience comes to an end today after breakfast. You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Casa Andina or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
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Meals

5 breakfasts, 2 lunches

Transport

Private Vehicle, Train

Accommodation

Hotel (4 nights)

Included Activities

  • Cuzco - Coricancha Archeological Site, guided tour
  • Cuzco - Cathedral Visit
  • Cuzco - Full Boleto Turistico Pass, which gives you access to 16 archaeological sites in/around Cuzco (Transport & guides are not included)
  • Cuzco - Orientation Walk
  • Sacred Valley - Local community visit and lunch
  • Day Trek to Machu Picchu
  • Second visit of Machu Picchu (unguided)

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Important notes

PERMIT FOR ONE DAY INCA TRAIL
Please note, a permit is required to trek the One Day Inca Trail. We require full passport details to request this permit.

TREK DAYS DURING FEBRUARY
The One Day Inca Trail is closed for maintenance during the month of February. During this time we recommend booking our 5 day Machu Picchu Experience as the itinerary is very similar, without the trekking.

Essential Trip Information

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