Discover the Inca marvels of the Sacred Valley, explore the last part of the majestic Inca Trail, behold the awe-inspiring stone-made citadel of Machu Picchu, visit the UNESCO heritage city of Cusco, and immerse yourself in the wildlife of the Tambopata National Wildlife Reserve.

Package details:

Duration
11 days 10 nights
Activities
Aqueology, trekking, wildlife
Difficulty
Challenging
Maximum Altitude
3300 msnm
Destination
Cusco, Sacred Valley, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Tambopata
Group Size
Small group or private
Overview

Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the surrounding archaeological sites. Next, hike the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, which is one of the most popular hikes in South America and is often listed as one of the top ten hikes in the world. You will encounter the perfect combination of history and natural beauty. Visit the ancient Inca site and get to Intipunku (Sun Gate) before sunrise to see Machu Picchu. This journey takes you deep into the heart of the Andes and to the lush cloud forest of Machu Picchu. Following the itinerary, we take a commercial flight to the jungle city of Puerto Maldonado to explore the rainforest and wildlife of Tambopata National Reserve. On the last day, you could fly back to Lima to connect with your international flight.

Note: Direct flights from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado are not available on Thursdays or Fridays.

Highlights

  • Avoid the symptoms of high-altitude sickness by going directly to the Sacred Valley.
  • Explore huge Inca temples and Andean terraces.
  • Combine traditional tours with the adventure of trekking the Andean mountains. 
  • Hike one of the best trekking in the world.
  • Return on the panoramic trains (Vistadome or 360°)
  • Arrive at Machu Picchu through the Sungate.
  • Explore the rainforest and wildlife of Tambopata National Reserve.
  • Enjoy Peruvian meals

Itinerary at glance

Day 1 / Cusco - Sacred Valley

  • Pick up from the airport or hotel in Cusco, heading to the Sacred Valley.
  • Explore a llama farm with an alpaca wool shop and Pisac archaeological site with its colorful handicraft market. 
  • Spend the night in Urubamba at the Sacred Valley.

Day 2 / Sacred Valley tour

  • Explore the Inca salt mines of Maras and Moray Andean terraces in the morning.
  • Lunch at a tourist restaurant to taste Peruvian meals.
  • Explore the vast Ollantaytambo archeological site in the afternoon.
  • Spend the night in Urubamba at the Sacred Valley.

Day 3 / Inca trail / Km 82 - Llactapata - Ayapata

  • Breakfast in Ollantaytambo, drive to Km 82, and start a 4-hour hike until lunchtime.
  • Visit Patallacta, Willkarakay, and local villages.
  • After lunch, continue for 2 more hours to Ayapata campsite.
  • Distance: 13.5km / 8 miles.
  • Campsite Altitude: 3,300m / 10,826ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging

Day 4 / Ayapata - Warmiwañusca - Runkuraqay - Chaquicocha

  • Start with a 4-hour hike to Dead Woman's Pass.
  • After lunch, conquer the second mountain, Runkuraqay Pass.
  • Visit Runkuqay, Sayacmarca, Conchamarca Inca Sites.
  • Campsite at Chaquicocha (3,600m / 11,811ft).
  • Distance: 16km / 10 miles.
  • Difficulty: Challenging

Day 5 / Chaquicocha - Phuyupatamarca - Wiñaywayna

  • After breakfast, hike for 2 hours to Phuyupatamarca.
  • Start a 3-hour hike down to the cloud forest.
  • Visit Phuyupatamarca, Intipata, and Wiñaywayna Inca sites.
  • Distance: 10km / 6 miles.
  • Campsite at Wiñaywayna (2600 m - 8530 ft).
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging.

Day 6 / Wiñaywayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco.

  • Early 2-hour hike to the Sun Gate and Machu Picchu.
  • 2 to 3 hours guided tour of Machu Picchu.
  • After the tour, head to Aguas Calientes and return to Cusco by train and road.
  • Distance: 6km / 3.7 miles.
  • Final Altitude: 2,430m / 7,972ft (Machu Picchu).
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 7 / Cusco City, day at leisure

  • Time to recover or explore the hotel surroundings on your own.
  • There are nice museums and a folk dance show at night.
  • Spend the night in Cusco.

Day 8 / Cusco - Puerto Maldonado - Tambopata

  • Flight from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado (not included).
  • Enjoy a 25-minute boat ride towards Inkaterra Hacienda Conception Lodge.
  • Immerse yourself in the depths of the rainforest with the Conception Trails jungle walk.
  • Take a Twilight River cruise to find nocturnal creatures.

Day 9 / Tambopata - Sandoval Lake

  • Hike through the rainforest of Tambopata and glide across Lake Sandoval. 
  • Climb the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway for panoramic views of wildlife.
  • Observe wildlife activity under darkness, exploring the Rainforest by Night.

Day 10 / Hacienda Concepcion oxbox lagoon

  • Discover many of the rainforest's tropical plants up close at our organic bio-orchard.
  • Visit Palmetum, where you will see a collection of Amazonian palms. 
  • Paddle on an oxbow lake and test your fishing skills on the lookout for piranhas. 

Day 11 / Hacienda Concepcion - Puerto Maldonado - Lima

  • Set off by boat from the lodge until you arrive at the airport in Puerto Maldonado city.
  • Flight back to Lima (not included).

Pricing

  • Price based on 4 participants in a double or twin room in 3-star hotels: $1812
  • Single supplement: $204
  • Hotel upgrades available to 4-star superior hotels
  • Please contact us if you are less than 4 participants to get a quote.
  • Please contact us if you are more than 4 participants to get a discount.
Full Itinerary
Day 1 / Cusco - Sacred Valley

Avoid the annoying high altitude symptoms by going directly to the Sacred Valley, located at a lower elevation than Cusco. At the given time, we pick you up from the airport in Cusco or from your hotel. If you are taking a flight from Lima to Cusco, please try to arrive around 9 am so that there is enough time to visit the mentioned places. Once together, we drive north along the Sacred Valley of the Incas, which is composed of small farming villages.

Along the way, we will visit a llama farm with an alpaca wool shop and the Pisac archaeological site with its handicraft market. At the llama farm, you will learn Inca weaving techniques that have been passed down through generations. You will be able to feed the llamas and alpacas and take nice pictures. Also, there is a shop where you can purchase garments made of alpaca wool, all of which are certified and of excellent quality.

Next, we stop at Pisac, a picturesque village with an archaeological site and colorful handicraft market. Here, you will learn about Inca culture, religion, and architecture. At the market, you will find the work of skilled local artisans, like pottery, wood carvings, textiles, and jewelry.

Lunch is included at a tourist restaurant in Urubamba village. Here, you can taste Peruvian meals. After a delicious meal, we take you to your hotel in Urubamba.

Included:

  • Tourist van with wide windows, air conditioning, and a professional driver.
  • A professional English-speaking tour guide.
  • Entrance tickets to visit the mentioned places.
  • Meals: buffet lunch at a tourist restaurant.
  • Hotel in Urubamba: Budget, Superior, or Deluxe, according to your package.
Day 2 / Sacred Valley tour

At 9 am (suggested time), we pick you up from your hotel and head towards the Inca salt mines in Maras. We drive for around 20 minutes, and once there, your guide will explain the process the Incas worked the salt ponds, a process that is in use until today. We continue to the Andean terraces of Moray, mysterious circled form terraces made for farming in Inca times.

Lunch is served in Urubamba, and then we drive north towards the Living Inca Town of Ollantaytambo, which is rich in history, well-preserved Inca architecture, and stunning natural scenery. There, we have a guided tour of the archaeological site with stunning Andean terraces, temples, fountains, and houses. After the tour, we drive back to your hotel. You will have a short briefing for the Inca Trail. The guide will call you on WhatsApp or at your hotel around 7 p.m. Please pack accordingly for the trek, we will provide a packing list and a duffel bag.

Included:

  • Tourist van with wide windows, air conditioning, and a professional driver.
  • A professional English-speaking tour guide.
  • Entrance tickets to visit the mentioned places.
  • Meals: buffet lunch at a tourist restaurant.
  • Hotel in Urubamba: Budget, Superior, or Deluxe, according to your package.
     
Day 3 / Inca trail - Km 82 - Llactapata - Ayapata

We will head to Km 82, arriving at approximately 8:00 AM. On the way, we will stop at Ollantaytambo to enjoy breakfast in a local restaurant; then, we'll proceed to Km 82 and pass through the checkpoint to begin our journey to Machu Picchu (ensure you carry your original passport). The initial two hours of the trek are quite manageable, leading us to our first Inca site, Patallacta. This ancient city exemplifies the Inca's diverse lifestyle and offers stunning panoramic views.

Leaving Patallacta, a two-hour hike takes us to Hatunchaca, located on the heart of the Inca Trail, where we'll enjoy lunch. After lunch, a 2-hour hike brings us to Ayapata (3,300 m/10,826 ft), our initial campsite on the legendary Inca Trai. We plan to reach the camp by approximately 5:00 PM, allowing time to prepare the beds in the tent, clean, and enjoy tea time with beautiful views. Dinner will be served later, followed by a well-earned night's rest.

  • Campsite Altitude: 3300m – 10826ft
  • Highest altitude: 3300m – 10826ft
  • Distance: 13.5km – 8 miles
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Meals: breakfast, snacks, lunch, tea time, & dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
Day 4 / Ayapata - Warmiwañusca - Runkuraqay - Chaquicocha

Wake up with coffee or coca tea in your tent and prepare for our trek's toughest day. After breakfast, we'll hike for 4 hours to reach Dead Woman's Pass (4,214 m/13,829 ft.), offering stunning views of the high mountains. Next, we descend for two hours into the Pacaymayu Valley, where we'll enjoy lunch prepared by our trekking chefs. After lunch, we'll ascend again for 2 hours to the Runkuraqay Pass (4,000 m/13,123 ft.) and then walk for another 2 hours to our Chaquicocha campsite.

Along the way, we'll explore ancient sites like Runkuraqay and Sayacmarca. After a full 10-hour day of hiking, we will finally arrive at the Chaquicocha campsite (3,600 m/11,811 ft.) just in time to witness a beautiful sunset over the Vilcabamba mountains. If you're still feeling energetic, the clear night sky offers a great opportunity for stargazing.

  • Campsite Altitude: (3,600m / 11,811ft)
  • Highest altitude: 3600
  • Distance: 16km / 10 miles
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Meals: Meals: Breakfast, snacks, Lunch, tea time, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Difficulty: Challenging
Day 5 / Chaquicocha - Phuyupatamarca - Wiñaywayna

On this relaxed day, our five-hour journey to the campsite covers diverse ecosystems and enters the cloud forest. We'll enjoy views of the majestic Salkantay, Cusco's second-highest peak in the Vilcabamba range. Arriving at Phuyupatamarca (3,600 m/11,811 ft), we're greeted with stunning Urubamba River and Machu Picchu Mountain vistas. Then, we will descend for 3 hours to Wiñaywayna (Forever Young). On the way, we will explore two notable Inca sites: Phuyupatamarca (City in the Clouds) and Intipata (Terraces of the Sun), each offering spectacular views of the Andes.

We're expected to arrive at our campsite around 1:00 PM, ready for lunch and rest. The afternoon is dedicated to relaxing, chasing llamas, showering, and visiting the Inca site of Wiñaywayna for a thorough exploration. Later, we'll return to our campsite for tea and dinner. 

  • Campsite Altitude: (2600 m - 8530 ft)
  • Highest altitude: 3600m – 11811ft
  • Distance: 16km - 10 miles
  • Meals: Breakfast, snacks, Lunch, tea time, Dinner
  • Distance: 10km / 6 miles
  • Campsite at Wiñaywayna (2600 m - 8530 ft)
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
Day 6 / Wiñaywayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco

On our most important day – the arrival at the legendary Lost City of the Incas – we wake up very early. After breakfast, we will head to the checkpoint and wait until it opens at 5:30 AM, when we will start our 1-hour hike to the Sun Gate. We will have a fantastic view from this site, and Machu Picchu is just an hour’s hike downhill. Around 7:30 AM, we will arrive at the final control point to begin our 2-hour guided tours. Later, you can explore Machu Picchu alone or climb Huayna Picchu Mountain (which must be booked as far in advance as possible). Your guide will explain how to take the bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes for lunch and return to Cusco by the panoramic Vistadome train and private van, dropping you off at your hotel.

  • Final Altitude: 2,430m / 7,972ft (Machu Picchu)
  • Distance: 6km - 3.7 miles
  • Hike Duration: 2 hours
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu:  2-3 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Included:

  • Breakfast at the campsite.
  • Guided tour in Machu Picchu.
  • Entrance ticket for Machu Picchu.
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide.
  • Bus tickets from Machu Picchu down to the village.
  • Panoramic train to Ollantaytambo station.
  • Transport back to Cusco and drop off at your hotel.
  • Meals: Breakfast.
  • Hotel in Cusco: Budget, Superior, or Deluxe, according to your package.
Day 7 / Cusco City, day at leisure

Time to recover after 4 days of trekking through the mountains of Cusco. You could also explore the hotel surroundings on your own, or some museums. Some suggestions are:

  • Casa Concha Museum. Here, you can find some of the archeological artifacts that Hiram Bingham found in Machu Picchu.
  • Museo Inka. Here, you can find Inca artifacts like pottery, textiles, and metalwork. Also, you can find mummies and Quipus.
  • The Pre-Columbian Art Museum of Cusco MAP. It also displays a collection of ceramics, textiles and metalwork, and also provides a cultural context with Chronological and Geographical Coverage,

In the late afternoon, you can enjoy a folk dance show included with your general tourist ticket, which we provide. Spend the night in Cusco.

Included:

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Hotel in Cusco
Day 8 / Cusco - Puerto Maldonado - Tambopata

We will take you to the airport two hours before the flight departs towards the jungle city of Puerto Maldonado. Regular flights depart Cusco around 11 am and arrive at Puerto Maldonado around 11.45 am. Once there, staff of the lodge will pick you up in a minibus and take you to the river dock. Then, you begin Amazon adventure with a 25-minute boat ride navigating the clay-colored Madre de Dios River to reach Inkaterra Hacienda Conception Lodge. After a refreshing time in your room lunch is served at the palm-thatched Casa Grande dining room. Then we explore the rainforest on foot, starting from the Eco Center.

We explore the Conception trails for an immersive introduction to the ecosystems of the Amazon basin. lnkaterra Hacienda Concepcion harbors primary and secondary rainforests inhabited by exotic wildlife and tropical plants. Witness dusk in the rainforest in a guided Twilight River boat ride. At this time of day, the wildlife in the jungle changes. Try to find caimans lurking on the riverbanks. Enjoy â-la-carte dining, made with local Amazon ingredients. Spend the night in the jungle.

Included:

  • Transfer to Cusco airport in a tourist van or minibus
  • Transfer to the lodge by ground and boat
  • Guided tours
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Lodge accommodations
Day 9 / Tambopata - Sandoval Lake

Buffet breakfast is served from 05:30 am. Then we explore the Sandoval Lake in a dug-out wooden canoe, and quietly paddle through a stream, and glide onto the lake, flanked by picture-perfect palms. Sandoval Lake is a glassy, ox-bow lake located inside the protected Tambopata National Reserve and is home to many species of birds, the endangered giant river otter, red howler monkeys, red-bullied macaws, anacondas, side-neck turtles, black caimans amongst others. Return to Inkaterra Hacienda Conception in time for lunch.

In the afternoon, we visit the Canopy Walkway, which is a sophisticated network distributed over ecologically constructed hanging suspension bridges strung between eight treetop observation platforms above the forest floor. We will ascend the tower of 38 meters (124 feet) above ground, trying to find wildlife like toucans, trogons, woodpeckers, monkeys, and more. This is a great opportunity to appreciate the rainforest from the rooftop and gain a sense of its size. Once at the lodge, you can take a night walk into the hidden forest. If you prefer a good rest, the spa is available. A la carte dinner is served from 19:00.

Included

  • Guided tours
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Lodge accommodations
Day 10 / Hacienda Concepcion oxbox lagoon

We visit an organic bio-orchard after breakfast to learn about tropical plants and their medicinal uses that local people used through generations. Later, we visit the Palmetum which is a collection of Amazonian palms in a plot reserved for rainforest restoration and conservation.
Enjoy a relaxing paddle boat ride after lunch. We explore in a dugout canoe on Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion's oxbow-shaped lagoon, locally called cocha. We would find the bizarre hoatzins in the surroundings, maybe caymans and piranhas, and birds flying through the jungle. With the catch-and-release technique, you may test your fishing abilities by looking for piranhas with a basic wooden rod, just like the local indigenous people do. Spend the night at the lodge.

Included

  • Guided tours
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Lodge accommodations
     
Day 11 / Hacienda Concepcion - Puerto Maldonado - Lima

Enjoy your last morning with the unmistakable sounds of the jungle. The check-out time is at 10 am, and you can enjoy a good breakfast before that. then we must take the boat back to Puerto Maldonado in a 25-minute return trip along the Madre de Dios River. Then, we will take you to the airport for your flight back to Lima. Please provide your flight information. 

Note that activities and excursions are subject to change depending on weather conditions.

End of the tour 
 

Inclusions of the package

  • Airport transfers
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transport for the tours
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Entrance tickets to the places to visit
  • Meals described and breakfast at hotels
  • Hotel accommodations in the category selected.

Not Included in the package 

  • Flight tickets
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance

Inclusions of the Classic Inca Trail trek:

  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Pick up from your hotel in Cusco or Sacred Valley
  • All Transfers Included during the four days
  • Permits to Inca trail.
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Duffle bags for your personal stuff 7 kilos
  • Personal Porter to carry your stuff (Max 7 kilos)
  • Porters to bring food and equipment
  • Trekking chef to prepare your meals
  • Professional tour guide
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu
  • Panoramic Trains to return (Vistadome or 360)
  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners
  • Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options
  • Camping equipment (tents, chairs, tables, pillows)
  • First aid kit, Oxygen tank, satellite phones
  • All taxes and fees included

Not included in the Inca trail trek:

  • Sleeping bags, Trekking poles, Air Mattress
  • Last Day lunch
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain
  • Travel Insurance

Inclusions for the jungle tour to Tambopata

  • Round-trip transportation by land and river (Airport/Lodge/Airport)
  • Excursions with an Inkaterra Explorer Guide in Spanish or English
  • Small groups up to 8 participants with one guide
  • Check-in 1 pm / Check-out 10 am
  • Luggage storage room
  • Personalized Wake-up calls
  • Full board
  • Welcome drink
  • Turndown service between 6 pm – 8 pm
  • Entrance Fee to Lake Sandoval

Not Included

  • Flight tickets
  • Gratuities
  • Binoculars