Ultimate Inca Trek
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Ultimate Inca Trek

Need to know

  • Best time to travel: May - October
  • Tour duration: 9 days (excluding travel time)
  • Group size: 10–20 travellers
  • Challenge grade: 4/5
  • Accommodation: Twin Share in 2-3-star hotels and camping
  • Minimum age: 18 (younger ages considered on application)

Tour from AUD: Price available upon request

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    Trip at a glance

    Follow in the footsteps of  the Incas, as you challenge yourself to one of the World’s best-known hikes - the Inca Trail. 


    Starting in Cusco with a local city tour, take in the architecture and the history-rich streets before settling down in anticipation of what is to come. Your next two days are a perfect prelude for the Inca Trail. You will be exploring the magical ruins of Sacsayhuaman, once a battlefield and the historic capital of the Inca Empire. Traverse the rarely visited ruins or Moray, view the magnificent snow-capped Cordillera Vilcanota, and take in a series of salt plans that have been worked since Inca times.


    Our Inca trek begins on day four, where we meet our team of porters and cooks, before strapping on our day packs and setting off on an afternoon walk above the Urubamba river before settling into our picturesque campsite. We spend the next three days trekking through valleys, and along mountainous trails. Each afternoon we arrive to a set up camp and are welcomed with a warm cup of tea and friendly smiles.


    Our adventure sees us traverse Dead Woman’s Pass and ascend through Sayacmarca before reaching Machu Picchu. Words cannot describe the views once you reach this sacred place. Enjoy a fully guided tour of the residential, religious and agricultural sectors, and explore the area before heading back to Cusco via train for one last night to reminisce about the extraordinary trip we have just been lucky enough to be a part of.



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    Day 1: Welcome to Cusco
    Welcome to Cusco, Peru! On arrival in Cusco airport please proceed to the baggage hall. At the exit to the building your driver will be waiting for you with a sign at the barrier outside the arrivals gate. Your driver will then take you on the short journey to your hotel.

    After freshening up, you will be introduced to the city with the "Locals' guide to Cusco". This short walking tour is a great way to get your bearings and also helps you get used to the altitude. The beautiful historic centre was declared a World Heritage Site in 1983 with Inca and colonial architecture evident all around.

    Later in the day your guide will give you a full briefing for the adventure  ahead.

    Accommodation: Hotel Anahuarque, Cusco

    Meals: L

    Day 2: Tambo Machay- Sacsayhuaman- Cusco Local – Ruins Hike
    This lovely walking tour is a superb introduction into the Inca heritage of Peru. First we visit the impressive site of Sacsayhuaman. Huge stone ramparts surround a beautiful grass amphitheatre. Once the scene of fierce battles, it now hosts the recreation of traditional Inca ceremonies such as Inti Raymi and Warachikuy. 

    Next is the Inca water temple of Tambo Machay lying at 3700 m and the Red fort of Puca Pucara followed by a picnic lunch nearby. From here, an optional hike following an ancient Inca trail takes us downhill to Cusco (or vehicle transfer) , stopping at the Temple of the Moon and other historical sites along the way.

    Accommodation: Hotel Anahuarque, Cusco

    Meals: B,L

    Trekking distance: 12 km approx.

    Day 3: Hike Moray ruins to Maras Salt-pans
    We head towards Chinchero plain before taking a dirt road to the incredible ruins of Moray. These rarely visited circular ruins are thought to have been agricultural experimental stations in the times of the Incas.

    After visiting the ruins we follow an ancient mule trail with spectacular views of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcanota. We will also see examples of the finest Andean farming on our way. We head back across the plains to the interesting town of Maras for lunch.

    In the afternoon we descend from Maras to the amazing Salinas, a series of salt pans that have been worked since Inca times. We explore this amazing site then descend to the Urubamba river and our awaiting vehicle, which returns us to your hotel for the night.

    Accommodation: Sol Natura Hotel, Ollantaytambo

    Meals: B,L,D

    Trekking distance: 11km, approx. 6 hours including time to explore

    Ascent 50m

    Descent 732m

    Maximum altitude 3532m

    Day 4: Ollantaytambo town, Start the Inca Trail - Camp 1
    This morning you visit the old Inca town of Ollantaytambo. After a look around we have a short drive to the trail-head at Piscacucho (km 82). Here you meet the porters and cooks that will support your journey to Machu Picchu. We enjoy a light lunch whilst the porter prepare their cargo. Whilst walking all you need to carry is a day-pack. Your luggage is carried by the porters, your tents are put up for you and your food is prepared for you. All you have to do is shoulder your day-pack and enjoy the walking.

    With the crowds now long gone, we head to the Inca Trail control post. The afternoon's hiking is an undulating trail above the fascinating Urubamba river. Finally we arrive at the spectacular Inca site of Llactapata (2,788m / 9,146ft) and up to our camp for the night. (2,902m / 9,521ft).

    Accommodation: Comfortable camping 

    Meals: B,L,D

    Trekking distance: 6km

    Altitude: 2700m - 2902m

    Day 5: Inca Trail – Llactapata to Llulluchapampa – Camp 2
    After a hearty breakfast you climb gently up the Cusichaca valley to the small hamlet of Huayllabamba. This is the last inhabited place on the trail. A little steeper now, you head up the beautiful Inca path, past hummingbirds and stunted cloud forest to your camp at Llulluchapampa (3,680m / 12,073ft). This beautiful grassy area has outstanding views and you may even see the Andean deer that come to feed here.

    Accommodation: Comfortable camping

    Meals: B,L,D

    Trekking distance: 9km

    Altitude: 2902m - 3800m

    Day 6: Inca Trail – Llulluchapampa to Phuyupatamarca - Camp 3
    Today is the most challenging day but also the most exhilarating. You climb to Dead Woman’s Pass (4,212m / 13,819ft) the high point of the trail before dropping into the Pacaymayu valley. Climbing once more you pass the Inca control post of Runkuracay to the second pass of the day (3,998m/13,117ft). On a clear day there are spectacular views towards Pumahuanca mountain in the Vilcabamba range.

    You continue on the well preserved Inca trail to Sayacmarca. Located at the junction of two old Inca roads, historians still argue over its exact purpose. A few more gentle ups and downs and you arrive at your stunning campsite for the night, Phuyupatamarca, or ‘the place above the clouds’ (3,650m /11,975ft).

    Accommodation: Comfortable camping 

    Meals: B,L,D

    Trekking distance: 15km

    Altitude: 3800m-4200m-3600m-3900m-3600m

    Day 7: Inca Trail: Phuyupatamarca to Machu Picchu
    This is the day you finally reach Machu Picchu!

    As you step out of your tent the views are stunning. Perhaps you will see the sun rising over the snow-capped mountains of Salkantay (6,200m/20,341ft) and Veronica (5,800m / 19,029ft). Or perhaps you will have a cloud inversion, with the clouds filling the valleys beneath your feet.

    After saying a fond farewell to your porters it is time to put on your boots and head to Machu Picchu. You descend through the cloud forest on beautiful Inca stairways, to Wiñay Wayna, another interesting ruin full of swallows and orchids. Finally you contour the hillside to arrive at Inti Punku, the gateway of the Sun. As you step through the old stone gate-way, Machu Picchu appears laid out before your eyes.

    After plenty of photos you carry on past this wonder of the world to catch the bus down to the lively town of Machu Picchu Pueblo and a well-deserved hotel and shower.

    Accommodation: Hotel Hatun Inti Classic

    Meals: B,L,D

    Trekking distance: 12km

    Altitude: 3600m - 2400m

    Day 8: Machu Picchu Ruins- Train- Cusco
    First thing in the morning we head up the hill to the fabled "Lost City of the Incas - Machu Picchu" for a fully guided tour of the residential, religious and agricultural sectors. (Please note Huayna Picchu, Machu Picchu Mountain and Huchuy Picchu require an extra, limited-availability permit. Please enquire at the time of booking if you require one.)

    Machu Picchu entrance times are set hourly and only valid for four hours. We usually aim for mid-morning entrance. This avoids the sunrise rush and ensures you have a good breakfast before the long day ahead. In the afternoon, we board the train for an interesting ride along the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Here our waiting transfer whisks us back to Cusco and our hotel. Then, if we have the energy, we can explore Cusco’s many excellent restaurants and bars.

    Accommodation: Hotel Anahuarque, Cusco

    Meals: B,L,D

    Day 9: Departure day
    Today is a free day to enjoy all that this city has to offer. Coffee museums, cooking classes, chocolate making, souvenir hunting or even just sitting in one of the many cafes and watching the world go by. The late flights out of Cusco allow you to really maximise your time and get the most out of this holiday of a lifetime.

    For those with more time we can offer you extensions to the Amazon rainforest, Lake Titicaca, Colca Canyon and Arequipa or even to the little visited northern Peru.

    Meals: B

    • What's included:
    • Soulful Concepts Tour Manager
    • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
    • Accommodation throughout in tents, lodges and 2-3 star hotels
    • All park fees and permits
    • Accommodation on the mountain (Three-man mountain tents used for two people only including foam sleeping mats) Stools, a mess tent and hot water for washing are provided on the mountain.
    • All meals on the mountain
    • All transfers in private air-conditioned vehicles
    • What's not included:
    • International airfares
    • Tips to driver, porters and guides
    • Visas
    • Insurance
    • Items of personal nature
    • Vaccinations

    * Travellers are responsible for valid visas throughout the duration of the trip

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    Need to know

    • Best time to travel: May - October
    • Tour duration: 9 days (excluding travel time)
    • Group size: 10–20 travellers
    • Challenge grade: 4/5
    • Accommodation: Twin Share in 2-3-star hotels and camping
    • Minimum age: 18 (younger ages considered on application)

    Tour from AUD: Price available upon request

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