Trek Machu Picchu along an ancient Inca highway and see Peru’s most famous Inca ruin. Pass snow-capped mountains and glacial peaks along the way.
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Wander the ancient colonial streets of Cusco, World Heritage Site and ancient capital of the Incas, paying a visit to the 15th century Temple of the Sun and the nearby Sacsayhuaman Fortress. Explore the spectacular landscapes of the surrounding sacred valleys and immerse yourself in culture by meeting the local schoolchildren.
This varied trek follows the peaceful and little used Inca highway, following in the footsteps of the Incas through the heart of the Urubamba Valley, passing snow-capped mountains and glacial peaks to the mountain-top monument, Machu Picchu.
One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, explore the remnants of this iconic citadel and watch the sun rise over one of the world’s most remarkable archaeological sites.
Day 1 & 2: UK - Cusco, Peru
Fly to Cusco via Madrid and Lima. On arrival, spend time at leisure acclimatising to the rarefied air of the High Andes.
Day 3: Cusco
An extra day in Cusco assists with the acclimatisation process. Explore this fascinating city and the nearby Inca fortress of Sacsuayhuamán.
Day 4: Cusco – Chilipahua (5-6hrs trekking)
Short transfer to Papichu Bridge where we begin our trek. The trail climbs to the Watuq’asa pass, where there is an Inca wall and fortress. We descend to our campsite at the small settlement of Chilipahua.
Day 5: Chilipahua – Irway (8-10hrs trekking)
The longest trekking day, we cross the Chiliapahua pass to Silque River Valley, before ascending to overlook the stunning Ankascocha glacial lake. The views are utterly breathtaking with hill-views for miles before hitting snow-capped peaks in the far distance. Our route is on a rarely travelled Inca highway; this well-kept secret leads us through some of the most incredible scenery in the world. Today's trek ends at Peru's most famous Inca ruin, Machu Picchu.
Day 6: Irway – Kamicancha (6-8hrs trekking)
We descend to the vivid green Ankascocha Lake, where rare orchids grow, and condors swoop overhead. We pass beautiful cascades through the lush, green valley. Reaching Kamicancha, we will be greeted by children from the village school selling local handicrafts.
Day 7: Kamicancha – KM82 (3-4hrs trekking)
Our day begins with a visit to the local school before trekking across farmland, following the Urubamba River to our campsite. Relax and enjoy a traditional Peruvian celebration meal, cooked in a covered pit in the ground.
Day 8: KM82 – Machu Picchu (6hrs trekking)
We take the train along the Urubamba Valley and begin our trek. The famous Inca ruins of Winay Wayna are our first stop after which we join the Inca Trail which cuts across the ridge to the ‘door of the sun’ or Intipunku. From here, we head through Machu Picchu to the town of Aguas Calientes where we celebrate with a gala dinner and salsa!
Day 9: Machu Picchu – Cusco
We return to Machu Picchu for an uplifting, ealry morning sun rise over this magical site. In the afternoon, we catch a train to Ollantaytambo and transfer to Cusco for our final night in Peru.
Day 10: Depart Peru
Depart Cusco for an overnight flight.
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