Trek the Inca Trail, Explore Cusco and Mountain Bike the Sacred Valley
Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a true classic that should be on every adventurer’s “to-do” list. Exploring ancient paths and exquisite ruins in this spectacular setting will send shivers down your spine. This haunting fortress city nestled below stunning peaks is perhaps the greatest mystery of the Inca Empire. The four-day trek on the Inca Trail to reach this pre-Columbian site is a pilgrimage through time. Beautiful Andean scenery, as well as cultural history, unfolds as we hike up and down steep stone staircases past ancient Inca outposts.
Before we hop on the trail, we spend few days in Cusco, acclimatizing and exploring the many ruins and sites that are so unique to the city that was once the capital of the Inca Empire! We then travel to the Sacred Valley where we bike or hike through the Peruvian countryside, stopping to see Maras salt mines and the Moray ruins, a large-scale agricultural research area.
All of these experiences combines will give you a true sense of the magic of Peru!
Day 1 Arrive and overnight in Cusco. We will gather in the evening for a trip briefing.
Day 2 Half-day tour of the Inca ruins around Cusco including: Sacsayhuaman, Qenco, Puca Pucara & Tambomachay ruins.
Day 3 Transfer to the Sacred Valley. Incredible cross-country mountain bike ride from Moray to Maras. Explore archaeological sites and visit traditional Peruvian villages along the way.
Day 4 Begin hiking the Inca Trail! Approximately four hours of hiking to our first camp in a canyon alongside Inca ruins.
Day 5 Climb through the cloud forests of Yunkachimpa and Corralpunku. Overnight just below Dead Woman’s Pass, 12,000 feet – approximately 5 hours hiking.
Day 6 Ascend over the high point of the Inca trail, 14,000 feet, then walk through rolling terrain to arrive and camp at Puyupatamarca – above the clouds. Approx. 5 hours hiking.
Day 7 Approximately four hours of hiking, stopping an hour before Machu Picchu at the incredible ruins of Winay Wayna. We reach the Sun Gate of Machu Picchu in the golden afternoon light and enjoy a brief initial visit to the ruins. Overnight in the small town of Aguas Calientes.
Day 8 In the morning, we return to Machu Picchu where we spend most of the day with our knowledgeable guide. In the late afternoon, we climb aboard a first-class train for a ride back to Cusco.
Day 9 Transfer to airport for flight back home.