Peru For Less
Custom, private tours to Peru and Galapagos at local price
Kim MacQuarrie
Explorer & Four-time Emmy Winner

A keen explorer and adventurer, Kim has won 4 Emmy Awards -- 3 of them for documentaries on the Peruvian Amazon. Kim’s newest book, Adventure in the Andes: On the Trail of Bandits, Heroes, and Revolutionaries, about a 4,500-mile journey from Colombia to Tierra del Fuego.

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8 days – Inca Trail & Machu Picchu

From $1779 / 8 days - Daily Departures
Detailed Itinerary presented by Kim MacQuarrie 4-time Emmy winner  | + info
Day 1
Puente de los Suspiros spans gorge in Barranco

Upon arrival at the Lima airport, meet a Incas Expert Travel representative for a transfer to your confirmed Lima hotel.


If arriving early, you can also take in scenic Parque del Amor (Love Park) in Miraflores for views of Lima's gorgeous coastline.

Arrive to Lima. Transfer to hotel
Day 2
Baroque Jesuit Church on Cusco Plaza de Armas

Fly from Lima to Cusco. Upon arrival at the airport, meet a Incas Expert Travel representative for the short drive to your hotel in the historic center. Along the way, you will see stunning examples of the city’s hybrid Spanish-Inca architecture.

You have the rest of the afternoon to explore the city and start adjusting to the altitude before your Inca Trail trek.

Fly to Cusco. Relax, wonder, acclimate
Day 3
Tiny people show scale of three layered Inca terraces

Begin your day with a private guided tour of Cusco’s most important sites. Start with a visit to the Cusco Cathedral and Qoricancha. Later, see the impressive ruins of Sacsayhuaman.

Spend the afternoon at your leisure. Shop with locals at San Pedro Market or wander the streets of bohemian San Blas.

Private Half Day Cusco City Tour
Day 4
Inca Trail hiker walks on narrow path hugging steep mountain.

Heading out early from your Cuzco hotel, you will travel to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, and continue another hour to the start of the trail at Km 82. Walking for about 3 hours along the trail you will arrive at the Llactapata ruins, and then continuing through a lush valley, you will arrive at the evening campsite of Wayllabamba.

Begin Inca Trail Trek. Cusco to Wayllabamba
Day 5
Orange tents lined up at Inca Trail campsite

Today is the most challenging portion of the trail, as you climb 3 hours to Warmiwañusca, known as Dead Woman's Pass, at 13,780 feet. From the top you'll be able to take in breaktaking views of the surrounding valleys. The hike ends at the Pacaymayo campsite with views of snow-capped Mount Veronica.

Wayllabamba to Pacaymayo
Day 6
Fine stonework at Inca Trail archaeological site

Today you'll trek through truly gorgeous valleys into the mountain cloud forest. Highlights include Runkurakay Pass, Sayacmarca ruins, and the stunning Phuyupatamarca, “The Town in the Clouds.” The day ends at Wiñay Wayna where you can enjoy beer, a shower, and a good night’s rest.

Pacaymayo to Wiñay Wayna
Day 7
Machu Picchu tops ridge surrounded by green mountains

Rising early to make it for sunrise over Machu Picchu, you will hike for about an hour to reach the "Sun Gate," where you will get your first view of Machu Picchu.

Enjoy a two-hour tour of this majestic Inca citadel, take some time to take in the views and enjoy your accomplishment. Then head down to the train station in Aguas Calientes pueblo for the return to Cusco.

Machu Picchu to Cusco
Day 8
Traveler poses for photo in front of towering Cusco Cathedral

Enjoy a final breakfast at your Cusco hotel. Then meet our representative for a transfer to the airport to begin your journey back home.

You can also customize this itinerary to continue your exploration of Peru’s wonders.

Return to Lima or continue your journey

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