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Private Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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Follow in the footsteps of the Inca as you summit Dead Woman’s Pass, explore abandoned ruins, and pass through the beauty of one of the highest cloud forests in the world.


Follow in the footsteps of the Inca on a pilgrimage to Machu Picchu.

Experience a day in the life of a porter.

Learn about the efforts to save traditional Peruvian textiles.



Day 1: Arrive in Lima

Arrive in Lima.

Your guide meets you at the airport and accompanies you to the hotel to help you check in.

Relax after your international flight.

Hotel: Ramada Costa del Sol (or similar)

Day 2: Tour Colonial Cusco

Depart for Cusco, high (10,856 ft.) in the Andes.

Your guide meets you at the airport and accompanies you to the hotel to help you check in.

Stroll through the Plaza de Armas.

Visit the ancient Inca temple of Qorikancha and Cusco’s magnificent colonial cathedral to witness how the Spanish and Inca cultures melded.

Explore Cusco’s vibrant traditional Andean market.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel and lunch

Hotel: Rumi Punku (or similar)

Day 3: Explore Inca Ruins & Meet Everyday Heroines

Visit Chicuchas Wasi, an alternative school for impoverished girls, and be inspired by director Ruth Uribe’s story.

Marvel at the Inca stonework on display at the four most important Inca ruins just outside of Cusco: Sacsayhuamán, Q’enko, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay.

Lunch at Aldea Yanapay. The proceeds from this playful restaurant support various social projects, including an alternative after-school program for local children.

Meet Nilda Callañaupa to learn about ancient Peruvian textile traditions and how she plans to save them.

Join a local Cusqueña family in their home for a delicious home-cooked meal.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel, lunch, and dinner

Hotel: Rumi Punku Hotel (or similar)

Day 4: Visit a Weaving or Inca Trail Porter Community

Visit a farm where you learn about the Andean camelid family. Feed and pet llamas and alpacas.

Travel to a remote weaving community. Enjoy a weaving demonstration and share lunch with community members. Shop for fine textiles at a fraction of the price you would pay in Cusco.

Stop by a chicheria to sample chicha, the fermented-corn drink that has been popular since the time of the Inca.

Check into your hotel and enjoy dinner on your own.

Alternatively, travel to the porter’s community in the Peruvian Andes.

Participate in typical farming activities and see how your porters live.

Enjoy a typical Andean dinner. Then, dance to the lilt of the Andean flute as you celebrate the night before the trek.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel and lunch at the weaving community or dinner with the porters

Hotel: Pakaritampu (or similar) or home stay in the porter community

Day 5: Hike from KM 82 to Llactapata

Hike along the banks of the Urubamba River.

Explore Llactapata, thought to be an important rest stop and roadside shrine on the journey to Machu Picchu.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Hiking Details: 3.11 miles, 3 to 4 hours; altitude of 9,022 at KM 82 to 8,694 at camp

Day 6: Hike from Llactapata to Llulluchapampa

Gradually ascend to the village of Huayllabamba. An abundance of fragrant orchids grow year round at this last village on the Inca Trail.

After lunch, continue ascending through what is known as the highest cloud forest in the world.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Hiking Details: 7.46 miles, 6 to 7 hours; altitude of 8,694 to 12,700

Day 7: Hike from Llulluchapampa to Chaquicocha

Ascend Warmiwañuscca (Dead Woman’s Pass). After a well-deserved rest, descend toward the valley of Pacaymayu.

From Pacaymayu, climb steeply up the opposite side of the valley towards the second pass. About halfway up, explore Runkuraqay, a small round roofless stone building. It provides an excellent view of the first pass, Warmiwañuscca.

Continue to ascend the second pass, Abre de Runkuraqay. On the far side of the pass, descend towards a valley containing a shallow lake. The story is that if you pick up a stone at the lake and carry it to the top of the pass, your wish will be granted – the bigger the stone, the bigger the wish.

Hike along a stone roadway. This is the start of the true Inca Trail. The Quechua people laid these stones during the era of the Inca.

Pass two beautiful green lakes on your way to a second, larger Inca site called Sayacmarca. Built on a promontory of rock overlooking the trail that passes beneath, it is only accessible by a single, narrow stone staircase.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Hiking Details: 9.32 miles, 8 to 9 hours; altitude of 12,700 to 11,482 at camp

Day 8: Hike from Chaquicocha to Machu Picchu

Hike a gently undulating section of the Inca trail as you journey on towards Phuyupatamarca. An underground river provides water for ceremonial baths. The highest baths were reserved for the nobility.

Descend steeply towards Wiñaywayna, which means “forever young.” Explore the marvelous terrace topped by a small city.

After lunch, hike on a broad, level path to a narrow flight of stone steps leading upwards to Intipunku (the Sun Gate) and into the mysterious citadel of Machu Picchu.

Descend through the park towards the bus stop. A short bus ride takes you to the Pueblo of Aguas Calientes where you spend the night.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Hiking Details: 6.84 miles, 5 to 6 hours; altitude of 11,482 to 7,874 at Machu Picchu

Hotel: Inti Inn (or similar)

Day 9: Explore Machu Picchu

Take the bus to Machu Picchu.

Tour Machu Picchu with your guide. Then, explore the ruins on your own before returning to Cusco via train.

Return to Cusco for one last night in the city once considered the navel of the Inca world.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel

Hotel: Rumi Punku (or similar)

Day 10: Tour Historic Lima & Learn to Make Ceviche

Return to Lima for a last tour of the City of Kings.

Head downtown to enjoy a ceviche cooking demonstration. Then, lunch alongside the locals.

Visit Casa Aliaga, one of the oldest colonial mansions in Lima, and the only one continuously inhabited by the same family – seventeen generations of the descendents of its original owner.

Tour the Monastery of San Francisco and its catacombs. Built in the 17th century, these catacombs were once the biggest cemetery in Lima.

Dine at Rosa Nautica. Set in a fabulous Victorian-style building on the end of a pier, this restaurant is the perfect place to relax over a last pisco sour and the Peruvian and international specialties of renowned chef Enrique Blondet.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel, lunch, and dinner

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Prices for 2019

2 to 4 people – $4,832/person

5 to 8 people – $3,872/person

Solo travelers – contact us.

A $250/person non-refundable deposit is due at the time of booking to reserve Inca Trail permits.

Included In Price

Accommodations – double occupancy

Airport/hotel transfers

Carbon offsets

English speaking guides

Entrance fees for scheduled tours

Ground transportation according to the itinerary

Meals specified in the itinerary

Excluded From Price


Airport taxes

Alcoholic drinks

Baggage fees

Meals not specified by the itinerary

Personal expenses

Porter community stay is an additional $95/person


Travel insurance (required)

Voluntary philanthropic gifts

Departure Dates

Best time to go is April through October. The Inca Trail is closed in February.

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