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Inca Trail and Jungle Adventure

From historic Cusco and the Sacred Valley to jungle adventures in the Amazon and the legendary Inca Trail trek, this incredible trip ds it all. Enjoy the stunning drive from Cusco to the Sacred Valley via Chinchero and the salt pans at Maras before commencing one of the finest short treks in the world. The Inca Trail includes the beautiful trek to Hatunchaca, over the first pass to Pacaymayun and on over the second and third pass to Phuyupatamarca, the enchanting city in the clouds, where the views of the Andes will astound even the most seasoned trekker. From here the trail winds through the Gateway of the Sun to Machu Picchu, where we spend ample time exploring this amazing and enigmatic site. The spectacular flight from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado in the rainforest is a highlight as is the river boat journey and rainforest walk to our Jungle Lodge - the perfect base for rainforest walks, wildlife spotting and exploration of the Lake Sandoval by can. This memorable journey concludes with a boat trip to the jungle town of Puerto Maldonado.

Inclusions

9 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners
Expert bilingual guide for each section
Comfortable and central hotels/lodges
Private internal transportation
The use of a gear pack including sleeping bag, fibre filled jacket, thermarest and headtorch during the trek
Group camping equipment
Porters to carry personal gear on trek
Group medical kit
Sightseeing and site entrance fees as listed (including Machu Picchu entrance fee)
Hightlights
Admire the ancient city of Cusco with its rich cultural heritage
Undertake a walk with beautiful views to the historic salt pans in the Sacred Valley
Trek the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Discover the incredible ruins of Machu Picchu and enjoy the spectacular tourist train
Explore the Amazon Jungle at Tambopata, home to the world's greatest concentration of birds and butterflies
Overnight stay in Aguas Calientes allowing time to recharge after the hike and experience Machu Picchu in the mystical morning light
Extra visit to Machu Picchu to fully appreciate this new world wonder
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
10
Price From
AUD $3,090
Start Location
Cusco, Peru
End Location
Peru
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
3 to 16
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure, Cycling/Trekking
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
08 Nov 201817 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $3,090
11 Nov 201820 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $3,090
15 Nov 201824 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $3,090
18 Nov 201827 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $3,090
22 Nov 201801 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,090
25 Nov 201804 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,090
29 Nov 201808 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,090
02 Dec 201811 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,090
06 Dec 201815 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,090
09 Dec 201818 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,090
13 Dec 201822 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,090
16 Dec 201825 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,090
07 Mar 201916 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
11 Mar 201920 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
14 Mar 201923 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
18 Mar 201927 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
21 Mar 201930 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
25 Mar 201903 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
28 Mar 201906 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
01 Apr 201910 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
04 Apr 201913 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
08 Apr 201917 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
11 Apr 201920 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
15 Apr 201924 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
18 Apr 201927 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
22 Apr 201901 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
25 Apr 201904 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
29 Apr 201908 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
02 May 201911 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
06 May 201915 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
09 May 201918 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
13 May 201922 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
16 May 201925 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
20 May 201929 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
23 May 201901 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
27 May 201905 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
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06 Jun 201915 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
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22 Jul 201931 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
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05 Sep 201914 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
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12 Sep 201921 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
16 Sep 201925 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
19 Sep 201928 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
23 Sep 201902 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
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21 Oct 201930 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
24 Oct 201902 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
28 Oct 201906 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
31 Oct 201909 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
04 Nov 201913 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
07 Nov 201916 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
11 Nov 201920 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
14 Nov 201923 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
18 Nov 201927 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
21 Nov 201930 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
25 Nov 201904 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
28 Nov 201907 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
02 Dec 201911 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
05 Dec 201914 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
09 Dec 201918 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
12 Dec 201921 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,090
05 Mar 202014 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $3,190
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20 Jul 202029 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $3,190
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20 Aug 202029 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $3,190
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17 Sep 202026 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $3,190
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19 Oct 202028 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $3,190
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16 Nov 202025 Nov 2020AvailableAUD $3,190
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26 Nov 202005 Dec 2020AvailableAUD $3,190
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ItineraryExpand
Day 1
This morning you will be collected from your hotel in central Cusco at 9am (please ensure you advise your reservations consultant of your pre tour hotel details if you have not booked this with World Expeditions). We leave Cusco and head to the Chinchero Plateau to explore Chinchero, an important town in Inca times. The most striking remnant of this period is the massive stone wall in the main plaza which has ten trapezoidal niches. There are beautiful views overlooking the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with the Cordillera Vilcabamba and the snow-capped peak of Salkantay dominating the western horizon. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Visit the salt mines of Maras. This village is a salt-producing center that dates back all the way to pre-Inca times. There are over 3000 salt pools all carved into the mountain side. Discover Moray's mysterious concentric circular terraces which, according to some scholars, would be an agricultural research center. When the tour is over, we will end up in the Sacred Valley near a good restaurant where we can savour dishes made with locally grown produce. After a leisurely lunch we head for our hotel in the valley. The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy beauty of this famous valley. Overnight: Tika Wasi Hotel or similar. *NB: There will be a pre-trip briefing the night before your trip starts held in the group hotel (TBA) at 6pm. If you are unable to make this, please let your reservations consultant know and we can organise your kitbags and jackets plus any other relevant information to be sent to your hotel.
Day 2
Today we enjoy another day in the beautiful Sacred Valley with a tour of Ollantaytambo. During our time in Ollantaytambo we visit its remarkable temple/fortress set high on a ridge above the village. We also explore the quaint village itself with a fascinating mixture of Inca and Colonial architecture. This evening we have a pre-trek briefing with our trekking guide at our hotel and prepare for the trek. Overnight: Tika Wasi Hotel or similar.
Day 3
You will be picked up early from your hotel in the Sacred Valley for the drive to Chilca or Piscacucho where we start our first day of trekking. At this point we meet our cooks, porters and camp staff before setting off on this famous 'Royal Highway of the Incas', built more than 500 years ago. The first day involves approximately five to six hours of walking. During the first few hours of walking we follow the course of the famous Urubamba River before stopping to admire the archaeological site of Patallacta 2750m (9,020ft) an ancient Inca city built on a series of terraces below the trail. From here we continue to follow the narrow valley of the Cusichaca River to camp at one of two sites near the village of Huayllabamba 3,100m (10137ft). This means we avoid the very crowded camp sites within the village used by most of the trekkers on the Inca Trail. Overnight: Campsite. *Important: Please be aware that, because of the Peruvian authorities' rules on the Inca Trail, there may be changes in the actual trek itinerary and the campsites we use.
Day 4
After breakfast, we begin the most difficult part of the trek. We continue up this narrow valley on the left bank of the river - whose source is one of the great glaciers of Mt Salcantay. We then start the steep climb up our first pass, Warmihua usca, which is also the highest point of the journey at 4,200m (13,700ft). After a rest at the pass and time to take in the spectacular views we descend steeply into the Pacamayo Valley 3,500m (13,700ft) where we spend our second night on the Inca Trail. Overnight: Campsite.
Day 5
Today is the longest day (eight to nine hours of walking) but also the most impressive and interesting because of the amount of archaeological complexes and cloud forest we will find as we walk. After breakfast in our campsite in the verdant Pacamayo Valley we start ascending towards the small but impressively set ruins at Runkuraqay and on to Cochapata set just below the second pass at 3,900m (12,800ft). From here we walk the short distance to the pass and then descend past a mysterious small green lake to the large ruins of Sayacmarca and on to the last pass at 3,800m (12,450ft) which is more like a low ridge-line than a true pass. From here we get a great view down into the forested gorge of the Urubamba River set more than 1700 metres below us. A short hike from here takes us over the Phuyupatamarca Pass at 3,700m (12,140ft), aptly named the 'City in the Clouds'. We walk down along an incredibly well preserved section of the Inca Trail with great white granite slab walls and staircases all impressively set in high jungle to our final campsite at Wi ay Wayna 2,679m (8,790ft). Overnight: Campsite.
Day 6
After breakfast we walk the last few kilometres to finally reach Inti Punku (The Gateway to the Sun) awe-inspiringly set above the 'lost city' of Machu Picchu 2,400m (7,900ft). Your first view of the ruins really ds take your breath away! We will enjoy a guided tour of the sanctuary followed by time to explore this fascinating site at your own pace (with the accompaniment of the guide). We return by bus down to Aguas Calientes for lunch (at your own expense, there are many options to choose from) and check in to our hotel to recharge or this is a good time for a well deserved soak in the nearby hot springs (optional). We say farewell to our guide and some of the Inca Trail trekkers returning to Cusco this afternoon. Overnight: El Mapi Hotel or similar. *Important: Peruvian authorities have implemented entry restrictions to protect Machu Picchu from the impact of its immense popularity. As of January 2018 there are two time slots (morning and afternoon) in which patrons can enter Machu Picchu for a limited number of hours and must follow one of three predetermined routes. Additionally, all visitors must be accompanied by a guide at all times. These changes have been made to improve the visitor experience and in an effort to deal with overcrowding. World Expeditions endeavour to ensure you get the most of your Machu Picchu experience regardless of these restrictions.
Day 7
This morning we get up early to savour the views and atmosphere of the mystical morning light over Machu Picchu. We are treated to a unique second visit to Machu Picchu including another guided tour (conducted by a local guide) visiting the sites that you may have missed yesterday in this colossal sanctuary. After the official tour ends, you will have more time in the company of the guide to continue exploring this incredible site. In the afternoon or early evening we depart from Machu Picchu for the train ride back to Ollantaytambo where we transfer to our vehicle for the drive back to Cusco. Overnight: Casa Andina Cathedral Hotel or similar. NB - depending on train schedules, we may arrive into Cusco very late at night. OPTIONAL HUAYNA PICCHU CLIMB OR MACHU PICCHU MOUNTAIN CLIMB - For the more adventurous, you can purchase an additional Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain permit (ask us for costs), and forego the guided tour of Machu Picchu which is non-refundable and non-transferable. Please be aware that this is NOT a guided climb, and it takes a minimum of 3 hours return. Both climbs are very steep (including many small and narrow steps) and can be slippery and are very exposed with vertiginous drops. Before purchasing the permit on your behalf (non-refundable and non-transferable), we require any passengers to sign a waiver form. Note - there are limited Huayna Picchu permits and they sell out fast, if you are interested in this option, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible. NOTE: This evening, please be sure to re-pack your luggage for the jungle. Dependent on your accommodation in the jungle the luggage policy differs. Please see pre-departure information (under 'luggage') for more details. You will also be advised on arrival in Puerto Maldonado on the applicable luggage regulations.
Day 8
Transfer to the airport in Cusco for your short flight to Puerto Maldonado (flight not included in trip cost). This provides an opportunity to experience a real jungle frontier town. On arrival you will be met at the airport and taken to the office of the lodge to leave our main bags to be stored for our return. We continue to the river wharf where we board a 30-40 foot open launch for a short river journey to one of our lodges. During this journey which can take between 45 minutes and 2 hours (depending upon the lodge and availability) we can relax and watch the river bank and jungle canopy for the particularly abundant bird life in this region. Among the birds we may expect to see (dependent on weather and river height) are horned screamers, raptors, plovers, terns, macaws, parrots, kingfishers and toucans. Depending on the lodge you are staying at, you may walk for approximately 1 hour to Lake Sandoval and take a can for a 25 minute journey on the lake before you arrive at your lodge in the middle of the jungle. The lodges we use are beautifully positioned and apart from being our jungle home, they also serve as a base for naturalists to work from. The rainforest (both pristine primary and secondary growth forest) surrounding the lodges are a naturalist's paradise. During the remainder of the day we go for walks with our naturalist guide along forest trails. After dinner we get a chance to relax and discuss with resident naturalists the research projects taking place in the area. Serenaded by a chorus of jungle noises we go to sleep in our comfortable bedroom. NOTE: It is important to be aware that the lodges are comfortable but basic - only some of the lodges have electricity or hot water for a few hours a day. Please note that due to demand it is sometimes necessary to use an alternative lodge in this area. While staying at the jungle lodge you may be with other people from other operators worldwide in a group.
Day 9
The day is spent enjoying jungle walks to find monkeys and capybaras and also taking cans out on to some of the jungle lagoons in the area. There is a particularly abundant bird life - including anhinga, hoatzin, horned screamers, raptors, plovers, terns, macaws, parrots, kingfishers and toucans. We can almost guarantee we will see lots of monkey including troops of capuchin, dusky titi, spider & howler, plus possibility of seeing large caymans and giant river otter. Before the evening meal we head out for a short river trip using torches to look for caymans - this always proves to be exciting. PLEASE NOTE: The program may vary according to flight schedules, weather, river height, group sizes, etc and participants should be aware there is no guarantee of seeing specific animals or birds and in general you may not see much wildlife since the rainforest provides such good camouflage for its inhabitants - but you will have a good chance to experience true Amazon rainforest first hand.
Day 10
This morning we will farewell our lodge and take a final riverboat journey down the Madre de Dios river to Puerto Maldonado. After collecting our main luggage at the lodge office we will be transferred to the airport where our trip concludes.