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Inca Trail and Jungle Adventure

From historic Cusco 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 the 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 drive from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado in the rainforest is a highlight as is the river boat journey and rainforest walk to Sandoval Lake Lodge - the perfect base for rainforest walks, wildlife spotting and exploration of the lake by can. This memorable journey concludes with a boat trip to the jungle town of Puerto Maldonado.

Inclusions

10 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners
expert bilingual guide for each section
group medical kit
comfortable and central hotels
private internal transportation
the use of a gear pack including sleeping bag, fibre filled jacket, thermarest and headtorch
group camping equipment
porters to carry personal gear
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
11
Price From
AUD $3,290
Start Location
Cusco, Peru
End Location
Peru
Age Range
Min :14
Group Size
4 to 16
Tour Style
Original
Tour Themes
Adventure
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
21 Jun 201801 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
24 Jun 201804 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
28 Jun 201808 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
01 Jul 201811 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
05 Jul 201815 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
08 Jul 201818 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
12 Jul 201822 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
15 Jul 201825 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
19 Jul 201829 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
22 Jul 201801 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
26 Jul 201805 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
29 Jul 201808 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
02 Aug 201812 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
05 Aug 201815 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
09 Aug 201819 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
12 Aug 201822 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
16 Aug 201826 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
19 Aug 201829 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
23 Aug 201802 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
26 Aug 201805 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
30 Aug 201809 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
02 Sep 201812 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
06 Sep 201816 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
09 Sep 201819 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
13 Sep 201823 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
16 Sep 201826 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
20 Sep 201830 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
23 Sep 201803 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
27 Sep 201807 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
30 Sep 201810 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
04 Oct 201814 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
07 Oct 201817 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
11 Oct 201821 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
14 Oct 201824 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
18 Oct 201828 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
21 Oct 201831 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
25 Oct 201804 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
28 Oct 201807 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
01 Nov 201811 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
04 Nov 201814 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
08 Nov 201818 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
11 Nov 201821 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
15 Nov 201825 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
18 Nov 201828 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
22 Nov 201802 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
25 Nov 201805 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
29 Nov 201809 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
02 Dec 201812 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
06 Dec 201816 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
09 Dec 201819 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
13 Dec 201823 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
16 Dec 201826 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,290
07 Mar 201917 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
11 Mar 201921 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
14 Mar 201924 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
18 Mar 201928 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
21 Mar 201931 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
25 Mar 201904 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
28 Mar 201907 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
01 Apr 201911 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
04 Apr 201914 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
08 Apr 201918 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
11 Apr 201921 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
15 Apr 201925 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
18 Apr 201928 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
22 Apr 201902 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
25 Apr 201905 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
29 Apr 201909 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
02 May 201912 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
06 May 201916 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
09 May 201919 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
13 May 201923 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
16 May 201926 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
20 May 201930 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
23 May 201902 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
27 May 201906 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
30 May 201909 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
03 Jun 201913 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
06 Jun 201916 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
10 Jun 201920 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
13 Jun 201923 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
17 Jun 201927 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
20 Jun 201930 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
24 Jun 201904 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
27 Jun 201907 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
01 Jul 201911 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
04 Jul 201914 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
08 Jul 201918 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
11 Jul 201921 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
15 Jul 201925 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
18 Jul 201928 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
22 Jul 201901 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
25 Jul 201904 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
29 Jul 201908 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
01 Aug 201911 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
05 Aug 201915 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
08 Aug 201918 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
12 Aug 201922 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
15 Aug 201925 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
19 Aug 201929 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
22 Aug 201901 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
26 Aug 201905 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
29 Aug 201908 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
02 Sep 201912 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
05 Sep 201915 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
09 Sep 201919 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
12 Sep 201922 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
16 Sep 201926 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
19 Sep 201929 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
23 Sep 201903 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
26 Sep 201906 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
30 Sep 201910 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
03 Oct 201913 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
07 Oct 201917 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
10 Oct 201920 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
14 Oct 201924 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
17 Oct 201927 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
21 Oct 201931 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
24 Oct 201903 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
28 Oct 201907 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
31 Oct 201910 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
04 Nov 201914 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
07 Nov 201917 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
11 Nov 201921 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
14 Nov 201924 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
18 Nov 201928 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
21 Nov 201901 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
25 Nov 201905 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
28 Nov 201908 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
02 Dec 201912 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
05 Dec 201915 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
09 Dec 201919 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
12 Dec 201922 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,290
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 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 minimum 2.5 hours (45 mins up & 45 mins down and some time at the top). Both climbs are very steep (including many small and narrow steps) and can be slippery and are quite 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.
Day 8
This morning, after a very early breakfast, we start one of the most spectacular drives to be found anywhere in the Andes. It takes us from breathtaking altitude of Cusco at 3,400 metres down to true lowland rainforest - part of the largest area of rainforest in the world - the Amazon Rainforest basin. As we head south from Cusco we get glimpses of the most spectacular snowpeaks in the distance - part of a huge range of mountains known as the Vilcanota with the largest peak in the area - the spectacular Ausangate (6,400m). In less than an hour of driving we are so close to these huge peaks that we feel we can touch them. These are the last views we get before we start to descend along a superbly engineered road that winds down through high cloud forest, past numerous waterfalls and great rivers that all head down to join the big tributaries of the Amazon. We'll have many opportunities to stop and venture off the road to explore some of these sights before stopping for lunch at a fascinating small township call Quince Mil. After lunch we continue our drive and suddenly notice how much warmer it has become and how much denser the rainforest is - like a dark wall on either side of the road. We end out long drive at the river port of Puerto Maldonado at the confluence of two great rivers - the Madre de Dios and the Tambopata. We spend the night here and repack our bags ready for the next stage of our unique adventure as we head down to the one of our lodges in this wonderful wilderness area.
Day 9
This morning, we will transfer by boat and on foot to your simple but comfortable jungle lodge. We spend the night in a lodge that was originally built as a base for naturalists. The rainforest surrounding the lodge is a nature lover's paradise and many of the rooms actually overlook the glorious jungle. The lodge has comfortable twin share rooms - some with private facilities - others with shared bathrooms. Some (but not all lodges) have electricity for a few hours a day and whilst in the hot and humid jungle please do not expect hot showers. The lodges we use are definitely the most comfortable and well appointed lodges in this jungle area. Please note that due to demand it is sometimes necessary to use an alternative lodge in this area. Note: While staying at the Amazon jungle lodge you may be with other people from other operators worldwide in a group.
Day 10
Day walks in jungle and can journeys on lake - 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 cayman and giant river otter. Overnight in the lodge. PLEASE NOTE: it is important to be aware that the programs 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 rainforest first hand. The Tambopata reserve is noted for it biodiversity and our base in the jungle lodge is perfect for the exploration of this magnificent area.
Day 11
This morning we will farewell our lodge on the lake and take a final riverboat journey down the Madre de Dios river to Puerto Maldonado where our journey will end.