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Stunning Peru: The Inca Trail, The Rainbow Mountain, Nazca Lines, and More

Location: Peru, Multiple Locations

  • Dates: Year Round

This itinerary is fully customizable. You may add, subtract, or modify any days or activities. 

An amazing 18-day trip to beautiful Peru, filled with adventure, fascination, and fun.

 

Highlights:

- Spend three days in the beautiful city of Cusco, visiting Inca ruins and other unique sites.

- Climb the breathtaking Via Ferrata and spend the night at the Skylodge, a hotel where the rooms are made of glass, hanging on the side of a cliff, overlooking the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

- Hike the spectacular Vinicunca, The Rainbow Mountain.

- Hike the world-famous Inca Trail.

- See the mystical and beautiful Inca City of Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.

- Hike Huayna Picchu, the towering mountain that stands behind Machu Picchu. This is one of National Geographic’s must-do hikes in the world. 

- Visit the city of Aguas Calientes and soak in its hot springs (perfect after a four-day hike).

- Take a beautiful scenic train ride through the Andes Mountains on a Vistadome train.

- Visit Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America.

- Visit the exotic Uros floating islands at Lake Titicaca.

- Spend the night at a local indigenous family house at Lake Titicaca.

- Visit Paracas National Reserve and Ballestas Islands, with such an incredible variety of animals that it's often compared to the Galapagos Islands.

- Visit Huacachina, an authentic oasis in the middle of a sandy desert.

- Fly over the mysterious Nasca Lines, the world-famous geoglyphs (drawings on the ground), which to this day puzzle archaeologists and historians. They are thought to have been made as early as 600BC and can only be seen from thousands of feet in the air.

- Visit the city of Lima, the capital of Peru.

ARRIVE IN CUSCO + WALKING TOUR OF CUSCO 

As you arrive in Cusco, your guide will pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel, where you can settle down for a little bit and rest.

In the afternoon, your guide will meet you at your hotel and take you on walking tour of the beautiful Andean city of Cusco. You will visit:

You will be taken back to your hotel at the end of the afternoon and have a free night to relax or have dinner in one of the many great restaurants Cusco has to offer, all within walking distance from your hotel. From trendy bars with live music to exquisite gourmet restaurants, Cusco has it all!

Accommodation: Hotel Rumi Punku or Similar

Meals included: N/A

FULL DAY TOUR OF CUSCO AND SACRED VALLEY

Your guide will pick you up early in the morning after breakfast for another tour of Cusco and the area, including the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas. This will be a full day where you will see all of Cusco and its surroundings, including the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas.

You will visit:

- Sacsayhuaman: A majestic archeological site with impressive works in stone, some up to 120 tons.

- Q´enqo,: A religious center dedicated to the adoration of the Earth.

- Puca Pucara: A "reddish place" that was used as a military control center.

- Tambomachay: "Temple of the Water:" a center of adoration and worship of water.

- Urubamba Valley, including the vibrant Pisac Indian Marke.

- The Sacred Valley of the Incas.

- The city of Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously occupied town on the American continent.

- The Chinchero Market. Chinchero was believed by the Incas to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow.

Accommodation: Hotel Rumi Punku or Similar

Meals included: Breakfast

VIA FERRATA AND SKYLODGE

Today you will have one of the most exciting experiences and one of the coolest nights of your life. You will be picked up from the hotel in the morning and taken to the breathtaking Sacred Valley of the Incas. 

There you will climb a via ferrata. Via ferrata is a pre-set climbing route, where iron steps with parallel steel cables are built on a cliff. You are also harnessed and clipped to the cable. This turns a wall that would usually be difficult or impossible to climb into an easy and safe experience, while still exhilarating. You will be climbing over 1,000 feet over the gorgeous Sacred Valley of the Incas. There are only a handful of via ferratas in the world, and Sacred Valley via ferrata is considered by many the most beautiful of all.

The adventure is only just beginning though! At the top of the via ferrata is what is probably the most exciting hotel in the world, The Skylodge, where you room is a glass capsule on the side of the cliff. This will be without a doubt one of the coolest nights of your life.

You will have dinner at your capsule, or at the capsule-restaurant, then retire for a night you will remember for the rest of your life.

Accommodation: The Skylodge

Meals included: Breakfast

BREAKFAST AT THE SKYLODGE AND ZIPLINE DOWN. FREE DAY IN CUSCO.

Your Skylodge adventure is still not over! Today you will be woken up by your Skylodge guides to have breakfast, and then zipline down the mountain. You will then be taken back to your hotel in the afternoon, and have the rest of the day free.

Accommodation: Hotel Rumi Punku or Similar

Meals included: Breakfast

VINICUNCA, THE RAINBOW MOUNTAIN

Today you will experience one of the most beautiful sights in the entire world: Vinicunca, La Montaña de Siete Colores. With its beautiful colors created by mineral deposits over millions of years, the mountains used to be hidden by a thick layer of ice. As the temperatures in the area started to rise, the melted ice revealed its breathtaking colors. The Incas used to call this "Apu," meaning "God."

Your guides will pick you up at your hotel very early in the morning to take you on a 3.5 hour drive, during which you will pass through traditional villages and see some amazing views of the Andes. When you reach the trailhead, you will be served a lovely breakfast, prepared by your trekking chef.

After breakfast, you will follow your guides as you hike the strenuous 3-mile trail from 3,700 meters (12,000 feet) to 5,300 meters (17,000 feet) to reach the famous Rainbow Mountain. The hike takes an average of four hours. Along the way, you will enjoy amazing views of the Andes, glacial peaks, red mountains, and rocky hills. You will also be able to spot some Andean wildlife such as llamas, alpacas, and the adorable vicuñas grazing along the valley. This is the only place in Cusco where you can see wild vicuñas. Vicuñas are in the same family as llamas, although they are smaller, softer, and at least as cute! Their wool is the most expensive wool in the world!

From the top of Vinicunca, you will see amazing views of the valleys, and the Ausangate Glacier Peak. Ausangate is the tallest mountain in the Cusco region (just under 21,000 feet elevation), and is part of the Cordillera Vilcanota Range. While taking in these magnificent views, your guides will bring you hot drinks and share information about the composition of these mountains and how they came to be.

After taking a few amazing pictures and soaking in the views (perhaps you will even see a few condors floating in the air currents), you will begin your two-hour descent. You will then meet up with your trekking chef and enjoy a delicious, freshly prepared hot lunch. After lunch, you will start a return trip back to Cusco. You will be back at the hotel early in the evening. 

Accommodations: Hotel Rumi Punku or Similar

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

FREE DAY IN CUSCO

In order to rest between a strenuous hike to Vinicunca, and the beginning of your Inca Trail adventure, you will today have a free day in Cusco. You can simply relax and walk around the city on your own, perhaps revisiting some of your favorite places form your Cusco tour, or go shopping for souvenirs.

If you prefer, you can partake in many other awesome activities offered around Cusco. From unique and low-key activities, such as taking a cooking class, to exciting activities, such as horseback riding or going on an ATV, to adrenaline pumping activities such as whitewater rafting. Cusco will never let you get bored!

Accommodations: Hotel Rumi Punku or Similar

Meals Included: Breakfast

THE INCA TRAIL DAY 1-THE ADVENTURE TO MACHU PICCHU BEGINS

 

 

You will be picked up from our hotel very early in the morning and travel by bus to Piskacucho (called Kilometer 82) where the trail starts. On the way, you will stop in Ollantaytambo for breakfast. Upon arrival at Kilometer 82, you will go through the first control point, and start your journey. A porter will carry all of your gear, except for a daypack that you will carry with water, snacks, sunscreen, layers of warm clothes, and anything else you must have with you at all times. That is all you will be carrying on the trail at all times. Your porters will carry everything else for you, and will always arrive at the camp ahead of time and set everything up. You will arrive to find your tent set up with your duffle bag inside, and your friendly support team waiting for you with snacks and drinks to enjoy.

The first day is relatively easy, a warm-up on the 'Inca flat' terrain. You will have great views of the site of an Inca Fortress ("Huillca Raccay"), the vast and incredible Inca site "Llactapata" (officially called "Patallacta"), the Urubamba mountain range that divides the jungle and the Andes, and the beautiful snow-capped peak of "W'akay Willca," known in books as "Veronica."

Your first campsite (Ayapata) will be 1.5 hours up the small village of Wayllabamba (3000m/9842ft) in the temperate green valley of the same name. Temperatures at night are usually around 5Cº (40Fº).

Total distance: 12km/7 miles (5 to 6 hours). 

Accommodation: Camping

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

de Warrmihuañusca, or "Dead Woman's Pass," at 4200m/13779ft. After a short rest here, you will begin the descent to the lunch stop which is located at Pacaymayu (3550m/11646ft). On the way up to the pass you will be able to see lots of hummingbirds and other feathered friends. You will have time here to appreciate an incredible variety of native plants and trees such as the "Polylepis" or Q'ueuña trees, that grow in the astonishing cloud forest located at 3650/11972m.

After lunch you begin the second two hours of steep climbing to Runkuraqay Pass (at almost 4000m/13100ft) then arrive at our campsite by 5pm. Temperatures at this campsite are around 3Cº (35Fº) during the night.

Total distance: 16km/9miles (8 to 9 hours). 

Accommodation: Camping

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

THE INCA TRAIL DAY 3- BACK IN THE PAST, AND BEAUTIFUL SCENERY

 

 

This is the shortest and most impressive day, so just keep in mind this goal during your steep ascent! After breakfast at 6:00am, you will start the day with a gentle climb to visit the archaeological site of ‘Phuyupatamarca’ (meaning ‘Town in the Clouds’) and reach the third highest point on the trail (3680m/12000ft). The views of the mountains, canyons and surrounding area here are spectacular! The Inca site, ‘Phuyupatamarca’, is located a few minutes’ walk from the third pass. From here, you will continue walking through the cloud forest and the impressive agricultural Inca site of ‘Intipata’. By lunch time, you will arrive at the third campsite, Wiñay Wayna (2680m/8792ft).

A short distance from this campsite is the Inca site of the same name ‘Wiñay Wayna’ (‘Forever Young’). Even if you are tired after your day’s trek, don’t miss out on visiting the most impressive site on the trail. Temperatures during the night are around 12ºC (50ºF).

Total distance to be covered: 10km/6miles (4 to 5 hours). 

Accommodation: Camping

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

THE INCA TRAIL DAY 4- MACHU PICCHU IN ALL ITS GLORY!

 

On the final day you will leave the last campsite very early in order to get to "Inti Punku" ("Sun gate") at 2730m/8792ft before sunrise. This is the place from where you will have your first dramatic view of Machu Picchu. You will then walk down the last part of the trail to the spot where you can take the classic postcard photo of this ancient city. Finally, you will visit Machu Picchu itself with a guided two-hour walking tour, followed by some time to quietly explore this magnificent place by yourself.

After your Machu Picchu visit, you will be transferred to Aguas Calientes, where you will have the rest of the day to enjoy the town, and maybe relax in a hot spring after four long hiking days.

Total distance: 5km or 3 miles (about 2 hours).  

Accommodation: Waman Hotel or La Cabaña or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

WAYNA PICCHU AND BACK TO CUSCO

After breakfast, you head back to Machu Picchu to climb the Wayna Picchu Mountain, the towering mountain that stands behind Machu Picchu. The hike will be fairly short (1-2 hours), but intense, and, from the top, you will have a chance to see Machu Picchu from a different angle. 

After your hike, you will head back to  Aguas Calientes for lunch and hop on a Vistadome (glass top train) for a breathtaking ride through the Andes mountains back to Ollantaytambo train station. This train ride is listed as one of the TOP TEN RIDES IN THE WORLD.

Accommodations: Hotel Rumi Punku or Similar

Meals Included: Breakfast

SCENIC BUS RIDE FROM CUSCO – PUNO

Your guide will pick you up after breakfast, and take you to the bus station for a luxury ride to the city of Puno.

This will be a full-day beautiful drive through the Andes through unbelievable scenery and historic sites.

We’ll stop at four interesting sites along the way, each with guided tours:

- AndahuaylillasSistine chapel of South America, one of the most beautiful examples of Andean popular religious art.

- Temple of Wiracocha: An Inca church of monumental dimensions: 100m long, 26m wide, and 14m high. The temple is divided in two naves, and each nave shows 11 giant columns.

- La Raya PassThe half-way point between Cusco and Puno, and also the highest point (4335m/14222ft above sea level). The landscape is stunning, and typical Andean animals such as the llama, alpaca, and vicuña are common. It is also the geographic border between the two cultures, Quechua and Aymara.

- PukaraThe most important and oldest ceremonial center of the Andean Plateau, with interesting life-sculptures and tombs.

Arrival time at Puno will be around 5:00pm.

Accommodation: GHL Hotel Lago Titicaca or similar.

Meals included: Breakfast

UROS ISLANDS AND AMANTANI

 

Next, you will spend two amazing days at Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America, including one night on the Island of Amantani in a home stay with an indigenous family.

In the morning, your guide will pick you up and take you to the port, where you will get on a boat to one of the legendary Uros Islands. Here you will get to meet an Uros family and learn about the lives of the Uros people who live on floating reed islands, some only 20 meters long!

After your beautiful three-hour boat ride you’ll reach Amantani Island where you will meet the locals, including the family that will take you into their humble home for the night. They will escort you to their house and to your room, and prepare lunch for you. You will have a little time to rest, and your guide will come pick you up later in the afternoon to go on a hike to the top of Pachamama Peak (13,625 feet above sea level) to see the temples of the Pachamama (Mother Earth) and Pachatata (Father Earth) and enjoy the traditional customs of the island people.

 

You will come back, and your family will prepare your dinner and talk to you about their way of life. This will be an experience like no other, where you will get to connect and get close to people who have a life completely different than yours, and yet are happy in their simple life.

Accommodation: Overnight with a local family (Amantaní)

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

TAQUILE ISLAND – PUNO + FLY FROM JULIACA TO LIMA

 

After breakfast, your guide will take you on a short boat ride to the neighboring Taquile Island, where you will tour around the ruins and visit the beautiful local people, world-famous for their intricate and fascinating weavings. After lunch you will return to Puno and get transferred to the airport for your flight to Lima.


Accommodation: Casa Andina Premium Miraflores or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

LIMA CITY TOUR

 

Today you will explore Lima, the capital of Peru, with a full day city tour.

You will be visiting the following places:

- Huaca Pucllana, magnificent ceremonial and archeological center.

- The historic center of Lima.

- Plaza Mayor

- Government Palace

- The Archbishop's Palace

- The Cathedral

- City Hall

- The Central Bank Museum

- San Francisco Church

- The modern Lima

Accommodation: Casa Andina Premium Miraflores or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

RUTA DEL PISCO, PARACAS, AND HUACACHINA (WITH DUNE BUGGY TOUR)

 

This will be a long fun-filled day. It will start very early with Ruta del Pisco, where you'll travel through the beautiful Ica Valley and visit vineyards that make pisco, the national drink of Peru. 

After that, you'll head to Paracas National Reserve and go on a boat tour to the breathtaking Ballestas Islands, often compared as a small scale Galapagos Islands, for its beauty and variety of animal life. You will have a chance to see the beautiful blue-footed booby, sea lions, seals, penguins, guano birds, and turtles. You will also get to see our first geoglyph, El Candelabro, a large drawing of a chandelier carved on the side of the sand dunes somewhere around 600-200 BC.

You will then head out to Huacachina Oasis, an authentic oasis on the border of the Atacama Desert. This is one of the driest places on Earth, and has gigantic sand dunes. Here you will go on a fun dune buggy tour and get to try sandboarding!

 

 

You will then watch a magnificent sunset from the dunes and go to your hotel right at the oasis to have dinner, with the rest of the night free at the oasis.  

Accommodation: Hotel El Huacachinero

Meals included: Breakfast

THE NASCA LINES

 

You will leave your hotel in Huacachina after breakfast and drive to Nasca for 2.5 hours. When you arrive in Nasca, you will head straight to the airport where you will get on a plane for a flight where you will see something that only a handful of people in history have had the privilege to see: the mysterious Nasca Lines. These ancient geoglyphs (drawings on the ground) were created by primitive tribes in Nasca as long as 2,500 years ago. Those primitive people, who are long gone, obviously had no means to fly, and yet, were able to draw figures that can only be seen from thousands of feet above. You will see drawings of a monkey, a dog, a tree and many others, including one of what seems to be of an astronaut!

You will then have a few hours free in Nasca to have lunch and see the city. Later in the afternoon you will go back to the airport and get on a plane to Lima. In Lima, you will get transferred to your hotel, and will have your last night in Peru, where you can have your last dinner in the many gourmet restaurants of Lima.

Accommodation: Casa Andina Premium Miraflores or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 18: FREE DAY AND DEPARTURE

Today you will have a free day in Lima until the time to get transferred to the airport for your flight back home.

Accommodation: N/A

Meals Included: Breakfast

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