- Soak in the views and culture of the Sacred Valley
- Learn about traditional ways of life and visit local markets
- Conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
- Meet the locals at an Andean homestay
- Sip pisco sours and eat ceviche
- Learn to speak in the Quechua language
For those who are already in Peru (or planning a Peru trip soon) and wondering how to experience the best while exploring the Inca Trail - this 6 days tour would be the perfect choice for you! Fasten your belts as we are all set to take you for an amazing joyride across the Andean Highlands and show you the ruins of the Inca Civilization that still stands here with all its glory! Meet the natives, dive deeper into their lives and savor the authentic Peruvian cuisine while wandering with us in Peru! Make the most of your gap year and you can also opt to learn their language by spending a little more time.
Day 1 - Arrival in Cusco
Once you arrive in this beautiful historical city, you'll get to meet all your fellow travelers with whom you'll be making memories in the next few days. There will be a Welcome Meeting where your coordinator will brief you about the itinerary of the upcoming activities. You can opt for the city tour and visit Qenqo, Koricancha, the Cathedral, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay, and the archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman. If you need some adrenaline rush, then go for white water rafting on the Upper Vilcanota River.
Day 2 - Cusco to Ollantaytambo
It's time to enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Know about the stories from the past, and rediscover this region in the most beautiful manner. To experience the lives of the natives, we shall take you to a local women's weaving co-op before visiting a local pottery-making community. The best place to buy souvenirs - pick up some handmade items and textiles directly from the women who made them! Stop for lunch at the Parwa Community Restaurant and enjoy the delicious buffet.
Day 3 - 5 Exploring the Inca Trail
So, the fantastic journey towards the Inca Trail begins on the 4th day, once you depart from Ollantaytambo. In these three days, you'll be mostly hiking and trekking along the ancient trails, with a variety of flora that usually changes with the seasons, passing several smaller ruin sites like Llactapata. You'll be crossing beautiful villages and enjoy scenic mountain views on the first day. On the second day, you'll have to start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). On the third day, you'll be crossing Runquraway at 3,950m (13,113 ft), and then reach the second pass at 3,700m (12,136 ft). It'll be the perfect dose of adventure that you've been looking for.
Day 6 - Machu Picchu to Cusco
Your day will start around 3:30AM, so that you can catch the views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu during sunrise. Enjoy the guided tour of this unique region and later, visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows. You'll catch the bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch. Board the train back to Cusco in the afternoon. You can go for a pub crawl in Cusco with your fellow travelers if they are not tired after the hike and journey!
Day 7 - Cusco
It's your last day of the tour. In case you've missed seeing anything in Cusco, then today, you'll have enough time to tick all that's there on your checklist. Visit the local market and pick up some souvenirs for your friends and family. As your adventure tour in Peru comes to an end, it's time to head back home or to another destination. You can book your flights from Cusco, and in case you need airport drop, you can get in touch with the coordinator.
Dates & Cost
Accommodation - Simple hotels or guesthouse (twin-share) (11 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), homestay (2 nt).
A variety of styles of hotels/guest houses are used in India. These can vary in terms of service, efficiency and cleanliness. In many instances they might not be like what you are used to back home. Power cuts can and are a regular occurrence in many places, especially throughout North and Central India. Although a number of hotels have generators there may be times when these won’t work. It is also recommended when you are in your room to lock the door, as staff will sometime enter without reason.
Meals Included - 1 lunch
Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with Go Discover Abroad you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. Vegetarians will be able to find a huge range of different foods - India is vegetarian heaven. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.