Luxury Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Sun God Peru Tours is proud to offer a unique and unforgettable journey through myths and legends to the very heart of the lost city of the Incas. Our programme is a very special, all-inclusive tour incorporating ample acclimatization in Cuzco whilst staying at the very best hotels in the ancient capital of the Incas.
All meals, the luxury Hiram Bingham train are all part of the package. This Luxury Inca Trail to Machu Picchu also includes the arduous but extraordinary four day Luxury Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, The Sacred Inca Trail, is believed to be the ceremonial path that the Inca ruling caste used for ritual purification before entering the sacred site of Machu Picchu.
Our unparalleled services include accommodation at deluxe hotels in the cities; all a la carte meals at internationally recognized restaurants, all private tours with all entrance tickets, all private transfers, free massage service in all your hotels, access to the VIP lounge at Lima airport prior to your return flight home. All of this with the finest imported trekking equipment utilizing quality mattresses, comfortable sleeping bags and oversized tents.
Trek with us on the famous Luxury Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. See for yourself why this is the most popular hiking trail in the Andes! Spellbinding mountain scenery, unforgettable Inca sites, and a cornucopia of flowers and hummingbirds await you.
Our five-day program allows the traveler time to explore and enjoy the amazing archaeological sites, landscapes and nature along the way. While most other programs force trekkers to speed through the stunning high-altitude Inca Trail, we take the time to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience. We camp the first three nights, enjoying great meals and sturdy tents.
The hikes average six to seven hours each day, including time to explore the Inca sites we pass through and to take in the unparalleled scenery. On the fourth afternoon we arrive at Machu Picchu after the crowds have left, and have time to explore the tranquil ruins. After a well-deserved night at a comfortable hotel, we return to Machu Picchu to see the ruins in perfect morning light. In the afternoon we return to Cusco by train. This program is specially designed to offer a more relaxed trek and a deeper understanding of Inca culture.
Luxury Inca Trail Itinerary
Day 1- Arrival Lima: Board your flight to Lima, Peru. On Arrival at Lima airport, you will be welcomed by an English speaking guide and transferred to your five star Orient Express Miraflores Park Hotel located in Miraflores, a residential area with incredible ocean views; enjoy welcome drinks upon arrival. You will then be escorted to a magnificent ocean view executive suite, for a two-night stay.
Day 2- Lima City Tour and Gold Museum: Guided sightseeing tour to the most attractive and important sites in Lima, the “City of Kings”. The tour includes Lima’s Historical Centre, passing by Plaza San Martin, Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, the City Hall.
We will visit the Convent and Church of San Francisco, the greatest monumental complex of Colonial Art in America and Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The tour includes a visit to the Basilica of 21 altars, Convent of Cloisters, Capitulary and Clementine Rooms, Chorus and Library of the monks, a Museum showing 11 paintings of the Rubens School, the Sacristy with paintings of Surbaran and Ribera, its great patio decorated with Seville tiles of the XVIth Century, Moorish arches and underground Catacombs.
We visit, the Gold Museum of Peru. The Gold Museum houses the largest collection of Gold of Peru, showing unique pieces representing animals, birds, human beings and ancient gods. Here visitors will get, without a doubt a deep insight into Peruvian history, learning and watching genuine relics that will leave anyone speechless. In the evening delight your tastebuds with an extravagant a la carte dinner at Poissonnerie, the Miraflores Park Hotel signature restaurant, where you will be able to taste the innovative fusion of Peruvian and European flavors that our menu has to offer. Breakfast- Lunch and Dinner.
Day 3-Lima – Cusco: In the morning our staff will transfer you to the airport where you will take Lan Peru’s 320 Airbus on your one-hour flight to the Capital of the Incas. Upon your Arrival in Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas, we greet you at the airport and transfer you to the Luxury 5* Monasterio Hotel, the hallowed colonial San Antonio Abad seminary, built more than 300 years ago.
You will be welcomed with a comforting cup of hot coca tea and escorted to your deluxe room. Overnight in a deluxe room with oxygen enrichment system to help you acclimatize to the high altitude in Cusco (11,000 feet – 3,352.80 meters). A la carte lunch will be served at the main courtyard.
In the afternoon a private City tour of Cusco, this tour include: The Cathedral, Qoricancha, temple of the Sun, the most important of Inca ceremonial sites. Later you will continue to the most important site of Sacsayhuaman, Tambomachay, Qenqo and Puca Pucara. We return to the hotel. Breakfast- Lunch
Day 4: Day Free / Briefing for Luxury Inka Trail to Machu Picchu.
Day 5: We start our Luxury Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: Cusco to Llactapata: We depart Cusco at 8:00am in a private transport, which will drive us to km.82, the starting point of our Luxury Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. We start our hike walking along the left shore of the Urubamba river.
Following the trail along a flat terrain, we arrive in Miskay (2800m/9184ft), to then ascend and finally see, from the tallest part of an overlook, the Inca city of Llactapata (2750m/9020ft). From this point, we descend to the ruins, next to which we set our camp, after an approximated 3 hour walk. We spend the afternoon exploring and visiting this archaeological site.Total distance: 5 km (3,11 miles)
Estimated walking time: 2,5-3 hours
Maximum altitude point: 2,650 m (8,692 ft)
Campsite altitude: 2,650 m (8,692 ft)
Day 6: Llactapata to Llulluchapampa: We wake up early to continue trekking along the valley created by the Kusichaca river, gradually climbing until we reach the farming community of Wayllabamba (3000m/9840ft). All along the way we see spectacular views of the Vilcanota mountain range on the opposite side of the Urubamba River, where the impressive Veronica peak reigns at 5832 meters above sea level. Not to mention the diversity of wild flora and fauna that can be found all along the valley.
Continuing through the trail, we leave Wayllabamba behind to begin the most difficult part of the trek, which consists of an abrupt and steep ascent that stretches for 9 km and reaches the first mountain pass in our Luxury Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the Abra Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman’s pass).
We only climb half way up the pass, stopping at Llulluchapampa, where we camp and spend the night. Along the climb, the landscape changes from sierra to puna (a dry and high area with little vegetation), having the chance to spot domesticated llamas and alpacas grazing on ichu, one of the few plants that grow at that altitude. We also cross an area of the so called cloud forest, which is the habitat for many different kinds of birds like hummingbirds and sparrows and the Andean bear, which is also called the Spectacled Bear (Tremarctus Ornatus).
We advise that on this day and the next one specially, your day pack is well stocked with candies, chocolates and coca leaves that will keep your sugar level high, and help with altitude sickness.Total distance: 12 km (7,46 miles)
Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,850 m (12,589 ft)
Campsite altitude: 3,850 m (12,589 ft)
Day 7: Llulluchapampa to Phuyupatamarca: After breakfast, we continue our hike up the highest point in our luxury Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, reaching the mountain pass of Abra Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman’s Pass – 4200m/13776ft) after about 2 hours. Immediately after the pass, we descend into the Pacaymayo valley (3600m/11808ft), from which we then start to climb to the second pass, the Abra Runkurakay (3970m/13022ft). Half way up, we visit the archaeological complex with the same name.
This site, located at 3800m/12464ft, consists of a small oval structure that is believed to have served the purpose of a watchtower. After going over the pass, we descend towards Yanacocha (Black Lagoon) and enter the cloud forest to finally arrive at Sayacmarca (3624m/11887ft). This is a beautiful complex made up of a semicircular construction, enclosures at different levels, narrow streets, liturgical fountains, patios and irrigation canals. Continuing up an easy climb, we arrive at the third pass, the Abra Phuyupatamarca (3700m/12136ft).
Along this climb we can appreciate the magnitude of the Incas´ ancient craft, by walking along paths semi-detached from the mountain, and seeing rocks that fill up ravines in perfect order, saving the trail from the multileveled Andean geography. We go through an Inca tunnel to later arrive at the aforementioned pass and down to the complex of the same name.
This is one of the most complete and best preserved archaeological complexes along our luxury Inca Trail to Machupicchu, and is located on the highest point of a mountain. Curiously, Phuyupatamarca means ¨town over the clouds¨. From above, one can observe a sophisticated sacred complex made up of water fountains with solid foundations, and also impressive views of the Urubamba River valley. We set our camp in Phuyupatamarca and spend the night there.Total distance: 15 km (9,32 miles)
Estimated walking time: 8 hours
Maximum altitude point: 4,200 m (13,776 ft)
Campsite altitude: 3,600 m (12,033 ft)
Day 8: Phuyupatamarca to Machupicchu: Today, we might have the chance to appreciate one of the most spectacular sunrises in the Inca Trail, provided the sky is clear, as Phuyupatamarca’s location offers awesome views at this moment of the day. We then start our way through the long descending stone steps which will lead us to Wiñaywayna (2650m/8692ft), where we find a campsite equipped with a restaurant, bar and bathrooms with hot showers.
The campsite has the same name as the complex located only five minutes away from the lodge. Wiñaywayna is the biggest archaeological site in the Inca Trail besides Machupicchu and consists of an impressive complex made up of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector, offering spectacular views over the already narrower Urubamba River valley.
After our visit, we leave Wiñaywayna to climb to Intipunku, or The Sun Gate. This will take an hour of hiking along a trail of flat stones on the edges of cliffs in highland jungle. From this fabulous spot, we may enjoy spectacular views over the sacred citadel of Machupicchu, weather permitting.
From Intipunku, a short walk brings us down to the entrance from where we continue down to Aguas Caleintes town.Total distance: 11 km (6,84 miles)
Estimated walking time: 5 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,600 m (11,772 ft)
Campsite altitude: 2,400 m (7,872 ft)
Day 9: Machupicchu to Cusco: We wake up early and board a bus, which will take us up to Machupicchu where we begin a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel that will take approximately two hours. We will then have free time to walk around, climb up the Huaynapicchu Mountain, where one can experience spectacular views of all of Machupicchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it, or we can visit the Temple of the Moon or the fabulous Inca Bridge.
In the afternoon, we meet in the town of Aguas Calientes where, if you like, you can visit and relax in its hot springs. From here we take the train back to the city of Cusco, where we arrive after nightfall.
Day 10: Cusco Free Day: Leisure day with opportunity to walk around the city. Day 11: Cusco Back home:Transfer from Hotel to Cusco airport and fly back to Lima. Arrival and entrance to VIP LOUNGE while you wait your International flight back home.
BENEFITS OF PERU TRAVEL WITH SUN GOD PERU
While there are many companies that offer Peru tours, almost none can say they’ve been leading travelers through Peru and the Andes as long as we have. Our tours have gained the trust of fans throughout the world because they are:
- Environmentally responsible – we carry out all trash and waste from our toilet tents so you can feel good about your low environmental impact
- Fair – we treat our guides, porters, cooks and staff like our employees, including paying them retirement, so they are committed to doing a great job for you
- Flexible – we’re experts at creating custom trips, not just forcing you into cookie-cutter options, so you can travel in the style you prefer.
- Accessible – our guides speak excellent English, are eager to teach you about their land and people, and help you every step of the way
- Manageable – Porters carry the heavy camping gear, leaving you free to enjoy treks with just a daypack.
We receive frequent inquiries from travelers desperately seeking Inca Trail trips at the last minute after the companies with which they originally booked “cancelled” their treks.
This appears to be yet another example of lowball trek operators attempting to capture market share without backing it up with reliable trail permit management. Unfortunately, in these last-minute circumstances we can do little since the supply of trail permits is strictly limited. We invest substantial manpower toward ensuring that our rosters and permits are in good standing.
WHY CHOOSE SUN GOD PERU
Whatever type of trip you take, you’ll benefit from the expertise we’ve earned leading Peru tours since 1980. Travelers and industry guidebooks praise our experience, reliability, and attention to detail, which all combine to create adventures and treks that you’ll never forget.
Discover for yourself the warmth and generosity of the Peruvians who welcome you to their land with grace and enthusiasm.
*Please note that Luxury Inca Trail to Machu Picchu hiking permits are limited and issued first come, first served, so you are encouraged to reserve early.
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WHAT IS INCLUDED IN LUXURY INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU:
- Pre-departure Inca Trail briefing, informative presentation by your guide.
- Private vehicle to km 82.
- Entrance fee to the Inca Trail national park.
- Entrance fee for Machupicchu archaeological sanctuary.
- Excellent bilingual Peruvian guides; knowledgable, professional and fluent in languages. 1 licensed guide for up to 8 trekkers,
- 2 licensed tour guides for 9 to 16 (max) trekkers.
- Fairly treated porters carry the equipment, tents, food, cooking gear, dining tents
- Health Insurance for our porters, cooks, assistants, field crew and SunGodPeru staff.
- Accommodation, food & transport, permits and entrance fees for our porters and cooks.
- 11 nutritious, delicious buffet meals with fresh, high quality ingredients, high in energy value and prepared carefully to avoid illness. Combination of International & Peruvian cuisine, 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners, & drinks.
- Wake up coca tea each morning in your tent for a gentle start.
- Boiled purified water after breakfast to refill your water bottles.
- Happy hour with macho-tea or hot drinks every afternoon.
- Oxygen assistance and first aid kit.
- Vegetarian food and specialised diets by request.
- 2 people per tent (4 person size dome igloo type, clean, waterproof new tents)
- Thick, comfortable sleeping mattress, pillows .
- Dining + kitchen tent, camping tables and stools
- 3 hrs Machupicchu guided visit and interpretation.; guided visit and tours in each of the ruins along.