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Iconic Peru Tour

Iconic Peru Tour – 6D

Iconic Peru Tour“Welcome to our 6 Day Iconic Peru Tour National Geographic Journeys”

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu needs to be experienced to be believed. The sheer size and extent of the Inca culture is breathtaking and inspiring. Their constructions are immense and impressive.

At such a high altitude, it is essential we acclimatize so that we can fully appreciate this amazing country and civilization. We will visit these sites before the Short Inca Trail trek to acclimatize and give us a deeper understanding of the country we are about to trek through.

The former Inca Capital city of Cusco is our base for this great 6-day package, a wonderful place full of culture, history, good restaurants and excellent hot chocolate.

From Cusco we travel through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, passing Chinchero, Moray, the salt mines of Maras and the Inca Fortress of Ollantaytambo, before embarking on the famous Inca Trail to one of new seven wonders of the world, Machu Picchu.

We will follow in the footsteps of the explorers who stumbled across one of the greatest archeological sites in the world. This 2-day, 1-night trek involves spectacular Andean scenery along an ancient paved Inca Trail. We have plenty of time to treasure each view and the ruins en-route.

A night is spent in the colourful town of Aguas Calientes before spending the time exploring the awe-inspiring, “new wonder of the modern world”, Machu Picchu.

The return to Cusco is by train and private transportation. The final day is spent some time in Cusco’s ancient streets, artisan markets or excellent restaurants and bars before you return home.

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Day 1: Welcome to Cusco (start of our Iconic Peru Tour)

Welcome to Cusco – touch down, collect your luggage and meet our Action Peru Treks representative, then drive through the colourful South American streets to your Cusco hotel.

Step out into the Cusco streets and explore on your own. You do not want to cram too much in on your first day at altitude, so relax and get used to being up high with a gentle walk around this old Inca capital.

Visit the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral and the Qoricancha temple of the sun and perhaps take in the sights, sounds and smells of San Pedro market too.

If you normally shop in supermarkets and farmers markets, you are in for a surprise. Stands full of juicy exotic fruits, counters heaving with cow heads and sheep hooves and cheerful local women selling handmade cheeses, local breads, healthy juices and even toad soups.

  • Accommodations: Hotel
  • Highest Elevation: 3,400 m/11,154 ft
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy

Day 2: Cusco acclimatization and Cusco archeological Tour

Today you stretch your legs with a delightful walk in the hills above Cusco. First we visit the impressive site of Sacsayhuaman. Huge stone ramparts surround a beautiful grass Amphitheatre.

Once the scene of fierce battles it now hosts the recreation of traditional Inca ceremonies such as Inti Raymi and Warachikuy.

Next, Qenqo is a unique temple in its construction as well, having been entirely carved out of a gigantic monolith. Stretched across a hillside, the temple is carved out of rock and marries the man-made tunnels with natural chambers.

One of these chambers features 19 small niches and is set up as an amphitheater. Once again, the purpose of the theater has been lost over time, but most agree the area was used for some type of sacrifice to the sun, moon and star gods who were worshipped at the site.

Finally, is the Inca water temple of Tambo Machay lying at 3,700 m (12,000 ft). It consists of a series of aqueducts, canals and waterfalls that run through the terraced rocks. The function of the site is uncertain: it may have served as a military outpost guarding the approaches to Cusco, as a spa resort for the Incan political elite, or both.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodations: Hotel
  • Highest Elevation: 3,700 m/12,139 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 3,700 m/12,139 ft
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy

Day 3: Cusco – Chinchero – Moray – Salt Mines and Ollantaytambo

Leaving Cusco behind you start your journey to Machu Picchu.

Explore the beautiful Peruvian Andes with a full-day tour of the magical Sacred Valley. First, you will visit the town of Chinchero (3,762 m, 12,342 ft) is a site that presents exceptional expressions of stonemasonry in the midst of a town that keeps ancient traditions alive.

It was constructed by Tupac Inca Yupanqui around 1480 and consists of a collection of architectural spaces: pre-Columbian walls, enclosures, platforms, staircases and altars.

The historic center of Chinchero is also considered unique because it mixes an archaeological complex and a town made from Inca foundations and walls, with a population that has maintained its ancestral customs.

Following your visit to Moray, fascinating circular ruins of Moray. While some think it was a landing pad for alien spaceships, more likely is that the Incas built this as an experimental agricultural centre.

Concentric circular terraces allowed them to simulate different facing slopes and different growing temperatures to see what crops would grow where.

Next is the salt mines of Maras, Hidden deep within the Urubamba valley, lies – almost unknown to all the hordes visiting Machu Picchu every day – a precious gem: The Maras Salt mines, also called Maras salt evaporation ponds.

A myriad of salt crusted terraces precariously nestles against the steep mountain sides, while a steady stream of mineral rich water trickles down with a silent gargling that somehow defies time. The ponds, you ought to know, have been in use since the times of the Incas and before. They are probably the only reason to visit the small town of Maras – but what a reason they are.

Finally, you will visit the impressive fortress of Ollantaytambo (2,792 m/9,160 ft). These magnificent ancient ruins provide a great vantage point over the Sacred Valley.

Originally the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti during the Inca Empire, this site later served as a stronghold for Manco Inca Yupanqui in the final resistance effort against the Spanish conquistadors.

You will stop for lunch on route to Ollantaytmbo (not included) at a buffet restaurant offering a variety of Peruvian and international food near the town of Urubamba.

In the evening, you will be taken to your comfortable hotel in Ollantaytambo.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodations: Hotel
  • Lowest Elevation: 3,400 m/11,154 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 3,700 m/12,139 ft
  • Approximate Tour Duration: 5-6 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy

Day 4: Ollantaytambo – Short Inca Trail – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes

Your 2-day, 1-night Short Inca Trail starts taking the train from Ollantaytambo to KM 104, where the Inca Trail starts.

The valley turns into a canyon and the scenery begins to alter as the cloud forests appear on our approach to the city of Machu Picchu. We will disembark the train at Km 104 and start the hike along a challenging 3-hour uphill trail. This trek is short and manageable.

This ancient Inca Trail takes us uphill all the way to the magnificent archaeological Inca site of Wiñay Wayna. Wiñay Wayna is a Quechua name meaning “forever young”, This is an Inca ruin along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

It is built into a steep hillside overlooking the Urubamba River and valley. This Inca site consists of upper and lower house complexes connected by a staircase and fountain structures. Above and below the houses the people built areas of agricultural terraces, which are still visible today.

Wiñay Wayna will be also the perfect spot to enjoy our delicious boxed lunch, with incredible views of the massive green mountains and orchids.

After lunch, the trail becomes gentler from here and continues all the way to the famous Sun Gate (2,720 m / 8,920 ft), where we arrive at Machu Picchu through its real main entrance. It is from here that we will have our first glimpse of marvelous Machu Picchu. We then cross the Inca city of Machu Picchu to take the bus down to Aguas Calientes town (2,040 m / 6,691 ft), where you will check into your hotel. Dinner will be at a great local restaurant in town (drinks not included).

  • Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodations: Hotel
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,040 m / 6,691 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 2,720 m / 8,920 ft
  • Distance to walk: 13 km/8 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 6-8 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu tour and return to Cusco

Today as it gets light, we will catch an early bus up to the magnificent city of Machu Picchu, to enjoy the city at a quieter time of day when there are fewer people.

It is a 25 minutes bus ride to Machu Picchu (2,430 m/7,972 ft). Our expert tour guide will lead us in our walking tour of Machu Picchu. The guided tour will have an average duration of 2 hours.

Afterward, you will still have some time to visit other places that you did not see with your guide. For example, if you feel like an uphill challenge, you have the option to climb the mountain of Huayna Picchu (not included in the trek price). It is important to know that to climb this mountain, you need to buy a separate ticket well in advance.

At the end of your visit, you will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes for lunch and then board the train to either Ollantaytambo or to Poroy. On arrival, you will be met by our private transport and return to the hotel in Cusco (2-hour drive).

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodations: Hotel
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,040 m/6,691 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 2,430 m/7,972 ft
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy

Day 6: Departure from Cusco

After breakfast at your hotel, one of our representatives will meet you at your hotel and take you to the airport for your journey home or on to your next destination.

  • Meals: Breakfast


  • Professional English speaking guide. Additional guide for groups over 8 people
  • Pre-trek briefing
  • Transport from airport to Cusco hotel
  • Transport to the airport or bus station at the end of the tour
  • Admission fees to all the archeological sites in the Cusco and Sacred Valley tours.
  • Transportation from your hotel to Ollantaytambo
  • Train from Ollantaytambo to KM 104
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes on day 1. Round trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu on day 2.
  • Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to either Ollantaytambo or to Poroy.
  • Transport by private car from Ollantaytambo or Poroy train station to Cusco.
  • Admission Ticket to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu Archaeological site.
  • 1 box lunch on the Short Inca Trail
  • 1 dinner in Aguas Calientes
  • 5 breakfast at all hotels
  • 3 nights accommodation in a nice and confortable hotel in Cusco city (double occupancy)
  • 1 night accommodation in a nice and confortable hotel in Ollantaytambo (double occupancy)
  • 1 night accommodation in a nice and confortable hotel in Cusco Aguas Calientes (double occupancy)
  • Private guided walking tour of Machu Picchu
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank for all tours

NOT Included

  • Flights
  • Airport taxes
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain permit (this ticket can be purchased for an extra USD $75 per person)
  • Hiking poles for the Short Inca Trail
  • Meals (unless they are specified in the tour itinerary)
  • Tip for your guide
  • Travel Insurance

What to bring

  • Original passport (if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both)
  • Down or synthetic feather sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, a few t-shirts, socks, sun hat, warm underwear, light long pants, gloves, rain jacket)
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
  • Sunscreen SPF 35+ recommended
  • Head lamp
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera with spare batteries (batteries run down faster at high altitudes)
  • Binoculars
  • Book to read (you will have some spare time at every camp to read your favorite book)
  • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us)
  • Insect repellent


Group: USD $1080
Private: USD $1180

Group versus Private Treks: What’s the difference?

  • Depending on the number of people in your booking, additional people may join the trek to make a full group.
  • If you choose “private”, no additional people will be joining your group, no matter the size.
  • Minimum booking size is two people; one person may book a group trek if Action Peru Treks is able to join that person with additional groups.


  • Hiking poles for the Short Inca Trail – USD $10 (for a pair)

Hotel Upgrades for Machu Picchu

  • Sumaq Machu Picchu hotel (5-star hotel) – USD $255 per person per night (double occupancy)
  • Inkaterra El Pueblo Machu Picchu hotel (5-star hotel) – USD $250 per person per night (double occupancy)
  • El Mapi hotel by Inkaterra (4-star hotel) – USD $115 per person per night (double occupancy)
  • Tierra Viva Machu Picchu (3+ star hotel) – USD $50 per person per night (double occupancy)

Train Upgrades

  • Return Vistadome train -USD $60 for trip from Aguas Calientes to either Ollantaytambo or to Poroy
  • Return Hiram Bingham train -USD $420 for trip from Aguas Calientes to Poroy
  • Private lodging or Private hotel room in Aguas Calientes – USD $45 per person (this cost applies to our standard hotel included)
  • Buffet lunch at the Tinkuy restaurant in the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu on day 2 – USD $50 per person


What is the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

The Short Inca Trail is ideal for travelers who have limited time or want something less strenuous.

This hike starts at KM 104 of the Machu Picchu train line on a trail that leads to two archaeological sites Chachabamba and Wiñay Wayna. This hike also gives you the opportunity to enter the lost city via the famous Sun Gate, the dramatic entrance that provides Inca Trail trekkers with their first glimpse of the site.

Spend the night in Aguas Calientes and then wake up on Day 2 for a Machu Picchu tour.

Why the Inca Trail is so popular?

The Trail is a microcosm; lush green cloud forest alive with birds, Andean peaks and steep mountain passes, a landscape dotted with centuries old Inca ruins, accessible only to those that follow this most famous pathway.

However, as truly beautiful as the hike may be, the real reason for its popularity lies at the very end of this four-day adventure; passing through the famous Sun Gate for that first magical sighting of Machu Picchu in the distance.

Only Inca Trail hikers can access the gate early in the morning, and it is this crescendo, at one of the new seven wonders of the world which makes this hike a feature on so many ‘South America bucket lists’.

The Inca Trail is the best way to arrive at one of the world’s most iconic attractions (see here why should hike the Inca Trail).

What does the Short Inca Trail hike involve?

The Inca Trail involves an early bus and train ride from Cusco, followed by a three-four-hour uphill hike to the spectacular Inca site of Wiñay Wayna.

From there, you have a packed lunch before continuing for around two hours to reach the iconic Sun Gate where you get your first glimpse of Machu Picchu.

The trail then descends for about 45 minutes to reach the ruins. Rather than visiting Machu Picchu straight away, you take a bus to the nearby town of Aguas Calientes where you spend the night in a hotel, then return to the ruins the following morning for a guided tour.

In the afternoon of the second day, take the train and vehicle back to Cusco, arriving in the evening around 8 PM.

How far in advance should I reserve my permit for the Inca Trail?

Everyone should book their Inca Trail permit as far in advance as possible. The Inca trail permits are in super high demand as they do offer access to one of the top hiking trails on the planet!

It’s very common that permits for certain months of the year to sell out completely for the upcoming season in just a matter of days or hours.

On top of that, permits are non-refundable or transferable, so if any hikers who have purchased permits subsequently cancel them, they won’t become available again at a later date in the government system.

The Peruvian government releases all the permits in bulk throughout the month of October for the upcoming year.

For example, for a hike in 2024, you can expect permits to be released in October 2023.

The best way to ensure you’re in the running for your chosen trek date is to have your Inca Trail pre-booked for the upcoming year before the permits are released in October 2023.

A general rule to follow is to book permits for the Inca Trail at least six to eight months in advance to ensure trail availability for treks on the Inca Trail route.

How many Inca Trail permits are issued per day?

There are now 250 Inca Trail permits are available each day, around 50 of those are allocated to porters and guides, so in reality there are really only 200 permits a day for hikers.

These 250 permits were recently added by the Peruvian government for sole use on the Short Inca Trail hike.

The 2-day short Inca Trail is essentially the final day of the Classic Inca Trail route with some variations in the beginning of the hike.

Note: Once the permit has been issued, you can not alter or change any details, so be sure you get them correct from the start.

Does the Inca Trail trip include your Machu Picchu entrance ticket?

Yep, the cost of Machu Picchu entry is included in the trip price and it’s the responsibility of us to take care of all that and provide you with the ticket on the day you’re entering the site.

Is there a waiting list for sold out trekking dates?

No, there is no waiting list for permits. Permits are only available for purchase through the Peruvian government. Once a permit is purchased for one person, the permit cannot be refundable or transferred to another individual.

Is it possible to do without a tour company or guide?

Since June 2002 trekking independently on the Inca Trail has been prohibited. Access to the Inca Trail is strictly controlled by the Peruvian government and your trek must be organized through a tour operator.

Only specific licensed companies like Action Peru Treks are permitted to lead groups on the 5-day Inca Trail, 4-day Inca Trail and 2-day Inca Trail routes.

Companies must meet certain basic requirements proving that they have professional guides and good camping equipment, radio communications and emergency first aid including oxygen. Their license is renewed each year.

Is it possible to enter with different name?

No, you need to carry your valid ID (passport) to enter the trek park.

How difficult is the Short Inca Trail hike?

It’s a lot of hiking to cover in a day, and at high altitude, but it is achievable if you have a good level of fitness.

There will always be slower and faster hikers in your group but your guide will adjust his or her walking pace to make sure that everyone in your group is happy. The toughest part of the day is the three-hour walk uphill at the start, climbing rapidly from the Urubamba River to the Wiñay Wayna ruins. The Short Inca Trail may not be suitable for those who suffer from vertigo.

Before you start your trip, we recommend you arrive to Cusco at least two days in advance to help your body acclimate to the high altitude.

What do I need to carry on the trek?

Travelers should carry only a small daypack with the items that they will need while hiking such as water, snacks, camera and film.

Our team will ship 6 kg of each of your personal extra gear to your Aguas Calientes hotel during the trip for free.

We generally ask clients to bring only the necessary items that you will need for the 2-day trip and leave any unneeded luggage at the hotel in Cusco or at our office in Cusco.

How big are the groups?

Our groups are usually small. Average is 3 to 5 people and maximum 16 people plus the trekking team.

Is there an age limit to hiking the Inca Trail?

Nope! we trust that you will gauge your own fitness levels when it comes to taking a trek of this nature. We have clients who are in their 80s that are fitter than many 30-year-olds.

Age is just a number if you are fit enough to do the trip, go for it! Children under 6 years old should not attempt to hike as they would likely find the trek too difficult.

What is the best time of year to hike the Inca Trail?

From April to October, it is usually warm and humid during the day (around 20-25ºC) and night time temperatures are around 15ºC.

The dry season lasts from May to September, when the weather is more changeable.

During the wet season, from October to April, it can rain heavily, although it can also rain year-round.

Is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu always open?

The Inca Trail is open 11 months of the year (March through January). It is closed every February for maintenance.

Are there toilets along the Short Inca Trail hike?

Yes, there is one toilet at the start of the hike, halfway and at the end of the hike (Machu Picchu).

The first two toilets are free and the one by Machu Picchu has a cost of 2 soles.

What altitude does it reach?

The Short Inca Trail starts at 2,170 m / 7,170 ft and ascends to 2,720 m / 8,920 ft the Sun Gate, before descending to Machu Picchu which sits at an altitude of 2,040 m/6,691 ft.

The guides carry basic medical supplies, but as you will be in remote mountain areas, more advanced medical facilities are not available.

What is the food like on the Short Inca Trail Hike?

A packed lunch is provided by us for the hike and this must be carried by yourself during the hike.

If you want other snacks during the trail, these can be bought in Cusco.Breakfast on the second day is included at the hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Breakfast on day one and lunch on day two are not included in this trip. For breakfast on day one, you will need to request a box breakfast from your Cusco hotel.

Lunch on the second day can be bought in a restaurant in Aguas Calientes before taking the return train to Cusco.

Vegetarian and vegan meals are also available upon request.

Other special dietary requests can usually be accommodated as well with sufficient notice.

Is drinking water supplied along the Short Inca Trail?

Nope, you must bring your own dirking water for the hike and we recommend you bring at least 2 liters per person which will cover the hike on day one.

You can buy water in Aguas Calientes for your Machu Picchu visit on day two of the trip.

Note: there aren’t places to buy water along the hike so you must purchase your drinking water in Ollantaytambo or in Cusco before taking the train to the start of the hike.

What are the guides like?

Our team are among the very best and most experienced guides anywhere.

They are from the surrounding Cusco and the Sacred Valley areas and speak fluent English, in addition to Spanish and the Inca indigenous language of Quechua. Most have 8-10 years of experience leading Inca trail hikes and other alternative treks and all have training in the history, spirituality, culture, and ecology of the area (Meet our Guides).

How can I prepare for the Inca Trail trek?

The more training you do beforehand, the more you will enjoy your trek.

We recommend 30 minutes of cardio activities 3-4 times a week in the 2-3 months leading up to your departure. Take every opportunity to walk up and down stairs or hills for leg strengthening and aerobic fitness.

Are there any ATMs?

There are no ATMs along the Inca Trail. You should bring enough money with you from Cusco for any last-minute purchases before starting the hike or tips.

There are some ATMs in Aguas Calientes if you need to withdraw additional cash.

What if I have a medical emergency while hiking the Inca Trail?

Guides carry a first aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts/scrapes, etc.).

They receive Red Cross First Aid and other emergency training every year. Our guides lead over 1000 travelers along the Inca trail each year and we have rarely had a traveler unable to complete the hike.

In these rare instances when someone has not felt well enough to finish the hike, he/ she has been escorted back to the start of the hike and generally felt well enough to re-join the group in Aguas Calientes via train later in the day.

Aguas Calientes has the nearest modern medical facilities so travelers with a serious medical emergency would need to be evacuated there. Guides and porters have pre-established evacuation strategies in place should this need occur.

Is there internet access on the Inca Trail?

Nope, your last chance to use the internet or have a reliable phone signal will be in Ollantaytambo train station and your first opportunity will be at Machu Picchu or in Aguas Calientes.

How much money should you bring on the Inca Trail?

The vast majority of costs will be covered in the up-front price of your trip, but there are a few costs along the trip for which you’ll need to bring cash:

  • Snacks and drinks from stallholders in the train station of Ollantaytambo
  • Toilet entry fees (usually 2 soles at Machu Picchu)
  • Tips for your guides
  • Breakfast on day 1 and Lunch on day 2 at Aguas Calientes.

It’s sensible to take this money in the form of smaller notes and coins.

We’d say at least 250 soles per person for the Trail-specific section.

Will I get altitude sickness on the Inca Trail?

Many of the most popular places in Peru, such as Cusco and Huaraz, are at high altitude; this means that for anyone planning a trip to Peru understanding altitude sickness (and how to avoid it) is incredibly important.

In fact, not approaching altitude correctly is one of the biggest mistakes of travelers in South America.

The best way to minimize the likelihood and impact of altitude sickness is factoring in enough time into your Peru itinerary to acclimatize to the conditions.

This means that it is incredibly foolish to arrive in Cusco, which is at 3,339m (11,151 feet) above sea-level, and leave the next day to do a strenuous hike or even start the Inca Trail. Your body needs the time to adjust to the altitude!

A good rule of thumb is to give yourself and your body two easy days at altitude to acclimatize to the change, and to keep yourself well hydrated throughout.

What about medication?

Obviously, medical attention and facilities along the Inca Trail are pretty much non-existent so you need to bring any of your own required medication with you and keep it on your own person or in the daypack.

What climates can I expect on the Short Inca Trail?

Variance in latitude, elevation and local winds all factor into the wide range of climates experienced in the central Sierra/Andean Mountain region. Average temperatures in the Sierra vary little between seasons, but there is dramatic daily variance.

While the average daily temperature may only vary a few degrees Celsius between January and July, the diurnal (daily) temperature range is often huge.

You can expect daytime temperatures in the highlands to be in the range of 15-25°C (60 – 77 °F), falling as low as 10 °C (50°F) at night.

How much time can I spend at the Machu Picchu sanctuary?

There are three time slots in which patrons can enter Machu Picchu for a maximum of four hours and must follow one of three predetermined routes. Admission is not allowed after 4pm.

Additionally, all visitors must always be accompanied by a guide.

The early morning is one of the best times to savour the views and atmosphere of Machu Picchu.

The mystical morning light over the enigmatic sites is spectacular. Try and catch the sunrise at the sanctuary, you won’t regret the early wakeup call!

Group: $1080
Private: $1180
6 Days / 5 Nights


  • Huayna Picchu Permit – US $75 per person
  • Hiking poles for the Short Inca Trail – USD $10 (for a pair)

Hotel Upgrades for Machu Picchu

  • Sumaq Machu Picchu hotel (5-star hotel) – US $255 per person per night (double occupancy)
  • Inkaterra El Pueblo Machu Picchu hotel (5-star hotel) – US $250 per person per night (double occupancy)
  • El Mapi hotel by Inkaterra (4-star hotel) – US $115 per person per night (double occupancy)
  • Tierra Viva Machu Picchu (3+ star hotel) – US $50 per person per night (double occupancy)
  • Private lodging or Private hotel room in Aguas Calientes – US $45 per person per night with our standard hotel

Train Upgrades

  • Return Vistadome train -US $60 for trip from Aguas Calientes to either  Ollantaytambo or to Poroy
  • Return Hiram Bingham train -US $420 for trip from Aguas Calientes to Poroy
  • Buffet lunch at the Tinkuy restaurant in the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu on day 2 – US $50 per person.


  • Day 1: Welcome to Cusco
  • Day 2: Cusco acclimatization and Cusco archeological Tour
  • Day 3: Cusco – Chinchero – Moray – the salt mines and Ollantaytambo
  • Day 4: Ollantaytambo – Short Inca Trail – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
  • Day 5: Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu tour and return to Cusco
  • Day 6: Departure from Cusco
  • Beginning altitude: 2,170 m / 2,720 m
  • Maximum altitude:  7,170 ft/ 8,920 ft
  • Hike Total Distance: 13 km / 8 miles
  • Overall trek difficulty: Challenging


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