Inca Trail Itinerary

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Day 1 Lima

Welcome to the captivating heart of Peru. The Plaza Mayor, in the heart of Lima’s historic centre, is an excellent place to begin explorations of the Peruvian capital. Nearby, the Museo de la Inquisicion offers an insight into the Spanish Inquisition and the beautiful Monasterio de San Francisco houses some fascinating catacombs and interesting art. Why not search out some of Peru’s more intriguing cuisine in the eclectic suburb of Miraflores before mixing with the locals in one of the many buzzing bars.
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Day 2 Cuzco

Travel to South America’s longest continually inhabited city and be seduced by the charms of Cuzco on a walking tour. Take the chance to taste the local coca tea at one of the thriving markets.
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Day 3 Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo

Journey through the lush Sacred Valley and visit a local community. Learn about their traditional lifestyle, browse handicrafts and pick up a few words of the Quechua language. Look out for the maize crops alongside the river and covering the terraces that stretch high up the valley walls. Spend the night exploring the Ollantaytambo town - a magnificent example of Inca urban planning.
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Days 4-7 Inca Trail/Machu Picchu/Cuzco

Slip into hiking boots and trek the iconic trail that once linked the Inca Empire. The ancient paths wind around mountains, across high plateaus, through dense cloud forest and past temple ruins. Climb over challenging mountain passes - including the 4,198 m Warmiwanusca (Dead Woman’s Pass). Camp out in the evenings under a blanket of stars. On the final day of the trek, climb the steps to Intipunku - the Sun Gate - and watch Machu Picchu appearing through the mist. Rest for a moment before heading down into the site to further uncover the secrets of the mysterious ruins. This is an unforgettable experience to be savoured. Return to Cuzco and perhaps spend some more time exploring this ancient location. Maybe enjoy the vibrant atmosphere from a streetside café
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Day 8 Cuzco

Depart Cuzco at your leisure. In need of a top lunch spot before heading off? Then why not pay a visit to the Aldea Yanapay restaurant, part of a sustainable organisation that provides the underprivileged children of Cuzco with health and education facilities. Be sure to eat up for a good cause! For those in need of another hit of adventure, perhaps indulge in an optional trip from Cuzco to the Urubamba River to enjoy a splash whitewater rafting or some additional thrills of the mountain-biking variety.