Inca Trail Express Overview
Travel to Peru and discover ancient civilisations on the Inca Trail
Travel to Peru to retrace the steps of the Inca, Peru's fascinating ancient civilisation. Follow the Inca traditions from Cuzco, through the fertile heartland of the Sacred Valley and to the magnificent Ollantaytambo ruins, before the ultimate adventure - trekking Machu Picchu. This action-filled express Peruvian tour gets you closer to the secrets of this elusive civilisation on a breathtaking adventure along the Inca Trail.
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Welcome to Peru! Get acquainted with the intriguing blend of Inca and Spanish cultures and discover some of Cuzco's lesser-known sights on a guided walking tour. Take the opportunity to taste unique mate de coca (coca tea).
Travel 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 ruins - a magnificent example of Inca urban planning.
Trek the Inca Trail, which once linked this ancient Peruvian Empire. The paths wind around mountains, across high, rocky plateaus, through dense cloud forest and past crumbling temple ruins. Climb over challenging mountain peaks - including the 4,198 m high Warmiwanusca (Dead Woman's Pass) - and camp out in the evenings. On the final morning, climb the steps to Intipunku, the Sun Gate, and see mystical Machu Picchu appearing through the mist. Rest for a moment to take it all in before descending to the famous site to spend the day uncovering the mystery of these amazing Inca ruins before returning to Cuzco.
Still seeking adventure? An optional trip from Cuzco to the Urubamba River provides whitewater rafting or mountain-biking thrills. For those with weary legs, have lunch at the Aldea Yanapay Cafe, part of a self-sustainable organisation that provides the underprivileged kids of Cuzco with health and education facilities.
Inca Trail Express Reviews
Our Inca Trail Express trips score an average of 4.86 out of 5 based on 44 reviews in the last year.
Inca Trail Express, June 2014
Tour was what was described in the Website
Review submitted 29 Jun 2014
Inca Trail Express, June 2014
The trip was amazing. We started in Lima. Our first day in Lima we didn't know what to do and it would have been helpful if Intrepid would have left us something at the front desk suggesting activities, places of interest, etc. We were supposed to meet Lupita that afternoon. We meandered towards a park, had lunch, and decided it was time to head back to meet with Lupita, our tour guide for the evening. We tried 3 different taxi cabs until we finally found one who knew where our hotel was (we used our gps), and Lupita had left after 10 minutes. She had our cell number and didn't bother to call us. We were really upset. By the time we hailed a taxi and met her (and ONE other traveler), she was basically not into giving us a tour at all. She was pretty pathetic, actually. But once we got to Cuzco we met Manny who more than made up for Luipta's indifference. Manny was fun, helpful, knowledgeable, and caring.
Review submitted 28 Jun 2014
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