Inca Trail & Amazon Adventure

12 Days | Marvel at Machu Picchu and the Amazon in incredible Peru

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Travel from the heady heights of the Andes to the exotic lowlands of the Amazon on this journey through the best of Peru. Get acquainted with the charm and grace of historic towns before hiking along ancient pathways to Machu Picchu and discovering the heart and soul of the Inca Empire. Then eyeball exotic plant and wildlife in the world's most remarkable jungle. From vibrant cities to glorious natural wonders, this trip shows you all corners of Peru.

Trip overview

Map of Inca Trail & Amazon Adventure including Peru
Start
Lima, Peru
Finish
Lima, Peru
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Peru
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
GGSEC
This trip generates 30 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Explore Cusco, South America's oldest continuously inhabited city. The city has ancient foundations, an interesting blend of Incan and colonial influences, and seemingly endless things to do and see.
  • Adjust to the altitude with a pisco sour and some ceviche to get to know Peruvian cuisine.
  • Travel through the Sacred Valley – known for its steep and soaring scenery, its mystical significance for the Inca and the indigenous cultures that still reside here.
  • Explore the greatest icon of ancient South America and one of the Seven Wonders of the world – Machu Picchu – on a guided tour.
  • Experience the untouched, evergreen splendour of the Amazon Jungle. Explore rainforest trails with a local guide, looking out for monkeys, parrots and medicinal plants, then fall asleep in a lodge lit by candles and kerosene lamps.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip visits places that are at high altitude, and as a result some people can suffer from altitude sickness, regardless of age or physical health. Please see the Medical and health information section of the Essential Trip Information for more detail.
  • This trip involves a lot of walking to see the sites, and if you trek the Inca Trail or Quarry Trail, there'll be strenuous hiking. The trip is recommended for those with a good level of fitness. Please bring comfortable footwear suitable to hiking. See the ‘Packing’ section of the Essential Trip Information for more detail.
  • For those who trek the Inca Trail or Quarry Trail, you'll be camping with basic facilities. It's definitely the journey as well as the final destination (Machu Picchu) that makes this way of exploring Peru worthwhile.
  • According to Machu Picchu visiting regulations, all visitors must follow a pre-determined route within the site. This route must be followed in one direction only, and once the guided visit commences exiting and re-entering the site is not permitted. Once the guided visit concludes, visitors must exit the site and personal exploration of Machu Picchu is not permitted. Please refer to the Itinerary for details.
  • Travellers who choose different ways of reaching Machu Picchu (Inca Trail, Quarry Trail or Train), will not follow the same routes within Machu Picchu. This means that you may not be able to have photos together, overlooking Machu Picchu. This applies to travellers on the same booking or separate bookings.
  • Temperatures in the Amazon can fluctuate from daytime humidity to night-time chill. Insects, especially mosquitoes, are common. We recommend tropical-strength insect repellent and light cotton clothing that covers your arms and legs, with warmer layers for the evening.
  • Can't decide which trek is for you? Read up on them here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/inca-trail-vs-quarry-trail/

Itinerary

Map of Inca Trail & Amazon Adventure including Peru

Inclusions

Meals

11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners

Transport

Canoe, Private minibus, Train, Plane

Accommodation

Route 1 Inca Trail: Camping with basic facilities (3 nights), Hotel (6 nights). Route 2 - Quarry Trail: Camping with basic facilities (2 nights), Hotel (7 nights). Route 3 - Train option: Hotel (9 nights), All Routes: Jungle Lodge (2 nights)

Activities
  • Cusco - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Sacred Valley - Community visit & lunch
  • Sacred Valley - Coffee & cake
  • 3 Night/4 Day Inca Trail (or 2 Night/3 Day Inca Quarry Trail) guided hike(s) with porters' support. Or guided Cusco stay (Machu Picchu by train)
  • Machu Picchu - Guided tour
  • Amazon Jungle - Guided nature walk
Add on activities
  • Lima - Gold Museum Entrance Fee - PEN35
  • Lima - Museo de la Nacion (entrance fee) - PEN10
  • Lima - Pachacamac Tour (30 km from downtown) (Based on 4 participants) - USD37
  • Cusco - Full Boleto Turistico Pass (access to 16 archaeological sites, transport & guides not included) - PEN135
  • Cusco - Half Boleto Turistico Pass (access to selected archaeological sites, transport & guides not included) - PEN75
  • Cusco - Cathedral Entrance Fee - PEN40
  • Cusco - Coricancha Temple (entrance fee) - PEN15
  • Cusco - Pisco Making Urban Adventure (Based on 2 participants) - USD57
  • Cusco - Pre-Colombian Museum - PEN20
  • Cusco - Inca Museum (entrance fee) - PEN10
  • Cusco - Cusco Eat Street (Price based on 4 participants) - USD50
  • Cusco - Cusco Cooking Class - USD70
  • Cusco - 4 Ruins + Qorikancha (Price based on 4 participants) - USD40
  • Ollantaytambo - Archaeological site - PEN70

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Important notes

1. Full passport details are required at the time of booking. The passport you travel with must match the booking details provided to us. This will be used to apply for your Inca permit and if any info doesn’t match your passport, the Inca authorities will refuse your entry. Delays in providing this information may result in booking fees or changes to your itinerary.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Days 9 & 10 (Amazon Jungle) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
3. This trip starts in Lima on Day 1 at 2pm. This allows time after the welcome meeting to explore Lima.
4. At the time of booking, please advise whether you would like to hike the classic Inca Trail, Inca Quarry Trail or take the train. When available, the Inca Trail will be booked as the default option. Fees may apply to changes made after the time of booking, and availability on other options cannot be guaranteed.
5. Inca Trail permits are sold on a request basis only. Once a deposit is paid and passport details are provided, Intrepid will endeavour to secure a permit for you. If Inca Trail permits are unavailable by the time you book, you can opt to hike the Quarry Trail instead https://www.intrepidtravel.com/machu-picchu-peru/quarry-trail or travel to Machu Picchu by train.
6. The Inca Trail closes in February to allow cleaning and restoration works. If the trek portion of your trip starts in February, you will be automatically booked to hike the Quarry Trail.
7. As you can choose different ways of reaching Machu Picchu (Inca Trail, Quarry Trail or Train), you may be joined by other Intrepid and/or non-Intrepid travellers. There is also a small chance you may be the only traveller from your group on your selected option.

Essential Trip Information

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 76 reviews submitted.
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Bradley · Traveled June 2024
What an amazing trip. Our tour guides (Edwin, Paola, Herbert and Kiki were super insightful) They provided guidance and help in tough times throughout the hike and safety was the number one concern. Their knowledge and understanding of the history and culture of the country was second to none. I cannot recommend heading to Peru with intrepid enough. Just wait until you feel the energy of the Peruvian Andes!
Review submitted 02 Jul 2024

Lorena · Traveled June 2024
Had a wonderful experience on my first group trip through Intrepid. Group leaders were very knowledgeable and dedicated to sharing about the history and culture of the communities we visited.
Review submitted 28 Jun 2024

James · Traveled June 2024
Peru has been wonderful, such a beautiful and friendly country. Great food and spectacular sights. I can’t recommend it enough!
Review submitted 21 Jun 2024

Erick · Traveled May 2024
This trip is fast paced, but stunning. We did the train option, but it still involved a lot of hiking. The best part are the team leaders. Our leader, Marcia, was a gem. Her response to any need was amazing.
Review submitted 15 Jun 2024

Adam · Traveled May 2024
I would absolutely recommend Intrepid. Everything was organised from start to finish and they made the trip an unbelievable experience.
Review submitted 27 May 2024
Inca Trail & Amazon Adventure
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CHF  2,368