Peru on a Shoestring Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Peru

Peru on a Shoestring

Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Peru

Hiking
Rafting
14 days
Hard
Transfer, Accomodation, Meals
Friends, Individuals
2019

Sun, Oct 27

Sat, Nov 09

€1,070

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Overview

  • Climb the legendary Inca Trail to the cloud forest citadel of Machu Picchu.
  • Dine the traditional way at a ceremonial Pachamanca feast, or take an optional flight over the Nazca Lines — the adventure is yours to choose.
  • 14 days of maximum Peru at minimum cost.
  • This is everything you imagined Peru would be — and more.

Machu Picchu

Hiking to Machu Picchu along the Inca Trail in Peru will be the highlight of all your adventures.

Standing 4,200 meters high on the mountains, looking out over the peaks of the Andes, and knowing that you hiked to get there, fills you with joy and awe.

You won't want to be anywhere else.

Price Includes

Accommodation
  • Simple hotels (7 nts)
  • Overnight bus (2 nts)
  • Homestay (1 nt)
  • Camping (3 nts)
  • If you're travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, select this option during the online booking process. From €179.
Meals
  • 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
Tour Guides
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
  • Specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike
  • Local guides
Transportation
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Hiking, local bus, train
Activities
  • Overnight Colca Canyon excursion
  • Inca Trail hike with local guide, cook, and porters (4 days)
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu


Extra Activities

Arequipa City Tour - From €34.00

  • Get out and explore "the white city" on this walking tour, stop at picturesque viewpoints to capture the surrounding volcanoes, marvel at the white volcanic sillar rock architecture, and visit one of the most stunning colonial buildings in the country, Santa Catalina Monastery.


Cusco Cooking Class - From €39.00

  • Channel your inner chef with a Peruvian cooking class.
  • Take a trip to the market with your teacher and learn about regional flavours as you pick out the freshest ingredients.
  • Head back to the kitchen for a hands-on lesson and learn to prepare local Peruvian specialties.


Flight over Nazca Lines - From €106.00

  • Take to the skies for the best view of the enigmatic Nazca Lines, a series of patterns and pictures etched in the ground, crisscrossing a wide area of flat desert.
  • Marvel at the lines measuring up to 10km (6 mi) in length, yet, remaining perfectly straight.
  • See depictions of birds, insects, and animals only recognizable from the air.
  • Decide for yourself the origin of the lines – who drew the lines, and why, remains a mystery.
  • Current beliefs suggest that they may be part of complex agricultural calendar.


Lima Cooking Class - From €68.00

  • Get a taste of Peruvian cuisine, visit local markets, sample exotic fruit, select fresh ingredients, and try your hand at preparing unique Peruvian dishes influenced by China, Italy, West Africa, and Japan.

Itinerary

Day 1Lima
Arrive at any time. Arrive in Lima at any time. There are no planned activities, so check into the hotel and enjoy the city. (Check-in time is approx 3pm.) After the welcome meeting, head out for an optional dinner at a nearby local restaurant. If you arrive late, no worries, the CEO will leave you a message at the front desk.
Day 2Lima/Nazca
Head south to Nazca, home to one of the world's greatest archaeological mysteries: the Nazca Lines.
Day 3Nazca/Arequipa
Enjoy free time to explore Nazca and opt for a flight over the famous Nazca Lines. Assist in preparing a traditional "Pachamanca" dinner, before the overnight bus to Arequipa. Opt to pre-book your Flight over Nazca Lines on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.
Day 4Arequipa
Wander the streets of the 'white city' and opt to visit the Catalina Convent. Interested in history and architecture? Opt to visit to the Santa Catalina Monastery, offering a brief respite from the outside world and a unique view into a bygone way of life. Pre-book by adding the Arequipa City Tour & Santa Catalina Monastery on the checkout page or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance. For spicy food lovers, checking out one of the “Picanterías” is a must. Arequipa has a variety of regional food: alpaca, shrimp, pork, lots of soups, and spicy sauces.
Day 5Arequipa/Colca Canyon
Take a full-day tour of the spectacular Colca Canyon, and soak in hot springs. Admire the pre-Inca terraces and the wildlife, including alpacas, llamas, and vicuñas. Enjoy an overnight excursion to the impressive Colca Canyon - one of the deepest canyons in the world. Stop in fascinating villages and at “miradors” (scenic lookouts), where, with a little luck, visitors can see Andean condors soaring over the majestic Andes. Other unusual animals that can be spotted in the Andean landscape include three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama, and vicuña.
Day 6Colca Canyon
Set out looking for the majestic soaring condors. Return to Arequipa, and catch an overnight bus to Cusco. Get an early start to go on the lookout for flying condors. Travel from Chivay town to a condor viewpoint to admire these magnificent birds in the air. On the way back, stop by some local villages and viewpoints to see old terraces and sections of Colca Canyon, the deepest canyon in the world. Take a lunch break and return to Arequipa in the afternoon. Get ready for the overnight bus to Cusco.
Day 7Cusco
Free day in Cusco to explore. Choose to pre-book the Cusco Cooking Class. Opt to go mountain biking, whitewater rafting, or just relax in a café.
Day 8Cusco/Ccaccaccollo
Visit the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op in the Ccaccaccollo community. Learn a few Quechua words while staying overnight with one of the families and taking part in daily activities. Meet the women at the weaving co-op and learn about traditional weaving and dyeing. Opt to pick up some handmade souvenirs and textiles directly from the women who made them. Get to know your Quechua family and take part in a variety of community activities before a soccer match with the locals.
Day 9Ccaccaccollo/Ollantaytambo
Embark on an optional Sacred Valley tour that includes markets and Incan historical sites and ruins. Travel through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas. Opt to take a Sacred Valley tour and visit the impressive Pisac ruins, the colourful artisan market (market days only), and the large ruin site of Ollantaytambo that lies adjacent to the town of the same name. Catch our breath at Ollantaytambo and prepare for the hike the next morning.
Day 10Inca Trail
Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the hike begins. Trek through beautiful scenery, with a variety of flora that changes with the seasons, passing several smaller ruin sites like Llactapata.
Day 11Inca Trail
Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax.
Day 12Inca Trail
Cross two more passes and ruins along the way. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through cloud forest on the gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m (12,136 ft). On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley. At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "town above the clouds." Camp here or go another 1.5 hrs to the Wiñay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).
Day 13Machu Picchu/Cusco
The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Wake up around 03:30 and walk to the checkpoint. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the site and free time to explore. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows. Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.
Day 14Cusco
Depart at any time.

Route

Peru on a Shoestring Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Peru #mapImageWidget

Lima

Nazca

+7 more

Cusco

Map

Related Photos & Video

With this selection, we would like to show you, how beautiful Machu Picchu is. It might show locations, weather conditions, trail roads that is not an exact match with this trek.

Peru on a Shoestring Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Peru #9b036986-9683-4c10-aee3-34cda874681e
Peru on a Shoestring Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Peru #9b036986-9683-4c10-aee3-34cda874681e
Peru on a Shoestring Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Peru #9b036986-9683-4c10-aee3-34cda874681e
Peru on a Shoestring Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Peru #9b036986-9683-4c10-aee3-34cda874681e
Peru on a Shoestring Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Peru #9b036986-9683-4c10-aee3-34cda874681e
Peru on a Shoestring Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Peru #9b036986-9683-4c10-aee3-34cda874681e
Peru on a Shoestring Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Peru #9b036986-9683-4c10-aee3-34cda874681e
Peru on a Shoestring Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Peru #9b036986-9683-4c10-aee3-34cda874681e

What to Take

  • Most people automatically assume that the weather is hot in South America, but because of the higher altitude in the Andes, the temperature can feel quite cold, especially at night.
  • It’s best to layer clothes rather than bring a heavy parka so that you can take layers off.
  • This is especially true during the cooler months on the Inca Trail (May to Sept) at which time warmer clothing is essential.
  • We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer.
  • A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items.
  • Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person.
  • You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.

Machu Picchu

Hiking to Machu Picchu along the Inca Trail in Peru will be the highlight of all your adventures.

Standing 4,200 meters high on the mountains, looking out over the peaks of the Andes, and knowing that you hiked to get there, fills you with joy and awe.

You won't want to be anywhere else.

Price Includes

Accommodation
  • Simple hotels (7 nts)
  • Overnight bus (2 nts)
  • Homestay (1 nt)
  • Camping (3 nts)
  • If you're travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, select this option during the online booking process. From €179.
Meals
  • 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
Tour Guides
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
  • Specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike
  • Local guides
Transportation
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Hiking, local bus, train
Activities
  • Overnight Colca Canyon excursion
  • Inca Trail hike with local guide, cook, and porters (4 days)
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu


Extra Activities

Arequipa City Tour - From €34.00

  • Get out and explore "the white city" on this walking tour, stop at picturesque viewpoints to capture the surrounding volcanoes, marvel at the white volcanic sillar rock architecture, and visit one of the most stunning colonial buildings in the country, Santa Catalina Monastery.


Cusco Cooking Class - From €39.00

  • Channel your inner chef with a Peruvian cooking class.
  • Take a trip to the market with your teacher and learn about regional flavours as you pick out the freshest ingredients.
  • Head back to the kitchen for a hands-on lesson and learn to prepare local Peruvian specialties.


Flight over Nazca Lines - From €106.00

  • Take to the skies for the best view of the enigmatic Nazca Lines, a series of patterns and pictures etched in the ground, crisscrossing a wide area of flat desert.
  • Marvel at the lines measuring up to 10km (6 mi) in length, yet, remaining perfectly straight.
  • See depictions of birds, insects, and animals only recognizable from the air.
  • Decide for yourself the origin of the lines – who drew the lines, and why, remains a mystery.
  • Current beliefs suggest that they may be part of complex agricultural calendar.


Lima Cooking Class - From €68.00

  • Get a taste of Peruvian cuisine, visit local markets, sample exotic fruit, select fresh ingredients, and try your hand at preparing unique Peruvian dishes influenced by China, Italy, West Africa, and Japan.

Itinerary

Day 1Lima
Arrive at any time. Arrive in Lima at any time. There are no planned activities, so check into the hotel and enjoy the city. (Check-in time is approx 3pm.) After the welcome meeting, head out for an optional dinner at a nearby local restaurant. If you arrive late, no worries, the CEO will leave you a message at the front desk.
Day 2Lima/Nazca
Head south to Nazca, home to one of the world's greatest archaeological mysteries: the Nazca Lines.
Day 3Nazca/Arequipa
Enjoy free time to explore Nazca and opt for a flight over the famous Nazca Lines. Assist in preparing a traditional "Pachamanca" dinner, before the overnight bus to Arequipa. Opt to pre-book your Flight over Nazca Lines on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.
Day 4Arequipa
Wander the streets of the 'white city' and opt to visit the Catalina Convent. Interested in history and architecture? Opt to visit to the Santa Catalina Monastery, offering a brief respite from the outside world and a unique view into a bygone way of life. Pre-book by adding the Arequipa City Tour & Santa Catalina Monastery on the checkout page or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance. For spicy food lovers, checking out one of the “Picanterías” is a must. Arequipa has a variety of regional food: alpaca, shrimp, pork, lots of soups, and spicy sauces.
Day 5Arequipa/Colca Canyon
Take a full-day tour of the spectacular Colca Canyon, and soak in hot springs. Admire the pre-Inca terraces and the wildlife, including alpacas, llamas, and vicuñas. Enjoy an overnight excursion to the impressive Colca Canyon - one of the deepest canyons in the world. Stop in fascinating villages and at “miradors” (scenic lookouts), where, with a little luck, visitors can see Andean condors soaring over the majestic Andes. Other unusual animals that can be spotted in the Andean landscape include three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama, and vicuña.
Day 6Colca Canyon
Set out looking for the majestic soaring condors. Return to Arequipa, and catch an overnight bus to Cusco. Get an early start to go on the lookout for flying condors. Travel from Chivay town to a condor viewpoint to admire these magnificent birds in the air. On the way back, stop by some local villages and viewpoints to see old terraces and sections of Colca Canyon, the deepest canyon in the world. Take a lunch break and return to Arequipa in the afternoon. Get ready for the overnight bus to Cusco.
Day 7Cusco
Free day in Cusco to explore. Choose to pre-book the Cusco Cooking Class. Opt to go mountain biking, whitewater rafting, or just relax in a café.
Day 8Cusco/Ccaccaccollo
Visit the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op in the Ccaccaccollo community. Learn a few Quechua words while staying overnight with one of the families and taking part in daily activities. Meet the women at the weaving co-op and learn about traditional weaving and dyeing. Opt to pick up some handmade souvenirs and textiles directly from the women who made them. Get to know your Quechua family and take part in a variety of community activities before a soccer match with the locals.
Day 9Ccaccaccollo/Ollantaytambo
Embark on an optional Sacred Valley tour that includes markets and Incan historical sites and ruins. Travel through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas. Opt to take a Sacred Valley tour and visit the impressive Pisac ruins, the colourful artisan market (market days only), and the large ruin site of Ollantaytambo that lies adjacent to the town of the same name. Catch our breath at Ollantaytambo and prepare for the hike the next morning.
Day 10Inca Trail
Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the hike begins. Trek through beautiful scenery, with a variety of flora that changes with the seasons, passing several smaller ruin sites like Llactapata.
Day 11Inca Trail
Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax.
Day 12Inca Trail
Cross two more passes and ruins along the way. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through cloud forest on the gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m (12,136 ft). On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley. At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "town above the clouds." Camp here or go another 1.5 hrs to the Wiñay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).
Day 13Machu Picchu/Cusco
The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Wake up around 03:30 and walk to the checkpoint. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the site and free time to explore. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows. Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.
Day 14Cusco
Depart at any time.

Route

Peru on a Shoestring Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Peru #mapImageWidget

Lima

Nazca

+7 more

Cusco

Map

Related Photos & Video

With this selection, we would like to show you, how beautiful Machu Picchu is. It might show locations, weather conditions, trail roads that is not an exact match with this trek.

Peru on a Shoestring Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Peru #9b036986-9683-4c10-aee3-34cda874681e
Peru on a Shoestring Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Peru #9b036986-9683-4c10-aee3-34cda874681e
Peru on a Shoestring Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Peru #9b036986-9683-4c10-aee3-34cda874681e
Peru on a Shoestring Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Peru #9b036986-9683-4c10-aee3-34cda874681e
Peru on a Shoestring Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Peru #9b036986-9683-4c10-aee3-34cda874681e
Peru on a Shoestring Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Peru #9b036986-9683-4c10-aee3-34cda874681e
Peru on a Shoestring Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Peru #9b036986-9683-4c10-aee3-34cda874681e
Peru on a Shoestring Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Peru #9b036986-9683-4c10-aee3-34cda874681e

What to Take

  • Most people automatically assume that the weather is hot in South America, but because of the higher altitude in the Andes, the temperature can feel quite cold, especially at night.
  • It’s best to layer clothes rather than bring a heavy parka so that you can take layers off.
  • This is especially true during the cooler months on the Inca Trail (May to Sept) at which time warmer clothing is essential.
  • We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer.
  • A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items.
  • Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person.
  • You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.
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2019

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