- Arrive at Cusco's Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ) before 12:00 pm.
- Your Trip Leader will meet you at the airport. After meeting all our new friends, take included transportation to our accommodations in Cusco.
- Begin acclimating to the altitude, and take a warm up hike to San Cristobal neighborhood for incredible views of the city.
- Try some tasty delicacies like alpaca or guinea pig at a local lunch spot (not included).
- Have some time to relax and acclimate before we go out for dinner together.
- Enjoy a delicious Peruvian meal at our opening dinner in Cusco’s Plaza de Armas.
- Get to know the other like-minded travelers on the trip and begin to settle into Peru.
Sacred Valley Cultural Day
- Wake up in Cusco and enjoy breakfast right at your hotel.
- Take a private shuttle to our very own U30X community project above Cusco near a town called Chinchero.
- We’ll be hiking and doing some farm work, so wear comfortable shoes, and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty!
- Have a farm to table experience, and chow down on lunch that was all grown within the community.
- After lunch, check out an impressive textile demonstration, and learn how the people in the Andes naturally dye and hand-weave their alpaca wool.
- Once you’ve had a chance to buy some of these incredible alpaca goods for yourself and for friends back home, take the shuttle to Ollantaytambo.
- You’ll have a chance to relax and pick up anything you’re missing before you repack your stuff for the Inca Trail.
- We’ll find a restaurant in this cozy Inca town for one last dinner before we hit the trail! (not included)
Begin the Inca Trail Hike
- Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel, and fuel up for the hike.
- Take a shuttle from Ollantaytambo to km 82, the start of the Inca Trail.
- The first day of the Hike is relatively easy as you acclimate to the trail.
- You’ll pass by some small Andean communities and stop for a chance to enjoy the view of Patallacta Inca site before continuing to our lunch spot.
- After lunch, continue hiking for some hours, ascending until we arrive at our campsite at Wayllabamba.
- Have a delicious dinner at the campsite after our first day hiking this sacred trail.
Dead Woman's Pass
- Early morning breakfast at the campsite surrounded by beautiful Peruvian landscapes.
- We will start a steep ascent through the Valley of Huayllabamba towards the highest point of our journey--Dead Woman’s Pass at 13,779 ft or 4200 m.
- After a rest here, we’ll begin to make our way down to the lunch stop.
- After lunch, we have another summit to conquer. We’ll hike up a steep trail and then down until we reach our campsite.
- Throughout the day you'll have the opportunity to enjoy the views of the Andes Valley and the Inca site of Runcuracay.
- Relax at the campsite while our cooks prepare another delicious dinner for your group after a long day on the trail.
Inca Ruins & Cloud Forest
- Early wake up and breakfast at the campsite.
- Today we will climb to visit the archeological site of Phuyupatamarca for spectacular views of the mountains, canyons and surrounding areas.
- After the Inca site we'll continue walking down through the cloud forest and the impressive agricultural Inca site of Intipata as we make our way to our third campsite: Wiñay Wayna.
- Lunch at the campsite.
- Take an afternoon walk to the impressive Inca site of Wiñaywayna.
- Have a final dinner on the trail with your hiking buddies and the whole crew who helped you get to this point.
Arrive at Machu Picchu
- Wake up nice and early to get through Intipunku, the famous Sun Gate, before the crowds.
- Take in the incredible views of the Lost City of the Incas as you make your way down for a guided tour of this magical site.
- Have whatever you were craving on the trail for lunch as we re-enter civilization.
- Take a beautiful train journey through the Sacred Valley which offers both stunning views and the perfect opportunity for a nap.
- Regather everything you left behind in Ollantaytambo, and embark on another journey back to Cusco with more views and well deserved naps.
- Take a hard earned shower, and put on some clean clothes to relax before our final dinner together as a group
Relax & Depart Cusco
- Wake up for your final morning in Cusco, reflect upon your experiences as your eat breakfast with your new friends.
- Hotel checkout is at 9:00 am and for those of you that don’t extend your stay, transportation to the airport is included until 5:00 pm.
- Whether you’re staying in the Andes, or headed home, we wish you safe travels and a happy journey!