Experience the wonder of one of the world’s greatest mysteries on this action-packed, small group glamping adventure to Machu Picchu.
Expert guides handle each and every detail of your trek throughout these awe-inspiring days while Austin Adventure’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service adds the extra Wow to every step. Custom, all-inclusive accommodations travel with you as you journey along the Classic Inca Trail from Cusco to Machu Picchu through the Sacred Valley of the Inca. Your hard work is rewarded with hot showers, cocktails, a personal chef and even a massage therapist before you retire to your cozy tent and enjoy the divine comfort of a feather duvet and fluffy pillow. Enchanting ruins, captivating history and of course the grand mystique of the majestic Andes serve as the perfect backdrop to this ultimate Peru vacation package and best-in-class opportunity to discover Machu Picchu.
Reservations, Deposits and Balances Due.
To make a reservation, contact Austin Adventures with your choice of trip and dates. A $750 per person deposit is required to confirm your reservation. Full payment is required at the time of booking if your trip departs within 90 days.
DAY 1: LIMA
On Day 1, arrive in Lima, the "City of Kings", and the cultural hub of Peru.
From there, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your first night's hotel (just across the street!).
Dinner tonight will be on your own.
DAY 2 : LIMA / CUZCO / SACRED VALLEY
On Day 2, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cusco, the Inca Empire's capital and oldest continuously inhabited city in the Western Hemisphere.
Transfer to the Sacred Valley of the Incas (at a lower elevation than Cusco), on the way visiting Pisac town where a stop at the Indian market promises unique and authentic souvenirs
Lunch at Cuchara de Palo Restaurant and continue the shuttle to your hotel along a beautiful road bordered by the Urubamba River, agricultural fields and snow-capped mountains.
DAY 3 : MARAS / MORAY / SACRED VALLEY
Morning pickup from your hotel for a visit to Mara's ancient salt mines. Here you'll find an array of picturesque pools where the Incas built terraces in the hillside to capture the downward flow of salty springs emerging from the hillside.
Continue on to Moray, where you'll find huge circular agricultural terraces built by the Incas used to plant various crops. The area was used in the past as an agricultural laboratory to determine optimum conditions for different species of crops growing at varying altitudes
Lunch at Wayra Restaurant and then enjoy a guided visit to the Inca site that crowns the town. Transfer back to Sol y Luna and enjoy dinner in the hotel restaurant.
DAY 4 : SACRED VALLEY / HUAYLLABAMBA
Transfer from the hotel to km 82, where our porters and equipment await.
After checking in with the park rangers, we begin our trek escorted by the porters, hiking through semi-arid terrain along the Urubamba River with magnificent views of snow-capped mountains. Passing the last remaining local villas, we'll leave the Urubamba valley behind as we set off up the Kusichaca River to our first camp site in Huayllabamba where you'll experience your introduction to "glamping" (glamorous camping) Our campsite will be near the village but separate from crowds and noise which allow us to enjoy the peace of the surrounding mountains and birdlife.
DAY 5 : HUAYLLABAMBA / PACAYMAYO
After a hearty breakfast, we begin our trek to the top of Warmihuausca Pass (13,860 ft)
We'll reach the turning point after a short time from where it is possible to see the other side of the valley leading to Runkurakay ruins. Once we snap pictures and take in the fantastic view, we'll make our way down into a native gorge towards our next campsite at Pacaymayo.
DAY 6: PACAYMAYO / PHUYUPATAMARCA
After a short zigzagging ascent, we'll arrive at the Runkurakay circular ruins. With no sign of human life, only extensive woods and abrupt hills, we'll continue our way up the second pass.
Upon reaching the top and resting our legs, we snake our way down the other side, clearly observing that the Inca Trail becomes more and more well preserved as we continue. Taking the steps up to Sayacmarca, we'll break as we listen to an explanation about the Inca Empire and its connection with the Amazon jungle.
Continue towards Phuyupatamarca Ruins, crossing the "Lago Seco" or Chakikocha where we'll eat a tasty lunch. Carrying on, we hike up and down hills passing through "The Tunnel", a natural cavity produced by a landslide, adapted by the Incas.
After crossing a small pass, we spot steep steps and under these the Ceremonial Center of Phuyupatamarca Ruins, our campsite tonight with the best views of the surrounding jagged Andean peaks.
DAY 7: PHUYUPATAMARCA / MACHU PICCHU
We're up early as we begin our descent into the Andean cloud forest where orchids and epiphyte plants hide in the dense undergrowth, awaiting detection by keen eyes.
The Urubamba valley and river will be within our sights as we continue on our path towards the Wiay Wayna ruins built up on a steep hillside.
After exploration of these famous ruins, we continue up the last pass to the renowned Inti Punku or "Sun Gate". From here, you'll be looking down upon the extensive and beautiful site of Machu Picchu.
For now, your guide will provide you with a brief orientation of the site and its history as we continue our journey onwards to our lodging for the evening.
DAY 8: MACHU PICCHU / CUSCO
Once again, we rise early to take full advantage of our day in one of the most famous Inca sites in the world.
After a short public bus ride up to the main entrance of Machu Picchu, we'll begin our guided tour of this intricate city of an ancient civilization.
DAY 9: CUSCO
Morning pickup from your hotel for a Cusco city tour. We'll start with a viewing of the Cathedral, built over 450 years ago, and its fine collection of paintings at the Cusqueño School. After this, you can't miss a visit to the Koricancha, the most sumptuous temple of the Inca culture, which was dedicated to worship the sun.
The remainder of the morning we'll spend taking in the magnificent ruins of Sacsayhuaman and its impressive rocky constructions, followed by Kenko, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay.
Tonight we'll gather for a farewell dinner at Map Cafe to share memories of our trip over Pisco Sours, followed by some lively music.
DAY 10 : LIMA
On our final day, take a return flight to Lima.
With guide assistance, connect with your international flight home.