Go on an Incan adventure in Peru by combining a trip to culture-rich Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley with a trek along the forgotten Great Inca Trail from Huaraz to Huanuco Pampa.

Start your trip in Lima before heading marvelling at the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, historical Cusco and the ruins of the Sacred Valley. Then, journey to Huaraz where you'll pick up the Great Inca Trail, passing through Andean mountains and along river basins, camping out under the stars as you learn more about this fascinating culture.

Key information

Destinations Peru
Activity Adventure, Hiking & Trekking, Active, Nature & Wildlife
Physical Level Strenuous
Season Season January - December

Suggested itinerary

Arrival in Lima

Arrival in Lima

Day 1 in Lima

You'll be met on arrival in Lima and transferred to your selected hotel. If you're feeling adventurous, head into the city to sample Peruvian cuisine.

Sightseeing in Cusco

Sightseeing in Cusco

Day 2 in Cusco

After an early morning flight from Lima to Cusco, your guide will take you on an afternoon tour of Cusco, capital of the Incan Empire. See the Incan complex of Sacsayhuaman, the temple of Koricancha and Cusco's cathedral for art and historical artefacts.

Explore the Sacred Valley

Explore the Sacred Valley

Day 3 in Sacred Valley

Begin your private Sacred Valley tour at the ancient agricultural terraces of Moray, before visiting the salt mines of Maras and the ruins of Ollantaytambo. From here, you'll take a scenic train ride through the Sacred Valley to your hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Experience Machu Picchu

Experience Machu Picchu

Day 4 in Machu Picchu

Your private guided tour of Machu Picchu will take in all the sights of this world-famous Incan citadel, visiting the most important parts of the ruins. You'll also have the chance to hike to the top of Huayna Picchu for a bird's eye view of the valley.

After taking your fill of the ancient ruins, you'll depart Aguas Calientes by train to Ollantaytambo before being transferred back to your hotel in Cusco.

Cusco to Huaraz transfer

Cusco to Huaraz transfer

Day 5 in Cusco

An early morning flight takes you back to Lima, where you'll board a first-class bus transferring you to Huaraz. The scenic, mountainous route takes 7-8 hours to complete.

Hike the Qhapaq Ñan route to Huanuco Pampa

Hike the Qhapaq Ñan route to Huanuco Pampa

Day 6–10 in Huaraz

Starting from the small town of Castillo, you'll head along the Inca Trail to Soledad de Tambo before veering onto the Qhapac Ñan and heading high into the Andean peaks. You'll meet artisan weavers in Quenuajirca, travel along the Taparaco reiver basin and camp under starlit skies at Tambo Grande before ending in the ancient Incan administrative centre Huanuco Pampa. Along the way, your guides will teach about the history of the Incas, explore ancient ruins and explain the amazing engineering feats this society achieved.

Transfer from Huaraz to Lima

Transfer from Huaraz to Lima

Day 11 in Huaraz

You'll head back to the bus station in Huaraz for your first-class coach back to Lima.

Guided tour of Lima

Guided tour of Lima

Day 12 in Lima

Your last day brings a guided tour of the Miraflores district of Lima, visits to the Larco Archeology Museum and colonial Casa Aliaga, as well as a chance to sample some of Lima's cuisine.

Your trip concludes with a transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Where to stay

Classic

Casa San Blas

Right off the main pedestrian fare in the San Blas district and less than three blocks to the main square, Casa San Blas Boutique offers exceptional location and comfort. Inside, the well-appointed rooms make for a great night's rest, and the family-style suites are perfect for families.

Classic

Posada Amazonas

Located on a 2,000 hectare private communal reserve and owned by the local community of Infierno, Posada Amazonas provides a great introduction to the Amazon rainforest. The lodge was built using traditional materials and architecture, featuring open windows to the jungle and drapes as doorways. At just 2 hours from the airport in Puerto Maldonado, Posadas Amazonas is ideal for those with limited time to spend in the jungle.

Deluxe

Reserva Amazonica

This eco-luxury lodge is exotic yet accessible, situated in a private reserve surrounded by vast jungle canopy. Inspired by native Amazon design, the lodge is composed of thatched roof cabanas that combine local natural materials with contemporary amenities.

Superior

Hyatt Place

With comfortable accommodations, a fitness center, an outdoor swimming pool and stunning desert vistas, Hyatt Place Page provides a great based for exploring Lake Powell as well as nearby canyon landscapes. The property is in town so you’re just a short drive away from eateries and shops.

Superior

East Zion Resort

For those looking for adventure, East Zion Resort is centrally located close to nearby National Parks, however your accommodations here will be just as inviting as the outdoors. East Zion Resort offers a plethora of accommodation options to choose from such as tiny houses with a fully stocked kitchen and king bed, or a yurt with modern amenities and a deck looking overlooking spectacular landscapes. You might even choose the treehouse, with a rooftop bedroom window for some incredible stargazing!

Boutique

El Tovar

Located directly on the rim of the Grand Canyon, El Tovar offers 78 rooms and suites. This hotel was designed to reflect a cross between a Swiss chalet and a Norwegian Villa. With each suite having their own unique and elegant charm, El Tovar is widely considered the crown jewel of Historic National Park Lodges. You are sure to enjoy a cozy stay while indulging yourself into its own history.

Book this itinerary

This route booked with one of our specialist tour operators would cost from $3,790pp. Pricing varies by accommodation class, and can be tailored to suit your budget.

Pricing is typically inclusive of hotels, transfers, meals, and all guided excursions and activities.

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