Privately Guided Inca Trail Trek: Exclusive Peruvian Adventure | Yampu Tours

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Privately Guided Inca Trail Trek: Exclusive Peruvian Adventure

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PRIVATE TOUR - 11 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM $9020+

Private Tour Highlights

  • Trekking through the cloud forest, home to a kaleidoscope of bird species including Hummingbirds and Sparrows.
  • Making like the ancient Incas by embarking on the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu; perhaps spying the elusive Spectacled Bear along the way.
  • Visiting the Korikancha Temple, considered at one time to be the center of the Incan empire world.
  • Walking the ancient ruins of the one and only Machu Picchu.
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Tour Overview

This Inca Trail exclusive adventure includes a private trek to Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail. This trip is a great blend of luxury, adventure, learning and relaxation. You will stay at the best Orient Express hotels in Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu, and hike the Inca Trail up to the stone citadel with your own private staff. On return from Machu Picchu to Cusco, you will take the Hiram Bingham Train on a spectacular journey through changing landscapes, lush fields, colorful villages and vistas of the Andes Mountains.

Recently, following UNESCO recommendations, Peruvian authorities have placed restrictions on the visitation of Machu Picchu, the lost Incan ruins. Currently, no more than 2,500 people daily will be allowed to visit the ruins. While these new restrictions are great for the preservation of the ruins, they may cause some difficulties in your ability to visit them, so we recommend booking with plenty of notice.

This trip can be customized to fit your individual travel dates and any specific requests you may have. Usually there are no set dates for our trips, however because of Government regulations the Inca Trail must be booked with plenty of notice. Permits may sell out about 3 or more months in advance during high season months and will be confirmed on a first come-first served basis. Passport number and date of birth must be provided at time of booking. If there are no spaces on the Inca Trail we are able to offer the Lares trek to Machu Picchu which does not require a permit. Your travel consultant will prepare a customized itinerary for you.

Inclusions
Prices include round-trip airfare from Lima to Cusco; round-trip Hiram Bingham Train from Cusco to Machu Picchu; deluxe hotel accommodation including daily buffet breakfast; all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling; privately guided tours by English speaking guides including all entrance fees; meals where specified; and all tips and airport taxes.

Note:
*Cost includes Expedition train for 3-star category, and Vistadome train for 4-star category and above. Expedition train features comfortable seats, fixed tables, backpack storage, panoramic windows as well as heating and air conditioning. Vistadome is ideal for travelers who want a personalized immersion of Andean culture with traditional dances and music along the way. This train features panoramic windows, leather seats, new table design as well as heating and air conditioning. Upgrades available from Expedition to Vistadome; please add $46 per person.

*Deluxe service Hiram Bingham train features an observation wagon with a bar and two dining cars. In addition, this train includes a gourmet brunch on board, exclusive bus return to Machu Picchu, entrance to Machu Picchu as well as a guided tour. Afternoon tea in the Sanctuary Lodge, pre-dinner cocktails and a 4-course, a la carte dinner is also included. Does not operate on Sundays. Upgrades available from Vistadome to Hiram Bingham Deluxe; please add $575 per person.

*Private Inca Trail includes:
Inca Trail and Machu Picchu entrance fee (valid for 4 days);
Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-camper-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safekeeping of backpacks. Our tents are 3-season, 2005-new, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in the field; One foamy sleeping pad per person;
One sleeping bag per person if requested: our sleeping bags are -10ºC-comfort and mummy form. They are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips. Dining tent with tables and chairs.

Kitchen tent
Toilet tent (only if assigned campsites do not have toilets) English-speaking professional guide, Cook and cooking equipment, Porters (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment), Porters to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 9 kilograms/18 pounds per person (including mattress and sleeping bag) Accommodation for our guides, cook and porters, All meals, daily morning snack and daily tea service during the trek, Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes, Drinking water, Hot shower at Wiñaywayna, First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle, All tips for staff,

*Availability at the Orient Express hotels is very limited. We recommend booking with plenty of advance notice. If we are not able to book some of the hotels, we will request the Libertador Hotel in Cusco, the Pueblo Hotel in Machu Picchu or the JW Marriott in Lima and will put you on the waiting list at the Orient Express, with a chance of confirmation 30 days prior to arrival. If the Orient Express does not confirm, there will be a price adjustment. The Hiram Bingham Train does not operate on Sundays;


*Hike rate: Moderate to difficult due to the high altitude and steep ascents. We recommend that you rest on your first day in Cusco; if you are prone to altitude sickness, please consult with your physician.
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Package Price: $9020
Pricing Details

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Flight to Lima

Flight to Lima. Upon arrival at Lima Airport, be picked up in a private car and transferred with an English-speaking guide to the hotel.

Flight to Lima. Upon arrival at Lima Airport, be picked up in a private car and transferred with an English-speaking guide to the hotel.

Day
2

Private Tour of Lima

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Morning private tour of Lima, one of the most important cities in South America since its founding in 1535. Journey through the historic center of the city. Admire the beauty of San Martín and Major squares, the Cathedral, the Government Palace and visit San Francisco Convent, a religious building from the end of the 16th century, and its catacombs. Also drive through the residential districts of San Isidro and Miraflores. After the tour, have lunch at a typical cevicheria in Miraflores facing the Pacific Ocean.

Afternoon visit to Larco Herrera Museum, Archeological Museum or Gold Museum. Evening transfer and dinner at one of the best restaurants of typical Peruvian cuisine: Las Brujas de Cachiche.
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3

Lima- Cusco

Morning transfer to the airport to take the flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco, transfer to the hotel. Afternoon at leisure to acclimatize. Dinner at the hotel.

Morning transfer to the airport to take the flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco, transfer to the hotel. Afternoon at leisure to acclimatize. Dinner at the hotel.

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4

Walking Tour of Cusco

This morning enjoy a private walking tour of Cusco to visit the Korikancha Temple, or Temple of the Sun, and the Cathedral and its Art Museum. During the private tour today there will be the option to visit the Casa Concha museum or the San Pedro Market.
The Casa Concha museum was recently renovated and houses over 360 archaeological pieces from Machu Picchu, recently returned by Yale University.
San Pedro Market is a lively, local market where there will be a briefing about the local Andean ingredients and an opportunity to purchase them. This market visit is a great opportunity to interact with the locals either selling or purchasing items from the market.
This afternoon there will be time for lunch before continuing to the nearby water shrine of Tambomachay (the Inca Fountains), Puca Pucara (the Red Fortress), the amphitheater of Kenko and finally the Sacsahuaman Fortress. Afternoon, return to the hotel.
Evening, transfer and dinner, and folkloric show at La Tunupa.

Note: For more adventurous travelers, an optional sunset horseback riding tour through the Sacsahuaman Ruins is available. Please ask a Yampu Travel Consultant for more information.
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5

Cusco- Wayllabamba

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Between 4:00 and 4:30 am, be picked up at the hotel in a private bus. Drive to Piskacuchu (2,700 meters above sea level), a community located on the 82nd kilometer of the Cusco-Machu Picchu railroad. Start at this point by crossing the bridge and walking along the left shore of the Urubamba River as it flows northwest along the Sacred Valley. Following the trail along a flat terrain, arrive in Miskay (2,800 meters), to then ascend and finally see, from the tallest part of an overlook, the Inca city of Patallacta (2,750 meters). Continue trekking along the valley created by the Kusichaca River, gradually climbing for about five hours until reaching the first campsite in the Wayllabamba village (3,000 meters). All along the way, see spectacular views of the Vilcanota ridge on the opposite side of the Urubamba River, where the impressive Veronica peak reigns at 5,832 meters above sea level. Not to mention the diversity of wild flora and fauna that can be found all along the valley. Total distance: 12 kilometers (7.4 miles). Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours. Maximum altitude point: 3,000 meters (9,840 feet). Campsite altitude: 3,000 meters (9,840 feet). ...read less

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6

Wayllabamba- Pacaymayo

Wake up around 6:00 am, and after breakfast leave Wayllabamba behind to begin the most difficult part of the trek. It consists of an abrupt and steep ascent that stretches for 9 kilometers along this climb; the landscape changes from sierra to puna (a dry and high area with little vegetation). On the way to the first mountain pass, the Abra Warmihuańusca (Dead Woman’s Pass), see domesticated llamas and alpacas grazing on ichu, one of the few plants that grow at that altitude. Also, cross an area of the so-called cloud forest, which is the habitat for many different kinds of birds like hummingbirds and sparrows, and the Andean bear, which is also called the spectacled bear. It is advised that on this day especially, one’s daypack be well stocked with candies, chocolates and coca leaves that will keep one’s sugar level high and help with altitude sickness. Immediately after the pass, descend into the Pacaymayo valley (3,600 meters), to camp after approximately 6 hours of hiking. Total distance: 11 kilometers (6.8 miles). Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours. Maximum altitude point: 4,200 meters (13,776 feet). Campsite altitude: 3,500 meters (11,480 feet). ...read less

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7

Pacaymayo- Winaywayna

This day is the longest but also the most impressive and the most interesting, due to the number of archaeological sites that will be visited and learned about from the guide. From Pacaymayo, climb to the second pass, the Abra de Runkurakay (3,970 meters). Halfway up, visit the archeological complex of the same name. This site, located at 3,800 meters, consists of a small oval structure that is believed to have served the purpose of a watchtower. After going over the pass, descend toward Yanacocha (Black Lagoon) and enter the cloud forest to finally arrive at Sayacmarca (3,624 meters). This is a beautiful complex of semicircular construction, enclosures at different levels, narrow streets, liturgical fountains, patios and irrigation canals. Continuing up an easy climb, arrive at the third pass, the Abra de Phuyupatamarca (3,700 meters). Along this climb, appreciate the magnitude of the Incas’ ancient craft, by walking along paths semi-detached from the mountain and seeing rocks that fill up ravines in perfect order, saving the trail from the multileveled Andean geography. Travel through an Inca tunnel to later arrive at the aforementioned pass and down to the complex of the same name. This is one of the most complete and best-preserved archeological complexes along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and is located on the highest point of a mountain. Curiously, Phuyupatamarca means “town over the clouds.” From above, one can observe a sophisticated sacred complex made up of water fountains with solid foundations, and also impressive views of the Urubamba River valley and the descending stone steps along which will be continued to Winaywayna (2,700 meters). At this campsite, one will find a lodge with a restaurant, bar and bathrooms with hot showers. The campsite has the same name as the complex located only five minutes away from the lodge. Winaywayna is an impressive complex made up of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector. Total distance: 16 kilometers (9.9 miles). Estimated walking time: 8 hours. Maximum altitude point: 3,900 meters (12,792 feet). Campsite altitude: 2,650 meters (8,692 feet). ...read less

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Winaywayna- Machu Picchu

On this fourth and last day, get up at 4 am to leave Wińaywayna an hour later and climb to Intipunku, or the Sun Gate. This will take an hour of hiking along a trail of flat stones on the edges of cliffs in highland jungle. From this fabulous spot, see the sunrise over the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu. From Intipunku, descend into Machu Picchu and 40 minutes later, enter the citadel from the highest point through the “House of the Guardians.” Then, descend to the control point to register and leave the backpacks. Immediately begin a complete private guided tour of the ruins. Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, was a flourishing ceremonial and agricultural site, probably the gateway to the jungle marshes of the Inca Empire. The central buildings were erected with the polished stone works of the Cusco Imperial style, though the site was probably occupied well before the Incas started their expansion. It was associated with the earth cult revolving around the coca leaf, which was a privilege of the Inca royal family and priests. Typical English afternoon tea will be served at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge. Dinner at the Sanctuary Lodge. Total distance: 4 kilometers (2.5 miles). Estimated walking time: 2 hours. Maximum altitude point: 2,700 meters (8,829 feet). Campsite altitude: 2,400 meters (7,872 feet).

Note: Government regulations limit the number of visitors to Machu Picchu daily. Entrance is subject to availability. Please book with plenty of notice to confirm entrance to the ruins today and tomorrow.
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Second Tour of Machu Picchu and Train to Cusco

Be picked up by the resident guide at the hotel in the morning for a second exploration of the Machu Picchu ruins. Lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge, and early evening return to Cusco by the Hiram Bingham Train. Cocktails and dinner will be served on board. Upon arrival in Cusco, transfer to the hotel.

Be picked up by the resident guide at the hotel in the morning for a second exploration of the Machu Picchu ruins. Lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge, and early evening return to Cusco by the Hiram Bingham Train. Cocktails and dinner will be served on board. Upon arrival in Cusco, transfer to the hotel.

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Lima

Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima, transfer to the hotel. Lunch at the hotel. Afternoon shopping tour of Lima, to the famous handicraft markets accompanied by the guides. Also visit some of the fascinating art galleries in Barranco or Miraflores.

Evening farewell dinner at La Rosa Nautica. This restaurant is located on a pier on the shores of the Pacific Ocean with amazing views.

Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima, transfer to the hotel. Lunch at the hotel. Afternoon shopping tour of Lima, to the famous handicraft markets accompanied by the guides. Also visit some of the fascinating art galleries in Barranco or Miraflores.

Evening farewell dinner at La Rosa Nautica. This restaurant is located on a pier on the shores of the Pacific Ocean with amazing views.

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Flight Home

Transfer to the airport to take the flight back home, or choose from optional tours in Peru or other South American countries.

Transfer to the airport to take the flight back home, or choose from optional tours in Peru or other South American countries.

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Wayllabamba Camp, Cusco, Peru

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Places You'll See

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    Lima

    Bursting with architectural history and culture, Lima has an eclectic array of attractions. Visit the Santo Domingo Convent, a religious and artistic staple of the city’s historic center. Take a walk along the cliffs of the Miraflores district, showcasing the beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, and after, enjoy some shopping at the Larcomar Mall.

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    Cusco

    Once a powerful Incan city, Cusco is filled to the brim with relics of its grand history. Visit the ruins of the ancient Incan Koricancha Temple, where the Church of Santo Domingo now stands atop. Behold the many beautiful, colonial buildings in the Main Square, including the Cathedral and Church of La Compania de Jesus (Society of Christ).

  • Machu Picchu

    Recently, following UNESCO recommendations, Peruvian authorities have placed restrictions on the visitation of Machu Picchu, the lost Incan ruins. Currently, no more than 2,500 people daily will be allowed to visit the ruins. While these new restrictions are great for the preservation of the ruins, they may cause some difficulties in your ability to visit them, so we recommend booking with plenty of notice.

Hotel Options

5 Star Properties

Cusco : Belmond Hotel Monasterio

Lima : Miraflores Park Plaza

Luxury Properties

Machu Picchu : Sanctuary Lodge (standard Room)

Testimonials

Dennis, Laurel, Mike and Linda

Traveled May, 2015

Peru was fascinating, and the people very friendly

We enjoyed this trip very much, Peru was fascinating, and the people very friendly. The itinerary was well-paced, full of interesting places and historical sites. Obviously we were on the go a great deal, yet there was also time to ourselves to explore and try out some restaurants. From the big city of Lima, to colonial Cusco, the beautiful Sacred Valley, spectacular Machu Picchu, to Lake Titicaca, we certainly covered a lot of ground. Some of the highlights: The hors d’oeuvres at Museo Larco, seaside Miraflores, the central square in Cusco, the Sunday market in Chinchero, the Moray salt fields, visiting the Andean family in Misminay, beautiful Sol y Luna hotel, the funky town of Aguas Calientes, of course Machu Picchu, and for Laurel and me, the floating islands of the Uros and Taquille Island on Lake Titicaca. Overall, we were very pleased with how Yampu handled this trip. Representatives were always waiting for us when we arrived somewhere. All our tour guides were very knowledgeable and personable, making our tours very enjoyable. We were happy with our hotels, and of course Sol y Luna was just exceptional and Palacio Manco Capac was a beautiful boutique hotel with nice views of Cusco.

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Ceile H.

Traveled July, 2015

OMG, Peru is a hidden gem

OMG, Peru is a hidden gem. We have too many wonderful experiences to count. The people, the food, the culture and our guides were outstanding.

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Kate

Traveled April, 2014

The trip to Peru was amazing.

The trip to Peru was amazing. My mom and I had a magical time. The guides were all so skilled and informed, it was really impressive. Our guide at the Amazonian Lodge was particularly fantastic. Her name was Katherine and if you can book her for other Yampu clients, they will be incredibly lucky, and the guy who arranged all if our travel out of Cuzco was a genius (I’m sorry I can’t recall his name, because he deserves a shout out.) Unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to go through the more than 1800 photos I took (!!!), but I’m attaching a couple I took from my iPhone. If I could spend 3 months in Peru right now, I would. Thanks again for all of your help and patience. Both my mom and I thank you for helping us to have a truly once-in-a-lifetime trip!

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