Join us and experience the archaeological and cultural treasures of this fascinating country with this brand new 9-day itinerary. Our Active Peru Adventure tour is perfect for those looking to discover Peru’s most famous destinations, but who only have limited time available to explore.
This trip of a lifetime includes four days hiking and camping along the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Following in the footsteps of the Incas this challenging trail rewards its intrepid explorers with breathtaking views across the majestic Andes, the opportunity to walk among the ruins of ancient Incan towns and temples and, of course, witness first hand one of the new 7 Wonders of the World, the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu.
Accompanied at all times by one of our world class guides and our incredible team of Porters, you will sleep comfortably in the most dramatic and beautifully remote locations, under the magnificent South American skies. But this trip is about so much more than the Inca Trail. We will spend time in the country’s modern and ancient capitals of Lima and Cusco, be stunned by the raw natural colours of the Rainbow Mountain and marvel at the mystical terraces at Moray. We take care of booking everything from hotels to transport so that you can just relax and enjoy everything that this trip has to offer. We look forward to welcoming you and sharing our beautiful country with you!
You are welcome to schedule your arrival in Lima at any time. There are no planned activities today, so check into your hotel and relax after your long journey, and then spend some time exploring the city. We will hold a Welcome Meeting at your hotel when one of our representatives will give you all of the exciting details of the trip ahead of us.
In the morning you will be transported back to Lima airport for your flight to Cusco, and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon we will take you on a tour of Cusco’s main sites. Starting in the bustling Plaza de Armas, flanked on 2 sides by two magnificent Cathedrals, we will wander the cobbled backstreets exploring a city steeped in the history of one of the world’s most alluring and ancient cultures. We also venture outside of the city to visit the ancient ruins at Qenqo, and Puca Pucara, as well as the water temple of Tambomachay and the magnificent Inca site of Sacsayhuaman. At the end of this first full day, you will already feel immersed in the culture and history of this incredible country..
Today we take you on a guided tour through the incredible Sacred Valley of the Incas. Accompanied as always by your expert guide, we will drive you deep into the Sacred Valley, a land almost lost in time deep in the heart of the Andes mountains. In the morning we visit Moray, a circular terraced agricultural site with an almost mystical quality, and the Salinas salt pans, an ancient agricultural marvel where salt is still produced today! In the afternoon we visit the archeological site of Ollantaytambo (2,792 m/9,160 ft)with its impressive Inca constructions, before finishing the day wandering through the Artisan Markets in the quaint, local town of the same name. Here we will spend the night, the excitement building ahead of our journey on the Inca Trail.
Leaving Ollantaytambo early in the morning, we drive you to Piscacucho (also known as KM82) which is the trailhead and start of our 4-day Inca Trail adventure. You will be accompanied by our expert crew of local porters and cooks who attend to every last detail of the trek, ensuring you are comfortable and safe at all times. Our hardy Porters will carry the majority of your gear so you’ll only need to carry a small daypack with some essentials, like water, rain gear, snacks, a camera etc. The trail begins following the banks of meandering streams and past ancient archeological ruins, at all times surrounded by breathtaking views of the Andes and the flora and fauna of this unique region. We will even pass through small villages where we can stop to try Chicha, a locally brewed corn beer! The trekking is moderately easy and serves as a good training for the days ahead. Arriving at our campsite for the night, the Porters will have arrived ahead of us and setup camp. After the days exertions you will be pleased to change into some warmer clothing (nights in the mountains can be chilly!) and then sit out under the stars, sharing stories and enjoying the delicious gourmet dinner that the kitchen team will have prepared for you. Our chefs are especially selected for their skills at mountain-cooking, and you will not be disappointed with the quality of food provided! Retiring for the night to your comfortable, high quality tent (with ground mattress) you can be assured of a good night’s sleep to rest your weary legs.
Day 5 is the most challenging day, and it starts early! You will be gently woken by one of our Porters and served fresh coffee or Cocoa Tea (perfect for altitude adjustment) before a delicious and nutritious breakfast that is perfect fuel for the challenging day ahead. The trek starts with a steep, 3-hour climb to Warmiwañusca, also known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 13,769ft so be prepared to face strong Andean weather (blazing sun or cold winds) as we reach the summit. Your guide will ensure we take the hike at a pace suitable for everyone, encouraging everyone to drink lots of water along the way. The reward of course for reaching the summit are some of the most spectacular mountain vistas found anywhere in South America! After resting and taking those all-important photos, we start the descent to our lunch spot in the Pacaymayu valley. Our crew will be waiting with a delicious lunch, preparing us for another tough few hours on the trail in the afternoon. The afternoon begins with a 1 hour climb to the Inca ruins of Runcuracay. Here we will stop for a while and our expert guide will give you a full tour of the site. We then climb for one more hour to reach the second pass of the Inca Trail, the Runcuracay pass. Breathtaking is the only word to describe the views of the snow-capped peaks that stretch out before us! We then hike downhill for 2 hours through Cloud Forest to reach the archeological site of Sayacmarca (steep-place town). This is another incredible Inca ruin set in a spectacular location with majestic views across the Aobamba valley. Finally, we hike for just 45 more minutes to our camp at Chaquicocha. Here we will have time to rest and relax before dinner.
Hiking through cloud forest on a gentle, undulating trail we reach the third pass of the Inca Trail trek. The Phuyupatamarca pass is located at 12,136ft and on a clear day you can enjoy spectacular views of the Urubamba mountain range. Hiking downhill for 15 minutes we reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the “town above the clouds”. Your guide will again provide a tour of the ruins before we follow the trail further downhill for two hours to the ruins of Intipata. Our hiking today ends with a gentle 45-minute downhill section to our camp at Wiñay Wayna where our lunch will be waiting for us. Relaxed and well rested after lunch, we will visit the site at Wiñay Wayna. Meaning “Forever Young” in the Quechua language this is the last Inca ruin along the trail to Machu Picchu. Built into a steep hillside overlooking the Urubamba Riverthe site consists of upper and lower house complexes connected by a staircase and fountain structures. Above and below the houses the Incas built areas of agricultural terraceswhich are still visible today. Once back at the camp site we will enjoy our final night with our porters and kitchen team, as they do not join us for the visit to Machu Picchu
Our final day starts before dawn to reach the famous Sun Gate before sunrise. It is here that we will get our first views of the breathtaking citadel of Machu Picchu and on a clear day the sunrise will be unforgettable. It is hard to put into words the impact of seeing one of the most iconic sights on the planet for the first time, but we will have plenty of time to take in those first views for ourselves. We then hike down to the main entrance for a 2-hour guided tour of the site. Our guides are experts in the history of the site, and will really bring the visit to life for you. After the tour, you will have plenty of free time to explore, or maybe just find a quiet spot to sit and reflect; this was, after all, a spiritual center for the Incas. Around midday we catch a bus for a 25-minute ride downhill to Aguas Calientes where there will be time to eat and relax before returning by train to Cusco in the evening.
Our final full day starts with a 5am pick from your hotel to drive to the village of Cusipata where we will stop for breakfast before heading to the trailhead for the Rainbow Mountains. Vinicunca or “Rainbow” mountain is a sacred place near the Ausangate mountain. The mountains are largely formed of colorful sediments, built up over centuries, which give the site a unique and surreal look. The mountain itself can only be accessed by foot or horse, adding further to the remote and undisturbed nature of the location. From the trailhead we make a steep 1 ½ hour climb to reach the viewing platforms for the mountain. Although shorter than many of the trail sections we completed on the Inca Trail, the hike is still challenging but the views as always are more than rewarding! Returning to Cusipata we will have a delicious lunch in a local house before returning to Cusco at around 4pm.
Sadly, our Active Peru Adventure ends today. We will collect you at any time from your Cusco hotel to transfer you to the airport for your onward flight. We hope that your time with us will have made a lifetime of unforgettable memories!
Note: This itinerary is subject to change without prior notice according to weather conditions, strikes, roadblocks, or other events which are beyond our control. At Action Treks Peru we will always do our best to follow the itinerary as closely as possible.