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Bucket List: Cusco & Inca Trail

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8 Days

Tour Type

Customized Package

Group Size

16 people


Fixed Date


If you want to hike the historic 4-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu but still visit and tour the Imperial city of Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas, then this suggested travel package is for YOU!

From bustling cities to remote Inca ruins, this 8-day tour of Peru’s highlights is perfect for adventurous and fit travelers. Discover Peru’s metropolitan culture in the capital city of Lima, then continue to the imperial Inca city of Cusco. Tour the Sacred Valley and explore Inca ruins and colorful textile markets before embarking on a 4-day trek on the Inca Trail. Walk on the same stone steps that Inca engineers built in the 15th century, cross Dead Woman Pass at 13,828 ft (4,215 m), and relax in camp at night with sweeping vistas of the Andes Mountains. Finish your trek at the famed Machu Picchu ruins.

Day 1: Arrive Lima

Day 2: Lima – Sacred Valley

Day 3: Sacred Valley to Huayllabamba (Start of Classic Inca Trail)

Day 4: Huayllabamba to Pacaymayo

Day 5: Pacaymayo to Winaywayna

Day 6: Winaywayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Day 7: Cusco

Day: 8: Depart Cusco

Remember, we will customized your trip accordingly to the number of days you prefer.


Tailor-made suggestions for this itinerary:

* Ask us about our 3 night Pre and Post Amazon Rainforest Package options.

* Choose from our range cruises to the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon River.

* Extend your stay in Peru and explore some of its other highlights including Arequipa, the Colca Canyon and Lake Titicaca.


The Bucket List: Cusco & Inca Trail is a customized package tour and starts only on Monday, Tuesdays or Fridays. If you wish your tour to start any other day, please contact us. The Inca Trail does not operate in February.

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Tour Highlights

  • Walk the streets of the ancient Incan capital of Cusco
  • Explore the beauty and culture of the Sacred Valley
  • Hike the legendary Inca Trail
  • Spend a day immersed in the history of Machu Picchu


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Day 1: Arrive Lima
Day 1: Arrive Lima

Arrive to Lima today.
Lima, capital of Peru, which was founded by the great conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535 and soon became the capital of the extensive and tremendously wealthy Peruvian Vice Regency of Spain. By the end of the 16th Century it had grown into a city of fine palaces and churches and was the cultural centre of the southern hemisphere. Today, Lima still retains the essence of the Spanish colonialism.
Upon arrival to Lima, you will be welcomed outside of Customs by an English-speaking assistant holding a sign with your name on it. This representative will direct you to your awaiting vehicle and driver, and accompany you to your hotel to assist with check-in.
Use this arrival day to rejuvenate yourself by resting or enjoying hotel spa services. If arriving early to Lima, take a scenic walk to Parque del Amor (Love Park) in Miraflores for views of Lima’s gorgeous coastline or dine in at one of the many gourmet restaurants throughout the city.

Private Transfer / Transport: Your own exclusive driver. No queuing for taxis, no stopping en route at tour booking agencies. All private transfers / transport are operated on a private basis – i.e., you won’t be sharing with others

Hotel Category:
Comfort: Arawi Miraflores Hotel
Superior: El Pardo by Hilton

*If your flight arrives in Lima in the early hours of the morning, and you wish to have your room available before 2:00 p.m, we can book an early check-in on your behalf, please let us know.

Note: Medical "Assist Card" insurance for the entire journey within Peru, with 24 hours medical assistance is provided to assist any relevant issues with altitude or any sickness.

Day 2: Lima - Sacred Valley
Day 2: Lima - Sacred Valley

After breakfast we will transfer you to the airport for your direct flight to Cusco.

Suggested flight: LA2027 LIM/CUZ Departure 0944 / Arrival 1111 - not included
*We can purchase all airline tickets on your behalf.

On arrival to Cusco you will be met at the airport by a local representative who will transport you to the Sacred Valley of the Incas (8,500 feet elevation), a long, fertile river valley surrounded by snowcapped peaks that lies between Cusco (11,000 feet elevation) and Machu Picchu (8,000 feet elevation). Starting here helps you adjust to the high altitude of the Andes and is a great way to see how the local people continue to live in the traditional Andean manner.
Rest of afternoon at leisure.

Private Transfer / Transport: Your own exclusive driver. No queuing for taxis, no stopping en route at tour booking agencies. All private transfers / transport are operated on a private basis – i.e., you won’t be sharing with others.

Hotel Category:
Comfort: San Agustin Monasterio de la Recoleta
Superior: Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3: Sacred Valley - Huayllabamba (Start of inca Trail)
Day 3: Sacred Valley - Huayllabamba (Start of inca Trail)

This morning you will transfer from the Sacred Valley to the head of the trail at 82Km from where you continue along the Urubamba River to the first archaeological site of "Llaqtapata". Here enjoy lunch in a beautiful ancient Incan outpost with the Urubamba River flowing nearby. After a rest you continue into the valley from which point the trekking remains uphill until you get to the last village Huayllabamba where we camp for the night.

Total Distance: 12km (7, 47 miles)
Walking time approximated: 5 - 6 hours
Maximum altitude: 3,000m (9,840 ft.)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Huayllabamba - Pacaymayo
Day 4: Huayllabamba - Pacaymayo

After a healthy breakfast you start climbing up to the first pass "Warmiwanusca" (Dead Women's Pass 4200 Mt / 14'200 ft.). The climb will take you most of the morning. Part way you walk through a cloud forest where the ever present clouds bring constant moisture and in turn lush vegetation to the area. Breaking from the forest Dead Women's Pass is seen in the distance. Once reaching the highest altitude on the trip - Dead Women's Pass - you descend for about 2 hours into the valley to our next camp "Pacaymayo".

Total Distance: 11km (6, 84 miles)
Walking time approximated: 6 - 7 hours
Maximum altitude: 4,200m (13,776 ft.)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Pacaymayo - Winaywayna
Day 5: Pacaymayo - Winaywayna

Today is going to be the most diverse day. You start in the morning with the ascent of the second pass "Runcuracay" (3900 Mt / 13'800 ft.) and descend on the other side for about 2 hours to the beautiful archaeological site "Sayacmarca". After having explored this unique outpost you continue on the original stone path of the Incas through semi-tropical cloud forest and onto the third pass "Phuyupatamarca" (3800 Mt/ 13'600 ft.). With good weather you have spectacular views of the surrounding snow peaks and the valley below. From here it is all downhill to our camp at "Winaywayna" (one of the most beautiful sites in the area for its construction and setting).

Total Distance: 16km (9, 94 miles)
Walking time approximated: 8 hours
Maximum altitude: 3,900m (12,792 ft.)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6: Winaywayna - Machu Picchu to Cusco
Day 6: Winaywayna - Machu Picchu to Cusco

Early after a tasty breakfast you hike another 2 hours through cloud forest to the famous sun gate "Intipunku" from where you will have the first breathtaking view and best panorama of the mysterious "Machu Picchu". A short walk brings you down to the site. After refreshing a little you will visit "the lost city of the Incas" in a guided tour for app. 2 hrs. After that you descend by bus to the village Aguas Calientes. Late afternoon you take the Expedition train back to Ollantaytambo and then transfer by bus to Cusco.

If you’re feeling adventurous you may wish to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, but take note: this requires an extra permit, and they can sell out well in advance! Be sure to tell us at booking if you would like to add one of these hikes.

You will have the balance of the day free to relax.

Cusco is another of the highlights of a trip to Peru, a fascinating city built on the foundations of the former Incan capital. You can observe massive Incan walls along many of the streets of the city. The city has a vibrant atmosphere and many excellent restaurants.

Total Distance: 4km (2, 49 miles)
Walking time approximated: 2 hours
Maximum altitude: 2,700m (8,829 ft.)

Hotel Category:
Comfort: Costa de Sol - Ramada
Superior: Hilton Graden Inn

Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 7: Cusco
Day 7: Cusco

You will explore the city of Cusco, also known as the Imperial City and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
You will walk its streets where time seems to have stopped, where every corner tells a story. You will visit the Koricancha Temple, an ancient Inca palace and center of worship to the Sun God, on which the Dominican order built a church, which remains standing to this day.
You will continue ascending to the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, an impressive example of Inca military architecture.
Afterwards, you will visit other places of importance within the Inca culture, such as the archaeological site of Q'enko. Finally, you will arrive at the Plaza de Armas (main square), where you will visit the Cathedral, the most important Catholic temple in the city.

Shared Guide: Meet other like minded travellers and share the services of a guide / vehicle during the plan activity. Typical group size is 10 travellers which really works well and makes for a fun experience for all.

Hotel Category:
Comfort: Costa de Sol - Ramada
Superior: Hilton Graden Inn

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8: Depart Cusco
Day 8: Depart Cusco

Enjoy a final breakfast at your Cusco hotel. Our South America Tours representative will meet you in time to transfer you to the airport to begin your journey back home.

Suggested flight: LA2066 CUZ/LIM Departure 1250 / Arrival 1422 - not include
Kindly note that there more options in case you need to fix your international flight to home.
*We can purchase all airline tickets on your behalf.

Private Transfer / Transport: Your own exclusive driver. No queuing for taxis, no stopping en route at tour booking agencies. All private transfers / transport are operated on a private basis – i.e., you won’t be sharing with others

Meals included: Breakfast


  • Accommodation with private facilities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Service charges and taxes.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary.
  • All transfers, transport, sightseeing and excursions as per the itinerary unless specified otherwise.
  • Bilingual speaking guide (Spanish – English)
  • Entrance fee to the Inca trail
  • Transportation to Piscacucho, where the trek begins
  • Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco hotel.
  • Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes one way.
  • Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Full meals during the trek.
  • Filtered and boiled water.
  • Chef and supporting staff
  • Porters for passenger’s luggage and camping equipment
  • Whole Camping gear : Brand The North Face tent Four Season Mountain 25 Inflatable mattress Therm-a-rest Sleeping bag -15 Co Personal duffle bag 7kls / 15.43 lbrs Dinning, tent, cook tent, bathroom tent, Kitchen dishes First aid kit, oxygen
  • Communication equipment: walkie talkies.
  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Handpicked Hotels

The Bucket List Cusco & Inca Trail suggested vacation package is quoted in lead-in hotel guest rooms unless specified otherwise. Hotels can easily be changed at the customer request. We have a wide selection so you can be assured of a great place to stay. Occasionally due to circumstances out of our control, hotels quoted may not be available at the time of booking. In these circumstances when hotels are unavailable, South America Tours Pty Ltd will provide the best possible alternative. Contact us for more information about our selected hotels or if you have other preferences.

Simple, clean, and bursting with character, our Comfort hotels offer superb value without compromising style, location or amenities. Comfort level hotels are closest to North American 3 star standards.

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How prices are based?
Prices are "from" per person based on twin beds or double share bedroom in a Comfort Hotel Category.
For an upgrade to a Superior Hotel Category, please insert “2” in the Category check box.
Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply.
Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability.
Rates for solo traveler, triple share or more travellers are available on request - please inquire.
Booking, daily permits and general information
Only a special few actually get to hike the Inca Trail every year. Peru’s permit system means that just 500 people are allowed on the trail every day – approximately 200 visitors and 300 trekking staff. Permits are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, and are in very high demand: they can sell out as much as 6 to 8 months in advance! Once spaces have been booked, NO OPERATOR CAN OFFER YOU A SPACE. All spaces are personal and non-transferable, and there is no waiting list, so if someone cancels, their spot cannot be taken by someone new. Also note that the Classic Inca Trail is closed in February for maintenance.
What to Expect on the 4-day Inca Trail?
The Classic Inca Trail follows an ancient Inca road, meaning that you will be hiking along a combination of ground trails and stone-paved paths. Some sections are very steep, and require sustained uphill or downhill climbing. Much of the trail consists of stone steps, some of which are quite tall, as much as 30 cm (12 inches). This can be hard on the knees, and could be a problem for someone with a knee injury. The Inca Trail may also be a problem for you if you suffer from vertigo or have a severe fear of heights, as there are sections with steep drop-offs, where the path narrows and becomes single file.

You will hike through a wide-ranging series of micro-climates, from alpine tundra to lush cloud forest. Expect to see a variety of flora and fauna, including different species of cacti, orchids, birds and possibly a vizcacha or two. Majestic views at high altitude of neighboring mountain ranges also await, as well as the chance to see several impressive Inca ruins along the way.

This is a very popular and busy trek. If you hike the Inca Trail, you will be hiking with hundreds of other people, and staying in busy (sometimes noisy) campsites. If you want a remote, wilderness trekking experience, the Inca Trail is not the trek for you.
Is the Inca Trail dangerous?
By mountain hiking standards, the Inca trail is not dangerous. The terrain is moderate, and the trail well maintained. There is no need for special ropes, harnesses or technical training. But – You do need to be fit to hike the Inca Trail!

There are of course risks associated with any high altitude activity, as we’ve mentioned early, the hike does reach 13,828 feet (4,215 meters).

The rainy season in Peru brings risks to all mountain routes, due to landslides and rocks falling above. There have been few deaths on the Inca trail which occurred during extremely wet conditions in January. This is the reason why the Inca trail is closed in February.
How difficult is the Inca Trail?
For most people, of average fitness, the Inca trail is a moderately difficulty hike. As we have covered above in our facts about the Inca trail, the Classic Inca Trail path is a moderate 43km/ 26 mile hike. The hike typically takes 4 days to complete while reaching a maximum elevation of 13,828 feet (4,215 meters). The trek is challenging, but with a good fitness routine prior to the hike most hikers complete the trek. In our opinion the most difficult thing about the Inca Trail is the stairs.
How cold can it get on the Inca Trail?
As high altitude temperatures can change quickly and radically. It can get pretty cold during the nights during the Inca trail trek. In winter (May-September) temperature may drop below 0°C/32°F, while it’s slightly warmer (and wetter) during the rest of the year.
Where we sleep?
During the trek you will be sleeping on tents “NORTH FACE” designated for 4 seasons.
We provide you with 4-person capacity tents; however, just 2 trek participants use it! In this way, we provide you more space and comfort.
In case of being a single traveler, we also can provide with a 2-person capacity tent.
After each trek, we carefully check our tents and fix them if necessary (to bring the best service to our travelers).
How high does the Inca Trail reach?
Trekkers reach the highest point at Dead Woman’s Pass at 13,828 feet (4,215 meters).). By comparison, Whistler’s peak is a mere 2184m and even the majestic El Capitan in Yosemite National Park is just 2307m. For those that do the Inca Trail they can be very proud of summiting such a high altitude pass!
What should I bring?
Hiking boots – very comfortable, worn-in if possible, waterproof.
Luggage: daypack designed for hiking, adjustable hip and shoulder straps. Main luggage should be easy to carry
Wind and rainproof jacket
Fleece pullover (layering lighter garments is better than one heavy fleece).
Thermals – long johns and vest (it gets extremely cold at night)
Hat and gloves (fleece or other)
Sun hat – with visor or brim, sunglasses
Clothing should be comfortable, light and fast drying (jeans not recommended). Cotton hiking, trousers cotton long and short sleeve.
Shirts, hiking shorts, plenty of socks, bandana.
Pair of trainers, sandals or other comfortable shoes.
Water bottle canteen or Nalgene bottle
Headlamp / torch and batteries
Toiletries – including sun block and high factor sun cream, insect repellent, lip balm, biodegradable soap and shampoo.
Blister treatment
Knife (Swiss model)
Medicines (in case you have a special requirement)
Snacks (if you prefer one special)
Departure dates?
Inca Trail small group departures only on Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday. For any other day your own Private Inca Trail can be arranged, please contact us.
The Inca Trail is not open in February.
Minimum participants?
Trekking groups operate with a minimum of 2 walkers.
What's the group size?
Actual group size may vary but is based on 1 lead guide for every 8 trekkers.
Guided tours in Machu Picchu are regulated to 1 guide for every 16 visitors.
If your Inca Trail trekking group is over 16, you will be broken into two separate groups each not exceeding 16 people.
Can children hike the Inca Trail?
Yes, children can hike the Inca trail to Machu Picchu! There is no official minimum age for trekking the Inca Trail, but we recommend an age of 10-12 years, and more importantly that the children have certain attributes. This would include resilience; experience not only doing long distance multi day hiking, but camping out at night. Like with adults, the Inca Trail is not something that should be taken lightly, and our general advice for kids is – the older and more experienced you are, the easier it should be!
Other notes?
A copy of your passport and an additional, non-refundable deposit, is required at the time of booking to secure your Inca Trail permits and the passport on which you book your trek must be presented when entering the trail on day 1.
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