9-Day Peru Discovery Tour: Experience Lima, Cusco, and the Inca Trail

Embark on an unforgettable 9-day journey across Peru, from the vibrant streets of Lima to the ancient paths of the Inca Trail.

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Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

9 Days

Difficulty

7/10

Availability

March - January

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

Your journey through Peru with Peru Tripper promises an unforgettable exploration of a land where ancient history, vibrant culture, and breathtaking landscapes converge. Over nine days, you’ll experience the multifaceted beauty of Peru, from the pulsating streets of Lima to the mystical ruins of Machu Picchu. This carefully crafted expedition is more than just a tour; it’s a gateway to experiencing the heart and soul of Peruvian heritage. In Lima, you’ll immerse yourself in the city’s coastal charm and colonial heritage, a perfect introduction to the wonders of Peru.

The adventure deepens as you ascend to Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire, where cobblestone streets and Incan relics await your exploration. Journeying through the Sacred Valley, you’ll encounter ancient ruins and local markets, each offering a unique perspective on Incan civilization. The highlight of your trip is the iconic Inca Trail, a path that weaves through stunning Andean scenery, leading to the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu. Each day of this journey is thoughtfully planned to ensure a seamless and enriching experience, unveiling the majestic tapestry of Peru’s rich history, culture, and natural splendor.

Departure & Return Location Lima International Airport (Pickup coordination based on your flight details)
Departure Time Flexible, scheduled around your arrival for your convenience
Estimated Return Time Approximately 12:00 PM on Day 9 in Lima
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Lima's Historic Center, Cusco's Main Square, Sacred Valley's landscapes and markets, Inca Trail's vistas and archaeological sites, Machu Picchu
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Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

The beginning of your Peruvian sojourn is marked by your arrival in Lima, where the Peru Tripper team will be there to greet you. The vibrant capital city, a tapestry of colonial elegance and modern zest, invites you to immerse yourself in its unique energy. From the moment you step into your hotel, the buzz of this coastal metropolis is palpable.

Your first evening in Lima is an open invitation to discover its many facets. You might find yourself enchanted by the stunning oceanfront, Miraflores district, or perhaps the historical center, a UNESCO World Heritage site, will beckon you with its storied architecture and pulsating life. No matter where you wander, the cultural richness of Lima is undeniable.

Accommodation: Hotel in Lima
Meals Provided: None on arrival day (options available for dining out in the city)
Activities: Evening free for exploration of Lima's diverse districts and culinary scene

As day breaks over Lima, you'll savor a breakfast that's as flavorful as the city itself before preparing for your flight to Cusco. Peru Tripper has arranged a seamless experience from your hotel to the airport, ensuring that your journey to the Andean heartland is as effortless as it is exciting. The flight itself is a spectacle, offering aerial views of the dramatic transition from coastal plains to the majestic Andes.

Cusco greets you with its blend of ancient majesty and contemporary charm. Upon arrival, the Peru Tripper team will escort you to your hotel, ideally situated to explore the city's many wonders. The afternoon is yours to meander through the cobblestone streets of the city center, where Incan history and Spanish colonial architecture coalesce into a living museum. You'll find artisan markets, museums, and perhaps even local festivities, all within steps of your hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel in Cusco
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Activities: Afternoon free for personal discovery of Cusco's rich history, architecture, and culture

Your day in Cusco begins with a delightful breakfast, energizing you for a day of exploration and discovery. This morning, Peru Tripper encourages you to take the time to explore Cusco at your leisure. Perhaps visit the iconic San Pedro Market, where the vibrant colors and aromas of local produce and crafts create a lively atmosphere. Alternatively, a walk through the narrow streets of the San Blas neighborhood offers a chance to witness the artistic heart of the city, with stunning views and quaint artisan shops.

In the afternoon, embark on a guided tour to uncover the rich tapestry of Cusco's history. Visit the imposing Cusco Cathedral in the Plaza de Armas and delve into the sacred and architectural wonders of Qoricancha, the Temple of the Sun. The day's exploration is not complete without a visit to Sacsayhuaman, an awe-inspiring Incan fortress with massive stone walls, offering panoramic views of the city below. The evening offers an opportunity to experience Cusco’s vibrant nightlife and culinary scene.

Accommodation: Hotel in Cusco
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Activities: Guided tour of Cusco's historical landmarks

After breakfast, prepare for a day trip to the Sacred Valley, a region revered by the Incas for its geographic and cultural significance. Peru Tripper has arranged a full-day tour that will introduce you to the valley’s main attractions. Your first stop is Pisac, known for its impressive Incan ruins perched on a hillside and its bustling market, where local artisans display their crafts.

Following your exploration of Pisac, enjoy a delicious lunch in the charming town of Urubamba, savoring traditional Peruvian flavors. The afternoon’s journey takes you to Ollantaytambo, a living Inca town. Here, you’ll explore the well-preserved Inca fortress and learn about its strategic significance in Incan times. The town's narrow cobblestone streets offer a glimpse into the past, unchanged for centuries.

As the day winds down, you'll return to your hotel in the Sacred Valley, offering a serene environment to relax and reflect on the day's adventures.

Accommodation: Hotel in the Sacred Valley
Meals Provided: Breakfast and Lunch
Activities: Full-day tour of the Sacred Valley, including Pisac and Ollantaytambo

The much-anticipated fifth day begins with an early breakfast before Peru Tripper takes you from the Sacred Valley to the starting point of the Inca Trail. This day marks the beginning of your trek through one of the world's most famous hiking routes, laden with historical significance and natural beauty. The trail starts with an ascent towards the stunning site of Patallacta, showcasing expansive views and intricate Incan architecture, setting the tone for your trek.

As the day progresses, you'll traverse through diverse landscapes, including lush cloud forests and open meadows, until you reach the Wayllabamba campsite. Here, surrounded by the serenity of the Andes, you'll rest for the night. Enjoy the communal spirit of the campsite as you share stories and experiences over dinner, under a canopy of stars.

Accommodation: Campsite at Wayllabamba
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
Hiking Duration: Approx. 6-7 hours covering 12 km

The sixth day of your journey is a test of endurance and spirit as you tackle the trail’s most challenging section — the ascent to Dead Woman’s Pass, the highest point of the Inca Trail at 4,215 meters. After an energizing breakfast at the campsite, begin your climb, with spectacular views unfolding as you ascend. Reaching the summit of the pass is a moment of triumph and awe, offering panoramic vistas of the surrounding Andean landscape.

Following the exhilarating climb, descend into the lush Pacaymayo Valley, where you'll set up camp for the night. This tranquil setting is a perfect place to rejuvenate and reflect on the day's achievements. Enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow trekkers as you share a meal and prepare for the next day's adventures.

Accommodation: Campsite in Pacaymayo Valley
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
Hiking Duration: Approx. 7-8 hours covering 9 km

The seventh day dawns with a hearty breakfast at the Pacaymayo campsite, fueling you for a day filled with archaeological discovery. The trek resumes with an ascent to the Runkurakay Pass, where you'll encounter the semi-circular ruins of Runkurakay. This ancient site, once perhaps a watchtower, offers both historical intrigue and stunning views of the Andean landscape.

Continuing along the trail, your next stop is the archaeological site of Sayacmarca, an intricate maze of Incan stone work, steeped in history. After lunch, the journey leads to Phuyupatamarca, known as 'The Town Above the Clouds.' Here, you'll be captivated by the breathtaking views and intricate Incan engineering.

As the day winds down, you'll reach the Wiñay Wayna campsite. Close to the campsite are the Wiñay Wayna ruins, an impressive complex of agricultural terraces and water channels, standing as a testament to Incan agricultural prowess. Spend the evening sharing experiences and enjoying dinner amidst the mystical ambiance of the Andes.

Accommodation: Campsite at Wiñay Wayna
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
Hiking Duration: Approx. 7-8 hours covering 15 km

On the eighth day, the climax of your Inca Trail trek awaits. An early start takes you towards Inti Punku, the Sun Gate, where you'll witness the first rays of the sun illuminating the magnificent Machu Picchu. This is a moment of pure magic, with the ancient citadel revealing itself in the morning light.

After soaking in the views, descend to Machu Picchu for an in-depth guided tour. Discover the Temple of the Sun, the Room of the Three Windows, and other key structures, as your guide illuminates the history and mysteries of this iconic site. Following the tour, there's time to explore the ruins independently, allowing you to fully absorb the wonder of this ancient wonder.

In the afternoon, a train ride takes you back to Ollantaytambo, followed by a bus journey to Cusco. Reflect on your incredible journey as you settle back into the comfort of your hotel in Cusco, the memories of Machu Picchu still vivid in your mind.

Accommodation: Hotel in Cusco
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Activities: Sunrise viewing at Inti Punku, guided tour of Machu Picchu, train and bus journey back to Cusco

On your final day with Peru Tripper, savor a relaxed breakfast at your hotel in Cusco. This morning offers a quiet moment to reminisce about your journey: the vibrant energy of Lima, the ancient paths of the Inca Trail, and the unforgettable vistas of Machu Picchu. Each experience has contributed to a rich tapestry of memories.

As you prepare for departure, Peru Tripper arranges a smooth transfer to Cusco airport. While this marks the end of your current journey, the memories and connections made in Peru will undoubtedly beckon you back. For those wishing to extend their stay, Peru Tripper is ready to assist with further explorations in this diverse and captivating country.

Meals Provided: Breakfast
Activities: Airport transfer, options for extended stay available

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Tour Highlights

  • Exploring Lima’s Rich Heritage: Experience the unique blend of Lima’s colonial architecture, vibrant markets, and stunning coastal views.

  • Cusco’s Historical Wonders: Wander through the ancient streets of Cusco, exploring its rich tapestry of Incan and Spanish colonial heritage.

  • San Pedro Market and San Blas Neighborhood: Dive into the bustling atmosphere of the San Pedro Market and the artistic ambiance of the San Blas neighborhood in Cusco.

  • Sacsayhuaman Fortress: Visit this impressive Incan fortress, known for its colossal stone walls and panoramic views of Cusco.

  • The Sacred Valley’s Inca Sites: Discover the Sacred Valley, with visits to Pisac’s market and ruins, and Ollantaytambo’s living Inca town and fortress.

  • The Iconic Inca Trail Trek: Embark on the legendary Inca Trail, a four-day trek through diverse landscapes, leading to the majestic Machu Picchu.

  • Patallacta and Runkurakay Ruins: Uncover the historical significance of these ancient Incan sites along the Inca Trail.

  • Dead Woman’s Pass and Pacaymayo Valley: Conquer the highest point of the Inca Trail at Dead Woman’s Pass and descend into the serene Pacaymayo Valley.

  • Wiñay Wayna and Phuyupatamarca: Explore these fascinating Incan ruins, showcasing the civilization’s agricultural and architectural prowess.

  • Sunrise at Machu Picchu and Guided Tour: Witness a breathtaking sunrise over Machu Picchu followed by an in-depth tour of this iconic citadel, uncovering its mysteries and marvels.

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Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure - Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 50% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 50% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

In line with our commitment to your convenience, Peru Tripper accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments - Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Terms for Clients

We recognize that life is ever-changing. However, due to the elaborate planning and expenses involved in preparing for this tour, we maintain a strict no-refund policy after booking confirmation. This underscores the importance of obtaining comprehensive travel insurance, which can offer protection against unforeseen cancellations.

Navigating Unpredictable Circumstances - Force Majeure

In extraordinary situations beyond our control, such as natural disasters or political upheavals, Peru Tripper will strive to offer alternative arrangements. This may include rescheduling your trip or issuing a credit for future travel, based on current availability and discretion.

Emphasizing the Need for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

To cover unexpected events, including trip disruptions and medical emergencies, we cannot stress enough the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. It’s your safety net, ensuring peace of mind throughout your journey. Please note, Peru Tripper does not bear responsibility for costs arising from incidents not covered by your travel insurance.

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Discounts

Special Discounts

 

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Student (-25 Years with Student Card): Save USD 20 with a valid Student Card for those younger than 25 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 30 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Dive into our in-depth guide on what’s included and not included for all package options on the 9-Day Adventure: Discover Lima, Cusco & Inca Trail. With these carefully put-together lists, you’ll know exactly what to anticipate when booking the journey of a lifetime.

Standard Inclusions

Our Standard package offers a range of amenities and services for a comfortable and enjoyable trip experience. All package options include the following:

Not Included

The following items are not included in our trek packages. Please consider these additional costs when preparing for your trek. Note that some exclusions may be included in the Deluxe package, as mentioned in the Additional Inclusions section:

Additional Inclusions (Deluxe Package)

Upgrade to our Deluxe package for an enhanced and luxurious trekking experience. The Deluxe package includes these premium amenities and services, which can also be added individually to the Standard package:

What to Pack

When embarking on the 9-Day Adventure: Discover Lima, Cusco & Inca Trail, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

Packing List

Packing Tips for the Inca Trail

  • Layering is Key: The Inca Trail has diverse climates. Dress in layers so you can easily adjust to the changing temperatures.

  • Limit Your Load: We provide many essentials as part of our package, so ensure you pack only personal necessities to keep your backpack light.

  • Waterproof Everything: Rain can be unpredictable. Use zip-lock bags or waterproof bags to keep your belongings dry.

  • Break in Your Boots: Make sure your hiking boots are well broken-in before the trek to avoid blisters.

  • Stay Eco-friendly: Consider biodegradable products to minimize your environmental impact.

  • Keep Essentials Accessible: Items like sunscreen, snacks, camera, and water should be easily accessible without having to unpack your entire bag.

  • Keep Valuables Close: Always keep your valuables in your day pack and ensure it’s with you or within sight, especially during breaks.

  • Prepare for Altitude: We provide coca leaves or candies as part of our package, but consider bringing any personal altitude sickness remedies if you have them.

  • Stay Organized: Use packing cubes or bags to categorize and easily locate your items.

Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Dive into our FAQ section for detailed responses to common queries. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, our team is just a click away to assist you.

Are there any safety measures in place during the trek?

Your safety is our top priority during the trek. Our guides are experienced and have received first aid and safety training. In addition, they carry a first aid kit and a satellite phone for emergency communication. We also follow strict guidelines to ensure environmental sustainability and protect the natural beauty of the trail.

Can I store my luggage at the Peru Tripper office while I’m on the trek?

Yes, Peru Tripper offers a secure luggage storage service at our office in Cusco. You can leave any belongings you don’t need during the trek, such as suitcases or extra clothing, with us.

How large are the trekking groups?

Group sizes can vary. We aim to maintain small to medium sized groups to ensure a personalized and enjoyable experience for all guests.

Do I need any vaccinations before the trek?

While no specific vaccinations are required for the trek, we recommend being up-to-date on routine vaccines. Travelers should consider speaking with their doctor about their travel plans and any recommended vaccinations.

Do I need to carry a first aid kit?

While it’s always a good idea to carry basic first aid supplies, our guides will have a comprehensive first aid kit for emergencies.

What type of guide will be leading the trek?

Our treks are led by experienced, English-speaking guides who are knowledgeable about the region’s history, culture, and flora/fauna. Our guides are certified and trained in wilderness first aid and altitude-related health issues to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants.

Will there be a briefing before the trek begins?

Yes, there will be a pre-trek briefing the day before the trek starts. During the briefing, our experienced guides will provide detailed information about the trek, answer any questions, and ensure that all participants are adequately prepared for the adventure.

What type of weather can we expect?

The weather can vary, but typically the dry season from May to October offers sunny days and cold nights. The rainy season runs from November to April.

Can I rent trekking gear from you?

Yes, we offer rental of trekking gear such as walking poles and sleeping bags. Please contact us directly for more information on our rental options and prices.

How difficult is the trek?

The trek is of moderate difficulty. While no prior trekking experience is required, a good level of fitness will help in navigating the terrains and altitude.

What's the best time of year to do this trek?

The trek is accessible year-round. However, the dry season, from May to September, offers clearer skies and a lower chance of rain.

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