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Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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Program #19937ENZ
12 Days | 11 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Let your feet carry you into natural beauty, mystery and even spiritual awareness on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The Inca constructed an advanced road and trail system over which agile runners would deliver messages (in the form of knotted cords known as quipu) and even carry fresh fish into the highlands for the ruling class. Led by experts, hike the most famous stretch of this road system, passing through lush cloud forests and alpine tundra and examining Incan ruins before successfully arriving at the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu.


Highlights

• Over four days and three nights, hike the famed Inca Trail from Pisacucho to Machu Picchu.
• Experience the “Lost City of the Incas” through an on-site lecture, independent time and an optional hike to the summit of Wayna Picchu.
• Learn about the remarkable Incan agriculture system in the Sacred Valley.

Program Notes

Inca Trail permits are issued in limited quantities and on a first come, first served basis. The permits are person-specific and must match the bearer's passport records. Therefore, it is vital that participants email, fax, or mail a copy of their passport identification page to the Program Coordinator upon enrollment. Permits cannot be purchased without this information.
Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.

Activity Notes

Hiking up to six hours a day accompanied by leaders and porters. Elevations of 14,000 feet. Elevation sickness can affect even healthy, physically fit people. Two and a half days in the Sacred Valley are intended to help participants acclimate to higher elevations before starting the Inca Trail. Participants can go back to Cusco (additional costs apply) after the first day of hikes if they feel unwell/unable to complete the Inca Trail.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Lima, 1 night; flight to Cusco, coach to the Sacred Valley, 3 nights; hiking the Inca Trail, 3 nights; Machu Picchu, 1 night; train and coach to Cusco, 2 nights; flight to Lima, 1 night; departure.

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Included
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11 nights of accommodations
31 meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips
1 Performances
2 Flights during the program

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5
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