Day 1 - Arrive in Cusco, Peru - You will be taken to the Hotel Casa Andina Private Collection* - After resting from your trip, acclimatizing to the 11,000 foot altitude and exploring a bit of Cusco there will be a trip briefing - The evening is free to dine in any of Cusco’s amazing restaurants. No meals included this day.
Day 2 - Transfer to the south of Cusco after breakfast. Well-trained horses will be waiting to take you to the 4 main archaeological sites surrounding Cusco – Sacsayhuaman, Qenco, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay. The rest of the day can be spent exploring Cusco. Overnight at the Casa Andina Private Collection Hotel*. Breakfast and snacks included.
Day 3 - Enjoy mountain biking into the Sacred Valley and a ride along the beautiful highland Lake Huaypo, followed by a cross-country cruise. Take in impressive views of the snow-capped peaks of La Verónica and Chicon before following ancient Inca footpaths to the salt mines of Pichingoto. Overnight in the Sacred Valley at the Casa Andina Valle Hotel*. Breakfast, lunch and snacks included.
Day 4 - It's time for the Inca Trail! Visit the archaeological sites at Wilkaray, pass numerous ancient terraces and gasp at incredible views of the snow capped Wecheywilk. You’ll arrive at camp well below the first pass at 7000 feet, where you will spend the night. All meals are included on the trail.
Day 5 - Begin ascending through the incredible cloud forests of Yunkachimpa and Corralpunku. After a delicious hot lunch and rest, begin your slow ascent to the first pass at 14,000 feet! Depending on the tour’s progress, you will camp either just below Dead Woman’s Pass, or, continue past it and down into the valley on the other side. All meals are included on the trail.
Day 6 – Witness inspiring views of the Andes, including the sacred peak of Salcantay or the magnificent archaeological site of before discovering many varieties of orchids and the amazing spectacle of the Urubamba Valley. Here you will camp above the clouds at Puyupatamarca. All meals are included on the trail.
Day 7 - Marvel at the engineering feats of the Incas whilst you descend into the rainforest. Then take a 15-minute detour to visit the empty and haunting ruins of Winay Wayna before heading to the spectacular Sun Gate of Machu Picchu. One of the seven wonders of the ancient world, it is perhaps the most famous and awe-inspiring of all the ruins discovered in the 20th century. Head to the little town of Aguas Calientes, nestled in the steep Urubamba River Valley and overnight at the Andina Luxury Hotel*. Breakfast and lunch included.
Day 8 - In the morning, head back to Machu Picchu and hike the steep staircase straight up to the ruins! You will spend most of the day at the ruins with the knowledgeable Peruvian guide who will show all the wonders of Machu Picchu. In the late afternoon, you will make your way to Cusco, aboard a first class train, where you will check back into the Casa Andina Private Collection*. Breakfast included.
Day 9 - Transfer to airport for your flight back home.
*The hotels listed depend on availability. Any other hotels chosen will be of equal type and quality.