Insider’s Journey to the Lost City

There is no trail in South America that has a greater aura and mystique than the Inca Trail, the path that led Inca royalty from Cusco to Machu Picchu decades before the Spanish arrived in Cajamarca. And, for that matter, there is no individual that makes a more interesting guide and companion along the trail than author and independent explorer Peter Frost.

Detailed Itinerary:



Day 1: Arrival in Peru

Overnight in Lima
  • Assistance from the airport terminal upon arrival.
  • Catch up on sleep at the conveniently located airport hotel before your flight to Cusco in the morning.
Overnight: Wyndham Costa del Sol Airport Hotel

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INCLUDES: Breakfast
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INCLUDES: Lunch
Day 2: Sacred Valley Tour

Flight from Lima to Cusco, Descend to the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Breakfast at your airport hotel in Lima.
  • Morning flight from Lima to Cusco to begin your Sacred Valley Tour (airfare not included – 1 hr. 15 mins. flight).
  • Assistance from the airport terminal upon arrival in Cusco.
  • Private transfer to meet an Andean weaving specialist and local Quechua artisans during a privately guided tour of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC).
  • Visit Inca ruins at Moray and explore the mysterious salt mines at Maras.
  • Enjoy a luxurious picnic lunch at Huaypo Lake catered by one of the finest restaurants in Cusco.
  • Private transfer to your hotel in the Sacred Valley.
Overnight: Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa

Day 3: Sacred Valley Tour
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INCLUDES: Breakfast
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INCLUDES: Lunch

Explore the Pisac Market and Visit a Local Farming Village
  • Breakfast at your Relais & Châteaux luxury hotel.
  • Visit the famous Pisac Indigenous Market where local merchants gather daily to barter produce, traditional textiles, and local Seminario-style ceramics.
  • Journey by private shuttle into the remote Andes Mountains for an exclusive walking tour of Cuyuni, an indigenous potato-farming village with approximately 200 inhabitants.
  • Gain privileged insight into the day-to-day life of local Quechua inhabitants as you discover centuries-old cooking techniques, learn about ancient agricultural practices, and partake in a sacred coca leaf offering to Pachamama (Mother Earth) with the local shaman. The experience culminates with a llama tinku demonstration, an ancient Andean cultural ceremony that dates back to pre-Columbian times.
  • After the walking tour, enjoy a Cuzqueño lunch prepared by the locals.
  • Admire beautiful views of Nevado Ausangate (20,945 ft.) and the Willkanuta mountain range as you make your way back to your hotel in the Sacred Valley in the afternoon.
Overnight: Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa

Day 4: Sacred Valley Tour
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INCLUDES: Breakfast
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INCLUDES: Lunch

Enjoy Authentic Experiences with the Locals
  • Breakfast at your Relais & Châteaux luxury hotel.
  • Privately guided tour of the Ollantaytambo town and Inca fortress.
  • Learn about Andean ancestral cooking techniques and native gastronomy during a traditional pachamanca lunch at an organic farm on the Urubamba River.
  • Play sapo and discover different varieties of chicha at a local chichería (corn-beer brewery).
  • Return to your hotel in the afternoon to rest before your upcoming hike on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Overnight: Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa

Day 5: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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INCLUDES: Breakfast
L
INCLUDES: Lunch

Hike the One-Day Inca Trail with an Inca History Specialist
  • Breakfast at your Relais & Châteaux luxury hotel.
  • Private transfer to the train station in Ollantaytambo.
  • Vistadome Train from Ollantaytambo to km 104 for your day-hike to Machu Picchu via the last leg of the Inca Trail (you may proceed to Aguas Calientes by train if you would prefer to bypass the Inca Trail hike).
  • Hike from km 104 of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with an Inca history specialist (6-8 hr. hike depending on the pace of the group).
  • Picnic lunch at a scenic location overlooking the Andes.
  • Arrive at Intipunku (the Sun Gate) in the early afternoon for your first glimpse of the Lost City.
  • Descend to Machu Picchu Pueblo in the late afternoon.
Overnight: Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Day 6: A Mystical Morning at Machu Picchu
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INCLUDES: Breakfast
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INCLUDES: Lunch

Discover the Seventh Wonder of the World
  • Breakfast at your award winning eco-luxury hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Rise early for a privately guided walking tour of Machu Picchu led by a renowned Inca history specialist.
  • Lunch at your hotel.
  • Afternoon Vistadome Train from Aguas Calientes to the Poroy station on the outskirts of Cusco.
  • Private transfer to your hotel in Cusco, situated in the heart of the former Inca capital.
Overnight: Casa Cartagena Boutique Hotel & Spa

Day 7: Cusco City Tour
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INCLUDES: Breakfast
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INCLUDES: Dinner

Learn About Local Architecture and Taste the Spirit of Peru
  • Breakfast at your historic Cuzqueñan hotel.
  • Morning privately guided tour of the Plaza de Armas, Cathedral of Santo Domingo, and the Qorikancha (Temple of the Sun).
  • Discover the works of Martín Chambi, the so-called Father of Indigenous Photography in the Andes, during a privately guided visit to the Martín Chambi Photography Exhibition hosted by his grandson Teo Allain Chambi.
  • Afternoon on your own to explore Cusco (suggestions on restaurants and experiences will be provided beforehand).
  • Evening “Pisco Tasting and Tapas” at Museo del Pisco with an expert pisquero (pisco sommelier).
Overnight: Casa Cartagena Boutique Hotel & Spa

Day 8: Return to Lima
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INCLUDES: Breakfast

End of Tour or Onward to Your Next Destination
  • Breakfast at your historic Cuzqueñan hotel.
  • Private transfer to the airport for your return flight from Cusco to Lima (airfare not included – 1 hr. 15 mins. flight).
  • Depending on the time of your flight, you may add a final farewell dinner at one of the world’s top 50 restaurants in Lima or book an additional room at the Wyndham Costa del Sol Airport Hotel.