CLASSIC MACHU PICCHU & CUSCO
May 25-June 2, 2019
August 31-September 8, 2019
Or Custom Dates
Visit the most hidden ancient site of the Incas with Hiking or non-hiking options
August 31-September 8, 2019
Or Custom Dates
$2495 per person
All Itineraries —
8 nights’ accommodations in boutique, centrally located hotels
All transportation between Cusco, Ollantaytambo, and group excursions
Transfers to/from Cusco airport
Train to/from Aguas Calientes + bus to/from Machu Picchu
Walking city tour of Cusco to learn about Incan society & culture
Entry fee to Machu Picchu + guided tour of the archeological ruins
Traditional Andean pachamanca farm lunch
Daily breakfast + multiple dinners & lunches
Healthy, nourishing meals using traditional ingredients and local sourcing
Visit to our community partner to learn about the education & preservation of Quechua language and culture + contribution to their organization
Dedicated Traverse representative 24/7 + local guides
Small group experience, max 16 people
Non-hiking option additional activities —
Continued stay in Ollantaytambo
Excursions & entry fees to the Moray ruins, Salineras salt mines, and Pisaq artisanal market
Optional visits to Rainbow Mountain, Chinchero or Intipunka
Hiking option —
4 days/3 nights hiking the classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu
Healthy, nourishing meals prepared by our on-site cook, starting with breakfast on departure day to breakfast on last day of the hike
Clean, potable water throughout the hike
A team of local porters to carry provided tents, chairs, food, medical emergency kit and other equipment
Sleeping mat provided (you will carry)
Entry fee to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
Option for a full or half porter to carry some or all of your supplies
Local hiking guide 24/7
Day 1: arrival
Arrive in Cusco by 3:00 p.m. and be transferred to your boutique hotel in central Cusco. Settle in to your room, enjoy some coca or muña mint tea and watch the sunset over this beautiful city as you acclimate to its elevation of 11,150 feet. We’ll have dinner at a spectacular Peruvian restaurant that sources local meats & produce and presents traditional dishes with a modern twist. Try specialties such as aji de gallina(a creamy chicken dish), causa(an Andean potato dish), or - if you’re daring - cuy(guinea pig).
Day 2: cusco
We’ll take today easy as you adjust to the elevation with a morning walking tour through Cusco and a visit to the market. You’ll have lunchtime and the afternoon to explore the city’s many fabulous cafés, cobblestone streets, and abundance of shops & museums. Pack up tonight to depart for our ventures in the Sacred Valley tomorrow. Enjoy dinner on your own at one of Cusco's many restaurant options, from traditional Peruvian to Italian to Japanese & Chinese fusion.
Day 3: pachamanca & community partner
After breakfast we’ll head to the Sacred Valley, our home base for the next 5 nights. We’ll visit our community partner, a local school that emphasizes sustainability and social responsibility through its programs. We will learn about its Quechua curriculum and the efforts the school is making to preserve this ancestral language by teaching it to the younger generations and integrating Andean culture into its standard subjects. We’ll also enjoy a leisurely farm tour and pachamanca farm lunch at its organic farm project. We’ll learn about local cooking traditions and enjoy numerous foods from the area including camote (local sweet potatoes), grilled meats, and chicha morada (a purple corn drink). Enjoy free time on your own in the evening to explore the ancient city of Ollantaytamo with its many dining options, or enjoy a meal at our accommodations. In the evening, take time to rest or get organized. Hikers will need to be ready for an early departure tomorrow.
Meals: B, L
Day 4: 1st hike day or moray & salineras
Hiking: Get up bright and early to be picked up by our local, bilingual guide Edwin who will brief you on the journey ahead. We’ll have breakfast on the go, arriving at the starting point at Wayllabamaba by 10:30. You’ll need your passport to enter the trail, and once we cross the foot bridge over the Urumbomba River our hiking begins! The first few kilometers are a relatively easy climb with gorgeous views of La Verónica and Patallackay. We’ll take a break for lunch at Tarayoc and continue on to Huayllabamaba for camping and dinner our first night.
Meals: B, L, D
Non-hiking: Today we’ll visit the concentric Inca terraces at Moray, four natural sinkholes that the Incas used for agriculture. We’ll then descend to a unique Sacred Valley site, Salineras, thousands of salt pools that the Inca diverted from a spring of warm, salty water and is still harvested today by local collectives. In the afternoon, hike up to the Temple of the Sun or explore around town before dinner together in the square.
Meals: B, D
Day 5: 2nd hike day or pisaq
Hiking: Today is the hardest day of the trail, with the first half strait up and the second straight down. We’ll ascend the highest point of 13,900 feet at Wuarmihuañusca where you can see panoramic views of the cordillera of Vilcambamba. Depending on your speed, this is about a 3-5 hour ascent. You’ll see the terrain slowly change from high desert to the Andean rainforest, with bromeliads and greenery all around. We’ll ascend to the valley of Pacasmayo to camp for the night.
Meals: B, L, D
Non-hiking: After breakfast, we’ll do a full-day exploration of Pisaq, which is home to an Inca fortress and an artisanal market filled with Andean goods such as carved gourds, ceramics, paintings, and weaving. We’ll then visit the nearby ruins which feature multiple architectural styles including agricultural terraces, military forts and religious purification paths.. We’ll stop for a local lunch of your choice and enjoy dinner together in the evening.
Meals: B, D
Day 6: 3rd day hike or free day
Hiking: Our last and final full hiking day is known as the “Incan Flats” for its rolling landscape, as compared to the steep climbs and infinite stairs of yesterday. We’ll see the ruins of Runquracya and learn about different architectural styles of the Inca. We’ll also pass Sayacmarca and go through a tunnel at Phuyupatamarca. The terrain is rich in flora and fauna, and though it’s a long hiking day there are fewer climbs than yesterday. We’ll camp at our last site, Wiñayhuayna.
Meals: B, L, D
Non-hiking: Today is yours to explore on your own! Choose from a number of guided tours including the artisanal village of Chinchero, a full-day excursion & hike to Rainbow Mountain or a steep hike to Intipunka, the Sun Gate, for spectacular views of Mt. Veronica. Or, take a rest day in Ollantaytambo and soak in the sights, shopping and spectacular food of this living Incan village.
Day 7: machu picchu
Hiking: We’ll get up super early this morning – 3:30 – to have time for breakfast, packing up and heading to Intipunku, the Sun Gate, for our sunrise entrance to Machu Picchu. We’ll have plenty of photo opportunities as we descend to the city, where we’ll meet up with the rest of our group for a guided tour by Edwin. After some time to explore on your own, you’ll take the bus down to Aguas Calientes where you can store your backpack with a local restaurant partner and take time for lunch and exploring on your own. We’ll all depart on the 2:55 train back to Ollantaytambo where we’ll stay for the night. A light snack will be provided on your return or you can head in to town for dinner.
Meals: B, evening snack
Non-hiking: We’ll get up bright and early to take the train to Aguas Calientes, where we’ll catch a bus up to Machu Picchu. There we’ll meet with the hiking group and enter together for a tour of the archeological site with our guide Edwin. After some time to explore on your own, you’ll take the bus down to Aguas Calientes and we’ll reconvene for the 2:55 train ride back to Ollantaytambo. A light snack will be provided on your return or you can head in to town for dinner.
Meals: B, evening snack
Day 8: return to cusco
We’ll take our time this morning to sleep in and recover, departing by van back to Cusco, around 10:00. You’ll be able to drop your bags at reception at our accommodations and will be able to check in after 2:00. The afternoon is yours for R&R, shopping, or consider a walk or taxi ride up to Sacsayhuamán just outside of town. We’ll reconvene for our final group dinner and farewell.
Meals: B, D
Day 9: departure
Plan your airport departure for the morning or mid-day. Check-out is by 10:00 a.m. You’ll receive a transfer to the airport according to your flight time.
$2495 per person, based on double to triple occupancy. Grouped by same gender unless requested otherwise.
Select hiking or non-hiking on registration form. Note that hiking spots sell out early, as much as 8 months prior.
+$895 single supplement
Room options include Queen (shared double bed) and Twin/Triple (private beds). Please note preference on registration, rooms are first come first serve. Single supplements are limited in availability.
+$195 Personal porter for hiking (max 12 kilo)
+$25 Sleeping bag rental for hiking
Trip Does Not Include:
Additional meals and activities
Required travel insurance
Your Traverse Representative:
Ashley Blake is an avid traveler, cultural consultant and yoga enthusiast with a background in tourism, entrepreneurship and project management. She is a fluent Spanish speaker and has worked and traveled in 35+ countries across Latin America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa including tours she has led in Spain, Germany, China and Canada.
Ashley is passionate about connection, communication and coordination in order to link others with the opportunities and experiences that promote self-growth and community engagement.
Ashley hiked the Inca trail with our guide Edwin in 2017 and holds it as one of her most challenging and rewarding nature travel excursions ever.
Terms & Conditions
Please refer to registration for complete terms.
A $500 non-refundable deposit is required for each traveler to secure the booking.
Payments can be made either by 1) full payment on booking 2) $500 deposit on booking + payment schedule per registration. Payments will be invoiced via e-mail for credit card or Paypal payment online. To pay by check, please indicate on registration and make check payable to Traverse Journeys and send to PO Box 40516, Austin, TX 78704.
$500 non-refundable deposit due on booking. 50% remainder due 30 days after initial invoice. Balance due 30 days prior to trip start.
Please note that Machu Picchu entry tickets and Inca Trail hiking permits are 100% non-refundable and non-transferrable. Cancellations, less the deposit ($500), are refundable through up to 90 days before trip start.
Travel insurance is required for all trips with Traverse, and must cover injury, medical, evacuation, and repatriation as well as trip cancellation and trip interruption. Most insurance companies require purchase to be made within 2-3 weeks of booking for full benefits (in particular, trip cancellation). Once insurance is obtained, a copy must be sent to Traverse. Failure to provide proof of insurance within 30 days of booking will result in trip booking suspension until proof of insurance has been provided. We suggest using Wanderwell, a B-Corp Certified provider, or you can choose from any carrier that meets our requirements.
Documents, Personal Identification, Vaccinations
Traveler is responsible for all required travel documents including passport, visas, entry or exit fees, and vaccinations. Traverse does not cover the cost or assist in obtaining any of the above, and reserves the right to collect information on all.