Best Base Camps on the Inca Trail

Best Base Camps on the Inca Trail

6,825.00

PERU, SOUTH AMERICA

Journey on foot through the Sacred Valley of the Incas as you trek the famous Inca Trail, exploring the people and cultures that have shaped Peru.

from $6,825 pp    12 Days/11 Nights     $568/Day

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BEST BASE CAMPS ON THE INCA TRAIL

LIMA | SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS | INCA TRAIL | AGUAS CALIENTES | CUSCO

For the ultimate Peruvian holiday we've crafted a 12-day trip that hits some of South America's most endearing locales. In this journey the people, food, history, and landscapes blend together to create a truly unforgettable adventure. 

 

This trip is all about seeing the best and brightest. You'll begin your exploration in Peru's lively capital, Lima, where your lodging is set in the fantastic Barranco District. Next jet off to the southern part of the country, an area that pays homage to the civilizations and cultures of the past. During your stay in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Cusco, and Aguas Calientes you'll be immersed in rich Andean culture. The highlight of this specific 12-day trip however, is not the gorgeous mountain lodges or the vibrant city streets of Lima—the true star is the four day hike along the famed Inca Trail. This journey, open to only a select number of trekkers, gives you the opportunity to experience the Andes and the wonder of Machu Picchu in a way most of the one-million annual tourists never will.

 
 
 
 

Days 1, 2

LIMA

HOTEL B

Before you set your sights on the rugged peaks of southern Peru enjoy your time exploring the exciting corners of Lima. Hotel B, your lodging for your first two nights in Peru, is set in the bohemian district of Barranco. Barranco is often advertised as the SoHo of Lima, and its prolific art galleries, quaint coffee shops, and boutique shops on every street prove the worth of that title. A private city tour highlights Lima's most famous attractions, and a stop at Larco Museum lets you peruse galleries of pre-Columbian art, a window into the culture you'll be sharing in for the rest of your trip. Enjoy your nights in the posh luxury of Hotel B, soaking up the urban comforts before heading into the rural alpine world of the Andes.

 
 
 

Days 3, 4

SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS

INKATERRA HACIENDA URUBAMBA

The Sacred Valley of the Incas, carved out by the Urubamba river, is a lush, fertile region filled with cities of both colonial and Inca heritage. Set on 100 acres and ringed in by striking green mountains, your next lodge is Hacienda Urubamba. The decor gets its inspiration from the medley of Spanish and Native cultures and glass fronted rooms and casitas ensure you're never kept from the incredible views of the valley. In the Sacred Valley the juxtaposition of ancient Inca ruins and modern mountain life is what makes a journey here so fascinating, and we've made sure you get the best of it all. Your days will be spent exploring the lauded market at Pisac and the famous weaving villages of Chinchero and Awanacanha. These towns paint a picture of what 21st century life looks like high in remote villages. Your visits to the Maras Salt Mines and mysterious agricultural terraces of Moray are a window into the lives of people who called this land their home hundreds of years ago.

 
 
 

Days 5, 6, 7

TREK THE INCA TRAIL

CAMPING

Day five sees you beginning the trek you've been waiting for. A four day, three night journey along 26 miles of rugged, natural, alpine beauty. You'll venture along the historic trail, feeling close to both the surrounding nature and the civilization that once ruled this area. Your guides, porters, cooks, and fellow trekkers combine for an unforgettable experience. The trek brings you through cloud forests, across mountain passes, and into lesser known Inca ruins. Trailside picnics of scrumptious food and warm and inviting campsites are all part of the memories you'll craft on this experience of a lifetime.

 
 
 

Days 8, 9

AGUAS CALIENTES

INKATERRA MACHU PICCHU PUEBLO HOTEL

Day eight marks the last day of the hike, which begins a few hours before dawn. You'll set out in the dark in order to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Watching the first rays of sunlight dance across the ruins is a breathtaking moment. After the mesmerizing sunrise over Machu Picchu you'll start the final descent to the town of Aguas Calientes where a well-deserved hot shower and luxurious bed will be waiting for you! Spend your day of earned relaxation toasting to your grand achievement before drifting to sleep in the adobe casitas of the Pueblo Hotel. The next day is the cherry on top of an incredible journey as you spend the day exploring all the nooks and crannies of the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu. If you aren't yet all trekked-out you may want to set out for the peak of Huayna Picchu for even more breathtaking views.

 
 
 

Days 10, 11, 12

CUSCO

INKATERRA LA CASONA

Though Machu Picchu may be the Inca Empire's most recognizable landmark, Cusco, the capital of the empire, has its own story to tell. You'll leave Aguas Calientes aboard the striking Vistadome train where you'll be treated to unbroken views of the Andean landscape through oversized windows along the walls and ceiling of the train cars. Upon arrival in Cusco you'll be shown to Inkaterra La Casona. Once a manor house, originally built in the 16th century, this building has played host to Spanish Conquistador Diego de Almagro and the famous 'Libertador' Simón Bolívar, while the surrounding land once served as training grounds for Inca armies. This fusion of native and colonial cultures is seen in the hotel decor as well as across the rest of the city. A private tour of Cusco and the Inca ruins nearby showcase that melding exquisitely. Only two cities in all of the Americas have been inhabited longer than Cusco, and we couldn't think of a better place to end your journey than in a city which highlights so many of the cultures and people which have shaped Peru into the fascinating country that it is. 

 
 

WHY GO ON THIS TRIP

 
  • Take part in urban exploration with a start in Lima
  • Visit local markets for handicrafts that far surpass any souvenir expectations
  • Meet the people who make their home in remote mountain villages
  • Trek the Inca trail with some of Peru's best guides, porters, and cooks
  • Watch the sunrise over Machu Picchu from the heights of the Sun Gate
  • Experience the blend of Spanish and Andean cultures in the city of Cusco

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