Stand within the ruins of Machu Picchu and embrace the sensational wonders of the Inca Trail on this custom tour meant to take you along the path of history. Wander through the Sacred Valley of the Andes where ruins climb up the mountainside, spectacular terraces wrap around the gorge, and clouds rest within the trees. From the Spanish architecture that runs along the streets in Cusco to the remains of the Lost City that linger along the citadel, the Andes are calling and ready for you to Trek...
Lima – With a Trek in Mind
Welcome to Lima, the City of Kings. The metropolis is filled with a variety of cultures etched into each neighborhood, the array of scents, foods, and life decorating the facades of a Spanish colonial past. Begin your exploration of Peru with a journey into the depths of the Church of San Francisco. The exterior is a bright canary yellow and sings against the blue sky. The adjacent spires are tall and the bells toll at noon. Once inside the church you can see the opulent trim and large arches that decorate the building. Geometric designs made of red and white tiles climb up the walls and into the domed ceilings.
Witness what makes the Church of San Francisco different from the surrounding cathedrals by taking the tour of the catacombs. The warm air of the afternoon sun becomes dark and damp beneath the stone structure of the church. Dim lights recreate an aura of flickering torches as you descend the steep staircase into the depths of the labyrinth. A deep and wide well is buried greater beneath the subterranean hideout, filled with bones, wrapped in circles. The brick and mortar have been able to withstand earthquakes for centuries, keeping the church and the catacombs safe. Return to the open warm air of the afternoon; the scent of roasted corn fills the square and brings you back to the cultural wonders of modern Lima.
Cusco – The Rolling Hills of an Inca Past
Sacred Valley – Stone Hills and Colorful Culture
Inca Trail – The Footsteps of the Sacred
Inca Trail – The Trail of Vines
Inca Trail – Over the Pass
Aguas Calientes – Walking on Clouds
Cusco – Footsteps of History
Cusco – Walking on Sunshine
- Trek the Incan Trail from the Sacred Valley into Machu Picchu
- Explore the City of Kings, Lima
- Experience the architectural wonders of Cusco
- Delight in the hustle and bustle of the Pisac Market
- Traverse through the Andean ruins and villages of Pisac and Ollantaytambo
- Discover the sensational culture of the Andes
- Venture into the catacombs of the Church of San Francisco
Experience the sensational wonders of the Inca Trail on this 9-day tour meant for Inca explorers, mountain hikers, archeology enthusiasts, and anyone interested in wandering through the Andes along the route of Incan history. Climb across the cradle of heaven as you journey through the Andes, from the Incan capital of Cusco to the Lost City of Machu Picchu. Where ancient ruins hide within the lush Sacred Valley, and shine along the edges of cities. Your days wandering through the undulating peaks of the Andes will bring you past the steps of history and over the natural beauty of Peru.
Your journey through Peru begins with your arrival in the capital, Lima. The metropolis boasts diverse cultures separated by various neighborhoods, each as vibrant and eclectic as the next. Visit the Church of San Francisco where the subterranean history is as interesting as the city’s colonial past. Venture to Cusco where Spanish architecture continues to spread across the city’s cobblestoned streets with grace. The city sits and rises along the Andes where colorful homes pop against the fertile grass. Visit the incredible villages of Pisac and Ollantaytambo where Incan ruins spread across the hills and stand over the villages. Each village offers something unique and beautiful to the hillside.
Venture into the Sacred Valley and begin your journey into the hills as you cross the rushing Urubamba River. Climb over hilltops and through the winding valley until you come across the terraced foothills of Llulluchapampa. Climb over the peak of the Inca Trail at its highest point. Follow along the pathway through the beauty of the Cloud Forest where you can see the grand ruins of Phuyupatamarca. Soon you will come to Sun Gate. Look over the remaining stones of the temple and onto the citadel where the Lost City of Machu Picchu sits proud among the clouds. Explore the city and the wonders of Incan remains where temples, residences, and llamas climb the mountainside. You arrive back in Cusco, taking the train and leaving the Lost City behind you. As you leave Peru you are comforted by the fact that you followed the path of history, recounted the steps of the Incas, and made your way through the Sacred Valley into the magnificent Lost City of Machu Picchu, where the country’s natural splendor was as majestic as the structured history that remains.
$1,975 per person (excluding international flights)
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