12 Day itinerary in Peru, South America

Inca Trail Unique Experience @ Machu Picchu, with Glampin...

We will start a walk for 43 km we will discover one of the best Inca engineering works, which covered areas of up to 6 South American countries: Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador and Colombia the great Inka Trail an important access to the Inka city of Machupicchu. We will sail through the hi... Read More

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By Pablo, Marilda and Pablo


Physical Difficulty


Recommended Age

Minimum 12

Maximum 77

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English, Spanish


Driver as a Guide

starting point


trip type


trip attributes


Visit markets

Meet local people

Rural home stays

Indigenous culture

Outdoors & Nature

Culture & Arts






Lima, Perús capital


The great Inka Trail an important access to the Inka city


Inka city of Machupicchu


The highest lake in the world, Lake Titicaca


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Day 1

place International Arrival - Lima Airport

Upon your arrival, the local guide will be awaiting to greet you at Lima airport, from where you will be transfer in a comfortable ride to your hotel. The rest of the day will be for you to enjoy the city of kings at your leisure. Overnight @ Hotel La Hacienda or similar

Guide: Included for the day


  • High-end Accommodation: The Ranch Hotel
Day 2

place Lima - City Tour

Breakfast. In the morning Excursion to know Lima and its history. Our tour presents Lima in its three historical periods: Pre-Hispanic, Colonial and Modern. We begin our tour with a panoramic view of the “Huaca Pucllana”, a magnificent ceremonial and archaeological center built in the 4th century AD. and considered "sacred town" by the Incas. The viceroyalty of Peru was the most important of the Spanish Empire and Lima was its capital. We visit the Historic Center of Lima, where you will appreciate more than fifty monuments and colonial buildings, highlighting the Paseo de la Republica, the Plaza San Martín, the Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, the Cathedral Basilica, the Municipal Palace among others. We visit the Museum of the Central Reserve Bank *, here you will appreciate the "Collection Treasures of Peru", a select exhibition of gold objects, ceramics and textiles from various pre-Columbian cultures. We visit the Monumental Complex of San Francisco, which constitutes the largest sample of colonial religious art in America. The visit to its underground crypts known as "Catacombs" stands out. We will visit the most traditional residential areas of Lima, El Olivar de San Isidro, Miraflores and Larcomar. After visiting the Museum of Gold of Peru and Weapons of the World, it is a journey through pre-Hispanic times, where in addition to finding gold objects, many fabrics, ceramics that represent figures and customs of the pre-Columbian peoples, as well as some mummified characters. We also find in the room’s weapons from 1,200 BC, warrior uniforms corresponding to different times and places, saddles, spurs, armor and objects that made history. The visitor will find in our rooms a wide sample of what was ancient Peru and the world. Return to the hotel.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast


  • High-end Accommodation: The Ranch Hotel
Day 3

place Flight from Lima to Cusco

In due time, transfer to Lima Airport to board your flight destination Cusco. Upon arrival in the Imperial city we will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel where we will have a coca tea that will help you with the acclimatization. After our rest time at the hotel. We will visit the main square of Cusco (Plaza de Armas). the stone of the 12 angles, the old neighborhood of San Blas, Calle Loreto, Qoricancha or Temple of the Sun, to finish we will visit, The Central Market of San Pedro is the main and oldest food market in the city of Cusco.  Max altitude. 10.990ft  Climate: windy and cold  Weather: winter and

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast


  • High-end Accommodation: XIMA CUSCO HOTEL
Day 4

place Sacrey Valley of the Inkas

After hotel pickup in Cusco at around 8 am, we will drive to Pisaq to start out The Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Tour. Our first visit will be to the main Inca city of Pisaq, filled with its well-preserved Inka walls and altars. Our next visit will be the colorful market o Pisaq as we will see and learn experience of the art of Andean textiles. Local weavers will guide you through a step-by-step process of the ancient science of Andean weaving as it has been done since long before the Incas. As we continue on our way to our next site we will pass through lush agricultural fields and small rural communities. Weather permitting, spectacular views of snow-capped peaks line the horizon far into the distance. Our next stop is Moray and its spectacular terraces of concentric rings, which has been proven to be an experimental center for understanding the various climates and temperatures of different crops or agricultural plants, perhaps even used for domestication of different crops. After exploring Moray, we will descend lower in elevation to Urubamba. In the afternoon, our train will depart from the town of Ollantaytambo to the train station in Machupicchu. You have the option of visiting local hot springs before retiring to your hotel

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


  • High-end Accommodation: XIMA CUSCO HOTEL
Day 5


Sacred Valley Tour start at 8:30 am and head to the high mountain village of Chinchero, famous for its weaving and spectacularly sited at high altitude (3,800m/12,500 ft.) We will visit a weaving house and have a demonstration on dyeing and weaving techniques as well as visiting the famous Chinchero market. From Chinchero, we descend to the base of the Sacred Valley and then onto Moray, which features an impressive set of terraces leading from the village centre. We have a buffet lunch in Urubamba before heading to the Salt Mines – our final stop for the day. In Maras or the salt mines returning to Cusco. This is a long but rewarding day for those who want to experience the best of the Sacred Valley in a short amount of time.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


  • High-end Accommodation: XIMA CUSCO HOTEL
Day 6

place Cusco - KM 82 - Llactapata - Ayapata (Inka Trail)

The local guide will pick you up from where ever you are staying in Cusco, Urubamba or Ollantaytambo. Pickup from Cusco will be at 4:30AM, from Urubamba 5:30 AM and if you stay in Ollantaytambo, you get to sleep in a bit with your pick up at 6:30 AM. At your briefing, these times will be confirmed as they might fluctuate based on where you staying. We will then drive to Km 82, arriving at about 7:00AM. After a delicious breakfast prepared by your cook, we’ll go through the first Inca Trail checkpoint to begin our trek (please make sure you have your original passport with you to enter the Inca Trail). The first 2 hours of the trek are relatively easy as we make our way to our first Inca site, Patallacta which is an ancient Inca checkpoint for the approach to Machu Picchu. From Patallacta it’s another 2-hour hike to our lunch stop. After lunch we will hike for another 2½ hours until we reach the first night’s campsite at Ayapata (3300 meters). On this last stretch we pass through 2 small communities. If you want to buy any energy drinks or snacks you can do so here, you can also buy any essential items such as batteries that you may have forgotten. We’ll arrive to our campsite by 5:00PM and after settling in for a bit you can relax and have a hot drink and snack with your team of porters, chef and guide. By 7:30PM your dinner will be ready, and afterwards you can get some well-deserved rest. • Walking distance: 8.7 miles/14 km (6-7 hours) • Campsite altitude: 3300 meters (high) above sea level • Considered: Moderate day (getting used to the Inca Trail) • Weather: Warm and windy. Overnight @campsite

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

place Dead Woman Pass - Runcuraccay Pass - Chaquiccocha (Inka Trail)

Your porters will wake you up early with a hot cup of coca tea to get you ready for the day. Today is our longest day and we will start early. We’ll hike for roughly 4 hours to the highest pass of the trek, Dead Woman’s Pass (4215 meters/13829 feet). On reaching the pass we’ll stop for a short break to enjoy the views before setting off again to descend to the next valley (Pacaymayu Valley – Hidden River). It’s another hour and a half down the side of the valley to our lunch spot and a chance to refill our water bottles. After lunch we begin ascending again to the second pass of the trek. It’s 2 hours to the pass and along the way we’ll stop at a small Inca site (Runcu Raccay) and see two huge waterfalls cascading down the opposite side of the valley. After the second pass, it’s another hour downhill hike to reach the magnificent Inca site, Sayacmarca (an otherwise inaccessible village). We’ll stop here for a rest and have a quick tour of the site and then watch the sunset over the Vilcabamba mountain range. It’s then just another 20 minutes until we stop for the night at our second campsite Chaquicocha (Dry Lake, 3600 meters). After dinner, if you’re not too exhausted, we can do some star gazing and we’ll point out the fascinating Inca constellations. In the magnificent Southern Hemisphere sky, away from all the artificial lighting, this sky is something to behold! • Walking distance: 9.94 miles/16 km (7-8 hours) • Campsite altitude: 3600 meters (high) above sea level (chilly weather) • Considered: Top day (you will have survived the two highest passes) • Area: Andes and Cloud Forest • Weather: Cold and rainy Overnight @campsite

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

place Chaquiccocha - Wiñaywayna (Inka Trail)

Completing Day 2 and beginning Day 3 certainly deserves a pat on the back! We begin early again, waking up at 6:30am to begin what is commonly felt to be the most beautiful day of the whole Inca Trail. We hike for 2 hours along what we like to call “Inca flat” (gradual inclines) and begin to enter the jungle, known as the Cloud Forest. As we walk, we will have the opportunity to see the majesty of Salkantay, the second highest snow-capped mountain in the Sacred Valley, and a fantastic panoramic view of the Vilcabamba mountain range. Towards the end of the Inca flats we begin to make our way up to the last peak at Phuyupatamarka (3600 meters) from where we’ll have great views overlooking the Urubamba River. Down the valley we get our first views of Machu Picchu Mountain but the site itself is still hidden from view. From Phuyupatamarka it´s a 3 hour walk down a flight of steps to our last campsite, close to Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young). Wiñay Wayna is the most spectacular Inca site on the trail after Machu Picchu and the most popular campsite because of its proximity to Machu Picchu. During the descent we visit 2 Inca ruins, Phuyupatamarka (Town in the Clouds) and Intipata (Terraces of the Sun). We arrive at our campsite around 1:00PM to have lunch and then relax for the entire afternoon so that you’re relaxed and ready for your final day at Machu Picchu. At around 4:30PM your guide will give you a short orientation and you will visit the Inca ruins of Wiñay Wayna, spending about an hour and a half there. We will explain the significance of the site and combine all the information given during the trek so you’re fully prepared for your visit to Machu Picchu the following day. We like to spoil our guests as we enjoy our last feast with the porters and chefs. It’s an Inca Trail tradition to organize a ceremony in the evening to introduce the team to the tourists once again and to thank them for the great job done (if you wish to provide tips for them then you can do so

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9

place Sun Gate - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Wake up time is at 3:30AM. We’ll eat breakfast at 4:00AM and wait at the checkpoint to be one of the first to start trekking when they open the gates at 5:30AM. We’ll wave goodbye to our team of porters and chef and then it’s “Forward On” to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku). From here we have spectacular views of the mountains and Machu Picchu in all its glory. We reach the Sun Gate by 6:30am and then it’s just an hour trek downstairs to reach the Lost City of the Incas. As we approach Machu Picchu the views of the city just get better and better! At about 7:40AM we’ll reach the final checkpoint and enter Machu Picchu to begin our 2-hour private guided tour. After the tour you’ll be given your bus tickets to make your way down to Aguas Calientes and you’ll have plenty of free time to explore on your own or climb one of the neighboring mountain – Huaynapicchu (must be arranged ahead of time). Your guide will offer to meet you down in the village of Aguas Calientes to enjoy your last lunch in a local restaurant. This is optional and not included. At lunch, he will hand out train tickets, so if you choose to skip, please arrange to get these before leaving him at Machu Picchu. Unless you arranged for an upgraded train, we will book the Expedition class train departing Aguas Calientes at 4:20. Please make sure you are on the platform at least 30 minutes ahead of time. This train will be 2 hours to Ollantaytambo where our driver will meet you and drive you back to the city in our bus, then we will drop you off at your hotel. • Considered: The most exciting and magical day (early wake up 3.30AM) • Area: High Cloud and Subtropical Forest • Weather: Hot and very humid (bring lots of water)

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


  • High-end Accommodation: XIMA CUSCO HOTEL
Day 10

place Ruta del Sol - Puno

Pick up from the hotel at 6:30 am for the transfer, continuing with the tour we will make our first stop in: Andahuaylillas, where we will visit the San Pedro Apóstol de Andahuayillas Temple known as the Sistine Chapel of America, The walls of the Church will be They are covered by a number of frescoes and the ceiling presents an ornamentation of flowers with gold leaflets, you will also see many paintings decorated in gold leaf, within them the painting of the Virgin of Asuncion stands out. Raqchi, is an archaeological park. The most important structure of the Archaeological site of Raqchi is the Temple of Wiracocha (The Supreme God of the Incas) due to its emblematic constructions, a huge rectangular two-story structure that measures 92 meters long by 25.5 wide and approximately 9.80 meters. Sicuani - El Paso La Raya Buffet Lunch (4,335 meters above sea level), The highest point of the route 4,335 meters above sea level, photo session at the Nevado de Chimboya, is the border between Cusco and Puno. Pukara Lithic Museum (3,900 meters above sea level), The Pucara Culture dates back to 300 years BC. It was characterized by its large pyramid-like constructions that made up a great Pre-Hispanic city where there are sculptural monuments, stelae. It is the most important Ceremonial Center of the Altiplano. In the museum you can discover the origin of the Pucará culture through sculptures and stone ceramics. Archaeological Complex of Kalassaya, the “Archaeological Complex of Kalassaya” of the Pucará Culture, considered as a nucleus similar to the Chavín Culture, has six constructions of truncated stepped pyramidal shape of a ceremonial nature which reflect a great concentration of labor. There are sectors of burial mounds. Arrival time to Puno city.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


  • High-end Accommodation: Royal Inn Hotel Puno
Day 11

place Titicaca Lake - Floating Island Uros - Taquile - Puno

Breakfast. Pick up 7:30 am from the hotel. To go in a private transport to the dock or main port. At 7:45 am, we start the departure towards the floating islands of the Uros, currently considered the National Reserve of Lake Titicaca. Also known as the highest navigable lake in the world. During the trip you will be able to observe a beautiful panoramic, scenic view. Our specialized guide will introduce you to the existence of the floating islands of the Uros. At present, the people of the Uros still maintain their own culture and tradition, as well as artisanal fishing, especially (CARACHI) and pejerrey. When fishing is abundant, they preserve the fish by drying them in the sun. They also hunt wild birds and collect duck eggs. There are 75 islands that live today, and each island is well organized, after a long and beautiful visit, you will say goodbye to the Uros. Our next visit will be the natural island of TAQUILE. To get to our next visit, we will sail by boat for 2 and a half hours, to the natural island of Taquile, during navigation you will be able to observe the chain of mountains (the real mountain range), not only that, the people of Taquile very collaborative well organized. It is the reason that the Taquileños have demonstrated their high degree of advancement in the Textile Industry, receiving their award by UNESCO. It should be noted that spinning and weaving are mainly done by men, starting at the age of eight. Women make exclusively from yarns and fabrics. Life in Taquile is still largely unchanged by modernity. The visit will take an average of 2 hours, and 1 hour will have to taste a delicious typical lunch, if you really want to be part of this community, you can voluntarily collaborate by buying some of their crafts. So that this community has some means of sustainability, that way they will be able to continue showing their existence to future travelers. Finally, our guide will inform them of the time of return arriving at 17 hours in the after

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


  • High-end Accommodation: XIMA CUSCO HOTEL
Day 12

place Flight from Juliaca to Lima

Breakfast. At the appropriate time, transfer to the airport to board your flight to Lima and international connection. End of our services

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast

What’s Included

Accommodation expand_less

  • The Ranch Hotel
  • Royal Inn Hotel Puno

Meals expand_less

  • Breakfast (11)
  • Lunch (8)
  • Dinner (3)

Transport expand_less

  • Salta Airport, Pick up
  • Salta Airport, Drop off

Activities expand_less

  • Colome Experience: visit to the winery, tasting and visit James Turrel Museum
  • Lunch at Colomé Winery

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  • Ask us about other activities (Prices are not included)

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  • Accommodation, Meals and drinks not mentioned
  • Tickets to Museums and Archaeological sites, National and Provincial Parks

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