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15 days,La Paz to Lima
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Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, explore the pre-Incan ruins of Tiahuanaco, witness life on Lake Titicaca, haggle at Sacred Valley markets

From the bustling market-filled streets of La Paz to Incan culture high in the Andes, this 2-week adventure provides a panoramic view of Peru and a glimpse of Bolivia. Embrace cultures past and present in Cusco and La Paz and interact with locals from the region’s communities for an immersive experience that few rarely get to know. Conquer the Inca Trail, one of the world’s best known and challenging hikes, and experience the stunning views of majestic Machu Picchu. As the region’s largest operator, we run our own treks, which ensures the fair treatment of our porters, quality food, service and equipment.

What's Included

  • Tiahuanaco visit
  • Floating islands of Uros visit
  • Lake Titicaca guided tour and homestay
  • Cusco stay
  • Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins guided tour with visit to a Planeterra-supported women's weaving project (full-day)
  • Lunch at the Planeterra-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village
  • Inca Trail guided hike with cooks and porters (4-day)
  • Planeterra-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Inca Trail
  • Machu Picchu guided tour
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 14 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners. (Allow USD250-400 for meals not included.)
  • Public bus, plane, train, boat, ferry, hiking.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, specialist Inca Trail CEO on the hike, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12
  • Hotels (10 nts), camping (3 nts), homestay (1 nt).

Add to Your Experience

Peru Adrenaline Bundle

Experience an adrenaline rush in one of Peru's most vibrant cities, Cusco! Enjoy a full day rating Urubamba River Valley’s white-knuckle rapids or spend a half-day exploring the Andean foothills and Incan ruins on horseback.

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Places Visited

Reverse Itinerary

This trip also runs in reverse from Lima to La Paz. See Inca Empire

Itinerary

Inca Trail

Day 1La Paz

Arrive at any time.

Day 2La Paz(1B)

Visit the pre-Incan ruins of Tiahuanaco.

Day 3La Paz/Puno(1B)

Travel by bus through the altiplano, crossing the border to the Peruvian city of Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Day 4Puno/Isla Amantani(1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a small village.

Day 5Isla Amantani/Puno(1B, 1L)

Visit the floating islands of Uros before returning to Puno. Opt to visit the Sillustani burial site.

Day 6Puno/Cusco(1B)

Hop on the bus for a full day's drive to Cusco.

Day 7Cusco(1B)

Enjoy a free day to explore the city's museums and local markets. Opt for a city tour to see some of the ruins as well.

Day 8Cusco/Ollantaytambo(1B, 1L)

Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins. Stop at the Planeterra-supported women's weaving co-op before exploring the Pisac ruins. Stop at the Planeterra-supported Parwa Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco for lunch. Finish the day by exploring the Ollantaytambo ruins with a local guide.

Day 9Ollantaytambo/Wayllabamba Camp(1B, 1L, 1D)

Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the hike begins.

Day 10Wayllabamba Camp/Paqaymayo Camp(1B, 1L, 1D)

Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax.

Day 11Paqaymayo Camp/Wiñaywayna(1B, 1L, 1D)

Cross two more passes and ruins along the way. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through cloud forest on the gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m (12,136 ft). On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley.

At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "Town Above the Clouds." Camp here or go 1.5 hrs further along, near the Wiñay Wayna ruins (Forever Young) located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).

Day 12Wiñaywayna/Cusco(1B)

The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Wake up around 03:30 and walk to the checkpoint. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the site and free time to explore. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows.

Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet the CEO and any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.

Day 13Cusco(1B)

Enjoy a free day to explore Cusco or relax. Active options include whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and mountain biking.

Day 14Cusco/Lima(1B)

Fly to Lima. Opt for a city tour or just explore on your own.

Day 15Lima(1B)

Depart at any time.

Lares Trek

Day 1La Paz

Arrive at any time.

Day 2La Paz(1B)

Visit the pre-Incan ruins of Tiahuanaco.

Day 3La Paz/Puno(1B)

Travel by bus through the altiplano, crossing the border to the Peruvian city of Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Day 4Puno/Isla Amantani(1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a small village.

Day 5Isla Amantani/Puno(1B, 1L)

Visit the floating islands of Uros before returning to Puno. Opt to visit the Sillustani burial site.

Day 6Puno/Cusco(1B)

Hop on the bus for a full day's drive to Cusco.

Day 7Cusco(1B)

Enjoy a free day to explore the city's museums and local markets. Opt for a city tour to see some of the ruins as well.

Day 8Cusco/Ollantaytambo(1B, 1L)

Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins. Stop at the Planeterra-supported women's weaving co-op before exploring the Pisac ruins. Stop at the Planeterra-supported Parwa Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco for lunch. Finish the day by exploring the Ollantaytambo ruins with a local guide.

Day 9Ollantaytambo/Cuncani(1B, 1L, 1D)

Depart Ollantaytambo by van to Lares town where the hike begins. Spend the first night at a Planeterra-supported campsite in Cuncani.

Day 10Cuncani/Kuyoc(1B, 1L, 1D)

Start early to hike from the foothills of Sicllaccasa Mountain to its high pass (4,750m/15,583 ft), providing scenic views of lagoons and the snow-capped Chicon Mountain. Celebrate after reaching the highest point by making an offering of coca leaves to the Andean gods. After the morning hike, stop to rest and take in the amazing view. Continue hiking downhill to our second campsite near the stream for the night.

Day 11Kuyoc/Aguas Calientes(1B, 1L)

Enjoy the last few hours of hiking before travelling by van to Ollantaytambo and train to Aguas Calientes. Spend some time relaxing in town or visiting the nearby hot springs.

Day 12Aguas Calientes/Cusco(1B)

Enjoy a guided visit to Machu Picchu at sunrise. Use some free time to explore the ruins on your own. Later, travel back to Cusco.

Day 13Cusco(1B)

Enjoy a free day to explore Cusco or relax. Active options include whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and mountain biking.

Day 14Cusco/Lima(1B)

Fly to Lima. Opt for a city tour or just explore on your own.

Day 15Lima(1B)

Depart at any time.

Cusco Stay

Day 1La Paz

Arrive at any time.

Day 2La Paz(1B)

Visit the pre-Incan ruins of Tiahuanaco.

Day 3La Paz/Puno(1B)

Travel by bus through the altiplano, crossing the border to the Peruvian city of Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Day 4Puno/Isla Amantani(1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a small village.

Day 5Isla Amantani/Puno(1B, 1L)

Visit the floating islands of Uros before returning to Puno. Opt to visit the Sillustani burial site.

Day 6Puno/Cusco(1B)

Hop on the bus for a full day's drive to Cusco.

Day 7Cusco(1B)

Enjoy a free day to explore the city's museums and local markets. Opt for a city tour to see some of the ruins as well.

Day 8Cusco/Ollantaytambo(1B, 1L)

Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins. Stop at the Planeterra-supported women's weaving co-op before exploring the Pisac ruins. Stop at the Planeterra-supported Parwa Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco for lunch. Finish the day by exploring the Ollantaytambo ruins with a local guide.

Day 9Ollantaytambo/Cusco(1B)

Return to the Sacred Valley with the CEO to visit the sites of the Maras Salt Mines and Moray. Spend the evening in Cusco.

Day 10Cusco(1B)

Enjoy an included tour of the archaeological sites around Cusco, including Saqsaywaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay.

Day 11Cusco/Aguas Calientes(1B)

Travel by van to Ollantaytambo to catch the scenic train to Aguas Calientes.

Day 12Aguas Calientes/Cusco(1B)

Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco in the evening.

Day 13Cusco(1B)

Enjoy a free day to explore Cusco or relax. Active options include whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and mountain biking.

Day 14Cusco/Lima(1B)

Fly to Lima. Opt for a city tour or just explore on your own.

Day 15Lima(1B)

Depart at any time.

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