Inca Trail Explorer


Length: 5d/4n

Price per person $1241 (4 pax)

Departure by bus from Cusco to the trail head at Km 78. Meet and greet the team to start the hike, which involves 6-8 hours of walking per day. We reach Machu Picchu on the afternoon of Day 4. Overnight in Hotel el MAPI or other selected hotel. Rise at dawn to enjoy the tranquility of the majestic “Lost City of the Incas”. Return in the afternoon train to Cusco on day 5.

DAY 1: Piskakucho (Km. 82) – Huayllabamba

A spectacular early morning drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas takes us to our trailhead at Km. 82 of the Machu Picchu railroad. After getting acquainted with our trail crew we set out, crossing a footbridge to hike a gentle two hours down the Urubamba Canyon, and then visit imposing, sculpted Inca farming terraces and the settlement of Llaqtapata on the banks of the Cusichaca side river. We then climb a short way up the Cusichaca valley to Huayllabamba, the last inhabited village on the trail, where we camp.
Today’s meals include morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, and dinner.

DAY 2: Huayllabamba–Pacaymayo

The trail climbs gently through the mountains through the last houses of Huayllabamba, and then more steeply past a rushing stream through enchanted native Polylepis woodland. Crossing the rim of a small plateau, we abruptly find ourselves in the “puna”, the treeless grassland of the High Andes. After enjoying a hearty lunch, we start our steady ascent towards the highest pass, which is called Abra Warmiwañusca or “Dead Woman’s Pass”, at 13,850 ft. (4,221 m). We then descend for 90 minutes through the forested Pacaymayo Valley towards our eponymous camp at 11,900 ft. (3,620 m), where our staff will receive us with warm tea and a tasty dinner. All meals and snacks are included.

DAY 3: Pacaymayo- Phuyupatamarca

We ascend an old Inca stairway that passes by the intimate Inca site of Runkurakay towards the second-highest pass of the trip, which reaches 13,113 ft. From the pass, we enjoy a spectacular view of the snow-capped peaks of the Pumasillo Range. Next, we descend the trail to the Sayacmarca archaeological site, which is an intricate labyrinth of houses, plazas, and water channels perched precariously on a rocky spur overlooking the Aobamba Valley. After enjoying lunch at a location named Chaquicocha, we continue our hike as the trail morphs into a massive, buttressed walkway composed of granite paving stones. The trail continues along the steep upper fringes of the cloud forest, through a colorful riot of orchids, bromeliads, mosses, and ferns. At the third pass on our trip, we camp near a rock pinnacle topped with Inca viewing platforms, which overlook the archaeological site known as Phuyupatamarca (“Town of the Clouds”). This camp site allows for fantastic sunrise views of the gigantic, Matterhorn-like, snow-capped peak named Salcantay, the Vilcabamba Mountain Range, and a stunning view down the valley towards the steamy heat of the Amazon rainforest. All meals and snacks are included.

DAY 4: Phuyupatamarca – Machu Picchu

We explore the wondrous maze of Inca stone towers, fountains and stairways spilling down the mountainside at Phuyupatamarca, and then begin a long descent through ever-changing layers of cloud forest. An Inca stairway partly cut from living granite leads us finally to the site of Wiñay Wayna (“Forever Young”), the largest and most exquisite of the Inca Trail archaeological sites that we encounter before the relatively gigantic grand finale at Machu Picchu.
In the afternoon, we follow the last stretch of trail across a steep mountainside through a lush, humid cloud forest of giant ferns and broad-leaf vegetation. Suddenly we cross the stone threshold of Inti Punku (“The Sun Gate”) and encounter an unforgettable sweep of natural beauty and human artistry -a backdrop of twisting gorge and forested peaks framing the magical city of Machu Picchu. We sleep in our selected hotel, either in the valley 2,000 feet below or up at the Sanctuary Lodge by Orient Express. Today’s meals include breakfast and lunch.

DAY 5: Machu Picchu – Cusco

We return to Machu Picchu by shuttle bus up the switchback road to the site and spend the day in both guided and
individual exploration, visiting the best-known features of this astounding and mysterious Inca settlement. Some
will want to get up extra early to be among the lucky few who “make the cut” to be permitted to do the optional hike to the summit of Wayna Picchu for an amazing overview of the site, while others may want to investigate Machu Picchu’s multitude of hidden nooks and corners. After a full-on experience of this glorious monument to the Inca achievement. Lunch will be up top at the restaurant of the Sanctuary Lodge by Orient Express.


Tour: Inca Trail Explorer

Terms and Conditions


  1. ACCOMMODATION:All accommodation, room type(s) and specification are as shown in the itinerary.
  2. MEALS: Meals are as shown in the itinerary.
  3. TRANSFERS:Transfers are provided on arrival and departure from airport to hotel and return only where specified in the itinerary.
  4. ITINERARY: Accommodation and arranged sightseeing are subject to change at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or circumstances beyond Q’inti’s control. Every effort will be made to operate tours as planned, but alterations may occur after the final itinerary has been issued.  Q’inti also reserves the right to withdraw a tour or any part of it, to make such alterations to the itinerary or the tour inclusions as it deems necessary or desirable, and to pass on to tour members any expenditures or losses caused by delays or events beyond its control. In case of any appreciable variation in the tour price due to these circumstances, Q’inti reserves the right to make adjustments to the tour costs as necessary.
  5. SPECIAL REQUESTS: Specific requests should be advised at time of booking. Please note that every effort will be made to secure special requests, however; they cannot be guaranteed.
  6. TRANSPORTATION: Transportation will be as specified in the itinerary.
  7. BAGGAGE: Q’inti provides handling of baggage only as specified in the quotation. Weight restrictions for baggage on some routes on internal/domestic flights may apply; details of which will be provided with pre-tour documentation. Baggage and personal effects are at the owner’s risk throughout the tour and Q’inti  assumes no liability for lost or damaged baggage. Baggage insurance is strongly advised. Please check with your international carrier for other baggage restrictions applicable to your international flight.
  8. FLIGHT BOOKING Q’inti provides assistance with flight changes, rescheduling, online check-ins, with the flights purchased through Q’inti. If the passenger purchases their own tickets,  Q’inti does not have the responbility to assist with any issues arising with those flights.
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  12. EXCLUSIONS:The cost of obtaining passports, visas, excess baggage charges, items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls, fax charges and excess baggage charges unless expressly included in writing, are not included in the tour price.
  13. PHOTOGRAPHY:Q’inti reserves the right to take photographs during the operation of any program or part thereof and to use them for promotional purposes. By booking a program with Q’inti, travelers agree to allow their images to be used in such photographs. Travellers who prefer that their images not be used are asked to identify themselves to Q’inti prior to final payment and they will be exempted from this photography waiver clause.
  14. Deposit and Prepayment policies:A non-refundable deposit of 10% is required at the time of booking. The remainder of the tour cost is payable 60 days prior to departure. If the reservation is made within 60 days of departure, the entire tour price must be paid at the time of confirmation.
  15. Free Independent Traveler (Fit) Payment Policy: 60 Days prior to travel: A non-refundable deposit of 20% of the total tour cost is required. If deposit is not received on this date, reservations will be automatically released. 40 Days prior to travel: Final payment (80% balance due) is required. Please note that our prepayment rules may vary according to vastly different prepayment policies for hotels that are beyond our control.
  16. Group Payment Policy (5 and 5+): 90 Days prior to travel: A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total tour cost is required. If deposit is not received on this date, reservations will be automatically released. 50 Days prior to travel: Final payment (50% balance due) is required.
  17. In the case of a dispute, only the disputed amount may be withheld until such time as settlement is agreed. All other amounts must be paid in accordance with the payment policy.Please note that for groups reserving more than 15 rooms in the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, special payment terms and conditions will be put in place. Please ask your Tour Consultant for details.
  18. RECONFIRMATION AND FINAL PAYMENTS Reconfirmations & final payments are expected according to above deadlines. In the case of groups, send rooming list at time of reconfirmation. For bookings made 60 days or less prior to arrival, full payment is required at time of booking.
  19. REFUND OF UNUSED PART OF ITINERARYDuring the trip there will be no refund for portions of tours or tour packages not used because of itinerary changes made by the guests.
  20. CANCELLATION:All cancellations must be received in writing. Cancellations received between the date of booking and 60 days prior to departure for groups and 40 days prior to departure for fit’s will result in the loss of the deposit.Cancellations received 60 – 45 days (groups ) and 40 -30 days ( fit’s) prior to departure will be subject to a cancellation charge of 25% of the tour price.Cancellations received 45 – 15 days (groups ) and 30 -15 days ( fit’s)  prior to departure will be subject to a cancellation charge of 75%of the tour price.Cancellations received 14 days or less prior to departure will be subject to a forfeiture of the entire tour price.Cancellation of airline tickets will be subject to the refund policy of each individual airline and may be greater than the percentages above particularly when low cost/net based fares are used.The purchase of special event tickets is subject to the refund policy of each individual event. Please refer to the specific event policy for details.Q’inti will reserve the right to charge for financial penalties, fees and losses incurred as a result of cancellation
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  25. TRAVELLERS’ REPRESENTATIONS: Traveller(s) represent(s) that neither he nor anyone traveling with him has any physical condition or disability that could create a hazard to himself or other members of the tour. Q’inti reserves the right to remove from the trip, at the sole expense of the traveller, anyone whose condition is such that he or she could create a hazard to himself or others, or otherwise impact the enjoyment of other passengers on the trip.
  26. AIR TRANSPORTATION:Airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event occurring while passengers are not on board their aircraft. International air carriers are also subject to international air conventions limiting their liability. These limitations of liability are explained on the e-ticket or on the reverse of the airline ticket and when issued, this constitutes the sole contract between the respective air carrier(s) and their passengers.
  27. PASSPORT & VISAS Please note that passport holders are responsible for obtaining the required documentation applicable for entry.  Please note also that passports must be valid for six (6) months before departure and should also have sufficient blank pages for visas and immigrations stamps. Q’inti  cannot be held responsible should you be denied entry to a country due to non-compliance with these requirements. 
  28. TRAVEL INSURANCE: Q’inti strongly recommend all clients take out comprehensive travel insurance prior to date of travel.  This insurance should cover cancellation and curtailment, all medical expenses including evacuation/repatriation, personal baggage, personal liability, death and permanent disability and travel document insurance.  Q’inti cannot be held responsible for any costs arising from such loss or injury.
  29. ARBITRATION AGREEMENT:Any claim arising out of or relating to these Terms and Conditions, to the Limits on Q’inti ’s Responsibility clause, to the brochure, to any information relating in any way to the trip, to the trip itself or to any products or services related to the trip, shall be settled in the first instance by binding arbitration in the applicable legal forum as detailed in clause 26 of these Terms and Conditions. In lieu of a personal appearance at arbitration the arbitration may be conducted by telephonic means. Arbitration is the exclusive forum in the first instance for dispute resolution and except as otherwise provided by statute, each party shall bear its own costs and expenses and an equal share of the arbitrator and administrative fees. 
  30. APPLICABLE LAW AND FORUM:This agreement shall be construed, interpreted and enforced in accordance with, and shall be governed by the laws of Peru. It is agreed between Q’inti and the travelers that all lawsuits against Q’inti  arising under, in connection with, or incidental to the tour shall be filed, if at all, in the courts of Peru to the exclusion of the courts of or in any other country or jurisdiction.