Machu Picchu is a hidden world above the clouds waiting for discovery.
Take the easy way down on an unforgettable mountain rail experience
Admire the traditional dress colours of indigenous Quechua Women.
Hike through the stunningly picturesque Andes Mountain along the Inca Trail, Peru.
Spend leisure time in the fascinating city of Lima, Peru.
Discover Lima's incredibly colourful architecture on a city tour.
Take a flight to the beautiful city of Cusco, Peru.
Search for souvenirs, with leisure time to wander through Cusco's colourful markets.
Visit Coricancha, Temple of the Sun, the Incan Empire's most important sacred temple, Cusco, Peru.
Begin the exciting Inca Trail as you cross Peru's Vilcanota River.
Ancient Incan royalty and priests once walked these same ancient pathways, Inca Trail, Peru.
Spot llamas grazing off the beaten path of the Inca Trail, Peru.
Admire the view from Warmi Wañusqa, the highest point on the Inca Trail, Peru.
Trek along ancient terraces in “The City Above the Clouds”, Inca Trail, Peru.
A demanding trek of mountain passes and steep valley descents to reach high altitude, Inca Trail.
Camp by firelight with newfound friends, totally immersed in nature's raw power and simple beauty.
Explore the Wiñay Wayna archaeological site as you journey up the Inca Trail, Peru.
Watch the sun rise from the Sun Gate then enjoy a two-guided tour of Machu Picchu, Peru.
Watch as the sun reveals Peru's famous Machu Picchu archaeological site, Inca Trail, Peru.
Traditional weaving of handmade alpaca wool, Cusco Peru.
Set off on an optional excursion to Rainbow Mountain, Cusco, Peru
Discover the Uros tribes secret of living on a reed island, Lake Titicaca, Peru (Itinerary 2).
Discover Lake Titicaca and the lakeside port of Taquile, Peru (Itinerary 2).
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Inca Trail Adventure

Operated by TripADeal
Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Sacsayhuaman, Wiñay Wayna & more
A transformative bucket-list journey hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
See the sun rise as you venture through the ancient 'Sun Gate'
Dates: 23 Sep 2024 - 20 Oct 2025
Earn & Use Qantas Points
Return international full-service flights & internal domestic flights
7 nights 4-star accommodation, with 3 nights camping while hiking
Enjoy 15 delicious meals, including all meals while hiking
English-speaking tour guides & one-way expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy
Overview
Map

Overview

Embrace this transformative 13-day Inca Trail journey to immerse yourself among timeless treasures of the Incan Empire. Begin in Lima, Peru's coastal capital, known for its UNESCO-listed heritage centre before flying into Cusco, nestled in the Andes Mountains and gateway to the hidden city of Machu Picchu. Explore Cusco's colonial plaza, churches, and markets while you acclimatize, ready for your 4-day trek along the Inca Trail. 

Hike from Kilometre 82 through breathtaking landscapes more beautiful and diverse than you can imagine. See the Inca fortress of Huillca Raccay and the beautiful snow-capped peak of W’akay Willca, before camping by firelight near Wayllabamba. Conquer Dead Woman's Pass, the highest point on the Inca Trail before travelling ancient stone pathways to explore Phuyupatamarca, the ‘City Above the Clouds’ and the impressive Incan rejuvenation rest-stop of Wiñay Wayna. The ultimate prize is revealed at Inti Punku, the ‘Sun Gate’ as the sun rises over the emerald terraces of Machu Picchu. 

Return to explore UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cusco, with a free day at leisure, or opt for an optional tour to Rainbow Mountain. Extend the trip and discover more of Peru on Itinerary 2 when you explore the city of Puno, visit the unique culture of the Uros tribe on the knitted reed islands of famous Lake Titicaca.

Your incredible adventure includes return international full-service flights, 2 internal domestic flights, 7 nights of 4-star accommodation and 3 nights camping while hiking, enjoy 15 delicious meals, including all meals while hiking, English-speaking tour guides and more.

Want more? Extend your adventure to Puno & Lake Titicaca on Itinerary 2, or choose Arrive Early or Stay Behind options.

Tour Inclusions

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Discover historic Lima, Peru, the “City of Kings”
  • Explore imperial Cusco on a guided city tour
  • Marvel at the Inca Empire's most important, sacred temple, the Koricancha
  • Challenge yourself on a 4-day demanding hike along the Inca Trail
  • Witness panoramic views of the snow-capped Urubamba range
  • Trek to the Inca Trail's highest peak, Warmi Wañusqa (Dead Woman’s Pass)
  • Enjoy stunning scenery and amazing wildlife along the trail
  • Witness the astonishing cloud forest and its endemic native plants
  • Visit impressive Phuyupatamarca, ‘the City Above the Clouds’
  • Explore the agricultural Incan site of Intipata and Incan terraces among the ruins of Patallacta
  • Admire the steep Incan archaeology of Winay Wayna (Forever Young)
  • Witness Machu Picchu at sunrise from the Sun Gate
  • Immerse yourself among Machu Picchu's 15th century ruins
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the House of the Guardian, Temple of the Sun, Sacred Plaza and many more
FLIGHTS
  • Return international full-service flights (economy class), departure city surcharges may apply
  • Internal domestic flights (economy class):

Lima - Cusco (Itineraries 1 & 2)

Cusco - Lima (Itinerary 1 only)

ACCOMMODATION
  • 7 nights of 4-star accommodation
  • 3 nights camping on the Inca Trail hike
DINING
  • Enjoy 15 delicious meals, including all meals while hiking
ESSENTIALS
  • Cooks and porter assistance during your trek
  • Drinking water whilst on your trek
  • Tents and cooking equipment on your trek
  • National park fees, taxes and permits
  • English-speaking tour guides
  • Airlines taxes and surcharges
TRANSPORT
  • Transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • One-way train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Poroy
ITINERARY 2 (EXTENSION)

Includes all of the above, plus the following:

  • Experience a guided bus tour of Andahuaylillas, Raqchi, La Raya & Pukara
  • Marvel at the magnificence of Lake Titicaca
  • Explore the Uros Floating Islands
  • Witness the traditional Peruvian lifestyle in Taquile
  • Two additional nights of quality hotel accommodation
  • Enjoy 4 additional meals
UPGRADES AVAILABLE
  • Extension Package: Spend extra time exploring Lake Titicaca
  • Arrive Early: Arrive up to 30 days before your tour starts. (Does not include hotel accommodation, meals or transfers)
  • Stay Behind: Return up to 30 days after your tour concludes. (Does not include hotel accommodation, meals or transfers)
  • Optional Tours: Optional experiences and tours are available to add to your itinerary. (See checkout for details)
  • Flight Upgrades: Upgrade to Business Class. (See checkout for details)
  • Stopover Packages: Break up the long-haul flight with a stopover at a fantastic location. (See checkout for details)

Please note: Extra charges may apply. See the Important Info section and checkout cart for fees and details.

Itinerary 1
Day 1 Australia (or New Zealand) - Lima, Peru

Today depart Australia (or New Zealand) for Lima, Peru. Upon arrival into Lima, a representative will be waiting to transfer you to the hotel, and afterwards enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Lima is a huge and fascinating city, a melting pot of all things Peruvian where world-famous restaurants sit alongside ancient archaeological sites. Known as The City of Kings, the Peruvian capital is packed with stunning colonial architecture, huge religious buildings, the seat of government, and other important structures.

Please note: Due to flight scheduling and availability, some departures may occur on Day 0. Affected customers must be at the airport the night before. Flight times will be indicated on your final documentation that you will receive prior to departure.

Overnight: Jose Antonio Hotel or similar, Lima

Meals included: In-Flight

Day 2 Lima City Tour

After breakfast enjoy a guided city tour visiting key sites of Lima. First up, see Huaca Pucllana (entrance fee not included), a huge archaeological site in Miraflores, one of Lima’s most popular districts. Huaca Pucllana was an important ceremonial, cultural and administrative centre that developed in this part of the Peruvian coast between 200 AD and 700 AD. This impressive sacred place is built from seven stepped platforms surrounded by a plaza and large walls and certainly not what you'd expect to find in lively Miraflores!

Next, drive to a designated UNESCO World Heritage site, the historic centre of Lima. See Lima’s main square, the beautiful Plaza de Armas, surrounded by impressive colonial and Republican-era buildings including the Government Palace, the Cathedral of Lima, the Archbishop’s Palace of Lima, the Municipal Palace and the Palace of the Union.

Afterwards it’s on to Casa Aliaga, the oldest colonial mansion in Lima and one of the oldest in South America. Few houses in the world have been occupied by the same family for so long, here, the Aliaga family have lived in the mansion since 1535. This fascinating house represents the vivid passage of time showcasing an authentic history. After returning to your hotel enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Jose Antonio Hotel or similar, Lima

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 Lima - Cusco

Today at the appropriate time be transferred to the airport for the flight to Cusco, where you'll be met by the guide to check in to the hotel.

Nestled amidst the Andes, Cusco stands as a living testament to the Inca civilization's brilliance. Take your time wandering along cobblestone streets that wind through awe-inspiring archaeological sites. Feel the heartbeat of this vibrant city as colourful markets burst with traditional textiles, crafts, and local flavours.

Overnight: Costa del Sol Ramada Cusco or similar, Cusco

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 Cusco City Tour

Today you will enjoy a guided tour of beautiful Cusco. First head to the wonderful Koricancha, next door to Santo Domingo Church. The Koricancha was the most sacred and important temple in the Incan Empire. Its walls were once covered with gold, with life-size solid gold and silver statues of plants and animals, which sadly, was stripped out by the Spanish conquistadors.

Next head to the Cusco Cathedral, located on the Plaza de Armas. Built between 1560 and 1654 on top of the foundations of an existing Incan temple, this spectacular cathedral houses many works of art by the Cusco School of painters, and its main altar and pulpit are covered in gold and silver relief work.

The next stop is the imposing Incan fortress of Sacsayhuaman, sitting high on a hill above Cusco. Here you'll see some of the finest examples of Incan stonework and construction, including massive rocks that were carefully cut and perfectly fitted together to form the impressive walls. Enjoy beautiful panoramic views of Cusco and after exploring Sacsayhuaman, head up the hill to the Tambomachay Archeological Complex. The exact purpose of this site is unknown, but it may have functioned, at least in part, as an Inca spa!

After the tour, return to the hotel to enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. In the evening there will be a brief meeting to discuss commencing the trek on the following morning.

Overnight: Costa del Sol Ramada Cusco or similar, Cusco

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5 Cusco - Begin 4 Day Inca Trail Adventure - Ayapata Camp

Trekking Distance: 11 kilometres

Trekking Time: Approximately 6-7 hours

Highest Altitude: 3,300 metres above sea level

Equipment: Porters will carry the cooking and camping equipment (including utensils, chairs, table). You will be responsible for carrying your own backpack.


Be ready for an early morning pick up at 04:30 to begin your Inca Trail Adventure!

You will be driven to Piscacucho, also known as Kilometre 82, where the trail starts. Before you begin your trek, it is recommended that you have a bathroom break, apply your insect repellent and sunscreen as there are very limited bathroom facilities on the trail.

Please note: Your entrance fee for the Inca Trail is included, after your purchase confirmation email has been sent to you, we will require your passport details to pre-purchase these tickets.


After all the formalities, it’s time to set off along the Inca Trail! You’ll follow the old Inca Trail, which was used by Inca emperors and their entourage to get to Machu Picchu. The trail begins at 2,720 metres above sea level, and will start by crossing the Vilcanota River. As you ascend and the trail enters the cloud forest, you’ll have the opportunity to take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape and the Inca ruins. You will be able to see the Inca fortress, Huillca Raccay, as well as the vast and incredible Inca site of Patallacta. Patallacta means “high town” or “town on the hill” in Quechua, the language of the Incas that is still spoken in some part of Peru today. This site sits at an altitude of 2,840 metres and was once the common stopping point for Incas travelling from Cusco to Machu Picchu.

Next, you will get to see the Urubamba mountain range rising up between the jungle and the Andes, where you’ll be able to see the beautiful snow-capped peak of W’akay Willca, also known as Veronica, rising to 5,860 metres (19,225 feet).

Here we’ll stop for the day to set up camp near the small village of Wayllabamba, located in a picturesque mountain valley at around 3,000 metres (9,842 feet) above sea level. After your first full day of trekking enjoy a delicious dinner, friendly camaraderie around the campfire and a memorable night beneath the stars.


Optional Rental Equipment (AUD per person):

Sleeping bag: $63

Inflatable mattress: $45

Walking stick: $36

Please note that porters will be available (at additional cost) to carry your luggage, in volumes of:

Up to 7kg (approximate pricing $70 USD, payable directly on tour only)

Up to 14kg (approximate pricing $140 USD, payable directly on tour only)

We suggest bringing only the essential items for the trek (for more information on what to bring, please view "Other Important Information"). You may leave the remainder of your luggage at the hotel at no additional cost.

Overnight: Tent accommodation, Ayapata Camp

Meals included: Lunch; Dinner

Day 6 Inca Trail: Ayapata Camp - Chaquicocha Camp

Trekking Distance: 12 kilometres

Trekking Time: Approximately 6-7 hours

Highest Altitude: 4,200 metres above sea level


Start your morning early and fresh with a hearty meal prepared by our tour cooks to get your day started right.

This point in the classic Inca Trail is generally regarded as the most challenging day, as you have a steep ascent ahead of you. You’ll be following the Inca Trail as the route rises up into the Apus, an area sacred to the Inca where the mountain spirits dwell.

After a few hours of trekking, you’ll reach the highest pass on the trail, the Abra de Warrmihuañusca or the Dead Woman’s Pass, at an elevation of 4,200 metres above sea level. To make it to this point in the trail is a truly remarkable feat, and you'll be absolutely proud of a successful once-in-a-lifetime achievement that only a few are able to claim.

Once you’ve made it to the pass, you’ll be able to take in the spectacular mountain scenery before descending down to your lunch stop located at Pacaymayu at 3,550 metres above sea level. Along the way enjoy the majestic diversity of flora and fauna unique to Peru at these particular altitudes.

After lunch, continue along the trail for about 2 hours on another steep ascent. Your destination is the Runkurakay Pass, 3,700 metres above sea level and after passing this stunning archaeological site we will head to your campsite Chaquicocha. You should arrive around 17:00 and will have plenty of time to set up camp before dinner. Then it's time for bed, where you'll spend another night under the twinkling stars and reminisce about the days adventure.

Overnight: Tent accommodation, Chaquicocha Camp

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 7 Inca Trail: Chaquicocha Camp - Wiñay Wayna Camp

Trekking Distance: 16 kilometres

Trekking Time: Approximately 8 hours

Highest Altitude: 3,680 metres above sea level


After another hearty breakfast, set off on a relatively gentle uphill trek to your first stop of the day, the archaeological site of Phuyupatamarca, “The City Above the Clouds” located about 3,680 metres above sea level. These enchanting Inca ruins feature slopes and five small stone baths that contain fresh running water during the wet season.

Moving onwards, walk up and down a series of Inca steps - 1,000 in total! You’ll pass through the cloud forest to the impressive agricultural site of Intipata. Intipata translates to English from the Quechua words ‘Inti’ and ‘Pata’, meaning Sun and Place/Terrace, “Place of the Sun” or “Sun Terrace”. Due to its location at the top of a mountain, it served as a control and surveillance post, as well as a checkpoint, where various produce, such as potatoes, corn and quinoa were grown on these terraces.

You’ll continue your walk towards a third campsite, Wiñay Wayna at 2,680 metres above sea level. After 4-5 hours of trekking, arrive at your campsite around lunchtime to set up camp, have lunch and rest before heading back on the trail to explore Wiñay Wayna, which translates to “Forever Young”. This archaeological site has a series of 10 baths and numerous Inca buildings displaying high levels of Inca masonry. Wiñay Wayna was discovered almost 30 years after the entire world knew about Machu Picchu and almost 40 years after Machu Picchu was first discovered. Little is known about what Wiñay Wayna was originally built for, however there are theories that it was built as a spiritual destination or resting place before reaching Machu Picchu, where elders and royalty would cleanse themselves in the baths. Others believe that the site functioned as a kind of administrative centre to keep track of the amount of produce stored on-site.

After visiting Wiñay Wayna, you’ll head back to camp for dinner and rest up for the next day's adventure and pinnacle of your trip - Machu Picchu!

Overnight: Tent accommodation, Wiñay Wayna Camp

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 8 Inca Trail: Wiñay Wayna Camp - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Trekking Distance: 6 kilometres

Trekking Time: Approximately 2 hours

Highest Altitude: 2,500 metres above sea level


To get the best out of today, you’ll wake up at 04:30 to get ready for the main event - Machu Picchu. After breakfast, set out along the last section of the trail for about 1.5 hours until you reach Intipunku, “the Sun Gate”, located 2,745 metres above sea level and once used by the Incas as a control gate for anyone who wanted to enter or leave the fortress.


You’ll get here just in time to see the sun to rise over the ruins, and watch as the sun spills it's golden light across the landscape, slowly revealing Machu Picchu in all its glory.


Pass through the gates to discover the Machu Picchu archaeological site. Here you’ll enjoy a two-hour guided tour showcasing the most famous areas of this spectacular and extensive archaeological complex. These include the House of the Guardian, Intihuatana, Temple of the Sun, Sacred Plaza and other key locations. Admire the spectacular views across the agricultural terraces of Machu Picchu and across to the surrounding mountains and plunging gorges.


Once we’ve finished the tour of Machu Picchu, take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes where you can relax and have lunch (not included) before boarding the train back to Poroy and Cusco. Upon arrival at the station, a tour representative will be waiting to return you to your Cusco hotel.



Optional Tour: Huayna Picchu - $133 AUD per person


Looking for more adventure? Opt for an additional hike up Huayna Picchu. Please note: this additional trek requires a high/active level of fitness.

For those with enough energy left after witnessing the glory of Machu Picchu, you can choose to add on an adventure to climb the mountain of Huayna Picchu. For many, climbing Huayna Picchu is one of the highlights when visiting Machu Picchu. Huayna Picchu is the mountain behind Machu Picchu and the climb itself is interesting as you will witness how the Inca's cut out steps from the rocks as you wind around the side of the mountain. Take the chance to marvel at the majestic sights of Machu Picchu from different angles!

Overnight: Costa del Sol Ramada Cusco or similar, Cusco

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 Cusco - Day at Leisure

After breakfast, enjoy a free day to explore Cusco at your own leisure. The capital city of the Inca Empire is now the undisputed archaeological capital of the Americas, as well as the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city.


Optional Tour: Rainbow Mountain - $180 AUD per person


Duration: Full Day


Fitness Level Required: Active/Demanding (please refer to important information section for description)


We will be collected from the hotel around 05:00 to drive out to the trailhead to begin the trek. The drive itself takes about three hours, passing through wonderful Andean scenery along the South Valley. We’ll stop for breakfast along the way, and then continue on to the trailhead at the village of Quesiuno, at about 4,326 metres (14,189 feet) above sea level.


From here, we set off on the trek, first following a pretty stream, seeing herds of alpacas and llamas as they graze on the hillsides. We’ll also have constant views of the sacred Ausangate Mountain, and pass occasional villages where the old traditions of the Andes are still very much alive.


We stop for a packed lunch along the trail, enjoying the scenery as we eat and relax for a while. Heading on, we’ll pass by the remote potato fields of this rugged region, and perhaps see some local wildlife. If we’re lucky, we’ll see some chinchillas, charming Andean rodents that have the densest fur of any mammal that lives on land. We’ll also keep an eye out for vicuñas, one of the two wild South American camelids that live in the high alpine areas of the Andes (the other being the guanaco).


As we near our destination, we’ll start to see many red mountains, and after trekking for about five hours, we’ll finally reach our goal: Vinicunca, the spectacular Rainbow Mountain. Here, at a literally breathtaking 5,020 metres (16,466 feet) above sea level, we’ll start exploring the area, which is in fact a series of coloured mountains, not just one. We’ll hike up to the top of Rainbow Mountain, where we’ll spend about 30 minutes, allowing plenty of time to enjoy the view and take photos.


Once we’ve had time to take in all the magnificent sights, we’ll set off on our return trek, which will take three to four hours. Private transport will be waiting and we’ll set off back to Cusco, again taking about three hours. We will arrive back in Cusco in the evening, at which point we’ll drop you off at your hotel, with the memories of the mesmerising Rainbow Mountain still fresh in your mind.


Optional Tour: Sacred Valley Tour - $142 AUD per person


Duration: Full Day


The Sacred Valley of the Incas is a beautiful valley that is located north of Cusco, it's also called the Urubamba Valley as it extends from Pisac to Ollantaytambo while being irrigated by the Urubamba River.


Civilizations have inhabited this valley since at least 800 BC when the Chanapata civilization arrived here to make use of the rich soil so today you'll embark on a full-day tour to discover the fascinating archaeological sites of civilizations past. You’ll first head to magnificent Moray, although the journey is about 1.5 hours, you’ll drive through spectacular Andean scenery while passing yellow wheat fields, picturesque traditional villages and snow-capped mountains. Arriving at Moray, your guide will show you around the three amphitheatre-like terraced structures. These terraces, which are carved in a circular series to create a bowl shape, are believed to have been used as a testing ground for various crops to find the most optimal growing conditions. It’s an incredible sight and gives real insight into the genius of the Inca Empire.


After exploring Moray you’ll head on to Maras to see the amazing salt evaporation ponds which were used by the Incas and pre-Inca civilizations. Here you'll find more than 3,000 salt pools carved into the mountainside which catch highly salty water as it emerges from a spring in the mountain. The ponds catch this water where it then slowly evaporates, leaving just the salt behind. This is collected via a communal process and is most famously used to make sal de Maras, the famous pink table salt. It’s an incredible sight looking down across the salt ponds which look like they are covered in snow or ice.


After lunch (not included), you’ll drive another 30 minutes to the wonderful Inca town and archaeological site of Ollantaytambo. This was the royal estate of the Inca emperor Pachacuti who conquered the region and built the town and a ceremonial center. Here you’ll have the opportunity to explore these magnificent ruins, visit the amazing Temple of the Sun and see massive blocks of rock that were perfectly carved and polished by master Inca stonemasons. Ollantaytambo is a fine example of Inca agricultural construction and hydro-engineering with a complex series of stone water fountains, channels and agricultural terraces which were organised by elevation to create different microclimates for crop experimentation. Walking to the town square, you’ll have great views of the ruins above you as well as Inca granaries and storehouses built on the sides of the surrounding mountains. Here you can also watch the daily life of Ollantaytambo locals where many people still wear traditional dress. After your tour, you will be returned to your hotel where the remainder of your afternoon will be at your leisure.

Overnight: Costa del Sol Ramada Cusco or similar, Cusco

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10 Cusco - Lima

After breakfast, at the appropriate time, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Lima. Upon arrival at Lima airport, you will be transferred to your hotel where the rest of the evening is at leisure.


Overnight: Costa del Sol Wyndham Lima Airport or similar, Lima

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11 Lima, Peru - Australia (or New Zealand)

Today you will be transferred to the airport in preparation for your return journey to Australia (or New Zealand).

Please note: if you have an evening or later flight, you can speak to the hotel about storing your luggage before your flight back home.

Meals included: Breakfast; In-Flight

Day 12 In transit

Sit back, relax and reminisce with memories of your trek to Machu Picchu and more on your discovery of ancient Incan Peru.

Meals included: In-Flight

Day 13 Arrive in Australia (or New Zealand)

Once arrived in Australia (or New Zealand), make your own onward travel arrangements.


Itinerary 2
Day 1 Australia (or New Zealand) - Lima, Peru

Today depart Australia (or New Zealand) for Lima, Peru. Upon arrival into Lima, a representative will be waiting to transfer you to the hotel, then enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.

Lima is a huge and fascinating city, a melting pot of all things Peruvian where world-famous restaurants sit alongside ancient archaeological sites. Known as The City of Kings, the Peruvian capital is packed with stunning colonial architecture, huge religious buildings, the seat of government, and other important structures.

Please note: Due to flight scheduling and availability, some departures may occur on Day 0. Affected customers must be at the airport the night before. Flight times will be indicated on your final documentation which you will receive prior to departure.

Overnight: Jose Antonio Hotel or similar, Lima

Meals included: In-Flight

Day 2 Lima City Tour

After breakfast enjoy a guided city tour visiting key sites of Lima. First up, see Huaca Pucllana (entrance fee not included), a huge archaeological site in Miraflores, one of Lima’s most popular districts. Huaca Pucllana was an important ceremonial, cultural and administrative centre that developed in this part of the Peruvian coast between 200 AD and 700 AD. This impressive sacred place is built from seven stepped platforms surrounded by a plaza and large walls and certainly not what you'd expect to find in lively Miraflores!

Next, drive to a designated UNESCO World Heritage site, the historic centre of Lima. See Lima’s main square, the beautiful Plaza de Armas, surrounded by impressive colonial and Republican-era buildings including the Government Palace, the Cathedral of Lima, the Archbishop’s Palace of Lima, the Municipal Palace and the Palace of the Union.

Afterwards it’s on to Casa Aliaga, the oldest colonial mansion in Lima and one of the oldest in South America. Few houses in the world have been occupied by the same family for so long, here, the Aliaga family have lived in the mansion since 1535. This fascinating house represents the vivid passage of time showcasing an authentic history. After returning to your hotel enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Jose Antonio Hotel or similar, Lima

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 Lima - Cusco

Today at the appropriate time be transferred to the airport for the flight to Cusco, where you'll be met by the guide to check in to the hotel.

Nestled amidst the Andes, Cusco stands as a living testament to the Inca civilization's brilliance. Take your time wandering along cobblestone streets that wind through awe-inspiring archaeological sites. Feel the heartbeat of this vibrant city as colourful markets burst with traditional textiles, crafts, and local flavours.

Overnight: Costa del Sol Ramada Cusco or similar, Cusco

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 Cusco City Tour

Today you will enjoy a guided tour of beautiful Cusco. First head to the wonderful Koricancha, next door to Santo Domingo Church. The Koricancha was the most sacred and important temple in the Incan Empire. Its walls were once covered with gold, with life-size solid gold and silver statues of plants and animals, which sadly, was stripped out by the Spanish conquistadors.

Next head to the Cusco Cathedral, located on the Plaza de Armas. Built between 1560 and 1654 on top of the foundations of an existing Incan temple, this spectacular cathedral houses many works of art by the Cusco School of painters, and its main altar and pulpit are covered in gold and silver relief work.

The next stop is the imposing Incan fortress of Sacsayhuaman, sitting high on a hill above Cusco. Here you'll see some of the finest examples of Incan stonework and construction, including massive rocks that were carefully cut and perfectly fitted together to form the impressive walls. Enjoy beautiful panoramic views of Cusco and after exploring Sacsayhuaman, head up the hill to the Tambomachay Archeological Complex. The exact purpose of this site is unknown, but it may have functioned, at least in part, as an Inca spa!

After the tour, return to the hotel to enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. In the evening there will be a brief meeting to discuss commencing the trek on the following morning.

Overnight: Costa del Sol Ramada Cusco or similar, Cusco

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5 Cusco - Begin 4 Day Inca Trail Adventure - Ayapata Camp

Trekking Distance: 11 kilometres

Trekking Time: Approximately 6-7 hours

Highest Altitude: 3,300 metres above sea level

Equipment: Porters will carry the cooking and camping equipment (including utensils, chairs, table). You will be responsible for carrying your own backpack.

Be ready for an early morning pick up at 04:30 to begin your Inca Trail Adventure!

You will be driven to Piscacucho, also known as Kilometre 82, where the trail starts. Before you begin your trek, it is recommended that you have a bathroom break, apply your insect repellent and sunscreen as there are very limited bathroom facilities on the trail.

Please note: Your entrance fee for the Inca Trail is included, after your purchase confirmation email has been sent to you, we will require your passport details to pre-purchase these tickets.

After all the formalities, it’s time to set off along the Inca Trail! You’ll follow the old Inca Trail, which was used by Inca emperors and their entourage to get to Machu Picchu. The trail begins at 2,720 metres above sea level, and will start by crossing the Vilcanota River. As you ascend and the trail enters the cloud forest, you’ll have the opportunity to take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape and the Inca ruins. You will be able to see the Inca fortress, Huillca Raccay, as well as the vast and incredible Inca site of Patallacta. Patallacta means “high town” or “town on the hill” in Quechua, the language of the Incas that is still spoken in some part of Peru today. This site sits at an altitude of 2,840 metres and was once the common stopping point for Incas travelling from Cusco to Machu Picchu.

Next, you will get to see the Urubamba mountain range rising up between the jungle and the Andes, where you’ll be able to see the beautiful snow-capped peak of W’akay Willca, also known as Veronica, rising to 5,860 metres (19,225 feet).

Here we’ll stop for the day to set up camp near the small village of Wayllabamba, located in a picturesque mountain valley at around 3,000 metres (9,842 feet) above sea level. After your first full day of trekking enjoy a delicious dinner, friendly camaraderie around the campfire and a memorable night beneath the stars.

Optional Rental Equipment (AUD per person):

Sleeping bag: $63

Inflatable mattress: $45

Walking stick: $36

Please note that porters will be available (at additional cost) to carry your luggage, in volumes of:

Up to 7kg (approximate pricing $70 USD, payable directly on tour only)

Up to 14kg (approximate pricing $140 USD, payable directly on tour only)

We suggest bringing only the essential items for the trek (for more information on what to bring, please view "Other Important Information"). You may leave the remainder of your luggage at the hotel at no additional cost.

Overnight: Tent accommodation, Ayapata Camp

Meals included: Lunch; Dinner

Day 6 Inca Trail: Ayapata Camp - Chaquicocha Camp

Trekking Distance: 12 kilometres


Trekking Time: Approximately 6-7 hours


Highest Altitude: 4,200 metres above sea level


Start your morning early and fresh with a hearty meal prepared by our tour cooks to get your day started right.


This point in the classic Inca Trail is generally regarded as the most challenging day, as you have a steep ascent ahead of you. You’ll be following the Inca Trail as the route rises up into the Apus, an area sacred to the Inca where the mountain spirits dwell.


After a few hours of trekking, you’ll reach the highest pass on the trail, the Abra de Warrmihuañusca or the Dead Woman’s Pass, at an elevation of 4,200 metres above sea level. To make it to this point in the trail is a truly remarkable feat, and you'll be absolutely proud of a successful once-in-a-lifetime achievement that only a few are able to claim.


Once you’ve made it to the pass, you’ll be able to take in the spectacular mountain scenery before descending down to your lunch stop located at Pacaymayu at 3,550 metres above sea level. Along the way enjoy the majestic diversity of flora and fauna unique to Peru at these particular altitudes.


After lunch, continue along the trail for about 2 hours on another steep ascent. Your destination is the Runkurakay Pass, 3,700 metres above sea level and after passing this stunning archaeological site we will head to your campsite Chaquicocha. You should arrive around 17:00 and will have plenty of time to set up camp before dinner. Then it's time for bed, where you'll spend another night under the twinkling stars and reminisce about the days adventure.

Overnight: Tent accommodation, Chaquicocha Camp

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 7 Inca Trail: Chaquicocha Camp - Wiñay Wayna Camp

Trekking Distance: 16 kilometres


Trekking Time: Approximately 8 hours


Highest Altitude: 3,680 metres above sea level


After another hearty breakfast, set off on a relatively gentle uphill trek to your first stop of the day, the archaeological site of Phuyupatamarca, “The City Above the Clouds” located about 3,680 metres above sea level. These enchanting Inca ruins feature slopes and five small stone baths that contain fresh running water during the wet season.


Moving onwards, walk up and down a series of Inca steps - 1,000 in total! You’ll pass through the cloud forest to the impressive agricultural site of Intipata. Intipata translates to English from the Quechua words ‘Inti’ and ‘Pata’, meaning Sun and Place/Terrace, “Place of the Sun” or “Sun Terrace”. Due to its location at the top of a mountain, it served as a control and surveillance post, as well as a checkpoint, where various produce, such as potatoes, corn and quinoa were grown on these terraces.


You’ll continue your walk towards a third campsite, Wiñay Wayna at 2,680 metres above sea level. After 4-5 hours of trekking, arrive at your campsite around lunchtime to set up camp, have lunch and rest before heading back on the trail to explore Wiñay Wayna, which translates to “Forever Young”. This archaeological site has a series of 10 baths and numerous Inca buildings displaying high levels of Inca masonry. Wiñay Wayna was discovered almost 30 years after the entire world knew about Machu Picchu and almost 40 years after Machu Picchu was first discovered. Little is known about what Wiñay Wayna was originally built for, however there are theories that it was built as a spiritual destination or resting place before reaching Machu Picchu, where elders and royalty would cleanse themselves in the baths. Others believe that the site functioned as a kind of administrative centre to keep track of the amount of produce stored on-site.


After visiting Wiñay Wayna, you’ll head back to camp for dinner and rest up for the next day's adventure and pinnacle of your trip - Machu Picchu!

Overnight: Tent accommodation, Wiñay Wayna Camp

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 8 Inca Trail: Wiñay Wayna Camp - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Trekking Distance: 6 kilometres


Trekking Time: Approximately 2 hours


Highest Altitude: 2,500 metres above sea level


To get the best out of today, you’ll wake up at 04:30 to get ready for the main event - Machu Picchu. After breakfast, set out along the last section of the trail for about 1.5 hours until you reach Intipunku, “the Sun Gate”, located 2,745 metres above sea level and once used by the Incas as a control gate for anyone who wanted to enter or leave the fortress.


You’ll get here just in time to see the sun to rise over the ruins, and watch as the sun spills it's golden light across the landscape, slowly revealing Machu Picchu in all its glory.


Pass through the gates to discover the Machu Picchu archaeological site. Here you’ll enjoy a two-hour guided tour showcasing the most famous areas of this spectacular and extensive archaeological complex. These include the House of the Guardian, Intihuatana, Temple of the Sun, Sacred Plaza and other key locations. Admire the spectacular views across the agricultural terraces of Machu Picchu and across to the surrounding mountains and plunging gorges.


Once we’ve finished the tour of Machu Picchu, take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes where you can relax and have lunch (not included) before boarding the train back to Poroy and Cusco. Upon arrival at the station, a tour representative will be waiting to return you to your Cusco hotel.


Optional Tour: Huayna Picchu - $133 AUD per person


Looking for more adventure? Opt for an additional hike up Huayna Picchu. Please note: this additional trek requires a high/active level of fitness.


For those with enough energy left after witnessing the glory of Machu Picchu, you can choose to add on an adventure to climb the mountain of Huayna Picchu. For many, climbing Huayna Picchu is one of the highlights when visiting Machu Picchu. Huayna Picchu is the mountain behind Machu Picchu and the climb itself is interesting as you will witness how the Inca's cut out steps from the rocks as you wind around the side of the mountain. Take the chance to marvel at the majestic sights of Machu Picchu from different angles!

Overnight: Costa del Sol Ramada Cusco or similar, Cusco

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 Cusco - Day at Leisure

After breakfast, enjoy a free day to explore Cusco at your own leisure. The capital city of the Inca Empire is now the undisputed archaeological capital of the Americas, as well as the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city.


Optional Tour: Rainbow Mountain - $180 AUD per person

Duration: Full Day

Fitness Level Required: Active/Demanding (please refer to important information section for description)

We will be collected from the hotel around 05:00 to drive out to the trailhead to begin the trek. The drive itself takes about three hours, passing through wonderful Andean scenery along the South Valley. We’ll stop for breakfast along the way, and then continue on to the trailhead at the village of Quesiuno, at about 4,326 metres (14,189 feet) above sea level.

From here, we set off on the trek, first following a pretty stream, seeing herds of alpacas and llamas as they graze on the hillsides. We’ll also have constant views of the sacred Ausangate Mountain, and pass occasional villages where the old traditions of the Andes are still very much alive.

We stop for a packed lunch along the trail, enjoying the scenery as we eat and relax for a while. Heading on, we’ll pass by the remote potato fields of this rugged region, and perhaps see some local wildlife. If we’re lucky, we’ll see some chinchillas, charming Andean rodents that have the densest fur of any mammal that lives on land. We’ll also keep an eye out for vicuñas, one of the two wild South American camelids that live in the high alpine areas of the Andes (the other being the guanaco).


As we near our destination, we’ll start to see many red mountains, and after trekking for about five hours, we’ll finally reach our goal: Vinicunca, the spectacular Rainbow Mountain. Here, at a literally breathtaking 5,020 metres (16,466 feet) above sea level, we’ll start exploring the area, which is in fact a series of coloured mountains, not just one. We’ll hike up to the top of Rainbow Mountain, where we’ll spend about 30 minutes, allowing plenty of time to enjoy the view and take photos.


Once we’ve had time to take in all the magnificent sights, we’ll set off on our return trek, which will take three to four hours. Private transport will be waiting and we’ll set off back to Cusco, again taking about three hours. We will arrive back in Cusco in the evening, at which point we’ll drop you off at your hotel, with the memories of the mesmerising Rainbow Mountain still fresh in your mind.

Optional Tour: Sacred Valley Tour - $142 AUD per person

Duration: Full Day

The Sacred Valley of the Incas is a beautiful valley that is located north of Cusco, it's also called the Urubamba Valley as it extends from Pisac to Ollantaytambo while being irrigated by the Urubamba River.

Civilizations have inhabited this valley since at least 800 BC when the Chanapata civilization arrived here to make use of the rich soil so today you'll embark on a full-day tour to discover the fascinating archaeological sites of civilizations past. You’ll first head to magnificent Moray, although the journey is about 1.5 hours, you’ll drive through spectacular Andean scenery while passing yellow wheat fields, picturesque traditional villages and snow-capped mountains. Arriving at Moray, your guide will show you around the three amphitheatre-like terraced structures. These terraces, which are carved in a circular series to create a bowl shape, are believed to have been used as a testing ground for various crops to find the most optimal growing conditions. It’s an incredible sight and gives real insight into the genius of the Inca Empire.

After exploring Moray you’ll head on to Maras to see the amazing salt evaporation ponds which were used by the Incas and pre-Inca civilizations. Here you'll find more than 3,000 salt pools carved into the mountainside which catch highly salty water as it emerges from a spring in the mountain. The ponds catch this water where it then slowly evaporates, leaving just the salt behind. This is collected via a communal process and is most famously used to make sal de Maras, the famous pink table salt. It’s an incredible sight looking down across the salt ponds which look like they are covered in snow or ice.

After lunch (not included), you’ll drive another 30 minutes to the wonderful Inca town and archaeological site of Ollantaytambo. This was the royal estate of the Inca emperor Pachacuti who conquered the region and built the town and a ceremonial center. Here you’ll have the opportunity to explore these magnificent ruins, visit the amazing Temple of the Sun and see massive blocks of rock that were perfectly carved and polished by master Inca stonemasons. Ollantaytambo is a fine example of Inca agricultural construction and hydro-engineering with a complex series of stone water fountains, channels and agricultural terraces which were organised by elevation to create different microclimates for crop experimentation. Walking to the town square, you’ll have great views of the ruins above you as well as Inca granaries and storehouses built on the sides of the surrounding mountains. Here you can also watch the daily life of Ollantaytambo locals where many people still wear traditional dress. After your tour, you will be returned to your hotel where the remainder of your afternoon will be at your leisure.

Overnight: Costa del Sol Ramada Cusco or similar, Cusco

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10 Cusco - Day At Leisure

After your adventures and completing the Inca trek to reach Machu Picchu, it’s time to relax with a full day at leisure to enjoy all that Cusco has to offer!


Optional Tour: Cusco Cooking Class & Local Market Tour - $133 AUD per person


You’ll be picked up from your hotel after breakfast and taken to the colour and bustling San Pedro market in Cusco. Marvel at the interesting and wide variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, souvenirs and handicrafts.


During your tour of the market, your chef for todays cooking class will help you select the ingredients needed for todays class while giving you some shopping tips and talking about the unique produce Cusco has to offer.


After your market tour, you’ll head to a local restaurant and be provided with the necessary clothing and tools to start your cooking class. Your experienced chef will tell you about the dishes you’ll be preparing and guide you through each step (depending on seasonality). You will be using organic produce, much of which is grown in traditional communities in and around Cusco, such as potatoes and corn.


Once the class is over, you and the group will enjoy a beautiful lunch prepared by yourselves together! After lunch, you will be returned back to your hotel and the remainder of your afternoon will be at your leisure.


Optional tour: Folklore Dinner Show - $65 AUD per person


This evening, you’ll head to the Tunupa restaurant, located just near the central Plaza de Armas of Cusco (a short walk from your hotel) and experience a fabulous buffet dinner with a large selection of Peruvian dishes featuring meat, fish and vegetables. The night becomes more enjoyable when the traditional dance show begins. Get amongst the festivities and enjoy the sounds of Andean instruments, folk, traditional and classical music while sharing the dance floor with the dancers for a memorable experience.

Overnight: Costa del Sol Ramada Cusco or similar, Cusco

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11 Cusco - Puno

After breakfast at approximately 06:30, you’ll be taken from your hotel to the bus station to embark on a fully-guided tour of four amazing sites - Andahuaylillas, Raqchi, La Raya & Pukara.


Andahuaylillas, also known as the Sistine Chapel of South America, this church is a beautiful example of Andean popular religious art. Visit this magnificent building and marvel at the collection of canvases of the Cusco School, murals attributed by Luis de Riaño, the “Virgin of the Assumption”, a majestic organ, silver jewellery and a baroque altar.


Raqchi is the hidden jewel between the volcanoes and once a pre-Hispanic settlement of the Kanchi people. The town is one of the most important constructions of the Inca Empire, characterised by its peculiar and extraordinary architectural technique, totally different from other constructions of the time.


La Raya, is the half-way point between Cusco and Puno and also the highest point 4334 metres above sea level. The landscapes here are stunning and typical Andean animals like the llama, alpaca and vicuña are familiar sights. It is also the geographic border between two cultures Quechua and Aymara.


Finally arrive at Pukara, where you’ll visit the most important and oldest ceremonial centre of the altiplano. Also known as the “Red Fortress” due to the red granite used in the construction of these ruins.


Your tour ends in Puno, where you'll arrive in the late afternoon and have the remainder of your evening at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Royal Inn Puno, Puno

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch

Day 12 Lake Titicaca

After breakfast, continue on along our cultural tour to Lake Titicaca!

Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America with the highest navigable body of water. It borders Peru and Bolivia and is home to rural and traditional Peruvian communities.

You’ll board a boat to travel to the island of Taquile, one of Peru's most beautiful islands where the traditional way of life is still very much alive. Meet master weavers of this ancient Andean community, whose textiles are considered among the best in the country!

After visiting the weavers and exploring the beautiful island, head down to the small port on Taquile at around midday and head by boat towards the Chucuito Peninsula. This is in the Aymara region of Lake Titicaca and represents the communal identity of the Peruvian-Bolivian altiplano. You’ll encounter the small and rarely visited rural community of Luquina, where you’ll enjoy a wonderful buffet lunch at a local fisherman’s house.

Later in the afternoon, as you head back towards Puno, visit the amazing Floating Islands of the Uros people. You’ll be amazed by the scale of these floating reed island constructions, built originally by the Uros for defensive reasons so that should a threat appear, their island homes could be moved to a safer location.

The islands are made from the totora reeds that grow around the lake, and each island is in a constant state of reconstruction, as old reeds are replaced by new. Stepping onto the islands is quite an experience, as the springy reed floor feels strange beneath your feet. You’ll get to explore the main island, and see the houses, watchtowers and other structures, all built out of reeds. One of the locals will give a brief presentation about how the islands are made, and you then have the opportunity to meet one of the local families to see how they live.

After visiting the Uros islands, head back to Puno and your hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Royal Inn Puno or similar, Puno

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch

Day 13 Puno, Peru - Australia (or New Zealand)

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport in preparation for your return flight to Australia (or New Zealand).


Meals included: Breakfast; In-Flight

Day 14 In-transit

Sit back, relax and reminisce with memories of your trek to Machu Picchu and more on your discovery of ancient Incan Peru.

Meals included: In-Flight

Day 15 Arrive in Australia (or New Zealand)

Once arrived in Australia (or New Zealand), make your own onward travel arrangements.

Important Info

Booking information


After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. You must complete the Passenger Information Form within 72 hours of purchase.



 



Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.



 



On purchasing this Travel Offer, you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions and the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 



 



Please note: All countries and territories have different entry requirements in relation to vaccinations, quarantine/isolation periods and travel restrictions. Due to the evolving nature, we would ask all of our customers to monitor, meet and adhere to the specific requirements of their intended destination(s) in the lead-up to and immediately before travel, as well as any requirements post-travel upon their return.



 



 



CANCELLATION POLICY



Tour packages are non-refundable. If your tour package is affected by Covid-19-related travel restrictions and you are unable to travel, you will receive either a free date change (credit that is specific to your original package and purchase value) or an open credit less any non-recoverable supplier fees to the value of your original purchase for use on any other tour or package available via the TripADeal website.



 



Please note: Date change credits are subject to availability and not guaranteed until confirmed by TripADeal, not the tour operator you are due to stay with.



 



We recommend you consider purchasing travel insurance with Covid-19 protection. The standard cancellation policy will apply if you cannot travel because you have tested positive for Covid-19.



Please note: All additional charges are payable in AUD (unless otherwise stated). 



 



Offer essentials


This travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 20th October 2025.



 



This travel offer is priced per person based on a twin share. 



 



Single Traveller Supplement



For solo travellers, a mandatory single supplement applies:



Standard Itinerary: $780



Extension: $1,005



 



Please note: accommodation for single customers who are travelling on a tour or cruise package may be in a single room, depending on availability.



 



Departure Dates



2024:



September: 23*



2025:
May: 5, 19
August: 11 *
September 8, 22
October: 6, 20



Please note: see checkout for live dates and availability.



 
Surcharges
Please note: 
• dates/months with a * incur a high season surcharge of $250 per person.

Flights


Departure Cities



Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane*, Adelaide*, Perth*, Auckland



 



Departure City Surcharges



Brisbane & Adelaide: $350 per person



Perth: $550 per person



 



International Full-Service Airline(s) Used



• Cabin Class: Economy Class



• Airlines: LATAM Airlines, Qantas Airways and codeshare partners (subject to availability).



Please note: We cannot accommodate one-way flights. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation. 



 



Domestic Airline(s) Used



• Cabin Class: Economy Class



• Airlines: LATAM and any codeshare partners (subject to availability).



• Route: 



Lima - Cusco (Itineraries 1 & 2)



Cusco - Lima (Itinerary 1 only)



 



Missed Flights 



If you fail to arrive for your outbound flight, you risk all flight and land arrangements in your destination being automatically cancelled by the airlines and land operator, respectively. Additional fees may apply to reinstate these services. If you will miss your flight for whatever reason, please contact us as soon as possible to make arrangements. 



 



Arrive Early Options



Lima, Peru - $300 per person



Los Angeles, USA - $400 per person (only available for purchases over the phone)



San Francisco, USA - $400 per person (only available for purchases over the phone)



High season dates range up to $700 per person, subject to availability 



 



Please note:



• This fee does not include extra nights' accommodation, meals or airport transfers.



• If selecting an arrive early package to a different city from where the tour starts, the package will include an internal flight to your destination. If you wish to forfeit this flight, please advise our friendly reservations team so we may secure your return flight back to Australia. Please note by choosing to forfeit your connecting flight; the cost does not change.



• You may book a date to arrive early via our website but only a date that is within 30 days of the tour departure date. If you wish to arrive earlier than 30 days before your tour departure date, please call our friendly staff for availability and pricing. Additional costs may apply



• No flight booking changes or cancellations are permitted after air tickets have been issued.



• Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.



• A high season arrive early can be purchased for up to $700 per person, subject to availability.



• High season surcharges apply to flights departing between the below date ranges (only available for purchase over the phone):



• 18 March 2024 - 30 April 2024



• 1 June 2024 - 14 August 2024



• 23 September 2024 - 20 October 2024



• 6 December 2024 - 31 January 2025



 



Stay Behind Options



Lima, Peru - $300 per person (Itinerary 1)



Puno, Peru - $300 per person (Itinerary 2)



Los Angeles, USA - $400 per person (only available for purchases over the phone)



San Francisco, USA - $400 per person (only available for purchases over the phone)



High season dates: up to $700 per person, subject to availability 



 



Please note:



• This fee does not include extra nights' accommodation, meals or airport transfers.



• If selecting a stay behind package to a different city from where the tour ends, the package will include an internal flight to your destination. If you wish to forfeit this flight, please advise our friendly reservations team so we may secure your return flight back to Australia. Please note by choosing to forfeit your connecting flight; the cost does not change.



• A stay behind can only be booked up to one month after your package end date upon check-out. Should you wish to stay later, please contact us to request availability. Additional costs may apply.



• No flight booking changes or cancellations are permitted after air tickets have been issued.



• Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.



• A high season stay behind can be purchased for up to $700 per person, subject to availability.



• High season surcharges apply to flights departing between the below date ranges (only available for purchase over the phone):



• 18 March 2024 - 30 April 2024



• 1 June 2024 - 14 August 2024



• 23 September 2024 - 20 October 2024



• 6 December 2024 - 31 January 2025
 
Stopover Packages  
* Santiago
Twin share: $800 per person/one way
Solo Traveller: $1300 one way
Includes:
• 2 nights in 4-star accommodation.
• Daily breakfast.
• Return airport transfers.  
Please note:
• When a pre and post-tour stopover is chosen, the same stopover location must be chosen each way, due to the airline used.
• When selecting an Arrive Early or Stay Behind in conjunction with a Stopover Package, the stopover will take place after the departure date you select for your Arrive Early or Stay Behind.
• Stopover packages are subject to availability.
 
Flight Class Upgrades



Business or Premium Economy Class: For pricing, please refer to the payment cart at checkout.



Please note:



• Flight upgrades are subject to availability and pricing changes (if we cannot fulfil your request, the upgrade cost will be refunded).



• On any upgrade purchase, short-haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed, subject to aircraft configuration.



 



Domestic Flight Information



Baggage allowance per person



1 x 23kg of checked baggage



1 x 7kg of carry on baggage



 



Accommodation


Accommodation Used:



Standard Tour:



4-Star Properties (Self-Rated):



Lima, Peru: Jose Antonio Hotel or similar



Cusco, Peru: Costa del Sol Ramada Cusco or similar



 



Unrated:



Tented accommodation on the Inca Trail Hike.



Please note: all campsites used during this trek have toilet facilities but do not include shower facilities.



- Ayapata Camp



- Chaquicocha Camp



- Phuyupatamarca Camp



 



Extension Tour: 



4-Star Properties (Self-Rated):



Puno, Peru: Hotel Royal Inn Puno or similar



 



Please note: Accommodation/rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type and are subject to availability based on seasonality. In the instance a property is not available, a similar standard of accommodation will be provided. Properties will be confirmed and included in your travel pack, which you will receive 4-6 weeks before travel.



 



Extra Nights



Not available



 



Maximum Room Capacity



2 people.



 



Child Policy



• No child discounts. The full price applies to all children travelling with their parents.



• Valid for children 8 years old and over.



Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors are allowed.



 



Triple Share



Not available



 



Bedding Configuration



Twin or double bedding (subject to availability).



 



General information


Minimum group size 8, maximum group size 16 per vehicle.



Please note: a Small Group Tour is defined as a tour with no more than 20 travellers per vehicle.



 



Optional Tours/Add ons



Itinerary 1:
Day 8 - Huayna Picchu - $133 AUD per person



Day 9 - Rainbow Mountain - $180 AUD per person
Day 9 - Sacred Valley Tour - $142 AUD per person
For Hire: Sleeping Bag - $63 AUD per person



For Hire: Inflatable Mattress - $45 AUD per person



For Hire: Walking Sticks - $36 AUD per person



 
Itinerary 2:
Day 10 - Cusco Cooking Class & Market Tour - $133 AUD per person
Day 10 - Folklore Dinner Show - $65 AUD per person
 
Porters (Payable On Tour):



• If you want to hire a personal porter for your trek, you will only have access to your bags once you reach your camp ground in the evenings.



Up to 7kg (approximate pricing $70 USD, payable directly)



Up to 14kg (approximate pricing $140 USD, payable directly)



 



Please note:



• Prices are based per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions



• The optional tours listed above must be purchased on checkout or over the phone before submitting your passenger information form (subject to availability). 



• Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.



 



Exclusions


• Visa fees and requirements 



• Domestic transfers and flights not stated in the deal offer



• Meals/beverages not stated in the deal offer



• Recommended gratuities/tipping 



• Optional activities/tours



• Personal camping equipment (please see “Other Important Information” below)



• Personal expenses



• Travel insurance



• Rented sleeping bag, inflatable mattress or walking sticks (please see “Optional Tours/Add ons” above)



 



Other important information


WHAT TO BRING



Sleeping Gear:



- Sleeping bag (can be rented)



- Thermal inflatable mattress (can be rented)



 



Clothing:



- Mid weight fleece or wool sweater



- Fleece pants or tights



- Mid weight thermal underwear tops and bottom, synthetic or wool



- Hiking shorts/pants



- Long-sleeve shirts/t-shirts



- Underwear and socks



- Swimming suit



 



Clothing accessories:



- Cap/Fleece hat



- Bandana



- Fleece gloves



- Waterproof jacket/rain poncho



 



Footwear:



- Sturdy hiking boots, waterproof, lightweight, broken-in



- Camp shoes such as tennis shoes or sandals or other comfortable footwear to use in the campsites



 



Travel Accessories:



- Water bottle or camelback



- Flash light



- Watch with alarm or travel clock



- 2 rolls of toilet paper



- Sunglasses and retainer strap



- Sunblock and lip balm



- Toiletry kit



- Small washcloth



- Personal first-aid kit



- Hand sanitizer gel



- Insect repellent



- Several ziplock plastic bags



 



TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER



Tour Guide: 



Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on the history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction where they are guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves it at the end of the tour; they do not travel with the group. 



 



Tour Leader: 



An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides at each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village and offer information on the place visited on the bus. However, they are not required to have specific art, architecture, or historical knowledge. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and, if caught doing so, can be fined. 



 



Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 



 



CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES



Lima



Lima is usually described as mild and warm throughout the year without much noteworthy rain, making Lima one of the driest capitals in the world. The average temperatures range from 18°C to 28°C.



 



Cusco



Cusco has a subtropical highland climate due to its elevation (3500m above sea level). It is generally dry and temperate, with two defined seasons. The dry season lasts from May to August, with abundant sunshine and occasional night time freezes; July is the coldest month with an average of 9.7°C. The wet season lasts from December to March, with night frost less common; November averages 13.3°C. Temperatures usually range from 0.2°C to 20.9°C.



 



Puno



As Puno is located at such a high elevation (3830m above sea level), it experiences more extreme weather conditions than would be expected for its tropical latitude. The average annual temperature is about 8.4°C, and the weather never gets overly warm. During the winter months from June to August, night-time temperatures usually drop well below 0°C. At this high altitude, the rays of the sun are very strong. Most of the annual precipitation falls during the southern hemisphere summer, with the winter months being very dry.



 



FLIGHTS



Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:



We do not arrange seat selection. It is essential to highlight that some airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the airline directly with seating allocation requirements and/or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the airline once you have your flight information.



 



Passport Validity:



Customers must provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase or no later than 90 days before the departure date. Failure to do so may result in the cancellation of the booking. Customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred in this instance.



 



COACH TOUR



Meals:



For meals not included, the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify us of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note: We will do our best to meet your requests/requirements; however, we cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.



 



Luggage:



You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on tour. You must carry your own luggage from the vehicle to the hotel room and back to the vehicle. The driver will assist with the uploading and unloading of bags from the vehicle.



 



OTHER



Mobility:



If you require wheelchair access please contact our friendly sales and service team to inquire on your behalf.



 



Fitness Level Required:



An Active/Demanding level of fitness will be required. 



Active is described as some high-altitude trekking, off-road biking or high-grade kayaking. More strenuous activities, suitable for a good fitness level and for guests who exercise regularly. More fast-paced activities and walking on uneven surfaces.



Demanding is described as requiring a high fitness level to undertake activities, which may include high-altitude trekking for anywhere between four to seven hours per day for an extended number of days. Recommended for active travellers with some previous trekking experience.



 



Please note: If you have any concerns, please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.



 



High Altitude Illness



Altitude illness occurs when there is a lack of oxygen in the air at high altitudes. Altitude illness will affect some travellers, with no apparent regard to age, gender or physical condition. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel. It is generally recommended to take the time to acclimatise properly, which is why you’ll have a few days before and after your trek to properly acclimatise. 



 



Please note: Inoculations may be required to enter the country visited, along with re-entry into Australia after your visit. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure.



 



Yellow Fever:



A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate upon arrival.



You must check with your doctor well before leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you'll be visiting.



 



Gratuities / Tipping:



Land



Gratuities (tips) are not included for the services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. The recommended tip is $10-20 AUD per person per day. This covers the guide/leader and the driver and will be collected on tour. 



 



Inca Trail Tipping:



- Generally, on the Inca Trail, groups give collective tips that are shared between the cook and all porters and are usually given on the last night of the trek. If the group pools together money and at the end of the hike and each porter receives 60 soles (approx. $25 AUD) and the cook receives 120 soles (approx. $50AUD), they will end with a great tip! Often, the tip for your guide is done personally and is generally 50 soles (approx. $20 AUD) per traveller. Tipping is of course 100% voluntary and it should only be done if you feel that your guide, porters and cooks have done an amazing job. For reference, a group of 10 travellers will have 16 porters (including the cook) and 2 guides.



- Tipping for all services provided on tour is always a matter of personal discretion, however please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and they may approach you for payment and there is no need to be intimidated by the request.



 



Please note: Tipping for services provided is always a matter of personal discretion; however, please be aware that many locals consider tipping part of their normal remuneration, and they may approach you for payment; there's no need to be intimidated by the request.



 



Sightseeing:



Please note: If entry to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary, where possible, may be adjusted, or a similar activity will be offered in its place (subject to availability).



 



Shopping: 



Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved. If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all your receipts. 



Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.



Please refer to our Terms and Conditions regarding shopping for further information.



 



Visas


Peru



A tourist visa for Peru is not required if travelling on an Australian Passport.



 



Chile (stopover)
Australian passport holders visiting Chile for tourism purposes must apply for a single or multiple tourist visas. Visas must be lodged through the SAC CIUDADANOS portal only https://tramites.minrel.gov.cl/.
If your travel includes transiting through Chile, you should contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Chile to confirm if you'll need a visa.
If you transit in Chile without a visa and miss your connecting flight, you won’t be able to pass the immigration point. You'll be required to remain airside and not leave the airport until a new onward flight has been arranged. Australians have previously been required to remain airside for several days due to missed flight connections. 



 



United States (Transiting/Arrive Early/Stay Behind)



If travelling on an Australian passport, an ESTA (visa waiver) for the USA is a strict requirement when travelling to or flying through the USA. Once a USA ESTA visa waiver is issued it is valid for 2 years or until your passport expires (whichever is sooner) and will allow multiple entries into the USA. For information on ESTA eligibility or to apply, please visit: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/ 



 



Please note: Due to recent changes to USA immigration policies, TripADeal recommends all travellers visit US Customs & Border Protection.



 



Important: 



• Please start arranging your visa three weeks before departure to account for any delays due to consulate operating hours.



• Visa rules may have changed since Covid-19. Some countries and airlines may require you to obtain an additional visa before arrival. Please check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering.



Please note: 



• Passengers who are not Australian citizens must also check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required.



• It is also important to note that some areas of employment, such as journalism, government authorities and charity organisations, may have additional restrictions in applying for visas. This may, in turn, affect the type of application required.



 



Schedule of fees


Voluntary Changes



This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.



• Changes - $100 AUD per booking and any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel providers.



 



Name Changes Due To Passenger Error



• If the incorrect name has been provided, charges of $100 AUD per booking and any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel providers.



 



Supplier Fees



In the event the tour package you have purchased is unable to proceed, and/or a travel Supplier is unable to fulfil the tour due to external circumstances (Limitation of Liability e.g. a Force Majeure event), there may be a fee or amount of money that is withheld by our Suppliers and is unrecoverable. This may be due to non-refundable airline tickets, cancellation penalties with cruise cabins or unrecoverable payments with our land/accommodation partners. If refunds are not available from Suppliers, we will endeavour to obtain a travel credit on the best terms available and communicate these outcomes to you. In the event we are unable to obtain a refund or travel service credit, or part thereof, this cost is passed on to the customer as a Supplier Fee.

Important information
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You must be a Qantas Frequent Flyer member to earn points. A joining fee may apply. Membership and points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program terms and conditions.

To earn Qantas Points with Qantas Tours, Members will be required to provide a valid Frequent Flyer number and last name at checkout. Only the lead traveller, the primary contact for the booking, will earn 3 Qantas Points per AU$1 spent (including GST) on eligible holiday packages. Qantas Points will not be earned and cannot be redeemed on any amounts payable directly to the hotel. Conditions apply. Qantas Points will be credited to a member's account up to 8 weeks after tour completion. Qantas Points will not be earned on cancelled bookings.

In addition to the 3 Qantas Points per AU$1 spent, each Frequent Flyer member who enters their Qantas Frequent Flyer number into the booking will also earn Status Credits and Qantas Points on the flight component of the package. The amount you earn depends on your flights, the operating airline, fare class and member status. Find out how many Qantas Points you could earn on your next Qantas Tours flights with our online Points Calculator. Terms and conditions apply.

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Points Plus Pay allows you to choose the number of Qantas Points you redeem above the minimum level of 4,000 and pay for the remainder of the booking value with an accepted payment method. TripADeal booking terms and conditions apply.