Tour TypeHistory, Cultural, Ecology
Tour DistanceAll tour is done by transportation
ConsiderationsWe will book your Machu Picchu entrance and train tickets
SeasonFrom April to December
Trail ClosetAvailable all around the year
Trip to Peru 14D / 13N
This Inca Trail Packing List will help you to prepare for your outdoor adventure in one of the most stunning regions of South America.
Luggage for the Inca Trail Trek and Alternative trek is generally divided as follows:
- 1.- Your main suitcase or backpack, can be left in the storage of the of Cusco hotel. most of the tourist generally stay at the same hotel before and after the trek
- 2.- A small daypack that you will use to carry daily essentials such as a jacket, camera, water and sunscreen
We hope that this packing list for Machu Picchu will be useful for any trek you choose and you can do only a few small variations that can suite better for you
Overview of Trip to Peru 14 days: Cusco, Puno, Arequipa, Nazca, Ica and Lima
Arrival in Cusco
We will greet you at the airport and settle you into your hotel in Cusco. You will have the rest of the day to relax and acclimatize to Cusco’s high altitude. If you are feeling well in the afternoon, you can explore the city center and markets by yourself.
Cusco City Tour
You will do a City Tour passing by the mains ruins of Cusco.
Sacred Valley Tour – Aguas Calientes
We will pick you up from your hotel in the morning for a tour of the Sacred Valley. We will stop in Pisac to visit the market and the nearby ruins and continue to the scenic town of Ollantaytambo. In the evening we will take a train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
Machu Picchu Tour – Cusco
After breakfast, our guide will pick you up from your hostel/hotel and lead you to the bus station where you will board a bus to Machu Picchu. At Machu Picchu, you will have a 2 hour walking tour of this mysterious city, followed by free time for your own exploration. During this time, you may choose to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain if you have reserved a spot (please, let us know at the time of booking your tour, so we can make the arrangements). Once you have completed your tour of Machu Picchu, you can take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes and have lunch there. Your train back to Ollantaytambo will depart in the evening and we will pick you up from Ollantaytambo to drive you back to you accommodation in Cusco. To avoid any confusion, your driver will wait outside the train station with a sign with your name.
Cusco – Andahuaylillas – Raqchi – La Raya Pass – Puno
On this fifth day of your Peruvian adventure, you will have a bus tour of the countryside while on your way to Puno, a city situated on the banks of Lake Titicaca. We will make stops at Andahuaylillas, considered the Sistine Chapel of the Andes and the Incan temple of Raqchi. We will also stop at La Raya Pass to take in the spectacular view of the Andes before we arrive in Puno and stay overnight in a hotel.
Uros Floating Islands
In the morning, we will board a boat and take a tour of the fascinating Uros Floating Islands and Taquile Island. You will see how the people have constructed these islands entirely of reeds. You will then continue to Taquile Island, where the locals are known for their fine handwoven textiles and clothing, which are regarded as among the highest-quality handcrafts in Peru.
Bus from Puno to Chivay – Colca Canyon
On this day, you will have a bus tour of the countryside while on your way to Chivay. We will arrive in the town of Chivay in the afternoon where you can enjoy the hot springs and enjoy a nice dinner after checking-in to your hotel.
Chivay – Condor’s Cross – Arequipa Hotel night in Arequipa
From Chivay, we will drive to Condor’s Cross, a spectacular viewpoint where you will take in the breathtaking Canyon. We will then make our way back to Arequipa, first stopping at the cliffside Tombs and the Hanging Bridge of Sifón.
Free moorning – City tour in the afternoon, Then a overnight bus to Nazca
On this day, you will have free morning to explore some of the section of the city, before you will start an afternoon city tour. After the tour, you will transfer to the bus station of Cruz del Sur where you will board the bus that will take you to Nazca.
Nazca – Flight over The Nazca Lines
We will pick you up from the bus station and take you to your hotel. After 2 hours of free time you will take an aerial tour over the ancient and mysterious Nazca Lines.
Nazca – Ica
In the morning you will travel to Ica. There, you will make a tour in the desert, where you will see the famous Oasis and sandboard.
Ica – Ballestas Islands tour – Lima
In the morning, we will make our way to to the Ballestas Islands, and will have a tour by boat of these islands where you will see animals such as penguins and sea lions as well as appreciate amazing rock formations.
You will make a City Tour in the capital of Peru. You wil have a free afternoon. You can use this time to go to the Museo do Oro or do a gastronomic tour.
End of the journey
We will drive you to the airport and say goodbye!
In January 2019, changes to the Machu Picchu visitation rules were implemented. Now, entrance tickets to the citadel are sold for specific time slots, starting at 6:00 AM, 7:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, and 2:00 PM.
With this new entry system, visitors board the bus to Machu Picchu one hour or 30 minutes before the visitation time printed on their ticket. This way, they do not have to endure unnecessary queues in Machu Picchu Pueblo, nor do they contribute to crowding at the entrances to the Inca city.
Meanwhile, visitors who wish to walk to Machu Picchu must depart one and a half hours before their designated visitation time.
In January 2021, new visitation routes or circuits were introduced at Machu Picchu with the aim of preserving the archaeological site for future generations. Each visitor follows a circuit according to the type of entrance ticket they have purchased, whether it’s for visiting Machu Picchu only, Huayna Picchu mountain, or Machupicchu mountain.
For more detailed information about the different circuits and specific entrance schedules, we invite you to read this link on Schedules and New Circuits for Visiting Machu Picchu or to contact us directly. We can provide you with all the necessary information and address any questions you may have.
Day 1: Arrival to Cusco
Highlight of the day: Arrive to the capital of the Incas
In the morning we will take you to the Lima airport for your flight to Cusco. Upon your arrival in Cusco, we will transfer you to the hotel of your choice within the city tour Cusco. After you arrive, you will have free time to take a short rest and adjust to the high altitude of the city.
Day 2: Cusco City tour
Highlight of the day: You will visit the Sun Temple and Sacsayhuaman
At 1 p.m., we will meet you at your hotel lobby to begin your tour. From here, you will head to Cusco’s Plaza de Armas, where you will visit the famous cathedral. Following, you will continue on foot through an ancient Inca-built street from the Plaza de Armas to the Q’oricancha, the Temple of the Sun. At the Q’oricancha you will be able to compare and contrast the building methods of the Incan culture and Catholicism. This was the key spiritual center of the Incas, which leads to all four quarters of the Inca Empire. There is also a bronze, high altar to be seen.
From Q’oricancha, your group will walk down Avenida El Sol, where you will take your bus 25 minutes outside of the city. You will be taken to the majestic Inca site, Sacsayhuaman, with its enigmatic, 200 ton monoliths, You will be able to hear from your guide and then, explore on your own.
From Sacsayhuaman, you will take a five minute bus ride to the Q’enqo Inca site to see its fascinating Incan altars. Following, you will take another five minute drive to Puca Pucara, a small, circular Inca site. The final stop on our tour is Tambomachay, a water temple with impressive water fountains, thought to be used by the Inca for bathing. We’ll then drive back down to Cusco where the tour ends in the main square, unless you are taking a private tour, in which case, we will return you to your hotel.
Day 3: Sacred Valley Tour – Train to Aguas Calientes
Highlight of the day: Learning a lot about the Inca empire and understanding more about the different sites.
The tour begins at 8:00am with pickup at your hotel or hostel and a picturesque ride to the village of Pisac for a visit to its famous craft market. Located 33 kilometers from Cusco, the village of Pisac sits below one of Cusco´s most important archeological sites, where you will be able to explore an ancient Inca agricultural center and its stunning terraces. In Urubamba, or “The Heart of the Sacred Valley,” you can eat lunch (not included) in the shadow of snow-capped Chicon Mountain and explore the lush, palm-filled Plaza de Armas before continuing with the afternoon portion of the tour.
Next, you will arrive in Ollantaytambo, where villagers still live in ancient stone houses built by the Incas around Hanan Huacaypata Square. You will experience the majesty of one of the Inca´s most impregnable fortresses, as you climb to the scenic Temple of the Sun and admire the sophisticated engineering of the Baths of the Princess.
Finally, you will board the 4:30 p.m train to Aguas Calientes, After an approximately two-hour journey through the Andes, you will arrive at Aguas Calientes train station, where you will be greeted by our staff and escorted to your hotel and hostel to spend the night before your day at Machu Picchu. At dinner, you will be briefed on the next day´s tour and itinerary.
Day 4: Tour of Machu Picchu
Highlight of the day: Visit of the new seven wonder of the world
Today you will visit Machu Picchu. You will determine, with your tour guide, the best time to start your day. Most people prefer to rise at 4 a.m. walk to the bus station to take one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu. It can be enjoyable to arrive at the ruins as soon as they open, at 6 a.m., to catch the magical mists on the ruins as the sun rises. After a 25 minute bus ride to Machu Picchu, your tour guide will take you to the best views before the day trippers arrive. Then, we will start the two hour guided, walking tour, exploring all of the famous places of this impressive citadel: After the tour, you will have time to explore the ruins on your own. If you have booked permits to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain, you will head to that adventure. If you chose not to book a hike, you can climb to the Sun Gate and witness its amazing views. At around 12:p.m or 1 p.m., you will need to take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes to enjoy lunch at one of the many restaurants there. Be sure to arrive at the train station 30 minutes before your departure.
Note: Machu Picchu Inca site is different from Machu Picchu Mountain. When most people refer to Machu Picchu, they are referring to the archeological site. Machu Picchu Mountain requires a separate permit to climb. Please notify us if you are interested and we can book this for you. It must be done in advance and is a part of your entry into the site
Day 5: Cusco – Andahuaylillas – Raqchi – La Raya Pass – Puno
Highlight of the day: Visit the Sistine chapel of the Andes
We will pick you up from your hotel at 6:30 p.m. and drive you to our first stop, Andahuaylillas, the sistine chapel of the Andes. We will then drive to the Inca temple of Raqchi, and have a delicious buffet lunch in the town of Sicuani. You will also observe the wonderful views of the Andes from the high La Raya Pass and learn about the pre-Inca Pukara culture in the Museum of Pukara. This tour will open your eyes to a part of Peru missed by many tourists while you continue your journey through Peru from Cusco to the gateway of Lake Titicaca, Puno.
Day 6: Puno- Uros And Taquile Islands
Highlight of the day: Visit the most popular island of the lake Titicaca
At 7:00 a.m. we will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to Puno harbor. We will start our tour from here by taking a motorized boat over Lake Titicaca to the Uros Floating Islands. On the islands, our local guide will teach us about the life style and customs of the Uru culture, which dates back to Pre-Incan times. After strolling around the amazing floating Islands, we will continue our journey towards Taquile Island, a traditional Quechua speaking community, full of ancient agricultural terraces. When we reach the shores of Taquile Island, we will have to walk up along a narrow path, enjoying on the way impressive views of Lake Titicaca and the gorgeous little houses inhabited by the direct decedents of the Inca Culture. Here you will have the option of trying the local cuisine for lunch. After lunch, we will descent to the harbor to take our boat back to Puno. We will arrive back in Puno at approximately 5:00 p.m.
Day 7: Bus from Puno to Chivay – Colca Canyon
Highlight of the day: Enjoy the hot springs in Chivay
Today you will have a bus drive of the countryside while on your way to Chivay you have checked into your hotel, We will arrive in the town of Chivay in the afternoon where you can enjoy the hot springs and enjoy a nice dinner.
06:15 Boarding and departure from Puno
08:30 Stop in Lagunillas: for bird-watching and seeing little lakes 10 min
10:15 Stop in Pampa Cañahuas: for drinking coca leaf tea – 25 minutes
11:15 Stop in Patapampa: for seeing volcanoes (4950 MASL) – 10 minutes
12:00 Arrival in Chivay:
Day 8: Chivay – Condor’s Cross – Arequipa Hotel night in Arequipa
Highlight of the day: Contemplating the elegant flight of the condors
From Chivay, we will drive to Condor’s Cross, a spectacular viewpoint where you will take in the breathtaking Canyon. We will then make our way back to Arequipa, first stopping at the cliffside Tombs and the Hanging Bridge of Sifón. which joins the Town of Yanque with Coporaque. After we visit these places, we will drive to a few more passes which also offer spectacular views of the canyon. We will return to Arequipa at approximately 6:00 p.m.
Day 9: Free morning – City tour in Arequipa in the afternoon, Then a overnight bus to Nazca
Highlight of the day: Sighseeing Arequipa City and trave to Nazca
Today you will have free moorning to explore some of the section of the city, before you will start afternoon city tour, After we will transfer you to the bus station of Cruz del Sur company where you will aboard the bus that will take you to Nazca, You will take a 7 hour bus ride
Day 10: Exploring Nazca: Flight Over the Nazca Lines, City Tour, Overnight stay at a hotel in Nazca
Highlight of the day: The flight over The Nazca Lines takes 30 minutes and you will see 13 figures
We will pick you up from the bus station and take you to your hotel, after 2 hours of free time you will take an aerial tour over the ancient and mysterious Nazca Lines a series of ancient geoglyphs constructed in the desert outside of the town. Once in Nazca, you will board a small plane for amazing views of the world famous and mysterious Nazca Lines. The flight over The Nazca Lines takes 30 minutes and you will see 13 figures during this time, some of them well over 100 meters in length. Before the flight you will watch an informational video about the different theories of how the lines were created. At 1:00. p.m, we will continue with your City tour in Nazca, visiting the Cantalloc and Paredones Aqueducts, The Cahuachi Pyramids. Then we will take you back to your hotel in Nazca
Day 11: Nazca – Ica
Highlight of the day: Huacachina, the only desert oasis in South America, is also the hotspot for buggy and sandboarding
In the mornig we will leave Nazca and take a bus to Ica. There you will make a tour in the sand desert. You will see the famous Hucachina lagoon, the peruvian oasis and you can sandboard in the dunes.
Day 12: Ica – Ballestas Islands tour – Lima
Highlight of the day: Ballestas Islands where you will see families of sea lions, amazing birdlife
Paracas is a national nature reserve, located south of Lima. In this park is located the amazing Ballestas Islands where you will see families of sea lions, amazing birdlife and tiny penguins, yes, warm weather penguins! The landscape is amazing with a large variaty of rocky formations and birds which you will observe during your tour of the Islands by boat.
After your tour, you will take a bus to Lima and spend the night in a hotel in Peru’s capital city.
Day 13: Lima
Highlight of the day: Passing by the most important places of the city
In the morning you will make a City Tour in Lima, passing by the most important places of the city. In the afternoon you will have a chance to visit your choice of the many museums in Lima or other tourist attractions. You may also spend the day wondering the city center and experiencing the famous Peruvian cuisine the city is famous for.
Day 14: Lima – End of tour
We will escort you to the airport when your flight approaches and wish you a fair well for the next step of your journey.
Just The Tour
PLEASE NOTE: Regardless of the type of accommodation you choose, tours and transport are included. Also, the prices above are for group tours (except for the trails, that are in private tours), if you want to change all of them to private tours, let us know and we will pass you the new prices.
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Included / Not Included
Included in your Trip to Peru 14 days:
- Day 1: Arrival in Cusco – Transportation to and from the airport on your arrival day in Cusco.
- Day 2: Cusco City Tour – Transportation and a guide, as well as the tourist ticket or entrance fees to visit the sites on the Cusco City Tour.
- Day 3: Sacred Valley Tour – Train to Aguas Calientes – Transfer from your hotel, an English-fluent guide, tourist transportation to the sites in the Sacred Valley, tourist ticket or entrance fees for the sites, lunch during the tour, and a one-night stay in an Aguas Calientes hostel.
- Day 4: Machu Picchu Tour – Round trip tourist-class train tickets (Ollanta – Aguas Calientes – Ollanta), round trip bus tickets (Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu), professional bilingual tour guide, entrance to Machu Picchu, guided walking tour in Machu Picchu, and transportation back from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
- Day 5: Cusco – Andahuaylillas – Raqchi – La Raya Pass – Puno – Comfortable bus seats, a bilingual professional guide, all entrance tickets, guided visits to Andahuaylillas, Raqchi, La Raya, and the Lithic Museum of Pukará, buffet lunch in Marangani – Sicuani, on-board services including hot and cold drinks, sanitary facilities, oxygen, and heating.
- Day 6: Puno – Uros and Taquile Islands – Professional bilingual tour guide, pick up from your hotel in Puno, entrance fees to the Uros islands, first aid kit with an emergency oxygen bottle, and drop off at your hotel in Puno at the end of the tour.
- Day 7: Bus from Puno to Chivay – Colca Canyon – Transfer from your hotel, tourist transportation, tourist ticket or entrance fees to Colca Canyon, lunch during the tour, and one night’s stay in Chivay.
- Day 8: Chivay – Condor’s Cross – Arequipa – Transfer from your hotel, tourist transportation, tourist ticket or entrance fees to Colca Canyon, lunch during the tour, and one night’s stay in Arequipa.
- Day 9: Free morning – City tour in Arequipa in the afternoon – Overnight bus to Nazca – Transfer from your hotel, tourist transportation, tourist ticket or entrance fees for the city tour in Arequipa, and a bus ticket with Cruz del Sur company for the overnight journey to Nazca.
- Day 10: Nazca – Flight over The Nazca – Hotel in Nazca – Transfer from the bus station to your hotel, transfer to the small airport in Nazca (Aeropuerto Maria Reiche Neuman), airport taxes, flight ticket to see the Nazca lines, transfer from the airport to your hotel, Nazca City tour, and included entrance fees.
- Day 11: Nazca to Ica – Includes a 3-hour bus ride from Nazca to Ica, transfer from the bus station to your hotel, sandboarding, sandbuggy tour, and a professional driver.
- Day 12: Ica to Ballestas Islands tour – Lima – Includes a 1-hour bus ride from Ica to Ballestas Islands, followed by another 4-hour bus ride to Lima. This also includes transfer from your hotel to the bus station, Ballestas Islands entry ticket, all tourist fees and taxes, guided boat trip with a professional bilingual guide (English & Spanish), and safety equipment including life jackets.
- Day 13: Lima – City Tour in Lima – Includes transportation and a guide, as well as the tourist ticket or entrance fees to visit the sites on the Lima City Tour.
- Day 14: Farewell Lima – End of tour – Provides transportation to the airport
- 3 Nights in Cusco
- 1 Night in a Hotel in Aguas Calientes
- 2 Nights in a Hotel in Puno
- 1 Night in Chivay
- 1 Night in Arequipa
- 1 Night in Nazca
- 1 Night in Ica
- 2 Nights in Lima
Not Included in your Trip to Peru 14 days :
- All breakfast, lunchs and dinners that are not mentioned in the tour itinerary
- Flights (Lima – Cusco – Lima)
- Entrance to the mountain of Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Peak (optional $40 USD).
- Entrance to Qoricancha (15 soles) and Cathedral (40 soles)
Please read the FAQ section on our website to familiarize yourself with our tours before you leave. www.intisuntrek.com/
before you go
When is the best time to visit Peru
The best time to visit Peru is between the months of May and September (Peru’s winter). This is the dry season in the Andes Mountains, therefore it’s the best time to see the most popular sites like Machu Picchu, Cusco and the Inca Trail. The best time to visit coastal Lima is the opposite, between December and April (Peru’s summer). During the summer months you can enjoy Lima’s warm sunshine and avoid the chilly mist and clouds of winter.
How much time do I need to visit Peru
You can see the top sites of Peru in as little as four days, while you can get the full breadth of the country in two weeks. The majority of visitors spend somewhere in between — around a week to 10 days depending on what destinations they wish to see. Travelers focused on the beloved Andean sites of Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley and Cusco need a week or so. Travelers wanting to see the coast, mountains and rainforest should plan 10-11 days. Additional destinations like Lake Titicaca, Arequipa and Nazca Lines each add another 2-4 days.
Do I need a visa?
Visitors from the United States, Canada, European Union, Australia, New Zealand and select other countries do not need a tourist visa to visit Peru. Peruvian Immigrations will mark your passport upon arrival to Peru with how many days you are permitted to stay, typically 90 days. Remember that your passport must be valid for more than six months after your departure date. For specific information about additional countries’ visa requirements, visit VisaHQ.
What vaccinations should I get??
In general, all travelers should have their routine vaccinations up-to-date, plus Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccines (especially those staying in rural areas). Yellow fever vaccine is recommended for those visiting the Amazon rainforest. For more information, visit the CDC Peru website and speak with your doctor for information about vaccination recommendations and requirements when traveling to Peru.!!
What language is spoken in Peru
The primary language spoken throughout Peru is Spanish. Other official languages of Peru are the indigenous languages of Quechua and Aymara, which you will hear more in rural areas. English is not widely spoken in Peru, though you can get by with no problem with the help of guides, hotel personnel and language translation apps. It is helpful to learn some basic Spanish before your trip if possible as well.
Is Peru safe?
Yes, Peru is a safe tourist destination. Violent crime is no more common in Peru than any other tourist destination in the world. Of course, like anywhere, you should exercise caution to avoid petty crime like robbery by keeping your valuables secure and avoiding dark, non-touristy places at night. Be aware of your surroundings, know your route and keep your personal items secure and you will be fine.
Is tap water safe to drink?
In Peru, the tap water is not safe to drink. For drinking water, stick to bottled water. We recommend brands like San Mateo and San Luis, which can be found at any corner bodega or supermarket. Tap water boiled vigorously for a minute or more is also safe for hot beverages, although those with a sensitive stomach should boil bottled water instead. The tap water is fine for brushing your teeth, just avoid swallowing it.
What is the best mode of transportation
Our Peru packages include all your secure transfers and transport with specific pickup locations for your ease and convenience. For any independent exploring throughout the city, we recommend simply booking a secure taxi through your hotel. Or, you can use a rideshare app like Uber or Cabify. We recommend apps like Uber over hailing a street taxi, so that you can confirm your driver/vehicle and easily visualize your route. The street bus system can be a bit tricky to navigate, but Lima’s Metropolitano offers easy rides to the historic center.
What kind of adapter/converter do I need for my electronics?
Peru uses a 220 volt, 60 cycle current while the US uses a 120 volt supply. Luckily, most laptops, cameras and mobile phones can accept dual voltage (110V/220V) , but be sure to confirm before plugging in. Other electronics, like hair straighteners, are likely 110V so you will need a converter for those. Conveniently, the outlets in Peru are often the two-pronged flat type like in the US, especially at popular hotels, but in some locations you will find the two or three prong circular kind. It’s a good idea to bring both a converter and adapter just in case. However, the converter can be skipped if you are sure your electronics are dual voltage
Can I use the ATMs?
Yes, and they are plentiful in the major cities. You can step into any BCP, Scotiabank, Interbank, BBVA Continental or others and use their ATM with your debit card for a $3-$6 fee. The machines at these banks all have options in English. Opt to use an ATM located inside a bank rather than on the street for higher security.
Is Lima worth visiting?
Lima is a very interesting metro area with many things to see. There is a historic central area, a beautiful coastline with 2+ miles of continuous parks, an artsy bohemian district and a world-renowned culinary scene. You can stay at a comfortable hotel in the popular Miraflores, San Isidro or Barranco districts and enjoy day tours or wander around at your leisure sampling the amazing food and wandering into the shops. Keep in mind that between the months of June and October it is extremely cloudy and often misty in Lima, the rest of the year is more moderate and sunny.