When it comes to the Inca Trail, not many believe in a luxurious experience. Many imagine a tough hike through the Andes mountain range. All while camping and eating regularly to get to the citadel. And this is true, it is usually an alternative for those adventurous souls who seek to appreciate enchanting landscapes. It is an incredibly popular hike with hikers from all over the world. And to enjoy them without problems, you need to book months in advance. Since there are usually not many permits and these run out very quickly. But today, there is an alternative to the luxury Inca Trail with many fewer days and with luxurious hues that will leave you impressed. Therefore, together with Cusco Peru Travel, we want to tell you about the Luxury Inca Trail.
Everything you need to know about the luxury Inca Trail trek
ABOUT THE LUXURY INCA TRAIL
Many companies in Peru now offer luxury 4-day Inca Trails treks, with all the luxuries of an overnight hotel. But there are also other equally exclusive and luxurious alternatives but only for 2 days. From there you can expect an experience quite similar to that of the 4 days experience, with the difference that you will go a long way ahead. But in general, this is what you can expect on a luxury Inca trail trek. If you are looking to plan a luxury vacation, this can be a great adventure option.
THE FIRST DAY
On the first day, you will be transferred to Km 82 (Piscacucho), the official start of the Inca Trail trek. From there it will follow the course of the Urubamba River. It is advisable to take it easy while you acclimatize to the altitude. You will continue like this until you reach Llactapata an interesting archaeological site, where you will take a rest stop and be amazed at the view while a delicious lunch is served complete with a glass of wine. After lunch, you will hike again, going up to the town of Wayllabamba, where you will spend the night. Your tents will be prepared and you will have time to relax once you arrived at the camp. There you can receive a relaxing massage at the end of the day. One of the best ways to enjoy some luxury family vacations.
THE SECOND DAY
On the second day, you will wake up early and enjoy a hearty breakfast to fuel your body for the day ahead. The main objective of the day is to reach Wirrniwanusca. Also known as the Dead Woman’s Pass, which is located at an altitude of 4200 meters. It is a difficult climb, but once you reach the top the rest of the day will be all downhill. Once you arrive at the camp, you will again have a refreshing massage and a delicious dinner before a well-deserved rest. This can be one of the most difficult days on this hike. But once finished you will understand why it is considered one of the best luxury tours in Peru.
The third day begins again with a great breakfast, then a hike up to 3900 meters to the Runcuracay pass. To then descend for 2 hours to the incredible archaeological site of Sayacmarca. Where you will have time to explore the ruins and enjoy the spectacular countryside. Also, there are many photo opportunities here. After a short break, you will resume the hike to the third pass, Phuyupatamarca. The pass is located at 3800 meters above sea level in the semi-tropical jungle. From here you will continue along the trail to Winay Waynba, the last camp on the Inca Trail trek. Enjoy a well-deserved massage after an eight-hour walk.
The fourth and final day is what you’ve been looking forward to so much. In the morning you will wake up early and after a great breakfast, you will walk to the Sun Gate or Inti Punku. It is here where you will enjoy your first view of the wonderful citadel of Machu Picchu. One of the reasons to visit Peru is the views of the citadel that you will get from this hike. Take some time to marvel at the view and take photos before heading down to Machu Picchu. After a short break, you will begin your two-hour tour of the complex accompanied by your guide, who will give you a complete history of the site and answer any questions you may have. When you finish your tour in Machu Picchu, this will mark the end of your luxury Inca Trail trek.
END OF EXPERIENCE
When you are done in Machu Picchu, a delicious lunch awaits you in the town below. Then inside the town of Aguas Calientes is where you will have time to explore this cute little town or if you feel like it. Or you can also enjoy a dip in the hot springs outside the city. Later you will board your luxury train to Cusco. There are several train options to return to Cusco. Whether taking the luxurious Belmond Hiram Bingham train with gourmet dinner and free drinks or the Vistadome train with its glass room and excellent service. Any of the trains will be a luxurious experience. In case you haven’t opted for the Inca Trail, a luxury train to Machu Picchu is a great way to get there.
If you decide to spend the night in Machu Picchu instead of returning to Cusco, there are a wide variety of luxury hotels in Machu Picchu. A great way to end your luxury Inca Trail trek. You can opt for the Belmond Machu Picchu Sanctuary hotel, a five-star luxury option on the doorstep of Machu Picchu. But if you prefer to go down to the town of Aguas Calientes and stay there, you can enjoy the beautiful Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel. This is located on the outskirts of town and has beautiful gardens and cozy rooms with fireplaces. In addition, there is the five-star Sumaq, which is an impressive hotel with all the luxury features. Don’t worry about the cost of Peru travel, as these hotels are worth every penny.
“THE BEST VIEW COMES AFTER THE HARDEST CLIMB.”
The luxury Inca Trail trek can be one of the best ways to get to know the citadel. You will have extra benefits such as luxury camping, gourmet meals, and views that you will not be able to appreciate anywhere else. Learn about the original route that the Incas traveled in ancient times but exclusively. Together with Cusco Peru Travel, we hope we have been of help. If you want to know more about our wonderful tours in Peru, we recommend that you consult with our team. Our qualified advisors will be delighted to make the trip of your dreams come true.
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