UW-Stout Alumni Private Peru Inca Trail Trek
Lodging: Casa Andina
Activities: We will meet you at the Lima airport and transfer you to our downtown hotel.
Lodging: Hotel Pakaritampu
Activities: We take an internal flight to Cusco, the gateway city to Machu Picchu. We shuttle directly to the town of Ollantaytambo, where we hike through the nearby archeological ruins.
Lodging: Hotel Pakaritampu
Activities: Today we explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas as we continue to adjust to the altitude. We start with a visit to Moray, ruins, and hike downhill to Maras, a series of pools created by the Incas to harvest salt from a salt-laden natural spring.
Location: The Inca Trail
Activities: The Inca Trail! We hike on the ancient trail of the Incan Emperors. Local guides tell us about the ruins and flora we pass, while our cooks prepare delicious meals to recharge us at lunch and in the evening. On the Classic Inca Trail, total kilometers of hiking each day are fairly moderate: 12, 8, 13, and 13 kilometers. On our final day on the Inca Trail, we emerge to the wondrous site of the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu. We simply sit on our perch above the ruins and soak in the beauty of the area before being bussed down to our hotel in the nearby town of Aguas Calientes ("hot waters").
Lodging: Picoaga Hotel
Activities: We arise early to explore Machu Picchu in the crisp morning hours before the trainloads of tourists arrive. You'll have the option to climb a steep hill to the temple on Huayna Picchu before taking the train back to Cusco. We celebrate our victory with a farewell dinner.
Location: Departure Day
Activities: We spend the morning in Cusco, visiting the ruins of Sacsayhuaman and the Korikancha temple. You'll have a few hours to explore this wonderful town before we take a flight back to Lima.
Dates: October 4 - 12, 2014
Trip Length: 9 Days & 8 Nights
Trip Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult
Other Info: International Airfare Not Included
$400 (estimated) Internal Flight Not Included
$60 for Huayna Picchu hike (see below)
Proceeds will be directed toward scholarships for University of Wisconsin-Stout students to study abroad
Savor this exclusive, intimate adventure for UW-Stout alumni, friends and family. Participants in turn provide a global opportunity to university students: Proceeds from the trip build a University of Wisconsin-Stout scholarship fund that gives them life-changing study abroad experiences. To register for the trip, please sign up on our Booking Form. Registration requires a 500 deposit with full payment due 60 days prior to each tour.
The Inca Trail
Peru is one of the hot spots of adventure travel, primarily because it’s home to both Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail. We offer two distinct tours to trek to Machu Picchu via the Classic Trek & Royal Trek. Both tours are nine days long, starting and ending in Lima, and include four days hiking on the Inca Trail. The group will be together the first three days of the trip, then split up and do the three-night trek (either the Classic or Royal — see below), and then reunite in Aguas Calientes for the remainder of the trip. This makes it ideal for those couples or friends of differing ability levels to do the trip together, but choose a different trek!
Classic Inca Trail Machu Picchu Trek
The Classic Inca Trail is used by most trekkers in Peru and has been immortalized as a phenomenal adventure travel destination. It is a remarkable four-day hike that crosses Dead Woman’s Pass (4,200 meters or 13,860 feet in elevation), offers stunning views of the surrounding cloud forest, visits several isolated Incan ruins en route, and ends at the Sun Gate overlooking Machu Picchu. Choose the Classic Inca Trail if you are looking for a challenge, or if you have always dreamed of hiking the Inca Trail as it is known to most travelers around the world.
Royal Inca Trail Machu Picchu Trek
If you’re interested in seeing Machu Picchu, but want to hike a trail that is significantly less difficult, consider taking our Royal Inca Trail Trek, which will take you on foot to Machu Picchu via the route preferred by Machu Picchu’s ruler. This is an excellent tour for those who either want something more off the beaten-path, or who have physical limitations.
The Royal Trail is a much easier hike, and stays along the Urubamba River. On our Royal Inca Trail trek, we follow this original route, avoiding the intense climbs and potential altitude issues of the Classic Trail. The trail goes through much more lush vegetation than the Classic trail. Because it is so infrequently visited, our only neighbors are local Quechua Indians and the daily trains running on the opposite side of the river.
We recommend the Royal Inca Trail if you want the same fantastic experience of the Classic Inca Trail, but are concerned about the high altitude, your fitness level, or your knees (the steep downhills on the Classic Trail can be tough on knees).
Our lead Peruvian guide, Santiago, is outstanding and is assisted by a team of Peruvian staff. Our version of the Inca Trail includes what we call luxury camping: porters carry most of your gear, your tent will be set up for you, tea, coffee and hot wash water will be delivered to your tent door each morning, all meals will be cooked for you, and you have use of the all-important toilet tent. The nine-day tour includes airport-to-airport service including Lima transfers, acclimatization hikes in the Sacred Valley, and a post-trek cultural day in Cusco.
The local staff, who will carry your equipment, cook your meals, and cater to your every need are amazing and help make each expedition a success. While Trekking the Inca Trail, we have a staff to hiker ratio of about 1.5 to 1, with all the staff from the same village, Cachiccata, in the Sacred Valley.
- Because we must provide a deposit to our local outfitters, the 500 deposit for this trip is not refundable or transferable to another trip, starting seven days after you receive your tour confirmation email and Pre-Departure Packet. Please strongly consider trip insurance!
- Optional sleeping bag rental of 75 is not included.
- We will purchase and bill you for the cost of the Lima-Cusco round trip flight (approximately 400). Because we might have to purchase this ticket months in advance, it is possible this payment will be due prior to the tour balance, which is due 60 days before the trip.
- You can optionally pay an additional 60 to climb up Huayna Picchu, the mountain the looms another 1000+ feet above Machu Picchu, when we are visiting the ruins. (The Peruvian government charges an extra fee for this climb.) You will climb with one of our guides and although no technical skills are necessary, the hike is only suitable for those with plenty of endurance, good balance, and no fear of heights.
- Inca Trail passes are limited to 500 travelers and local staff each day. Passes always sell out! Please book as early as possible.
Our hotels in Peru are three-star or four-star quality; they are always clean and sometimes luxurious. We start our stay in Lima at the Casa Andina hotel, located in the lovely Miraflores area of the capital city. In the Sacred Valley town of Ollantaytambo we stay in the Hotel Pakaritampu, a beautiful hotel located right next to Incan ruins. In Aguas Calientes near Machu Picchu, we stay in the pleasant El MaPi Hotel, while our final night in Cusco is at the Picoaga, a four-star, 17th century Spanish mansion.