One Week To Spend In Peru And Hike The Inca Trail: This Is What It Will Cost

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Peru has it all: mind-blowing archaeological sites, natural splendour, and cultural richness unlike anywhere else on the planet. It is indeed difficult to plan a short trip that touches on everything that this country has to offer. Yes, even if you spent a lifetime here, this would be a daunting task. To make things easier for you, we’ve put together a sample budget for those of you who want hike the Inca Trail, but only have a week to spend

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Our suggested itinerary will take you to Lima, Cusco, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu, the legendary Inca trail, onwards to Machu Picchu, and then back to Lima. The prices we provide reflect costs you should expect to pay for a typical trip. A more luxurious tour will cost you up to twice as much.

Day one and day seven in Lima

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Typical Prices

Accommodation: S 30- S 90 per day, or on average, S 60 (19 USD) per day

Breakfast: S12 (4 USD) per day

Lunch: S20 (6 USD) per day

Dinner: S 20 (6 USD) per day

Drinks: S 20 (6 USD) per day  (tea, coffee and a single alcoholic drink)

Transportation: S 60 (19 USD) per day

Total: S 192 (60 USD) per day

Since you will probably be spending the first and last days of your trip in Lima, we suggest that you double this figure to 120 USD.

Flight prices from Lima to Cusco vary between 75 USD and 180 USD, but 100 USD is a
typical price that you should expect to pay for a one-way ticket. For a budget airline, check out Viva Peru. But beware: this airline charges extra for anything beyond a basic flight.

Day two in Cusco

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Typical Prices

Accommodation: S 25 – S 90 per day, or on average, S 50 (17 USD) per day

Breakfast: S12 (4 USD) per day

Lunch: S20 (6 USD) per day

Dinner: S 20 (6 USD) per day

Drinks: (tea, coffee and a single alcoholic drink) S 20 (6 USD) per day

Transportation: S 45 (14 USD) per day

Total: S 167 (52 USD) per day

Onwards to the Inca Trail

This is a four day, three-night package tour which includes visits to the towns of Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes, and of course Machu Picchu. An average trek on the Inca Trail, booked through a reputed travel agency, should cost you 800 USD. Do keep in mind that foreign travel agencies can charge up to twice as much for the same trip.

Roundtrip airfares to and from Peru

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New York: 900-2122 USD
Miami: 600-1200 USD
Copenhagen: 1110-2332 USD
Canberra: 1200-2422 USD
Ottawa: 800-2022 USD
London: 1020-2242 USD
Paris: 1000-2222 USD
Berlin: 1140-2362 USD
Vienna: 1050-2272 USD
Nairobi: 1800-3022 USD
New Delhi: 1500-2722 USD
Abu Dhabi: 1800-3022 USD

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