The Inca Trail

Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu l 7 days l Peru

Introduction
The Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu in Peru is one of the most famous trekking routes in the world and it should be on your bucket list! Join us on the adventure of a lifetime!

There will be time to explore the vibrant city of Cusco before heading out to the starting point of the Inca Trail. Lost to the jungle and rediscovered by Hiram Bingham, Machu Picchu has an incredible story to tell with magnificent backdrops and intricate stone craftsmanship. With a wonderful mix of fantastic mountain views and diverse ecosystems, this four day Inca Trail hike climbs numerous passes as high as 4200 metres en route to the lost city of Machu Picchu. The hike ends at the Sun Gate, where you cast your eyes upon the site of Machu Picchu!

  • Please note: The Inca Trail Trek is very popular! We highly recommend that you book your trek and permit at least 6 months in advance.
  • The basics

How much: from € 1099
Single supplement: from U$ 89 (when requested)
How long: 7 days
Accommodation: 3 nights twin share hotels,
3 nights camping
Group size: 16 trekkers max per group
Start point: Cusco, Peru
End point: Cusco, Peru
Meals: Breakfast x 6, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3
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Included highlights

  • Hike the Inca Trail to the lost city of Machu Picchu
  • Full service camping on the Inca Trail
  • Morning tour of Machu Picchu
  • Visit the town of Aguas Calientes 

 

  • Free time to explore the old city of Cusco
  • Inca Trail Permit
  • Accompanied by local guide and Inca porters
  • Day to day description l Inca Trail Trek

Day 1 Arrive in Cuzco, Peru
The first day of your Inca Trail adventure is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre-tour accommodation.

You will have a briefing to prepare for the next few days on the Inca Trail Trek. Make it an early night as you will have an early departure the following morning.
Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels

Day 2 Sacred Valley of the Incas
A full day is spent visiting the Sacred Valley of the Incas. At an altitude of 3800m we take slow walks (that take up to an hour) around each of the ruins in order to manage any effects the high altitude may have. Firstly we visit the Pisac ruins - perched on a hilltop with incredible views of the surrounding mountains. We then go down to the famous traditional market of the same name, which is full of colour and atmosphere. A great place for souvenirs! After lunch, we continue along the valley to the temple/ fortress of Ollantaytambo with its enormous Inca terracing constructed on the side of a steep mountain.Tonight you will stay in Ollantaytambo.
Included Excursions: Guided tour of Sacred Valley of the Incas
Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels. No single room upgrade available.
Meals: 1 Breakfast

Day 3 to 5 - Inca Trail Trek
The Inca were a highly organised civilization and created many Inca paths throughout the Andes in a network they called Qhapaq Ñan. The most famous of all the paths is known simply as Camino Inca or The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the royal route to the remnants of the breathtaking mountaintop city of Machu Picchu. Spread over four days, the spectacular 44 kilometer Inca Trail Trek crosses three stunning high passes and encounters many ancient archaeological sites, culminating at the citadel of Machu Picchu. There are few treks in the world that combine natural beauty, history and mystery with such an awe-inspiring final destination.

The Inca Trail Trek can be demanding but can be completed by anyone who leads a reasonably active life - you certainly don’t need to be an athlete. Everyone is able to walk at their own pace and there is no rush to finish. The trekking group is led by an expert local guide and supported by a team of porters and cooks, leaving you with only a small day pack to carry. If you are in any doubt, or if you have any condition that may affect your ability to trek, we advise that you consult your doctor. Before embarking on the Inca Trail Trek we will have a briefing to prepare for the next few days and an early departure the following morning.

  • Day 1 of the Inca Trail: The trek begins after a short bus journey and the first day is a relatively easy 4.5 hour, 13 kilometre walk.
  • Day 2 of the Inca Trail: Today will be your biggest challenge as you reach the highest pass at Warmiwañusca (4,200 metres) which translates to “Dead Woman's Pass”! You will cover approximately nine kilometres in about 5 - 7 hours and after the high pass it's all downhill as the trail winds its way along old Inca stairs to our campsite.
  • Day 3 of the Inca Trail: On Day three we pass the ruins of Runkurakay, Sayacmarca and Phuyupatamarca, walking approximately 15 kilometres in seven hours.

Included Excursions: Inca Trail Trek
Accommodation: 3 nights in campsites on the Inca Trek. No single room upgrade available.
Meals: 3 Breakfast, 3 Lunch, 3 Dinner

Day 6  Machu Picchu

  • Day 4 of the Inca Trail: On the last morning of the Inca Trail Trek, after an overnight stop at Wiñay-Wayna, you will rise early for the final walk to Machu Picchu and greet daybreak over the famous “Sun Gate”. There will then be time to explore on your own or simply take in the magnificence of the place after your guided tour.

The Lost City of Machu Picchu was originally completely self-contained, surrounded by agricultural terraces sufficient to feed the population, and watered by natural springs. Located high above the fast flowing Urubamba River, the cloud shrouded ruins have palaces, baths, temples, storage rooms and some 150 houses, all in a remarkable state of preservation that will simply take your breath away.

The ruins were only discovered by the outside world in 1911, when American explorer Hiram Bingham found them while looking for another “lost city” called Vilcabamba. Due to their isolation many of the buildings are still quite intact and you can't help but admire Huayna Picchu (“Young Mountain”), which towers above the ruins. After spending most of the day at Machu Picchu you have the chance to meander through the markets of Aguas Calientes before enjoying a scenic train ride back to the Sacred Valley where our transfer to Cuzco will be waiting.
Included Excursions: Guided tour of Machu Picchu
Accommodation: 1 night in hotels
Meals: 1 Breakfast

Day 7 Depart Cuzco
Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights. After breakfast, your adventure in Peru will come to an end.
Meals: 1 Breakfast 

Trek notes: Permits and Tips
Due to a limited number of people being allowed on the trail per day, permits are limited and can sell out far in advance. If you wish to book the Inca Trail, please provide your passport details by email as soon as possible so that we can secure your permit. Without your passport details, we are unable to arrange your Inca Trail Trek.

While the cost of the Inca Trail Trek is included in the price of your tour, tipping is not. The porters, cooks and guides work incredibly hard on the Inca Trail Trek route, carrying food needed for the four days, cooking equipment, tents and your personal items. While it is an optional payment, we recommend a tip of 100 Soles per person to be split between your Inca Trail Trek guides, porters and chefs at the end of the route.

Important Note - Flexible itinerary
We reserve the right to amend the itinerary. Weather conditions, the health of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc, can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The tour leader will make the changes if necessary.  

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