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  • Challenge yourself on the most beautiful trek in the world
  • Set foot on this ancient Inca trail, the very trail used by the Incas
  • Witness spectacular landscapes and mountain views
The Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is arguably one of the most famous and most popular multi-day hikes in the world. With permits now limited to roughly 200 tourists per day, the privilege to walk in the footsteps of Incan Pilgrims to their spiritual citadel at Machu Picchu often requires booking up to a year in advance.

It’s popularity is unsurprising, as this ancient trail scales spectacular mountain passes with breathtaking views across the majestic Andes; it passes the ruins of numerous Inca settlements, many of them meticulously preserved by the passage of time; it winds through remote Andean communities still active in the livelihoods of generations past and it leads us through contrasting ecological environments from the barren mountainside, to eerie Cloud Forest to the lush green valleys.

And of course the Classic Inca Trail concludes at the jewel in the Peruvian crown, the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Named as one of the “New Wonders of the World” in 2000.

We will camp for 3 nights in the most spectacular and remote locations. Far from the crowds and the lights of the city, the skies in the Andes are a wonder all to themselves and the display of constellations and shooting stars is truly mesmerising. We pride ourselves on making your camping experience as comfortable as possible, using only the highest quality equipment, and with a team of porters whose skill and experience will ensure your safety at all times. Perhaps the jewel in our crown though are our chefs, who are truly culinary masters on the mountain. You will be amazed at the delicious meals they prepare for us!

We take care of booking all transfers, transport and tickets, ensuring that the tour goes as smoothly as possible. Our guides are especially selected for their trekking experience and their historical knowledge; keeping us on the right path, setting the pace for the hike and providing historical commentary and context for the many sites that we will see along the way.

Our time on the trail demands a number of steep ascents to passes above 4,000m. As such we consider this trek to be ‘Challenging’ and recommend it for people with a good level of fitness, and some trekking experience. If you are unsure of whether this trek is for you, please do get in touch as we would be happy to discuss it with you.

We look forward to welcoming you on this unforgettable trek, guaranteed to leave you breathless….from the views!

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Camping
We start off with an early morning pick up from your hotel in Cusco. From there we take a three hour drive through beautiful villages and towns along the way to the starting point of the trek at PISCACUCHO, also known as Km 82. Here you will have a chance to purchase last minute supplies and equipment such as bottled water, rubber tips for your walking poles and coca leaves, in case you did not get them beforehand.

Our hike starts along a trail surround by cacti and a dry forest, with a view of WAQAYHILLCA (NEVADO VERONICA), the tallest mountain along the Urubamba mountain range. After a couple of hours of hiking and a stop for lunch, we enter the CUSICHACA VALLEY where the vegetation becomes jungle like. We can expect to arrive at our camp by 4 pm with a delicious dinner served by our chefs at 7pm.
QUICK FACTS:
Distance covered: 12 km (7.5 miles)
Time: 7 to 8 hours
Lowest elevation: 2,700m (8,858 feet)
Highest elevation: 3,000m (10,168 feet)
Level of difficulty: Moderate
Inca ruins: Today you will see the ruins of Q´anabamba and Willkarakay
from afar and stop to visit the ruins of Patallaqta.
Meals
  • Lunch & Dinner
Camping
You will once again have an early wake-up call in the morning, however, we hope the nice cup of coca tea served to you in your tent by one of the crew will make up for it. You will also be given a bowl of warm water to wash your face and brush your teeth before having a delicious breakfast, after which we will start our hike around 7am. This day is especially demanding because of the altitude and the ascent to the highest point on the Inca Trail.

The first two hours of our hike winds through a high altitude jungle, a cloud forest and grasslands with a spectacular view of MOUNT WAYANAY. Once we reach the top of Dead Woman's Pass at WAMIWAÑUSQA (4,215m), we descend to the campground at PACAYMAYO (3650m) where we will stay for the night.
QUICK FACTS:
Distance covered: 11km (7 miles)
Time: 7 to 8 hours
Lowest elevation: 3,000m (9,842 feet)
Highest elevation: 4,215m (13,776 feet)
Level of difficulty: Demanding (nothing is impossible in the land of the Incas)
Inca ruins : Seen in the distance
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Camping
On Day 3 we undertake the longest stretch on the Inca Trail, but in return, you will have amazing views, see Inca ruins and the most beautiful orchids along the way. We start with a one hour ascent to the second pass on the Inca Trail RUNKURAQAY (3950m). After taking some time to rest here, we descend to explore the Inca ruins at SAYAQMARCA before we head to our lunch camp. After lunch, we start our long descent towards the camp at WIÑAYHUAYNA where we will spend the last night.

DAY 3 QUICK FACTS:
Distance covered: 16 km (9,941 miles)
Time: 8 to 10 hours
Lowest elevation: 3,650m (11,975 feet)
Highest elevation: 3,950m (12,959 feet)
Level of difficulty: Moderate to demanding
Inca ruins: Today you will explore the ruins of Sayaqmarca
as well as Wiñayhuayna.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
We leave WIÑAHUAYNA earlier than any other day of the trek, and hike for one and a half hours to the Sun Gate, where we will have our first view of the sacred city of the Incas, Machu Picch. Once we arrive we will have a three hour guided tour of the most important sites in Machu Picchu. Afterwards you will have time to enjoy the amazing ruins at your leisure.
When you are ready to leave, a bus will take you down to AGUAS CALIENTES, where a farewell lunch with the rest of the group before taking the train back to Cusco will mark the end of your hike.
QUICK FACTS:
Distance covered: 6,km (3.7 miles)
Time: 5 to 7 hours: 2 hour trek and 3 hour tour in Machu Picchu
Lowest elevation: 2,400m (7,874 feet)
Highest elevation: 2,700m (8,858 feet)
Level of difficulty: Moderate
Inca ruins: Machu Picchu
Meals
  • Breakfast
what’s included
  • A trekking guide, knowledgeable in history, tradition, fauna and flora
  • Transport to and from your hotel in Cusco
  • Meals (3xbreakfast, 3xLunch, 3xdinner)
  • Entrance tickets to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu (does not include Huayna Picchu)
  • Porters, who will carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc.)
  • Cook who prepares food
  • Boiled drinking water during the trek
  • First Aid Kit, carried by your guide
  • Equipment (sleeping tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, table, chairs, air mattresses)
  • Duffle bag if needed
  • Bus tickets from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Train tickets from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (expedition)
  • Sleeping bag ( Dont worry about bringing your sleeping bag all the way from from, Condor expeditions will provide you clean sleeping bags for free
what's excluded
  • Lunch on the last day at Aguas Calientes
  • Tips for porters and guides
  • Huayna Picchu tickets
  • Extra porter to carry your bag
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Duration 4 days
Tour Type Group Tour
Minimum Participants 2 people
Age Requirement 5 +
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English & peruvian
Maximum altitude 4215 meters
Trek difficulty Hard
Starts/Ends Cusco, Peru/ Cusco, Peru
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