The Inca Trail

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  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Cusco, Peru
  • Ends Cusco, Peru
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  • Change dates It is free to change your tour start date within 30 days of departure.
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  • Trek the classic Inca Trail to the Sun Gate for the iconic view of Machu PicchuClimb Inca steps to the top of Dead Woman's Pass (4215m)Have a guided tour of Machu Picchu before the crowds arriveDiscover Cuzco with its distinct IncaColonial fusion architectureAlternative remote Moonstone Trek or One Day Inca Trail Option available when Inca Trail permits have sold out
The Inca Trail tour starts and ends in Cusco. The Inca Trail is a trekking tour that takes 8 days taking you through Cusco, Peru and other destinations in Peru.

Offering an unrivalled combination of history and dramatic scenery, the ancient Inca Trail winds its way from the powerful Urubamba River, across mountain passes and through cloud forests, passing several crumbling fortresses before reaching the lost city of Machu Picchu. This itinerary is specifically designed to maximise the time spent at Machu Picchu with an early morning tour of the ruins, quieter at that hour before day trippers and other trekkers arrive. Inca Trail Permits: An Inca Trail permit is required to walk the Inca Trail. These are strictly limited and are highly sought after, therefore we strongly recommend booking at least 6-8 months in advance to avoid disappointment. On dates where Inca Trail permits have sold out we can offer either the spectacular remote Moonstone Trek or a One Day Inca Trail Option in its place – please enquire for details.
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 59 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Jul 12 2020
5 - Excellent
Beyond my expectations
“This was a really happy accident. I had wanted to do the Inca Trail, but I booked my trip too late and Exodus put me on the Moonstone Trek instead, which was a ridiculously good piece of fortune.As it turned out I was the only person on the trek - I felt ridiculously pampered. I had a guide, one chef, two porters and our four pack horses.The first day we went to the Moonstone which gives the trek it's name before heading on to the departure site for the trek itself. While climbing up the hills we passed another tourist group coming the other way, but they would be the last tourists I would see until the end of the trek.The scenery as incredible - not the lush forests you might see on the Inca Trail, but an incredible trek through the high pampas. We walked through little settlements where the locals offered us wheat wine (although my guide said it would probably be best not to take them up on it as it can upset your stomach if you aren't used to it).I joined up with the rest of the group in Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu the night before we all headed up, and I decided to get up early the next morning to get a glorious view over the lost city from the sun gate. It was well worth the early start.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Aug 03 2019
5 - Excellent
Moonstone Trek
“I chose to do the Moonstone Trek - a remote and quiet Inca trail reaching the dizzying heights of just under 4700 m. I was the only person doing the trek and had my own guide, chef and 2 horsemen. I thoroughly enjoyed the trek, beautiful scenery, remote small communities and Inca sites en route. My guide was very knowledgable and i learnt about about the history of the area en route. I was looked after extremely well: fantastic food and hot tea and water in the morning. I highly recommend this trek and Exodus, it is a once in a lifetime experience.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Jun 25 2019
5 - Excellent
Inca Trail
“Brilliant from start to finish.This trip excelled my expections as I have never done an Exodus trip before. I am a keen fell walker but have never seen a such diverse beautiful countryside. From river valleys to rugged mountain tops. The second day was quite steep up dead womans path but well worth it. We always got plenty of encouragement from our guides Edwind and Anthony. They were very knowledgeable about all the history and flora and fauna. But the highlight is the Sun gate and your first veiw og Macchu Pichu.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Jun 15 2019
5 - Excellent
It was Amazing
“PeruMy Peru holiday with Exodus was just amazingly fantastic. I have seen beautiful mountains before in the Alps but had not previously experienced the amazing sunsets you get on the Inca Trail or the stunning night sky. You could see the stars and milky way with absolute clarity. Nor have I descended down through Amazon cloud forest with its amazing flora and fauna. To do all that whilst walking such historic trails was mind-blowing. You feel really close to mother earth and nature. The descent through the Sun Gate to view Machu Picchu cannot be overstated as a beautiful moving experience. It is the best view of the site but what is undersold is that on this trip we arrived at the Sun Gate as Machu Picchu was closing and we had the site to ourselves. You descend through the site. I climbed the wooden steps to view the Gatekeepers Hut and it was occupied by just 3 Llamas! The next day on the formal visit there were swathes of visitors.The porters on the trek were amazing, I have a new definition of fitness now after watching porters run past me with a 25kg backpack almost a big as themselves. After their trek they erect your tent put your stuff in it and have a bowl of hot water waiting for you and prepare your meal. Meals were all freshly made, healthy and very tasty. They really do carry fresh vegetables up the trail.The joy of a shower and a flushing toilet after the trek is still with me!Cusco is an amazing place to explore and just to sit and watch. Its pace can be manic, it felt like being in a Rio carnival at times. Traffic is crazy and controlled by women police officers who are fearsome and fearless. They need to be, horns toot endlessly and everybody just shoves as far as they can. Its noisy and very vibrant. The Cathedral is beautiful and the huge picture of the Last Supper where they enjoy guinea pig is interesting. I did eat guinea pig and Llama, the Llama is good, cross between steak and lamb but not keen on guinea pig. We visited Inca sites in Cusco and if you are a history buff you would be overjoyed as their is so many sites.This holiday has completely changed my view of holidays, no more standard European Alps walking holidays. I crave history and culture experiences. I am still in a state of wonder a week after getting back.Only downside of the holiday is the free roaming dogs, some of which have homes but are not allowed in, but some are just hungry and scavenging out of rubbish heaps. Not so much in Cusco centre but just outside. 3rd world regarding animals.”
  • Day 1: Start Cuzco (3400m); free time to explore the Inca capital.
  • Day 2: Free day; optional Sacred Valley excursion.
  • Day 3: Route 1: The Classic Inca Trail: Start Inca Trail trek from km82; walk along Urubamba River, climb to Huayllabamba.
  • Day 4: Route 1: The Classic Inca Trail: Cross Dead Woman's Pass (4215m), then descend to Pacaymayu.
  • Day 5: Route 1: The Classic Inca Trail: Over Runquracay Pass (3800m) to ruins of Sayajmarca and Phuyupatamarca.
  • Day 6: Route 1: The Classic Inca Trail: Walk down Inca steps to Wiñay Wayna and Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate.
  • Day 7: Guided tour of Machu Picchu; free time to explore further; return to Cuzco by train and road.
  • Day 8: End Cuzco.
  • 4 nights hotels in en suite rooms, 3 nights full-service camping with dining and toilet tents,All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners4 nights en suite hotels and 3 nights full-service camping
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. ,Tour leader throughout
  • 4 days point-to-point walking with full porterage
  • Min. age 16 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 4215m, average 3050m
  • 7kg personal weight limit on
  • Inca
  • Trail
  • Travel by private bus and by train
  • Full porterage throughout trek
  • Exodus kitbag Inflatable sleeping mat while camping
  • Any international flights to/from Cusco are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this The Inca Trail tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this The Inca Trail tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 21 November 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 21 November 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 61 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

The Inca Trail tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this The Inca Trail tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
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