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
  • +6
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Trek the classic Inca Trail to the Sun Gate for the iconic view of Machu Picchu
  • Climb Inca steps to the top of Dead Woman's Pass (4215m)
  • Have a guided tour of Machu Picchu before the crowds arrive
  • Discover Cuzco with its distinct IncaColonial fusion architecture
Starting and ending in Cusco, The Inca Trail tour is a guided trekking trip that takes 8 days. You will travel through Ollantaytambo, Phuyupatamarca, Aguas Calientes and 3 other destinations in Peru. The Inca Trail is a small group tour which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

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 [1] or a *One Day Inca Trail Option* in its place – please enquire for details.[1] node/934
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 48 reviews
The Inca Trail and Amazon Extension
5 - Excellent
“Everything about the trip was fantastic. Really well organized and put together. It was an amazing experience that I will always remember.”
Sweet Peru
5 - Excellent
“I had altitude sickness & only made it 6 miles on the Inca Trail. Nevertheless, the trip was a life-changing experience because I saw the majesty of Manchu Pichu, went horseback riding, learned some Spanish, ate well and saw Cusco in detail.”
Inca Trail and Lake Titicaca
5 - Excellent
“The trail was without doubt the most amazing thing I have ever done. An excellent group of people who quickly became good friends, the scenery, the physical challenge, the group leader, and particularly the food, all absolutely first class. Of particular help was the co-ordination of all the transfers and being met by someone helpful at each stage of the journey. We always felt we were in extremely safe hands.”
Classic Inca Trail & Lake Titikaka extension
5 - Excellent
“An outstanding trip which exceeded all my expectations. From start to finish everything went like clockwork and was really well organised. The trail was amazing with breath taking views and a really interesting history lesson. The food was great whether is was cooked by the porters or at any of the restaurants we ate at.”
  • 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 , 4 nights en suite hotels and 3 nights full-service camping
  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners
  • All transport and listed activities
  • (if booking incl. flights)
  • 4 days point-to-point walking with full porterage
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min. age 16 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 4215m, average 3050m
  • 7kg personal weight limit on Inca Trail
  • Travel by private bus and by train
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • 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 14 June 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 14 June 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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