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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

This is the big one and one of the best treks in Peru! The Inca Trail winds its way along ancient Andean paths and goes past mysterious Inca ruins high ... Read More

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Inca Trail To Machu Picchu

The Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is arguably one of the most famous and ... Read More
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Inca Trail Express

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Journey To Machu Picchu Through The Inca Trail

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The Inca Trail is probably the best trek in Peru, and considered one of the ... Read More
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  • Operator Inkayni Peru Tours
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  • Cosmopolitan, scenic and steeped in Incan heritage, Cusco is a dream to walk around.
  • Cusco's central market is a great chance to meet Quechua-speaking descendants of the Incas and browse for weird and wonderful Andean specialties.
  • Hike to the mother of all Incan cities, magical Machu Picchu.
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Inca Trail Extension

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Spend a week retracing the steps of the ancient Inca civilisation on the historical Inca ... Read More
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  • Lima’s grand colonial facades, Spanish houses and endless culture make it one of the prettiest cities to explore in Latin America.
  • Machu Picchu may just be the greatest icon of ancient South America.
  • The Inca Trail is one of the best ways to approach Machu Picchu, along the way you'll see multiple Inca sites and beautiful landscapes.
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Inca Trail

of 31 reviews
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  • Fly from Lima to Cuzco with time to acclimatize.
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Inca Trail Trek Experience 8D/7N (Lima To Cuzco)

A spectacularly rich experience in the Andean Mountains awaits you! Travel from Lima to Cuzco ... Read More
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  • There's no better place to fuel up for an Inca Trail trek than Lima, home to a booming food scene full of delicious specialties like ceviche and chicharron.
  • Marvel at the mother of all Inca cities – Machu Picchu – during a guided tour of the site.
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Inca Trail & Amazon

of 8 reviews
Travel from the heady heights of the Andes to the exotic lowlands of the Amazon ... Read More
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  • Hike the original & legendary Inca Trail.
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Inca Trail Trek To Machu Picchu 5D/4N (Start Trek On Day 2)

A spectacularly rich experience in the Andean Mountains awaits you! Immerse yourself in the Inca ... Read More
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Classic Inca Trail - Inca Soul

Inca Soul Experience 6 Days / 5 Nights

This Inca Soul Peru tour package showcases the best of Cusco and the Sacred Valley ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Cusco/Cusco
  • Operator Classic Inca Trail - Inca Soul
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  • Trek the original Inca Trail.
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Apu Andino

Short Inca Trail – 2 Days With 3* Hotel

This short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the perfect alternative for those who would ... Read More
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  • Trek through amazing scenery with waterfalls and ruins.
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Inca Quarry Trek To Machu Picchu 3D/2N

The Inca Quarry Trek is one of the newest and least crowded trekking routes to ... Read More
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  • Descend into the vast catacombs beneath Lima on an underground tour.
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  • Experience the untouched world of the Amazon rainforest.
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Inca Encounter

of 8 reviews
Travel to South America and tour Peru on an eye-opening sojourn from the depths of ... Read More
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Inca Quarry Trek To Machu Picchu 4D/3N

Make your way to Machu Picchu on this newly discovered and less crowded route. This ... Read More
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  • Witness spectacular landscapes and mountain views.
  • Staying at the comfortable Eco Quechua lodge featuring authentic Peruvian hospitality.
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Machu Picchu Lodge To Lodge Adventure 6D/5N

WHAT YOU’LL DO Mesmerizing and mystical, the legend of Machu Picchu may never be fully ... Read More
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Inca Trail Trek To Machu Picchu 4D/3N (Start Trek On Day 1)

A spectacularly rich experience in the Andean Mountains awaits you! Immerse yourself in the Inca ... Read More
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Inca Trail Express 4D/3N

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  • Rev your engines on an adrenaline-filled 4x4 quadbike adventure.
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Inca Trail Express & Rainbow Mountain 7D/6N

Embark on an epic tour through Peru’s highlands on this action-packed adventure! Rev your ... Read More
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5 Day Inca Trail To Machu Picchu (Private Service)

Explore Peru with a tour to Machu Picchu tour and experience one of the most ... Read More
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Machu Picchu Honeymoon Adventure – 4D / 3N

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Inca Trail Express Trek To Machu Picchu 3D/2N (Start Trek On Day 2)

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Inca Trail Express 5D/4N

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Inca Trail To Machu Picchu: 4-Day Private Tour

This 'Inca Trail to Machu Picchu' tour is fit for a king, a queen or ... Read More
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Inca Trail To Machu Picchu: 4-Day Group Tour

This 'Inca Trail to Machu Picchu' tour is fit for a king, a queen or ... Read More
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Classic Inca Trail To Machu Picchu

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Inca Trail Reviews

4.8 - Excellent Based on 24 customer reviews
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4 - Very Good
“Very Good”
Peru tour Reviewed Tour: Inca Trail, Titicaca & Nazca
4 - Very Good
“Really enjoyed the tour or Peru. Everything was well organised which made the tour really easy. Caesar was a brilliant guide, not only did he ensure everything ran well, he took the time to make sure we all had a good trip. I left the trip in Puno (to go to La Paz) and he took the time to arrange a bus ticket and taxi to get me there. The only negatives were the tourist bus you take between Cusco & Puno ( this really highlighted how good the guiding had been before then).”
Inca Trail Titicaca & Nazca Reviewed Tour: Inca Trail, Titicaca & Nazca
4 - Very Good
“Great holiday with full (but not overloaded) itinerary. Don't dismiss the problems that can be associated with altitude (coupled with the demands of trekking and camping) but the group leader took great care to ensure these were mitigated as far as possible.”
Fabulous Peru Reviewed Tour: Inca Trail, Titicaca & Nazca
5 - Excellent
“From start to finish this holiday lived up to and beyond our expectations. The organisation of the trip by the ground staff in Peru ran smoothly throughout. The only thing that took the edge off things was learning the night before we started the trek that it had been extended by 5km due to the road being dug up. So our first day was now a 16km trek.”
Inca Trail Titicaca & Nazca holiday Reviewed Tour: Inca Trail, Titicaca & Nazca
5 - Excellent
“A fantastic and comprehensive tour covering the essentials of Peru. Well organised with a manageable sized group.”
Inca Trail Titicaca and Nazca Reviewed Tour: Inca Trail, Titicaca & Nazca
5 - Excellent
“This was an abosolutely amazing trip. The guide couldn't have been more attentive or knowledgeable in any way, he was fantastic. From the time we got to the airport in Lima to the time we got back there at the end of 2 weeks, we did not have a dull moment. All the hotels were really good and very comfortable. The food was excellent even when we were camping the chefs did an excellent job in making sure we had the right food for the amount of exercise we were doing. Flying over the Nazca Lines was amazing and a sight you should not miss while you are there. Lake Titicaca was fasinating, especially the people on the reed islands. This is a trip not to miss.”
INCA TRAIL, TITICACA & NAZCA Reviewed Tour: Inca Trail, Titicaca & Nazca
4 - Very Good
“Nervous of going on the trip alone I was immediately made to feel welcome by other trip members and the leader.”
Inca trail Reviewed Tour: Inca Trail, Titicaca & Nazca
5 - Excellent
“Wonderful trip, really. I had planned to walk the trail for a few years but was worried about my level of fitness. It was fine however. Others in the group struggled more but even those with no experience of walking at all managed to complete the trail and were well supported by our tour guide.”
Inca Trail, Titicaca & Nazca (plus Amazon extension) Reviewed Tour: Inca Trail, Titicaca & Nazca
5 - Excellent
“This was a wonderfully varied trip, taking in the many different cultures, scenery and cuisine that define Peru. From the coastal regions, up into the Andes and down into the Amazon jungle. There are some long bus trips, but the scenery more than makes up for it. The sense of achievement at completing the Inca Trial, as well as the many, quiet, Inca sites along the route made the trip worthwhile. We added the 5 day Amazon trip to the end of the holiday and are glad we did. Although basic, the lodge was well appointed, with wildlife literally on the doorstep (resident tarantula under picnic table, two-toed sloth passing overhead and fireflies everywhere!).”

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

This is the big one and one of the best treks in Peru! The Inca Trail winds its way along ancient Andean paths and goes past mysterious Inca ruins high in the mountains before finally, reaching the enchanting monument of Machu Picchu itself, nestling on its lofty perch. It is deservedly one of the most famous treks in South America and is the highlight of almost any trip to Peru. Here is the information you need for a successful and memorable trek.

Overview

The Inca Trail involves four days of hiking along an ancient path high in the mountains and passes several sets of Inca ruins along the way. The most challenging section is crossing the infamous Dead Woman’s Pass at 4,200 metres (on the second day), after which the trek becomes somewhat easier and more enjoyable. After descending through mystical cloud forests and taking in more Inca ruins, trekkers finally arrive at Machu Picchu on the fourth day.

Highlights

  • Chance to trek one of the most famous trails in South America
  • Great feeling of achievement for having conquered Dead Woman’s Pass
  • Visiting several enigmatic sets of Inca ruins along the way
  • Magnificent mountain scenery and mysterious cloud forests
  • Arriving at Machu Picchu itself after a tough four-day trek

Lowlight

  • Very popular and overcrowded
Map of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Overview map of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Inca Trail Facts

  • Trek Difficulty: The Inca Trail is a challenging hike that usually involves four days of walking through tough, mountainous terrain. Much of the trek is above 3,000 m and reaches a maximum of 4,200 m.
  • Trek Duration: 4 days are standard. 5 days or 2 days variations are available.
  • Remoteness: Very remote with no road access and few settlements.
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,212 m at the Huarmihuañusca Pass (Dead Woman's Pass).
  • Accommodation Type: Tents at campsites along the way. On the two-day trek, you sleep in a hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Best Season: Dry season (April to October) when the paths are dry. The wet season (November to March) will leave the trail muddy and wet, increasing the risk of slipping. There is no ‘winter’ and the trek can be attempted year-round except in February when the trail is closed for maintenance. 
  • Start / End Locations: Cusco. Transportation usually includes a combination of minibus and train.
  • Permits Required: Yes. To preserve the trail, permits are limited to 500 per day including porters and guides. In practice, this means that only 200 tourists are allowed on the trail each day. Permits are released in January for the whole year and sell out quickly, especially for peak season – it is imperative to reserve well in advance. Permits can only be obtained from government-approved tour operators and all visitors must be accompanied by a guide. Each permit is registered to one passport and is non-transferrable. Trekkers must carry their original passport and permit with them. There are checkpoints along the Inca trail where documents are inspected. Admission to Machu Picchu must be reserved in advance as well.

4D / 3N: The Classic Inca Trail Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco - Huayllabamba
Drive from Cusco to kilometre 82 (2,600 m) for the start of the trek. A gentle ascent of 400 m to the Inca ruins at Llactapata is followed by a descent to Huayllabamba and the first camp.

Day 2: Huayllabamba - Abra Huarmihuañusca - Paq’aymayo
A steep ascent to the highest point of the trek, Abra Huarmihuañusca (Dead Woman’s Pass at  4,212 m), is followed by a descent to the second camp at Paq’aymayo (3,600 m). This is the hardest day.

Day 3: Paq’aymayo - Wiñay Wayna
This is the most pleasant day and it starts with a climb past the ruined Runkuracay staging post up to the second pass, followed by a descent to the ruins of Sayaqmarka, meaning ‘town in a steep place’. Another ascent leads to the third pass, Abra de Phuyupatamarka (3,650 m), and through bewitching cloud forest scenery, before descending to the camp at Wiñay Wayna for the third camp on the Inca trail.

Day 4: Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco
A final hike to Intipunku, the ‘Sun Gate’, and the first views of Machu Picchu from above. Trekkers descend to Machu Picchu for a grand Machu Picchu tour before returning to Cusco by train and bus.

2D / 1N: A Shorter Inca Trekking Itinerary

The shorter version of the hike starts at kilometre 104. From here, trekkers hike to the archaeological site of Chachabamba (2,250 m) and then on to Wiñay Wayna. Next, they continue to Intipunku for sunset views of Machu Picchu before heading to Agua Calientes by car where they spend the night in a hotel. The second day involves a tour of Machu Picchu and transport back to Cusco.

5D / 4N: A Longer Inca Trail Itinerary

A more leisurely five-day version gives hikers the chance to avoid the crowds and stay at quieter campsites. It also allows more time to acclimatise and daily distances covered are shorter.

Typically, trekkers travel to kilometre 82 and then walk to Llactapata on day one. The second night’s camp is at Llulluchapampa and Abra Huarmihuañusca is tackled on day three. The third camp is at Phuyupatamarka and on day four, the trek reaches Intipunku. The camp is near Machu Picchu at Puente Ruinas. Day five includes a tour of Machu Picchu and then transport back to Cusco.

Other Alternative treks to the Inca Trail

Alternative treks are available for those who don’t manage to book a place on the Inca Trail, or for those wishing to avoid the crowds. A popular choice is the tough five-day Salkantay Trek which crosses the Salkantay Pass at 4,600 m and later affords majestic views of Machu Picchu from above. Another option is the challenging Choquequiro Trek taking from 4 days to 9 days, where the 9 days itinerary crosses the Yanama Pass at 4,668 m as well. Especially the 9 days Choquequiro trek requires a high level of fitness. A third option is the Lares Trek, shorter and easier than the Inca Trail and requiring no permits. This trail see fewer trekkers compared with the Inca Trail.

Safety Considerations

Altitude sickness

Altitude sickness can be a problem at altitudes of above 2,000 - 2,500 m and it is recommended to spend a few days in Cusco to acclimatise before attempting the trek. Early symptoms include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, headache and dizziness. Anyone displaying these symptoms should immediately descend to a lower altitude.

Physical fitness

You don’t need to be super-fit to complete the Inca Trail but a good level of physical fitness is required. Up in the mountains, if you struggle to keep up with the group, you will spend the whole time suffering and you won’t enjoy the trek. You can prepare for the trek by eating healthily and, if possible, attempting some easier hikes.

It may be commercialised, regulated and crowded but the Inca Trail is still the quintessential Machu Picchu trek. Few can forget their first glimpse of those spectacular ruins from the Sun Gate high above, and the feeling of having conquered this classic Andean trek is something that will stay with you forever.

Machu Picchu has seasonal weather, please do check up on the best time to visit Machu Picchu before planning your next trip to Peru.  

Good to know

Since there is a limited number of permits per day, the Inca Trail is fully-booked practically every day of the year so there is no best time to beat the crowds. The Trail is closed every February for cleaning.

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How our Travel Expert Service Works
  • 1 We connect you with a hand-picked and qualified travel expert who can match your trip requirements. The advantage of working directly through a travel expert is that you get the best and unfiltered advice from the very beginning.
  • 2 The travel expert will help you with creating and customising a trip for you. If you have any questions or concerns relating to the trip, the travel expert will also be able to help you with those.
  • 3 When you feel that your trip is exactly per your wish, you'll be able to book the entire trip here on Bookmundi.
The Advantages of Bookmundi
  • Selected Local Travel Experts All our local travel experts have been chosen based on rigorous selection criteria. In fact, we reject 98 out of 100 local travel agencies, and thereby giving you access to the top 1-2% local travel experts.
  • Secure Online Payment and Financial Guarantee Each and every trip is required to go through Bookmundi's secure payment platform, powered by Stripe and supported by SSL. All payments are therefore carried out in secure manners. We are furthermore member of the Danish Travel Fund which gives you a 100% financial guarantee for any money you pay on Bookmundi, even if we went bankrupt (which we we will not!).
  • Trip Replacement or 100% Reimbursement Bookmundi has hand-picked your local travel expert. Our role, as your trusted third party, is therefore to make sure that your entire experience runs as seamless and secure as possible. We guarantee to you that in the unlikely event where a local travel expert cancels your trip after your deposit or full payment has been made, we commit to replacing these services with another equally qualified agency so that your trip can go ahead as planned, or failing to replace it, we will give you a 100% reimbursement.
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  • Age Group: {{myRequest.age_group}} yrs
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  • Accommodation Option: {{tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].accommodation_option}}
  • Budget Per Person: USD {{myRequest.approx_budget_amount}}
  • Budget Flexibility {{tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].budget_flexibility}}
  • Trip Planning Stage {{myRequest.trip_planning_stage}}
  • Trip Details: ... Read More Read Less
How our Travel Expert Service Works
  • 1 We connect you with a hand-picked and qualified travel expert who can match your trip requirements. The advantage of working directly through a travel expert is that you get the best and unfiltered advice from the very beginning.
  • 2 The travel expert will help you with creating and customising a trip for you. If you have any questions or concerns relating to the trip, the travel expert will also be able to help you with those.
  • 3 When you feel that your trip is exactly per your wish, you'll be able to book the entire trip here on Bookmundi.
The Advantages of Bookmundi
  • Selected Local Travel Experts All our local travel experts have been chosen based on rigorous selection criteria. In fact, we reject 98 out of 100 local travel agencies, and thereby giving you access to the top 1-2% local travel experts.
  • Secure Online Payment and Financial Guarantee Each and every trip is required to go through Bookmundi's secure payment platform, powered by Stripe and supported by SSL. All payments are therefore carried out in secure manners. We are furthermore member of the Danish Travel Fund which gives you a 100% financial guarantee for any money you pay on Bookmundi, even if we went bankrupt (which we we will not!).
  • Trip Replacement or 100% Reimbursement Bookmundi has hand-picked your local travel expert. Our role, as your trusted third party, is therefore to make sure that your entire experience runs as seamless and secure as possible. We guarantee to you that in the unlikely event where a local travel expert cancels your trip after your deposit or full payment has been made, we commit to replacing these services with another equally qualified agency so that your trip can go ahead as planned, or failing to replace it, we will give you a 100% reimbursement.
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