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The Inca TrailPeru

One of the world’s most famous treks, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu deserves its fame: the beauty of the scenery on this hike, and the satisfaction of seeing ruins that you can only get to by walking, is incomparable.

Walking the track is only permitted with an accredited guide, so any hiker coming to Peru will want to book an Inca Trail guided tour.

Inca trail permits can run out months in advance – so if you know you want to hike the Inca Trail, you should book it as soon as you can to confirm your space.

Start:

Cusco, Peru

End:

Puno, Peru

Maximum group size:

12 Guests

Duration:

3 4 days

Price:

US$ 1,090

Includes:

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The trip in detail

We’ll pick you up at 6am and head to Kilometre 82, the start of the Inca Trail. The hike begins in the Sacred Valley as we follow the Urubamba River, climbing ever higher and eventually heading off up the Cusicacha Valley, through semi-arid forest and farming villages, to Wayllabamba, where we’ll camp for the night.

Meals: Lunch and dinner included

Accommodation: Camping on the Inca Trail

Walking: 12km (7.5 miles)

Minimum Altitude: 2,700m (8,860 feet)

Maximum Altitude: 3,100m (10,170 feet)

Altitude of camp: 3,100m (10,170 feet)

Most of our walking time today is taken up by a stiff 1,200m (3,940 feet) ascent to Warmiwayñusca (Dead Woman’s Pass), the highest point of the Inca Trail. From here if it’s clear we’ll enjoy incredible views back the way we came, and onwards towards the distant, snowcapped Vilcabamba Range. Then we descend steeply into Pacaymayo, our campsite for the night with one of the best views in the Andes.

Meals: All meals included

Accommodation: Camping on the Inca Trail 1

Walking: 1km (6.8 miles)

Minimum Altitude: 3,100m (10,170 feet)

Maximum Altitude: 4,200m (13,780 feet)

Altitude of camp: 3,600m (11,810 feet)

Today’s hike takes us through some of the most stunning scenery in Peru, with cloud forest, orchids, hummingbirds and mountains on all sides, and to three gorgeous little ruins – Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, and Wiñaywayna, next to the evening’s campsite. Along the way we cross the watershed of the Andes. This is one of the finest days trekking in the world.

Meals: All meals included

Accommodation: Camping on the Inca Trail

Walking: 12km (7.5 miles)

Minimum Altitude: 2,670m (8,760 feet)

Maximum Altitude: 3,900m (12,800 feet)

Altitude of camp: 2,670m (8,760 feet)

A spectacular stone city surrounded by incredibly steep, incredibly green mountains, Machu Picchu needs no introduction and is deservedly one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.

We’ll be up super-early to hike (1.5 hours approx.) to the Sun Gate in time for sunrise. Then your guide will show you around Machu Picchu’s main citadel, as well as our favourite hidden nooks and crannies, before the day’s train crowds arrive. Later there’s more time for your own exploration of the massive, still-mysterious site, before we catch the train back to Cusco.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch included

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How much does this trip cost?

US $

1,090

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in a group of four to 12 people


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WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Dedicated Aspiring Adventures guide
  • Inca trail guided tour permit and entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Tent (based on twin share. Single Supplement available for US$50)
  • All ground transport (private vehicle and train) including pick up and drop off at your hotel in Cusco
  • Meals as specified in itinerary

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Tip for your guide(s) and porters
  • Optional permit to climb Huayna Picchu (US$70)
  • Sleeping bag and mat (US$40 per item, or bring your own)
  • Porter to carry your personal gear (US$60, or carry your own)

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