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Inca Trail Tours

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Inca Trail
South America's most famous trek is an unforgettable way to reach the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu. Along the way, the four-day trek takes hikers past three Andean mountain passes, Inca ruins, and views of the snow-capped Andes, culminating in a stellar sunrise over Machu Picchu—a UNESCO World Heritage site—from the Sun Gate.

The Basics
For many travelers to Machu Picchu, hiking the Inca Trail through the Sacred Valley is as much a part of the bucket list experience as seeing the ruins themselves. It typically takes four days to cover the distance between Cusco and Aguas Calientes, with overnights at Huayllabamba, Pacamayo, and Huinay Huayna on the way. Shorter one- or two-day treks are also possible for more inexperienced walkers. To walk the trail, you need to join a group of fellow hikers led by a licensed guide. Trail permits are limited, with only 500 hikers permitted on the trail at any given time (including tour guides and porters), so you'll need to book ahead.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The trail is a must-see for adventure travelers.
  • Inca Trail permits are limited, so it's important to book ahead.
  • Everyone on the trail must be accompanied by a licensed tour guide.
  • Dress comfortably and in layers. Don't forget sturdy hiking shoes.
  • Bring a pair of trekking poles, even if you don't think you'll need them.
  • Before your hike, give yourself a couple of days in Cusco to get used to the high altitude levels.

How to Get There
The city of Cusco serves as a base for trekkers heading out on the Inca Trail and is serviced by Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport. Most tours include pickup from Cusco hotels and the bus ride to Km82 along the railway between Cusco and Aguas Calientes, where the hike begins.

When to Get There
The dry season (June to October) brings the best weather and the biggest crowds to the Inca Trail; if you plan to hike during this time, be sure to book months in advance. The spring and fall shoulder seasons—May in particular—see fewer tourists and occasional rain. The winter months are prohibitively wet for most trekkers, and the trail closes for maintenance during February.

Alternatives to the Classic Inca Trail Trek
With the growing popularity of the Inca Trail (and the permit limits placed on it), visitors are considering alternative treks to Machu Picchu. These include the Lares trek, beginning in the town of Lares and finishing at the ruins of Ollantaytambo (a short train ride from Machu Picchu), and the Salkantay route, famous for its diverse scenery.
Address: Peru
Hours: Open March - January
Admission: Adults: trek permit US$50
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2-Day Inca Trail To Machu Picchu

2-Day Inca Trail To Machu Picchu

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The Short Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu is a spectacular hike with beautiful scenery, a wide variety of flora and fauna with fantastic panoramas of the Andes mountains on the way to the lost citadel of the Incas. See our short Inca path reviews on TripAdvisor, ask for Inka tours permits and check the best inca trail tours → Let’s take a great adventure before arriving Machu Picchu; with our group service and enjoying at the same time a light hike through many archaeological sites. Arrive to Sun’s Gate (Inti Punku), prepare yourself to be amazed with the best panoramic view of the wonder of the world - Machu Picchu-
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 512.83
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US$ 512.83

Inca Trail - 2 days

Inca Trail - 2 days

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We will visit the most incredible hiking trail in Latin America: a 500-year-old path to Machu Picchu. During the hike we will enjoy a unique environment and our steps will take us, among other spectacular places, to the Archaeological Zone of Wiñaywayna and Puerta del Sol, the entrance to the sacred area of the Inca citadel. The next morning, one of the most magical moments on the planet awaits us: watching the legendary sunrise at Machu Picchu. Then we will take a guided tour of the archaeological ruins.
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  • 2 days
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US$ 590.00
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US$ 590.00

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 1Day from Cusco

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 1Day from Cusco

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is generally believed to be one of the beautiful hikes the world has to offer.
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  • 1 day
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US$ 435.90
Price varies by group size
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US$ 435.90
Price varies by group size

Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2 Days & 1 Night

Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2 Days & 1 Night

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The Short Inca to Trail Machu Picchu in 2 Days visits obscure Inca ruins, an exquisite mountainous landscape and lush rainforest vegetation. The Inca Trail enters Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate, where most of the famous and fun photos are taken, before heading downhill to the world famous Machu Picchu. Those who choose to hike the 2-Day Inca Trail get to visit Machu Picchu twice, once on the 1st day when they arrive to Machu Picchu and again on the 2nd day when they take a private tour with our guide. The second day, we will head up to Machu Picchu by shuttle bus from Aguas Calientes early to catch the sunrise over the mountains and Machu Picchu (2,400m/7,907ft). We then begin our exploration of the natural and ancient culture in this Inca hideaway. Take your time exploring this site to discover all of the Inca secrets within.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 564.11
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Machu Picchu, Lima and Cusco

Machu Picchu, Lima and Cusco

This trip is designed specifically for lovers of food, art, and the outdoors. We will meet in Lima and then take a flight and explore Cusco. Day trips include the Maras salt flats, Moray & Ollantaytambo Inca ruins & archaeological sites, and the Rainbow Mountain hike. The highlight of the trip is, of course, hiking the Inca Trail for 4 days and exploring breathtaking, unforgettable Machu Picchu. This trip is for active travelers who enjoy challenging hikes and the rewards of the nature we will experience first-hand and people we will meet along the way. Please note that Machu Picchu is 8000 feet above sea level and the Inca Trail hike is 28 miles in length. This hike is strenuous and is recommended for travelers in reasonably good shape. Second trip option excludes the 4-day Inca Trail Hike. Ideal times for this trip are September, October April, and May.
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  • 10 days
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US$ 1,794.88
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INCA Trail 2D

INCA Trail 2D

While walking along the beautifully preserved trail you will see ruins carved out of solid rock and you’ll also enjoy the jaw dropping scenery of the stunning Andean mountains. The 2-day hike offers a perfect taste of a Peru trekking adventure, with the added comfort of a night in a quality Machu Picchu hotel. We specialize in complete travel packages like Inca Trail that allow you to enjoy your travels while we handle the logistics. This services is only available as part of a full itinerary (2-day minimum) including hotel, tour and ground transportation.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$ 630.00
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US$ 630.00
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Sacred Valley & Short Inca Trail 3 Days

Sacred Valley & Short Inca Trail 3 Days

This sacred valley and two day short Inca Trail hike with hotel allows you to visit the most beautiful ruins along the way to Sacrwd valley and Machu Picchu, pisac, ollantaytambo,Winawayna. Enjoy lunch before visiting and then continue through the Sun Gate for your first view of the Lost City of the Incas. You will continue down to Aguas Calientes village and have dinner at the best restaurant in town before heading to bed. For those who want a small taste of hiking the Andes, a 1-day hike and next day spent at Machu Picchu can't be beaten.
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  • 3 days
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US$ 820.00
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US$ 820.00

1 Day Inca trail to Machu Picchu

1 Day Inca trail to Machu Picchu

This is a unique way of being able to walk on the Inca trail and visit Machu Picchu on the same day. It is created for people who enjoy hiking but don't have much time. Visiting Machu Picchu in the afternoon you will have the opportunity to enjoy Machu Picchu without many tourists and you will also be able to see the sunset.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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US$ 539.00
Price varies by group size
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US$ 539.00
Price varies by group size

2-Days Original Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Max 6 people

2-Days Original Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Max 6 people

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The Inca Trail ranks among the world’s most famous hikes, but the full route takes many days to complete. Ideal for trekkers short on time, this condensed tour covers the best of the Inca Trail in two days. Hit sites of interest including Aguas Calientes and UNESCO–listed Machu Picchu—with all the travel logistics covered, plus guided tours and free time to explore at your leisure.
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  • 2 days
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US$ 590.00
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Inka Trail 4d/3n

Inka Trail 4d/3n

Una experiencia única y mágica, un trekking incrible de los mejores del mundo. recorrera paisajes especiales y finalmente llegara a Machu Picchu.
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  • 4 days
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US$ 707.70
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Short Inka Trail to Machupicchu 2 Days

Short Inka Trail to Machupicchu 2 Days

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The Inca Trail is one of the most famous treks in the world; at one time it extended throughout all of the Incan Empire and today still exists in many parts of the Andes. One version is the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu that takes 4 days and 3 nights. The short Inca Trail is 2 days and 1 night. We recommend this shorter trail for people who do not have much time or do not feel physically capable of the longer trek.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 666.67
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US$ 666.67

4 Day Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

4 Day Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

Hiking in spectacular Andes is something different. Travel & Healing’s guide will show you the spiritual part of Inca ruins through the trek to Machu Picchu. We will meet Shaman, local community & campfire super food. Find your true self through the sacred trek. The healing can happen when you hike to Andes with professional tour guide, owe for Apu the god of mountains at 4000+ meters above sea level, and enjoy the yummy super food with campfire recipes cooked by locals.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 923.08
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Inca Trail hours of operation?
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Inca Trail hours of operation: Open March - January. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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