Inca Trail Tours

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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.
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Address: Peru
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Hours: Open March - January
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Admission: Adults: trek permit US$50
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4-Day Trek to Machu Picchu Through the Inca Trail

Trace the path of the original Inca Trail during an unforgettable 4-day, 3-night trip along this classic road to Machu Picchu. Follow the footsteps of this ancient people as you cross mountain terrain and lush jungles and explore fascinating Inca ruins like Wiñay Wayna, hiking toward the ‘Lost City of the Incas.’ On your final day, wake up early to reach Machu Picchu's iconic Sun Gate at sunrise, watching the first rays of light creep across the landscape. Then spend the morning exploring this incredible mountaintop archaeological site with your guide. This classic Inca Trial trek also features hotel pickup, camping accommodations, bus and train transfers, entrance fees, three days of meals and snacks and porters to carry shared equipment.
  • Duration: 4 days
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Classic Inka Trail (4 days 3 nights)

Take the hassle out of planning your trip to Machu Picchu with this classic Inca Trail 4-day trek from Cusco. Pre-booking a tour ensures a spot on the often sold-out Inca Trail and a ticket to the UNESCO-listed Inca site, which limits daily visitors. Plus, you’ll be one of the first to enter Machu Picchu on the final day, and enjoy a guided tour with free time to explore on your own. Transfers, camping, and all meals are included.
  • Duration: 4 days
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US$650,00
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The Inca Trail: 4-Day Trek to Machu Picchu

Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Inca people on this 4-day hike to Machu Picchu along the sacred pilgrimage route of the Inca Trail. During the challenging trek to this world-famous citadel and UNESCO World Heritage site, you’ll explore ancient ruins, admire majestic mountain views and see diverse plant and animal life. This tour includes transfers to and from the start of the trail, entrance fees, experienced guide and porters, camping equipment and meals during the hike.
  • Duration: 4 days
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US$847,99
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  • Duration: 4 days
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Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: 4-Day Trek

Embark on an adventurous 4-day trek along Peru's classic Inca Trail, from Cusco to Machu Picchu. Set out from the Pisacucho trail head, hiking along river-fed valley surrounded by magnificent mountain peaks and scampering through cloud forests. Engage with local villagers, tour ancient archaeological sites and camp beside Inca ruins along the way. After three days of moderate to challenging trekking you'll arrive at the UNESCO-listed citadel in the early morning. Watch the sun rise over Machu Picchu and enjoy a guided tour before returning to Cusco via train.
  • Duration: Flexible
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US$700,00
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Salkantay 5-Day Trek To Machu Picchu

Take up the challenge of this rugged 5-day, 4-night trip to Machu Picchu along the Salkantay trekking route. This rigorous hike offers stunning views of both snow-covered Andean peaks and lush jungle, plus a trip through a mountain pass at 15,200 feet (4,650 meters). You’ll also get up close with Peruvian indigenous communities as you explore villages like Soraypampa and Santa Teresa, before finishing your trek at the unforgettable Machu Picchu with a guided tour. This Salkantay trek also features hotel pickup, guide three nights of camping and one night of hostel accommodation, bus and train transfers, four days of meals and three snacks, entrance fees and horseman and mules to help carry gear.
  • Duration: 5 days
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4-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Get off the beaten path to Machu Picchu during this 4-day, 3-night trip along the higher, more scenic and less-traveled Salkantay trekking route. Over the course of this 4-day trip you’ll enjoy incredible vistas of snow-capped Andean peaks, and cross a mountain pass at 15,200 feet (4,650 meters) before eventually descending back into the jungle landscapes at lower altitude. Cap it all off with your final day at Machu Picchu, the unforgettable ‘Lost City of the Incas,’ with a 2-hour tour of the site and time to explore on your own. Your Salkantay trekking experience also features hotel pickup, two nights of camping and one night of hostel accommodations, bus and train transfers, three days of meals and two snacks, entrance fees and a horseman and mules to help carry gear.
  • Duration: 4 days
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Private Overnight Tour: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Enjoy a short-but-sweet trek along the world-famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu during this 2-day, 1-night trip with a private guide. Spend your first day hiking to the beautiful Inca site at Wiñay Wayna before continuing to the magical Machu Picchu in the afternoon. You’ll have time to wander this amazing Inca city before spending the night in nearby Aguas Calientes. Rise early on your second day for a guided tour of this archaeological site’s incredible temples, aqueducts and terraces before heading back to Cusco. This 2-day, 1-night private trip to Machu Picchu also covers one night of accommodation at a three-star hotel, one day of meals, bus and train transfers and site entrance fees.
  • Duration: 2 days
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Short Inka Trail (2 days 1 night)

Combine the best of an all-inclusive tour to Machu Picchu with a rugged hike on the Inca Trail with this overnight tour to Machu Picchu from Cusco. Along with a guide, take a bus and train part-way to the ruin site, and then trek for roughly three hours on the Inca Trail, an iconic hiking route leading to Machu Picchu. This tour also includes a guided tour of Machu Picchu upon arrival, plus overnight accommodations, some meals, and round-trip transportation from Cusco.
  • Duration: 2 days
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US$450,00
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  • Duration: 2 days
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4-Day Inca Trail Machu Picchu Trek

Hike along the famous Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu this 4-day all-inclusive tour from Cusco. Trek and camp through the Andean jungle and pass key sites such as Valley of Huayllabamba, Warmihuañusca, Runcuracay, and more. On the last day, hike to the famous Inti Punku, the Sun Gate, and take a guided tour of Machu Picchu to learn about the mystical Inca Empire.
  • Duration: 4 days
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US$750,00
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4-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu from Cusco

Hike the Inca path to Machu Picchu during this 4-day trail walk from Cusco. Cross through the Andean plains and the cloud forest, stop by archaeological sites, and watch the sunrise atop Machu Picchu. Tent accommodations, all transportation and meals provided per itinerary.
  • Duration: 4 days
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US$780,00
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5-Day Salkantay Trek and Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco

Take the route less traveled to Machu Picchu on a multi-day trek from Cusco. Travel by bus to Mollepat and then embark on foot along Salkantay, a quiet alternative to the often-crowded Inca Trail. Four the next four day you'll hike in the shadow of snow-capped mountains and pass among tropical jungle, stopping at ancient archaeological sites en route. At night bed down in tents beneath the stars. Once reaching Llucmabamba hop the train to Aguas Calientes. The next day the Lost City of the Incas is yours to explore.
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Inca Jungle Tour to Machupicchu 4 days All Inclusive

Experience the nature and culture of the Andes with this hiking, biking, and rafting adventure. Hike on original Inca trails with an informative local guide, soak in volcanic pools, raft in the Urubamba River, and explore the archaeological sites of Incatambo and Wamanmarca on your way to the legendary lost city of Machu Picchu. Enjoy three nights of accommodations, delicious meals, and all the necessary gear included in tour price.
  • Duration: 4 days
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US$550,00
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8-Day Classic Inca Trail Journey to Machu Picchu from Cusco

Journey through the ancient land of the Incas towards the magical mountaintop retreat of Machu Picchu during this 8-day, small-group excursion from Cusco. Start your trip in Cusco, the historic Andean capital, learning about the history and culture of the iconic Inca civilization. Then head out on the Inca Trail, a gorgeous but physically demanding hiking route through the Andean highlands. During your walk you'll experience lush jungle, incredible scenery and forgotten ruins built centuries ago, culminating in a visit to the iconic high-altitude citadel of Machu Picchu.
  • Duration: 8 days
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2 Days Inka Trail - Machu Picchu from Cusco (private services)

Widely considered among the most rewarding treks in the world, the Inca Trail takes travellers through high Andean plains and dense Peruvian rain forest to UNESCO–listed Machu Picchu. On this condensed tour, follow in the footsteps of the Incas and see the best of the Inca trail in just two days. With accommodation, entry fees, and some meals included, reach Machu Picchu when the crowds have gone and return in time for sunrise.
  • Duration: 2 days
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US$499,00
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Short Inca Trail to Machupicchu 2 days

Discover the shorter version of the famous Inca Trail during this 2-day excursion. Visit the archeological sites of Chachabamba, Winay Huayna, the Sungate, and Machu Picchu both in the afternoon and the early morning to see the citadel in two different lights. Learn about the history of the Incas on a comprehensive tour and explore the site on your own before heading back to Cusco.
  • Duration: 2 days
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US$490,00
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Salkantay Trek via Inca Trail 7-Day Trek to Machu Picchu

Salkantay means 'Savage Mountain'. With an altitude of 6,271 meters (20.573ft) it is the highest peak in the Vilcabamba Mountain range and one of the highest in the Andes. During the trek, you will climb as high as 5,028 meters/16.495ft, have views of the beautiful Andean landscapes and also have the possibility of observing condors, alpacas and other andean animals in their natural habitats. This walk connects with the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in the last 4 days. This is the greatest adventure for the Inca Trail.
  • Duration: 7 days
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4 Day Inca Trail Cachicata

This new route involves 2 day hike to Cachicata and 2 day short Inca Trail. Cachicata to Inca Trail is located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Departure dates to Inca Trail and Cachicata Daily departures are available along the year. Exception: one-month closing period of all Inca Trail routes in February. During this hike you will enjoy the nature of the Andean highlands, the water fall, Incas ruins, Inca Mummies original, Andean Terraces, Intipunku (Sun gate), Inca Trail original, stone quarries, Wiñaywayna ruins and the last day you will visit and guided tour to Machu Picchu.
  • Duration: 4 days
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US$650,00
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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu: 3-Night Tour

The Lares Trek is a stunning trip designed to avoid the crowds on the traditional Inca Trail hikes. On the Lares Trek, there are great opportunities to experience wildlife, meet locals and enjoy the ancient Andean surroundings.
  • Duration: 4 days
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4 DAY ANCASCOCHA TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

The Ancascocha Trail in the Peruvian Andes is a remarkable trail that, unlike other more popular trails, remains off the beaten track and away from crowds. Yet don’t be put off by its lesser known status.Named by National Geographic as one of 20 dream hikes on their World Best Hikes list, this stunning trek takes you past ancient Inca ruins and through traditional Andean villages such as Chillipahua and the trail’s namesake Ancascocha (3,700 m/12,136 ft). Here you may briefly share the trail with farmers, shepherds and their livestock tending to their daily lives, so far removed from the tourist crowds of Cusco.
  • Duration: 4 days
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2 days inca trail to machu picchu

Hike the last portion of the Inca Trail on this 2-day tour from Cusco. On day one, start your trek at kilometer 104 and hike all the way to the village of Aguas Calientes, taking in the beautiful views along the way. Early the next morning, hike to Machu Picchu with your group and follow your guide on a tour of the ancient citadel before heading back to Cusco by train and bus.
  • Duration: 2 days
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Salkantay Inka Trail (7 days 6 nights)

The 7 Day Inca Trail offers tourists the chance to enjoy a magic combination Salkantay Trek and the Inca Trail. Starting on the Salkantay Trek the route diverges just before Salkantay Pass and instead goes over the Incachiriaska Pass (Frozen Inca Pass) which leads you down to the village of Wayllabamba, there, we join the Inca Trail and continue on to Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate. Before the trek, your guide will meet you at your hotel for an in-depth briefing. This provides an opportunity to ask questions and do any last-minute shopping before leaving Cusco. The itinerary below is an  example. Hiking times are an average and will vary depending on the group. Additionally, lunch and camp sites may change to meet the needs of the group and conditions.
  • Duration: 7 days
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8-Day Semi-Private Tour: Cusco, Sacred Valley and Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Go on this semi-private classic adventure to the Incan Empire. Visit Cusco City "The Capital of the Incas", The Sacred Valley of the Incas and go trekking through the world famous Inca Trail until you reach the Lost City of the Incas - Machu Picchu. At the end of the tour you will also visit the recently discovered spectacular Rainbow Mountain. While in Cusco you will participate in our Color your Journey Experience in order for you to get a more cultural experience in Cusco. While traveling with your tour guide, you will learn all about the Incan and Peruvian Culture, how it was in the past but also today.
  • Duration: 8 days
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Exclusive Private Classic 4-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is far from a rustic experience on this private 4-day tour that includes a professional chef, porters to carry equipment, and a private guide to lead you the whole way. Walk the ancient path through some of Peru's most stunning natural landscapes, culminating in an unforgettable approach to the iconic Machu Picchu ruins. Tour the ruins with a guide before heading back to Cusco with included transportation.
  • Duration: 4 days
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Inca Trail to MachuPicchu 4-Day

The Inca Trail is by far the most famous HIKE in South America and is rated by many to be in the top 5 treks in the world. In just 26.5 miles (43km) it manages to combine beautiful mountain scenery, lush cloud-forest, subtropical jungle and, of course, a stunning mix of Inca paving stones, Inca sites, and tunnels. The final destination of the trail just cannot be beaten: Machu Picchu, the mysterious "Lost City of the Incas".
  • Duration: 4 days
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US$765,00
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