The famous Inca ruins of Machu Picchu seen on the Inca Trail - a highlight of our Peru Tours.

Inca Trail Tours

By far the most popular of the Inca trails for trekking is the Capaq Nan trail, known to all as 'The Inca Trail', which leads from the village of Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu. There are many well-preserved ruins along the way and housands of travellers from around the world make the three or four-day trek each year. There are few treks in the world that combine natural beauty, history and mystery with such an awe-inspiring final destination.

 

Our Inca Trail tours to Machu Picchu:

Inca Trail Group Tours

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Lima Llama Land - 21 Days
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This tour of Peru has it all: Amazon jungle, Lake Titicaca, Machu Picchu and more in just 21 days...

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Setting out from Lima take in the sights of Peru, Bolivia and Chile on this all-encompassing 26 day tour...

Journey From The Equator - 37 days
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Explore the Amazon Jungle, visit Lake Titicaca and hike the Inca Trail on this 37 day tour of Peru and Bolivia...

South America Salsa - 49 days
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Embark on a 49 day journey of epic proportion through Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina Bolivia, and Peru ...

Inca Trail Private Tours

Into the Incan Empire - 8 days
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This classic journey through the Inca heartland of Peru takes you from elegant Lima to Cuzco and its riches....


Inca Trail Tours - What to expect

 

The most famous Inca path through the Andes is simply known as ‘The Inca Trail’, the royal route to Machu Picchu. Arriving at km82 you'll begin this challenging 44km trail that crosses 3 stunning high passes and weaves between many ancient archaeological sites, culminating at the famous Lost City of the Incas. Your group is led by an expert local guide and supported by a team of porters and cooks, leaving you with only a small day pack to carry. 3 nights are spent camping en route. The trail can be demanding but can be completed by anyone who leads a reasonably active life. Everyone is able to walk at their own pace and there is no rush to finish. 

 

As the second day includes the highest point of the trail, it is physically, the most demanding - but you'll feel a huge sense of achievement when you reach the high point at 4,200m. We stop frequently to investigate the many ruins along the route, taking in the spectacular views along the way.

 

Before camping for the final night before reaching Machu Picchu, we explore the Winay Winay ruins – a terraced hillside overlooking the valley below and a fantastic entrée to the ruins of Machu Picchu, the so-called "Lost City of the Incas".

 

Waking early, we complete the final part of the trek prior to dawn. Climbing the steps to the Sun Gate, we all hope for a sunny and clear day ahead. After we have had a guided tour the site, there is ample time to independently explore, before catching the train back to Cuzco this evening.

 

Inca Trail Tours - Making a Booking

 

In order to preserve the Inca Trail and its surrounds, the Peruvian authorities cap the number of Inca Trail permits to 500 per day. This number includes all support staff (ie. porters, cooks and guides) and is very tightly controlled. Once this limit of 500 people is reached, the Trail is effectively closed off for the day and no further bookings can be made. You should aim to book your tour at least 3 - 4 months in advance, particularly if trekking during the peak season from June to September.


When booking your Inca Trail tour with us we’ll need to provide us with:

  • Full name (exactly as it appears on the passport)
  • Date of birth
  • Passport number (valid for at least 6 months after your tour concludes)
  • Nationality
  • Date of passport expiry
  • A copy of your passport (scanned or photocopied)

With this information we can then apply for your Inca Trail Permit. This section of the holiday can not be confirmed until an Inca Trail Permit is obtained. Your permit is linked to your name and passport number which is checked at the start point of the trail and throughout the hike. No modifications to the permit can be made once you have confirmed the above information with us.

 

When booking your Inca Trail tour with us you will need to pay our standard tour deposit plus a non-refundable Inca Trail Trek deposit (approx US$300). This is not an extra payment and will be deducted from your final tour payment. If you do not want to complete the Machu Picchu trek, you must advise your travel consultant at the time of booking.

 

The Inca Trail is usually closed each year during the month of February for a cleanup and during this time we offer the beautiful Lares Trek as an alternative. An alternative and easiest way up to Machu Picchu is by train.  Click here for more details of the Lares Trek and the train up to Machu Picchu.

 

The day
trip starts with a short bus ride from Cuzco to Poroy,
followed by a scenic rail journey taking approx 3.5 hours,
which offers incredible views of the Andes. A short bus
ride then takes us to the entrance of Machu Picchu. Later
in the afternoon we return to Cuzco. The additional days
are free for you to explore in and around Cuzco.

 

Inca Trail Tours - What to Pack:

 

  • Sleeping bag liner/Inner sheet (for added warmth & if you plan to hire a sleeping bag)
  • Well worn-in waterproof walking boots/sport shoes
  • Fair sized daypack
  • Wool hat, mitts or gloves (preferably waterproof)
  • Waterproof clothing/ Rain poncho and small lightweight umbrella
  • Strong plastic bags to help keep gear dry
  • Sleeping bag (this can also be hired locally for approximately US$10) A 4 seasons (or -10) bag is recommended for the winter months. Roll mats are provided  for greater comfort and warmth, Thermorest style mattresses can also be hired in Cuzco for US$10
  • Toilet paper - Most important!
  • Small towel and basic personal toiletries.
  • Warm clothing for nights - Fleece, Thermal underwear – If trekking in winter
  • Walking clothing in layers – e.g. zip off trousers, fleece, T-shirts
  • Water bottle, first aid kit - Band-aids, Imodium, Panadol, rehydration sachets
  • Camera and spare batteries, memory cards and/or film - there are no electrical outlets on the trek.
  • Snacks, Torch (flash-light), Sunscreen, sunglasses, sunhat, Flip flops / thongs
  • Tropical strength insect repellant, Antiseptic hand gel
  • Swimwear for hot pools at Aguas Calientes (for Lares Trek)

 

Inca Trail Tours - Porters & Packing

 

All other camping equipment is provided for the Inca Trail excursion. Porters carry the camping gear, food, and a portion of your personal belongings. All you will need to carry is a day-pack, containing waterproof jacket, fleece top, camera, water bottle, snacks, sunscreen, and hat during the hike. Note: If bringing a walking stick, it must be rubber tipped as steel tips are not allowed on the Inca trail.

 

Porters are allowed to carry no more than 6Kg of personal belongings per hiker. That means that including your sleeping bag, toiletries, clothing, etc... you are allowed a total weight of 6KG for the hike. Any additional weight must then be carried by you in your day pack. To help achieve this goal we recommend that you carry travel sized toiletries, eg. contact lens solution, that you bring sport sandals that can be worn with socks (which are lighter than running/walking shoes) and that you limit electronics such as MP3 players to those that you are willing to carry.

 

The ancient Inca ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru - a must see on any Peru Tour

 

About the trails of the Incas

 

Traversing the Andes mountains and reaching heights of over 5,000 m (16,500 feet) above sea level, the trails connected the regions of the Inca empire from the northern provincial capital in Quito, Ecuador past the modern city of Santiago, Chile in the south.

 

Because the Incas did not make use of the wheel for transportation, and did not have horses until the arrival of the Spanish in Peru in the 16th century, the trails were used almost exclusively by people walking, sometimes accompanied by pack animals, usually the llama. The trails were used by the Inca people as a means of relaying messages, carried via knotted-cord quipu and by memory; and for transporting goods.

 

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