Trek the Inca Trail - 7 days
Discover the magic of one of the most famous treks in the world on Peru's Inca Trail. Explore various Inca ruins and immerse yourself in beauty of the rugged Andes Mountains as you make your way to Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Bienvenidos a Peru! Upon arrival at Cuzco airport you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this charming city which is easily navigated on foot. The Plaza de Armas and the Catedral de Santo Domingo sit at the heart of Cuzco’s cultural centre. The modern square is a bustling tourist hub, with bars, restaurants and shops flanking the northern and western sides of the squares, offering a distinctly European vibe. Tonight at 6pm our welcome meeting takes place.
Please note: You may wish to arrive a day or two earlier in order to adjust to the altitude. Pre tour accommodation can be booked upon request.
Cuzco - Sacred Valley. Today we set off on our journey to the Sacred Valley. We stop at the Pisac market, a colourful marketplace filled with handicrafts, textiles and produce. There's time to shop for souvenirs before we head to the remarkable Incan fortress and the citadel of Ollantaytambo with its giant Inca terraces built into a steep mountainside. The fortress was constructed to guard the entrance to this part of the valley and protect it from possible invasions of tribes from the jungle lowlands.
Overnight: Sacred Valley | Breakfast
Sacred Valley – Km. 82 – Huayllabamba – Pacaymayo - Winaywayna. On day 3 the real fun begins as we embark on the four day Inca Trail trek through spectacular mountain scenery, dense sub-tropical jungle and misty cloud forest, taking in Inca ruins en route. The day starts with the whole group being taken from the hotel to Km. 82 where we’ll meet our trekking guide and porters. We’ll then begin the Inca Trail trek, walking along the Urubamba River with spectacular snow-capped mountains as our backdrop. From the Urubamba Valley we’ll head towards the Kusichaca River and set up camp in Huayllabamba, where we can rest our weary feet after our 11km trek.
The next day is the most challenging as we hike to Warmihuanusca Pass, which translates as 'Dead Woman's Pass' and is the highest pass on the trail at 4200m. We hike for approximately 7km, part of which will lead us to the top of the pass, where we’ll be able to see the path that leads to the Runkurakay ruins. We camp for the night in Pacaymayo, located at 3,600m above sea level.
On day 5 we continue along our route, heading first to the Runkurakay circular ruins. After looking around we’ll make our way through forest and jungle until we get to the Sayacmarca ruins. From there we continue our journey across the Lago Seco and ‘The Tunnel’, a natural cavity, which occurred during a landslide. Eventually we’ll arrive at the Phuyupatamarca ruins, our final cultural stop for the day. Once we are done here we will proceed to Winaywayna for the night after 9km of walking.
Note:If the Inca Trail is not available we offer the Lares Trek and if you prefer not to trek at all, you can opt to take the train to Machu Picchu on day 3 and enjoy extra time in Cuzco on days 4 - 6 with some additional included excursions. Breakfasts included only. Please refer to the Trip Notes or further information.
Overnight: Inca Trail (camping) | Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3
Winaywayna – Machu Picchu – Cuzco. Today is the day we’ve all been waiting for – we finally get to see the world famous Machu Picchu. But, before we get to the main destination, we’ll stop off at the Winay Wayna ruins, the second most important archaeological site after Machu Picchu. After this, we cross our final pass – Inti Punku (the Gate of the Sun) – which leads us to the lost city of Machu Picchu.
Situated on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba River and surrounded by tropical forest, the Inca city enjoys a truly spectacular setting. Built in the classical Inca style with polished dry-stone walls and terraces that seem to have been crafted naturally from the rock escarpments, Machu Picchu is a spectacular testament to the greatness of the Inca civilisation. The ruins are divided into the Urban and Agricultural Sectors with features ranging from terraced fields and water fountains to storage buildings, guardhouses and religious temples as well as bridges on the trails leading out of the citadel. After a guided tour there's plenty of free time to explore this mystical, ancient citadel before we head down to the town of Aguas Calientes. In the afternoon we’ll take the train back to Cuzco.
Overnight: Cuzco | Breakfast
Tour arrangements come to an end after breakfast and hotel check out today. Consider extending your stay to see more of Cuzco, the captivating Inca capital.
Upgrade your tour & option to take the train.
For a small supplement you can upgrade to our 'Inca Trail to Machu Picchu' Signature tour. The itinerary is exactly the same but the Signature tour includes higher quality hotels, all entrance fees, a departure transfer to the airport and also porterage on the Inca Trail. Please click on the link above to see tour and its departure dates.
If you do not wish to trek you have the option to take the train to Machu Picchu on this tour, spending three nights Cuzco (in place of the Inca Trail). Whilst in Cuzco you'll enjoy a cooking class and visit to a local market, in addition to an excursion to visit Chinchero village and its fascinating market. For more information please refer to the trip notes. Please note that only breakfast is included on these days, if you choose not trek.
Prices & Dates
Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies to travellers who would like the comfort of their own room (on all or many of the tour nights) and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.Read More
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.
Hotel Mabey Cusco, Cuzco
Cuzco’s Hotel Mabey is five minutes by taxi from the town square, offering 45 ensuite rooms decorated in Andean style, with sculpted wooden furniture and modern amenities such as marble bathroom fittings and cable television. Two Peruvian restaurants - one decorated with a hand-painted mural - and an elegant bar heighten the hotel's style, providing the perfect setting to enjoy the daily buffet breakfast or an evening drink. Free Wi-Fi and a 24-hour front desk are available.
Hotel Mabey Urubamba, Sacred Valley
Hotel Mabey Urubamba is located in the circuit of the Sacred Valley, on the road to the Ollantaytambo archaeological site. With 50 quiet, fully-equipped rooms decorated in traditional style, and a restaurant serving authentic Peruvian and international dishes, this hotel surely evokes the magic of the Andes. You can even end your day with a cocktail in the garden overlooking the hills. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi throughout and a 24-hour reception.