Inca Trail Trek - 7 days
Spend a week retracing the steps of the ancient Inca civilization, highlighted by the spectacular Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu. Explore cobble-stoned Cuzco with its lively atmosphere and plethora of things to see and do!
Upon arrival at Cuzco Airport you'll be met and transferred to our joining hotel. Today is an arrival day with an orientation meeting held later in the evening, the rest of the day at leisure exploring the city’s sights including the cathedral and ceremonial fortress.
Our adventure begins with a full day of touring around the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Firstly we visit the Pisac ruins, perched on a hilltop with incredible views of the surrounding mountains. We then go down to the famous traditional market of the same name, which is full of colour and atmosphere. A great place for souvenirs! After lunch, we continue along the valley to the temple/fortress of Ollantaytambo with its enormous Inca terracing constructed on the side of a steep mountain.
If you are doing the Inca Trek to Machu Picchu, tonight you will stay in Ollantaytambo. If you are doing the Lares Trek or have opted to take the train to Machu Picchu, this afternoon, you will return to Cuzco where you will spend the night.
Overnight: Ollantaytambo | Breakfast
We depart early in the morning to begin the famous Inca Trail Trek. During your hike you will cross spectacular passes and visit more Inca ruins en-route to Machu Picchu. A local guide will lead this expedition and there will be cooks and porters to carry the main equipment, leaving you with just a small daypack. Nights will be spent in two person tents in designated campsites along the route. A relatively easy 13km walk today will get you limbered up for the highest pass at Warmiwanusca (4200m) which we reach before lunch time tomorrow. After the pass it is all downhill as the trail winds its way along ancient Inca stairs. On the third day of the trek we pass the ruins of Runkurakay, Sayacmarca and Phuyupatamarca, walking approximately 15 kilometres in seven hours and spending the night in Winay-Wayna.
Overnight: Inca Trail (camping) | Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3
Early this morning we walk the final leg to the Lost City of Machu Picchu and greet daybreak over the famous ‘Sun Gate’. Enjoy free time to explore Machu Picchu. Once a completely self-contained city, Machu Picchu was surrounded by agricultural terraces with enoughcrops to feed the entire population and natural springs provided the city’s water.
Today you can explore the remarkably preserved palaces, baths, temples, storage rooms and some 150 houses, surviving intact due to the city’s isolation. After spending most of the day at Machu Picchu you have the chance to meander through the markets of Aguas Calientes before enjoying a scenic train ride back to the Sacred Valley where our transfer to Cuzco will be waiting.
Overnight: Cuzco | Breakfast
Today marks the end of our adventure and you can depart at any time. For those who would like to see more of Cuzco, we recommend booking pre or post tour accommodation and extending your stay. Cuzco is a city with many wonders to discover with a mostly indigenous population. Lose yourself in the narrow cobblestone streets, lined by massive Inca-built walls and discover even more ancient treasures inside museums, colonial mansions and churches. The city’s plazas are thronged with Quechua-speaking descendants of the Incas, who named Cuzco the ‘navel of the earth’.
Inca Trail , Lares Trek or Machu Picchu by Train
If you have always dreamed of trekking the Inca Trail you will need to book your trip in advance (4 months is ideal) as the number of Inca Trail permits is limited to 500 per day. Booking early gives us the best opportunity for securing one of these permits.
When booking your tour with us we'll need your full name as it appears in your passport, date of birth, nationality and passport number. With this information we can then apply for a permit.
If the Inca Trail is unavailable, you can opt to hike the Lares Trek. With its breathtaking passes, glacial lakes and hot springs, this less crowded option, which also ends with a full day’s visit to Machu Picchu, is thought to be equally if not more spectacular than the Inca Trail. Alternatively you could also choose to spend your time in Cuzco and take a day trip to Machu Picchu by train.
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The tour was unbelievable. Santi was a funny intelligent informative an enthusiastic guide. Fantastic group. Hernan was also superb with over the top willingness to ensure comfort. Defo do it again. Only one issue was that the hotel i was told i would be in was incorrect. The helpful efforts of cusco plaza 1 discovered the correct location with the rest of the group.”