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INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU

Discover the wonders of Peru's heartland by hiking the Inca Trail, a life-changing experience.
Inca Trail Trek

EXPLORE THE INCA TRAIL

Inca Trail the Famous Circuit to Machu Picchu

The Inca Trail is one of the most famous treks in the entire world, and is the best route in South America. It leads to one of the New Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu and follows along the trail that the Incas created all those hundreds of years ago.

Along the route you’ll get to see some fascinating archaeological sites that can only be accessed by foot. You’ll hike the trail accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who’ll inform you of all the important facts from history, as well as with tourists from across the globe. It’s a great chance to make new friends, too.

The trail is tough in parts, but it’s well worth the challenge. Let’s take a look in more detail.

Inca Trail And Machu Picchu

EXPLORE THE INCA TRAIL

he Most Famous Hike in South America.

The Inca Trail is one of the most famous treks in the entire world, and is the best route in South America. It leads to one of the New Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu and follows along the trail that the Incas created all those hundreds of years ago.

Along the route you’ll get to see some fascinating archaeological sites that can only be accessed by foot. You’ll hike the trail accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who’ll inform you of all the important facts from history, as well as with tourists from across the globe. It’s a great chance to make new friends, too.

The trail is tough in parts, but it’s well worth the challenge. Let’s take a look in more detail.

Inca Trail Trek

Inca Trail Tours

If trekking the Inca Trail is on your bucket list, you have a few options, ranging from just 1 days to 7 days long, which includes a part of the incredible Salkantay Trail as well. Bear in mind that the 4 day trail is the classic route and the one that most people want to take part in, so you need to book months in advance.

Flexible refund
Cusco
One Day Inca Trail

Inca Trail Challenge 1 Day All inclusive

FromS/1,527
Day Hike
Trip Length: 9 to 10 hours
Difficulty: Vigorous
-27%
Flexible refund
Cusco
Inca Trail 2 Days

Short Inca Trail 2 Days All inclusive

FromS/2,049S/1,490
Short hike
Trip Length: 2 Days
Difficulty: Moderate
-7%
Flexible refund
Cusco
Inca Trail 4 days

The Classic Inca Trail 4 Days

FromS/2,794S/2,604
Multi-day hike
Trip Length: 4 Days
Difficulty: Vigorous
New!
Flexible refund
Cusco
Premium
Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain Trek plus Short Inca Trail 4 Days

Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain Trek + Short Inca Trail 4 Days

FromS/2,421
Multi-day hike
Premium
Trip Length: 4 Days
Difficulty: Moderate
-21%
Flexible refund
Cusco
Premium
Lares Trek 5 Days thumbnail

Lares Trek + Short Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 5 Days

FromS/3,092S/2,421
Multi-day hike
Premium
Trip Length: 5 Days
Difficulty: Moderate
New!
Flexible refund
Cusco
Premium
Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain Trek + Short Inca Trail 5 Days

Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain Trek + Short Inca Trail 5 Days

FromS/2,794
Multi-day hike
Premium
Trip Length: 5 Days
Difficulty: Moderate
Flexible refund
Cusco
Salkantay Trek 7 Days Plus Inca Trail To Machu Picchu

Salkantay Trek 7 Days Plus Inca Trail To Machu Picchu

FromS/4,098
Multi-day hike
Trip Length: 7 Days
Difficulty: Vigorous
Flexible refund
Cusco
ancascocha Trek 7 Days

Ancascocha Trek + Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 7 Days

FromS/4,470
Multi-day hike
Trip Length: 7 Days
Difficulty: Vigorous
Flexible refund
Cusco
One Day Inca Trail

Inca Trail Challenge 1 Day All inclusive

FromS/1,527
Day Hike
Trip Length: 9 to 10 hours
Difficulty: Vigorous
-27%
Flexible refund
Cusco
Inca Trail 2 Days

Short Inca Trail 2 Days All inclusive

FromS/2,049S/1,490
Short hike
Trip Length: 2 Days
Difficulty: Moderate
-7%
Flexible refund
Cusco
Inca Trail 4 days

The Classic Inca Trail 4 Days

FromS/2,794S/2,604
Multi-day hike
Trip Length: 4 Days
Difficulty: Vigorous
New!
Flexible refund
Cusco
Premium
Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain Trek plus Short Inca Trail 4 Days

Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain Trek + Short Inca Trail 4 Days

FromS/2,421
Multi-day hike
Premium
Trip Length: 4 Days
Difficulty: Moderate
-21%
Flexible refund
Cusco
Premium
Lares Trek 5 Days thumbnail

Lares Trek + Short Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 5 Days

FromS/3,092S/2,421
Multi-day hike
Premium
Trip Length: 5 Days
Difficulty: Moderate
New!
Flexible refund
Cusco
Premium
Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain Trek + Short Inca Trail 5 Days

Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain Trek + Short Inca Trail 5 Days

FromS/2,794
Multi-day hike
Premium
Trip Length: 5 Days
Difficulty: Moderate

Why Travel With Us?

We are dedicated and commited to our clients, to the environment, and to our fellow compatriots

Our Porters

Tour Guides

Cooks

The Food

Camping

Our Porters for Inca Trail
Our Porters "Blue Machine"

It is not possible to create the experience we provide without the unbelievably hard work of our team of porters. They are made up of men varying ages who are willing to leave their homes several hours away for days at a time. They
typically are farmers.

We go out of our way to treat them with respect providing fair wages and proper equipment. We care for their health and the health of their families. In their communities we work on many social projects, especially in education and
health, where we have small reinforcement schools with teachers in the subjects that the children of our porters require, we implement libraries, even school buildings.

Knowledgeable Tour Guides
Knowledgeable Tour Guides for Inca Trail

Peru Hike relies on an extensive network of
highly trained guides and expert ambassadors as a
premise to guarantee excellence in our services. We are
fully conscious that an excellent guide is key to making
your trip a memorable experience, which is why we are
extremely demanding when recruiting and regularly
training our guides.

Our Chefs peru hike
Our Chefs

In all of our trekking trips, the chef ensures high-quality meals on time, an adequate diet both in its quality and quantity. The secret lies in the careful selection of our team of chefs, whose top-quality restaurant background,
creativity and passion for their jobs provide an unequalled touch to all of our meals. We do not have set menus since we wish to give our chefs the chance to create, innovate and surprise our clients through delicious dishes in every
trip.

The Best Trekking Food in Peru hike
The Best Trekking Food in Inca Trail

We do not have set menus since we wish to give our chefs
the chance to create, innovate and surprise our clients
through delicious dishes in every trip. We provide
general guidelines, guest information on dietary
restrictions and preferences and, most especially, the
tools for a constant updating of our cooks’ knowledge in
both Peruvian and International cuisine through
specialization courses and training.

The Best Camping Equipment
The Best Camping Equipment for Inca Trail

Enjoy a good night’s sleep in our spacious Eureka tent. All our tents are built to be four man tents, but you will only have to share with one other trekker. This leaves a lot of room to spread out comfortably and store your duffels.
They are an A-frame design, with entrances on both sides of the tent. They also include a vestibule in front, giving you some extra outdoor space to leave your boots and walking sticks. We are proud to be the only company to use these
tents.

Inca Trail Travel Guide

Before You Go, What You Should Know

INCA TRAIL HIGHLIGHTS

Here are the top highlights that you’ll enjoy on the excursion:

  • Walk this ancient path surrounded by incredible landscapes and great views of rolling hills in the Andean mountains.
  • Enter Machu Picchu through the ‘Puerta del Sol’, or Sun Gate.
  • Be transformed back in time as you retrace ancient steps and let your mind take you back hundreds of years.
  • Hike along one of the most famous and impressive treks in the world.
  • Discover secrets of the ancient civilization and visit preserved historical sites.
  • Explore the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu

WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE INCA TRAIL

To help you prepare as best as possible for this trip, it’s a good idea to know what to expect in advance. We’ve created a list to help you.

Effects of the Altitude


When booking this trek, you need to be aware that it is at a high altitude. You will reach up to 4,200 masl. This can mean you may feel tired more easily or want to eat or drink more. Altitude can cause headaches, nausea, and tiredness, so to make sure you avoid feeling like this on the trail, we recommend 2-3 days in the city of Cusco.

There Are No Showers


That’s right. Along the way there are no showers at all, so you will need to go however many days you opt to trek for without a shower. Bringing a change of clothes for each day and some body wipes is a good way to keep on top of hygiene.

It’s a Challenge


It isn’t the most difficult trek in the world, but it’s not easy either. Along with the altitude, a lot of the way you’ll be walking along the treasured Inca path, but that means a lot of cobbled walkways that can take their toll on your knees, ankles, and feet. Use the right footwear to aid you as much as possible.

You’ll See Plenty of Other Hikers


Due to the trail being one of the most popular in the world, you’ll meet a lot of people along the way from across the globe. It can be exciting to make new friends and experience this journey with many others. If you’re expecting to enjoy a peaceful walk by yourself in the mountains, this isn’t the trek to do it on.

To Learn a Lot of History


Along the trail you’ll visit some incredible archaeological sites where your knowledgeable guide will teach you all about the area. They’ll also give you plenty of information as you walk, so be prepared to learn a lot about our ancestors.

See Some Wonderful Scenery


Walking through the incredible Andean mountain range along an ancient path means you’re going to see some fantastic landscapes and get some wonderful views. The flora and fauna in the area is spectacular, so make sure you bring a good camera.

Different Climates


As you’ll be heading high into the mountain, you’ll be feeling the cold. However, you also head down into the jungle where it gets very warm. Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu are also humid. You can expect bugs at this altitude so take plenty of insect repellent. Make sure you pack for the changes in weather.

WHERE IS THE INCA INCA TRAIL?

The Inca Trail is in Peru in South America. It’s located in the Andean mountain range in the department of Cusco. It ends at Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

As far as treks go around the world, the Inca Trail is considered relatively difficult by most people. The overall distance of the trail is 26 miles, which is broken up over a few days. You also get porters to carry our backpacks, which makes things a little easier.

What makes the trek harder is the altitude, the elevation changes, and the difficult terrain of the paths. A lot of steps can also cause a strain on your knees and ankles. As an overall trek we have rated it as moderate, with challenging and easy parts as well.

INCA TRAIL FACTS

Now to share our top facts about the Inca Trail.

  • Only 500 permits are available each day. 300 are taken by guides, cooks, and porters, meaning only 200 for visitors from all over the world.
  • The Classic Inca Trail is just a small part of a 45,000km network of Inca trails that link the whole of the Empire with the capital of Cusco.
  • The highest part of the route is Dead Woman’s Pass (Warmihuañusca) that sits at 4,215 masl.
  • Only trekkers on the Inca Trail will get to enter Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) and get a fantastic view over the Inca citadel.
  • The 4 day Classic Inca Trail is 26 miles (43km) long in total. It starts from Km82, named that way because it’s 82 kilometers along the railway tracks from Cusco to Aguas Calientes.
  • You need to be on the lookout to buy your tickets well in advance. They go on sale a year in advance and you won’t find out the day they’ll be available until around 3-7 beforehand.

INCA TRAIL TIPS

Below are some useful tips to help you with preparation for your trip.

  • Spend a few days in Cusco and gradually walk a longer distance every day to prepare you for the trail.
  • Do a daily exercise routine including muscle exercises and stretches.
  • Allow 2-3 days to acclimate in the city of Cusco before your trek to get your body used to the high altitude.
  • Speak to a doctor in your country before you travel to Cusco to discuss any possible altitude medications. One is Diamox that may be considered. Always be aware of potential side effects if you’re going to take medicine.
  • Once you arrive in Cusco, drink as little to no alcohol as possible. This will dehydrate you and make trekking in the high altitude a lot more difficult and make you more susceptible to sickness.
  • Think about using walking poles to help you along the trail. There are downhill descents on steps and these can greatly help the impact on your joints.
  • Make sure you pace yourself on the trek. It’s not a race and some people will go faster and slower than you. Listen to your body and go with the flow. You’ll be thankful you did.
  • Be sure to drink enough water to keep you hydrated and your energy levels up.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Finally, to make your trip go as smoothly as possible, here are a few final recommendations.

Plan Your Trip in Advance


Remember that the Inca Trail will sell out months in advance, so to avoid disappointment, you need to book as far in advance as you can.

Make Use of a Packing List


You’ll find recommendations of what to pack online, and it’s a good idea to use them to your advantage. You don’t have a lot of space and need to make sure you take all the right things.

Come at the Right Time of Year


The Inca Trail is its busiest from May to October. This is the dry season and days are warm and sunny, whereas nights are cold. From November to April it’s the wet season, which can make things a little tougher, but there may be less hikers. Remember that the Inca Trail is closed in February.

Take Note of Age Limits


There are no official age restrictions on the trail, but most companies will only allow trekkers aged 12 and up.

Opt for Travel Insurance


Most travellers invest in travel insurance before they come to Peru, and it’s wise to do so. Look for one that includes adventure activities to make sure everything is covered. Most agencies won’t let you go with them if you aren’t insured.

Take Snacks


There are no shops along the route, so stock up on a few lightweight items to help you keep up your energy levels along the way. We recommend nuts and dried fruits.

Tipping


This is not obligatory, but most will expect a little something. The amount is at your discretion.

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