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Traditional Inca Trail

4 Days
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US$ 2,054

Trekking the Inca Trail is the best way to appreciate this amazing trail whilst avoiding the busiest campsites. Enjoy a day in Machu Picchu and explore Aguas Calientes.

One of the world’s greatest treks, the Inca Trail offers a challenging and fascinating hike through the beautiful Andes, culminating in perhaps the world’s most awe-inspiring reward – the view over Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate at dawn.

On this 4 day journey, porters will assist with your heavy bags and tents (provided, along with sleeping bags). This allows you to focus on the trek and the incredible sights you’ll visit along the way. Set out from Ollantaytambo, itself a charming Sacred Valley town with impressive ruins. As challenges like Dead Woman’s Pass take your breath away (in every sense of the word), you may occasionally wonder if it’s all worthwhile.

Just let the sight of dawn light spilling over Machu Picchu answer that question!

Best of all, descend to explore the lost city before the tourist groups arrive! Return to Cusco by train and bus, or consider staying an extra day to further explore the ruins.

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4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,054

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Day 1

Cusco to The Inca Trail

From Cusco, drive into the Sacred valley of the Incas. At the end of the road (82km), meet the support team of porters for lunch then begin the Inca trail.

The first section is ideal for acclimatization purposes as you hike along the sacred Urubamba River. You will camp tonight at Llactapata (2,288m) beside some spectacular ruins. Camping and trekking in style, whilst walking all you need to carry is your daypack. Your support team of traditional porters will carry the camping equipment and perform all camp chores, and all food will be prepared by the cook.

Overnight camping in Llactapata.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 2

Inca Trail Llulluchupampa

Trek up the Cusichaca valley to the small hamlet of Huallyabamba, the last inhabited place on the trail. The path continues on up past humming birds and stunted cloud forest. The camp is the beautiful grassy area at Llulluchupampa (3680m). Here, experience outstanding views down the valley.

Overnight camping in Llulluchupampa.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 3

Inca Trail Phuyupatamarca

Today is possibly the hardest day of the trek. Rise early and head to the highest point of the trail - the impressive Warmiwanusca (Dead Woman's Pass, 4200m). Then descend into the Pacasmayo Valley and climb again, passing the Rucuracay Inca ruins.

Your second pass of the day (3998m) gives you spectacular views of the Vilcabamba Range. Walking on incredibly well-preserved Inca pathway, pass the Sayacmarca ruins with plenty of time for an in depth tour and explanation. Continue along the ridge, passing through tunnels and fantastic views, where a slight ascent brings you to the Phuyupatamarca ruins where you will camp (3650m).

Overnight camping in Phuyupatamarca.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 4

Machu Picchu to Cusco

Your final day's hiking brings you down into the Cloud Forest on a seemingly endless Inca Stairway to Winay-winay (2,600m), another impressive ruin full of orchids and swallows. You will also visit Inti Punku, the gateway of the Sun, for your first glimpse of Machu Picchu. After treasuring the moment, pass through the ruins and catch a bus down to the train station near the town of Aguas Calientes (2,000m). Catch the afternoon train back to Poroy and a bus from here back to Cusco.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

Other Information


Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Private departures any day on request


  • Transport to and from Inca Trail
  • All camping and cooking equipment including Thermarests, spacious two person tents, dining, cook and toilet tent
  • An emergency first-aid kit and oxygen
  • Professional English and Spanish speaking guides trained in first-aid and C.P.R.
  • All porters, mules, and a cook team
  • Guided tour in Machu Picchu
  • Entrance to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu ruins
  • Entrance to Ollantaytambo ruins
  • Bus transfers to and from the ruins
  • Train/bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco
  • Accommodation in Aguas Calientes
  • Meals as indicated


  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature


Trekking groups operate with a minimum of 2 walkers. Actual group size may vary but is based on 1 lead guide for every 8 trekkers. Please enquire about private trekking options. Guided tours in Machu Picchu are regulated to 1 guide for every 16 visitors. If your Inca Trail trekking group is over 16, you will be broken into two separate groups each not exceeding 16 people.   A copy of your passport and an additional, non-refundable deposit, is required at the time of booking to secure your Inca Trail permits and the passport on which you book your trek must be presented when entering the trail on day 1.


Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

18 Nov 2020
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