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Trekking the Inca Trail

5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,802

Trekking the Inca Trail in a relaxed five days 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 5 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! Stay overnight, then return. Those with leftover energy might enjoy a climb up Huayna Picchu. Or just explore at your own pace before your return to Cusco.

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5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,802

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Day 1

Cusco to Inca Trail

From Cusco, you will drive into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, stopping to explore the impressive ruins at Ollantaytambo. At the end of the road (approximately 88 kilometres in length), you will meet the support team of porters for lunch, and then begin the Inca Trail.

The first section is ideal for acclimatization purposes as you hike along the sacred Urubamba River. You will camp the night at Llactapata, beside some spectacular ruins. The tour believes in camping and trekking in style, whilst walking, all you will need to carry is your daypack. Your support team of traditional porters carries all camping equipment and performs all camp chores and all food is prepared by the cook.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 2

Inca Trail

You will 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. Your camp is the beautiful grassy area at Llulluchupampa and has outstanding views down the valley.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 3

Inca Trail

Possibly the hardest day of the trek, you will rise early and head to the highest point of the trail - the impressive Warmiwanusca (Dead Woman's Pass, 4200 metres). You will then descend into the Pacasmayo Valley and then climb again, passing the Inca ruins at Rucuracay.

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

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 4

Inca Trail to Aguas Calientes

Your final day of hiking brings you down into the Cloud Forest on a seemingly endless Inca Stairway to Winay-Winay (2600 metres), another impressive ruin full of orchids and swallows. Then, it is on to Inti Punku, the Gateway of the Sun, for your first glimpse of Machu Picchu. After treasuring the moment, you pass through the ruins and catch a bus down to your hostel in the nearby town of Aguas Calientes.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Machu Picchu

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    Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Machu Picchu

    Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Machu Picchu is the only hotel located adjacent to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu and the best hotel by which to explore the beautiful surrounding area. Offering luxury accommodation, simply composed Peruvian cuisine with delightful little touches, Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Machu …

    Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Machu Picchu is the only hotel located adjacent to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu and the best hotel by which to explore the beautiful surrounding area. Offering luxury accommodation, simply composed Peruvian cuisine with delightful little touches, Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Machu Picchu is the perfect place to relax and unwind in the shadow of the Lost City.


    • Bar(s)
    • Currency Exchange
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Massage Treatments
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 5

Inca Trail to Cusco

Returning first thing in the morning, you will have Machu Picchu virtually to yourself for a full guided tour, with time afterwards to wander through the ruins, soaking up the amazing atmosphere. After a late lunch in Aguas Calientes, you will catch the afternoon train back to Poroy and a bus from here back to Cusco.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

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Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. 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.

5 Dec 2022
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