Day 1 Cusco
Arrive in Cusco, the archaeological capital of the Americas and home to the ancient Inca empire. A transfer will be provided to your hotel.
Day 2 Cusco
Today discover the highlights of Cusco on a walking tour including the Cathedral, the ruins of Sacsayhauman and the Temple of the Sun.
Day 3 Cusco to Sacred Valley
Leaving Cusco behind you start your journey to Machu Picchu. The hike starts at the fascinating circular ruins of Moray, thought to have built by the Incas as an experimental agricultural centre. Concentric circular terraces allowed them to simulate different facing slopes and different growing temperatures to see which crops would grow where. After exploring Moray you take a mainly downhill trail through the fields. Along the way enjoy views across to the snow capped Viilcanota Mountains. At the salt pans of Maras. watch local families extract the salt by hand, much as they have done for centuries. Reach the Sacred Valley, where once llamas, then horses carried out the salt to be sent across the empire.
Day 4 Ollantaytambo & The Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu
Visit the old Inca town of Ollantaytambo for a look around the extensive hill-top ruins. Drive to the trailhead at Piscacucho (km 82) to meet the porters and cooks who will support your journey to Machu Picchu. With the crowds now long gone, you hike an undulating trail above the Urubamba River to camp beside the spectacular ruins of Llactapata (2,788m / 9,146ft).
Day 5 Inca Trail Trek To Machu Picchu - Llactapata to Llulluchapampa
Climb gently up the Cusichaca Valley to the small hamlet of Huayllabamba. This is the last inhabited place on the trail.
Day 6 Inca Trail Trek To Machu Picchu - Llulluchapampa to Phuyupatamarca
Today is the most challenging day but also the most exhilarating.
Day 7 Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
This is the day you finally reach Machu Picchu. As you step out of your tent the views are stunning. Perhaps you will see the sun rising over the snow-capped mountains of Salkantay (6,200m/20,341ft) and Veronica (5,800m / 19,029ft). Or perhaps you will have a cloud inversion, with the clouds filling the valleys beneath your feet. Descend through the cloud forest on beautiful Inca stairways, to Wiñay Wayna. Finally you contour the hillside to arrive at Inti Punku, the gateway of the Sun. As you step through the old stone gate-way, Machu Picchu appears laid out before your eyes. Catch the bus down to the lively town of Machu Picchu Pueblo.
Day 8 Machu Picchu Tour & Return to Cusco
Today you explore the pinnacle of Inca engineering - Machu Picchu.
Day 9 Depart
Free day in Cusco and departure.
Moderate. In order to undertake this trail you need to have a reasonable level of fitness – age does not matter! The most important factor is acclimatising to the altitude. The maximum height above sea level along the trail is 4,200m, so we suggest that you spend at least 2 days in Cusco before attempting to walk the trail. During this time you can explore the wonderful city of Cusco, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Breakfast daily, 6 lunches & 3 dinners.
Please note that pricing is in US Dollars. Accommodation in 3* plus hotels.
2019: USD$2790 per person share twin/double. Single Supplement USD$398
2019: Weekly departures on Saturdays from mid March to December.
This classic trek along the historic Inca Trail is considered by many to be one of the great short treks of the world, and is a superb introduction to trekking in the Andes. Ascend jungle trails and cloud forest to appreciate the panorama of Andean peaks that would have inspired the Inca people as we make our way to Machu Picchu. Words cannot describe the exhilaration of the first sighting of these enigmatic ruins.
- Cusco and the Sacred Valley - wander the Quechua Indian markets and discover a variety of Spanish colonial and ancient Inca heritage.
- Inca Trail Trek: Hiram Bingham's discovery of Machu Picchu high in the Andes in 1911 revealed an incredible Inca architectural masterpiece. On the trail, our unsurpassed expertise in organising treks in the Andes comes to the fore as we descend from the snow capped Andean peaks to the lush jungle to complete a spectacular approach to Machu Picchu – the grand finale.