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Simply the most famous trek in the Andes, the Classic Inca Trail takes you to Macchu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. Permits for the Inca Trail are extremely limited so plan ahead for your Peru trekking holiday.

  • Three days to acclimatise before the trek
  • Walk through the Sun Gate to Machu Picchu
  • Included tours of Cusco & the Sacred Valley

The world famous Inca Trail should need no further introduction. We believe this once-in-a-lifetime trek to Machu Picchu is greatly enhanced by time spent acclimatising in Cusco and the Sacred Valley beforehand. During our time in Cusco, we usually stay in a hotel that supports a local children’s charity.

The terrain along this ancient pathway is diverse, ranging from paved stones to dirt trails amongst soaring ice capped peaks and sweeping valleys which gradually change to rich, luscious cloudforests dripping with moss and lagoons. Trek over the impressive Dead Woman’s Pass, the high point at 4,200 metres, before descending towards the Sun Gate. The climax of this extraordinary trek, of course, is the arrival at the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu.

Each day allows you time to discover the spirituality and wonder of the scenery and ruins, leaving you with unique memories of your journey into the land of the Incas.

Inca Trail permits: It is imperative that we are able to secure an Inca Trail permit for you. The number of permits is restricted and can only be obtained on a ‘request’ basis. The earlier you book for this trip the better the chances of securing a permit – see the Holiday Dossier for more important information about Inca Trail Permits.

Typical Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart UK

    Depart the UK on overnight flight to Cusco.

  2. Day 2: Arrive Cusco

    On arrival in Cusco, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in the city, then a few hours at leisure to take things easy as you begin adapting to the altitude. In the evening you will meet your guide and have a briefing on the days ahead.

  3. Day 3: Explore Cusco & Sacsayhuaman

    Enjoy a walking tour of colonial and Inca Cusco today and visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman above the city. The gentle walking today will help with acclimatisation.

  4. Day 4: Sacred Valley

    You’ll travel into the Sacred Valley today and explore Inca ruins and salt pans at Maras and Moray. This is another day with gentle walking in preparation for the trek ahead.

  5. Day 5: Begin the Inca Trail

    You have an early start this morning and travel by road to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley. Explore the town, seeing irrigations systems, granaries and the impressive Inca fortress.

    Around midday, you’ll be driven to the trailhead at Piscacucho, from where the trail follows the left bank of the Urubamba River and there are views to snow-capped Mount Veronica. This first day of walking takes about three hours and is quite gentle, leading down to Llactapata where you camp the night (2,590 metres).

  6. Day 6: Along the Inca Trail to Llulluchapampa

    After breakfast, continue the hike along the Huayllabamba Valley, arriving at the village of the same name in around two hours. From here, the trail climbs steadily through Andean forest to a plain called Llulluchapampa. From here you can enjoy excellent views of the Huayanay mountains and set up camp for the night. There are about seven hours of walking today and the highest point is 3,758 metres.

  7. Day 7: Over Dead Woman’s Pass to Phuyupatamarca

    The most challenging day of the Inca Trail. Walk up for around two hours to reach the pass of Warmiwanuska (4,220 metres) – Dead Woman’s Pass - then descend into the canyon of the Pacaymayo River.

    The trail then climbs to a second pass from where you will be able to see the Vilcabamba and Urubamba mountains. After a short rest, descend along a paved Inca path to the ruins of Runkuraqay and Sayaqmarca. At this point, you start your journey into the cloud forest. Descend via a stone stairway to the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, where you camp. There are about eight to nine hours of walking today.

  8. Day 8: Through the Sun Gate to Machu Picchu

    Continue to descend along a remarkable set of Inca steps to the ruins of Winaywayna, a beautiful Inca site in dense cloud forest. Here you’ll encounter about 20 constructions which have all been recently restored, as well as an irrigation system and a splendid Inca temple.

    After lunch, continue to walk for another two hours, enjoying spectacular scenery, with the river far below. Finally, reach Intipunku (the famous Sun Gate) from where you’ll get your first glimpse of Machu Picchu. From here, it is another 40 minutes walk to Aguas Calientes. There are about five to six hours walking today with a maximum altitude of 3,660 metres. You’ll stay the night in Aguas Calientes in a hotel.

  9. Day 9: Private tour of Machu Picchu; scenic train journey to Cusco

    An early start takes you back up to Machu Picchu by bus, where you’ll have a tour of the temples and terraces plus time to soak up the atmosphere of the ruins. Following plenty of time to explore, you travel back down to Aguas Calientes then travel by train to Cusco, where you have a final night in a hotel.

  10. Day 10: Depart Cusco

    Today following a little free time, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK

  11. Day 11: Arrive UK

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