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Inca Trail

Inca Trail

Open March - January

The Basics

For many travelers to Machu Picchu, hiking the Inca Trail through the Sacred Valley is as much a part of the bucket list experience as seeing the ruins themselves. It typically takes four days to cover the distance between Cusco and Aguas Calientes, with overnights at Huayllabamba, Pacamayo, and Huinay Huayna on the way. Shorter one- or two-day treks are also possible for more inexperienced walkers. To walk the trail, you need to join a group of fellow hikers led by a licensed guide. Trail permits are limited, with only 500 hikers permitted on the trail at any given time (including tour guides and porters), so you'll need to book ahead.

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4-Day Trek to Machu Picchu Through the Inca Trail
4-Day Trek to Machu Picchu Through the Inca Trail
$788.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Awesome Adventure
Willie Huayaconza is an awesome guide with a good personality and very educational on the history of the Incan trail. The porters are super men, and the chefs prepare amazing tasting and presentation of meals. No one will go hungry. The trail is challenging, but for those who enjoy taking a break from socialization with a physical challenge, this is for you.
CHERYL G, Nov 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Sacred Valley

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Highly recommended
Tom_J, Jan 2022
Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Fantastic trip. Mauro was a fantastic guide who explained the tour and answered any questions very well. First day hiking the Inca trail and second day visiting Machu Picchu. Overnight hotel was very good.
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Great experience on this trail
Stefan_K, Nov 2021
2-Day Inca Trail To Machu Picchu
The 2-Day Inca Trail is stunning and totally beautiful. First we got picked up from our hotel and received a lunch bag for the day on the trail. A drive took us to the train station where the Inca Train starts to Machu Picchu. It was a very nice experience seeing the landscape with this train. We stopped at km 104 where our tour guide Mauro waited for us. Special thank you to Mauro because he took great care of us and gave us a great time with his knowledge and insides in nature and history. From there you start the first part of the hike (3h) until lunch. This part is challenging because of the altitude and the amount of stairs until you arrive at a camp for lunch. We had to take a lot of breaks and you definitely have to be in good shape. The views alongside this trail are stunning. You are high up on the mountains. The second part of the hike (2h) is easier and equally beautiful. At the end you arrive at the sungade with beautiful views of Machu Picchu and the valley. At the end we took a bus from Machu Picchu station down to the small down of Machu Picchu Pueblo. There we had dinner included with Mauro and again a great time. Our hotel was also very nice. The next day we woke up early in the morning and took one of the first busses up to Machu Picchu. The views were stunning and Mauros tour was perfect. He gave us a great inside into the life and culture of the Inkas. After that we spend the rest of the day in Machu Picchu Pueblo. It has a lot of bars, restaurants and markets. A train took us back and from there a driver dropped us of at our hotel. It was an unforgettable experience and highly recommended.
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Amazing experience!!
Amy_S, Jun 2021
2-Day Inca Trail To Machu Picchu
Amazing 2 day Inca trail experience! Marko was very organized and and clear with instructions before we started our adventure. He was an amazing guide and very knowledgeable about the history of Machu Picchu as well as various flora and fauna along the trail. He has a great, fun personality and made the challenging trek great fun! Thanks again, Marko! 10/10 would recommend!!!
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Great experience
Mariya_R, Jan 2019
4-Day Trek to Machu Picchu Through the Inca Trail
This was one of the best trips my husband and I have taken. Despite the challenging terrain Francisco and Sergio made the whole experience fantastic. The food was also amazing! If we decide to go on another Peruvian trip we will definitely ask to have Francisco as a guide.
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Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca...
George A, Sep 2018
4-Day Trek to Machu Picchu Through the Inca Trail
Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, is the base for the popular trek to Machu Picchu. 90-95 of the Tourists to Machu Picchu, use the traditional train route to Machu Picchu. Around 5-10 of more adventurous souls undertake the multi-day trek to Machu Picchu. Though the trek is tough and energy-sapping, at the end of it all, you will be thankful for the experience ... Trust me!
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An Incredible Journey with a Great Guide!
mcho7, Jan 2020
Inca Trail To Machu Picchu - Small Group - 2 Days Tour
We had an amazing journey with Marcial! From our drop off at KM 104, all the way until our last meal together, Marcial was a tremendous guide. The hike is incredible with breathtaking views and so much history of the Incas. Marcial made sure to explain everything along the way, answer our questions, ensure we were well hydrated, fed, and stayed dry! I really appreciated him being patient with me as I was very tired along the trail. We took breaks as needed and he offered me his hiking sticks! We truly loved his adventure and would recommend it to all who only have a short time in Peru!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The trail is a must-see for adventure travelers.

  • Inca Trail permits are limited, so it's important to book ahead.

  • Everyone on the trail must be accompanied by a licensed tour guide.

  • Dress comfortably and in layers. Don't forget sturdy hiking shoes.

  • Bring a pair of trekking poles, even if you don't think you'll need them.

  • Before your hike, give yourself a couple of days in Cusco to get used to the high altitude levels.

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How to Get There

The city of Cusco serves as a base for trekkers heading out on the Inca Trail and is serviced by Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport. Most tours include pickup from Cusco hotels and the bus ride to Km82 along the railway between Cusco and Aguas Calientes, where the hike begins.

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When to Get There

The dry season (June to October) brings the best weather and the biggest crowds to the Inca Trail; if you plan to hike during this time, be sure to book months in advance. The spring and fall shoulder seasons—May in particular—see fewer tourists and occasional rain. The winter months are prohibitively wet for most trekkers, and the trail closes for maintenance during February.

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Alternatives to the Classic Inca Trail Trek

With the growing popularity of the Inca Trail (and the permit limits placed on it), visitors are considering alternative treks to Machu Picchu. These include the Lares trek, beginning in the town of Lares and finishing at the ruins of Ollantaytambo (a short train ride from Machu Picchu), and the Salkantay route, famous for its diverse scenery.

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