Conquer ancient pathways on the historic Inca Trail hike
Travel to Peru and retrace the steps of the Inca, Peru's fascinating ancient civilisation. Follow Inca traditions from Lima to Cuzco, journey through the fertile heartland of the Sacred Valley, see the magnificent Ollantaytambo ruins before embarking on the ultimate adventure – trekking to Machu Picchu. This action-filled Peruvian tour gets you closer to the secrets of this elusive civilisation on a breathtaking adventure along the Inca Trail.
This trip requires Inca Trail Permits. View permit availability here.
Lima’s grand colonial facades, Spanish houses and endless culture make it one of the prettiest cities to explore in Latin America. Adjust to the altitude with a pisco sour and some ceviche
Machu Picchu may just be the greatest icon of ancient South America. There's a reason this site is so famous, and it has something to do with how truly amazing it is
The Inca Trail is one of the best ways to approach Machu Picchu, along the way you'll see multiple Inca sites and beautiful landscapes
Explore Cuzco, South America's oldest continuously inhabited city. The city has ancient foundations, an interesting blend of Inca and colonial influences and endless things to do and see
The Sacred Valley is known for its steep and soaring scenery, its mystical significance for the Inca and the indigenous cultures that still reside here
Due to the high altitude of many of places we visit, the air is thinner and some people can suffer altitude sickness. Some people aren’t affected at all, but if you are, be sure to drink plenty of water and don’t push yourself too hard. If possible, arrive into the country a few days early to allow yourself time to acclimatise.
Please see the ‘Health’ section of the trip notes for more important information about altitude sickness.
Due to the high altitude in many places, the sun is unusually strong and it’s easy to get burnt. It’s important to wear sunscreen and other sun protection, and always drink plenty of water.
This trip involves a lot of walking to see the sites, and if you do the Inca trail, there'll be strenuous hiking. The trip is recommended for those with a moderate level of fitness but there are also a few different trail options to suit your interests and physical capabilities. Please bring durable footwear suitable to hiking. See the ‘What to Take’ section of the trip notes for more information.
For those who do the Inca trail, you'll be camping with basic facilities. It's not exactly the Hilton Hotel but the rewards of the trek are great.
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There are currently no scheduled departures on our Inca Trail trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
A single supplement is available on trip. This includes the Inca Trail where a single tent will be provided.
INCA TRAIL PERMITS
Inca Trail permits are sold on request basis only. Once deposit is paid and passport details provided, Intrepid will endeavour to secure a permit for you.
If Inca Trail permits are unavailable by the time you book, you can opt to hike the Inca Quarry Trail instead.
The Inca Trail closes in February to allow cleaning and restoration works. If the trek portion of your trip starts in February you will be automatically booked to hike the Inca Quarry Trail.
Should you choose not to hike at all, please let us know in writing at the time of booking so alternative arrangements can be made. Without this prior warning, local fees may apply.
PASSPORT DETAILS REQUIRED
Full passport details are required at the time of booking in order to purchase Entrance fees to important sites such as Machu Picchu. Delays to provide this information may result in booking fees or changes to your itinerary.
Our Inca Trail trips score an average of 4.7 out of 5 based on 37 reviews in the last year.
I fully recommend any trip with Intrepid. The Inca trip was extremely organized - not a detail was overlooked - and the timing for travel arrangements and activities was perfect. The local insight and historical knowledge of the trek guide and the trip leader really set this vacation apart. From the food, to the experiences, to the value of the trip - everything was incredible.
Review submitted 06 Jul 2017
I had no idea how hard it was to do a Quarry trail. It's not that you have to be fit physically but mentally as well. The hike wasn't easy at all because of the terrains. I'm actually glad that I did the Quarry instead of Inca. 2 nights and 3 days spent in the mountains was enough for me. I'm glad that I went in June because I didn't encounter any bugs. I didn't get to use my insect repellent at all in this journey. The cooks, porters and guides were amazing. This trip was priceless.
Review submitted 04 Jul 2017