Inca Trail Overview

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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 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.

  • Learn about local culture on a Sacred Valley tour
  • Explore Peru's mixture of colonial and Inca architecture
  • Explore Lima's historical centre
  • Trek the challenging Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Lima, Peru
  • Finish:

    Cuzco, Peru
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 16
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nts), Hotel (4 nts)
  • Transport:

    Bus, Plane
  • Included activities:

    4-day Inca Trail trek and Machu Picchu guided tour, Leader-led walking tour, Sacred Valley and local community visit

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    391kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    A single supplement is available on this trip. On the following nights the single supplement is not available: Days 5-7 Inca Trail 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. Important information regarding new regulations and booking procedures for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

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Day 1 Lima

Lima is a large, fascinating hotchpotch of architectural styles, coastal scenes, world cuisines, impressive museums, traditional culture and modern arts and nightlife.

Day 2 Cuzco

Cuzco is the gateway to Machu Picchu and a city with majestic architecture, impressive ruins, a lively town centre and cultural significance around every cobblestone corner.

Day 3 Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo

The Sacred Valley was once the heartland of the Inca Empire and now contains picturesque villages and impressive archeological sites. Located in the Urubamba Valley, the city of Ollantaytambo is an incredible archeological site and the starting point of the classic Inca Trail trek.

Days 4-7 Inca Trail/Machu Picchu/Cuzco

Winding around mountains, through valleys and up steep slopes, the iconic Inca Trail is a series of beautiful vistas and challenging hikes all the way to Machu Picchu. Built sometime in the 15th century and rediscovered in 1911, the staggering ruins of Machu Picchu were thought to be an estate for the Incan emperor, Pachacuti. A World Heritage site set amongst red-green hills with ruins scattered close by, Cuzco is impressive in every way - be it history, culture, nightlife or architecture.

Day 8 Cuzco

Depart Cuzco at your leisure. In need of a top lunch spot before heading off? Then why not pay a visit to the Aldea Yanapay restaurant, part of a sustainable organisation that provides the underprivileged children of Cuzco with health and education facilities. Be sure to eat up for a good cause! For those in need of another hit of adventure, perhaps indulge in an optional trip from Cuzco to the Urubamba River to enjoy a splash whitewater rafting or some additional thrills of the mountain-biking variety.
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