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.

This trip requires an Inca Trail Permit. To view permit availability click here.

Lima, Peru
Cuzco, Peru
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
391kg pp per trip


  • 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


Welcome to the captivating heart of Peru. The Plaza Mayor, in the heart of Lima’s historic centre, is an excellent place to begin explorations of the Peruvian capital. Nearby, the Museo de la Inquisicion offers an insight into the Spanish Inquisition and the beautiful Monasterio de San Francisco houses some fascinating catacombs and interesting art. Why not search out some of Peru’s more intriguing cuisine in the eclectic suburb of Miraflores before mixing with the locals in one of the many buzzing bars.
Travel to South America’s longest continually inhabited city and be seduced by the charms of Cuzco on a walking tour. Take the chance to taste the local coca tea at one of the thriving markets.
Journey through the lush Sacred Valley and visit a local community. Learn about their traditional lifestyle, browse handicrafts and pick up a few words of the Quechua language. Look out for the maize crops alongside the river and covering the terraces that stretch high up the valley walls. Spend the night exploring the Ollantaytambo town - a magnificent example of Inca urban planning.
Slip into hiking boots and trek the iconic trail that once linked the Inca Empire. The ancient paths wind around mountains, across high plateaus, through dense cloud forest and past temple ruins. Climb over challenging mountain passes - including the 4,198 m Warmiwanusca (Dead Woman’s Pass). Camp out in the evenings under a blanket of stars. On the final day of the trek, climb the steps to Intipunku - the Sun Gate - and watch Machu Picchu appearing through the mist. Rest for a moment before heading down into the site to further uncover the secrets of the mysterious ruins. This is an unforgettable experience to be savoured. Return to Cuzco and perhaps spend some more time exploring this ancient location. Maybe enjoy the vibrant atmosphere from a streetside café
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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7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Bus, Plane
Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), Hotel (4 nights)
Included activities
  • 4-day Inca Trail trek and Machu Picchu guided tour
  • Leader-led walking tour
  • Sacred Valley and local community visit


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This trip requires an Inca Trail Permit. To view permit availability click here.

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Important 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.

Trip notes

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Our Inca Trail trips score an average of 4.86 out of 5 based on 28 reviews in the last year.

2015 Inca Trail , May 2015

2015 Inca Trail , May 2015