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 an Inca Trail Permit. To view permit availability click here.

Start
Lima, Peru
Finish
Cuzco, Peru
Countries
Peru
Themes
Walking
Code
GGTBC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
121kg pp per trip

Conquer ancient pathways on the historic Inca Trail hike


Highlights

  • 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

Itinerary

The Plaza Mayor, in the heart of Lima’s historic centre, is an excellent base to explore this pulsating capital. Visit the Museo de la Inquisicion for an insight into the Spanish Inquisition, or head to the fascinating catacombs and interesting artworks of monasterio de San Francisco. When the sun goes down, why not search out some of Peru’s intriguing culinary specialities in the eclectic suburb of Miraflores before mixing it with the locals in one of the many buzzing bars.
Get acquainted with this charming city's intriguing blend of Inca and Spanish cultures on a guided walking tour of its lesser-known sights. Don't miss the opportunity to sample mate de coca (coca tea).
Travel through the lush Sacred Valley, looking out for the maize crops covering the terraces that stretch high up the valley walls. Stop in at a local community to learn about their traditional lifestyle and maybe try your tongue around a few words of the Quechua language. Spend the night exploring the Ollantaytambo ruins – a magnificent example of Inca urban planning.
Trek the Inca Trail, the former highway of the Peruvian empire. Follow the ancient paths through dense cloud forest, past crumbling temple ruins and over the challenging mountain peak of Warmiwanusc, also known as 'Dead Woman's Pass'. On the final morning, climb the steps to Intipunku, the 'Sun Gate', and see incredible Machu Picchu appearing through the mist. Spend the day uncovering the mystery of these amazing Inca ruins before returning to Cuzco.
Still seeking adventure? Why not head to the Urubamba River for some whitewater rafting or mountain biking thrills. Those with weary legs and a hearty appetite can choose to have lunch at the Aldea Yanapay Cafe, an initiative that provides Cuzco's underprivileged kids with health and education facilities.
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Inclusions

Meals
7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport
Plane, Private minibus, Train
Accommodation
Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), Hotel (4 nights)
Included activites
  • Coca Museum

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

For information about altitude sickness click here


Notes

A single supplement is available on trip. This includes the Inca Trail where a single tent will be provided.

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 <a href="incatrail"> Inca Quarry Trail </a> 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 <a href="incatrail"> Inca Quarry Trail.</a>

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 <a href="inca-advisory.php"> Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.</a>

Important notes

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Reviews

Our Inca Trail trips score an average of 4.5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews in the last year.

Inca Trail, October 2012

Inca Trail, October 2012