Conquer ancient pathways on the historic Inca trail hike.

Spend a week retracing the steps of the ancient Inca civilisation on the historical Inca trail hike. Explore Cuzco's maze of ruins and cobblestone streets, and discover the fascinating colonial and Inca histories that have visually impacted this fascinating town. Rise early to join our expert local guides and porters for a challenging hike along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Watch the sun rise over the enigmatic ruins and get lost exploring these crumbling structures, an experience that is sure to take your breath away. This week long tour is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will challenge and reward.

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

Start
Cuzco, Peru
Finish
Cuzco, Peru
Countries
Peru
Themes
Short Breaks
Code
GGHC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
163kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Take in the ancient and colonial sights of Cuzco
  • Meet Quechua-speaking descendants of the Incas
  • Experience the reward of the historic Inca Trail hike
  • Explore the impressive ruins of mist-shrouded Machu Picchu
  • Discover Inca history and culture

Itinerary

Get acquainted with Cuzco, once the heart of the Inca empire, before beginning the epic Inca trail trek. Adjust to the altitude by discovering this magical city's mix of Spanish colonial-style architecture, Inca ruins and b aroque churches. Unravel the history of Peru in these fascinating city streets or, for a change of pace, visit Cuzco's central market and browse the stalls alongside the Quechua-speaking Inca descendants. Here it's possible to pick up some alpaca goods, colourful Andean handicrafts or even a few lucky charms.
Embark on the historic Inca Trail hike, a demanding four day journey that is incredibly rewarding, as it passes through amazing and diverse scenery dotted with ancient ruins. Trek over high mountain passes, wake up each morning to see breathtaking mountain vistas and gain an appreciation for the diversity of Peru's terrain. Rise early on the final morning and climb the steps to the Sun Gate; see the ruins of Machu Picchu unfold in front of you - this unforgettable spectacle makes tired muscles become a distant memory. Spend the day exploring this huge archaeological site before relaxing on the return trip to Cuzco.
With the Inca trail completed, it's well worth spending a few extra days in Cuzco to soak up more Inca culture and history. Perhaps explore the surrounding hills by mountain bike or join one of the many jungle adventure tours that depart from this city. With markets, cobblestone streets, a vibrant restaurant scene and surrounding mountain vistas, Cuzco is a truly unique place to visit.
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Inclusions

Meals
5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport
Minibus, Train
Accommodation
Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), Hotel (2 nights)
Included activities
  • 4 day guided hike with porters' support
  • Complimentary airport arrival transfer
  • Machu Picchu guided tour

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

For information about altitude sickness click here


Important notes

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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