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 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
91kg pp per trip

Conquer ancient pathways on the historic Inca trail hike.


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

Once the heart of the Inca empire, Cuzco presents an intriguing mix of Spanish colonial-style architecture, weathered Inca ruins and imposing baroque churches. Unravel the city's history and adjust to its altitude by exploring the cobblestone streets, museums and monuments, or by popping down to the central market for some souvenir shopping. Manned by Quechua-speaking Inca descendants, it's a great spot to pick up some alpaca goods, colourful Andean handicrafts or even a couple of lucky charms for your trek.
Embark on the historic Inca Trail hike, a demanding four-day journey, well rewarded with views of amazing natural scenery and ancient ruins. Trek over mountain passes, waking each morning to breathtaking vistas that will inspire an appreciation for the diversity of Peru's terrain. Rise early on the final morning and climb the steps to the Sun Gate. Watching the ruins of Machu Picchu unfold in front of you is an unforgettable spectacle and will make even the sorest of muscles a distant memory. Spend the day exploring this huge archaeological site before relaxing on the return trip to Cuzco.
With the Inca Trail conquered, it's well worth spending a few extra days in Cuzco to soak up more Inca culture and history. Perhaps take to the surrounding hills by mountain bike or join one of the many jungle adventure tours that depart from this city. With lively markets, endlessly winding narrow streets and a vibrant night scene backed by the Andes, Cuzco is a 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 activites
  • Complimentary airport arrival transfer

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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

1. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.

2. Please note this trip can be confirmed immediately up until 30 days out from the departure date, however Inca Trail permits are sold on a request basis only. Once your deposit is paid and passport details provided, we will endeavour to secure a permit for you and get back to you within 72 hours.

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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