Inca Trail Extension

6 Days | Conquer ancient pathways on the historic Inca trail hike.

4.6 out of 5 based on 8 reviews submitted.
Short Breaks
Walking & Trekking
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CHF  970
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Spend a week retracing the steps of the ancient Inca civilisation on the historical Inca trail hike. Explore Cusco'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.

Trip overview

Map of Inca Trail Extension including Peru
Start
Cusco, Peru
Finish
Cusco, Peru
Theme
Short Breaks, Walking & Trekking
Destinations
Peru
Physical rating
Indicates how physically exerting a trip is, and how fit you will need to be to enjoy it. More info on physical ratings
Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
GGHC
This trip generates 85.23 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Cosmopolitan, scenic and steeped in Incan heritage, Cusco is a dream to walk around. Marvel at the cathedral, explore colonial art and architecture or explore the incredible ruins nearby
  • Cusco's central market is a great chance to meet Quechua-speaking descendants of the Incas and browse for weird and wonderful Andean specialties
  • Hike to the mother of all Incan cities, magical Machu Picchu. Enjoy a guided tour of the ruins, plus free time to explore at your leisure
  • Whether it's the classic Inca Trail* or the quieter Quarry Trail you hike, you'll be treated to incredible sunrise views over misty Machu Picchu – just cross your fingers for clear skies!
  • With a cook to prepare meals and porters to carry your equipment, you can focus on the walk and get the most out of your experience
  • At Intrepid we’ve always been about balancing profit and purpose and as the largest B Corp certified operator on the Inca Trail we’re committed to operating our treks for the benefit of all – join us and help make the world a better place.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This tour is a Short Break Adventure, which means you are not accompanied by an Intrepid group leader, our local representative fills this role and the configuration of any fellow travellers in the group might change during the trip. This trip will run with a minimum of one person, so you may be joined by other travellers booked on the same date as you, or you may be on your own.
  • This trip visits places that are at high altitude, and as a result some people can suffer from altitude sickness, regardless of age or physical health. Please see the ‘Medical and Health Information’ section of the Essential Trip Information for more detail.
  • The trip is recommended for those with a moderate level of fitness but there are also a few different trail options to suit your interests and physical capabilities. Please bring durable footwear suitable to hiking. See the ‘Packing’ section of the Essential Trip Information for details.
  • On the trail you'll be camping with basic facilities. It's not exactly the Hilton Hotel, but the rewards of the trek are great.
  • According to Machu Picchu visiting regulations, all visitors must follow a pre-determined route within the site. This route must be followed in one direction only, and once the guided visit commences exiting and re-entering the site is not permitted. Once the guided visit concludes, visitors must exit the site and personal exploration of Machu Picchu is not permitted. Please refer to the itinerary for details.
  • Travellers who choose different ways of reaching Machu Picchu (Inca Trail, Quarry Trail), will not follow the same routes within Machu Picchu. This means that you may not be able to have photos together, overlooking Machu Picchu. This applies to travellers on the same booking or separate bookings.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2023 to 31 December 2023.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2024 - 31 December 2024

Map of Inca Trail Extension including Peru

Inclusions

Meals

5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Bus, Taxi

Accommodation

Route 1 - Inca Trail: Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), Hotel (2 nights), Route 2 - Quarry Trail: Camping with basic facilities (2 nights), Hotel (3 nights).

Activities
  • 4 day guided hike with porters' support
  • Machu Picchu guided tour
Add on activities
  • Cusco - Pisco Making Urban Adventure (Based on 2 participants) - USD57
  • Cusco - Humantay Lake Hike (Based on 4 participants) - USD130
  • Cusco - Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain Hike (Based on 4 paticipants) - USD100
  • Cusco - Cusco Cooking Class - USD70
  • Cusco - Full Day Stand Up Paddle Boarding (Based on 4 participants) - USD85
  • Cusco - Full Day Via Ferrata & Zipline - USD95
  • Sacred Valley - Mountain Biking (Price Based on 2 Participants) - USD170
  • Cusco - Rainbow Mountain Hike (Based on 4 participants) - USD105

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Important notes

1. This tour is a Short Break Adventure, which means you are not accompanied by an Intrepid group leader, our local representative fills this role and the configuration of any fellow travelers in the group might change during the trip. This trip will run with a minimum of one person, so you may be joined by other travelers booked on the same date as you, or you may be on your own.
2. Inca Trail* permits are sold on request basis only. Once deposit is paid and passport details provided, Intrepid will endeavor to secure a permit for you. If Inca Trail* permits are unavailable by the time you book, you can opt to hike the Quarry Trail instead https://www.intrepidtravel.com/machu-picchu-peru/quarry-trail
3. 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 Quarry Trail.
4. The train option is not available on this trip. Customers wanting to take the train should see trip code GGHK on our website, or one of our group trips such as GGTA that include the train option
5. Full passport details are required at the time of booking in order to purchase entrance fees to certain sites. Additionally on certain trips it's needed to book bus, train or flight tickets. Delays to provide this information may result in booking fees or changes to your itinerary.
6. While hiking the Inca Trail* or Quarry Trail you may be joined by other Intrepid and/or non-Intrepid travelers.
7. Parts of your trip go above 2800 meters / 9200 feet where it is common for travelers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude - regardless of your age, gender and fitness. Please read the following document carefully and, during your trip, utilize the table on the back daily to record your own perspective of your general health and any symptoms you may experience: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/au/altitude-sickness
8. As you can choose different ways of reaching Machu Picchu (Inca Trail, Quarry Trail or Train), there is a small chance you may be the only traveller on your selected option.
9. Fees may apply if you choose to change from the Inca Trail to the Train or Quarry Trail after your booking has been made.

Essential Trip Information

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

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Reviews

4.6 out of 5 based on 8 reviews submitted.
Reviews are from travellers who have completed their trip and want to share their experience. We show all reviews, but may remove any that include profanity or inappropriate content, are unrelated to the trip or reveal personal details.

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Shuk Lam Ruby · Traveled September 2023
The Intrepid 4 day Inca Trail was a thoroughly awesome and memorable adventure. Our guide, Paul Garrido, was simply excellent. Engaging, knowledgable, patient, compassionate and a thoroughly nice individual. Machu Picchu is amazing as were the other Incan ruins on the trek and the scenery.
Review submitted 12 Sep 2023

Verity · Traveled August 2023
Intrepid run an amazing experience with its 4 day hike to Machu Pichu. Our tour guide, Julio was extremely knowledge and his vibrant personality made the trip. The food, service and accommodation is amazing and I cannot recommend enough.
Review submitted 28 Aug 2023

Carol · Traveled June 2023
What an amazing trip, our local guide, Marcia was just fantastic, her knowledge was vast and her passion for Peru was obvious! Our cook Santos created food miracles every day, his food was delicious and all made on a camping stove! I would thoroughly recommend this trip, every detail is taken care of, its tough and emotional but absolutely fantastic from beginning to end!
Review submitted 14 Jun 2023

Inge · Traveled August 2022
Very disappointing this trip organization. Quarry Trail has great nature. But the money is totally not worth it. Intrepid also provided lots of false information. Inca trail was sold out - we learnt about that like 6 weeks after we initially booked and confirmation was received.
Review submitted 29 Aug 2022

Erin · Traveled July 2022
Amazing trek, pretty difficult due to altitude but I would do it again. Our guide was knowledgeable and having a female guide was very unique. She was amazing and very connected to the land and the people.
Review submitted 01 Aug 2022
Inca Trail Extension
From
CHF  970