Travel to Peru and discover ancient civilisations on the Inca Trail
Travel to Peru to retrace the steps of the Inca, Peru's fascinating ancient civilisation. Follow the Inca from Cusco, through the fertile heartland of the Sacred Valley and to the magnificent Ollantaytambo ruins before the ultimate adventure – trekking to Machu Picchu. This action-filled express Peruvian tour gets you closer to the secrets of this elusive civilisation on a breathtaking adventure along the Inca Trail.
This trip requires Inca Trail Permits. View permit availability here.
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This trip allows you to choose how you want to approach Machu Picchu. Hike the Inca Trail, Inca Quarry
Trail or relax and take the train
You'll have plenty of free time to explore the greatest icon of ancient South America, Machu Picchu. Take a guided tour and then wander around it at your own pace
Explore Cusco, South America's oldest continuously inhabited city. The city has ancient foundations, an interesting blend of Inca and colonial influences, and endless things to do and see
The Sacred Valley is known for its steep and soaring scenery, its mystical significance for the Inca and the indigenous cultures that still reside here
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 ‘Health’ section of the trip notes for more important information on this.
This trip involves a lot of walking to see the sites, and if you do the Inca trail, there'll be strenuous hiking. 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 ‘What to Take’ section of the trip notes for more information.
For those who do the Inca trail, you'll be camping with basic facilities. It's not exactly the Hilton Hotel, but the rewards of the trek are great.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2019 - 31 December 2019
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There are currently no scheduled departures on our Inca Trail Express trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
A single supplement is available on this trip. This includes the Inca Trail where a single tent will be provided.
INCA TRAIL PERMITS
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 https://www.intrepidtravel.com/en/inca-quarry-trail
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.
PASSPORT DETAILS REQUIRED
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.
INCA TRAIL OR INCA QUARRY TRAIL
While hiking the 4 Day Inca Trail or the 3 Day Inca Quarry trail portion of this trip you may be joined by other Intrepid and/or non-Intrepid travellers.
Our Inca Trail Express trips score an average of 4.79 out of 5 based on 697 reviews in the last year.
This trip was fantastic! It was very fun and great for anyone seeking adventure. The trip was full of many activities which kept us busy everyday! We were originally disappointed to not be able to do the Inca Trail, but the Quarry Trek was a delightful surprise! The trek was amazing! The trek is quite challenging on the second day, but worth it. The Mountain View’s are incredible and the camping crew did such a lovely job with delicious meals (especially the soups)! The guides were all great and made the trip especially enjoyable! I would recommend this trip to anyone seeking an adventurous vacation.
Review submitted 23 Jul 2018
We chose to do the Quarry Trek after not securing the Inca Trail permits in time. We were a little disappointed that we weren’t going to be able to trek the famous Inca trail until we were physically trekking. The quarry trek was incredible, plus it was just the 2 of us so we had a private tour BONUS. You definitely need to be fit to do the trekking, and I don’t think anything can prepare you for the altitude which effects everybody differently (I just had the dizziness whilst my bf suffered bad headaches) . Highly recommend!
Review submitted 22 Jul 2018