Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12

Trip code: SPIT

Duration: 7 days

Guided group trek of the Inca Trail
Watch the sunrise over Machu Picchu!
Camp in the stunning Andes mountains

Spend 7 days in beautiful Peru on this amazing Andean adventure and hike the legendary Inca Trail! Chill out in the cloud-skimming city of Cusco and discover the charms of Sacred Valley and the Ollantaytambo ruins on a guided day tour. Follow in the footsteps of the Incas on a 4-day Inca Trail trek, hiking through amazing mountains and cloud forest, seeing spectacular South American scenery and camping under the stars. End up in the magical lost city of Machu Picchu and take a guided tour of this unique site. Challenge yourself on this epic Incan hiking experience in Peru!

Please note: This is an open-aged trip.

Trip highlights

  • Start your Peruvian adventure in the sky-high city of Cusco, explore the stunning Sacred Valley and the Ollantaytambo ruins, visit a women's weaving project and have lunch in an indigenous village
  • Hike along the ancient and historical heights and hilltops of the Inca trail, admiring the breathtaking views across the Andes and climbing to great heights
  • Camp overnight in stunning South American scenery and feel on top of the world!
  • End the Inca Trail at the magical lost city ruins of Machu Picchu and glimpse the iconic Incan ruins from the incredible Gate of the Sun
  • Get a real sense of achievement as you conquer this iconic hiking route!
Further trip information

On this iconic 7-day trip from Cusco, you’ll adventure through the Andes to discover the remains of the infamous Incan ruins at Machu Picchu on a 4-day trek along the legendary Inca Trail.

Day 1: Cusco

Arrive at any time in the sky-high Peruvian city of Cusco. 

Day 2: Cusco/Ollantaytambo (1B, 1L)

Today you will enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley and the amazing Ollantaytambo ruins. visit a women's weaving project and watch a pottery demonstration, before stopping for lunch at a community restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. Opt to take a hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses or explore the local area.

Day 3: Ollantaytambo/Wayllabamba Camp (1B, 1L, 1D)

Leave Ollantaytambo and travel by van to km 82 of the trail, where your epic hike begins!

Day 4: Wayllabamba Camp/Paqaymayo Camp (1B, 1L, 1D)

An early start sees you climbing the long, steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass, and which is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). You can expect to arrive at camp in the early afternoon, where you can switch off and relax in stunning surroundings. 

Day 5: Paqaymayo Camp/Wiñaywayna (1B, 1L, 1D)

Two more passes are on the agenda today, plus more incredible Incan ruins. Your first pass to conquer is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where on a clear day you can see the spectacular, snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike gently through cloud forest to your second pass of the day, past Incan ruins and up to a height of 3,700m (12,136 ft) for sensational views of the Urubamba Valley.

At 3,650m (11,972 ft) you reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "Town Above the Clouds." Camp either here or 1.5 hrs further along, near the Wiñay Wayna ruins (Forever Young) located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).

Day 6: Wiñaywayna/Cusco (1B)

Wake early, at around 3.30a.m for a pre-dawn hike to the stunning Sun Gate, where you can watch the sunrise. On a clear day you can catch your first glimpse of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu and you'll then hike on to the ancient ruined city of Machu Picchu for a guided tour and free time to explore. If time permits, you can also opt to visit the Inca Bridge.

Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet your guide and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.

Day 7: Cusco (1B)

Your epic hiking adventure ends today back in Cusco and you can depart at any time.

Please note: Due to sustainable tourism regulations on the Inca Trail there is a cap on the number of people allowed to walk the trail on any one day. This may mean that on certain dates the trek permits have sold out and you will not be able to trek the Inca Trail. In this unlikely event you will take an alternate route to Machu Picchu. Speak to us for more information.

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