The Inca Trail is the number one trek in South America and is rated by many to be in the top 3 treks in the world. In just 26 miles (43km), the Inca Trail combines beautiful mountain scenery, lush cloud-forest, and subtropical jungle and, of course, a stunning mix of Inca paving stones, ruins and tunnels.
• Inca Trail briefing at your hotel in Cusco the night before
• Pick up from your hotel in Cusco
• Transportation to Inca Trail trek starting point
• Entrance permit to the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
• Bus ticket down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
• Return train ticket on Day 4 from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
• Transportation on day 4 from Ollantaytambo to Cusco main plaza
• Professional Inca Trail and Machu Picchu tour guide
• Professional cooks and cooking equipment
• Well treated local porters
• Porter service to carry tents, food and cooking equipment (not your personal gear)
• 3 nutritious breakfasts, 3 high-energy lunches, 3 delicious dinners, 3 tea times
• Vegetarian food available upon request
• Nutritious snacks
• Clean and spacious 4P-capacity Tents – only 2 people per tent
• Comfortable personal foamy pad (double foam), given to you at the beginning of the trek
• Emergency oxygen assistance
• First aid equipment
• Accommodation, food, transport, permits for our porters and cooks
• Breakfast on the first morning
• Sleeping bags
• Sleeping mattress
• Walking Sticks
• Tips for the guide, cook and porter
• Huynapicchu tickets
• Original Passport
• ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
• Small day pack
• Water to drink
• Rain jacket or poncho
• Dress in layers. It gets cold in the early morning and it gets very warm during the day
• Sun hat
• Sun protection
• Insect repellant for mosquitoes
• Personal medication
• Basic toiletries
• Snacks that you can eat completely in one serving (There is no food allowed in Machu Picchu, so please be discreet)
• Money in Peruvian Soles for tips and souveniers
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is rated moderate and any reasonably fit person should be able to cover the route. There are some challenging moments and altitudes of 4200m are reached, so ensuring that you are well acclimatized is important. If you are arriving from sea level, plan to spend at least 2 full days in Cusco prior to commencing the trek.
Day 1: Start of the Inca Trail
We will pick you up from where ever you are staying in Cusco, Urubamba or Ollantaytambo. Pickup from Cusco will be at 4:30AM, from Urubamba 5:30 AM and if you stay in Ollantaytambo, you get to sleep in a bit with your pickup at 6:30 AM. At your briefing, these times will be confirmed as they might fluctuate based on where you staying. We will then drive to Km 82, arriving at about 7:00AM. After a delicious breakfast prepared by your cook, we’ll go through the first Inca Trail checkpoint to begin our trek (please make sure you have your original passport with you to enter the Inca Trail). The first 2 hours of the trek are relatively easy as we make our way to our first Inca site, Patallacta which is an ancient Inca checkpoint for the approach to Machu Picchu. From Patallacta it’s another 2 hour hike to our lunch stop. After lunch we will hike for another 2½ hours until we reach the first night’s campsite at Ayapata (3300 meters). On this last stretch we pass through 2 small communities. If you want to buy any energy drinks or snacks you can do so here, you can also buy any essential items such as batteries that you may have forgotten. We’ll arrive to our campsite by 5:00PM and after settling in for a bit you can relax and have a hot drink and snack with your team of porters, chef and guide. By 7:30PM your dinner will be ready, and afterwards you can get some well-deserved rest.
Walking distance: 8.7 miles/14 km (6-7 hours)
Campsite altitude: 3300 meters (high) above sea level
Considered: Moderate day (getting used to the Inca Trail)
Weather: Warm and windy
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is available all year round except February. The months of April until October are probably more comfortable since the weather is drier. June, July and August are in the high season when the Inca trail can become fully booked so be sure to make the Inca trail reservations in advance. The months of January and March are in the wet season so hiking the trail can be difficult unless you have a good rain jacket, good water-proof hiking shoes and waterproof your belongings
• The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu tour is non-transferable, and the participant cannot change the date of departure without incurring cancellation fees
• All reservations must be canceled in writing and are subject to a cancellation fee.
• If you cancel or change the date of your tour with 10+ days of advanced notice, you will incur a $500 dollar cancelation fee per person.
• If you cancel with less than 10 days of advanced notice, you will incur a cancelation fee of 100% of the total tour cost
• If during the length of the program, a traveler abandons the excursion due to altitude, health, or for any other reason, no reimbursement will be made and no claim accepted.
• You agree to cover all expenses made by you due to abandonment of the tour such as meals, hotel, return transportation, medical expenses, etc.
• It is compulsory that all clients have personal travel insurance. This insurance must cover personal accidents, medical expenses, loss of property and all other expenses which might arise as a result of loss, damage or injury occurring to the client.
• Certain Services might be interrupted or even canceled due to weather conditions, natural disasters or other disturbances such as civil unrest, worker strikes, etc. In the case the tour is canceled for your safety, we will work with the appropriate suppliers to obtain a refund only when those suppliers agree to do so.