Day-1: Lima

Arrival in Lima, reception and transfer to your hotel.

Day-2: Lima - Cuzco (B)

Flight and arrival in Cuzco, reception and transfer to Hotel. Cusco is the starting point for most journeys to Machu Picchu and sits at 3400 metres above sea level, so many travellers experience altitude sickness here. For this reason it's worth spending a few days in town and taking your time acclimatising. Remainder of the day at leisure

Day-3: Cuzco (B)

Afternoon guided visit of four ruins nearby; Sacsayhuaman Fortress overlooking Cuzco, a pre Inca architectural masterpiece; Kenko, a rock sanctuary whose main attraction is the monolithic altar representing a puma, the red Fortress of Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay, a beautiful fountain fed by a spring forming a series of basins; continue to Cuzco; the Main Square, Cathedral and Koricancha or Temple of the Sun. Return to your hotel.

Day-4: Sacred Valley - PISAC - Ollantaytambo (Breakfast & buffet lunch)

Full-day excursion of the beautiful Urubamba, Sacred Valley of the Inca situated between Pisac and Ollantaytambo. It is an exceptionally fertile valley that was and still remains the larder of Cuzco. Visit Pisac village, founded during colonial times, and set at the foot of a hill crowned by the remains of an ancient Inca city. On Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Indians barter products in the main square and artisans from around the area sell their woven alpaca wool blankets and ponchos, engraved gourds, antique reproductions, jewellery, etc. On Sundays it is also a meeting place for Mayors from all villages in the region, dressed in their traditional costumes to attend morning mass. Ollantaytambo, also known as Ollanta, offers a traditional Inca experience with its cobbled streets, small traditional stone houses and canals. The attraction is the the nearby ruins on the outskirts of town. It was the a former Inca administrative center and served as the last stronghold for Inca Manco Yupanqui, leader of the Inca at the time. The steep terraces served as a fortress during the Spanish conquest, and are one of the few locations in Peru where the Spanish conquistadors lost their battle. Overnight accommodation in Ollantaytambo.


 (Breakfast, lunch & dinner included - only breakfast on final day)

Day-5: Chilca - Wayllabamba

After an early morning breakfast, you will be transferred to Chilca by bus, where we meet our Quechua porters and have breakfast before joinign the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. Crossing over the turbulent Vilcanota River, with magnificent views of Nevado Veronica (5,900m/19,000ft) we will continue hiking admiring the Llactapata archaeological site, and stopping at Huayllabamba river for lunch. We will visit the archeological sites of Patallacta, Qente, and valley of Cusichaca and magical Polyepsis forest. Today the Inca trek will last approximately 7 hours, arriving in camp around 17h00. Camp and dinner at 3,800 meters. Overnight on the trail to Machu Picchu.

Day-6: Wayllabamba - Pacamayu

Today is the most demanding day of the trip as we gain a lot of altitude. We will see outstanding views east to the Huayanaya peaks and west into the rugged Vilcabamba Range. After breakfast, we will continuously climb up through the first pass at 4,200 m/13,750 feet at Warmiwanusqa. Passing 3 ecological areas such as the Yunga, Quechua and Puna. we will climb 1000 metres in 5 hours. On the descent to our lunch spot, we encounter a large number of stairs. After lunch, we again climb about 500m in altitude before dropping again, about a further 400.Today camp and dinner near Pacamayu. Overnight on the trail.

Day-7: Pacamayu - Winayhuayna

Today is a much easier and shorter day. After breakfast, we will trek down through the valley of Pacamayu to the famous archaeological sites of Runquraqay. We will continue to the second pass and the restored town site of Sayaqmarka ("Town in a Steep Place") and explore the Sayaqmarka Ruins. The Inca Trail in this section is a white granite roadway, traversing a thickly forested mountainside known as the cloud forest. We will then descend to the magnificent archeological Phuyupatamarka ("cloud Level Town") and have lunch. We will then begin the decent to Winaywayna where a visit of the ruins and have dinner.

Day-8: Winayhuayna - Machu Picchu - Cuzco (B)

Early morning wake up at 4:30 a.m. for breakfast and to begin the trek to be the first at the archaeological site of Macchu Picchu for the sunrise. We will descend rapidly from cloud forest into high jungle habitat. Orchids and hummingbirds are commonly seen along this spectacular section of the trail high above the river.

We will arrive at Intipunko "Gate of the Sun" to observe the sunrise over Macchu Picchu from an elevated vantage point. We continue down to the royal road and at last the "Lost City of the Incas". A guided tour of the marvelous citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of Three Windows, the Circular Tower and the Sacred Sun Dial and Burial Grounds. After the guided tour, transfer to Aguas Calientes onto the train station for your return train to Cuzco. Arrival and transfer to your hotel.

Day-9: Cuzco - Lima (B)

Return flight to Lima and transfer to your hotel. Last night's accommodation in Peru.

Day-10: Lima (B)

Depart Lima

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How difficult is the Inca Trek?

The entire 4-day trail hike is 25 miles / 42 km  so the distances traveled each day are not very long but the ascents and descents are steep in places.  You are looking at about 10 to 13 kilometers a day / 6 -8 miles, so the daily walking time can vary between 5 to 8 hours per day for the first three days and approximately 2 hours on the last day. However, the altitude, which at it's highest point is 13,776 ft or 4200m at the top of Dead Womans' Pass, can cause problems even for the fittest hikers. You will also encounter a lot of stairs.

How far in advance should I make the reservation for the Inca Trail?

Access to the Inca Trail is governed by permits and in the peak months (May - September) these can sell out months in advance. To guarantee availability, we recommend you book around 3-5 months in advance.

Are there toilet facilities on the route?

There are toilet blocks located intermittently along the Inca Trail though they are not frequent. All the toilets are squat loos and you are not allowed to flush any paper. When you first begin the trek, the bathroom facilities are managed by locals and you need to pay to use them. A sole will grant you entry and the bathrooms are generally clean.

How fit do I need to be to trek the Inca Trail?

While you don't need to be a fitness fanattic you will need to have a good fitness level, so its a good idea to start doing some regular exercise 2-3 months ahead of the trek.

How cold does the Inca Trail get at night?

The days are generally quite nice but the nights get cold. In winter (May-September) temperatures may drop below 0°C/32°F.

Are there any age limits for the Inca Trail?

Anyone older than 12 years old can go on the Inca Trail. You will need a valid passport in  order to book as the permits are name and passport specific.

How will the altitude affect me on the trail?

This is a really difficult one to answer directly - "how will I cope with the altitude". To be honest, this is an ' unknown' factor as no-one can predict how your body will cope at altitude. People who have been to altitude many times in the past without problems, may on one climb suddenly develop problems. There are many factors that play a role. The only way to help combat this, is to take all of the necessary precautions, and walk slowly, pole pole.                  

What if I get ill and need to turn back?

The guides are very experienced and will do their best to help each trekker complete their trek.  In addition, a first aid kit and oxygen are carried for emergencies.  

Where can I get hiking Insurance?

If you are going hiking or climbing or trekking then you need extra cover for your activities. Hiking and Climbing have become popular for many adventure seekers looking to add a climb up Kilimanjaro or a trek to Everest Base Camp, Annapurna or even Island Peak to their list of amazing adventures. But any climb to high altitude carries with it a number of risks and having the correct and good trekking insurance is an absolute must. We recommend two different groups depending on whcih contry you reside in. For further details, click on the icon

Once I have booked can I change my departure date?

No, unfortunately not. Once your reservation is officially confirmed we cannot change your trekking date, or refund your permit

When is the best time of year to trek the Inca Trail?

Peak season on the Inca Trail is May to September, coinciding with the western hemisphere's summer holidays. These months offer fairly dry and sunny weather. However you will need to book early, as June, July and August tend to book out 3 - 5 months in advance. October, November and December are also great months on the Inca Trail with fewer trekkers albeit with a fairly strong chance of rain on at least one day of the trek.  The rainy season runs from January to March - so expect it to be fairly wet at times.. The Inca Trial is closed during the month of February each year. 

If you plan to add on other parts of Peru to your trip then June to August are considered the driest months in the highlands or Amazon basin and are the best if you would like to visit these places or would like to go trekking or climbing. However, even during the rainy season in the Amazon, the rains fall only for a few hours at a time. In the Andes, the rainy season can sometimes just mean a bit of overcast weather. The advantage of traveling at this time is that many other travellers make the mistake of postponing their plans until the dry season, leaving you with more of Peru to yourself.

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