The most famous hike in South America, the four-day Inca Trail, is walked by thousands every year. Although the total distance is only about 24 miles, the ancient trail laid by the Incas from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu winds its way up and down and around the mountains, snaking over three high Andean passes en route, which have collectively led to the route being dubbed ‘the Inca Trial.’ The views of snowy mountain peaks, distant rivers and ranges, and cloud forests flush with orchids are stupendous – and walking from one cliff-hugging pre-Columbian ruin to the next is a mystical and unforgettable experience.
Perfect for those looking to experience the region’s archaeological and cultural treasures in a short amount of time, this adventure includes a four-day trek along the Inca Trail. This is one of the world’s best-known hikes and will reward those willing to break a sweat with a stunning combination of mountain scapes, cloud forests, and jungles.
Start/Finish City: Lima to Cusco
Service Level: Standard (Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport)
Physical Grading: 4 – Demanding (Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers)
Travel Style: Active
- Conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
- Soak in the views and culture of the Sacred Valley
- Sample seafood in Lima
- Learn ancient traditions at one of the local Women’s Weaving Co-op
- Self Exploration opportunities in Lima/Cusco
- Day 1 7th Mar 2019 Lima Arrive at any time.
- Day 2 8th Mar 2019 Lima/Cusco Hop on a flight to Cusco. Enjoy a free day of shopping and exploring the city. Opt for a city tour. Meals included: Breakfast
- Day 3 9th Mar 2019 Cusco/Ollantaytambo Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Stop at one of the local women’s weaving co-op before visiting a local pottery making community. Break for lunch at the Parwa community restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. After lunch, opt to head out on a hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses and look out over the ruins. Or, wander around the cobblestone streets and visit a local Chicheria (corn beer bar).Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch
- Day 4 10th Mar 2019 Inca Trail Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the Inca Trail begins. Ease into the adventure with a straightforward day of hiking the meandering streams, stunning Andean scenery, and ancient Incan ruins. Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
- Day 5 11th Mar 2019 Inca Trail Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax. Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
- Day 6 12th Mar 2019 Inca Trail Cross two more passes and ruins on today’s trek. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through the cloud forest on a gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m (12,136 ft). On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley. At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the “town above the clouds.” Camp here or go another 1.5 hrs to the Wiñay Wayna ruins (“forever young”) located at 2,650m (8,694 ft). Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
- Day 7 13th Mar 2019 Machu Picchu/Cusco The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down for a guided tour of the site and enjoy free time to explore until noon as permitted by the tourist ticket. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows. Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon. Meals included: Breakfast
- Day 8 14th Mar 2019 Cusco Depart at any time. Trip ends with countless memories. Meals included: Breakfast
Please Note: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us.
- An exclusive Inca Trail guided hike with cooks and porters (4 days)
- Local Experiences (Ccaccaccollo Community and Women’s Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo, Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay, Carte Blanche, Pottery making demonstration)
- An Exclusive Sacred Valley guided tour.
- 4N Hotel Acco + 3N Camping Acco (On Sharing Basis)
- Meals as specified in the itinerary (7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners)
- Flights Transfers (Lima-Cusco)
- Road/Rail Transfers (Between destinations and to/from included activities)
- Exclusive Tour Manager, Local Guides & Support Team Charges & Expenses
- Flights & Visa Charges from Home Location to Lima
- Meals unless specified in the itinerary
- Porter, guide etc tips
- Anything not mentioned under inclusions
Most people automatically assume that the weather is hot in South America, but because of the higher altitude in the Andes, the temperature can feel quite cold, especially at night. We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage. All other relevant clothing and other details will be provided upon confirmation.
Note: The best clothing for trekking is either wool or synthetic materials in layers, as this is quick-drying and can keep heat in better. We suggest a base-layer, then a mid-layer such as a light fleece jacket or similar, then a windproof and waterproof layer.
- USD 1332 per head + 5% GST (As per inclusions) (Ex Lima)
- The iTravel Group is a registered trademark of M/s RAV Travels LLP and all payments will be in favour of M/s RAV Travels LLP.
- Complete payments will be required towards confirmation and verbal confirmation will not be considered towards booking the seats.
- Jorge Chavez International Airport in Callao Lima, is approximately a 45-minute drive from the Miraflores district, where our joining hotel is located. The easiest way to get there is via taxi. Immediately after the customs and immigration area, as you head to the exits, you will find an official taxi stand. You can pay for the car at set (approximately $27 USD) rates and won’t need to worry about sorting out a ride outside the airport facilities, where the situation tends to get more chaotic, with many drivers vying for few clients. There are exchange facilities in the Arrivals area open 24 hours. Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned for that day other then your welcome orientation meeting in the evening, so you can arrive at any time. If at the end of your trek you felt your trekking guide and support team did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline, we suggest each hiker contributes the following to a collective pool. We suggest a tipping amount of $40 per person for the Inca Trail
- The currency in Peru is the Nuevo Sol (PEN). Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances. Visa cards are the most widely accepted cards. While ATMs are widely available, there are no guarantees that your credit or debit cards will actually work in Latin America. Check with your bank. You should be aware that to purchase products or services on a credit card a fee of 5%-10% usually applies.
- All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy, or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE THE CORRECT TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION.
- Please note that hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Peru (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control.
- Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an ’emergency’ fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!
- Booking confirmation is subject to availability.
- Detailed Terms & Conditions, Experience prep kits would be provided upon confirmation.