Trekking in Peru
The Inca Trail 2017
Welcome to our Inca Trail information page, here you will find all the information you need to decide if an Inca Trail Trek is right for you. Below you will find detailed information regarding the trek including a full itinerary of the four-day Inca Trail and you can also follow the links to see the up to date availability of the trails permits.
What is the Inca Trail?
The Inca Trail is the traditional route used by the ancient Incas to reach the mountaintop citadel of Machu Picchu from the city of Cusco. Today the route is one of the most popular treks in the world, with two, three and four day itineraries available with daily departures the Inca Trail is just waiting for you to tackle its challenge.
How many people take the Inca Trail?
The Peruvian Government has imposed a limit of 500 people per day for the Inca trail, as this limit also includes guides, cooks & porters the actual amount of tourists taking the trail per day is around 200. Permits sell out months ahead of travel so advance booking is a must to avoid disappointment. If you have dates in mind please use the links found below to check the current availability for your dates.
Can I book only the Inca Trail?
Peruvian Secrets is now offering the option to purchase only your Inca Trail through our company. Usually the inca trail is booked as part of a larger tour but if you are looking to book only your trek then we will be more than happy to do so. This will give you peace of mind knowing that your permits, guides and equipment are all arranged and secured for you in advance, you will also have the knowledge that your booking is protected by our travel bonding with the TTA.
What do I need for the Inca Trail?
When you book an Inca Trail trek with Peruvian Secrets we provide everything you need for your trek. We provide professional guides to take you on the trail and all the equipment you will need to see it through, tents, bottled water, food etc. The only things you will need to bring are suitable walking shoes, suitable clothes and an adventurous spirit. Please note sleeping bags are not provided but these can be hired in Cusco before your trip.
How much does the Inca Trail cost?
The cost of the Inca Trail takes many things into account, it includes the wages for the guides, cooks and porters. It also includes the cost of the trekking permit and your entrance fee to Machu Picchu and your train ticket for your return to Cusco. Finally, the cost also includes a guided tour of Machu Picchu with your guide. Booking the Inca Trail with us will cost in the region of £430* per person. If you can arrange a group to take the trek with you then the cost can be reduced even further! (subject to size of group) *subject to change
Why book the Inca Trail with Peruvian Secrets?
Peruvian Secrets has over 15 years experience in Peruvian tourism, we have an excellent local supplier who regularly goes above the call of duty for our clients. In the past we have run large-scale charity treks on the Inca Trail, we have even assisted a partially blind and deaf client achieve their lifetime goal of conquering the Inca Trail. You can book your Inca Trail with us in confidence that you will receive the best possible service at the most reasonable price. You will also have the peace of mind knowing that our travel bonding with the TTA protects your Inca Trail trek
What if the Inca Trail permits have sold out?
If you find that there are no permits available for your dates fear not, there are a wide range of treks to Machu Picchu many of which are not subject to the same regulations as the Inca Trail. From our specially designed Inca Jungle Trek, which follows a recognised road used by ancient Incas to the challenging Salkantay trek, which take a more mountainous path to the citadel of Machu Picchu, there are many alternatives to the classic Inca Trail.
Inca Trail Availability
Please remember that permit numbers are very restricted and bookings are often made far in advance - please contact us with your dates and we will enquire on your behalf.
The Inca Trail ItineraryTrekking the Inca Trail to the city of Machu Picchu often features on must-do travel lists and it is little wonder why. Machu Picchu was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007 and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Why not discover the lost world of the Incas on this exclusive, and truly memorable, 4 day tour...
Today you will have an early start as you are collected from your Cusco hotel at approximately 05:30. From your hotel you will travel by tour bus through the Sacred Valley to the town of Ollantaytambo, here you will stop and take some breakfast.
After breakfast you will be taken to the starting point of the trek, kilometre marker 82. Here you will pass through the regulation controls and have your permit verified, you will then cross the Urubamba River to begin the legendary Trail. The first day of the trail is the least demanding and will act as a good warm up for the following days. You will hike to Miskay where you will take lunch on the riverbank while your guide explains the history of the Llactapata archaeological complex, from here you will continue to Wayllabamba and then to the Yuncachimpa campsite which sits at an altitude of 3,300m/10826ft.
You can then relax after your first day of the trek enjoying spectacular views of the snow capped Nevado Verónica Mountain, you will have covered approximately 11km in 5 – 6 hours.
Today you will have breakfast at your campsite with your guide, during breakfast your guide will give you a short briefing on the terrain you can expect today and will also explain that the second day is a free hike day. This means that everyone can take the trail at their own pace, meeting up at certain stopping points along the way.
You will then start out from the camp following the trail as it winds its way through the valley of Llulluchapampa, the first 3km of this trail is quite steep and will take you through humid woodlands and past running streams. You will then continue a further 2-3 hours to the Warmihuanusca Pass, the highest point on the trek at 4,200m/11,378ft. The climb to the peak of the pass is considered the most challenging section of the entire trail. After a break at the summit you will continue to make a long and steep descent to the Pacaymayo river and then along to Runkurakay Pass and finally to the campsite at Chaquiocha, sitting at 3,650m/11975ft. You will be happy to rest on arrival as you will have covered around 15km in 7-8 hours.
Today you will be tackling arguably the most beautiful section of the Inca Trail, the long hike to the tropical forest at Winaywayna. Leving the campsite you will continue along the Inca Trail passing two small lakes and continuing along a gentle climb through the cloud forest you will climb three passes and pass through an ancient Incan tunnel.
At the peak of the third pass you will enjoy a breathtaking view over the Urubamba river valley. From here you will continue to the nearby settlement of Phuyupatamarca where you can admire the impressive Incan stonework and engineering prowess evidenced by the well preserved chain of baths found here. Continuing along the Inca Trail you will pass through another Incan tunnel before reaching the ruins of Winaywayna, here the Incan steps that the trail consists of will give way to a winding zig-zag trail up the slope to the final campsite. This campsite has more amenities than previous and you will be able to purchase bottled drinks and use hot water for washing.
After settling into your new campsite you can relax and enjoy the great views ahead of your final day of trekking tomorrow. Today you will have covered 10km in 5-6 hours of trekking.
Today you will have an early start as your breakfast will be served at 04:00. Leaving the campsite at 04:30 you will begin the trek to the Inti Punku (sun gate) where you can catch your first glimpse of Machu Picchu, here you will stop for a while to appreciate the view and enjoy the sunrise over the citadel and mountains. From here you will begin your final descent to the ancient citadel itself, taking around one hour you should reach the gates of Machu Picchu at approximately 08:00.
After a brief rest your guide will take you on a 2-2½ hour guided tour of the citadel, explaining much about the history and spirituality of this special place and the functionality of the different buildings within the site. At the end of the tour you will have plenty of time to explore the ruins yourself, you could head to the Inca Bridge or continue your exploration of the citadel. You also have the option of climbing the mountain of Huayna Picchu but a permit for this must be purchased in advance. When you are finished you can take one of the regular shuttle buses down to the town of Aguas Calientes where you can spend some time in the towns hot springs, (s10) take some food in one of the local restaurants, or continue to explore this interesting little town. In the afternoon you will meet your guide at a pre-arranged location to catch your train back to the sacred valley. On arrival to Ollantaytambo you will be met by your transfer driver who will take you the remainder of the way back to your Cusco hotel for check in.
You can then relax and enjoy a warm comfortable bed after your completion of the legendary Inca Trail.
COST OF INCA TRAIL TREK
- £595.00 per person
HURRY, LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE!
Pre-departure Inca Trail briefing, informative presentation by your tour guide.
Private transfer from your hotel in Cusco to km 82.
Entrance fees to the Inca trail and Machu Picchu.
Professional bilingual licensed guide for up to 8 trekkers (Spanish and English). (2 licensed tour guides for 9 to 16 (max) trekkers.).
Camping equipment (professional two-persons tents: Doite, model Cima 4, extra light/4kg, Doite, model Kailas 3, extra light/4.5kg and Doite, model Himalaya, extra light/4.5kg; sleeping mats, dining tent equipped with a table and chairs, a sanitary tent).
Cooking, cooking equipment, meals (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners). Food includes pancakes, omelettes, soups, fresh fruit and spaghetti, chicken, fish, meat and rice, all rich in carbohydrates and very suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leafs tea which is excellent for the altitude.
Porters to carry the main equipment, tents, food, cooking gear, dining tents.
Permits and entrance fees for our porters and cooks.
Tea and snack time every day (tea, coffee, wantan, popcorn, cracker)
Vegetarian food and specialised diets by request.
Boiled purified water after breakfast to refill your water bottles.
First-aid kit and oxygen bottle.
2.5 hrs. Machu Picchu guided visit and explanation.
Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes where the train station is situated.
Tourist train from Aguas Calientes (Poroy)/or Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco.
Transfer from the train station in Cusco to your hotel in Cusco.
Breakfast on the first day and last lunch in Aguas Calientes Town
Sleeping bag (if you don't have a sleeping bag there is the possibility of renting one for $ 30 USD, 4 days)
Energy snacks will be very useful as chocolate bars, dried fruits
Hot shower on 3rd camp (5 soles), Hot Springs in Aguas Calientes "Machu Picchu town" (10 soles), extra Porter for the 2nd day, extra drinks, wood walking stick (5-10 soles),Tips for the trekking crew; guides, cooks, and porters. Not mandatory