Trekking Inca trail Peru itinerary
Trekking 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…
Day 1: Cusco - Kilometer 82 - Wayllabamba
The adventure begins between 6:00 and 6:20 am, our guide will arrive by bus to your hotel to pick you up and lead you directly to Km 82. It will be a 3-hour trip, including a stop in Ollantaytambo for some shopping or breakfast. (If staying in Ollantaytambo you will have a later start time as no need to transfer from Cuzco).
Arrive at Km 82 approximately at 9:30 am, where you will meet the team that will accompany you during your trek (porters, cooks and the trekking guide). Starting your journey will be quite easy in the first few kilometres, we will take a close look at the beautiful snow-capped La Verónica and visit the archaeological group of Patallacta. After an hour of hiking, you will arrive to Tarayoc to have lunch and will be able to recover before continuing to 3000 m.a.s.l. Arriving after a good hike to our first night’s camp site at Wayllabamba, here your double tent will be waiting for you and everything needed for your first night under the Incan stars.
Food: Snack, lunch, and dinner.
Day 2: Wayllabamba - Pacaymayu
The day starts with a delicious breakfast buffet, then you start the trek direct to the Abra of Warmi Huañuska at 4,200m, the most complicated section of the route with an elevation of 1200 metres to climb. Ascending gradually from 3,000m and will be making stops to rest and discover Flora and Fauna of the area en route. Arriving at Warmi Huañuska at approximately 1.00 pm there will be time to rest and prepare for the descent to our camp at Pacaymayu 3,600m
Food: Snack, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 3: Pacaymayu - WiñayHuayna
After breakfast we set off for the longest trekking of the Inca Trail, it will take you through spectacular scenery offering different archaeological centres, more than 100 varieties of orchids, as well as beautiful birds and spectacled bear territory. The trek covers 16 km but not everyone treks at the same pace so expect between 8 to 9 hours before reaching the overnight camp at around 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Food: Snack, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 4: WiñayHuayna - Machu Picchu
At approximately 8:00 am, the tour of Machu Picchu will begin, lasting nearly 3 hours, your guide will reveal the many mysteries and innovations surrounding the Inca inhabitants. After completing your tour of Machu Picchu, you descend to the small village of Machu Picchu (Formally known as Aguas Calientes) to take refreshments before you board the train that will transport you to the city of Cusco.
Food: Snack, breakfast.
Your Package Includes trekking the Inca trail
- 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)
- Personal porter/porter
- Trekking poles
- 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
The Inca Trail FAQ’s
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.
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.
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.
2/1 Inca Trail
A shorter version of the Classic Inca Trail, this trek will allow you to experience arriving to Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate without the need to camp overnight. Accommodation in local hotel in Aguas Calientes…
Inca Jungle Trail
We have taken great care and worked closely with our Cusco operator to develop the Inca Jungle trail, we designed this trek to offer an alternative to the classic Inca Trail. The trek follows a now recognised trade route used by the Incas to trade with the Amazonian tribes. If your Inca Trail dates are full then this is the option for you…
Our expert driver will pick you up at the hotel door and as we make our way out to the nearby desert you will witness some spectacular scenery whilst driving in amongst the sand dunes, up and down slopes at up to 60 metres high with an inclination of up to 60 degrees!
Sand boards are also provided as part of this excursion and this exciting new activity can be great fun.You can also arrange to have extended lessons on the dunes or simply enjoy yourselves by getting out there and testing your own ability.
Lares Valley Trek
This trek offers a more mountainous approach to Machu Picchu, with spectacular views and interesting people. The Lares Valley Trek offers a more authentic Peruvian trek than the slightly sanitised Inca Trail. With no permit restrictions in place this trek can be the ideal alternative for the trekker who cannot obtain the Inca Trail permits.
This 5D/4N trek takes you on possibly the most varied trek in Peru. From snowy mountain peaks to steamy jungles this trek takes you along a 20km path to Machu Picchu which gives you the chance to appreciate the variety of Peru’s geography. Not for the faint hearted this trek is also considered the most challenging…