Treking across the Inca Trail offers an unrivalled combination of history and dramatic scenery. The ancient Inca Trail winds its way from the powerful Urubamba River, across mountain passes and through cloud forests, passing several crumbling fortresses before reaching the lost city of Machu Picchu. The history of the Inca Trail is a long a fascinating one. The trail is part of a vast network of trails that the Inca built to connect their empire and their many different towns.
Walking the Inca Trail – Small Group Travel
Level: 3 (moderate)
Activity: Walking & Trekking
Group Size: 4-16 / Min age: 16
Discover the highlights of the Inca Trail
Archaeologists have discovered thousands of trail spread all over Peru that were part of the Inca network. Only part of the original trail and this is known as the Inca Trail. How long is the Inca trail and how difficult is hiking you may want to know before considering if you would like to experience this once in a lifetime trek to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
SPECIAL NOTE: Inca Trail Permits: An Inca Trail permit is required to walk the Inca Trail. These are strictly limited and are highly sought after, therefore we strongly recommend booking at least 6-8 months in advance to avoid disappointment. On dates where Inca Trail permits have sold out we can offer the spectacular remote Moonstone Trek in its place – please enquire for details.
DAY 1 – Start Cuzco (3400m); free time to explore the Inca capital. (welcome briefing at Hotel Warari in the afternoon/evening)
DAY 2 – Free day; optional Sacred Valley excursion. Meals included: breakfast
DAY 3 – The Classic Inca Trail: Start Inca Trail trek from km82; walk along Urubamba River, climb to Huayllabamba. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
DAY 4 – The Classic Inca Trail: Cross Dead Woman’s Pass (4251m), then descend to Pacaymayu.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
DAY 5 – The Classic Inca Trail: Over Runquracay Pass (3800m)to ruins of Sayajmarca and Phuyupatamarca. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
DAY 6 – The Classic Inca Trail: Walk down Inca steps to Winay Wayna and Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate. Meals included: breakfast, lunch
DAY 7 – Guided tour of Machu Picchu; free time to explore further; return to Cuzco by train and road. Meals included: breakfast
DAY 8 – Free day in Cuzco; optional activities available. Meals included: breakfast
DAY 9 – End Cuzco. Meals included: breakfast
There are four days point-to-point walking with full porterage, reaching a maximum altitude of 4215m, average 3050m. Though not without its difficulties (in particular the ascent and descent of the first pass, known as Dead Woman’s Pass!) this trek is certainly possible for anyone in a good state of health and fitness, but we would not recommend it as a beginner’s trek to anyone with no previous walking experience. If you are not a regular walker you should put in some physical preparation beforehand.
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