Peru Inca Trail

Cuzco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu, Peru


Peru Inca Trail

The Inca Trail is by far the most famous trek in South America and rated as one of the top 5 treks in the world. The 43km trek is undertaken in 4 or 5 days, reaching an altitude of 4,200m on the third day. Cusco serves as base for 2-day acclimatisation with visits to nearby archaeological sites and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The high season runs from June to August, when the trail can be fully booked, unless reserved in advance. Machu Picchu is closed in February, for maintenance. 

Undoubtedly the most famous trek in all of South America, the beautiful but fragile Inca Trail is walked by thousands of travellers each year. In order to preserve the future of the Inca Trail, it is no longer possible to complete the trek independently - all visits must be accompanied by a professional guide, who is licensed to escort the group. We recommend booking early to secure your place, as the overall daily number of trekkers allowed is restricted. 

And, experience unforgettable views of Machu Picchu & the Urubamba valley.

What We Love
  • Trek to the ruins at Llactapata and cross the Warmiwanusqa Pass into tropical vegetation of Paqaymayo River Valley.
  • Trail through an Inca tunnel to the ruins at Phuyupatamarca then Huinayhuayna.
  • Explore the fabled, Inca lost city of Machu Picchu and other, less know sacred sites.
  • Visit the Uros Indians on the floating islands of Lake Titicaca.
  • Designed with the best luxury accommodation and services available. 
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
What to Know
  • For hiking enthusiasts, we suggest a walk up to the peak of Huayna Picchu.
  • In Cusco, take the archaeological circuit of the surroundings.
  • This is an active tour and include trekking on steep mountain slopes.
  • Unique, insider travel experiences and network of experts around the world.
  • Around the clock support in each destination during your trip. 
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Peru - Inca Trail

Cusco & Machu Picchu
(9 Days – Travel Any Day)

Day 01 – Arrive
Lima, Peru Upon arrival in Lima, you are met for private transfer to your hotel for check-in. Lima is a city of rare fascination and unexpected pleasures. The city has decaying colonial splendour and the teeming vitality of an oriental bazaar; melancholy cloudy winters and warm breezy summers; impoverished urban sprawl and quiet elegant corners among ancient buildings where the night air is scented with jasmine.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores.

Day 02 – Transfer & Private Touring
Cusco Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco, you are met for private transfer to your hotel for check-in. A beautifully renovated 18th-century manor house, just 3 blocks from Cusco’s Plaza de Armas, replete with authentic colonial character. It offers the intimacy of a boutique hotel but the comforts and services of a much larger property.

This afternoon, enjoy a private half-day tour of Cusco with your local guide.
Visit the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas, La Compania (a beautiful church of fine carving and gold leaf taking nearly 100 years to complete) - as well as a variety of old-colonial style buildings.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Casa Andina Private Collection (B)

Day 03 – Optional Excursions
Cusco Enjoy a full day at leisure in Cusco. Optional excursions to the Sacred Valley (rafting, mountain biking, and visits to markets, villages or ruins) can be arranged.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Casa Andina Private Collection (B)

Day 04 – Machu Picchu Trek
Inca Trail Today takes you on a spectacular drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas takes to Chillca, the trailhead. Crossing a footbridge, take an undulating trek through a dry cactus zone beneath soaring views to the snows of Mt. Verónica with the turbulent Urubamba River on the right. Pause on a bluff high above the Cusichaca Valley for a view of the imposing sculpted terraces of Llaqtapata, a massive Inca farming complex. Then turn south and follow this side valley upstream to the village of Huayllabamba, where you make camp.
Overnight: Huayllabamba Camp (B, L, D)

Day 05 – Machu Picchu Trek
Inca Trail Today’s travel is from Huayllabamba to Pacaymayo. From Huayllabamba begin a steeper ascent, climbing the Llullucha valley along a stream that rushes through enchanted native unca woodland. Crossing the rim of a small plateau, you abruptly find yourselves in the puna, the treeless grasslands of the high Andes. Here a stretch of open trail climbs beneath mighty crags to the first and highest pass, Warmiwañusca (4,200m/13,776ft). From Warmiwañusca, look back to the spectacular snow peaks and valleys of the Huayanay massif and ahead to a distant view of tomorrow’s trail to the second pass. Descending a stepped stone trail you come to the campsite in a clearing of the forested Pacamayo valley.
Overnight: Pacaymayo Camp (B, L, D)

Day 06 – Machu Picchu Trek
Inca Trail Today’s travel is from Pacaymayo to Phuyupatamarca. Pick up an Inca stairway and ascend again past the small Inca site of Runkuracay. As you reach the second pass, the landscape opens onto spectacular new views to the snow peaks of the Pumasillo range. Descend again to the ruins of Sayacmarca (Inaccessible Town), an intricate labyrinth of houses, plazas and water channels, perched precariously on a rocky spur overlooking the Aobamba valley.

The Inca trail, now a massive buttressed structure of granite paving stones, continues along the steep upper fringes of the cloud forest through a colorful riot of orchids, bromeliads, mosses and ferns. At the third pass, camp by pinnacles topped with Inca viewing platforms, overlooking the archaeological complex of Phuyupatamarca (Cloud-level Town).
Overnight: Phuyupatamarca Camp (B, L, D)

Day 07 – Machu Picchu Trek
Machu Picchu Explore the wondrous maze of Inca stone towers, fountains and stairways spilling down the mountainside at Phuyupatamarca and then begin a long descent through ever-changing layers of cloud forest. An Inca stairway partly cut from living granite leads finally to the site of Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young), the largest and most exquisite of the Inca Trail sites.

In the afternoon, follow the last stretch of trail across a steep mountainside through a lush, humid cloud forest of giant ferns and broad-leaf vegetation. Suddenly you cross the stone threshold of Intipunku (Sun Gate) and encounter an unforgettable sweep of natural beauty and human artistry – a backdrop of twisting gorge and forested peaks framing the magical city of Machu Picchu.

After a full experience of this glorious monument of the Inca’s achievements, return to Aguas Calientes.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 08 – Private Guided Tour
Cusco Return to Machu Picchu by bus and spend the day in both guided and individual exploration, visiting the best-known features of this astounding and mysterious Inca settlement. Some will want to take the optional hike to the summit of Wayna Picchu for an amazing overview of the site, while others may want to investigate Machu Picchu’s multitude of hidden nooks and corners.

After a full on experience of this glorious monument to the Inca achievement, return by shuttle/walk to Aguas Calientes train station to board your return train to Cusco. You are met for transfer to the Cusco airport for your return flight to Lima.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco (B)

Day 09 – Depart
Cusco Transfer to the Cusco airport for your departure (B).

Peru Inca Trail Cuzco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu, Peru

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  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
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  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
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Getting There There are no direct flights from London to Peru but there are direct flights to Lima from Madrid, Paris and Amsterdam. Airlines with regular services to Peru include Air Canada, American Airlines, Iberia and KLM and take anywhere between 16 and 22 hours. The principal international airlines for Peru are Lan and Avianca.

When to go The best time to visit Peru is May to September, which is a dry season in the highlands. The western side of the Andes are very clear, warm, and dry for the greater part of the year. The Inca Trail has limited spaces hence travellers should book at least six to nine months in advance. From October to December, the dry season comes to an end, but conditions are still pleasant. An abundance of birdlife and flora, particularly orchids, can be enjoyed in Peru’s cloud forests at this time. 

January to April is the rainy season. The eastern slope of the Andes, like the Amazon basin, experiences very heavy rainfall, which extends from January through April. Travellers however visit the highlands all the rear round since it rarely rains for more than a few hours and there is still plenty of sunshine to enjoy. During February, the Inca Trail is closed. However, Machu Picchu remains open but it is a bit more challenging for those wishing to trek.