The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a spectacular trekking experience. One of the most famous hiking or trekking routes in the world takes adventurers along an epic and sometimes challenging journey to the city in the clouds. The trail winds through some of the most sublime countryside in the Peruvian Andes and leads to one of the Wonders of the World: Machu Picchu. Visitors will be struck by the majestic beauty of the Inca citadel that remained hidden until just over 100 years ago. Along the trail you will be able to admire various archeological sites and visit traditional villages where locals maintain their ancient ways of life. You will sleep at campsites and indulge in high quality meals prepared by a chef who works magic with simple ingredients and a propane stove.

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Cusco, Lima, Machu Picchu, Peru

inca stone columns in the inca trail to machu picchu
  • Original Passport.
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher).
  • Warm jacket / Waterproof Jacket or rain poncho.
  • Hat and gloves.
  • T-shirts.
  • Comfortable Trousers.
  • Toiletries, insect repellent and hand sanitiser.
  • Personal medication.
  • Camera and film.
  • 1 night Lima.
  • 4 nights Cuzco.
  • All transfers.
  • 8 breakfasts.
  • 3 lunches and 3 dinners during the Inka Trail.
  • Tours according itinerary in group with local English speaking guides.
  • Entrance fees per itinerary.
  • Airfares.
  • Meals not mentioned on your program.
  • Personal expenses, tips.
  • Airport taxes.

Itinerary (9 days)

Day 1 Arrival in Lima

  • Upon arrival at Jorge Chavez International Lima airport, a VIAJE PERU representative will meet you and take you to your hotel in private transfer. According the time of your arrival the day is yours! There are many options to visit around the capital of Peru like the Main Square with its main attractions: the Cathedral, Archbishop of Lima and Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace). If you have a free evening it would be a great opportunity to go to the Magic Water Circuit with different types of fountains and a main colorful show. It is also a very good time to start tasting a little bit of our famous cuisine in one of the delicious restaurants around the city. Remember that Peru is considered one of the best gastronomic destinations.
  • Overnight in Lima.

Day 2 Arrival in Cusco

  • After breakfast, you will have a scheduled private transfer to take you from your hotel to the airport for your flight to Cusco.
  • At your arrival to Velasco Astete Cusco airport, our TRIP PERU representative will meet you and take you to your hotel passing through the historic center. The adventure begins!
  • According the time of your arrival, you now have the rest of the day to make some exploring around the city. It is important for you to know that Cusco is located at 11,300 feet in elevation, we recommend during this first afternoon to take it easy so you can begin acclimatizing to the altitude. Nevertheless, this is a good chance to walk around the Main Square, with its many cafes and stores. There are also many options for casual and/or fine dining.
  • Overnight in Cusco.

Day 3 Cusco City Tour.

  • Morning at leisure. This would be a very good time to explore a little bit more of Cusco’s less-visited attractions, you have for example: San Pedro Market, the beautiful neighborhood of San Blas, or one of Cusco’s fine museums, such as the Pre-Columbian Art Museum, the Casa Concha (“Machu-Picchu Museum”), or the Choco Museum, where you can make your own chocolate from scratch.
  • In the afternoon, you will have the chance to visit the historical city of Cuzco. Your visit will begin with the center of the city, touring around two beautiful colonial landmarks: The Main Square and The Cathedral to see its fabulous wood carvings and impressive altars and the lovely Church of La Compañia de Jesus (Society of Christ). Then you will visit the ancient Koricancha (Temple of the Sun in Quechua), an ancient Inca worship center to the Sun God and a marvelous mixture of Inca and colonial architecture. Later on you will leave the city and head towards the outskirts where several archaeological sites from Inca times can be found, and what better example of this that the Sacsayhuaman Inca Fortress, entirely built in stone, each piece carefully carved to fit perfectly to the other. This Inca fortress is also the chosen site for the Inti Raymi (Festival of the Sun) that is celebrated every year on June 24th. Even more archaeological marvels are ahead: Kenko (labyrinth or maze in Quechua), a ceremonial site; Tambomachay, where a never-ending spring can be found, this place is locally known as the Inca Baths, a site that it is believed to be an Inca tribute to Unu (water in Quechua) and you will have a panoramic view of Puca Pucara.
  • In the late afternoon, you will return to your Cusco hotel. Evening at leisure where you can enjoy local cuisine, music, and the splendor of Cusco at night.
  • Overnight in Cusco.

Day 4 Sacred Valley Tour

  • Discover the best of the Sacred Valley of the Incas through this route starting on the Inca`s Balcony, in Chinchero, a beautiful place with an impressive view, where twelves families still preserve their traditional costums, showing you the ancestral way in which they process the wool, and obtain those vivid colors for their textiles. Afterwards, we will get to Ollantaytambo, one of the most monumental architectural complexes of the ancient Inca Empire. Very well known for its “andenes” (terraces dug into the slopes of mountains for agricultural purposes), Ollantaytambo was a highly effective fortress, also served as a temple. Then, we will follow to the town of Ollantaytambo, “the unique living Inca town”: the best surviving example of Inca city planning, with narrow cobblestone streets that have been continuously inhabited since the 13th century.
  • In the late afternoon, return to your hotel in Cusco. Try to relax this evening so you can be ready for tomorrow!
  • Overnight in Cusco.

Day 5 Begin the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

  • Start your day early with a pick up from your hotel between 4 and 5 am going through the picturesque villages of Chinchero, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo. Arrival to Piscacucho (Km. 82), where the Inca Trail starts. There, you will meet the rest of your team. Once you cross the Piscacucho Bridge over the Urubamba River, you will start the trek. We continue along the river to the first archaeological site "Llaqtapata" (Village in the Heights) which is an archaeological complex situated at the foot of a mountain on the left bank of the river Cusicancha, a tributary of the Urubamba River. There are many terraced fields here that once served to feed other settlements and tambos (travelers’ rest stations) along the Inca Trail. Here we enjoy lunch in a beautiful setting. After a rest we continue into the side valley starting to gain altitude until we get to the last village Huayllabamba where we camp for today. This is the highlight of the day as it includes breathtaking views of the Vilcanota ridge on the other side of the Urubamba River and the snow-covered Mount Veronica.

    Maximum elevation: 2954 m / 9694 ft.
    Minimum elevation: 2670 m / 8761 ft.
    Campsite elevation: 2954 m / 9694 ft.
    Distance: 12.00 km / 7.47 mi.
    Approximate trek time: 5 – 6 hours.

    * You will receive a briefing from your trekking guide a day before the hike starts to review the day-by-day itinerary and discuss any questions that you may have about the Trail.

Day 6 Inca Trail - Wayllabamba to Pacaymayo.

  • The second day is the most rigorous and highest-altitude part of the Inca Trail, so you can go at your own pace. After an early breakfast, you will start your hike. While you go forward you will see how the trail is zigzagging up the mountain. Along the trail you will be have the opportunity to appreciate the change in landscape: from moderate temperatures of the valleys into the arid and cold high plains. Before the pass, there is a camp site called Llulluchapampa. There is a public bathroom here, and this is also a great resting place before the last stretch over the pass at Warmiwañusca at 13,780 feet (4,200 m). Once you cross the pass, a steep path of stairs descends to your next campsite. Keep your eyes open for wildlife, as you might be able to spot a variety of bird species. The day’s hike ends at the Pacaymayo Valley campsite. Here you will have dinner and enjoy a well-deserved rest after a strenuous day on the trail.

    Maximum elevation: 4226 m / 13866 ft.
    Minimum elevation: 2954 m / 9694 ft.
    Campsite elevation: 3500 m / 11480 ft.
    Distance: 11.00 km / 6.84 mi.
    Approximate trek time: 6 – 7 hours.

Day 7 Inca Trail - Pacaymayo to Wiñayhuayna.

  • After breakfast, the hike continues along a path rich with archeological treasures. Today, we will climb to the second pass at Runcuracay (3900 m). The descent from there lasts about 2 hours, and our destination is the Sayacmarca archeological complex, this is an interesting set of ruins located on a cliff with a panoramic view of the Aobamba Valley and the snow-covered peak of Pumasillo. This site includes a labyrinth of very narrow corridors, some with exits and others without. The only access to the ruins is by a steep, but solid, stone staircase carved into the side of the mountain. After a visit, we retake the road, soon finding ourselves in the typical climate of a semi tropical cloud forest as we trek towards Phuyupatamarca ("The Town in the Clouds"), this is undoubtedly one of the most unique towns along the Inca Trail. It is almost always covered in mist rising from the cloud forest and is located on the side of a ravine looking down into the Urubamba Valley. The site is surrounded by terraced fields and offers beautiful views of the Urubamba Valley as well as the adjacent snowy peaks. After the visit, descend to Wiñaywayna where you will camp for your final night and where remains the second most important Incan archeological site on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The ruins consist of Inca agricultural terraces and are believed to have been a center where water was worshipped. Flower enthusiasts will be pleased to see the area’s fabulous pink orchids.

    *The campsite at Wiñaywayna has a simple restaurant and showers. A nice dinner and nice conversation allow you to say goodbye to your cook and porters who will leave early the next morning to return to Cusco by train. Remember, it is customary for trekkers to contribute to a tip pool, which will then be distributed among the trek team (guide, cook, and porters). A good tip amount ranges between $10-$40 per hiker. These tips are voluntary, so feel free to tip according to the service you received.

    Maximum elevation: 3974 m / 13039 ft.
    Minimum elevation: 2729 m / 8954 ft.
    Campsite elevation: 2650 m / 8692 ft.
    Distance: 16.00 km / 9.94 mi.
    Approximate trek time: 8 hours.

Day 8 Arrival at the Sun Gate & Machu Picchu Tour.

  • After an early start with breakfast at 4:30 a.m., you will be on the final leg of the trail by 5 a.m. in order to reach Inti Punku (the Sun Gate) and once there, we will have our first glimpse of majestic Machu Picchu. After a brief hike, we will arrive at the long awaited outpost and be rewarded with a well-deserved rest, immersing ourselves in the energy that pulsates through this magical spot. Afterwards, you will descend to the citadel for a 2-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu. A professional English-speaking guide will take you for a 2-hour tour to the most important sites in Machu Picchu, including the Intihuatana (Sun Stone), the Sun Temple, the Room of 3 Windows and the Principal Bath. You will have the chance to explore the 3 zones of this once grand city: the urban, agricultural, and adjacent zones. After your tour, you have the option to explore more of the site on your own and capture some final photos.
  • In the afternoon, we will descend to the town of Aguas Calientes to board the train back to the city of Cusco.

    Maximum elevation: 2732 m / 8964 ft.
    Minimum elevation: 2400 m / 7872 ft.
    Distance: 4.00 km / 2.49 mi.
    Approximate trek time: 2 hours.

Day 9 Departure from Cusco.

  • After breakfast at your hotel, one of our representatives will meet you at your hotel and take you to the airport for your journey home or on to your next destination.
  • Optionally, if you want to extend your Peruvian itinerary, click here: PERUVIAN DESTINATIONS.