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Inca Trail Trek

Inca Trail Trek

Inca Trail Trek involves 9 days from Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Your will start the tour in Lima, the capital of Peru. Then you local flight to Cusco city, next day guide tour in the Sacred Valley with this trip you will experience to visit a typical market and archeological of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, walk around the quaint small Inca town where you will stay one night. Trekking 4 days along the Inca Trail, one of the main highlights along the trail is the ancient system of settlements made in granite rock by the Incas, like Wiñay Wayna and Phuyupatamarca, immersed in irresisitible natural surroundings. Scores of orchid species, multicolored birds, and dreamlike countryside provide the perfect scene for a path that all trekking fans should experience and then will arrive to the lost city, you will explore the Machu Picchu citadel, then back to the Cusco, the Inca Trail Trek is waiting for you..

Before you go

Quick Itinerary:

Day 01: Flight to Lima

Day 02: Flight to Cusco; free time to relax and explore town.

Day 03: Tour Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Day 04 - 07: Classic Inca Trail Machu Picchu

Day 08: Cusco.

Day 09: Departure day.


Included Highlights of the Inca Trail Trek:

  • Discover the beautiful city of Cusco
  • Sacred Valley Peru, guided tour
  • Hiking tours to Machu Picchu ( 4 days)
  • Guided tour of the Inca Trail
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Walk around the infamous incan Empire

Crew: A Travel Tour Group Inca Trail representative in Lima, Cusco and professional guide

Accomodation: Hotel 3 star (05 nights), Camping (03 nights)

Meals: 04 Lunches, 03 Dinners, 03 afternoon tea, 08 Breakfasts (Allow USD 50-100 for meals not included)

Transportation: Domestic flights, private transportation, van, train


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Day 1: Lima

Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned, so you may arrive at any time. when will arrive to the airport, looking your name, a Travel Tour Group representative  will waiting for you and will take to the hotel. Enjoy the city

Known as the City of Kings, Peru’s capital city Lima was founded by Francisco Pizarro on the Day of the Three Kings (Epiphany) in 1535. The Plaza de Armas is the heart of old Lima, and it is here you find the Cathedral, Government Palace and Archbishop’s Palace. The Cathedral dates back to the 1700s and houses the remains of the conquistador Pizarro. To get a feel for colonial Lima, take a cab to the Plaza de Armas and watch the changing of the Palace Guard in the afternoon. Walk the streets surrounding the Jirón de la Unión for great examples of Spanish-colonial architecture and to get a taste for life in a large South American city.

There are many fine museums in and around the city, including the Museo Rafael Larco Herrera, which houses an equally impressive collection of pottery, mummies and textiles from the Paracas and Nazca cultures. An optional city tour visits many of the city’s highlights. The more affluent districts of Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidro, which are on the coast, offer good nightlife and cafés all within walking distance. Limeños (Lima’s residents) are friendly, and the city is filled with excellent restaurants; seafood lovers in particular should be sure to try a ceviche, for which Lima is well known.


Lima - Peru

Picture: Lima, Capital of Perú

Day 2: Cuzco

Fly to Cuzco city, in the airport you meet with your local guide, transfer to the hotel, this day is free to relax and explorer to the fascinating city of Cuzco, and to the acclimatize to the altituve.

Cuzco is considered the capital of the Inca empire, the incas expanded the territories from Cuzco to the other territories, they created the Tawantinsuyo (four country). and when the Spanish arrived, they built the new Colonial city, this gorgeous colonial town offers nearby ruins, cobble-stoned streets, museums, churches and a lively atmosphere.

The city have several good museums, including the Qoricancha and the Archaeological Museum, which also house a small art museum, the Regional History Museum and the Religious Art Museum.

For the most adventurous, will find optional activities such as white water rafting in the Urubamba River; horseback riding around archaeological sites (Sacsayhuaman, Tambo Machay and Puca Pucara) and mountain biking down to the Sacred Valley, Moray-Maras, and perhaps visiting an Inca ruin along the way.

Day 3: Sacred Valley

Travel with our local guide through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. An important source of food for the Inca, the Sacred Valley is a lush agricultural region that continues to supply the city of Cuzco with much of its produce. Visit the impressive Pisac ruins and the colourful artisan market (market days only). The day trip finishes in the picturesque village of Ollantaytambo, site of another large Inca ruin. Here we catch our breath and prepare for the hike ahead.

Ollantaytambo is your first taste of what lies ahead on the Inca Trail. The town and fortress of Ollantaytambo are strategically situated overlooking the beautiful Urubamba River Valley. This major ruin site is known as the best surviving example of Inca urban planning and engineering. It is admired for its huge steep terraces guarding the Inca Fortress and for being one of the few places where the Spanish lost a major battle during the conquest. We spend the night in this small town before heading out for the start of the hike the next morning.

Ollantaytambo - Sacred Valley of the Incas Picture: Ollantaytambo fortress, Sacred Valley of the incas


Day 4 - 7: Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

The 4-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is physically challenging but worthwhile, and the excursion is within the ability of most reasonably fit. It is a 44-km (27 mile) hike, with 3 high passes to be crossed, one of which reaches an elevation of 4200m (13776 ft). The trail is often steep, and it may rain even during the dry season. The temperatures at night may fall below zero, so it is important to come prepared.


Transfer to the trailhead at km82, (2350 m) with Local Porters, cook and guide. Start to trek through the Inca Trail, in the course of the walk the desert and sub tropical zone, we will see various archaeological sites and scenic beauty that offered by the Inca.
On the last day to get Intipunko, the 'Sun gate" to watch the sunrise over the lost city of the Incas, "Machu Picchu." and the surrounding mountain peaks. Machu Picchu is both the best and the least known of the Inca ruins. It is not mentioned in any of the chronicles of the Spanish conquistadors and archaeologists today can do no more than speculate on its function. The local Quechua farmers in the area knew of Machu Picchu for centuries, but it was not until an 11-year-old boy led the American historian Hiram Bingham (who was in search of Vilcabamba) to the site on July 24, 1911, that the rest of the world became aware of its existence. At that time the site was covered in thick vegetation, and Bingham and his team returned in 1912 and 1915 to clear the growth. Over the years, much work has been done on excavating and studying the site. Despite these efforts, many unanswered questions remain.

Tour to Machu Picchu Travel Group Picture: Machu Picchu wonder of the world


Inca Trail Trek Important Note:

Those passengers not able or interested in the hike spend 2 days in Cuzco, then travel by train to Aguas Calientes, where they overnight. Next morning they take the bus to the Machu Picchu entrance and rendezvous with the hikers at the ruins. If you decide not to do the hike we need to know prior to your departure in order to obtain train tickets. There is an additional fee for any changes made once Inca Trail permits are confirmed. This fee may vary depending on the changes that are made to your itinerary. Please advise your agent or Travel Tour Group.

Also note that portions of the Inca Trail will be closed for general maintenance during the month of February each year. Also, closures may occur at various times throughout the year due to inclement weather or other conditions beyond our control. During these periods, any tour affected will hike the Lares Trek.

Day 8: Cuzco

Today is a relaxing day, free time to explore the fascinating imperial city of the Inkas, visit its market, buy souvenirs, take optional activities and get ready  for one last night in the city

Day 9: Departure day

What is included in this trip?

  • Airport arrival and departure transfer.
  • Accommodation: Hotel 3 star (05 nights), Camping (03 nights).
  • All entrance fee according to itinerary.
  • Profesional guide throughout as per itinerary.
  • Meals: 04 Lunches, 03 Dinners, 03 afternoon tea, 08 Breakfasts.
  • Porter to carry food, tents, cooking staff and 7kg (passenger equipment).
  • One cook for the Inca Trail
  • Camping equipment: Double tent, sleeping roll mat.
  • Communal dinner tent, cooking tent, toilet tent on the Inka Trail.
  • All eating and cooking stuff, stools and tables on the Inka Trail.
  • Sleeping bag (-5 grades).
  • Domestic flights (LIM - CUZ - LIM).
  • Tourist transport along to route.
  • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Tourist bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes town.

Not included in this trip:

  • International flight and departure tax
  • Meals not detailed
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips, baggage portage and other extras not specified.

Meals budget: Allow USD 50-100 for meals not included

Single room: Please note that if you have booked the "Single Room" option for this tour, you will receive your own single room for all night stops and including to the Inca Trail.

Local flights: All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.

Inca Trail Trek Advisor

Check our policy and booking procedures of the Inca Trail If you prefer not to hike or is fully booked, you can choose one of these optional trips:


Alternative treks to Inca Trail

  • Day 01: Flight to Lima
  • Day 02: Flight to Cusco; free time to relax and explore town.
  • Day 03: Tour Sacred Valley of the Incas.
  • Day 04 - 06: Salkantay Trek
  • Day 07: Hike to Machu Picchu.
  • Day 08: Cusco.
  • Day 09: Departure day.

Machu Picchu Tour

  • Day 01: Flight to Lima
  • Day 02: Flight to Cusco; free time to relax and explore town.
  • Day 03: Tour Sacred Valley of the Incas.
  • Day 04: South Valley of Cusco
  • Day 05: Maras, Moray and Salineras
  • Day 06 07: Machu Picchu guided tours.
  • Day 08: Cusco.
  • Day 09: Departure day.

How to Book the Inca Trail Trek?

If you like to do the Inca Trail Trek, please first check an availability of Inca Trail. choose year and month when you like to do the tour.


Please note: the Inca Trail starts on the fourth day of the Inca Trail Trek Tour! (For example, if you like to start the tour on the 6th of August, you need to check Inca Trail availability of the day 09th of August!) 

If there is still availability of the Inca Trail on your date requested in the time of your booking, the booking of the Inca Trail Trek Tour will be confirmed firstly by our Reservation Department via e-mail. Then your full personal details wil be required as well as a deposit in order to purchase your Inca Trail permit. (Please note that an Inca Trail booking is valid only for 1 hour!! If it is not paid within this time, it expires!!!)


Porter Working Conditions

Every year, thousands of people do the Inca Trail. They usually complete the 43-km trail in 4 days.


Inca Trail Regulations

Over the last decades, Peru has become a most popular travel destination. There are many great treks throughout Peru, but the Inca Trail is the most known.


What to bring on the tour?

  • Passport Original: On the Inca Trail trek tour, you will need to take the original passport, because, you will need to present before to take the local flight, hotel, Inca Trail permits, Machu Picchu and train station.
  • The backpack is the central piece of gear for the entire trip and with that you want to make sure you get it right.  It’s important because this is the thing that will be sitting on your back for most of the trip and will also be carrying everything you’ll be living off of while on the road, the perfect backpack size that isn’t too big or too small is 50L. you is very perfect!.  This bag is packed full of features and constructed to withstand all weather conditions while still providing comfort and functionality.  you’ll eventually do a full review but here’s a quick glimpse of this bad boy. Where you will have the most trouble is figuring out what to do with your day pack.  On one hand, for the Inca Trail, you could use my main backpack but that’s kind of what the porters are for.  Travel Tour Group will be given a large duffel and that’s where we’ll be putting in the things (up to 7kg).  What you have decided to do is just keep all the non essentials in the bag and run with a smaller day pack. While you wish you could’ve gone with a smaller day pack, you decided to run with backpack just because it’s so well suited for the camera year that you’ll be bringing and it’s extreme ruggedness and being able to handle the outdoors.  Another big feature of the bag is the ability to retrofit in a hydration bladder.
  • Water! on the Inca Trail: You both bought a 3L platypus big zip and an extra 0.5L soft bottle to mix in gatorade mix. In my opinion, Platypus >> Camelbaks.  On the second day, there is a last stop to buy available water and from that point forward you need to be carrying enough water for the rest of the trip.  We recommended 1 L per day (so 2L total for the last 2 days), but just to be safe.  You ended up drinking all of it, and it worked out fine.  you probably could have had more water, but since your pack can get heavy, 3L was my happy medium.
  • Walking poles: These babies saved our knees. I obviously purchased the junior ones. Carbon fiber is pricier, but we figured that investing in something lightweight was better since we were already carrying weight on our backs.
  • T-shirts: One for every day + two in case we got drenched in the rain. These are my current fave quick dry tees, and I am slowly getting them in every color. You prefer for your travel t-shirts to be made of materials like polyester rather than cotton. Polyester is usually lighter, easier to hand wash and faster drying. I’ve noticed that it’s hard to find drying machines in South America; so quick drying shirts have an upper hand. We would highly recommend are the Patagonia Capilene 1 Silkweight T-Shirt, which is quick drying, UV protective and odor resistant. The odor resistance was really helpful while trekking in Peru. Such as 4 Day Inca Trail. 
  • Pants: 1 Pair of Jeans – Jeans are perfect to wear in Peru since they are warm and versatile. Jeans can be heavy and take up lots of space in your suitcase, but their versatility and durability makes up for the extra weight. Wear your jeans when flying so you don’t have to carry extra weight. 1 Pair of Convertible Pants – Pants that convert into shorts are especially useful in Peru because they can be used for any occasion, such as hiking in the Inca Trail, or just sight seeing. Since the temperature in Peru can change dramatically in a day, pants that can change into shorts are helpful. Some convertible pants such as the prAna Stretch Zion Convertible Pants are water resistant and UV protective. Convertible pants are also much easier to hand wash than jeans. 2 Pair of Athletic Shorts/Shorts
  • A warm jacket: We absolutely love these lightweight nano puff jackets from Patagonia (the men’s version here). We wore them all the time and we’re probably going to take them on all our future travels.
  • Layers! We bought a bunch of different Patagonia Capilene layers in 2 & 3 and the long underwear. It’s good to have options, because it fluctuates so much between hot and cold.
  • Hiking shoes: Jacob brought a pair of hiking shoes he had. I didn’t find any hiking shoes I liked, so I took a bit of a risk and brought my running shoes.  Lucky for me, it didn’t rain on our trip. *Update: I recently found hiking shoes that I love! Anhu women’s waterproof hiking shoes in black, and they look a lot better than any other hiking shoe I’ve seen. :)
  • Flip flops to give your feet a break during your breaks. These are the comfiest ones I have found.
  • Towel: We brought the lightweight fast drying Packtowl in M and L
  • Gloves: It gets really cold  in the mornings and at night. Preferably ones that have grip for morning hiking. And waterproof if you get rained on.
  • Rain Jacket: We bought North Face ones at REI. When we got there, we were told that we also need ponchos (when it rains, it really pours), so we bought them for 5 soles (approx 2 USD) at the breakfast stop on Day 1.  Again, it didn’t rain, so we didn’t end up using either. *Update: Ended up exchanging them for Patagonia’s.
  • Hat to keep the sun off your face
  • Bug spray: We used these. They recommended 2 bottles per person. We only used a total of one bottle between the two of us, but the amount of bugs probably differs for everyone depending on the season & weather. Recently we’ve switched to these sticks which feel and smell better.
  • Toiletries. Toilet paper (one roll per person), Toothpaste, Toothbrush,  Sunblock, Chapstick with SPF, Travel soaps & shampoo, lots of wipes, and medicine (for headaches, altitude sickness medicine, imodium, & pepsid ac). It happened to be that time of the month for me, so I had to pack my feminine products & midol as well. Also this! Trust me.
  • Undergarments: The exofficio ones are awesome! Jacob got the men’s boxer briefs. They stay really dry during the hike. I know their package says “17 countries, 6 weeks, One pair of underwear.” We brought one for every day. *shrug* If anyone has tried the 6 weeks in one pair of underwear, please tell us how it is!
  • Socks: We wore smartwool compression socks during the night because it’s supposed to reduce muscle soreness.
  • Flash light: Headlamps are much better than the hand held ones. If you’re a slow hiker, it’s possible that you may end up hiking in the dark, and you will need your hands on your walking poles.
  • Shoes: 1 Pair of Sneakers – You wore a pair of Vivobarefoot trail running shoes as my ‘go-to’ pair of shoes in Peru. They are lightweight, comfortable and have good traction and 1 Pair of Sandals – I also brought a pair of Adidas Superstar Slides. They are really comfortable and great for wearing casually.
  • Camera, journal, iphone: to record all the beauty you’ll encounter. We carried a 5D mark II and 24-105mm f/4 lens.
  • Earplugs (not shown): If you’re a light sleeper and you have snorers in your group, you’re going to need these.
  • Don’t bring as many snacks as me! (Realization after the trip)  Only bring what you are sure you will consume.  Also, gummy bears are way too heavy. Go lighter!


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