Inca Trail Tours
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South America's most famous trek is an unforgettable way to reach the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu. Along the way, the four-day trek takes hikers past three Andean mountain passes, Inca ruins, and views of the snow-capped Andes, culminating in a stellar sunrise over Machu Picchu—a UNESCO World Heritage site—from the Sun Gate.
For many travelers to Machu Picchu, hiking the Inca Trail through the Sacred Valley is as much a part of the bucket list experience as seeing the ruins themselves. It typically takes four days to cover the distance between Cusco and Aguas Calientes, with overnights at Huayllabamba, Pacamayo, and Huinay Huayna on the way. Shorter one- or two-day treks are also possible for more inexperienced walkers. To walk the trail, you need to join a group of fellow hikers led by a licensed guide. Trail permits are limited, with only 500 hikers permitted on the trail at any given time (including tour guides and porters), so you'll need to book ahead.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The trail is a must-see for adventure travelers.
- Inca Trail permits are limited, so it's important to book ahead.
- Everyone on the trail must be accompanied by a licensed tour guide.
- Dress comfortably and in layers. Don't forget sturdy hiking shoes.
- Bring a pair of trekking poles, even if you don't think you'll need them.
- Before your hike, give yourself a couple of days in Cusco to get used to the high altitude levels.
How to Get There
The city of Cusco serves as a base for trekkers heading out on the Inca Trail and is serviced by Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport. Most tours include pickup from Cusco hotels and the bus ride to Km82 along the railway between Cusco and Aguas Calientes, where the hike begins.
When to Get There
The dry season (June to October) brings the best weather and the biggest crowds to the Inca Trail; if you plan to hike during this time, be sure to book months in advance. The spring and fall shoulder seasons—May in particular—see fewer tourists and occasional rain. The winter months are prohibitively wet for most trekkers, and the trail closes for maintenance during February.
Alternatives to the Classic Inca Trail Trek
With the growing popularity of the Inca Trail (and the permit limits placed on it), visitors are considering alternative treks to Machu Picchu. These include the Lares trek, beginning in the town of Lares and finishing at the ruins of Ollantaytambo (a short train ride from Machu Picchu), and the Salkantay route, famous for its diverse scenery.
Address: Machu Picchu, Cusco Region, Peru
Hours: Open March - January
Admission: Adults: trek permit US$50
4 Tours and Activities to Experience Inca Trail
The Short Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu is a spectacular hike with beautiful scenery, a wide variety of flora and fauna with fantastic panoramas of the Andes mountains on the way to the lost citadel of the Incas. See our short Inca path reviews on TripAdvisor, ask for Inka tours permits and check the best inca trail tours → Let’s take a great adventure before arriving Machu Picchu; with our group service and enjoying at the same time a light hike through many archaeological sites. Arrive to Sun’s Gate (Inti Punku), prepare yourself to be amazed with the best panoramic view of the wonder of the world - Machu Picchu-
Hiking in spectacular Andes is something different. Travel & Healing’s guide will show you the spiritual part of Inca ruins through the trek to Machu Picchu. We will meet Shaman, local community & campfire super food. Find your true self through the sacred trek. The healing can happen when you hike to Andes with professional tour guide, owe for Apu the god of mountains at 4000+ meters above sea level, and enjoy the yummy super food with campfire recipes cooked by locals.
This sacred valley and two day short Inca Trail hike with hotel allows you to visit the most beautiful ruins along the way to Sacrwd valley and Machu Picchu, pisac, ollantaytambo,Winawayna. Enjoy lunch before visiting and then continue through the Sun Gate for your first view of the Lost City of the Incas. You will continue down to Aguas Calientes village and have dinner at the best restaurant in town before heading to bed. For those who want a small taste of hiking the Andes, a 1-day hike and next day spent at Machu Picchu can't be beaten.
The Inca Trail ranks among the world’s most famous hikes, but the full route takes many days to complete. Ideal for trekkers short on time, this condensed tour covers the best of the Inca Trail in two days. Hit sites of interest including Aguas Calientes and UNESCO–listed Machu Picchu—with all the travel logistics covered, plus guided tours and free time to explore at your leisure.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are Inca Trail hours of operation?
Inca Trail hours of operation: Open March - January. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
What's the best way to experience Inca Trail?
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