Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: Classic 4-Day Trek

    1. Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: Classic 4-Day Trek

    Hike the unforgettable Inca Trail, and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Participate in one of the world’s oldest pilgrimages on this 4-day program that is consistently ranked among the ten best hikes on the planet. Pass through a number of different ecological zones home to a wide diversity of flora and fauna. Spot a variety of orchids and bromeliads, as well as hummingbirds, foxes, and deer. Strike lucky and you may even catch a glimpse of the magnificent South American Bear. Explore archaeological sites and farming terraces that were left behind by the Incas and remained undiscovered for over 400 years. Finish the hike in Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the most spectacular historical sites on earth. Day 1: Training day! Cusco – Km 82 – LLactapata – Ayapata (14km, 6hrs).- Depart from your hotel around 4:30 am and drive to Km 82 to start the 6-hour hiking...

    The Inkatrail was through its nature and really interesting history so beautiful, I can never ever forget. Best comfort and flexibility on all this trail was given by Trexperience and their porters who did an unbelievable job to us. Especially our every day Breakfast, Lunch, teatime and dinner were another highlight on this trail. Our guide Joyce was as well as the porters always taking care of us. All in all the organisation by Trexperience was drawn by professionality and I would recommend everyone, who looks for a nice hiking Trip on path of the Inkas to do it with Trexperience and the very nice crew.

  • Cusco: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Short Version

    2. Cusco: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Short Version

    Day 1: Cusco to Machu Picchu Pueblo Start your adventure bright and early and meet your guide at your accomodation at 4:00 AM. After a short drive to Ollantaytambo, you will set off on a 1.5-hour train ride to Chachabamba, taking in the scenery of the Urubamba river along the way. From the checkpoint at Chachabamba you will start your trekking experience. Visit the archaeological sites of Chachabamba and Wiñay Huayna and take in the variety of flora and fauna. Enter Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate, and from here you can take in one of the most spectacular views of the Lost City of the Incas. Arrive in Machu Picchu late in the afternoon and have the unique opportunity to see the city almost empty. After a short bus ride to your hotel you can enjoy a relaxed end to the day with dinner and a comfortable sleep.   Day 2: Machu Picchu to Cusco After anoth...

    Amazing experience from end-to-end. The first day was all about hiking the Inca trail with magnificent views and historic ruins along the route. After 7 hours of hiking we step into the Machi Picchu through the Sun Gate which is the very first gateway to the city. This is a very special entry which huge crowds can not make. The second day is more relaxing in the town below and Machi Picchu. The tour was very well organized, our guide was very knowledgable and a good english speaker.

  • 4-Day Inca Jungle Adventure with Mountain Biking and Rafting

    3. 4-Day Inca Jungle Adventure with Mountain Biking and Rafting

    Experience the thrill of adventure, the breathtaking natural beauty of the Inca Trail, and the marvel of Machu Picchu on a 4-day tour from Cusco. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Cusco – Santa Maria (Bike and Rafting) Travel by bus to the high mountain pass of Malaga, where you’ll start your descent on a mountain bike to the town Huamanmarca. The bus will take you to the town of Santa Maria, where you’ll have a short break before beginning a rafting adventure on class III and IV rapids. Overnight at a home stay in Santa Maria. Day 2: Santa Maria – Santa Teresa (Trekking) Begin your trek with an ascent, stopping along the way to learn about the local flora and fauna. Enjoy a rest stop to resupply with water and taste regional tropical fruit. Cross a section of the Inca Trail that historically connected Machu Picchu with the city of Vilcabamba...

    Overall, my husband and myself had a fantastic experience. We were lucky to be the only ones at our group, so we had a guide just for us! This made it very personalised, specially made easier the hike, as we could take the photos we wanted and stop when needed, although for my husband, he would say that the guide was walking too fast. All the activities (cycling, rafting and the zip line) were very well organised, felt very safe and we really enjoyed them. Watch out for the mosquitos! We were eaten despite the repellent. The thermal baths are not included but definitely recommended. The places we stayed overnight were very comfy, clean, had hot showers and the food was also good. If you are a big eater, there are also opportunities to buy snacks and water. Our guide Jaime was brilliant, giving us tips, information, always looking after us, making sure that we were fine and that everything was running smoothly. It is a great four day journey to Machu Picchu!

  • Salkantay Trek 5-Day Hike to Machu Picchu

    4. Salkantay Trek 5-Day Hike to Machu Picchu

    Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Incas and hike along the same paths they used to trek through the mountains centuries ago. Get back to nature and experience amazing views of the snow-capped mountain peaks of the Andes. Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Markhuq’asa - Soraypampa - Humantay Lake (L, D) Depart Cusco and journey to Markhuq’asa for the start of your trek to Soraypampa, 3,850 meters above sea level. Stop for lunch at the base camp and then go on a round-trip hike to Humantay Lake. Then return to base-camp to spend the night. Day 2: Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass - Collpapampa (B, L, D) Hike to the highest point of the trail at Salkantay Pass and get spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains before a 2-hour downhill hike to the camp for lunch. Then, enter the upper part of the Amazon jungle on a hike through the “cloud fore...

    The first two days were absolutely incredible. The hikes were challenging and the weather certainly played into that challenge. Day 3 was beautiful going through the rainforest but there was not enough hiking. We hiked about 4 hrs that day and could have continued hiking from where they picked us up by van. The base camp that night was a concrete building with tents set up inside. .. Not what I had in mind for this trip. Not to mention the party that raged far into the night. Our entire group tried to sleep early and could not due to the heavy base. Day 4 most of us went to the optional zip line course, Vertical Zipline, which I highly recommend. Again though the hike to Aguas Calientes was much too short and could have been longer. Our tour was a mix of multiple companies and I think that made it difficult to get organized and give consistent information. Multiple people had issues come up but were resolved. Overall, it was a great experience though and I would recommend it.

  • Cusco: 4-Day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu with Panoramic Train

    5. Cusco: 4-Day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu with Panoramic Train

    The Lares trek is an excellent alternative to the Inca Trail. You will learn all about life in isolated villages, become familiar with Andean culture and traditions, and even visit a local school. This trek is also outstandingly beautiful, combining the majestic Andean mountains with spectacular glaciers, glacial lakes, stunning waterfalls, and countless llamas and alpacas. Finish your experience on a high, spending an unforgettable day exploring Machu Picchu, one of the most incredible locations on the planet. Day 1: After pickup from your hotel at around 5:00 AM, you will drive through the beautiful landscape of the Sacred Valley of the Incas to the famous Lares thermal  baths. Jump into the medicinal pools, all of which are set at different temperatures. The water is great for your bones and muscles, as well as stress and headaches. The route on day ...

  • Cusco: 4-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Small Group Trek

    6. Cusco: 4-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Small Group Trek

    Day 1: Cusco to Wayllabamba After pick-up Cusco, drive for 1.5 hours by bus to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where the trek begins. The walking on the first day is relatively easy. Along the way you will visit the ruined city of Patallacta, and Willkarakay, a military post located above Patallacta. Then enter the lush valley of Wayllabamba, walking along the banks of the Cusichaca River. The trail continues gradually upward through dense Andean forest, to the first campsite in Wayllabamba. Day 2: Wayllabamba to Pacaymayu You will start early, as the walking is physically intense for those who are not accustomed to high altitudes. Trek through the densely vegetated Andean forest until you arrive at a campsite, where you will take a short rest. Continuing your ascent in the afternoon, the habitat will begin to change. After another rest, with snacks a...

  • Cusco: 2-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

    7. Cusco: 2-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

    Day 1: Cusco, KM 104, and Machu Picchu You will be picked up in the early morning from your hotel from where you will be transferred to the train station in Ollantaytambo. Once there, you will take the train for 1.5 hours to KM 104. You'll pass the checkpoint at KM 104 from where you will begin trekking for around 3.5 hours to Wiñayhuayna. As you ascend you will be able to take pictures of the beautiful landscapes, including views to the sacred Wilkanota River and Challabamba. At the archeological site of Wiñaywayna your tour guide will explain to you the function of the site, and once you have enjoyed a delicious box lunch you will continue along the classic Inca Trail to arrive to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku). From this place you will be able to enjoy the beautiful and unforgettable views of Machu Picchu's Citadel, after which you will travel down the trail for around ...

  • From Cusco: Short or Classic Inca Trail Tour

    8. From Cusco: Short or Classic Inca Trail Tour

    Hike along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, considered to be one of the best walks in the world and perfect for visitors to Peru who are in search of a good adventure. Follow the ancient path that was traced by the Incas used to connect different cities and temple of the Inca Empire. Choose from 2 options of the tour depending on how much time you have.  Classic Option (4 Days, 3 Nights) Day 1: Get picked up from your hotel in Cusco very early in the morning and take a bus to the town of Chilca. Begin your hike along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. After approximately 3 hours of walking arrive at a beautiful Inca building known as Llactapata in the base of the mountains, where you will stop for lunch. In the afternoon, continue walking towards the first campsite at 3,000 meters, called Wayllabamba. Enjoy dinner at the camp.  Day 2: Wake...

  • Machu Picchu: 4-Day Multi-Activity Inca Trail

    9. Machu Picchu: 4-Day Multi-Activity Inca Trail

    Journey back in time and explore the dramatic Andes mountains of Peru on a multi-activity trip along the Inca Trail. Soar over the jungle canopy by zipline, freewheel down the mountains by bike and more. Encounter the indigenous flora and fauna and explore the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu. Day 1: Cusco to Santa Maria - Downhill Biking Drive from Cusco to Abra Malaga, 4, 316 meters above sea level, and get a 20-minute briefing before freewheeling down quiet but challenging roads by bike. Head towards Huamanmarca and learn the historical background about the archaeological site before lunch. Descend to an altitude of 1,500 meters to arrive at the jungle town of Santa Maria, where you can rest your legs before a dinner of traditional food from Peru.  Day 2: Santa Maria to Santa Teresa - Inca Trail and Zipline Enjoy an early morning cup of indigenous co...

  • From Cusco: Small-Group 2-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

    10. From Cusco: Small-Group 2-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

    Day 1: Follow the path of the Willkamayu River until you reach the Stone Alter site at Chachabamba. Worship the sun and the mountains there, as the Incas did, or just take in the magnificent views offered by the sheer height. Look out for some of the larger local mammals such as viscachas or, if you are lucky, the spectacled bears. Descend into an amazing cloud forest, pass by beautiful waterfalls, and visit the ruins of Winaywayna. As you arrive at Inti Punku (the Sun Gate) the late afternoon rays may filter through and warm you up. Here you will catch your first views of Machu Picchu and its surrounding peaks. As you walk down into the citadel, make sure to break for photos. When you arrive at the bottom your bus will take you to Aguas Calientes where you can rest your tired body in the hot springs, or take a relaxing walk around the colorful town.   Day 2: Begin your day early with...

    Amazing experience. Inca trail is difficult yet so rewarding. Machu Picchu is just beautiful. Our private tour guide, Anthony, was brilliant. Lovely guy, taught us so much and was such a good photographer too! Highly recommend!

Planning Your Visit

  • When is it open?

    You can access the trail at all times of the year except February, when routine maintenance is being done.

  • When is the best time to go?

    High season is from April to November - since it's in the southern hemisphere, Peruvian winter falls from around May to August. Temperatures during this time can go below 32 degrees.

  • What should I wear?

    It goes without saying that decent walking boots are a must. You should dress in light layers. Since the trek takes place over five days, you will want to keep what you're carrying to a minimum. Snowfall can also occur at high altitudes during winter, so make sure you have a good coat, hat, gloves, and other winter-appropriate attire if you choose to go during this season.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    The trail is open all year, except February.
  • Is it expensive?
    The entrance fee is about $45, tour guides vary in price.
  • Will I need a guide?
    Absolutely, hikers are prohibited from trekking without one. Might be worth it to check out our great tours.
  • How to get there
    You'll need to take the bus to kilometer 82, along the railway from Cusco to Aguas Calientes.
  • Additional information
    ** Make sure to do your research and plan ahead, only 500 permits are issued per day. | You need to be fit to hike the trail. | Don't forget extra shoes, bug repellent, sunscreen, and a poncho, among other things!*

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What people are saying about Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 110 reviews

We have just returned from the Lares Trek with so many beautiful and interesting impressions in our luggage. We can highly recommend the TreXperience team, the trek was perfectly organized (from morning coca tea to hot water bottle in the evening) and the team is passionate about the work. Our two guides, Elisban and Maribel, looked after the group very well, told us a lot about Peruvian culture and history, and created a great atmosphere thanks to their warm and open manner. The food (prepared by Carmelo and Ramon) was just delicious and an experience in itself. Thanks also to the hard-working hands of Mauros and Victors, who took care of everything in the background, so that we could only concentrate on the trek. With every booking through TreXperience you also support social projects - for example, the company was able to set up a library for children. Keep it up, TreXperience!

An excellent stay that we highly recommend! A team caring, beautiful scenery and all-inclusive service to let yourself be carried and enjoy the stay. The trek of Lares makes it possible to hike in all tranquility (we crossed 2 tourists in 3 days); after a good period of acclimatization, the pace allows even the less athletic to follow easily; nights in a camp make it possible to meet locals without all the bad taste folklore that some tour operators can offer; Finally, the fascinating explanations of the guide allow to learn about the fauna and flora as well as the history of a Perou from the pre-Inca period to the political and social context of our days. A big thank you to the whole team !

My tour guide, Maribel, was great - she was there for me, encouraged and supported me. She was very well read and told me a lot about history and nature. The tour itself - super beautiful and the ruins very impressive. Everything worked out great. Thank you for an incomparable experience. Anja

everything went very well, Guido is a passionate guide and likes to share his anecdotes and knowledge. The meals were good but especially the well-supervised activities! Congratulations and thank you for these unforgettable moments!

Amazing experience. Inca trail is difficult yet so rewarding. Machu Picchu is just beautiful. Our private tour guide, Anthony, was brilliant. Lovely guy, taught us so much and was such a good photographer too! Highly recommend!