The Inca Trail follows in the ancient footsteps of the Inca Empire to reach the world-famous "Lost City of the Inca", Machu Picchu. It was once used to communicate with the "Antis" (the jungle people), and today, this 45-kilometer hike is perhaps the most famous and most popular hike in South America.
The Inca Trail links a range of stunningly preserved Inca ruins, while the scenery itself is breathtaking. Get ready for views of snow-capped mountains that give way to lush, humid cloud forest. Our four-day Inca Trail hiking tour concludes with a guided visit of the ruins of Machu Picchu - a truly unforgettable experience.
Remember that Inca Trail Tickets are limited. You need to book this hike between 2 up till 6 months ahead. If the Inca Trail is sold out, the Salkantay Trek is one o f the most popular alternatives. You can also choose a train tour to Machu Picchu.
We pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and take you to the starting point of the Inca Trail by bus. From here, it’s seven hours of hiking to reach the first campsite, located in Huayllabamba. Total distance hiked: 11 kilometers.
We start hiking after a nutritious breakfast. Today, the mountain pass of Warmi Wañusca, which sits at a - quite literally - breath-taking 4,200-meters above sea level, is the highest point along our route. We also visit the round ruins of Runkurakay and those of Sayacmarca, accessed up steep stairs and camp the night at Pacaymayo. Total distance hiked: nine kilometers.
After breakfast, we head off towards Runkurakay to cross a second high Andean pass, this time situated at 3,800m above sea level. We will then descend to Sayacmarca, an important archeological site where we will have a filling lunch to prepare us for the hike to Wiñay Wayna. We spend our third and final night on the trail camping here. Total distance hiked: 16 kilometers.
After breakfast, we will walk to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku), which is the ancient entrance to the city of Machu Picchu. From this point, we can see the ruins in all their glory! Once inside the citadel, we will take a guided tour to learn more about the fascinating history of the Inca Empire. After spending time in the ruins, we descend to the village of Aguas Calientes by bus and then return to Cusco by train. Total distance hiked: six kilometers..