Inca Trail Trek
7 days from £620 (was £729)
- Hike the legendary Inca Trail* with a group of ready-made mates!
- Enjoy exhilarating views across Peru
- Learn more about Peruvian culture during intriguing excursions
- Benefit from the assistance of a guide, cook and porters
- Discover the breath-taking Machu Picchu on a guided tour!
- Get adventurous and tick that trek off your bucket list!
Take the time to finally tick this epic experience off your bucket list! This week-long adventure will see you trekking the Inca Trail*, taking in amazing scenery with a group of fellow adventurous travellers. You’ll also be exploring the mesmerising Machu Picchu, the iconic Incan citadel that sits atop the Andes. You’ll be awed by the majesty of this ancient site – one of the New Seven Wonders of the World! You’ll also get the chance to spend some free time in fascinating Cusco and learn more about the local community with a cultural excursion to the Women’s Weaving Cooperative. It’s time to reach new heights with this trip, so amp up the ambition and adventure and get stuck into Peru!
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Day 1: Welcome to Cusco!
Today, you’re free to arrive into Cusco at any time. Be sure to touch down in time to attend our Welcome Meeting this evening, where you’ll meet your group and your guide! Until then, feel free to explore Cusco.
Day 2: Cusco to Ollantaytambo
This morning we’ll leave Cusco to head to Ollantaytambo. En route, we’ll stop off at a Women’s Weaving Cooperative today, where you’ll learn about weaving techniques and find out about the lives of the local women who create these beautiful souvenirs. You’ll then have a guided tour of the breath taking Pisac Ruins, an ancient Inca structure. Before we head off to check out the Ollantaytambo Ruins, we’ll break for lunch at the Parwa Community Restaurant, an establishment dedicated to sustainable tourism.
Day 3: Ollantaytambo to Wayllabamba Camp
Today we’ll head off to the starting point of our trek in a private vehicle. We’re kicking things off with a fairly easy trek – the perfect way to get to know the terrain. We’ll trek for approximately 5 to 6 hours, passing a local village and getting an introduction to those expansive mountain views. Simply breath-taking!
Day 4: Wayllabamba Camp to Paqaymayo Camp
We’ll wake up bright and early today to begin the trek to Warmiwanusca, the highest point of our trek. The climb can be steep, but we’ll take it at a steady pace and keep ourselves well hydrated along the way, and it’s well worth it for those once in a lifetime mountain views!
Day 5: Paqaymayo Camp to Winaywayna
You’ve got a fascinating trek ahead of you today as you pass spectacular ruins and cross two passes. At your first pass you may be able to see the snow coated Cordillera Vilcabamba (weather permitting) so be sure to snap some awe-inspiring shots! We’ll then reach the Phuyupatamarca Ruins, dubbed the ‘town above the clouds’.
Day 6: Winaywayna to Cusco
We’ll rise before dawn today and head to the Sun Gate where we’ll catch the first views of Machu Picchu being lit up by a glorious sunrise. Once there we’ll hike down to the site itself and enjoy a guided tour. You’ll discover the Temple of the Sun and the Room of the Three Windows and have some time to explore! Once our tour is finished we’ll board a train to Ollantaytambo and then make the journey back to Cusco.
Day 7: Depart from Cusco
There are not scheduled activities today so you’re free to depart whenever you want. Be sure to swap details with your group – you’ve shared an epic experience with them, and what an experience it’s been!
Please note itineraries and activities are subject to change.
*Inca Trail Permits - Important Note: Inca Trail permits are subject to availability, in the event that permits for the Inca Trail are not available for your chosen date you will be offered an alternative route. Please contact us for further details.
- 6 nights’ accommodation
- In-country transport as per itinerary
- Guided Inca Trail* Hike
- Machu Picchu Guided Tour
- Guided tour of the Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo
- Visit to women’s weaving project
- Parwa Community Restaurant Visit
- 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
- 24-hour emergency support
- Travel Insurance
- Meals not specified in the itinerary
- Personal Expenses
- Tips for your guide
6 nights of accommodation are included in the price of this trip. You’ll have 3 nights in a hotel and spend 3 nights camping during your trek. Sleeping bags and camping mats are available to rent.
6 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners are included are included on this trip. While trekking, you’ll have a cook to prepare meals for your group. Where meals are not provided, you’ll be able to try some of Peru’s tastiest cuisine, and we’ve listed some of our favourites below!
- Ceviche: Raw fish is soaked in zesty citrus juices and spiced. This is a Peruvian delicacy and one of the region’s best-known dishes
- Lomo Saltado: A comforting beef stir fry featuring peppers, onions and tomatoes.
- Anticuchos: Spiced, skewered meat is grilled to perfection for a tasty snack
- Causa: A veggie staple. Avocados and potatoes are layered to create a delicious casserole with an unbelievable texture!
- Suspiro a la Limena: A must try for anybody with a sweet tooth! The flavours of dulce de leche and meringue unite to create a delectable dessert.
Your trip begins in Cusco on your programme start date (day 1 of the itinerary), a welcome meeting will be held in the early evening at the joining point. You'll need to arrange your flights to arrive into Cusco Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (airport code CUZ) on your programme start date.
Please note, we can arrange an airport transfer for you when you arrive. Please contact a Travel Advisor for more information.
Your trip finishes in Cusco on your programme end date, no activities are planned for this day and you are free to depart at any time.
The minimum age for this trip is 18 years. A good level of fitness is required for this trip.
Citizens of the United Kingdom do not require visas to travel to Peru if they are staying for under 180 days. Visa rules may change, so it is your responsibility to stay up to date with the current visa laws of the countries you are visiting and adhere to them.
All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay.
Travelling at Altitude
This trip goes above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse effects in their health due to the altitude. Please see further information on Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) and High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE).
On this trip you will be trekking at more than 2000 meters above sea level, you therefore need to ensure you have suitable travel insurance in place. If you'd like to purchase insurance through us, you'll need to select the 'Adventurer' level of cover.
It is your responsibility to obtain the necessary visas for your travels and correct travel documents, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information offered below is to help you with that process. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise and any subsequent effects.
All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. Citizens of the United Kingdom do not require visas to travel to Peru if they are staying for under 180 days. Visa rules may change, so it is your responsibility to stay up to date with the current visa laws of the countries you are visiting and adhere to them.
Can I Travel Solo?
Yes, in fact many of our travellers choose to travel solo as our trips offer a fantastic opportunity to meet new people. This is a group trip, so there’ll be other people to share the experience with – you’re never truly travelling alone! You can also travel with a friend or partner, however you choose to participate you’re sure to have an amazing time!
What Can You Tell Me About My Guide?
Throughout your trip you’ll be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. Your guide will be able to advise you on what to do during your free time and will guide you through your trek to make the experience as enjoyable as possible!
Can I Opt For My Own Room?
You can opt for your own room, but it will incur an additional cost. Please note that you’ll be unable to have your own room during nights 3 to 5 when we will be hiking. For more details on opting for your own room, please contact us.
What Sort Of Travel Insurance Do I Need?
On this trip you will be trekking at more than 2000 meters above sea level so please make sure you have suitable travel insurance in place. If you'd like to purchase insurance through us you'll need to select the 'Adventurer' level of cover.
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.