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The classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most sought after treks in the world and permits sell out fast. Reserve your place with Inca Expert.
From high Andean peaks to misty cloud forest, the Inca Trail traverses the kinds of landscapes that feed your sense of wanderlust. Beginning in the Sacred Valley outside of Cusco, a 500 year old stone path built for exclusive use by the Inca king and his entourage today takes a limited number of trekkers on a 4-day, 28-mi (45-km) journey past ruins with names like “town in the clouds.” Waiting at the end of this challenging trek is an unforgettable first look at Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate entrance.
Upon arrival at the Lima airport, meet our Inca Expert Travel representative for a transfer to your Lima hotel.
If arriving early, you can also take in scenic Parque del Amor (Love Park) in Miraflores for views of Lima's gorgeous coastline.
Fly from Lima to Cusco. Upon arrival at the airport, meet our Inca Expert Travel representative for the short drive to your hotel in the historic center. Along the way, you will see stunning examples of the city’s hybrid Spanish-Inca architecture.
You have the rest of the afternoon to explore the city and start adjusting to the altitude before your Inca Trail trek.
Begin your day with a private guided tour of Cusco’s most important sites. Start with a visit to the Cusco Cathedral and Qoricancha. Later, see the impressive ruins of Sacsayhuaman.
Spend the afternoon at your leisure. Shop with locals at San Pedro Market or wander the streets of bohemian San Blas.
Heading out early from your Cusco hotel, you will travel to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, and continue another hour to the start of the trail at Km 82. Walking for about 3 hours along the trail you will arrive at the Llactapata ruins, and then continuing through a lush valley, you will arrive at the evening campsite of Wayllabamba.
Today is the most challenging portion of the trail, as you climb 3 hours to Warmiwañusca, known as Dead Woman's Pass, at 13,780 feet. From the top you'll be able to take in breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys. The hike ends at the Pacaymayo campsite with views of snow-capped Mount Veronica.
Today you'll trek through truly gorgeous valleys into the mountain cloud forest. Highlights include Runkurakay Pass, Sayacmarca ruins, and the stunning Phuyupatamarca, “The Town in the Clouds.” The day ends at Wiñay Wayna where you can enjoy beer, a shower, and a good night’s rest.
Rising early to make it for sunrise over Machu Picchu, you will hike for about an hour to reach the Sun Gate, where you will get your first view of Machu Picchu.
Enjoy a two-hour tour of this majestic Inca citadel and take some time to savor your accomplishment as you soak in the views.
Enjoy a final breakfast at your Cusco hotel. Then meet our representative for a transfer to the airport to begin your journey back home.
You can also customize this itinerary to continue your exploration of Peru’s wonders.
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