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The Ultimate Hiking Adventure to the Legendary Lost City

Why Hike the Inca Trail with WT?

  • We are experts on the Inca Trail with nearly 40 years of experience.
  • A perfectly paced itinerary, with 5 full days on trek (most companies push it with just four days on the trail—and some even three). This allows for a better pace, fewer crowds, and more sites and exploration along the way.
  • Exceptional camps with the finest equipment, delicious meals, and hot coffee, cocoa, or tea brought to your tent each morning. The first 2 nights are in private campsites completely to ourselves!
  • The most qualified guides —experts in Inca history and culture.
  • Overnight at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel just steps away from the ruins, giving you access to Machu Picchu without the crowds.

Plan ahead! Inca Trail permits sell out many months in advance.
Peruvian park regulations strictly limit the number of hiking permits issued for the Inca Trail and permits are issued on a first-come first-serve basis! If you want to trek the Inca Trail, make sure to plan ahead as trail permits are reserved many months in advance (especially for summer high-season departures).

Overview

Ready for one of the world’s “must-do” adventures? Join us on our trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru’s glorious city of stone perched high above the Sacred Valley. This fabled lost city, with its evocative stone staircases, altars, temples, and fountains, is the most magical of all the Inca sites, and its exquisite setting makes it utterly spectacular. Our perfectly paced trek follows in the path of the ancient Incas and brings you to fascinating ruins accessible only on foot and through the legendary “Gate of the Sun” right into Machu Picchu itself. We’ve honed this journey to perfection with spectacular campsites, superb camp amenities, and an extraordinary team of Trip Leaders and trail guides who have a passion for creating an unforgettable journey on this celebrated route. In addition to our peerless camping experience, our hotels are the very best, and include the landmark 5-star Hotel Monasterio in Cusco and the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel right at the ruins. If you’ve ever dreamed of hiking the Inca Trail, this is the way to do it!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
Cusco / Urubamba Valley

In Cusco, the Incas’ imperial city, we explore Saqsayhuaman, the Inca fortress overlooking the city, and in the Sacred Valley, we climb up through the terraces of the monumental citadel at Pisac, which once guarded an Inca trade route. We also enjoy Pisac’s traditional market.

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Days 3-6
Inca Trail

After visiting Ollantaytambo, where the rebel Inca Manco successfully held off Pizarro and his men in 1536, we set off on the “royal trail” to Machu Picchu, passing exquisite Inca ruins accessible only to hikers. We’ve designed a special 5-day route that provides for shorter hiking days and better acclimatization, with two private campsites. Our on-the-trail cuisine is unmatched, and our well-paced hiking days give you plenty of time to explore the extraordinary archaeological sites along the route so that you can fully experience the wonder of the Inca Trail.

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Days 7-9
Machu Picchu / Cusco

Phuyupatamarka (“Town in the Clouds”) and elegant Wiñay Wayna (“Forever Young”) are the last major Inca sites on our trail. Hiking up to Intipunku, the “Gate of the Sun,” the original entrance to Machu Picchu, we see the dazzling lost city revealed below us and are joined by our specialist guide to explore the fine altars, terraces, and chambers filled with intricate stonework. We also have the option to hike up Huayna Picchu, the striking peak above the ruins. Our overnight at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel right at the ruins, allows us unparalleled access to Machu Picchu and a fantastic sunset view. Return to Cusco on Day 8 and depart on Day 9.

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Highlights

Highlights

Hike to Machu Picchu on mystical, stone-paved paths built by the Incas
Explore trail-side archaeological sites that only Inca Trail hikers have access to
Relish the comfort of our famous Inca Trail camping services—the best on the trail!
Superb accommodations at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, right at the ruins, and at Cusco’s 5-star El Monasterio

Details

Length: 9 days
Cost From: $5195  
Arrive: Cusco, Peru
Depart: Cusco, Peru
Lodging: 4 nights beautiful hotels, 4 nights full-service camping
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 1 dinner
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

5-day trek on moderate to steep trails, 5-6 hours a day, altitudes between 8,000-13,650 feet
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