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The Ultimate Hiking Adventure to a 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).


Follow in the footsteps of the Incas on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru’s glorious city of stone. We invite you to hike this legendary trail the Wilderness Travel way, with spectacular campsites (two of them exclusive to our groups), superb camp amenities, and an overnight at the acclaimed Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, just steps from the sanctuary. We’ve filled this journey with unique experiences and the perfect pacing to enjoy them all. If you’ve dreamed of hiking to this fabled lost city, this is the right 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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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


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