One of the world’s “must-do” adventures is hiking along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru’s glorious city of stone perched high above the Urubamba River. This fabled lost city is the most magical of all the Inca sites, and its exquisite setting makes it one of the most unforgettable. Our perfectly paced trek to this storied citadel follows in the footsteps 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. If you’ve ever dreamed of hiking the Inca Trail, this is the only way to do it!
Superb trip! Just loved it. The Andes is such a rich area. Natural beauty (mountains, interesting flora and fauna) and such a strong cultural history make for a great trip. And when combined with an excellent leader and support team, the combination is unbeatable.
— Russell M., Granger, IN
Cusco / Urubamba Valley
In Cusco, the Incas’ imperial city, stroll cobbled streets and explore Saqsayhuaman, the enormous Inca fortress overlooking the city. Heading to the mountain-ringed Sacred Valley, we hike to Pisac, with its fine examples of Inca terracing.
After exploring the traditional village of Ollantaytambo and the stunning ruin above it, we set off on the “royal highway” to Machu Picchu. Crossing two high passes, we reach fascinating Inca ruins accessible only on foot and campsites where you’ll feel like you’re at the top of the world. Our unique route includes a section off the main Inca Trail—with two special private campsites—and gives you five full days (not four like most other companies) to savor its beauty, foster better acclimatization, and enjoy shorter hiking days.
Machu Picchu / Cusco
Hiking up to Intipunku, the “Gate of the Sun” and the original entrance to the city, you’ll see the dazzling ruins of Machu Picchu spread out before you in a mystical setting. With our specialist guide, we explore its intriguing altars, terraces, fountains, and mysterious chambers with intricate stonework, and have a chance to hike up Huayna Picchu. Our overnight at the Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel right at the ruins, allows unparalleled access to this renowned site (and a fantastic sunset view!). Return to Cusco and depart on Day 9.