The Inca Trail

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The Inca Trail

from £745
Duration: 6 days
Countries: Peru
If you want to do the Inca Trail/Machu Picchu, then this is your trip. With a tour guide and enough porters to poke a (walking) stick at, you’ll love every minute of it. Well, almost.

The Inca Trail


Welcome to Cusco, the Inca Capital of Peru.
If you arrive early you may want to spend the day expolring this wonderful city.
In the evening we will have a group meeting followed by an orienation walk of the city.


Parts of your trip go above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude - regardless of your age, gender and fitness. It even happened to Sir Edmund Hillary!

Before your trip:
Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitude and be difficult to adequately treat on the ground, leading to more serious consequences. It is imperative that you discuss your pre-existing medical condition/s with your doctor

We understand certain medications are reported to aid acclimatizing to high altitude. Please discuss these options with your doctor.

During your trip:

While our leaders have basic first aid training and are aware of the closest medical facilities, it is very important that you are aware of the cause and effects of travelling at altitude, monitor your health and seek assistance accordingly.


There will be a few tough days. Dead Woman's pass on Day 2 will test you, but it's worth all the sweat and tears when you watch the sunrise at Machu Picchu's Gateway of the Sun. Pretty apt name.

Day 2
Gaze upon massive Inca fortifications in Ollantaytambo
Begin the Inca trek
Hike past the ancient hilltop fort of Huillca Raccay and the archaeological site of Llactapata
Stunning views of snow-capped Veronica Peak
Camp near the village of Ayapata

Day 3
The most difficult part of the trek - Dead Woman’s Pass
Panoramas of the Vilcanota and Vilcabama mountain ranges, and ruins in the valley below
Camp with a view over the cloud forest
Climb up to the ruins of Runkuracay

Day 4
Continue up the Inca staircase
Spectacular views of Pumasillo and the entire Vilcabamba range
Enter the beautiful cloud forest

Day 5
The final, and most spectacular, leg of the trek to Machu Picchu
Arrive at Inti Punku, the Gateway of the Sun
Experience a panoramic view of Machu Picchu at sunrise
Explore Machu Picchu on a guided tour
Return to Cusco by train

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Thank the great God Huiracocha that you don't have to get up at daybreak and hike the hills all day.
This Incan adventure comes to an end this morning.


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from £745


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Important Information

Group size: - 16
Transport: Bus
Accommodation: 3 Nights Full Service Camping, 2 Nights Budget/Tourist Class Hotels
Starts in: Cusco
Ends in: Cusco

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