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The Inca Trail

4 days from £995pp plus international flights.

Peru's Inca Trail is one of the world's classic treks. It takes you through stunning Andean mountain scenery, along ancient pathways built by the Incas, past ruins of Incan forts and waystations, and ends with one of the world's most iconic and awe-inspiring sights - Machu Picchu. How could this not be one of the best treks you could possibly undertake?!

There are treks of different lengths offered along the Inca Trail, but the 4-day trek is the most popular.

The trek is guided by a local professional guide, and porters carry all the gear including tents and cooking equipment. You just need to carry yourself and a day pack. Each night you camp in two-man tents and the crew make you wholesome meals to keep you going. Coca tea helps too!

It's not actually that it is hugely difficult terrain here, it is rather the altitude which makes this a challenge and can cause trekkers a problem. OK it's not Everest, but don't underestimate the challenge you are taking on with this.

We offer this trek either as a private trip that you can undertake at a time to suit you, or we also have some shared departures which you are welcome to join. If the latter is you preference, please talk to us about dates.

We should point out that sometimes we make our last camp at Phuypatamarca instead of Winaywayna if it seems the best decision for the party. The guide makes this decision on the day. 

Note: In a bid to protect the trail, Tribes does not offer this trek in January-March as it tends to be far too rainy and the damage to the route during these months can be significant.
Walking the Inca trail


Your guide will pick you up at your Cusco hotel and you travel to what is know as KM 82. Here we meet our porters with all the equipment. We set off on the trek along the Urubamba River as far as Llactapata. We then head upwards following the Kusichaca River as far as our first camp site in Huayllabamba (3000m). We will walk for about 6 hours today.
Dinner on the Inca trail


We'll tuck into a health breakfast before trekking to the Warmihuanusca Pass (4200m). We'll take it slowly and get some great views on the way. After this, at the end of a gorge we make our camp at Pacamayo (3600m). We will walk for around 7 hours today. 
The Inca Trail pathways


We zigzag our way up to the Runkurakay circular ruins. Heading back down after a short rest, the Inca trail is better preserved from this point. Soon we reach the steps which bring us to Sayacmarca ruins (3620m).
From here we go through an area of jungle as we head to Phuyupatamarca ruins (3520m). With the Urubamba Valley below and we continue for about another 3 hours to Winay Wayna ruins (2650m). These are the most important ruins in the area after Machu Picchu. This is a long day of about 9 hours walking. 
The end of the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu


Very early this morning we break camp and head towards Inti Punku, or the Sun Gate (2740m). From here we get our first glimpse of Machu Picchu below, and we know the effort was worth it!  We walk for about 5 hours this morning. 
On arriving in Machu Picchu your guide takes us on a tour of the site before the afternoon train takes us back to Cusco. You will be picked up and transferred back to your hotel. 
Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £995 (ex. international flights)

Includes: Transfer from your Cusco hotel to the start of the trek; all meals on trek; entrance fees; 2 porters per trekker; camping equipment; first aid kit and oxygen; guide; guided tour of Machu Picchu on day 4; Vistadome train to Cusco; transfer from train station to your Cusco hotel on day 4.

Excludes: International flights and taxes; hotel in Cusco; meals not mentioned; sleeping bag (or hire for £25); entrance to Huayna Picchu (£45); drinks; tips; personal expenses.

Getting there: To get to Peru you need to fly into Lima. From here a domestic flight takes you to Cusco. From Europe Iberia Airlines or KLM are most frequently used for this route.  There is no direct flight from the UK to Lima. A return flight will cost from about £900.

Departure dates: This Inca trail can be taken as a private trip on any day you like, though shared departures are also available. Please ask us about joining a group trip if this is your preference. 

places you will see

places you will see

Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu
The famous ‘Lost City of the Incas’. An unmissable highlight of Peru, reached by walking the challenging Inca Trail, or catching the train to a nearby village.

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Time: GMT-5hrs

Flight time: Both KLM and Iberia have flights to Lima via Europe, leaving the UK early in the morning to arrive in Lima in the evening. The flight time is about 14 hours. It is also possible to fly to Lima via America.

Language: Spanish and Quechua are the official languages.

Visas: Not required for British travellers (up to 90 days). EC nationals can ask us for further advice.

Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if visiting the rainforest. Malaria prophylactics are also recommended in the rainforest.

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Otley, Suffolk, IP6 9JW
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