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Inca Pathways

Inca Trail - Example 13 Day Tour
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Explore the best of the Inca Empire on one of our most popular Peru tours that culminates in a 4-day trek ending in Machu Picchu. To acclimatize for the trek, spend time experiencing the local culture staying with a family on the floating islands of Lake Titicaca. Next, we'll travel to Cusco and the Sacred Valley, exploring ruins and bargaining at busy Andean markets along the way. The 26 mile-long 4-day Inca Trail trek is an exciting high Andes experience where you'll hike up to 13,800 feet, pass glacier covered peaks culminating at the Gate of the Sun overlooking the majestic ruins of Machu Picchu. 
There is always time to pose for a picture as you hike the Inca Trail during your Peru travelsDay 4 trek: Breakfast al fresco above the cloudsMachu Picchu at sunriseLocal Peruvian rows towards shore on Lake TiticacaMaureen Hiking the Inca TrailCamping along the Inca TrailInca TrailBeautiful Campsite 3rd nightHave you hugged an alpaca today?Off balanceInca Trail hikeDescending along the Inca TrailOur guide, Vidal, explaining about the ruins found along the Inca TrailTrekking Dead Womans Pass on the Inca TrailLocal kids in the Pisac Market.Inca Trail group of hikersHuayna Picchu rises high behind the Machu Picchu ruins during your Peru tourPisac marketMachu PicchuMachu Picchu seen from the WaynapicchuMarket stalls at La Raya PassWe couldn't get enough of the rainbow!Dead Woman's PassWalking with our porterEnjoying a meal on the trailTravelers spell out P-E-R-UOur guide as the sun breaks through the clouds
  • Explore the floating islands on Lake Titicaca
  • Visit Cusco's surrounding churches, plazas, and ruins
  • Walk to Mara, where pre-Columbian salt mines still operate
  • Trek the Inca Trail to the sacred city of Machu Picchu
Activity Level: Challenging
Requires high-intensity physical efforts that push the limits of one's fitness. May include tours with multiple days in a row of strenuous physical activity or single requiring more than 7 hours of activity. Recommended for travelers maintaining a demanding fitness level.

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Day 1: Arrive Lima

Arrive to Lima on the flight of your choice today. After picking up your luggage and clearing customs, walk across the street to the comfortable and conveniently located Wyndham Costa del Sol Hotel. Settle into your room and rest up for your Peru tour ahead. Your exciting trip is filled with ancient ruins, local markets and hiking through the beautiful Andes Mountains!

Day 2: Fly to Juliaca | On to Lake Titicaca

An early morning flight takes you to Puno where you will be met at the airport and transferred to Puno on the shores of mystical Lake Titicaca. Legend has it that the first Inca rose out of its azure waters.

Enjoy a relaxing evening on your own in Puno.

Day 3: Islands of Lake Titicaca

Depart this morning with your guide to the floating islands of the Uros people. Peru's floating islands are built using the buoyant totora reeds that grow along Lake Titicaca, and these reeds are interwoven to make homes, boats, and crafts.

We continue to Amantani Island, a quiet island known for its hilltop ruins that honor Pachamama and Pachatata (Mother and Father Earth). Here we meet our host families whose generosity is apparent with their open arms (and open doors to their homes) and smiles. Explore this island with your guide and then settle in to share a short day in the lives of the Aymara.

Day 4: Taquile Island | Return to Puno

After breakfast and bidding farewell to your host family, travel to Taquile Island. Climb the steps to the plaza at the center of the island for breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding mountains.

In the afternoon, return to Puno and relax this evening on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Day 5: Journey to Cusco

A spectacular bus ride to Cusco crosses the 14,403 feet La Raya pass. Grab a window seat and enjoy Peru's altiplano. Along the way, enjoy optional visits to the "Sistine Chapel" of Peru and a pre-Incan site, as well as a huge lunch featuring traditional Peruvian cuisine. Your final destination is the Navel of the World--Cusco, Peru!

Day 6: Explore Cusco

Today is free to relax and explore with your guide or on your own. You can visit the churches and surrounding ruins, such as the enormous Sacsayhuamán ruins that overlook Cusco (these ruins showcase building blocks the size of pickup trucks). You can also wander through the bustling Plaza de Armas in the heart of Cusco, shop for love potions in the local markets, or people watch from the cafes and restaurants that line these lovely streets. For those bursting with energy, horseback riding, mountain biking, or even whitewater rafting (Class III-IV) can be arranged. The evening is yours to take in some of Cusco's varied and exciting nightlife where live folk music and excellent food abound!

Day 7: Sacred Valley of the Incas

This morning, journey into one of the most beautiful areas of Peru. The Sacred Valley often becomes one of the highlights of your Peru trip and you will soon see why! You'll test your bargaining skills with the locals while visiting one of the great textile markets in the area. You may also hike to the inspiring ruins of Pisac or take a short walk through the countryside to the seldom-visited town of Maras, where pre-Columbian salt mines still operate today. Visit the Inca agricultural terraces of Moray, thought to have been a nursery to experiment with and modify different varieties of crops. Eventually, you will make your way to the living Inca city of Ollantaytambo where you relax for the night.

Day 8-10: Pilgrimage on the Inca Trail

Walk in the footsteps of the great Inca civilization as you journey along their ancient trail to the sacred city of Machu Picchu. Andean history comes to life along this special route as each day you pass ever larger ruins. Notice how the scenery changes from snowcapped mountains to lush green cloudforest. The Inca trail trek is made with pilgrims from all over the world, and your friendly crew of guides and porters will take great care of you along the way.

Trek Details

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Day 8 - Kilometer 82 to Huayllabamba
Trek length: 7.8 miles (5-7 hrs) Camp elevation: 9,691 ft
Day 9 - Hiking Huayllabamba to Pacaymayo
Trek length: 5.1 miles (5-7 hrs) Camp elevation: 11,833 ft
Trek high point: Dead Woman's Pass (13,776 ft)
Day 10 - Hiking Pacaymayo to Phuyupatamarca
Trek length: 4.5 miles (4-6 hrs); Camp elevation: 12,067 ft
Day 11 - Hiking Phuyupatamarca to Machu Picchu
Trek length: 6.9 miles (5-7 hrs); Machu Picchu elevation: 7,875 ft

Some itineraries will hike farther on day ten and camp at a closer location to Machu Picchu, making the hike on day eleven shorter. This will be up to the discretion of your Tour Leader and the Peruvian National Park Service. Your Tour Leader will notify you locally of your camping itinerary.

Day 11: Machu Picchu

The group descends 3,000 feet from their campsite at Phuyupatamarca to reach spectacular Machu Picchu in the afternoon. Tour the ruins and continue to the village of Machu Picchu Pueblo (formerly called Aguas Calientes) below the ruins. Enjoy one of many excellent local restaurants or end your day soaking in the hot springs after exploring one of the most magical archaeological sites in the world.

Day 12: Free Day at Machu Picchu | Return to Cusco

Today you can return to the ruins at Machu Picchu for further exploration. Depending on your preference in permits, return early with the hope of catching the sun coming up over the mountains at Machu Picchu or arrive in time to hike to the top of Huayna Picchu for incredible views of the entire area.  Or you can choose to hike to the Sun Gate which overlooks the ruins or take a walk through the lush cloud forest to the Temple of the Moon. In the afternoon, you'll return by train to Cusco with your guide. (Let us know if you would like help arranging hiking permits for today – these are not included and sell out in advance!)

Day 13: Fly to Lima | Return Home

Or with more time, extend your trip with a visit to the Amazon or to Colca Canyon. Click here to see our Peru extensions!


Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport

Costa del Sol, Lima Airport
Costa del Sol, Lima Airport
Costa del Sol, Lima Airport

Amantani Homestay

Enjoy the hospitality of the local people during your homestay on your Peru trip
Chris's host family on Amantani Island
Doing laundry, Amantani style

Inca Trail - Campsites

Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo) - Hotels

Cusco - Hotels

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Puno - Hotels

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Book our Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and get 5% off. This discount is applicable for permit dates of August 21, 2024 only.

Applies to the 5D/4N Inca Trail portion of the itinerary.
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Book our Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and get 10% off. This discount is applicable for permit dates of October 2, 2024 and October 9, 2024 only.

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  • 11 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 4 Dinners, 1 Box Lunch
  • 12 Nights Accommodations
  • 8 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Entries to Machu Picchu - 2 Daily Entrance Fees
  • Gear Rental: All Camping Gear
  • Park Entrance Fee
  • Oxygen balloon, First aid kit andf Sleeping bag
  • 1 porter to carry personal belongings up to 5 Kg
  • Maras Entrance Fee
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Optional Excursions - $20 for hiking passes at Machu Picchu on second day
  • Internal Flights - Lima-Juliaca, Cusco-Lima


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Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.

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